Review: Anemone Tube – The Three Worlds – Allegory Of Vanity

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This project had previously been unknown to me, a world I did not want to explore by myself without anyone by my side – a sickening gut-wrenching feeling – coupled with astonishment as I ventured deeper into my own insanity. Anemone Tube is without a doubt one of the most complex experimental industrial, dark ambient acts out there right now. Stefan Hanser – the real name of this musical culprit – also runs the label that released this compilation, The Epicurean.

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He was kind enough to send me one of his three latest releases, featuring earlier unreleased material and bits plus pieces that have been featured on obscure releases. The one I was sent is the last one in the series, “The Three Worlds – Allegory of Vanity” – playing around with the word vanity, depicting it in different settings and with different edges to make a complete red line throughout the releases.

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The aesthetic aspect of The Three Worlds – Allegory Of Vanity

It is very clear from the beginning as to how much time have been spent on the artwork alone, there are subtle meanings which you can draw from the artwork itself, and it is a delight to hold on to the physical material and view the aesthetic splendor. Not many artists have such a beautiful, harrowing cover. A lot of inspiration is drawn from Buddhism in general, specifically the spiritual aspects of the religious teachings of it.

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There is a rejection of death, there is an embrace of death in the cover itself – nothing lasts forever, it is as if there’s a mummified corpse propped up on the artwork – which is frightening for a Westerner like me. A certain aspect of what makes or breaks the modern human is the fear of death. The photography taken by Dario Lehner encompasses much about what makes Anemone Tube a great artist, there’s a depth and a thought not just on the music – but on the aesthetic aspect – it is entwined with everything else.

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The musical aspect of The Three Worlds – Allegory Of Vanity

Extreme music in different shapes and forms have always been interesting for us, but we’ve never gotten around to the more extreme forms of industrial music. Here’s a real combination of the occult and the experienced at the same time, a veteran of industrial music is more likely to deliver something listenable or thoughtful.

The first song “Ausweg” encompasses material recorded during 1997 – which is unfathomable that it has been over twenty years since then. It is with an urgency that you’re thrown into the chaos of crackling noises, what sounds like gunshots into the air – a veritable nightmare that we’d make sure to never live to see. The word in itself, “Ausweg“, portrays a grim reality which musically is not far away from turning into a mish-mash of continuous loops, into a more controlled and adventurous mixture of dark ambient and experimental industrial music.

Throw in a bit of power electronics to shape the mold that it goes by, just to hear the sirens roar as the skies blacken above you – this music is perfect to listen to in the evening, because the same kind of mayhem isn’t believable musically during daytime. Towards the end of the song there’s a lull of acceptance, a small concentrated steadily shifting atmosphere that leaves nothing more then an overlook of the maniacal frenzy that just occurred musically.

Primary Slave“, also one of his works from 1997, is a descent into nothingness, a nihilistic tendency that devours all the joy you’ve worked up through your day. It is emotionally draining to be listening to, but admirably complex in both the subjective topics being disseminated among a barrage of strong, abrasive rhythm that leaves nothing to be desired musically – it is thought-provoking without having to leave an inch to the imagination. It is like being told what you should be doing, despite a nervousness that slips through the cracks of your subconsciousness.

Honestly, there’s few people that manage to pull off such a masterful combination of the darker genres in electronic music, once you’ve listened until this song, there really isn’t much that can bring forth anything – unless you look far back into the 1980’s, and the primary sources of where this music actually comes from. One of the negatives with this kind of music is that if you’re not heavily into it, there’s nothing you could gain – egotistically speaking – from listening to this. It is a niche that is waiting to reap its benefits, but Anemone Tube’s completeness is what ultimately could break this kind of basic thought.

The third song, “Illusions“, is a previously unreleased track from 1998. Here he makes a clear example with his lyrical ingeniousness, combining the harshness in his vocals with the overall spearheaded atmosphere that thrusts with all its combined weight – into a morbid dark ambient spectacle. A spectacle that leaves no-one undisturbed, a whirlwind of the most uncompromising power electronics, industrialized experimental music that you’ve heard for a long time. This satisfies every man’s need of true, infectious anti-music.

In comparison with the other songs, this one is our favorite. That’s one of the main benefits of listening to Anemone Tube – when one song is surprisingly great – another one strikes out from below and takes the throne. It is almost unbearable to listen through the end, as the intensity is ramped up and you feel a great deal of paranoia – surely one of the most emotionally charged songs thus far.

Asphyxiate” and “Imminence” were both recorded in 1998, previously released on “Allegories For The Future“, a cassette-release on Loud!. The only reason both of these are written about in the same column, is because it feels like they are more intimately connected then the other songs, both logically but also musically. The aforementioned one isn’t that big of a deal in comparison with the last song, but it bridges over a gap between the more emotionally charged songs, and the fact that it fills you with total indifference.

