SUTCLIFFE NO MORE (Ex-Sutcliffe Jugend) – Domestic 2xCD Out Now!

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SUTCLIFFE NO MORE (Ex-Sutcliffe Jugend) – Domestic 2xCD (4iB060):

Disc 1
1. You Are The Mirror (2:51)
2. Complicit (11:33)
3. The Misery Of Loves Company (7:14)
4. Domestic (14:17)
5. Unclean (9:09)
6. Imperfect Tragic (10:16)

Disc 2
1. Talent (8:36)
2. Hide (9:28)
3. The Day Before You Came (The Letter) (10:32)
4. Trigger Warning (8:53)
5. One Piece Missing (7:51)
6. Cozy Doll (14:26)

– 2xCD in 6-Panel Digisleeve
– 16-Page Booklet
– Double Sided A4 Poster
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Sutcliffe No More, a continuation of Sutcliffe Jugend release the harrowing new double CD ‘Domestic’ recorded during Lockdown 2020-21, which explores themes of isolation and domestic abuse. This double album is the result of the current Pandemic, taking into account loss, frustration and fear that have rained down on the world this past year.
This is the first release by Paul Taylor and Kevin Tomkins as Sutcliffe No More, which is Sutcliffe Jugend but with a new name. After the one off album as Slaves No More, the band reverted to the same lyrical themes and musical intensity of Sutcliffe Jugend, through using spoken word and singing combined with classical, choirs and electronica. This superbly produced album is a one of a kind release that is unique and as always, a difficult listen and definitely not for the faint hearted. It takes you to a place outside of your comfort zone and is essential listening for those with a taste for extreme art.


REVIEW OF SUTCLIFFE NO MORE – DOMESTIC
 
” The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces. “

Does any human being show their true self?

Is there a person amongst us who never hides their stomach churning conflicting emotions behind a blank or smiling facade?

Behind the multitude of masks that you wear; how do you know who is the real you?

Do you even care anymore?

Or has life simply become a charade where you masquerade as what you honestly believe others wish from you?

Kevin Tomkins and Paul Taylor know a lot about masks. For almost four decades now they have utilised the faces of others, not to hide away but in order to explore the darkest, most depraved personas of the dregs, the deranged and the worst of human kind. 

With Sutcliffe Jugend they utilised the howling chaos of Power Electronics in their venomous examination of the psyche of both aggressor and victim. By donning the veil of those malignant societal outcasts they plumbed the depths of both psychological and sonic horror. Their early work was rakish libertinage, a theatre of cruelty, an audio Grand Guignol. 

Their brief side project Bodychoke was a very different musical endeavor that managed to retain SJ’s baleful explorations of the shadowy realms of the human condition .With Bodychoke though the synapse shredding feedback was replaced with a more musical approach that was based on conventional rock music.  

From serial killers, abusers, the abused, the victim and the survivor; Tomkins and Taylor managed to get into the subconscious of their subjects with an often alarming sense of both ease and enthusiasm. 

This wasn’t just shock tactics, there always was a sense of seeking to find the true face of those who were willing to commit such heinous acts against their fellow humans. 

To understand.

To know.

Sutcliffe Jugend finally ceased their work over three decades of experimentation with sound and ideas in 2019. Over the course of this long recording career they moved away from the harsh sound of their formative years towards a more introspective experimental sound. A sound that involved using both acoustic and electronic methods to purvey the darkness that lies in all of us.

Domestic is their new album under the moniker Sutcliffe No More. The new project being both a nod to their lengthy past and an acknowledgement of the future they initiated with the Scott Walkeresque stand alone Slaves No More release.

The album is a deeply unsettling listen. It was recorded remotely at the height of the first lockdown in the United Kingdom. Isolated alone and unable to meet both Tomkins and Taylor set about sending one another fragments of sound and text which would be worked on again and again until the tracks that grace this two disk set began to crystallize and form. 

There is a sense of claustrophobic density within the tracks which is very unusual as this is not a dense morass of sound but a more minimal approach to recording. There isn’t hugely complicated patterns to discern but every  sound is honed to absolute perfection. Every click, scrape, drone, pulse, chord is perfectly placed within the track. It is a work of meticulous intensity. Domestic is a focused work of obsessive detail. There are moments of striking beauty and stomach churning dread. Nothing is overused and equally nothing is underused. Every word and sound has been carefully analysed for maximum effect.

