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A Place To Bury Strangers – See Through You (2022)

  • shoegaze
  • 11 February 202211 February 2022

I have said it in my latest reviews, every new album APTBS seems to get softer. I thought there had again be line-up changes, so I was curious what the latest attempt would sound like.

“See Through You” opens with a bit of an ‘old style’ track. Nice, not too loud, steady rhythm and screeching guitars. The next track sounds less interesting to me. After this the tempo seems to rise a bit, but in “Let’s See Each Other” this is mostly the suggestion that this may happen. Fortunately, with “So Low” we are finally off with the more energetic side of APTBS. Nothing too extreme yet, but a nice rhythm and a typically structured song for the band.

What follows are mostly fairly up-tempo tracks with steady rhythms, screeching guitars, but not as loud as the band used to be. Sometimes a bit more ‘surf’, sometimes more ‘shoegaze’ and sometimes more APTBS.

I still prefer the older albums of the band, but “See Through You” is a fairly good album in general.

Link: A Place To Bury Strangers

Kadaitcha – Fracture (2022)

After the luxury 7″ of Am Not, Ant-Zen releases another 7″ which comes with a printed acrylic glass plate, but this time, a square 7″. This time there are only 40 copies though.
(Another such release is from Michael Idehall but it is already sold out in presale…..)

Kadaitcha is a (post) industrial project duo, half of which also has a solo project in more of an angstpop vein called Kojoohar. Kadaitcha has been around since at least 2016.

“Fracture” sounds more industrial than what I have heard of Kadaitcha before. Both tracks of this release are actually quite noisy. Fairly chaotic and by the sound of it using guitar, but this sounds pretty good. Nice and weird distorted vocals, noises and industrial sounds.

Links: Kadaitcha, Ant-Zen

Hadewych – Mes (2022)

I had seen announcements for this release, but I somehow thought that it was a rerelease. Good that Spotify surprised me with an excellent track so that I was in time to get me one of the cassettes.

Hadewych is somewhat like O Saala Sakraal, but darker, or perhaps I should say ‘more metal’. There is still the ritual darkness, Dutch lyrics, but more guitar. In the first track at least, the other two are more ambient or even soundscapish.

Just as on the latest O Saala Sakraal, Michael Idehall contributed to “Mes” and there are some other contributors as well.

“Mes” is a three track, 34 minute tape release that comes in a nice little box with a silver print. Also it was my (re)acquaintance with the Dutch Tartarus label that has more doomy music available.

Links: Hadewych, Tartarus Records

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)

  • noise
  • 12 November 202112 November 2021

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)

  • angstpop
  • 11 November 202111 November 2021

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
  • 09 November 202109 November 2021

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
  • 05 November 202105 November 2021

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