Exclusive Premiere: Alone In The Hollow Garden – SHIVA >|< SHAKTI

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Deriving power from the traditions and religiosity of Hinduism, the deity Shiva is channeled for a seance in martial industrialism. But it’s even more then that. The primordial energy that is Shakti, which essentially means “power” or “empowerment“, makes it clear what the Romanian artist Dan Serbanescu is dealing with, when creating his music. It’s a complete negation of genres, but at the same time a combination of them. Considering the overlaying theme of power electronics, his music is close to martial industrial due to the percussion, but he also have included the topic of dark ambient – with a ritualistic touch. Think of acts such as Trepaneringsritualen, but without the drone shell that makes the outdrawn ritualistic death-industrial obsolete – in a dark ambient environment – this crossover is something else than just that. Include the best you can think of when it comes to Blitzkrieg Baby, the martial-ism, a militaristic atmosphere that would make you crack in no time. Deriving from every other world out there, delving into a range of different dimensions. Dan Serbanescu is mainly known for his alterego Tanz Ohne Musik, having released numerous albums, singles and EPs under that name. It’s also where he’s taken the name “Alone In The Hollow Garden“, from a self-released digital album released under this alter ego. Another interesting anecdote is that his second full-length album is titled “Red Cavity“, which is also the name of the label he has, which is called Red Cavity Records. The outstanding dedication is his pathway.

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Well, it’s a rather interesting moniker, in which he dwells in the catacombs. Alone In The Hollow Garden is more than just what the name suggests, it’s an ethos of which we get to follow the adventurous spirit of Dan himself. I got notified about the project itself just a week ago, and he’s released three full-length albums, as well as a live-album called “Metal Bones Into The Temple Of Youth“. When it comes to the other albums, they follow a clear red line and are titled “A​.​I​.​T​.​H​.​G. I” and “A​.​I​.​T​.​H​.​G. II“. Until recently, just a month ago, he released his latest follow-up which smashed the story he’s brought up with his first two albums. His latest album is titled “L . V . X .” and might be the first album that starts a whole new story. Even though it’s pretty unclear what the story itself is, you clearly notice where he’s taken his influences from. Thankfully, Repartiseraren got an offer that he couldn’t refuse. So he chose a track to premiere from this album, since only previews are up at the moment. The track chosen is “SHIVA >|< SHAKTI“, which I thought represents the album as a whole, and is a long-runner at that. It spans up to eleven minutes and includes the most mind-numbingly great martial industrial percussion, ritual dark ambient, experimental and transient nature. Something not so easily described and best heard. Stream this track exclusively from Repartiseraren and listen to it as you zone out from a day of hard work, or a day of just laying around. Pick yourself up.

Invisible Guy and Beläten presents: Strife and Fight – an Invisible Guy mixtape!

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Visions and Light, Shadow Rite and now – Strife and Fight. These three names have something in common, and that is the fact that they’re a part of the same mix tape-series. Beläten and Invisible Guy go way back. They’ve worked with each other for a number of years by now, delivering something extra for the readership of this blog-zine each time. Years have gone, and this is one of the few things that really remain. Last time, when “Shadow Rite” got introduced, the mixtape was mixed by Th. Thot of Beläten, himself. It got received very well with everyone, and everyone else. This time, Invisible Guy himself steps up to the plate to show that he can mix, too. Well, since it’s only a mixtape and not a mix, you might get the picture. The difference about this mixtape, from the last, is the fact that everything you’ll hear here constitutes the six recent releases on Beläten and nothing else. That means that every release from 2014 so far, have been jam-packed into this mixtape. You’ll get familiar with Grand Mal x, Dmitry Distant and Distel – from the first tape-batch – and Blitzkrieg Baby, Sebastian Melmoth and L’Avenir – from the latest. The name for this mixtape will be “Strife and Fight“, because I’ve strafed and fought my way when doing this mixtape. Pick up your strength, fire off a right-hook right into solar plexus, because now you’re a fighter. Fight your way through and make yourself a name. Throughout militant martial pop, pseudo-something with a large dose of psychedelia, clamoring electro with a hard-hitting hammer to a beat, weirdly X-files related synthesizer delight, angst-pop in its finest manifestation, and finally – melodious and angelic synth-pop.