The final few Sutcliffe Jugend albums were lyrically highly unusual, it appeared that the masks worn to plumb the depths had began to slip and what we were catching sight of was the wounded man behind the facade. 

Sutcliffe No More has seen the mask cast aside and the cauldron of horror that exists in all of us is now fully exposed to our eyes.

Tomkins lyrics are both disgusting and disgusted. There is both a sense of indignation at the horrors and resignation that we are helpless in the face of such malevolence.

The recurring themes of entrapment, abandonment, loneliness and abuse highlight the huge rise in cases of domestic violence during the lockdown. 

If your home becomes a prison where you are caged with a beast, then just where can you go to find sanctity and safety?

How long before you home goes from prison to your own personal morgue?

The most horrifying listen of the album must be the title track ‘Domestic’. It begins with a beautific organ that draws you into the sanctity of home, lulling you into a false sense of domestic bliss before the slow unfurling horror of the destructive nature of an abusive relationship becomes clear. It is a creeping malevolence that details the relationship between a man with mental health issues and his violent addict partner. Tomkins manages to convey both the vindictive spite of the aggressor and the hollowed out emotional wreckage that is the victim. 

Domestic is not an easy listen. It is also an album not easy to categorise. It is perhaps the most organic album that Taylor/Tomkins have released. The majority of the music being from autoharp, synth, guitars and organ. It is also the most alien sounding of all their material. Everything is so clinically cold and foreboding. There is no sense of hope.

Listening to Domestic was the sonic equivalent of been waterboarded, your all alone and gasping for air. The walls have closed in and there is nothing to breathe but hopelessness. 

These aren’t songs; despite there being words.

This isn’t abstract avant garde sound experiments, there is too much purpose for abstraction.

What this album is then are razor blade cuts upon the tapestry of life.

Cuts that expose the putrescent filth that dwells like a coiled snake in the souls of everyone of us.

 
Kristian Carter 
( October 2021 )
 

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SACHER-PELZ & M.B. – C.M.E.R. CD Out Now!

 

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SACHER-PELZ & M.B. – C.M.E.R. CD (4iB057):

1. Cainocide Menus (29:47)
2. Existat Regurs (29:30)

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Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.”

Duality is thus described as – an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something; a dualism.

Four decades of musical output has seen the Italian electronic legend ; Maurizio Bianchi’s music tread in both the shadow and the light. His brutally bleak and unforgiving early work as Sacher Pelz were a stark vision of dystopian isolation. The early loops and concrete drones the soundtrack of sanity slowly eroding. There was little if anything of humanity within those blunt tones, that despite being so minimal; seemed paradoxically to be insurmountable. Huge granite slabs of sound captured like mechanical demons onto the reels of cheap cassettes.

His later work as MB initially continued this exploration of decay and desolation but this time his own terror, horror and disgust at the modern world was transposed into the nightmarish vision. It’s almost as if you could glimpse a glance of him encased within the cavernous void a static scream upon his face; howling into the abyss. A howl of rage, of pain and of anger at the destruction of our humanity by the technocratic slavery that the whole of humanity was sleep walking towards.

Then there was silence.

A sabbatical.

Then the return.

This time Bianchi had taken solace in the light. He continued to work with the darkness but only in order to take a burning torch into the void. To illuminate that which for too long had subsumed to the gloom that dwells in all of our hearts.

C.M.E.R is an exploration of duality, an album that explores both darkness and light. An album that weaves a deftly spun web of both uplifting quasi classical synth work with bleaker more industrial tones.

It consists of two lengthy tracks; Cainocide Menus is a cold, metallic, disorienting pulse of overloaded oscillators. The slow rumbling looped drones giving the track an almost rhythmic pattern. A slow funerary march into the apocalypse. The sound of a cowled figure beneath a steel sky, marching slowly into oblivion.

Meanwhile Existat Regurs is the sound of that condemned man being released from purgatory and into the light. Slowly the shackles that bound him are cast aside and the slow ascent begins. An ascent of beautiful melodies that flicker at first through the darkness that attempts to bind; before casting it off completely and heralding a new dawn.

Mr Bianchi has been extremely prolific over the last twelve months and seems to have found a new sense of purpose. As the pandemic has swept the world we have seen an increase in activity from him. Almost as if he is possessed by the same desire to push back against the pestilence as he was against the technocratic slavery he recognised as a young man.

C.M.E.R will please those who are interested in both the bleaker, harsher early years of this artists work and those who enjoy his more spiritual forays into sound art. It is a surprisingly powerful work consisting of both damnation and salvation.

