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posted a review of Little Fyodor - Idiots Are Closer To God. over 5 years ago
In his letter to me, he said “Give it a chance if it seems normal at first” - normal! - like seeing people in THE RESIDENTS' ‘eye’ disguise every day might be normal. This guy likes to fool you into thinking he’s a mere dabbler in music, putting you off ... See full review
posted a review of Front 242 - Backcatalogue. over 5 years ago
This is, as might be guessed from the title, a 'best-of-so-far' album for the years 1981-1985, and as such is probably the best place to start listening to early FRONT 242, although this by no means reduces the impact of the "No Comment" & "Geography" ... See full review
posted a review of David Borgo - Massanetta Springs . over 5 years ago
This album has a silky smooth quality that drapes over the listener in smooth coils and flows. Where most of the people involved in this label and ACCRETIONS seem driven to push the boundries of Jazz way beyond hitherto stagnant pools of complacency, ... See full review
posted a review of Billband - Blurred. over 5 years ago
Although traditionally the length of a vinyl album, at just over 30 minutes this seems somehow brief by todays 74-80 minute CD medium. And only four tracks! So why part with your hard earned cash for this.

Well, if you're seeking INNOVA's usual ... See full review
posted a review of Maeror Tri - Emotional Engramm. over 5 years ago
Recorded between 1993 and 1996, this is the final release of MAEROR TRI - packaged to suggest that this music is a kind of empty canvas for engrams, for letters, words, scribblings (both significant and insignificant) to emerge upon. "Engrams" somehow ... See full review
posted a review of Mlehst - Coldness. over 5 years ago
Experimental, yes, without a doubt, but there's a subtlety to MLEHST's music which is probably more closely related, albeit more stripped and minimal, to the less structured soundtracking of MAIN than more Noise and Terror sounds. Shy guitar, sounding as ... See full review
posted a review of Certain Ants - I Had Always Intended To Explain How I Bred Certain Of My Ants. over 5 years ago
Despite the comparable 'normality' of the instruments (guitar, flute, synthesizer among more strange & exotic creations) the sound these four musicians make is a far throw from your average group.
Side one consists of two tracks, starting with the epic ... See full review
posted a review of Serf Music. over 5 years ago
The address for this label on the cover of the Certain Ants album was:

14 Logan Street, Langley Park, Durham, DH7 9YN, UK

I assume this label is no longer active.

