Saturday, 17 September 2022

Aussaat #1


Aussaat #1


A round up of the latest releases of the German label Aussaat.

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Nuori Veri – Kadonnut Maailmankuva – CD – 2021 – Aussaat 20.

       1.    Muistamisen taakka.

       2.    Konttilanoja.

       3.    Ikuisten ystavien kanssa.

       4.    Ratsu F-3.

       5.    Lasi muuttuu hiekaksi.

       6.    Nittyvallankumous.

       7.    Vihrea raunio

How will you act, when your most merciless judge is your own self-respect?

There are no colours in the world, there is just light and the lack of it.

Quotes from translations of the album’s dialogue.

I’m glad that I rarely use the reviewing technique of ‘this sounds like this project’ as it would be a waste of time on Nuori Veri as I have never heard anything that sounds like them before. Nuori Veri have been releasing since 2019 on Brownhill Mafia and Aussaat. I have heard the term Rural Industrial to describe this work before on Special Interests. One of us reviewed them back in 2020 and they were very impressed.

A spoken narrative introduces Muistamisen taakka, a string instrument loop plays through, whilst things are anonymously shuffled around and bumped on a table as sounds of marching create a backing rhythm. Anguished vocals shout over this, the song is hypnotic and ties in with the rural artwork on the album’s cover. Further looped instrumentation and scuffling sounds build Konttilanoja which seems like the first until electronic humming breaks everything up for a spoken narrative to enter the song as the shouting returns to kill everything. More shuffling and scraping play out over the dead space. The drones and narrative return as the shouting goes off in the background. Further dialogue introduces Ikuisten ystavien kanssa, piano melody plays slowly to creaking and rattling in the background, there are many glimpses of beauty on this album, this is a classic example of that. The piano dies off, rumbling and slow, low percussion and a person growling take its place and the narrative continues. The sudden shift of the track from optimistic to bleak is noted. As the piano returns, all is well in a melancholically beautiful way.

A female narrative introduces Ratsu F-3, scraping sounds shift around with rattling pipes to create sound poetry. These create tension and movement upon which feedback can help build for the narrative to drift in and out of it. Resonating feedback ends up dominating and lead the track to its end. Slower wind chime like sounds and a looped scratched sound build Lasi muuttuu hiekaksi. Bass heavy feedback and the familiar shouted male vocal enters the equation as dogs bark in the background. Any use of electronics on this album immediately makes the tracks darker, they signify disturbance and unrest. Delicate piano builds Nittyvallankumous as rumbling and thunder erupts, eventually birds can be heard singing their song. The finale Vihrea raunio feels like a field recording overlaid with dialogue as this ends an accordion plays a tune beautifully with rattling sounds echoing across the soundscape in between passages of speaking. A violin sings its’ tune to the speech as sounds clatter and tap in the background.

Kadonnut Maailmankuva is a work of shining beauty that is unique and close to perfect.


Nuori Veri – Vakaumus – CD – 2022 – Aussaat 26.

       1.    Sisainen naky.

       2.    Vaarallinin tie.

       3.    Epailyksen pitka varjo.

       4.    Juuritila.

       5.    Selvinpain portailla.

       6.    Luopuminen.

       7.    Kohti hengen kirkkautta.

       8.    Von haju.

     Taustalla toimivat voimat

This CD is both of Nuori Veri’s early tapes Vakaumus and Vakaumus II and they were released in an edition of 50 on the Brownhill Mafia label in 2019. The artwork themes of bees and rural countryside again occupy the CD case like that of Kadonnut Maailmankuva.

A brief speech introduces a sustained piano melody, the early releases feature longer passages of instrumentation throughout, I feel the beauty of the work was evident immediately as Sisainen naky demonstrates. I like the piano work that appears across Nuori Veri albums. Things die off and contact mic abuse and heavy breathing take over, this rumbles and feeds back until the piano returns to compliment. Feedback and rattling introduce further contact mic abuse and the tape feels like it is being purposely warped and abused as a vocal comes in, less shouted than later recordings but effective as it builds up within the chaos, this is Vaarallinin tie. All dies off, tape warping returns as an intro to Epailyksen pitka vario’s piano melody. The piano is haunted and evocative as it plays a lonely melody, its only company is the shuffling of the microphone, this begins to warp and become disrupted by background noise.

