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« Reply #8430 on: January 29, 2022, 09:17:39 PM »

Sakset - "Salaisuuksien Puutarha" LP
Elektro project of members of Circle and Terveet Kädet. Highly enjoyable disco'ish electro with a really strong 80s vibe, nearly Commandore 64 type sounds. Accompanied by trademarks ughs and öghs of Läjä Äijälä. Very enjoyable album with the odd pairing of sweet retro sound and nearly spoken poetry like vocals of Läjä.

STROM.ec - "Dogs of Total Order" LP
What can be said about an album that everything has been said about? A milestone album in Finnish industrial, brooding and intense soundscape, broken by militaristic rhythm parts and trademark vocals of T. Myöhänen. It's like being a part of Finnish military during war times, harsh coldness stiffening your muscles, eventually going to your bones. But Victory is a Question of Stamina, as the slogan goes. Essential release just like Genocide Organ's "Mind Control" or any Con-Dom release.

Sektion B - "Power is Nothing Without Control" LP
Always overlooked Sektion B, live LP. I am a sucker a for Sektion B's style. Simple yet effective synth backgrounds, and the duo vocal work is what makes this for me. One voice preaching the sermons, and the other more powerful voice supporting with screaming the main slogans. Perfect formula for my power electronics needs. Themes are also, one might say "classic" but they are right down my alley. This live LP is kind of their first full lenght I believe? After a murky opener track the album really starts with full force. Looming death synth on "Hate" at the end of side A is fucking perfect. And side B starts where A left off, tasty synth with just the right amount of edge and distortion, waving around. I never got to see Sektion B live, but I'd take a guess they were pretty damn solid live act.
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« Reply #8431 on: January 30, 2022, 07:54:23 PM »

Cryocene - “Exclave”

New collaborative project between Stefan Aune (Kjostad) and Matt Boettke (Scant). This was a blind buy for me as both collaborators continuously produce strong work and are titans of US noise. It was also strange that no one that I knew was talking about this release - I couldn’t find any buzz around it, which made me even more curious.
I was not disappointed! Each track is a pensive soundscape of deep droning synths and strategically planned junk/metal noise loops placed over top. Sometimes a harsh avalanche and sometimes strangely meditative, slipping into the void. Mastered by Grant Richardson so you know that the sound quality is top notch. I do hope there’s more where this came from. Favorite track: Forge of Ashes. CD is available at New Forces, Cloister, and I’m sure a few others.
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« Reply #8432 on: January 30, 2022, 11:39:17 PM »

UMPIO - Trankilo MCD (Freak Animal, 2017)
Together with Molesterol and last years’ Kulotos, this is peak Umpio for me. So far, I should say, as he just gets better and better. Trankilo… nothing tranquil about it. An oil-spitting, unsafely built piece of nasty machinery is what this is. Rustling, shaking, whitehot mechanics chewing away, with burning electric currents bleeding from cables and wires. And what a sensation of space! An almost cinematic experience, both in headphones and speakers. Superb sound design, excellent noise.

V/A - Finish 2x7” (Drahtfunk-Products, 1996)
Came to think about this one when reading the compilation thread over at ghe Scream & Writhe forum. Not an all time favorite (got it two years ago maybe), but I’m always thrilled when I bring it out. Brume, Astro, MSBR, Salt, Contagious Orgasm, Thirdorgan, Aube and Macronympha. Not all killer, but certainly no filler. They all do their thing. Hand printed/painted/cut cover with three double sided inserts and a great lineup, still cheap and easy to find… What’s not to love?
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« Reply #8433 on: January 31, 2022, 06:48:40 PM »

Cryocene - “Exclave”

New collaborative project between Stefan Aune (Kjostad) and Matt Boettke (Scant). This was a blind buy for me as both collaborators continuously produce strong work and are titans of US noise. It was also strange that no one that I knew was talking about this release - I couldn’t find any buzz around it, which made me even more curious.
I was not disappointed! Each track is a pensive soundscape of deep droning synths and strategically planned junk/metal noise loops placed over top. Sometimes a harsh avalanche and sometimes strangely meditative, slipping into the void. Mastered by Grant Richardson so you know that the sound quality is top notch. I do hope there’s more where this came from. Favorite track: Forge of Ashes. CD is available at New Forces, Cloister, and I’m sure a few others.

I was meaning to listen to the Cryocene album, so thanks for the reminder.

