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« Reply #8385 on: December 27, 2021, 07:05:42 PM »

Wince - "Traum" CD
What a weird harsh noise album. At first when I put this in my player I thought the CD was broken! Just this low hiss for minutes, but after checking from other sources I realised this is how it's supposed to be. Traum takes awhile to grow on you, first song is mostly mid volume hiss with subtle changes undernearth the textures, so to speak. Then it sort of explodes on your face suddenly. Luckily I did not have my speakers too loud at this point. Overall very challenging album for me, lenght is just perfect, 40 minutes. But this certainly needs some attention while listening, not an easy type of relentless noise blasting, but more like the sound is stalking the listener and taking no prisoners when the time comes.

This was the album that got me back listening to noise when it was released. The shifts in intensity and the layers buried below actually made me realise that there could be more to noise, with more interesting compositions and production levels than the stuff I had previously listened to. 
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« Reply #8386 on: December 28, 2021, 01:39:41 AM »

Flies Inside The Sun - Flies Inside The Sun CD

One of my all time favorite release from NZ improv scene. Ethereal at times, but overall atmosphere is freakout-ish and introverted. A fever dream of some sorts. Seen by some as the side project of the more traditional and slightly more known Dadamah, but oh boy! This CD is improvisation at its best. Constant risk taking and unbelievable hive mindism.

Kartio - Sähkömusiikki CSx2

P.D steps into the world of musique concrete and damn he takes the step impressively. With samples from unindentifiable classical music, modular synthesis fuckery and reel-to-reel manipulation Dassum nods of to the greats of avantgarde (Xenakis and Schaeffer especially come to my mind while listening to this) with the agressive style that is familiar to those who have listened to his projects Umpio and Häkki. Aesthetically unique and most welcome act in Finland.
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« Reply #8387 on: December 28, 2021, 11:11:44 AM »

Wince - "Traum" CD
What a weird harsh noise album. At first when I put this in my player I thought the CD was broken! Just this low hiss for minutes, but after checking from other sources I realised this is how it's supposed to be. Traum takes awhile to grow on you, first song is mostly mid volume hiss with subtle changes undernearth the textures, so to speak. Then it sort of explodes on your face suddenly. Luckily I did not have my speakers too loud at this point. Overall very challenging album for me, lenght is just perfect, 40 minutes. But this certainly needs some attention while listening, not an easy type of relentless noise blasting, but more like the sound is stalking the listener and taking no prisoners when the time comes.

This was the album that got me back listening to noise when it was released. The shifts in intensity and the layers buried below actually made me realise that there could be more to noise, with more interesting compositions and production levels than the stuff I had previously listened to. 

I feel it’s not so often that people listen to this album (or Shame) in the way I intended them to, so I really appreciate reading comments like this.
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« Reply #8388 on: December 28, 2021, 07:52:46 PM »

My ongoing series of Cloama reviews continues...

Cloama - "At The Mountains of Paranoia" CD
I like to think of this album as an more crude sibling of "Embargoed". Instead of subtle sound, this has harsh guitar walls, distorted vocal work and lots of metal sound treatment. Has some really intense low tones at times, and at times if floats around at the mountains of paranoia, yet always has this dense feeling and sense of dread in the air. Lyrics are provided in the booklet that somewhat opens up the world full of paranoia. But for me the absolute highlight of the album is the closing track "Transforma Delle Maschere", here the album changes mood totally, to a beautiful elegy, once again. Second Cloama release to have this operatic ending track. This one takes the cake by far. Drum sound pounding certain rhythm, and lots of carefully treated metal sounds with utmost delicacy, on top beautiful operatic vocals layered on top of each other. I had to spin this track like four times before I was satisfied. Remarkable.

Cloama - "s/t" CD
This was the first Cloama release I bought after getting 'Manual of Diagnosis' and 'Dogs of Total Order' from STROM.ec. I was expecting the punchy brutality, harsh vocals and industrial grittiness since I had heard some of 'Revisionist Knowledge' as well. But Neuroscan distro didn't have that, so I got this. And boy was I taken by a surprise to meet electro-acoustic soundscape, consisting of instruments and sounds I still have no idea what they are. Cover images for some reason always gave me the feeling of Chernobyl, toxic waste water with twisted metal spiraling in the water. But I think this is not what the artist meant. But later thinking this isn't such a weird release in Cloama history, just another brave leap to unknown waters. At the time I was disappointed, but nowdays I really appreciate this release.
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« Reply #8389 on: December 28, 2021, 08:38:13 PM »

Sarin Snow "Mighty Blood" LP
Good, sturdy industrial ambient structures. Not in-your-face, but enveloping all the same. Sometimes a little too restrained; my favourite track was probably 'Twilight Aegis', which has a bit more of an edge. Still, very nice from Fusty Cunt!
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« Reply #8390 on: December 28, 2021, 09:07:53 PM »