Duality.

” May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord, with thy saints in eternity, for thou art merciful.”

By Kristian Carter


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NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS / FRAG (Head of David / Tunnels of Āh) – Esoteric Sedition CD Out Now!

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NOCTURNAL EMISSIONS / FRAG (Head of David / Tunnels of Ah) – Esoteric Sedition CD (4iB058):

1. Wartime Summer (5:25)
2. Primordial Furea (4:16)
3. Telstra Sandpile (5:49)
4. Netra Mode (4:18)
5. Nomical Index (4:59)
6. Reflexive Control (5:53)
7. Symmetry Diffusion (5:18)
8. Particle Serum (4:22)
9. Ionone (5:16)
10. Boundless Informant (5:07)
11. Subtopia (5:34)
12. Propylene (6:03)

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Nocturnal Emissions may be the better known act here. Their history stretches back to their early associations with the then burgeoning industrial music scene. Long before he became renowned for his role in the noise rock outfit Head Of David, FRAG’s Stephen Āh Burroughs was creating industrial music with the short lived project Comicide. Today, his main project Tunnels Of Āh is a form of esoteric electronics in the vein of early Current 93 and Coil combining Buddhist and Gnostic texts with the genius loci of place. FRAG is a newer and more prolific project offering slabs of sound on short run cassettes and CD-Rs. FRAG’s recent collaboration with Italian composer and industrial stalwart Maurizio Bianchi, almost brings this full circle since it was Nigel Ayers of Nocturnal Emissions who co-founded the label, Sterile Records, which released Bianchi’s first album and 4iB Records who released the MB/FRAG collaborative album, Psychation, as well as being the label behind this one.

The origins of Esoteric Sedition came about when FRAG approached Nigel Ayers with the idea of a collaboration, and opening with the warm lulling ambient atmospherics of ‘Wartime Summer’, it’s clear Esoteric Sedition takes its cues from Nigel Ayers’ most recent sounds, of minimal works and soundtracks for film and television. And let’s be clear, decades have past since Nocturnal Emissions have produced anything which could be considered industrial music. Here ringing and shimmering pipe like atmospherics are shadowed by subdued grumbling textures. There’s an electroacoustic aspect to ‘Primordial Furea’ in the ricocheting gong chime and clatter of treated metallic textures set over pumping heartbeat pulse fused with spiralling noise reverberations which never overshadow the manipulated source material. Haunting synths wax and wane on ‘Telstra Sandpile’; its ominous presence deepened by the incessant crackle and click of a radiation detecting Geiger counter. It’s representative of the shadowy presence FRAG bring to the sombre, solemn sounds of Nocturnal Emissions. Up till now the brutalist noise of FRAG may have appeared absent but it becomes more prevalent on ‘Netra Mode’, where a torrent of noise is unleashed threatening to obliterate the glinting and glistening ambient electronics in a storm of distortion.

Rendering the ambient synths in distortion, ‘Nomical Index’ is quite disarming. Imagine listening to a radio broadcast where you’re not quite tuned in to the right frequency. Buzzing and fizzing, it’s all carefully controlled and designed to not overpower but to work alongside the mellow ambience. On ‘Reflexive Control’ FRAG’s textured atmospherics do become more prevalent as they continuously dart and swoosh cloaking the subtle forlorn synths in shredded noise layers. ‘Boundless Informant’ works in a similar way and it’s testament to how FRAG have approached this release. It seems rather than obliterate the release with lashings and slabs of noise, they have produced sounds and textures which are attuned and sympathetic to the original Nocturnal Emissions material. On this one they employ drifting and gestating patterns of distortion which go hand-in-hand with the gentle plaintive synths creating something alluring and quite beautiful.

A choral aspect flows through the source material of both ‘Symmetry Diffusion’ and ‘Particle Serum’. The airy cut-up manipulations of the former expanding voices into a series of tones and drones, offset by controlled noise interjections and waves of gnawing distortion. ‘Particle Serum’ is perhaps harsher, its mass of angelic voices disrupted by the oscillating shriek of whirring frequencies. The queasy disembodied piano score of ‘Ionone’ unfurls to a melodic discord of chiming notes and stabbing chords, shifting and blurring in fragmentary fashion sliced with power-tool buzz and percussive rattling and saturated in droning electronics. FRAG continually rein things in, never over stepping the mark as they bring their own noise based concrète music to enliven the source material. Assuming a scratchy, ripped form, ‘Subtopia’ could be considered glitchy if it weren’t for the fact that FRAG employ an analogue based approach. Still, it is the noise textures that create the focus here as they scratch, rip and shriek and, at times, whip up something of a noise storm over the soft focus gliding ambient synths of Nocturnal Emissions.