Today I have been listening to Culver & Haare - Invisible Death (narco tape) which I purchased after watching the Haare episode of the WCN podcast.  Excellent longform drones with subtle noise variations throughout.  Culver is an artist who largely evades the digital world, and the works I have of theirs are excellent so this seemed like a good choice to pick up.  I will try and get some more Haare works on the back of this, as I very much enjoyed the podcast.  Seems like a good choice getting these artists to work together.
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« Reply #8434 on: February 01, 2022, 10:45:02 AM »

Screloma - Amplifying Hatred
As soon as I saw there was Screloma CD available I had to get it from WCN. I have not heard the tape on Subliminal Propaganda (if you have this and want to part with it, send me a PM. Same goes for the split cdr with Antracot) but the sounds here are even more morose, grim and melancholic than on Rotten Sarkoma. The powerful line-in sound is here again but the overall sound is not as loud and a bit more varied and subdued as on that one. There's some very energetic moments of full blown rumbling oscillations and whirring synths but these moments usually fade into more desolate industrial soundscapes with very good use of samples and even melodic synthwork. There's not too many rhythms here and even they're mostly present on these short melancholic interludes that bring to mind the Predator soundtrack or Linekraft's great Industrialized Criminals History. There's some very venomous vocal action on few tracks also. I think my description here might make this seem more all-over than it really is but this is a very well crafted and quite monochrome sounding release very well depicting the horrors of war on the covers and song titles.

Scald Hymn - Hatfield Isolation Chamber
Right from the start this falls in the deepening hole of mixer overdriven(?) Junk sounds. But as with the Scald Hymn tape on Monorail Trespassing, the loops sound very composed and there's a very meticulous feel on this. The second track ups the intensity and distortion. The composed feeling and a keen ear for dynamics remain though. The thing I like on Scald Hymn is the restraint and ability to tone down the sounds to make dynamic pieces that don't lose momentum. The A-side closes with a shedful of creaking concreté.
 B-side starts with sound of chains or some other metal dragged on metal that gets drowned into a sea of tape rumble. Again, there's some very uplifting compositional tricks. This is noise that feels as much like a craft than music.
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« Reply #8435 on: February 03, 2022, 09:43:14 AM »

In WCN podcast Aprapat episode they were talking about The New Boyfriends ”3” tape, tape that unusual blend of noise and saxophone. Yes, indeed, but I would think sax is pretty common, and depending how you ”sense” it being played, there are other things than the… how could one describe it? Something else than sonic diarrhoea?
 
I was always fan of DISLOCATION (japan) "Carve Another Notch" CD, who I always associated as NOISE as they were on such labels and compilation, although I guess at times one could describe it free/improv/whatever. Live feel of sax/reeds/electronics/acoustic sounds. Lots of room, air, but also tension, noisiness. No way spasstic jazz, no way diarrhead sax blast, but something quite unique happening on all their releases. Not brutally HARSH, though.

IFOTS ”Blush” CD. I would say best IFOTS stuff is on Unrest and the one cd on Freak Animal. Cold Spring has good stuff, but when I listen for example ”Blush”, it is really one of the greats of IFOTS. Crystal clear, sharp and unique take on electronic noise.

ARV & MILJÖ "Orientering I Denna Värld" cd, less than 30 mins cd on analogue tape noises, harshness, rawness, yet as cover displays, it has certain… almost sonic architecture, some kind of monumental element in it, as opposed to ”vile” or .. ”disgusting” noise. Seeminly decayed and raw.
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« Reply #8436 on: February 03, 2022, 09:45:55 AM »

New WCN podcast, with TASKMASTER, perhaps project I am slightly less familiar with. I was listening episode, thinking I must have few things, but not that many. "Swamp Lurker" 12” one-sider on Troniks is something that it is certainly more harsh noise than what later was associated as ”HNW” (they talk about this in podcast), but sonically most of elements are things that wall stuff has plenty.
Pedal distortion blast. No feedback, barely ”acoustics”, no synths, etc, just distortion pedal characteristic sound - not in negative sense.
Listened this twice today, and it could take more spin instantly. Heavy noise. No tinny, no ripping thin razor, but heavy and hard.

