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VILGOC: Wypelnienie

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Feb 11 2008
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Artist: VILGOC (@)
Title: Wypelnienie
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
WIPELNIENIE is the new album by Vilgoc and it is released by Beast Of Prey in a limited edition of 150 copies. The seven tracks of the album are in balance from extreme electronics (mainly feedbacks and distorted drones) and minimal industrial with Polish spoken word. The tracks sound like suites where the calm parts and the ones which we could call "distorted threats for your ears", are alternated. The treated spoken word part (which unfortunately is in Polish language) seems to guide the listeners through extreme paths but I can't tell what they are because of the language. Anyway. Musically the album has some interesting moments where the sounds are alternated and Vilgoc create a good effect of chaos/"released tension with an upcoming wave of sound coming" but sometimes he uses few sounds which give to the album the "for fans only" grade.

M.B.: Regel

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 03 2008
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Artist: M.B.
Title: Regel
Format: CD
Label: Final Muzik
Rated: *****
One of Maurizio Bianchi's most representative works, "Regel" (1982) is finally re-released with a new layout by Final Muzik, re-taking the remastered version issued by Alga Marghen in 1998, featuring the two sides of the original LP and the "Acido prussico" track from the "Neuengamme" sampler (Broken Flag, 1982). Let's say that "Regel" perfectly combines the two opposite/complementary sides of M.B.'s sonic research at that time: brutal noise stabs and cold, deranged machinery-like loops on one side, and dismal synth patterns, with vague melodic hints, on the other. I've written "opposite/complementary" because, while in other releases the characteristics are more polarized, here they frequently collide, giving birth to a monstruous wall of sound. There are some abrupt changes, probably deriving from largely improvised sessions, that make track 1 sound like a broken, out of control mechanism, while disturbed frequencies and echoes streak the dull synth lines of the filpside. As a whole, I can only see M.B.'s early phase as a sick, cancerous organism eating itself out. Possibly the perfect record to understand how the anti-musician Bianchi built a bridge between some of the most autistic performers of the Kraut era (Schnitzler, Kluster, Sesselberg) and the growing industrial circuit, especially the inhuman Come/Broken Flag hordes.
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Artist: Kenji Siratori (@)
Title: Sickness For The 21st Century
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Only a very few months after his debut release "Death Creature" for the German SkullLine label, the Japanese Cyberpunk-/Ambient-artist KENJI SIRATORI returns with a new album. Again strictly limited to only 50 exemplars, KENJI offers a musically onslaught quite different to his mentioned debut. Although "Sickness..." still compliments with long and static Dark-Ambient-like drones, the overall outfit is much harder-minded. He could integrate a wide-ranging distortion/overdrive effect manipulation on his long running tracks, again simply named in a row of "I" to "VI". A nightmarish and yet very sinister sounding experience. Which brings him nearer to some Cold Meat Industry acts, but mainly a sound outfit which avoids to deal with any beautiful thing of the world. No music for the faint-hearted for sure, and the end of the rope still isn’t reached for KENJI. Tracks are ranging between 5 and 16 minutes, this album comes out with a semi-glossy cover and it is hand-numbered. A collectors item soon for sure, so act up ASAP.

The Sleep Sessions : Heatwaves & Snowdrifts

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jan 28 2008
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Artist: The Sleep Sessions (@)
Title: Heatwaves & Snowdrifts
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Industrial Culture (@)
Rated: *****
Another short classic power-noise shot for you liver. This time it’s a polish project, but this series of small pieces of plastic is quite uniform from what I’ve heard so far. I know it may sound stupid and too easy to compare The Sleep Sessions to dear ol’ Whitehouse minus vocals, but that’s one of the impressions I’ve had, obviously I’m talking about some of their old releases since now it seems they also added percussions. In conformity with some other projects coming from Poland, the performance is really brawny and obviously if you play it loud you have your adored dosage of wall of sound. It still lack of that something to reach the next level, but it has its moments above all during the second track where The Sleep Sessions added a minimal "melody", maybe that’s the direction to get that something more to make the difference.


NO JOHN : parasite

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jan 28 2008
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Artist: NO JOHN (@)
Title: parasite
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Industrial Culture (@)
Rated: *****
I’ve always loved 3" and this series of small cds is interesting cause some extreme music (some doesn’t imply every subgenre) is really suitable for short blasts. Differently from Praew Jik, No John is less muscular and produces more obsessive tracks, in some ways though using less energy, if compared to the previous power noise 3", this one is way much uneasy do to the fact it’s less continuous. The sound is again good and the music is once more quite simple but also well refined: you pass from saturated noises to high frequencies, sometimes it’s really close to some early Hafler Trio than to some other Japanese mad man (read Merzbow). Those simple distortion really reminded me some old heroes like Intrinsic Action even if honestly I think No John has nothing to do with him both aesthetically (that’s not secondary for what regards Mark Solotroff’s project) and musically... it’s just some saturated/distorted sounds are quite similar. A good morsel but with ups and downs.



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