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« Reply #7185 on: January 13, 2019, 05:07:50 PM »

Bagman – For Kenneth Mckenna. Crucial Blast. Kenneth Mckenna continues the tradition of British Serial Killer themed Power Electronics releases, the brief info that can be found on him online, makes for some vile, disturbing reading to a point where I questioned if he was a fictional character. His record lists some hideous crimes, the knowledge of that weighs heavily on the recording. As an album, this revels in low end, bass heavy sounds, this allows for sharper pitched noises to perform effectively. The walls of deep crackle are frequently abused by the sharper sounds. The muffled vocals sound tortured and agonised. As the lower end noise begins to dominate it creates distance in parts of the album, so that it isn’t all direct assault. These methods seem to pave the way for STARK to happen in later years. As the album progresses, the vocals get cut up by choppier passages of sound turning it into an abstract, agonised noise. Further on, the noise seems to be deliberately dying in parts making it reek of death and despair.

Bagman – Project for Tool – 412Recordings – CDR – 2010 This is a more rounded release, it varies things a lot before they can begin to get formulaic. Project for Tool begins with an excerpt of distorted narrative which is then interrupted with insane, jagged, electronic noise that demonstrates higher levels of sharp frequency abuse as melancholic drones resonate in the background. There are some impressive combinations of arching noise, news reports and Bagman’s distorted vocals – this forms a narrative, its soundtrack and a response. Thing do get very murky and atmospheric in parts, others are purely focused on full frontal assault, some tracks again sound like they are physically dying as they simmer down. As earlier Bagman material goes this does set a higher bar for future recordings

Bagman – One Master – CDR – Purge Electronics - 2014. This self-released recording reads as recorded sordid sex acts over ultra-violent Power Electronics abuse (both), it goes into the more insane, sicker Bagman territory straight away. One Master is an immediate, confident demonstration of rapid vortexes of noise layered by further aggressive sounds. The vocal narrative isn’t always coherent, but when it is - it’s a man and woman in an act of (male) sexual domination. The massively expansive keyboards also seem to nod towards his STARK project a lot, but the Sex is very Bagman. When I listen, I am equally intrigued and equally repulsed? I can’t help but picture what vocals I can make out; I’m forced to engage with the work in a shifting way between narrative and sound. The noise adds fantasy into the reality, the metal abuse creates and enhances pain. The massive drones caused by synthesizers are wide and impressive. One Master shifts the main intensity between narrative, noise and drone repeatedly and effectively. This is a great piece of DIY nastiness made from Bagman’s extensive UK porn collection creating a massive sounding, horrible, fuck off recording.

Bagman- The Nth Degree – CDR - Self Released – Purge Electronics – 2018. A huge sounding, one track release that is themed around Francis Bacon, with images reflecting that. This shares the same huge general sound as ‘One Master’ but is also a shorter, choppier recording allowing the noise to be the central focus. The sharper noise seems to continually batter and dominate a wall of distortion. Interruptions of shifting noise are frequent, it isn’t allowed to flow. This dies off as the vocal enters, incoherent rage pushes itself to abstraction; as this dies off, it allows for the noise to rebuild. I question did he do this in one session? Is this the best of several sessions? This is the strongest release of the bunch, very harsh and presented nicely in a Jewel case. What we have here is Bagman at his relentless, harsh best; with the noise going off into further extremes of violent abstract territory. This is a fully immersed work where performer and equipment are one; the best, fully realised Bagman recording by far.

STARK – Caveat Emptor – Cassette – 2018 – Obsessive Fundamental Realism. Caveat Emptor hints at a dark past and present forging a tormented, aggressive outburst of sonic violence. The sleeve notes point towards controversial children’s author Judith Vigna, the artwork depicts cancer and domestic violence. Stark doesn’t seem to adopt ‘outside’ themes like Bagman can, I get the impression Stark is purely personal.  Everything dies down to incoherent dialogue that becomes a ranting noise that dances with the throbbing synth sounds. This is the simmering territory in which Stark truly dominates. The latter tracks shift into pulsating, meditations of noise that serve as the basis for a ranted sermon. On a physical level Caveat Emptor part plays with traditional early Power Electronics sounds in order to grab it and drop things down into the murkiness where the project thrives and truly leads. Caveat Emptor is an effective, psychologically disturbing cassette. STARK has produced a triumph of releases have been consistently strong.  
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« Reply #7186 on: January 13, 2019, 05:09:25 PM »


Kommando R J F ‎– Sweet Slow Suicide TAPE
A 2018 re-issue of a vinyl I don't have. It is recorded on finest tape, with a cover non-coincidentally looking like a Segerhuva release, and it was given to me by a surprisingly slender young man on the outskirts of the capital of what was supposedly Sweden. Top notch stuff here - living, breathing power electronics/post mortem of the somewhat more laid back type. All star crew: when HKSO's vocals take center stage I'm almost listening to Alfarmania, but there is no doubt there are many minds at work. Dirt, psychosis, samples, noise, rumblings, the anxiety of the psychiatric ward brought to beautiful tape. Pure party music, to put it succinctly. Will need to get back to it to fish out all the subtleties, but given the line-up there is really little to fuzz about. Also, at the time of writing easily procurable off of discogs at a not-yet exaggerated price.


