Chondritic Spotlight: Klinikal Skum and Fejhed! [Part II]

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These are the earlier releases from Chondritic Sound. Since these releases, including Sissy Spacek and Jason Lescalleet’s VHS-release, there’s a lot more coming. But since I haven’t written about Klinikal Skum and Fejhed, I am about to do that right now. What’s interesting about these two releases and specifically one of them – is that both of them are dribbling in experimental territory – whilst one is wrought upon the grounds that Puce Mary stands on, with a part of Hoax (the crusty and dark punk band). You’re right, Frederikke Hoffmaier of Puce Mary fame have teamed up with Jesse Sanes of Hoax. They’re creating a regurgitated landscape of sound which can be found within the confinements of “Persona” – the latest release on the Danish label Posh Isolation, by Frederikke. But what is equally as interesting is how these confinements are diluted with this duo. There isn’t really any borders for how horrid and claustrophobic a noise-act can be. When it comes to Klinikal Skum, his sound-scapes are long and dampen from the suggestiveness of his exploration into the human psyche. From the delusional nature of humanity and what kind of psychosis lay hidden beneath the shallow appearance of so-called “sane” human beings. These are the two bands that I will delve into in this edition of the Chondritic Spotlight, which might actually be the last one.

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Ryan Oppermann. Klinikal Skum. Two different names that coincide with one another, one his real name and the other his pseudonym or alter-ego (if you prefer). Released his first album in 2005 on the label Ghost King, then aptly titled “Pulsating” – a word that can be pinned to his music now as well. Besides having started this project back then, he’s indulged into aliases as: Fabbrico Incubo, Neuntöter Der Plage, Post-Mortem Junkie, Redrot, Xombie and groups by the name of; All Bells Grounded, Aram Chaos, Black Lace Drag, Narcoleptic Ward, Rust Owl, S.P., Some Larval Dream About Smothering, Unveiling Asylums and maybe even more that I am not aware of. The similarity between these groups are his fascination of genres like power electronics, noise, industrial, ambient and whatnot. Add experimental in front of these labels and you might pinpoint where he’s been heading to. Besides that, he’s also kept busy with his own label Skeletone which have almost only released material with his different aliases as authors of it.

Now I’m here to describe his latest release under the name of Klinikal Skum. This particular release; “Negativ Psykotelepathi Surveillanz” was put out by Chondritic Sound back in May of this year and is actually some of the more disturbing blend of experimental industrial and power electronics that I have heard. It is sickening and almost unbearable to listen to and feels clinical in the way you wouldn’t want it to be. I feel like I’m visiting a morgue as a dead body and experiencing the wide-range of tools that Ryan Oppermann is going to use to dissect me. That is one of the more insane thoughts that have entered into my mind after listening through this album. What is more horrid than being exposed to this ecstatic wasteland of normal human dignity is to hear the complexity of the music he delivers – as it is actually well-thought out and that is probably the most scary part about it.  It could serve as a blueprint for how you’re supposed to enter a state of mind which we rarely, if ever, encounter in the real world. This is the kind of music that bring it upon us. I can actually offer a free download of the track “Dizeaze Blotter“, which is the track I find to be the best on this album.

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Frederikke Hoffmeier + Jesse Sanes = Fejhed. In Danish, the word “fejhed” translates into “cowardice” in English. It actually translates well into the name of some of the titles, like “Sorry“, “Silence” and “Drinking Spit“, for example. But when it comes to what they conjure together, it feels like might is right and that you’re stuck in a situation with someone whose might is above what you can say or do, a situation which you try to pathetically cower out of. Everything from the freaky atmosphere that lumbers on whereas Jesse and Frederikke take turns to shower you in pure filth. Feel your own disintegration as you fade away from this horrid reality that you have been forced into. This album of theirs is self-titled and is actually the first release under this duo’s name. I’m more than eager to just turn it off before it gives me a headache or any thoughts in my head that shouldn’t really be there. When it comes to the genres they mix in together it could be some kind of minimal wave nonsense blended into the harshness of “normal” noise, but it also feels experimental in the fact that they utilize the unorthodoxy of beats, rhythms and the general sense of an atmosphere, as you travel through a horror-show. I’m not sure if I could describe it any other than just that so you will have to check it out for yourself. All I can bring to the table is a free download of the track “Sorry“, which is the one I felt had the best overall feeling to it and that I really like. You can stream it down below, and this is the end of the spotlight.