Ambience and gritty noise textures combine to great effect on ‘Propylene’. Due to its restless construction, I found it particularly disorientating as I struggled to focus on either the gentleness of the rays of wafting atmospherics or the fermenting niggles and churn of the distortion. Haunting and queasy in equal proportions, it’s not a track I’d recommend to anyone, like me, currently enduring the effects of vertigo. It is, however, a satisfactory end to an album where FRAG deploy noise and textures, which accompany and embellish, shroud and shadow the minimal synth work of Nocturnal Emissions. Nocturnal Emissions may have the longer pedigree in experimental and (post-) industrial music, but I consider Stephen Āh Burroughs as Tunnels of Āh and FRAG as one of the most expressive and accomplished proponents of whatever industrial music has become today. Esoteric Sedition is a wonderful distillation of both their approaches and is certainly worthy of investigation if not a full blown recommendation. Esoteric Sedition is available digitally and on CD from FRAG Bandcamp and 4iB Records

(Review by Compulsion Online: http://www.compulsiononline.com/nocturnal_emissions_frag_esoteric_sedition.htm)


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Review of K2 / Astro / V.O.E.R. – Subconscious Error CD (4iB048) by Progress Report

Main CDI was hoping this was going to be a collaboration between these three artists but it’s actually separate tracks on one CD. You get two from each.

K2 is the project of Kimihide Kusafuka, he started out making noise music in 1981, a few years later, he suspended his musical activities to finish his studies as a pathologist and returned to music in 1993 after graduating. K2 has used many different implements and instruments over the years and on his two pieces here he uses modular and semi-modular synths and effects to produce two pieces of noise that are continually evolve in a mass of analogue burbling and feedback. Lots of variety and movement throughout his two pieces keeps them from getting dull and predictable.

I was a big fan of C.C.C.C’s psychedelic approach to noise and have enjoyed Hiroshi’s Astro project too. He and Rohco give us two tracks of classic Japanese noise. Their pieces are more full-on walls of noise than the K2 pieces. Huge blasts of noise under pin the more random bursts of different squeals and stabs of dissonance that overlay them. Probably the highlight of the album for me.

V.O.E.R is an artist I’ve not come across before and appears to be a project from Krister Bergman. The two pieces here seem to be linked at least by their titles. There’s The Garden of Eden and A Garden of Flesh. The first piece is a thick wall of noise with some vocals low down in the mix that it’s difficult to make out the words too. Vocals are performed by Primitive Knot who seem to be a band from Manchester. The second piece follows a similar style; a wall of noise with some vocals over the top. You can hear the vocals quite clearly on this piece and the delivery of them almost pushes this towards a metal/dark ambient flavour. Not really to my tastes I prefer less vocals in noises pieces and the style of the vocals reminds of some pieces by Sunn0))) and is all a bit too dramatic and theatrical.
Really enjoyed the pieces by K2 and Astro but didn’t find much to grab me in the V.O.E.R pieces. I might enjoy them more if I heard some instrumental work by them but these two weren’t for me. DB

(Source: http://www.progress-report.co.uk/Reviews/K/K2%20Astro%20VOER.htm)

Review of Bosses Hang & Government Alpha & Torturing Nurse & Astro & Vomir ‎– 一期一会 2xCD (4iB056) by Musique Machine

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Crossbreeds between noise and more formal music are always difficult propositions- either the noise elements are secondary, feeling like an afterthought. Or the noise elements overwhelm/ unbalance the musical elements- it’s very difficult to get the perfect blend between the two, and more often than not releases that try to do this cross-blending fail or at least come away feeling somewhat disappointed. Once in a lifetime is one of the better/ more rewarding examples of noise/ music crossbreeding- though unfortunately, this sprawling double album does sometimes fall into either of the mentioned problematic camps.

The release appears on Singapore based 4iB Records, which has a good track record at releasing more carouse/ distinctive noise-based fare. The release comes in the form of a double CD set- this is presented a grey fold-out gatefold, which features a nice blend of moody pictures and simple photo collage. Also featured is an inlay booklet- featuring pictures of each collaborator and grim medieval prints. It’s ltd to 300 copies, and I can imagine these go fairly fast due to known noise names connected to the release like Vomir( why I wanted to check this out), Government Alpha, Torturing Nurse, and Astro.

