Listen: MetaMorphosys – Out Of The Picture

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Not searching for something special, I came across a wild concoction of old-school sounding industrial. It’s not what you would expect from yesteryear’s version of it, but rather with an electronic body wrapping and an experimental setting. Frantic beats with electronically wired melodies and an unpolished exterior is exactly what MetaMorphosys is. Besides being the alter-ego of Cory Tucker, it’s also his playground for experimenting with an industrial sound. His album; “Out Of The Picture” was originally recorded back in 2013, but have been re-furnished as “Version 2” and re-released. The simpleness of the rhythms are paired with an analogue sound you’d simply dream of setting up yourself. This is something I would expect to come out of Nostilevo, except maybe not as melodious or accessible as this actually is. For you electronic body enthusiasts, you might find yourself to be settled in perfectly with his atmosphere. Somewhere along the line besides the general funkiness that can be heard at times, he moves into experimentalism with a noisier-than-thou approach to some tracks that feel like placeholders before an excellent track. Dark melodies shift through an upbeat electronic motion, that cyborgs would’ve envy had they unearthed this album decades from now. Although some of the lyrical content and his vocals sound amateurish enough, it isn’t really that which is keeping me from listening to it. The general sound of his creations are enough to pull me in and stay listening throughout the whole album. You should listen to it yourselves. This album was put out in it’s second version on the 22nd of June by himself. It can also be downloaded for free.

Listen: Nostilevo #55 – Men Of Bissau – To Heal In Paradisó [#1]

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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.

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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.

Listen: Xakatawaga, Blue Krishna, Bad User Experience and David Allen!

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Finally, the four releases that were incorporated into the MMXIV Winter catalog at Nostilevo, are released. Neal Samples may be the one behind the moniker Xakatawaga, as you otherwise know him as Tollund Men, but also as the proprietor of Bleak Environment – an independent label, based out of America – that specializes in industrial, noise and black metal. The repetitive motion that is released with “Vol. 1“, which is the first release under this moniker, reminds me a lot of schranz techno, except the fact that the basis for it is more or less based on the off-shoot of techno, mixed in with industrial experimentalism and rhythmic noise. Bob your head from one place to another, as this bleak and repetitive notion keeps on rolling by – watered down by psychedelic hallucinations. Conjugating with the rough winds beneath, extracting and putting in place – what makes industrial so harsh and barren in the first place. Transgressing the narrative that techno is only techno, crossing over into unorthodox territories to make the combination even more wild and interesting. Four tracks that span up to 23 minutes in length, if added together. Featured by their names, in correct order; “Uay“, “Blue Soul“, “Cygne” and “Nu Contact”. Buy this release for 7 dollars if you want a cassette, or 6 dollars if you want it digitally. I’d suggest you getting the physical release instead of the digital, since it’s only 1 dollar more and you get something you can hold on to.

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Being one of the most interesting releases in this batch of four, Blue Krishna makes the best of what you can take from new-wave and slap their own electronic vibe onto it. It’s in the atmosphere of industrial as such, making use of the experimental nature, forcing their own synth-popish backstab, into the psychedelic trench. Alex Jarson from Body Of Light, which can be heard when you listen to it, shapes his own form of badness through Krishna. Yes, that was a really lame joke. But influences from that project can be heard in this as well. Having been tightly affiliated with Ascetic House under his aforementioned moniker, made it to Chondritic Sound in the end, and transformed into Bad Krishna for his place to be – which came to be Nostilevo. The project delivers the most interesting differentiations, as lavish synth-pop with industrial drums is turning its way into your consciousness. Leaving you with some hope, since it’s only beginning. With a ceremonious chant applied to a dance-rhythm infused into the harsh landscapes of industrial. Clocking in at 23 minutes, roughly, when all songs are added up. The album is titled “Repeat Until Death” and feature the four tracks; “Can’t See The Line“, “Taman Shud“, “Mayflower Spring” and “Rising Sun (It’s Just Beginning)“. Buy the digital release for 6 dollars and the physical cassette for 7 dollars. It seems like a lot comes out from Los Angeles, and that a lof ot it never leaves. But we’re now left with Bad Krishna. Even though it is hard to understand, it’s probably among one of the more unique sounds I’ve heard in my life.