Listen: Image Of Life – Last Letters From The Leper Colony

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Having only been available on self-released cassettes and vinyls, the original debut-album by Los-Angeles based nihilist-pop act Image Of Life has been put up on bandcamp in its entirety. This album features twelve tracks recorded in between 2010-2012. The A-Side was recorded in June of 2011 to October of 2012, whilst the B-Side was recorded as early as October and November of 2010. Since the cassette was limited to only 45 copies, it was hard to obtain for those interested since it sold out pretty quickly. The second edition, a vinyl-edition released in conjunction with the Pure Ground tour in Europa some months ago – was released in an edition of 90 copies, by Image Of Life himself. Since I interviewed him in 2013, when he released his “Weight Loss In Wartime / Walking In The Dark” single on Chondritic Sound, not much have been heard about him more than being featured in occasional articles. So it comes as a glad surprise that he chose to do this so you can stream the whole release digitally, before you consider buying the cassette. Since it seems like there’s a new cassette-run of 15 limited copies of this original release “Last Letters From The Leper Colony“. Stream it down below and consider buying it if you like what you hear.

Listen: Nostilevo #54 – Avellan Cross – TECHNOISE [MTN K7]

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Men Of Bissau, Avellan Cross and Siobhan – are all a part of the April batch of cassettes from one of my favorite label(s) Nostilevo. Three cassettes whose sound-scape become alike, but differentiate in many ways. “To Heal In Paradisó” is the first effort, “TECHNOISE [MTN K7]” the second, and “Enhancer” the third. The last-mentioned release is a re-release of a 2010 cassette – the debut-album by Siobhan. Welcome the new wave of industrial from the heartland of urban Detroit, to San Fransisco heat, and the ephemeral war-zone and 1990’s-theme of “TECHNOISE [MTN K7]” – the second release by Avellan Cross. Featured in the second section of three for you to listen to [#2], is Avellan Cross. You don’t even know what you’re getting yourself into.

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Avellan Cross. More known as Allegory Chapel Ltd., or under his real name Elden M. Whom has had a long-going history in industrial experimentation in the 1990s, with releases under his aforementioned name like the first titled “Gethsemane” in 1986 and the latest, a split-release with Neither/Neither World in 1999, titled “Devil’s Lullaby / Evidence Of Demonic Possession“. But with his newest alter ego Avellan Cross, he’s been featured for his first release on Chrondritic Sound in 2013, titled “Stations Of…“. Just to be released on Nostilevo with his latest addition, a cassette titled “Technoise [MTN K7]“. Which is precisely the release I’m going to write about in this section.

He’s taken his sound from a more dark-wave-oriented minimal synth mash-up with experimental hints everywhere, to a rougher and more disciplined experimental industrial sound. When introduced to his newly shaped sound, you can’t help but imagine big industrial machines churning, wheels turning and the dripping of lava-infused material on steel grounds. A rather noisy interior is overwhelmed by the harsh industrial exterior that surrounds the atmosphere of sound. An continual audial assault that comes in waves and sooner or later fades out into nothingness. Though a lot of remnants from his first release and that sound are to be heard in different tracks, the kind of malevolent minimal synth not heard anywhere else, it is noticeable that he is taking it in another direction. From a harsher sound, to an intermezzo of acidic sounds bouncing around with a static melody. A sound of suspense can be heard, a 1990s-inspired pumped up electronic body sound can be heard trying to channel itself through the cracks of his imagery, the visual and sonic imagery brought to you by harnessed sounds, minimal percussion and tweaked synthesizers. All I can hear is “Wake up!” and then everything is blurred out, a chastised beat is repeating itself and the voice of Elden M gives a lot to the sound as a whole. It is noticeable that it is themed in a certain way, a rather apocalyptic and psychotic environment is worded out through maniacal whispering, crackling synthesizers and basic rhythms. This is electronic body music for a massacre of mind, body and soul. An electronic dance-off with the drums of war resounding. Being finished off with a German vocals, in a spastic but wonderful minimal synth session. What a finish. The release itself is limited to 133 limited cassettes, whereas 33 of them have a silver label and 100 have a gray label. Buy it directly from Nostilevo, here you can do just that.

