Exclusive Premiere: Alone In The Hollow Garden – SHIVA >|< SHAKTI

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Deriving power from the traditions and religiosity of Hinduism, the deity Shiva is channeled for a seance in martial industrialism. But it’s even more then that. The primordial energy that is Shakti, which essentially means “power” or “empowerment“, makes it clear what the Romanian artist Dan Serbanescu is dealing with, when creating his music. It’s a complete negation of genres, but at the same time a combination of them. Considering the overlaying theme of power electronics, his music is close to martial industrial due to the percussion, but he also have included the topic of dark ambient – with a ritualistic touch. Think of acts such as Trepaneringsritualen, but without the drone shell that makes the outdrawn ritualistic death-industrial obsolete – in a dark ambient environment – this crossover is something else than just that. Include the best you can think of when it comes to Blitzkrieg Baby, the martial-ism, a militaristic atmosphere that would make you crack in no time. Deriving from every other world out there, delving into a range of different dimensions. Dan Serbanescu is mainly known for his alterego Tanz Ohne Musik, having released numerous albums, singles and EPs under that name. It’s also where he’s taken the name “Alone In The Hollow Garden“, from a self-released digital album released under this alter ego. Another interesting anecdote is that his second full-length album is titled “Red Cavity“, which is also the name of the label he has, which is called Red Cavity Records. The outstanding dedication is his pathway.

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Well, it’s a rather interesting moniker, in which he dwells in the catacombs. Alone In The Hollow Garden is more than just what the name suggests, it’s an ethos of which we get to follow the adventurous spirit of Dan himself. I got notified about the project itself just a week ago, and he’s released three full-length albums, as well as a live-album called “Metal Bones Into The Temple Of Youth“. When it comes to the other albums, they follow a clear red line and are titled “A​.​I​.​T​.​H​.​G. I” and “A​.​I​.​T​.​H​.​G. II“. Until recently, just a month ago, he released his latest follow-up which smashed the story he’s brought up with his first two albums. His latest album is titled “L . V . X .” and might be the first album that starts a whole new story. Even though it’s pretty unclear what the story itself is, you clearly notice where he’s taken his influences from. Thankfully, Repartiseraren got an offer that he couldn’t refuse. So he chose a track to premiere from this album, since only previews are up at the moment. The track chosen is “SHIVA >|< SHAKTI“, which I thought represents the album as a whole, and is a long-runner at that. It spans up to eleven minutes and includes the most mind-numbingly great martial industrial percussion, ritual dark ambient, experimental and transient nature. Something not so easily described and best heard. Stream this track exclusively from Repartiseraren and listen to it as you zone out from a day of hard work, or a day of just laying around. Pick yourself up.

Spotlight: CromwellC – 13th Dawn

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From the Russian winter we’ve gathered a darkened ambient gem, that was just released past midnight. A combination of the darkly atmosphere that can be found in dark ambient, entwined together with the strong sound of martial industrial. Combine that with eerie violins, a sense of urgency and a sense of peacefulness between the lines. Steady rhythms and bombastic drums sound a call for war, or might it be a call for a remembrance of history as such. Some of the tracks are well-thought out, whilst other seem to be out of place in some sense. Might is right with “13th Dawn” by CromwellC. Neo-classical themes can be heard on the overtones for some of the tracks, as the slowly-paced and rather harmonic classicism spread out its wings. The seriousness of slowed down samplings of a rather unknown origin is paired together throughout. This project also originates from Germany. Harkening to cheering crowds, intellectual quotes from German philosophers, men of honor – and others. The project bears resemblance to what they look up to, according to themselves; Arditi and Toroidh. Even though one couldn’t give much for some of the instruments that resound, since they sound rather digital, you should at least check out the project. It can be downloaded for free from Inhermanland Files, which is the label that it was released on. CromwellC still have a long way to go, but the project itself sounds interesting. So take heed and download it to hear for yourselves.

Promo: Wappenbund – A Way to the Empire of Light

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Since long unavailable editions of “Heimatflamme” and “Schlacht“, have been made available through Sven Mann‘s bandcamp for one of his many projects; Wappenbund. Currently known for projects such as Auswalht, earlier known for his neo-classical manifestation Liyr. A year ago, “Pagan Theory” was released under his alter-ego Auswalht. Since then, not much has happened when it comes to his different alter-egos, and in regards to his music-making as far as what is known by us. But now, the re-edition from a combination of those albums listed in the beginning, have been named under the collective guise of “A Way to the Empire of Light“. This rather new limited edition CD was released on Old Europa Café. Making it available for those of you whom never chose to buy the CDr-versions of these releases. This release was put out in 2013, but hasn’t been made available as a whole digital stream until a couple of days ago. This is probably one of the better projects when it comes to martial-industrial as such. The physical edition CD can be bought from Old Europa Café by following this link. Stream away and enjoy.