Asphyxiate” is literally what it aims to be, just by looking on the title. It is indescribably horrid – not in the musical way – but as it lacks the complexity and forcefulness of the other tracks on the release. “Imminence” grabs a hold of the classic power electronics sound and puts in an atmosphere where it otherwise would be lacking, a constant disarray of charged electronica that bashes in your skull with such frequency that it must be played out loud. If punk is dead then it will re-surge post-mortem through this release – this kind of music is as uncompromising now as it was back then – and this first compilation is a tribute which holds the spirit to a high degree.

For those of you who have been following Anemone Tube for a long time, we sincerely recommend getting this release. Instead of just buying it digitally, but this wonderfully crafted CD and play it quietly, or aloud. Stream it in full down below, this release is as brutal as it possibly could get, and it isn’t a forced re-hash of older material.

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Reviews: Multiple Man – New Metal, V/A – Strategies Against The Body Vol. 2

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Here comes a double track-by-track review of the newest releases, courtesy of DKA Records, based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Their discography includes: Boy Harsher, Dylan Ettinger / Goldendust, Profligate, Fit Of Body, Warning Light, Voice Of Saturn / Anticipation, High-Functioning Flesh, Valis, TWINS and Women’s Work.

As of the 2nd of March they’ve added two new releases to this immense discography – the debut full-length LP-release by Brisbane’s twin-brother-duo Sean and Chris Campion, otherwise known as Multiple Man, the release goes by the name of “New Metal“. Strategies Against The Bodies have now been introduced as a second volume, featuring even more artists then the first compilation. In this article I dissect each song of both releases and tell you my opinion on them. The release was mixed by Matt Weiner (CGI Records) and mastered by Dietrich Schoenemann.

Starting off with “New Metal“, having listened through their other discography, including favorites of mine from Detonic Records – the “Guilt Culture/Boiling Down” double-single – it is fair to say that when introducing this new full-length they’ve grown a bit in my eyes considering the sound itself and the general aesthetics which are pleasing for the eyes as the cover itself (created by James Stuart) reminds one about earlier industrial-releases in terms of appearance. You get a sinister and chaotic feeling in terms of the colors when they mix together, outlining the appearance of a seemingly distraught and/or desperate man. The font is also alluring and you basically get it right if you think the release has anything to do with body music or industrial music.

As the first song “Slow Code” is rung in by the scraping of metal, a violently underlying basedrum is introduced and on top of that a steady rocking beat – which together with other percussive elements mixed together – suddenly jumpstarts an electronic body music rhythm. It’s a pleasing synthesizer which develops into a harsher, more industrial-like anthemic kind of song, as outdrawn baselines and the overlying synthesizers make the rhythm multi-faceted – together with murmured vocals that add to the sinister feeling you get whilst listening to it. It is a somewhat catchy song that draws in a self-assuring vibe in terms of how bombastic everything gets after a while.

Even though it is repetetive in some parts, the soundscape itself morphs into something completely different the longer in it progresses. The chorus brings everything together into the theme of the whole song and what it is supposed to be and convey. It is a cold endeavour but at the same time it is not stripped of any emotions, as there is a whole palette of different feelings that you feel when listening to it. I feel alert, concentrated and inspired, on the edge tuning in.

If the first song was portrayed as anthemic, wait until you hear “Power Fantasy” – which starts with an off-putting “yoo-hoo“, to be smashed into your consciousness by one of the most perfect rhythms I’ve heard in this wave of new-body music. Everything about this song relies on the first synthesizer-rhythm and the percussive elements that are introduced. To add to the general heftiness of the song itself, the vocals together with additional basedrums create an enjoyable repetetive atmosphere which later on looms into a more atmospheric concentration of industrialized sound.

The sudden shrieking of the vocalist reapplies the stripped soundscape and reuses it to their heart’s content. Even after only having listened to the first two songs, one must say that this one – “Power Fantasy” – is something really special. Whether it is the retro industrial feeling that weighs in when all the beats collide, or if it is their special brand of it, is hard to say. But damn it is a really catchy song and even though the lyrical content might be unintelligible at times – the simpleness of it adds into the harsh emotional deliverance – which they manage to do perfectly. It is a jaw-droppingly good song, once you’ve listened through it way too many times.

Now with the next and third song on this release, it is less concentrated to harsh rhythms and electronic body music and more pure electronica with minimal synth weaved into it – I am, of course, talking about “Luxury Boys“. There’s a certain primitive vibe to the song even though the synthesizers, baselines and beats together concoct a swaying and interesting blend of these different forms of electronica. It feels dated, like something out of a time-machine, yet remarkably attached to the modern world as such. However, it would fit great in an alternative movie from the 1980’s.

