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Tanz Ohne Musik – Babes Of The Abyss (2021)

  • angstpop

A couple of years ago Tanz Ohne Musik released a 7″ through Galakthorrö. “Babes Of The Abyss” is a self released CDR. Apparently the Galakthorrö presence did open doors for new releases or there was another reason for the couple to release this themselves. When I heard of this album, the 33 copies were long gone, but you can still get the Bandcamp version.

“Babes Of The Abyss” opens with fairly soft industrial, somewhat leaning to the angstpop sound of earlier releases, but not that much. With the title track TOM returns more to the Galakthorrö sound, while some tracks bring reminiscences of the early minimal wave days.

Then towards the end we get a song-based track which is somewhat poppy (and gothic?). Would this be a reference to a changing style?

The album ends with another version of the second track “Laylah”.

“Babes Of The Abyss” is a nice album.

Michael Idehall – Blood Poison (2021)

Unbelievable. Idehall is so productive that he even recorded an album while hospitalised with blood problems. What is more. By the time I found the time to review “Blood Poison” four new releases have been added to his Bandcamp!

“Blood Poison” opens with a soundscapish, slightly ritualistic piece of ambient. Also the second track is more of the ritual ambient style of Idehall. Also the more ‘typical’ sound can be found on “Blood Poison”, let us call it “angstpoppy”, rhythmic, repetitive and with Idehall’s typical vocals. Also a few noisy tones here and there. Especially the title track is very nice.

The style of “Blood Poison” is more that of recent (non ambient) releases than of the early material, but once again, it sounds excellent.

Links: Michael Idehall

A Place To Bury Strangers – Hologram (2021)

I discovered this Brooklyn band when their 2012 album “Worship” was released. ‘Shoegaze overload’. The music was noisy, chaotic, at times energetic and great. I listened to their back catalogue and APTBS became one of my favourite ‘pop’ bands (perhaps even the).

As with (1980’ies) shoegaze, the music has a ‘wavey’ touch, drumcomputers, feedback, screeching guitars. There are loud and softer tracks. I prefer the wilder tracks, but most of the softer tracks are great too.

With more recent albums the softer tracks appeared to have gotten the upper hand. The wild tracks are still great, the other tracks became less of my interest. So I made a playlist with tracks that I want to listen to more often and I play that list more often than I do the albums. With every new album, there were fewer tracks that I put in the playlist.

Then the opening track of “Hologram”, called “End Of The Night” was made available and again it is a fairly soft track. Nice though. A bit ‘surf noise’ of The Vandelles type. When the mini album came out, the second track “I Might Have” positively surprised me. Lots of feedback, lots of noise and some energy. But it again is the only track that went to my APTBS playlist. Not that the other tracks are bad, but they are simply not in the APTBS style that I prefer.

2021 Dedstrange

Det Kätterska Förbund – Lidaverken Del I: Att I Vådeld Förgås (2021)

Det Kätterska Förbund are Trepaneringsritualen and Nordvargr. Of course this is not the first time these two work together. They have cooperated on each others albums and have released two split albums, one with their ‘common names‘ (a remix album) and one as ᚾᛟᚢ ᛁᛁ // ᚦᛟᚦ ᚷᛁᚷ.

“Lidaverken” has been five years in the making. The first two tracks lean more towards the sound of TxRxP than the somewhat more pomp sound of later Nordvargr, but it is not as muffled as TxRxP can get.

The third track “Att i Vådeld Förgås” is perhaps a bit more typically noisy as we are used to from these gentlemen, but the tracks that follow remind a lot more of Nordvargr.

The Bandcamp version of this album is already available. A cd and two vinyl versions can be preordered from Cold Spring. It is a descent album of which a “del 2” is forthcoming.

Links: Trepaneringsritualen, Nordvargr, Cold Spring

Dayofwrath – And The World Will Perish In Flames (2021)

My introduction to Dayofwrath was the Beläten compilation “En Sommar Av Plaga” (2020). The contribution sounds almost exactly like Trepaneringsritualen, but it is good.

Here we have the debut on Cloister. A tape limited to 100 copies or just the digital Bandcamp release.

“And The World” also reminds of TxRxP, but perhaps even more so to his cooperations with Nordvargr. Slightly more pomp than TxRxP. Also the sound is not as ‘rumbling’ as TxRxP.

Death industrial, more rhythmic elements, drumming, TxRxP-like vocals and a chainsaw-type sound that makes a bit of melody (guitar I guess). Maybe not entirely original in sound, but very well executed.

I am curious what the future will bring for this project.

