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« Reply #8235 on: February 08, 2021, 09:29:36 PM »

Concrete Mascara – Bilharzia

Finally listening to this short EP, sorry for the wait Frank!

A very different offering from CM with them being much more constraint and experimental with sound. Of course, this does not mean them being subtle, but it's a much calmer experience than the much more direct and louder Perennial Disappointment ‎or the more extreme and painful Repression. For the first two tracks this works really well, we begin with a synth-driven opener and then we have a track that build tension upon it's release in the end. Third and fourth track are more experimental with CM trying different sounds and dynamics, but it doesn't work for me, it lacks direction and sound to much like unworked demo tracks that should be left at that, demo tracks. Probably it's also because the harsh and direct sound profile of CM doesn't really work for more experimental offerings. Not for me at least.

Afterthoughts? It's really short, but it lacks the sweet.
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« Reply #8236 on: February 09, 2021, 02:23:48 PM »

Hum Of The Druid - Trials

Haven't listened to this album for more then a decade, but I immediately remembered why I bought it. Great choice of sounds, interesting arrangements and beautiful, crunchy textures. This is not an overly harsh album (though it can be at times), but there is strength and force buried in the sound. Beautifully executed, simple packaging.
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« Reply #8237 on: February 10, 2021, 07:07:02 AM »

Deutsch Nepal - Deflagration Of Hell
Prelest - Brought Low
Nigredo - Carmina Defunctorum
Lampir - Awaiting The Predatory Dreamscape
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« Reply #8238 on: February 10, 2021, 10:26:46 AM »

Hum Of The Druid - Trials

Haven't listened to this album for more then a decade, but I immediately remembered why I bought it. Great choice of sounds, interesting arrangements and beautiful, crunchy textures. This is not an overly harsh album (though it can be at times), but there is strength and force buried in the sound. Beautifully executed, simple packaging.


Browsing the artist Bandcamp after seeing it mentioned here and elsewhere. Pretty good stuff, raw and dirty metal junk sounds combined with interesting and somehow eerie melodic parts.
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https://sabruxa.bandcamp.com/ (Industrial / ambient)
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« Reply #8239 on: February 11, 2021, 06:11:44 PM »

Seekness ‎– Devious Destiny CD - Re-Load Ambient, 1995 - it is mind-boggling to me that this album is 26 years old now. It first came to my attention about 10 years ago by a previous forum user and I've been enjoying it ever since. A very effective mixture of sample heavy dark ambient with a smattering of 303 acid. The samples are obscure enough to keep it out of corny territory the entire time and the acid is reserved enough to keep from scaring away anyone here. It feels like a soundtrack to a '90s sci-fi/post apocalyptic film that's better than the film itself. I recently review Xenonics K-30 and it feels like the much cooler and relaxed older brother to that album. Not nearly so brash and unrefined. Reminds me of first (?) album "Neuroscan Organization" too, as in, not your average dark ambient. I also imagine that most if not all of it was created without a DAW and it makes the compositions that much more impressive. Highly recommended for those who like dark ambient that doesn't sound like just computer generated bass swells.
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« Reply #8240 on: February 11, 2021, 06:18:14 PM »

I am currently enjoying the various artists compilation "19 Beläten — En Sommar Av Plåga" which was released last summer.
The tape is sold out but you can find the digital here:- https://belaten.se/album/19-bel-ten-en-sommar-av-pl-ga

A good blend of industrial, post-punk, ritual repetition and German industrial electronics.  I often enjoy V/A compilations to this effect, they expose me to new artists and styles I would not normally listen to.
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« Reply #8241 on: February 11, 2021, 11:49:05 PM »

C.C.C.C. - Amplified Crystal II 2CD (New Forces, 2020)
Very very grateful to finally hear this thing. I still want the old tape, but I can definitely live with this classy edition. This re-treatment of the LP material sounds bigger, sharper, louder. Not prepared to say better than Amplified Crystal, but given that it’s new to my ears, I’m beyond excited. It’s alot to digest, and it’s too early for me to spew more words on it. The old LP suffers a bit from low volume though, and I’ve always felt it could be so much more. As if the picture was slightly cropped by a reckless frame maker. A CD reissue of the LP in the same fashion as this (remastered, beautifully designed) would be quite something...
Also excited to hear the expanded Test Tube Fantasy, whenever it comes out. What an amazing 7” that is! A single that somehow almost feels like an entire album.
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« Reply #8242 on: February 13, 2021, 02:32:39 PM »



MOOZHEAD - 'Sinematic Pleasures' Tape (Satatuhatta)

Six tracks of what on the surface is rather minimal, but turn the volume up and there's loads going on underneath. Crumbling and overdriven sound. Each track is just the right length to keep your attention given the approach. Love the cover art with all the eyes giving different expressions.

