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Artist: Lucidstatic (@)
Title: Gravedigger
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Nowadays Electro/Industrial scene brings only very seldom artists to the daylight, which can use the term "innovative" to describe someone’s music style. The Alaska-based sole effort of Jimmy Church, LUCIDSTATIC, is surely one of this few acts, on which this term doesn’t sound platitudinous. We had Jimmy and LUCIDSTATIC, as well as his rather Downtempo-like side-project PANDORA’S BLACK BOOK already with some previous and self-released items on here. So I’ve been warned in advance what kind of storm would join my home entertainment. Even if it is fucking cold for the most part in Alaska, LUCIDSTATIC offers a hot and heavily pounding rhythm torturing kind of music. By taking inspiration out of styles like IDM, Breakcore, Powernoise and classic Industrial tunes, the percussive elements are the leading and driving force behind this act. Complex rhythm programming can sound layered, here you’ll get the proof for this thesis. And if Jimmy integrates too a sort of a synth-driven ambience in between his percussion rows, he earns surely the most applause for tracks like "Mercy Of A Bullet", "Unknown Test Subject" or P4tr10t". Some special collaboration with different but rather more unknown acts like IAMMYNEWT, SUMBRAXIS or THE PLASTIC EULOGY are featured as well. "Gravedigger" is a pure adrenaline-driven onslaught, whose valuable content needs to get discovered. Worth to spend your bucks on!.

Endif: Carbon

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jan 05 2009
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Artist: Endif (@)
Title: Carbon
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Jason Hollis’ debut album "Meta" released 2 years ago on Crunch Pod has been surely one of the highlights for the Harsh Tech/rhythmically Powernoise genre, since it has defined standards. This follow-up album was long awaited, but the message, that Jason would leave the seemingly save haven Crunch Pod to join the relatively new label Tympanik Audio was a big surprise. However, "Carbon" is out and continues in that style, which "Meta" has gone before. "Also "Carbon" is filled with mostly straight and forward-oriented Hard-Tech Noise tunes, which will surely set fire under the dancefloors. Still interesting also for pure Electro/Industrial-fans (...check out "Between Two Worlds"!!!), since Jason once again proves that his arrangements are still filled with diversity and interesting effects, which avoid to cause the impression of a never-ending monotony. "Carbon" is once again the expected masterpiece, although Jason has completely avoided to use vocals for his new compositions. Produced and mastered with the helping hand of the notorious Noise-wizard Justin Brink of PNEUMATIC DETACH (make sure to check out his fine remix work on "Police State"), "Carbon" once again integrates the best elements out of the pure Noise and the straight hi-end Tech sound of nowadays productions. Awesome from the first to the last tune.

WERTHAM: Memories From The Pigsty

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 22 2008
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Artist: WERTHAM (@)
Title: Memories From The Pigsty
Format: CD
Label: Tesco (@)
Distributor: Tesco Germany
Rated: *****
MEMORIES FROM THE PIGSTY is the first pressed CD for the project headed by Marco Deplano. After thirteen years of existence, Wertham give you a tasting of what have been with eight tracks which are in balance from industrial and power electronics. Containing recordings gathered during the 1997÷2007 period, MEMORIES FROM THE PIGSTY is an album where Marco express really well his hate for decaying humanity. On the 20 pages booklet you''l find eleven writings where Marco expose his vision of English youth's attitude and behavior (boobs job obsession, alcohol and drugs addiction , sexual diseases, violence, etc). These writings are a sort of counterpart to the sound contained into the CD. Wertham, helped by John Murphy, Trevor Ward of the Grey Wolves plus Lou Chano and Andrea Bisi (they provided him sounds he used) on tracks like "Red bricks" and "Brand new toy" used an "in your face" approach (with distorted vocals and tons of noise) while on "Chavlad", "The kingston come" or "Essex girl" the sound has always an industrial industrial approach but made with tons of layers. For this reason the latters sound more interesting to me because they build a wall having a "sophisticated" sound structure. Not for power electronic lovers only...

CON-DOM: The Eight Pillar - A Confession Of Faith

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 12 2008
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Artist: CON-DOM
Title: The Eight Pillar - A Confession Of Faith
Format: CD
Label: Functional (@)
Distributor: Tesco
Inspired by the life and writings of Lawrence Of Arabia ("Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph" is his autobiographical account of his experiences while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918), THE EIGHT PILLAR was the first vinyl album for Control Domination. Originally released in 300 copies, the album came with an accompanying booklet that was sold separately. This CD reissue has the original five tracks of the album and it also reprints the original booklet which has beautiful b/w drawings (they picture really well the feeling of the oppression perpetrated by humans on humans), writings and all the lyrics and it is a perfect counterpart to the devastating sound assault produced by Mike R. Dando. The cyclic noises and his powerful voice/lyrics will make you realize that this recordings are there not to be enjoyed but to be experienced. "Wisdom has built her house / she has slaughtered her beasts / she has sent out her call / from the highest places / whoever is simple / let him turn in here / whoever is senseless / let him turn in here / leave simpleness / LIVE / walk in the way of insight"

MERZBOW: ANICCA

 Posted by Mariano Equizzi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 12 2008
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Artist: MERZBOW
Title: ANICCA
Format: CD
Label: COLD SPRING (@)
Rated: *****
It is a privilege to write down some thought about the GOD OF NOISE, Merzbow, aka Masami Akita. His art is so well known and extreme that every work is a must to have for NOISE Friends and for men of control working for hidden prisons. Another time Merzbow destroys reality, annihilates every slice of the air around him with special tools played/destroyed without compromises an with his deepest knowledge on signals and sound terrorism. There are no words to express the amount of violence and desperation he puts inside his recording system, but for sure this art is not made to think but just to be overwhelmed by the force of the artist. His competence is absolute and the modulations he is able to give to the wall of noise he created is the proof of the fact that for him the noise has no secrets anymore. This is another time not only sound experiments and noise music, it is a complex system of de-programming from normal sound/normal music/normal living/normal feelings; we cannot decode the real program set up by Merzbow, it is a secret we won't know ever. His plan and aims aren't yet clear, we can only try to find a meaning, an inspiration, in the fortress of noise, inside the noise weapons he is able to set up. Probably he gets through noise a status of reality we cannot see.


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