Link: Cloister Recordings

Subklinik ‎- Neuroskizm (2021)

“One of the longest running Death Industrial – Death Ambient projects still active in the USA.” The name sounds familiar, but I do not think I ever listed to Subklinik. Many releases, mostly on labels I am not familiar with. Good that he now appeared on Cloister! For the first time too it seems.

“Neuroskizm” opens with a dark and monotonous, yet interesting dark ambient track. After this the sound becomes almost wavey with a simple rhythm. “Pulvursive” slowly becomes a bit more industrial, but not much.

The last two tracks are more dark ambient again, but slightly leaning towards death industrial, but mostly remaining ambient.

Not great, certainly not bad. I am going to try to listen to some more material of Subklinik.

Links: Subklinik, Cloister Recordings

Michael Idehall – Recapitulation (2021)

Even though I follow Idehall on different platforms, all these nifty algorithms did not bring “Recapitulation” to my attention. It was actually because I noticed a ‘profile’ picture on Spotify that I did not recognise that I noticed a new release.

I guess it happens more often that I do not hear of a new Idehall. The present title suggests a looking back at previous releases, but to my surprise there are several tracks that do not sound familiar. Indeed all tracks have been released before. On “Marax” for example, but also on releases that I missed such as “Blood Poison” and “Crowned Fool”.

“Recapitulation” opens with the slightly martial industrial sounding “Bull King” (from “Marax”). Most of the other tracks are in the more dirty, yet ritualistic, industrial side of Idehall. Sometimes somewhat noisy, sometimes leaning a bit towards techno. All tracks are nicely dark and mostly with Idehall’s repetitive vocals. The album is again pretty damn good.

So not only labels cannot keep up with Idehall (see my “War Magic” review), but I myself have to find a way to not have to find a new release by accident.

In any case, I do not know if “Recapitulation” is only available on Spotify, but also through other channels, but it is again highly recommended.

Link: Michael Idehall

Rope Society / Am Not – Диархия (7″ 2021)

  • noise

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.

Links: Am Not, Novichok Records

Sutcliffe Jugend – The Deluge (2020)

I do not remember having heard (registered) that Jugend is no more. It seems that as a final blast, they had a few releases. There is a 4 cd box called “Relentless” (2019 Death Continues) and two releases on the Singaporean label 4iB. A double cd called “Slaves No More” (2020) and “The Deluge”.

“Slaves No More” seems to be a compilation of material that has been available before, but not combined. The other two releases are newly recorded. Judging the description of “Relentless” this is an extremely brutal release. This certainly cannot be said of “The Deluge”.

“The Deluge” spans 65 minutes, about half of which is taken by the excellent title track. The opening track is a bit of an instrumental soundscape, but in the title track you get threatening industrial noise, but not very extreme. There is much focus on the lengthy lyrics. The track hums and drones, here and there peaks in some noise, but nowhere gets anywhere near to the extremity that Jugend can reach. It is a great and moody track.

Then we get a much shorter and not very interesting soundscape again after which follows an almost atmospheric track with vocals which even include singing. The closing track is another soundscape type of track.

Basically “The Deluge” presents a very long and excellent track and four 3 to 14 minutes tracks which are a lot less interesting.

The three panel digipack looks great and the booklet contains the lyrics.

Link: 4iB

Michael Idehall – War Magic (2021)

Hello! It has been a terrible year for everyone so let’s just move on. Here is my latest full-length album. I hope you enjoy it

These were the words with which I received a promo of “War Magic”. Idehall already had some more dirty, industrial tracks and the frustration that appear in these words suggest that “War Magic” would be such a release. Indeed it it!

“War Magic” is not as noisy as Idehall can get, but the approach is more industrial than on some of his other albums. Rhythmic hums give an industrial feel. Idehall’s repetitive lyrics and drumming the ritual feel that we know this project for. Ad some extra noises and you have an idea of the sound of “War Magic”. Some tracks are more ambient, but not as soundscapish as some of Idehall’s releases.

“War Magic” is excellent, it has great tracks such as “High Honeycomb Way” which is a wonderful darkly ritual industrial track. Most other tracks can also be described as ritual industrial, but more to the ambient side.

Now comes the weird part. “War Magic” has not yet been officially released! There are other “self released” releases listed in Discogs. That is not because Idehall likes to record music and send it around, but because he apparently works faster than labels can manage. I cannot imagine that there are no labels out there that would love to release material of the unique and productive Michael Idehall. Perhaps we could help with that spreading the word?

Link: Michael Idehall