Invisible Guy and Beläten presents: Strife and Fight – an Invisible Guy mixtape!

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Visions and Light, Shadow Rite and now – Strife and Fight. These three names have something in common, and that is the fact that they’re a part of the same mix tape-series. Beläten and Invisible Guy go way back. They’ve worked with each other for a number of years by now, delivering something extra for the readership of this blog-zine each time. Years have gone, and this is one of the few things that really remain. Last time, when “Shadow Rite” got introduced, the mixtape was mixed by Th. Thot of Beläten, himself. It got received very well with everyone, and everyone else. This time, Invisible Guy himself steps up to the plate to show that he can mix, too. Well, since it’s only a mixtape and not a mix, you might get the picture. The difference about this mixtape, from the last, is the fact that everything you’ll hear here constitutes the six recent releases on Beläten and nothing else. That means that every release from 2014 so far, have been jam-packed into this mixtape. You’ll get familiar with Grand Mal x, Dmitry Distant and Distel – from the first tape-batch – and Blitzkrieg Baby, Sebastian Melmoth and L’Avenir – from the latest. The name for this mixtape will be “Strife and Fight“, because I’ve strafed and fought my way when doing this mixtape. Pick up your strength, fire off a right-hook right into solar plexus, because now you’re a fighter. Fight your way through and make yourself a name. Throughout militant martial pop, pseudo-something with a large dose of psychedelia, clamoring electro with a hard-hitting hammer to a beat, weirdly X-files related synthesizer delight, angst-pop in its finest manifestation, and finally – melodious and angelic synth-pop.

This is not from Sweden with love, nor are we in Bromley, if you catch my drift. This is from Sweden with pure hate, from Sweden whose dark forces assemble once again. We’re ready for a fight and we’re willing to take it, we’re ready to strike. If you’re weak, this is not the recommended remedy for you. Since this is a rather harsh mix-tape, this is rather a remedy for all those passive souls that reside within Sweden. Yes, you know who you are and you might find this serum useful. Find yourself in this Fight Club-esque hommage from Beläten and Invisible Guy, strictly put together by Invisible Guy himself. You know that we mean business when this happens, because he rarely, if ever – touches it and brews himself. Now it’s brewing over and you’ll have to endure it with your strengthened skin. Take a jab at me, but before that, start this mix-tape by hitting the “play”-button. You will live through it.

Strife and Fight – this is the end of the line. Invisible Guy hasn’t gotten to mix these former mix-tapes that took the name of “Visions and Light“, to begin with, and “Shadow Rite“, to end with. He’s since then taken the torchbearers’ torch and lit the flame himself. Th. Thot is no longer in charge, he only deliver the supplies. This time, we’re getting down to business for real, and we’re giving you strictly Beläten-related material. Invisible Guy has mixed in Distel with L’Avenir, Blitzkrieg Baby with Dmitry Distant, Grand Mal x with Sebastian Melmoth. We’re meaning it with “Strife and Fight“, your guide to manliness – and your guide to catching the drift – with a right-hook right to your solar plexus. This is war. Buy your discount bundle of the three latest releases here, from Beläten. Or buy them individually over here.

Strife and Fight – An Invisible Guy Mixtape

1. Sebastian Melmoth – Catching Up With Morrison
2. L’Avenir – Fallout
3. Blitzkrieg Baby – Broken Child
4. Dmitry Distant – Gates Of Aeon
5. Grand Mal x – The Crossing
6. Distel – Onde
7. Blitzkrieg Baby – The Swine Supremacy
8. Sebastian Melmoth – Black September
9. Dmitry Distant – One Night In Train
10. Grand Mal x – A Sudden Portal
11. Distel – Plants
12. L’Avenir – An Empty Day
13. Blitzkrieg Baby – Those Who Could Not Fuck, They Kill
14. Sebastian Melmoth – Presley Honey
15. Grand Mal x – Late Night Call
16. Dmitry Distant – System Control (The Exaltics Remix)
17. Distel – Vortex
18. Blitzkrieg Baby – Loop
19. Sebastian Melmoth – Prosopagnosia (The Rlf Mix)
20. L’Avenir – Fallout

Kim Sølve tells us about the Kids’ World EP!

