Started by GEWALTMONOPOL, December 15, 2009, 09:30:59 PM
Quote from: TordonLjud on October 29, 2020, 07:59:41 PMChazev - Katatonia (CD, Narcolepsia)One of my favourite reissues of 2020. Hypnotic industrial soundscapes with a decent amount of grittiness, not particularly harsh but not particularly un-harsh either (far away from the dreaded dark ambient-trap in other words, where a lot of industrial soundscapes seem to end up eventually). Great variety throughout. No bit overstays its welcome and it's a perfect accompaniment to reading some Dalkey Archive Press anti-novels. On the under-appreciated label Narcolepsia.
Quote from: Baglady on October 20, 2020, 10:08:39 PMSHREDDED NERVE - Acts Of Betrayal CD (Chondritic Sound, 2020)The only thing I had heard of Shredded Nerve prior to this was a 7" from 2014. I barely have any memory of how it sounds, just that I thought it was allright but nothing special or original. Just... tape noise. Six years on and he has definitely worked out something of his own. A fusion of all eras of industrial and some very jagged oil-soaked tactile mechanical noise. And the (at least initially) odd acoustic number ("Meridian") bringing Organum, Metgumbnerbone and whathaveyou to mind. But I digress, this is mostly strange, loud and unsafe machinery. He's partially tiptoeing into Worth territory here, while dragging a sack of his own props and tools behind him, refurnishing, fucking up the scenery. Molding and melting all this into something coherent and comprehensive (well...), Impressive! It's alot to digest, but that is a good thing. Exactly the sort of noise I feel there is too little of right now. Great disc!
Quote from: TordonLjud on November 02, 2020, 09:37:48 PMKnurl - Initial Shock (CD + DVD, Absurd Exposition)I wondered fairly recently where all the Knurl reissues are and suddenly here is one and what a reissue it is! I have yet to listen to the DVD: 3 hours, so that is a solid weekend project. But having listened to the CD my immediate thoughts are maybe less about the actual material on this CD (impressive physical harsh noise, of course) and instead how consistently impressive Knurl has been (and still manages to be). There are not many projects which epitomizes the tag "long running harsh noise project, consistently high quality, but severely underrated" quite as well as Knurl. (Obviously you have to mention Government Alpha and perhaps Guilty Connector in the same breath.) I do have quite a bit of Knurl releases in my shelves but there are really no good reasons not to get more. Lastly, a mention for the label and those involved for the effort going into materializing this reissue.
Quote from: [MBD] on October 28, 2020, 04:07:34 PMMistletoe - Gestas & Dermas CDr (Small Mercies 2020)This project never ceases to surprise me. Starting off as raw black metal akin to the earlier one-man acts (but with a style unique in it's approach enough to separate them) Mistletoe is now a bleak, monophonic synth-driven Death Industrial entity that would fit well within the Slaughter catalog but like the Black Metal era of the project, doesn't come off as derivative. This is Mistletoe's first full-length album at 66 minutes and remains quite the journey through out.Tortured, reverb-soaked vocals accompany claustrophobic rudimentary synth drones. What I like best about this album is the consistency of it's thematic elements. There are 13 tracks but most are past of a sequence (being labeled I, II and so forth). These tracks don't follow each other but when the next track in a series that was three tracks before picks up, any crescendos or lingering atmospheres left behind pick up and continue to evolve. Some tracks are a little long and repetitive but this album doesn't want to impress, an intense and highly satisfying experience. The CD was limited to 44, there may have been a repress in the 10s but who knows? Someone will upload a bad rip to YouTube eventually.