Premiere: VARSOVIE – Détruire Carthage

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Propaganda straight from Warsaw, with their telecommunications-station based out of France. Building on a concept that draws influences from concrete post-punk and stable new-wave, among other genres. The reason why they’re in any way related to Warsaw is because their band-name is VARSOVIE—the french word for “Warsaw“—capital of Poland. A debut-EP came out in 2006 titled “Neuf Milimètres” (Nine Millimeters), recorded in Grenoble 13eme Etage Studio and Chaosmic Studios. Here’s also where their aesthetic concept got set in motion by the photographer Lucas Rimbaud, which portrayed a woman lying on her back with her feet in the air—maybe relating to the title of the record—Nine millimeters bullet-type, and a gun. Their sound was virtually the same as it is now but a bit more unpolished and maybe also darker. It was also a whole other set-up when it comes to the band’s compound, different members and now there’s a whole other prerequisite for the band.

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They managed to self-release this EP which came out as a CD. Two years passed and there weren’t any new album or proper release during that time—not until September of 2008. A promo-CDr titled “Etat Civil” was released featuring an album with eleven tracks, featuring Nicolas St Morand (Hreidmarr) on backing vocals for “Etat D’Urgence” (State Of Emergency), outro music by the famous late composer Franz Schubert, for the closing song “Inertie” (Inertia). Everything was recorded at Drudenhaus Studio, located in Issé, France, the home of studio engineer Benoît Roux (Anorexia Nervosa). Now the aesthetics have suddenly changed, there’s a woman standing on train-tracks holding two bags—it almost feels like she’s moving away from somewhere, to anywhere. They used a different photographer, Manon Weiser, who’s also helped with his skills for the Velvet Condom box-set “Vanity And Revolt“. A year later a proper release of the same album came out, in December of 2009.

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Six years later their latest album “L’Heure Et La Trajectoire“, was also self-released by the band. Then something happened. A Black-Metal(!) label from France called Those Opposed Records began releasing both “Etat Civil” and their newest album “L’Heure Et La Trajectoire“, in limited editions on black vinyl and colored vinyl. It’s interesting how such a label would ever take interest in VARSOVIE, whilst mainly focusing within black metal. Good for the band. So here we are, they’ve just announced the release of their latest album and everything’s dandy. Well, everything actually is pretty dandy. Repartiseraren have gotten the opportunity to premiere “Détruire Carthage” (Destroy Carthage), a track we’re particularly fond of from the new album. It’s got a rather short running time of around roughly three minutes, but all the ingredients of this fierce post-punk band—all of the energy, the ambitious and dark conditions for a nicely crafted post-punk sound—for you as a listener to stream from here. Enjoy it as much as you can!

[4th] December: Crowhurst – Shallow

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From America with deep-rooted hatred and especially no love for Bono or The Beatles, comes Crowhurst—a solo-project commanded by Jay Gambit—also known under the guise of Girl 27—a continuation of his sound experiments. Before May of this year the project was a collaborative one with a full band set-up. From then he’s gone from noise, power electronics, dark ambient and back again, including numerous attempts at drone and ambient. We must admit that many of his releases remain unheard but his concepts are of interest. Not only because of his collaborative efforts on split-releases with Water Torture, Et Nihil, Sordo, Human Fluid Rot, Tanner Garza, Black Leather Jesus, Breakdancing Ronald Reagan, Trevor Bolin, et cetera — but because of his productiveness, and transgression between electronic and non-electronic music. Power electronics and power-violence seem to have more in common than one could ever imagine. It’s actually not that hard to fit those genres together, the only bump in the road would be where to draw the line, but there have been even weirder constellations co-operating so nothing should be said about that.

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One confusion is whether Crowhurst since Girl 27’s first release “And I Hope Nothing Hurts You More​.​.​.” goes back to being a whole “ensemble“, or if it is intended for his personal experimentation. I hope for the latter. Somewhere along the road if you’re not into the phenomenon, you can easily confuse both his solo-project and his supporting players for one and the same, besides the reality of the harshness that separates the two. So it’s good that he chose to go his own way under a whole new name. This makes the connections even more irrelevant and creates a distinction between his follow-up work and the original setting of Crowhurst. Anyhow, his productiveness, let’s return to that. With his harsh noise endeavor, four original releases have been put out, named: “And I Hope Nothing Hurts You More​.​.​.“, “The End“, “Haldol“. and the self-titled release “Girl 27“. He’s also been able to hook in Dreamcatcher for a split-release. Though I am not too sure about the nihilistic tendencies delivered, conceptually the releases make for vivid interpretations.