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Blitzkrieg Baby have been featured here before, as well as a more personal portrait that came through an intimate interview with your real persona. What’s going to happen now?

– First up is getting Kids’ World EP released. It has been a long time coming, but 2013 proved to be a year of great ordeals that postponed a few things musically. Despite being built from music spanning many years, Kids’ World EP is a snapshot of the Baby right here, right now, with all its children’s diseases on display, grinning at the camera.

So, this is the first time that Blitzkrieg Baby is featured on the best label around (in Sweden) right now. Why did you pick Beläten, or why did he pick you?

– It is the first proper Blitzkrieg Baby release on Beläten, yes. But Blitzkrieg Baby’s Your Happy Place opened the A Somatic Response compilation that came out about two years ago. Thomas Ekelund (of Beläten and Trepaneringsritualen) and me have stayed in touch since long before that compilation, so long that neither of us remember when and how we first got in touch. I am very glad to be doing a Blitzkrieg Baby release through Beläten as I, like you, hold the label in high regard.

I know that it’s about the same insane martial industrial pop that’s coming through. Have anything changed since your last release, or is this more of the same?

– Blitzkrieg Baby is gradually changing all the time, in many directions. There has never been very set parameters for what Blitzkrieg Baby is musically, and we are working on music in several directions as we speak. The core, however, is the same.

Could you tell me how it was to record this record? How long did it take, what did you have to do and did you ever hit upon a greater problem before finishing it up?

– Pretty much everything by Blitzkrieg Baby has been boiling beneath the surface for years already, since the project was initiated back in 2001. This means that everything we release has a trail going further back than the few most recent years. This EP has material that stretches back to the last half of the nineties, as well as music finished the last few months. Also, Anders B. of Mind & Flesh is a prominent presence through all these tracks, and his contributions is one of the unifying factors. Kids’ World EP is a 40 minute EP, while the debut album “Porcus Norvegicus” was a 30 minute full length. That makes sense doesn’t it?

Now, tell me whatever you’d want to tell me. What track is it I’m going to get and what is the inherent meaning with it?

– I am handing you Kids’ World, the title track. I feel this is the pinnacle of Blitzkrieg Baby is at this exact moment.

1. Kids’ World

– “It’s a kids’ world, we are your family now, we teach you how to kill.” The world is not a pretty sight, and here is a pop tune to accompany the images we don’t want to see. From all of us to all of you.

2. Loop

– This is a lyric Mr. B wrote about paranoia.

3. The Swine Supremacy

– Human nature.

4. Those They Could Not Fuck, They Killed

– An instrumental ballad.

5. Half Pig Half Man

– Aren’t we all?

6. Broken Child

– Our childhood never leaves us. Mr. B decided to sing my lyrics as if it was a lullaby, so now it is.

7. Incinerator Symphony No. I

– This track has stems going all the way back to the mid-nineties. Together with Anders B., I was deeply into Industrial music and we began doing sound experiments and industrial-sounding recordings besides playing in a band together. This is when he started the earliest incarnations of what is now Mind & Flesh, and the foundations for what would later become Blitzkrieg Baby were laid down. Incinerator Symphony No. II was featured on Porcus Norvegicus. The third symphony is in progress and can be expected to appear on a later release.

8. Children In Uniform MMXIII

– A reworked track from Porcus Norvegicus, thematically close to Kids’ World.

9. Your Happy Place

– This is the first lyric Mr. B wrote for Blitzkrieg Baby. This track originally appeared on Belätens A Somatic Response compilation. I found it reasonable to conclude the EP where the official collaboration with Beläten first started.

Exclusive Premiere: Blitzkrieg Baby – Kids World

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The blitz is now in the parlor of the ritz. Just when you thought the war had been over for decades, it just returned to your living room. You just thought we’d be in peace for now, but covert operations have replaced the inherent symbolism of war. War is now of a different kind, war is born with the Blitzkrieg Baby. If you didn’t know, it’s been some time since pop was fused with martial elements, marking a deranged era – covering the harsh nature of the martial-industrial theme with pop-overtones. This is heresy and nothing else. After a solid place in Neuropa, with the forthright and experimental release “Porcus Norvegicus” – the rather anonymous figurines that is essential for the “Blitzkrieg Baby And The Squaeling Piglet Ensemble“, have gathered once more. Solidifying the enchantment of times past, delivering a knock-out with their piggish hands once again. You’re about to be introduced to a familiar world, with the only difference of it being even more concentrated. Forging an EP that will shove in all its degeneracy into the people’s minds. I know, you won’t mind, because you’re already enthralled.