At times the atmosphere feels like something exotic, especially when you hear the percussion and the main synthesizer which steadfastly creates a memorable thematic, which you end up portraying in your head. It is audio-visually a really great song, however I’m more impressed by the harsher side of Multiple Man. Though they’ve managed to, in their song, convey a more laidback alter ego – musically.

Skin” – their fourth song – has that same kind of feeling attached to it like the previous song. It seems like they’ve changed the general theme of their songs, as it progresses from the first and second, to the third and the fourth. It develops lyrically as well and becomes some kind of acid electronic bastard child of industrial music. When the synthesizer revs up to show its true acid colors – one is intrigued by it since it adds a whole different characteristic to the song itself – alongside the vocals that are unenthusiastically chanted and feel like they’re just being dragged along for the ride.

It is probably one of the songs up until now that have the best vocals in them. It adds so much more to the experience of listening to the song as well as the development of the soundscape as it accompanies the different influences and rhythms perfectly together. Though it might be added that the song in itself is impressive in many ways, it fails to attract any further emotions when listening to it, as it is only brought out when everything is brought together in an almost cataclysmic fashion.

Returning to the pure electronic body music with the fifth song “Negative Space” – an ominously sounding piece. A continously pounding rhythm attached to a gloomy atmosphere, feeling more like an intermission then anything else. One can’t help but feel left to the metaphorical clock ticking in the form of outdrawn synth-stabs. Somehow the electronic body music elements are of not the same importance as the more atmospheric aspects of this song. The continuity is what defines it all. It just keeps going.

Maybe this might be the dividing line that will shift the musical focus to something else or it may just be a filler for the filler’s sake. Usually, artists and bands have one of these kinds of tracks in their repertoir, in the case of Multiple Man – this song stands out from their others and in a positive manner as well. Reminding oneself about the shifting character of their sound and what they might be able to accomplish, and want to accomplish with their music.

Hotter Then Hell” is the sixth song on this neverending ride of different, excitingly fresh electronic body music with industrial vibes. This song is probably the most sublime of the bunch so far, it has got a really ambiguous vibe to it. One negative thing about it is that it is also the most boring song in terms of the soundscape, as there’s not much happening and it is not as upbeat as the other tracks. Nothing wrong with a downbeat track but this one doesn’t really cut it for me.

Ideal Self” is where it is at. It’s been tried with the other songs but it has got a funkier vibe then the other ones. The atmosphere is really wicked and the rhythm goes up and down like a jojo, embracing the more danceable elements and turning it around for them now later on in this release. It is really all about combining the more unusual genres and turning it into the new face of the Multiple Man that makes it or breaks it in terms of this song. Groovy is what characterize this musical experience the best.

Interestingly enough, as the song fades out and turns into “New Metal” – they’ve decided to put this title-track last on the record. Really a perfect summarization of what they have achieved during this eight-track long release. Even though it lacks everything that made the first few songs great it combines everything one’s heard so far into a mixture of the weirdness and the high energy electronic body music into an acid and industrial rollercoaster which holds up in the end.

I say that only because the rhythms are on point and this song is basically what you should’ve listened to first if you wanted a summary. My thoughts about this full-length debut-LP on DKA Records is that it brings something odd to the table and spins things around completely out of your own safe-zone. You must have taken a liking for electronic body music transgressing into all kinds of different music genres, plus the experimental edge in which Multiple Man hold their territory firm. Although some of the songs are a disappointment, not all of them need to be as good as “Power Fantasy” to hold up in the end. The more you listen to it, the more you enjoy the self-willed nature of this duo.

Tomorrow this article will be updated with a track-by-track review of Strategies Against The Body Volume 2. You can stream Multiple Man’s release “New Metal” down below and make up your own mind about it, but from what I’ve heard throughout the songs – they’ve surely got potential that enrich the DKA Records discography further.

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A follow-up to the 2015 compilation “Strategies Against The Body – Volume 1” have been released via DKA Records. Featuring a whole different roster of artists, containing various electronic genres, all derived from the so-called underground. Some of them more established then others. The cover for the release is very aesthetically unpleasant to lay one’s eyes on but is a reflection of what you can anticipate when listening through this compilation of artists.

Pyramid Club is the first artist and one must say that they’ve got a whole lot better songs then this one. It’s a freakishly monotonous song that doesn’t really cut it. One doesn’t really feel anything when listening to their song “It’s All Grey” – the atmosphere that is there is off-putting and doesn’t do them justice in terms of their discography, otherwise. What saves this song is the latter part of it beyond three minutes in, when the vocals go into a howling frenzy and the basedrum lunge at you as if it had gone berserk.