Yes, I want to get this, I forgot to at the time, thanks for the reminder.
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« Reply #7187 on: January 13, 2019, 11:06:04 PM »

V/A - Suomesta Saatanalle
Excellent compilation of post-2000 Finnish black metal. People always try to encapsulate Finnish BM as one homogenous scene with a specific sound, yet the variation on this record defies that. Each band has their distinct take on black metal, while not losing any sort of cohesion. Definitely well curated, not one weak song on this. Keres and Hammer tracks are the highlights of their respective sides for me personally.

Vernichtung Durch Arbeit - Hungertod
Talked a bit about this in the 2018 highlight thread. Absolutely bleak. Really like the contrast of more settled down (yet very eerie) opening and closing tracks with the claustrophobic asphyxiating middle tracks. Those middle tracks do a great job of bringing forth dense, yet raw sounds. The artwork is top notch too. Wish I retained some German I was taught in HS so I could read the lyrics included in the insert.

Mgla - Exercises in Futility
I don't usually go for black metal this polished, but this band is too good. Powerful music. Songwriting on this record is immense, probably my favorite of theirs. Other black metal projects try really hard to convey a "nihilistic" (for lack of a better term) approach with forced cartoon misanthropy. The lyrics and general approach of Mgla feels authentic - its quite simple, yet really effective. Hopefully a new album surfaces this year.

Xenophobic Ejaculation - Vala
My favorite material from this project, definitely XE at its very best. The buried vocals and samples that slowly emerge slightly above the mix only to recede again. I find the second tape great to just relax and work on art to.

Totenburg - Mit Uns Das Blut (Der Tod Mit Euch)
Pounding mid paced black metal. Hateful with some memorable riffs. Usually not too fond of covers sandwiched in the middle of OG tracks, but the Absurd cover fits well.
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« Reply #7188 on: January 14, 2019, 02:55:24 AM »

Mgla - Exercises in Futility
I don't usually go for black metal this polished, but this band is too good. Powerful music. Songwriting on this record is immense, probably my favorite of theirs. Other black metal projects try really hard to convey a "nihilistic" (for lack of a better term) approach with forced cartoon misanthropy. The lyrics and general approach of Mgla feels authentic - its quite simple, yet really effective. Hopefully a new album surfaces this year.

I agree with this. Musically it's too melodic for my usual tastes but I was brought in by the lyrics. First time I've seen an intelligent and aesthetic appraisal of existential pessimism in Black Metal.
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« Reply #7189 on: January 14, 2019, 11:15:03 PM »

blaspemy - blood upon the altar
possibly my favourite by them, excellent sound for a demo and a truly hell raising performance, especially for 1989! it's easy to see how this demo got the cult status it got.. i always loved blasphemy, but must admit that i find it odd that they practically never release anything truly new, but keep on performing like som kind of evil pub band. now that i think of it that is actually pretty amazing, haha - the rehersal (from 2001 i think?) is highly recommended besides the obvious classicks.

beherit - drawing down the moon
this record is so fucking cool.. the ideas are so fucking weird that they actually work! a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing.. and made by extremely young people! a total classic.. weird ritual ambient-ish pieces mixed with some of the most savage metal ever recorded! no wonder that the band couldn't top this one.. but luckily for us listeners it remains for us to marvel at its weirdness and brilliance.

nyogthaebliz - aprocryphal...
for me, one of the very best semi-contemporary bm groups together with katharsis. delicious no-fi filth sound that almost reminds me of something bizarre uproar could have done! very nice. extremely brutal stuff, not only for metal, together with a few others from similar sinister sub-under genres, they are surely one of the most extreme bands going. essential 21st century metal!

warloghe - womb of pestilence
classick black metal, with an extra filthy sound and total disregard for musical standards, only creating their sound to express hatred, anger, wrath and will. as much a cliché as it, unfortunately, is nowadays, this is true black metal!!
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« Reply #7190 on: January 15, 2019, 08:33:05 PM »


Xenophobic Ejaculation - Vala
My favorite material from this project, definitely XE at its very best. The buried vocals and samples that slowly emerge slightly above the mix only to recede again. I find the second tape great to just relax and work on art to.