The information was professionally printed onto the body of the cassette itself, ... See full review
posted a review of Mark Applebaum - Intellectual Property™. over 5 years ago
MARK APPLEBAUM walks as a giant through the land of Avant Garde Jazz composition. As fearless as a barbarian, he strides with confidence where many others seem to step with trepidation and a cringing caution. And perhaps this is where his music works so ... See full review
posted a review of 60 Cycle Hum - Intuitive Concepts. over 5 years ago
No tracks listed - guitar sprawlings & ramblings., without strict (drum) structure, this sounds decidedly odd, and the two members, NELSON (guitar, synth) and PETE (bass, synth) seem to be able to improvise well, bouncing sound images off each other, ... See full review
posted a review of Peter Appleton, Richard Leake - Devices And Desires. over 5 years ago
PETER APPLETON's side was recorded live at the Windsor Arts Centre, England and the inlay card says it 'is an experimental 3D recording. When you listen through headphones you will hear the sound as you would if you were present at the performance.' I ... See full review
posted a review of Perestroika Combo - Yeah, Yeah, Yeah?. over 5 years ago
I know little about this group, other than they consist of Voda Tudor on keyboards; Andree Krause on guitar & vocals; Steffanie Lingsminat on bass vocals; Frank Neubert on drum & Holgar Kaack on guitar/vocals.
Side one opens with "Komplikation V" which ... See full review
posted a review of Your Brain On Drugs - Oil?. over 5 years ago
According to the inlay card of this cassette, YOUR BRAIN ON DRUGS is Pete Solo. The cover of this cassette says it consists of six tracks, although there seem to be many, many more - opening with "March To The Beat (Of A Madman)" sharp spiky continuous ... See full review
posted a review of Educational Resources - No. over 5 years ago
The title track "No" opens play with sustaining notes & half-hidden spoken child's voice, joined by tape manipulation & various FX. A church organ loop lies beneath the thin, almost percussive scatterings of audio detritus which fall, confetti-like over ... See full review
posted a review of Spleen (2) - It. over 5 years ago
Somewhere between the RE-CONSTRICTION school of what we tend to call Hardcore Industrial (although they prefer tags like Torture Tech) and the post-Thrash excesses of the likes of GODFLESH and SCORN lies the place where SPLEEN have chosen to stake their ... See full review
posted a review of Spleen (2) - ....The Past. over 5 years ago
"Burning Skin" sucks into action a little like KILLING JOKE taking GODFLESH for a drive through a Rock-based Post-Industrial soundscape, and both sides contracting a clean welter of Punk. This is border-line Grunge while not quite getting there - but ... See full review
posted a review of Ozone Bandits - We've Come For Your Atmosphere. over 5 years ago
Remember the adage "Power Corrupts - Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely" - more than an element of truth? And from past experience - we know our politicians to be utterly corrupt, and yet we still vote for them still have faith in them, expect them to ... See full review
posted a review of blackhumour - Two Women: San Francisco 1988. over 5 years ago
I choose to review this tape first because it is, without doubt, the easiest. Two sides - two tracks- two atmospheres. Side one is entitled "Tangie" (I think) and is a long, drawn out, sustained sound, like a constant, unrelenting Industrial wind, ... See full review
posted a review of Side Effect (11) - In Love With A Shadow. over 5 years ago
This group were well-known in the Nuneaton area (which itself is relatively unknown) for a short duration. Japan were still making records and it was obvious that Side Effect were heavily influenced by them. From this I'd guess the year of this tape to ... See full review
posted a review of Mlehst - Tick Farm. over 5 years ago
This collection is an amalgam creature, a thing formed by the gluing together of 'found' tapes and drifting live performances. Each piece is sprawling, and mostly somewhat passive, with guitar and bass at the very heart of each structure. But don't ... See full review
posted a review of Mlehst - Tick Farm. over 5 years ago
This collection is an amalgam creature, a thing formed by the gluing together of 'found' tapes and drifting live performances. Each piece is sprawling, and mostly somewhat passive, with guitar and bass at the very heart of each structure. But don't ... See full review
posted a review of Endzeitgeneration - Aufzeichnung Eines Momentanen Zustandes. over 5 years ago
They claim to be 'noisy electronic Industrial' & having heard the album a couple of times, I'd think twice before agruing the toss. the opening track on side one - "Kalte Spiele" for instance would happily fit onto any Japanese Pure Noise album & seem ... See full review
posted a review of Der Tod - Untitled Demo. over 5 years ago
Imagine the VELVET UNDERGROUND getting higher than they ever did in the 60s and 70s, then having a stab at making their own "Rocky Horror Picture Show"? Beyond the imagination? Maybe the first track on this would at least give you an inkling as to what ... See full review
posted a review of Thine Eyes & Jeni Sheldahl - Once Despised. over 5 years ago
lowing on from reviewing THRIVE's cassette album I chose to check this one out. And the two wouldn't sit too badly together on a release. Whereas THRIVE choose a mainstream, fairly pedestrian sub-Goth music over which to weave their beautiful music, ... See full review
posted a review of Erixma - Lovebomb. over 5 years ago
This is a little different from the last album I reviewed from FRAGMENT - this whole cassette is a gently moving, flowing piece of music said to have subliminal messages woven into it's structure. There doesn't seem to be any threat to the sound - it ... See full review
posted a review of Youth Is Violence - Youth Is Violence. over 5 years ago
This arrived in a neat little package - photocopied inlay of old buildings - what looks like wallpaper stuck to the case with a hole burnt out to show the title - this inside it’s own little carrier bag with more buildings on & the logo “YOUTH IS ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Musical Emissions By.... over 5 years ago
Although SOFT WATCH claims to cover a wide variety of connected musical areas, we make no secret that, at it's core we cast the kleig onto Experimental & Industrial areas, with the areas of Electronic (Eurock/Space Rock, call it what you will) & New Age ... See full review
posted a review of Donkey (2) - Show. over 5 years ago
Remember Forrest Gump saying "Life Is Life A Box Of Chocolates"? Like him or hate him, you've gotta admit he had a point. Same goes for relatively unheard groups. Sometimes you get hard centres you just can't get into; sometimes you're left with an ... See full review
posted a review of Ogogo - "Live". over 5 years ago
For this album OG-O-GO manage to combine a more Trad Jazz background with Avant Garde-influences such as VARESE, STOCKHAUSEN and the Neo Classical tendency to portray a far less than pastoral world. A whole heap of other stylistic influences are thrown ... See full review
posted a review of Ogogo - "Ira & Igor". over 5 years ago
Due to the problems I have been having re: space on this website, I have been waiting for a long while to review this album and have thus heard it a great number of times. Primarily it consists of flutes, tenor sax & clarinet, courtesy of IRA SCHULMAN, ... See full review
posted a review of :zoviet*france:* - Collusion. over 5 years ago
Those of you familiar with :ZOVIET FRANCE: will probably want to complete your collection with this assemblage of previously-released compilation tracks, while for those of you who are interested in the group, but don't really know where to start, this ... See full review
posted a review of Zobel* / Thomasius* - Falscher Hase. over 5 years ago
The first side of this cassette is absorbed entirely by the track “Heavy Metal” - don’t judge this by the title - it’s neither MOTORHEAD or EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN, although it is more closely related to the latter. An atmospheric piece seemingly recorded ... See full review
posted a review of Zero Gravity (2) - Space Does Not Care. over 5 years ago
When I were a lad we were allowed to put our books down, file into whatever passed as a television room, and witness history in the making. Watching telly at school? Call that education? Maybe not. After all, I'm not so old as to have seen Armstrong take ... See full review
posted a review of Zeni Geva - Live In Amerika. over 5 years ago
It's nice to hear the Japanese pull their favourite Extreme Noise fetish into a Rock suit & let it loose upon the world, a little like a slightly-less-tasteful Godzilla. The first 11 tracks were recorded live at LACE in Los Angeles on 23rd August 92. ... See full review
posted a review of z.B.u.ä. - P V S S. over 5 years ago
This review was for a "Sample tape from PVSS".

