Novichok is a new label from Australia that starts off with three 7″s. Here we have one of them.
“Diarchy” contains two projects known to me. Of the first I have a split with another Australian noise project Ebola Disco. Am Not, of course, is probably the best ‘new’ noise project and the reason I wanted to get this 7″ in the first place.
Rope Society presents a rumbling noise track that is not very extreme, but with very distorted vocals. A good track, better than what I remember of the earlier mentioned split.
Am Not has a pretty harsh track, even for his own doing. A wall of industrial noise with vocals so distorted that they are hardly recognisable as vocals. This is something that Am Not has done more often of course. This track is pretty good.
I have the idea that I have known the name Satori for decades, but I have never known them. Did I try their music when I could not yet listen to noise? Do I mix them up with a band with a similar name that I am not too crazy about? I do not know.
Noise Receptor has reviewed quite a couple of Cloister releases recently. I know Cloister as a tape label and I never really got to explore their roster. I buy tapes every now and then, but usually only when I have other things that I want to have.
For some reason I never checked if Cloister releases can be obtained in another way, so when I did, I noticed that they have a Bandcamp. The tapes themselves are all sold out in no time, but the Bandcamp page gave me the opportunity to finally find out what Cloister is about.
The newest release (when I write this) on Bandcamp is Satori. ‘Oh yea, Satori, I know them’. No I did not! Fortunately I skipped through “Angor Animi” to find out that Satori makes pretty impressive wall-of-sound type noise with samples and vocals. Not bad at all!
Satori has been around for decades. The oldest release is from 1987! However Dave Kirby is a Brit, “Angor Animi” sounds somewhat like “Japanoise”, but then in a way that I like. Perhaps the vocals?
After a while Satori proves not to be just an extreme noise project. The fourth track opens with fast drumming and after the noise sets in, a very energetic noise track remains. A very interesting combination!
The next track starts with samples and noisy ambience, but towards the end extremity returns. The remaining tracks contain some novel ideas too. In basis the sound remains a harsh wall of noise though.
Not entirely my kind of noise, but I do like the fact that there are some elements here that I have not heard on other noise releases.
Just like Tølerant, Maltreatment has only four releases, all released on 2020, three on Trust Collective, one on Cloister.
Maltreatment sounds more like what I thought Cloister Recordings to be like. Chaotic noise, quite some high frequencies. It is not extremely harsh, but I prefer the more (death) industrial approach to noise.
Thanks to Noise Receptor I heard about this release before the 102 copies were gone.
“Extraterritoriality” is a six track tape. It opens with the brutal “Cleansing Violence”, a great track. Then follow two more tranquil tracks with lyrics or lengthy samples. Recognisable lyrics and samples? The recognisability is certain with “Homecoming” which seems to be an alternative version to “Come Home”.
The latter mentioned title is the first on side B called “Entry” and is a not too extreme, but a somewhat industrial track. Next up the aggression rises again. Distorted sounds, a pounding rhythm, shouting samples and after a while aggressive vocals. “Red Emperor, White Forces” is a magnificent Am Not track. The closing track is again more ‘noisescapes’ with a lengthy sample.
It looks like it that Noise Receptor has a better eye and ear to find the thematics of Am Not’s music, so I suggest reading that review too.
Apparently a debut. I cannot find anything about this project.
In the cover there is a quote in Polish meaning ‘dictatorship is not a bad word’. The quote leads me to a Polish Wikipedia article about Chaim Rumkowski, a Jew who thought that working for the Nazis would save him and his people.
That said, HSR offers muffled noise with an industrial angle and sometimes very distorted vocals. The sound is a bit like hearing industrial while the speaker is below a pillow. There are not the high frequencies of many noise releases in most tracks, but neither is this the ‘wall of noise’ kind of music.
I prefer the more death industrial type tracks, especially when there are vocals, over the more minimalist ones and over the more chaotic (typical) ones.
Overall “Cumulative Hurt” sounds alright. It has a few descent tracks (especially the opening and closing tracks) and the rest is not bad either.
The productive Henrik Björkk releases material under a variety of names. Folkstorm is one of them. This project has been around for over two decades.
Quite a few Folkstorm releases are made available by Old Europa Cafe, as is “Nihil Total”. A nice digipack, limited to 300 copies.
Folkstorm is one of Björkk’s harsher projects. “Nihil Total” goes from death industrial to noise and back. Aggressive vocals, brutal rhythms. The tracks are more varied than on many death industrial releases, which is not surprising coming from Björkk.
Probably to add to the aggressive sound, the lyrics make that the project could have been name F**kstorm for this release, which is a bit of a down point to me.
Not all tracks are brilliant, but most are great. If you like aggressive industrial, you could give the latest Folkstorm a shot.
The new Lingua Ignota reminds me even more of Diamanda Galas than the previous album. The music is mostly piano with singing, but frequently Ignota goes over in the tortured screams that we know her for.
Where “All Bitches Die” has more and more pomp electronics, the new album goes back more to what Ignota appears to be trained in: piano and soprano vocals. There is more classical music here too, cello and violin.
It is quite interesting to look at the (guest) musicians by the way. There is a vocalist who Discogs has listed as playing both folk and “harsh noise” and there seem to be links to Uniform and The Body and from there on with hardcore and grind bands. I guess Ignota did not just drop out of some classical music school and started to make extreme vocal music.
“Caligula” is a moody (in an extreme way) album. Not as sonically extreme as the previous album, but certainly vocally.
I did not see this one coming. A new Consumer Electronics. A cd even, with a very ugly cover too!
“Airless Space” is not as brutal as Consumer Electronics can be. Most tracks are centered around the slow, steady beat that we know from previous albums. The male vocals are of the spoken words type in most tracks and the brutalism is for Sarah who screams her lungs out in many of the tracks.
Here and there the sounds gets a bit harscher, but there are no “Come Clean” wall-of-noise type tracks (unfortunately).
When you know this long running noise outfit, you will know what to expect with the above. Should Consumer Electronics be new to you, this could be an album to try since it is fairly typical and brutal vocal-wise, but a lot less so music-wise.
I ran into this album on the Annihilvs Bandcamp page where it can be obtained digitally and physically. The name did not immediately ring a bell, but this Chicago based project has been around for well over a decade it seems.
Spotify proves to have two releases of this project (a split and a full-length). Both are noise, not too extreme, but not exactly “ambient noise” either. I am not too fond of the vocals on these releases. I like the vocals a lot better on “Survival Bloom”. They are fairly typical for this type of music: brutally screamed vocals, but I often have a soft spot for vocal noise, so…
“Survival Bloom” appears to be a bit more industrial than the other two releases that I heard, slow, pulsating rhythms, mostly low frequencies (my preference) and, mostly accompanying the vocals, high frequency noises. It may not be brilliant, but the album is pretty enjoyable. Not too extreme and not too chaotic, but pretty brutal. I guess it is no accident that this was released on Annihilvs.