Best Albums of 2018

December 28th, 2018
Best Albums of 2018

1. V/A – Amplified Humans Festival 2xDVD [ New Forces / Skeleton Dust Recordings ]

FILE UNDER: HARSH NOISE / EXPERIMENTAL / INDUSTRIAL NOISE
I am old, and so this is how I prefer to experience festivals now. Fuck having to buy a plane ticket, travel all the way to a distant city only to spend countless hours holed up in a dingy club. Now I can appreciate the festival sights and sounds, energy and vibes all in the comfort of my living room. This DVD has really incredible quality featuring mixing …


Janzeits/Altered Form 7″

December 21st, 2018
Janzeits/Altered Form 7″

Janzeits/Altered Form 7″

Anthems Of The Undesirable Bandcamp Link

Janzeits and Altered Form both hail from the US but conjure a nostalgia for German ambient and modular artists of the 80’s that hits the hammer on der Kopf.

Janzeits’ name might be recognizable if you’ve dug into the deep discography of Chad Davis whose work includes playing for Hour of 13 and Subklinik. Fresh from his recent full length called Cosmic Orbits, here he takes a chaotic and spacious axe to the modular palette of jagged triangle waves and precise envelope filtering to …


Compactor/Vitriol Gauge – Economic Devastation CS

November 3rd, 2018
Compactor/Vitriol Gauge – Economic Devastation CS

Compactor/Vitriol Gauge – Economic Devastation CS
Bandcamp link
It’s been a minute since I last reviewed something, but I have to say, this review pulled me out of the tomb I’ve been in. Destructive sounds from two similarly minded industrial artists comprise this take on economic progress, and damn is it a rewarding experience.
The oversized tape box format is underutilized for the most part. Thankfully the team at Waste Management knew how to maximize the dimensions perfectly. It’s not often that I am taken aback by how thoughtful inserts are since most …


Silent Chaos – micro CD-r

June 18th, 2018
Silent Chaos – micro CD-r

Silent Chaos – micro CDr
Bandcamp link
Scottish dark-ambient outfit Silent Chaos hurls five tracks of experimental dark-ambient and hopes listeners will be patient enough to see what sticks to the wall.
There’s very little that coheres Silent Chaos‘ meticulous filtering, EQ-ing, and general attention to detail to the concepts presented in the digipak. The first two tracks – “Odysseus’s Journey” and “Ab Orgenes” – plunge past the ten minute mark. Too much stuff is present. Grueling climbs, oscillating hisses, awkward percussion, resonant filtered crackles, and synth string stabs are stacked much too …


Atrox Pestis – Hewn By the Hands of the Damned CD

March 25th, 2018
Atrox Pestis – Hewn By the Hands of the Damned CD

Atrox Pestis – Hewn By the Hands of the Damned CD
Chryptus records
Waste management is the topic for Atrox Pestis‘ most recent ambient project. It attempts to capture the murky haze of the place where our shit goes.
Groups like Desiderri Marginis and Raison d’Etre have been successful by obscuring direction and even melodies, leaving them lurking in drawing out their respective elements with just the right amount of creep. Contemporaries like Husere Grav also accomplish this effectively by layering deceivingly simple ideas into warping currents. I’m not picking alot of this …


Аргандаб (compilation) – V/A

March 13th, 2018
Аргандаб (compilation) – V/A

Аргандаб CSUIS records Link
UIS drops another titillating compilation in less than a year. While their previous compilation covered the higher quality end of death-industrial and harsher landscapes, this one inscribes a bigger sense of mystery and sometimes downright befuddling angle to an interesting them.
To start, I think a Russian label tackling the theme of Afghanistan makes a certain kind of sense even though Cold-War era incursions are over three decades old. I don’t know how much the Mujahadin play into the consciousness of the average Russian, but this compilation seems …


Jim Haynes – Electrical Injuries LP

January 7th, 2018
Jim Haynes – Electrical Injuries LP

Jim Haynes – Electrical Injuries LPAussen Traum records
Jim Haynes was unknown to me until I saw him live. A master at configuring hardware into precise and neurotic movements, Electrical Injuries is a saturated and cold ache of modular sounds and rusted samples.
The sounds on this album are subtle yet forceful prevarication that belie the amount of hard work Jim puts into composing his arrangements. The way these tapestries together might imply the kind of corroding VST manic fitting together normally done on a laptop. A laptop may have very well …


Best Albums of 2017

December 21st, 2017
Best Albums of 2017

I haven’t had nearly the time I wanted to dedicate both to creating and listening to music this year but I did my best – at least with the latter. Out of all that I heard – and there is certainly more I’m already seeing pop-up on other’s year end lists I need to check out – here are my favorites from 2017.

10. Isenordal – Shores of Mourning C60 [ Eternal Warfare ]
https://isenordal.bandcamp.com/album/shores-of-mourning
FILE UNDER: Cascadian black metal/pagan black metal/gothic metal
Incredible atmospheric black metal album from this Seattle-based metal band. Great …


Griefer – Egress Report

September 8th, 2017
Griefer – Egress Report

Griefer – Egress Report CassetteAbsurd Exposition bandcamp LINK
I like song structures. Griefer‘s tape is a power electronics tape is full of actual songs with a theme that is as evidently intelligible as it is challenging.
Of the five songs featured, two contain vocals with the rest featuring impressive instrumental barrages. Griefer chooses to use, sparingly, looped samples along very cranky synths. The vocals on here are the most remarkable thing because they are not only intelligible, but Griefer‘s cadence is more akin to an older chain lord with deliberate acts of …


Old Tower – Rise of the Specter CS

June 27th, 2017
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 …


Insect Ark – Portal/Well LP

May 5th, 2017
Insect Ark – Portal/Well LP

Insect Ark – Portal/Well LPSSG BANDCAMP LINK
The woman responsible for Insect Ark used to play guitar for Angels Of Light and has been doing Insect Ark for what looks like close to half a decade. With a cache of singles and EPs under her belt, Portal/Well is her first full length voyage and hits most of the right notes where somber drone oriented rock is concerned.
I’m guessing after Swans reformed (and Angels of Light ended), Dana Schechter probably had a bank of riffs and ideas waiting to be used. Insect …


Hurz – s/t CD

May 2nd, 2017
Hurz – s/t CD

Hurz – s/t CD
Hurz BANDCAMP LINK
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 …


Never Presence Forever/Isolated Existence – A Future Scarred By Memory/Forever In The Dark CDr

May 1st, 2017
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. …


Black Earth – Diagrams of a Hidden Order mCD

March 2nd, 2017
Black Earth – Diagrams of a Hidden Order mCD

Black Earth – Diagrams of a Hidden Order mCD
Malignant Records
Ambient black metal in this day and age is a far cry from the warped primitive manifestations of Abruptum‘s In Umbra… (RIP Tony), so I really appreciated that Black Earth didn’t go the purely electronic route of flitting evil touches and general “grim” vagaries that adjective oriented artists like. This mCD is a hazy and flagellating test that rewards listeners on multiple levels.
Black Earth‘s bandied color descriptor and geometry cult designs are among the things that make me grimace. …


Анатомический Атлас CS Compilation

December 17th, 2016
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Анатомический Атлас Compilation CS
UIS LABEL
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 …


Jib Kidder – New Works for Realistic Mixer 2016

September 11th, 2016
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 …


Reviews forthcoming!

September 2nd, 2016

Dear EE patrons,
I have been inundated with work, but will resume publishing reviews very soon.
Those of you who have sent material to be reviewed, rest assured, all of it will
be digested and written about.
-RB/Offering


Headstone Brigade – Divine Vestiges FREE EP now available!

August 13th, 2016
Headstone Brigade – Divine Vestiges FREE EP now available!

We would like to introduce Headstone Brigade which is the new folk project of Egan Budd/Xiphoid Dementia with this free downloadable and streaming EP featuring covers and traditional arrangements of folk songs. Headstone Brigade’s sound can be described as neofolk or melodramatic pop with a sea shanty twist due to the main instrument of accordion being featured in almost all tracks. This free EP is a precursor to a full-length which is coming later this year on Brave Mysteries.
Please check out the EP Divine Vestiges over at Headstone Brigade’s bandcamp …


Interview with Ionophore

June 14th, 2016
Interview with Ionophore

Based in two locations, Ionophore is the product of Leila Abdul-Rauf, Jan Hendrich, and Ryan Honaker. Dark electronics, beats, industrial soundscapes – Ionophore weaves in and out of styles on their second full length album entitled Sinter Pools. The album has been stuck in my rotation for a while as I’ve been inclined towards something more pleasant but still rewarding to listen to. As such, Sinter Pools is saturated with electronic manipulations and organic instrumentation that are densely packed into an album that is easily one of …


Regosphere & Vomit Arsonist – An Inquiry Concerning the Indications of Insanity C20

April 10th, 2016
Regosphere & Vomit Arsonist – An Inquiry Concerning the Indications of Insanity C20

Regosphere & Vomit Arsonist – An Inquiry Concerning the Indications of Insanity C20
DumpsterScore
Having appeared on a split 7″, An Inquiry… is proper collaboration at last, but alas it is but a short journey. There is some strong evidence these two Andy’s should work together again as the content focuses on a re-visitation of common themes the two artists have explored (cognitive processes, mental health) and the two artists’ styles mesh very well together.
Side A’s “Mechanized Lobotomy” and “Nurse, The Scalpel Please…” are conservatively sculpted blankets of sound that tinker …


Final Boss – Enforcer CS

March 30th, 2016
Final Boss – Enforcer CS

Final Boss – Enforcer CS
Sleeping Giant Glossolalia
I recently played a show in Portland, Maine (courtesy of Last Mercy!) with a mostly non-noise oriented crowd. If you’ve ever been in this situations, you know that it can feel very isolating being the only asshole without drums or guitars. Thankfully, I was in good company with three nerds from New York City who call themselves Final Boss. As a live performance, Final Boss played 10-15 minute interludes sessions consisting of modulated tones, harsh waves, and stripped down beat structures …


Concrete Mascara – History Of Ruin CS

February 25th, 2016
Concrete Mascara – History Of Ruin CS

Concrete Mascara – History Of Ruin CS
Trapdoor Tapes
This tape is a thick caloric slab of cranky power electronics. Very hard to consume, but worth your time.
Concrete Mascara has made the work of reviewing this tape difficult by offering a harrowing 45 minutes of nail biting power electronics. There is a certain vastness to this tape that is a little overwhelming. I haven’t heard anything else by this guy, but this release seems like a pretty good cross-section of sounds that offers nice variations in sounds but also …


Reptile Womb – Thee Fyrste Deathe: Serpent Wrything Beneathe Thee Graeve CD

January 22nd, 2016
Reptile Womb – Thee Fyrste Deathe: Serpent Wrything Beneathe Thee Graeve CD

Reptile Womb – Thee Fyrste Deathe: Serpent Wrything Beneathe Thee Graeve CD
Bestial Burst records
The lacerations which Reptile Womb has foisted upon the listener might be more effectively appreciated if one approaches Thee Fyrste Deathe from a power-electronics perspective. The tools used here are primitive and unpolished. Its true bedroom wizardry lies in the composition making for a remarkably ugly but catchy set of songs.
The closest comparison I can think of to Reptile Womb might be Gnaw Their Tongues. The latter opts for grand entrances, inundation of samples, …


End of 2015

December 21st, 2015
End of 2015

End of 2015.

Here are a few things created this year that I liked more than I liked other things. No order of preference implied, though bias for the artists featured certainly is.
                

-DEMO-
Nycterent – Imprisoned By Reflection, Last Mercy
I asked myself whether or not I could separate the compelling backstory behind the artist (which I’ll keep to myself) from the release itself since this tape is so sparsely adorned (it is a tour tape after all). Upon re-listening, it is evident that this is a powerful demo tape which …


Analfabetism – Av Hjord Är Du Kommen

November 25th, 2015
Analfabetism – Av Hjord Är Du Kommen

Analfabetism – Av Hjord Är Du Kommen
Malignant Records
Here’s yet another Swedish entry into the growing database of Existence Establishment reviews. This is one release that makes no claims of outlandish innovation or ground breaking shtick…Av Hjord Är Du Kommen is a solid old school piece of electronics execution that draws heavily from the Cold Meat Industry world and references those artists respectfully and discretely while drawing from personal experience to produce one of the most unique pieces of industrial I’ve heard in a while.
I like that Malignant Records …


Diaphragmatic – Broken Man C30

November 17th, 2015
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Diaphgramagic – Broken Man C30
Urgent Telepathy Recordings
Here’s a submission by Ohio’s Diaphragmatic. Released by Urgent Telepathy Recordings, Broken Man is a work of ripping junk metal scrapes, cuts, and even some tape manipulation. I think this medium is very cool, but 30 minutes is a bit much.
“Firefucker” starts out by banging out wallops of junk rhythm that disintegrate into some grinding swirls, swabs of feedback and clipped to hell rumblings. Similar to chaotic acts like Death Jenk that operate at maximum volume with disregard for the …


Ättestupa – Vattnet Drog Sig Tillbaka, Stenarna Blev Synliga LP

November 10th, 2015
Ättestupa – Vattnet Drog Sig Tillbaka, Stenarna Blev Synliga LP

Ättestupa – Vattnet Drog Sig Tillbaka, Stenarna Blev Synliga
Järtecknet soundcloud
I’ve been following Ättestupa for the last three releases and they’ve become one of my favorite bands of inveterate instrumentation and songwriting. If you’re a fan of this sad, sad music, then Vattnet Drog Sig Tillbaka, Stenarna Blev Synliga (translated: The Waters Receded, The Stones Became Visible) will provide you with similar elements of the thick-air minimalism that defines their sound. On this new album though, there is a new approach of the band of traversing even more …


Tetrad Veil – Solar Sequence C45

October 14th, 2015
Tetrad Veil – Solar Sequence C45

Tetrad Veil – Solar Sequence C45
Involition Records
If you enjoy listening to long and stifling processions of funeralistic doom flavored industrial, then this is your ticket. Solar Sequence is a brilliantly contriturated death industrial side project from one of the members of doom metal band Aldebaran. In four lengthy tracks, Tetrad Veil stomps through oozing frequencies and minimal but lumbering and hammering percussion with an array of dislocated vocals that range from Burning Witch screeches to ritual chanting you might find on a Root album.
Starting with “D.W.R.”, here …


Atarah – S/T CS

October 8th, 2015
Atarah – S/T CS

Atarah – S/T CS
Auric Records
Atarah is a mysterious project devoted to occult ambient music with a slight hint of black metal. Instead of a haphazard jam fixed under the pretense of some mystical vaguely-eastern-dipped “exotic” experience, Atarah have conceived a diverse piece of music that glimmers with an aura of ritual without much of the fluff.
The compositions on this tape are seemingly deliberate and intentional offerings that do feel ritualistic in the same way a project like Ark-Tau-Eos does in that there is a subtle but distinguished eloquence …


Nycterent – S/T CS

September 25th, 2015
Nycterent – S/T CS

Nycterent – S/T CS
Last Mercy Recordings
This self-titled tape represents a new name and a new perspective, but those familiar with Jon’s previous project, Erroraeon, will find solace in the fact that Nycterent is every bit as mangled and painful, perhaps even more so.
No track names are given, and in this case it works well…you have no way of anticipating the next movement because the tracks blend together seamlessly (or maybe it’s one track with several movements…). The layers of writhing tones upon one another is a strength of this …


Will Over Matter – Visio ja toteutus C45

September 17th, 2015
Will Over Matter – Visio ja toteutus C45

Will Over Matter – Visio ja toteutus CS
Freak Animal Records
Will Over Matter has been briefly mentioned around here for the fact that the man behind the project plays in the raw and grotesque black metal band Ride For Revenge as well as a number of other projects. Visio ja totetus is an album of discarded innards of patterned minimalism, with a focus on microscopic nuances and shifts.
Repetition is no problem, but there is a fine line between looping on and on til the needle breaks and building out something …


Cyst – Demo C15

September 8th, 2015
Cyst – Demo C15

Cyst – Demo C15
Danvers State Recordings
Give a man a guitar, a damp basement and a four track/tape machine and you can expect a few different outcomes-shitty one man black metal, garbage drone metal, Fred Frith experimentalism, or, thankfully, this crude and sickening demo from Cyst. Cyst is the product of a member of the “dual-bass weed-grind” Suffering Bastard (they rule!) and much of the content of that band revolved around anger, hatred, and social commentary of a vile variety in short blasts.
Instead of revisiting old sounds and themes, …


Aeoga – Triangle Of Nebula-Devourers & Palace For Vultunales CD

August 31st, 2015
Aeoga – Triangle Of Nebula-Devourers & Palace For Vultunales CD

Aeoga – Triangle Of Nebula-Devourers & Palace For Vultunales CD
Aural Hypnox
Designed as a compilation, Finland-based Aural Hypnox has decided to re-release two of Aeoga‘s previous albums on one CD along with hand-crafted packaging, showcasing some solid dark ambient with industrial edges.
The first album, Triangle Of Nebula Devourers, is comprised of three expansive tracks that ooze organic and elaborate sounds. They are absolutely vast and ritualistic. The tracks are quite different front one another and feature a varied but consistent technique of cascading different movements into one another using …


From the Vault: Iron Justice – Post 2×7″

August 16th, 2015
From the Vault: Iron Justice – Post 2×7″

Way back in 1999 when I first started making noise I was contacted by Jonathan Kans who wanted to release some of my music. So it came to be that the first Xiphoid Dementia release was on L.S.D.Organisation for a 4 way split with Azoikum, Baal, and Quell. L.S.D.Organisation went on to create massively intricate releases of a very high quality for a formidable price. At some point it seemed things got too hot and heavy for Jonathan and he disappeared leaving several large orders unfulfilled. It’s a pity because …


Charnel House – Voiceless Hymns C70

August 7th, 2015
Charnel House – Voiceless Hymns C70

Charnel House – Voiceless Hymns C70
Auris Apothecary
Voiceless Hymns is essentially a compilation of instrumentalist Adam Sommers’ work before his collaboration with vocalist Priestess Hellfire over two major pieces of music – a Self-Titled album and a split with a band called Agakus. As such, it has all the charm of a demo including inconsistent recording quality, tape machine flaws and other unintended recording artifacts – necessary naivete. So these charming recordings contrast significantly with Charnel House‘s current sound.
The Self Titled side can be divided into two …


Koufar – Lebanon For Lebanese LP

July 2nd, 2015
Koufar – Lebanon For Lebanese LP

Koufar – Lebanon For Lebanese
Fusty Cunt Records
Koufar has kind of taken a back-seat to A. Chami’s other projects, lately. It is probably the most notorious of his monickers, spurring confusion and apprehension amongst outsiders because of the project’s nationalistic overtones. It’s often that his politics have become his calling card to some who have little understanding of Koufar from a musical standpoint. Moreso than Purity Of The Cedars, Lebanon For Lebanese is an unpolished shrapnel of destruction, flowing from sonic cannonballs of rhythmic scrapes and detonated with …


Pleasure Strain – Illness Attraction C32

June 24th, 2015
Pleasure Strain – Illness Attraction C32

Pleasure Strain – Illness Attraction C32
Starved Relations
I’ve really been digging this quick release lately and I say quick because billing this as a C32 is a little decieving. It has the same material on both sides so it’s closer to a C16. Either way I have no previous experience with the project so I’m going at this review based on this release alone. Artwork is typical photocopied high contrast black and white which fits the rough sound very well.
Pleasure Strain offers up a sick combo of power electronics and …


Stone Wired ‎– Umbral Depth Of Shade CD-r

June 17th, 2015
Stone Wired ‎– Umbral Depth Of Shade CD-r

Stone Wired – Umbral Depth Of Shade
Exabyss Records
I have never heard of Stonewired before and I don’t think I would have sought them out. Sadly, many of the same maladroit artistic implementations that plagued the Voidmorf release I reviewed are present here (and I shall not go into details). This would have been a shame as Umbral Depth Of Shade is a bleak and crushing work of death industrial that covers a wide variety of styles.
The minute “Regressed Back To The State Of Primal Being” thumps in your speakers, …


Babelfishh – Writhe In The Elements EP C20

June 12th, 2015
Babelfishh – Writhe In The Elements EP C20

Babelfishh – Writhe In The Elements EP C20
IHAA Records
While there is an underlying hip-hop current going on here, Writhe In The Elements traverses a pretty large and almost insurmountable spectrum of sound sources, influences and composition choices. In the twenty minutes that this beast unfurls its wings and bellows foul noxious fumes, Writhe… has the touch of an artist wearing many masks but still retaining a tangible humanity – one of frustration, contempt, self-analysis, and self-ridicule – in spite of being beaten back by the elements, one that hopes …


Ochu ‎– Tvärsnitt LP

June 8th, 2015
Ochu ‎– Tvärsnitt  LP

Ochu ‎– Tvärsnitt LP
Verlautbarung Label
Ochu is an experimental music group from Sweden that focuses on creating improvised instrumentation not unlike Musique Concrète. Some of it involves samples and loops while other portions revolve around rhythmic clanging and metallic scraping underneath various drones.
Obviously, this type of stuff isn’t for everybody and it could come across as a music conservatory mid-term for some. For me, it does have a concept art mystique about it, as it appeals to my visual senses and appreciation for natural elements used musically. “Der …


Voidmorf – Beyond All The Light CD-r

June 3rd, 2015
Voidmorf – Beyond All The Light CD-r

Voidmorf – Beyond All The Light
Exabyss Records Bandcamp
I usually shirk away from reviewing most ambient music because I am not all that skilled at expounding on what works or doesn’t work. I can say at least that Voidmorf is comprised of several members and that they are undoubtedly proficient at creating crisp, well-produced, and pleasant sounds of cosmic ambiance to create musical structures that just sort of float along, thereby somewhat effectively achieving the nebulous vacuity of space. Beyond All The Light is not a particularly bad album …


Offering 1_1: Noise As An Appliance

June 1st, 2015
Offering 1_1: Noise As An Appliance

Offering 1_1: Noise As An Appliance
“Tank Killer” by Man Is The Bastard…I first heard this song in high school through borrowing a couple of Man Is The Bastard CDs from a friend. It’s a 30 or so second juggernaut from the Sum Of the Brutality Of Men album released in 1991 that combines short, fast and loud hardcore punk with warped oscillations and high end filth. While not the first to combine noise with aggressive music like hardcore and metal, they were the first band I …


Regosphere/Teeth Engraved split C20

May 28th, 2015
Regosphere/Teeth Engraved split C20

Regosphere/Teeth Engraved split C20
Dumpsterscore Recordings
Dumpsterscore is back with another helping of off the beaten path heavy electronics, pairing two Pacific Northwest heavyweights on one C20. Regosphere is well known to this site as his brand of power electronics is a mesmerizing and anxiety-inducing sort, and is documented fairly well on an extensive discography. Teeth Engraved is a mostly death industrial duo that often pursues more dense and timbre-laden pathways to achieve their sound.
On “Panic Architecture”, Regosphere excels in making his sound choices distinct, yet not so self-evident …


New Forest – Distant Realities C40

May 25th, 2015
New Forest – Distant Realities C40

New Forest – Distant Realities C40
Eiderdown Records
New Forest is the project of Levi Berner who’s aliases are listed on discogs as Algiers, New Forest, Vexations, Visible/Invisible Wall although I am familiar with his work through the project Witches which was his collabration with Lavas Magmas’ Luis Gonzalez. For some reason I was under the impression that he had many releases under the New Forest moniker but it looks like Distant Realities is only one of three and a more recent one at that having been put out in 2014.
Distant Realities …


I.Corax – The Cadaver Pulse I: Sealed in a Radiant Larval Maelstrom CD

May 23rd, 2015
I.Corax – The Cadaver Pulse I: Sealed in a Radiant Larval Maelstrom CD

I.Corax – The Cadaver Pulse I: Sealed in a Radiant Larval Maelstrom CD
Aural Hypnox
It’s been over 10 years since I.Corax released their second official release which contained The Cadaver Pulse I & II. Now Aural Hypnox has decided it is time for a re-issue of this material to the world. Why they decided to release the two movements as two separate discs instead of a box set double CD I have no idea but it seems like as a retrospective that would have been a preferable idea. Either way this …


I.Corax – The Cadaver Pulse II: Mothelix Liquescent CD

May 23rd, 2015
I.Corax – The Cadaver Pulse II: Mothelix Liquescent CD

I.Corax – The Cadaver Pulse II: Mothelix Liquescent CD
Aural Hypnox
Here is the second I.Corax reissue from Aural Hypnox which is also the second part of The Cadaver Pulse series. For a review of the first disc go here.
If you have been exposed to any Aural Hypnox bands before you know what to expect; the highest quality ritual dark ambience out there and in this Mothelix Liquescent is no exception. Abstract yet meditative I.Corax combine both digital and acoustic sound sources into the equation to form a truly mysterious atmosphere. If …


TRTRKMMR ‎– Avec La Souillure Nous Entrons Au Règne De La Terreur LP

May 12th, 2015
TRTRKMMR ‎– Avec La Souillure Nous Entrons Au Règne De La Terreur LP

TRTRKMMR ‎– Avec La Souillure Nous Entrons Au Règne De La Terreur LP
Iron Lung Records
From whatever bunker TRTRKMMR is hiding out in, he has chiseled out a reputation for himself as a true outsider. His splits with Dead Times and Husere Grav are very unorthodox, off the beaten path pieces of work of freak death industrial. As a former member of doom/sludge band Otesanek, you can be sure his releases have some metal influences as well.
There aren’t many records that can balance quality samples and hardware choices like …


Gnawed/Swollen Organs C26

May 10th, 2015
Gnawed/Swollen Organs C26

Gnawed/Swollen Organs C26
Danvers State Recordings
This review is total filler. I mean come on, do you really need to read commentary about Power Electronics/Death Industrial done by two artists who are pretty awesome at what they do? Am I going to reveal some brilliant insight to you? Not really, this isn’t the type of shit that should exactly surprise anyone. This is more like a tip of the hat to a pair up that deserves being mentioned.
First the bad news – Danvers State is all out of …


Aderlating – Gold Streams From The Angel’s Throat Part 1 C30

May 8th, 2015
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Aderlating – Gold Streams From The Angel’s Throat Part 1 C30
Fall Of Nature Records
Mories has patented a particular sound by using tension to build up to a rich ejaculation of violent, ear bleeding sounds which often incorporates black metal elements. Aderlating is somewhat new to me and seems to be a sort of less black metal influenced project than Gnaw Their Tongues, De Magia Veterum or Cloak of Altering. But even Aderlating frequently dips its toes into black metal territory. While the nuances are lost to an …


James Reindeer – Om – A Tribute To John Coltrane, Vol 3 C60

May 4th, 2015
James Reindeer – Om – A Tribute To John Coltrane, Vol 3 C60

James Reindeer – Om – A Tribute To John Coltrane, Vol 3 C60
James Reindeer Bandcamp
I feel like a lot of good writers sacrifice a disproportionate amount of life energy crafting perhaps a line or maybe even a single phrase that can really make their audience feel revitalized, moved, or inspired. Maybe that’s why James Reindeer has opted for a very hard right turn towards the field of dark ambient than his former/current role as an experimental underground rapper (of sorts).
The 3 Om – A Tribute To John Coltrane tapes …