This is not from Sweden with love, nor are we in Bromley, if you catch my drift. This is from Sweden with pure hate, from Sweden whose dark forces assemble once again. We’re ready for a fight and we’re willing to take it, we’re ready to strike. If you’re weak, this is not the recommended remedy for you. Since this is a rather harsh mix-tape, this is rather a remedy for all those passive souls that reside within Sweden. Yes, you know who you are and you might find this serum useful. Find yourself in this Fight Club-esque hommage from Beläten and Invisible Guy, strictly put together by Invisible Guy himself. You know that we mean business when this happens, because he rarely, if ever – touches it and brews himself. Now it’s brewing over and you’ll have to endure it with your strengthened skin. Take a jab at me, but before that, start this mix-tape by hitting the “play”-button. You will live through it.

Strife and Fight – this is the end of the line. Invisible Guy hasn’t gotten to mix these former mix-tapes that took the name of “Visions and Light“, to begin with, and “Shadow Rite“, to end with. He’s since then taken the torchbearers’ torch and lit the flame himself. Th. Thot is no longer in charge, he only deliver the supplies. This time, we’re getting down to business for real, and we’re giving you strictly Beläten-related material. Invisible Guy has mixed in Distel with L’Avenir, Blitzkrieg Baby with Dmitry Distant, Grand Mal x with Sebastian Melmoth. We’re meaning it with “Strife and Fight“, your guide to manliness – and your guide to catching the drift – with a right-hook right to your solar plexus. This is war. Buy your discount bundle of the three latest releases here, from Beläten. Or buy them individually over here.

Strife and Fight – An Invisible Guy Mixtape

1. Sebastian Melmoth – Catching Up With Morrison
2. L’Avenir – Fallout
3. Blitzkrieg Baby – Broken Child
4. Dmitry Distant – Gates Of Aeon
5. Grand Mal x – The Crossing
6. Distel – Onde
7. Blitzkrieg Baby – The Swine Supremacy
8. Sebastian Melmoth – Black September
9. Dmitry Distant – One Night In Train
10. Grand Mal x – A Sudden Portal
11. Distel – Plants
12. L’Avenir – An Empty Day
13. Blitzkrieg Baby – Those Who Could Not Fuck, They Kill
14. Sebastian Melmoth – Presley Honey
15. Grand Mal x – Late Night Call
16. Dmitry Distant – System Control (The Exaltics Remix)
17. Distel – Vortex
18. Blitzkrieg Baby – Loop
19. Sebastian Melmoth – Prosopagnosia (The Rlf Mix)
20. L’Avenir – Fallout

Exclusive Premiere: Blitzkrieg Baby – Kids World

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The blitz is now in the parlor of the ritz. Just when you thought the war had been over for decades, it just returned to your living room. You just thought we’d be in peace for now, but covert operations have replaced the inherent symbolism of war. War is now of a different kind, war is born with the Blitzkrieg Baby. If you didn’t know, it’s been some time since pop was fused with martial elements, marking a deranged era – covering the harsh nature of the martial-industrial theme with pop-overtones. This is heresy and nothing else. After a solid place in Neuropa, with the forthright and experimental release “Porcus Norvegicus” – the rather anonymous figurines that is essential for the “Blitzkrieg Baby And The Squaeling Piglet Ensemble“, have gathered once more. Solidifying the enchantment of times past, delivering a knock-out with their piggish hands once again. You’re about to be introduced to a familiar world, with the only difference of it being even more concentrated. Forging an EP that will shove in all its degeneracy into the people’s minds. I know, you won’t mind, because you’re already enthralled.

Once again, Beläten outdo his once grandiose but maniacal plans. It seems like it’s a haven for everything out of the ordinary, and I would like to emphasize “out of the ordinary“. According to he who pulls the strings behind the scenes, it’s the beginning of a new era. He says: “There’s no constancy, the physical universe is in a constant state of flux. Symbols gain and lose meaning. Confusion is essential.“. With those words in mind, instead of the Nordic runes, we’re now entering the khmerian numerical system. A system used by the ethnic group to which most Cambodians belong. Blitzkrieg Baby has the honor of being number one in this order, therefore the symbol for the catalog of this release is ““, which means “1” in the Western world. Why and how, I don’t know, but he’s clearly stated what the meaning of it is – up above. We’re moving on from what we’re familiar with, and entering a whole other place to be. We’ll have to endure.

