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Artist: Andrew Reddy (@)
Title: Spitting broken teeth and mistranslations
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Andrew Reddy the creator of this work describes this as an album of amorphous noisescape tracks and cacophonous minimalist drones. It is hard to argue with this, the listener is bombarded by an onslaught of manipulated electronic and guitar sounds dominated by fuzzy interference, harsh scraping, crackling and buzzing with the odd field sample thrown in for good measure. Some tracks veer to dark ambient and are more immediate and compelling allowing faint glimmers of reflection, but in the main the the overriding ethos is less dynamic, bleak and suffocating. However, a highly stylised and scientific approach is evident in the crafting of these cold, harsh sounds. The track " precession" is apparently created from a system of examining molecular structure using their resonant frequencies, in this case Hydrogen. Strangely enough this track portrays a more cavernous and eerie atmosphere more reminiscent of deep space ambient with its ominous tones and distant crackling emerging from its blackness. The overall sound is not an easy listen, this was never the objective, it's more suited to dedicated noise fanatics who could enjoy dissecting the various dissonant elements. In a more poetic sense however it could be the soundtrack to an ongoing fundamental, chemical process or experiment where random elementary particles scream, burn, explode and die.

Antichildleague: Holy Ghost

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 17 2016
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Artist: Antichildleague
Title: Holy Ghost
Format: CD
Label: Hagshadow
Rated: *****
Antichildleague is the brainchild of Gaya Donadio, also boss of the Hagshadow label/distribution and formerly promoter under the Hinoeuma the Malediction monicker. Born in Italy, Gaya moved to England in the 80s and started to be active in the punk movement organising concerts and playing. Basically, she's still doing that and even if the industrial power electronic sound of ACL wouldn't suggest that, she's still following the d.i.y. philosophy and somehow she's still punk at heart as she's struggling to living by following her own path and not by someone else's rules. Born almost two decades ago but releasing the first CD album only eigth years ago, the project has just a new album out, titled "Holy Ghost". This album is the last part of a trilogy ("The Father" and "The Son" were the first two) and as you may suppose, its theme is focusing on the disasters caused by the catholic education/morale. The rules imposed by a family which is not fed with love but only with rules and guilt can create monsters and Gaya is picturing that crude reality. Starting from the disturbing cover of a rotten dick painted by Jukka Siikala. "Holy Ghost" contains thirteen tracks in balance from industrial to power electronic, as I already pointed out earlier, where Gaya blends digital and analogic noises adding to the mix filtered vocals. So, how it sounds? If on "I Hate You" and "Ice Heart" we have metal clanging noises with raging distorted vocal cries and distorted synth waves, on "Weak Seed" the atmosphere is always tense and we have an upbeat rhythm with background noises coming and go. Listening to the tracks I imagine Gaya balancing the intensity of her sound as well as she tries to deal with her rage. I'd like to point out that even if we have titles like "Penis Dead", "Dick Funeral" or "Guilty Women", don't think that ACL is sounding like the old classic Whitehouse. Here we have a different approach: if in Whitehouse sex and violence was showed to provoke, here the main theme is sex and violence perpetrated by people dealing with religion. Think that here in Italy, lately, we have priests accused of pedophilia more than rainy days in a year: this is the real horror! ACL is bringing you her vision of all this and it isn't meant to be nice...

