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« Reply #7035 on: July 23, 2018, 09:14:10 PM »

Ruins - Front the Final Foes
Not sure how I discovered this album, I think by randomly download a song for it. I liked it so of course, when it was for sale for only 2 euros at Debemur Morti I grabbed it with my order of other BM stuff. Probably some stock they won't sell easily, probably still have it, and I can see why. Yes it has a smudgy black metal sound, yes it has death metal drumming and guitar thickness, but it's mostly the 'up-font' hardcore approach to delivery that I see people turned off by it. And it's great, makes it very catchy. Simple and effective. Production is very modern, loud, full blown and still clear sounding instruments with a very sharp and punchy, frontal delivery. It doesn't sound anywhere what you haven't heard before but if you like Code or Glorior Belli and happen to order at Debemur Morti it's defensively worth checking out.
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« Reply #7036 on: July 27, 2018, 09:29:10 AM »

Necromicon - Through the Gates of Grief
There is a small golden age in the history of Swedish black metal right around the years 93-95 or so. These years are of course quite important for the genre as a whole, but Swedish BM quickly turned into a more regular metal subgenre with most bands focusing way too much on production and technical skill. The most obvious explanation is that a large segment of the Swedish BM scene, at least among the bands that became successful, had a heavy metal background, and was generally very interested in instrumentation and composition. If you like composing and performing music more than you like inventing your very own type of satanic/pagan/fascist/occult homebrew belief you will become a better musician, but a worse black metal artist. Through the Gates of Grief is quite typical of this era in that way. In hindsight, it is easy to hear the technical and melodic preferences of the band members and understand exactly what will happen in a few years time (heavy/thrash metal, black'n roll or whatever - I can't remember precisely what these guys went on to do), but as a stand alone demo it is amazing and awesome.

The feel is similar to Prophanity's Messenger from the Northern Warrior Host, Setherial's A Hail to the Faceless Angels and perhaps even Naglfar's Stellae Trajectio - i.e. technical and melodic and threatening to move over into a more sterile and lifeless territory, but still raw and rough enough to tickle the right kind of BM aficionados in the right way. Originality wasn't the name of the game here, but then there is absolutely no reason why it should have been. Long time followers of the genre will recognize Those of the Unlight era Marduk, a smattering of Norway (early Satyricon, Ulver, etc) and just about any other Scandinavian 90's black metal you can think of. Not any Finnish influences though (except perhaps a little Suomi Finland Perkele Impaled Nazarene, if you use your imagination). I like this type of stuff a whole lot, even if I think a "better" production would be enough to make it far less interesting. Great tape, great band.
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« Reply #7037 on: August 02, 2018, 11:56:40 PM »

Korean Piss Journals - “in what america?” (Uninvited Records, 2018)

A wondrously cacophonous 28 minutes. KPJ scrambles back and forth between news feeds and old hip-hop tracks mangled til they’ve been reduced to barely recognizable sewage, to bursts of unbridled power electronics. Squeals like a dozen tanker trucks grating along the steel railing towards you, unintelligible screams puncture the noise like a voice through the static of a megaphone turned too loud. Then, a voice like a long-dead news anchor clips with an abyssal, pulsating power buzz.

Everything is running out of power. The only human voices were recorded long ago and we are left with the screams of the leftovers and the automatons.
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« Reply #7038 on: August 03, 2018, 09:39:11 AM »

GRAUSTICH "Morality ends" LP
Tordon Ljud
This seems to me better than any stuff I've heard in past. Heavy electronics is the name of the game, and that is basically the only negative side. Many tracks are something you can pretty much expect from "genre music". 8 "rock song" length tracks delivers variation and good strong stuff, yet never really breaks away from what could be expected from "heavy electronics". So what I assume is, that people who like genre, will like this a lot, and those who feel they've hear "enough", can't see Graustich's quality beyond hearing how it resembles other groups. So - if you do like heavy electronics, or not been overtly exposed to material - I'd say definitely grab this!

LAST DOMINION LOST "Abomination of Desolation" LP
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I think this project is somehow ignored - compared to level how good it is. I had theory, that maybe it was bad move originally to ride on name dropping of how there is SPK and DiJ members involved etc. While for some people, it may be sole reason to buy it, it feels to me that plenty of new guys won't bother. For whatever reason. Tesco's release of Last Dominion Lost seems to collect dust in discount bins, despite it is good album. Epicurean's smaller pressing in other hand, are both better, and smaller editions and therefore holding their value pretty well.
This is at the same time old school, yet not nostalgia. They have plenty of modern gadgets and neat sound, very rich textures of flowing "hand made" feel to it. At least over here, it seemed like doing small tape release on Trapdoor finally opened some eyes of people who don't normally follow "big industrial names", hah... Recommended!