Sete Star Sept/Disleksick 7″ Flexi

May 2nd, 2015
Sete Star Sept/Disleksick 7″ Flexi

Sept Star Sete/Disleksick split flexi
SeteStarSept FB page
Noise grind is not so much a genre as it is an excuse to completely stack overflow your discogs page with mostly meaningless releases, a move that was predestined by the Belgian bred Agathocles. Japan’s Sept Star Sete similarly has been climbing this shining path over the last several years themselves by releasing a gaggle of mostly completely useless band splits to occupy grind collector freaks. Kind of in the same way a dope rapper might make him/herself look good by giving …


Private Archive ‎– Honey Aspic Enema C30

May 1st, 2015
Private Archive ‎– Honey Aspic Enema C30

Private Archive – Honey Aspic Enema C30
Private Archive
My immediate visceral impression is that Private Archive is going for the particular type of tone and mood that bands like Sleep Chamber have capitalized on: incorporating drugs, sex, and manliness into the salacious din of fuck den synthesizers with some rhythm. It works for some artists when it plays out more like a dirty secret than a porn theater exhibition. Honey Aspic Enema leans more towards the former category.
Let’s get it out of the way: the packaging is kind of …


Deterge – In Cahoots C26

April 22nd, 2015
Deterge – In Cahoots C26

Deterge – In Cahoots C26
Heavy Psych
This cassette was released way back in 2013, oh how time flies and how I just sit on my ass and let it pass me by. It’s no surprise that this tape is totally fucking bad ass as most material both live and recorded from Jim Haras has been nothing short of excellent.
Side A opens with a seething hot white noise assault accompanied by Whitehouse influenced vocals. Certainly not my favorite track on the release but a decent opener. However it’s not until Atomic Productivity …


Ride For Revenge – Disturbances 2XCS

April 19th, 2015
Ride For Revenge – Disturbances 2XCS

Ride For Revenge – Disturbances 2XCS
Analog Worship
“Disturbances” collects a few tracks of an early Ride For Revenge demo, some live material and a large swath of unreleased tracks. Originally released on CD by Bestial Burst, Analog Worship has committed the compilation to double cassette format in a thoughtful packaging array including a double cassette outer slipcase with some pretty amazing artwork.
If you’re familiar with Ride for Revenge or Mentor’s other projects (Will Over Matter, Womb C, etc.), you’re going to love and appreciate Disturbances, but you probably already know …


Kerrstillingskozletskynyströmpetrus – Death Instruktions LP

April 19th, 2015
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 …


Sigma Octantis – Dissipations CD

April 16th, 2015
Sigma Octantis – Dissipations CD

Sigma Octantis – Dissipations CD
Malignant Antibody
Malignant Antibody is a sub-label of Malignant Records but I’m not really sure what style of music this sub-label is focusing on. As I look at the discography I see R/A/A/N and Skincage either of which I cannot seem to recall what they sound like – and Skincage in particular just gets mixed up with all of those other skin-themed bands like Skin Crime, Skin Area, and Skin Graft. What I can tell you is that Sigma Octantis creates music that combines several different styles …


Pig Heart Transplant – For Mass Consumption LP

April 15th, 2015
Pig Heart Transplant – For Mass Consumption LP

Pig Heart Transplant – For Mass Consumption LP
IRON LUNG RECORDS
Perhaps better known as the guitarist in Iron Lung, Jon Kortland is no stranger to noise.
In addition to his punk projects (Gob), he participated in a series of obscure projects in Reno, Nevada, quietly creating disturbing ensembles of noise and filth, firmly ahead of his time. At some point Pig Heart Transplant took root. Its previous works span a huge range of sounds and feature collaborations with a variety of musicians. Iron Lung remains his most prolific project, over …


Citizen 2-13 – A Violent Means Til The End C12

April 14th, 2015
Citizen 2-13 – A Violent Means Til The End C12

Citizen 2-13 – A Violent Means Til The End C12
FTAM
I reached into the pile and pulled this sucker out of the deep end and what a fucken grab it is! It’s a shorty but I’m not at all surprised at the high level of quality considering this is coming from Peter J. Wood’s label FTAM.
The packaging is understated as are most of the releases from this label but that doesn’t hold back the fucking excellent barrage of dense harshness that side A employs. Mangled samples with people screaming open things …


Teeth Engraved With The Names Of The Dead Interview

April 6th, 2015
Teeth Engraved With The Names Of The Dead Interview

Teeth Engraved With The Names Of The Dead has been around for a while. It’s only recently they have gotten some much deserved shine with their masterful full-length on Malignant Records called “Starving the Fires”.
The two are without a doubt some of the hardest working artists in death industrial. Avoiding the typical tropes and sounds, Teeth Engraved continues to evolve sculpting impenetrable walls of noise pummeled by scrap metal “bovine whirlwind” percussion and vicious vocals.
Please introduce yourselves and how long you’ve been operating as Teeth Engraved.
-Hey dude, …


Nyodene D / Wolves of Heaven – Split LP

January 27th, 2015
Nyodene D / Wolves of Heaven – Split LP

Nyodene D/Wolves of Heaven – Split LP
Anthems of the Undesirable
Nyodene D is the project of Aaron Vilk based out of Ohio and Wolves of Heaven is Andrew Nolan and Eric King who I am previously unfamiliar with. For some reason I thought they might be a metal band. I was wrong. It turns out not only are these two projects perfectly matched for a split in terms of sound and style but they have also created one hell of a power electronics/death industrial record!
Nyodene D is up first with what …


Skin Area/Jarl – La Petite Mort LP

January 21st, 2015
Skin Area/Jarl – La Petite Mort LP

Skin Area/Jarl – La Petite Mort LP
Malignant Records
Well this is certainly an unexpected pairing of artists but also a collaboration that makes a lot of sense on paper. Skin Area features Martin Bladh of I.R.M. and Jarl is the long running dark ambient project of yore. The LP captures the previous atmosphere of much of Skin Area’s discography but this release is less guitar driven and focuses more on textural elements to capture the intense and esoteric feel.
Side A kicks off with the sounds of bending cymbals, strings, and vocals. …


Yen Pox – Universal Emptiness 10″

January 14th, 2015
Yen Pox – Universal Emptiness 10″

Yen Pox – Universal Emptiness 10″
Substantia Innominata
Yen Pox previous proper release before this 2011 vinyl creation was put out in 2002. Although the group is not known for their proliferation they are known for their quality dark ambient soundscapes and I was surprised to hear this arrive with little fan fair. Certainly the lack of excitement is not warranted as this slab of vinyl proves that Yen Pox continues to create some of the best atmospheric music out there.
Side A gets things off to a slow start with subtle spacious …


TeHÔM – Lacrimae Mundi CD

December 23rd, 2014
TeHÔM – Lacrimae Mundi CD

TeHÔM – Lacrimae Mundi CD
Cyclic Law
Before hearing this disc I was not at all familiar with the name TeHÔM. But after reading the description from the label on their latest release I feel I need to start the review with the tangled web that is the history of the project. Active in the mid 90’s, Croatia’s TeHÔM has been resurrected in the past years by original member Miljenko Rajakovic. Their first 2 albums were released on Twilight Command, side label of Douglas P’s NER label. TeHÔM’s founding member Sinisa Ocurscak …


Shredded Nerve – Retention 7″

December 5th, 2014
Shredded Nerve – Retention 7″

Shredded Nerve – Retention 7″
Torn Light
Shredded Nerve is the newer project of noise artist Justin Lakes who previously performed as Pusdrainer and collaborated under a few other project names. This new project marks a turn in direction for Lakes as he has shed the pure harsh noise worship of his previous project and now embraced a more loop-based musique concrete style of experimental sound while still keeping some elements of industrial and noise.
The first track Mind Begins to Crumble as Dots are Connected (Alternate) – which takes up all of …


Father Murphy – Anyway, Your Children Will Deny It LP

November 26th, 2014
Father Murphy – Anyway, Your Children Will Deny It LP

Father Murphy – Anyway, Your Children Will Deny It LP
Aagoo Records
Father Murphy is a duo from Italy who are influenced by such artists as Goblin and various horror film soundtracks but have a very original and experimental take on those sounds. Utilizing a mix of electronics and guitars these tracks are on the more musical side of things but also have a focus on rhythm. The atmosphere is one of dark corners and hidden secrets, it is a very intimate kind of music that they create.
Side A spans a wide …


Veiled – El temps no passa LP

November 18th, 2014
Veiled – El temps no passa LP

Veiled – El temps no passa LP
White Denim
Veiled is the bicontinental duo of Robert Francisco (M Ax Noi Mach, Dexter Industries) and Arnau Sala (Exoteric Continent, Vactor). Although I don’t speak spanish I’m going to take a wild guess and assume that the title translates to “The time does not pass” (or something like it). This new record combines the different styles that Veiled has explored previously yet keeps the project at an unfaltering march forward in terms of evolving their sound.
Side A features two tracks with the first entitled …


Skin Graft – Enemy LP

November 13th, 2014
Skin Graft – Enemy LP

Skin Graft – Enemy LP
Alien Passengers
Skin Graft is Wyatt Howland from Ohio. He has been a rising force in the noise scene for quite some time now but interestingly the small bit of information provided on this LP mentions that this material was recorded from 1986-2013 of which is much longer than I believed him to be operating.
Side A begins with low crunchy noise and industrial clanging. It’s apparent right from the outset that Howland means business here. The overdriven sound here is somewhat like a sonic avalanch of distortion …


Bob Bellerue – Brokelyn LP

November 12th, 2014
Bob Bellerue – Brokelyn LP

Bob Bellerue – Brokelyn LP
Love Earth Music
Bob Bellerue has been a major force in the NYC noise scene for quite some time now and it’s good to finally be able to hear a full-length release from this tenured artist. The insert recommends that the listener use a high-fidelity sound system and “turn it up to FUCK YEAH” for best results. Well Bob, you are in luck because I have such a system and my roommates aren’t home.
Side A kicks off with some classic daytime ambience complete with bird calls and …


Remainderless – Remainderless EP 12″

November 6th, 2014
Remainderless – Remainderless EP 12″

Remainderless – Remainderless EP 12″
Oxen
Remainderless is three Los Angeles rooted performers/composers converging regularly to compose, record, case and sift sounds. Equal blasting, squeak and rasp + uncommon and unsettling squelch frequencies comprise the aggregate sum of their output. Documented over three tracks on their debut EP 12″. I’m not sure what the difference is between a strait-out LP and an EP 12″ but there is a decent amount of material on this record.
Side A contains the first two tracks Devastating Inquiry and Glass Pollution both of which are good titles …


+Dog+ / Actuary – Ritual Filth 10″

November 6th, 2014
+Dog+ / Actuary – Ritual Filth 10″

+Dog+ / Actuary – Ritual Filth 10″
Love Earth Music
So it is that these two acts meet for a split record. I’m not sure what the relation is but they have seemed to do a certain amount of work together in the past (Actuary being released on +Dog+’s label etc). The record is meant to be played at 45 RPM so it’s a touch shorter than your average 10 incher. First impressions are good: heavy black matte paper with silver silkscreened print of medieval woodcut imagery keeps things simple and safe.
Surprisingly …


Migrations In Rust – Two Shadows LP

November 6th, 2014
Migrations In Rust – Two Shadows LP

Migrations In Rust – Two Shadows LP
NNA Tapes
Migrations In Rust is Jesse Allen whose musical pedigree includes being involved with the Red Light District collective in Queens, NY – which has included some of the best in modern experimental musicians such as Yellow Tears, Pharmakon, John Mannion, Diaphragm, DJ Dog Dick and a slurry of other side projects, solo projects and collaborations – former member of the Cathode Terror Secretion and current performer in Cowards, in addition to producing and performing under the guise of several other solo projects (Hollow …


Regosphere / The Vomit Arsonist – Split 7″

November 6th, 2014
Regosphere / The Vomit Arsonist – Split 7″

Regosphere / The Vomit Arsonist – Split 7″
Phage Tapes / Dumpsterscore Home Recordings / Obfuscated Records
This split record is not just a great pairing of artists but also of labels who have teamed up to back this quality record. The art, packaging, and production all converge around 2 excellent tracks from these American death industrial artists who have a lot in common in sound but also in namesake as they are both named Andrew.
Regosphere is up first with Death, Like a Thief which immediately chimes in with a rumbling repetitive …


Street Sects – The Morning After the Night We Raped Death 7″

November 6th, 2014
Street Sects – The Morning After the Night We Raped Death 7″

Street Sects – The Morning After the Night We Raped Death 7″
Self Released
Street Sects is a project of which I am completely unfamiliar with, nor do I know the artists Leo Ashline and Shaun Ringsmuth off the top of my head. Yet with The Morning After the Night We Raped Death they have created a quality work by all means starting with the excellent packaging, art, and vision.
Side A is a very quick affair featuring the title track; yet the style of music is unexpected. It’s a mix of breakcore, …


Gnaw Their Tongues – Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus CD

October 8th, 2014
Gnaw Their Tongues – Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus CD

Gnaw Their Tongues – Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus CD
Crucial Blast
The orchestra of the damned endures and it is powered by Gnaw Their Tongues the consistent Belgian project who is meshing ambient/noise and martial industrial with a black metal aesthetic. Since Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus was released in 2009 the project has seen the release of several albums since, but it seems the original prolific progress has since slowed.
Per Flagellum Sanguemque, Tenebras Veneramus however, continues to show the solid foundation that Gnaw Their Tongues has created for themselves. …


Sektor 304 – Engage…Forward 7″

September 24th, 2014
Sektor 304 – Engage…Forward 7″

Sektor 304 – Engage…Forward 7″
Sektor 304 bandcamp
Why the fuck is this the only release I have by Sektor 304? I’ll admit, I’ve had the above bandcamp bookmarked for a while and have enjoyed the absolute fuck out of the sprawling “Transmissions “(which was released last year) and had every intention of buying physical copies. This is in my opinion the best of what modern industrial has to offer. It tips its hat at the old school, then forges on with a unique style.
“Engage…Forward” is the A side …


Gnawed / Breaking the Will – Split C40

September 22nd, 2014
Gnawed / Breaking the Will – Split C40

Gnawed / Breaking the Will – Split C40
White Centipede Noise
This split was released last year and is quite the pairing of artists. Gnawed creates strait-forward death industrial while Breaking the Will specializes in cut-up harsh noise.
Gnawed is up first with his token deep and heavy sound. Death industrial mayhem of the highest quality and nothing less. Insanely heavy looping industrial rhythms pounding your brain out of your skull. The material is honestly perfect, falls right in line with the top-notch delivery I have come to expect from the project.
Breaking the …


Plagues / Execution Techniques – Understanding C32

September 21st, 2014
Plagues / Execution Techniques – Understanding C32

Plagues / Execution Techniques – Understanding C32
Earth Noise Eternal
The circumstances of this cassette seem to be somehow centered around birth/death. A quick look at discogs reveals Understanding to be the debut release of the project Plagues, yet the last release ofExecution Techniques. So it is that this little tape – all on its lonesome – represents a microcosm of the universe.
Worth mentioning is the cool handmade packaging on the tape. Colored paper folded into a custom case, with a cloth bag around it – all silkscreened with various illustrations and …


Author & Punisher – Women & Children CD

September 19th, 2014
Author & Punisher – Women & Children CD

Author & Punisher – Women & Children CD
Seventh Rule
Tristan Shone returns for the next installment of his epic industrial metal project Author & Punisher with Women & Children. I have been following his works for a few years now and fully appreciate the eclectic mix of doom, electronica, and industrial elements that Shone brings to the table. One of my favorite releases of the project has always been The Painted Army and although I certainly love his other work I always have thought that Shone had a certain propensity for …


Kine – Meditations in April Green CD

September 18th, 2014
Kine – Meditations in April Green CD

Kine – Meditations in April Green CD
Alrealon Music
Kine is an interesting group of experimental musicians that was formed in April of 2012 during Vietnamese artist Dao Anh Khanh’s visit to New York City where they recorded the ‘Meditations in April Green’ release. Two of the members of the group are also in Pas Musique who I’ve previously reviewed.
The album kicks off with 2 long tracks the first Meditation 1 clocking in over 15 minutes. Given that every track on here is named Meditation x it makes sense that the general …


Freddy Ruppert – Hangs a Shadow C70

September 12th, 2014
Freddy Ruppert – Hangs a Shadow C70

Freddy Ruppert – Hangs a Shadow C70
NNA Tapes
So it is that this is the first release from NNA Tapes to have graced my review pile! And what a pleasure it is. Freddy Rupert – an artist with whom I am unfamiliar – creates what I would consider just about the most pure version of sound collage or musique concrete I’ve heard since Pierre Schaeffer.
Throughout this tape it feels like there is very minimal processing and mostly just layering and editing of different sounds. I do hear possibly some tape manipulation …


Vehement Caress – Flaying the Pyre C45

September 9th, 2014
Vehement Caress – Flaying the Pyre C45

Vehement Caress – Flaying the Pyre C45
Apicult Recordings
Vehement Caress is a dark electronics crossover act exploring the areas of dark ambient, death industrial, drone, noise, and power electronics. It is the work of Lex Russo who is native to the Boston area and seems quite content in keeping his influence local. However, his work is quite effective and although kept in very limited quantities he has toured several times up and down the east coast.
To kick things off with the release the packaging is awesome, it’s all printed on transparency …


Samarkande – Performance X CDr

September 8th, 2014
Samarkande – Performance X CDr

Samarkande – Performance X CDr
Self Released
Performance X is a live recording by this odd experimental outfit Samarkande who actually sounds quite original. That does however come at a cost; the music is a strange combination of sounds and styles which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t.
It’s tough to try and figure out a description of Samarkande’s style. Experimental electronic music with touches of drone. Either way the style leans to the more musical side of the genre while using experimental elements to add layers and passages to the tracks.
The atmosphere …


Gnaw Their Tongues – All the Dread Magnificence of Perversity CD

September 7th, 2014
Gnaw Their Tongues – All the Dread Magnificence of Perversity CD

Gnaw Their Tongues – All the Dread Magnificence of Perversity CD
Crucial Blast
Gnaw Their Tongues is an interesting project who I don’t think I’ve completely wrapped my head around yet. First I know of their split with Corephallism which was released in 2012 and was my first exposure to the project in which they present a heaving industrial track. And then I reviewed their full length L’arrivée de la Terne Mort Triomphante which was released in 2010. Now I find All the Dread Magnificence of Perversity in my review pile which …


Gnawed – Fissure C60

September 5th, 2014
Gnawed – Fissure C60

Gnawed – Fissure C60
Maniacal Hatred
Ok ok. I was going to start this review all gushy over how much I am in love with the work of Gnawed but I have a bone to pick with this tape. How can you call this a C60? It has the same material on both sides! Isn’t it really a C30? I mean, it’s physically a C60; yes. But it has 30 minutes of material on it! I shouldn’t complain, I didn’t pay for this.
So NOW I’ll gush about how much I love Gnawed. …


Sutcliffe Jugend – With Extreme Prejudice CD

September 4th, 2014
Sutcliffe Jugend – With Extreme Prejudice CD

Sutcliffe Jugend – With Extreme Prejudice CD
Cold Spring
Who would think that after 32 years Sutcliffe Jugend would not only still be creating music under the moniker but would also still be at the head of the pack where noise/industrial is concerned? How did they escape the tasteless fate of churning out dancy techno anthems in exchange for a fate of complete despair in no-holds-barred abstract extreme music?!
I can’t answer these questions but I certainly can enjoy the result. In looking at where With Extreme Prejudice falls on the SJ discography …


Anemone Tube – The Transfiguration Of The Image C25

September 3rd, 2014
Anemone Tube – The Transfiguration Of The Image C25

Anemone Tube – “The Transfiguration Of The Image” – C25
Danvers State Recordings
Here we have a new tape of three long out of print compilation tracks, as well as shorter new track, by Germany’s long running Anemone Tube. Active since the mid-90’s, Stefan Hanser creates his own unique blend of heavy looping harsh electronics, power electronics structures, dark ambient textures and in more recent years, field recording manipulations. That may sound like a lot to take in, but back before people became stuck in the harshly defined genre separations seen in …


STDFN / Terrorist Financing – Split C5

September 3rd, 2014
STDFN / Terrorist Financing – Split C5

STDFN / Terrorist Financing – Split – C5
Toilet Experience Records
Here’s an extremely short split by two new bands doing there take on the classic noisecore sound that seems to almost have died out in the past decade with the fall of most of the originators. I know for a lot of us into harsh noise, bands like A.C., 7 Minutes Of Nausea, Sore Throat, Gore Beyond Necropsy, etc. are what started our love for harsh sounds. So it’s great to see some newer bands taking up the flag and doing …


Wrong Hole – Virgins Go To Hell, Fuck Your Way To Heaven C15

September 3rd, 2014
Wrong Hole – Virgins Go To Hell, Fuck Your Way To Heaven C15

Wrong Hole – “Virgins Go To Hell, Fuck Your Way To Heaven” – C15
Monorail Trespassing
Here’s a short but sweet tape by Wrong Hole from Los Angeles. This one came out a while ago, but is still available from the label and was procured from Nile when he was on tour this past Winter. The production is lo-fi but crisp enough to get the point across and the tape it’s self is dubbed loud and clear. The artwork is nice textured close up capture from some video, abstracted and nice colors …


Machinefabriek – Veldwerk CD

September 2nd, 2014
Machinefabriek – Veldwerk CD

Machinefabriek – Veldwerk CD
Cold Spring
With astute design and bold colors and text Veldwerk is presented. The artwork is curious especially coming from a label that specializes in the dark and gothic. But it appears here that Machinefabriek focuses on carefully composed musique concrete with other subtle elements added.
The compositions are quite effective using delicate sounds that ebb and flow. Peaks and valleys lead to moments of engaging sound effects, subtle haunting harmonies, and finally intense noise swells to form a well-rounded front. There are also elements of guitar which somehow …


Label Spotlight: Auris Apothecary

August 29th, 2014
Label Spotlight: Auris Apothecary

Baroke Misty Queens – Tacked Into It
[one-sided 6inch lathe cut with silkscreened b-side]

Auris Apothecary is a label that stands on its own, isolated from many scenes but especially from the main stream. It is the embodiment of “boutique” more than any other label today. Having received numerous releases for review from the label I simply couldn’t ignore the fact that what they are doing is something quite different. An emphasis on creative package design, carefully curated releases and most importantly; uniting the physical with the aural.
Auris Apothecary was introduced to …


Sunken Cheek – Prince Of Mind / Husk 7″

August 12th, 2014
Sunken Cheek – Prince Of Mind / Husk 7″

Sunken Cheek – Prince Of Mind / Husk 7″
Torn Light
Immediately noticeable is the excellent packaging on this release. The artwork is simple yet effective using silk screened blue ink on black matte and accompanying this is a giant fold-out poster. More than one could ask for in a seven inch record already. One fair warning is that this record plays at 45rpm so it’s very quick, maybe 8 minutes tops.
Sunken Cheek represents everything that I want in noise these days; creepy atmosphere, harsh electronics, tinges of industrial scraping at the …


Encounters – Formless Migration CDr

August 12th, 2014
Encounters – Formless Migration CDr

Encounters – Formless Migration CDr
Self Released
Ok, this was originally reviewwed as a Husere Grav release because it had no info in it and me by the artist. It’s actually Encounters which is a duo of Husere Grav and half of NRIII; the latter of which I am not familiar with. There is absolutely no information provided anywhere on the release but it is a slimline jewel case that comes in a black envelope with a photocopied image pasted on the front. Quite esoteric.
The audio here clocks in at 33 minutes …


Requiem – Provenance CD

August 4th, 2014
Requiem – Provenance CD

Requiem – Provenance CD
Consouling Agency
Requiem is the artist David Graham who has been operating out of Pittsburgh for quite some time (I believe the late 90s?). Under the moniker he creates epic soundscapes of industrial tinged post-rock and Provenance is certainly a showcase of his skills and aesthetic.
My favorite thing about the release are the intense and explosive moments where a new level of heaviness is achieved. Moments like the last part of This Story Ends the Same Way it Begain where there is an explosion of pummeling industrial hits, …


Husere Grav – You Are Transparent CD

August 1st, 2014
Husere Grav – You Are Transparent CD

Husere Grav – You Are Transparent CD
Crucial Blast
The low key ambient drone artist Husere Grav is back with this release on the surprisingly high profile label Crucial Blast. Delivered in a DVD case with fuzzed-out photography containing a sticker, a pin, and a cool insert-booklet this makes for a sick little package that truly does justice to the bleak soundscapes within.
Throbbing low frequency drones, shifting textures in the mid and high ends bring to mind the empty industrial spaces at night. When the machines are on autopilot and the electric …


Destroy Date – Inner Dialogue CD

July 21st, 2014
Destroy Date – Inner Dialogue CD

Destroy Date – Inner Dialogue CD
Love Earth Music
They pulled out all the stoppers for this one. From the extremely shitty design to the re-hashed pop music within; this presents perhaps everything that I hate about experimental wankery.
I really shouldn’t even continue this review past the first track entitled Los Angeles Music Test which consists of a computer-type voice narrating the track number and then playing a 3-5 second clip of a classic rock song. This track is 13 minutes and goes up to 94 clips of classic rock songs. …


First Human Ferro – Homo Shargey CD

July 18th, 2014
First Human Ferro – Homo Shargey CD

First Human Ferro – Homo Shargey CD
Old Captain/New Nihilsm/Requiem/Triangle
Homo Shargey continues the development of this long-running project which by this point has run the gamut of different styles and sounds. Over the years the project has progressed from lo-fi death industrial – my personal favorite incarnation – to haunting abstract folk and now settling into detailed synth-based ambient.
With Homo Shargey FHF deals with the concepts developed by Alexander Shargey (who I guess is also known as Yuriy Kondratyuk) that consist of using a particular method of space travel to land …


V/A – BG/BTW/HP/ORU July 2013 Tour 3xC20

July 12th, 2014
V/A – BG/BTW/HP/ORU July 2013 Tour 3xC20

V/A – BG/BTW/HP/ORU July 2013 Tour 3xC20
Self Released
This release is a tour-de-force of harsh noise heavyweights from their tour last year. Three tapes chalk full of the filthiest cut-up noise attacks I’ve heard and it’s absolutely brilliant and devastating.
Brad Griggs is up first – a hidden gem of the midwest – who’s noise is reminiscent of early Pedestrian Deposit. It’s crunchy as fuck and rough around the edges. Mostly a constant barrage of junk attacks but there is a contact mic shuffle breakdown about 1/3 of the way through.
Side B …


7/25 & 7/26 – Summer Scum III

June 17th, 2014
7/25 & 7/26 – Summer Scum III

SUMMER SCUM THREE
Buffalo NY July 25/26 @ The Foundry (298 Northampton St)
$20 each day. $35 both days


Happy Father’s Day: Sudden Infant @ Starlab 9/23/11

June 15th, 2014
Happy Father’s Day: Sudden Infant @ Starlab 9/23/11

Today is Father’s Day and possibly no other noise artist tackles the idea of fathers better than Sudden Infant. It was over 2 years ago the last time Sudden Infant played Boston under the Existence Establishment banner but with a point at the 13 minute mark that simply asked a question “What do you know about a good father?” Joke Lanz – the man behind the project – raised an interesting and poignant question for our generation. What does being a father really mean? Can we still be freaks? Can …


Timeghost @ The Rat Snake Lodge 5/28/14

June 12th, 2014
Timeghost @ The Rat Snake Lodge 5/28/14

Here is a recent video posted by Rob Beckham of Providence artist and frequent Existence Establishment guest Timeghost performing live May 28th, 2014 at The Rat Snake Lodge in Nashville, TN. Although the audio quality isn’t the best the video manages to capture the intensity of Timeghost’s performances aptly.
Timeghost exists as a method to explore circuitous patterns and synchronicity in electricity, sound, and lifetime. Performances range from light & video meditations to song-based, post-industrial crooning. On recording, compositions are informed by architecture, dream states, history, alienation, the occult, …


