Brighter Death Now * With Promises Of Death (cd 2014)

CMI may be dead and buried, but Roger Karmanik apparently wanted to keep full control, so he founded a new label, Familjegraven, to release his own material. “With Promises Of Death” is the first effort.

The album contains dark and pounding, noisy industrial. Most of the tracks are not the chaotic, earcracking type of noise that BDN delivers sometimes, but more my kind of noise. “Death industrial” is a good way to describe the music. For those of you who know BDN there will be no big surprises. I am personally not an avid follower of BDN (in fact, this is the first album that I review…), but this new album sounds about as good as the wonderfull “Kamikaze Kabaret” of 2005. I do not know if I have heard each and every album in between, but there you might have an idea of the sound of the new cd.

Links: Brighter Death Now, Familjegraven

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 Cloaked” 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

Pharmakon * Bestial Burden (cd 2014)

Pharmakon was suggested to me by Last.fm. Based on the project name I guessed it would be dark ambient. Then I went to see if Deezer had anything of this project and the covers of both albums more looked like indierock to me (also the cover of “Bestial Burden” looks sweet on a small screen). Neither is true! “Bestial Burden” opens with a breathing lady with some ambient tunes on the background. This takes a bit too long, but after this it becomes clear that the breathing lady of the first track is not a sample, but the artist. Pharmakon is a ladies-noise/industrial project! You probably would not say that she makes pretty extreme music when you would meet Margaret Chardiet on the street. Music wise she goes from earcracking noise with dramatically screamed vocals to (Sistrenatus like) ritualistic industrial and more downright industrial sounds. I prefer the tracks in which Chardiet uses her voice in another way than for screaming, but I can say that this is quite varried and at times very nice noise.
The label, Sacred Bones, is interesting to have a closer look at too. I noticed that shoegazers Led Er Est, the electropunkers of Cult Of Youth, the noise rockers of Factums and even famous people like David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch are part of their roster.
Links: Pharmakon, Sacred Bones Records

v/a * Treatmeant Of The Dead (cd 2014)

The latest Cold Spring sampler is a very very noisy one. The most eye-catching track is one by “Coil / Nine Inch Nails”, but the most ear-cathing is the track of Trepaneringsritualen. For the rest there are project that I already knew (Merzbow, Troum, Burial Hex, Skullflower, Iron Fist Of The Sun and Z’ev) and projects that I did not know, or only heard of (Sol, Tunnels of Ah, Shift, Mesektet, Khost and Sutekh Hexen).
Like I said, the compilation is pretty noisy, also with ear-piercing high frequencies and little structure. Not all my taste, but it is always nice to hear new projects.
Link: Cold Spring 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

Den Arkaiska Rösten * ◯▲ (mc 2014)

Who remembers the 1994 album “Dreams Of Dark Waters” by Endvra? Now that was a dark piece of ritualistic ambient, was it not? Sure, ritualistic ambient is quite a hip genre nowadays, but when does it sound as dark as Endvra, Hexentanz, Equimanthorn or Funerary Call? Here we have a release that makes a good aim, even though the approach is much different from the projects that I named. The project’s name means “the archaic voices”. This is a fitting name, because besides some drones and effects, the music mostly consists of vocal experiments of Per Åhlund and Girilal Baars. The result is haunting and especially in the first track (the circle), it came out very good.
Interesting! Available as Bandcamp download and tape (with free download).
Link: Beläten

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

Theologian * The Transfigurations (cdr 2011)

I have ordered this album three years ago, but Fate has kept it from me. It is worth the wait though! There are so many Theologian releases available that I had a problem choosing when I ordered this one. The main reason to choose “The Transfigurations” is that Propergol is on it. Well, there is something strange about this cd.
The album contains eight tracks, all cooperations, respectivelly with Aderlating, Aun, Four Pi Movement, Inswarm, No Festival Of Light, Propergol, Strom,ec and The Vomit Arsonist. Somehow this is all crammed into one long track! In the words of the label: “this cd-r collects recent collaboration tracks from 2010-2011 — some completed, some still in-progress — into a single long track that runs the gamut from ambient drone to harsh noise walls.” It is hard to tell which part is recorded with which artist, but like the description says, the sound goes from ambient to noise and is overall really not bad. Not expensive either, so surf to the Annihilvs website and get this cdr along with some other stuff.
Link: Theologian / Annihilvs

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

Theologian & Bain Wolfkind * Noir (cd 2013)

Not the most obvious combination, do you think? When I noticed this release I got very curious what this would be like. Theologian’s wall-of-sound type noise with Wolfkind’s vocals or bluesy guitar perhaps, or more Wolfkind’s Novo Homo sound? Well, none of these actually. “Noir” is a four track, 37 minutes, album with soundscapes; stretched sounds, samples, soft rhythm, that sort of stuff. Not really recognisable as Theologian, however there are softer sides to this project too, not as Bain Wolfkind. The sound is fairly dark and ‘cinematographic’. Perhaps a bit like the softer side of Propergol with a little bit of noise towards the end.
A nice piece of background music.
Links: Theologian / Annihilvs, Bain Wolfkind

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