ORIFICE TRAINING "Bathroom Abuse" LP
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After many years, got the special edition with printed metal plate as cover. There is something unexplainable why many of the 90's USA noise sounds dark and brutal, while a lot of contemporary harsh noise sounds... energetic and warm? Maybe it is lack of seeing any images of dude with t-shirts, shorts and caps, raging over table of gear. The old stuff - somewhat mysterious and looks different too. Not to mention proper LP album on European industrial label. If one likes texas noise of 90's, one is bound to like Orifice Training. It's intense, ripping, multilayered harsh noise before the overtly boosted digital era. While musically flawless, I think it is after all the context what makes it more than it is.

P.S. Anyone willing to trade MERZBOW wooden box on PDP, I can trade for big pile of distro stuff!!

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« Reply #7039 on: August 03, 2018, 09:31:57 PM »

MANIA / DETERGE ‎– Lay Waste / Future of Pulse
Any new work from Keith brings me back to opening my first packages from MSNP, Relapse and SAR back in the mid 90s and being so intimidated and fearful while listening to the various TAINT cassettes.  This LP shows Keith's inimitable sense of restraint, timing, focus and ear for sound as it moves around between crushing explosions, effects pulsing and pockets of silence.
Jim's material is a great dichotomy as it shows a younger vitality as the material negotiates a more contemporary PE forward approach that's abrasive and layered.  I knew the first time i saw this LP announced it would probably be the LP of the year and I'm not disappointed.  Now I just have to hear the new CALIGULA031 7" to complete my list.
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« Reply #7040 on: August 05, 2018, 10:47:49 AM »

WINCE - The Older Generation LP (Tordon Ljud)
From Traum, via a couple of tapes, to this, Wince has gone backwards sort of. And who doesn't like backwards? Side A could be a forgotten one-man-chapter of the Killing Sessions, but not without leaving his own marks in the mess. The Devil is in the details, as they say. Just straight forward pummeling mayhem delivered with damn hard punch and drive. The flipside lacks none of the pummeling, the damn hard punch and the drive, but has more of a focus on dry crusty gut ripping textures. More early Dead Body Love than 2006 scandi harsh, if you will. An absolute crusher of an album. Wince in completely unhinged and careless wreckage mode. Just harsh noise boiled down to its essential elements, yet with heaps of skill and personality. Beautiful cover art too. I have shed tears to harsh noise in live situations, but this must be the first time it happened in front of the stereo at home. I love this album, and so will you.
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« Reply #7041 on: August 14, 2018, 11:08:57 AM »

MASONNA 4x CD box
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After criticism given for tape box lay-out, I'm glad to report CD version looks way better. Box is smaller, in CD size. Perhaps box like in MO CD set would have been still better than wooden box, but now material fits into 4 CD's, packaged in regular cardboard wallets with much tastier bondage photos than used in tape box. No booklet, but all that same info what was in booklet of tape version, is on back covers of CD's. Sounds good on CD. 1988 recordings still more air in it and lazier bits and pieces in mix, yet 1989 man found the intensity Masonna is known for and reminds why Masonna is one of the most remarkable Japanese noise projects of the era!

You got me intersted and I'm listening Masonna for the first time (from YouTube). Better to listen late than never!
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« Reply #7042 on: August 15, 2018, 11:13:46 AM »

Just listened to the Controlled Death LP. Masonna playing analog synths (?) Atrax Morgue style. Solid release to my ears.
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« Reply #7043 on: August 16, 2018, 08:56:06 PM »

Phew, finally having some days off, after an exhausting period of work. At first, cleaning my ears from office gossip and thousands of the "best pop hits in the world" with:

BLOD - Red Light Companion 3LP

Holy shit, how good this works for ears and mind. Saved me from losing my head completely.
Well, this is really great noise!

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« Reply #7044 on: August 20, 2018, 12:13:49 AM »

Jalopaz / Outermost - Split CS [Cat Move] : Two artists i didn't have anything of them and this tape came welcomed to fill this gap, and to create more. C60 so i had enough music from each one to have an idea about. Jalopaz's side is OK although it doesn't start well. A track bordering to rhythmic noise without finding a rhythm, asynchronous and monotonous at the same time, confused me, it stressed me and couldn't pay attention to it. Then it's getting better with a piece based on bass and guitar noise, slow. Best part of his side is the last. A guy speaking on the radio / TV, rhythmic throbs, noises, a speed-up jazz percussion on the background, saxophone appears too. All these well put together, really liked it.