Climax Denial/The Rita – Preparing for Pointe C40

June 11th, 2014
Climax Denial/The Rita – Preparing for Pointe C40

Climax Denial/The Rita – Preparing for Pointe C40
Lake Shark
I have grown to appreciate The Rita’s persistent use of salient themes for his work, be it skateboarding, or in this case, ballet.  Joining the fray is creepy harsh noise stalwart Climax Denial. The result is a very densely packed blast of ebbing conversation pieces.
Climax Denial’s salacious disposition makes for a very nice background motif on side A.  I’m not a fan of explicitly referenced sick-shit noise in general, so my voyeuristic sense is prodded with Climax Denial’s oozing synths, sound samples, …


Death Jenk – s/t CD

June 10th, 2014
Death Jenk – s/t CD

Death Jenk – s/t CD
Phage Tapes
This Phage Tapes offering consists of four tracks of swelling feedback assaults, and damaged vocals which hang somewhere in the background, surrounded by synthesizer and distorted drum machine treatments. I appreciate this type of chaotic harsh noise because it seems to lack any major over-thought and any opportunity for obvious high-falutin conceptual morass. It instead relies on a nice palette of crushing sounds.
This album goes in head first as furiously as possible, concept or no concept.
The first two tracks bleed into each other seamlessly, sometimes stuttering …


Alan Courtis & Cyrus Pireh – Uritorco C32

June 6th, 2014
Alan Courtis & Cyrus Pireh – Uritorco C32

Alan Courtis & Cyrus Pireh – Uritorco C32
Dumpsterscore Home Recordings
The flavor of the day is experimental noise and if you don’t like it I suggest you skip this one. Side A is lo-fi and awkward and gives us have moments of harsh noise in Yek and much guitar fuckery featured in both Do and Seh. This type of stuff is wholeheartedly not my kind of thing but I can imagine it will appeal to some.
Side B starts off on a more solid note with Chaahr a short industrial field sample. …


Weltschmerz – Dünnen Faden Des Lebens CDr

June 5th, 2014
Weltschmerz – Dünnen Faden Des Lebens CDr

Weltschmerz – Dünnen Faden Des Lebens CDr
Kadaath Records
Nothing like a CDr in a DVD case limited to 20 copies. This is my kinda thing. I’m not exactly sure where this artist hails from but the tracks have alternate titles in Russian so I’m guessing that’s where. The overall mood is bleak as can be and the audio here reflects that.
In Dünnen Faden Des Lebens Weltschmerz mixes dark ambient and black noise to form a grey slated aural field of post-apocalyptic atmospheres. Angst is a slow burner of a minimalist noise …


Typical White Male/EUU – Split C60

May 29th, 2014
Typical White Male/EUU – Split C60

Typical White Male/EUU – Split C60
You Don’t Like It
There’s something mysterious about this tape yet you have to have in-depth knowledge about the artist to know what it is. Of course, if you are reading this you deserve to be in-the-know so I will divulge it for you; TWM and EUU are two sides of the same coin, two minds trapped in one flesh-bound body. It is with this knowledge that you can finely begin to decipher the puzzle that this split poses.
TWM appears on the bulk of side A …


Dante Augustus Scarlatti – Worship at the Throne of the Oscillator C40

May 19th, 2014
Dante Augustus Scarlatti – Worship at the Throne of the Oscillator C40

Dante Augustus Scarlatti – Worship at the Throne of the Oscillator C40
Auris Apothecary
Yet another phenomenally packaged release from the Auris Apothecary camp. They never fail to amaze me with their carefully crafted artifacts. I’m not familiar with the artist here but with such a great presentation expectations are set quite high.
I really like how the track lengths are listed on the back cover of the booklet here. It’s very helpful in deciphering the larger structure of the album. Breaching the Circuitry of Reason opens the tape; a noisy opener lasting …


Aeoga – Temple Treye CD

May 7th, 2014
Aeoga – Temple Treye CD

Aeoga – Temple Treye CD
Aural Hypnox
The Finnish masters of dark ritualistic music are back once again with Temple Treye which truly must be a dark place somewhere in the outer reaches of the northern wastes, or perhaps it is a place that only exists within their minds. Either way some sort of it is manifested in this 45 minute outing of intense ritual musick.
Opening with Feast of the Stance it’s clear Aeoga are experimenting with different sounds and styles because the use of theremin like synth lines pitch bending into …


Navicon Torture Technologies – Your Suffering Will Be Legendary 2xCD

May 2nd, 2014
Navicon Torture Technologies – Your Suffering Will Be Legendary 2xCD

Navicon Torture Technologies – Your Suffering Will Be Legendary 2xCD
Malignant Records
Your Suffering Will Be Legendary is a mammoth two disc set in a gorgeous digipak and stocked full of excellent ambient, death industrial, and drone featuring collaborations with artists like Aun, Cenotype, Herbst 9, Troum, Jarboe and more. It’s a lot to take in and took me quite a few intense listening sessions to fully absorb the depth and breadth of the release. The funny thing about the release is that almost all of the power electronic influences of earlier …


Aural Hypnox – Underworld Editions I C20

April 25th, 2014
Aural Hypnox – Underworld Editions I C20

Aural Hypnox – Underworld Editions I C20
Aural Hypnox
Underworld Editions is a series started by the label Aural Hypnox and is a document of their invitational private seances which consistent of the various members of the associated artists known as the “Helixes Collective”. The material is said to have been recorded in a subterranean lodge located in Oulu, Northern Ostrobothnia which I can only assume is in the far reaches of northern Finland – feel free to fact check that one.
What is presented on this tape meets all expectations and then …


Bruital Orgasme – Untitled C30

April 14th, 2014
Bruital Orgasme – Untitled C30

Bruital Orgasme Untitled – C30
Sincope
Here we have a new tape by the married Belgian couple Bruital Orgasme, who seem to specialize in creating a mix of old school harsh noise combined with field recording cut-ups, glitch textures, and thick harsh drones. I have a few of their past releases, and while I’ve enjoyed them, there’s been nothing that’s really blown me away. There was enough to keep me interested though which led to this C30 landing in my hands. I think with this tape they have taken a huge step …


Iron Forest – Body Horror CD

April 10th, 2014
Iron Forest – Body Horror CD

Iron Forest – Body Horror CD
Crucial Blast
Iron Forest returns for the project’s last full length with Body Horror. Once again presenting his brand of doomstep to the masses. Immediately eye catching is the artwork which is a collage of various pornographic source material but abstracted so as to portray a mass of horrific creature-like images.
Kicking off the album is Pathogenesis which is probably the track on Body Horror that stands apart from the others the most. It’s a slower affair and features a picked guitar as the base for the …


Hheva – Drenched in the Mist of Sleep C30

April 7th, 2014
Hheva – Drenched in the Mist of Sleep C30

Hheva – Drenched in the Mist of Sleep C30
Diazepam
Hheva appears to be a relatively new project but that doesn’t mean that Drenched in the Mist of Sleep isn’t some quality material. First off, the release is beautifully packaged in leather casing tied shut with thick twine. The j-card reveals textured paper with smartly black and white images and text, a very nice DIY presentation.
Side A contains The Forest Bathes in Crimson Lead which is a beautiful floating ritual drone piece. Harmonic and peaceful yet focusing on an air of mystery …


Urna – Larvae C60

April 3rd, 2014
Urna – Larvae C60

Urna – Larvae C60
Brave Mysteries
Urna is a project from Italy that has been around for many years now, but has remained largely unheard outside of his own country except for maybe the early releases that came out on the infamous Slaughter Productions. I first heard his CD-R “Lares” back then when it came out and was very impressed by it. I tried tracking down his other work with little luck, besides the occasional disc here or there. So it was great news when Brave Mysteries announced they were releasing this …


V/A – The Moon is Hungry 2xC20

April 3rd, 2014
V/A – The Moon is Hungry 2xC20

V/A – The Moon is Hungry 2xC20
Intangible Cat
Four killer artists come together to create this great double tape set. Immediately noticeable is the great artwork job tying everything together here. The artists tend to do a great job as well creating like-minded sounds to fit into their side. I listened to this puppy a few times before even opening up the booklet and realizing that it was more than one artist, which is one point that demonstrates how succinctly this material works together.
Up first is Homogenized who presents possibly my …


Crown of Cerberus – With Arms Extended to The Heavens C30

March 30th, 2014
Crown of Cerberus – With Arms Extended to The Heavens C30

Crown of Cerberus – With Arms Extended to The Heavens C30
Depravity Label
Crown of Cerberus is a project that creates ritual music through electronic means. Tending to rely on loops to create a repetitive, psychedelic, and oftentimes beautiful tapestry of sound the project is quite adept at achieving an otherworldly experience. Gracefully accompanied by an exquisite display of DIY art on this tacfully silkscreened packaging; this release is truly something special to behold.
Side A contains the track Exalting Her Majesty’s Beauty from the Depths of Every Ocean, and from the …


Fecalove – Void, Chaos and Cum CD

March 28th, 2014
Fecalove – Void, Chaos and Cum CD

Fecalove – Void, Chaos and Cum CD
Crucial Blast Records
Fecalove is an incredibly prolific project that has been releasing music since 2004. Despite that fact Void, Chaos and Cum is actually my first exposure to a full album by the project. Obviously as can be deduced from the project’s name the subject matter here is concerned with a variety of sexual depravity so if you’re not into that kind of thing you may want to tread lightly here.
The albums opens with a fucked up sample most likely from some kind of …


No Dreams – Pessimistic Substance C30

March 24th, 2014
No Dreams – Pessimistic Substance C30

No Dreams – Pessimistic Substance C30
Depravity Label
Depravity label and No Dreams are the vessels of Omar Gonzalez a noise devotee based out of Chicago who also helps run the now infamous DIY show space The Rectum. He is an artist who is prolific and apparently unstoppable given that he is also a member of power electronics unit Machismo and filthy noise rock mongrels Rectal Hygenics. Is there an ass this man doesn’t have his fingers four knuckles deep in?
No Dreams’ sound seems to be one of much more subtle dynamics …


Phoned Nil Trio – Ar B Ok Alou 7"+C26+CD

March 22nd, 2014
Phoned Nil Trio – Ar B Ok Alou 7"+C26+CD

Phoned Nil Trio – Ar B Ok Alou 7"+C26+CD
Rainbow Bridge Recordings/FTAM/Ursa Major/Colbeck Labs/Maxcorp Industries/Blackhouse
This is a weird one and not just for the fact that this one release spans 3 different formats. Phoned Nil Trio is a group consisting of Neil Gravander (who also performs as Nummy) and Peter J Woods (who also performs under his own name as well of a slew of other projects) and Dan Shierl (who I am not familiar with). They are based out of the Milwaukee noise scene; infamous for it’s growth and activity.
The …


Pas Musique/Ben Link Collins/Shaun Sandor – Of Silence CD

March 21st, 2014
Pas Musique/Ben Link Collins/Shaun Sandor – Of Silence CD

Pas Musique/Ben Link Collins/Shaun Sandor – Of Silence CD
Silent Media/Alrealon Musique/Blondena
Of Silence is an interesting release on multiple fronts. It’s a collaboration between artists and labels but the 9 tracks are grouped into threes with each group featuring a different combination of the 3 artists that have worked on the material. It’s hard to explain but once you see it laid out in the credits it’s easier to understand.
The compositions featured here are unsurprisingly of the quieter and avant garde variety. But I have to admit I really enjoy how …


Hexen – Hexen C30

March 20th, 2014
Hexen – Hexen C30

Hexen – Hexen C30
Diazepam
I immediately received a ritualistic tone from the second I set eyes on this release. Housed in a small velvet red bag and accompanied by a chunk of bark this release has esotericism written all over it.
Luckily the sounds live up to the carefully planned packaging. Side A features a beautiful mix of experimental atmospheres and sounds. Echoing glassy textures are laid as a bed of sound and added to that are ethereal whispers. All this which is then interrupted by heavy washes of noise blasts. …


Gorduw – XIX CIF. 30/15 CDr

March 20th, 2014
Gorduw – XIX CIF. 30/15 CDr

Gorduw – XIX CIF. 30/15 CDr
Kadaath Records
Russia: the wild west of the 21st century. With it’s dashboard cams, street fight videos and military aggression it’s no surprise that it is also a hotbed for industrial music. Gorduw is currently on the front lines right now and the project’s style is as multifaceted as their homeland’s antics. Having listened to several albums I’ve come to know that the project spans the genres of experimental noise, electro-industrial, and power noise.
XIX CIF 30/15 tends to the former of the styles with 5 …


Joey Molinaro – The Mephist C12

March 18th, 2014
Joey Molinaro – The Mephist C12

Joey Molinaro – The Mephist C12
Auris Apothecary
I had the pleasure of playing with Joey Molinaro in a basement a few years ago. He is a true freak and I mean that in the most adoring way possible. A violin player who delves into avant garde and weird music. Not to mention this is a release from the esoteric Auris Apothecary label; an organization that features some of the most strange and wonderful pieces of art that has graced my sense of sight, sound, and touch.
The style of The Mephist …


Iron Forest – Pantechnicon CDr

March 17th, 2014
Iron Forest – Pantechnicon CDr

Iron Forest – Pantechnicon CDr
Paradigms Recordings
Iron Forest is a project form the man behind A Crown of Amaranth and I believe is now a defunct project but he is still operating under the project name Auditor. Pantechnicon is the first effort for this new project and is coined by the label as “doom-step”.
That description may not be far off as this is somewhat based around odd angular beats with a good dosage of noise and distortion. Lots of experimentation and tangents here. Once you think you have a track nailed …


Cursory – La Sorcière 7"

March 16th, 2014
Cursory – La Sorcière 7"

Cursory – La Sorcière 7"
Blossoming Noise
La Sorcière is my first exposure to Cursory a project which I know nothing about. Starting with the presentation of this release I can say it’s quite an effort where it has been beautifully yet subtly packaged by Blossoming Noise who always manages to put out quality material. Ultra heavy stock with silver silk screen art is very effective but leaves almost no information about the release to be shared.
Side A contains the track Some Men Look into their Minds and Find Naught but Pain …


Aphid Palisades – II C45

March 15th, 2014
Aphid Palisades – II C45

Aphid Palisades – II C45
Fade Away Tapes
Aphid Palisades is the nom de plume of the collaboration between Lee Tindall (also of Belarisk, and Zerfallt) and Ryan Connolly (also of Sundrips). With II they create a beautiful sound of psychedelic experimental dronescapes.
Guitar is used in a very subtle and thoughtful way and combined with excellent synth work. Nothing feels canned or generic and there is a great sense of movement throughout the tape. The material shows an excellent combination of glassy and bright textures with warm analog goodness.
My only critique …


Tasuketekun – Electrical Lessons CDr

March 12th, 2014
Tasuketekun – Electrical Lessons CDr

Tasuketekun – Electrical Lessons CDr
Obfuscated Records
Tasuketekun is a harsh noise artist hailing from Japan and creating noise in a the style of the Japanese greats like Merzbow and Astro. This disc holds roughly 42 minutes of white hot synth-based noise with tons of variation yet using droning synth pads as a base for each track.
Two longer tracks kick things off with Electrical Lessons featuring a low bass tone and cut-up distorted elements above the drone. It is quite consistent for the entirety of the track. Human Weapon is of …


Regosphere/Shiver – There’s Daggers in Men’s Smiles C20

March 12th, 2014
Regosphere/Shiver – There’s Daggers in Men’s Smiles C20

Regosphere/Shiver – There’s Daggers in Men’s Smiles C20
Dumpsterscore Home Recordings
This cassette is an already sold-out split tape from two burgeoning noise artists both tending to lean towards the ambient/industrial realms.
Regosphere tackles side A with Wolf’s Head (Bleeding) which has a much more power electronics vibe than most of his material and I’m really digging it. Beneath the Sheath follows with more of Regosphere’s token sound but as always these tracks are very thick with excellent synth pads and layers of fuzz.
Shiver’s work here isn’t bad but I have to say …


Arabian Blade – Perpetuate Myself C30

February 28th, 2014
Arabian Blade – Perpetuate Myself C30

Arabian Blade – Perpetuate Myself C30
Elm Recordings
It’s no secret that Christopher Donofirio’s Reviver is one of my favorite projects currently in operation in New England but here we have him teamed up with Donovan Fazzino, a man who I am less familiar with. Luckily it seems the pairing works quite well together because this tape is an excellent offering of droning ambience and industrial.
Side A consists of a few tracks with the first 2 building up to the third. Beginning with more subtle drones it’s solid work until it gets …


Opponents – Psychosexual Spiritual C38

February 28th, 2014
Opponents – Psychosexual Spiritual C38

Opponents – Psychosexual Spiritual C38
Out-of-Body Records
Opponents were founded in late 2006 in New York City by the duo of Joshua Slusher and Aaron Feinstein. In Late 2009 they were joined by Joshua Greco to form the current lineup as a trio. I’m surprised they haven’t crossed my path before as they are quite prolific and if Psychosexual Spiritual is any indication they’re sound and style is evolved and explorative.
Opponents embrace the blurred line between industrial, electronica, abstract, and psychedelic music while using all analog gear. The production quality reflects that …


156 – A Life Lived As If In Hell C30

February 27th, 2014
156 – A Life Lived As If In Hell C30

156 – A Life Lived As If In Hell C30
Out-of-Body Records
156 is back with their unique brand of musique concrete industrial music. This time bringing their awkward style to the next level and truly creating an audio soundscape of the most hellish levels.
Side A combines field recordings of people screaming, yelling, coughing, maybe fucking? Who knows? With reverberating industrial junk noise sometimes forming rough looping patterns at other times just cutting in and out incessantly. There seems to be little rhyme or reason to these sounds, their main goal to …


Oneirogen – Kiasma CD

February 23rd, 2014
Oneirogen – Kiasma CD

Oneirogen – Kiasma CD
Denovali Records
Oneirogen is the project of Mario Diaz de Leon who is a classically trained guitarist based out of New York city and also composes music under his own name. Oneirogen generally features guitar-based epic drone tracks that are paired with heavy synthesizer dirges ranging from huge exploding harmonies to emotional arpeggios. Kiasma is the third effort from the project following an initial full-length and one ep.
Kiasma is an expansion on the ideas and aesthetics that de Leon had set in his previous full-length Hypnos and I …


Funerary Call – Fragments from the Aethyr CD

February 19th, 2014
Funerary Call – Fragments from the Aethyr CD

Funerary Call – Fragments from the Aethyr CD
Crucial Blast
Fragments from the Aethyr was released in 2012 on Crucial Blast records and was the second release of the year for Funerary Call making it the project’s most prolific year since 2004. If you’re unfamiliar Funerary Call it is the project of Harlow MacFarlane who also heads the Canadian death industrial project Sistrenatus. Fragments of the Aethyr continues to the exploration of FC’s ritualistic ambience.
The sound on Fragments though is much more string-centric. With the interplays on the opening track Libation being …


LSFB – Loathsome Sounds From Beyond C20

February 18th, 2014
LSFB – Loathsome Sounds From Beyond C20

LSFB – Loathsome Sounds From Beyond C20
Cathartic Process
LSFB features members of Nyarlathotep and hails from Pheonix, AR. Loathsome Sounds From Beyond contains 4 tracks. In the opener Eye of Retaliation the sounds are immediately filthy and tortured lo-fi style. Burnt-out transistors, throbbing pain waves, and frantic screaming buried in the mix all amounts to a wild array of insane noise.
The following track Honeymoon in Haiti takes things down a notch and churns out some well played death industrial elements. This time much more brooding and and atmospheric than the …


Wastelanders – I: Total Desolation C90

February 10th, 2014
Wastelanders – I: Total Desolation C90

Wastelanders – I: Total Desolation C90
Calls and Correspondence
Wastelanders is a solo side project by Dean Costello, who is also active in Harpoon, Diatribes, and Winters in Osaka. This is the project’s first release which was put out in 2010.
Side A kicks off with a post-rock styled solo guitar piece with slowly rotating strummed cords spiraling into oblivion. A quick cut to some randomized and/or granulated electronic fluttery tones is a touch awkward but adds some crucial variance. My only issue with this is that the music usually only consists …


Peter J. Woods – Failure from Both Ends 7"

January 19th, 2014
Peter J. Woods – Failure from Both Ends 7"

Peter J. Woods – Failure from Both Ends 7″
Curious Lacunae
Peter J. Woods the insane professor from Milwaukee, is back. In this quick album he explores different sounds and compositions but nothing that is too unfamiliar to his previous work. However the material sees him furthering his technique and vision.
Side A contains East a track that begins in a very unobtrusive way. I can’t tell if these are broken oscillators or heavily manipulated vocals but the track builds quite effectively until it has overtaken the listening space. The production is very …


Iron Fist of the Sun – Tears Royal LP

January 18th, 2014
Iron Fist of the Sun – Tears Royal LP

Iron Fist of the Sun – Tears Royal LP
Unrest Productions
There’s something about power electronics projects that explore their own cultural attitudes, shortcomings, and gripes that just works so well. Iron Fist of the Sun is possibly the best example of this going right now. The project is quite prolific while keeping an esoteric air about itself and staying clear from the limelight. Tears Royal was actually released in 2012 – which now seems so long ago – yet this material is probably some of the best that the project has …


Human Larvae – Womb Worship CD

January 17th, 2014
Human Larvae – Womb Worship CD

Human Larvae – Womb Worship CD
L.White Records
Human Larvae is an act that is anything but prolific. Since The Odour of Love – his debut release in 2008 – the Germany-based artist Daniel Burfoot has released only a handfull of material. I was very proud to help him on his first full-length endeavor Home is Where the Hurt Is which was released to critical acclaim and saw the burgeoning potential of a new artist who not only focused on song structure and evolution within the tracks, but an overarching conceptual element …


+Dog+ – Fuck Faced Failures CD

January 11th, 2014
+Dog+ – Fuck Faced Failures CD

+Dog+ – Fuck Faced Failures CD
Love Earth Music
Yet another release from this prolific artist. I feel like +Dog+ is unironically trying to carve out his own nitch for terrible release artwork because the design on this disc is quite painful to the eyes. Yet the sound is more cohesive here and more effective than the last material I heard from the project.
FFF is 11 tracks in roughly 1 hour with styles falling into droning noise, or ambient noise however you’d like to phrase it. Slowly evolving tracks that are …


Murderous Vision – Ghosts of the Soul Long Lost Vol. 2 2xCD

January 7th, 2014
Murderous Vision – Ghosts of the Soul Long Lost Vol. 2 2xCD

Murderous Vision – Ghosts of the Soul Long Lost Vol. 2 2xCD
Live Bait Recording Foundation
Ghosts of the Soul Long Lost Vol. 2 is another mammoth addition to the Murderous Vision catalog with a wealth of material sprawled across 2 full discs. For anyone that is not familiar with this long standing industrial act this album is a great starting point, or even to once again re-familiarize yourself with the artist.
The set starts off with a mix of martial industrial tracks that feature some creative sound design and competent compositional …


Servile Sect – Glowing 10"EP

January 7th, 2014
Servile Sect – Glowing 10"EP

Servile Sect – Glowing 10″EP
King of the Monsters
Servile Sect is a project who I am completely unfamiliar with as is the label. Though immediately I am met with an impressive presentation of abstract artwork and absolutely mind blowing smoky vinyl that is really impressive. The packaging here gives the impression of a space-age techno project, or maybe something quite droney and glassy.
Yet what Servile Sect presents here is the polar opposite! With side A’s A Frenzy of Cubensis we are greeted with a blast of pulsing lo-fi industrial with a …


Veiled – Veiled LP

January 2nd, 2014
Veiled – Veiled LP

Veiled – Veiled LP
Blind Prophet Records
If you are not yet familiar with Veiled you should be. Veiled is the duo of Robert Francisco (M Ax Noi Mach, Francisco Franco, Angeldust) and Arnau Sala (Ex-Con, ASDC) and together they create new school synth pop no-wave with a straight forward feel on their first LP. Not to say that Veiled hasn’t explored broader territory with their previous two releases – they have – where they delved into more abstract yet still rhythmic synthesizer based compositions that lurked on the outskirts of drone …


E.E. – Volcanist LP

December 28th, 2013
E.E. – Volcanist LP

E.E. – Volcanist LP
Curious Lacunae
E.E. is a musical group that hails from northern Ohio and features members Patrick Newman, Nate Meadows, and Wyatt Howland. The latter of the names is the only one I recognize because Howland is the man behind the mighty Skingraft. Beyond that I am not at all familiar with any of it but I can say this is a pretty neat looking LP. Each side is titled here with side A being Island Arc and side b being Popocatepeil and both consist of two tracks each.
Side …


Shift – Hatet/Misären 7"

December 21st, 2013
Shift – Hatet/Misären 7"

Shift – Hatet/Misären 7″
Filth and Violence/Untergeschoss
Return of the mighty Shift. And it is a welcome one. If you are not familiar with the works of this artist this is a fantastic starting point. Since this is a short record I’m going to try to keep this review snappy.
Side A contains Hatet-Misaren(kackerlackorna) which brings some dense death industrial to the stage. Unrelenting low-end kick drum pounding away while Shift’s token noise attacks and newfound vocal rasping appears layered on top. An absolutely heavy affair and one that I wouldn’t change for …


Kevin Greenspon – Waypoint C10

December 18th, 2013
Kevin Greenspon – Waypoint C10

Kevin Greenspon – Waypoint C10
Bridgetown Records
Waypoint is a quick little affair which is kind of a strange thing for drone music. If you are not familiar with the works of Kevin Greenspon he combines guitar drone, noise, and audio collage to form glassy floating compositions of ambient harmonies with variations wandering into experimental territory.
Both Waypoint and Renewal – which are placed on side a and b respectively- have a very similar vibe using bell-like fx on floating plucked guitar lines to create a beautiful and emotional atmosphere. The work …


Concern – Living Wage C20

December 17th, 2013
Concern – Living Wage C20

Concern – Living Wage C20
Digitalis LTD
This is a great tape featuring the understated sounds of Gordon Ashworth’s ambient project. If you are unfamiliar with the artist he is also the man behind the harsh noise collage project Oscillating Innards.
Side A features two tracks of blurry melodic frameworks packed into a box, shoved into a corner in the attic and eventually buried under layers of dust. That’s not to say this material isn’t relevant – it is – but it’s oh so delicate and esoteric that it conjures up these …


Panther Modern – White Light Power Electronics CDr

December 16th, 2013
Panther Modern – White Light Power Electronics CDr

Panther Modern – White Light Power Electronics CDr
Dumpsterscore Home Recordings
White Light Power electronics features an odd mix of styles and sounds which may somewhat be attributed to its wide cast of contributors that include D of Black Bloc, T.O.M.B., Colin Orr of Suicide, and even an organist from a church. What this amounts to is an album that features some off kilter experimental tracks and combines them with seething feats of industrial and power electronics.
Sometimes I feel the more experimental tracks are a bit jarring and don’t mesh too well …


Regosphere/Harold Shipman – Split CDr

December 7th, 2013
Regosphere/Harold Shipman – Split CDr

Regosphere/Harold Shipman – Split CDr
Dumpsterscore Home Recordings
Combining the sound of layered synth centric industrial and barebones experimental harsh noise is not something you see too often, but the 43 minutes of this disc offer just that. The first track is the only Regosphere track clocking in at 18 minutes it’s a tour-de-force of what Andrew Quitter does best. Carefully composed drones and noise merging and morphing over the course of it’s running time. This is the kind of material I’ve come to expect from the project and it’s just as …