Feedback and humming accompany clattering as the shouting returns on Juuritila, the sound is impassioned and angry. The noise is intense as it plays through to the end pf the track.  Noise returns through contact mic scraping and shuffling - piano melody takes the place of the vocal in Selvinpain portailla which plays out for a long period of time. Luopuminen uses intense rumbling, scraping noise only for field recordings of chickens to take over and this to be then eclipsed by silence and distant background noise. Intensified rumblings become the bulk of the track and the chickens become backing vocals for shouting and raving. This is the most intense track on the album. Rustling and wailing feedback are the intro to Kohti hengen kirkkautta. The wailing feedback changes pitch causing movement of sound as echoes and rustling eventually accompany piano playing. The piano continues as Von haju, which is eventually joined by a vocal. This occasionally cuts out as if it is a loop upon which the vocal is shouted – I am simultaneously amazed and confused by this. Taustalla toimivat voimat, the album’s finale is chaotic until it dies off and things begin to move, clutter, clang and warp. This builds a long passage of noise until piano returns and plays a dramatic song that ends the album.

The sound here isn’t as clear as Kadonnut Maailmankuva there are many elements of it, but they are working differently, yet the work still maintains a constant feel shimmering beauty. These two studies make for an impressive whole.

Alone and Empowered 2022.

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

The Haters and Kadaver split cassette.


The Haters / Kadaver – The Haters / Kadaver – Cassette/Download – Tribe Tapes – 2022 – Tribe 012.

     1.       The Haters – Pump Powered Permawave (2021).

     2.       Kadaver – Venomous Agent. 

Neither of these projects presented here really needs much introduction from me. OK, if you insist, we have the Haters, US Noise champions of destruction and new ways to make noise in a live setting. The Haters is GX Jupiter Larsen active since 1979. Kadaver is Michael Zolotov, who is one of the new pioneers of Death Industrial in its present form.

Haters straight away sounds like something of today, waling screech and ominous drones go off as background sounds play out. You can’t say, ‘oooh, the Haters doing their old thing…’ it has a strong contemporary feel to it in production methods and choices of sounds used.  The drones make me think of a nightmarish take on Angus MacLise or Phil Niblock resonating bad vibes caused by the accompanying noise.  Pump Powered Permawave is simultaneously sophisticated and anxiety inducing. The death drone on the die out is gorgeous. All elements create a strong representation of the Haters five decades in.

Death Industrial back in the day was bits of Italian and English projects, then Brighter Death Now in his shades, then Atrax Morgue being bleak and sexy, now days it is S.T.A.B. Electronics resonating street hate and Kadaver bleeding out of Israel. Big synthesisers resonate approaching death, feedback menaces over it, as if threatening to kill you. I mentioned ‘Gorgeous’ in the Haters paragraph, this track resonates a grim beauty with simple elements squaring up to each other over nine and a half minutes. As the sickness to the sound is increased by tweaking the two sources, so does the beauty of the work. The drop of sound into muffled bubbling provides a contrasting, die out to the track.

The more I review, the more I discover gems like this. Great work both.

Nevis Cretini 2022.

Putrescent Tapes #2


Putrescent Tapes #2

Putrescent Tapes New Batch – 2022 – Cassette/Download

Putrescent Tapes has established itself as a strong, young cult Harsh Noise Label in America. The label based in Pennsylvania and has been producing batches of tapes since 2017. I have reviewed the label before and was impressed by the work they sent to me back in 2019. . I am sure that it has gone on forever, but I notice young labels of now create an identity via the batches of releases they put out, often curating new, obscure projects to create an identity and reputation. Dagger seems to focus on grimy, menacing Harsh Noise and Wall work.

Flesheaterforest – Deathmatch – Cassette/Download – 2022

      1.    555.

