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SNOLEOPARDEN: Snöleoparden

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jan 07 2008
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Artist: SNOLEOPARDEN
Title: Snöleoparden
Format: CD
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Snöleoparden is formed by a trained sitar player/multi instrumentalist member of Mofus and Badun. The guy's name is Jonas Stampe, he spent one year in India as a sitar student with Ravi Shankar as teacher and later he became part of his live band line-up. He took the name of his solo project from a rare animal who lives in the remote areas of the Central Asia mountains. Snöleoparden wanted to diversify its sound giving freedom to different form of expression: on Jonas' music you can find minimalism, children choirs, joyful melodies or weird sounds. Everything is good at the purpose of creating something free from every boundaries. Also his instrumentation follow the same rule and if you check out his photos you can see him playing self made instruments (mostly percussive ones). The eleven tracks of his first solo album span from world music (his main influence is Pakistani music and "Dreng" could remember that culture with a nice melodic song sung by a kid) to random rhythms passing through simple songs or semi-ritualistic ones (like "Trance") which could remember American Indian (low percussive sounds coupled with a blow instrument but in this case with the addiction of few synth sounds). The album closes with a joyful rickety tune titled "Grieg": a sort of drunk instrumental anthem. If you are looking for a different attitude to sound and music but you want it to sound fresh and also experimental, check this album. P.s. Unfortunately you'll have to wait until the 3rd of March when it will be released...
Dec 06 2007
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Artist: Von Liebenfels (@)
Title: Väter Unser Im Walhall
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Another new addition to the musically very diverse roster of the German SkullLine mail order, your underground specialist when it comes to get serviced with all styles between Industrial, Powernoise, Martial, Neo-Classic, Military or Experimental music. With VON LIEBENFELLS the SkullLine label turns for the first time into the Neo-Classic style, here and there accomplished with some Ambient elements. Torsten von Liebenfells – yes, that’s also his civil name – hails from New Zealand, but can for sure look on German ancestors. He calls classical compositions of Wagner, but also related artists like VON THRONSTAHL and ZHARK to be quells of inspiration. His dedication to ZHARK went that far, that he has decided to create a special tribute-track entitled "Neu-Schwabenland". Musically his form of Neo-Classic consists of orchestral-like layer sounds richly present over this whole album. Some classic tom-tom-like percussion elements and here and there some real piano tunes ("Vril I", which features also some spoken-word samples, "Night Of The Long Knifes") are complimented his musically outfit, which differs by far compared to the rather noisy and experimental-minded stuff released by SkullLine. This is musically a fine and sedating procedure and the artistically concept behind this release is enormous. Thumbs up for this release, which brings back to once recognized impression, that music can mean something more than the too often overrated "terror-noise-distort"-formula. Well done!

VV.AA.: Revelation

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 02 2007
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Revelation
Format: CD
Label: Bugs Crawling Out Of People (@)
Distributor: Ad Noiseam
Rated: *****
Not the freshest release for sure, but better late than never. The Canadian label Bugs Crawling Out Of People can be seen as the legit follow-up out of TIK Recordings, the label and gig organizer which made itself a fine name with the huge "Saturation Bombing"-festivals. Unfortunately there hasn’t been too many comparable Noise-festivals in Canada, since TIK has called its quit during 2K4. This "Revelation" is the first official release for Bugs Crawling..., a compilation featuring more than 75 minutes Powernoise/Dark Ambient/Martial-inspired audio warfare complimented by some more but also lesser known acts. PROSPERO, during the last year active via the French Brume Records, opens this compilation with a noisy introduction by forming repetitive and distorted samples to an at least straight-forward moving track. The Belgium project NÖRV, which has lately collaborated with H.I.V.+ offers at least that sort of stuff, in which Belgium can offer some masters, "Icon IV" sounds a bit like DIVE with some pounding metallic snares. PNEUMATIC DETACH a.k.a. Justin Brink offers a lecture in "create-multiple-noisy-drum-patterns" which sound complex – technically one of the best, if not the best appearance here. SEDARKA can win an extra price for their enjoyable effect manipulation on some Noise patterns – what an insane track. Mostly the stuff available on this comp deals with static Noise/Martial stuff (LEGION ULTRA, COLD FLESH COLONY...) – so SCRAP.EDX offer the most straight and speedy arranged track on here with "All Those Fucking Eyes". Canada’s ISZOLOSCOPE tends to drift in a comparable style, while offering a rather more subtle and sample-driven intro-phase. Both last tracks got provided by the Dark Ambient-artist NITROUS FLESH, which is a project of James Geist, the musician behind the EBM-related project NECROTEK (official debut "Menschenfeind" out very soon on the Denver-based E.A.R./Vendetta-Music label). Of course, this stuff is quite different to NECROTEK, but still addictive with some slight distortion elements. "Revelation" is a quite entertaining and diverse collected compilation, which should appeal all fans of Powernoise music. There’s more to come out on this label...

