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posted a comment on Aghast - Hexerei Im Zwielicht Der Finsternis. 2 months ago
I feel like this has received somewhat of a renewed appraisal recently, first for me with a shoutout some time ago (probably forgotten by most) from Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley, and even more recently with it's inclusion in many a list as a prime ... See full review
posted a comment on James Ferraro - Four Pieces For Mirai. 5 months ago
Being a fan of "old-school" New Age Tapes/ Muscleworks Inc.-era Ferraro, as well as Far Side Virtual, I've definitely been very happy with Human Story 3 and this work as a return to form. That being said Mirai might be the best thing in his "hi-fi" era ... See full review
posted a comment on Download - Furnace. 5 months ago
It's got some great tracks on it (Beehatch, Mother Sonne, Seel Hole, Omniman) but in hindsight its really an album of mostly directionless noodling. I appreciate early Download's pursuit of improvisation, frankly it and the introduction to Mark Spybey/ ... See full review
posted a comment on Cleopatra. 5 months ago
Never realized how bad this label was until I found out that they're releasing Brokencyde's next album. Let that sink in for a moment: A Brokencyde album. In 2018. (as a side note, they seem to be pretty much directly ripping off $uicideboy$ now, which ... See full review
posted a comment on Wolf Eyes - Guillotine Keys. 9 months ago
One I add to my "Dank Wolf Boys" playlist. Recently 2005-2006 has shaped up to be one of my favorite Wolf Eyes vintages. This piece is a lower-fi expanded improv version of "Psychogeist" from The Driller 12", starting out with an abstract, percussive ... See full review
posted a review of Whitehouse - Great White Death. 10 months ago
I don't see how anyone could be underwhelmed by this, this is very clearly still the masterpiece of Whitehouse's original career phase. There's so much more focus on structure, in particular building and release of tension, not to mention that their ... See full review
posted a comment on Whitehouse - Right To Kill, Dedicated To Dennis Andrew Nilsen. 10 months ago
Preludes the searing analog synth drones and increased focus on building tension that flourished on their opus Great White Death. The first releases were of course groundbreaking classics but it's great to hear the birth of the sound that made Great ... See full review
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posted a review of Sublight Records. about 1 year ago
Definitely second what has been said here but with some caveats. Richard Devine’s works are definitely worth checking out, it can be rather DSP-wanky but I still consider myself a hardcore fan. Also a huge Venetian Snares fan, but of his Sublight ... See full review
posted a review of Subtext. over 2 years ago
There are pretty much only three labels from which I will literally lap up anything released from both the label and the associated artists. Miasmah is one, Aural Hypnox another, and finally Subtext. Brilliant in concept since the release of Roly ... See full review
posted a review of Demdike Stare - Wonderland. over 2 years ago
As much as I love the dark sampledelic Demdike of old, I have to say I've almost enjoyed more the post-Test Pressing series reinvention of the project as a forward-looking, post-deep tracks quality jungle/ original hardcore/ chune/ technoid whatever ... See full review
posted a review of Mobb Deep - The Infamous. over 10 years ago
Of all the gritty SP-1200 laden early 90s NYC hiphop masterpiece albums (you know them, anything RZA touched, Nas, etc.) no production feels as fresh in my mind as The Infamous. I mean this album is unbelievably dark and dirty. Every sample seems buried ... See full review
posted a review of Autechre - Quaristice. over 10 years ago
Autechre never went 100% digital, and never before has this been as evident as on Quaristice. What Ae has done more often than not is run an arsenal of basic old-school equipment with a Max/MSP brain. The melancholy analog synths of classic releases like ... See full review
posted a review of Whitehouse - Never Forget Death. over 10 years ago
Never Forget Death is a great document of some truly powerful renditions of these classic songs. This album is massively heavy and brooding. It isn't quite the hybrid that made Great White Death such a masterpiece: the hybrid of their early-albums' spry ... See full review
posted a review of Skinny Puppy - Last Rights. over 10 years ago
I bought this album in one of its Capitol incarnations in the late 90s, so by then the track problems had been fixed, but I could imagine that was quite annoying. Technicalities away, this is definitely Skinny Puppy's opus. It is a good example of a ... See full review
posted a review of Current 93 / HÖH* - Island. over 10 years ago
This is Current 93's "electronic" album, but a perhaps more apt description is that it's their 4ad album. It's what you'd expect from that description, lots of absolutely spine-chillingly beautiful moments ("Falling," "Anyway, People Die") and a fair ... See full review
posted a review of Meat Beat Manifesto - Autoimmune. over 10 years ago
Dangers releases an album on the beyond god-awful Metropolis records. This is pretty clearly mitigated in my mind by its co-release on Planet Mu in the UK, the exact sort of label this sort of album should be released on. But it's hard to see this being ... See full review