      2.    Bone.

      3.    Frozen.

Deathmatch is the first time I have heard the project Flesheaterforest, so I am going in blind. Blackened rumblings and scrapings create 555 in a unique way, it doesn’t sound like anything else. The nearest distant parallel to this I could think of is the Esoteric cave noise of Tunnels of Ah.  Percussive, Industrial clanging as if made from a guitar or homemade instrument is being hit in Bone. This track has a direct aggression that bounces around with the sole source of sound manipulated to create quiet and noisy passages of sound. Frozen combines all the characteristics of the previous tracks with a synthesiser providing a rhythm, whilst scraping noise screams across the whole track. Warped violence is projected at the listener as the work continually loops falls and escalations. All I can say is that Flesheaterforest is a unique, odd, strong project and Deathmatch is a powerful release.

Kadaver – Never Again (Part II) - Cassette/Download – 2022.

      1.    Sardinepackung.

      2.    How To Destroy Basically Anything.

Kadaver is Michael Zolotov, based in Israel. Kadaver has gradually risen to the top ranks of modern Death Industrial. This is the most well-known project in this batch of releases and has been active for several decades.

Sardinepackung uses a stripped-down Harsh Noise sound, that feels deliberately digital, it isn’t loads of layered distortion, just a movement of humming noise, that introduces different elements of abrasion over various parts of the track to create tension and maximise the sound’s volume. The progression of noises and their continually rising intensity builds up to a massive sound. How To Destroy Basically Anything hums itself to life, choppy distortion stabs into the sound. The track seems to resonate on those two elements for a long time as they contrast and morph around each other. As things melt down the sound becomes increasingly fractured.

This is a great release that leaves me scared as the closing samples play out. However, Kadaver and Great are two words that are frequently used in the same work.

The Ide of Earth – The Idea of Earth – Cassette/Download – 2022

      1.    Congested Dig.

      2.    Chairoscuro.

      3.    Dank Eternity.

      4.    Man Bites Nature Bites Man.

      5.    Treading Horizon.

      6.    Treading Corpse-Filled Waters.

Condemned walls of loops burnt into drones, stagnant sonics and bio-walls in the redundant name of mechanization and industry decimating this planet. Mantras of pollution for the future of our end. STAGNIC. Biography off the project’s Bandcamp.

I like the Harsh Wall this project delivers, the challenging nature of the work uses a digital distortion and a fractured, rhythmic distortion to make Congested Dig. Sharper frequencies replace this to deliver Chairoscuro, interruptive sharp noise if further interrupted by short gasps of distortion – I admire how this project uses playfulness and annoying, irritating noise to build work. I think this demonstrates an innovative approach that is in line with the kind of Harsh Noise Inner Demons Records favours. There is what I call an early, primitive noise approach that is refreshing on Dank Entity – I feel they make nods to SPK or early Premature Ejaculation. The treble assault on this track is sharp and brutal on the ears. A manic savagery takes over for Man Bites Nature Bites Man, it is as if the project delivers increasing methods of sonic brutality. Ominous Drones and loops are Treading Horizon the subtle shifts in tone and speed of the pulsations cause constant movement in the work. The finale uses a busier, direct violence for Treading Corpse-Filled Waters. Choppy blasts of distortion and screeching race across each other. This is a great, challenging, confrontational release.

Шумоизоляция – Supreme Pleasure – Cassette/Download – 2022.

1.         Supreme Pleasure (Part I)

2.         Supreme Pleasure (Part II)

This Russian project has been active since 2017.

A pure cold, consistent blast of wall, the density of each wall is heavy with no space or recognisable back elements of non-noise sound. Each Supreme Pleasure is very similar to the other, both share practically identical textures. There is a warm bass glow whilst a mass of static drags across it. The depth of the bass changes slowly to vary the intensity of the work throughout.  Pure Russian coldness, good, bleak work.

Wallmart – Super Bowl Sunday – Cassette/Download – 2022

      1.    Halftime Performance.

      2.    Post-Game Review.

This is a project by Edward Giles of Final Solution who runs the group Wallmart on Facebook. Final Solution is a now a key chapter in the development of American Power Electronics, I am obsessed with Hydra, the project of FS Greg Scott (RIP & respect x 1000) The resurgence of FS with the reissue of their material and emergence of their live tapes seems well in motion over recent years. There is a book on Greg Scott’s work due soon.

