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GENERAL SOUND DISCUSSION => GENERAL SOUND DISCUSSION => Topic started by: Harvest on July 23, 2010, 04:29:44 AM



Title: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: Harvest on July 23, 2010, 04:29:44 AM
Probably my favorite group as of late, I know they've been mentioned recently elsewhere and had a few questions. Is the CDr version of Powerhungry worth finding? I've only heard the LP version. Does any live footage exist online of them? Any info about this obscure project would be greatly appreciated.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: FreakAnimalFinland on July 23, 2010, 10:29:33 AM
CDR is packaged in metal box with blood splattered white paper glued around it. "artwork" is just text printed on white paper, smeared with blood. It surrounds the box in a way that makes it sealed. you have to cut it open. Which I haven't done yet, so don't know what exactly is inside. This was just something to be sold in Japan, wasn't it? If you have LP, CDR seems unnecessary to pay top $.

I remember talking with Tesco about my appreciation towards this release, and they mentioned originally material was C-90 tape. All tracks were edited = cut half to fit to LP. Don't know if extending tracks to original length would be good or not, but perhaps if Tesco would ever to re-issue album on CD, maybe it could be in original length.

I know plenty of people who keep saying O.C. was never that good, and kind of replicating ideas of some others, but I personally value it very high. Heard it right place and right time. I think perhaps the Inade/O.C./Anenzephalia CD is little out of focus, but all the vinyl is excellent. Perhaps due very small output, it's one of the very few bands I totally nerdly collected all versions of releases..

"Power Hungry" sampling comes.. I think exclusively from Blood In The Face document.

I saw band live once. But regret being drinking plenty of beer after my own set, so all I can remember is sickening amount of smoke at the venue. No recollections of any of the songs they played.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: jc on July 23, 2010, 08:27:45 PM
it isn't really worth seeking out imo. the extended versions on the cd in total add up to just a couple minutes more than the lp.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: bitewerksMTB on July 23, 2010, 09:16:34 PM
I never got the 7" that was rel'd by a US label (?) & the live LP on Xn pissed me off as it arrived all split open as the vinyl wasn't secured or even in a white sleeve so it split the cover seams open. I like the debut LP & 12". I've seen them twice; God Blast America & a couple months later at Deadly Actions. D.A. performance was better with backing films but we (Me, Mikko, Strom.ec, vocalist of Kickback, & prob someone else) didnt watch their entire set. I remember 'LEARN TO BURN' on the backing films...

Are they still active?


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: P-K on July 24, 2010, 01:56:18 PM
I never got the 7" that was rel'd by a US label (?)

Label:Kaos Kontrol
Country:Finland

Powerhungry is one of the best 'german pe' releases ever made.....i'm not interested in big $$$ for a cdr-in-a-tin (like Anenzephalia's live cdr's), but an extended cd/cassette version would be nice. a tape on Xn maybe?


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: trashritual on July 24, 2010, 05:23:30 PM
As mentioned previously "Powerhungry" CDR contains extended version of all tracks. Other than "Can You Wake Up?" original LP edition is missing minimal amount of material. The only material of interest to myself was "Powerhungry" and "JerUSAlem" with slight preference to the later.

Saw them live in NYC a few years ago but due to "issue" with venue (if you could even call it that) sound volume wasn't best. Venue was actually just a restaurant with empty backroom split by curtain. Unfortunately the owner didn't understand what he signed up for and loud noise started to turn away customers from the restaurant portion which lead to quite shitty low volume of sound. At some point during Navicon Torture Technologies set owner came in and physically turned down overall volume. Was a complete embarrassment and overall disappoint. There was supposed to be a second day lined up at same venue which was moved to a private gig at Tesco USA bunker. Sound was much louder and even had a Gift performance (possibly still the only one?) which was more interesting to myself. I don't remember exactly length but quite a bit of unreleased material was performed as well. While new material was a bit more "beat" driven sound was still quite muddy and raw. Hopefully this material will be released at some point.

With that being said there is strong recommendation for Gift "Shoah" 7" EP. Despite limitation the release also seems to sell for around what it was originally sold from label as.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: assemblyofhatred on July 25, 2010, 01:59:28 PM
I got the CDR in their Japan live 2007.
The CDR with no any printing artwork on the CDR , and there's a sticker on the case :

Operation Cleansweep
Powerhungry

Originally released 1996 as Tesco 028
TESCO ORGANSISATION GERMANY

extended edition of 100 copies
you copy is
OPERATION CLEANSWEEP RECEIVING CENTRE 2007