156 – Frontyard/Backyard C30

December 5th, 2013
156 – Frontyard/Backyard C30

156 – Frontyard/Backyard C30
Acid Casualty Productions
This tape presents a very strange sound indeed. I am not familiar with the works of this NYC-based artist but Frontyard/Backyard is quite clearly based off of many field recordings from various areas. I might assume they are from around the artist’s living space. That said, editing is very seamless yet also quite jarring in the recording’s contrasting atmospheres.
The tape alternates between more raw/unedited excerpts of field recordings and other recordings of sound effects type material like junk sounds, scrap metal, and even sounds that …


Biava/The Smartlemon – Split C55

December 5th, 2013
Biava/The Smartlemon – Split C55

Biava/The Smartlemon – Split C55
Heretic Recordings
This is the first tape release for the Italian label which also offers material from these two Italian artists. The split tape contains a wealth of material from both artists with Biava being featured on side a and The Smartlemon on b.
Biava’s material is much more to my liking here. Although it sounds quite digital in many places the artist manages to create a cohesive and engaging showing of morphed sounds using various effects. The sounds are quite unique yet perhaps remind me of the …


Nyodene D – Edenfall CD + Bonus CD (feat. Sektor 304)

November 27th, 2013
Nyodene D – Edenfall CD + Bonus CD (feat. Sektor 304)

Nyodene D – Edenfall CD + Bonus CD (feat. Sektor 304)
Malignant Records
This is the second full-length CD release from this Ohio based death industrial act. If you are not quite familiar with the project yet Nyodene D focuses on repetitive crusty noise reminding me of a combination between Brighter Death Now and old school Grunt.
On Edenfall the influence of Europe After Storm-era Grunt is quite palpable. The most obvious element here is the repeating loops that act as a backbone to each track and then added noise and distorted vocals. …


FRKSE – Scholar Drugs C40

November 22nd, 2013
FRKSE – Scholar Drugs C40

FRKSE – Scholar Drugs C40
I Had an Accident Records
FRKSE is back with this conceptual cassette representing something quite different from the project. If you’ve read previous reviews you know that FRKSE normally merges industrial, middle eastern music, noise, and even hip-hop into a strange 70s psychedelic trip. Live, they come off more as an old school death industrial unit presenting pummeling dirges – but playing AKAI samplers with drumming fingers – it’s a strange and wonderful site and sound to behold.
But with this tape they offer droning dark ambience combined …


Sigulda – Sickness and Health C20

November 21st, 2013
Sigulda – Sickness and Health C20

Sigulda – Sickness and Health C20
Side of the Sun Recordings
Here is both a label and an artist of which I have no previous exposure. Both seem to have been mostly only active in 2010 so who knows if they are still functioning. Either way, the release must be documented.
The tape is split into two tracks with one on each side. Side A features Sickness which uses electric oscillator drones to kick things off with delay and modulation and quickly build to swashes of noise. The noise gets aggressive yet continues …


Katze – Berg CD

November 13th, 2013
Katze – Berg CD

Katze – Berg CD
Individual Lines
Katze is a project of which I have some familiarity, I’ve performed on the same bill with the project and witnessed their live set which is quite fantastic. This is my first exposure to their recorded material and it bears a different sound.
More cerebral and minimalist than their live performance is, the style falls more on the electroacoustic side of things rather than noise/drone. The first two tracks A Man A Plan A Canal Panama and Meeps are digitally source driven tracks. Delicate buzzing drones collide …


The Dadacomputer – The Birth of 5XOD CDr

November 9th, 2013
The Dadacomputer – The Birth of 5XOD CDr

The Dadacomputer – The Birth of 5XOD CDr
Iceage Productions
The Dadacomputer was created in 1981 as an experiment in long-distance collaboration from Cardiff to Bristol which were separated by the Bristol Channel and are about 40 miles apart. The collaborators are Mark Phillips and Robert Lawrence who had met about 6 months earlier in Bristol due to Lawrence putting an ad in a record shop looking to work with similar musicians quoting Throbbing Gristle, Kraftwerk, Chrome etc as influences.
It took several years for the collaboration to finally be complete but on …


Brume – Quicksand C70

November 6th, 2013
Brume – Quicksand C70

Brume – Quicksand C70
Cipher Productions
First of all, the packaging on this one. Hoooollllyyyyy sshhhhiiittttt!!! A sealed clear plastic baggy silkscreened and filled with sand! Inside the baggy is yet another sealed plastic baggy holding the tape so as to not get sand in it. Very well done. My only complaint is that it’s difficult to preserve if you want to open it. I guess that means I suggest you buy 2 copies each, one to open and listen to and another for your collection.
This work is a bit different for …


Scald Hymn – Primary Wilts C22

October 29th, 2013
Scald Hymn – Primary Wilts C22

Scald Hymn – Primary Wilts
Holy Page Records
Scald Hymn is a solo noise project by Erik Brown, hailing from Massachusetts. Scald Hymn seems to be a newer project, with little info on his bandcamp, and no discogs page.
Something must be said about Holy Page’s diversity in sound. One moment they can be releasing casio midi jams, and the next moment be releasing lo-fi noise bangers. This tape kind of hits you over the head with trudging feedback loop generated rhythms in its opener. It flips around rumbly bass and then back to weirdly organic …


Morgan Evans-Weiler – Strata C32

October 28th, 2013
Morgan Evans-Weiler – Strata C32

Morgan Evans-Weiler – Strata C32
Individual Lines
Morgan Evans-Weiler is a violinist/improvisor/electronic musician based in the Boston area. He programs electronic music using PureData, and improvises on violin and prepared violin. He keeps an active performance schedule in the New England area. Current projects include; Katze (duo w/ Noell Dorsey), HMQ (Michael Rosenstein, James Coleman, Howard Martin).
Strata is a succinct manifestation of Morgan’s composition techniques as side A features a heavy electronic drone coupled with fast stroking violins that although quite frantic seem to stay within a certain pitch as to …


Filivs Macrocosmi & Charadriiform – Ex Vivo CD

October 26th, 2013
Filivs Macrocosmi & Charadriiform – Ex Vivo CD

Filivs Macrocosmi & Charadriiform – Ex Vivo CD
A5 Productions/OMS Records
I’m not sure how I feel about the packaging on this one. The CD looks nice, but it’s only delivered in a clam shell case which I find kind of disappointing. No art, but I guess it follows along with the concept. Filivs Macrocosmi is Sergey Svistelnik who holds it down in Lithuania as one of the staples in the ambient/noise scene. Past projects include Old Monk’s Saga, Fragments, and In Meditarium, yet it appears the only currently active project of …


Goat Thron – Skrajne Uplodlenie! CD

October 25th, 2013
Goat Thron – Skrajne Uplodlenie! CD

Goat Thron – Skrajne Uplodlenie! CD
A5 Productions
Goat Thron is a project that has quite the sordid past and present. The project was started as a raw black metal entity in 1999 by creator Dagon. However, in June of 2000 Dagon decided it was time to go so he hung himself and the project came to a screeching halt. However, in 2004 one of the other members Funeral, decided that he would resurrect the project but only with a noise and industrial sound refusing to play black metal ever again under …


New Forest – +material/medium+ C40

October 23rd, 2013
New Forest – +material/medium+ C40

New Forest – +material/medium+ C40
Horse Worship
New Forest is a project I am unfamiliar with and the packaging of this album is quite minimalist using only high contrast black/white imagery. Although the art is slightly psychedelic I didn’t really realize this detail until I started listening to the tape.
Kicking off side A is Dreamless which is a track that is rather ruined by a persistent drum machine beat. The problem with drum machine beats in noise/experimental music always seems to be that the beats are not very interesting and lack the …


Noise Walls Have Become Small

October 23rd, 2013
Noise Walls Have Become Small

NOISE WALLS HAVE BECOME SMALL
OUT OF HIS PITY FOR THE LAST MAN HATH GOD DIED

By clemon09
Noise walls have become small, and on it there hoppeth the last man who maketh everything small. His species is inexterminable like that of the ground-flea; the last man liveth longest.
“We have discovered happiness”- say the last men, and blink thereby…
Everything is intrinsically meaningless, but things can be extrinsically more or less meaningless, if not absolutely so. I call this their noisiness.
Social Drift’s somewhat bold idea is that nosiness has become a quality of …


Veiled – Tabula Rasa C15

October 18th, 2013
Veiled – Tabula Rasa C15

Veiled – Tabula Rasa C15
Self Released
Veiled is a duo featuring Robert Francisco who hails from Philadelphia and Arnau Sala who resides in Spain. Together they create dark electro of the old school no-wave industrial style which lately has seemed to blow up in certain circles. Veiled has always had an lo-fi S&M aesthetic and makes use of modular synthesizers and hardware fx during their live performances.
The title track is featured on side A and is a slow pulsing reminding me of the darker side of Goblin with it’s whispered vocals …


Woven Qualm – From The Grey Havens C60

October 18th, 2013
Woven Qualm – From The Grey Havens C60

Woven Qualm – From The Grey Havens
Green Records and Tapes
Woven Qualm is a new one of Knox Mitchell’s (Lidless Eye, The Bloodletters, Night Court) forays into sound creation, and it seems to be a project that focuses on more calm and slow moving ideas.
The first thing that strikes me about this tape is the overarching sense of loneliness. This bubbling sound – of what I can only imagine is burned and sped up tape – makes the tape sound so dirty and aged, like something that you would find at …


To The Lovers, Farewell – Banister to the Throne Room CD

October 17th, 2013
To The Lovers, Farewell – Banister to the Throne Room CD

To The Lovers, Farewell – Banister to the Throne Room CD
Obfuscated Records
The name of this project seems familiar to me but it appears they only started around 2012. The disc is packaged in a standard jewel case with some colorful artwork.
The sound within consists mostly of experimental harsh noise, I’m guessing a decent amount of this is digital because of it’s cold sounding production. A lot of distorted synths and squiggly overdriven ramblings. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t but more often than not it tends to …


Greg Kelley – Self-Hate Index CD

October 15th, 2013
Greg Kelley – Self-Hate Index CD

Greg Kelley – Self-Hate Index CD
Semata Productions
Greg Kelley is a musician who specializes in experimental styles and creates noise by using a trumpet and running his sounds through fx. This release is a few years old now but it is actually his latest full-length album under his own name.
Much of what you will find here is breathing type sounds, quiet, meditative and unpredictable. There are noisier moments like Shearing Husks where the dynamics really start to open up. Some tracks tend to get a little dry with the focus on …


Shift & Hal Hutchinson – Full Weight of the Opposition 10"EP

October 12th, 2013
Shift & Hal Hutchinson – Full Weight of the Opposition 10"EP

Shift & Hal Hutchinson – Full Weight of the Opposition 10″EP
Unsound Recordings
I believe Unsound Recordings is a sublabel of Unrest Productions the label run by Martin of Shift. Shift, having been reviewed here before releases sounds ranging from raging power electronics to minimal harsh noise. Hal Hutchinson however, I am unfamiliar with so this is my first exposure. The packaging here is simple stock with black & white print. Nothing to write home about but a decent presentation.
Pigshit is the first track which takes up all of side A and …


Filth – The Witches Pharmacopoeia C40

October 12th, 2013
Filth – The Witches Pharmacopoeia C40

Filth – The Witches Pharmacopoeia C40
Maniacal Hatred
Filth is a project that is only a few years old now but has been churning out some great industrial noise since its inception. The Witches Pharmacopoeia is no exception and it appears that the artist uses his proven techniques to create yet another foray into deep industrial noise.
Percussion is used in each track here although on side A’s Mandragora it’s much more sparse and mainly treated as gestures rather than anything overtly rhythmic. The same excellent production techniques as Filth always displays are …


Dajjal – De-Evolution In Simulation Generators C90

October 10th, 2013
Dajjal –  De-Evolution In Simulation Generators C90

Dajjal – De-Evolution In Simulation Generators C90
Cathartic Process
Embracing a full and intense sound Dajjal presents an intense attack of heavy harsh noise that utilizes what may be modular synthesizers and fx to create textured beds of sound.
Side A begins with a booming bass surge and eventually evolves into a full-on attack of noise and texture that is harsh but also reverberating. The production is very dense but somehow there is also plenty of space as well. As the track continues oscillators attack but they sound more like broken glass …


Crown of Bone/Tenebrious – Epitaph Crusted Black CD

October 9th, 2013
Crown of Bone/Tenebrious – Epitaph Crusted Black CD

Crown of Bone/Tenebrious – Epitaph Crusted Black CD
Obfuscated Records
Who would have thought that Indiana would become a hotbed for black noise? Just when you thought all was lost with the world something as surprising as a split between two black noise projects from Indiana shows up at your door. Released by the ever growing force Obfuscated Records this CD is sure to impress any fan of the genre.
Tenebrious is up first with what I would consider a more traditional showing of black noise as coined by the late great Aural …


En Nihil/Striations – Split C20

October 7th, 2013
En Nihil/Striations – Split C20

En Nihil/Striations – Split C20
Danvers State Recordings
First off, I freakin love the packaging of this bad boy. A big, soft, white poofy case with darkened artwork and a slot for the tape. It’s simple yet effective much like the music here.
En Nihil kicks things off on side A with his usual devastatingly heavy production style. Absolutely pummeling repetitive industrial loops sprinkled with various drowned elements of scrap abuse. Each track has it’s own plodding rhythm and will destroy your mind. Like a meeting between Brighter Death Now and Wolf Eyes.
Striations …


Boar – Dead Existence CD

October 7th, 2013
Boar – Dead Existence CD

Boar – Dead Existence CD
Breaching Static
Boar is a project I have no prior experience with, so I had no idea what to expect from this disc. The design was good enough and on giving it a spin I found it offered up some crusty noise destruction.
The first few tracks are filled to the brim with heavily overdriven textures. Somewhere between wall noise and cut-up attacks. The overall style reminds me of bands that create “black noise” like Demonologists and T.O.M.B. but perhaps with less black metal influence.
On track 5 Boar …


Grunt – Europe After Storm CD

September 30th, 2013
Grunt – Europe After Storm CD

Grunt – Europe After Storm CD
Industrial Recollections/Force Majeure
This album represents the second re-issue of Europe After Storm. Tracks 01-04 re-mastered from the original Europe After Storm tape released by Spite Recordings USA in 1998 limited to 50 copies. Tracks 05-07 unreleased studio material, tracks 08-11 live at S-Osis/Turku/Finland, 1999. The first re-issue was of the same titled CD released in a limited edition of 489 copies in 2001. This edition features the same artwork as the 2001 re-issue but is instead packaged in a jewel-case and limited to 500 copies.
I …


Herpes Ö Deluxe – Tollerort Organisation Verfügt 7"

September 29th, 2013
Herpes Ö Deluxe – Tollerort Organisation Verfügt 7"

Herpes Ö Deluxe – Tollerort Organisation Verfügt 7″
Divergent Series
Divergent Series is a Boston based label (soon to be relocating to San Francisco) from the man behind FRKSE who has been reviewed here before. I’m not familar with Herpes Ö Deluxe but they are said to be “Swiss Legends” from the label. Skepticism set on high as I delve into the tracks.
Well the words of the label could ring no truer because immediately the record impresses with Friester Auf Der Lauer an incredibly weird yet creepy layering of strange sounds culminating …


V/A – X Means Not Welcome 2xC20

September 27th, 2013
V/A – X Means Not Welcome 2xC20

V/A – X Means Not Welcome 2xC20
FTAM
Straight edge harsh noise & power electronics? Can this be true? Have these scenes finally collided and if so, how will they possibly reconcile themselves? Well, X Means Not Welcome is the first step on a very slippery slope that will probably never lead to these scenes ever being able to successfully collide but what it certainly does offer is 40 minutes of militant heavy electronics that will appeal to any fan of the genre, but probably not just any straight edge kid.
Baculum is …


En Nihil – Crimes C60

September 26th, 2013
En Nihil – Crimes C60

En Nihil – Crimes C60
Phage Tapes
Remember the scene in Terminator 2 when Sarah Conner has a flash forward into the future and everyone’s skin is blown off their skeleton? Well hitting play on En Nihil’s Crimes is very similar to experiencing that moment, but luckily my skin bounced back after being almost blown off by the intense barrage of distorted walls that assaulted me. The production of this tape is absolutely massive and it’s noticeable immediately.
Worth mentioning is the beautiful artwork and manufacturing offered by Phage Tapes with a …


Compactor – Desensitization Reprocessing C32

September 23rd, 2013
Compactor – Desensitization Reprocessing C32

Compactor – Desensitization Reprocessing C32
Out-Of-Body Records
Compactor is the project of Derek Rush the man behind many impressive music/noise projects including A Murder of Angels, and Dream Into Dust. Although A Murder of Angels is pure dark ambient you will find much more traditionally music leanings with Dream Into Dust, split the difference and that is where Compactor fits in.
The project combines more industrial underpinnings with new school electronica and power noise to create a varied mix of styles. But Desensitization Reprocessing is anything but a rehash of 4-to-the-floor beats …


Joe Marshall – The Evening Redness in the West C22

September 21st, 2013
Joe Marshall – The Evening Redness in the West C22

Joe Marshall – The Evening Redness in the West C22
Double Dot Dash
I am trying to refrain from making any jokes about this album title because I have to remember my roll as a reviewer and not as a comedian. It seems the only time I utter something I think is funny I end up being the only one laughing. I’m sure any comedy is not intended on The Evening Redness in the West though because in addition to the abstract, colorless artwork the song titles are quite foreboding.
It turns out …


Colorguard – Channels C13

September 18th, 2013
Colorguard – Channels C13

Colorguard – Channels C13
Elm Recordings
Yet another unknown artist from this label and right here in New England as well! I love hearing new and interesting artists one of the few reasons I write these things. This is a quick blast of two opposing tracks represented well with the artwork using inverted white/black art on the cover.
Side A is all lo-fi noise destruction relentless in it’s attack. Not exactly harsh but more hypnotic and mesmerizing. Side B features echoing smooth layers of harmonic sounds forming a droning din of pulsating trails.
At …


Jon Ericksen – The Pale Light C15

September 16th, 2013
Jon Ericksen – The Pale Light C15

Jon Ericksen – The Pale Light C15
Elm Recordings
The artwork for this release is a minimalist/kitschy affair using a light blue j-card with an animal skull on the front. The design works on a few levels so it sets up for the music although the sound here isn’t perhaps what I was expecting.
Jon Ericksen creates some filthy distorted tunes. Yes tunes, because there is “music” happening behind the layers of distortion, minimalist kind of piano lines that remind me of early Philip Glass or something, but they’re difficult to make out …


Amalgamated – Spark II 3"CDr

September 15th, 2013
Amalgamated – Spark II 3"CDr

Amalgamated – Spark II 3″CDr
Intangible Cat
Spark II is the second installment of the Spark series from the artist Amalgamated and immediately noticeable is the link in packaging design. It’s unique yet tied to the first volume as well using a vinyl sticker on the front of the case to create negative/positive space with the inner insert artwork. It works and is striking to the eye as well as providing something different.
The music inside is of the experimental electronica variety which isn’t normally my thing but I have to say this …


M. Todd & L. Kerr – Beyond The Threshold CDr

September 12th, 2013
M. Todd & L. Kerr – Beyond The Threshold CDr

M. Todd & L. Kerr – Beyond The Threshold CDr
No Visible Scars
Larry Kerr is a member of the massive death industrial unit Steel Hook Prostheses while M. Todd is the man behind the project Transcendent Device. I don’t have any experience with the work of the latter project but if the work of SHP is any indication as to how this will sound I will guess this is going to be a descent into pure darkness with little hope. Before delving into the sound though, I want to mention that …


+Dog+ – Greetings from Moot Point California CD

September 11th, 2013
+Dog+ – Greetings from Moot Point California CD

+Dog+ – Greetings from Moot Point California CD
Love Earth Music
+Dog+ is a project that always seems to perplex me. I’m always on the edge of whether or not I’m into it and with their latest effort Greetings from Moot Point California they make things even more difficult. First off the absolutely terrible graphic design on the packaging is a site to behold. Not just obviously photoshopped, but badly photoshopped the art makes use of fonts in the most atrocious of ways. The color scheme is ridiculous as well; combining light …


Lavas Magmas – Dark Mantle C34

September 9th, 2013
Lavas Magmas – Dark Mantle C34

Lavas Magmas – Dark Mantle C34
Dumpsterscore Home Recordings
Dark Mantle is a Lavas Magmas release I have yet to hear and I am psyched to fire this baby up. Lavas Magmas is the project of Luis Gonzalez who has been creating abstract sound since roughly 2009.
The work of Lavas Magmas usually lies within the realm of ambient industrial utilizing scrap metal sounds and heavy organic-like synth sounds to create a mix of soaring drone and experimental underpinnings. Most of this tape stays true to the traditional Lavas Magmas sound …


Agarttha – A Water Which Does Not Wet Hands LP

September 8th, 2013
Agarttha – A Water Which Does Not Wet Hands LP

Agarttha – A Water Which Does Not Wet Hands LP
King of the Monsters Records
This one took me by surprise. I had never heard the project or was familiar with the label at all. The artwork is simple and understated yet the packaging comes with a nice fold-out poster on heavy stock. The music presented within is a great mix of psychedelic drone, goth, and neo-folk.
Most of the tracks feature underlying minimal drum beats with either drones or subtle yet simple melodic ideas and a driving bass line. The atmosphere is …


Peter J Woods & Instinct Control – What We’ve Done 3"CDr

September 5th, 2013
Peter J Woods & Instinct Control – What We’ve Done 3"CDr

Peter J Woods & Instinct Control – What We’ve Done 3″CDr
FTAM
What We’ve Done is a pairing of two midwest artists Peter J Woods hailing from Milwaukee and Instinct Control from Chicago. They both produce experimental music but in slightly different forms. Wood’s sound is usually more composed with a darker touch and Instinct Control’s is more free from and improvisational.
This disc collides the styles of the two artists very well working off the strengths of each. Instinct Control’s usually ultra-dry and raw sound is mixed with Wood’s manipulated and morphed …


Instinct Control – Who We Are 3"CDr

September 5th, 2013
Instinct Control – Who We Are 3"CDr

Instinct Control – Who We Are 3″CDr
FTAM
Instinct Control is Ryan Dunn not to be confused of course with the late, great Ryan Dunn of the infamous Jack Ass prank troupe. The Ryan Dunn we are concerned about is a resident of Chicago, the man behind the unrelenting experimental noise project Instinct Control, and one of the people responsible for the Enemy show space which gave host to many incredible shows during it’s duration.
My first experience with the project was a live performance where Dunn manipulated a 4 track tape machine …


Raven – Extinction C20

September 4th, 2013
Raven – Extinction C20

Raven – Extinction C20
Diazepam
Raven is one of the acts that has been around for 2 years and now has over 33 releases. I personally applaud the effort of the project as I have absolutely no idea how it’s possible to release that many records in such a small amount of time. Yet at the same time I tend to raise an eyebrow at the quality that those records may or may not embody.
All skepticism aside taking a listen to the tape yields some decent ambient/noise textures. Side A kicks off …


Kata To Chreon – The Sterilization of Eve CDr

August 28th, 2013
Kata To Chreon – The Sterilization of Eve CDr

Kata To Chreon – The Sterilization of Eve CDr
Dumpsterscore Home Recordings
Kata To Chreon is a project I am unfamiliar with and on The Sterilization of Eve they present a sound that can only be the result of Skinny Puppy, Plaid, and Brighter Death Now collectively giving birth to some monstrosity. Not to say the sound here is bad, it’s just a really strange mix of different styles.
I wouldn’t go as far as to say this music is original, but I will give them the credit of using quite creative sounds. …


Pestdemon – Helvetesljuset LP

August 26th, 2013
Pestdemon – Helvetesljuset LP

Pestdemon – Helvetesljuset LP
Unrest Productions
Pestdemon is an act that I had reviewed before and found some potential in the sounds. The man behind the project is Andreas Johansson and the material here is beautifully presented by Unrest Productions with some really exemplary artwork. Definitely an LP worthy of procuring in physical format.
Side A contains 2 tracks the first Silhuett Av Tva Horn an excellent ambient/noise track using modified samples of orchestral music with heavy washes of distortion. I’m not sure when the composition eventually melds into the second track entitled …


AMFJ – Baen CD

August 25th, 2013
AMFJ – Baen CD

AMFJ – Baen CD
FALK
Immediately striking is the design of the disc packaging here with a decidedly modern feel. Yet, it’s eye-catching in it’s minimalism and thought provoking in it’s maximilism. Contradictory? Sure. But I feel that is part of the allure here.
Before delving into the sound I inspected the information attached. From the design I expected some clean kind of experimental drone music with maybe even a touch of acdemic flavor. The inside information seemed to confirm this, with a note saying all music is composed with Jeskola Buzz, free …


Diatribes – Three Studies On The Failure Of Language To Comprehend C60

August 22nd, 2013
Diatribes – Three Studies On The Failure Of Language To Comprehend C60

Diatribes – Three Studies On The Failure Of Language To Comprehend C60
Self Released
I wasn’t able to find any info on this artist so I have to post without any available links. Diatribes is an act I am completely unfamiliar with and with this tape they present some messy packaging design coupled with swampy droning doom. The only thing I know about the project is that one member is Dean Costello also of the project Wasterlanders.
Side A is all slowly strummed guitar chords which is wholeheartedly not my thing. Maybe it’s …


Wastelanders – Cosmic Despair CD

August 19th, 2013
Wastelanders – Cosmic Despair CD

Wastelanders – Cosmic Despair CD
Calls and Correspondence/Basses Frequences
Wastelanders is a solo side project by Dean Costello, who is also active in Harpoon, Diatribes, and Winters in Osaka. It’s quite the gamut of projects so it’s hard to predict what style of sound Costello will embrace for his solo project Wastelanders.
It turns out that what is offered here is slowly rotating pitched harmonic drone music. Judging on the inside photo I’m guessing most of the sounds are culled from a guitar, but honestly it sounds like an organ for the bulk …


Grunt – Someone is Watching CD

August 15th, 2013
Grunt – Someone is Watching CD

Grunt – Someone is Watching CD
Force Majeure
This is a re-issue of an early tape release that was also on the Force Majeure label and originally released in 1998. As Grunt’s very first release was in 1994, this is quite early in the project’s lifespan and it’s certainly interesting to hear material from these formative years. The re-mastering on the album is quite pristine which makes the quality clear and abrasive, definitely a good way to start with a re-issue.
The defining characteristic between this earlier work and Grunt’s current work is …


Songs From the Otherworld – Mycophagy 3"CDR

August 14th, 2013
Songs From the Otherworld – Mycophagy 3"CDR

Songs From the Otherworld – Mycophagy 3″CDR
Self Released
There are a few immediate warning signs just regarding the packaging of this release. It could be the shitty plastic sleeve that surrounds it, or the terrible type work. It could also be the photoshop filtered artwork but perhaps the most glaring thing is short explanation contained on the cover: “drone music for journeying: electronically altered reality.” Honestly I don’t know why you would have to explain something that is at the same time so meaningless, but also is something that is abstract …


Kevin Greenspon – Unveiling C25

August 12th, 2013
Kevin Greenspon – Unveiling C25

Kevin Greenspon – Unveiling C25
Monorail Trespassing
Kevin Greenspon is a musician who focuses on guitar drone, electroacoustic, and noise. The latter two genres are a smaller percentage of his output which culminates under his own name.
What you will find here is kind of like an instrumental version of Grouper with melancholy guitar lines interwoven in ambient forms and layered, looped and affected to form sparkling stalactites of sound. The atmosphere is a peaceful but somber one yet is quite consistent throughout.
The noise elements here are few and far between but …