At the centre of this release/ featured on every track is Bosses Hang- aka Romania’s Raul Starcz, who offers up the more musical elements here- with these moving between dramatic mood-scaping, post-industrial sound scaping, spaced-out to- jazzy improv, searing rock jamming, doomed out rock, etc. As far as I can gather the Bosses Hang has been active as a project since 2018- with it’s work mainly focusing on collabs with other.

Over the two-disc, we find a total of ten tracks- and these have runtimes between four and twenty-three minutes, though as you’d expect mostly the tracks are at the more length side of things. On the whole, the two CD’s together offering up a rather varied record- at points, it does slightly lack its own identity when the collaborators sound bleeds and burns in too much, but it’s a largely eventful and entertaining cross breed album.

On the positive/ worth side of things- We kick off with “All The Power To The People, I Will Die For Something Which Is Still Nothing In The End”( all the tracks have these overblown/ at points pretentious titles)- this track finds Starcz collaborating with two noise acts- Shanghai-based Torturing Nurse and Japans Government Alpha- as the track musical focuses we have this bounding and brooding mix of synth bass lines, grim higher-pitched harmonics, and dramatic drum fills- around this the noisemakers build searing and rewarding detail, with the focus sometimes nicely drifting to more noise bound texturing/ dwelling- through the musical elements are never far away. There’s “What Will You Do At The End Of The World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? (Reprise)” which features Government Alpha and the project adds really nice selection of simmer-to-shredding noise tones to Starcz lumbering and doomed out guitar and smash/ crashing drum work. Or the albums finale track “Death Is Not The Ending, It Is Just A Reasonable Conclusion To Another Average Story”- finds a wondering blend of doomed blue rock work out, hazed by a nasty Vomir sear and baying and wailing female vocals by Junko

On the less effective/focused side we have lose jazz guitar improv meets wondering harsh noise of “I Am Intoxicated With The Ashes Of A Long Gone Past, But I Am Still Breathing” which finds Starcz collaborating with Torturing Nurse. Or “Throne Of Blood And The Ballad Of A Thousand Crying Sparrows” which features Astro and Vomir, this opens with a sort of wondering and laid back semi- country fed psych-rock jamming- sadly the musical elements start to slip/ slide and become messy the deeper in you go, and unfortunately, neither noise collaborator is really adding anything too interesting.

In conclusion Once in a lifetime is certainly an interesting experiment at blending/ blurring noise and atmospheric music fare- not all of it works, and at points, the double album format does feel too sprawling/ unfocused. But if you enjoy where noise and music meet, it’s certainly something I think you find worth/ enjoyment from.

(Source: https://www.musiquemachine.com/reviews/reviews_template.php?id=8515&fbclid=IwAR0RxjdLKS8eb_HMTB4XGQ2gf3udfoxmBs_4vWvAxAxElDedq_JXeDk-DUc)

WYRM – Wolfish Outlaws & Other Heathens CD (Out Now)!

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WYRM – Wolfish Outlaws & Other Heathens CD (4iB055):

1. Voice Of The Ancient Bard (Original 2000 Mix) (5:04)
2. Wrong Gede (Extended Mix) (16:58)
3. Untitled (7:00)
4. I Believe What You Said (Minimal Mix) (Psychic TV Cover) (8:11)
5. Not To See The Sun (12:07)
6. Symmetrical Ecstasy (With Nocturnal Emissions) (6:02)
7. Voice Of The Ancient Bard (2008 Version) (5:09)

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WYRM was the primary project of Allan Zane (2000-2011). The project was disbanded in 2011, but is now in the “exhumation” process. Using whatever technology was at hand at any given moment, WYRM constructed aural amalgamations of genres now often referred to as “dark ambient” and experimental “electronica”. Expressed through music, WYRM’s fascination was with the shadow aspects of human existence—yet constituted virtue, consciousness-expansion, and illumination.
Allan Zane/WYRM has worked with such luminaries as the late Genesis Breyer P.-Orridge (Psychic TV) Robin Storey (Rapoon, :Zoviet France:), Richard Rupenus (The New Blockaders, Nihilist Assault Group, Mixed Band Philanthropist, Bladder Flask, etc.), GX Jupitter-Larsen (The Haters), Mark Davis (Omenya), PBK, Nigel Ayers (The Pump, Nocturnal Emissions), Kenji Siratori and a host of others.
‘Wolfish Outlaws & Other Heathens’ is a collection of rare and unreleased recordings from 2000-2011. Presented in lavish packaging complete with booklet, this CD collection offers an opportunity to showcase music that otherwise might never see the light of day. A must-have for any aficionado of “Dark Ambient”–or Avant Garde music in general!”

