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« Reply #8100 on: October 09, 2020, 04:25:59 AM »

 Having recently spoken with a couple of SE members (shoutout Soddy & Mikko) about review-length album/tape write-ups on the Noise Now Playing FB group, I've decided to start posting up the little blurbs that I include with my posts.
 I've been on a huge Hands To/Jeph Jerman kick lately, so you'll be seeing quite a bit about some HT releases over the next little while.

Hands To - Q'ojfa (C90, Big Body Parts, 1987)

 And so it begins.

  Anybody who knows me may know that Hands To is my all-time favourite sound project. What Jeph Jerman tapped into/conjured up in the eighties and ESPECIALLY the nineties is some of the most indecipherable, baffling, yet somehow entirely familiar sonic carvings ever committed to tape.
 This is the first Hands To release, and sees the project in full group mode, featuring a number of Colorado weirdos (including JJ's City Of Worms bandmates Ericson & Beckner).
 The A-side is nearly 45 minutes of ecstatic, cavernous scrapscrape, with only the short "Incindiaries" punctuating the New Blockaders-in-a-desert-cave festivities.
 The B-side is slightly more varied. The "Decomposition" tracks add warped tape/vocals to the now-familiar junk crashing, and REALLY push the capabilities of low-fidelity sound to it's extreme. "Scissorsound" is a shockingly strange piece of chopped/mashed vocals that will eventually become a recurring technique spanning multiple tapes/LPs.
 Definitely a strange first effort, and significantly more raw than the tape immediately following it (the better known "Do Not Touch Them").
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« Reply #8101 on: October 09, 2020, 07:17:47 AM »

Temple of Tiermes master tape
Was going through endless piles of assorted crap and found tape of long lost session of Temple Of Tiermes. Back in 1995 I was member in first version of T o T with J.Toivoinen. This odd ethno industrial track that can be heard being listened never made it any of releases. It included also another Unholy member as guest. I recall only one short track of this material - probably half an hour recording only made to widely available releases. It was 2nd track on this tape. Wall of harsh bass noise and guitar shredding. Tracks were all different and often challenging to listen to. Digitizing it and lets see if something makes it to public eventially... Sessions were quite nasty, and evolved into Jarkko being kicked out from his apartment for blasting earsplittering noise for extended periods of time. Human skull percussion sessions emptied piles of skull content to floors and various others occupational hazards happened during sessions.
So after some talk, turns out the very debut ToT tape will be reissued now with 30 mins of unheard material of the sessions.

As a huge fan of Unholy, this is something I cannot wait to hear.

This is now in press, together with Mania posthumous unreleased album that was completed just before Keith died. Umpio new album. Two Government Alpha reissues, both Jaakko Vanhala CD represses.
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« Reply #8102 on: October 09, 2020, 04:51:40 PM »

Yes, please post good "Noise Now Playing" reviews here, I can't stand to be on Facebook!
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« Reply #8103 on: October 09, 2020, 06:50:55 PM »

Yes, please post good "Noise Now Playing" reviews here, I can't stand to be on Facebook!

 I hear you. If it weren't for that group, I wouldn't use FB at all. Absolutely miserable place.

Hands To - Maesh (C60, Big Body Parts, 1988)

 The cover is a good indicator of the sounds contained within. Is it some hideous body noises? Abstracted landscapes? Something else entirely? Damned if I know.

 This tape (along with Invesh) represents a more sparse, minimal side of the early Hands To sound.
 The A-side is slightly more varied than the latter, with "Salivicid", "Randine", and "Sayaw Cleath" functioning as a less-active take on the classic HT nature-swirl loop haven. "Bomach" is quasi-industrial, with a rhythmic, shurtering scrape holding it all down. "Cardience" is the strangest piece on the tape, sounding like a field recording of a park from inside a block of ice.
 Things get even more minimal on the B-side.
"Sonates", for my money, is the standout piece for the entire tape, with amp buzz malfunctions fighting primitive tape manipulations. The "Degenach" tracks barely exist, and "Wescame" sounds like an engine-room recording inside of the world's smallest freight train.