Chondritic Spotlight: Jason Lescalleet and Sissy Spacek! [Part I]

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There have been a resurgence in releases lately. Chondritic Sound just put out a whole batch of new releases, featuring Jason Lescalleet, Sissy Spacek, Klinikal Skum and Fejhed. A video-tape and a batch of cassettes is what’s coming and a lot of people might’ve been waiting for the next life-sign of Chondritic. Even though the video-tape was announced some weeks ago, it’s readily available in a VHS-format, once more to be displayed by a proud label-owner. I think many people share his pride and find it positive with such an enthusiasm that he’s got going for his own label, as his supporters are not really few and far in between – but many. Sissy Spacek has a long line of releases that have been put out on this label, the first one being “DDT” in 2008, to “Grisp” and “Vacuum” 2010/2011, to “Billions And Billions” together with “ET Corpse/JFK” – both put out in 2013.  Klinikal Skum on the other hand, gets his first release on Chondritic Sound, ever. A rather joyous moment for aficionados in power electronics. Not to mention Fejhed, a new project birthed through collaborative effort between two known artists, one of them being at the forefront of what is produced on this cassette. Now we’ll get to writing about these releases, so hold your horses. You get Jason Lescalleet and Sissy Spacek in the first part.

lescalleet_vhs_dvdJason Lescalleet. The name might be familiar to those within the US, but also to those outside of it, if we expand his repertoire a bit. He’s been running the label Glistening Examples since 2006 – especially notable for the release “The Pilgrim” – a one-hour release with tracks made by himself, dedicated as a memorial to his late father. Or you might know him from his collaborations with Joachim Nordwall (iDEAL Recordings) with the group Enough!!!, his solo efforts and splits with Nmpering, Joe Colley, John Hudak, Aaron Dilloway – and countless other collaborative efforts signed this multifaceted man. Not only does he make music, but he’s also been directing lately. Since he released his DVD-collection he made as a creator and director, with thirteen different artists – put into thirteen different videos – he’s more than busy. This collection is called “Trophy Tape” and is based on the first CD of “Songs About Nothing“, which was released in 2012 on Erstwhile Records.

Since he with his own label decided to release it on DVD, Chondritic Sound made the effort to release it on VHS, as well. A rather interesting addition to his songs. It’s especially exciting that he’s let these video artists be film directors. The first track “The Beauty Of Independent Music” was done by Aaron Dilloway, the second “Old Theme” by Ellen Frances”, third “Tarnished Copper (Copper Will Never Be Gold)” by Annie Feldmeier Adams, fourth “The Loop” by Justin Meyers, fifth “Euphoric Sting” by Anthony Milton, sixth “Beauty Is A Bowtie (HTDW)” by C. Spencer Yeh, seventh “The Power Of Pussy” by Olivia Block, eight “Escargot” by Adel Soto, ninth “In The Morning, In The Winter Shade, On The First Of March, On The Holiday” by Neil Young Cloaca, tenth “Friday Night In A Catholic Home” by Todd Deal, eleventh “10 Amp Waves” by Jubal Brown, twelve “I Killed Another Day” by Heidi Alasuvanto, thirteenth “In Through The Out Door And Another Whore” by Robert Beatty. Outtakes from VHS/DVD can be seen from his own account, made for the Anthology Film Archives, up above. You can buy it from Chondritic Sound if you want the VHS, for twenty dollars. The DVD version can be bought from Glistening Examples.

a0609453241_10Sissy Spacek. The brainchild of… whomever it was back then, have certainly evolved from their grindcore past, to their noisecore future. Currently the home to Charlie Mumma and John Wiese, so the group has been chopped up and turned into a duo instead. It seems like it happened pretty late, after the split-release with Smegma in 2013 titled “Lipscomb b/w Absentia“, with the first release in 2014 titled “Incomprehensible Dehumanization“. Their first proper album release since back in 2012 with “Wastrel Projection” and “Contretemps” – the aforementioned one being more of a compilation of tracks – or rather a huge number of them. Before getting to the point I must say that I have no idea if Sissy Spacek is in somehow related (symbolically) to the American actress Sissy Spacek, because that’s what turns up when you search for it, other than these two guys. Anyhow, their newly released album (or compilation) is titled “Window Hammer“, featuring one of their old group-members Corydon Ronnau on vocals, since it was recorded in between the 7th May of 2013, whilst the last track on the release was “assembled” on the 9th of June. So that makes sense. The release itself is in a 7¨-format and DVDr – which contains them performing the material on the release – live from their West Coast tour. Twenty minutes of Sissy Spacek, which I’m afraid I haven’t heard of until now, is being launched at you in record speed – mind you, the tracks are really short. A proper blast in the face with a harsh but fast sound. Punk as fuck with an attitude you’d get with just that. The rather spastic vocals of Corydon Ronnau together with the brutal drums make up the atmosphere to be a lot more than it could’ve been, together with the grind kind of noise that the guitar makes. Fast drumming as hell and you won’t settle for anything less after you’ve just been blasted away in fifteen seconds or a little bit more, or less. Can be bought via Chondritic Sound. Stream the release down below, or buy the physical release to get the track “Seven Dwarfs“.