Invisible Guy is once again, proud to be working together with Beläten. Therefore, for those of you that have been longing for the trio of sounds that is being delivered to you for a pre-order on Friday the 14th, the loveliness begins here. We’ve got the opportunity to give you the track “Kids World“, taken directly from the Blitzkrieg Baby EP suitably titled with the same name: “Kids’ World“. Even though it took some time to negotiate with the head-swine, we got out of it unharmed – with something to give our readers to listen to. Enter a world of uncertainty, enter a world of pain. As the Norwegian swine-flu is brought upon you, alongside no serum to cure it. It’ll be taking over your system as you listen to it, without you knowing it. The infection is here, the swine will enter through your fear, so fear not. Do only listen to, and stream it exclusively, on Invisible Guy. Are you ready to push the button? I know that I am. This cassette will be up for pre-ordering together with two others, on the 14th of February.

Label: Beläten

Cat#: 1 ()

Artist: Blitzkrieg Baby

Exclusive Song: Kids World

Title: Kids’ World

Format: C40

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Blitzkrieg Baby are back after 2012’s epic Porcus Norvegicus CD on Neuropa. And what a return. Four brand new, bile-spewing pork rind delights, backed up by four, previously released compilation tracks, and a reworking of Children In Uniform from the above-mentioned album.

Blitzkrieg Baby fuses diverse influences from Industrial, Electronic Pop and Neo-Classical into dissonant marching music for the balaclava-wearing youths secretly rallying in the pig pens and gutters of the bleak post-industrial wasteland Blitzkrieg Baby live in. Kids’ World EP dives face first into the stink-hole of humanity in the present and impending future; child soldiers, paranoia, rape rallies, broken childhood, terror, and death, often delivered with a sardonic smile.

The swinish words of he whom nobody sees, he who is the number one!

Support: Various Artists – No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (Benefit For Stephen Petrus)

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Among those people that I associate with as I write for this blog-zine, have contributed to a compilation which works as a benefit. I’m not that much for supporting causes randomly, especially not when it comes to general causes as such. But since I like industrial music, dark ambient, rhythmic noise and everything in between those genres, I thought that I had to support this in one way or another. Mostly because all of the money that is generated when people purchase this compilation, goes to Stephen Petrus, whom from what I’ve seen have been somewhat of a figure within these genres – and a friend for those that I associate with. He’s most known for Murderous Vision, a long-going industrial solo-project and alter ego. Originally founded by himself and John Dixon, as an ‘anti-rock’ entity, in 1994. Even though industrial seem to have been the main focus lately, it’s been within the range of genres such as metal, acoustic rock music, and as a more tangible outlet.

There is a reason that this compilation is a benefit in the first place. Malignant Records‘ main guy Jason decided to collect exclusive tracks from different artists that participate in this benefit, to help Stephen Petrus with financial means, as he lost his home and all his belongings in a fire. So therefore, Jason decided to start a benefit, as a compilation – where all the money collected from people who buy both the digital version and the CD version, goes to Stephen himself, to help him out. The artists and groups that are participating on this compilation, in order to help him, are: Phragments, Inade, Kristoffer Nyströms Orkester, The Vomit Arsonist, Æther & Trepaneringsritualen, Shock Frontier, The Scapegoat Mechanism, Theologian, Bereft, Megaptera, United Front & Shock Frontier, Blitzkrieg Baby, Steel Hook Prostheses, Sektor 304, Sewer Goddess, Dreaded, Fire In The Head, Swollen Organs and Naxal Protocols. So there are a lot of notable groups and artists that want to help him out. Invisible Guy also wants to help him out, since he seems to be a good guy, and is closely associated with those that I have associated with lately. Therefore, I see it as my duty to write something about it and buy it myself.

I see no reason why you shouldn’t buy this. If you’re not motivated by helping him out as a donation, you can at least buy this release digitally or physically – so the money goes to him, and you get something in exchange. But I’ve decided to buy it digitally and support this cause with the money I have available in the coming days. So why don’t you also do it? You can currently stream a track by Steel Hook Prostheses and Phragments, and all the other tracks will be available upon release. This release is out on the 24th of February. The physical format is 2xCDr, and the digital album currently costs eight dollars.

Interview with Kim Sølve!

