Exclusive Premiere: Bad News From Cosmos – Akira

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Ukrainian improvisers Andrii Hrachov and Iryna Bodnar are two-dimensional in concept; life and death, but three-dimensional when producing, musically; free improvisations, analogue synth commanders and bound to no certain genre. For them, it’s important to conjure a narration that binds together an otherwise escapist, avant-garde free-form of music with its’ static topic. Not to say that it necessarily means that the motive itself isn’t open for various interpretations – but just so the music doesn’t go too far away into abstraction. They themselves say it’s an “eternal experiment” – which makes you wonder if and when they’re going to finish experimenting? Maybe that’s the point with the project and when it ceases to exist—so does the experimentation.

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Bad News From Cosmos have been alive and kickin’ since 2010, releasing their first album in 2013 called “kongogumi“—which may be a reference to “Kongō Gumi” (株式会社金剛組)—Japanese construction company, and one of the oldest independent companies still existing in the world. The album artwork features a White Cherry Blossom (Sakura) – Japan’s national flower, which represents different aspects of Japanese history, but also their culture. Here’s where they seem to have started to wander into a certain topic, whether they like it or not—or maybe, just maybe it’s a reference to bloom (life) and withering (death)—could it be? We’re not sure, but it is a possibility due to their strict enforcement when it comes to topics, but not as strict as not being re-interpretable within the linguistic possibilities of the words.

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The same year when Autumn turned into Winter, “Fjord EP” was released on the Russian label Simphonic Silence Inside. Etymologically speaking, the references sprawl into obscurity, where it not for that we in Sweden have fjords and our brothers in Norway also have it—calling it: “Fjord“; (“a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs“). What comes to ones mind is the landscape of Oslofjord, a rocky landscape, an inlet (or fjord) which seem to metaphorically strew and divide the Islands Hovedøya, Lindøya, Nakholmen, Bleikøya, Gressholmen, and Langøyene on either the left or the right side. We’re not so sure if their reference is even close to ours, or if they simply had a different take on it considering the artwork’s display of a mountain. We would however wish it was true. Or maybe it’s just a reference to Norway and their highest mountain – Galdhøpiggen. We as Swedes would’ve wished for it to be Kebnekaise, so we could take pride in being interpreted by their avant-garde.

We didn’t want to delve any further into their releases, it’s just that those two in particular interested us more and that we would be writing much longer, not getting to the main point of this article, if we were to cover everything. Which we’re not interested in. However, they’ve released three albums since the aforementioned releases and they’re titled (not in order): “Laid down to earth“, “Kids of the Soviet Tree“, and “Turquoise Hearts“—their latest release so far, on Amok Recordings. Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually got to the point now? Yes. So let’s begin.

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French label Anywave Records recently created a sub-division, or sister-label if you will, composed of a palindrome of Anywave—called Evawyna. The purpose was to have a label for digital releases only. So far Heather Celeste have gotten her single-track release “Austere“, re-released on on Evawyna. In this article we’re focusing on the second release, the continuation of Bad News From Cosmos, their forthcoming album “Pearls for Guttiere“—by now down below the sea, if we reference the artwork. Here they’ve taken “nippon-pop” from what we think is their debut-album (“kongogumi“), polished it and put it as the sixth track on this coming album. The mellowly sounding and beat-orientated experimentation relax our senses—feels like diving into the sea, snorkeling, seeing the beauty of the fabric in the ecosystem—and all the wonderful creatures living there. As it is sung in Japanese, we’re vaguely reminded about “Kaneda’s Theme“—from the by now legendary Akira 『AKIRA』(アキラ)(1988) film’s soundtrack, due to the sound but also the name: “Akira“. We’re proud to be streaming it exclusively from our blog-zine and we hope it fascinate you as much as it did for us.

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[7th] December: Conspiracy Coven – Plague

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Things mustn’t happen for a Sunday to be exciting. It’s not the excitement that makes for a good Sunday—it’s the ability to relax from a hard weeks work. Whether you enjoy it or find it to be a day where nothing materializes, it’s still one of the most important days in our opinion. You can make much of it if you only wanted. We’ve invited Conspiracy Coven to participate in hindering this night from entering the next day, an even worse one called: Monday. Being an anonymous solo-project which leaves no trails for investigation—we’d rather not anyway—make it even more of a fascination—in sound. His first album “Dark Disco“, a five-tracked mini-album have not yet sold out the twenty limited edition copies of a cassette well-worth buying. So we’ll push for this release here and make you buy it because it lends more funds for him to continue making his music. You might have noted that it’s somewhere in between minimal synth and post-punk, though not a regular streamlined project as it holds a layer of nicely crafted analog synthesizer. A simplified and minimalistic approach with tendencies to whirl out into a planned happenstance. Not to mention how irregular synthesizer melodies are smashed together by an analogue drum-machine.

