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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.

DEADWOOD: Ramblack

 Posted by Mariano Equizzi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 12 2008
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Artist: DEADWOOD (@)
Title: Ramblack
Format: CD
Label: COLDSPRING (@)
Rated: *****
Deadwood is a master of dark noise menace, and he is also a master in creation of terrifying soundscape, he puts in right place every layer and the result is in the same time aggressive but not hysteric...is art is a good-to-hear-art-of-noise. Surely he works with very provocative icons of the underground and occult culture, another time he does it with Swedish elegance and competence. His technical set up reveals a deep knowledge of analogue and digital instruments and the field recording puts this artist of extreme sounds in the right light in terms of research and experimentation. I am keen to think that the art of noise is an art linked with the reality around us, in many sense it is a scientific psycho-research of the dark side of sounds. Another thing I like so much in this work is the use of voice filtered by microphones, it is really scaring and demoniac, he seems to be possessed by demons. The carpets he uses in the tracks are well built and there is no sense of dejà vu hearing the whole work. It is a perfect work to give sound to horror feature, I think that horror directors have to consider it seriously, the panorama he created is something so bad but well thought, Deadwood is a cinematographic artist in the sense of sound creation for movies and images. My favorite track? The seventh, it's really thrilling and subtle a perfect probing inside the hell of death noise after the fall of demons.

KEPLERS ODD: Strena Seu de Nive Sexangula

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 07 2008
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Artist: KEPLERS ODD
Title: Strena Seu de Nive Sexangula
Format: CD
Label: Fractured Spaces
Rated: *****
Shame on me, I've missed on a couple of Keplers Odd releases (a cd on Desolation House and a cdr on Pas-83), and am now sobbing in self-contempt. Oh well, I'll make up for that. I also have to add that this cd was released in June, but, besides my awful review abilities, it seems only appropriate to run through it now that there's snow outside. KO are a Gothenburg, Sweden trio formed by Daniel Jansson (of mighty Deadwood, Europe's most underrated power electronics project, and STUG 218), Magnus Moilala (Crest, Crest 218) and Kristina Persson (Viper Trail). Though clad in a dark ambient-ish cover, "Strena Seu de Nive Sexangula (A New Year's Gift of Hexagonal Snow)" is a very physical disc of guitars+amps worship. Downtuned strings and bleeding feedback. What is nice is that, even in the only track featuring a doom riff and strangled vocals (VI), KO are far from being the nth Sunn 0))/Earth copycats which are breeding like rats. The album begins with clean acoustic guitars under which lies a flow of feedback lava, fully outleashed in the core part of the disc. Tracks II and III merge amp abuse with subtler elements (expanded pluckings, almost synusoidal drones) which vary the otherwise monolithic wall of the trio. Track IV is the harshest and arguably best one of the lot, and sounds like late Skullflower covering Organum with electric guitars instead of bowed metals and strings. The fifth piece is an out-there electric blues drenched in northern cold and darkness, as if Hototogisu or My Cat is an Alien were sent jamming among starving wolves. Closing the opus in an almost circular way is a strummed dirge which soon dissolves in electric mist. Out of the (often disposable) contemporary variations of "drones made with real guitars", this is one of those albums which deserve repeated listenings.


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