Cloama - "Halveksin Kuolemaa" CD
I belive this is among the early stages of Cloama, released in 2000, reissued by Industrial Recollections in 2018. One might say this is a marriage between dark ambient and industrial, songs have clear structure with synth sounds buzzing and elements of metal clonks, synth hisses and such are used to spice up the atmosphere. Some songs have vocals/sample, in the background, not screaming but more like dictating words. Overall the release has an oppressive overtone, at times feels a bit like sitting in a factory where machiens are hummin around you and occasionally something makes a screech. There are themes on the album that hint toward control over man, military forces etc. Up to listener how to interpret them, I am certainly not the best at figuring out. Last track is a bonus track recorded in 2015, but it varies very little from the original material. 15 years of time difference yet able to capture that same atmosphere. Excellent.
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« Reply #8391 on: December 29, 2021, 08:23:14 PM »

Cloama - "Neuroscan Organization/Blood Illumination" CD
CD combines an LP release and a tape release. Neuroscan organization starts with "Tuhkajumala" which is a massive orchestral industrial piece, with occasional strings and horns. Title track "Neuroscan Organization" is classic Cloama/Strom sound, layers of synth driven with a rhythmic beat, clocks over 10 minutes and it goes by in a flash, fantastic track. Curiously there's a live track with two songs. You'd never guess this is a live recording, sound is impeccible. Repeating samples, synths roaring and slow pounding rhythm. "Blood Illumination" part starts with extremely roaring synths take sound like a looming destruction coming over the horizon, spiced up with beats that sound like a bombardment! Super tasty synth sound that makes me smile, that perfect low pitch that makes you go "fuuuuck!" Part two on other hand starts with a piercing sound that is accompanied by even higher sounding shards of synth, some sounds morph into sounding like distant bells. Overall atmospheric release as Cloama stuff tends to be, this time more darker tones with raw approach.

Cloama - "Revisionist Knowledge" CD
The most raw of Cloamas recordings, Revisionist Knowledge. Pure death industrial sound of finest tradition. Analog, gritty, powerful and mean as fuck. Harsh vocals to top all the goodness. "Disease Eradiction" has always been my favorite Cloama song, and this approach, live with studio PA brings so much to the sound. Has this ugly power to it, yet it is executed with utmost precision and reason. Tracks from 4 to 7 are studio works, rawness of the first three songs is still there, not as relentless but still churning away. Dirty, slowly moving soundwave twirls and swirls, and commanding vocals are raining upon the listener. Another highlight is the two part "Degraded Throught Steganography", first part is an oppressive piece moving forward with might and force. Parts two is an onslaught that gives the listener a full service of ripping synth sounds and rippling feedback. Last track is another visit the live studio approach that finishes the record off in fierce fashion. For me "Revisionist Knowledge" is still the best one, cause it was my first introduction, and always has that special place. A definite classic in Finnish industrial/power electronics canon.
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« Reply #8392 on: December 29, 2021, 09:32:00 PM »

Actually two first Cloama are the most hardest. 1st tape and 1st CDR and pure harsh noise. Very few probably have them, but especially the CDR would be strong still now, 1999. I will try to get the rare 90’s Finn noise podcast done in 2022, and some clips from this CDR should be on it.
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« Reply #8393 on: December 29, 2021, 09:47:50 PM »

Always been very curious about these early harsh noise works. I have a dealer where I can at least get to hear one of these tapes.
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« Reply #8394 on: December 30, 2021, 07:46:41 PM »

Cloama - "Municipality Of Marionettes" LP
Marionettes LP continues on the line of heavy guitar work and grinding feedbacks. This album has also vocals in the mix, so it gives extra harshness to it. To me this work is in the middle ground between "Mountains.." and "Embargoed". Has elements from both albums, even though the chronology of these albums must be all over the place. Highlight of this LP for me, is side B that has a live gig. Operatic vocals are present, but this time not only singing in beautiful tones but the side starts with a bone chilling scream. Everytime I hear it with proper volume, I feel my hair rise up in my arms, it's so good and terrifying at the same time. There's pulsating synths, old school'ish Cloama/Strom.EC rattle and the end of the gig gets really noisy. Recording is excellent quality and a solid proof that Cloama killed at live gigs. I saw this same formation of Cloama doing sounds and female singer doing vocals at a gig I arranged myself. Sadly I have very little of memories of it, would love to hear a recording of it some day.

Cloama - "Provokaattori" 7"
Starts with an atmospheric piece, sample looping in the background, just like on side B as well. Industrial rhythms melting with quick samples of classical instruments and synth buzzing. B-side has same recipe, but faster beat to it, almost electronic. Themes of the 7" are about Finnish POW camps, with the angle of questioning the psyche of the camp leaders and who are chosen as one.

Cloama / Mutant Ape - "Dementia" 7"
7" that deals with themes of dementia, is rather interesting. As the inner sleeve lyric sheet (?) writes: "Cognitive disassociation / is the root of all perception / fractured memories can not be united / a present tense of nightmares". Cloama side has an interesting melody to it which I cannot tell is it something I've heard before or just remembering it from this, talk about dementia. A bit somber track with yet powerful sound and that haunting melody, maybe representing the past where there is no return, not in time sense or memory sense. Mutant Ape takes listener slow moving industrial avalanche, reminding of frustration and delirious mind of a dementia patient, vocals are drenched in the mix and scatching in the background, as like hopeless screams of an dementia patient before losing your mind to the disease. Tracks ends too fast, so another spin was mandatory.