Promo: Believer/Law – Matters of Life and Death

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The long-awaited vinyl-release of “Matters of Life and Death” have appeared on Chondritic Sound just now, on the 4th of March, as I’m writing. Consisting of two songs from earlier releases, and two completely new songs, whom have been premiered at Pitchfork (among others) and Invisible Guy. This eccentric mixture of the best from the world of body, shaped into a dynamite-charge of industrialized evilness – have made a huge impact on those whom have taken Believer/Law for what they are – a pretty damn unique act. Add a little hint of minimal wave and other notable influences such as noise, psychedelia and experimentalism – and you’ll have the final product. The release itself is made up by 600 copies, whereas 100 are on limited white vinyl, 200 on gray and 300 on regular black. The digital album costs 7 dollars and the physical LP costs 15 dollars. A must-have for anyone even remotely interested in their music, and for those whom are interested in the resurgence of new body mixed with industrial elements. The tracks are as follow: “Ashes“, “War Story“, “The Task At Hand” and “Contrition“. Digital release can be bought at the Chondritic Sound-bandcamp, and the physical edition can be bought from the Chondritic Sound-store.

Listen: Xakatawaga, Blue Krishna, Bad User Experience and David Allen!

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Finally, the four releases that were incorporated into the MMXIV Winter catalog at Nostilevo, are released. Neal Samples may be the one behind the moniker Xakatawaga, as you otherwise know him as Tollund Men, but also as the proprietor of Bleak Environment – an independent label, based out of America – that specializes in industrial, noise and black metal. The repetitive motion that is released with “Vol. 1“, which is the first release under this moniker, reminds me a lot of schranz techno, except the fact that the basis for it is more or less based on the off-shoot of techno, mixed in with industrial experimentalism and rhythmic noise. Bob your head from one place to another, as this bleak and repetitive notion keeps on rolling by – watered down by psychedelic hallucinations. Conjugating with the rough winds beneath, extracting and putting in place – what makes industrial so harsh and barren in the first place. Transgressing the narrative that techno is only techno, crossing over into unorthodox territories to make the combination even more wild and interesting. Four tracks that span up to 23 minutes in length, if added together. Featured by their names, in correct order; “Uay“, “Blue Soul“, “Cygne” and “Nu Contact”. Buy this release for 7 dollars if you want a cassette, or 6 dollars if you want it digitally. I’d suggest you getting the physical release instead of the digital, since it’s only 1 dollar more and you get something you can hold on to.

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Being one of the most interesting releases in this batch of four, Blue Krishna makes the best of what you can take from new-wave and slap their own electronic vibe onto it. It’s in the atmosphere of industrial as such, making use of the experimental nature, forcing their own synth-popish backstab, into the psychedelic trench. Alex Jarson from Body Of Light, which can be heard when you listen to it, shapes his own form of badness through Krishna. Yes, that was a really lame joke. But influences from that project can be heard in this as well. Having been tightly affiliated with Ascetic House under his aforementioned moniker, made it to Chondritic Sound in the end, and transformed into Bad Krishna for his place to be – which came to be Nostilevo. The project delivers the most interesting differentiations, as lavish synth-pop with industrial drums is turning its way into your consciousness. Leaving you with some hope, since it’s only beginning. With a ceremonious chant applied to a dance-rhythm infused into the harsh landscapes of industrial. Clocking in at 23 minutes, roughly, when all songs are added up. The album is titled “Repeat Until Death” and feature the four tracks; “Can’t See The Line“, “Taman Shud“, “Mayflower Spring” and “Rising Sun (It’s Just Beginning)“. Buy the digital release for 6 dollars and the physical cassette for 7 dollars. It seems like a lot comes out from Los Angeles, and that a lof ot it never leaves. But we’re now left with Bad Krishna. Even though it is hard to understand, it’s probably among one of the more unique sounds I’ve heard in my life.

