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« Reply #8220 on: January 19, 2021, 11:56:26 AM »

KODAK FIRE - DRAIN WASTE VENT (2018, C/Site Recordings)

HN from the mind of plumber, or construction worker could be an apt description...

Checking this out right now based on this sentence alone. Something about the idea of dripping pipes, rusting beams, crawlspace untouched by humans since construction, miles of disgusting human fluid underneath civilised settlements... sort of speaks to some inherently 'industrial' ideas.

This is indeed a fantastic release. Keeps you guessing, keeps moving, never too static nor too spastic. excellent stuff.
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« Reply #8221 on: January 22, 2021, 12:43:56 AM »

I was listening to the Insomnia Vol.2 comp 1988 today because the Hunting Lodge tracks have recently been reissued on LP/CD.  Only made it a track or two into Hunting Lodge because I got so fixated on the Matt Heckert track (24 minutes).  The Greater Than One tracks are also very good, but here's this name I've never heard.  Early industrial experimentalism like my generation thirsted to hear.  He barely has anything showing at Discogs, yet I'm genuinely surprised I've never heard of him.  He's that good.  Then I gave his Mechanical Sound Orchestra CD 1995 a listen, which I think is the audio portion of a 1990 VHS release.  I'm not 100% certain about that.  If you are into Vivenza and early pure industrialism, he might be worth your time.  Some of it ventures into more musical, dare say theatrical rhythmic territory, ala early Esplendor Geometrico, but for the most part, it's wonderful machinated sound.

This is a perfect example of why I hate to pass up old compilations posts on blogs.  There would need to be 72 hours in a day to listen to them all, but when I run into listener's block, there's nothing like them.

*looks like I've had my head in the sand.  Some nice write-ups about him, his machine(s), and performances.
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« Reply #8222 on: January 23, 2021, 04:05:11 AM »


If discussion emerges, I may split to different topic, but:
This is something I am very curious of. There are handful of tour reports or interviews covering western noise artists playing in Japan ... but how it is nowadays? Of course not meaning right now, but before virus. How is the gig culture? How is the underground culture? Been in Japan few times, from 2005 onwards, but last visit was almost 10 years ago. You could gradually see that less specialist UG shops, venues. Less unusual stuff in record stores, book shops etc. Every time visiting, formerly existing things closing down meanwhile... Still there is something in Japan that makes me want to travel (to even play). Most western countries barely have the lure, when its just the same as going to Helsinki or something, hah...

Have not read any reports of how it is like to play there now? Anyone played there in recent years? Now got to listen CCCC live recordings and Mason Jones in Japan and have perhaps unrealistic visions of how it must have been pre-internet vivid physical underground... I hope some podcast would cover mr. Jones adventures in same enthusiasm as he did on his own magazine. Recap the seemingly good times!

Thanks for the mention, and it's an interesting question. I haven't been able to get to Japan to play shows in a few years, so I am very overdue to visit again. The last few times I've gone it's still been similar to the past, but it seems as though there are fewer live houses and fewer people to contact who can help organize shows. Some of the great artists are still doing it (Astro, etc) but it's not as active as it was.

There's an upcoming Noisextra podcast that includes me talking about some of the early tours there! It was extremely active back then but of course still the audiences were never very large...although they were all very interested and enjoyable.
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« Reply #8223 on: January 23, 2021, 03:19:29 PM »

KRANIVM - The Brighter Edge Of Death

Such a classic. Dark ambient at it's height of oppression and uneasy atmospheres, mixed with the twisted and brilliant sounds only Marco could conjure.  The album does all the talking.
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« Reply #8224 on: January 23, 2021, 08:52:31 PM »


If discussion emerges, I may split to different topic, but:
This is something I am very curious of. There are handful of tour reports or interviews covering western noise artists playing in Japan ... but how it is nowadays? Of course not meaning right now, but before virus. How is the gig culture? How is the underground culture? Been in Japan few times, from 2005 onwards, but last visit was almost 10 years ago. You could gradually see that less specialist UG shops, venues. Less unusual stuff in record stores, book shops etc. Every time visiting, formerly existing things closing down meanwhile... Still there is something in Japan that makes me want to travel (to even play). Most western countries barely have the lure, when its just the same as going to Helsinki or something, hah...

Have not read any reports of how it is like to play there now? Anyone played there in recent years? Now got to listen CCCC live recordings and Mason Jones in Japan and have perhaps unrealistic visions of how it must have been pre-internet vivid physical underground... I hope some podcast would cover mr. Jones adventures in same enthusiasm as he did on his own magazine. Recap the seemingly good times!

Thanks for the mention, and it's an interesting question. I haven't been able to get to Japan to play shows in a few years, so I am very overdue to visit again. The last few times I've gone it's still been similar to the past, but it seems as though there are fewer live houses and fewer people to contact who can help organize shows. Some of the great artists are still doing it (Astro, etc) but it's not as active as it was.

