Listen: Ancient Methods × Black Egg – The ‘Ohne Hände’ Remixes 12″

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Chaos-disciplinarians Black Egg have been ushered from their sheltering oval cistern by Wollenhaupt. The group had their magic rejuvenated as he channeled the sullen vigor for his own intentions. “Michael Wollenhaupt!“, they shouted in unison. Now his name was finally to be known to the world. He had long before hidden under the guise of Ancient Methods—a brutally resounding, uncompromising manner. Now he was finally a part of the collective aufnahme + wiedergabe—if only a loose connection between an egg and its hatchery.

Michael himself take proverbial inspiration in the word “method“, as seen with his other alter-ego Ugandian Methods. Everything’s aligned properly to become a method, pluralism: methods—a course his specific choice of music takes, while it may be unbeknownst to him in the initial stages—or change with the different alter egos of his. His other aliases suggest that he likes not only to be a part of systematic music-making, but also less musically involved, as suggested by the naming of “Backseat Driver“, and the furious “Midnight Madness“—retrospective impressions. This is of course just an interesting side-note to the primary objective of writing this article.

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One year before his involvement in remixing one of Black Egg’s tracks, Michael Wollenhaupt released his sixth album—if one counts earlier releases, with Conrad Prutzmann—as Ancient Methods originally were a duo. It bore the name “Seventh Seal” and from the titles of the tracks, resembles an allegory of Ingmar Bergman’s legendary film with the same name. An unavoidable settlement with the past and the acceptance of his coming fate—the dance of death—in Michael’s case a figurative separation from Prutzmann as his co-musician. 30th May a digital and vinyl-release of the album was put out via his own label bearing the same name: Ancient Methods.

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A year and one month later Black Egg formulated their first appearance, an album titled: “Legacy From A Cold World“. The group’s flighty musical base is constituted by the following members: USHERsan, Vera, Corina KRAUTER, Normotone, Sebastien FD, Peter Render, HIV+, and Judith Juillerat—whom parted from the group after in June after the release. The release got a favorable review on Gothic.at, summarized by the following words and I quote: “…die es zu einem kurzweiligen, vielseitigen und spannenden Werk” (…which is an entertaining, versatile and excitingly made work) roughly translated via Google Translate—my apologies beforehand. It is no secret that the masterer for this album is Friedemann Kootz; notable for mastering November Növelet’s masterpiece “Magic” and other Galakthörrö-releases. Other members whose involvement are to curate the aesthetics surrounding Black Egg are Mimi Gall—graphic designer photographer (for their debut), alongside Titus Le Pèse Nerfs who create art and alchemy—what ever the last-mentioned title is supposed to mean. Maybe entertaining the groups’ dynamic.

Now we’re on our way out of 2014—earlier this year a fruitful combination yet to be was chiseled in stone—announced figuratively on aufnahme + wiedergabe‘s Facebook in May. Ancient Method’s experimental and calculating techno was set loose, for the purpose of conjuring remixes, plucking apart Black Egg’s song “Ohne Hände” (Without Hands)—molding it gradually with methodical precision. He chiseled away sublimity, kept the pulsating energy, turned it up a few levels to make it energetic and strayed away from his own artistry—with “(Pogo Im Säurebad Plural Mix)” sounding like what could be called: noisy ritual drum’n’base. Doubling the running time in comparison with the original track, with the exception of “Ohne Hände (A Capella)” but in that case it’s comprehensible. The release The ‘Ohne Hände’ Remixes 12can be bought from the label aufnahme + wiedergabe, and is limited to five-hundred copies. You can also get it from Berlinian distributors Hard Wax. Stream the release in its entirety, below. Ancient Method’s “justified ancient” t-shirt is available for pre-order.

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.

