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« Reply #6975 on: June 05, 2018, 06:03:08 PM »



Mercury Hall “Trampoline” CS (Second Sleep, 2018)
        Pretty under-the-radar C60 from Mercury Hall, a project I feel both appeals to a very specific niche audience yet is simultaneously underrated due to having a potentially very wide appeal if only there were more exposure. To me, this guy's doing stuff that's easily as good as the French snooty musique concrete legends. That aside, even fanboys like me might not go crazy about this tape, as it's just a lengthy collection of (95%) unprocessed cell phone field recordings taken over the course of several years. It gets repetitive at times, but this kind of thing is really up my alley, as it seems like you basically get a sampler of the types of sounds which comprised the previous releases as-is. Given a great deal personal skill and a couple of tape machines of various types, you could theoretically make your own MH release, but not many folks are as talented as Matteo Castro is. Overall mostly very relaxing, even pastoral, but with some unsettling sections which function more or less as crescendos. Perfect, definitive sound collage even if there is next to zero layering.

I'm a MH fan, but never picked this up as the description about the phone recordings never appealed to me. But maybe he has a better phone than me.. ?  :)


Haha, maybe so, but IMHO still a good tape. Doesn't have that thin, flat quality at all. Samples on the Second Sleep website sound pretty good but hide the best moments.
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« Reply #6976 on: June 07, 2018, 02:12:36 AM »

Kjostad / Ligature  ‎– Overgrown LP (New Forces)- excellent LP of two artists using tape, electronics, field recordings, metals, harsh noise, etc. Both vary in style and sound quite a bit so you get a little bit of everything you could possibly want. On the Kjostad, I prefer when it all turns into heavy, harsh noise but Ligature is the winner for my tastes. He uses spoken word (male & female), creepy loops, metal banging, water, & some incredible heavy, static noise. Both artists turned in top notch work for this split. Definitely recommended!

Definitely agreed! I've been giving the ears a lot of Ligature recently and it's all top notch imo. I like that the project seems to be retaining the brooding atmosphere of the earlier work while cutting a direct line through the rougher climes of hn proper. To my ear it keeps getting better, but in any case I'd say the game was really upped for this split. Ditto Kjostad, though I'm afraid I'm a tad late to the party in this case- a glaring omission to be corrected in short order! Reminds me, need to cop that new Breaking The Will...
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« Reply #6977 on: June 08, 2018, 08:25:47 AM »

Any words on the Moral Order LP (Tesco)? I have my doubts.
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« Reply #6978 on: June 08, 2018, 10:02:58 AM »

Sewer Election & Ligature ‎– GBGNYC 2017
I was trying to decide if I should be disappointed at the willfully impenitent capitulation to harsh purity here ventured. I mean, given the breadth of idiosyncrasy elsewhere traversed by the two parties concerned, expectations were tweaked somewhat toward an artsier fartsier indulgence.

It was a short conversation. The raw searing energy relentlessly blasting forth pretty much drowns out the possibility thinking coherently, let alone having anything to say about it. This is particularly true of the first half, “Dedicated to Skitslickers”. An initial investment in looped, wet-mouthed, dirt-hole poke, kinda like choking, in slow-motion, on dental tools lodged in the throat, very quickly gives way to all-out, full-throttle, blasting. Then the blasting gets thicker, richer, heavier, sinking into dense layers of tightly-girded security wall, feedback strains giving off a distinctly metallic stench of burnt ozone cum wet fur. On the first couple spins it was all about the rush of lows thundering on through. But I notice too that the ‘holes are currently smoking from the constant high frequency shriek buried in the rough. Shit’s harsher than it sounds.

There’s a bit more too it than that, however. There is shift and there is change, evolving by subtle increment. There is even a fair measure of breathing space afforded, a comfortable roomy quality to the bottom end, sufficient to accommodate the fatter-arsed flatulent bungloads blubbering away. I’m almost sure I detect a submerged voice wailing in sympathy, unless its just the feedback echoes fucking with my skull. At eight minutes, a sudden un-plugged collapse to wooded clack and crinkle, hissy vacuum swept dirt floors percolating amid more acoustic slap crackle plop, going out with interview clipped reference to beating up some asshole, which is pretty much the only way to go.

