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« Reply #8325 on: August 21, 2021, 09:22:06 AM »

Grand Celestial Nightmare - Forbidden Knowledge and Ancient Wisdom
This is a really refreshing take on understated symphonic black metal from Mories of Gnaw Their Tongues (and dozens of other endeavors). Pretty blown away by this one—highly recommended. While catchiness and strong melodic content isn't always what I'm looking for in black metal, this album delivers both in droves—lots of memorable riffs and great interplay between guitar and synthesizer. Probably not for everyone here, but I'd suggest giving it a shot. The cover art is beautiful, too.

Sadio/Prurient - BDSM Atlantic Partnership
Really solid split here. Sadio side is appropriately punishing—demented screams over growling lawnmower noise. Prurient side is great too—I like that Dom is still willing to break away from the more produced side of Prurient that has sort of dominated the project over the last decade (which I also enjoy a lot) and slip into the raw, tortured, and formless depths noise and P.E.. Glad I seized an opportunity to snag this one. Definitely less enamored with the Exploring Jezebel tape I picked up in the same order, but that's OK.

I'm currently in the process of running through the Burning Star Core/Prurient - Ghosts Of Niagara 10xCS box, but the fact that they're all C10s and that listening through whole thing requires stopping what I'm doing and running over to the tape deck 20 times, it will probably be a while before I get through it all. However, the material is pretty great.

I've also really been enjoying Magnetic Coroner - Time Maligned. This guy makes great fucking noise. Lots of awesome tape fuckery, super satisfying textures, and really engaging sounds throughout. Will definitely be picking up more from this project.

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« Reply #8326 on: September 06, 2021, 10:51:36 AM »

Scald Hymn - Lilac Drain [New Forces]
I picked up the Balming Mechanism Tape on Monorail Tresspassing last year and played it a LOT.
Then earlier this year I managed to grab a copy of the Instance of Home CD - my first Troniks purchase.
I was excited to get hold of this tape and this style of noise is my particular sweet spot - crunchy blown out low ends with a bit of high end for balance, but interesting use of instrumentation, sparse and subtle field recordings and compositions.  There are moments of real calm that highlight the dense blasts of noise when they puncture through. 
So I guess I consider myself a fan of this project, and this release is well suited to New Forces alongside the Kjostad discography. 

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« Reply #8327 on: September 25, 2021, 12:53:54 AM »

Just a few short remarks on some recent stuff I bought;

Beuys / Pissoff - Creamcheese Düsseldorf LP; live recordings from 68 and the only surviving Pissoff recordings. Pissoff was an art school free jazz noise project by Eberhard Kranemann and some friends which morphed into Kraftwerk. Joseph Beuys, their professor, invited them to play at one of his performances. The quality of the recordings is better than I expected and the music will appeal to fans of the Nihilist Spasm Band, Airway, etc. Actually, just a really good LP.

Gust de Meyer - Casioworks LP; reissue of a Ding Dong Records tape from 1983. 8 tracks recorded live with only a Casio calculator. Sounds like a mix of primitive synth pop and vintage video game music. The only recordings from this obscure artist who later became a professor. Recommended if you like this type of stuff.

Alberich - Machine Gun Nest LP; powerful industrial and rhythmic noise. I have some more Alberich records but it's not something I play often. This collection reminded me to revisit his other material. Nicely produced mix of industrial, power electronics, techno and ambient. A bit like those Hymen/Ant-Zen records I used to buy in the 90's.

Lucy & Aaron LP - Aaron Dilloway and Lucrecia Dalt collaboration. Sold out pretty fast but I believe a 2nd edition is on the way. Saw some people recommend this here and I have to agree this is a really great record in the vein of the recent loop-based Dilloway LP's. I can't hear a lot of Lucrecia Dalt on side 1 but what she contributes nicely complements the atmospheric, surreal sounds of Dilloway. Best collaboration I heard since a while.

BJ Nilsen - Ore LP; a beautifully packaged picture disc that seems to have escaped most people's attention because it was released on a small label with hardly any distribution. I comes in a die cut sleeve with a large booklet and numbered insert. The sounds on this record are a mix of field recordings and minimal drones for the patient listener. Focussed and strong material. After the first listen I revisited the Short Night and Invincible Cities cd's on Touch that i bought once because they were recommended to me by a good friend and loyal Boomkat follower. It seems Nilsen ended up somewhere between some of the different scenes as his name doesn't seem to get mentioned a lot these days, which is a shame.

Aaron Dilloway & Jeph Jerman - Casual Collisions CD; digipack with nice pictures of the home studios of both artists (I guess). It took me about 5 seconds to decide I needed to buy this reissue of a cdr from 2013 as I'm a big fan of both artists. This cd starts out as a regular Jerman record to my ears, which is a good thing. Slowly some of the typical Dilloway sounds seem to surface and when the record seems to get going it's already finished. To be honest I expected a little more but obviously still worth getting.