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We must admit that some of the vocals on the release sound rather cheesy, but in an intelligible way. This son of Norway have just put out his first release a few months ago so cut him some slack. He’s still developing his sound into what came to be a ragbag of different influences, plus ways to create music in which other artists and groups fall short. For Ljudkalendern he’s created a completely different track—from what he usually puts out. It’s in a whole different class and style, putting an end to the cheesy interior of his otherwise promising sound—making it even more intense and dark. There’s some kind of electronic body music peeking out of his energetic minimal synth, minimal wave sound which he’s constructed for this non-commercial collection. A newly produced track called “Plague“, featuring darker tones in his voice and a more spastic, erratic atmosphere which fills you with uncertainty. Maybe not as predictable as other tracks in our fair opinion. You’ll be able to stream this song exclusively as a part of Ljudkalendern—for the 7th of December.

Poem:

Head down into your conscience,
for a new reality of unbridled brutality
Re-wire your synapses,
until your brain collapses

No more questions shall be asked. Just let it sink into your mind and make his sound a spiritual protection. We’re in a meta-physical state over-viewing our puny selves. Shape up and settle down, because your savior is here, he will shield you against inadequacy. Here’s for a new form of Conspiracy Coven, for the 7th December, exclusively for your listening pleasure (or displeasure): “Plague“. Next up is the 8th of December, a dull Monday where you’ll need another track. You’ll have to wait.

Exklusiv Premiär: Agenda / Mørkt Kapittel – Split

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Bombardemanget fortsätter när Norrmännen bjuder upp till kamp. Mørkt Kapittel känner ni förmodligen till sedan tidigare om ni läst vad jag skriver här på blogg-zinet. Jag fick äran att lägga ut hela albumsläppet för streaming när det släpptes av dem själva, 2013. “Gro Igjen” var namnet på albumet och var deras första album, då de endast släppt en EP tidigare och det var år 2010. Ett år senare så har de färdigställt sitt första split-album tillsammans med Stavanger-hårdingarna Agenda – ett norskt hardcoreband utan några pretentioner alls. Tidigare har de varit med på samlingsplattan “No Power, No Punk” med låten “Når Dommen Faller“, och de har även släppt ett album med titeln “Menneskehetens Massegrav” i Mars detta år. Det är ungefär några veckor kvar tills detta split-släpp kommer ut för att kunna köpas i butikerna. Jag har redan tagit del av de fyra låtar som finns på albumet, nämligen “Guddomelig Massemord“, “Misantrolypse Nå!” och “Religiøs Terror (Svart Framtid Cover)” med Agenda, samt låten “Bokbål” med Mørkt Kapittel. Allt från de nästan crossover-orienterade låtar som Agenda presterar med, till den ynka låt Mørkt Kapittel bidrar med – som närmast påminner om en stoner (och svartmetall)-orienterad låt, stöter på patrull i hardcoresvängen – så kan man konstatera att det är ett sjujäkla bra släpp.

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Nu har tiden kommit för mig att lägga upp den för er att lyssna till. Istället för skämt om norrmän kan ni hålla till godo med allvarligheten inom dessa genrer, tillsammans med det mörka sväng som skjuter er båt i sank. Hela spliten kan lyssnas till på Repartiserarens soundcloud, där alla låtar kommer att ligga uppe. Detta släpp kommer att komma ut via Negative Vibe Records den 1:a Augusti, så om ni vill ha en bit av kakan så kan ni först lyssna till det i sin helhet här nedanför och sedan beställa spliten när den kommer.

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!

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: Europ Europ – Not The Best Lie I’ve Had

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Norway, we’re calling you! Enfant Terrible is up on the barricades once again, shouting out the message of Europ Europ. They used to be called Europe Europe, but decided that a name-change would be welcomed for them. It’s a shadowy duo consisting of two members, whom have been active since 1996. Releasing their first album “No . One In Germany” on Etch Wear, which reads as “number one in Germany” according to the description on Discogs – since many releases in the 80’s had stickers with that particular text on. This was in 2002. Seven years later they released a collaboration with Mindy Misty, which was a release that was brought upon the world by both Etch Wear and Handmade Records. Four years after that, it was Enfant Terrible that swung the bat and curated “Mellowharsher“. Since then they’ve been loyal to both Etch Wear and Enfant Terrible. Now they’re actualizing an LP titled “Repeating Mistakes“, which might be an ironic statement considering the time lapse in between their releases, and their often curious (but odd) titles. I actually had no idea they even existed and I wanted to find out more about them. Therefore we’re bringing you the track “Not The Best Lie I’ve Had” from this LP, in collaboration with Enfant Terrible. Imagine yourself within the realms of toned down industrial, to the safe-havens of noise – from the depths of experimentalism and utter weirdness, conjugated with noise. Stream the track exclusively from Invisible Guy and pre-order the LP when you can. The release is expected to be out by the middle of February. So get in the mood for this!