Matteo Castro of Italy is rare in that he is both prolific and consistently excellent in his releases, both on his label, Second Sleep, and in his various projects i.
Kam Hassah. It is broken, raw, and sleazy, yet at once has a rare level of refinement. If I told you this was a re-release of an obscure Italian or German industrial outfit from the late 80s, you might not question it upon listening. If I told you this came out of a basement in Detroit, you wouldn't doubt me. There is something that transcends geography and time here. Dajjal presents the sound of a world beyond digitization but pre-mechanized, a world that is corrosive and elemental, yet knowledgeable of the world that is: a world of degeneration, deprivation and inhumanity, of gears and digits, of pornographic fundamentalism and religious perversion.
This album was recorded live to cassette and features some frequencies you're not accustomed to hearing on a cassette release. This isn't noise or power electronics - this is industrial music!
The first hundred tapes flew out the door. Having it out of print so quickly defeated the purpose of this release: making two excellent, yet hard-to-find full lengths easy to acquire and at an affordable price. In and , Skullflower self-released two CD-r releases for short tours. I am happy to present both of these releases on a single cassette - minutes of top-notch Skullflower material, with black and white reproduction of the original artwork.
This C captures both live performances and includes a recording made during the sound check. The material was recorded both at room level and multi-tracked, and later remixed to best represent the material in stereo sound. The first performance features field recordings, multiple acoustic bells, chord organ, flutes and electric instruments electric guitar, effects, synths.
The second performance features looped electric guitars. Other than field recordings, no pre-recorded sound was used. Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS. Name required. Mail will not be published required. Website optional.
This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar. Updating cart Sixty minutes of raw rhythmic industrial music. I recall being very wary in front of the audience that night, my first show overseas, so when the beat for the song "Throne" started, I threw myself into the crowd and start pushing and hitting people. Their reaction wasn't quite what I expected, having mostly performed basements and warehouses in Madison, Chicago and Milwaukee, up until this point.
The London audience acted as if they were not quite familiar with the type of violent fun that I was used to, but eventually they settled into a trusting groove with me and we managed to have a great time.
Most recently, marking the ten year anniversary of our first release together, Aurora Borealis curated the gorgeous Solstice tape split between Burial Hex and Anji Cheung. Now, as this ten year anniversary draws to a close, I think back to the process of creating the sprawling 2xLP Initiations. Like everything I was doing back then, this album was recorded in a huge old warehouse space in Madison, called "The Tomb.
The concept for Initiations was very precise, exactly as it is titled. I wanted to depict the processes of an initiatory structure. The first piece is therefore a setting for the rites of passage into this initiation. The chapel is a reference to "chapel perilous", a concept that I first encountered in the writings of Robert Anton Wilson.
Chapel Perilous, like the mysterious entity called "I," cannot be located in the space-time continuum; it is weightless, odorless, tasteless and undetectable by ordinary instruments. Indeed, like the Ego, it is even possible to deny that it is there. And yet, even more like the Ego, once you are inside it, there doesn't seem to be any way to ever get out again, until you suddenly discover that it has been brought into existence by thought and does not exist outside thought.
Everything you fear is waiting with slavering jaws in Chapel Perilous, but if you are armed with the wand of intuition, the cup of sympathy, the sword of reason and the pentacle of valor, you will find there the legends say the Medicine of Metals, the Elixir of Life, the Philosopher's Stone, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness.
The opening synth strings are portraying the wonder, confidence and intention of the aspirant as he enters the first phases of the working. As the resonant metal objects sound the opening of the gates of the chapel, the calm overture is disrupted by heinous electronic noise and the aspirant is quickly sucked into a world of uncertainty and chaos. Tempted to give way to madness and collapse, we start to hear the voice of the aspirant calling out in desperation.
Lyrical content reveals the wholly unique voice of Eric Wood, and the packaging tastefully presents all lyrics. Exterior graphics are printed in alternating matte lamination and spot gloss to create a unique black-on-black look. The package folds out into a cross-shape, with each disc housed in its own sleeve on each side of the cross and one in the center.
Careful attention was paid with the design of both the graphics and the package to ensure that the presentation of this monumental album stacked-up to its scale and content. The package is identical in width and height to a jewel case, so it can be stored and displayed in most standard CD racks. Hundreds of nails and sirens bore into the ears as adrenalin peaks in the blood of the snuff victim.
Violent harsh noise walls created with nails and tapes, by R. Clear yellow cassette shells with black imprint, package in collage smut by Nnerves. Warehouse find! This release almost immediately sold out. I recently found a couple copies. The Finish master of filth-noise presents some of his best and most obscure material from the past 3 years. Over an hour and a half of the most disgusting and violent noise being produced is contained on two cassettes, packaged in a black plastic bag.
Adults only! Meridian is a dark and esoteric album, very focused, full of sounds at once harsh and ambient, with forceful drones and rich textures. Sounds were created with acoustic winds, electric guitar, analog and junk synthesizers and gritty electronics, mixed to create a foreboding atmosphere. The album was mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering , best known for his work on dozens of Daniel Menche albums.
Meridian was recorded in two weeks during the monsoon season of A careful study into the symbols inside the album show an obsession with elemental force and eternal power. Clew Of Theseus evokes images of furious storms, wiping the landscape of blight, bringing beautiful darkness in its wake. CD packaged in standard jewel case with full-color artwork. One need not ponder long or hard to imagine the harsh noise purity and power that would be created by the amalgamation of Sam McKinlay and Richard Ramirez.
