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.

Spotlight: German Army – Last Language

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It must be said that I am not that familiar with the work that German Army has put behind them, but I’m certainly familiar with the general mood of his music. Since I was sent the latest album “Last Language“, I must oblige to at least talk about it. This album is a veritable orgy with harsh reverberated noise, mixed with ethnic vibes and an utterly schizophrenic atmosphere. A lot of the tracks rely on sending a claustrophobic message, conveyed through colorless lenses, as another banging drum bites the dust. Swirling cataclysmic environments collide, in a matter of seconds, as buzzing industrialized tools give you a blood-curling experience. Whilst other tracks rely on heavy reverberation, to give another kind of characteristic to each individual track – as it is used differently every time. It feels like the tracks alternate into each characteristic, giving a general feeling of how the songs are divided up. When you listen closely, you can tell them apart through a 50/50-principle. Meaning; after one track, there’s another with the aforementioned characteristics, which change rapidly from the first-mentioned claustrophobia, urban decay, colorlessness – to the less harsh and less industrialized landscape of reverberated sound. The industrialized tracks sometime border to harsh noise, without being an embodiment of it at all – at least not to the fullest extent. Acting as a barrier between the general experimentalism of noisiness, and harsh noise as such. Due to the fact that he utilizes the experimentalism that makes German Army a floating experiment per se – makes it hard to categorize what shouldn’t be categorized. But we humans need an explanation as to what we’re actually listening to, which is hard to do when you come across something like this. Actually deciphering this wall of menacing, and possibly “heard before” sound, without making any pointers to what actually can be experienced through their sound – is hard enough. I advise you to listen to it, at least, because it’s magnificent with its all-out chilling influence, on the mind. The release can be bought from A Giant Fern Records, in the physical shape of a 180g LP.

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.