Sharp, shifting wall noise acts out on Halftime Performance. This wall has a thick, crispy texture, kind of like a Lion Bar made into sound. There is a fast pace shooting through it, sharp shards of sound slightly overlap the edges giving a fuzzy edge texture. I am unsure of what background sounds are there, the density of the wall makes it hard to tell, but with the theme of American Football, it isn’t hard to guess. A sense of overdrive is forced into the sound midway through, adding urgency to the work. The sharpness of the work increases making it a spikier wall at the end.

A sharper noise assault introduces Post-Game review, before the wall takes the lead of the sound. A slower drag to the bass sound and a faster sharp noise drags across it, demonstrating a tension across the texture. As the accelerated blast and dragging bass shift the tension becomes the main movement, it is as if it is pulled across the track slowly and violently. The hum of the back drones starts to sing through the tension for a time, until the main bass roar takes prominence.

This is a new arm to the work of Edward Giles, a strong release with good attention to detail.

White Widow – Void Infirmary – Cassette/Download – 2022.

      1.    Lesser Banishing Ritual.

      2.    Mind Eraser.

      3.    Corroding Black Granite.

      4.    Black Avalanche.

      5.    Void Infirmary.

      6.    Serpentine Chain Jail.

Lesser Banishing Ritual is haunted, warped noise. There seems to be a background sound that sounds like wailing, like how harsh noise wall works, but with a cage of noise rather than a mass of distortion over it. The sound goes loopier on Mind Eraser, choppy noise cuts across other sharp, fractured noise to create a hailstorm of blips and scratches. Corroding Black Granite makes use of distinct, sustained, sharper noise in a wailing grid of sound. The dramatic intensity of the individual sounds rises throughout the track. Black Avalanche uses similar methods, but it is amplified via a heavy back bass running through it. The full palette of noise frequently reduces allowing for duos of noise to play off against each other for sustained periods of time. The sharper noise resonates and sharpens at the end, violently clashing with hum and crackle to maximum intensity. The title track, sputters distortion, whilst the fractured wailing weaves through it as other noises cut in, this creates a heated sonic argument. The overall sound is like a death surrounded by buzzing flies laying eggs on the carcass. The imposing Serpentine Chain Jail delivers a bleak finale to the album, it sounds like hell.

This Philippines duo have been releasing since 2019, I honestly think we have some new up and coming greats here as they are bloody good and Void Infirmary is a great release, possibly one of the best things I have heard all year.

Cursed Moors – Cassette/Download – 2022.

      1.    Cursed Moors s/t.

This is a new anonymous project that I am keen to hear.

Oh yes, this is orgasmic from the offset, screaming feedback wails at me over distorted acceleration, it is fucking nasty. This is violent, busy, attacking Harsh Noise. This is like a mass of violence with individual elements clearly defined through the business. It roars out well at times, accelerating and rising in volume when needed. No prior history adds mystery as you can’t categorise or track it. I am curious if this is the Dagger guy having a sonic fight with himself into new territory. Either way this is bleak and brilliant. Possibly another 2022 champion release.

Nevis Kretini, destroyer of all cliques and eradicator of my own ego - 2022.

Friday, 19 August 2022

Support Unit - Illegalist

Support Unit – Illegalist – Trash Fuck Records- Cassette/Download – 2022. 

       1.       The Spectre of Jules Bonnot.

       2.       May Every Crime Be an Attack on Property.

Wikipedia says - Jules Joseph Bonnot (October 14, 1876 – April 28, 1912) was a French bank robber famous for his involvement in a criminal anarchist organization dubbed "The Bonnot Gang" by the French press. He viewed himself as a professional and avoided bloodshed, preferring to outwit his targets.

Support Unit is based in Fargo, North Dakota. It is the work of Brandon Wald and has been releasing since 2015. Brandon also runs Black Ring Rituals Records.

The Spectre of Jules Bonnot throws out a dense thick wall with an unnerving undercurrent. The compression in this work is immediately felt by the listener. Is there a riot going on in the background? I don’t know, but the fact that I am shitting myself from the off, is a sign of good work. There is a rhythm to the distortion that chops away, but the thickness to the sound is consistently present. Any shifts in the work (of which there are several) are immediately noticeable as they happen – these can either be in the compression of the distortion or what is happening in the background. The Spectre of Jules Bonnot, drags and shudders its’ way across close to twenty minutes.

