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Nörv: s/t

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 15 2006
Artist: Nörv (@)
Title: s/t
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Here's a quite basic mini cd with a couple of songs floating ashore in the industrial sea. Ebm? Mm..I’d answer neeee, I'd throw Spk, and some Meira Asher "Spear into hooks"-era in the receipt and a bit of Novo Homo here and there. Martial, squared, sick and with that distorted vocals industrial listeners are so comfortable with. The recording is a bit lo-fi but you can still hear it and the vocals are declaimed in that sick/sexy manner as you expect it to be. Basic, simple and still naïve, improvable but listenable.


 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 13 2006
Artist: ENDIF (@)
Title: Meta
Format: CD
Label: Crunch Pod Media (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is the first "real" full-length by this one-man act leaded by Jason Hollis, if we don’t count the split-release with CAUSTIC to the discography, and I can still remember hearing about this act 3 – 4 years ago coming up through the Thirdwave Collective, which is still active ( A track like "Ashes" caught really my attention and got released on a collective compilation. That it took some more years until this act could leave its hidden status wondered me a bit. So here we have this full-length release out on Crunch Pod Media – and I’ve seldom heard this year anything comparable intense like this one! This isn’t the straight and monotonous beating Powernoise someone may expects, it goes deeper and shows a lot of depth, details and facets. There’s a real intelligent kind behind this 13 tracks, which take influences out of Electro/Industrial, Powernoise (of course...), IDM and Electro-Clash. This is somehow that kind of music where INDIVIDUAL TOTEM at their heydays ("SETI"-era...) have stopped and wouldn’t mind to integrate the "noise" component in their music. Hard electronics filled with real authentic ideas, can you remember to which other release you’ve been said this for a while? "Ashes" is included, but also "Sleeper Cell" which took place on the quadruple Alfa Matrix compilation Endzeit Bunkertracks 2. All relevant older tracks of this act got revamped into this new style, and nothing’s gonna disturb the float of this album. Some well-done co-operations with some different musicians are featured as well, J. Conley aka SAEMSKIN, an act I also lately discovered has laid his hands on "Blotter", one of the outstanding pieces here by combining noise aggression with a constant good but dark melodic content. "Gritscape" is one of the few harsh and fast-forward beating tracks and got manipulated by Mort Rigdon of POLLUTED AXIS. "Totenplatz", a more Dark Electro-oriented track which also has found a free slot on BLC’s Interbreeding VII compilation features lyrics and guest vocals in German by Siren313 of APRAXIA. If you have only a small sense of dedication to hard but still diverse pounding Electro/Industrial/Powernoise music provided with intelligent arrangements and structures, you’ll need to purchase this one. I tend to call this a milestone. Doubleplusgood!!!


 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 13 2006
Artist: C/A/T (@)
Title: ATF
Format: CD EP
Label: Crunch Pod Media (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
A new EP release of this project leaded by Ben Arp, who’s also behind the label Crunch Pod Media. Strictly limited to 666 hand-numbered exemplars, this EP presents some reworked tracks from the past full-length album "The Rogue Pair" as well as some special tracks composed in between, which don’t fit with the concept of the next release "Transcend", intended to be out in February 2K7. The provided music Ben and his female partner Kat offer here, can be easily compared to some efforts of TERRORFAKT, MANUFACTURA or ALTER DER RUINE. It’s rhythmically and hammering Powernoise, right and straight forward-moving with a hefty-in-your-face-attitude. It is –as usual for the genre – instrumental music, but filled with some funny voice samples, which really made me smile when there are male/female conversations if "gripping on tits" is sex or not... ("Enhancer"). So you’ll got here new versions of the last albums’ favorites like "Smashed (V.2)", "Enhancer (V.2) or "A Line In The Sand (One Step Over Mix)". Also two foreign remix works provided by the already mentioned TERRORFAKT ("Enemy Within") and Mr. Matt "Eurotic" Fanale aka CAUSTIC ("Enhancer" – love tits???) are featured. 6 tracks are only listed here, but there are two hidden extra pieces, "Pairasight (Instrumental Mix)" and "The Prisoner (Live and Loathing in Las Vegas)". And with the track "(We Make) Music To Piss You Off" you’ll get the tasteful motto and message behind this EP – pain is only for the weak and the fainted of heart. Pounding dancefloor-compatible Powernoise music which should work well in the related clubs.

Galerie Schallschutz: Montauk Project

 Posted by John Gore   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 11 2006
Artist: Galerie Schallschutz (@)
Title: Montauk Project
Format: CD
Label: Tesco Organization (@)
[From the press kit] ""Montauk Project," also called the Phoenix Project during some of its phases, was a covert government’s ultra-to-secret electromagnetic mind control and time experiment project that took place during the 1970’s and early 80’s at an abandoned Air Force radar base at the southeast tip of Long Island, New York. GS provides you with the perfect soundtrack to go further into this secret world."

I usually come at this kind of music as an opportunity to create a mood, and it seems to be more effective the less context I give to the piece. Considering its abstract nature less is more when it comes to saying what it all means. GS is attempting to give us a look at mind control presumably from the inside out, that is, from the subject’s point of view. The disk contains what one would expect from the title, lots of electronic noise and tones depicting various states of mind representative to electronic mind control. But since this is music and not a psychological dissertation we ask the question: does it succeed? I would say that it does if this is an attempt at portraying an inner journey effected by outer manipulation.

Kristoffer Nystroms Orkester: brakeHEAD

 Posted by John Gore   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 11 2006
Artist: Kristoffer Nystroms Orkester
Title: brakeHEAD
Format: CD
Label: Malignant Records
KNO is Peter Nystrom of Megaptera/Negru Voda fame and Kristoffer Oustad of V:28, recorded in 2005.

biTer (deep cut edit)

machine music, all the factory sounds are here, squealing noise, beats, the underlying hum of electricity giving the track a tonal grounding, scary metallic voices and string synth pads appear and disappear, a minor chord apocalyptic mood abounds throughout

high_level_input-slow_speed_ouput (well done)

more emphasis on the factory noise this time, the beats are reverberant to within an inch of their lives, tapers off to let the distant music through, filtered by running water and the sound of machines and humans in tandem, almost sad in a way

extenDEAD konnektion (shortened diskonnekted version)

at 19:30 this is considered the short version, swirling clouds of dirty humming air accentuated by mechanical sonic detritus clogging the ears and the brain with its slag, the sonic equivalent of industrial metallic waste

asphalt flowers (kontinentalische norswedeische ordnungsverkriftung mix)

aural meditation on terrorism meant to make you uncomfortable and not as secure as you thought you were, and it succeeds

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