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So for the 4th of December, Crowhurst have lent himself for a more beat-oriented and noise-driven intermezzo which starts of painfully harsh, keeps going at it for what feels like more then four minutes and then completely dies out into nothingness. It might be a proper transgression from his old self to the new moniker he operates. The song is titled “Shallow” and separates the thin lines between ambient-like noise and a steady rhythm which shakes you around and spins your world 360 degrees in the wrong direction.

Poem:

You be nice to Santa,
he’ll grant you Americana
If you’re not,
he’ll be utterly distraught

4th of December has not ended yet, but only begun. We’re past the cold and chilly grounds, we’ve entered the desert and you’ve suffered heat exhaustion. Tomorrow a new track will be released and the temperature might flutter. Until then, enjoy the exclusive and newly produced song “Shallow” courtesy of Crowhurst, on Repartiseraren.

Titta: Skallbank – Falsarium

I gränslandet mellan dödsmetall, i gränslandet av black metal, och rock’n’roll – så vandrar Skallbank. Det är ett relativt nyuppfunnet band som hittills enbart har släppt en låt – med tillhörande musikvideo. Bara namnet i sig gör en intresserad av att undersöka saken närmare. Man blev inte besviken när man hörde de första tonerna. För att förstå vad som gör detta bandet lite bättre än andra kontemporära band är deras fokus på hur melodierna ska läggas, det är nämligen så att bandet vet med sig hur man skriver medryckande melodier – men även hur man inte utlämnar den hårdare ljudmattan – och närmar sig lite Kvelertak nu när man tänker efter. Måhända är det bara något man påminns av när man hör detta band, eftersom att det finns det som skiljer dessa två band åt, men det är inte för inte att det är vad man använder som referenspunkt. Jämförelser åsido, deras låt “Falsarium” är en intressant utläggning rent musikaliskt som i vissa skeden inkluderar bluesig rock när det kommer till solon och enskilda riff. En fördel är att de inte sysslar med så mycket utsvävningar utan snarare lägger sin vikt vid att ha en stabil grund att stå på, för att sedan utifrån det lägga sig lite utanför den låda de själva inringat sig i. Inget dåligt med det egentligen, det känns skönt med något som är pålitligt för en gångs skull.

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Produktionsbolaget MAS Productions har varit duktiga på att filma deras musikvideo. Allt från det humoristiska upplägget med en rockkille som stör en kumbaya-seans, till närbilder och ryckigt filmande – för att åtskilja det mer fokuserade med det mer rock’n’rolliga. Först är det bara oljud för de stackars hippiesarna, men allt eftersom släpper deras idioti och det släpper mer och mer ju längre in i låten man kommer. Ett enkelt men ack så underhållande koncept som lyckas utan att bli totalt vedervärdigt. Det blir som kaka på kaka, förutom att hålla utkik efter Skallbank så börjar man också intressera sig för produktionsbolaget som gjort deras musikvideo. Duon Emelie Hahne och Klara Olsson är de personer som lyckats filmatisera vad detta band handlar om, åtminstone på mikronivå eftersom att det bara omgärdar en låt och ett upplägg – men det är fullgjort bara det. Kvalitén är det inget fel på och man vill gärna se att de tar sig an nästa låt som skall filmatiseras – för det är redan på gång. Ni fungerar bra tillsammans, helt enkelt. För den som intresserar sig kan man lyssna till låten och titta på musikvideon, här ovanför.

World Premiere: Cape Noire – Avalanche

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With monumental influences taken from black metal aesthetics, it’s weird to realize how trip-hop can be thrown in to make it something completely different. Hailing from Paris, this collective of nocturnal souls make up Cape Noire – an outfit that flourishes in the catacombs. With their catchy trip-hop sound and their atmosphere lent from darkwave and other electronic genres, they fuse soulful vocals with different aesthetics. You could honestly say that “Fire” – their only publicly available track – have a musical ground available in more commercial music. Although that song is more of an anthemic introductory to this collective, it’s nice to see how you actually can stray away into darker melodies, ambitious vocals and still keep some kind of artistry connected to more widely attractive genres. But it’s good that all clichés are swept under the rug and that they develop their own sound, because that’s ultimately what gives the listener a more steadfast connection to their music.

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Repartiseraren have gotten the honor to premiere another piece of music from the strictly limited CD-release put out by Cape Noire on the 11th of October. This item will probably be a collectible, so you’d better hurry and buy one because they’re limited to thirty copies, handmade all matte black and silver ink buffered package. Their aesthetics revolve a lot around the mystery of who might be the actors behind the moniker of Cape Noire – in turn fueling the relevance of their music – besides it being masterfully crafted for your listening pleasure. Now you get to listen to another track from that release, namely: “Avalanche“, which gives you an insight into how versitale they seem to be. You can sense some dark cabaret influences that move their way through a more carefully laden atmosphere, but with utmost sincerity the trip-hop beats are laden in perfect conjunction to the marvelous vocals. Listen to the track down below. Buy the CD from them here.

