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Helmeticrononaut: We Who Are Not Like Fettoters

 Posted by John Gore   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 16 2007
Artist: Helmeticrononaut (@)
Title: We Who Are Not Like Fettoters
Format: CD
Label: krakilsk (@)
Rated: *****
Well I guess there just isn’t enough noise in the world for some people. Noise music seems to have embraced the democratization of musical forms. It seems that just about anyone can make this kind of racket and does. And there are plenty of CDR labels like Krakilsk in Norway willing to foist it on the rest of us. Has this been done before? Probably millions of times by now. But there are times when this is exactly what the doctor ordered to clear out the cob webs, like a sonic enema. The artist (aka Arnfinn Killingtveit , aka Swamps Up Nostrils) uses a modified alpine-skiing helmet turned feedback instrument with the help of discarded headphones and microphones) and whatever else comes to hand. There are photos and videos (Youtube, Mutant Audio) extant on the internet that make me fear for the guy’s hearing (and even life). 13 tracks for those of you who like their music without boundaries.

Helmeticrononaut: We Who Are Not Like Fettoters

 Posted by John Gore   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 16 2007
Artist: Helmeticrononaut (@)
Title: We Who Are Not Like Fettoters
Format: CD
Label: krakilsk (@)
Rated: *****
Well I guess there just isn’t enough noise in the world for some people. Noise music seems to have embraced the democratization of musical forms. It seems that just about anyone can make this kind of racket and does. And there are plenty of CDR labels like Krakilsk in Norway willing to foist it on the rest of us. Has this been done before? Probably millions of times by now. But there are times when this is exactly what the doctor ordered to clear out the cob webs, like a sonic enema. The artist (aka Arnfinn Killingtveit , aka Swamps Up Nostrils) uses a modified alpine-skiing helmet turned feedback instrument with the help of discarded headphones and microphones) and whatever else comes to hand. There are photos and videos (Youtube, Mutant Audio) extant on the internet that make me fear for the guy’s hearing (and even life). 13 tracks for those of you who like their music without boundaries.

Motor: Unhuman

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 11 2007
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Artist: Motor
Title: Unhuman
Format: CD
Label: Novamute
Rated: *****
I had seen these guys opening for Nitzer Ebb in NYC and was impressed by their teutonic industrial beats, their dark attitude and their brutal electronic sounds. An outburst of energy that bubbles and boils with heat that matches the warmth of their sine- and saw- waveforms, most likely the product of Moogs and other analog-synths. It is hard to describe a sound so smooth and yet so raw: chest-pounding and hard-hitting like Dive, splintery and raw around the edges like Throbbing Gristle, classically warm and electronic like Kraftwerk, ground-stomping and bowel-movement inducing like any real good hard-techno DJ set... Motor just runs like a perfectly oiled and unstoppable machine chipping away at your barriers and blocks to penetrate your enthusiasm and break your hearing, song after song. The whole thing is pretty much in 4/4 with simple and minimalistic beats made of huge sub-kicks on 1 and 3 and sharp, metallic, saturated snare hits on 2 and 4. This is mostly an instrumental album, however the band members do occasionally throw in some vocals, and when they do they, start reminding me of Laibach for some reason.
"Unhuman" is the follow up to their well received "Klunk" and to that you must add remixes for Depeche Mode, Marilyn Manson and Throbbing Gristle, as well as their side project four-piece band X-Lover, so the guys have been pretty active and are most likely going to stay that way.

NOISUF-X: The Beauty Of Destruction

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 02 2007
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Artist: NOISUF-X (@)
Title: The Beauty Of Destruction
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize / Dark Dimensions (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****
After having recently released a new album "Rotten To The Core" under his main project X-FUSION, Jan L. has still a lot of productive fire under his roof. The result is a new album by his Harsh EBM/rhythmically Powernoise project NOISUF-X. The title of this album somehow marks the program of this recording: hard and mostly straight forwarding beats and bass lines, here and there accomplished by some voice samples. It is against to X-FUSION the rather reduced and minimal output of Jan, but at least with a comparable success. NOISUF-X has grown besides XOTOX to be one of the outstanding acts of the ProNoize roster, although it needs to be asked if NOISUF-X really fits any longer to this label. The EBM/Electro content of Jan’s work is almighty here, therefore it may fits better to be placed on Scanner. Tracks like "Distorted Self-Perception", "Fine Line (Between Genius And Madness)" or "Toccata Del Terrore" could be easily fit on a X-FUSION release. "Hit Me Hard (And Hit Me Fast)" – well, this fast-paced track with its featured voice sample should be soon invade the clubs in your area. Same vote goes out for "Geh Zur Hölle", available here in two different versions, featuring some amusing German voice samples. It is generally again a quality work out of Jan L.’s very own X-M-P studio, while it doesn’t at all provide any surprising or innovative moment. The EBM/Electro-minded audience will for sure offer thankfully reactions in form of a higher frequented dancefloor movement – the real Noise-oriented listeners will definitely find this release as being too smooth and EBM-oriented. There are harder, more Powernoise-minded artists available at ProNoize, that’s for sure.

Cenotype: Origins

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jul 30 2007
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Artist: Cenotype
Title: Origins
Format: CD
Label: Hive records (@)
Rated: *****
Hive is one of the best record labels out there to get your rhythm-noise, glitch-breakcore, IDM fixes. Their 24th infection is Cenotype, a NYC-based industrial-noise project that has been active for some years but only now releases his debut full length album. Obviously Mr Cenotype has been around long enough to learn the lessons offered by traditional industrial outlets such as Daft, Body, Ant Zen etc, and with "Origins" he offers a consolidated yet personal outlook on power-rhythm-noise in the 21st century. From hard-hitting, pounding and zapping saturated beats to dance-flirtatious 4/4 patterns that might even make him remix-material for some DJs out there that are not scared of abrasive and raw sounds as opposed to liquid and chill ones. Cenotype's beats are always mixed in with saturated and droning dark-ambient visions that grind against each other with the idiosyncrasy of machinery and industrial landscapes a-la Blade Runner.


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