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Realicide : Enduring The Viral Hell Part 1

 Posted by Royce Icon   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Sep 25 2009
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Artist: Realicide (@)
Title: Enduring The Viral Hell Part 1
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: D-Trash Records (@)
Rated: *****
Realicide and the related crew of individuals will always have a certain place in my heart. I know that sounds sappy, but it's the damn truth. I met Robert Inhuman when I was about 17, and he inspired me a lot. I had been making music of my own for a bit, but it was being exposed to his DIY ethic and getting a copy of some of his Morepunklessrock anthologies (Morepunklessrock is what his label was called originally, 5 years ago or so it changed to Realicide Youth Recods) that made me realize that it was actually a viable option to make and release experimental DIY music.

That really has nothing to do with this particular record, but I felt like saying it, so I did. Anyway, on with the review!

Enduring The Viral Hell Part 1 is a mix of various material, apparently both live and studio stuff, and I believe some of it showed up on other releases, but I may be wrong. There is a lot of different stuff here, from the more familiar harsh gabber speedcore to more experimental digital noise environments, to brooding spoken tracks with sparse textural backgrounds. Each style is effective, and they all have that awesome existential quality that I dig about Robert's work.

Tracks like "Bread and circus", "Death Machine" and "brickwall hardcore" all drip with a beautiful kind of nihilism that sound like the dialogue to some awesomely fucked up post-apocalypse slasher movie. And on the faster, super short digital hardcore grind side of things, "Truthfully unable to know", "hypothetical popularity" and "want runs thin" are all great blasts of cathartic shrapnel.
But it's all pretty asskicking stuff.


Enduring The Viral Hell Part 1 is an exercise in diverse experimental speedcore gabber that really has few peers. If you like your music fast, harsh, loud and dark, you will dig Realicide. And after you download this, consider buying an album from Robert's Realicide Youth Records, cause the guy deserves it. This is the real deal folks, check it out!

Nuclear Combination: Virus

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Sep 09 2009
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Artist: Nuclear Combination
Title: Virus
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Morphic Field Resonance
Rated: *****
This is a relatively new release by the German Morphic Field Recordings organization, which is an Experimental-minded net-label and forum lead by the participating bands (among others AGGRESSIONLEVEL 4.0, LETZTE AUSFAHRT LEBEN or NARCOTICA-RUS). So also this very first release of NUCLEAR COMBINATION is free to download, released and licensed under the Creative Commons agreement. The project itself is rather a collaborative effort, since it consts of members of projects like LETZTE AUSFAHRT LEBEN, E.I.D., and TOURETTE/NERVENLAEHMUNG. The protagonists behind this project, Nina (LAL), Andre (E.I.D.) and Markus (NERNENLÄHMUNG) have joined their forces together, to produce a mostly beat-oriented Powernoise-album featuring – surprise, surprise – the female vocals of Nina. But even if this fact sounds promising, be assured that the people behind this project don’t have an interest to present a heart-felting and beautiful performance, as the female lead vocals are raw and for the most part infected with lousy lo-fi effect manipulations. Musically these 12 tracks show some talent into the Noise genre, names like FORMALIN or ARZT + PFUSCH mixed together come to mind, while they leave higher musically surprises out. A favorite is the rather dark-instead-of-noisy track "Prophecy", which offers a wider musically spectrum. As for floor-compatibility, the rhythmical Noise-tracks like "Seelenarbeiter" and/or "False Prophets" should be able to feed the addicts. Also conspicuous is their use of German, English and Russian (!) lyrics, often also changing in between a track, that’s quite a rarity. Production-wise and especially regarding the end mix this album could need some polishing or it should be given in some approved hands to add a bit more dynamic. Nevertheless this one comes out quite satisfying for a debut, which got rewarded with a high number of downloads from their label website above.