Once again, Beläten outdo his once grandiose but maniacal plans. It seems like it’s a haven for everything out of the ordinary, and I would like to emphasize “out of the ordinary“. According to he who pulls the strings behind the scenes, it’s the beginning of a new era. He says: “There’s no constancy, the physical universe is in a constant state of flux. Symbols gain and lose meaning. Confusion is essential.“. With those words in mind, instead of the Nordic runes, we’re now entering the khmerian numerical system. A system used by the ethnic group to which most Cambodians belong. Blitzkrieg Baby has the honor of being number one in this order, therefore the symbol for the catalog of this release is ““, which means “1” in the Western world. Why and how, I don’t know, but he’s clearly stated what the meaning of it is – up above. We’re moving on from what we’re familiar with, and entering a whole other place to be. We’ll have to endure.

Invisible Guy is once again, proud to be working together with Beläten. Therefore, for those of you that have been longing for the trio of sounds that is being delivered to you for a pre-order on Friday the 14th, the loveliness begins here. We’ve got the opportunity to give you the track “Kids World“, taken directly from the Blitzkrieg Baby EP suitably titled with the same name: “Kids’ World“. Even though it took some time to negotiate with the head-swine, we got out of it unharmed – with something to give our readers to listen to. Enter a world of uncertainty, enter a world of pain. As the Norwegian swine-flu is brought upon you, alongside no serum to cure it. It’ll be taking over your system as you listen to it, without you knowing it. The infection is here, the swine will enter through your fear, so fear not. Do only listen to, and stream it exclusively, on Invisible Guy. Are you ready to push the button? I know that I am. This cassette will be up for pre-ordering together with two others, on the 14th of February.

Label: Beläten

Cat#: 1 ()

Artist: Blitzkrieg Baby

Exclusive Song: Kids World

Title: Kids’ World

Format: C40

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Blitzkrieg Baby are back after 2012’s epic Porcus Norvegicus CD on Neuropa. And what a return. Four brand new, bile-spewing pork rind delights, backed up by four, previously released compilation tracks, and a reworking of Children In Uniform from the above-mentioned album.

Blitzkrieg Baby fuses diverse influences from Industrial, Electronic Pop and Neo-Classical into dissonant marching music for the balaclava-wearing youths secretly rallying in the pig pens and gutters of the bleak post-industrial wasteland Blitzkrieg Baby live in. Kids’ World EP dives face first into the stink-hole of humanity in the present and impending future; child soldiers, paranoia, rape rallies, broken childhood, terror, and death, often delivered with a sardonic smile.

The swinish words of he whom nobody sees, he who is the number one!

Exclusive Premiere: Les Jumeaux Discordants – Betrayed Bride / The White Room

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This is the continuation of the last post, where Les Jumeaux Discordants were kind enough to grant me access to their world – through their music. Providing me with a careful selection of tracks that might already be out there in some way or another, but mostly whom are restricted to this blog-zine as such – and their limited CDr-releases. The whole purpose of this was to grant people who may be interested in their music, something to listen to if they weren’t that quick to have bought their releases in the first place. These two tracks that I’m about to present to you, were featured on their first and only self-titled release “Les Jumeaux Discordants” – which was released by Misty Circles, in the format of a CDr limited to 100 copies. Alongside four other tracks. Displaying their underestimated experimentalism, as their first release. Engaging into more unknown territory, in comparison with the later releases. Honing what was to become a modern classical masterpiece, lending their thoughts deeper into their own imaginative state with this particular release. You can certainly hear the difference, albeit it’s sublimity. Venturing in between martial-industrialism, dark ambient and a more grandiose landscape of sound changing into the morbidity of the under-dwelling feelings, the suppressed and dark thoughts caught in the moment of them slowly being released into the world, with absolutely no embellishing filters.

We give to you, here on Invisible Guy, the two tracks “Betrayed Bride” and “The White Room” – for your pleasurable streaming experience. One of the tracks are already out there more or less, but “The White Room” features a ‘ghost track’, also. You can stream these two tracks exclusively on Invisible Guy, with the approval of themselves. I would like to thank Roberto Del Vecchio and Aimaproject for giving me this opportunity, to share with you the sound of a greatly under-appreciated duo. So do check it out.