Cloama - "Death Certificate" 7"
For me the most classic Cloama 7". The acoustic power electronics 7", that has the classic Freak Animal labels on the vinyl, as well as the classic and ever frustrating antistatic vinyl bag. Holy crap those drive me insane. Anyway, the A side material is recorded acoustic with no amplifications, only using the room echo. And it is a fucking mindblowing composition, who else would think, even dare to take such an angle than Cloama! Vocals are absolutely hateful and furious, the room sound is used masterfully in the vocal sound, one could think it just can't sound good, but trust me, this is great. Easily my favorite vocals from any Cloama release, so in your face and angry as fuck, just like the sound of metal rattling and pounding. If someone is looking for an unique approach to power (non) electronics, this is your thing. B-side does not fall behind, has an nasty bassline, probably played on a bass guitar, droning sounds all over. Has this very oppressive feeling, and of course the commanding vocals relentlessly ranting. Closes out with "Sacrifice" with really intense bass booming and vocal fury. What a fucking 7"! Easily one of my all time favorites in general. Mandatory to everyone. Available dirt cheap on Discogs, so you have no excuse not to own this.

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« Reply #8395 on: December 31, 2021, 12:06:10 PM »

Macronympha/Savage Gospel - split tape (Satatuhatta)
Got the tape the other day and gave it a first play this morning. J-card is printed in full color on some thick, sturdy paper. Tape is type II. Side A has a beautiful, harsh blast of noise from Savage Gospel. Brutal, organic sounding stuff. Enjoyed it a lot. Track 2 is by Macronympha, using source material provided by Savage Gospel. Interesting synth like sounds, a lot of (maybe gated) reverb and some brutal noise-blasts. Side B opens with Savage Gospel, using source material provided by Macronympha. Noise-synths/machines and amp-feedback combine to form a beautiful, massive wall of noise (not HNW) with a lot of movement and some great synth-sounds. Pretty chaotic and fast paced piece. Tape is closed by Macronympha, providing some gritty, filthy, overdriven harshnoise. Mid-heavy, but not in the "crunchy" way, instead giving it a nice "old-school" feeling (like sound deteriorating through a number of dubbing-processes in the tape-trading days). A lot of movement and dynamics. Great ending for an entertaining tape. Enjoyed it a lot.
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« Reply #8396 on: December 31, 2021, 12:17:47 PM »

Cloama - "Municipality Of Marionettes" LP

There has been plan to reissue this on CD. LP was made like 110 copies I recall, and you can find one at Discogs for 10 euro... I have at least one in Sarvilevyt 2nd hand section. I think Cloama is good for fans, since you can get all these great releases cheap.

Marja Ahti "still lives" LP / digital
Marja Ahti is finnish artists who has bunch of stuff out, LP’s etc. I have to say I have yet to own any physical release, but listened and liked all things so far. I am not sure if the vinyl cuts are good enough for this material and I would probably prefer CD if there was done CD’s. I would file stuff under electro-acoustic or some sort of experimental music. There are lots of microscopic sounds on the new one. Field recordings. Vinyl crackles. But absolutely best it gets in the end of album with noisier material. I suspect her work is more acknowledged in Finnish noise scene, but globally speaking, I suspect noise folks don’t know her, and probably operates in slightly more arty experimental? I’d say worth to check out. At least digital stream. Check bandcamp.

She Spread Sorrow "huntress" LP/CD/digital
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I noticed someone post that this would be among his album of year picks. Album seems better than former albums, both sound and production, and I can see why people would like it. For me it doesn’t click so much. I am not really fan of ”keyboards”, ”synths” - in.. ehm… this style. Polyfonic, soft, tonal. But as said, improved, stylish, and I could see how this material would be gateway to industrial/experimental sound for those who are turned off by all sorts of vile brutes and painful sonics. I wouldn’t be surprised if youngsters who just grew out of appreciating Billie Eilish, would suddenly discover She Spread Sorrow and like it. That being positive remark! While Macronympha or Whitehouse would be just too beyond to get into. I’ll keep following what SSS is doing in future too…

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« Reply #8397 on: December 31, 2021, 06:26:11 PM »

cloama is such and underrated project it seems. i loved everything i heard and it seems like the man has quite a broad range too.
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« Reply #8398 on: December 31, 2021, 07:27:43 PM »

cloama is such and underrated project it seems. i loved everything i heard and it seems like the man has quite a broad range too.

Ditto! And Strom.ec is one of the greatest too! "Divine Legions Beyond Psyche" is one of my favourites of all time!
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« Reply #8399 on: January 01, 2022, 06:51:55 PM »

good to see some Cloama worship. So much quality output
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