Talking about great less known artists, I was doing some personal trades, and I got couple tapes that didn’t ask, but both turn out to be very good.
Energy Gradient ”Circulations” tape, absolutely great tape. First form artist? Maybe.  It has elements of noise, industrial, field recordings, tape manipulations. You could thrown together Alfarmania, Hum of the Druid, Sewer Electrion tape works, perhaps even little bit of H.Ö.H., and so on. I guess one gets just about the territory he is operating at.
What is great here, is that it is compositionally so good. Starts with quiet loop/microsound crackle kind of thing, but you won’t be listening full side of piezzo crackles kind of thing, but it soon escalates into murky and grim noise, and eventually into broken chewed tapes of field recordings and raw noise.
B-side has it all too. From strong noise moments to dirty basement clatter loops and eerie screeching machinery. Backwards tapes and other old school, but always great methods. Always lo-fi in tasty way.

Guy of E.G. is also one member in Elastic Energy Ensemble. That tape is full on harsh noise. Nothing revolutionary, but very good in what it is. Nice graphics, sounds pretty much like could be live-in-studio tracks. Not quick edits not massive multilayering. Sound is liverly and always things happening, but basic pallette is pretty much same through-out entire duration. I suppose this project may be more known, due label was probably somewhat hyped? Gracial Host. I never head any of them, as this label works out pre-order batch kind of way, and I am probably worst in  placing pre-orders. Don’t recall if I ever really pre-ordered any noise?! Some wholesale orders of course, but probably not retail orders.
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« Reply #8437 on: February 03, 2022, 09:50:50 AM »

Stimbox / AUM / Death Squad CD. Stimbox does couple harsh tracks. Good stuff. AUM is collaboration of S & DS, I think it is safe to assume that Tim does the high pitched lively feedback electronics and Michael the bassy brutal crunchy background? It would go in lines what they were doing at the time.
This is before the classic Theological Genocide album, where DS sound changed dramatically. All the tapes before it, are ultra distorted, crunchy, bass loaded noise. Often loops. Debut CD turned into treble-only ”power electronics”. Tracks on this split are still in line with early tapes. Simple, brutal, noise. At the time, quite amusing Terminator 2 sample. Ain’t that popular anymore to have blockbusters sampled to power electronics and some cyber warfare sounds going on below the noise. From the 90’s I recall at least 3 guys sampling Terminator 2. Death Squad, Netzach, Propergol.
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« Reply #8438 on: February 07, 2022, 04:02:09 PM »

Putrefaction Orchestra - Sequential Stages of Decomposition tape
Sludgy analogue electronics, decayed synth sounds and medical/postmortem samples. Really appeals to my taste as it would anyone into Disgusting Sanctum, Slaughter Prods and the like. Worth checking out.

CREDO - Triumphant Throes of Warfare tape
A continuation of Chad Davis' Torturecide project. More in common with the old German sound of Tesco and early Loki Found than it does the last Torturecide release. Solid tape of heavy electronics.

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« Reply #8439 on: February 09, 2022, 08:13:35 AM »

Form Hunter "Wrecked" tape
I was saying earlier I have no Gracious Host label stuff other than tape I was recently sent. Nah, actually this tape is also on that label. When I got it, and who sent it to me, can’t remember anymore, but it was among pile of tapes already on shelves I installed on wall while ago, so listened and appreciated, but perhaps couple years ago? Came out in 2019.
Now back in tape deck and I like it probably more now that I have gotten to really ”know” what Form Hunter is about. Instead of just one more harsh noise tape, one can actually appreciate its approach in more detail.

Rusalka "Revisualizations" tape
New Forces
For me this sounds better than the much praised LP? Not saying one should not grab the LP, but if having possibility to pick either or, I’d recommend go for the tape! Faster paced, kind of more going on, it feels noisier, but also some almost heavy electronic type oscillation moments found on it. LP takes longer to get going. Of course if one seeks for more bleak and minimal, that is decent.


Sound of Hate series part 2, 6 and 8.

vol 2 has lots of goodies, but especially Intrinsic Action "First cold" track.. damn! Is it exclusive to this comp tape still today??? I think Solotroff could continue I.A. reissue series with some tasty compilation tracks!


vol 6  Japan comp. Known heroes and quite obscure names, goes down so smoothly… King Of Pigs (K.O.P.), who also did material under other names. Dozens of variations of initial. I usually associated it to be Kultur Operating Penis. 80's Japanese industrial-noise style.
Mackerel Can Molding Company was band featuring guy of N.P., who had tape on Masami's label already in 1985. He was also member in early Gerogerigegege recordings. 15 min track here! Seems that some pretty much unheard material exists out there.
While 1st side is the guys more associated with 80's scene, B-side of comp is solid assault of Thirdorgan, MSBR, Aube who dominated the 90's!

vol 8 UK comp. Out of all the good tracks, almost 10 minutes long The Grey Wolves live track is such a treat! Lots of acts rarely mentioned these days. Dachise, Abuse of Power, Hex Minora, and so on..

