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« Reply #8145 on: November 02, 2020, 11:01:40 PM »

TED BYRNES - Formula CS (Lake Shark Harsh Noise, 2020)

Given the context of this being released on LSHN, some the sounds here initially reminded me of those of certain works by THE RITA - rumbling friction of contact mics on nylon, contact mics (and/or knives) dredging watery depths, etc., but these eventually give way to barreling sounds that conjure up the desired images of Formula One cars idling, engines crackling (and/or cackling), sputtering as they prepare to hit the track in full precision force at top speed. The "solo acoustic percussion" that Ted Byrnes defines his work as has never sounded more "electronic" than what is presented on the B-side - that description should not betray the material's authenticity, however, as its "purpose" has perhaps never been more fully realized than in these perfect emulations of short stroke engines. Compare the sounds to DAMION ROMERO's "Idle" [recording of a 1968 Plymouth Road Runner idling in the driveway] and one would be hard pressed to say there is any difference between the "natural" sounds presented on both releases. The liner notes to "Idling¹", a release by Byrnes and Sam McKinlay collaborative project CACKLE CAR, state "The physicality and visceral nature of rapid percussion sampled and interpreted with analog overdriven gate and bias fuzz effects. The resulting textural sound resembles an idling top fuel dragster engine" - an effect achieved by RITA-izing Byrnes' percussion. Here on "Formula" the desired outcome is attained without electronic aid, and that speaks volumes to Ted's ability and intent. After running a comparison to "Idling¹", I immediately put this tape back on and found that whatever "other" sounds I had been hearing upon first listen simply did not exist and were likely a result of my own bias and/or preconceptions. Hearing "something else" is easy to do with contextless noise, but no context is lacking here. This is streamlined in such a profound way that it can be nothing other than Ted Byrnes' "Formula". Recommended listening.
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« Reply #8146 on: November 02, 2020, 11:22:31 PM »

Knurl - Initial Shock (CD + DVD, Absurd Exposition)

I wondered fairly recently where all the Knurl reissues are and suddenly here is one and what a reissue it is! I have yet to listen to the DVD: 3 hours, so that is a solid weekend project. But having listened to the CD my immediate thoughts are maybe less about the actual material on this CD (impressive physical harsh noise, of course) and instead how consistently impressive Knurl has been (and still manages to be). There are not many projects which epitomizes the tag "long running harsh noise project, consistently high quality, but severely underrated" quite as well as Knurl. (Obviously you have to mention Government Alpha and perhaps Guilty Connector in the same breath.) I do have quite a bit of Knurl releases in my shelves but there are really no good reasons not to get more. Lastly, a mention for the label and those involved for the effort going into materializing this reissue.

Those other early Knurl tapes are still criminally unavailable and I did have a brief thought to abandon the idea of a single CD reissue and do a box of many instead, but alas, here we are.

Copies of the CD+DVD still available from the source!
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« Reply #8147 on: November 04, 2020, 01:00:36 AM »

Mistletoe - Gestas & Dermas CDr (Small Mercies 2020)

This project never ceases to surprise me.  Starting off as raw black metal akin to the earlier one-man acts (but with a style unique in it's approach enough to separate them) Mistletoe is now a bleak, monophonic synth-driven Death Industrial entity that would fit well within the Slaughter catalog but like the Black Metal era of the project, doesn't come off as derivative.  This is Mistletoe's first full-length album at 66 minutes and remains quite the journey through out.

Tortured, reverb-soaked vocals accompany claustrophobic rudimentary synth drones.  What I like best about this album is the consistency of it's thematic elements.  There are 13 tracks but most are past of a sequence (being labeled I, II and so forth).  These tracks don't follow each other but when the next track in a series that was three tracks before picks up, any crescendos or lingering atmospheres left behind pick up and continue to evolve. 

Some tracks are a little long and repetitive but this album doesn't want to impress, an intense and highly satisfying experience.  The CD was limited to 44, there may have been a repress in the 10s but who knows?  Someone will upload a bad rip to YouTube eventually. 

One of the best releases I've heard this year for sure, wish more folks were talking about it but guess the limited number of them existing has something to do with that.
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« Reply #8148 on: November 04, 2020, 02:42:42 PM »

I don't have any concrete details yet, but more Mistletoe is on the horizon for the (hopefully) not too distant future.
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« Reply #8149 on: November 04, 2020, 10:52:33 PM »

https://outsiderart.bandcamp.com/album/calcified-stolen-time

Plague Mother - Calcified Stolen Time

Not much to say about this other than that it is really hitting the spot after a few weeks away from noise (autumn puts me in more of a black metal mood). Insert any number of clichéd noise fan onomatopoeia here - crunching, dense, ripping. It's a hot meal on a cold day.