Hands To - Decesh (C60, Big Body Parts, 1988)

 A sonic outlier in the HT discography.

 Oh man, what to say about this tape.
Sure, you've got some of the more familiar sounds Jeph is known to employ (the crumbling, churning "Skaw"), and some full-bodied tape noise ("Feated" & "Salivones"), but it's the two long, droning tracks that open each side that sound unlike anything else in the Hands To catalogue.
 A-side opener "Heone Trach" is all pitched-down rhythmic pops with a rotten, disgusting trumpet "performance" by Michael Moynihan (of Blood Axis/Coup De Grace fame).
 "Bothum" though. Goddamn. I don't really have the words to describe how gorgeous this piece of shimmering, airy organic drone is. The sonic equivalent of staring into a late summer sun, perhaps?

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« Reply #8104 on: October 09, 2020, 07:02:47 PM »

Yes, please post good "Noise Now Playing" reviews here, I can't stand to be on Facebook!

 I hear you. If it weren't for that group, I wouldn't use FB at all. Absolutely miserable place.

I was loving that group, too, but I also really need to get off of that website. Trying to only login to post updates to the distro group these days. So if more of the conversation could come here, that would be most welcome. I will say though that the amount of conversation it sparked just by merely existing is amazing.
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« Reply #8105 on: October 09, 2020, 09:01:54 PM »

Decesh is one of my favorites in the Hands To discography, and it's for that precise reason - the longer drone pieces that verge on almost melodic content. There's a similar track on Christage as well.
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« Reply #8106 on: October 09, 2020, 10:06:54 PM »

Decesh is one of my favorites in the Hands To discography, and it's for that precise reason - the longer drone pieces that verge on almost melodic content. There's a similar track on Christage as well.

Christage is a favorite of mine as well. And speaking of that Sound Of Pig trilogy, I think Mose Wreck has a similar sidelong hypnotic piece, if I recall correctly. I’ll have to revisit. Can’t imagine I’ll stumble upon these old BBP releases anytime soon, but good to know there’s more of the ”almost drone” thing that early on in the Hands To discography.

WORTH - Roosting In Death-Sized Horn CDR (Prose Nagge, 2020
Some sinister backwoods witchery going on here. Swampy wet venomous spitting noise. Headless hens running amok, eyes spinning backwards, nails, frogs, altars, crazy sex and all that. A voodoo seance gone terribly wrong. Lunacy. He’s more harsh than usual on this one, mr Van Gorder, and rather straight forward. The trademark bent and mishandled sounds are still present though, and as usual, it sounds as if he’s trying to flush down all his gear in the toilet. Sluuuurp. One of this years highlights this far, no doubt. Also looking forward to the Oculus 2CD. Hope to see a new full length on vinyl soon though!
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« Reply #8107 on: October 10, 2020, 12:35:19 PM »

This afternoon I'm listening to all Pogrom and Budrūs records I have, you Liberal Cunts.
I've just one question: Where's Levas?
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« Reply #8108 on: October 10, 2020, 01:29:34 PM »

Yes, please post good "Noise Now Playing" reviews here, I can't stand to be on Facebook!

V/A PROSTHETICS CD
Spastik Kommunikations
I tend to like releases with ”proper covers”. It can be professional, or DIY handmade etc. Yet there is charm in some of the cheap sleeves too. This CD was probably like this most of all to be cheap to produce and light weight to carry on tour. Being tour release, I guess big part of pressing just disappeared somewhere in hand of people who are barely involved in ”scene” now?
I am forever fanboy of Death Squad, and Radiosonde is great too. When Chaper 23 played in Lahti/Finland, his synth burned due wrong voltage, and he just played SP-303 (or 202) with sounds he prepared during week stay in Finland.

N.F.H./Green Army Fraction CD
Cathartic Process
Not often in my cd player, but it is really good one. At least feels like it now. Bigger line-up scratching and banging. No G.A.F. Style post-industrial/pe type things at all. Experimental, organic sounds mixed with synthetic tones. Good.