I really want to like this song but can’t really fathom it. Melodically it is odious and it doesn’t even give the tag ‘experimental‘ body music any revitalization. Repetetiveness and experimentalism can give you a whole other insight into what electronic music ultimately could be about – but here they just fall flat with their brand of it. Very unfortunate for anyone who’s fond of Pyramid Club’s current discography of demo-tracks with lots of potential.

Now on to Passing, who’s song “Sacrifice” starts off rather intriguingly with that bass-filled melodious atmosphere which bounce around in infinity together with acid influences as rambunctious electronica pushed to its limits. Then, suddenly, the vocals are introduced into the mix and one is instantly taken out of the mesmerizing sound – because they lack the punch and the guts which the rest of the soundscape perfectly molds into – overtime. It adds absolutely nothing that progresses the atmosphere even remotely. It would even be better if it was wholly instrumental instead, unfortunately.

All-in-all, the song itself has one hooked to the beats, rhythm and melodious extravagance. There’s a sense of emergency in the overall expression it gives, the fast-paced lunging, acidic body music with electronic overtones – masterfully executed, instrumentally at least. It’s got the perfect length as well and you can never get enough of the simple melodies that together make something out of nothing, adding complexity together with the percussion.

What never tires me is the special kind of desperate brand of electronic body music that Celldöd creates. He can make something out of nothing, it sounds huge no matter what he attaches himself to and the atmospheric feel of “Hemliga Rum” is made alarmingly brutal with his vocals alone. A hiss here and a hiss there, a steady acid rhythm with a baseline that seems to get harder the further into the song you get – the echoes of the vocals, making one uneasy listening to the song – all that is there, in the vast nothingness that he portrays – follow him into the secret room.

Imagining that it would be some kind of abandoned house or industrial setting, together with the lyrics in Swedish repeatedly saying “Take me with you, I want to see what you see, into secret rooms“, as if he is desperately clinging on to something – the deliverance is absolutely on point and adds much as the snaredrum hit is industrially enhanced by sounding like he’s hitting on a metal object – which in reality, maybe he is. It adds that extra portion of the atmosphere which would otherwise be lacking. In the end a very good song which leaves nothing to imagine, audiovisually he puts images in ones head.

Continuing in basically the same manner as the other songs, a kind of acid-inspired baseline together with melodic noises, Spatial Relation‘s song “Infinitely Wary” is now playing. I don’t really know what to say about Lissette Schoenly’s vocals – but it fits very well into the atmosphere created by the synthesizers and percussive elements – though it really does nothing for me while listening to it. I feel no emotions, it just feels like one has to get through it to get on with listening to the rest of the compilation. This brand of electronica hasn’t really gotten me interested, which is a shame, since they repeat what Pyramid Club did with their introductory song to this whole compilation.

When one has listened through the song a few more times, one finds it to be somewhat alluring – though it can’t be explained, really. There’s something avant-garde about the approach to the whole song and how they utilize the different elements of it, how it gradually progresses and how it finishes. There’s a little redemption in the form of the atmosphere as it grabs onto you in a weird way, the electro-vibe and all, which is odd to say the least but hey.

One of my favorite projects since “The Red Dress – Parts I/II“, James Andrew’s own Tifaret, is featured on this compilation as the fifth track in a total of ten. The song “Lara” interesingly enough sounds like “Keep On Driving” (one of his other songs) – the difference is if Andrew Eldritch had a son, James Andrew would be his. Their vocals are really alike and one feels like he’s drawn a little bit too much inspiration in his song-making from The Sisters Of Mercy’s front-man. It is, however, not pastiche – the atmosphere is nice and the beats are on point.

Melodically it must’ve drawn influence from his earlier song but it doesn’t really matter. This is one of the better songs I’ve heard on this compilation up until now. Hopefully this is the one that turns it around and introduces one to some equally as great songs. It should be released simultaneously as this song, as it feels like a variant and lies really close in the whole soundscape and if it weren’t for the different melodies, more emotional vocals, it would almost be identical.

Suddenly, awestricken, in a good way. Anticipation flies into your ears with that subliminal, brooding electronic body music that has a groove like no other – talking of course about the song “Photograph” – which together with samples and a rhythm out of this world is gradually making one reconsider what one’s written about the compilation in general. Now we’re talking about some serious electronic music, whose atmosphere makes one dance along to it and is catchy as no other song – currently on this compilation.

One does not mind the repetetiveness of the beats as it slowly develops over time, introducing small but noticeable changes in character which enhances the whole experience of listening to it. The continually pounding sub-baseline pushes the beats further into the forefront of the mix – and there’s never a dull moment listening to this song. Thankfully, maybe there’s still hope for the compilation in large as we proceed.