Spotlight: Water Torture – Pillbox

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Someone enlightened me to the existence of Water Torture. I think I had heard of them a couple of times not too long ago, but it is easy to mix everything up. This band is a trio hailing from the US with members from Bestower, but also from numerous other bands. Ian Wiedrick, Matt Goodrich and Thomas Leyh are the names of the foundation which this trio stands upon. When it comes to their band, they’ve released a lot of different EPs and singles which makes me think of Agathocles and how bands within the genres of grindcore, powerviolence and fastcore – to mention a few sub-genres – release so much material that it’s insane. They first got released on Human Beard, a split-release with Dirt Eyes that was put out on cassette back in 2011. Since then a range of releases have been put out on labels such as Diseased Audio, Knochen Tapes, Mannequin Rein, Nice Dreams Records, CONTINUUM., Dead Heroes Records, Prime Eggsample Records and Nerve Altar. In other words, they’ve got a hell lot of material to be listened through for those of you interested in hardcore, grindcore and powerviolence. Not to mention that they’ve already gathered so much material that three different compilations have been released, namely “Tour 2013“, “Discography” and “Collection“. Finally they’ve been readied to put out their first real album on Nerve Altar.

The album is titled “Pillbox” and feature seventeen tracks. From what I have gathered it seems like most of the tracks are exclusive for this release alone. Everything on it was recorded in May of 2014 together with (and by) John Angelo. It feels like they’ve gotten a rather nice, well-processed sound albeit a dirty one, with the help from John. When you listen through it you notice how it strays away from the general clichés that can often be attached to genres such as grindcore and power-violence. Even though it is clear that a hand is lent to the influences with each genre, collecting around the collectivized sluggishness that only a hint of sludge can bring with itself – which is perfectly thrown in there amidst all the noisy wrath of both vocals and music alike. I am utterly dismayed when listening to it but there never comes a moment where I feel like its too heavy of a burden to listen to. Because even though a lot of discontent can be felt throughout the general atmosphere of the album, they’ve executed the setting of every instrument into the sound-scape and the general theme of it – without overextending. The noise that they display in all of this helps to create a rather ominous setting for a barrage of drums, riffs and freakish rhythm that makes them stand out. I really like it a lot and I’ll have to thank whomever that got me into Water Torture for the first time. You can stream the release in whole down below and if you like what you’re hearing, pre-order the vinyl here.

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.

Spotlight: Scraps Of Tape – Sjätte vansinnet

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Allas våra grabbar i Scraps Of Tape bevisar återigen varför de är en av Sveriges bästa band. Sedan deras första singeln från deras senaste släpp “Sjätte vansinnet” kom ut, nämligen “We, the leftheaded“, så har vi sedermera blivit bombarderade utav albumsläppet i sin helhet – som släpptes den 26:e Februari. Deras inte lika hårda, men ack så välgenomtänkta blandning av instrumentell post-rock och punk, som sneddar in på indie rock, har blivit en ledstjärna åtminstone för mig själv. Punkigheten tittar fram mellan de sköna indiemelodierna, och de strukturer som håller upp låtarna med en slags järnhand i bakgrunden, levererar precis den arrytmiska rytm som man letat efter men inte sällan funnit. Albumet blir hårdare och hårdare ju längre in man kommer i det, och det känns skönt att det finns en röd tråd som man kan skita i, när det gäller Scraps Of Tape. Givetvis finns det ett sammanhang för allting, men de genomgår en kvick metamorfos efter de långa slingorna av medryckande gitarrer, eftertänksamma melodier och det nordiska kynne som de representerar med sin musik. Man känner hur vemoded fullkomligt pyr ut ur deras geniala händer, och huvuden. Som helhet är de en kraft som man bör räkna med om man inte vill förlora lite utav sig själv genom att återgå till den tomhet som man känner efter att albumet är slut.

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Samtidigt så är det så pass fulländat att man grips tag i av känslorna, och låter det hända. Det vore verkligen intressant att få veta mer om låtformuleringarna, när det kommer till själva namnen. Efter låt nummer tre så blir de hårdare och hårdare. Till slut verkar de ha gett upp lite av hoppet som slår gnistor mellan raderna. En grej som jag kan tycka saknas är det svenska, som hade passat väldigt bra när det kommer till lyrikformen, för det hade lagt till en helt annan dimension till låtarna och helheten som sådan. Om man ändå greppar tag efter vemodet och slänger det i ansiktet, så bör man ha förstått var det kommer ifrån. Men med det sagt så är det inget fel med det engelska, då det tjänar sitt syfte väl ändå, men det är ändå den avsaknaden som gör att man vrider lite på huvudet och känner att någonting fattas. Däremot är det välkommet med den popighet som sipprar igenom luckorna, inom den ångande post-rock maskinen som egentligen struntar i vilket och bara kör på.

