Autogen ‎– Mutagen

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4iB Records ‎– 4iB CD/0712/002, Sturm ‎– Mandat nr. 36
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1 Par Vēlu 5:33
2 Terapeits 4:10
3 Nederīgs 6:05
4 Nevajag 5:49
5 Nemierā 5:22
6 Trakumā 4:59
7 Sūrums 5:02
8 Par Zāli
Featuring – Zemens
7:22
9 Vēl Nē
Featuring – Vinings
5:46
10 Tev Nebūs 6:19
11 Vakarā 8:36
12 Auksts 5:30

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Comes in a Digipak in Slipcase
1st Pressing (Limited & Hand numbered edition of 500 Copies)

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Autogen Mutagen(12xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Autogen Self-released) none Latvia 2012

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allobroge

allobroge

February 1, 2017

Great electronic instrumental album and superb artwork, a real masterpiece !
4ibrecords

4ibrecords

July 14, 2015
Review by Chain D.L.K. (Marc Tater)

I know that I should have written this review months before, but unfortunately I lost track in between, so this one comes out late. The debut release of Autogen out of Latvia promised to be one of the outstanding releases during the last months for the Dark Electro/Post-modern Ambient/IDM genre. It is an experimental Electronica project by Kaspars Kalnins, also known under his pseudonym Kaps. He is maybe better known for his involvement in the Electro/Industrial project Rosewater or as being the founder of the Latvian cult label Sturm. Kaps is surely one of leading forces behind any activity of underground-related music in this small Eastern European country.

This debut album is a collaboration release between Sturm and Singapore-based 4iB Records, which concentrates to present Ambient / Noise / Martial-Industrial styles. Autogen has been firstly discovered with an appearance on the latest Sturm compilation 'Stürmer 4' DCD set ('Par Veelu'), 'Mutagen' now collects all tracks written in between 2008 - 2012. Ever since the establishing of Autogen, this project has been often active with rude live performances and has visited numerous industrial and fetish clubs in Latvia, Finland, Belarus, Hungary, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia and also Bangkok in March 2012. The shows of Autogen are for parental usage only, they often display cruel scenarios of blood, gore and fetishism.

The musically direction of this debut tends clearly into the field of demanding Dark Electro music. Projects like The Klinik, Mortal Constraint, or Disharmony have to be named to throw in possible quells of inspiration, although this album in its presented quality would also well fitting side by side with some highly praised signed to the US-based Tympanik Audio label. And so this album explores a wide range of dark and cold sounding Electronica styles and leaves out warmer and smooth sounding ingredients. The work of Mortal Constraint or Ingo Lindmeier's Polygon-project in its early recordings is surely witness for tracks 'Nevajag', 'Trakumá', or 'Súrums' in its existence. Massive applause for the rather deep drowning, stone-cold Modern-Ambient-like tune 'Vél Né', one of my personal favorites. That this album is also able to scratch some inner nerves can be discovered in 'Nederings', the ideal and raw soundtrack for your next dentists visit. 'Mutagen' is a brilliant collection of tracks full of creative sound-design with matured programming skill. No pseudo-aggressive Techno kick-and-snare-bawling on here, 'Mutagen' is rather designed to freeze your brain. A nice, cinematic, but also ice-cold sound-trip not to be missed. Get it!
4ibrecords

4ibrecords

May 26, 2014
Review by Crucial Blast:

Autogen's Mutagen might not be as black and blistering as 4iB's releases from UK power electronics duo Sutcliffe Jugend, or as ear-destroying as their harsh noise releases from K2 and Hiroshi Hasegawa, but I still dug this one a lot. I've never been shy about my love of certain dark strains of cold n' sinister electro and that classic Wax Trax industrial sound, even as unfashionable as it may be among "metal" circles; recent releases from the likes of Prostate and Chiildren suggest I'm not the only one interested in revisiting some of the more abrasive corners of this sound, either.

The Latvian artist Autogen isn't particularly abrasive, but he does produce a severe strain of nocturnal electronica on his debut for Singapore power-electronics / noise / industrial label 4iB, one of the more interesting surprises that I encountered when picking up the label's current catalog of releases. The eight tracks that make up Mutagen move through a near lightless urban landscape, the sound comprised of shuffling breakbeats and fragile electronic pulses rolling out beneath the glow of dark neon and incandescent street lights; there's a definite performance art aspect to Autogen's activity, seen in the live footage of the group that has circulated online, where throbbing dark electro is performed in sparsely filled underground fetish clubs in Eastern Europe, the members of Autogen covering their faces in creepy sackcloth masks, their music playing out as the pulsating backdrop to surrealistic sex rituals and weird installations where hunks of meat swing lazily on thick metal chains, and bizarre simulated acts of cannibalism and autophagia on stage. That strange gore-stained performance art atmosphere is backed by the menacing electronic music of Mutagen, ranging from dancefloor-primed electronic throb to more abstract and nightmarish ambience, the jet-black electrocreep of "Therapist", the garbled clicks and glitches that infest the sinister synthpop of "Obsolete" and "Pungent".

At the very end of the album, the final three tracks head into a much more atmospheric direction, the ominous 80's horror synth ambience of "Thou Shalt Not", "Freeze" and "In The Evening" all echoing with the minimal dark synthcreep of classic John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream and Giorgio Moroder film scores. Worth checking out for fans of Skinny Puppy, Twitch-era Ministry, and some of the more subdued sounds featured on the Ohm Resistance label. Beautifully packaged in a full color digipack enclosed in an embossed slipcase with black-on-black printing, each copy numbered in an edition of five hundred copies.
4ibrecords

4ibrecords

July 17, 2013
Mutagen is the debut album by AUTOGEN, an experimental solo outfit from Latvia founded in 2008 by frontman Kaspars Kalnins, otherwise known as Kaps. Highly recognized by people in the underground music circuit, Kaps is a prominent and revered player in the Latvian industrial scene both as an event organizer and musician. He is also an influential member of Rosewater, another established industrial electro band formed in 1998. Ever since 2008, AUTOGEN has been active in live stage performance and has played at numerous industrial and fetish clubs in Latvia, Finland, Belarus, Hungary, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia and also Bangkok in March 2012. AUTOGEN’s shows often display gruesome theatrics of blood, gore and fetishism accompanied by their signature trance-inducing electronic soundscape compositions that exude an enthralling ritualistic atmosphere juxtaposing invocative sight and sound.

Mutagen has finally been realized over this length of time since AUTOGEN’s inception 4 years ago. This inaugural official release comprises intelligently orchestrated ambient euphonies and pulsating rhythms of the Cold Elektro genre, all written during the period of 2008-2012. Containing 12 tracks in total, they are composed and arranged by Kaps, with the exception of two that are done in collaboration with Zemens and Vinings, also relevant individuals in the underground Latvian industrial music scene.

Mutagen promises an aural journey of post-industrial influences with modern sonic elements, all beautifully written and creatively arranged through complex electronic manipulation. It is a mind trip almost dreamlike and surreal, echoing a soundtrack-like atmosphere that overwhelms at many junctures throughout the album. Mutagen’s soundscape of electronic textural layers and minimal sampled digitized voices will provide the listener with a mesmerizing experience of a post-apocalyptic world. The tensions of despair and hope tug at the emotions of the innermost psyche, only to emerge the discovery of eventual order within the realm of chaos.