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PHURPA & QUEEN ELEPHANTINE – Ita Zor CD Out Now!

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PHURPA & QUEEN ELEPHANTINE – Ita Zor CD (4iB059):

1. Ita Zor I (13:41)
2. Ita Zor II (7:18)
3. Ita Zor III (6:06)
4. Ita Zor IV (12:33)
5. Ita Zor V (10:41)

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– A4 Poster (Feat. Carved Skull Artwork by Victor Seiche)
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This inner space journey features an international collaboration between PHURPA (phurpa.bandcamp.com), renowned Russian ritualists that perform the ancient Bon music of Tibet, and QUEEN ELEPHANTINE (queenelephantine.com), the avant garde rock group formed in Hong Kong and now based in Philadelphia, USA.
Together they weave history with the future into an offering that reflects the present moment, slowly teasing the tension of a dense electric buzzing chaos while seeking anchor and abandon in ancient knowledge. This chant and drone work goes incredibly deep, astronomically far out, and is the sound of death as much as of healing.
PHURPA provide the backbone with their transcendent thunderous throat chanting while QUEEN ELEPHANTINE create an otherworldly cloud around them, using gyaling horns, conch shells, gongs, flutes, ceremonial bells and bowls, drums, guitar, and electronics.
The artwork features a striking sculpture by Transylvanian skull-carver Victor Seiche, a fitting image for the sound of a dead wisdom tradition adored, adorned, and defiled with sincere devotion.


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New Distro & Restock Titles from Cold Spring Records!

BOSSES HANG & GOVERNMENT ALPHA & TORTURING NURSE & ASTRO & VOMIR – 一期一会 2xCD Out Now!

BOSSES HANG & GOVERNMENT ALPHA & TORTURING NURSE & ASTRO & VOMIR – 一期一会 2xCD (4iB056):

Disc 1
1. BOSSES HANG + TORTURING NURSE + GOVERNMENT ALPHA – All The Power To The People, I Will Die For Something Which Is Still Nothing In The End (12:21)
2. BOSSES HANG + GOVERNMENT ALPHA – Every Cat That I’ve Met Seems To Have A Sad Face Which Emanates The Purest Light (4:13)
3. BOSSES HANG + TORTURING NURSE – I Am Intoxicated With The Ashes Of A Long Gone Past, But I Am Still Breathing (10:24)
4. BOSSES HANG + GOVERNMENT ALPHA – What Will You Do At The End Of The World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? (Reprise) (12:50)
5. BOSSES HANG + TORTURING NURSE – Untitled (Because Human Names Are Unsuitable For The Beauty Of Sound) (12:08)
6. BOSSES HANG + GOVERNMENT ALPHA (Feat. Déhà) – Death Is Not The Worst Thing, Losing Life Is (ピシの特別なニャー) (13:17)

Disc 2
1. BOSSES HANG + ASTRO – Naked Subconsciousness Under The Burning Cascade (Part 1) (6:54)
2. BOSSES HANG + ASTRO + VOMIR – Throne Of Blood And The Ballad Of A Thousand Crying Sparrows (Feat. Marko Neuman) (23:16)
3. BOSSES HANG + ASTRO – Naked Subconsciousness Under The Chilling Flames (Part 2) (9:39)
4. BOSSES HANG + VOMIR (Feat. Junko) – Death Is Not The Ending, It Is Just A Reasonable Conclusion To Another Average Story (ホーエンハイムの特別なゴロゴロ) (21:33)

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一期一会 (Once in a lifetime) is a fragmented and anachronistic double album featuring Romania’s Bosses Hang (aka Raul Starcz) improvising on the original works of noise protagonists: Government Alpha & Astro (Hiroshi Hasegawa & Rohco) (Tokyo, Japan), Torturing Nurse (Shanghai, China) & Vomir (Paris, France). Other guests like Marko Neuman, Déhà (Musical Excrements) and Junko (Hijokaidan) are also featured in this free-forming transformation of sound that range from drone to industrial noise to free jazz and doom. The range of sounds transcend into unexpected directions and territories, all serving as the base of this album. There is a rhizomatic meeting between the different artists with different styles and different subjectivities being captured here. Due to it’s instinctive and improvisational nature, the tracks will never exist in the same form ever again.