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« Reply #8440 on: February 09, 2022, 08:50:18 PM »

CREDO - Triumphant Throes of Warfare tape
A continuation of Chad Davis' Torturecide project. More in common with the old German sound of Tesco and early Loki Found than it does the last Torturecide release. Solid tape of heavy electronics.
Just listened to this on YT, good stuff, especially the last track is really good. Any idea where this can be found? On discogs there was a link to a bandcamppage that was already deleted.
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« Reply #8441 on: February 10, 2022, 01:14:28 AM »

I have been absorbing the new Prurient album Creationist -  I paid for the digital files as importing a stack of tapes, books and vinyl at huge expense from across the pond is not a cost I can justify right now.  I shall most likely make my own 2CD package for this so I can keep a copy in the car.

This feels like a great follow up to Rainbow Mirror in terms of direction and scope - quite a focused band of sounds, loops and controlled chaos... pretty much what I have been trying to achieve with my own amateurish project but Prurient manages it with precision and balance (and the decades of practice helps too).  Yeah its noisy but its also pretty damn polished.  I shall get a lot of repeat listens from this album, as I still do with Rainbow Mirror, and I shall probably have more to say on it at a later date.  Favourite track so far is "Skyline Hunting Humans" as it encapsulates the dismal repetitive nature of what I try to create in a very neat package, and manages to progress to a few different places before bowing out.  A strong release IMO. 
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« Reply #8442 on: February 10, 2022, 04:01:21 PM »

CREDO - Triumphant Throes of Warfare tape
A continuation of Chad Davis' Torturecide project. More in common with the old German sound of Tesco and early Loki Found than it does the last Torturecide release. Solid tape of heavy electronics.
Just listened to this on YT, good stuff, especially the last track is really good. Any idea where this can be found? On discogs there was a link to a bandcamppage that was already deleted.

Best to contact Chad directly. He's on fb, instagram etc...

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« Reply #8443 on: February 10, 2022, 11:44:45 PM »

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After the Marchetti talk in this topic I went ahead and bought a copy of his 2nd LP that was missing from my collection. Long piano piece on side A and 2 electronic tracks on side B. The 2nd one from 1973 sounds like contemporary noise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ7xDaJfLZo
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« Reply #8444 on: February 11, 2022, 08:28:11 AM »

That Taskmaster thing was bugging me. I -must- have some other Taskmaster than just the 12”. Of course, this Taskmaster / Wince split tape, early WCN release.. Both good, Taskmaster very neat and Wince even better.

In morning, I listened couple of time The Rita Gamzatti (excuse multiple times linking, if interested, here a bit about it: https://special-interests.net/main/iconic-surfaces/  ). I was kind of amazed how in Taskmaster interview, it seemed as if the guys were cautious to even mention ”HNW”. As if it was some unwanted disease that just leaked out and turned disaster.. haha.. Well, that The Rita album is brilliant, and man must be hailed as one of most important noise artists of this millenium, no question about it.

Leichenhalle ”Industrial armageddon - metal becomes flesh” tape. Late 90’s Polish industrial-noise, power electronics type of thing. This is something that could/should be reissued. Who knows does anyone really want to hear it, but I feel this project at its best is no less than Söldnergeist, Dagda Mor or whatever happening some years before! I got to trust what I read, and it seems like people indeed are little touchy about even moderately spicy song titles these days. Some tapes of project, even if just tasty industrial noise, may have to remain in form of original tape editions…

What is turn off / dislike for me in "noise", is knowing that you should have it, but you can’t find it, regardless of how much browsing your shit. Few times purchasing it again, just to realize "aahh, THAT one.." and realizing you missed it as was thinking packaging was different and just browsed over the item several times... You know, fucken’ hell, is it possible that I would not have Ramleh ”hole in the heart” 2xCD. I almost believed it, and it was miserable turn off for entire 2021
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