Chrome tapes with solid yellow cassettes shells, packaged with full page insert and stickers inside black plastic bag. Last copies! Dark atmospheres exploring antiquarian anomolies. Very unique and well-composed, falling somewhere between Jarl and early Nurse With Wound.
Deep textures of acoustic and electronic composition, all expertly recorded by DM Turner and mastered by James Plotkin. The pairing with Green Army Fraction also from Sweden for Westerbotten results in a massive, powerful sound.
Their heavy use of cymbals and analog electronics creates impressions that surpass harsh noise trappings, and the listener immediately realizes that Westerbotten exceeds genre definitions or expectations of either group involved.
Prepare yourself for one of the most impressive listens in recent memory. Elaborately printed with metallic inks and packaged in a gatefold sleeve, along with a page booklet. Each new release demonstrates new territory being explored, offering the listener great rewards for following his endeavors and growth. Many have compared Anakrid to Nurse With Wound. Chrome tapes in green shells with black printing. This double cassette box is a true pinnacle in an already illustrious career by Burial Hex.
What is particularly unique about this album is the use of melody along with the cavernous percussive and dark ambient sounds, with an almost symphonic approach to the composition. Each track has careful movement and development that evokes the impression of listening to a orchestra conducted by a black magician.
Over minutes of esoteric ambiance and power drones recorded by Ben Brucato, utilizing prepared guitars, oscillators, bells, reeds, cymbals, prepared piano, metal and voice. Limited to 20 copies.
Standard Editions: Two fifty minute cassettes housed in plastic case with two-color exterior and interior printing, on chrome media with red shells and on-shell graphic printing. Limited to 60 copies. A heavy dose of psychedelic industrial noise from the Swedish masters. In these sixty haunted minutes of darkly surreal noise, Kristian Olsson formerly of Survival Unit and his partner Tony Hallen utilize electronics, synth, metal and vocals to create a genre-defying masterpiece of power electronics.
Full-color offset printed inserts wrap around a grey cassette with dark grey imprint on the shell with chrome media, enclosed in a plastic bag. This split release is perfect for a cold Winter. Cover images were shot after several feet of snow fell in Flagstaff last Winter, and this release comes as record lows have been recorded day after day. Last Winter, roofs collapsed across the town under the weight of the snow, and this year, water mains are bursting under the pressure of frozen waters.
Buckettovsissors of Germany produces two masterful tracks of synth-based drone that will conjure impressions of a more minimalist version of early M. A close listening to these tracks that superficially sound static will reveal the multiple shifting dimensions in the tracks. This release got a unique treatment with a unique oversized case and double-sided full-color printing to highlight this truly stellar tape. This is what long time Lustmord fans wish he would release these days.
This C is the shortest release on the label, yet this release by the Canadian members of The Endless Blockade covers massive territory. But there is the movement that we came to expect in the mids from such a description, before it was used to describe artists like Sickness, Romance and early Sewer Election.
PBK Phillip B. Both releases capture a similar dynamic, combining textures ranging from subtle to harsh. This release features both cassettes in their entirety with the original artwork, packaged in a double norelco case.
DM Turner again brings forward some very dynamic yet subtle sounds that defy categorization. Mastered by James Plotkin. Matteo Castro of Italy is rare in that he is both prolific and consistently excellent in his releases, both on his label, Second Sleep, and in his various projects i. Kam Hassah. It is broken, raw, and sleazy, yet at once has a rare level of refinement. If I told you this was a re-release of an obscure Italian or German industrial outfit from the late 80s, you might not question it upon listening.
There is something that transcends geography and time here. Dajjal presents the sound of a world beyond digitization but pre-mechanized, a world that is corrosive and elemental, yet knowledgeable of the world that is: a world of degeneration, deprivation and inhumanity, of gears and digits, of pornographic fundamentalism and religious perversion. The first hundred tapes flew out the door. Having it out of print so quickly defeated the purpose of this release: making two excellent, yet hard-to-find full lengths easy to acquire and at an affordable price.
In and , Skullflower self-released two CD-r releases for short tours. I am happy to present both of these releases on a single cassette — minutes of top-notch Skullflower material, with black and white reproduction of the original artwork. This C captures both live performances and includes a recording made during the sound check. The material was recorded both at room level and multi-tracked, and later remixed to best represent the material in stereo sound.
The first performance features field recordings, multiple acoustic bells, chord organ, flutes and electric instruments electric guitar, effects, synths.
The second performance features looped electric guitars. Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June Friday 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July Monday 6 July Tuesday 7 July Wednesday 8 July Thursday 9 July Friday 10 July Saturday 11 July Sunday 12 July Monday 13 July Tuesday 14 July Wednesday 15 July Thursday 16 July Friday 17 July Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July Monday 20 July Tuesday 21 July Wednesday 22 July Thursday 23 July Friday 24 JulyThe third and final tape for Anakrid on Black Horizons. As per Mr. Bickel’s usual unexpected style, expect to be surprised. The a-side is what I would come to expect from this project, an impressively composed piece of deep analogue dark ambiance, while the flip is a bit of a change up, where this project’s often latent violent underpinning is fully exposed in a 15 minute piece entitled.