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This is one of those projects that you wouldn’t care too much about in the beginning, but the more you listened to it, the more it enthralled you. Bad User Experience‘s release “CGi” feature a lot of tracks that have been featured elsewhere, like the track “Look NE Direction” that was on the “Industrialized [FROM] Sense” mixtape that came out last year, here on Invisible Guy. This is a total mind-bender, which allude to the more bizarre sounds that can be fitted into different categories, if at all. There’s certainly a sci-fi influence, which shouldn’t be hard to hear at all, and it basically feels like drifting into a black hole and experiencing it from within – with all the absurdities that come with it. Or maybe, if you’d incorporate the phenomenon déja vu into music-making, with the main difference; of it happening every second that you’re producing anything. Some of it is lo-fi groove in a can, other things are re-hashed hits evolving into an industrial mess of danceable beats. I believe you’ll have to have some kind of substance in you to make any sense of it as a whole. Which is certainly not anything I would recommend, but it seems to be that way. This release has six tracks and they come in the order of: “FORUM“, “The Matrix The Movie“, “BLACK HOLE BRENDAN“, “DESIGNegative“, “Look NE Direction” and “WATSMATTU“. It can be bought digitally for 6 dollars, and physically in the form of a cassette, for 7 dollars.

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It’s time for something more outdrawn. In the sense of longer tracks, more specifically. David Allen is the last one in the batch of these four cassette-releases, with his collection of three tracks titled “1188 OST (Sections I​-​III)“, which follows an abstract theme. Gradually shifting from noise in the first section, to claustrophobic industrial in the third section. It gets louder and more noisier, and then it suddenly cools off and gradually shifts to getting even louder. The inherent meaning behind this release is something that is unknown to me. He explores the different modes and settings, in which he makes music with. But this could be considered to be virtual non-music, and someone else should try to explain it more thoroughly. I must say that this release might just be for people whom are interested in experimental and noise, but also in the different subtle changes that can be made within the time-span as long as over 12 minutes. Because some of it I don’t get, and some of it is frightening. If you leave your telephone laying besides the holder, this is probably the noise it would make. Anyway, it clocks in at roughly 30 minutes all-in-all. The tracks are as follows: “Section 1“, “Section 2” and “Section 3“. It can be bought digitally for 6 dollars, and physically in the form of a cassette, for 7 dollars. So if you’re deeply entrenched in noise, this would be something considered well-worth of being bought.

Listen: Pure Ground – Protection

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Missing out on different great releases seems to be my gig, or at least when I forget that I have actually listened to them. Pure Ground haven’t gone unnoticed by Invisible Guy and have been featured here before. This group’s magnificent blend of minimal synth with industrial is pulled off perfectly. Put in some experimentalism and you’ll have common ground with them. As their latest release “Protection” was put out on the internet on the 10th of November, I would notice the first track immediately. A gloomy and dark assault of minimalism and industrial, portraying the “Atlantic Wall“, which was national-socialist Germany’s coastal fortifications – to fend off the anticipated allied assault, as it was being built between 1942 and 1945, along the western coastline of Europe and Scandinavia. We delve into a world of complete darkness, as the nihilist tendencies are overtly seeping through with harsh vocals. The lyrics are genial, especially when this comes forth: “the difference is between them, fade and evaporate, to never come to consequence – of struggle based on hate*“. It’s a strong track that gets you into the record immediately, with the thoughtful lyrics that are placed perfectly. A synth-stab comes in – to the wobbling and bubbling baseline that covers everything. They manage to make everything out of the harshness that industrial can deliver, with sharp noises – to the darkest degree of minimal synth. Placed so perfectly, so harshly beneath. There’s a certain aspect of their music that keeps getting harder as they go by, but their original signature melodies that can be found throughout, is something they haven’t scaled away. The place went dark and silent, as “Protection” came out. You can listen to the whole release down below and stream it to your will. If you pre-order the record, it won’t be shipped out until the 25th of November. The release is limited to 100 copies on cassette.

* A word or two might’ve been misheard, but that doesn’t make the lyrics loose their inherent meaning.