The second track – May Every Crime Be an Attack on Property has more of a shout to it’s wall of distortion, it yells at the listener, not as bass heavy, but a nastier with a slightly sharper tone. The disturbing background chaos of the previous track is replaced by a torturous, hellish background undercurrent. Jarring pitches of tone cut into the distortion. These changes cause the work to go into the more challenging wall territory demonstrated by acts like Dosis Letalis, RRR and anything Dan Fox (Inner Demons Records) creates. The progress of HNW work is subtle, it takes challenging work like this to demonstrate that. Moving on, this is a livelier track than the opener as the different elements that shift between combatting and complimenting each other endlessly add a lot of energy.

Illegalist fully reflects the danger of it's subject, you didn't mess around with the Bonnot Gang. Support Unit delivers strong work, this is well worthy of purchase and the label fully deserves your support.

Nothing and Nobody, eradicator of all scene cliques 2022

Blackcloudsummoner - Spend the Night.

Blackcloudsummoner – Spend the Night – Live 2019-2022- Download – 2022.

      1.       HYPERION IN REVERSE (LIVE @JT SOAR 16TH JAN 2020)

      2.       WHEEZING JUNK (LIVE AT CENTRALA 11 JUNE 2021)



I am driving Blackcloudsummoner and Itching to a gig at Birmingham Centrala 11th June 2021, we reach the city centre of Birmingham.

Me – ‘Guys the sky is looking very cloudy today.’

Blackcloudsummoner – ‘Come on lads, get back in the box you’re out too early!”

One of our beloved Nottingham’s lead noise projects is Blackcloudsummoner, along with Itching, there is no posturing or hype, only the delivery on recordings and live performances. Whenever I see the steel dragon on the outskirts of the city centre, I can’t help but think of the project and how much I love the work. I don’t know where he came from, suddenly he was there, playing gigs, doing his own zines and releases. The recent coming out of Blackcloudsummoner as a queer project has been epic and straight to the point. Photos in lingerie straight out online declarations of Queerness, no build up, no hints, again, it just happened. I fully support this and fully endorse the greatness of the project live and on record as you can see from past reviews. Spend the Night consists of four live performances across 4 years, I think I was at 2 of them.

The first recorded performance is from JT Soar in Nottingham – Hyperion in Reverse. This has that weird Blackcloudsummoner sound that uses quirky sounds that sound like nothing else. It indicates how the project seems to influence and inform itself, it has an awareness of its surroundings and contemporaries, but any influence (if it exists) is stripped down to what suits the project and keeps it self-protected whilst expanding upon what it does. The noise and the occult factors of the project get stranger the more you look at them. If I am honest analysing the work of the project only builds up more questions.  I’d describe the sound as startling, it feels as if it is grabbing sunlight, mangling it into a different shape and throwing it back out to the listener.

Recorded nearly a year and a half later as gigs gradually returned after lockdown, Wheezing Junk interrupts the audience’s conversation aggressively, it coughs at them and begins to converse within itself, simultaneously projecting outwards at the same time.  The sound has an immediately more noticeable bad mood to it, a sullen sound, not happy, no rays of sunshine bounced around in different forms. I say that, yet a playfulness does enter the sound later in the performance, but it is way screwier than the previous performance. It is like someone simultaneously being playful and threatening at the same time. This evolves into throbbing hostility, not an explosion but the sound pulls back, slows down and drags into a restrained sonic tantrum.

Hot on the heels of the Centrala performance comes Love Song, how it interrupts the audience uses a lot more aggression than before, it throws screeching jolts and contact mic abuse. Both elements increase what they do to multiply their effect until the sounds howl out, launching outwards off the distortion. I’d describe this as Harsh Noise’s wierdo one off cousin, locked within the explosive conversation of their own sound. Love Song is way Joltier than previous performances, cutting off and starting out in new directions a lot. The screwed up playful sound returns later in the set, it bends and reshapes the light, there is less menace here only a fuller redelivery. It says, “look at me, I am going off, freaking out, nobody else does it this way so soak it in!” This moment is everything beautiful about the work of the project raining over the audience, even the long collapse of the sound is perfect.