You got that right. One of the finest by XE, ever. Soundwise it is just top notch, filthy and natural, a total trip.

The second cassette shows hefty balls. Now, who else has balls to put that kinda recording covering the whole tape? Well, Rockwell/Ramleh had, too. And I don't mean the content, but how to make it work as a listening experience.

Yeah, now there's ZSS who does it, too, but I see ZSS uses it more like distancing aural collage creating transgressive effect, not like an in your face statement you don't wanna hear, but being forced to listen to anyway the way XE does.

Props to the man behind XE for not softening his take on like Rockwell/Ramleh did when explaining G.L. Rockwell's words being "over the top".
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« Reply #7191 on: January 16, 2019, 05:01:35 AM »

have been drinking schnaps, smoking and listening to crude & bleak harsh noise.. standing strong in the face of another meaningless day of existence!

treriksröset - sexregler
what can you say? hard to explain why this works.. cool distortion pedals and right attitude? nonetheless a classic, in my eyes. liked everything i've heard so far. anyone heard the new LP? should probably be good.. there is just something about this project for me, hard to pinpoint, essential northern harsh noise.

mathausen orchestra - necrofellatio
one of my all-time favourites, and this tape is one of his better ones, although i love them all. total audio abuse and sonic filth without any other purpose than polluting the air waves. excellent! still some of the most intense stuff out there, for my money.

wince - traum
never gave this a chance until now but it is amazing. cool concept, amazing sounds.. the album has a kind of recognizable quality in a way, i think.. maybe it's just the cover art and the fact that it's so well-executed, therefore memorable.. modern classic? i would almost say so. kind of new to this project, stupidly enough, but the LP on tordon ljud should surely be worth checking out?

thinking about listening to enancephalophonic next, a fine contemporary purveyor of the evil harsh noise..

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« Reply #7192 on: January 16, 2019, 07:48:15 AM »

Peste Noire - La Sanie Des Siècles - Panégyrique De La Dégénérescence
Only album of PN that I really like and listen to. Not a lot else to say about this that forum users probably don't know.

Setherial - Nord
I decided to revisit this after the announcement of the LP reissue. Fast Swedish Black Metal that never quite reached the heights of their peers in Marduk or Dark Funeral at that time. Unfortunate really when I consider them a superior band for the most part. No exception here, and the second album is fantastic too. New LP cover is shit however, so I'll stick to my old CD for now.

Heretic Grail - S/T
Another solid release. Didn't grab the tape but the bandcamp will do for now. Hopefully there's a CD or LP release next!

Subklinik - Of Bones And Death
Subklinik doing what he does ie catatonic Death Industrial. I prefer this release over the previous one by a touch.



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« Reply #7193 on: January 17, 2019, 04:18:33 PM »

Subklinik - Of Bones And Death
Subklinik doing what he does ie catatonic Death Industrial. I prefer this release over the previous one by a touch.

Not sure if I'm following the chronology correctly, but more recent Subklinik leans more to Dark Ambient than Death Industrial. This release is almost BDN pastiching, which is not a bad thing in this case.
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« Reply #7194 on: January 17, 2019, 11:35:34 PM »

HARNESS - Sweeping Nature's Back C30 (Idiopathic)
More rough and mean than any previous recordings I've heard from this duo. Crusty earthy textures belched out in unhealthy fog, side A really sets the mood. It's on the flipside where it gets menacing for real though, bringing the grit of side A with them while at the same time ending up not far from ZONE NORD's Roferon A, with their own particular murk intact. I really like this direction, and hope to hear them explore this oozing hole further and deeper. Very strong tape!
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« Reply #7195 on: January 18, 2019, 07:44:14 AM »

Subklinik - Of Bones And Death
Subklinik doing what he does ie catatonic Death Industrial. I prefer this release over the previous one by a touch.

Not sure if I'm following the chronology correctly, but more recent Subklinik leans more to Dark Ambient than Death Industrial. This release is almost BDN pastiching, which is not a bad thing in this case.

It can be difficult to know, the discogs page is all fucked up and I think there's 2 self titled releases. With the reissue series I'm doing it should put everything into correct chronology to an extent.