The tape is currently available from Outsider Art, my favourite active UK noise label and general good egg.
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« Reply #8150 on: November 06, 2020, 11:13:47 PM »

THE HATERS - Untitled Title Shots CD (Noisopoly, 2002)
Saw this listed in someones wantlist today and realized I haven’t listened to it in years. Three tracks made using that wrestling belt. Starting out is a lengthy, slowly squirming, loud, drilling drone. Along the way, little tones, ambiences (and is that a rhythmic sound hidden in the midst?) discreetly emerge. Wouldn’t have been out of place on Radiosonde’s Somnambul. Simple and very captivating. Middle track flaps, swells, sqeaks, mutates and clones itself. Distorted delayed waves of... well, the belt belting the belt I guess?, stung by nails of feedback throughout. Feels somewhat tame, but I blame the utterly brilliant and transfixing opening track. Closing the disc is yet another lobotomizer of a drone piece. Similar to the first track, but even better. Highpitched needle work right onto the brain, and what sounds like an idling moped made out of cardboard, burping carelessly way too close. Almost nauseating when played loud in headphones. A fine disc, and one of the more finely tuned and careful The Haters albums.

TAKUMI AKAISHI - Memória LP (Art Into Life, 2019)
Eight tracks of broken brittle folky drone. Recorded using hurdy gurdy, tube amp and tapes, this record lands somewhere inbetween Nico circa Marble Index/Desertshore and some random outsider basement freak at any point in history. It sounds like something Wire might go nuts about without that being the artist’s intent, if you know whatI mean. Beautiful beautiful stuff.
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« Reply #8151 on: November 15, 2020, 10:58:16 PM »

HUMECTANT INTERRUPTION / MO•TE - Rest Stop Entrapment C30 (Uncut, 1998)
Humectant Interruption with sounds from Mo•Te and vice versa. I have a soft spot for older artists like Humectant Interruption and that whole semi-forgotten segment. Despite being rather prolific in their day, fate somehow decided there will not be any ”screams for reissues”, no deep-diving retrospectives in zines or raving forum posts. In the case of some artists, it’s a mystery, in other cases it’s understandable. As for Humectant, I can see why, but I still argue he’s unfairly forgotten. This piece here, where he uses sounds from MoTe, is a good example. High voltage tension, loaded with snapping crackle and darting feedback. It moves forward with great effort, as if it’s trying to break loose, but to no avail, which gives the piece momentum throughout. Besides this, the only other thing from Humectant I’ve heard is yet another old collaboration, with Crank Sturgeon. Just as great! I need more... also, apparently Joel was 18 when he recorded this, which means he must have been 16 when he started Spite. Yikes...
Mo•Te on the other hand has gained some well deserved attention the last few years. I was going to write that this is a rather untypical Mo•Te piece, but then what is typical for him? They’re all different, his works. Always inventive in one way or another. His part of this collaborative split relies much on warm pulsating drones which comes and goes, and an almost industrial feel to the assembly as a whole; mechanical sounds, saturated junk bashing, paper-thin mic scrapings and feedback, all claiming their own space rather than being melted together in a huge cannon blast. I think I dare call it odd even by Mo•Te standards. Great tape!
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« Reply #8152 on: November 17, 2020, 06:35:49 PM »

Heat Signature - Altered States of Warfare CD (Found Remains)
Comes in hot and doesn't let up. Psychedelic in terms of pure sensory overload. Blownout production with depth; plenty of "crowdpleasing moments" as massive bass rumbles thunder up through the chaos. There's a grindcore sensibility to Heat Signature that I always come back to; not a second of ambience, just pure force. Hard to pick a favorite track, but Mind Control Map is an early contender.

The Gerogerigegege - Tokyo Anal Dynamite Singles Collection CD (Vis a Vis Audio Arts)
Noisecore psychosis end to end. None of the field recordings, strange ambience, and found sound that make up the last few releases (sans the BANGER of a secret track) If you're a Gero fan, this is essential. Wreck of Rock and Roll Former Self stands out as such a fucking ASSPOUNDER but yea this whole thing rips, get fisted.

