World Premiere: Believer/Law – Ashes

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The former duo Believer/Law has since their epiphany been an interesting act since way back in 2012, when Erik Proft and Michael Berdan got their first two tracks released on Cae-Sur-A. Since then, a lot has happened. The enigmatic duo changed from two to four, included a half of Pure Ground, namely; Greh Holger, but also Sean Ragon of Cult Of Youth. So that they could muster an even larger force, making themselves something to be recognized, for real. “Foxhole Prayers/The Task At Hand” were the tracks that spawned an entirely new following amidst the originally rather mysterious, at least at a first glance, group. This rather unique (in a sense) concoction of the harshest elements, but most concentrated EBM available, shot through the roof together with the uncanny combination with industrial. A post-apocalyptic vision channeled through viciously distorted vocals, following the pattern of a rather sublime atmosphere, and an obvious assault of heavy beats – all in differentiating rhythms.  They garnered a lot of attention from Brooklyn Vegan, Pitchfork – and many other sources which handle alternative music. Whilst these tracks set the premise for what would be a greater task at hand, “War Story” was the track that blew them through the roof. A track that was later on streamed on Pitchfork, taken from the forthcoming four-tracked release “Matters Of Life And Death“, which was supposed to be released the same year on Chondritic Sound. Unfortunately, things got in the way, and it never saw a day of light in 2013. Having released two cassettes in 2012, it was probably time for them to do something bigger.

Now, in 2014, their forthcoming release is just around the corner. “Matters Of Life And Death” is in the spotlight once again, as it is being put out on Chondritic Sound on the 4th of March. This release includes the rather popular track (by now) “War Story“, as the second track of four. Together with “Ashes” as the first, “The Task At Hand” from the 2012-release “Foxhole Prayers/The Task At Hand” as the third, and finally “Contrition” as the last track and fourth one – taken from the release with the same name: “Contrition“, which was put out by the label Robert & Leopold the same year. As people have been waiting a long time for something new from Believer/Law, Invisible Guy can present to you – the world premiere – of the track “Ashes” from this release. Since it’s around the corner, you’re getting the whole track to stream, so you don’t have to wait until it is released. This is a completely new track that you haven’t heard yet, and should listen to. Imagine yourself swept away by the hypnotizing waves of the synthesizers rather mellow but sublime melodies, when paradise is lost in between this and the industrially-driven machine that tear up your eardrums. Unearth the true character of their sound, as you slowly descend into oblivion. This track feels like a representation of what they’re all about. Stream it down below and look out for the release on the 4th of March of “Matters Of Life And Death“. Support your local dealer Chondritic Sound.

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Label: Chondritic Sound

Artist: Believer/Law

Tracks: Ashes – War Story – The Task At Hand – Contrition

Exclusive Track: Ashes

Title: Matters Of Life And Death

Format: 12¨ Vinyl

When: 4th March

Spotlight: Various Artists – The Alliance

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Seismic activity had increased in the area around Los Angeles, as Nostilevo together with Vacation Vinyl – prepared for their overtake of the industrial latitude in and around the United States. An alliance was formed which was referred to “The Alliance“, a compilation of the most hard-working and dedicated crowd within the field of claustrophobic industrial, experimental noise, apocalyptic harsh industrial, psychedelic noise – and other innovative people in and around this group. Craow (Sean Halpin) rose from the depths of Cyborg City, to infuse his field of expertise, within the group. Checkered beats that are thrown around into a pitfall of dampened industrial, with the cataclysmic atmosphere of noise itself. Scorpio & Glass (K. Reinshagen), the definition of psychotic harsh noise, descended upon Los Angeles to spread his monotonic terror. As the repetitive sounds hooked themselves into the brains of the futile human beings in the nearby area, he disappeared without a trace. Fairlight Empress shone his light upon the now decimated city, as his grainy (Greh Holger) but stingy arsenal of roughed up beats descended upon the unknowing, in a swirl of industrialized fervor. This is certainly a darkened but enigmatic source of sonic barbarianism.

Inspiring other fighters to join their ranks, Avellan Cross (Elden M.) fused his minimal electronics with the hypnotizing repetitiveness of acidic waste. It’s a taste you will not forget in the first place, so please wash your mouth (and ears) before you continue. Siobhan, what can be said? Generally the toughest of sound-scapes, combining the harshness of the collective that calls themselves “The Alliance” – with the relentless strikes of psychotic experimental industrial. Liable (K. Reinshagen) teamed up internationally, with Nepoštovanje I Glupo, as we descend into their common territory. Lots of dark ambient, with the ritualistic industrial you’d least expect to be used upon the common foe – the common people. Ritual Howls, on the other hand, is not a collaboration. It’s a joint operation with a team of hardened combatants that deliver to you the post-punk spirit encapsulated with an unforgiving atmosphere, which gives you the creeps that chill you to the bone – amidst the rituals that are chanted within the sound-scape. Yeah, basically, just check out their name. It’s frightening enough as it is.

