death industrial

Gnawed ‎* Feign And Cloak (cd 2014)

Many thanks to Noise Receptor for this excellent suggestion. The project’s name sounds somehow familiar. This is possible, since it has released quite a number of albums (including several splits), but the labels do not really ring bells, so I doubt I ever heard anything of Gnawed. Now this American project got the possiblity to release an album through Malignant which will certainly help to raise its name. The album is even available on Deezer (but not on Spotify)!

“Feign and Cloak” contains a piece of dense and dark death indutrial. Mostly low frequency walls of noise, often with aggressive vocals; my kind of noise. Think of Ex.Order, Operation Cleansweep, Trepaneringsritualen. The music is often slowly rhythmical and highly distorted. Industrial noise, so to say.

Yep, an excellent album!

Links: Gnawed, Malignant Records

Trepaneringsritualen * Papist Pretender (2014)

It looks like I missed the 7″ version of this release. Now it is added to the band’s Bandcamp so you can buy a download. I suggest you do! “Papist Pretender” is TxRxP at its best. The opening track with its dark vocals and slowly pounding beats reminds a bit of Mental Destruction. Lateron Ekelund proves that things can get even slower, dirtier and darker. The most remarkable track is a cover of The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud; of course untitled, but when I say: “into the dark night, follow a true light”, I am sure you will know what song we are talking about. Where the TMLHBAC version is relatively light and happy, Trepaneringsritualen turned it into a horror soundtrack.
Yep, TxRxP again proves to be one of the more interesting artists in the current industrial scene.
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, La Esencia

Trepaneringsritualen‎ * Perfection & Permanence (cd 2014)

Trepaneringsritualen released material on a whole range of small labels. This is the third release on a relative major (after an lp and cd on Malignant). This will certainly be good for the spread of the wonderfull name. Cold Spring made a very nice digipack and what is more, this album might very well contain the best Trepaneringsritualen material so far. It reminds a lot of the WGT show in Leipzig. It is very industrial, with a lot of beats, rhythm and screamed vocals. Several earlier releases have less energy, are more ‘ambient noise’ so to way. “Perfection & Permanence” lives up more to the often used description “death industrial” that people put on this Swedish project.
This new cd might not only be more easy to obtain than other releases of Trepaneringsritualen, but for all of you who have not yet hear this project, give a great idea of how dark and aggressive this project (and his live shows!) can get.
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Cold Spring

v/a * Revenge?! Yes! Nordic Audio Modern 2012 (cd 2012)

Yes this compilation is a couple of years old and yes it was released in a limited edition of 500 copies, but my eye fell on it in the Cold Spring mailorder and the line-up looked interesting enough to get it. That was a good guess! Not that this is a superb compilation, but there is an alternative version of Ex.Order’s “Shuchu Ryoku Pt.03” (a more dark ambient track by the way), a wonderfull collaboration of Deutsch Nepal and Trepereringsritualen (the two are apparently working on more material) and the track of Deutsch Nepal alone is good too. Moreover it was nice to hear In Slaughter Natives in the old style again, there are two new names for me (Maldur Atai and oro!oro!) and the rest of the projects included include Land:Fire, Inade and Trepaneringsritualen.
It looks like it that this compilation accompanied some Lithuanian festival. It makes a nice compilation with more dark ambient and a little bit of noise so certainly not such a bad buy.
Link: Autarkeia

Trepaneringsritualen‎ * Roi Perdu (mc 2012)

This mini album was also released on iDEAL recordings and Black Horizons and Thomas Martin Ekelund took it as a start for his very own label: Beläten. As you can see I have been scanning the Beläten catalogue for releases I wanted to have a better listen to. There is quite a lot of interesting material in that catalogue!
Trepaneringsritualen makes extremely dark, ritualistic and somewhat noisy industrial. This tape/download makes no exception. It makes another nice “ritual”. This makes it extra nice that many of the later Beläten releases would have ‘more logically’ come from the minimal wave scene, while Ekelund released them after his own dark industrial release. As dark uncanny Trepaneringsritualen sounds, as poppy and danceable are some later Beläten releases. It is a combination of styles that I alternate myself too and quite a couple of Beläten releases are very good, so I am happy that I finally had a better look at the label and I definately need to follow them more closely than I have so far.
In any case. You can get this early trepanningsritual should you have missed it too. It seems like Trepaneringsritualen got better over time, but this tape is certainly not bad.
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Beläten

