Demons #14 – New July 2021 Batch.
THIS NOISE KILLS FASCISTS.
on from my recent interview with Dan Fox who runs Inner Demons Records, I have
received the latest batch of releases by the label. In this one, there are 11
recordings, all are housed in the familiar Inner Demons 3” CDr format with Dan’s
Black and White artwork – the obsessive eye to detail of the formats the label
demonstrates impress me a lot. I believe that this may be their biggest batch
of releases so far.
the last 15 years, Inner Demons has stayed true to its own ethics and done
close to a hundred releases of different artists from around the world. The
label has established itself as a leading light in the present-day noise scene.
Inner Demons #14 is an overview of their latest batch of 11 new releases.
– Untitled - 3” Cdr/Download – [IND091] – 2021.
1. Untitled – 20.17
is a new Japanese Noise artist who has been active since 2019, his single
Untitled track begins as a sudden explosion of distortion that creates a wall
of Harsh Noise. The texture of the sound is thick with a sharper blast that
undulates around the main body of distortion. A fluid medium roar creates a subtle
shift in sound as it becomes a part of the texture later on in the track by
altering the layers that create the whole sound. The energy of the track
splutters erupting menace and danger. The ripping blasts of distortion alter
throughout the Untitled track.
There is a
feeling of the past in the sound as if on an old rail journey many centuries
ago, the creaking of the noise does this, yet the roar contrasts it as if on a
high-speed, modern-day journey. Solid contrasting HNW delivered, good work.
The Grapes of Wrath - 3” Cdr/Download – [IND093] – 2021
Great Construction Projects.
Grapes of Wrath.
with politics, Gestapo will die by itself )) There is no other way here.’
appears to be a new project based in Russia. I get the impression members may
be linked into other projects.
checked this and their Uno Lump album from 2020 on their own Bandcamp, this
really differs from anything I have heard on IDS before. Their work is
rhythmic, heavy industrial, noises collide for a time until a slow rhythm kicks
in and guides the sounds into order. The noise seems to either stay as
disciplined as the rhythms or suddenly go off and flood the proceedings with
mayhem. Tracks seem to find a solid rhythm and then go off on screwy tangents,
warping themselves so that they become something else entirely - this can be
drawn out slow moving ambient landscapes for which the distanced beat becomes a
faint pulse. At other times complete noise mayhem goes off over the pulsations so
everything is reduced to a distant broadcast from wherever the chaos takes the
hypnotic gem of a release that is Grapes of Wrath is spread across 2 Cdrs,
creating a long, shifting journey worthy of further listening.
and Jettenbach – Roche Limit – 3” Cdr/Download – [IND094] – 2021
3. ○)) ●))
Roche Limit: The point at which one celestial body can no longer maintain
its own gravitational self-attraction and disintegrates due to the gravitation
and tidal forces of a second celestial body.
album is a collaboration between two UK based artists DJ Peter Adjobia (Dragon,
Edgewood) and Paul Jetten (Jettenbach) working together for the first time.
like this release from the outset, it has the feel of a soundtrack casting
pleasant ambient landscapes as drones play out. The three tracks flow into each
other beautifully and the sound is like a gorgeous dreamscape, Roche Limit is slightly
sinister, rich ambient music, at times I think of Nite Fights era Walker Brothers.
It is impossible for me to be critical about this album, I think it is amongst
the best that the label has produced.
– Recessive Gene Mutation – 3” Cdr/Download – [IND088] – 2021
1. Recessive Gene Mutation I.
2. Recessive Gene Mutation II.
3. Recessive Gene Mutation III.
am a fan of the explosively consistent Gen 26 and it is great to see a release
on Inner Demons by this Slovenian heavyweight. Gen 26 has produced a body of
impressive Harsh Noise over its’ two decades. Here we are presented with 3
passages of Recessive Gene Mutation. Each Mutation is a blast of distortion in
wall form with subtle differences spreading across the tracks in the
examination of tone and texture. The Inner Demons Records format of 3”Cdr works
well for Gen 26 as his sound explorations tend to be short maintain interest and
allow comparison between different takes. The first two are crisp in their
sound, the third has a muffled restraint creating strong contrast against the
other works. Great work as you’d always expect from Gen 26.
– NoisegrinDrtitch – 3” Cdr/Download – [IND092] – 2021
1. Gojko Mrvitch.
2. Laco MrtWitch.
fear comes over me as soon as I hit the link provided in my presearch I know
what I will be reviewing! A side project of Czech noise terrorists Ein Stunde Merzbauten of whom I have reviewed quite a bit
of stuff. Like other Czech noise projects, it (visually) appears funny, like a
comedy project but the delivery will always be very thought out and serious -
the name throws you off balance.
Mrvitch rains distortion on the listener, the sound is fast and shifts around a
lot within its own parameters to keep attention focussed on the work. The sound
is also slightly restrained to contrast the adrenalin fuelled delivery and this
creates a real tension throughout the track. Laco MrtWitch uses similar methods
to the opener but seems to function at a sharper level playing with choppier
noise and hitting highs of screech and feedback a lot more. NoisegrinDrtitch is
top tier Harsh Noise delivery like a fast ride in a speeding car.
Is What I Hear When You Talk - TUCKFRUMP IV – 2 x 3” Cdr/Download – [IND086D] –
2. Also Nope.
is What I Hear When You Talk, the name implies personal and political connotations
depending on the release, the TuckFrump series really leans the name to the
political. This is one of Dan Fox’s projects, many of the releases can be found
on the Inner Demons website. This is the fourth TRUCKFRUMP release.