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En annan intressant grej är hur de samarbetat med Henrik Jacobsen för att bygga en begränsad upplaga av en fuzz-pedal, som är uppbyggd på så sätt att man kan relatera det till Scraps Of Tape – och det faktum att själva pedalen användes för att spela in “Sjätte vansinnet”. Trevligt nog så är pedalen redan slutsåld, då den endast uppgick i femton exemplar, där man även fick deras släpp på både CD och LP – inkluderat. Dessutom så har Johan G. Winther (eller?) designat två tröjor som snart går att köpa från skivbolaget de ligger på; A Tendervision Recording. Tröjorna går att beskåda här ovanför. Till syvende och sist så tycker jag att ni bör köpa albumet om ni tycker att det är värt det, för det tycker jag. Där finns tio helt fantastiska låtar som fått den uppskattning de behövt, likväl som albumet fått det. Om ni skulle vilja läsa en intervju som förklarar deras släpp mer ingående, och lite till, så hänvisar jag er till Rockfoto.nu. Streama albumet här nedanför och njut av det, nu när våren knackar på dörren. Jag har redan fått vårkänslor av detta album.

Exclusive Premiere: Nový Svět – Yo No.

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Take a trip in retrospect to Austria, have a look around and view the beauty of their architecture, or simply enjoy their traditional customs. But a piece of the puzzle is missing. If you’d ever think of Austria as industrial, you’d be somewhat right. Maybe folk music would be a proper term to throw at them, or maybe world music – then we’re getting even closer. No, what I’m thinking of is simply one of the pioneering groups from that particular region. It is not a political group, it is not a group with more than two members. A proper word to use would be “duo“, since they are “a duo“. Starting with their first album, and self-titled; “Nový Svět“. A proper industrial etiquette that couldn’t and shouldn’t be attached to them, considering how they’ve traversed through multiple genres throughout the years. Yes, the time is nigh for introducing Nový Svět to Invisible Guy, an honor that can be bestowed upon us by Kill Shaman Records. It’s a rather informal introduction, since I’m aware – and have listened to – multiple songs and albums of theirs, since way back. I would call it a sonic introduction, as they about a month ago, released their latest album “Doce“.

In that album, they travel back in time and forth again, as it is as much of a retrospective album – as it is a new one. Featuring tracks recorded in Vienna, Barcelona and Hamburg from 1998 through 2010. Twelve years, and a cascade of different tracks. This fluid collection dates back to, amongst other times, the Hau Ruck! era, as Albin Julius had them released on that label – as one of the very first projects. From 1998 too 2001, and an offshoot with Foresta Di Ferro and Dernière Volonté, Nový Svět were a part of the Hau Ruck!-roster. What’s interesting about them is the fact that they’ve tried a multitude of genres, a never-ending stream that would come in handy, at least if you’d want a fluid and non-identifiable mixture of just about everything from industrial, to folk and everything in between. Well, enough about the historic value that this duo has provided the European soul with, and on with what we’ve got to offer to you.

As you know, this album was released about a month ago. Therefore, we’ve decided to go with it anyway, since we find Nový Svět to be a remarkable jewel of a duo. In a collaboration with Kill Shaman Records, we’ve decided to give you a haunting piece of music from “Doce“, namely the track “Yo No.“, which takes you into the introspection of them as a band – whilst they deliver a grainy combination of the most mystical folk-y world music, sung to you in Spanish. You can scroll down and stream this track exclusively from Invisible Guy. Just click the button and enjoy this complete metamorphosis of sound, as it ventures through whatever sound-system you’re using. This album was released on the 21st of January on Kill Shaman Records. Now, it’s just been put up on the Kill Shaman-shop, go here to buy the LP for 13 dollars.

Label: Kill Shaman Records – Cat#: KSR58 – Artist: Nový Svět

Exclusive Song: Yo No. – Title: Doce – Format: LP