Outermost, as the insert writes, uses electronics, voice, junx and ... anger. I don't see any particular big dose of anger here but who cares, it's excellent as it is ! Not much to say, i enjoyed it start to finish, even the last track where not so much things / changes happening sounds great, and now i want more ! If anyone has listened enough of him, recommendations for highlights in his discography are welcome ...

About Jalopaz don't really know what to expect judging by the material here. Has variation in styles and "value" .
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« Reply #7045 on: August 22, 2018, 10:35:33 PM »

Agonal Lust - Body Of Death
been jamming this a lot this week. violent PE, reminds me of a darker Deathpile (if that's possible). if the new tape is anything like this release it might be my favorite of the year
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« Reply #7046 on: August 25, 2018, 05:44:22 PM »

MANIA / DETERGE ‎– Lay Waste / Future of Pulse
Any new work from Keith brings me back to opening my first packages from MSNP, Relapse and SAR back in the mid 90s and being so intimidated and fearful while listening to the various TAINT cassettes.  This LP shows Keith's inimitable sense of restraint, timing, focus and ear for sound as it moves around between crushing explosions, effects pulsing and pockets of silence.
Jim's material is a great dichotomy as it shows a younger vitality as the material negotiates a more contemporary PE forward approach that's abrasive and layered.  I knew the first time i saw this LP announced it would probably be the LP of the year and I'm not disappointed.  Now I just have to hear the new CALIGULA031 7" to complete my list.
WINCE - The Older Generation LP (Tordon Ljud)
From Traum, via a couple of tapes, to this, Wince has gone backwards sort of. And who doesn't like backwards? Side A could be a forgotten one-man-chapter of the Killing Sessions, but not without leaving his own marks in the mess. The Devil is in the details, as they say. Just straight forward pummeling mayhem delivered with damn hard punch and drive. The flipside lacks none of the pummeling, the damn hard punch and the drive, but has more of a focus on dry crusty gut ripping textures. More early Dead Body Love than 2006 scandi harsh, if you will. An absolute crusher of an album. Wince in completely unhinged and careless wreckage mode. Just harsh noise boiled down to its essential elements, yet with heaps of skill and personality. Beautiful cover art too. I have shed tears to harsh noise in live situations, but this must be the first time it happened in front of the stereo at home. I love this album, and so will you.

I never feel like I do great releases justice in my own commentary, but I'll back these reviews on these LPs. Both are excellent, and exceeded my already high expectations of them. The Wince LP especially is a perfect harsh noise record. Both sides are structured in a way that once a side ends, you are compelled to turn it over, and then another full listen. A MUST for harsh heads.
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« Reply #7047 on: August 26, 2018, 10:32:20 PM »

Agonal Lust - Body Of Death
been jamming this a lot this week. violent PE, reminds me of a darker Deathpile (if that's possible). if the new tape is anything like this release it might be my favorite of the year

New tape is fantastic, for all your filthy rumbling needs
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« Reply #7048 on: August 28, 2018, 11:39:39 AM »

Climax Denial / Discordance / Human Larvae / Moribund / Sewer Goddess / Sharpwaist 6tape set

Great material from Discordance and Human Larvae. Climax Denial showing his early stages, Sewer Goddess seemed to be well on the path to her/their current sound by now. A shame Moribund fell silent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ce_rI60BEaM

Deathpanel - Age Of Insignificance
Heavy electronics / industrial done right. Scratches the itch quite well.

Institut - The Struggle Never Ended
An old favourite and inspirational album. Also his best.

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« Reply #7049 on: August 30, 2018, 04:05:31 PM »

MERZBOW "Pornoise 1kg" 6xCD set
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First I was hesitating a bit, do I need this, since I got the 5x tape set. Then noticed that there is extra disc for this. And started to listen. And 6 hours later, I'm convinced that CD's, taken from master tapes, with compact packaging... This is absolutely needed in my collection. It's 1982-1984 recordings, but noisy. Sometimes loop based, often free form. Not yet utterly brutal 90's distortion pedal screech, but damn noisy anyways. No free/improv stuff. Just really, really good industrial-noise in a way I like it. Only few tracks are perhaps too long. Side of tape, with stable loop repeating for exaggerated amount of time - but eventually bursting into flowing and exploding noise assaults, and it seems like it was just long foreplay before the good pornoise money shot hits you in the face.
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