A while since I have heard anything from these & while the sound has grown no less intense and cacophonic, they now lean away from pure blasting noise into the area of audio montage peopled by such creative ... See full review
posted a review of z.B.u.ä. - Buuhndahmaging. over 5 years ago
This is perhaps one of the most noisy recordings I have ever heard, comparable perhaps with some of WHITEHOUSE's more extreme works, or perhaps "Dissonance" by MIGRAINE INDUCERS. From beginning to end this is a pure barriage of cacophonic noise, machine ... See full review
posted a review of The Ya-Ya's - 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9. over 5 years ago
As with the Reggae albums, this one doesn't really fit in with the general flavour of this directory, except....except for the fact that several tracks feature ex-CAN members JAKI LIEBEZEIT (drums) & MALCOLM MOONEY (vocals). It's a fairly commercial ... See full review
posted a review of XXX Atomic Toejam - A Gathering Of The Tribes For The First/Last Human Be-In. over 5 years ago
"God In A Pill" is a dense, complex dance piece, so full of samples & electronic excess, it immediately brings SKINNY PUPPY to mind, although is far more commercial. A behemoth of a dance track, it fills the room with its huge muscular sound, driven ... See full review
posted a review of X10 Feat. Tec Trance - X10 Feat. Tec Trance. over 5 years ago
At frst this seems to be a thin & skeletal album, but soon you begini to appreciate the sparse sound contains a depth and complexity cunningly disguised by the mix. It probably owes as much to Hip Hop than it doesto any other type of music, often ... See full review
posted a review of Wunderlich Ausgang - To.... over 5 years ago
The “RED” side opens with whispered vocals, then a high 'n' happy metallic-sounding sequence / rhythm, hypnotically ushering in “Picture” - a bright, medium-paced DEPECHE MODE-type thing, unique in it’s own merits. "Black Tunnel” follows, drifting in ... See full review
posted a review of Rozz Williams - Every King A Bastard Son. over 5 years ago
I'm not that familiar with CHRISTIAN DEATH but know that ROZZ & his words are regarded by most to be genius. This, his spoken word album uses images so intensely black & pointedly death- related that I can only assume he's also in possession of a ... See full review
posted a review of White Stains - The Somewhat Lost Horizon. over 5 years ago
This is perhaps the most commercial album out of the entire collection (but I still don’t expect to see it on Top Of The Pops). It is divided into five pieces, which themselves are so complex that they seem to contain many, many more ... See full review
posted a review of White Slug - Cage Paralysis. over 5 years ago
'Side Active' is credited with 5 tracks, but only seems to have four, so I'll have to guess which is missing. It opens think with "Sidewinder", a fast, tight piece of Punk-influenced music which could be described as sped-up Grunge. One of the most ... See full review
posted a review of Joy White - The Rising Sun. over 5 years ago
This is another decent piece of Reggae with a catchy refrain which says "We're Living In The Land Of The Rising Sun" with the keyboards being the only instrument to suggest this might indeed be so. It's a good song, but not quite strong enough to enter ... See full review
posted a review of White Hand & Brook Hinton - Cling. over 5 years ago
This is a rather nicely packaged tape - the box it comes in also doubles as a cover for a small booklet. The whole thing was bound by what I assumed was wire, but now think must be solder! An unusual concept - not expensive glossy stuff, but showning an ... See full review
posted a review of James Whelan (2) & Andrew Pinches - Wizard On Wizard. over 5 years ago
Despite the claim that this is 'New Age Electronic Synthesizer Space Rock Music', and irrespective of the awfully clichéd post-Tolkien imagery, this is actually a bloody wonderful album of mood music which borders on that of SAM ROSENTHAL's ever-brill ... See full review
posted a review of What's - Press Fire To Continue. over 5 years ago
Another eleven track feast from the home of E.B.M. - WHAT'S are a four piece band comprising of MARTIN CHEVALIER, JACQUES FANTINO, HENRY MANINI & CHRISTOPHE VLOEBERGHS, the former two of whom have done a lot of work on soundtracks. H.M. has studied ... See full review
posted a review of Whaleman - Whaleman Sings!. over 5 years ago
Opening ironically with the last post, this album concentrates it’s spotlight on bowed electric bass guitar. which sounds very much like cello to me, “Suspicious Tales”, the aforementioned intro track is accompanied by shimmering chimes. “Baby ... See full review
posted a review of Westland - Westland. over 5 years ago
I've listened to this tape many times now & still cannot pin them down to a common denominator, except perhaps an overall leaning towards basic simplistic rhythms, which are later complicated into a variety of very-different-sounding tracks. I'll try & ... See full review
posted a review of Werkbund - Aquis Submersus. over 5 years ago
I'm a little confused as to which is the title, which is the group/artist etc, but never mind. What I do know is that if many of you were lucky enough to hear this once, you will buy it & keep it at the front of your collection. It's grey and dreary ... See full review