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« Reply #8153 on: November 18, 2020, 10:30:09 AM »

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« Reply #8154 on: November 20, 2020, 09:19:51 PM »

Pogrom ‎– Degančios Suros CD - Unrest Prod, 2014 - haven't heard this one in a while and goddamn what a pleasure it was to revisit. Such a gloomy power electronics record. I don't think I can give a proper description as I listened to it a few days ago, but the best comparison I can think of is Con-Dom. Like Con-Dom nothing is normal or run-of-the-mill about this. Although this review is a poor one, I can't recommend this album enough.
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« Reply #8155 on: November 20, 2020, 10:24:28 PM »

Pogrom ‎– Degančios Suros CD - Unrest Prod, 2014 - haven't heard this one in a while and goddamn what a pleasure it was to revisit. Such a gloomy power electronics record. I don't think I can give a proper description as I listened to it a few days ago, but the best comparison I can think of is Con-Dom. Like Con-Dom nothing is normal or run-of-the-mill about this. Although this review is a poor one, I can't recommend this album enough.

That's strange timing, I dug the tape of this out for the first time in ages this week. Great album.

Speaking of other projects that sound like Con-Dom in the sense that they stand out in terms of pure power, I finally got around to listening to the first tape of Human Larvae's '15 years' live release. It's a ripper. The standout elements for me so far on this one are the vocals, fucking fantastic.
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« Reply #8156 on: November 22, 2020, 11:41:25 PM »

Took out INCAPACITANTS - Pariah Tapes 5CD (Freak Animal, 2006) for a runthrough this weekend. As usual I feel like everyone else could just quit noise and we’d still be good. Such a pioneer, the good Mikawa. Vivenza-like metal works, guitar maltreatment, dense grainy static explorations, electronic psychouts, and of course the seeds that later sprung into bloom when Kosakai joined. But it’s still almost shocking how mapped out that signature noise of theirs was from the start. I find it hard to grasp Eternal Paralysis was recorded in 1981. Not only does it sound extreme even by today’s measures, it also sound perfectly fulfilled and fully realized. Nothing is missing, no loose ends. ”Eternal Paralysis Pt. 3” is particularly perfect. An ecstatic ripping and absolutely bonkers YET focused piece of noise. Some of the best noise ever recorded really. This whole set is fucking eye watering.

It’s mentioned on the sleeve that this is ”first edition”. Given the pricetag today, it might be time for a repress?
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« Reply #8157 on: November 23, 2020, 04:21:07 PM »

Took out INCAPACITANTS - Pariah Tapes 5CD (Freak Animal, 2006) for a runthrough this weekend. As usual I feel like everyone else could just quit noise and we’d still be good. Such a pioneer, the good Mikawa. Vivenza-like metal works, guitar maltreatment, dense grainy static explorations, electronic psychouts, and of course the seeds that later sprung into bloom when Kosakai joined. But it’s still almost shocking how mapped out that signature noise of theirs was from the start. I find it hard to grasp Eternal Paralysis was recorded in 1981. Not only does it sound extreme even by today’s measures, it also sound perfectly fulfilled and fully realized. Nothing is missing, no loose ends. ”Eternal Paralysis Pt. 3” is particularly perfect. An ecstatic ripping and absolutely bonkers YET focused piece of noise. Some of the best noise ever recorded really. This whole set is fucking eye watering.

It’s mentioned on the sleeve that this is ”first edition”. Given the pricetag today, it might be time for a repress?

Years ago I had the chance to pick up this boxset at Hospital for a song and I bought something else instead. still kicking myself in the ass for that one.
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« Reply #8158 on: November 24, 2020, 03:15:48 AM »

Golem Of Gore - partial discography
Blasting goregrind, in the vein of LDOH. A bit more going on than later LDOH stuff though so it's slightly a more attentive listen. Best goregrind I've heard in awhile anyway.

Meatal Ulcer - partial discography
Same as above but Australian this time. Older stuff is better and lacks the comedy element.

Algor Mortis - Interrupted Decomposition
Raw noise/industrial focused on necrophilia, corpse abuse etc. Rough stuff but great.

Murder Corporation - A Moment In Flesh
Classic Slaughter Prod grease and perversion

Strict
- Impulsion
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« Reply #8159 on: November 24, 2020, 04:02:06 AM »


Strict
- Impulsion
One of the greats

Incidentally, I just pulled out "Kiss" today for the first time in ages.
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