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Artist: Standgericht (@)
Title: Achtung Disko
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Although using several German words and names, here comes a release of a UK-based duo now signed to the German mail order service SkullLine. STANDGERICHT offer us a very rhythmically oriented piece of electronic music, they like to integrate old-school EBM ideas with classic Powernoise/Industrial-driven percussive elements. Almost every track on this album moves merciless forward with a strong "Alle Gegen Alle"-EBM-attitude, accomplished with some voice-samples and multiple rhythm pattern programmings. Of course, an obvious inspiration by some militaristic works and impressions documented through several marching beats, sirens, explosion or orders of drill instructors get several insertions too. Here and there it sounds a bit like if early DIVE would meet LAIBACH for a jam session after having consumed some drugs ("Recycled Life"). A small doze of humor is featured as well with the track "We Steal Die Ananas" – although dangerous to rely and sample a legend like a;GRUMH... Please note also the pure EBM-like hidden bonus track. This album means pure entertainment if you have a heart for some retro and veteran-like stuff. Since also this item will be strictly limited, I like to advise to hurry up to purchase it directly from the source.
Apr 10 2008
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Artist: Kadaver (@)
Title: Running with Scissors
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
The label release output of Germany’s mail order specialist when it comes to purchase rarities out of the rather experimental music styles, the Augsburg-based SkullLine, has grown during the last few months enormously. It seems that there must be an audience which purchases the mostly strictly limited releases, which all get released in special art and packages. A new addition to the stable is KADARVER, a project cosisting out of the Israel-based musician Michael Zolotov.
The presented music is a sort of Harsh Noise and Power-Electronics, some rminiscences to some Cold Meat-Industry works and to some Japanese Noise-artists like MASONNA for example seem to be intended. This album offers 9 tracks and 45 minutes of torturing and static noise, rhythmically insertions got mostly left out. It’s a bit hard to find in between the walls of noise something like a corsage which could press and integrate a sort of structure into this uncontrollable Noise chaos. A release only designed for supporters of the purest noise assaults and nothing at all for the fainthearted.

Black Mold Phallanx/Lacerated Tissue: Pustules of the Putrifact

 Posted by Shaun Phelps (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 26 2008
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Artist: Black Mold Phallanx/Lacerated Tissue (@)
Title: Pustules of the Putrifact
Format: CD
Label: Mental Abuse Records (@)
Distributor: defektiv_component@yahoo.com
Rated: *****
Black Mold Phallanx is a project from Steve Pekari, proprietor of Mental Abuse Records and Splatterfuck Tapes, two DIY labels accessible through Myspace. Pakari also heads numerous other underground Death-Crust-Grind-Metal-Noise projects. Regretfully, I don’t know anything about Lacerated Tissue, except that they are from Italy.

I think the best way to adequately describe the sound of both of these projects is by an over-generalized analogy, so here it goes: Imagine an engine that was created by sewing multiple collapsed, tar-blackened, puss-filled, rotting lungs together. The fuel: Adrenaline and old milk. The difference between Black Mold Phallanx and Lacerated Tissue, to my ears, is that someone poured too much milk into the Lacerated half.

This split release is a collection of heavy guitar, rapid drums, and organic sputtering noises, peppered with smatterings of synthesizer. The songs are all very short and are just as different as they are the same. What this release lacks in dynamics it makes up for in novelty and originality. I’ll admit, metal has never been my forte. I’m not well-advised on the current accepted modes of sound, but this is the most unique perspective I’ve ever heard.

Wasted Consumption Patterns: Solder

 Posted by Michael Grillo   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 25 2008
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Artist: Wasted Consumption Patterns
Title: Solder
Format: CD
Label: Intolerance Records
Rated: *****
The brainchild of DJ Korpserape, Wasted Consumption Patterns’ (WCP) latest release "Solder" offers a mixture of industrial and jungle. The album can be best described as a mixture between Cubanate’s "Interference" and Haujobb’s "Solutions for a Small Planet," only not as good as either of those albums. Most of the tracks on "Solder" are comprised of fast paced generic jungle rhythms (which sound like they were pulled from a Zero G sample CD) and highly distorted vocals and synthesizer effects. All of these elements work together towards a very outdated and uninspired sound that prompted me to check my calendar just to make sure that it still wasn’t 1996. The few lines that one can discern from the distorted lyrics demonstrates that the WCP’s lyrical content is at best banal with lines like "take this soul it’s all I got." The two weakest tracks on the CD are "Sheep" and "Discord," which deviate from the industrial jungle sound to a slower groove that is at best a weak attempt to sound like PIG that completely lacks the tongue in cheek lyrical stylings and competent musical arrangements of Raymond Watts. The press kit that accompanied the CD explains a lot, discussing how Korpserape completed the album in 2000 but put off its release until now because his drug use led to his institutionalization in a mental hospital, which provides a reasonable explanation as to why this record is so weak and outdated sounding. If this story is in fact true, then it’s quite sad that a record label would use it to try to market an album that is so poorly put together.

INSANE ASYLUM : Caustic Factory Outlet

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 20 2008
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Artist: INSANE ASYLUM
Title: Caustic Factory Outlet
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Industrial Culture (@)
Rated: *****
The opposite of loud is low and the interesting aspect of this 3" is the fact without going too far from the noise, industrial sphere it leaves the frontal attack back home to choose subtle, grey white noises. Here and there some tracks are a bit more powerful but if compared to his label mate Ichorus is way softer and a bit more cerebral so don't think I was meaning Insane Asylum is simply weaker. It remind me of something of old Sshe-retina-stimulans from Sigillum S fame but less organized and less powerful from what I remember. Insane Asylum works in a smooth way for a harsh/power noise unit and I like it since with many bands going for the direct approach I can't but appreciate somebody taking the opposite lane. This one really makes me think to Masonna just a bit more european and far from that Japan-chaos motherfucker modus essendi. A minimalistic release and I'd add also a cerebral one which are the more interesting characteristics for a short thing like this.






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