track listing:

prospero - through the walls
dead man's hill - heretics look downstairs
casual coincidence - merboso
NöRV - ICON VI
pneumatic detach - .ryhim.ninept.
legion ultra - mute (demo version)
sedarka - mucus on ice
bETON bARRAGE - devoured by flies
cold flesh colony - hymn of praise
scrap.edx - all those fucking eyes
iszoloscope - a deep cthulhu terror
asphalt leash - something has gone terribly wrong
nitrous flesh - the return of the dark angels pt 1
nitrous flesh - the return of the dark angels pt 2

MANMACHINE: The Military Death

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 01 2007
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Artist: MANMACHINE (@)
Title: The Military Death
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Although album and band name are sounding pretty much dedicated to the EBM/Electro-scene, the solo project of the German musician A. Schwarz hasn’t too much to do with this style. MANMACHINE stands for a rather harsh and noisy outfit, variable styles between Powernoise, Experimental and Cold Meat-like Electronica can be discovered. As I could see on some photos, A. Schwarz doesn’t seem the be the youngest horse in the SkullLine-stable and has followed the creation of Synth-driven music since the early beginnings. So he has very late decided to record and to release his very own Experimental Electronic-recordings. It shouldn’t therefore wonder, that most of the provided instruments seem to have a veteran and analogue-based background. MANMACHINE’s tracks are pending at times drastically between the styles, even if you think a song would follow a foreseeable line, the complete track fades over to just another quite different mood. Mostly the music is instrumental arranged, even some sparse and pitched down vocals here and there got integrated. "I Have A Dream", aptly named after the legendary words of M. L. King which got sampled here, comes out like a screaming monster with several live improvised noise elements. Even more static and dark comes "Im Fleische Des Krieges", while "Menschfabrik" creates fat sound layers completed with some subtle distorted rhythm patterns. MANMACHINE’s debut surly isn’t the hi-end solution of Electronica arrangements, but a quite fair and experimental-minded kind of work. Strictly limited to 100 exemplars and again provided in a special package, as usual for the most releases of the SkullLine-label.

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Artist: CULTURAL AMNESIA (@)
Title: Press My Hungry Button
Format: 12"
Label: Vinyl On Demand (@)
Rated: *****
I already introduced to our readers Cultural Amnesia on my Anna Logue Records article and after about a month from that article I'm here again talking about them because there's a new reissue of their old material released by Vinyl On Demand. PRESS MY HUNGRY BUTTON is a double compilation album (their subscribers will receive also an E.P. titled "Still hungry") which after "Enormous savages" bring to the attention of the lovers of the early 80's experimental/wave sound thirty tracks (plus four on the E.P.) which are coming from the three tapes album the band did during the 1980÷1983 period ("Video Rideo", "Sinclair's Luck" and "The Uncle Of The Boot") plus unreleased tracks of the latter period which where intended for their first album "Obscenity" which have never been released. First of all a warning for those of you who want to approach this kind of releases: on this record you won't find a homogeneous track list as well polished sounds. Instead you'll be able to feel three English kids' urge of creating something new and liberating. I remember you that after the hippie movement and after the '77 movement (social and musical), 80's were the Margaret Thatcher years. Years of cultural repression which saw a certain musical grew only during their first half. Cultural Amnesia as well as early Coil, Portion Control, Nocturnal Emissions, etc. absorbed the creative rebellion of early industrial music (T.G.) and if the three bands I mentioned extended their interest on the industrial side, Cultural Amnesia mixed it with the post punk sound/attitude. Any musical instrument was usable someway, no matter if it was a guitar, a synth or a drum machine. Cultural Amnesia embraced totally this kind of spirit and on PRESS MY HUNGRY BUTTON you can find early electronic experimentalism, post punk rawness as well as two covers (a delirious lecture of "Satisfaction" and a short electro/post punk version of Human League's "Being boiled"). Few songs of the previous collection released by Anna Logue are here with a different version and maybe only "Scars for e (alternate take 1)" and "Sacrebleu (original version)" (you find them on the extra E.P.) are the same. I'd like to remember to you that Cultural Amnesia are active again. I checked their new material on their website and I liked the new sound which keep alive the old spirit but updates it with the use of new technology.


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