Thursday, January 18, 2018

Arsedestroyer / GxBxN / 肉奴隷 (Nikudorei) - Triple Shocks !!! Freak Noise Show Split LP

21 tracks of grindcore/noisecore by Stockholmers Arsedestroyer, 16 tracks of ear-splitting noise 'n' roll by Gore Beyond Necropsy and one long track of scary giallo-inspired violin and power electronics by Nikudorei. 2003 LP on Meatbox Records and Harshit Records.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Danae Stefanou & Michalis Moschoutis ‎– Crease tape

Danae Stefanou is a professor musicology in Greece and pianist and Michalis Moschoutis is a guitarist and runs the Holotype Editions label. They explore the boundaries of classical guitar and prepared piano, by torturing the instruments through string grabbing, extreme detuning, screeching, and placing thingies on the piano strings. I had the chance to catch them live in presenting this tape and the experience was great. 2017 tape on Coherent States.


Tanner Garza - After All This Time tape

Drone and psychedelic sounds by Tanner Garza, associate of Richard Ramirez in Black Leather Jesus and Priest In Shit. 2015 tape on Coherent States.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Glands Of External Secretion - Convicted Felon Adjusted For Inflation tape

Collages and improvisations by the long-standing duo of Glands Of External Secretion, featuring the great voice of Barbara Manning. 2017 tape on Coherent States.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Intensive Care - Pay Pig tape

Intensive Care is the duo of Canadian musicians Andrew Nolan and Ryan Bloomer, both of whom played in the heavy powerviolence legends The Endless Blockade (Nolan also played in the equally divine Column Of Heaven). Don't expect fast blastbeats here though, this is insanely heavy, sludgy doomy and rhythmic hardcore punk influencd by old industrial, with a totally evil feeling, somewhere between Godflesh and Celtic Frost. Hell, even the sometimes distorted vocals sound like Justin Broadrick's. Also, they continue the Column Of Heaven's tradition of power electronics/noise tracks. I also like the thematic focus evident from the titles, which is probably on the reification of art and its transformation into another capitalist commodity. 2016 tape on Survivalist.


Hagman - Number Mask cdr

Today is a very cold day and some sleet falling, I didn't get any sleep at all, and even the Internet is slow. On days like this I just want to lie on the sofa do nothing at all apart from falling asleep while reading a book and listening to grey electronics. Nothing better than this cdr by Hagman, the duo of Leeds musicians Daniel and David Thomas, which combines monotonous industrial drone with short electronic intros. You can go to the bandcamp of Sheepscar Light Industrial to check out some more of their material both collectively and individually. 2014 cdr on lf records.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Coil - Live Two (Live In Moscow 2001) cd

An immensely psychedelic live experience by the best electronic band of all time, recorded during the Musick To Play In the Dark Vol. 2 tour in Moscow in 2001. Despite the mostly astral droning music Coil played at that time, this has a lot of noise involved and an almost-drone metal rendition of Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil that would make Sunn O))) blush. 2003 cd on Threshold House.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Coil - Queens of the Circulating Library cd

I remember having bought this cd during the summer after I had finished high school, trying to calm down after my college entry exams and waiting to see if I would go to the university. I already loved Coil, they were one of the very very first experimental/noise/ambient groups I had discovered, as I mainly listened to hardcore punk and grindcore at the time. So when I bought this my parents had gone on holiday and I was home alone and it was scorching hot outside. So I started listening to this and turned on the air-conditioning machine at full blast. The feeling of machine-produced cold and the psychedelic trance-like ambient music just made me so blissful. This cd totally belongs in 1970's Germany, Florian Fricke or Klaus Schulze would have been totally proud to release this. Sleazy isn't playing on this one, just John Balance and Thighpaulsandra, plus sandra's mother reciting. 2000 cd on Eskaton.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Stuart Chalmers - The Heart of Wilderness & The Heart of Solitude tapes

Stuart Chalmers is a British self-described sound scavenger of junk cassettes. His very prolific output includes collaborations with Sindre Bjerga, Posset and Neil Campbell. While he mainly utilizes tapes and found sounds, on these two related tapes he has composed some of the best things ever recorded, mostly with swarmandal, a string instrument used in Indian classical music. Two masterpieces of desolate beauty which would be best described as Stephan Micus gone industrial. Check Stuart's bandcamp for more of his releases.

The Heart of Wilderness tape

2016 tape on Was Ist Das?


The Heart of Solitude tape


2016 tape on Constellation Tatsu.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Stephen Cornford ‎– Pinched Tapes #1 tape

This is a tape originally released in a very limited run by Cornford and was re-released by Geräuschmanufaktur in 2017. The music samples has been taken from a tape of John Cage's String Quartets and an audiobook of Jack and the Beanstalk which were then handlooped and played on tape recorders. So this is just a 10-second loop of a violin section by Cage with a woman saying "when the music stops please turn the cassette over." For some people this will be tedious and idiotic, but for me this repetition creates an intense melancholic feeling which is beyond any descriptions.


Caroline McKenzie - The Drowning Of Ophelia


In a new article on the great Radio Free Midwich blog Rob Hayler places among his personal musical favorite for 2017 an album by Caroline McKenzie called The Drowning of Ophelia. This is inspired of course by Hamlet and is a harrowing 4-hour work of mourning drone/dark ambient on the theme of death and catharsis. I would compare it to the best moments of William Basinski as well as Stars Of The Lid in some of the most uplifting moments. Caroline has been kind enough to offer this for free on her bandcamp along with an abridged version for the impatient. So, I think that you should go there and offer something as a donation for this great work.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Lycosa - Lycobra Command 7"

Great powerviolence/grindcore with technical mastery, black metal influences and moments of atonal madness by Lycosa from Richmond, Virginia. Reminds me of Plutocracy as well as Gasp. 2000 7" on Putrid Filth Conspiracy and Sounds of Betrayal.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Shift - Creation & Space LP


Martin Willford as Shift has been producing some of the most unsettling dark noise in recent years, including albums such as Unable to Abide the Silence of the World and Altamont Rising. This LP hereby is another great one, joined by the one and only Lee Stokoe on bass, offering a unique blend of unforgivingly grey industrial noise with harrowing moments of piano quiet. Judging by this interview and his recent collab with right-wing fascist Muslim-hating scum Koufar, I've got to say that I suspect that his politics would earn him a fine place at the gallows, but since I'm not a PC SJW, I'd say cynically that if this is the case, all the more reason to rip him off and steal his property, right? In the words of Haare, Destroy Fascism - Love Forever. 2008 LP on At War With False Noise.