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This is one of those projects that you wouldn’t care too much about in the beginning, but the more you listened to it, the more it enthralled you. Bad User Experience‘s release “CGi” feature a lot of tracks that have been featured elsewhere, like the track “Look NE Direction” that was on the “Industrialized [FROM] Sense” mixtape that came out last year, here on Invisible Guy. This is a total mind-bender, which allude to the more bizarre sounds that can be fitted into different categories, if at all. There’s certainly a sci-fi influence, which shouldn’t be hard to hear at all, and it basically feels like drifting into a black hole and experiencing it from within – with all the absurdities that come with it. Or maybe, if you’d incorporate the phenomenon déja vu into music-making, with the main difference; of it happening every second that you’re producing anything. Some of it is lo-fi groove in a can, other things are re-hashed hits evolving into an industrial mess of danceable beats. I believe you’ll have to have some kind of substance in you to make any sense of it as a whole. Which is certainly not anything I would recommend, but it seems to be that way. This release has six tracks and they come in the order of: “FORUM“, “The Matrix The Movie“, “BLACK HOLE BRENDAN“, “DESIGNegative“, “Look NE Direction” and “WATSMATTU“. It can be bought digitally for 6 dollars, and physically in the form of a cassette, for 7 dollars.

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It’s time for something more outdrawn. In the sense of longer tracks, more specifically. David Allen is the last one in the batch of these four cassette-releases, with his collection of three tracks titled “1188 OST (Sections I​-​III)“, which follows an abstract theme. Gradually shifting from noise in the first section, to claustrophobic industrial in the third section. It gets louder and more noisier, and then it suddenly cools off and gradually shifts to getting even louder. The inherent meaning behind this release is something that is unknown to me. He explores the different modes and settings, in which he makes music with. But this could be considered to be virtual non-music, and someone else should try to explain it more thoroughly. I must say that this release might just be for people whom are interested in experimental and noise, but also in the different subtle changes that can be made within the time-span as long as over 12 minutes. Because some of it I don’t get, and some of it is frightening. If you leave your telephone laying besides the holder, this is probably the noise it would make. Anyway, it clocks in at roughly 30 minutes all-in-all. The tracks are as follows: “Section 1“, “Section 2” and “Section 3“. It can be bought digitally for 6 dollars, and physically in the form of a cassette, for 7 dollars. So if you’re deeply entrenched in noise, this would be something considered well-worth of being bought.

Listen: Nostilevo – MMXIV Winter catalog!

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Desolate music for a wintry landscape. Nostilevo have already dripped out four previews from the forthcoming Winter catalog. MMXIV (2014) currently features tracks from David Allen, Blue Krishna, Bad User Experience and Xakatawaga. Two of them were also featured on the compilation “The Alliance“. But these previews feature totally new tracks from each one of these constellations, with emphasize on the difference that can be found within the multiple genres that they’re active in. From experimental noise with psychedelic tendencies, and abstract field recordings – to the continuous experimental industrial entrenchment, and minimalistic surrealistic techno with a noisy industrialized motor. Do not miss out on the Wintery delight that Nostilevo brings you now, in the beginning of 2014. There is much to be anticipated, and among that is “11.88 (Sections I-III)” by David Allen and “Repeat Until Death” by Blue Krishna. The other titles have not been revealed yet, but the 48th and 49th releases which are the aforementioned – have been revealed. Get your fix down below and stream as much as you can handle. The tracks that are featured down below are “Can’t See The Line“, “Section III“, “Look NE Direction” and “Cygne Fades“.

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Now for an update. The label has just released the names of the two other releases, namely “CGi” by Bad User Experience, and “Vol . 1” by Xakatawaga. See the picture above, from left to right is “1188” Sections I-III and “Repeat Until Death“, and the latter as above.

