Music Reviews



Red Army Faction (Die Baader-Meinhof Gruppe): Red Army Faction (Die Baader-Meinhof Gruppe)

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
 Edit (4880)
Jan 08 2009
cover
Artist: Red Army Faction (Die Baader-Meinhof Gruppe) (@)
Title: Red Army Faction (Die Baader-Meinhof Gruppe)
Format: CD
Label: DBMG/RAF (self-released) (@)
Distributor: DBMG/RAF
Rated: *****
Die Baader-Meinhof Gruppe / Red Army Faction is Joshua David Richardson with a revolving door of collaborators, which include: Scott E. Farmer (Russian Futurists), Sam Devos (For Greater Good), and Edwin Vanvinckenroye (Tribe) amongst others.

According to Richardson, DBMG/RAF is a chance for musicians and multi-media artists to explore the use of violence within their chosen medium for the expressed purpose of destroying the economic, social, and artistic structures imposed on them by Late 20th and 21st Century Capitalism. It is inspired by the actions of West-Germany’s Red Army Faction (also known as the Baader-Meinhof Group), which sought the violent overthrow of West-Germany’s post-war governments from the 1970’s until its official disbandment in 1998.

Politics aside, this is one freshing new release that actually lives up to being true INDUSTRIAL music. It is noisy, chaotic, harsh, violent, full of anguish and torment while still carrying a strong beat. This is the kind of industrial that will immediate clear the dancefloor at your local goff-idustrial club, will sort out the real rivetheads from the poseurs, and have noise music enthusiasts begging for more. There’s a good amount of variety on this CD too- a post-punk "Peter Gunn" inspired rhythm track with whacked out old school analogue electronics, middle-eastern Indian ambience with the sound of war in the background (perfect for planning your next Jihad), Deutsch Nepal and Memorandum inspired beats with radio transmissions in the background, slabs of whale-toned cries from the deep, broken and distorted sonics over a militant backbeat with appropriately painful processed vocals, wacky distorted rhythmic melodies, and much more. It is experimental without being unlistenable. Alienating while still being engaging. Even when Richardson is using those overly-familiar sounds and elements, they never seem dated or clichéd. When it comes to this kind of music, this guy obviously seems to know what he’s doing and doesn’t wear his influences on his sleeve like so many others who’ve attempted it. If I had one thing to nit-pick about, it might be the use of overuse of spoken word samples, which is a pet peeve of mine in any music genre. Purists can argue as to its appropriateness, but I feel that a constant barrage of it is a bit clichéd. Thankfully, Richard tempers it with other interesting elements.

This release has an awful lot going for it and has so much variety that it has a very high replayability factor, something that I haven’t heard in a good number of harsh music projects that I’ve reviewed positively. It is also not a constant torrent of torturous sounds; there are quite a few quieter moody moments. Nothing is overly-long or intolerable. If this was released on CMI, it might be the album of the year in Europe. Red Army Faction is like having the best moments of bands like Mental Destruction, In Slaughter Natives, Esplendor Geometric and Brighter Death Now rolled into one steaming package.


Perhaps it’s due to the duality of the name Die Baader-Meinhof Gruppe / Red Army Faction and its association that makes this music project totally oblique in a Google search. If you want this music, you REALLY have to know where to look. You can find it on iTunes (Die Baader-Meinhof) or CD Baby (http://cdbaby.com/cd/baadermeinhof) but I’d recommend just going directly to the website since there videos, more info and purchase options there. Definitely recommended!

The Peoples Republic Of Europe: Singularity

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
 Edit (4878)
Jan 05 2009
image not
available
anymore
Artist: The Peoples Republic Of Europe
Title: Singularity
Format: CD
Label: Vendetta Music (@)
Distributor: KGD Media
Rated: *****
The Denver-based label Vendetta-Music becomes more and more the first-class address when it comes to sign or to license some Europe-based Hard-Tech/rhythmically Powernoise act, also the Dutch TPROE aren’t an exception. Following musically a relatively comparable coarse like their label-mates and countrymen of MONO-ANIME, also TPROE offer a brutal sound outfit taking its influence out of up-to-date sound TBM, Electro/Industrial and pure Noise. Dozens of voice samples are in use to strengthen some of their messages and I feel at least and in parts more conform with this one compared to MONO-ANIME. Take some already discovered acts of the ProNoize-roster like S.A.M. or FABRIK C and you’ll get an idea, how TPROE sound. As for highlights, well, there can be chosen almost all, if you look for some wild dancefloor action, but the sentimental piece "Bitter Seventeen" dedicated to a died young teenager makes a complete and ominous sounding difference to all other tracks. It has also to be said, that this one beats brutal and unstoppable – but it doesn’t include anything new or refreshing. There are out there several other acts offering more ideas and TPROE are acting rather like the daily but still beloved burger for a dinner. Not bad at all, but it needs more to get recognized out of a mass of this swamped genre.
cover
Artist: Autoclav 1.1 (@)
Title: Love No Longer Lives Here
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Another act with a so-called cult status now signed under the flag of the uprising Tympanik Audio-label, the British Electronica-specialist Tony Young and his infamous AUTOCLAV 1.1 project presents a new studio album. If the chosen album title and the generally depressive mood caused through Tony’s arrangements on this new album have any deeper with some personal experiences , maybe of a gone relationship is at least still a secret out of Tony’s private life, but I guess that Tony reflects quite often internals through his music. At least, this would fit also to the impression the beautiful album art with black/white photos in a digipak provides. Musically Tony has seldom before produced an album, which offers so much organic elements like guitars (check "All Long Black Spirals" featuring Jamie Blacker of ESA)and piano sounds besides the expected doze of IDM/Electronica music. It is surely a quite different and interesting point of view to explore a more organic sound outfit asides the known and futuristic Electronica elements – yes, this fusion may can be called innovative – but at least, those more Electronica-layered sounding tracks like the struggling "It’s Indifference" or the mechanical-moving but quite melodic "Hell Is The Face Of Love" (featuring a bass guitar performance by Dave Pybus of CRADLE OF FILTH) have my preference. "Love No Longer Lives Here" comes generally out surprising straight and 4/4-oriented, Tony’s often discovered complexity in his main rhythm structures have been reduced to take a backseat in the new AUTOCLAV 1.1 sound outfit. It is nevertheless a highly recommendable album full of refreshing ideas, but it needs an open mind and horizon from the listener.
cover
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
 Edit (4871)
Jan 05 2009
cover
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.


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha