Exclusive Premieres: Paradox Obscur – S/T

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Rhodes is the basis of this project. A duo consisting of Kriistal Ann and Toxic Razor, two nick-names appropriated by Anna Michailidou and a furtherly unknown figure whose real name I haven’t found out about. For the solo-project that is called Kriistal Ann, Anna Michailidou created a release last year for release on Werkstatt Recordings, titled “Refraction” – a solo-project based in and out of goth mixed with dark-wave – showing a whole other side of herself. Even though she’s intimately connected with Paradox Obscur, the difference lies in the approach that the duo has in comparison with her own project. The aforementioned project is based out of dark minimal synths with a cold-wave atmosphere, content at leaving the listener in a dismayed landscape of sound – harnessing a deep inner-feeling – charged with an ambulation of emotional lyrical content. A rather bleak introductory to a sound they’ve been working on since releasing a few tracks here and there, some on their own Soundcloud and one for the Parisian podcast-mixes courtesy of M N M L. After a while, before they even had announced the release of their self-titled debut, I got introduced to their sound for real by Jason of Peripheral Minimal.

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We decided for me to be releasing a track each day, showcasing their sound to a broader audience. So I started to put up a track after another, until I hit the limit of five tracks that I decided would be appropriate. These five tracks, namely “Scourge“, “Creatures“, “Dirty Parades“, “Grieving Days” and “Conviction” – in no particular order. It got warmly received by those interested in their sound since before and those that hadn’t really been introduced to their sound yet. Everyone got a chance to listen to all these tracks, on a day-to-day basis – to form their opinion and/or interest for their self-titled release – by listening to exclusive premieres of tracks from that release. Now that these days have already went by, you get another chance to listen to these tracks, since they’re up indefinitely. Prepare yourself for a wonderfully cold receipt of what can be done with an erratic sound-scape fueled by the desperate and depressive content that Paradox Obscur shows with their passion for music, accompanied by analogue equipment for the best sound. The artwork for the cover was designed by Frantz Schlusselhuber, displaying the elephant man and various other individuals whom you might or might not recognize. However, you should be listening to these five exclusive tracks on Repartiseraren, because each track has its own character. The release will be put out on Peripheral Minimal in the beginning of May. Stream all tracks down below.

Exclusive Premiere: Hidden Place – Picture Hall

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British label Peripheral Minimal is in the process of releasing a retrospective compilation of tracks, with the Italian electro/new-wave group Hidden Place. Having released four albums in total, from 2005-2012, this retrospective album will feature three songs from each of their albums, plus an unreleased remix. As they gradually moved on from their most experimental first album “Weather Station“, they put out a new album each two years that passed, in the end making it three years – with their latest album up to date; “Novecento“. Being on labels like Hellektroempire, to Twilight Records, Calembour Records and now finally, with Peripheral Minimal, very soon. Approaching a colder picturesque landscape of sound with their overlaying electro, as the more pop-induced new-wave sound made the melodies all the more danceable. A fresh new sound had been developed through the years, as the vocals of Sara Lux, a member of the group – became more and more distant from the sound itself. Making it a rather accomplished combination between vocals and the sounds of Fabio V., Antonio L. and Giampiero Di B. Not really my cup of tea when it comes to a lot of their songs, but there is something that has been captured amidst the energetic synth-pop with the overtones of a different mixture, embellished by the nature of different electronic genres.

The retrospective album that is coming out on Peripheral Minimal before April is over, is titled “Retrospettiva: 2004 – 2014” and captures tracks from their years when they were the most active, to the more sullen years of being unproductive. Harnessing a lot of tracks, being forgetful about others. This compilation does cover the perspective of their active years, but it also essentially takes out the best of the songs that has been put out there in between these years. The rather interesting artwork was made by Oleg Galay of Other Voices Records. So I can say to you that Repartiseraren will give you the time of your day, letting you listen to and stream the track “Picture Hall”, originally featured on their album “Fantasia Meccanica” – but now also brought to and from the forthcoming compilation. Click play and enjoy their uncanny vision, the masquerading electronic synthesizers, the hectic tempo delivered by the melodious content of the fixated drums in tune with the synths.

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

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

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

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

Exclusive Premiere: The DEATHSTENCH side of the Deathstench/Trepaneringsritualen split!

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As people whom are interested may have noted, the much revered Malignant Records have recently unleashed the furious picture-disc 12¨ split between DEATHSTENCH and Trepaneringsritualen – whose presence haven’t gone unnoticed. The total American Armageddon of the death-industrial and dark ambient, which John Paul Whetzel and Darea Plantin have been in charge of releasing under the name of DEATHSTENCH, has been widely appraised, and so it should’ve. From their first ever split-release with Demonologists on Black Goat Records, to their first album where they’ve been solely represented by themselves, “Massed In Black Shadow” – they’re a force to be reckoned with, despite their presence being dated back to 2011. John Paul is probably most known for his work in the group Welter In Thy Blood, so he is by no means a novice. Darea Plantin isn’t one either, being John Paul’s sole collaborator under the same name. Not to mention the countless other groups and monikers they’ve attached themselves to.

The reason to why I’m not bringing up Trepaneringsritualens origins, is because this post is not really about his work. This post is about the split-side on the picture-disc they’ve been featured on together, but this time it’s all up to DEATHSTENCH to prove themselves. Or maybe not, because it’s me – the Invisible Guy – who’s proven himself to be faithful enough to get the honor to premiere the whole A-side of this picture-disc. Yes, it features them, and you might be surprised as to what is lurking in the shadows nearby. Anyway, I got the honor to premiere the two tracks “Damnum Mitanum” and “Temples of Dust (ft. Alan Dubin)” off the first side of this picture-disc. I’m really thankful and I hope you enjoy streaming these two menacing sound-waves, that should be called beastly and horrifying – but I’ll leave it for you to decide yourself. I’d also like to give a huge thank you to Jason of Malignant Records, for making this possible. You might also want to embrace yourself for something else, but more about that in the future to come (if there is one). Buy the release here.