“Dedicated to The Mad” does not much deviate from the format previously established. Half second screaming mad I love noi- condensed into two dimensional pointed shriekage, rough, bristly, blistering, gradually acquiring additional dimensions, depths. It acquires quite the crapload of em. Dimensions, depths, I mean. Coarse, burnt out, underbellies. Thundering, bludgeoning, gut punches. Redzoned, hole-cleansing, whiteout. Piercing, peak-register, screech. And in the process gets plenty harsh. Perhaps this, too, is captured in the choice of titles- the first a filthier Swedish sort of butt-roughage, the second, this one, higher-end Nihon-esque scorcheries that would no doubt earn the approval of an Incap or two. That Mikawa, he loves noise. It is at the four-or-so minute mark that I start to note a distinct flattening of the yield curve, rocketing risk premiums all but scuttling my future ability to hear a goddamn thing. In short, total ear scorcher. For a good and solid two-and-one-half minutes. Whoa fuck yes. We love noise.

Then, abrupt collapse, again mirroring the previous side. This time the wooded clack and crinkle gets all atmospheric upon the fundament, gaseous echoes wafting through decayed, fetid collage of raw-boned gristle-scrape and rumpled, snuffling, ditch-snort. The image is of some diseased gutter troll grubbing around gnarled and festering sludge heap, periodically stumbling headlong down the side in a  spray of spit and gravel, which is pretty much the only way to go.
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« Reply #6979 on: June 08, 2018, 08:06:48 PM »

Any words on the Moral Order LP (Tesco)? I have my doubts.

It's nothing groundbreaking in terms of originality but it's a good listen- a few really solid tracks. The B-side is a lot slower moving and creepy, ends it off nicely. I guess you can stream the whole thing here: https://tescogermany.bandcamp.com/album/freedom-locked
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« Reply #6980 on: June 08, 2018, 10:12:58 PM »

It's nothing groundbreaking in terms of originality but it's a good listen- a few really solid tracks. The B-side is a lot slower moving and creepy, ends it off nicely. I guess you can stream the whole thing here: https://tescogermany.bandcamp.com/album/freedom-locked

I liked this a lot.

I won't argue the originality point, but originality is extremely overrated these days. Art forms such as Egyptian hieroglyphs and second wave black metal have taught us that refined imitation is vastly superior to petite bourgeois concepts such as "individual creativity", and that assessment is at least 80% serious, btw, and I do once again like this. There are some passages that would require you to be in the right mood (slow, dark ambient-ass whispering power electronics seems to be moving towards forming its own sub-genre these days), but all in all this sounds great.
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« Reply #6981 on: June 08, 2018, 10:26:18 PM »

slow, dark ambient-ass whispering power electronics seems to be moving towards forming its own sub-genre these days

I've noticed that seems to be the case even if that style has been developing since the early '90s at least. I have mixed reactions every time but in the right mood it definitely is a good style. I just wish more "traditional" PE projects would have more stylistic variation in full-length releases from track to track, and include one like that.
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« Reply #6982 on: June 08, 2018, 11:13:12 PM »

SONNO FERRUM tape

Always a great experience. I think I already mentioned it, but I'd definitely like to hear more like this one. Any recommendations?
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« Reply #6983 on: June 09, 2018, 12:26:14 AM »

SONNO FERRUM tape

Always a great experience. I think I already mentioned it, but I'd definitely like to hear more like this one. Any recommendations?

The "sequel" Perdo Omnis. Although it's not metal junk, more rough field recordings.

Personally when it comes time for a fix of raw metal junk, alongside this comp, I'll chuck on Seer of Decay disc 2 or some of Hal's Factory of Metal Sound work.
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« Reply #6984 on: June 09, 2018, 01:29:57 AM »

It's nothing groundbreaking in terms of originality but it's a good listen- a few really solid tracks. The B-side is a lot slower moving and creepy, ends it off nicely. I guess you can stream the whole thing here: https://tescogermany.bandcamp.com/album/freedom-locked

I liked this a lot.

I won't argue the originality point, but originality is extremely overrated these days. Art forms such as Egyptian hieroglyphs and second wave black metal have taught us that refined imitation is vastly superior to petite bourgeois concepts such as "individual creativity", and that assessment is at least 80% serious, btw, and I do once again like this. There are some passages that would require you to be in the right mood (slow, dark ambient-ass whispering power electronics seems to be moving towards forming its own sub-genre these days), but all in all this sounds great.


