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« Reply #8235 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 #8236 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 #8237 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 #8238 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 #8239 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 Massachusetts 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 #8240 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 #8241 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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« Reply #8242 on: March 12, 2021, 12:00:21 AM »

Worth ‎– Blood Possessed (CDr)

Choked and suffocating electronics. Whatever equipment is used, it sounds like it's all at the end of it's life and barely sputtering to make it through each recording. Expertly crafted dirty and raw sounds. My favorite track title on this release, Fecal Intimidator. This project has always had a way with titles.

Not sure what the process is, but the editing and the way sounds are layered are so unique to Worth. The transitions on the opening track Confucius Says (Lineage Lesions) and Stained County Raw Bio-Chemistry take surprising but effective twists and turns. It sounds like Neanderthal forged electronics later processed through advanced alien technology. What I THINK I heard are some of the basic bare bones of noise: feedback, loops, metal, overdriven guitars at one point, but then crafted into something completely unique from everyone else.

Glad the artist decided to keep this release available and in rotation. Highly recommended!
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« Reply #8243 on: March 12, 2021, 02:36:32 PM »

Scum - Life Sentence
My first time hearing this project. Right from the start of the record we are thrown in to the sea of sped up computers crashing sounds with chaotic cuts of synthesized sounds. It has that urban city life sounds and visuals amplified kind of feel but I can only take so much of digital delays and oscillators. The second and third track keep the momentum up while adding some needed mid and low distortion and aggression making them some of my favorite parts of this release. Next up is the track with Unsustainable Social Condition that takes the chaos and grit even further. After that it's similar fare although I must commend that there is a very good use of restrain and dynamics on the whole record with some very focused cuts with enough chaos to keep it dangerous and also moments where there is relatively little happening. Especially the seventh track has a nice momentum going making it my favorite single track here. The second to last track is a track done with Government Alpha and unfortunately It's a let down with not much interesting sounds or dynamics, just a gamut of oscillators fighting for their place in the mix. The last piece
Brings back the focus and also has  quite a well composed ending for the whole album. All in all not a perfect album but one that has enough good to great moments to keep it safely on the good side. Further listens might also reveal more details of course.

I didn't have time/interest to listen to the tape that came with the special edition yet so I can't comment on that.
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« Reply #8244 on: March 14, 2021, 01:14:49 PM »

Fucking loving finally getting the Lille Roger "Undead" set download after months of patient waiting. Really loving the extra material in the form of "My Lucky Day" - longform version of the kind of rhythmic Death Industrial that usually just goes for "normal" track length. I don't know, but I think this was recorded more recently? Could be wrong. The bass sounds great, anyway.

The only distinction I draw between Lille Roger and Brighter Death Now is the latter tended more towards outright noisey PE, at times. But that dark, bleak, despairing mood Karmanik inflicts is the constant.
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« Reply #8245 on: March 17, 2021, 07:51:06 PM »

It's funny how you can write an opinion on a recent listening, and whilst writing or listening for a second time, your opinion changes.

Arditi - Insignia of the Sun (Leidunger, Digital)
After the utmost classic Marching on to Victory and the much less exciting Spirit of Sacrifice I haven't really been following up on Arditi and was surprised there was a new album out! It's been quite a while since their last one, remembering the last few outputs where often a repeat of what already has been done, but with less intensity and conviction, so I just kept going back only to the first album. And now we have a new album!

Not surprisingly, it sounds much like their other output, even so much I think they are still using the same samples from Marching on to Victory, which is from 2003 haha, I don't hear much difference, that's funny. Are these even new tracks or left-overs from the first albums? But more important, is there conviction behind this new material?

Well, I think it sounds much darker than the last few albums from what I remember which is good. Great oppressive military tracks with a sense of oppression and threat, followed up by a good piece of drone, yes I quite like the first part of the album. But after Bloodtheism it becomes more melodic and well, who invited 1940's Walt Disney? It doesn't sound very good. The more melodic stuff is only for a short time though, it goes back to being dark again luckily.

But it sounding so much like their albums from 10 years ago, one has to wonder, why not fatten up those drums? Why not get a little more production on it? Why not get a few new vocal samples? Why do I feel listening to left-overs rather than a fresh new product when the album was finished?

Hey don't get it wrong, I like this, but I also could put on their first album so would to hear how the sound could be pushed further. Also I think after 3 repeats I will be going back to the first album hah, it's still the best.
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« Reply #8246 on: March 17, 2021, 10:00:14 PM »

Yeah, and what's with all these digital-only releases Arditi are doing this weather? I couldn't be bothered with those, but I did also pick up 'Bloodtheism' (on Skullline, of all people) and enjoyed it. But, you're right, it's not much of a march forward.

Well, as we're on about dark martial industrial, I think the LP by Soldat, "Totalitarian", deserves a mention. I keep coming back to it: sparse and simple, but as unsettling as anything. A lot of speech samples from - what shall we say? - 1930s figures (!), low hums and bare martial percussion. Oooh, yes! It's on a youngish Italian label, ASRAR, who've released an awful lot of black metal, noise sludge, and p.e. on vinyl over the past couple of years. I think Zyklon SS's first one is forthcoming from them, too. Anyway, good stuff!
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« Reply #8247 on: March 19, 2021, 10:19:28 PM »

Alien Brains - Menial Disorders (40th Anniversary Edition) CD on Klanggalerie; never heard any of their releases but saw the name mentioned many times. So when I saw this reissue announced I quickly ordered a copy. Do not really like the layout for this but the booklet includes a nice, long interview that puts the music into perspective which is great. I never like remasters that are overdone but this could've used a little bit extra power. Low in volume and muffled. There are 7 tracks on the original tape but this CD has many more. There aren't any bonus tracks mentioned on the sleeve so i guess they split up the original pieced into short fragments which doesn't really makes sense to me. Didn't listen online before ordering and somehow I was expecting a mix of TNW and Metgumbnerbone but these sounds are primitive old school industrial pieces which feel like loose ideas for tracks shifting in and out of focus, like a long sound collage. I like some of the material but towards the end of the CD it's getting a little too fragmented for me and I'm loosing interest. I know it's classic stuff and I'm happy to own this but it'll take a couple of more spins to convince me.
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« Reply #8248 on: March 19, 2021, 10:39:24 PM »

Franck Vigroux ‎– Ballades Sur Lac Gelé CD: i used to follow Raster Noton and bought a lot of their releases. After the split-up I didn't really follow Raster anymore but bought this CD after hearing a track online. Vigroux has a lot of releases which I never heard so I started listening with a fresh ear to this and it really blew me away. Great heavy beats with layered synths and some ambient interludes. I didn't buy a lot of beat-orientated stuff lately so can't compare it to similar recent stuff but this somehow seems to fill the entire room. Just a very wide, massive sound. I've been comparing it to some other records I have and the closest thing I could find was Emptyset (who also have a release on Raster Noton). I'm not an expert on mastering so I don't know if it's about using the right mix of frequencies or expanded stereo but the production of this is really awesome and the tracks are build with precision and care. Recommended for these who like rhythmic electronic music.
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« Reply #8249 on: March 20, 2021, 12:16:01 PM »

Quite enjoying this "Lapdown" release by Junta, a project I only just heard of yesterday. Two long, strong tracks of grimy Harsh Noise from what sounds like object abuse, heavily filtered feedback and probably some synthesiser. Lots of crunch and grind.

EDIT - didn't realise this project was associated with Circle Of Shit.
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