In the show they sell around 18Eur for the CDR also the bring some LP for sell


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: burdizzo on January 20, 2013, 05:16:37 PM
Not all of the CDr tin boxes had blood on them. I suppose whoever was doing the bleeding, 'bled' out... Also, the holder for the disc on the tin can cause the CDr to crack if you're not careful. An extremely powerful release, and I must admit, I sought it out just because I thought it was so brilliant, and I had to have both versions!
I went to London one time to see them live, but there was a problem w/ the sound gear, and by the time it was sorted out, most people had left. Personally, by that time, I was quite drunk, and the set was pretty weak. A lot of smoke, and I think just the I.T. guy on his own. Very disappointing.
On the other hand, they were - along w/ Genocide Organ - the best at the recent Tesco Festival. Really made me hanker after the old days, and wonder if they'll be doing something else. Does anyone know? I know Contrastate have a new one, and I heard Mike Dando saying he was doing new stuff, as well - so with them being in such top form, I just hoped they'd come up w/ something else.
What did anyone think of the Singular Cleansweep Operations CD? For me, it was only 'OK' - competent, and made all the right references - but lacked some vital ingredient to give it that old urgency. A bit half-baked. I mean, there's no reason we should have expected it to have been in exactly the OC style, but then, why hint at it in the project's name?
As others have said, 'Powerhungry' and 'JerUSAlem' were their best releases, but I also loved their compilation tracks on 'How Terrorists Kill' and that 10" - 'When all the brothers are silent', I think the translation is.







Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: tiny_tove on January 20, 2013, 09:56:31 PM
does anybody have a current reliable contact with them? -their stuff is not currently at my place and I would need to get in touch with them. thanks


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: bitewerksMTB on January 21, 2013, 01:23:25 AM
You may write Tesco & they can forward your msg/addr to them. That's what I had to do when I had contact w/one of the members. Like they're super radical & do not want to take chances or something.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: tiny_tove on January 21, 2013, 09:36:05 AM
You may write Tesco & they can forward your msg/addr to them. That's what I had to do when I had contact w/one of the members. Like they're super radical & do not want to take chances or something.

ok thanks. we met several times during the years, but lost all contacts with them since I changed mail!


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: burdizzo on January 21, 2013, 11:01:52 AM
KMusselman, I hope you enjoy that three-way split they did w/ Inade and Anenzephalia, but I must say, I think it was easily the worst thing they put their name to. Some people liked it, I know, but I thought the sounds were too distant and, consequently, boring.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: Dr Alex on May 07, 2013, 04:45:52 PM
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Gift
A guy from Operation Cleansweep. Email is on page.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: bitewerksMTB on May 07, 2013, 08:34:38 PM
I think I have that GIFT 7". If anyone needs it, drop me a line. I'll sell it cheaper than the dealers on discogs.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: jesusfaggotchrist on May 09, 2013, 10:31:30 PM
i would like to score some of their stuff for a reasonable price


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: acsenger on August 03, 2014, 01:42:24 PM
Does anyone know if there are any reissues planned? As noted before, almost everything by OC is very expensive...


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: burdizzo on August 03, 2014, 04:02:01 PM
I was hoping the Tesco Archaic series might unearth something nice from them.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: ConcreteMascara on April 15, 2018, 08:28:32 PM
https://www.discogs.com/Operation-Cleansweep-Release-Now-Apathy-Induction/master/1347140 (https://www.discogs.com/Operation-Cleansweep-Release-Now-Apathy-Induction/master/1347140)

Anybody know the story with this release? Is it gonna break the bank because it's on Xn? Is it an album or just a collection of tracks?

Whatever the story I'm excited as hell for the prospect of new Operation Cleansweep material!!!


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: totalblack on April 16, 2018, 12:02:27 PM
https://www.discogs.com/Operation-Cleansweep-Release-Now-Apathy-Induction/master/1347140 (https://www.discogs.com/Operation-Cleansweep-Release-Now-Apathy-Induction/master/1347140)

Anybody know the story with this release? Is it gonna break the bank because it's on Xn? Is it an album or just a collection of tracks?

Whatever the story I'm excited as hell for the prospect of new Operation Cleansweep material!!!

As posted by XN:

OPERATION CLEANSWEEP - Release Now! Apathy Induction, LP+7" XnR011

Xn Recordings proudly presents the 2nd full lenght studio album by OPERATION CLEANSWEEP after 22 years,
10 finest power electronics/industrial UNRELEASED tracks!
Limited numbered edition of 286 copies LP+7" housed into a very special handmade cardboard folding sealed cover.
First 86 copies on RED vinyl (mailorder ONLY)
+ 200 copies on BLACK vinyl.
Format: LP+7" (Total weight 330 gr)
Total running time: 47 min

So seems to be a full length album. Price isn't tooo bad for an LP+7" in a handmade package, but also not cheap at 29 euro.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: burdizzo on April 16, 2018, 02:58:52 PM
On the other hand, judging by the dates in brackets,  it does rather seem to be a collection of unrelated tracks - some of which were recorded 15 years apart. In any case, I ordered a copy, so we'll just have to wait and see.  Hopefully it'll be better than the Singular Cleansweep Operations CD, which I never listen to.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: FreakAnimalFinland on May 11, 2018, 08:42:01 PM
Yet to listen this more than - LP once, 7" more. My first impression is a bit like Burdizzo says -  acollection of unrelated tracks - some of which were recorded 15 years apart.
It is not obstacle to make a good album, and that's what this is. It is good, yet I think side III (a-side of 7") is easily best. The most aggressive track of album. A lot of other tracks fall into did I hear this already -category. That song is good, yet build on the very basic elements of heavy electronics.