Agree with you here- I thoroughly enjoyed the record, was just trying to be frank on the point that it isn't re-inventing the wheel. Gave it another play again and some of the more sample-oriented tracks make me think of bdn - necrose evangelicum or other CMI stuff from around that time. Think it's substantially better than the guys other project, which is for me on the bottom of the scale for Galakthorro projects
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« Reply #6985 on: June 09, 2018, 07:32:40 AM »

Worth - “Blood Possessed” CDr (Prosse Nage, 2018)

Everything Worth puts out is gold new-era dynamic HN. This CD in particular features grinding, squeaking, banging, smashing and all that good junk-noise onomatopoeia, but in a surprisingly cogent mass that has an enduring intriguing character that makes Worth releases so addicting and depressing to finish. The sound is massive and rumbling, like listening to the dust storm of the apocalypse whirlwind infrastructure debris around, but played from the other end of a CB radio through $30,000 speakers.

https://www.discogs.com/Worth-Blood-Possessed/release/11908705
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« Reply #6986 on: June 09, 2018, 03:29:50 PM »

SONNO FERRUM tape

Always a great experience. I think I already mentioned it, but I'd definitely like to hear more like this one. Any recommendations?

The "sequel" Perdo Omnis. Although it's not metal junk, more rough field recordings.

Personally when it comes time for a fix of raw metal junk, alongside this comp, I'll chuck on Seer of Decay disc 2 or some of Hal's Factory of Metal Sound work.

Yeah, thanks. These are all great as well. Want more...
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« Reply #6987 on: June 14, 2018, 12:06:25 AM »

Yesterday, Stadsbranden 3 (Styggelse) : Compilation with Ochu, Alfarmania, Young Hustlers, Treriksroset and Worth. I could stop here since line-up speaks for itself. But i ll write what i think. I can't say we have their best material here, but that doesn't mean anything. Even the average stuff of some of these guys can easily sweep most other's best. Ochu is opening with a track similar style to the latest album -if i remember well, i have only listened it through MP3s long ago. I bought the tape reissue so will listen properly these days- . Alfarmania with a somewhat "cinematic" track, like the soundtrack of a mystery movie. In 2 parts, first like a long intro, second more close to what you would expect, with vocals etc. Not bad -sorry i can't find an Alfarmania track bad anyway. I am biased probably- , he can do better for sure. Young Hustlers, with 2 PE tracks. Very simple, minimal, effective, to the point. I regret i had the chance to buy their debut tape and i didn't cause the total of 15 euro seemed too much for an unknown project to me. Treriksroset with a short 3-4 min track. Worth is better on the CDR. - Overall, tape is good just not the absolutely ultimate comp. my over-excited self expected. - I must mention the amazing booklet which is probably the best i have ever seen !

Today, The Golden Serenades - The Swan (Abisko) : Mercyless mindfuck ! Harsh-est noise, piercing frequences, metal objects or glass or i don't know what being shaken, smashed or i don't know what, mayhem. Like a symphony of agony. One may find it one-dimensional since all tracks sound from the same session. The whole thing is an experience. Being slowly inch by inch mutilated by a fishing cord. I swet !

And Ahlzagailzehguh - Hard To Return (Collapsed Hole) : C120 compilation of Ahlz's material from various releases. Some rare ones are whole included here. Seeing that very rare tape for sale at a fair price i couldn't let it go. Other Ahlz releases if for sale they are at similar price, and we speak for C10, C20. Super good noise, very pleasant to listen -i don't say it in bad way, i don't mean it's "easy" or catchy. Actually after The Swan anything would sound pleasant- , 1 hour flew by nicely ! I only listened Side A, no time for more. Not sure i didn't lost count, i think it's the Enemy Of Future tracks i liked most. I have whole Side B waiting for me -this tape, real score!- . Plus Black Destination tapes which came with the same order !
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« Reply #6988 on: June 14, 2018, 04:44:45 PM »

Today, The Golden Serenades - The Swan (Abisko) : Mercyless mindfuck ! Harsh-est noise, piercing frequences, metal objects or glass or i don't know what being shaken, smashed or i don't know what, mayhem. Like a symphony of agony. One may find it one-dimensional since all tracks sound from the same session. The whole thing is an experience. Being slowly inch by inch mutilated by a fishing cord. I swet !

Nice imagery there! The Swan could be my favorite release from the project. Simply does the job. Every time.

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« Reply #6989 on: June 15, 2018, 12:19:52 AM »

Been obsessing on the first five years of Control (not intentionally limited to then).   Misanthrope and Natural Selection.  I know some like their PE really dirty.  Not me.  His production can be a sonic behemoth and effortlessly, and overwhelmingly, devour a room.  Revisited the first couple of Tho-So-Aa albums; reminding me of the strength of Art Kontret.  New top quality, hi-res vinyl rips of Iron Maiden, Van Halen, and Pantera.  In-between the Control suffocations, still using Steve Roach for respite.  Also, Collapsar.
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