1349 Rykkinn ‎– Brown Ring Of Fury

Jester Records ‎– TRICK027
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To all the people I grew up with in Rykkin: Blekket på magen min er beviset.
To all the people I hung out with in Las Palmas: Keep on parading your nasty dogs.

Brown Ring Of Fury. Burning heart of unconditional love.

Bård Erik Strand Torgersen, Oslo March 2003.
Mastered at Strype Audio.

A different version of Best Boy has previously appeared on the strictly limited edition album «Det Tomme Rom Tenker».

Total running time: 48:04

[P]&[C] Jester Records

To my wife Helle Vaagland and my son Stener Torgersen Vaagland.

Worldwide distribution: Voices Music & Entertainment
(P)&(C) Jester Records 2003

In the booklet track 4 is given as Sparkling White (Hooked On Heroin And Hitler)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 035538 883279
  • Matrix / Runout: TOCANO 51741 TRICK027
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LP51
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 6E02



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May 11, 2012
Welcome to the world of 1349 RYKKINN. It's a congested old world - both sonically and physically. Sonically because the air (and where I'm sitting dust particles) which vibrate to sound find themselves doing aerobics to rival Military training - there are few gaps between one thunderous boom and the next shrill outburst. And physically, because there are countless others doing very similar things with noise.

Which isn't to dismiss 1349 RYKKINN out of hand. Their sound is varied, experimental, structured and in many ways unusual. Certainly in the variety of their primary shapes they stand head and shoulders above many of their Japanese counterparts. Indeed, there's a wide variety to their excesses - great knots of mutant noise wrap themselves anaconda-like around shrill shards of sharp white dust cloud. Metallic percussion wrestles with pitch-shifting distortion, amorphous booming bass sounds underline caustic layers of overdriven warped noise.

Transcending much of the extreme nature of this album is "Best Boy" which couples a rhythmic device like windscreen wipers on a wet day with some sky-ripping filtered noises which sounds, if not like THROBBING GRISTLE, then very much like one of the many who followed them back in the 70's and attempted to recreate the Industrial sound for themselves. Throbbing, yes. Gristle - well, more like grizzle. A groovy piece which will set your nerves on edge. As this is one of the longest tracks on the album, its a good job that its also (from my point of view) by far the best. Even when the wiper motif has faded back in the mix and what sounds like guitar fed through umpteen fx (flanges, phasers etc.) it still manages to stand out, limping to it's conclusion sounding far better than "Discipline" ever did.

Here and there they add a tiny oasis of 'music' - a decent piece of acoustic guitar set against live ambience seems a breath of fresh air wedged into the poison atmosphere elsewhere. And the entertaining vox pop conclusion of the album - the last track is an interview with a 'Born Again Christian' from the UK who resides in the US for Whores, Crack and the Love Of Christ! Strange closing track, yet again showing the humourous side to this this artist.

And by the sheer mass of events, this music seems to gain a structure which seems far more clever than most of the others working in the field of Extreme Electronics. Indeed, this album stands at a crossover point - but to where? As one who tolerates Noise, rather than embraces it with a passion, I admit by the end of the album I was won over. If you're into Harse, Extreme Noise Electronics, then this might entertain you - if not, you'd be best advised that the plusses hardly outweigh the minuses. A strange album - held in some midway limbo.
Originally reviewed for Metamorphic Journeyman.