posted a review of Merzbow - 1930. over 10 years ago
Of what I've heard (and god knows if anyone could ever hear the entire Merzbow discography), this is Merzbow's finest hour. It is an album where he really diversifies the sound, rather than his perhaps too-common permutations of flanged static (which in ... See full review
posted a review of Kazumoto Endo - While You Were Out. over 10 years ago
On this album, Kazumoto Endo demonstrates that he's another choice cut above the Japanese harsh noise scene. While he's no laptop noisemaker, Endo is digital, his junk seems to consist of boiled and broken bits of digital equipment, lots of DSP and ... See full review
posted a review of Skullflower. over 10 years ago
Despite the fact that it has recently turned into more or less a different incarnation of Hototogisu (not a bad thing really, but it isn't really Skullflower either), Skullflower in its early days was a glorious antecedent to everything people thought ... See full review
posted a review of C.C.C.C.. over 10 years ago
Cccc were and are a refreshingly different take on harsh noise. I mean yes Merzbow with his trillion releases is so diverse as to that many Merzbow releases cover the same ground as cccc, but doesn't all harsh noise sound the same to all but ... See full review
posted a review of Venetian Snares - Pink+Green. over 10 years ago
A very fun ep that shows Venetian Snares in better form, returning to his breakcore roots with lots of matured production. This is the first time since the Chocolate Wheelchair Album that I remember him making breaks this fun, staying a bit farther away ... See full review
posted a review of Venetian Snares - Doll Doll Doll. over 10 years ago
This ain't got nothin to do with AFX, this ain't got all that much to do with breakcore or jungle either (well, you know, kinda). They're just using the same programming. This is bloody horror sonics, power electronics made with beats and a laptop. Only ... See full review
posted a review of Noise/Girl - Discopathology. over 10 years ago
Everything inside this album is what you'd expect from its absolutely sublime Trevor Brown cover art. It is a disco/house-tinged version of the "rhythmic noise" that has been plaguing EBM/Industrial clubs for quite a few years, only covered in dangerous ... See full review
posted a review of iTAL tEK - Blood Line. over 10 years ago
A cool ep that's both atmospheric (other chumps'd call this "intelligent" ;]) and heavy in parts. The title track is another planet mu dubstep monster, in the Vex'd-style noisy-thick-heavy-as-hell continuum that I'm a huge fan of and I'm sure many others ... See full review
posted a review of The Bug Feat. Warrior Queen - Poison Dart. over 11 years ago
I hope this single, along with "Jah War" with Flowdan, heralds a new era for both The Bug and Dubstep. Totally advancing away from the explosive but kinda tinny King Jammy meets DJ Scud sound of "Pressure," Kevin Martin's moved his decks into deeper ... See full review
posted a review of Vladislav Delay - Multila. over 11 years ago
As much as I have for ages thought this one of the best albums of electronic music ever, it only recently dawned on me, listening to this album at sunset in Arizona, how great an album this is for any genre. Various processes leave digits flying over a ... See full review
posted a review of The Hototogisu. over 11 years ago
Hototogisu, like Double Leopards and Skullflower before them, may have stumbled upon the perfect sound of total oblivion. While the chaos is on the surface the same, this is a far cry away from the incessant basement wanking of Merzbow. Bower and Bassett ... See full review
posted a review of Techno Animal - The Brotherhood Of The Bomb. over 11 years ago
I generally don't have a taste for thesaurus-laden "intelligent" (read: pretentious) MCs like El-P and the guys form Anti-Pop Consortium. Even Dälek, despite his astonishing musical presence, sometimes gets on my nerves. But Techno Animal keeps all gears ... See full review
posted a review of Rhythm & Sound. over 11 years ago
Ernestus & von Oswald are the guys who rose up from their roots as the originators of minimal techno to bring Pole's digidub into the next century. What we have here is a powerful revision of the dub sound, stripped down, full of space, dynamic range, ... See full review
posted a review of Toasty / Search & Destroy (2) - The Knowledge / Candyfloss (Remixes). over 11 years ago
My god this is a tasty pair of dubs, a 4-way all-star meeting that doesn't disappoint. Vex'd deforms the rather garage-y girl sample of Toasty's original into some twisted alien scream, fill it with the familiar nuclear-powered synths, amp up the already ... See full review
posted a review of Eats Tapes - Sticky Buttons. over 12 years ago
A wonderful combination of lofi 4/4 acid house beats (keep it quite dancey), totally freaked out beeps and whistles ala Mouse on Mars, futuristic 303-revision madness, all without an ounce of done-to-death rave-drug-themed-sample hokeyness. this is ... See full review
posted a review of Loefah / Digital Mystikz - Twisup / B. over 12 years ago
a quality release from the originators of dubstep! no doubt, the a-side isn't to grand but the surreal bassline of B will get stuck in your head for hours. I wish the mystikz would make more spooky stuff like that song.