A SPIRALE : agaspastik

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jul 17 2009
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Artist: A SPIRALE (@)
Title: agaspastik
Format: CD
Label: Fratto9 / Deserted Factory (@)
Rated: *****
Naples own A Spirale are back again after few months from the release of their electro-acoustic Gariga cd and right after and the second ASp/SEC collaboration, in case you don't know the electro-acoustic phase represent just one of their many mutations, infact with the ASp/SEC project they've been flirting with the electronic matter (which I can't but recommend you to give it a try), they started as a free-jazz rock combo but the most important thing is they've been playing a lot and from the result I guess they've been practicing and working hard to twist their former shape. I remember when on their debut cd they still had this post-prog-chamber-free-jazzy-rock touch and you already could hear they wanted more and they had the potential to cross the border. Agaspastik shows the flower is blossoming, hard to say if this' the band at its personal best, time will tell; by the way what really matters is that there's a combination of factors that make this record great. The recording is finally dynamic and vivid as a band like this requires, the tracklist and the length of the cd softens a journey that otherwise could have been heavier and probably wouldn't have helped these Neapolitans to show despite the different approaches of each fragment, there's a strong stylistic continuity, this also shows the different parts have a meaning as a whole. You pass from a quasi-Caspar Brotzmann intro to a "Naked City!?...we make them appear as a bunch of pussies" follow up, but beyond the aggressive approach you'll have the chance to find spores of melody coming from avant-jazz roots, reminiscences of fractured/avant-rock guitarism, traces of harsh and soft noise-ambient, free-jazz-rock drumming where some of you may recognize a transfigured portrait of Ruins, Painkiller, Orthlem, or latest Iceburn with less violence and with no fucking prog traces in the family background. From free-jazz-noise to avant-quasi-contemporary-post-hardcore-post-industrial shit, and the fact itself this cd comes out as a joint venture of avant-free-jazz-experimental label Fratto9 and post-industrial-experimental japanese Deserted Factory is a quite explicit reference. Brain, guts, aggressivity, control and atmosphere...A Spirale are really close to the boiling point or maybe here we have the last great eruption of Vesuvio... c'mon great mountain kill us all!!.




Hyperdriver: Naked Aggression

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Jul 13 2009
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Artist: Hyperdriver
Title: Naked Aggression
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: D-Trash Records (@)
Rated: *****

HYPERDRIVER has been around for awhile, and they're one of those bands that have been in my peripheral vision since I started doing reviews way back 6 years ago or so. I believe that "Naked Aggression" is the first album of their's I've actually reviewed but I know I've heard at least bits of others. The title of the album is actually very succinct, as there is plenty of aggression on display throughout the 12 tracks here, yet unfortunately that's more or less all there is, so the naked part kind of applies as well.

Having said that, I want to state that this is not a bad record. It has a lot of energy, and each track has it's own sound. But the theme of super fast distorted beats with little else backing them gets a bit redundant after awhile. Halfway into the album, the bursts seem much less like catharsis and more like boredom. I love some of the spastic, high energy DHC style stuff D-trash has released in the past, but this just doesn't do it for me. Judging from the videos that came on a DVR with the disc, Hyperdriver seems like they'd be nice to see live, and I think this stuff would appeal to me more in that context. There just isn't enough variation to hold my attention. But hey, that's just my opinion. You can download it for free from the site and check it out for yourself.

HPC: Halfbreed

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 15 2009
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Artist: HPC
Title: Halfbreed
Format: CD
Label: Hymen Records (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
This is another fine proof of the talent scouts behind the Hymen Records label – they listen behind the current styles and trends and come up here and there with some unexpected new signings. HPC is a Norwegian one-man project, which integrates some fine extracts out of Dark Ambient, Powernoise and danceable Electronica music to a musically culmination banished on this first debut album. With the additional sense to integrate some soundtrack-like movie samples, this one comes out as a moody rival to the currently best acts available on a label like Tympanik Audio – band projects like ZENTRIERT INS ANTLITZ, STENDECK or BROKEN FABIOLA are allowed to name for comparisons. Besides the rhythmic-oriented tunes like "Dissociate", "Machine" or "Run", this album too offers rather weird tunes drifting far away of your usual listening experience. Just check out the interrupted "Fond Memories", which sounds like a defective vinyl record repeating a phrase over and over again. An act not to underestimate, let’s look forward for any further quality releases of this fine band project.


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