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[27 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]
Old Tower – Rise of the Specter CS

Old Tower – Rise of the Specter CassetteTour de Garde website LINK
There’s a new wave of dungeon synth music coming out as of the last couple of years and it seems that Tour De Garde has been helping to proliferate it. Old Tower has a pretty decent discography ranging from somber medieval ditties to full on epic fantasy war battle leitmotifs. Rise Of the Specter opts for the latter.
One may attribute this type of music to prison-era Burzum where he sought out old casio keyboards with murder fresh on his …

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[2 May 2017 | No Comment | ]
Hurz – s/t CD

Hurz – s/t CD
I’ll try to refrain from typing in the name of that one band that scored all those Italian horror movies, but it’s a welcome comparison to the electronic/prog songs that Hurz writes. The band describes themselves as a creator of magic squares where the listener is subjected to symbolic transformations. Very theater oriented stuff here.
I think it’s risky to offer an 11+ minute song up as your first track, but “Il nodo” throws you in the wash. If this track is intended as a …

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[1 May 2017 | No Comment | ]
Never Presence Forever/Isolated Existence –  A Future Scarred By Memory/Forever In The Dark  CDr

Never Presence Forever/Isolated Existence –
A Future Scarred By Memory/Forever In The Dark CD-r
Darker Days Ahead BANDCAMP LINK
This CD-r release offers harsh noise and industrial elements split across two pieces by Never Presence Forever hailing from Virginia and Isolated Existence. Similar sonic elements bring these two artists together, but complexity (or simplicity rather) of the compositions are really what sets them apart.
Never Presence Forever‘s constructions of simple sound columns with minimal sequencing are really satisfying. The tracks are succinct and simple, but you will find dynamics here. …

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[11 Feb 2017 | No Comment | ]

Awesome mix from Isabella featuring minimal techno, ambient, and other experimental curation: Truancy Volume 186.

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[17 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Анатомический Атлас Compilation CS
Looking for one of the best experimental compilations of this year? Анатомический Атлас not only has a great array of artists, but a really compelling and cohesive theme. Great curation and a mandatory acquisition!
Анатомический Атлас means anatomical atlas. Each track covers a certain aspect of medicine with respect to the enlightenment era and the tracks cover HNW, dark ambient, and power electronics. The tracks are sequenced impeccably in such a way that there are two distinct build-ups. The art for this …

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[11 Sep 2016 | One Comment | ]
Jib Kidder – New Works for Realistic Mixer 2016

Jib Kidder – New Works for Realistic Mixer 2016 CD-r
Care of Editions
Every so often, a record label forms to transform some aspect of the industry, however minute or grand. Care Of Editions‘ shtick is offering a certain number of paid (as in you get paid to download) downloads for every physical copy sold of an album sold. The handy guide in the back tells me that there is a non-linear, inverse relationship between vinyl sales and downloads. The more vinyl sold, the more one is paid because …

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[19 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]
Kerrstillingskozletskynyströmpetrus – Death Instruktions LP

Kerrstillingskozletskynyströmpetrus – Death Instruktions LP
Malignant Records
Informed by a single vision (in this case, the cover art), Kerrstillingskozletskynyströmpetrus have crafted Death Instruktions with a mangled and dark vision incorporating each of the artists’ styles collaboratively. The result is a pretty compelling if not a somewhat murky and hazy concoction. Admittedly, I am only somewhat familiar with the work of Steel Hook Protheses, Murderous Vision and Megaptera, but it’s not difficult to understand why these artists would want to work together.
The tracks are crafted as distinct songs that shift within …

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[3 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
Halalnihil – Meqbaszni Minden Rákos Embert A Földön CDr

Halalnihil – Meqbaszni Minden Rákos Embert A Földön CDr
Psychoacoustic Castration
Halalnihil is a project from Hungary. All I know about Hungary is that it is supposed to contain the most depressed population in the world and that the song Gloomy Sunday hails from the country. Halalnihil’s sound isn’t any more lighthearted than that song but it is a hell of a lot more aggressive.
In Meqbaszni Minden Rákos Embert A Földön, Halalnihil skillfully mixes elements of harsh noise and power electronics to offer 4 tracks of varied yet focused and consistent harsh …

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[8 Sep 2013 | No Comment | ]
Raven Strain – Past Eminence C30

Raven Strain – Past Eminence C30
Self Released
Raven Strain is a project of Matthew Billings and has little-to-no web presence which is interesting in this day and age. A few years ago I had the pleasure of hosting the project at a live event in Boston and was given this tape. Worth mentioning is the nice silver silkscreened ink on heavy black matte paper as the j-card.
What is contained within the tape is total lo-fi murk. I believe that the material itself is extremely raw and muddy and is in turn …

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[13 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
Skin Graft – Dystrophy CD

Skin Graft – Dystrophy CD
Hanson Records
Skin Graft is the harsh noise industrial project hailing from Cleveland that has taken the noise world by storm over the last few years. Operated by Wyatt Howland, the project often makes live appearances and features frequent collaborations and splits.
With Dystrophy Howland presents 4 tracks clocking in at 30 minutes. Although it’s harsh and noisy this is not quite harsh noise, nor is it quite industrial. Skin Graft finds that fine line in which he straddles both genres perfectly and this allows him to be …

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