Spotlight: Various Artists – The Alliance

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Seismic activity had increased in the area around Los Angeles, as Nostilevo together with Vacation Vinyl – prepared for their overtake of the industrial latitude in and around the United States. An alliance was formed which was referred to “The Alliance“, a compilation of the most hard-working and dedicated crowd within the field of claustrophobic industrial, experimental noise, apocalyptic harsh industrial, psychedelic noise – and other innovative people in and around this group. Craow (Sean Halpin) rose from the depths of Cyborg City, to infuse his field of expertise, within the group. Checkered beats that are thrown around into a pitfall of dampened industrial, with the cataclysmic atmosphere of noise itself. Scorpio & Glass (K. Reinshagen), the definition of psychotic harsh noise, descended upon Los Angeles to spread his monotonic terror. As the repetitive sounds hooked themselves into the brains of the futile human beings in the nearby area, he disappeared without a trace. Fairlight Empress shone his light upon the now decimated city, as his grainy (Greh Holger) but stingy arsenal of roughed up beats descended upon the unknowing, in a swirl of industrialized fervor. This is certainly a darkened but enigmatic source of sonic barbarianism.

Inspiring other fighters to join their ranks, Avellan Cross (Elden M.) fused his minimal electronics with the hypnotizing repetitiveness of acidic waste. It’s a taste you will not forget in the first place, so please wash your mouth (and ears) before you continue. Siobhan, what can be said? Generally the toughest of sound-scapes, combining the harshness of the collective that calls themselves “The Alliance” – with the relentless strikes of psychotic experimental industrial. Liable (K. Reinshagen) teamed up internationally, with Nepoštovanje I Glupo, as we descend into their common territory. Lots of dark ambient, with the ritualistic industrial you’d least expect to be used upon the common foe – the common people. Ritual Howls, on the other hand, is not a collaboration. It’s a joint operation with a team of hardened combatants that deliver to you the post-punk spirit encapsulated with an unforgiving atmosphere, which gives you the creeps that chill you to the bone – amidst the rituals that are chanted within the sound-scape. Yeah, basically, just check out their name. It’s frightening enough as it is.

Well, for once Mammal decided to not go solo and join the ranks. His low-keyed and acoustic vibrations doom you to hell and back if you’d even care to listen. His overt misanthropy would have a nihilist convert to a more happier ideology, as whatever he touches turns into the gray landscape he paints so eloquently in the post-apocalyptic atmosphere his tongue lets him moves himself in. David Allen could be one of them, for all I know, but it’s not what I know that’s important right now. He contributes with the plain and simple movements of harsh noise, as he pierces your eardrums with the repetitive but annihilating sounds which would’ve been better placed within the industry of making bombs. Yes, he’s bombing your mind with different associations, as the monotonous noises hack away on your sensitive brain. Nothing for the weak. Phase Fatale (Hayden Payne) bring us back to our senses, even though the lyrics are too cold for us. His almost poppy minimal synth experience invite us to be hopeful once more, whilst he strikes us from behind with his dagger. We’re falling, because he tells us to fall. Tis’ way more melodious.

Now, please, don’t get any closer. Hand To God will smite you with the ungodly wrath. Crackling noises that creep right next to you make you feel like you’re in near proximity to something living, which only brings you the ungodly insect that quickly snaps away the rest of the hope you might’ve had. An almost claustrophobic experience that settles from different angles, as the intensity of sound moves closer to that of fire. Run while you can. Desire XXVII (or Desire XXI) shapes the world, and Los Angeles, the way The Alliance first wanted it to be. Their natural playground for seismic experiments, sonic adventures and absurd musical enhancements. Basically, it’s their playground and their will, if you don’t shape up – you’ll be assimilated. Volcanic and naturalistic noise that tears up the ground and make you stumble around. Last but not least, you’re invited to the rebirth of the world. Blue Krishna (Alex Jarson) lends his hands to you as you’re awoken, or rebirthed. The mixture of spiritualistic new-wave with electronic overtones have a clarity of its own. You’re now revitalized and a part of The Alliance.

The Alliance is a compilation that was released by K. Reinshagen’s eminent label Nostilevo. Unfortunately, the Invisible Guy didn’t have much of a choice last year – therefore it was covered today. You should buy “The Alliance” on cassette, since it features new material from all these acts. It’s a sonic trip that lasts 60 minutes. If that isn’t enough for you to buy into it, then why won’t you scramble and leave? Okay, it only costs ten dollars to receive this physical artifact and compilation. So go and buy it, to support Nostilevo and Vacation Vinyl.

Part [III]: Invisible Guy and Nostilevo presents: Industrialized [FROM] Sense!