Æther & Trepaneringsritualen‎ * Edifice Of Nine Sauvastikas (mc 2012)

Beläten also released a tape of Æther in 2013, but I found that (on quick hearing) a bit too soundscapishly monotous. Since I need to collect Trepaneringsritualen material anyway, I opted for this split. One 10 minute track of each project.
The Æther is indeed a quite monotous soundscape, just a little bit noisy, apparently formed of field recordings. It is not bad, but not entirely my cup of tea.
Also Trepaneringsritualen presents a sort of soundscape, but much darker, more threatening and more industrial in sound. The vocals are left out for this sonic ritual, but Ekelund certainly set a pretty damn dark atmosphere again.
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Beläten

T x R x P * Berliner Ritual (mc 2014)

Just before the best show of the 2014 Wave Gotik Treffen I bought the only merchandise available of Trepaneringsritualen (on this tape TxRxP), a shirt and a cassette limited to 100 copies. As the title suggests, this is a live recording of a Berlin show of late October. Like during the performance in the Moritzbastei, “Berliner Ritual” is an extremely dark piece of industrial. Low frequency industrial rhythms with distorted sounds and screamed vocals. Ekelund stormed the stage with a bag over his head, but without he looked as scary as with. I have no idea if much of the music was live (save for the vocals) but who cares, it was darkly moody in that old bunker in the centre of Leipzig. Judging the photos in the cassette, the Berlin show looked similar.
A couple of things. There is not much information on the cover. Being a tape, there are two sides and I have not yet tried to find out if both sides contain the same recordings (if not, this was a very long show). There are no tracks or titles, just an ongoing show. What is less positive, though, is that my tape only has sound in the right speaker (and my tape player or amp do not have a ‘mono’ button).
I actually had the idea that this is quite an obscure project, but judging Discogs there are plenty of releases, including a 2014 cd on Cold Spring, so I am going to look for that!
Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Aufnahme + Wiedergabe

Trepaneringsritualen ‎* The Totality Of Death (cd 2013)

You have got to love a project with such a name, right? So why did it take until I heard that Peter Johan Nijland (Distel, Hadewych) cooperated to this release before I actually listened to them? The release is somewhat confusing. There is a tape, apparently released by the band themselves and there are two cd versions, one from a label that was unknown to me (Silken Tofu) and another from Malignant. These are not two versions though, but two parts of the same compilation. Roughly said, the first part (Silken Tofu) contains more industrial sounds, the second more ambient. Industrialwise the project goes from somewhat chaotic industrial, reminding a bit of Objekt/Urian, to darker, but also to more noisy sounds. The second cd is pretty dark with, like I said, more ambient sounds but also with industrial and noise influences.

Trepaneringsritualen may not be brilliant, but they certainly released some interesting material, especially for people who enjoy the good old industrial sound.

Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Silken Tofu, Malignant Records

Singular Cleansweep Operations * Final Service (cd 2012)

If I understand it correctly, these are recordings from half the duo that operates under the name Operation Cleansweep. There are recordings from 1996 to 2010 and are recently made available by the Japanese Teito Sound label. “Final Service” comes in a cd-size DVD cover and in sound is somewhat of a lighter version of Operation Cleansweep, the noise sound with industrial rhythms. Somewhat lighter though, since the aggressive vocals are there and towards the end the sound is pretty harsch again. Operation Cleansweep releases are not too easy to find and “Final Service” is no exception. I hoped to buy something of Cleansweep during the Tesco festival where they played, but they had nothing. At the second day the band apparently brought their own copies (20 I heard) of “Final Service” so I was able to lay my hands on a copy. I have no idea where to send you to to get your own, but I can say, if you like Operation Cleansweep and do not mind a slightly less heavy sound, you will also like this singular operation.
Link: Teito Sound Systems

Knot Of Fire * Tempest Over Refuge (cd 2012)

“Tempest Of Refuge” is the debut album of this American project. It comes in a nice digipack, has 10 tracks and lasts about 40 minutes. It is a varried album, opening with “ambient noise”, the “wall of sound” type, sometimes with an industrial rhythm and thus reminding a bit of Ex.Order or Operation Cleansweep at times. Furtheron the vocals become clearer and there is some melody. I prefer the darker, noisier tracks which are very interesting. Go to the project’s website to hear samples and to obtain a copy.
Link: Knot Of Fire, Peasant Spring Recordings