“However, the author is dead and the duty is passed to the listener, as improvisation is forever open-ended.” (一期一会 – Once In A Lifetime)


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Review of M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi) – The Sacral Inhabitat CD (4iB047) by Progress Report

Review of M.B. (Maurizio Bianchi) – The Sacral Inhabitat CD (4iB047) by Progress Report::

In 2020 Maurizio Bianchi was celebrating 40 years of working in music. The 40 years consisting of two periods of work separated by a large break of 15 years. There were some releases under the name Sacher-Pelz in 1979 and 1980 before Maurizio started to release music under own name in 1980. This came to an abrupt halt in 1983 when Maurizio had become a Jehovah’s Witness and there are quotes from around this time when it seems he was expecting the end of the world. However in 1998 Alga Marghen records offered to set up a label for his recordings and Maurizio resumed working in music and at an astonishing rate with a huge plethora of releases.

The second phase of his musical endeavours shifts between different styles, sometimes his work is perhaps calmer and more subdued than his earlier works and at other times it seems as if he is revisiting the sounds and methods of his earlier pieces.

The Sacral Inhabitat is one of the more subdued works. It’s has an almost mournful funeral sound as it starts. What sounds like but isn’t a slowed down loop of some sort of horn type instrument leads us into the first of two long pieces. Other subterranean rumblings, higher pitched squalls join in and crackles, pulses and noise all appear at quite a pace for a track that is has such a slow dragging feel to it. What sounded like a loop develops throughout the first half of the piece but is effectively for this time the heart of the track the other sounds (and there are plenty of them) come in for a short period of time before they disappear to be replaced by others. It’s very deceptive piece; you don’t think much is happening or changing the first time you listen to it then you realise how complex it actually is.
The second piece is less structured and more free form in its nature with similar sounds to the first piece but without it’s main sound holding the pieces together and giving you something to connect to. Because of this it’s not quite as effective and you don’t feel that you’re losing yourself in the piece in the same way.

It’s an interesting album covering ground that not that many bands do nowadays or if they do, they don’t do it to anywhere this level of ability. The pieces here are deceptive in their ability to make you lose track of time and get swept up inside their underwater subterranean feel. The only time I can remember having a similar feel from an album is when listening to William Basinski’s work with loops.
Certainly one to pick up if you come across it and I’ll be looking out for more of MBs recent works. DB (Irrational Arts)

(Source: http://www.progress-report.co.uk/Reviews/M/Maurizio%20Bianchi.htm)

Release Info: https://4ibrecords.com/online-store/#M.B.%20(Maurizio%20Bianchi)%20-%20The%20Sacral%20Inhabitat%20(4iB047)

New Distro Titles from Silentes (Italy)

1. Michael Mantra ‎– F/C LP
2. Nicola Ratti & Mark Templeton ‎– Resophonic LP
3. Nathan Amundson ‎– Western Songs LP
4. Stefano Gentile & Monica Testa | Enrico Coniglio & Stefano Guzzetti ‎– Nell’Attesa Del Tuo Prossimo Respiro 2xCD + 2xBook

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New Distro Titles from Silentes (Italy)

1. Maurizio Bianchi ‎– Lastfirst CD
2. Mauthausen Orchestra ‎– Private Thoughts Recordings CD
3. Maribor ‎– Cross CD
4. Deison | Mingle ‎– Innersurface CD
5. Gianluca Favaron, Anacleto Vitolo ‎– Overgrowth CD
6. Gianluca Becuzzi ‎– In Between 2xCD
8. Simon Balestrazzi ‎– Cautionary Tales CD
9. Corrado Altieri, Gianluca Favaron ‎– To Found CD
10. Yannick Franck & Pietro Riparbelli ‎– Whinny Muir CD
11. Corrado Altieri | Gianluca Favaron ‎– Decomposed Days CD
13. Aube ‎– Reworks Stefano Gentile II CD
14. Maurizio Bianchi ‎– M.I. Nheem Alysm CD
 
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Review of K2 / Astro / V.O.E.R. – Subconscious Error CD (4iB048) by Dimi Brands (Dark Entries)

Review of K2 / Astro / V.O.E.R. – Subconscious Error CD (4iB048) by Dark Entries (Dimi Brands):

Wanneer we door het label 4iB (zelf uit Singapore) uitgenodigd worden voor een trip naar Japan, steken we alvast veiligheidshalve een extra verpakking gehoorbescherming in onze koffer. Het weerzien mag dan wel lawaaierig worden, hartelijk is het ook steeds wanneer we ons in de nabijheid van Kimihide Kusafuka mogen scharen.