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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.

Tracklist:

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

Some questions for Image Of Life!

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Image Of Life is an interesting person, whom you may or may not know, but that’s irrelevant. According to himself, at least. He heavily indulges in what he calls “nihilist pop”, a sub-genre which he himself has coined. Not much can be said about him, but the overtly misanthropic and nihilistic music that he makes. The first album that appeared was a self-released cassette titled “Last Letters From Leper Colony“, which featured ten songs, all written between the years of 2010-2012. After being featured on Kristopher Reinshagen’s list in “favorite musiks of 2012“, on the ninth place – he delved into further anonymity. Until he surfaced once again, now to be featured on the Chondritic Sound roster, as he released a double-single in 2013, by the name of “Weight Loss In Wartime / Walking In The Dark“. This original minimal synth purveyor is not to be known, but we shall make sure to know him a little bit better. Therefore, I asked him a few questions, ranging from his albums, his person and a little bit of everything you’d ever want to know about nihilism.

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Part [II]: Channeling the power of Nostilevo!

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Suffice to say, this is the second part of your indulgence with Nostilevo. I’ll keep pressing it to your face, so you can hear it for yourselves, as you roam your apartment late at nights. Peacefully, you’ll sail with me on the wide oceans that is the Spring batch of tapes from this label. Controllable, uncontrollable – everything is relative, but relatively hopeless. Everything from the purest of experimental endeavors, to scarred Gothic delights, topped of by industrial heaviness. For those of you that haven’t checked it out yet, Part II includes reviews (and only reviews) of the following artists/groups/bands: Pure Ground, Ritual Howls, Church Shuttle, Mammal and The Glass Path. Enjoy it while its enjoyable, return when you feel like returning – and read when your eyes aren’t shut.

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Part [I]: Back in the hemisphere of Nostilevo!

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Nostilevo is still one of my favorite labels from America. In the beginning, when they came around, industrial once again got revitalized. I asked the label-owner a few questions back then, and reviewed the whole she-bang of releases. At first, I thought it resembled Nestlé, but then I slapped myself and got myself together. Khristopher Reinshagen have had this label since 2011, and now he’s got a lot of releases out, that haven’t been payed much attention to from my side. More than the branching out from Nurse Etiquette, which was his earlier label. Which is why I decided to ask him a bunch of new questions and review the whole May batch of tapes. This includes Pure Ground, Mammal, Ritual Howls, The Glass Path and Church Shuttle. Not in that direct order, though. Hope you enjoy reading this and return afterwards. But first up is the interview I conducted with Khristopher himself, in Part II you’ll get the reviews.

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Harvesting #8: A familiar face if you know Nostilevo!

Once again, another edition of Harvesting. Since it’s been some time ago when I first started doing this, I’d like to tell you that number #10 will be celebratory. I’m not sure in which way, but I’m positive it’s going to be in a good way. Currently planning to release a double-interview on that day and harvesting. You’ll know what I’m talking about when it gets published, because I won’t let you in on the details. Now it’s time for Harvesting #8 and I’ve got some cool stuff in store for you in case you did wonder. The thing I’ve got in store is the following: Nostilevo, York Factory Complaint and Liable. In case you didn’t know, there’s going to be an interview with Khristopher Reinshagen about his one-man label Nostilevo. I will also do a review and introduce you to “The Grieving Process” by York Factory Complaint and “Dominati Kirche Und Mineralischen” by Liable. Even though popularity isn’t a significant factor for me, I’m always happy when people look these series up and find my blog. Hopefully these series will give some publicity to the currently disadvantaged and unpopular underground phenomenons. Not because they would need or desire popularity, but because their art and craftsmanship needs to be brought up on the agenda. Enjoy this edition of Harvesting and continue to follow this chronological path of variation.

Nostilevo is a continuation of your old label Nurse Etiquette, if I have gotten it right. What’s the difference between the two and how did Nostilevo form?