There's an upcoming Noisextra podcast that includes me talking about some of the early tours there! It was extremely active back then but of course still the audiences were never very large...although they were all very interested and enjoyable.
Looking forward to hearing that!  I remember highly enjoying reading your tour diaries in Ongaku Otaku.
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« Reply #8225 on: January 28, 2021, 05:52:50 PM »

Xenonics K-30 - Automated CD - Ad Noiseam, 2002 - I think I picked this up in 2009 if not earlier and it's been a long road to loving it, but I think I can say I'm there now. I was already a big Converter fan at that point and was put off on early listens by how raw and unpolished everything sounds and the lack of any kind of faster rhythms. And it's not particularly reminiscent of NTT either. It's a weird middle ground of heavy, caustic sounds slamming (mostly) in repetition for long periods. none of the dynamics from either artist show up in their normal way, but over the many years I've come to enjoy the giant slabs of sound for what they are instead of what they aren't. The first three tracks are the heaviest of the bunch reminding me the slightest bit of Exit Ritual by Converter at times. The brash crudeness is charming, even though it takes some getting used to. The second half drops more into sound-scape-y territory, while still remaining relatively thick and unpolished. Reminds me a bit at times of Seekness's Devious Destiny, but the acid lines never appear. As a final note, I just rewatched Death Machine for the first time in two decades and was able to spot at least one sample here from that movie. Always wondered and now I know. Anyways, if you want something less sophisticated than NTT or Converter, something more brutish and monotonous, I can recommend this. But meet the album on its own terms. It was extremely slow to really grow on me, but having heard it so many times over the years it really feels right now.
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« Reply #8226 on: January 29, 2021, 02:09:32 PM »

KRANIVM - The Brighter Edge Of Death

Such a classic. Dark ambient at it's height of oppression and uneasy atmospheres, mixed with the twisted and brilliant sounds only Marco could conjure.  The album does all the talking.

Yeah. Might be a controversial opinion but I prefer KRANIVM to Atrax Morgue. The KRANIVM cassette box by Urashima gets played a lot around here.
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« Reply #8227 on: February 02, 2021, 02:06:51 PM »

Kiran Arora "Glare" tape on Skeleton Dust. Very good. Could this be also example of tape being very very good, a bit more relaxed from CD? New CD, no complaints whatsoever, but this tape, feels like could be even better?
Ultimastanza "A Jewel In A Dunghill" tape, Lebenslinie label tape, which is probably just the maze of aliases of mr. ”Lily Vice”? Japanese noise, with darker industrial feel, despite remaining ”just noise”.
Holy Family Parish "accf" tape, mid 2000’s guitar noodling and drones, in a good was. Hospital prod. Butterly case series.
I can promise, I will NEVER learn to write Ahlzagailzehguh without looking name from release cover. Way more straight foward harsh noise here. B-side shitty dub missing one channel of sound. High speed dubber click & pops here any there anyways...
Black Sand Desert "Lesson of darkness" tape, noisy and dark, yet not totally trad harsh noise.

Richard Garet "areal" CD. Listened 3 times this week. One long piece, almost an hour. Always slowly moving somewhere, but never really stops. You could theoretically put bunch of track numbers through out the duration, marking significant changes of atmosphere, but then again... one track disc, why not. Really good stuff, should look into what else this guy may have done.
Building new tape shelves, just to get stuff off the floor.. been couple years things just piling up... I guess the last remaining wall space will have to be transformed into tape shelves. Now on rotation this mid 90’s Bawler rec ”Room Capacity” comp tape. I don’t think I have given enought credit to this guy, and his label and networking energy, that was major help back in the day! Label has several good tapes. Here you will have all sorts of experimental electronics, often near noise & industrial soundscapes, but occasionally also so colorful & warm that they would never make it to ”noise compilation” during later decades... Aube, End of Silence, M.Nominez, etc..



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« Reply #8228 on: February 03, 2021, 11:45:27 AM »

I dont know much about metal, not cause i find it strange to my ears, not at all, it's just i cant afford time and money for a new interest. So every now and then when i feel 'adventurous', i just check others recommendations or bands somewhat related to noise. And this, online. Downloading. And i dont even remember / explore more the bands i liked ! I rarely buy metal stuff. So this is an exception, which i dont regret and i am glad i bought. I wanted it since i first listened it on YouTube. Released by Olsson's label Bolvark. 1993 recordings. Talking about Egregori - Angel Of The Black Abyss tape. Who is Egregori ? Copying from YouTube :

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Black metal from Sundsvall, Sweden active around 1992-1994. After the group split up, the members continued working separately in projects as Blot Mine, Chambre Noir, Proiekt Hat, Setherial, Vålnad ur rymd & Wintheer.