Funerary Call – Beckoning at the Black CD

August 10th, 2013
Funerary Call – Beckoning at the Black CD

Funerary Call – Beckoning at the Black CD
Fall of Nature
Beckoning at the Black was originally recorded back in 2004. Now the album sees a reissue on Fall of Nature Records, the label that has already reissued The Black Root. Of course the questions that reissues always raise: What makes this reissue different from the original? Does this material stand the test of time? and finally, Is It really worth it?
With each of these questions answered it seems to lead to the next, and I can’t be too sure of …


Rale – I Sit By the Window and Watch Walls and Ceiling CD

August 9th, 2013
Rale – I Sit By the Window and Watch Walls and Ceiling CD

Rale – I Sit By the Window and Watch Walls and Ceiling CD
Monorail Trespassing
I couldn’t help but brace myself for the excitement that the title of this album conjures. All jokes aside, I assumed this would be a minimalist, maybe ambient affair and it appears I was right. Rale is a project that is entirely new to me and they deliver some interesting quiet and soft atmospheres on this disc which totals about 50 minutes in length.
Luckily the song titles are actually much more exciting, or at least more intriguing …


Shiver – The Light Within has Turned to Darkness C20

August 7th, 2013
Shiver – The Light Within has Turned to Darkness C20

Shiver – The Light Within has Turned to Darkness C20
Diazepam
I remember the last Shiver album to be more along a more noisy, power electronics vein, but here we have a good delivery of dark ambient/death industrial to mark a new turn in their work. I dig the packaging here with the j-card being printed on textured paper, simple artwork and text make the release have that kind of old school feel that is also recalled in the music.
The production of the tape makes it slightly more difficult to say how …


Conure/15 Degrees Below Zero – Split C60

August 6th, 2013
Conure/15 Degrees Below Zero – Split C60

Conure/15 Degrees Below Zero – Split C60
Danvers State Recordings
This hefty split tape sees two artists whom I haven’t heard from for some time. Definitely good to see them back at it though as this is a solid showing of creative ambient/noise soundscapes. I’m not too into the artwork which is all blurry and presents a mix of ugly colors and fonts, but luckily the sounds don’t correlate.
Side A sees Conure strutting his stuff. It’s a good example of electronic ambient noise using a variety of drone textures sounding mostly as …


Vasculae – Cultural Primitivism CD

August 4th, 2013
Vasculae – Cultural Primitivism CD

Vasculae – Cultural Primitivism CD
Monorail Trespassing
Vasculae is a side project of Jon Borges also the man behind the label releasing the disc as well as Pedestrian Deposit and Emeciator among other projects. Cultural Primitivism lays down three hefty tracks in around 50 minutes of no-holds-barred harsh noise with a small amount of experimental atmospheres.
One thing that is interesting is that the quality of the noise is much different from his other projects. It has a very crunchy and up-front sound. There is not much experimentation with space, pacing, and composition …


Massdirge – Untitled CDR

July 11th, 2013
Massdirge – Untitled CDR

Massdirge – Untitled CDR
[Self Released]
Housed in a circular metallic box with lightly rusted exterior this CDR is quite a work of art in and of itself. Luckily it’s not just the packaging that makes this release a worthwhile experience.
Massdirge presents intense industrial drone sludge which focuses on repetitive rhythmic elements and elongated guitar riffs. Normally I wouldn’t really go for this kind of thing, and I do think that some of the guitar elements even in this release are a bit overplayed. But luckily Massdirge mixes it up with a …


Andrew Quitter – Forgotten Farms C30

July 4th, 2013
Andrew Quitter – Forgotten Farms C30

Andrew Quitter – Forgotten Farms C30
Diazepam
Andrew Quitter is a man of many faces though they all certainly share the same head. Operating under monikers such as Regosphere and Suburbia Melting he also heads the Dumpsterscore Home Recordings label which releases a wide variety of underground noise, industrial and experimental music. In summation, if you’re not familiar with his work you need to get up to speed.
When Quitter operates under his own name the auditory style usually falls into a synth ambient quality with cinematic tendencies. The compositions here reflect this …


The Black Scorpio Underground – …………Pure Hate Fuck…………… C30

July 1st, 2013
The Black Scorpio Underground – …………Pure Hate Fuck…………… C30

The Black Scorpio Underground – …………Pure Hate Fuck…………… C30
Husk Records
This is a sickened tape from this up and coming black noise act. Let’s start with the design here: probably one of the most fucked up collages I’ve ever seen. Putting nun’s heads on porno stars, penises on children, and pentagrams on refugee’s foreheads this is some krazy shite.
Side A represents this artwork well with an audio collage of horror movie samples and awkward noise. One very noticeable thing here is that the panning is really strange and awkward not really …


Summer Scum Festival II

June 28th, 2013
Summer Scum Festival II

Summer Scum is the second annual Buffalo, NY noise fest focused on Harsh Noise and Power Electronics. This years fest will take place at The Flesh Tunnel (1245 Niagra st) on July 18th,19th, and 20th. The lineup features over 50 acts from all over the country such as: Ferveur Noire, John Mannion, Ahlzagailzehguh, Deterge, Skin Graft, Envenomist, Gnawed, Xiphoid Dementia, Hostage Pageant, and many many more.

Summer Scum was conceptualized in early 2012 when curators Justin Lakes and Matt Goodrich decided to start doing a fest shortly after Lakes …


Mind & Flesh – Martyr Generation CD

June 4th, 2013
Mind & Flesh – Martyr Generation CD

Mind & Flesh – Martyr Generation CD
Force Majeure
Mind & Flesh is a project I know nothing about. Besides coming from the Force Majeure label – which apparently is yet another sub label of Nuit Et Brouilliard – the act is unknown to me. Martyr Generation is however, a pretty great introduction to the project.
What you will find on Martyr Generation is rhythmic – but not quite danceable – power electronics/industrial much reminding me of Irikarah, Haus Arafna, and Mind & Flesh’ label mates Objekt/Urian. Some of the tracks are …


Minamata – Niigata CD

May 24th, 2013
Minamata – Niigata CD

Minamata – Niigata CD
Zone De Confusion
Despite being active since 1984 Minamata seems to have had a long bout of absence from 1991 to 2009. It wasn’t until his resurgence in the latter part of the 2000s that I discovered the project for myself. It’s unclear when exactly this particular re-issue of the cassette from 1985 was released but they added into the mix a mammoth 17 minute track to close things out which was recorded in 2002. Quite a nice addition.
If you’re a fan of noise/power electronics or industrial you …


Actuary/The Black Scorpio Underground – Metamorphosis of the Transgressor C30

May 24th, 2013
Actuary/The Black Scorpio Underground – Metamorphosis of the Transgressor C30

Actuary/The Black Scorpio Underground – Metamorphosis of the Transgressor C30
Love Earth Music
This is a pairing that seems to make sense. Both Actuary and The Black Scorpio Underground tend to meander over that line between ambient and noise in a similar style. This is also, the first release on cassette that I have received from Love Earth Music, is it marking a new era for the label? Who knows, but I am quite fine with it.
Actuary is up first on side A with one long track entitled Stricken Host Lies Down. …


Hheva/Shiver – Troubled Sleep C40

May 24th, 2013
Hheva/Shiver – Troubled Sleep C40

Hheva/Shiver – Troubled Sleep C40
Diazepam
It’s kind of weird that this split should bear the same name as Prurient’s seminal album. There are so many great combination of words and images to conjure out there I don’t know why in hell you would choose the exact title of an already landmark noise album. But besides this little pet peeve of mine I dig the simple packaging and delivery on this release. Shiver is familiar to me as I have reviewed them before but Hheva is a new name.
Side A contains …


Objekt/Urian – Tonfragmente II CD

May 21st, 2013
Objekt/Urian – Tonfragmente II CD

Objekt/Urian – Tonfragmente II CD
Zone de Confusion
Objekt/Urian is a project that has apparently completely evaded my radar since the year 2000! Always amazing that one can find new things after this many years in the noise scene. Zone de Confusion is a sub-label of Nuit et Brouillard, the long running industrial label.
Presented in Tonfragmente II is a very clean sound of industrial/power electronics much reminding me of a mix between the groups Irikarah and Haus Arafna. Sure, they are great starting points but I’m not sure that Objekt/Urian ever …


Vehement Caress – Existential Squalor C30

May 20th, 2013
Vehement Caress – Existential Squalor C30

Vehement Caress – Existential Squalor C30
Apicult Recordings
Yet more work from Boston’s finest Vehement Caress. It’s a project that is continuing to expand his sound and styles. Where the last release reviewed here was Flawed Eternity – a drone album dabbling in powerful synth atmospheres – now Existential Squalor brings back the lo-fi noise and power electronics in full force.
Side A is really enjoyable with a handful of tracks that are quite varied. Ranging from throbbing power electronics with hateful vocal attacks to sampled speeches accompanied by noise loops and building …


Epaulettes – An Exhortation in Martyrdom C30

May 19th, 2013
Epaulettes – An Exhortation in Martyrdom C30

Epaulettes – An Exhortation in Martyrdom C30
Self Released
Epaulettes is an artist hailing from Boston who works with a variety of synthesizers and effects to create heavy industrial-influenced drone. The artwork here is quite understated with merely an abstract shadowy image, perhaps of the artist himself as the cover. It fits the disembodied death drone well, and reflects the minimalist aesthetic.
Side A works very well with it’s early onslaught of very airy industrial ambience. Whispery frequencies coupled with heavy tones eventually build up to an intense powerful synth throb. Then the …


Vehement Caress – Flawed Eternity C40

May 19th, 2013
Vehement Caress – Flawed Eternity C40

Vehement Caress – Flawed Eternity C40
Apicult Recordings
Vehement Caress is Lex Russo, an understated dark electronics project from Boston MA. He also runs the low key tape label Apicult Recordings on which this cassette is released. In the past I have enjoyed Vehement Caress’ output which usually is heavy squalls of harsh electronics ranging from throbbing industrial to seething power electronics.
Flawed Eternity is a different beast though. Embracing more of an aggressive ambience sound here Russo explores the depths of synthesis and atmosphere, a tact much different from his previous output. …


Jaguar Crystal Palace – There is Going to Be a Change of Power C60

May 16th, 2013
Jaguar Crystal Palace – There is Going to Be a Change of Power C60

Jaguar Crystal Palace – There is Going to Be a Change of Power C60
Dumpsterscore Home Recordings
I have to admit it is not until this moment that I realized Dumpsterscore Home Recordings has a recycled tape series. I am very pleased about this – even more esoteric sounds to explore! Jaguar Crystal Palace has very little information about them available anywhere on the net and even after a quick search I couldn’t find any info about this release on the label’s website even.
JCP present a curious amalgamation of sounds. Meandering (yes, …


White Water Orgasm – When Was I Ever Wrong CD

May 15th, 2013
White Water Orgasm – When Was I Ever Wrong CD

White Water Orgasm – When Was I Ever Wrong CD
L.White Records
I am unfamiliar with this project and upon setting my eyes on this release I had no idea what the expect. The artwork recalls more of a hallmark card than a power electronics release but this seems to be the general aesthetic of the artist.
What we are presented with is about an hour of blistering power electronics. The tracks are formulaic with basically one layer of either noise or meandering harmonies and vocals plastered on top. Although none of it …


Milwaukee Noise Fest 2013

May 14th, 2013
Milwaukee Noise Fest 2013

Now in its eighth iteration, the Milwaukee Noise Fest returns with a facelift, promising to be bigger, better and noisier than ever. From August 22nd to the 24th, FTAM productions will fill the Miramar theatre with twenty four of North America’s absolute best in controlled (and uncontrolled) dissonance and sound wave hijacking.
While the festival continues to focus on local musicians playing host to twelve of the city’s best noise artists, this year will include an expanded roster of international musicians. Creative commons crusaders and plunderphonics masterminds Negativland – best …


V/A – Death Season II CDr

May 13th, 2013
V/A – Death Season II CDr

V/A – Death Season II CDr
Darker Days Ahead
Death Season II is a well rounded compilation representing a good variety of artists and sounds. It’s curated with care and has a flowing stream of tracks which seems to make sense and lets the artists sounds unfold with effectiveness. Although there’s maybe some part of me that feels that half of these artists are one-shot wonders they all manage to churn out some decent material which is rather unexpected for a compilation of lesser known artists like this.
As far as this review …


Small Cruel Party – An Accident in Substance 3xCD

May 12th, 2013
Small Cruel Party – An Accident in Substance 3xCD

Small Cruel Party – An Accident in Substance 3xCD
Harbinger Sound
An Accident in Substance is a mammoth 3 disc retrospective of the work of Small Cruel Party representing a wealth of material. For me, it is actually the introduction to this artist who’s name I have heard floating around for years but never had the motivation to really delve into. Well, I’m glad I did because this is some simply intriguing and even at times profound material.
A written introduction in the packaging states that “the music of Small Cruel Party was …


A Night To Dismember – Chicken Heart 3"CDr

May 9th, 2013
A Night To Dismember – Chicken Heart 3"CDr

A Night To Dismember – Chicken Heart 3″CDr
Diazepam
Chicken Heart is a nicely put together release featuring a good dosage of harsh noise and power electronic sounds. Simple black & white artwork adorning off-white paper gives it a unique D.I.Y. feel.
The sound here is crisp and crusty. Well produced with frequencies searing in both the high and low-ends. The evolution of the track is a little choppy but keeps things unpredictable. The basic sounds here are heavy layers of distortion, some metallic movement here and ther,e a skip of delay or …


Svaixt – Lo C45

May 8th, 2013
Svaixt – Lo C45

Svaixt – Lo C45
Terror
Svaixt is a side project of Laurynas Jukonis, the man who is also behind Girnų Giesmės. He apparently had an opportunity to travel to Upper Mustang which is an isolated mountain city in the far reaches of Nepal.
Lo is mostly a compilation of various field recordings from this enigmatic habitat which is Tibetan in culture. So what you can expect here are droning chants, windy ambiences, bells, and foreign walla. There are some tracks that stand out like the opener which consists of a glassy abstract drone …


Innana – Signal/Or/Minimal CD

May 8th, 2013
Innana – Signal/Or/Minimal CD

Innana – Signal/Or/Minimal CD
Crowd Control Activities
Released way back in 1999, I got my hands on this little sucker during my last trip to RRR. The running time clocks in at about an hour here so I figured, why not write a review while I’m listening to it? I’m a big fan of Innana’s previous works yet this release is a step in a different direction.
Signal/Or/Minimal seems quite a fitting title as these tracks are more on the minimal side of things. Yet despite that they morph and evolve rather …


Pusdrainer – Sexual Revulsion C33

April 30th, 2013
Pusdrainer – Sexual Revulsion C33

Pusdrainer – Sexual Revulsion C33
Danvers State Recordings
The lo-fi collage artwork on this disc much reminds me of an 80s horror flick like Street Trash or something which is pretty much along the same lines of Pusdrainer’s aesthetic. A very nicely done job by Danvers State Recordings and a quick preparation for the grimy sounds inside.
This is possibly the most raw Pusdrainer recording to date, yet it’s also quite a full spectrum of sound. Although in the description from the label it says this is close to wall noise I might …


Aiden Baker & Thisquietarmy – Orange CD

April 29th, 2013
Aiden Baker & Thisquietarmy – Orange CD

Aiden Baker & Thisquietarmy – Orange CD
Lunasylum
Orange is a heady disc chalked full of resplendent guitar drone from these two artists. The disc features blurry, dreamy orange art in a slick slipcase. Clocking in at 46 minutes it contains 8 tracks of glistening atmospheres.
The tracks seem to melt into one epic journey with an ever-evolving centrifuge of sound. Ebbing and flowing from high mountain peaks into deep abysmal depths there are moments here that feature controlled synth noise, soaring harmonies and even some subtle melodies here and there. I think …


Blue Sabbath Black Cheer – Crows Eat the Leviathan’s Carcass CD

April 29th, 2013
Blue Sabbath Black Cheer – Crows Eat the Leviathan’s Carcass CD

Blue Sabbath Black Cheer – Crows Eat the Leviathan’s Carcass CD
Release The Bats
One of my favorite projects that I have discovered in recent years; Blue Sabbath Black Cheer present this harrowing full-length comprised of various collected tracks from their more limited releases and a few unreleased tracks as well. If you are not familiar with the project they hail from Seattle and present a barrage of harsh noise and creative industrial that plays out like a more bleak Wolf Eyes.
Due to the fact that this is a collection of …


The Infant Cycle – Left Ear Revolt CDr

April 28th, 2013
The Infant Cycle – Left Ear Revolt CDr

The Infant Cycle – Left Ear Revolt CDr
The Ceiling Limited
The Infant Cycle is another previously unknown project to me. On Left Ear Revolt they present roughly 53 minutes in 9 tracks of varied experimental electronica styled sounds.
Most of the tracks here are in the repetitive drone style of things with clean harmonic synthesizer sounds slowly evolving among a bed of various glitch accents. It has a very laid back vibe to it, modern and electric.
There are other stylistic elements added here and there like the brief industrial sounds in …


Kazuma Kubota/S.I.V. – Split 7"

April 27th, 2013
Kazuma Kubota/S.I.V. – Split 7"

Kazuma Kubota/S.I.V. – Split 7″
Cipher Productions/Underground Pollution
Delivered in understated packaging – a simple atmospheric black and white photo on the front and hand-stamped labels on the vinyl – this little release packs a serious punch. It’s good to see the efforts of two labels and two artists coming together so simply yet consistently.
Kazuma Kubota is up first with a whirlwind of a track. Kicking things off with excellent industrial atmospheres of machinery and metal sounds, the track suddenly blasts into a miasma of harsh noise mayhem about 2 minutes in. …


Skin Graft/Deterge – Sinkhole/Neglectronic LP

April 26th, 2013
Skin Graft/Deterge – Sinkhole/Neglectronic LP

Skin Graft/Deterge – Sinkhole/Neglectronic LP
Fusty Cunt
A pairing of two scummy midwest harsh electronics artists can’t get better then this. At this point these dudes are mainstays of the scene and represent the economical decay of the area pretty well with thier raw and bitter sounds. The packaging here reminds me of something RRR might have released at some point but with nicer inserts that were apparrently printed by Phage Tapes who always knows whats up.
Skin Graft is up first with absolutely tortured musique concrete junk noise. Shit tons of distortion …


Pacing & VWLS – Collaborations Vol. 1 CDr

April 25th, 2013
Pacing & VWLS – Collaborations Vol. 1 CDr

Pacing & VWLS – Collaborations Vol. 1 CDr
Human Beard Records
Human Beard presents this collaboration on CDr which features our boys Pacing from Buffalo NY and an unknown act to me VWLS. The album is available on CDr or also for download here.
Pacing usually delivers droning walls of intense noise attacks complete with walls of feedback and insane synth surges. This effort is rather more subdued and I have to say I am enjoying it a lot. Although it’s quite short clocking in at only 18 minutes the tracks are …


Ex.Order – The Law of Heresy CD

April 25th, 2013
Ex.Order – The Law of Heresy CD

Ex.Order – The Law of Heresy CD
Industrial Recollections
Ex.Order is the side project of René Lehmann and Knut Enderlein who mainly function as dark ambient powerhouse Inade. For the uninitiated Ex.Order is the more noisy, power electronics side of the duo. This release is a re-issue of the original tape released in 1997. It sounds like the material has been remastered well though, as the recording is crisp and clear while retaining its lo-fi origins.
The Law of Heresy represents all that was great about industrial/pe in the late 90s. Simple song …


Brandkommando – Changes C60

April 24th, 2013
Brandkommando – Changes C60

Brandkommando – Changes C60
Nil By Mouth
Brandkommando is a project that I have still not made up my mind about yet. Their material tends to be solid yet even out of their rather large body of work they haven’t released anything that strikes me as very memorable. This is a full-length release on tape once again nicely packaged by the excellent label Nil By Mouth.
Side A demonstrates much of what I’ve come to expect from the project. Long winded tracks of chugging death industrial, or whirring hums with feedback layered on …


Animal Steel/EUU – Split C30

April 22nd, 2013
Animal Steel/EUU – Split C30

Animal Steel/EUU – Split C30
Self Released
This is an exciting release to have found in my review pile as these are two lesser known Boston artists. Animal Steel is Ted of the infamous PE trio 2DeadSluts 1GoodFuck. EUU is Joey who also operates as Typical White Male. Both artists focus on experimental electronics yet this release offers some surprises.
EUU is up first featuring one long track on side A with squelching analog synth pulses combined with crusty atonal throbs. It’s an echoing sci-fi alien planet vibe with spastic tape manipulations, and …


Lupus Sol – Lupus Sol CDr

April 22nd, 2013
Lupus Sol – Lupus Sol CDr

Lupus Sol – Lupus Sol CDr
Live Bait Recording Foundation
I’m not totally sure but I believe Lupus Sol is a collaboration between Aaron Vilk of Nyodene D and Stephen Petrus of Murderous Vision, two diehards of the Cleveland industrial scene. This disc spans 4 tracks and 47 minutes of death industrial/drone.
The general sound here has a focus on texture most of which is different forms of metallic drones. Where Invokation / Hight Tension has a noisier chug to it and more shifts than the following The Eroded Face of Edward Paine, …


Suicide Bomber – Do Amphetamines and Fuck Everything CDr

April 16th, 2013
Suicide Bomber – Do Amphetamines and Fuck Everything CDr

Suicide Bomber – Do Amphetamines and Fuck Everything CDr
Self Released
Suicide Bomber is a currently defunct power electronics project from Calgary Canada. He now performs as Citadel which I’ve heard is somewhat in the same direction as this material goes. What he presents with this quick CDr is 2 tracks totaling 12 minutes so this is definitely an “EP”.
The first track is simply titled Worship and is more of a buildup track that leads into the intensity of the second track. Textured feedback tones eventually build into a wash of intense …


Gnarly Sheen – Tansit of Venus CDr

April 14th, 2013
Gnarly Sheen – Tansit of Venus CDr

Gnarly Sheen – Tansit of Venus CDr
Dumpsterscore Home Recordings
Gnarly Sheen is a new name to me, obviously a take on the actor Charlie Sheen who has actually become pretty gnarly himself. Simple packaging surrounds this limited disc which contains 7 tracks of varied synth music in 28 minutes.
The majority of the disc falls into the more musical realm of things using synths, drum machines and employing various melodies and harmonic tones. The music is roughly strewn together and also roughly performed. There are elements of drone, kraut rock, and early …


Merzbow/Actuary – Freak Hallucinations LP

April 11th, 2013
Merzbow/Actuary – Freak Hallucinations LP

Merzbow/Actuary – Freak Hallucinations LP
Obfuscated Records/Love Earth Music
It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve reviewed a Merzbow release but now I’m remembering it wasn’t that long ago having reviewed his LP on Blossoming Noise which unfortunately was sonically completely forgettable. Now I am faced with a split between Him (capitalized because Akita is of course, the God of noise) and up-and-comers Actuary who seem to be getting around a bit lately.
Merzbow is up first utilizing a digital feel with crazy atonal computer babble accompanied by some rather weak distorted …


Kevin Greenspon – Maroon Bells CDr

April 10th, 2013
Kevin Greenspon – Maroon Bells CDr

Kevin Greenspon – Maroon Bells CDr
Bridgetown Records
Kevin Greenspon is a traveling solo musician who creates melodies and textures of guitar drone also touching on ambient, noise, and musique concrete. The style lies somewhere in between Fennesz and Grouper.
The disc has an air of melancholy to it featuring mainly peaceful floating atmospheres. The tracks are very well layered and almost delicate in their structure and sparseness. This is listening for a rainy Sunday, or a peaceful snowfall.
The tracks are varied enough to easily keep the interest of the listener while also …


Sharpwaist – Poison Harbor C30

April 6th, 2013
Sharpwaist – Poison Harbor C30

Sharpwaist – Poison Harbor C30
Razors and Medicine
Sharpwaist offers some of the best industrial/power electronics in the world and hails from my very own hometown Boston. It is the project of Carl Haas who has been active in the scene since the mid 2000s. Yet, the project has managed to keep a dedidedly low profile.
This is some of Sharpwaist’s best work. The raw character that pervades most of his recordings is still here, yet this time it’s coupled with a ferocity not seen in his earlier endeavors. This material hits hard …


Ophibre/Hunted Creatures – Split C40

April 3rd, 2013
Ophibre/Hunted Creatures – Split C40

Ophibre/Hunted Creatures – Split C40
Oph Sound Recordings
Drone, experimental, ambient are the styles that both these acts employ. Packaged in an intricately layered affair the tape isn’t too far off from the sounds it contains. For those of you unawares, Ophibre is from Boston and Hunted Creatures from Pittsburgh yet both haunt the same dusty corner of the scene.
Ophibre is up first with a beautiful drone track. Glistening stalactites of varied spectra ensorcel the listener with their haunting harmonics. The track is constant throughout but the textures are so finely interwoven …


Iron Fist of the Sun – I Will Never Have the Right CD

March 29th, 2013
Iron Fist of the Sun – I Will Never Have the Right CD

Iron Fist of the Sun – I Will Never Have the Right CD
Freak Animal
I lost track of IFOTS releases a few years ago when this artist became too prolific to keep up with. Although they are still using iconography of Princess Diana all over the place I’m not really sure if her visage remains to be anything more than a logo for the project at this point. Predictably the release features simple, understated black and white artwork with minimal text.
The artwork reflects the sounds well because what is to be …


Thisquietarmy – Black Haunters CD

March 27th, 2013
Thisquietarmy – Black Haunters CD

Thisquietarmy – Black Haunters CD
Elevation Records
Black Haunters really threw me for a loop after having only some bare knowledge that Thisquietarmy is a guitar drone act. I guess I have a certain prejudice for these acts that mix ambient with post-rock to be rather bland and generic. It turns out though that Thisquietarmy is anything but that and they show it well on Black Haunters and epic full length that demonstrates a gorgeous mix of ambient, drone, and post-rock.
Easing the listener into the album with the first 2 tracks the …


Theologian – Finding Comfort in Overwhelming Negativity CD

March 25th, 2013
Theologian – Finding Comfort in Overwhelming Negativity CD

Theologian – Finding Comfort in Overwhelming Negativity CD
Handmade Birds
Yet another epic release from Lee Bartow the man behind the now retired NTT project and now operating under the moniker of Theologian. Clocking in at 52 minutes this disc is a flowing mind warp of power drone, dark sounds, and even – with a change of pace for the project – some electro beats thrown in for good measure.
The latter of which marks perhaps the largest shift in Bartow’s sound in years. I’ll be honest I’m not a huge fan of …


V/A – Untitled C60

March 22nd, 2013
V/A – Untitled C60

V/A – Untitled C60
Tapes of a Neon God
At four different artists on a release I am making a judgement call and labeling this a compilation. Especially when it’s only a C60. What is presented here is some violent shit. A layout featuring cut-up and bloody arms and a group of depraved artists creating heavy-as-all-fuck noise this is some serious shit. The only issue I have with the layout is that the text is really hard to read.
Shattered Hymen is up first with a wall of junk noise. They cover a …