SinceGhoul” was released in 2016, Videograve have been out of the loop. Now they’re back, on this compilation. The melodies in their song “Dead Men Floating” are equally as sinister as the title of it. They’ve let the melodies be at the forefront of the atmosphere and the beats plus percussion in the back, giving off a resounding and reverberated no-nonsense sound. Videograve are one of the more interesting acts that have emerged the last few years when it comes to electronic music. They have an authentic and goddamn awesome sound. Electronic body music gone haywire, electronic body music developed from a general minimal electronics waypath – never straying away from originality.

This is my favorite song so far on this compilation. I’m very impressed in general. There’s nothing to complain about, it is a really enjoyable song to listen to and there are so many facets of it that you’ve stopped counting. They really portray a sinister picture – a rather picturesque one if one may say so – audio-visually aesthetically pleasing, if that makes any sense at all.

Now for something a lot different. Collin Gorman Weiland’s song “Indenture and Stone” – monotonous industrial techno, with minimal wave influences. A very bleak song in terms of the atmosphere, very heavy when it comes to the industrial side of it and something that brings forth a whole different sound on this compilation. It is noticeable that the end is near whilst listening to it, the very apathetic vocals and the grinding percussion that seem to have no end to it. Draining energy from every outlet where there’s even sound.

There’s an anti-upbeatness to the song, it is downtempo but tries hard to be upbeat. Looming on as if nothing ever mattered, ending rather beautifully and very unexpectedly – turning into an ambient piece that gives one inner peace while listening to it. A welcoming addition to an otherwise interesting and never-ending seance. Had the latter parts of the song been developed even further, there might’ve been a nice blend of ambient industrial and the harshness of the song itself.

Ninth song on the compilation is by ARIISK and is titled “Candid Machine” – which is one of those songs that never develop into anything. It would’ve been better if it had some progression worth to mention. All this experimental electronic body music is making one’s head spin. There’s nothing about the monotonous approach in rhythm that gives anything, it just feels like a piece that is stuck in the same rhythm and melody without ever ending or transforming into anything good.

There’s a continuous lack in the atmosphere itself that isn’t repaired by the beats nor the progression of the song itself. Not to mention the vocals – it doesn’t add or bring anything out of the atmosphere. Even though this song might be meant to sound dark and provoke some kind of emotion, there isn’t any. It feels like one wants to skip the song and head onto the last one, there’s few moments that attract any noteable attention.

Xander Harris delivers the final song on this compilation, titled “Social Leather“. When pushing play on this song, there’s a wondrous tone coming from the melody. It feels like you’re high above the clouds, or that you’re way out of your body and somewhere else. It has a dreamy touch to it and the vocals expand on that subject. There’s an electro-vibe to it vocally and the atmosphere is absolutely phenomenal. There’s a transgression between different electronic genres that he executes flawlessly.

Being the final song on this release, it makes up for other moments experienced while listening to the compilation. One must say, to DKA Record’s credit, that it is a compilation that has some kind of sense of purpose when it comes to the assortment of different artists – too bad that it doesn’t go the whole way in terms of how good that, in theory, should be. I must recommend it any way, because there are certain moments on this release that are enticing. Stream the full release down below on Soundcloud.

[13th] December: Acapulco City Hunters – Chaser

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Acapulco. A Mexican municipality but mainly a city, with as many as 234 communities—the most populous being Acapulco itself—with 673 479 inhabitants as of 2010, 85,25% of the people reside in the city. When counting the most populous cities except the main one, which are: Xaltianguis, Kilómetro 30, Tres Palos, San Pedro las Playas, Amatillo—the population combined account for 3,25% of the whole municipality, making it 25857 inhabitants in total, one starts to wonder where the rest of the 11,5% have gone. Where are the other cities? Are there smaller towns, considering there are so many communities? Questions remained unanswered. Here are when Acapulco City Hunters come in – it seems like they’re looking for an answer to that question. Maybe they’re straying away, in metaphors and synonyms, but they’re probably concerned.

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Or maybe, just maybe – we’ve been tricked by these con-artists. Making us think of Mexico as the main inspiration for their name, specifically related to the aforementioned questions, but it can also mean “Goin’ to Acapulco“—a track from “Dylan Basement Tapes” (1976), and I paraphrase from an outtake from Sid Griffin’s book “Million Dollar Bash” – from the source Shelton, Robert (1986)—music-journalist Clinton Heylin commented on its sexual innuendo: …featuring the usual debauched narrator, rambunctious harmonies, and euphemistic ribaldry according to Wikipedia. We can see how both sexual innuendos are fitted in a musical environment, influenced or not by either Sid Griffin’s book, Basement Tapes, or Mexico’s ‘lost’ cities and/or communities. A lot of the topics seem to suggest a strong influence of either everything – or simply one of the things listed above.

