These tragedies just keep on coming. No, it’s not really those tragedies, but in Thee Showcase you will know which one. Opening for this edition is The Tragedy We Live In from Belgium, which is one of the longer names being featured here and also one of the more emotional ones, musically. Later this year they’re releasing their first self-titled album “The Tragedy We Live In“. Some doom here, a little bit noise there and a whole lot of post-rock. It begins by heightening the expectations, with an equally as long introduction. The suspense is given in an early stage, with a lot of focus on the instrumentation doing the job. Well, it’s because most of the music is totally instrumental, if you don’t count sampling as a sign of breaking the instrumentality. Most of it focuses on giving the calm and acoustic passages some kind of opposition, like two polar opposites fighting between each others. Good and evil, evil and good. Suddenly, it can embark on a noise-driven post-rock journey which smashes everything in its wake. Until a clearance is given for it to slow down, whatever that could be, then prancing along with the calm and ambient-oriented acoustic nerve of themselves. It also seems like each sampling is properly cut up and cut out for each song, which isn’t just a random sampling, like in the song Wahnsinn which is driven (in the beginning) by a shouting Alex Jones. There seems to be a thematic order, concerning these samples, or at least something that can be organized. However, both the sincerity of the acoustic passages and the externalized energy of the post-rock mayhem at hand, gives nothing else to ask for. It is enough to instill a certain form of peace or a certain form of havoc, whenever and wherever you can hear it. That’s how I like it to be, if it doesn’t cover everything, I will not be happy. Songs range from “The Tragedy We Live In” to “Soultaker” and it will be released in two weeks on vinyl. It also seems to be a total D.I.Y-endeavor.
Now, for something completely different. This is a guy going solo, or yeah, he’s been solo since 1998 – under different names. He goes by the name of Bombardier and is currently up to something sinister. His latest mission is a track that goes by the name of “Vice“, which is not an album, I understand. But I had to do this anyway since it’s a pretty great track. The industrialist nature of it, the clashing and sinister environment revolving around it, the booming bass drum that simply cannot prevent itself from getting into your brain. It’s oriented in its own landscape, so the focus in it is very atmospheric. Even though it might not enter the sphere of industrial as a whole, it’s certainly got some layers that would hint of this putrid influence. Also, the overlaying framework of electro meeting techno is enough to even get the most hesitant to grab his headphones and start listening. Slowly pacing, endless macing. It feels like the predator is catching his prey in a labyrinth of some sort, with mechanisms that are located throughout it. There’s a race against time and you need to be quick to even understand what to do. While the crushingly heavy synthesizers race past you and give you a hard time, as the bass drum in the shape of a hammer, jams itself into the sound-scape. Everything here is about force, everything is aggressive and there’s no way out of it. It’s an experience to listen to and it belongs to the gritty environments of other genres, but holds itself confined within techno and electro for the most parts. Only track featured is the track “Vice” which was released on the 24th of February, by Bombardier himself.