Oro!Oro!"Prarastos Žiemos" CD
Autarkeia
another ambient/drone project I always kept in stock at the distribution, but never really talked with anyone who has paid attention to it. Until now one friend said he was just listening same artists as I was! Simple, slowly shifting waves of harmonic drones. One of the examples, that when you have taken something for granted - like Autarkaia putting out golden disc CD's of ambient items... and suddenly label stops... and year later feeling there could be more of this type of things!

Der Manrz CDR.
Monotype (Jap)
3 track cd ep from 2006. Imagine mr. Government Alpha and Montage playing massive heavy crushing ”power electronics”, which is like Control meets... well, Government Alpha?! Dark and heavy bass loaded synth tones, multilayered, structured, yet also angle of harsh noise on it. Almost 15 years ago edition of 70 was done, mr. Ground Fault has one available via discogs for cheap price...

Hazard "Lech" CD
Malignant
1996 BJNilsen works. Now he tends to do stuff under other names, but this first Hazard is really nice "hands on approach" feeling post-industrial / dark ambient. Should probably take closer look to his more recent TAPE DECAY release on Narcolepsia! I recall listening, but no other recollections...

After someone posted on Facebook "Noise playing now" group about  naj, I digged up the original copy of the pure disc I have. Really good stuff. Vastly better than I remembered.
I recall asking RRRon years ago how did the naj and other discs sell. He just concluded that those bands you know, sells well, those you don’t know or remember, don’t sell that well. Hah.. well, that’s logical, of course, but knowing how most of unknown non-name pure releases rule, one could recommend to grab any of the titles you know nothing of.
Another amusing fact is that Sudden Infant ”solothurn” was not sent to be CD on Pure. Joke told once he sent master to be tape on RRR, and then a bit later received bunch of royalty CD’s. When you listen the tape, it is good - but somehow obvious that it was meant to be two sides of tape. not a ”proper album”.
Historically, the old pressings are great, since if you bought them back when they originally came out, some inserts were included in some copies. Very first ones may have some individually designed inserts, all had catalogue of discs that were available and discs that were upcoming. It is interesting to see all those names of releases that never happened. I suppose some guys never sent the masters. Some may have been just rejected.

Eric La Casa. "Air.Ratio" cd
Sounds as if Chop Shop rusty hum would be longer fragments than they tend to be. La Casa collected during 3 years, 30 cuts of mechanical air ventilation systems. Each piece is really good. Absolutely essential!

Seed Mouth "Titanic" CD
from 1996. Longest one, the opening track, really nice ambient with industrial flavor to it. The noisier tracks not so amazing. Worth of money for the first track alone. And what a ”classy” 90’s design, haha! Should not laugh, since I did quite some releases back in 90’s that are definitely not eyecandy now...

Illusion Of Safety ‎– In Opposition To Our Acceleration CD
I have been such a fan of Illusion Safety, that I may blindly buy their items. Trusting it would be good. But I am not such fan that anything they do, would appeal to me. This CD has been long in my shelves, but I had no recollections how it was. Probably because after this listening session will happen what happened last time I listened this. It will be filed back, with no intent to return anytime soon. It has some good stuff here, but while some of the sounds, layering and ideas are good, the sound itself is the computer era. Or not necessary even all computer. It is early 2000’s live gigs collected on CD. Some gigs are better than the others. Some could have been rejected. Now that there are 70+ minutes of material, there would have been possible to be more picky.
Some tracks even glitchy, or having these imperfections that could be good if they were raw imperfections, but.... not on this one. Maybe one day this will click in positive way, so not getting rid of it yet...
Both Excellent cd’s and compositionally totally opposite.
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« Reply #8109 on: October 10, 2020, 09:35:54 PM »

outside all the industrial metal...

Moduretik - Jizvy Minulosti 2013 - I wasn't in the mood for this, but I tried it because of a recommendation.  Listened to the entire thing.  Really well done gothic, vintage, minimalist synth with a little Kraftwerk in the shadows.  Maybe this is darkwave?  Dark and engaging writing with a great, damp-cold-stone atmosphere.  It's like walking back in time forty years.  Is this guy well known in this style?  He's good.