It’s interesting to note how Acapulco City Hunters is in plural, though other things like ‘his’ patchwork blog “Cosmic Beam“—suggests otherwise. Maybe since the Facebook-page is categorized as a “Community“, rather than an Artist-page, could reveal certain other possible theories. Pluralis it is because it suits the influences for ‘his’ project. If you get the reference we’re trying to make here, you’ve got a good sense of detail. The music-making dates back two years, from when he released “Haunted Bombai“—later to have a remix of the song by “DYSWIL“—filmed by Thomas Skrobek. Apparently a collective (now defunct?) named: “Negative Beat“. One of the actors’ names (Juliette Mellard) suggest that it really is a project born and based in France—collecting individual influences elsewhere.

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He’s also done a good rendition of; Marianne Faithfull‘s “Broken English“, originally released on LP in the UK 1979, via Island Records—now a sub-division to Universal Music Group. Though we’re not enthusiasts of Marianne’s intonation – we respect and understand such an immense contribution to England’s—and the world’s—music-life that she, and her discography have revealed throughout the years. With added minimalist synthesizers and a stripped-down not as extravagant atmosphere, Acapulco City Hunters make me like “Broken English“, and take the song for what it is – albeit in a completely new way. We must say that nothing beats an original, not even an original you’re not so delighted to hear in the first place, but they do a perfectly okay effort. We’re sorry to say that the bleep-synthesizer sound is too loud, which takes away part of the experience of listening.

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Now I won’t go any further into his discography, more than note that I have written about the split he did with Luminance, titled “The Cold Rush“. Sure, most of it sounds alike when listening through once in a while, but there are certain characteristics that Acapulco City Hunters had developed—that I heard when I had listened to it for a while. We prefer when he doesn’t overcharge on his ethnic vibes. When he keeps it nice and tidy, melodically ambitious and switches between different modes of electronica – is when he’s at his peak. This was exactly what he did with that release. Ironically enough he sings about evolution in “Magdalena” and evolved he has—at least musically. Recently, he also was featured in a track he did together with Luminance—on the “The Broken Window Theory“—a newly released compilation on Wool-E Records.

For Ljudkalendern he gives us, on the 13th December, unfortunately with a delayed article, a song titled “Chaser” – which might actually be the musical hunt for Acapulco. It seems to be something defining him, at the same time cranking up the tempo to maximum—making way for a spastic and erratic synthesizer-driven track. It’s a newly produced song for the purpose of this non-commercial collection – not compilation. We hope that you’ll take a bit of his musical concept with you in your thoughts after you’ve heard it—as delicate as it is forceful.

Exklusiv Premiär: Vildsvanen – Turn Grey

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Är man fanatisk när det gäller synth-pop så borde man slänga ett öga åt detta håll. Ja, självfallet när det handlar om låtar från 1980-talets dolda synthgömmor. Inte för att gruppen har försökt att undanhålla någonting, det har väl bara inte varit så att låten kommit ut på något släpp, än. Vildsvanen heter en undangömd synth-popgrupp som var mer eller mindre aktiva på 80-talet. Men deras passion låg inte i att visa upp sig för hela vida världen, eller för den delen Sverige, eftersom att de föredrog att spela in musiken snarare än att framträda live. Deras historia är rätt brokig men de hade en särskild förkärlek till DIY – do it yourself – eftersom att de var väldigt måna om att produkten, från topp till botten, skulle komma från dom själva. Gruppen har även ett annan namn som de ändrade till när de spelade in vissa låtar, eftersom att de var väldigt förtjusta i David Bowies låt “Moss Garden” – så fick det bli Moss Garten. Men namnet Vildsvanen behölls eftersom att Moss Garten-låtarna var annorlunda i jämförelse, skillnaden var inte bara i namnet utan också hur de lät. Den lustiga historien bakom namnet är att Mikael Isaksson från gruppen blev anfallen av en vild svan – således blev namnet: Vildsvanen (eller Vild Svanen).

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Tillsammans med sin ungdomsvän Thomas så började de spela in år 1982, förfogandes endast över en 8-kanalig inspelningsmaskin. Ett år senare bestämde man sig för att spela in i en riktig studio, vilket gav upphov till “Zchlagers / Industrier” – deras första officiella släpp någonsin. Trots att det är en rätt förvirrad historia efter detta, med förändringar fram och tillbaka i sammansättningen av gruppen så är det ändå intressant att följa den rätt så icke-linjära historien. Allt kan förändras på blotta året och Moss Garten-låtar kan blandas med Vildsvanen-låtar. Egentligen orkade man inte hänga med, så ni kan se deras utveckling på en bild som medföljde vinylskivan när den släpptes på Domestica. Eller så kan man vända sig till deras hemsida, Domestica Records – som även var det skivbolag som gav ut en samlingsskiva med låtar från bägge alter-egon. Samlingen släpptes på vinyl för två år sedan och har sedan länge sålt slut på alla de tvåhundrafemtio exemplar som tillhandahölls.