Eight months later, four months ago, Fold Your Blood in Half happens at Chameleon in Nottingham. This one has a quiet start, the intro is subtle, the sound tries different things, each performance does this, but this one does it more so. There is a lot of drag to the sound, it scrapes a lot, the contact microphone sounds really emphasise this. It isn’t aggressive, here we have a depressive, blacker sound for sure. Feedback is left wailing for longer until other noise joins in, the atmospheres roll out for long periods of time. The project has clearly retained its one-off qualities whilst going elsewhere. The work of the project is done with a less busy palette, everything is subtle. I like the sudden leap forwards, progression never stops. The clouds came out at just the right time on this day.

Beautiful work, the performances all differ from each other, the development of the work is consistent and never loses its individuality. Well worthy of purchase.

Army of one, eradicator of all scene cliques 2022.

Pablito Clon - Pomba Gira.


Pablito Clon – Pomba Gira – Download – 2022 – Self Released.

       1.       El rito.

       2.       Oh muerte_muerte.

       3.       Pomba Gira.

       4.       Sindrome de Cotard.

       5.       Casa de las almas.

Pablito Clon is a noise project based in Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Glitchy sounds lead to pulsating digital beats and a vocal growls away to El Rito. Oh Muerte_Muerte delivers an aggressive beat whilst vocal sickness spews across things. Synthesisers throb throughout this allowing for distortion to cut in and add new rhythm. Samples of singing introduce Pomba Gira, atmospheric wailing and beats hailing from different sources play out.  Sindrome de Cotard is the immediate gem as the beat breaks out and has an accelerated dance rhythm, while a vocal hums a tune. Even as it falls apart is stays strong. A bell chimes the last track in, chanting and humming come in to play across the work, different percussion and noise hop in too. This produces quite a rich sound that I like. The song begins to glitch out allowing for single noises to echo across the sound.  

This release gets better as it progresses showing a lot of promise for future work. When the experimentations work, they work well.  I am keen to see where this goes.

Army of One 2022.

Niku Daruma – Tourniquetting

Niku Daruma – Tourniquetting – 7” / Download – Damien Records - 2022

       1.       Exsanguinating.

       2.       Tourniquetting.

       3.       Triaging.

A massive blast of distortion that buries screaming and synthesiser sounds greets me. After a break, I am reacquainted with Niku Daruma and Exsanguinating shows a massive development and massive leap forward in their sound. Tourniquetting pushes this out even further, the vocal is amazing and barks through the noise. The sound is huge, bleak, mournful whilst still maintaining the rage of the earlier work. The underlying synthesisers add the mournful aspect as if playing out funeral sadness under the distortion and vocal howl. The variation brings texture, by collapsing the sound and allowing the vocal prominence at one point is impressive. Triaging goes into a lower volume, whispered vocals and jolts of sound build up collide to demonstrate a complex depth. Lone drones become howling frequencies as they shift from one to the other and back again. The screams of old return here, the stripped-down sound now works to emphasise them and bolster their effectiveness.

As modern, younger, American Power Electronics goes, Niku Daruma fits in with the current generation that are trying to remodel it, whilst successfully retaining a dangerous, wilfully violent sound that resonates on recordings and live performances. I want to look around the scene and dare myself to find anything as good as this.

Army of One 2022.

The Night Soil Men – The Transmission Tape Recordings


The Night Soil Men – The Transmission Tape Recordings – 2022 – CDR.  

This is an anonymous 11 track disc that landed through my doorstep this morning. I say thanks to the mysterious disc sender, I admire anyone that will send me a disc and not expect an Mpfree review. Tearing the label off for recycling reveals it is from Birmingham. Birmingham and I have a strange spiritual connection being from Coventry and having a bleak Goth past there (92-93, Death Cultures at the Hummingbird, the Institute and the Mercat pub).