Well, for once Mammal decided to not go solo and join the ranks. His low-keyed and acoustic vibrations doom you to hell and back if you’d even care to listen. His overt misanthropy would have a nihilist convert to a more happier ideology, as whatever he touches turns into the gray landscape he paints so eloquently in the post-apocalyptic atmosphere his tongue lets him moves himself in. David Allen could be one of them, for all I know, but it’s not what I know that’s important right now. He contributes with the plain and simple movements of harsh noise, as he pierces your eardrums with the repetitive but annihilating sounds which would’ve been better placed within the industry of making bombs. Yes, he’s bombing your mind with different associations, as the monotonous noises hack away on your sensitive brain. Nothing for the weak. Phase Fatale (Hayden Payne) bring us back to our senses, even though the lyrics are too cold for us. His almost poppy minimal synth experience invite us to be hopeful once more, whilst he strikes us from behind with his dagger. We’re falling, because he tells us to fall. Tis’ way more melodious.

Now, please, don’t get any closer. Hand To God will smite you with the ungodly wrath. Crackling noises that creep right next to you make you feel like you’re in near proximity to something living, which only brings you the ungodly insect that quickly snaps away the rest of the hope you might’ve had. An almost claustrophobic experience that settles from different angles, as the intensity of sound moves closer to that of fire. Run while you can. Desire XXVII (or Desire XXI) shapes the world, and Los Angeles, the way The Alliance first wanted it to be. Their natural playground for seismic experiments, sonic adventures and absurd musical enhancements. Basically, it’s their playground and their will, if you don’t shape up – you’ll be assimilated. Volcanic and naturalistic noise that tears up the ground and make you stumble around. Last but not least, you’re invited to the rebirth of the world. Blue Krishna (Alex Jarson) lends his hands to you as you’re awoken, or rebirthed. The mixture of spiritualistic new-wave with electronic overtones have a clarity of its own. You’re now revitalized and a part of The Alliance.

The Alliance is a compilation that was released by K. Reinshagen’s eminent label Nostilevo. Unfortunately, the Invisible Guy didn’t have much of a choice last year – therefore it was covered today. You should buy “The Alliance” on cassette, since it features new material from all these acts. It’s a sonic trip that lasts 60 minutes. If that isn’t enough for you to buy into it, then why won’t you scramble and leave? Okay, it only costs ten dollars to receive this physical artifact and compilation. So go and buy it, to support Nostilevo and Vacation Vinyl.

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.

Some questions for Image Of Life!

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Image Of Life is an interesting person, whom you may or may not know, but that’s irrelevant. According to himself, at least. He heavily indulges in what he calls “nihilist pop”, a sub-genre which he himself has coined. Not much can be said about him, but the overtly misanthropic and nihilistic music that he makes. The first album that appeared was a self-released cassette titled “Last Letters From Leper Colony“, which featured ten songs, all written between the years of 2010-2012. After being featured on Kristopher Reinshagen’s list in “favorite musiks of 2012“, on the ninth place – he delved into further anonymity. Until he surfaced once again, now to be featured on the Chondritic Sound roster, as he released a double-single in 2013, by the name of “Weight Loss In Wartime / Walking In The Dark“. This original minimal synth purveyor is not to be known, but we shall make sure to know him a little bit better. Therefore, I asked him a few questions, ranging from his albums, his person and a little bit of everything you’d ever want to know about nihilism.

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Part [II]: Channeling the power of Nostilevo!

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Suffice to say, this is the second part of your indulgence with Nostilevo. I’ll keep pressing it to your face, so you can hear it for yourselves, as you roam your apartment late at nights. Peacefully, you’ll sail with me on the wide oceans that is the Spring batch of tapes from this label. Controllable, uncontrollable – everything is relative, but relatively hopeless. Everything from the purest of experimental endeavors, to scarred Gothic delights, topped of by industrial heaviness. For those of you that haven’t checked it out yet, Part II includes reviews (and only reviews) of the following artists/groups/bands: Pure Ground, Ritual Howls, Church Shuttle, Mammal and The Glass Path. Enjoy it while its enjoyable, return when you feel like returning – and read when your eyes aren’t shut.

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