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Det som är mest intressant i sammanhanget är hur låtarna påminner om en opolerad Tredje Mannen, lite mer kaotiskt och mindre om vackra höstkänslor och andra mer lättlyssnade men melankoliska spår. Men givetvis finns det även melankoli hos Vildsvanen och särskilt i den låt som Repartiseraren fått tag på. Det är faktiskt en alternativ version av låten “Black and White” med Moss Garten som man fått tag på. Versionen är både längre rent tidsmässigt men också mer opolerad och dessutom på svenska. Vi är stolta över att kunna ge er låten “Turn Grey” – en av de bättre låtarna från den svenska synthens 1980-tal – även om det är hög klass på andra bortglömda synthlåtar från det årtiondet. Men det här är något som ger en det lilla extra i det annalkande höstmörkret. Lyssna nedanför.

Exclusive Premiere: Sektor 304 & DEATHSTENCH – A Plague Of Blind Eyes

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Yearly, a compilation whose name changes as the year change, take a hold between Malignant Records and Kalpamantra. Both labels have been dabbling in the dark ambient underground, housing names that with time have been forces to reckon with. Not only that, but also death-industrial, power electronics, noise and many other genres get the treatment they deserve from these two much revered labels. These series of compilatory releases started back in 2012, when “Malignant Antibodies” – the first compilation to start it off – was released digitally. Thirty-one tracks, including forthcoming gargantuans within these genres, alongside with titans such as STROM.ec, Deutsch Nepal, and Navicon Torture Technologies, just to mention a few. From that day on, a rather celebratory gesture laid the foundation of a tradition which is still intact.

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The second compilation was launched in 2013, titled “The Black Plague“. Which resulted in four more tracks, making it thirty-five. Included in this compilation was Trepaneringsritualen, Thomas Ekelund’s debut on a compilation having anything to do with Malignant and Kalpamantra. If anyone had foresaw what an immense impact he would have a year or two after that, this would be prophetic. Abandoned Asylum, one of the newcomers had gotten his track “Outside The Veil Of Life“, and many groups and artists returned with a bang. What came to be new for this compilation were the amount of collaborations that increased immensely, Phragments & Shock Frontier, Steel Hook Prostheses & The Scapegoat Mechanism, Collapsar & Inner Vision Laboratory. Not to mention how things were duked out, where HHY and Sektor 304 ‘fought’ it out versus one another, creating “Subliminal“. Now it officially could be considered to be a series of releases, they were two.

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Now the time has come for a third endeavour for these magnificent labels. We already know that it will be titled “Endless Descent Into Oblivion“, making it “Malignant III” – a third, probably even more perfected – compilatory adventure through the sewers. Mind you, not ‘sewers’ in any derogatory fashion, just the fact that it probably will outdo the other compilations when it comes to pure disgust, nefariousness, mysticism and total annihilation. Featured in this next compilation are, in alphabetical order: Abandoned Asylum, Aderlating, Ascetic Hedonism, Caul, Collapsar, DEATHSTENCH, False Mirror, Gnawed, Hall Of Mirrors, Hypsiphrone, Inner Vision Laboratory, Isolator, Kave, Linekraft, Nyodene D, Phragments, Phelios, Sektor 304, Sewer Goddess, Skorneg, Somnium, Steel Hook Prostheses, STROM.ec, T.O.M.B., Teeth Engraved, Terra Sancta, The Scapegoat Mechanism, The Vomit Arsonist, Theologian, Trepaneringsritualen, United Front, Xiphoid Dementia and Yen Pox – in other words an even greater compilation. New and old alike, this is probably the largest compilation of its kind, when it comes to these genres.

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So, I’ve gotten the perfect opportunity to exclusively premiere a track from this compilation before release. John from DEATHSTENCH told me about it and gave me the honor to light the torch. This track is one of the collaborative efforts on this release, namely that Sektor 304 and DEATHSTENCH join forces – forming the track “A Plague Of Blind Eyes” – which is as mesmerizingly tribal as it is martial. But hold on, dark ambient still has the authority intact when it comes to this track. You get to exclusively stream “A Plague Of Blind Eyes” on Repartiseraren. The compilation will be released digitally on the 8th of October by Malignant Records and Kalpamantra.