Z.O. Voider ‎– Perpendicular Groove CD; saw this announced just when I was digging into Turman's discography. I really like Flux and some of the more accessible later records. This is an old collaboration project from 1988; typical early industrial with elements of Grey Wolves, Le Syndicat, etc. The first half is from an early recording session in 86 and sounds more muffled with a lot of hiss when compared to the second half which was recorded in 88. This sounds like a straight tape transfer and could've maybe used a bit of mastering for this cd release.

Altar Of Flies – Signaler CD; I first played this in the background while working and really liked it.Then I listened to it in my car with more focus and it was still good but a totally different experience somehow. Crumbling soundscapes, field recordings and varied textures nicely mixed and mastered. Sometimes it feels a bit like the sounds are just floating without direction but overall just a great listen that I keep coming back to. And I also like the artwork.

Mlehst – Her Single Desire & Deep Throat And Felching CD's; I have a few Mlehst items in my collection but his vast back catalog is so intimidation I never know where to start when I want to check out some more. These 2 reissues were a welcome starting point for further exploration for me. In my mind Mlehst is one of the bridges between the avant garde (NWW), drone and the noise scenes. The Deep Throat cd is my favorite of the 2 and more in line with the other material I have. The other cd sounds more like conventional harsh noise and could've used some more dynamics or variation.

Kjostad ‎– Knuckle Gash 7"; one of my favorite contemporary noise artists with a nice mixture of some of his typical sound elements with a nice build up on side A and a chunk of metallic junk noise on the other side. Somehow these pieces feel a bit less focussed when compared to his other material, like these are fragments of longer pieces. Nice collage artwork.

Graustich – Irrational Fear 7"; industrial pulsing rhythms, synth noise with some hints of Tesco/Unrest style power electronics. Enjoyable white label 7" with a tiny numbered insert.
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« Reply #8328 on: October 05, 2021, 03:02:06 PM »

One of my last played noise tapes is Citalopramy Shunyata - Countess, released by Narcolepsia. Comes in a ziplock back with black print on a purple paper cover. Bit hard to describe the noise, it's not really harsh or extreme most of the time, but it's good.

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« Reply #8329 on: October 08, 2021, 04:13:17 AM »

Sarin Snow - Twilight Ægis
Dolchstoß - Mourning Cloak

Fascinating how Twilight Ægis and the Dolchstoß promo tapes go back to the traditional format of the demo, with long passages of videosamples filling up the tapes. It's almost it's own genre, just with that added dimension of videosamples blowing out the length of the releases in proportion to the actual tracks. This will surely make them more collectible items one day. When people are trying to pick apart the content, the promo format provides a whole different structure. Sound wise, "Mourning Cloak" comes in brooding and heavy, with a structure focused on building tension; I thought this was reminiscent of Anenzephalia... I've given the Sarin Snow promo multiple listens, keenly anticipating the upcoming LP. And while the project's sound/s seem to have evolved since the initial releases...particularly the vocal delivery, this is something that evades comparisons. The project remains elusive despite successive releases and a growing back catalogue.

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« Reply #8330 on: October 15, 2021, 12:40:05 PM »

L'ECLIPSE NUE "A defective man / Torn spectral lens" CD+3"CD
I have some other stuff of project, and liked what I heard, but never really paid attention. This thing was listened in right time. Live material on 3"CD, album on CD, both packaged into metal-box made for CD. Experimental noise, sometimes wonderfully raw and fierce - like some moments on live 3" - but mostly kind of innovative and "anything can happen" type of experimental industrial noise. Sound itself feels like it would be digitally recorded, but plenty of physical elements. That is my only complaint, that the "color" of noise, especially in live, feels a bit like ZOOM H2 type recording. Clarity, sharpness, etc all there, but little juice missing, hah..

SMELL & QUIM "Bulls Penis Soup" CD
Total Black
I have commented this before, in S&Q topic. Then it was lathe and bandcamp stream format. CD is needed and great to see Total Black doing it. Absolute highlight is one of the most demented and dirtiest noise song of recent times: WE WILL FUCK YOU IN THE ARSE. Absolute classic already now!

CIRCLE OF SHIT "Romance through the body" CD
Oh man! COS just took major leap forward! Disc starts almost like the he'd attempt to move into NWW kind of direction of odd cut ups and tapes, but material will take harsh noise levels into maximum too. Like with L'ECLIPSE NUE, I would recommend final touch be improved by recording on analogue tape. COS cd is almost like little too good to settle for "mixer clipping into digital recorder" -type of sound? If just plugging your gear into tape deck, it would probably be the final nail to settle firmly name among names you should check despite perhaps being turned away by band name, hah...

AHLZAGAILZEHGUH "Music for handicapped ears" CD
Phage tapes
What? Handicapped ears? Ahlza... is pretty much in the cut-up noise perfection. Not too little, not too much, not slow, not too fast. No stutter glitch. No static HWN. Just... all the way in perfect balance of noise satisfaction. 74 mins non stop brilliance.

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