VA - Collection of Biologic Waste / Be Infected... 1997 - here's a tape compilation from the late 90's made available for free via bandcamp - I grabbed it for a never-heard Einleitungszeit track, but it ended up being a perfect follow up to Moduretik.  Some styles fall outside my purview, but they're all done well to my ears.  Again, thoroughly engaging.  And it feels like listening to an old cassette comp.  Morbid Fancy really grabbed my attention with "Sub Auspicis (Exclusive)", which sounds like something off Endvra's Dark is Light Enough album.  Ľahká Múza reminded me of more crude, more experimental, less confined Lisa Gerrard.  I don't know if that is it, either.  Something very familiar about it.

two releases perfect for October and the season.
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« Reply #8110 on: October 11, 2020, 05:21:57 PM »

MO*TE / A FAIL ASSOCIATION - Fuck You That’s Why C20 (Dada Drumming)
A little freebie from The American in Köln (thanks!!). The resurrected Mo*Te has been hit or miss for me. Hard to say where to place this. Two short very abrasive drone pieces, with humming electronics, deep tones writhing in a soup of crackle and crunch. Great sounding, but it isn’t really given the chance to lead anywhere. The man’s just getting warmed up and then it’s over! But this is definitely Mo*Te in tip top form. Hope to hear longer works from him where he elaborates these ideas more.
AFA spends his ten minutes very well. Material from 2002, mixed in April 2020. Muddy meaty americanoise, with all the signs of a classic cut; blown out crunch, wild split channel crossfire outburts interrupted by sudden centered drilling, untamed feedback whipping all over the spectrum. Awesome from start to finish, but I think he has developed a thing more of his own today than he had back in 2002. This stuff never gets old though. Great wholesome entertainment! Nice little tape.
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« Reply #8111 on: October 13, 2020, 11:19:14 PM »

Decesh is one of my favorites in the Hands To discography, and it's for that precise reason - the longer drone pieces that verge on almost melodic content. There's a similar track on Christage as well.

Christage is a favorite of mine as well. And speaking of that Sound Of Pig trilogy, I think Mose Wreck has a similar sidelong hypnotic piece, if I recall correctly. I’ll have to revisit. Can’t imagine I’ll stumble upon these old BBP releases anytime soon, but good to know there’s more of the ”almost drone” thing that early on in the Hands To discography.

WORTH - Roosting In Death-Sized Horn CDR (Prose Nagge, 2020
Some sinister backwoods witchery going on here. Swampy wet venomous spitting noise. Headless hens running amok, eyes spinning backwards, nails, frogs, altars, crazy sex and all that. A voodoo seance gone terribly wrong. Lunacy. He’s more harsh than usual on this one, mr Van Gorder, and rather straight forward. The trademark bent and mishandled sounds are still present though, and as usual, it sounds as if he’s trying to flush down all his gear in the toilet. Sluuuurp. One of this years highlights this far, no doubt. Also looking forward to the Oculus 2CD. Hope to see a new full length on vinyl soon though!



 The label that put out the "Rough Music" box, Forced Nostalgia, has a bunch of early Hands To tapes (including the SOP releases) up digitally on their Bandcamp. The Nostalgie De La Boue blog also has a ton of (free!) official downloads of tapes that not even Jeph himself has the masters to.


Hands To - Oldage (C90, Big Body Parts, 1989)

 A sonic approximation of Pangaea splitting apart.

 What the hell, Jeph. I seriously can't pin down a single sound on this nearly hour-and-a-half long tape. There are clangs, rumbles, and at times gorgeous ringing tones all buried under layer after layer of magnetic sediment (the tape was recorded using "ancient equipment" after all). But good luck properly identifying what exactly is happening.
 "Subterfuge" is over 45 minutes of the previously mentioned sounds, eventually reaching levels of tape saturation that would make The Skaters cry.
 The B-side is very similar in tone/structure, though the sound varies a bit over the four tracks. Of note is "Gamelon", a gorgeous piece of archaic "gongs" & "chimes".