Deze Japanoise reus is reeds actief sinds de vroege jaren 80 en binnen het genre een referentie om u tegen te zeggen. Kusafuka is heer en meester in het manipuleren van analoge elektronica en weet straffe dingen te verrichten met wat doorgaans als afval weggezet wordt. Een noise collectie zonder K2 is die naam niet waardig.

De toestand van uw gevoelige oren zal de goede man worst wezen. Liefhebbers van betere lawaai weten dat je bij deze goed zit voor een uit de kluiten gewassen oorspoeling met brandend terpentijn, hier vertegenwoordigt met twee nummers: ‘Fear Of Hagibis’ (een feest voor zij die kicken op uiterst hoge tonen in alle denkbare mutaties) en het (naar onze doorwinterde normen) iets gemoedelijkere ‘HAARP’. De twee nummers bestrijken een heel breed scala aan hoge tonen en dekens van feedback die hij tovert uit modulaire en semi-modulaire synths.

Eveneens geen onbekende in de Japanoise wereld is Hiroshi Hasegawa, de man die samen met zijn ex-vrouw, adult actrice Mayuki Hino, het legendarische C.C.C.C. boven de doopvont hield. Begin jaren 90 vormde hij Astro, een soloproject dat later aangevuld werd met mevrouw Hiroko Hasegawa.

Ook hier naar goede Japanse gewoonte geen genade voor uw tere zieltje, maar in de plaats snoeiharde noise die tijdens het sterke ‘Unlimited Agglomerations’ bij momenten dicht tegen power electronics aanleunt. De lawaailawine die hier over ons heen stort wordt mogelijk gemaakt door het gebruik van elektronica en elektrische viool.

Deze split ligt een beetje in het verlengde van het eveneens op 4iB uitgebrachte Cryptic Void (2013), dat Hiroshi Hasegawa en Positive Adjustments samenbracht.

Positive Adjustments was het toen recent gestarte project van Krister Bergman, die hiermee een stap van de power electronics die hij maakte met Demons That Drove richting harsh noise wou zetten.

Onder de naam V.O.E.R. ontpopt hij zich niet tot leverancier van voeding voor uw trouwe viervoeter (V.O.E.R. is hier de afkorting voor Vestige Of Earthly Remains) maar volhardt in de betrachting om beide genres met elkaar te verenigen. Beiden mogen dan wel heel wat raakvlakken hebben, toch hebben ze elk hun eigen specifieke klankkleur. Het palet waarmee Bergman hier twee nummers schildert vallen terug onder power electronics onder te verdelen.

Wanneer hij flink van jetje geeft beschouwen we dat als een goede zaak. De verstilde stukken die hij ‘The Garden Of Eden’ binnensmokkelt dempen echter de feestvreugde op het einde.

‘A Garden Of Flesh’ trekt dit euvel gelukkig helemaal recht. Qua opbouw zit dit nummer beter in elkaar dan zijn voorganger aangezien er rustig begonnen wordt, en de rustpunten binnen het nummer netjes tussen de gemene uithalen zitten. Deze uiten zich in tergend trage, even monotone als vernietigende strepen elektronica die in staat zijn menig keel de lucht af te snoeren. De vocalen bij deze twee nummers zijn afkomstig van Primitive Knot die teksten van William Blake reciteert

Subconscious Error is zo een (naar noise normen) gevarieerde split geworden (vooral dankzij de versnellingsmanipulatie binnen de nummers afzonderlijk en onderling), en de zoveelste must-have op rij van het Singaporese 4iB-label.

 

(Source: http://www.darkentries.be/nl/recensies/k2-astro-v-o-e-r-subconscious-error/?fbclid=IwAR2GD7hVxkXeQKyF_dpw8nTs2TF-7qWK8igieVJezzoH1Z2qDZ5a4ZRTXfo)

New Distro Titles from Les Nouvelles Propagandes (France)

New Distro Titles from Death By Torturing Records 虐死唱片 (Hong Kong)