Sirotek: Listening To The Mirror

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jan 31 2016
Artist: Sirotek (@)
Title: Listening To The Mirror
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Wall Noise Action (@)
Rated: *****
This release from Sirotek, the post-industrial project of Vitaly Malygin, seems based based on psychological concept as it features also samples of the voice of Sigmund Freud. The mirror could be seen as how we perceive ourself in what we see and this could be the sense of the cover artwork where a man is seen through the disturbed signal of the television.
"Some Important New Facts About The Unconscious" opens this release juxtaposing noises and voices, perhaps from a television program, as the noises, perhaps from a malfunctioning television, underlines the worries generated by the lecture. "Rhizome Ways" reveals a sense of narration as it starts almost quality to superimposes noise generators to expose a gentle line of piano in the central part and closing the track with small noises in a pure silence. "Hypnagogia" is a long track starting as an almost dark ambient track to evolve with sharp noises in a central part of undeniable impact and closing with with tones of atmosphere. "Inside The Mirror" is a noise track of deep impact and "I'm Only Sleeping" is at the threshold between ambient and noise. "I'm Only Dying" is a meditative juxtaposition of noises while "Besy" superimpose noises until it reaches the white one. "The Gift Of Death" sequences sonic details from a sort of melody above a canvas of background noise.
This is more multifaceted release than the average of the genre which is focused on the body impact and reveals an artist which is anchored to an allegorical vision of noise that reminds to an almost spiritual vision. This not a release for everyone but noise fans will see a path for the future of the genre.
Artist: Aeoga (@)
Title: Triangle Of Nebula-Devourers + Palace For Vultunales
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
Another welcomed postcard from Finnish sonic underground recently reached my desk and group together a couple of older outputs by solo-project Aeoga of Aural Hypnox founder Anti Haapapuro, who decided to re-release "Palace For Vultunales" and "Triangle of Nebula-Devourers" ten years after their previously strictly limited edition (the former belonged to the deluxe boxset of "Zenith Beyond The Helix-Locus" - just 40 copies -, while the latter was limited to 100 CD-R copies) for Stellar Mansion series of the label by housing it in an silk-screen printed cardboard artwork that include four double-sided inserts of artwork and somehow explanatory words to describe each stage of these sonic entities in between dark ambient and ritual industrial. Such a stylistic hybridization is particularly clear on "Triangle of Nebula-Devourers", whose three long-lasting tracks could let you imagine it was recorded during a mysterious ritual by likewise mysterious entities in some hidden area of an abandoned factory during which obscure energies managed to shake the surrounding elements. Despite their somehow occult meaning, the descriptions of each stage of this rite are particularly fitted to what you are going to listen and sentences like "Silvery-eyed understand the language of those who are veiled in gold/Follow the ethereal currents to finally bath with the owl-eyed" (the words to describe "Menstrual Skull Consumed" or "Luminous desert of existence/Dual-directional roaming/through five nebulous five" (the description of "Let The Sun Become Your Eye") could stimulate your imagination, but certainly less the listening experiences that Aeoga provided over the thirty minutes of his recording. The sound of the two parts of "Palace For Vultunales" ("Palace For Vultures" and "Palace For Vulcanales") is definitively more ritual-oriented, but it's likewise obscure and powerfully imaginative - its sinister sumptuosity could be matched to a sort of aural training for some larger sweeping event by previously evoked deities-.

Hijokaidan: Emergency Stairway To Heaven

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 20 2015
Artist: Hijokaidan (@)
Title: Emergency Stairway To Heaven
Format: 12" vinyl + CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
The new album from Hijokaidan is a double release: a 12" release with the title track and a CD release with two live performances. Often enough Hijokaidan have been classified as a noise band, and they are considered as one of the first bands in this genre, but their music has that sort of Colemanesque quality that let emerge from the mass of the instrumentations the single quality of the performers.
Emergency Stairway To Heaven is a track divided in four parts: the "Part 1" starts with a radio signal which is suddenly interrupted by the guitar and the screaming, the energetic drumming sets a time frame where the music develops with convulsion and contractions interleaved by quiet mass of drones. "Part 2" is instead quite calm as it relies on sparse beats on cymbals and sporadic instruments noises so the result is almost psychedelic. "Part 3" close the side A of the vinyl with an overlapping of the instruments giving the sense of an apparent chaos. The "Part 4" last for all the side B and is a long track which starts quietly and alternates moments in which the voice and drums are in the foreground to moments in which the other instruments bear them; this structure let emerge the peculiar quality of the members: the ductility of the screaming, the framework of the drums, the texture of the electronic and the movement of the guitar.
The CD version collects two concert: the first is "Live At Uplink 20th May 2014" which is based on the thick mass of sound generated by the electronics of T. Mikawa which periodically leave a space for the screaming of Junko and the synthesizer of JOJO Hiroshige. The second is "Live At Chikusa-Za 21st Dec. 2014" and the presence of Futoshi Okano on drums is the elements that change the auditory structure as it changes completely his equilibrium so while the first live relies on details, this one relies on the dynamic as is sounds as every instruments take the lead role for seconds or fraction.
The impressive quality of this band stands in the absence of boredom in their music, while other projects sound able only to create a noise wall without any movements or rifts, as they amplify all the fissures in their sound to generate the same sense of form that could be found in a Pollock painting. If anyone remember in which record there's such painting the circle is closed. Absolutely a must for fans of the genre.

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