 This was one of my more sought-after HT tapes, and goddamn, it didn't disappoint.
 For best results, play loudly inside your local crypt/mausoleum.


Anal Sadist - Austere (C?, Frank Booth Cassettes, 1989)

 Damn. Finally managed to track something down from this obscure-ass project. Definitely gonna need a few more listens to digest before I can speak on it further.

 Having only been familiar with the project via the PHENOMENAL live performance on the Pain Factory DVD (featuring AMK!), I expected warped, sample-laden psychedelic stuff.
 Instead, I was hit with repetitive, bass-heavy industrial noise.
 The B-side is significantly more active, with all manner of scratchy tones riding loopy "beats".

 A huge thank you has to go to Jim Haynes for getting this to me. Here's to hoping I can track down the Shotgun Head/Chaw tape soon.
 The cover is a major dookie alert, so it won't be getting posted here.

AMK/GX - Two Mixed-Up Guys (C60, Banned Production, ????)

 Hey, this isn't AMK or GX at all! This is a killer compilation featuring Chop Shop, Speculum Fight, Con-Dom, Evil Moisture, Randy Greif, Gen Ken Montgomery, and Tadpole (in one of only two known recorded appearances!) reworking material from the Two ____ Guys series.

 I swear that this comp was made specifically for me. Some all-time favourite projects all on one strand of magnetism.
 Chop Shop's piece may be his most cut-up. Even moreso than Tension-Charge-Discharge.
 Tadpole (occasional Sudden Infant associate) turns in a strange little synth-pop tune. Occasional GX crash-bang interjections cut through the mix. Like a female Pascal Comelade collabing with a car accident.
 Con-Dom is nearly "ambient". Evil Moisture turns the fellas into tape spew. Speculum Fight's roomtone duets continues to blow my mind, Gen Ken messes with a couple of recorders. Randy Greif gets yelled at by a bus driver. I grin like an idiot.

 A special shoutout MUST go to Elden M. for getting this into my grubby mitts (and for being the most exceedingly friendly guy this odd little subsect of sound has ever produced). Please, keep the man busy and grab something from him. He has a ton of rare stuff (including old ACL tapes) available for often excellent prices.
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« Reply #8112 on: October 14, 2020, 03:23:23 AM »

The Rita - Shark at Knife Pointe (Troniks)

I don't want to go into some in-depth review of the material as Chris Sienko has very well thought out notes and analysis. I want to more emphasize how this release has re-shaped some of my pre-conceived notions of The Rita's later material. I honestly hesitated to pick this up per my perception of a weight on "ballet and nylon stocking" based material. I think many of us feel, at least I am projecting my own previous perceptions that, Shark Rita = good and Ballet Rita = OK to bad.

I honestly grabbed this thinking, well at least I will have Milicent Patrick and Shark Knifing finally and everything else is bonus or whatever to, I can't believe I've written off so much material I could have been previously enjoying. Some of the transitions between "shark" material into "female body worship" is almost seamless and ties it all together for me. Especially from a release like Shooting Sharks into Dark Eyebrow Angled and THEN into what is now a new favorite of mine, Female Statuesque (Female Titans).

I think all of the styles represented in bite-sized pieces also helps immensely. This is a perfect overview of the artist's work and I'm enjoying it from start to finish which I truly didn't think I would when I made the purchase. This will have me revisiting some more recent materials I blindly skipped.

Side note: The recent U.S. Tour split tape material on Foul Prey combines all styles, past and present, well in my opinion.

*I tried to quickly search for that somewhat recent doc on Sam and his approach to source material / finding the right textures, but failed. If anyone knows what I'm referring to and can provide a link, much appreciated.
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*I tried to quickly search for that somewhat recent doc on Sam and his approach to source material / finding the right textures, but failed. If anyone knows what I'm referring to and can provide a link, much appreciated.
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« Reply #8114 on: October 14, 2020, 03:59:39 AM »

Ballet Rita = OK to bad.

I wonder how many people actually feel this way, as it's very much "judging a book by its cover" mentality vs. the fact that it's The Rita and the sounds only become more obsessed as the aesthetic obsessions deepen.
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