‘Nope’ has an impressive use of loud bass within its roar, there is an
immediate tension between this and the distortion that drags across it. The
depth of the sound feels as if I am in the middle of surround sound – I feel
contained within this. Nope is energetic, loud and unchanging. Also Nope uses a restrained bass that
seems to be cut into, it also has a bounciness as a crackling distortion plays
over it. This track is like broken techno masked by the crackle: the first
track also has this, but it isn’t as easily recognisable whereas Also Nope sees
to revel in it. Both tracks are strong and differ from each other - this is another impressive album by This Is What I Hear When You Talk.
[Law-rah] Collective – Live 2018 – 2 x 3” Cdr/Download – [IND069D] – 2021.
1. Den Haag, September 28th.
2. Den Bosch, September 15th.
like the idea that there is noise collectives out there,keeping a sense of community and collective creativity - it gives a sense of organised assault to the genre, The [Law-Rah] Collective goes back to 2000.
double live album was a surprise that shows how Inner Demons keeps variety in
the mix of its output. I am very impressed by this collection of live
performances. It is the kind of work that you can play and drift away with. The
sound evolves and resonates in each set, it has a hallucinogenic, dreamlike
quality. The second disc is a lot more ominous than the first. Things break up
a lot and it becomes a distorted pulsating conversation of fractured sounds. It
is difficult to write a lot about this beauty of a release as I kept getting
lost in it, I am converted - this is gorgeous work.
Is What I Hear When You Talk – Half of A Whole – 2 x 3” Cdr/Download –
[IND084D] – 2021.
second release in the batch by This Is What I Hear When You Talk has an
ambiguous title, are we referring to the release or something personal? Who
knows, Dan Fox’s work has many sides and dimensions to it.
creaks into action, this piece has elements of Wall that juxtapose with
Industrial and Ambient leanings. It has the dark qualities of Dan Fox’s Loss
work whilst keeping hold of aspects of the wall elements of This is What I Hear
When You Talk. Distortion continually seems to splash across the entire track.
Along with the genre juxtapositions, there is simultaneously repetition and
subtle change happening across the track.
second disc II is immediately busy with an Industrial and Noise Wall feel,
throwing a very busy, creaky, full sound at the listener. It juggles approaches
again, but this time Dan seems to get it all in his hands and really pat it
together into one mass. II also never seems to stop getting thicker in texture.
like that someone is doing that, throwing big ugly masses of noise out as an
abstract piece of sound, questioning and challenging their own genre
continuously. I have done a lot of reviews of this project and can’t praise the
Hangover – Event Horizon – 3” Cdr/Download – [IND089] – 2021.
1. Event Horizon.
2. Gravitational Collapse.
Horizon appears to be the third release by Russian act Noise Hangover who have
been active since 2019. Apart from the two releases on their Bandcamp, Noise
Hangover remains a mystery project.
Horizon is a dark release, breathing synthesiser heavy drones that are like a
ritual nightmare. So far, I’d say this is the darkest release of the batch. The
sounds seem part vocal, part synthesised as they intertwine. Gravitational
collapse has a similar mood but shows a change of sound palette. This hisses
with higher frequencies overlapping punctuated by restrained distortion. The
sound frequently thins out to let sounds work alone or in small groups and does
is a great release that is a credit to the label and the project.
– ElecTrick – 3” Cdr/Download – [IND090] – 2021
this release, I realise it is more mayhem linked to those Czech purveyors of
crafted noise insanity - Ein Stunde Merzbauten. The first track on Elec Trick
is a collage of electrical glitches, it has a humorous, chatty density to it.
The track drops to warping drones and smaller glitches going off around it,
this shift seems to clear the table and let things be rearranged again. A
pulsating beat tries to bring a sense of order the process, succeeding
talk about conversations of noise and this really does that, it isn’t like a
lot of Harsh Noise where a texture is built up, this is lots of glitches, beeps
and buzzes having a party. If you can imagine lots of little robots going off
at each other, this is like that. In relation to the rest of the IDR batch
where there is some dark, threatening landscapes or clinical experiments with
sound, the playfulness of this is a contrast that makes Elec Trick stand out.
As the recording moves into the second track the sound is very fractured, as if
we are being continually moved to different interactions for brief periods of
time, it differs greatly to the first track.
my reviewing I have to dart around the scene a lot, checking in here and there,
so I only get glimpses of artists at times. My take on Ein Stunde Merzbauten is
that like Entre Vifs, Gen26 this is a focussed project experimenting in
isolation with a playful, sheer focus on what it does. This one gets a thumbs
up and an A* for good work.
Davids – Digitale Asche – 3” Cdr/Download – [IND087] – 2021
1. Part 01.
2. Part 02.
is Andreas Davids third Inner Demons release. Davids in an experimental
musician and DJ based in Germany.
notice the stripped back sounds immediately, this kind of noise comes on my
radar occasionally, Julien Scrobek’s Tetsuo being a great example of this. This
has an oscillating timer ticking whilst the drones radiate together around it.
Part 01 Simmers away like this, small interactions that seem to relish space
and quieter volumes. It intensifies gently through distorted hiss or pulsating
electronics. There is a Science Fiction feel to some of the sounds, but in a
70s film, so I like the nostalgic futurism within each track. This album is
noise that functions by playing off the space left by low volumes, it works
well. I like this release.
Demons Records never ceases to amaze me, this is a strong batch of releases that
throws up plenty of surprises. This label is worth keeping on top of and I am proud to add this lot to my Inner Demons Collection.