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VV.AA: Acid Fake_02

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jan 10 2003
Artist: VV.AA
Title: Acid Fake_02
Format: CD
Label: Acid Fake
Distributor: Acid Fake
Reading like one slab slab of rhythmic noise, yet not danceable of course, this CD is one of the better noise comps I have heard in a while. Where most noise CDs I hear are of course just exercises in absurdity over doing anything truly creative, this has a sense of rhythm and time on it, as well as the use of my fun musical hobby: sample and sound linking. Track 3,by Destructive Genius, is a great example, with its’ minimal, pattering drum line over a monster roar and a distorted cat moan (which sounds more hellish than aforementioned) all in a kind of trance repetition, all of a sudden with a gun shot to destroy that mood when you least expect it. Rating: 8. Fans of drone and sound linking take note.

VV.AA.: Analogous Indirect

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 22 2002
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Analogous Indirect
Format: 12"
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Public Eyesore # 22, released in 2000 on a dear old 12" vinyl slab. Lots of veterans, a few well-known artists (Thurston Moore, The Flying Luttenbachers) and a number of interesting "minor" performers - which sums the Public Eyesore catalog and policy quite well, I'd say. Also music-wise, with a mix of harsh noise (New Port, Solmania, Jonas Lindgren, Automobile, Cornucopia and Sickness), improvisation, non-standard electronics and extreme free-jazz. Best moments in my humble opinion: Thurston Moore with a Fahey-esque strummed acoustic piece, the duet between Kazumoto Endo and Yoko Sato (experimental vocal collages with bursts of guitar feedback), and of course Cornucopia and Sickness. Boy, can these two acts deliver the noise. Brutal and in your face.

Gridlock: Live.Traces

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 22 2002
Artist: Gridlock
Title: Live.Traces
Format: CD
Label: Frozen Empire Media (?)
Distributor: unknown
This is my first taste of Gridlock’s new sound since their bone-crunching, dark masterpiece, "Further", which took the fine line between industrial and drumnbass and sledgehammered it into the psyche.
The first track, "Uh4.17" is a trancey effort with it’s subliminal keyboard lines and that classic Gridlock beat we all love slamming away in the back. And when the beats subside the beauty of the track is undeniable, leaving in it’s wake a very melancholy atmosphere. Then comes the title track "Further", which is just purely haunting, it’s lingering sounds in the back accompanying a bass beat from the darkest corner of the mind. This track and the whole "Further" CD is a trip through the mind of a machine suddenly ready to commit suicide at any second, like the ghost from Event Horizon’ if it could play music. Track 3, "Burn" is from their debut CD, "The Synthetic Form" which won them such acclaims as "the new heirs to the industrial throne" by Industrial Nation, and rightfully so. Another hauntingly beautiful track, ".0002" follows, with the same dreamy formula now incorporated into their new sound, though it is still quite unsettling as it is beautiful.
The entire CD is simply Gridlock, which is the highest compliment you can possibly give them, as they have truly through the years paved out their own sound and have mastered it thoroughly. They mastered industrial and now have moved onto to a unique mix of that and IDM, all with pure emotion and atmosphere. Pure fucking genius, what else can I really say about them?
Rating:10. This CD is limited to 250, so I highly advise getting your copy ASAP!

Illegal Teenage Bikini: I Am Not Job

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 22 2002
Artist: Illegal Teenage Bikini
Title: I Am Not Job
Format: CD
Label: Precipice Records
Distributor: WT2 Records
First outing by the mastermind behind Thanatos, Patrick Ogle. The CD is a very interesting mix of drones,accoustic guitar, and semi-industrial beats, all with a humorous tongue-in-cheek outlook. It's kinda what you get if you took the Swans (latter era),Snog, and Death in June (ala "She Said Destroy") and mixed them together. The highlight on htis one would have to be track 6, "Drop the Dime", with it's gentle guitar line flowing over a soft ambient soundscape, recalling to me the Swan's song "Song For Dead Time" minus the female vocals. A strong release overall, and something a little more humorous in my collection for a change. Rating: 9.


 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 18 2002
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Format: CD
This is a collection of remastered tracks recorded during 1992-1994. Punch Drunk is a hardtech, robocore, punk & new wave electronic band that'll put you in the mind of DEVO. They have the tendency to make you dance along with their aggressive and loud gidgets, gadgets, and technology with impulsing throbbing electro-beats. "Upload The Past...Download The Future" is one weird electronic experimentation album that will have you fall in the band's futuristic crazy world.

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