HELL YES!! Extreme-teknoid-metal-power-electronics from Japan!! I knew this band made a lot of noise, but I had only one darkambient tracks of theirs. “Memories” is the most extreme electronic rage that has come to my collection for a while. From chaotic noise eruptions to ‘noise death metal’ and teknoid (cuts and clicks?) insanity and all with very distorted vocals. Very nice, and on older cd is reviewed below. <12/1/04><3>
This is an older more teknoid cd by Ichori Tsuji from Hiroshima. He slowly lets you get used to his insanity, with a relatively tranquil opener. After about four minutes the (sampled?) guitars come in, but it is only in track two that things get harder. In the more tranquil parts DT reminds a bit of Mental Destruction, partly because of the same kind of vocals. Overal this cd is much less extreme than “Memories”, but still fairly hard. There are also metal-influences here, but more techno.
Cold Spring noise. When I put on “8 19” (unfortunately I haven’t been able to find out what the title refers to, 19 august of some year?) and heard the uncompromising and unstructured extreme noise opening track, I feared that this would be a cd with a kind of noise that I can’t stand. But after 11 minutes we go to track two and things get a lot better, very dark ambient, a little monotous, but nice. Almost 15 minutes later we go on to a better kind of noise, low frequencies, an industrial background, but still pretty damn loud. This goes on for 11 minutes after which a track opens with dark ambient, but going over in very dark noise, a really great track. The last two tracks are shorter, 10 minutes and 4 minutes. The fifth track has some kind of rhythm, but very slow and the last track is more like a dark industrial ambient piece. Accept for the first one, I really like “8 19”. All track have the highly distorted vocals, but that is okay when the music is distorted too. It seems that nowadays noise tends to have the nice, dark sound that I enjoy and not as much making ‘noise for the sake of noise’. Deadwood is also a good example of a noise act that doesn’t stick to one kind of noise, bringing variety and innovation to the genre. That is nice, because I find myself enjoying noise more often than a couple of years ago!
Militia is a great industrial act from Belgium. So far I have only been able to get their 2cd “The Black Flag Hoisted” (2000, see elsewhere), since their releases are all very special and very limited. I like the 2cd so much that I even got myself a split cd with the noise-act Con-Dom that make a chaotic kind of noise that I really can’t listen to. Just before I got this cd, I read that this is a re-release of an old tape with live-material. Hm…
Well, the Con-Dom tracks are as expected not of my liking. The Militia tracks aren’t too great either. It seems that these (mostly live?) tracks were not done with the amount of people that they are on stage nowadays (also see “art”, “live”, “stigma 2001”) and the music isn’t as lively either. Still the tracks are quite nice. Strange industrial soundscapes with weird sounds of live drumming on strange subjects, but not as good as the cd that I already had. I hope I will be able to get my hands on more recent material some time.
The Polish label beast of prey released a cheap, but very limited (200 copies) double cd by Brandkommando. Not the only release of this act it seems. “Time Of Violence” contains chaotic noise / power electronics that is not only not original, but also too much to listen to. I can’t stand the larger part of the first disc, the second disc is relatively more tranquil and even contains a nice track or two, but overall I can only say that this is only another noise release. The only thing original seems that it seems that the bands want a ‘leftish’ image with a songtitle “NS Idiots” and “communistic” samples and artwork.
Here we have a real Tesco release. A 71 minute noise cd in an oversized package of a French band. 11 Tracks with a lot of variety in styles of noise and power electronics including everything from high to low-frequency noise, from relatively tranquil to very extreme, lots of rhythm, lots of samples, sometimes with distorted vocals and most of the time pretty dark. Get it before it is gone! <29/9/01> <4>