GRKZGL/Flatgrey – Split C23

March 21st, 2013
GRKZGL/Flatgrey – Split C23

GRKZGL/Flatgrey – Split C23
Brise-Cul Records
Strait out of the Brise-Cul camp here and it’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed anything but the label keeps on churning out releases. This is a great one with two sides of unparallelled harsh noise attacks.
Side A features GRKZGL’s contribution. Although I’ve witnessed the project do harsh noise live numerous times it’s a change since his early days which were in the drone world. Luckily this insane barrage of crusty junk is intense and unrelenting with excellent moments, buildups, and climaxes that shows that GRKZGL really …


Death Factory – Machinen Untter Kontrolle CD

March 20th, 2013
Death Factory – Machinen Untter Kontrolle CD

Death Factory – Machinen Untter Kontrolle CD
No Visible Scars
I couldn’t think of a more appropriate name for a death industrial project as Death Factory. Luckily they represent the genre well and Machinen Untter Kontrolle follows up the excellent Chilling Impressions tape perfectly.
The album kicks off with the title track which is a throbbing attack not unlike something offered up by Brighter Death Now. The following track Manifestation of Fear (3rd Version) is a continuation on a track that appeared in previous tape and it features a great combination of …


Josh Lay/Crown of Bone – This is a Tourniquet of the Light, The Black Obituary CD

March 19th, 2013
Josh Lay/Crown of Bone – This is a Tourniquet of the Light, The Black Obituary CD

Josh Lay/Crown of Bone – This is a Tourniquet of the Light, The Black Obituary CD
Obfuscated Records
High contrast abstract artwork adorns the face of this release and it’s a good indication of the bleak sounds that lurk within. This is a split release with one long track from each artist.
Josh Lay is an artist hailing from the American mid-west and he creates organic black ambient/drone. His track here entitled Shroud of Ice and Bird Feathers lives up to his reputation quite well. Understated quiet textures of sewer drains, broken electronics, …


Hostage Pageant – Manipulated Memories C47

March 18th, 2013
Hostage Pageant – Manipulated Memories C47

Hostage Pageant – Manipulated Memories C47
Rainbow Bridge
Based on the artwork I thought this was a 905 Tapes release which means I like it. This is in fact coming out of the Rainbow Bridge camp and is limited to 22 copies. I’d be surprised if there’s any left at this point.
Hostage Pageant presents several tracks on each side all titled Memory parts 1 through 6. Side A is harsh pedal noise, spastic and changing with thick squalls of synthesizer attacks, low bass howls and squirmy layers. Some muddled samples seem to …


Seplophobia/Post-Mortem Junkie – Split CDr

March 16th, 2013
Seplophobia/Post-Mortem Junkie – Split CDr

Seplophobia/Post-Mortem Junkie – Split CDr
Abgvrd
This is a reissue of a split tape that seems to have been already re-released twice. Abgvrd’s version marks perhaps the third time this release is seeing the light of day. The split seems like a good matchup based on the artist names with the literal meaning of Seplophobia meaning “a fear of decay”.
Seplophobia kicks off with a quick horror film sample and immediately leads into a distorted bass dirge of pure crunchy noise. The track remains this way with little evolution. Only some frequency …


Werewolf Jerusalem/The Black Scorpio Underground – Split C30

March 14th, 2013
Werewolf Jerusalem/The Black Scorpio Underground – Split C30

Werewolf Jerusalem/The Black Scorpio Underground – Split C30
Hatemail Records
This one is delivered in some rather badly arranged packaging. Most immediately noticeable is that the artwork is blurry and pixelated in addition to not being very well designed. The release also consists of only one cassette yet it is in a box that is made for two. Not a huge issue but it’s just not very well executed.
Werewolf Jerusalem is the project of Richard Ramirez who is also responsible for the infamous noise unit Black Leather Jesus. In this split Ramirez …


Urna – Liber Lelle CDr

March 13th, 2013
Urna – Liber Lelle CDr

Urna – Liber Lelle CDr
Abgvrd
Here’s a beautifully delicate arrangement of ritualistic ambient sounds – I believe from Italy? – released on Russian label Abgvrd. The basic drawn artwork doesn’t really compare to the subtle and atmospheric sounds represented here which are quite distinct.
Among the instruments listed in use on Liber Lelle are bells, cymbals, mandolin, balalaika, zither, accordion, and flutes. These instruments do not generally make a presence through traditional means but instead they are used to create sparse compositions of musique concrete and minimal atmospheres. However, it gives …


Holy Family Parish – Lis C45

February 27th, 2013
Holy Family Parish – Lis C45

Holy Family Parish – Lis C45
Razors and Medicine
Holy Family Parish is a project I haven’t had much experience with and a quick search on discogs shows that their output is limited. With this tape they present a good handful of tracks ranging from guitar ambient, to throbbing minimalist sounds.
The tracks here are very diverse with each one offering a different take. It makes the album sound rather scattered yet also quite esoteric. As if these tracks were collected over a long period of time and each one from very different …


Luasa Raelon – The House of Flesh CD

February 23rd, 2013
Luasa Raelon – The House of Flesh CD

Luasa Raelon – The House of Flesh CD
Snip-Snip
It’s been some time since I’ve heard from Luasa Raelon and his last album Vampyr was released in 2010. This release is from what is now way back in 2008. Seems like just yesterday and could be based on the excellent sound that Reed presents here.
Combing his trademark alternating synth drones, rumbling noises, and pulsating bass thrusts Reed continues the legacy he has set forth for Luasa Raelon with The House of Flesh. The tracks are varied but use similar source material and …


Shattered Hymen – Gash Worship C20

February 23rd, 2013
Shattered Hymen – Gash Worship C20

Shattered Hymen – Gash Worship C20
Anabolic Dimensions
Here’s some ultra raw noise from Chicago. These dudes appear to be influenced by power electronics and most definitely harsh noise but the pe influence doesn’t come across in their sound too much – mainly only in the aesthetic of packaging design.
The noise here is actually surprisingly wanky and not very harsh. Much more on the experimental side of things with bare passages leading into quickly moving feedback manipulation. The fact that it’s almost not layered at all though prevents it from being heavy …


Lethal Dose 50 – 21st Century Awakening CD

February 20th, 2013
Lethal Dose 50 – 21st Century Awakening CD

Lethal Dose 50 – 21st Century Awakening CD
Nuit et Brouillard
Here’s an album that was released way back in 2006. Not sure why it was sent to me for review now but I’m trying not to refuse anything. 21st Century Awakening is an album that spans industrial, ambient, electro and synth pop and unfortunately it’s spread a little thin for my taste.
The tracks where LD50 stays committed to one style are decent, like Dose V.S.291 and Solitude. But when LD50 strays into electronica territory it tends to ruin the mood too …


Autocancrena – Homo Sacer 3"CDr

February 16th, 2013
Autocancrena – Homo Sacer 3"CDr

Autocancrena – Homo Sacer 3″CDr
Diazepam
Here’s a very nicely packaged 3″CDr, a step above what I’ve seen from Diazapam already. The artwork is simple and portrays the sound on the disc accurately which is also quite basic in its delivery.
The disc contains two tracks the first Malsana Dottrina is a simple dark ambient piece with delayed and reverberating chants being quite organic and meditative. The second track is more electronic with sinister electronic pulses, muffled samples yet also remaining minimalistic.
The material here reminds me of the quieter moments of Brighter Death …


Kama Rupa – :Kama:Kontra:Kontrol: CD

February 15th, 2013
Kama Rupa – :Kama:Kontra:Kontrol: CD

Kama Rupa – :Kama:Kontra:Kontrol: CD
Regimental Records
Here’s a release from the esoteric New York city based outfit Kama Rupa. This digipak is beautifully packaged with iconic design and simple text layout that makes for a professional presentation.
Oddly enough there is a tracklist of 5 different songs listed on the back but the audio is presented all in one track on the disc with obvious movements showing each individual passage.
The style here is intimate and sordid which is what makes Kama Rupa so special. Spanning dark ambient, death industrial, sound collage and …


Ophibre – Psyllium Husks C38

February 13th, 2013
Ophibre – Psyllium Husks C38

Ophibre – Psyllium Husks C38
905 Tapes
Another sick release from 905 Tapes this time from Boston native Ophibre. My first exposure to his work was his release Drone Works for Differing Digital Audio Formats and Encoding Methods which wasn’t so much a proper release but an experiment that yielded rather interesting results.
Side A sounds consists of one long evolving track which is an in-studio live recording. I mean to emphasize evolving because the composition here is great. What starts out with awkward circuit bent sounds eventually forms into a drone piece …


Skin Graft – Dystrophy CD

February 13th, 2013
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 …


Pusdrainer – Ejaculation Spree C32

February 11th, 2013
Pusdrainer – Ejaculation Spree C32

Pusdrainer – Ejaculation Spree C32
Jungle Crunk
Pusdrainer is the project of Justin Lakes hailing out of the midwest US. If you’re not familiar with the project you can usually expect the crudest and rawest of harsh noise mayhem with a sleight power electronics edge to it.
Ejaculation Spree is no exception. Housed in a pasted together photocopied artwork from the outset the release screams filth. What you will find inside is lo-fi harsh noise which could be derived from a plethora of pedals or from a menagerie of homemade electronics.
One thing that …


Amalgamate – Spark I 3"CDr

February 10th, 2013
Amalgamate – Spark I 3"CDr

Amalgamate – Spark I 3″CDr
Intangible Cat
This is one from left field. Amalgamate is a previously unknown project to me and they present a quick fix of floating ambient drone with electronica beats intermixed within in.
The sound is dreamy yet fluid with this odd combination of styles much reminding me of acts like Plaid, early Aphex Twin or Autechre while at the same time not being quite as complex or technical as those projects.
The longest track here A Wedge of Raging Cygnets is the most original with a sing-song like quality …


Pulsating Cyst – Horrible Signal 7"

February 8th, 2013
Pulsating Cyst – Horrible Signal 7"

Pulsating Cyst – Horrible Signal 7″
Obfuscated Records
Here’s a release where neither artist nor label rings a bell, but there’s a sticker on the package that boasts glow-in-the-dark vinyl! You have my attention. Deep green artwork with card stock inserts and stickers make this a worthy fetish item before even spinning it.
The material here was recorded from live performances so it’s good you can get an idea of what the project sounds like live. Luckily the quality isn’t held back at all from this because the production is very thick and …


Ophibre – Drone Works for Differing Audio Formats and Encoding Methods CDR

February 7th, 2013
Ophibre – Drone Works for Differing Audio Formats and Encoding Methods CDR

Ophibre – Drone Works for Differing Audio Formats and Encoding Methods CDR
Sentient Recognition Archive
Here’s one for all the audio geeks and the just plain curious. Drone Works for Differing Audio Format and Encoding Methods is just that, a disc that; a disc that is in the .cda format (data is arranged as a regular ‘playable’ CD) which features audio that was once encoded in the format that the track was named after.
So since each track is named the exact type of audio encoding that was applied to the source it’s …


Fungi From Yuggoth – Fungi From Yuggoth C30

February 7th, 2013
Fungi From Yuggoth – Fungi From Yuggoth C30

Fungi From Yuggoth – Fungi From Yuggoth C30
Diazepam/Lightbulb
Here’s a tape housed in a polar fleece sleeve, I can only assume it’s to protect the outside world from the cold heart contained within these sounds. Fungi From Yuggoth is based on a series of poems by H.P. Lovecraft and this release is available as either a tape from Diazepam or a free download from Lightbulb records.
The promo blurb suggests that the music is recommended for fans of Brighter Death Now and I would have to confirm that’s not far off. There …


Theologian – The Chasms of My Heart CD

February 4th, 2013
Theologian – The Chasms of My Heart CD

Theologian – The Chasms of My Heart CD
Crucial Blast
Here’s the latest release from Lee Bartow the man behind now defunct project Navicon Torture Technologies. 2012 was a busy year with at least 2 new full-length releases from Bartow under the Theologian moniker. For those of you who haven’t experienced the new chapter in his work what you can expect is less power electronics, and more power drone. Although Theologian sound isn’t too far off from the bar set by NTT in the past.
The Chasms of My Heart is probably one …


Failing Lights – Failing Lights CD

February 1st, 2013
Failing Lights – Failing Lights CD

Failing Lights – Failing Lights CD
Intransitive Recordings
This is actually my first exposure to the project even though this was released a while ago. For those who don’t know Failing Lights is the primary solo project of Mike Connelly, also known as 1/3 of legendary noise units Wolf Eyes and Hair Police. He lives in Michigan, where he runs the Gods of Tundra label.
This self-titled release runs a gamut of various styles and sounds. Some droning noise, sound collage, and even free improv influences. Clocking in at 39 minutes the album …


Deprivation – From the Gutter to the Grave C30

January 31st, 2013
Deprivation – From the Gutter to the Grave C30

Deprivation – From the Gutter to the Grave C30
Diazepam
Here’s some extremely lo-fi and raw power electronics/death industrial delivered in a black plastic bag, you know the kind they put liquor or porno into after purchasing it. Worth mentioning is that the tape comes with a simple photocopied art booklet to further explore the concepts dealt with in the album.
Repetitive samples, darkened noise textures, walls of distortion and experimental weirdness is all something you’ll find within the album. The first two tracks are a good showing of noise/pe but the standout …


Being/A Snake in the Garden/Diaphragmatic – July 2012 Tour C30

January 30th, 2013
Being/A Snake in the Garden/Diaphragmatic – July 2012 Tour C30

Being/A Snake in the Garden/Diaphragmatic – July 2012 Tour C30
Self Released
This is a seriously stacked lineup of some of the best harsh noise acts currently active in the U.S. scene today. For those most addicted noise fanatics they have also posted an epic tour video that spans many performances from this exact tour. With this tape each artist contributes a track and then they wrap it up with a massive 3-way collaboration. Quite the piece of ear candy for those with rotting teeth out there..
A Snake In The Garden is …


Kristoffer Nystrom’s Orkestar – Overlook Hotel CD

January 27th, 2013
Kristoffer Nystrom’s Orkestar – Overlook Hotel CD

Kristoffer Nystrom’s Orkestar – Overlook Hotel CD
Malignant Records
Overlook Hotel is the softmore effort from Kristoffer Nystrom’s Orkestar; the collaborative project between Swedish industrial legend Peter Nystrom (Megaptera, Negru Voda), and Norwegian up and comer Kristoffer Oustad (V:28, Plague Machinery). What they present here is a new installment with a classic sound of ambient and rhythmic industrial music.
The Night Corridor sets the mood perfectly with echoing ghostly sing-songs heralding the night and it leads into the follower Cleaning Still Houses which presents the style that the bulk of the album follows …


Body Cargo/Pogrom – Resistance CD

January 26th, 2013
Body Cargo/Pogrom – Resistance CD

Body Cargo/Pogrom – Resistance CD
Terror/Cipher Productions
Here is a split with 2 collaborative tracks between these 2 power electronics artists. The theme is resistance, gorilla armies, political rebels. There’s something about when power electronics artists explore political subjects that I really enjoy.
Body Cargo is up first offering several layered tracks of harsh sounds. The tracks are quite detailed and present a traditional power electronics sound not really bringing anything new to the table but that is fine. Black Smoke Obelisks is worth commenting on because of its more ritualistic chanting qualities …


Temple of Set – Temple of Set C32

January 26th, 2013
Temple of Set – Temple of Set C32

Temple of Set – Temple of Set C32
Cult of Craft
Here’s another snazzy looking release from Cult of Craft this time bringing the noisy sounds of Temple of Set, another act I am unfamiliar with. The packaging is simple yet classy with a bow holding the tape onto the heavy stock.
The sound and style of Temple of Set remind me much of Temple of Tiermes and it’s not just because they have similar names. With this self-titled tape you will get long droning tracks of distorted synth tones. The production is …


Locrian & Christoph Heemann – Locrian & Christoph Heemann CD

January 26th, 2013
Locrian & Christoph Heemann – Locrian & Christoph Heemann CD

Locrian & Christoph Heemann – Locrian & Christoph Heemann CD
Handmade Birds Records
Here’s a hefty collaboration between noise’s favorite post-rock offspring Locrian and a collaborator who goes by the name Christoph Heemann. Heemann is a German composer who I am unfamiliar with yet has belonged to a number of projects and has collaborated with Current 93 and other seminal European artists.
The music presented in this self-titled collaboration is a style of post-rock experimentalism with some metal and drone influences. Comparisons include Xasthur, Tarentel, Arktau Eos, Sunn0))) and House of Low Culture …


Crown of Cerberus – Her Strength C32

January 23rd, 2013
Crown of Cerberus – Her Strength C32

Crown of Cerberus – Her Strength C32
Cult of Craft
Immediately leaving an impression is the handmade packaging on this excellent tape. Heavy silkscreened stock with a bow holding it all together. The presentation exudes an intimate and spiritual affair which is reflected in the warm and ethereal sounds on the album.
The music is ambient but not necessarily drony, more like moving textures and tones delaying into oblivion. It reminds me a lot of acts like Cold Electric Fire or perhaps Vidna Obmana.
Crown of Cerberus generally emanates an air of peacefulness …


William Fowler Collins – Tenebroso CD

January 22nd, 2013
William Fowler Collins – Tenebroso CD

William Fowler Collins – Tenebroso CD
Handmade Birds Records
This disc from Handmade Birds is almost completely devoid of information. Adorned with deep dark artwork and a pitch black inner booklet the only information you will find here is the artist and album name on the spine. So before this disc is even spun you get quite a bleak impression of Collins’ work.
Collins is a self professed dark ambient artist working in the realms of drone with an industrial tinge. Tenebroso clocks in at around an hour with a total of 6 …


John 3:16 – Visions of the Hereafter – Visions of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory CD

January 19th, 2013
John 3:16 – Visions of the Hereafter – Visions of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory CD

John 3:16 – Visions of the Hereafter – Visions of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory CD
Alrealon
Here’s an interesting release that certainly isn’t something I get everyday. John 3:16 creates an ambient style of cinematic post-rock music that may perhaps have a small experimental influence to it as well. There are a lot of different influences and directions involved here but it comes together as something quite unique and presents a consistent mood which delivers more than what I was expecting.
I really enjoy the tracks that are less rock influenced more – …


Knurl – Pyrolysis C60

January 18th, 2013
Knurl – Pyrolysis C60

Knurl – Pyrolysis C60
Terror
Harsh fucking noise – Knurl has it. Pyrolysis is the latest release from this uncompromising harsh noise act and it continues in the tradition that Knurl has carved out for himself over the years.
This is strait-up junk metal destruction, distortion, loud as fuck in-your-face aggression and pure transcendentalism that can only lead to nihilism. Doesn’t make sense because this is chaos at it’s most refined.
It’s true, Knurl reaches new heights with his renewed vigor on every release. Spastic, brutal and raw are a few feelings that come …


Pacing – Flea Dweller CDr

January 16th, 2013
Pacing – Flea Dweller CDr

Pacing – Flea Dweller CDr
Human Beard Records
Here’s another little CDr from Buffalo New York’s sick boys of noise Pacing. They’re back with their style of droning noise and industrial with a slight grindcore influence (in both concept and sound).
Offensive Sobriety is an interesting track that features twisting metallic drones of tortured feedback. It leads nicely into Legless Segway Cruiser which is a more strait-up wall of disgusted noise. As usual Pacing’s more aggressive noise still needs a little work in the frequency spectrum but the movement and intensity is there.
The …


Sektor 304 – Subliminal Actions CD

January 15th, 2013
Sektor 304 – Subliminal Actions CD

Sektor 304 – Subliminal Actions CD
Malignant Records
Here’s the second proper full-length effort from this Portuguese industrial project. If you’re not familiar with them Sektor 304 performs neo-tribal rhythmic industrial with a raw edge somewhat in the vein of Young Gods and Skinny Puppy.
Kicking off the album with a more abstract intro track entitled A Carving on Metal Skin Sektor 304 make the improvements in production quality here immediately noticeable. This aspect really helps to clarify their sound and makes the percussion hit harder, the vocals more effective, and the noise …


Umpio – Tripamishqi C30

January 11th, 2013
Umpio – Tripamishqi C30

Umpio – Tripamishqi C30
Terror
Here is some pretty gruesome junk noise attacks presented by a project I am not familiar with. It’s always great to hear new projects especially when they deliver a barrage of ugly sounds like this.
Umpio doesn’t let up much in the span of side A on this jam-packed tape. The moments where you can possibly grab a quick breath of air slam back in quickly with some textured industrial sounds before you can even completely inhale.
The concept here is an apt one for rusty and aggressive harsh …


Vacio Perfecto – Tecniche Perse 3"CDr

January 10th, 2013
Vacio Perfecto – Tecniche Perse 3"CDr

Vacio Perfecto – Tecniche Perse 3″CDr
Dumpsterscore Home Recordings
Vacio Perfecto is a relatively new artist from Spain and with this quick 3 incher he presents a solid mix of industrial, noise, and almost electro styles. The disc is smartly packaged in a mini sleeve to make for a compact edition.
Much of the source material here sounds analog but there is a lot of digital treatment which gives the material a very modern edge. However, the rhythmic nature of the release keeps an organic character to it as well which makes it …


Positive Adjustments – The Molalla Tapes CDr

January 10th, 2013
Positive Adjustments – The Molalla Tapes CDr

Positive Adjustments – The Molalla Tapes CDr
Murderabalia
Here’s a release that was limited to 40 copies and is based on the true crime case of “the Molalla Forest Killer” Dayton Leroy Rogers, something of which I know little about. The disc is stock full of noise and sickened power electronics with a running time of close to an hour.
My first reaction to this lo-fi noise blast is that the production is rather poor with a lot of tinny high-end noise. As the album unfolds however there are moments that peek …


Maculatum – The Nameless City CD

January 3rd, 2013
Maculatum – The Nameless City CD

Maculatum – The Nameless City CD
Malignant Records
Maculatum is a side project of Collapsar and Rasalhague neither of who I’m that familiar with. In The Nameless City they present several pieces of carefully designed atmospheres.
The general feeling on here is almost of a sci-fi film noir utilizing electronic drones, sound design elements and stylized industrial stings. The atmospheres Maculatum build are quite fragile which makes for a very interesting and detailed execution.
Maculatum skirts on the edge of industrial and even into a slight tribal realm at points which one might …


Black Leather Jesus/Creation Through Destruction – Split CD

January 2nd, 2013
Black Leather Jesus/Creation Through Destruction – Split CD

Black Leather Jesus/Creation Through Destruction – Split CD
Terror
Harsh noise is the name of the game once again from this heavy split release with each artist presenting 2 long ass tracks. The artwork is interesting, yet it seems like this split brings together two quite unrelated concepts so it comes across as more of just a 2 for 1 deal instead of a consistent artistic project, although the sounds do manage to compliment each other well.
Creation Through Destruction kicks things off with pure blasts of pedal noise. The material is nicely …


Gnawed/Ice Volt – Split C20

December 31st, 2012
Gnawed/Ice Volt – Split C20

Gnawed/Ice Volt – Split C20
Insides Music/Spit and Cuss
Here is an absolutely SICK split tape between these two Minneapolis iconoclasts Gnawed and Ice Volt. Of course I am quite familiar with the prolific and devastating project of Grant Richardson that is Gnawed. Ice Volt on the other hand keeps quite a low profile and although I’ve personally met the man I have yet to have heard his recorded material under this moniker.
Well Gnawed is up first on side A with Denied and just from the title I am already loving Richardson’s …


Murderous Vision & Fascist Insect – Primordial Beings From Dimensions Unknown LP

December 31st, 2012
Murderous Vision & Fascist Insect – Primordial Beings From Dimensions Unknown LP

Murderous Vision & Fascist Insect – Primordial Beings From Dimensions Unknown LP
Black Maggot Noise Productions/Live Bait Recording Foundation
Here’s a collaboration between two Ohio-based acts. Murderous Vision is the long-running ambient/industrial act from Stephen Petrus and Fascist Insect is a noisy grindcore four-piece from the Cleveland area. The artwork here is strait forward and the LP itself is clear with blood spatter all over it to make for a uniquely packaged artifact.
Side A features 3 tracks of industrial/noise. The title track is up first and features howling walls of sound and …


Instinct Control – This is Where I Draw the Inflection Line CDr

December 19th, 2012
Instinct Control – This is Where I Draw the Inflection Line CDr

Instinct Control – This is Where I Draw the Inflection Line CDr
Liscentric
Instinct Control is Ryan T. Dunn from Chicago also the man behind the infamous venue Enemy. This was released back in 2009 and at the time I had the pleasure to witness him live. I’m guessing this material was created with the same equipment he employed in the live set – circuit bent and manipulated tape machines.
This is experimental sound through and through. It has a very analog sound and every single track is merely one layer of pulsating, …


Robe. – Remains of a Burning World C60

December 18th, 2012
Robe. – Remains of a Burning World C60

Robe. – Remains of a Burning World C60
Thors Rubber Hammer
Here’s another effort from Robe. which is actually some older material recorded in 2008 but re-released on cassette in 2009 after an initial first run as a CDr release. If you’re not familiar with Robe. they are a duo from Indiana that create black noise with guitars and electronics.
The usual issue I’ve found with Robe. is that they fall into that muddy rut of creating rather dry sub-par guitar noise. This is not the case for the first two tracks on …


Bagman – Men Who Solicit Sex CD

December 17th, 2012
Bagman – Men Who Solicit Sex CD

Bagman – Men Who Solicit Sex CD
Murderabilia Records
From the second my hand caressed the black cellophane wrap on this release I knew this would be a power electronics affair. Unfortunately you have to destroy the outer wrapping to get to the CD itself but the design is minimal and tastefully done.
Men Who Solicit Sex is described as “A study in five parts on the topic of unlawful sexual solicitations.” What Bagman presents is roughly 30 minutes of harsh traditional power electronics with plenty of media and news samples surrounding the …


Bitchneck – All This is Yours C10

December 16th, 2012
Bitchneck – All This is Yours C10

Bitchneck – All This is Yours C10
Self Released
Here’s a quick tape from one of Boston’s finest unsung power electronics projects. Bitchneck creates a range of experimental sounds which usually find themselves falling into the power electronics genre and on this quick tape they culminate into a hearty slab of brutal aural assaults.
Side A consists of two tracks, the first is a mixture of weird experimentation with an almost digital effect to the sound but layers of oscillating synths and noise attacks join it with scathing vocals. The second track is …


Funerary Call – Nightside Emenations CD

December 13th, 2012
Funerary Call – Nightside Emenations CD

Funerary Call – Nightside Emenations CD
Malignant Records
Time for some proper dark ambient music with one of the more recent albums (two were released in 2012) from Funerary Call. If you’re not familiar with the project Funerary Call is Harlow Macfarlane also the mane behind the death industrial project Sistrenatus. Under the FC moniker Macfarlane creates ritualistic dark ambient music with a heavily organic feel.
The sounds on Nightside Emenations are quite well spread out and composed only dealing with thick slabs of layers at key moments. This helps to create a …


The Subtraction – The One Who Infests Ships C30

December 11th, 2012
The Subtraction – The One Who Infests Ships C30

The Subtraction – The One Who Infests Ships C30
Land of Decay
The Subtraction is a project featuring J.Soliday of Winters in Osaka and Omar Gonzalez of Machismo. What they present with The One Who Infests Ships is roughly 30 minutes of darkened electronics ranging from bleak ambience to seething experimental.
Side A is the calmer, quieter side but immediately noticeable is the focus on layering detailed sounds. On the surface it feels quite minimal but a more focused listen will yield eerie melodies, dark textures, and morphing elements.
Side B is more angst-ridden …


Emeralds – What Happened CD

December 10th, 2012
Emeralds – What Happened CD

Emeralds – What Happened CD
No Fun Productions
Looks like this is the Emeralds full-length following their last release on Hanson entitled Solar Bridge. They’ve released about 2 splits between these two albums with What Happened having been released in 2009, has it already been 3 years?!
The first two tracks kick off with weird experimental wankery but both are commendable for the emotional rifts they eventually open up with their slow building climaxes. Alive in the Sea of Information using vocal chants and Damaged Kids using strummed guitars while both employ layers …


Cathartec – Lithogenesis C30

December 6th, 2012
Cathartec – Lithogenesis C30

Cathartec – Lithogenesis C30
Sonic Munitions
Here’s a tape from the Seattle based musician Cathartec presenting roughly 30 minutes of ambient drone. Simply packaged with earth tones and runes the design is a decent implicator of what is contained within.
The tape kicks off with Orthoclase which is a floating and airy drone piece with a ton of great textural layers in the mix to add detail and subtlety. The piece swirls around the listener like a raging blizzard, but peaceful in it’s beauty. A really nice amalgamation of sounds here. Lithogenesis is …


A Wake A Week – Little Black Cloud CD

December 5th, 2012
A Wake A Week – Little Black Cloud CD

A Wake A Week – Little Black Cloud CD
Spectral Liquid
It’s always interesting to dive head first into a project of which every aspect is completely unknown to you. I’ve never heard of the label, the artist or anything else having to do with this release. All I know is that the disc is contained within a carefully and professionally designed digipak.
Little Black Cloud has an undeniable soundtrack-like quality. If this was a proper soundtrack disc linked to a film I would not at all be surprised. It has several features …


Streetmeat – Nails C20

December 3rd, 2012
Streetmeat – Nails C20

Streetmeat – Nails C20
Anabolic Dimensions
Here’s some more traditional power electronics delivered for the fans of a classic sound out there.
The general sound is of warm, lo-fi electronics. Pulsating oscillators, cheap distortion, flangered vocals all culminate into the typical formula for a brutal power electronic assault. Style like this has been employed before but Streetmeat continues to further define the sound.
One of the better moments here is the closer of this quick tape Nail For Your Coffin which ups the ante for aggressive sounds with a nicely layered core of distortion. …


Nite Shadez – Black Holes For The Face And A Graveyard C47

December 2nd, 2012
Nite Shadez – Black Holes For The Face And A Graveyard C47

Nite Shadez – Black Holes For The Face And A Graveyard C47
Out-of-Body Records
Out of Body Records and Rob Buttrum literally never cease to impress me with fantastic aesthetic and a brand that is somehow “so Texas” in the weirdest and most sinister way possible. Black Holes For The Face and A Graveyard is the latest tape from the Nite Shadez project, a duo consisting of Rob Buttrum and Andrew Michael. The mood here is consistent with Out of Body’s regular output, and the influence that Buttrum has on the music …


Tourette – Jardin du Sommeil. Chant d’Amour sur la Nuit Grandissante CD

December 1st, 2012
Tourette – Jardin du Sommeil. Chant d’Amour sur la Nuit Grandissante CD

Tourette – Jardin du Sommeil. Chant d’Amour sur la Nuit Grandissante CD
Antropofago Ateo/Troniks
This could possibly be the first Troniks release I have reviewed on Existence Establishment but I have to say I am happy to see the label back in operation, even if their output has slowed down some. My limited experience with the project Tourette has led me to believe that what I can expect is pure lo-fi harsh noise, although the graphic design here screams of something much more artsy.
Jardin du Sommeil kicks things off with a page …


Friends With Corpses – Don’t Turn on The Lights C30

November 29th, 2012
Friends With Corpses – Don’t Turn on The Lights C30

Friends With Corpses – Don’t Turn on The Lights C30
Phage Tapes
Here is a sick Pusdrainer side project featuring Justin Lakes and Joe Walter. Friends With Corpses delivers saturated power electronics and death industrial experimental sounds with their debut effort Don’t Turn on the Lights.
First off, the packaging on this record is sick – ugly neon colors and a piss yellow tape remind me of something from a Gaspar Noé flick. Also worth mentioning is that the track titles are quite wonderful.