Listen yourself : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RBD55l_lW4

There is copy for fine price on Discogs. I would say go for it !
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« Reply #8229 on: February 05, 2021, 12:31:10 AM »

I dont know much about metal, not cause i find it strange to my ears, not at all, it's just i cant afford time and money for a new interest. So every now and then when i feel 'adventurous', i just check others recommendations or bands somewhat related to noise. And this, online. Downloading. And i dont even remember / explore more the bands i liked ! I rarely buy metal stuff. So this is an exception, which i dont regret and i am glad i bought. I wanted it since i first listened it on YouTube. Released by Olsson's label Bolvark. 1993 recordings. Talking about Egregori - Angel Of The Black Abyss tape. Who is Egregori ? Copying from YouTube :

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Black metal from Sundsvall, Sweden active around 1992-1994. After the group split up, the members continued working separately in projects as Blot Mine, Chambre Noir, Proiekt Hat, Setherial, Vålnad ur rymd & Wintheer.

Listen yourself : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RBD55l_lW4

There is copy for fine price on Discogs. I would say go for it !

Well, you may want to go from there and eventually check Setherial's first album, "Nord" which is a Swedish BM classic. Blot Mine's first album s cool as well but more "second-rate" (some would even say underrated.)
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« Reply #8230 on: February 05, 2021, 05:33:35 AM »

(some would even say underrated.)

Absolutely. Great demo too.
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« Reply #8231 on: February 05, 2021, 11:31:34 PM »

The Body - I've Seen All I Need To See
There is much to like about this, guitars sounding like sandpaper, blown out production to the point of absurdity, slow drumming with lots of reverb, heavy usage of effects, it crawls and slugs forward like a fat snail during a dark and rainy night.....yet I will never be able to appreciate this guys vocals...does he use copious amounts of nitrous oxide before each recording session? Does he eat crows in the morning? Anyway, it sounds like a joke to me and totally kills the vibe of the record, although the guest vocalist is much better. I don't get it. But for those liking ultra lo-fi sludge, recommended!

Blessed Sacrifist - Loss of Innocence
Listening to this after hearing the Harsh Truths episode about this project. So hearing it this album is a monumental project with 7 years in making (on and off) and is therefore a major milestone in the discography of this artist. However I know very little about previous works, you can tell there is gone much time and effort into carving and sculpting this piece into a holistic album, despite it being recorded over the course of many recording sessions. But can there be something as too much sculpting?

It's a great album for sure. There are really strong tracks and moments throughout, I like the variety and all the different ideas put into this, the emotional heaviness and how beautiful the album actually is. But I also think most of the tracks are a bit on the long side and sometimes it flows and flows, but the tension or a kind of dread is missing. Something like a crescendo to an outburst or climax, and yes it's there, but very sporadic. Ambient flow has the overtone. Maybe it is also not the point of the album to hit you in the stomach, but it would be nice! Too nice, I think this album is too nice for me. Still, great listen!
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« Reply #8232 on: February 06, 2021, 12:04:40 AM »

Gauntlet Ring - As Far as the Light Will Die CS (Self Released)
Mysterious and somewhat hyped up black metal from NYC. 5 demos in 1 year and the 2 I have heard are excellent. This release is a full length of black metal in the vein of Abyssic Hate/90's No Colours records. Mid-tempo, well produced, well placed synths, shrieked vocals. The tracks are well composed, with shorter than average runtimes that keep good ideas from becoming boring. If you told me this came out in 97 I'd believe it. Hopefully a full length is in order with wider availability. Clearly the product of someone with vision and taste. Tastefully packaged with a loose razor blade.

Tweaker 229 - Tweaker 229 CD (Pain Records Hardcore)
New hardcore techno label out of NYC's 2nd release. Hard hitting industrial trance. It's a style I dig so there's a few amateurish moves bugged me a bit (don't fuck with your tempo a bunch early on in the song/some awkward introduction of new elements/transitions) but it gets points for trying to be true to the burned CD and PLUR era of hardstepping techno. Goes hard and doesn't outlast it's welcome. I will keep an eye on these dudes as there is a clear love for something that hasn't been "cool" since the mid-90s.
https://painrecordshardcore.bandcamp.com/album/tweaker-229-prh-002

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« Reply #8233 on: February 06, 2021, 08:18:09 PM »

Volks Musik Kapelle 10"
Too good to stay in obscurity. Ikazuchi members short lived studio project? Anyway, this is hard hitting, brutal Japanese RAC with German lyrics, almost artistic level in some way.
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« Reply #8234 on: February 08, 2021, 08:07:18 PM »

Lefthandeddecision - Without Life 1997 - Mr.Blankenship was high quality from the start - all his early work deserves a re-release, but it would have to be a box set or on bandcamp.  1997-1999 era.
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