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IRM * Closure (cd 2014)

The new IRM on Malignant seems to have more of the ‘eerie’ sound rather than the wall-of-sound type noise. Not a style we have never heard from IRM by the way. What you can expect are the highly distorted (‘underwater’) vocals (so not the screamed and screamed-with-effect kind) with the minimalistic squeaky noisy sounds. There are also some softer, even more minimalistic tracks on “Closure”. What I miss on this new album are the low frequencies, the emotive violence. “Closure” nowhere really gets to me, while other IRM material does.
Links: IRM, Malignant Records

IRM * The Cult Of The Young Men (cd 2007)

An oldie, but you can get this album from the label with discount. “Cult Of The Young Men” is a typical IRM album. The music is minimalistic noise, not the most extreme stuff you will ever hear, but especially because of the typically sounding distorted vocals and low frequencies, the sound is still pretty oppressive and very dark. However this sound may be like dark ambient in comparison to some power electronics, the totallity of the project makes it one of the more extreme in the scene in my eyes. Bladh presents some of his bloody artwork in the package so you can get the idea. There is a cover of a Joy Division song and a quote of Ian Curtis in the booklet. I doubt that many Joy Division fans would like the association!
Just as the other albums of IRM that I know (and that does not include each and every release), “The Cult Of The Young Men” offers a great piece of dark noise with somehow within the violence an emotional feeling.
Like I said, Annihilvs now offers this album for $ 10,-, but it looks like I got the last copy…. Sorry about that! There are other ways to get this album though, through the Discogs marketplace for example. When you like IRM, get this album too. Do you not know IRM and you want to try some extreme music, but not too extreme in sound, try IRM. A new album is announced for the end of the month by the way, through Malignant.
Links: IRM, Annihilvs

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

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

v/a * Slutstationen (mc 2014)

While placing an order at my usual dealer Tesco, I was browsing their list of tapes. Tapes seem to be popular and sometimes they make a cheap way of getting to know new music that I would not hear another way. So I got myself three tapes to hear what is new in the world of industrial. The name of the label, Styggelse, rings a bell, but it does not look like I have anything they released. Most of the names of the projects are new to me too. Names such as Händer Som Vårdar, Arv & Miljö, Treriksröset and Teufelsdröckh. Then there is Brighter Death Now and the rising star of Alfarmania (apparently also the owner of the label).
The sound goes from rumbling, noisy ambient to extreme, chaotic noise (the not-my-kind-of-noise). There are also a couple of very nice low frequency noise tracks, so overall this compilation is actually pretty nice. Now this being a tape it is not so easy to know what track is currently playing, so I have to find a way to find out which projects made the good tracks.
All in all, a good 90 minute compilation.
Link: Styggelse

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

Anenzephalia * Funkspiele (lp 2013)

When I ordered this lp I did not realise that it does not contain new material. That probably means nothing more than that I did not read well enough. Tesco started the Archaic Documents series through which they make classic material again available. “Funkspiele” contains live material from a show on December 1 2001 in St. Petersburgh. The lp is comparable to the 2001 cd on Death Factory (CMI) as this also contains live material from the same period. When you like the old material of Anenzephalia, you might want to add one of the 250 copies of this lp to your collection.
Links: Anenzephalia, Tesco

Mary X * An Industrial Tribute To Eraserhead (cd 2013)

So I fell for the title. Actually I thought this would be a compilation, but it is an album of a project of which I cannot find a whole lot of information. Discogs has a project with the same name, but I am not sure it is the same and the Discogs list of the label does not list this album. By exception I have linked the cover of the album to the label instead of to Discogs. In any case, as you can expect with an Eraserhead tribute, this album contains rumbling industrial ambient quite in the vein of the original soundtrack. Furtheron the sound gets more industrial with here and there a touch of noise. It is all slightly monotous, but not boring. Save the artwork I do not find a whole lot of references to the film.

va * Schlagstrom vol. 7 (2cd 2013)

This double cd celebrates 10 years of Schlagstrom. I have never been to the Schlagstrom festival. Actually I have known the name for quite a while without knowing that it is a festival (I thought it was a label or something). In any case, this compilation has some names on it that made me buy it to try it out, but there are many more names on it that are new to me, which could be another reason to get it. Thorofon is on disc 2, but they have a not too interesting discoish track. Better in ‘the Thorofon style’ is Gerechtigkeits Liga’s track on the first disc. Unfortunately M.A.O. is again somewhat disappointing.
What I expected the festival to be like, the first disc mostly contains ‘rhythmical industrial’ (what today is called ‘rhythmic noise’). Mostly not really extreme, but nicely danceable. There are also some harder tracks and a little bit of downright noise. Disc 2 is nice with a lot of analogue electronic music. Unfortunately there are two terrible tracks (Underhill and Kunst Als Strafe) in the beginning and towards the end the more experimental tracks are not always my taste.
Overall I think the first disc is most consistent in enjoyability, but the most interesting tracks are on disc 2. Indeed, a varried compilation for people who are interested in the current state of industrial music.
Links: Schlagstrom, Prodam