Side A kicks off with Throbbing Pisshole an overdriven synth …


Pacing – Summer Tour 2011 CDr

November 29th, 2012
Pacing – Summer Tour 2011 CDr

Pacing – Summer Tour 2011 CDr
Human Beard
Here’s another older release yet definitely one that warrants a review. Pacing keeps bringing it with no expectations and no strings attached in this 4 song CDR (also available online for free).
Pacing seems to employ a general song structure with most of their tracks here. Droning mid-range tones are used as a bed with various layers of noise folded over it. Feedback, junk noise, synth madness it’s all here and the tracks unfold quite nicely.
The epic closing track entitled Aftermath Live 5/3/2010 delivers an …


Arabian Blade – The Pressure Mantra C20

November 26th, 2012
Arabian Blade – The Pressure Mantra C20

Arabian Blade – The Pressure Mantra C20
Self Released
Arabian Blade is Christopher Donofrio of Reviver and Donovan Fazzino a name I’m unfamiliar with. This is an older release having been recorded in 2008, who knew it would take me this long to review it! With this quick cassette the duo presents 2 fuzzed out dead noise tracks, both untitled.
Side A features bubbling overdriven synth attacks employing a heavily squashed sound. There is literally no room left in the recording for anything else because the frequencies are spread so wide. It’s quite …


Knurl – Thiocarbamide CD

November 25th, 2012
Knurl – Thiocarbamide CD

Knurl – Thiocarbamide CD
Phage Tapes
Harsh noise is the name of the game and with Thiocarbamide Knurl makes himself a key player. The artwork depicts corrosion – lots of it – with rusty metal, gritty textures and old machinery.
Taking no time to get into the thick of things Knurl explodes the album with the opener Morphocrylate a blistering barrage of distorted sounds, junk metal, crunchy starts/stops, screeching feedback and everything that makes a harsh noise album great. Neuromyositis follows suit with yet another obliteration of sound.
Even following into the second half …


Plastic Boner Band – Cherubinic Wanderer C60

November 22nd, 2012
Plastic Boner Band – Cherubinic Wanderer C60

Plastic Boner Band – Cherubinic Wanderer C60
Anabolic Dimensions
Employing possibly the worst name in all of noise Plastic Boner Band are back this time expanding their sound with a cassette release packed to the brim with seething, droning noise.
Side A is broken down into 5 tracks though I’ll be damned if I can tell where I am in the lineup at any given time. That’s fine because the sound ebbs and flows with effectiveness always lashing aggressively straight to the face! PBB manages to get a nice crunchy sound out …


Skin Area – Rothko Field CD

November 20th, 2012
Skin Area – Rothko Field CD

Skin Area – Rothko Field CD
Malignant Records
Here is an impressive release from Martin Bladh and Magnus Lindh the former of which is also in IRM as well as recording material under his own name. Skin Area takes the aesthetic and electronic soundscapes of IRM and transforms them into an experimental post-rock journey that skirts on the edges of genres where adventurous listeners will find just as much in common with Sonic Youth as they will with Sutcliffe Jugend.
It’s a very odd pairing, but one that seems to make perfect sense …


Noisepoetnobody/Cathartech – Split C40

November 19th, 2012
Noisepoetnobody/Cathartech – Split C40

Noisepoetnobody/Cathartech – Split C40
Self Released
This is a split tape between what I’m guessing is two modular synth based projects. Clocking in at about 20 minutes each side and employing simple packaging with blotted artwork on the cover it’s minimal and abstract.
Noisepoetnobody is up first with several minimal synth tracks. Drones and plodding rhythmic synth elements mark the basis of these 3 tracks. I would say there are about 2-3 layers for each track which keeps things very basic and doesn’t really call for multiple listens. The style of these tracks …


Single Indian Tear – The Black Category 3″CDr

November 16th, 2012
Single Indian Tear – The Black Category 3″CDr

Single Indian Tear – The Black Category 3″CDr
SNW
Here’s an act that doesn’t have much info anywhere yet is billed as acousmatic music on their myspace page. I’m not really sure that’s a good description for what Single Indian Tear does as I might describe it as “light experimental music”.
The Black Category is one 11 minute track of synth music ranging from droning textures, simple enduring melodies, and converging pads. It’s slow and this is most definitely synthesizer music not falling into stylized genres like new age, electronica, or ambient. It’s …


Kapustin Yar – Trithemius C45

November 7th, 2012
Kapustin Yar – Trithemius C45

Kapustin Yar – Trithemius C45
Land of Decay
It’s not completely clear in the label write up but Kapustin Yar could be a collaboration project between Jason Soliday and Omar Gonzalez. Either way this has some pretty simple artwork designed by Terrence Hannum of Locrian so there’s an added bonus for any fans. This is my first exposure to the project and it is certainly one that does not disappoint.
Featuring layers of harmonic and minimalist elements to form maximalist compositions Kapustin Yar exists somewhere between experimental electronics and post-rock music. Think of …


Adrian T. Lakey – On My Way Out CDr

November 7th, 2012
Adrian T. Lakey – On My Way Out CDr

Adrian T. Lakey – On My Way Out CDr
Self Released
Here’s a strange one and quite unexpected. Adrian T. Lakey’s release comes with little information and simple black/white artwork in a white box with a booklet containing lyrics. Lyrics because this is a folk release, one that leans to the experimental side of things due to it’s use of samples and synthesizers but some of On My Way Out can easily be lumped in with the neo-folk genre.
Kicking off with 2 folk songs these are anything but traditional. Acarophobia / Sleep …


Legless & Lavas Magmas & Regosphere – Live in Glen Burnie 3"CDr

November 6th, 2012
Legless & Lavas Magmas & Regosphere – Live in Glen Burnie 3"CDr

Legless & Lavas Magmas & Regosphere – Live in Glen Burnie 3″CDr
Dumpsterscore Home Recordings
I come into Live in Glen Burnie thinking that 3 separate acts, playing together in a live collaboration sounds like a recipe for disaster. Luckily I’m wrong on this account because this little 3 incher delivers some dense layers of electroacoustic and industrial mayhem.
Extremely layered washes of sounds are combined effectively on this one 18 minute long track which ebbs and flows throughout its duration. I really enjoy all the crazy textures and sounds which might be …


Propergol – Tormentor 7"

November 4th, 2012
Propergol – Tormentor 7"

Propergol – Tormentor 7″
Nuit et Brouillard
Here is an incredible release from one of the driving forces in modern noise and industrial. Released on the classic label Nuit et Bruillard this release is 100% pro. The packaging looks great, good thick vinyl, and insert with art and info is all that I could have asked for.
The two tracks on this release are similar which make for a great pairing. Side A sees Tormentor to fruition with a pulsating rhythmic synth blast and swashes of noise meticulously layered over everything. It’s a …


Linekraft – Bouryoku Kikai CD

November 3rd, 2012
Linekraft – Bouryoku Kikai CD

Linekraft – Bouryoku Kikai CD
Black Plagve Productions
When I imagine what a pure industrial record would sound like it’s probably something similar to Bouryoku Kikai with it’s high contrast black and white art, bold logos, and raw sound. Hailing from Japan the project uses scrap metal and found objects along with a barrage of electronics to form a lo-fi yet very aggressive and layered sound collage.
Bouryoku Kikai has something for any industrial fan. Swashes of noise, plenty of scrap manipulation, industrial rhythms, blasts of vocal atrocities and even minimalist rumbling bass …


Corpuscle – Victorian Snuffbox C40

November 1st, 2012
Corpuscle – Victorian Snuffbox C40

Corpuscle – Victorian Snuffbox C40
Maniacal Hatred
The boys of Boston are back with their 3rd release featuring some gorgeous gold silkscreen on black paper for this cassette. It’s apparent that they’ve also honed their sound as well into a more cohesive and tight mix.
Side A consists of several tracks which kind of blend into each other nicely. The tape kicks off with Shadow of Golden Memory which is a plodding power electronics piece and features a great repetitive noise attack with various elements layered on top. After a short blast of …


Deign – Pecuniary Huckster C20

October 31st, 2012
Deign – Pecuniary Huckster C20

Deign – Pecuniary Huckster C20
Out of Body Records
I’m really digging the design of this tape. Further confirmation that Out of Body Records is slowly – but certainly not quietly – becoming a significant force in the noise world. Not only that, but presenting really great unknown artists is a crucial characteristic for a noise label and that is another area where Out of Body Records seems to excel.
The sounds presented in Pecuniary Huckster are extremely refreshing. This is music that pulls from such genres as electroacoustic, harsh noise, experimental, and …


Frank Rosaly – Centering and Displacement LP

October 30th, 2012
Frank Rosaly – Centering and Displacement LP

Frank Rosaly – Centering and Displacement LP
Utech Records
This record has made me realize that although I do love vinyl – with the large artwork, the heavy packaging, the analog concept and the physical ties to an abstract medium – I will still choose to listen to a compact disc if given a choice. That’s because this LP comes with a compact disc of the same material that is on the record and I’m realizing I haven’t listened to the actual record at all even though I’ve rocked the CD a …


Murderous Vision/Defiler – Split 7"

October 29th, 2012
Murderous Vision/Defiler – Split 7"

Murderous Vision/Defiler – Split 7″
Live Bait Recording Foundation
Here’s a sickened slab of wax featuring two dark noise artists at their best. Defiler is a name that somehow seems familiar to me, but in which way I cannot recall. Murderous Vision is of course the long-running project of Mr. Stephen Petrus hailing from Ohio and active for many years. Packaging here is adequate with fuzzy high-contrast black/white imagery and with dancing skeletons on the back you can’t go wrong.
Defiler is up first with one track entitled Your Diseased Icon. This is …


Evil Moisture – Goo LP

October 28th, 2012
Evil Moisture – Goo LP

Evil Moisture – Goo LP
Blossoming Noise
Straight from the Blossoming Noise camp comes this LP featuring some great design. With tongue-in-cheek graphics featuring people from the 50s with musical instruments, tape machine diagrams all on a baby blue/white color scheme the graphics match the sounds well and this is my first exposure to the sounds of Evil Moisture.
Evil Moisture creates fun experimental noise – something that admittedly I’m not really that into. There’s a ton of tape machine manipulation which sounds well – exactly like it usually does. A lot of …


Circuit Wound – Fight Or Flight CDr

October 27th, 2012
Circuit Wound – Fight Or Flight CDr

Circuit Wound – Fight Or Flight CDr
Nefarious Activities
Circuit Wound is a Simi Valley, CA resident making rusty, dirty drone/noise. With releases all over the board (Troniks, the legendary Harshnoise, Monorail, Hospital, Rainbow Bridge, Trash Ritual, 905), you could say Circuit Wound is a prolific noise experiment with heavy quality control. It is more than obvious from this release alone that Howard does not just press record.
Starting off with a metallic and mildly distorted organ(?) drone, the nastiness builds until my temples feel like they are in a vice. And don’t …


Bitchneck/FRKSE – Winter C30

October 24th, 2012
Bitchneck/FRKSE – Winter C30

Bitchneck/FRKSE – Winter C30
Self Released
This is a D.I.Y. affair with a heavily painted plastic cassette case and all info stickered onto the cassette itself. Very simply but effectively put together.
Bitchneck presents two tracks that make up his side which is entitled The Worst Winter of My Life. First track is a blistering noise attack with crunched distortion almost achieving the sounds of oscillators. I recognize the second track as being Fevers and Carwrecks even though it’s not listed in the info. It’s simply one of my favorite Bitchneck tracks with …


The Vomit Arsonist – Go Without CD

October 19th, 2012
The Vomit Arsonist – Go Without CD

The Vomit Arsonist – Go Without CD
Assembly of Hatred
This marks The Vomit Arsonist’ second proper CD release but with a slew of other impressive releases the project is building quite a portfolio. Go Without is presented in a classy digipak with very dark artwork mostly in black and white. Photos include abandoned industrial places, and possibly an MRI scan on the front? Not sure what the significance of the cover art is but it at least is quite intriguing.
What you can find within is the most completely hopeless and bleak …


Cultus Sabbati – The Hagiography of Baba Yaga C30

October 19th, 2012
Cultus Sabbati – The Hagiography of Baba Yaga C30

Cultus Sabbati – The Hagiography of Baba Yaga C30
Land of Decay
Here’s a beautifully packaged tape with full color printing, graphics and tracklisting on the tape and a fold-out J-card. It greatly reflects the sounds for this artist that I am not familiar with.
Cultus Sabbati present guitar-based drone with a ritual ambient feel. They explore elements like tribal drumming, blackened whispering, and guitar riffing while mixing in a good amount of synthesizer and noise drones to thicken things out.
There are some good moments here with creative vocal effects, but I’m not …


Automating – Soundoffsoundoffsound​.​.​. CDR

October 17th, 2012
Automating – Soundoffsoundoffsound​.​.​. CDR

Automating – Soundoffsoundoffsound​.​.​. CDR
Self Released
Delivered with a simple paste-on tab in an arigato sleeve is this is a long drone piece from an artist unknown to me. Based on the packaging alone I was expecting something very experimental and angular, but what is presented here is drone through and through.
This one track begins with soaring harmonies which could be culled from any type of source, though I guess it’s a synthesizer. The tones are pretty basic though so it could be anything. Over the course of roughly 45 minutes the …


Normal Police/Earth Chaos – Split 2xC30

October 17th, 2012
Normal Police/Earth Chaos – Split 2xC30

Normal Police/Earth Chaos – Split 2xC30
Tweaktymetapes
Neatly packaged in a white plastic box this release features lo-fi photocopied and printed artwork and insert. High contrast black and white on blank white tapes. Possibly the only thing that annoys about the tapes is that they’re not labeled so if they were mixed up things could get messy.
Normal Police is on the first tape and is a side project of Andrew Pugh also of Regosphere, Andrew Quitter, and the man behind Dumpsterscore Recordings. The track begins with Fashion Victim / Faceplant a noise …


Asva & Philippe Petit – Empires Should Burn…. CD

October 13th, 2012
Asva & Philippe Petit – Empires Should Burn…. CD

Asva & Philippe Petit – Empires Should Burn…. CD
Small Doses/Basses Frequences
This one arrived out of left field. Being unfamiliar with both artists my expectations were set pretty low. Although the material I’ve heard from Small Doses has always been pretty good I really didn’t know what to expect. The artwork conjures images of ethnic sounds and world music but with a hint of decay.
What is contained within is some excellent ritualistic dark ambient music reminding me of a cross between Halo Manash and Arktau Eos, two excellent artists off of …


Reviver/Aghori – Split C30

October 12th, 2012
Reviver/Aghori – Split C30

Reviver/Aghori – Split C30
Existential Cloth Recordings
Here’s a quick split tape with cool psychedelic artwork. Reviver does his usual thing utilizing low dirgy drones but it has less of a death industrial vibe and more of a dark ambient vibe surprisingly. It’s just not as aggressive as usual.
I didn’t know what to expect from Aghori, but we have some sounds matching Reviver’s style. Although it says on the tape that side B consists of only one track entitled The Same Path Twice the side is broken up into three tracks. …


Kshatriy – Transforming Galaxy CD

October 10th, 2012
Kshatriy – Transforming Galaxy CD

Kshatriy – Transforming Galaxy CD
Muzyka Voln
Ah, nothing like good ‘ol space ambient to help ground me this morning after a hard night of drinking. At least this stuff will soothe my headache appropriately. First off, love the packaging. Very tasteful, colorful, and psychedelic mix of images make up the artwork on this slick digipak.
The sounds and style of Transforming Galaxy might be a touch predictable; harmonious synth drones, deep resonances, crackling samples. But it is well executed nonetheless. The synths aren’t overtly melodic or cheesy, the merging of electronic and …


V/A – Milwaukee Noise 2005-2010 12xC30

October 10th, 2012
V/A – Milwaukee Noise 2005-2010 12xC30

V/A – Milwaukee Noise 2005-2010 12xC30
FTAM
Thought I would bring reviews back with a bang with this monumental box set of twelve – yes you read it right – TWELVE cassettes of noise from artists active in the Milwaukee noise scene between the years of 2005-2010. The release costs $40 and that may be hard to justify but I got a chance to see this sucker first hand before I handed over my cash and it’s not really until you hold it in your hands that you realize how much work …


Dead Times/TRTRKMMR – Split LP

August 24th, 2012
Dead Times/TRTRKMMR – Split LP

Dead Times/TRTRKMMR – Split LP
Aum War
Here’s a heavy split with 2 like-minded artists representing the blackest of harsh music. The packaging is simple white print on black backgrounds and includes a nifty insert/sleeve with all the info needed on it.
TRTRKMMR is up first with tracks that start out as aggressive power electronics. Chugging distortion, samples, aggressive vocals in the black metal style of things. A track or two in things turn into this kind of ultra-distorted black metal stuff with harmonies emerging somewhere deep under the overdriven layers. Finally, leaking …


Burial Hex – Six Wings LP

August 11th, 2012
Burial Hex – Six Wings LP

Burial Hex – Six Wings LP
Nostilevo
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Burial Hex LP yet here is the newest from this now enduring project. Burial Hex is a black noise project focusing on ritualistic and occult elements in dark ambient music. Recently having performed at Existence Establishment’s own Industrial Liberation Festival 2012 the act has really evolved while still staying true to the original vision.
Upon further investigation I’ve found that this recording actually has a somewhat interesting backstory that explains the similarities in each side (from the label): …


Limbs Bin – Primitive Response 7"

July 4th, 2012
Limbs Bin – Primitive Response 7"

Limbs Bin – Primitive Response 7″
Familiar Combatants/Tickled Meat
This is a sick little record featuring roughly 12 intense minutes of face-melting power violence influenced noise and power electronics. Much reminding me of Dead Boomers who also boast of power violence influences. The formula works quite well and makes for some interesting more primitive rhythmic and punk-influenced sounds.
Each side has three tracks which keeps things moving quite fast. Side A features the title track Primitive Response which is a quick sqeal of feedback leading into heavy power electronics explosions. Sweeps Week follows …


Gnawed/RXAXPXE – Split C60

July 3rd, 2012
Gnawed/RXAXPXE – Split C60

Gnawed/RXAXPXE – Split C60
Industrial Culture
Here’s a professional tape release limited to 100 copies splitting the sides between each artist. At 60 minutes there’s a wealth of material here and it’s a great introduction to both artists. The label was kind enough to send me the special edition so I could get a taste of the extra effort which is two metal panels screwed together putting the tape in a kind of “vice”, a nice touch.
Gnawed is up first with 6 heavy tracks and coming in with a sound that is …


Divine Shell/Buildings & Mountains – Of Mine Own Brood C30

June 29th, 2012
Divine Shell/Buildings & Mountains – Of Mine Own Brood C30

Divine Shell/Buildings & Mountains – Of Mine Own Brood C30
Blood Dirt Cassettes
Here’s a split cassette between two newer artists. Divine Shell creates loud and aggressive harsh noise and power electronics while Buildings & Mountains is a more eclectic project spanning the genres of noise, experimental, and electronica. I enjoy each of the projects on their own, but I have to admit I went into this one with an eyebrow raised on how they would mesh together on a split.
Divine Shell presents a mix of tracks with the first a scathing …


Corvuz – ночной туман CD

June 29th, 2012
Corvuz – ночной туман CD

Corvuz – ночной туман CD
Zhelezobeton
Here is my first exposure to this Russian dark ambient project and a thorough one it is. ночной туман spans about 60 minutes and is translated as “Invisible Landscapes”.
Corvuz spans styles of new age, and ritual ambience reminding me much of the works of acts like Herbst9, Circular, and Vidna Obmana. The range of sounds here is quite nice and features a diverse set of elements in each track. Usually you will find synth pads, some acoustic element – like guitar or sung vocals – …


V/A – Secret Assembly DVD

June 27th, 2012
V/A – Secret Assembly DVD

V/A – Secret Assembly DVD
OMS Records
Here’s a hefty release that features full videos and pristine audio recordings of an epic show that was organized by Noises of Russia and recorded in the Ukraine on 16th of May, 2009. The artist sets that are included here are Deutsch Nepal, Noises of Russia, First Human Ferro, and Filivs Macrocosmi. An excellent lineup.
On all the sets the video production is top-notch using concert footage, source videos and projections to create an interesting visual collage that is set along with great sets from each …


Wolf Eyes – Always Wrong CD

June 26th, 2012
Wolf Eyes – Always Wrong CD

Wolf Eyes – Always Wrong CD
Hospital Productions
I’ve been a Wolf Eyes fan since they had their first release on Sub Pop and I’ve enjoyed many of their full-lengths while shying away from some of their more limited releases. Sometimes I’ve found they offer a mixed-bag but I am often surprised by them on their larger run releases as well as their excellent live assaults that I have witnessed.
Always Wrong marks a point where Wolf Eyes is ascending to the next level of what they do. The textures and arrhythmic qualities …


Peter J Woods – Fear C20+C9+C17

June 25th, 2012
Peter J Woods – Fear C20+C9+C17

Peter J Woods – Fear C20+C9+C17
FTAM
Here’s a mammoth release from Milwaukee’s infamous noisemonger Peter J Woods. Immediately noticeable is the heavy conceptual element here. With classy “artsy” photographs, card inserts, abstract poetry and strangely manipulated spoken samples mixed throughout the release it’s clear the concept is of utmost importance.
The style is similar to what PJW has explored previously, an odd mixture of noise, electroacoustic, and power electronics. Tape I Side A is a quieter piece with crinkling and off kilter audio artifacts which build to a quick noise attack right …


Husere Grav – s/t CDR

June 24th, 2012
Husere Grav – s/t CDR

Husere Grav – s/t CDR
Small Doses
This is an older release that’s been lurking in my review pile for quite some time. Somehow though, I’ve always been drawn to the artwork with its grey hopeless imagery and classy handmade style.
With 11 untitled tracks and 50 minutes this is certainly a full-length and a solid release. What Husere Grav seems to specialize in is ambient/drone with a noisy edge, all guitar based. Luckily the guitar isn’t overly apparent and its treated tastefully at all times. With the opening track it is clear …


Drag Age – Mask of a Crushed Insect C12

June 18th, 2012
Drag Age – Mask of a Crushed Insect C12

Drag Age – Mask of a Crushed Insect C12
Out-of-Body Records
Drag Age’s Mask of Crushed Insect is a heavy piece of synth drone. The sound here is mostly death industrial with very little in the high end. Not a lot of deviation from a typical death industrial/power electronics sound is done here, and at only about eleven minutes in length, Mask of a Crushed Insect doesn’t really bring anything new to the table at all.
The sound is heavy and deep all the way through. The first track breaks up the drone …


En Nihil – Pyres C40

June 14th, 2012
En Nihil – Pyres C40

En Nihil – Pyres C40
Maniacal Hatred
En Nihil is a death industrial project that’s been around since the mid-nineties. When I first received this tape I did a double-take, finding myself curious to see if this was the project of old. With Pyres En Nihil shows that the passage of time has not dulled his skills but rather sharpened them to a hallowed point.
With 20 minutes per side there is a wealth of material and a variety of textures and passages are presented as well, yet at the same time keeping …


Pusdrainer – The Lustful Sexlife of a Perverted Nympho Housewife C32

June 13th, 2012
Pusdrainer – The Lustful Sexlife of a Perverted Nympho Housewife C32

Pusdrainer – The Lustful Sexlife of a Perverted Nympho Housewife C32
Auris Apothecary/Audio Stag Records
So apparently Justin of Pusdrainer found an old 4 track porno audio tape and just had to destroy it as best he could. What you get here is that audio destruction tastefully packaged and presented by the always excellent Auris Apothecary.
As a package this is an impressive effort. The tape is enclosed in a ziplock bag, and wrapped in a tied-off condom which prompted me to untie it with my teeth – in hopes that it may …


Deterge – Anacoluthon C25

June 12th, 2012
Deterge – Anacoluthon C25

Deterge – Anacoluthon C25
Anabolic Dimensions
I’m really happy to hear Deterge is back with this sick tape. For those of you who don’t know Deterge is Jim Haras also of the Chicago power electronics unit PTM.
What Deterge presents in Anacoluthon is a very unique take on power electronics adding a psychedelic edge to the sound. Vocals are generally not so up-front and distorted but distant and affected. The sound isn’t balls-to-the-wall harshness and aggression, but rather seething and flowing.
Somehow removing the aggression and over-the-top drive of more raw power …


Torturing Nurse – The Nihilism 3″CDR

June 11th, 2012
Torturing Nurse – The Nihilism 3″CDR

Torturing Nurse – The Nihilism 3″CDR
Darker Days Ahead
On the start of The Nihilism the listener who is familiar with Torturing Nurse may ask if this is the same project that spews harsh noise into the faces of noise fans across the world with no regrets. But once the listener delves deep enough into the release we know this is in fact the same Torturing Nurse – or perhaps not the same, the project has proved that it has evolved quite a bit since my last exposure and The Nihilism is …


Penetration Camp/Page 27 – Blood and Black Vinyl 7″

June 10th, 2012
Penetration Camp/Page 27 – Blood and Black Vinyl 7″

Penetration Camp/Page 27 – Blood and Black Vinyl 7″
Drug-Front Productions
Here’s a short 7″ with one quick track from each artist. These artists are rather unknown to me having only heard one other 7″ with Penetration Camp on it before.
Penetration Camp is up first with a subdued track of ambient noise. Mostly lacking in the low-end it’s a dead-air broadcast of seething noise. Things seem to get a bit louder and more active over the course of the track but that’s about the only evolution heard here.
Page 27’s track is a …


Noise format survey!!!