MOOZHEAD - 'Beyond Faith' tape (Freak Animal)

Similar to the above, a shorter tape, with more dynamics, details & changes. More metal junk sound (or similar?) mixed in but heavily driven into 4-track oblivion (?) Vocals / Voices (?)

Both tapes keep you guessing as to what's going on, and require multiple listens. Just the right length given the approach. Highly recommended.

Virgin Entrails tape

Bloody great.Well presented. Very harsh. Sounds like something very powerful but contained, slow moving but somehow extremely high energy at the same time. Perfectly restrained. Tactile & modulating electronic sounds mixed in to contrast with the harsh feedback and overdriving parts. Not sure if Concrete Mascara plans to go more in this direction but very much enjoyed this approach. I'll have to pick up the other two releases from the project at some point.

Other listening:

Re listening to a tape of source sounds sent from a metal fabrication worker in the US which among other things has recordings of gas forges, hammers on an anvils (with different weighted anvils) and a very pleasant sounding bench grinder.
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« Reply #8243 on: February 18, 2021, 12:51:26 PM »

THE RITA - Linked Arms And Touching Torsos (Obsessive Fundamental Realism)

Got this CD through a trade recently. Pro pressed in jewelcase with full-color cover, backcover and inlay.
One 45+ minute track of his ballet-inspired noise. Starting with some seconds of a classical piece without effects or distortion, then suddenly switching to the sound THE RITA is known for. Thick, low-end heavy layers in the background, sounding like white-noise through a Big Muff with crunchy, mid-heavy layers on top. Source material is not recognisable any more. Since I like the usual THE RITA sound I really enjoyed this CD as well.
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« Reply #8244 on: February 23, 2021, 06:33:42 PM »

Scald Hymn - Instance of Home (TRONIKS)

I'm liking this, there is personality here. Overblown smashing of junk and mangling of metal that is well paced and not peeling your face just because he can, but there is a unique timing and restraint in the destruction. In certain tracks there is an improvised stringed instrument layered in with the noise. Not academic in any sense but feels punk in energy and attitude somehow. Really enjoyed the first listen and excited to see what else is revealed on the next few spins.

I'm also feeling a little nostalgic as it seems the artist lives in Western, MA and I lived there as well for a number of years. There has always been a unique space carved out for artistic expression in the surrounding communities. There used to be some good shows in the area and I saw Bastard Noise and Sickness play out there years ago.
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« Reply #8245 on: February 24, 2021, 12:44:18 PM »

Final Solution - This Way: I tape : 2 long live performances, at the same place, with 2 months distance. 1990-1991. Recording of live at Side A is not of good quality, unfortunately. Sounds like the taper was moving in the space or the tape has degraded over time or equipment couldnt stand the Force. Probably the first. At times sound gets distant, then loud again, till around the half of the set when he finds his place till the end. But again when you listen Side B you understand what Side A could be too ! Side B, has no such problems, and recording does justice the dynamite they are, with its 'mix levels' and details ! They are on fire and offer Great fun ! It's obvious that within these 2 months they got better. Set is a little shorter, more coherent, and generally ... no rest for your ass. - Looking forward for what's next in the series. - I like the simple / uniform design of artwork. Since one knows this is a series, makes you wanna catch them all. - Maybe a cardboard box [flat to expand / form it yourself, for cheap shipping] and a big booklet with photos etc. at the end to complete the set ?
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« Reply #8246 on: February 24, 2021, 01:12:58 PM »

Final Solution - This Way: I tape : 2 long live performances, at the same place, with 2 months distance. 1990-1991. Recording of live at Side A is not of good quality, unfortunately. Sounds like the taper was moving in the space or the tape has degraded over time or equipment couldnt stand the Force. Probably the first. At times sound gets distant, then loud again, till around the half of the set when he finds his place till the end. But again when you listen Side B you understand what Side A could be too ! Side B, has no such problems, and recording does justice the dynamite they are, with its 'mix levels' and details ! They are on fire and offer Great fun ! It's obvious that within these 2 months they got better. Set is a little shorter, more coherent, and generally ... no rest for your ass. - Looking forward for what's next in the series. - I like the simple / uniform design of artwork. Since one knows this is a series, makes you wanna catch them all. - Maybe a cardboard box [flat to expand / form it yourself, for cheap shipping] and a big booklet with photos etc. at the end to complete the set ?

The quality for the first parts of the A side is due to the nature of the recording equipment being a knackered mono reel to reel machine. That's what the liner notes on the master indicate anyway, and why I mentioned it upon release. The rest of the recordings are fine, comparably. The third in the series has the most clarity from what I remember.

Phage in the US will be doing them as a CD set at some point next year as far as i'm aware. Yet to confirm.

Additionally , with regard to photos I think either the CD reissue of Half Dead or this TBC live CD set will include photos.
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