Brighter Death Now – Everything Is Gonna Be Alright (2022)

More BDN and he is touring too. Roger Karmanik appears to have an artistic upliving. “Everything…” comes as a 10″, listed as “CMI-03”, but available from Tesco. It does not appear to be a rerelease.

The first track is a throbbing piece of industrial. Not as harsh as BDN can get. A good track. The next track is more noisy, but again relatively tranquil. The same can be said about number three, but this is more industrial than the previous track and reminds a bit of Karmaniks older (Lille Roger) material.

Then comes the absolute highlight of this release. “Love Hard” has a bit of a Thorofon approach. A somewhat ‘rhythmic noise’ rhythm with vocals of an artist I was not familiar with: Åsa Tedebro. She looks pretty classically goth on her Discogs page and appears to be a guest singer every now and then, but not an artist (or band) of her own. Her dramatic vocals go perfectly well with the background noise that intensifies and calms down again. It appears that the Swedish electropunk band Isotope Soap (that I also think I was not familiar with) have something to do with this track. It is a great track.

Links: Brighter Death Now, Tesco

Operation Cleansweep – Release Now! The Call To Die (2021)

So “Release Now!” became a trilogy with old Cleansweep material and “The Call To Die” closes the series. Like the previous, it was released by Tesco.

You get material created between 1995 and 2004. Of the eight tracks I only knew one, “The Call To Die” which was on the live in Munich album from 2003. All other tracks are not even listed on Discogs, so they have probably never been available before and represent the “unreleased material of lost tapes and material” of Tesco’s ‘blurb’.

Style wise there are no surprises. Noise with slow rhythms, low frequency walls of noise and here and there death industrial. The material is good to amazing (how comes that a tracks such as “Algomania II” has never been released before?).

Most Cleansweep releases were from before I liked them, so it would be nice if other material will be made available again too. New material would be a good idea too!

Links: Operation Cleansweep, Tesco

Brighter Death Now – All Too Bad – Bad To All (2021)

The latest BDN comes through Tesco. It looks like this is the first cooperation between both industrial dinosaurs.

“All Too Bad” starts with a noisy piece of music, not the “death industrial” style of Karmaniks project. This already returns in the second track, which has a throbbing rhythm and far away distorted vocals.

Karmanik seems to have wanted to lay more stress on the noisy side of the project this time, as the following tracks are much more in a noise direction than death industrial. Usually there is some sort of industrial rhythm in the background though.

“All Too Bad” actually is not all that bad. Perhaps a bit short, but apparently I can stand the noise side of BDN better today than I used to. Perhaps I should start listening to older material.

Links: Brighter Death Now, Tesco

Am Not – Auto (7″ 2021)

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Am Not comes with a luxuriously packed 7″. The 7″ itself is plain white, but the 100 copies come with a printed acrylic glass plate each with a unique colour. Mine is a bit brownish red. The print on the plate is information and apparently lyrics.

There are two tracks, “Autopia Now”, which, I suppose, gave the title to the release. It is a recognisable Am Not track with a pulsating wall-of-noise type with vocals. The vocals are not as heavily deformed as Tamon sometimes uses.

On the other side there is the track “Bioluminesence” which is a bit more ‘tranquil’ with more heavily edited vocals and a lot less noise.

Am Not keeps the standards high and “Auto” is again an excellent noise release.

Links: Am Not, Raubbau

Aska – Út Við Sundin Grá (2021)

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Galakthorrö found another angstpop project, this time from Iceland. It is not really a new project either. Since 2014 Aska has been releasing material.

“Út Við Sundin Grá” contains slow angstpop, perhaps reminding more of early November Növelet than later material of this Arafna project. Here and there I hear a bit of Maska Genetik as well, Herz Jühning perhaps even?

The album is not a materpiece to my ears, but it is a nice album. It is slower and less ‘disco’ than several other recent Galakthorrö releases, which is good.

Available on cd and mc and vinyl (if you are quick of course).

Links: Aska, Galakthorrö

v/a – The First Cut (2cd 2021)

  • noise

So 999 cuts is not a new a label as I thought it was. As a matter of fact, “the first cut” is actually “cut 04” after three earlier cds in 2018 and 2019.

The man behind the label has the Israelian noise outfit Kadaver, which was new to me. It was the contribution of Am Not that brought this release within my radar.

The cds have known and lesser known projects. There are Unrest projects such as S.T.A.B. Electronics, Uncodified, Shift and Detrimental Effect (who is no longer active). Other known names such as En Nihil, Contagious Orgasm, Linekraft and The Vomit Arsonist.

There are also names that are new to me, Yellowsubmachinegun, Caligula031, Rotat and more.

The biggest surprise it the opening artist: In Slaughter Natives. I wondered why ISN would be featured on a noise compilation. Well, he contributed a noise track! Pretty rough, industrial noise. Quite unexpected.

Most tracks on this compilation are pretty extreme and chaotic types of noise. The kind of noise that I do not really like. There are also a few more (death) industrial approaches which I prefer. Am Not came with a very rough track that I do like.

All in all a compilation for people who like the harder kinds of noise. Bonus points: all tracks are exclusive.

2021 999 cuts

v/a – Besides You In Strength (2021)

  • noise

When Thomas Garrison was diagnosed cancer facing an expensive near future, a whole group of fellow noise artists teamed up to create this 28 track compilation go gather financial support.

Released by Chthonic Streams through Bandcamp, I found a variety of known and new (to me) projects. Sistrenatus, Gnawed, Theologian, Gruntsplatter, Murderous Vision, but also names such as Lkerr, Vitriol Gauge, Thoabath and Straight Panic.

Most tracks are not as extreme as Control can get, but you will hear a lot of ‘wall of noise’ type of noise. Also more ambient approaches and industrial tunes.

The contributions are usually fine to good with a few tracks are are less of my liking. All in all not a bad compilation. Let us hope it will also help Garrison in some way.

Link: Chthonic Streams

She Spread Sorrow – Huntress (2021)

I have known this Italian one woman project for a while, but I apparently never came to review anything of hers until now. This latest album will be available through Cold Spring like the earlier four releases.

Alice Kundalini (as goes the artist name) can get pretty loud every now and then “Huntress” is mostly an ambient album. 6 Tracks, 40 minutes of mostly industrial sounding ambient soundscapes with Alice’s whispered voice.

The music is alright, but not entirely my cup of tea. Perhaps this is why “She Spread Sorrow” never made it onto Gangleri.nl.

When you like soundscapish industrial ambient, have a listen to this (and previous) album(s).

Out 1 October.

Links: She Spread Sorrow, Cold Spring

O Saala Sakraal – Heven (2021)

The Dutch collaborative project O Saala Sakraal released a mini album a few years after their debut album “Etmaal“.

Three tracks and 21 minutes that remind of the previous album, but “Heven” is more ritual ambient / industrial perhaps. The music is pretty dark, has vocals reciting poems, more ritual elements such as drumming and singing bowls. Last but not least, in the third track the vocals are by Michael Idehall.

Very ice again.

Link: Cyclic Law

Michael Idehall – Crowned Fool (2020)

Initially released on Idehall’s Patreon, non members can now also obtain “Crowned Fool” through Bandcamp.

The album is in de style of the last reviewed releases. Not the soundscape style, not the ‘pomp’ sound of “Deep Code“, but ritualistic industrial, fairly dark, sometimes a little dirty, sometimes more ambient and (of course) with Idehall’s vocals.

10 Tracks and album length, so “Crowned Fool” is yet another recommended release of Michael Idehall.

Link: Michael Idehall