posted a review of DJ Scud. over 12 years ago
I've been a fan of DJ Scud's lo-fi & hard as hell breakcore style for a good 2 years, ever since I heard his militant hyper-rave/oldskool remix of Asian Dub Foundation's Witness. One of the prime forces of raggacore (hard breaks mixed with completely ... See full review
posted a review of Vex'd - Degenerate. over 12 years ago
This album has been one of the first things I press on my ipod for quite some weeks now, it's absolute madness how well done this is. No one has ever made bass this sharp, it feels like some kind of block-blasting sonic weapon. It grooves like the best ... See full review
posted a review of Planet Mu. over 12 years ago
Definitely a rockin label, I'm no DJ or huge follower of EDM (my roots are more in mid-90s "IDM" if any electronic music), but Planet Mu looks to be playing quite excellently to both the experimental and dance crowds. From the recent Boxcutter and Vex'd ... See full review
posted a review of Genocide Organ. over 12 years ago
Brilliantly minimal, focused, and absolutely unforgiving, I have had a love/hate relationship with this group for years. They are not music for all moods or tastes. Seriously something from way beyond the edge, even for power electronics. Far stronger ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Scud And Panacea Present The Redeemer - Hardcore Owes Us Money. over 12 years ago
Two of the monsters of breakcore/hardcore dnb meet head to head for what? A great combination of Panacea's always excellent techstep programming and brainslicing analog leads with Scud's dense samplemashing and general crustiness. gives Mootz's work the ... See full review
posted a review of Dino Felipe. over 12 years ago
Many see Dino, and the Schematic label in general, as retredding old territory, not bringing much new to the table. But what proves that wrong for me is this inevitable sense that there's a man who just likes to have fun with his art behind the glitches, ... See full review
posted a review of Mike & Rich - Expert Knob Twiddlers. over 12 years ago
An album where they both turned the fun up to maximum. Sounds nothing like their other works, a jazzy, squelchy, and rather organic album. Reminds me quite a bit of Mouse on Mars' later sound, while still holding to a classic IDM base ala I Care Because ... See full review
posted a review of Venetian Snares - The Chocolate Wheelchair Album. over 12 years ago
This is definitely v.snares' best work outside of his usual hardcore dark & extreme breakcore framework. It's an absolutely phenomenal exploration of lighter fare with a real funk/ jazz edge, but still full of the dense breakneck breakbeats he's best ... See full review
posted a review of Alec Empire - The Destroyer. over 12 years ago
An absolutely raw and groundbreaking release. Such an uncompromisingly intense album must have been revolutionary in its day. Works rather well because of its minimalism and primitivism, a real punk jungle album. As intense as any modern "powernoize" ... See full review
posted a review of Current 93 - Thunder Perfect Mind. over 12 years ago
May well be the best album I have ever heard, certainly Current 93's pinnacle (followed, but not too closely, by Of Ruine or some Blazing Starre), this is an unbelievably epic, perfectly composed album which brings together everything David Tibet was ... See full review
posted a review of Coil - Summer Solstice: Bee Stings. over 12 years ago
A beautiful EP that truly captures the atmosphere of life and luminousness of summer. One of the main reasons I prefer Coil's late 90s work over their earlier stuff. An excellent Balance (heheheh) of the organic and electronic, and Coil's omnipresent ... See full review
posted a review of Comus - First Utterance. over 12 years ago
Frankly put, probably one of the best albums ever. Criminal how completely out of print it is. Mid-jump between the idyllic wanderings of the Incredible String Band and the more esoteric voyages of 70s prog, yet with instrumental/vocal prowess unmatched, ... See full review
posted a review of Control (3) - The Cleansing. over 12 years ago
one of the best releases from one of the best power electronics acts around today. Garrison shows strength & focus that is sorely lacking in most USPE acts, spending time to actually build atmosphere while never softening the roaring electronic terrors. ... See full review
posted a review of Nature And Organisation - Beauty Reaps The Blood Of Solitude. over 12 years ago
Excellent excellent work from Tibet and Cashmore, the latter's traditional yet psychedelically vast and orchestral compositions are really allowed to shine. Well on par with the best of Current 93 (and exceeding quite a bit of Tibet's work in sheer ... See full review
posted a review of Vladislav Delay - Anima. over 12 years ago
Absolutely stunning work, certainly Ripatti's best work, and one of my favorite albums of all time. Yet it isn't for the uninitiated nor particularly casual (or completely awake) listening. Invokes the inherent disorder of the urban landscape, but in a ... See full review
posted a review of Brighter Death Now. over 13 years ago
A bit of an underrated facet of his work, BDN's best moments seem to revolve around Roger Karmanik's real love for guttural, low-frequency murkiness that still reveals its raw, synthetic or sampled, origins. Usually called his more " dark ambient" work ... See full review
posted a review of Wolf Eyes. over 13 years ago
Something Wolf Eyes discovered seemed to elude the generations of previous noise-makers. Not that they find their references in anything newer than Throbbing Gristle, but Wolf Eyes has hit a vein of keeping it nice n' super-gritty while also bringing in ... See full review