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Slave Auction: Learned Helplessness

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 05 2008
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Artist: Slave Auction (@)
Title: Learned Helplessness
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: 13 monden (@)
Rated: *****
Slave Auction is a brand new project by Eugenio Maggi (Cría Cuervos) and Nicolas Campagnari. This is their very first release on their own label 13 Monden (www.13monden.com) where they'll publish some of their next releases (a split cd with Demonologists + Metek and a split cd with Canadian mindphucker Women in Tragedy). Expect 20 minutes of ear-raping black-noise from the pagan backwoods. The track starts with repetitive low pitched sounds resembling Mammal's "quiet" moments; then things starts to get heavier and the central part is in the vein of Spanish power noise pioneers L'Akstremauncio. The final part is somehow near to Ahlzagailzehguh's ultraviolence with a lower volume, but a similar impact. It's a soul-hurt. Be prepared.

Mono-Anime: Industrial Thought Patterns

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 02 2008
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Artist: Mono-Anime
Title: Industrial Thought Patterns
Format: CD
Label: Vendetta Music (@)
Distributor: KGD Media
Rated: *****
This is the debut release of one of the new signings of the Denver-based Vendetta Music-label, which turns the roster more and more into the still club-floating Hard-Tec/rhythmically Powernoise genre. The actors behind this project may seem to enjoy secrecy a bit, because the cover art doesn’t feature too much background info on them, also their MySpace-account can’t bring light into darkness. Musically they bring up and follow the idea of acts like S.A.M. for instance to create a hard-driving and hammering Industrial music which combines elements of TBM, Techno and Noise into the mix. The speed on some tracks is breathtaking but this unfortunately burdens the dark Industrial-like ambience, which is definitely required to offer a more diverse impression. They reach a higher hypnotizing level since some of the tracks are coming out repetitive ("Layered Mindfuck" for example clocks more than 12 minutes of harsh and speeding loop-based Noise offering some oriental/Islamic-like voice samples), which is really a strenuous procedure. "Industrial Thought Patterns" is a merciless produced forward-moving Harsh Noise-album, which works well for some club movement, while compositional and musically depth need to be increased with their next album. Average for this time, let’s see what the future holds for them.

20.SV: Apocalyptic Desert

 Posted by Mike V. (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 30 2008
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Artist: 20.SV
Title: Apocalyptic Desert
Format: CD
Label: Autumn Wind Productions (@)
Rated: *****
The sound of this disc excites me from the start. Veiled behind walls of decimated audio signals, buried entities of voice, guitar, synthesizers, and unidentifiable noise generators gasp for air from an 8bit radioactive soundscape. Floating on this green ocean of sonic obliteration are passing waves of decayed melody and radioactive timbres that ignite your ear canals while foreshadowing the destruction yet to come.

Constantly shifting densities fluctuate between onslaught, feedback and sandblast, with the occasional relent of high frequencies making way for the earthmovers to pillage towards a desperately needed, yet always denied moment of pause. Never resting on a single texture for long, Apocalyptic Desert manifests itself through pulsations that undulate and loop under the hand of its creator. One thing that sets this release apart from others of similar ilk is how he maintains (for me) a sense of liveness that makes this interesting and worth repeated listening.

20.SV is a noise project of Lebanese musician Xardas, who also released Burning Sigils under his actual name, Osman Arabi. I recommend listening to his music, particularly this album, at a very high volume for the intended effect. The ascent from zero to about 14 minutes is worth the price of admission alone. Further, Xardas uses both right and left channels to disorient the listener and create a trance-like effect which often lands in a surprisingly musical’ soundscape, that resonates more deeply with each listen. Its very effective, and I can only imagine what this would sound like in surround or live. Recommended to fans of extreme noise like Messiah Complex and Grunt.

100Blumen: Floral Annihilation

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 25 2008
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Artist: 100Blumen (@)
Title: Floral Annihilation
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Only one year after the release of the widely recognized debut "There Is No Law In Floriculture", Germany’s one-man act 100BLUMEN returns with a new album. Still heavily numbed by a "Chlorophyll Rush" (ha-ha...), this project again sets fire under the machines and offers another 17 minutes of pounding, abrasive floral Industrial. All the good things known from the debut like the courage to combine quite different musically arrangements in one song (ever tested piano drops laid over a torturing rhythm inferno? Check "Grassroot Symphony" on here...) could kept alive and the act has experienced an improvement. Also the hypnotic aura by looping repetitive rhythm patterns over and over again has found a continuation. Additional remix works by some friendly label colleagues like P.A.L. and the Hands-recording act HEIMSTATT YIPOTASH are accomplishing this decent release. "Floral Annihilation" is the consequential follow-up and proves that the field of flowers isn’t dried so far. It surely can’t reach the Ant-Zen throne currently owned by EXOCET, MONOKROM or SYNAPSCAPE, but it is nevertheless a satisfying alternative.

Monokrom: One Fine Day In The Pyramid

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 25 2008
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Artist: Monokrom
Title: One Fine Day In The Pyramid
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
With an evil-minded grin in face, the mummies of MONOKROM got awaken to teach some tourists trappede in a pyramid the harsh way of life. Ant-Zen’s MONOKROM, active since mostly two decades, are back to make your eardrums bleed. Let’s doubt on too many fairytales about the re-animation of some mummies after some strange grave-robbers have dared to open king Tut’s tomb, but nevertheless the mummy evolution musically provided through this new album is alive. Each exemplar of this new MONOKROM albums is a unique object, because each got packaged in a handcrafted plaster bandaged sleeve. Also the first 32 exemplars got packed in a heavy box-set and copy No. 23 comes out with a black cover. This strongly reminds on the early Ant-Zen days, when every release offered a special packaging or gimmick to keep on a huge originality and cult status to this label. Musically this new MONOKROM album is the purest noise assault someone can think of, very near to a complete anarchic climax, it will punish your home entertainment to the highest peaks. For sure the most destructive release of Ant-Zen in years, featuring walls of grinding uproar, abrasive frequencies and strange mutilated voices. This is a quite destroying demonstration that the musically onslaught is anything else than a fine day in a pyramid. The track "Wiz Ga-Wiz" is a bit more straighter oriented, or let’s say the rhythmically structure is quite better recognizable behind the walls of harsh noise. This track got also used to publish a video clip entitled "The Return Of The Mummies Of Noise", which you can find at the end of this album. A must-have item for collectors and for anyone longing back some earlier Ant-Zen days.


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