My boombox gives off lots of unidentifiable crackle and rumble, the levels vary across each track, I feel that I am somewhere that I don’t know and never will. A female vocal sample comes in as if reporting from another time. I can’t make out what’s been said as it is a slightly muffled field recording, I feel transported into the listener’s past through their VHS collection. Rumble and crackle return to take me elsewhere for a time. When the sample of a female narrator returns, I feel as if I am being told a story as the voice is warped, I can’t make it out, but it feels cosy. Passages of distortion return, crackling away as if struggling to stay on the recording, feedback pins it all down. At times the distortion is tied in with recordings of conversations or noise of the surrounding environment, offering a brief lucidity that fades as the distortion covers what is happening. The feel of being haunted appears in the later part of the recording, making it feel as ghostly.  Music at the end does all the things I described in one.

Sometimes, to be sent somewhere else recording is a treat, experiments that function to push us to other places are unexpected surprises.

Army of One @ Coventry Soul 2022.

Futile Escapist Front – Lost Transmissions.

Futile Escapist Front – Lost Transmissions – CD – 2021 – Sonic Entrails – FEF


       1.       Truth.

       2.       Feeling.

       3.       Salvation


      4.       Revelation.

      5.       Choice.

      6.       Damnation Now!

I engaged with this recording straight away; it is a new recording by John E Smoke. This makes me remember people’s feelings of how things were at the time of Covid and the lockdown, Lost Transmissions immediately radiates me towards that. The label has heavily dealt with these times previously on the amazing Something Broke album. This is also the first of two recordings by this new Flesh-Eating Foundation linked project.

It gives off a churning, dystopian ambient aura immediately, everything functions within a thick fog of paranoia, feeling like a slow exploration of a mindscape and its past. I use this word a lot, but infected comes through the work, drones mingle causing subtle interactions and low build ups, vocal samples emerge at different times as if reporting from the past and making it into the present.

At different intervals, synthesisers play over the work, often repeated patterns, but are very effective, giving an adrenaline rush to the work – a quickening. In contrast to this the keyboards also slow things back down with soundtrack like overtones, even bordering on classical in parts. Rumbling distortion and tone feedback resonate across the work, like a lead vocal singing its song. All of these components build a massive sound.

I want to say Science fiction when I hear Lost Transmission, but it isn’t fiction, it feels like the exploration of the mind through past recordings and samples. This is basically a brilliant, well executed album.

Army of One 2022.

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Entre Vifs - UB10


Entre Vifs – UB.10 – Aussaat – Aussaat 21 – CD – 2022

        1.         Session 57B-1.

        2.       Session 57B-2.

        3.       Session 58A-3/a.

        4.       Session 58A-3/b

UB.10 is the 11th Entre Vifs album since their debut release in 1989, the acclaimed French noise unit has always been centred around Zorin. The album is composed of four live sessions from their Noisecraft Workshop studio that were recorded in 2019. The CD is adorned with bold Brutalist artwork (The label Aussaat does great enamel Entre Vifs badges in this style too), there is also a detailed diagram on the inside that shows what components are used to create the sound. Entre Vifs historically ties in with Le Syndicat, this goes back as far as 1984 (There is a definite Noise OG feel to the work because of these facts). UB10 is limited to 200 CD copies.

The chaotic, manic sound of Entre Vifs is like a familiar friend, the noise screams and yells its hellos at me whilst going to war with its surroundings. Everything grates, drags and accelerates – sometimes all together or at different times to create a shifting tension within the sound. I feel as if I am stuck in an evolving Sci-fi nightmare as shards of sound shoot out around me. When I put this album onto headphones, I noticed a complexed use of distortion that underlies the harsh gasping and choking of the noise. The distortion adds a muddy density that is reinforced by the sharper noise, giving a bigger sound. Distortion barks as it is shifted around and forced into screams, which often leaves me unsure if it is a vocal. When I fall into this thinking, the work’s violence increases massively. Rapid and sophisticated are words that always come to mind when I hear Entre Vifs, I feel that there always solid control behind the apparent chaos given off in each track.

The shifting power of sound is consistent across the album. UB10 is another strong addition to their body of work, Entre Vifs remain a powerful force within today’s ever shifting boundaries of experimental Noise.  

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