June 9th, 2012
Noise format survey!!!

The survey is now over. A total of 97 people completed the survey and here’s what they had to say:


Iron Fist of the Sun – Danny La Rue Died in His Sleep C50

June 9th, 2012
Iron Fist of the Sun – Danny La Rue Died in His Sleep C50

Iron Fist of the Sun – Danny La Rue Died in His Sleep C50
Unrest Productions
Here is the much hyped project that I have heard so much about yet haven’t gotten a chance to actually listen to their output. The big question is: do they deliver? Do they live up to the hype? Well you’ll have to keep reading to find out.
This is a pretty burly tape clocking in at 50 minutes – these longer tapes are becoming much more rare in the noise world. Side A is broken into 4 …


Josh Lay & PBK – s/t CDR

June 8th, 2012
Josh Lay & PBK – s/t CDR

Josh Lay & PBK – s/t CDR
Syndrom Records
Here’s a collaboration between two noise artists Josh Lay and PBK the latter of which I have not been exposed to before. It sounds however, that they are quite the match because these two tracks fall in line with what I have heard from Josh Lay before. It appears that PBK only stands to compliment Lay’s sound.
What they present are two tracks clocking in at almost 15 minutes each. The style is ambient/noise with musique concrete samples and some vague industrial elements. Noticeable …


Lavas Magmas – Ten Swords C20

June 5th, 2012
Lavas Magmas – Ten Swords C20

Lavas Magmas – Ten Swords C20
Together Tapes
Here’s another installment in the chronicles of Lavas Magma’s discography and still upping the ante for his style of atmospheric industrial music. This is one of my favorite projects currently in operation and Ten Swords is a testament to that reasoning.
Side A contains the track Mall of America and features bubbling oscillators combined with heavily distorted textures. The overblown bits of sound and crunch that Lavas Magmas attains here is impressive with a kind of saturation that overloads the senses yet doesn’t subtract from …


FRKSE – Guilt Surveillance LP

June 4th, 2012
FRKSE – Guilt Surveillance LP

FRKSE – Guilt Surveillance LP
Divergent Series
Here’s the latest release from Boston’s resident esoteric weirdos FRKSE. Mixing noise, black metal, eastern music, hip-hop, and electronica it’s always a genre bending affair when FRKSE goes on the prowl and Guilt Surveillance is no different in that respect. Yet, it is different where composition and aesthetic vision are concerned as this LP is a much more focused and mature release than what they have achieved before.
It might be that the majority of the songs are shorter than FRKSE’s last few releases – it …


Jason Crumer – Let There Be Crumer CD

June 4th, 2012
Jason Crumer – Let There Be Crumer CD

Jason Crumer – Let There Be Crumer CD
Second Layer Records
With a pretty significant stylistic departure from the droning monster that is Walk With Me, Jason Crumer has returned. Let There Be Crumer is his fifth full length and is much more diverse. With powerful, tense ambient environments and all out harsh noise, Let There Be Crumer is varied and captivating.
Overall, the most immense parts of this album are the subtle soundscapes Crumer builds through his ambient works. Delicate yet tense drones pervade this album throughout. Lovelock, NM starts the album …


Dead Boomers – Family Money CDR

June 3rd, 2012
Dead Boomers – Family Money CDR

Dead Boomers – Family Money CDR
Sabbatical
I believe this is the first official release from this duo who – with their full-length LP release The Pig in the Python – reminded me so much of The Cathode Terror Secretion. Yet this disc varies from that sound quite a bit.
What is delivered here are seven tracks of subdued industrial noise with muddled power electronics vocals here and there. The style is very much in the vein of newer Sutcliffe Jugend; it’s not loud, but still rather aggressive, almost quiet and academic …


John Mannion – .. …….. C30

May 30th, 2012
John Mannion – .. …….. C30

John Mannion – .. …….. C30
Mannion Chemicals
For those of you who have heard John Mannion’s legendary LP Cut Through Glass/Metal you can expect .. …….. to be a different beast all together. Presenting minimalist experimental tracks with a clean picked electric guitar at its base these sounds have an entirely different feel than his Hanson release.
Mannion does a good job with keeping the guitar noodling interesting though by creating huge tone clusters as well as gestures and large movements that sometimes sound quite alluring. Other times, there are synth sounds …


Pulse Emitter – Meditative Music 4 CDR

May 28th, 2012
Pulse Emitter – Meditative Music 4 CDR

Pulse Emitter – Meditative Music 4 CDR
Self Released
Reviewing music that is made for a certain purpose can be a challenge. Because I always listen to music for the purposes I intend for it, so sometimes it’s difficult to try and remove yourself from what you’re used to and imagine what it would be like to listen to this in the way it’s intended for. For instance I don’t meditate, so the music on this disc may be interpreted differently by a guru, or someone who knows about meditating.
My first impression …


Suburbia Melting/Cory Schumacher – Departure C30

May 24th, 2012
Suburbia Melting/Cory Schumacher – Departure C30

Suburbia Melting/Cory Schumacher – Departure C30
Darker Days Ahead
Here’s a split tape with a side project of Andrew Quitter from Regosphere (quickly becoming the man with many faces) and Cory Shumacher. First off the artwork is great on this beast: high contrast black and white comic style drawing as the cover with simple text and photo on the inside adds a realistic yet fantastic touch.
Mr. Schumacher is up first with heavy noise walls. The distortion is piled on thick as molasses here with a ton of delay in the mix. Not …


V/A – Auris Apothecary Sampler #2 C45

May 22nd, 2012
V/A – Auris Apothecary Sampler #2 C45

V/A – Auris Apothecary Sampler #2 C45
Auris Apothecary
Here’s a very eclectic offering from the excellent Auris Apothecary label. For those that aren’t aware Auris Apothecary defines the concept of a boutique label with elaborate and artistic packaging, strange sounds, and an unwavering aesthetic. They are truly at the top of their game with this sampler smartly packaged in a folding case and sealed with wax. The sampler is also available online here for those who can’t get their hands on the physical release or are too lame to have a …


Lisa’s Trip – Lisa’s Trip C24

May 20th, 2012
Lisa’s Trip – Lisa’s Trip C24

Lisa’s Trip – Lisa’s Trip C24
Monster Heaven
Monster Heaven is…kind of ambiguous and fairly anonymous. On purpose. I will leave it at that.
Lisa’s Trip is a project you’ve likely not heard of just yet, but I am certain you’ve heard the likes of it’s creator’s project REGOSPHERE, or perhaps the affiliated label, DUMPSTERSCORE HOME RECORDINGS. Andrew Quitter is behind this material, and his game this time is bleak, melting, bending and totally strange. The album title is fitting. I am not sure who Lisa is, but it’s definitely a trip.
There is nothing …


The Changeless Round – Unspeakable 2xCDR

May 19th, 2012
The Changeless Round – Unspeakable 2xCDR

The Changeless Round – Unspeakable 2xCDR
MoSo Label
Here’s a rather enigmatic release from a label whose website appears to be long dead and there are little-to-no links about the project itself. Upon even setting eyes on the package containing these two CDRs one can see the minimalism seeping through, and so I prepared myself for a long journey.
Although the first disc has just one hour long track according to the booklet it is split into 4 movements which are actually quite audible. Each movement seems to have a particularly gaudy subtitle …


Filivs Macrocosmi – Сталкер CD

May 18th, 2012
Filivs Macrocosmi – Сталкер CD

Filivs Macrocosmi – Сталкер CD
OMS Records
Filivs Macrocosmi is a project by Sergey Svistelnik also of Old Monk’s Saga hailing from the Ukraine. With Сталкер – which I believe means Stalker – he has crafted an audial interpretation of Andrei Tarkovsky’s classic film of the same name. For those of you who have not yet witnessed it, I strongly recommend it, as it is one of my favorite films.
It is clear that Svistelnik has an understanding of the concept and aesthetic that Tarkovsky put into the film because Сталкер is certainly …


Cincinnatus C – I Don’t Have A Future/I Don’t Want A Future CDr

May 18th, 2012
Cincinnatus C – I Don’t Have A Future/I Don’t Want A Future CDr

Cincinnatus C – I Don’t Have A Future/I Don’t Want A Future CDr
Self-Released
I have always been a fan of glitchy, strange, completely wacky yet tasteful feedback loop manipulation. It bores and annoys many people in the harsh noise scene, but I believe it to be more than possible to create soundscapes of this type to where they stimulate and even hypnotize. In the sea of feedback loop toggle-flippers and knob-twisters, Craig Hodgkins of Philly/Pittsburgh/DC stands out like a bruised apendage. This is especially because of other releases of his where …


Sunken Cheek – Depths C30

May 18th, 2012
Sunken Cheek – Depths C30

Sunken Cheek – Depths C30
Self Released
Sunken Cheek is a Syracuse noise act, and this tape is his latest output. Variation is for sure present here and Sunken Cheek meshes harsh and sparse sections fairly adeptly. While it doesn’t quite work always, “Depths” overall is fairly solid.
The first side is very minimal most of the way through, with scraping and clanking sound along with whispers that apparently are narrating a tale of habitat destruction, and while one would be unable to tell this as most of the whispering is buried enough …


2673 – A Saffron Wasteland CDR

May 16th, 2012
2673 – A Saffron Wasteland CDR

2673 – A Saffron Wasteland CDR
Self Released
Here’s another dose of minimalism from 2673 and I’m happy to report that this time it works quite well. The tracks are untitled here which leaves little interpretation for concept but the sound is somehow dense in it’s sparsity.
8:31 kicks off with high pitched harsh tones that alternate in sound finally dipping down to a separated bass/treble tone. I really enjoy how the frequencies fuck with your head. My hearing felt “off” somehow during and after this track. You can tell there’s thought put …


Pacing – Pacing & Friends CDR

May 16th, 2012
Pacing – Pacing & Friends CDR

Pacing – Pacing & Friends CDR
Self Released
Here’s a full-length from these Buffalo, NY kings of noise featuring many collaborations with friends. It appears it’s mostly collaborators offering vocal performances here with the exception of the last track where a friend Aaron is credited to “scrap”.
The album kicks off very strongly with A Sea of Teeth and Hands which features high pitched electronic squeals joined by intense crunchy noise walls. An assault of vocal attacks appears and we have a full-on war with the listener. The follower Abuse is equally as …


Cloama – Municipality of Marionettes LP

May 13th, 2012
Cloama – Municipality of Marionettes LP

Cloama – Municipality of Marionettes LP
Freak Animal Records
Here’s the latest offering from Finland’s Cloama. This massive LP covers a mix of his more power electronics/noise influences and his drone and electroacoustic influences.
Splitting side A into 4 tracks things are kicked off with Municipality of Marionettes Pt. 1 which features noisy layers of texture over beautiful harmonic drones. Transgressions of the Mountain Lord immediately starts off on a different note with droning feedback, industrial sludge, and PE vocal deliveries. Once again reminding me of the odd amalgamation of sounds that …


Astro/Marax – Split CDr

May 13th, 2012
Astro/Marax – Split CDr

Astro / Marax – Split CDr
TRASHFUCK Records
Astro is a Japanese noise project that has been floating around for quite some time now. Since 1997, Hiroshi Hasegawa of Astro has collaborated with the likes of Richard Ramirez, Government Alpha, and Bad Sector. Alongside Marax, who I have previously not heard but has nearly been around for the same amount of time, this split essentially qualifies as HNW but still has a very swirling, Japanoise flair to it.
Astro’s track, Sounds For Unconsciousness Behavior, is a long, pulsating whirl of harsh, spaced noise …


Facialmess/Sleep Sessions – Excessive Force CD

May 10th, 2012
Facialmess/Sleep Sessions – Excessive Force CD

Facialmess/Sleep Sessions – Excessive Force CD
Somnolent Shelter
Fuck yea, it’s been awhile since a harsh noise record really excited me, but this is a pretty incredible pairing of excellent spastic cut-up harsh noise acts. Actually, based on the Sleep Sessions material I have been exposed to before I was expecting longer tracks but I can settle for the merely 12 minutes of his material that this split offers because it’s heavy as fuck and unrelenting with an excellent array of sounds.
Facialmess is up first though and offers roughly 20 minutes of …


Selfish Implosions – Radical C23

May 8th, 2012
Selfish Implosions – Radical C23

Selfish Implosions – Radical C23
Brise-cul Records
Selfish Implosions is an anonymous power electronics project which focuses on the concept of underground skateboarding culture in an extreme form. Hailing from Montreal you can be sure that this is going to have a rough edge as they deal with a good 5 months of snow year round so it’s gotta be tough to be a skater up there.
Side A contains 3 tracks each very aggressive with some impressive vocal convulsions. Very impressive are the vocals which remind me of Atrax Morgue in the …


2673 – In Dreams 3″CDR

May 7th, 2012
2673 – In Dreams 3″CDR

2673 – In Dreams 3″CDR
Dokuro
On In Dreams 2673 presents a minimalist journey much reminding me of the sounds of Francisco Lopez and Pulse Emitter, drones from modular synthesizers and slowly evolving compositions.
The bulk of the 20 minute track is a low hum which is joined by other tones about 8 minutes into the piece. Eventually the sound works up into an all-out ambient bed with reverberation and low wind tunnel elements. it’s just when it seems things are getting exciting that we are immediately cut off and the piece has …


Revival Lake – Brothers Without Arms 3″CDR

May 6th, 2012
Revival Lake – Brothers Without Arms 3″CDR

Revival Lake – Brothers Without Arms 3″CDR
Self Released
Here’s a real shorty that is a collab between two Connecticut based projects Reviver and the now defunct Medicine Lake. Knowing their respective styles one can speculate on how this would sound and they probably wouldn’t be far off.
Electric buzz hums, distorted vocals moans and various layering together forms a deep drone track with ritual elements. There is a lot of space and quite an organic feel mainly being a result of the vocals but this could also be coming from Reviver’s use …


Sanctimonious – Hypocritical Sages C24

May 4th, 2012
Sanctimonious – Hypocritical Sages C24

Sanctimonious – Hypocritical Sages C24
Nil By Mouth
Here’s a quick tape of very lo-fi and primitive power electronics. Housed in a cardboard box with a fold-out poster inside and a sticker on the front the packaging is as simple as the music.
The first thing I notice is that the sounds are not very creative at all. Standard pedal feedback, delay, some metal banging here and there. There’s a lot of boring feedback drones, things that sound like they might be the result of homemade instruments or circuit bent pedals. Always …


Steel Hook Prostheses – Cut off the Nose to Spite the Mouth 2xCD

May 1st, 2012
Steel Hook Prostheses – Cut off the Nose to Spite the Mouth 2xCD

Steel Hook Prostheses – Cut off the Nose to Spite the Mouth 2xCD
Syzmic Records
Here is a mighty 2 disc set of reissued material from the ever bleak Syzmic Records camp. Delivering 100% dark and hopeless sounds here Steel Hook Prostheses is as unforgiving as ever in their apocalyptic vision. Coming housed in a pro digipak with simple artwork the packaging comes off with a succinct retrospective feel.
Disc one contains the releases Sadistic Surgery, Cold Embrace of an Iron Lung, Controlled Sense of Decay all released in 2003 and 2004. …


Klit – Sodomy is Birth Control C10

May 1st, 2012
Klit – Sodomy is Birth Control C10

Klit – Sodomy is Birth Control C10
Danvers State Recordings
I think most people would expect searing power electronics and blistering noise when confronted with the art and concepts that this tape presents but instead what we have here is 2 quick tracks of spaced-out experimental weirdness with a very creepy vibe.
It sounds like there’s a lot of manipulated vocal or animal sounds in each of the tracks with soft yet swelling noise loops lurking in the background. Synth drones also tend to pervade things to form thick, cohesive walls of noisy …


Luasa Raelon – Vampyr: Light of the Beast CD

April 29th, 2012
Luasa Raelon – Vampyr: Light of the Beast CD

Luasa Raelon – Vampyr: Light of the Beast CD
Fatal Beliefs
It’s always good to hear a new Luasa Raelon CD if even the release itself is older. You know what to expect and you can be sure David Reed – with his very specific multiple projects – will deliver exactly that. Vampyr: Light of the Beast follows the Luasa Raelon formula by the book delivering over 40 minutes of glistening drone and subtle industrial.
This is dark ambient with plenty of harmonic movement. Slowly played synthesizers layered with alternating pitched pads and …


Aghori – Light Circles 3″CDR

April 28th, 2012
Aghori – Light Circles 3″CDR

Aghori – Light Circles 3″CDR
Existential Cloth Recordings
Something tells me this is not the Aghori who’s 3″CDR Light Circles has found its way into my hands. Not that I have anything against emo/tribal metalcore but this is clearly a different beast!
What Aghori delivers here is a good 20 minutes of organic ambient/noise seemingly created from the sound of bowed cymbals, manipulated distortion and perhaps vocal moans. Both tracks are untitled yet the first is more intense on the noise factor drenching the ritual ambient layers with a light layer of distortion. …


Vehement Caress – Cachexia C20

April 25th, 2012
Vehement Caress – Cachexia C20

Vehement Caress – Cachexia C20
Apicult Recordings
Here’s another really great tape from Boston’s own Vehement Caress. Represented here is a great convergence of throbbing industrial, lo-fi harsh noise, and heavy drone.
Side A features several tracks, the first of which is a pummelling industrial anthem very much reminding me of older Brighter Death Now. There are no vocals, so it doesn’t meander into the realm of power electronics – it remains pure death industrial. The following tracks are shorter outings wandering in the grungy noise realm, reminding me of some of Wolf …


Corephallism/Gnaw Their Tongues – Split 10″EP

April 23rd, 2012
Corephallism/Gnaw Their Tongues – Split 10″EP

Corephallism/Gnaw Their Tongues – Split 10″EP
Lascivious Aesthetics
This is easily one of my favorite releases of 2012 and it’s great to know that before the halfway point. Two underrated acts team up for this obsessive industrial slab of vinyl to form a formidable sonic force. Their respective styles differing so much yet at the same time complimenting each other gracefully. Right off the bat I noticed the absolutely gorgeous artwork with sparse yet well placed text which helps make this release an instant classic.
Corephallism is up first with two tracks of …


Sudden Infant – Inner Storm C30

April 21st, 2012
Sudden Infant – Inner Storm C30

Sudden Infant – Inner Storm C30
Blossoming Noise
Joke Lanz is back with his brand of dadaist aural blasphemy. Once again coming from the Blossoming Noise camp who seems to be able to consistently churning out quality releases. Inner Storm’s graphics features a simple collage with sparse text and information, the focus clearly on the music here.
What Sudden Infant delivers is his usual style of insane audio terrorism but with a variety of new and different sounds woven in. The tracks here all have a repetitive rhythmic core with layers of noise …


Teeth Collection – Untitled 3″CDR

April 19th, 2012
Teeth Collection – Untitled 3″CDR

Teeth Collection – Untitled 3″CDR
Husk Records
Teeth Collection is an enigmatic midwestern noise project that focuses on using physical sound sources for his compositions and this untitled work is no exception. The main sources cited within consist of “one mic, no amp, and the tumbler from a dryer”. The fact that no electronics were used here is touted on the booklet and it certainly raises an eyebrow as to how he could actually pull this off.
Yet the result: stunning. The work comes off as something from Niellerade Fallibilisthorstar but with more …


Heavy Breathing – Severe C30

April 18th, 2012
Heavy Breathing – Severe C30

Heavy Breathing – Severe C30
Fever Recordings
Immediately very noticeable about this package is the extra cardboard box, high contrast silk-screening and lo-fi images of various Muslim women in traditional burkas. The sparse artwork highlights the basics of the packaging as well as the minimal textures one might overlook had the design been too engaging.
The sound here is quite understated as well. With a lo-fi production quality it represents the rough aesthetic well. Although this isn’t caveman electronic; it’s well composed and layered to form a formidable wall of aggressive sound in …


Hive Mind – Elemental Disgrace LP

April 14th, 2012
Hive Mind – Elemental Disgrace LP

Hive Mind – Elemental Disgrace LP
Editions Mego
Here’s a heavy full-length from the former Detroit resident, now L.A. wunderkind Greh Holger. The LP is nicely packaged with full-color cover and shiny print along with heavy gram white vinyl. Quite classy, and apparently falling into the category of the “Spectrum Spools” series of the label.
Elemental Disgrace sounds like it is 100% synthesizer but the sounds Holger is able to cull from his machines are varied, and lie heavily on the subconsious. Perhaps the sound that would occur if you brought a …


Mourmansk150 – La Guerre, L’Anarchie Et Le Chaos CD

April 11th, 2012
Mourmansk150 – La Guerre, L’Anarchie Et Le Chaos CD

Mourmansk150 – La Guerre, L’Anarchie Et Le Chaos CD
Nil By Mouth
Here is the first proper CD release from this now infamous European power electronics act. Mourmansk150 takes its queues from such acts as Militia, Brandkommando, Strom.ec with a new school take on power electronics and industrial. La Guerre, L’Anarchie Et Le Chaos is a record that has already become infamous for various reasons. For starters it includes a pure shit-talking track entitled “Fuk Miko Aspa” (sic) – I say pure because the lyrics don’t really flesh out any good reason …


Reviver – Total Load Shed C30

April 10th, 2012
Reviver – Total Load Shed C30

Reviver – Total Load Shed C30
Temple of Pei
Here’s another great offering from Reviver this time from Telecult Power’s label Temple of Pei. With simple credits: Chris Donofrio = graphic eqs, this tape is more on the minimal side of Reviver’s work.
As the label describes it, “oceans of electricity drowning anyone stupid enough to fuck with it. What if Nicola Tesla smoked DMT?” I would say that’s not far off. The electricity element is palpable here, it the wavering pulses and growling drones really make my hair stand on edge. Even …


Darsombra – Deliriums & Death 3″CDR

April 8th, 2012
Darsombra – Deliriums & Death 3″CDR

Darsombra – Deliriums & Death 3″CDR
Public Guilt
This is an older disc yet it’s my first exposure to Darsombra. Clocking in at 14 minutes there’s not a whole lot of material to go by, but with two solid tracks it delivers.
It sounds like Darsombra fits into the guitar drone/metal mold quite well, taking queues from such groups as Earth, Sunn0))), and Nadja. The composition is quite musical in nature in Peripheral, the first track. But this is very well composed with effective multi-tracked guitar layers and dirgy chords which make their …


The Vomit Arsonist – Patience/Violence C20

April 3rd, 2012
The Vomit Arsonist – Patience/Violence C20

The Vomit Arsonist – Patience/Violence C20
Danvers State Recordings
I always wonder how much my mood effects certain reviews. Today, the churning, pummelling slow dirge of The Vomit Arsonist very much compliments my current disposition so this is bound to be a positive review. Patience/Violence is actually a reissue of the tape that was originally released in 2010 on Exterminate the Brutes – a label title that sounds counter productive to The Vomit Arsonist’s goals.
Patience features drowning toms sounding to a dark pulse with warm analog hums in the background, PE vocals …


Joshua Norton Cabal – Inner Light CD

April 3rd, 2012
Joshua Norton Cabal – Inner Light CD

Joshua Norton Cabal – Inner Light CD
Survivalist/Chimera
Joshua Norton Cabal is actually the noise project of Andrew Nolan and although it’s a name that I’ve heard of before I actually haven’t been exposed to his output. Inner Light is a short CD clocking in at merely 38 minutes but packed to the brim with varied experimental noise.
Right off the bat we are delivered to some harsh frequencies yet they quickly break down into scrap sounds, things falling apart, and layered distortion and textures. The textural additions make this a bit more …


Sky Burial – Dream Decimator C60

April 1st, 2012
Sky Burial – Dream Decimator C60

Sky Burial – Dream Decimator C60
Cathartic Process
Clocking in at 60 minutes Dream Decimator is an epic work with minimal packaging – a very deceiving release indeed. This is perhaps my favorite Sky Burial material to date with very detailed ambient/industrial sound collage and drone. This is where the elements that Page has been working with for years have finally come together perfectly.
I can only guess that this tape consists of one long track because there is no tracklisting mentioned in the insert. One thing that really catches my attention here …


Marax – My Suicide Note Penned in Sound CD

March 31st, 2012
Marax – My Suicide Note Penned in Sound CD

Marax – My Suicide Note Penned in Sound CD
Sensitive Receptor
Marax is an extremely prolific artist since ’99 yet it’s a surprise that I’ve never come across his material before. My Suicide Note Penned in Sound is packaged in a simple paper slip-case with gritty textures and sparse text which reflects the sound well.
The disc is one long track of hallowed drones slowly changing with wind-howling textures lurking beneath the thick core. I believe this music will appeal to drone heads as the sparse variation stays the same throughout the piece. …


Gnawed – Despiser 3″CDR

March 31st, 2012
Gnawed – Despiser 3″CDR

Gnawed – Despiser 3″CDR
Spit & Cuss
Released back in 2010 this isn’t actually new material at this point but it certainly does stand the test of time. Clocking in at merely 16 minutes split into four tracks this 3″ may be short, but it delivers.
Forked Tongue consists of high-pitched tones interrupted by ungodly industrial hits and punk-style screaming vocals. I really like that the distorted feedback has almost a metal-scraping sound to it, subtle but very effective. Choke has a more rhythmic backbone with pummeling hits and a similar style of …


Wilt – She C73

March 30th, 2012
Wilt – She C73

Wilt – She C73
Danvers State Recordings
Here’s a new mammoth release from Wilt which features some sickened black noise. Before delving into the sounds here the artwork is quite enjoyable with a dark black/red scheme but some nice blown-out colors in the cover image.
The tape starts off rather slow with The Soil Begins to Smother Him which features a hefty weight of low tones and some softer distorted layers on top. In A Blanket With the Density of a Falling Sun Wilt bring things to a new level with surging industrial …