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« Reply #8220 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 #8221 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 #8222 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 #8223 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 #8224 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 #8225 on: February 05, 2021, 05:33:35 AM »

(some would even say underrated.)

Absolutely. Great demo too.
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« Reply #8226 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 #8227 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 #8228 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 #8229 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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« Reply #8230 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 #8231 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 #8232 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 #8233 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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« Reply #8234 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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