Exclusive Premiere: White Christian Male – Infection

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The first thing I would think about when it comes to classic industrial music is – provocation. Many of the artists and groups from back then gained notoriety by doing just that. Whether it came to taboo non-politically correct topics about virtually anything that doesn’t hold root in modern society. Often challenging the “norms” of yesteryear. When it comes to White Christian Male (Dennis Hudson), I don’t really think it holds up to that standard – considering that the tables are now turned and political correctness seep through everything. I’m not sure if he’s trying to be provocative with the name “White Christian Male“, or if he’s paying heed to the white christian male. But it surely is an eye-catcher which makes you want to see what it is like beneath the layer of provocation – intentional or not. His music can be held to a higher degree because of his sheer craftsmanship when it comes to the beats, atmosphere and whatnot. Everything falls in place with an interesting sound.

It came as a surprise to hear a darkwave-coated synth-pop sound when you see the iconography and plus one with one. This held true when it came to his older tracks, which are actually pretty good considering how lame darkwave tend to be in most cases. Since then, he’s transcended his old sound which was marked for departure with his track “Live It Down” on the Chromatin Records compilation “Artificial Selections“. Note that he’s not left the influences taken from darkwave, but rather stripped the melodious synth-pop sound and put a harsh industrial surface down instead. Even though it holds true to some of his other tracks, like covers of “Blue Monday” and “Warm Leatherette” – he’s simulated his way through experimentation – paying his dues to ambient as well. Before he went all out industrial, his covers show an organic process of ridding the more melodious content, stripping the sound down and going into industrial for real – but only in the rhythmically and melodious sense to begin with.

Therefore I have gotten a track from him, namely the seventh track from his forthcoming release on Chromatin Records. The track is titled “Infection” and is featured on an album that will go by the name of “The Jagged Womb“. Hear the mangling sounds that will make a resounding noise each time it crackles skulls. A barren industrial landscape with bleak metal as the only surface you’ll ever feel. Dive down into a steel-bath which is only preserved to hold the utmost contempt towards humanity. A pain that is so real that you can feel it, feel it linger down your spine and leave you breathless. It is an immense experience to listen to “Infection” and I now get to share it with you exclusively. It features a long industrial opening, a first part if you will, which by the second half of it turns into a maelstrom of darkwave, minimal synth and industrial combined. Stream it exclusively down below and see to it that you buy his album when it comes out on Chromatin Records – in October.

Premiere: T E M P O R A R Y – Selections From Dunedin’s Pop Underground

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The mastodon release of a compilation overview of the evolution in the Dunedin underground, is courtesy of the fantastic New Zealand micro-label Fishrider Records – whom I’ve had featured both in interview and with bands from the roster – now with a newcomer called Ba Da Bing Records, for outreach of the compilation in North America. This compilation features a narrowly selected crowd of people which you’d know about if you had payed attention to New Zealand. There’s a town there, a town called Dunedin, where a lot of pop-artists and groups have emerged during the last few years. Specifically from 2011-2014. Mavis Gary, Death & The Maiden, The Prophet Hens, Males, Mr Biscuits, Opposite Sex, Strange Harvest, The Shifting Sands, Astro Children, Kane Strang, Scattered Brains of the Lovely Union and Trick Mammoth – are the selected few (many) from this underground current, standing strong with their oddities that are by now their trademark. The reason why you need to have your eyes peeled is just because their sound is different, their sound is as a whole unique for that particular city. Nowhere else can you find this unimaginable creative outlet which have rendered in a sound they can proudly call their own.

Not only does this release incorporate a nice and thick black vinyl, it also is the starting point of a zine called T E M P O R A R Y – yes, just like the release. Even though I feel like the name is ironic, because I feel like this will be a timeless release, even though I haven’t laid my ears to listen to everything on the release yet. The zine features an introductory into the bands, artists and groups that are featured on the release. Repartiseraren can give you an exclusive premiere of two new tracks which were put up by Fishrider Records, it’s “Flowers For The Blind” with Death & The Maiden and “Supermarket” – a long-awaited new track for me here, courtesy of Opposite Sex.

I must congratulate Ian Henderson for this seemingly masterful release, because it was something in dire need of documenting for the rest of the world. The slick design was created by Robbie Morton and the graphic layout by Angus McBryde. Mastered by Tex Houston and tracks selected by Ian Henderson – as it should be – because that man has more insight into this than anyone else. You can either order the vinyl with the zine, the zine and a CD, or the CD, vinyl and the zine. For those of you that live in Europe, you can order T E M P O R A R Y from Occultation Recordings, if you’re in America you can find it at Ba Da Bing Recordings and if you’re nearer Australia or New Zealand; you can get it from Fishrider Records. Stream four tracks from this compilation down below.