Men Of Bissau, Avellan Cross and Siobhan – are all a part of the April batch of cassettes from one of my favorite label(s) Nostilevo. Three cassettes whose sound-scape become alike, but differentiate in many ways. “To Heal In Paradisó” is the first effort, “TECHNOISE [MTN K7]” the second, and “Enhancer” the third. The last-mentioned release is a re-release of a 2010 cassette – the debut-album by Siobhan. Welcome the new wave of industrial from the heartland of urban Detroit, to San Fransisco heat, and the ephemeral war-zone and 1990’s-theme of “TECHNOISE [MTN K7]” – the second release by Avellan Cross. Featured in the second section of three for you to listen to [#2], is Avellan Cross. You don’t even know what you’re getting yourself into.
Avellan Cross. More known as Allegory Chapel Ltd., or under his real name Elden M. Whom has had a long-going history in industrial experimentation in the 1990s, with releases under his aforementioned name like the first titled “Gethsemane” in 1986 and the latest, a split-release with Neither/Neither World in 1999, titled “Devil’s Lullaby / Evidence Of Demonic Possession“. But with his newest alter ego Avellan Cross, he’s been featured for his first release on Chrondritic Sound in 2013, titled “Stations Of…“. Just to be released on Nostilevo with his latest addition, a cassette titled “Technoise [MTN K7]“. Which is precisely the release I’m going to write about in this section.
He’s taken his sound from a more dark-wave-oriented minimal synth mash-up with experimental hints everywhere, to a rougher and more disciplined experimental industrial sound. When introduced to his newly shaped sound, you can’t help but imagine big industrial machines churning, wheels turning and the dripping of lava-infused material on steel grounds. A rather noisy interior is overwhelmed by the harsh industrial exterior that surrounds the atmosphere of sound. An continual audial assault that comes in waves and sooner or later fades out into nothingness. Though a lot of remnants from his first release and that sound are to be heard in different tracks, the kind of malevolent minimal synth not heard anywhere else, it is noticeable that he is taking it in another direction. From a harsher sound, to an intermezzo of acidic sounds bouncing around with a static melody. A sound of suspense can be heard, a 1990s-inspired pumped up electronic body sound can be heard trying to channel itself through the cracks of his imagery, the visual and sonic imagery brought to you by harnessed sounds, minimal percussion and tweaked synthesizers. All I can hear is “Wake up!” and then everything is blurred out, a chastised beat is repeating itself and the voice of Elden M gives a lot to the sound as a whole. It is noticeable that it is themed in a certain way, a rather apocalyptic and psychotic environment is worded out through maniacal whispering, crackling synthesizers and basic rhythms. This is electronic body music for a massacre of mind, body and soul. An electronic dance-off with the drums of war resounding. Being finished off with a German vocals, in a spastic but wonderful minimal synth session. What a finish. The release itself is limited to 133 limited cassettes, whereas 33 of them have a silver label and 100 have a gray label. Buy it directly from Nostilevo, here you can do just that.
Men Of Bissau, Avellan Cross and Siobhan – are all a part of the April batch of cassettes from one of my favorite label(s) Nostilevo. Three cassettes whose sound-scape become alike, but differentiate in many ways. “To Heal In Paradisó” is the first effort, “TECHNOISE [MTN K7]” the second, and “Enhancer” the third. The last-mentioned release is a re-release of a 2010 cassette – the debut-album by Siobhan. Welcome the new wave of industrial from the heartland of urban Detroit, to San Fransisco heat, and the global experiment and throwback reference of “Club Baraka” – the first release by Men Of Bissau, ever. Featured in the first section of three for you to listen to [#1], is Men Of Bissau. You don’t even know what you’re getting yourself into.