Spotlight: ZX Electric and Asesina!

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Time for your daily Spotlight. It’s been lacking from my side, since there’s been a lot to cover when it comes to exclusive premieres – but not much when it comes to regular bands that you stumble upon – or artists. Since it’s been a long time, I want to introduce two of the more peculiar acts that I have found when scouring the internet: specifically Bandcamp. One of the bands are from the UK and the other is from Spain. ZX ELECTRIC is a band that plays weird krautrock with the occasional stab of minimal synth and post-punk, whilst Asesina are the Spaniards whom has a singer that really can’t sing – but all the better that he can suffer, because that’s what it’s all about – it seems.

a3200966171_10Negative Outline” is the latest release that ZX ELECTRIC can offer to the world, having released two other albums earlier, titled “Obsolete” and “Fixed Unknown” – a rather odd blend of genres that shouldn’t be mixed, really. But there’s something about the latest album that signals to me that they’re serious. How can you even manage to fit in krautrock with minimal synth? I get that it can be applicable when it comes to post-punk, but not the other way around. However, they manage to create a rather melancholic image which they spit upon, managing to fit a semi-acoustic environment somewhere in between each track. I like the singer’s voice, it’s sincere but rather goofy at times. All the better then – that his rhythm is intact and his groove is where it should be – when the synthesizers slowly grace him and fill up the sound-scape. Not to mention how cold-wave helps to keep the semi-acoustic trance to a pleasurable level, where you just nod your head to everything you see around you.

a4144603658_10What striked me when I browsed Asesina, were their marvelous aesthetics. The slick lines that are pleasing for the eye to watch, alongside a rather odd – almost dragon-like – goose that feeds her youngin’. Maybe this has something to do with where they’re from in Spain, or maybe not. I, however, really like the way this becomes their insignia. Enter bleakness with “EP“, their first release. Together with the bleakness that appears through using black and white. When it comes to their music, I must say that I don’t know if I should hate or adore the singer. He can’t sing. But thanks to the psychobilly, surf punk or whatever they’ve mixed together into a mish-mash of difference and alikeness – his voice gives a touch of severe angst that doesn’t go away. The best thing about it is when he screams in his own language and I don’t really get anything. I don’t really want to know, either. Noise rock goes well together with every other genre they’ve plucked asunder. The good thing about it is how their low-keyed sound-scape makes you wonder when they’re going to step into black metal territory, but that really never happens – full-scale. A good listen to anyone whose interest lays in any of these more obscure genres – especially when mixed together.

Exklusiv Premiär: Agenda / Mørkt Kapittel – Split

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Bombardemanget fortsätter när Norrmännen bjuder upp till kamp. Mørkt Kapittel känner ni förmodligen till sedan tidigare om ni läst vad jag skriver här på blogg-zinet. Jag fick äran att lägga ut hela albumsläppet för streaming när det släpptes av dem själva, 2013. “Gro Igjen” var namnet på albumet och var deras första album, då de endast släppt en EP tidigare och det var år 2010. Ett år senare så har de färdigställt sitt första split-album tillsammans med Stavanger-hårdingarna Agenda – ett norskt hardcoreband utan några pretentioner alls. Tidigare har de varit med på samlingsplattan “No Power, No Punk” med låten “Når Dommen Faller“, och de har även släppt ett album med titeln “Menneskehetens Massegrav” i Mars detta år. Det är ungefär några veckor kvar tills detta split-släpp kommer ut för att kunna köpas i butikerna. Jag har redan tagit del av de fyra låtar som finns på albumet, nämligen “Guddomelig Massemord“, “Misantrolypse Nå!” och “Religiøs Terror (Svart Framtid Cover)” med Agenda, samt låten “Bokbål” med Mørkt Kapittel. Allt från de nästan crossover-orienterade låtar som Agenda presterar med, till den ynka låt Mørkt Kapittel bidrar med – som närmast påminner om en stoner (och svartmetall)-orienterad låt, stöter på patrull i hardcoresvängen – så kan man konstatera att det är ett sjujäkla bra släpp.

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Nu har tiden kommit för mig att lägga upp den för er att lyssna till. Istället för skämt om norrmän kan ni hålla till godo med allvarligheten inom dessa genrer, tillsammans med det mörka sväng som skjuter er båt i sank. Hela spliten kan lyssnas till på Repartiserarens soundcloud, där alla låtar kommer att ligga uppe. Detta släpp kommer att komma ut via Negative Vibe Records den 1:a Augusti, så om ni vill ha en bit av kakan så kan ni först lyssna till det i sin helhet här nedanför och sedan beställa spliten när den kommer.