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Kim Sølve is a man who have been involved with multiple things over the years. He’s been making music for a very long time, but is probably mostly known under the moniker of Blitzkrieg Baby. When it comes to things outside the realm of music, he’s also mostly known as an illustrator and designer, who runs the Trine + Kim (TKDS) design studio together with Trine Paulsen, since 1999. Whom have done notable artwork for bands like Enslaved, Solefald, Mayhem and Darkthrone, and many more. He’s also a Norwegian, and have been involved in the group Three Winters, which is a synth-pop moniker, together with Anders. B and Lars Fredrik Frøislie. Whom released their debut release on the Swedish gargantuan post-apocalyptic pop label Beläten, which went under the name of “The Atrocities EP“. Not to forget, he’s also been keeping himself busy with his own label Adversum, which he runs together with Kim from Neuropa Records. Other than that, some of you may know Kim Sølve from the constellation “Norwegian Noise Orchestra”, but there’s a lot that we don’t know about him. Which, as always, prompted me to do an interview with him. Discussing everything from his musical endeavors, his design work, the state of music as we know it, black metal from Norway, human nature and much more. This is probably one of the more lengthier interviews I’ve done in a while, at least if you’d consider those that have already been published. So, with no further ado, meet your maker and read until you spew.

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Beläten and Invisible Guy presents: Visions and Lights mixtape!

Something that was a thought at first carefully formed itself into a mixtape. Thanks to Beläten, who carefully mixed these tracks together, we get to hear some things from different labels but also a lot of new stuff from Beläten. Other tracks featured are from Kosmisk Väg, Aufnahme + Wiedergabe, Kalligrammofon, Hands In The Dark, afmusic, Neuropa, Autarkeia, Urgence Disks, Oficyna Biedota and Mannequin. Some tracks aren’t featured on any label and therefore I link to their Soundcloud or Bandcamp below. As we’re entering the season that’s called Autumn, this mixtape will help you on your way there. A perfect listening, on the verge of the transgression from Summer to Autumn.

Beläten describes it as following: “A selection of post avant-garde pop songs: some from the Beläten catalog, some from our allies and a few that are just in heavy rotation at the moment!

Tracklist:

Militær Enhed – Sarajevo: Den Sorte Hånd (Excerpt) – Beläten

Cryme – Running Corpse – Kosmisk Väg

Moduretik – Pojď blíž! – Aufnahme + Wiedergabe

Death And Vanilla – Cul-De-Sac – Kalligrammofon/Hands In The Dark

Voyvoda – Staroverets – afmusic

Blitzkrieg Baby – Pig Boy – Neuropa

Xiu – Something – Beläten

Imiafan – The Park – Beläten

Black Vase – Fields – Aufnahme + Wiedergabe

Swollen SS – I Love You Rommel – Autarkeia

Tropic of Cancer – The One Left – Mannequin

Ebola Collective – Krajzis! Krajzis! – Oficyna Biedota

Ekman – Synthesis – Beläten

Jogging House – Baby – (jogginghouse.bandcamp.com)

Gertrud Stein – Tanze Samba Mit Mir – Urgence Disk

Buzz Kull – Visions & Lights – (www.soundcloud.com/buzzkull)

V/A – A Somatic Response

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The aesthetic beauty of the front cover is absolutely astonishing. A hint of minimalism, overload of darkness and a subtle ambition. With a synthesizer brain, you can’t go insane. Also, the geometrically aligned dots with numbers make an excellent expression, as if this is a calculated (which it is) release with lots of things to offer. The ambiguity of it is perfectly fitting with the black, white and gray layering. As if you’re storming into something you haven’t seen before, revealing details of a flawless manufacturing with multidimensional influence.

Which at large can become a little bit too detailed, but it makes for the interesting contrast of the backside featuring a small Beläten symbol with roman letters contra a computerized URL. So, in case you’d wonder about it, you won’t really escape the pin-pointed detail and cleanliness of it. But I really like the multifaceted approach of keeping the cover tidy and minimalistic, but at the same time experiment with immense detail. Nothing hits the spot more than some scientist trying to squeeze some synthesizer knob, and at the same time being branded as “nr. 1“. Apparently the brains synthesizer seems to be labeled in German, making it sound even more underground. What number 3, 4 and 5 are references to seems pretty unsolvable. But the a, b and c seem to be in the geometrically correct position.

The aesthetics become a reminder of experimental electronic covers, and since this release comes in tape-shape, it makes it even better. Since the resemblance of older tape-released experimental electronica comes to mind, with grinding gear and industrial feeling. You can actually see the depicted character on the front push a button, in which the line of sight and geometrical line goes in total symbiosis with it. Like a well-oiled machinery, or a symbol of man and machine – e.g. a cyborg. Also, when opening up the folded cover, it discovers the secret passages of “E” and “F” on what seems to be disco-lights. Excellent.

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