Of course, Operation Cleansweep has it's legacy and historical merit. For me, Powerhungry is absolute masterpiece and groundbreaking work at those time. Usage of samples, heavy throbbing pulsations and such, not something very common in those days. But now, it's 2018, and when you look for example Unrest roster, and put this LP+7" next to Kevlar, Abscheu and such... those bands seems hungry for experiment further, hungry to conquer and attack, while Operations Cleansweep tracks seems sort of... just maintaining what has been good in O.C., yet zero attempt to take step further.

I like what I hear, yet I can't help thinking that bunch of bands have tastier samples, more ripping sounds, somehow more innovative usage of back-to-basics heavy electronics elements. So being somewhat a O.C. fanboy, and their work having influenced me in past, it is very very hard - if not impossible, to objectively listen album. It works in both ways. They got the history, where is hard to match expectations one may have. And then they also got listener approaching it from fanboy basis. Appreciating the standard synth tone with typical drum machine rhythm and conclude this is just the thing O.C. is know for.  Yet, as little objective approach, one thinks genre and several active groups have passed what O.C. is doing, and went to explore further. Be it more innovative, more brutal, or something.

Surely, I will listen more before final conclusions. And what is sure, this is massively better than Singular Cleansweep Operations CD!



Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: burdizzo on May 14, 2018, 02:01:34 PM
That's a good summary, all right. The tracks on the 7'' are certainly more forceful, and seem to have been recorded when OC were still 'current'. Why were they not released then, I wonder? Did they not make the grade, or just not fit? And while it's not exactly apathy-inducing, the LP is a bit smoother and has less bite than what they put out in their heyday. Graustich's new LP carries the old OC flag better - partly, I suppose, because of the Aryan Nations samples, but also because of the underlying malevolence that seems to have somehow slipped away from the new, mellower OC!


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: yosef666 on July 15, 2018, 09:49:04 PM
https://www.discogs.com/Operation-Cleansweep-Release-Now-Apathy-Induction/master/1347140 (https://www.discogs.com/Operation-Cleansweep-Release-Now-Apathy-Induction/master/1347140)

Anybody know the story with this release? Is it gonna break the bank because it's on Xn? Is it an album or just a collection of tracks?

Whatever the story I'm excited as hell for the prospect of new Operation Cleansweep material!!!

As posted by XN:

OPERATION CLEANSWEEP - Release Now! Apathy Induction, LP+7" XnR011

Xn Recordings proudly presents the 2nd full lenght studio album by OPERATION CLEANSWEEP after 22 years,
10 finest power electronics/industrial UNRELEASED tracks!
Limited numbered edition of 286 copies LP+7" housed into a very special handmade cardboard folding sealed cover.
First 86 copies on RED vinyl (mailorder ONLY)
+ 200 copies on BLACK vinyl.
Format: LP+7" (Total weight 330 gr)
Total running time: 47 min

So seems to be a full length album. Price isn't tooo bad for an LP+7" in a handmade package, but also not cheap at 29 euro.
I have a few copies in stock now. Unfortunately I have to charge a LOT more than I would like, as wholesale was quite expensive and registered shipping from Italy was obscene.

I've only listened once so far, but I'm certainly not disappointed.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: acsenger on December 13, 2019, 05:48:31 PM
The first OC album is being reissued on CD by Tesco in January and will feature extended versions of some tracks plus a bonus track (I wish the cover art wasn’t so bad though...): https://tesco-germany.com/produkt/operation-cleansweep-release-now-hungry-for-power-cd-pre-order-6-1-2020/


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: ConcreteMascara on December 14, 2019, 03:50:15 PM
The first OC album is being reissued on CD by Tesco in January and will feature extended versions of some tracks plus a bonus track (I wish the cover art wasn’t so bad though...): https://tesco-germany.com/produkt/operation-cleansweep-release-now-hungry-for-power-cd-pre-order-6-1-2020/

that cover art is truly terrible.


Title: Re: Operation Cleansweep
Post by: burdizzo on December 19, 2019, 06:23:04 PM
Wonder where the extra track's from?
Recently rediscovered "JerUSAlem", after a long break. Probably over-listened to it years ago but, boy, it still holds its power. Forceful and incessant ripped pulse rhythms, aligned with those Aryan Nations samples makes for an immensely queasy cocktail. Every bit as good as "Powerhungry", without, I suppose, adding a whole lot thematically. Nevertheless, I would have thought the two LPs would've made a nice 2CD set?