Monotheistic... that I released was certainly dark ambient. Of Bones and Death gives me total Megaptera/BDN/Black Slaughter era Atrax Morgue vibes, I'd personally class it as Death Industrial but that's a term that people often disagree on.
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« Reply #7196 on: January 18, 2019, 09:48:12 PM »

listened to the rita - voyage.. the killing sessions (SE/treriksröset) cherry point - night of.. yesterday while on shrooms.. was heavy man, groovy vibes. gained a new appreciation for this kind of stuff. used to be of those mostly PE-guys, but i've begun (also before the shrooms.. haha) to appreciate HARSH noise more and more. still not a big fan of the overtly spastic stuff though.. but maybe i can still learn?
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« Reply #7197 on: January 19, 2019, 01:33:53 PM »

PSYCHO EX-GIRLFRIEND tape
Bacteria Field
Huh huh... first side being loooong answering machine messages from desperate crying ex-girlfriend going mental. Sets up the mood to erase all the petty issues for blasting harsh noise of the b-side!

ATROPHIST / YANA split tape
October 2018 live recordings from both, from Lepakkomies venue in Helsinki. I have very limited experiences with Atrophist, but YANA is obviously something I'm very familiar with. For some artists, live tape may not me ideal format, but these two succeed very well. YANA has always been studio-live recordings of the duo, so live situation barely changes how it's done. Perhaps noisier. Quality of sound little bit messier. But good tape. Should look into Atrophist's discography later on...

DETERGE "Prince of palo alto" tape
Bacteria Field
This ain't so different from split LP with Mania, but somehow Deterge's "noise with vocals" approach to power electronics works for me best on tape. At least at the moment. One can't really say there would be tracks on can really remember. There is ripping energy and noisiness.

ANTICHILDLEAGUE "Infect Your Gut Infect Your Thoughts " tape
Bacteria Field
Fuck! Knowning ACL since early days of the project, how often you can conclude that almost 20 years of recordings and suddenly band produces their greatest works? Is it the move to smaller edition tape format, that made artists to add extra noisiness and extra brutality to sound? It is ripping and fierce. Good vocals, good sounds. Still it has industrial feel to it, due having actual tracks. 8 of them, totalling c. 50 minutes. If you ask me, 100 copies edition of this on tape is good - yet this would deserve to be CD album as well. It is unlikely Euro industrial audience is going to hear it otherwise?

FACTOR X "Tubeway army" tape
Anarchonismus
Older tape release picked randomly from box of tapes. Opened handmade wallpaper sleever and inside is small booklet and Factor X tape. Broken records and other sound sources, assembled into noisy yet surreal music collage. Could be lumped together with some AMK and J.Hammer recordings.
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« Reply #7198 on: January 20, 2019, 05:44:36 AM »

leibstandarte ss mb - triumph of the will
say what you will, i think the samples work very well - actually adding something, in my opinion. combined with some of, for me, m.b.'s finest musical work makes this a classick in my eyes. mandatory come org. stuff for those interested in the deranged ways of industrial musick..

world - discography

this band simply ROCKS, in a non-fun-rock-'n-roll way. they simply blast their way through your shitty ear holes to your fucked brain. maybe on of the very best in noisecore? at least in my opinion. could be seen as a precursor to acts like intolitarian? not much of a fan of deathkey, but his approach in the aforementioned project is right up my alley!

cock and ball torture - opus(sy) iv
stupid but effective. i love this kind of stuff when it is done right, same goes for GUT. not much to say.. groovy riffs & gargling vocals.. some samples from porno flicks and the like. either you hate it or you love it! but this is one of those releases that are done right.

der stürmer - transcendental racial idealism
they really perfected that militant NS black/war metal thing by now, in my opinion. primitive, evil & hateful - like black metal should be. one of the few bands that is still too extreme for your "cool" friends. hail!

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« Reply #7199 on: January 20, 2019, 05:36:49 PM »

ANTICHILDLEAGUE "Infect Your Gut Infect Your Thoughts " tape
Bacteria Field
Fuck! Knowning ACL since early days of the project, how often you can conclude that almost 20 years of recordings and suddenly band produces their greatest works? Is it the move to smaller edition tape format, that made artists to add extra noisiness and extra brutality to sound? It is ripping and fierce. Good vocals, good sounds. Still it has industrial feel to it, due having actual tracks. 8 of them, totalling c. 50 minutes. If you ask me, 100 copies edition of this on tape is good - yet this would deserve to be CD album as well. It is unlikely Euro industrial audience is going to hear it otherwise?


For me, this is one of the stand out album releases of last year - much in gratitude to the harrowing and violent vocal performances of ACL and genuine atmosphere of the record. Sold out quite quick to my knowledge, regardless of this I would say the record deserves a wider cirulation for the quality of the material alone. If not compact disc or vinyl, then digital at least. The latter might be a fact as I type, I don't know. Hellish effort, reader,grab a copy if you have a chance to track one dwn.
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