Men Of Bissau, not the same men as before. With “To Heal In Paradisó“, these men retire from their original intentions at “Club Baraka” – just to transform their new outfit into an even more ritualistic experience. It’s hard to conceptualize what’s even new about it, more than by their rather ominous theme. Experimental industrial is what first comes to mind, as the hissing sound of tape-distortion is put out, channeling their sound-scape into a veritable sonic explosion. Spiraling upwards into a chasm of dismayed sound that would put a digital experience to shame. This is in its entirety an analogue, but freakishly lo-fi concoction of the most horrid sounds imaginable, put forth with the sabre of a new wave in industrialized nonsensical gibberish. Flying the flag of a rather minimalistic and claustrophobic, mass hysteria, in agonizing noises that grind your gears until your ears could decay. The maniacal flashbacks in a murderers sense of the world, a war-zone of stirred emotions turned upon the general whom had been a character with ill intentions, flying away into retirement, leaving behind a trail of blood. For those who take great interest in these men, it might not be hard to understand their intentions. Because they act accordingly to how they want to be portrayed through sound. We might never know if this is their real representation, or just a world they paint up with the most unimaginable atrocities in mind. Themed perfectly to suit a journey through roughly thirty minutes or more, taking an even more absurd turn when they decided to change their behavior. This will have you interested, this might even destroy you in ways not humanly possible. It’s an otherworldly experience when listening to it, but it is also hard to grasp properly. Perhaps that’s the whole meaning behind it. Six tracks, healing your soul, heated exchange with a post-apocalyptic and futuristic vision. Human decay going strong. Featured as a cassette-release and categorized as #55 by Nostilevo, limited to 133 specimens, 33 with silver label and 100 with a gray label.
Invisible Guy is collaborating with Nostilevo, which means a freaky mixtape that is in between 2 to 3 hours long. Containing both the back catalog, the front, and the end. No, seriously, we’ve put some effort into this mixtape which you can hear old Nostilevo releases on, newly released and forthcoming releases. Much to your joy, it will feature tracks from four of these coming releases. For those of you that don’t know, the forthcoming releases will feature Men Of Bissau, Desire XXI, Bad User Experience, Traag and MA Turner. We’ve incorporated tracks from their future releases on this mixtape. Tune in, tune out, meet your makers!
“When Nostilevo hides in the shadows for a while, you forget what’s equally as great. The machines stop in their motions, humans once again stop consuming, as they fall into even greater apathy. So, you know, Nostilevo should be around as much as possible. It is what’s best for Industrial and humanity in general, because we need to power them up once more, so we got a hold of their general. Mr. R, as he is called, mentioned that he has got some releases going to be put out as soon as possible. Therefore, they’re back again, but we’re also back once more. Machines start to venture into motion, humans find more to be joyous about, and Industrial once again – shines like the brightest star on the blackened heavens of earth.“
1. Church Shuttle – Will
2. Craow – Masters Plan
3. Bad User Experience – P.C.P. N.U.
4. Dream Affair – The Porter
5. Inextremis – Blind
6. Mammal – Half Sun II
7. Ritual Howls – Hell Fuck
8. Siobhan – Southgate
9. Slaymaker Welding – Side B
10. Tollund Men – Forest of Disintegration
11. Liable – Such Glorious Youth (demo)
12. Gauze & Ivory Band – Good Taste Estate
13. Knækkede Stemmer – Tvivl
14. Dream Affair – Outside
15. Craow – Square Blocks & Dead End Streets
16. Ritual Howls – Turkish Leather
17. Church Shuttle – Leg And Leg
18. Men Of Bissau – Side B (Unreleased)
19. Inextremis – Into The Fire
20. Tollund Men – Wound Of Nature
21. Ritual Howls – Keep Those Stones Up Boys
22. Siobhan – Reaction
23. MA Turner – Boss Ranking (Unreleased)
24. The Glass Path – Untitled A
25. Dream Affair – Torn Apart
26. Bad User Experience – WATSMATTU (Unreleased)
27. Desire XXI – Notre Signaux Bond (Unreleased)
28. Ritual Howls – The Scent of Skin
29. MA Turner – Ecstatic Rank (Unreleased)
30. Desire XXI – Distorsion de la V.L.F. (Unreleased)
31. Bad User Experience – The Matrix The Movie (Unreleased)
32. Traag – Around My Home (Unreleased)
33. Pure Ground – Crawling Through