– Well, I began Nurse Etiquette in 2006 under the status of being a noise label. in 2004ish, I was getting tired of going to punk/hardcore shows and dealing with the politics and bullshit of that, so I began to check out noise shows that were happening seemingly all of the time in the S.E. Michigan Tri-County area. the noise scene in Michigan was really crazy back then. I had always wanted to start a ”record label” when I was a teenager, but had always assumed doing such things were far out of my reach. Going to noise-shows gave me a snapshot of how accessible it all was. Everyone had a tape label and everyone was sharing their works, and there were gigs all of the time. Everyone was always pressing records. It was really awesome to realize, “Hey, alright, I can do this.” so I began putting together my own cassette releases under various pseudonyms. I decided to try to get a little more serious/focused on it in 2006, which is when I began releasing cassettes under the Nurse Etiquette banner. So, Nurse Etiquette was mostly a noise/experimental-focused label. After doing maybe about 30 releases, I began to really hate the name. It wasn’t well thought out.

The name came from a spam email subject heading I received and I simply thought “whoa, cool, that’s my new thing.” I didn’t realize any of the connotation and/or innuendo that may be grouped by pairing those two words together. Plus I hadn’t taken note of the dozens of noise labels with medically-themed aesthetics. I tried to stick with it, but somewhere around release number 70, I knew I had to move on. Simultaneously though I was experiencing trouble attempting to breach the label as more than just somewhere for noise cassettes. I was initially going to begin doing a bunch of smaller, “sub-labels” to Nurse Etiquette where I would rotate which releases came out on which label, or potentially, reserve sub-labels for differing genres of sound. Though after rotating maybe 2 or 3 times, I lost interest in the idea and began focusing/sticking w/ Nostilevo as the new zone. after about a year, the label has taken direction to mostly titles that lean into minimal-electronic/synth/gothier-styled things, but, Nostilevo has no boundaries. I felt like I backed myself into a corner with Nurse Etiquette, where no matter what I was releasing, it would always be perceived as a noise label. Don’t get me wrong; I still love noise music and I’m still releasing noise tapes, but I wanted to get out of being peg-holed.

It seems like you’ve been quite productive in a short span of time, did you already have the October-releases planned before Nostilevo started?

– I had an idea early on in the year that I wanted to do a batch of releases that had one sharing trait; all being modern Minimal Electronic/Industrial/Cold-ish music active in the Americas. Which, actually, this was something I wanted to do years ago, around when I wanted to end Nurse Etiquette, but had too many other things to commit to. At that time, years ago, there weren’t really any labels releasing minimal synth/cold wave or the type of industrial/electronic music I’m most into on cassette. Nowadays, clearly, It seems like I wasn’t the only person that felt this way! The market for that stuff really expanded since I had that thought and I’m happy to be taking part in it.

So for these six tapes I’m doing now, I believe I had asked Travis from Siobhan for a master first, and shortly after talked to Hayden from Dream Affair & Ryan from York Factory Complaint if they would like to do something as well. Once everyone agreed, it began to take shape. I had picked up a really awesome tape from this guy named Craow from Florida, and I kept revisiting it over and over again through the year, so I sought him out for a release. then I met the dudes in Slaymaker Welding, and found some songs I wanted to release by my project Liable, and then it was done. I don’t think I can really wrap my head around doing more than 6 releases at a time any longer. I’m very proud of everything here in the fall 2012 catalogue. I feel like it displays a very colorful example of how vast the term ‘Minimal Electronic’ or ‘Industrial’ can be.

What are the driving forces behind this label?

– Listening to SPK records in the dark. or not in the dark. Playing Enema Syringe’s “305an På Västra Sjukhemmet” at parties. Watching japanese death match wrestling. Morton Subotnick album covers. Maria Zerfall. Most importantly, various friends and peers that are doing some of the best things around in my book. to name a few, Chondritic Sound, Something Cold, Blind Prophet/Heaven Street, All Gone crew, Paul Bancell & the Ritual Howls dudes, Hanson Records, Loose Meat/Everything is Terrible dudes & related crew, Robert & Leopold/DAIS, Tesco Industrial and Wierd Records. I’m forgetting so many more. They all consistently provide me with a strong level of passion, interest, intrigue, and general awesomeness that I favor most in my day-to-day audio/visual-ing.

I’m putting more and more time into the label constantly thanks to all of these things one way or another. I’ve gotten used to most of my free time going into working on something related to the label, or my project Liable, or these nights in Detroit that I’m involved with called Something Cold, which are these nites for fellow synth/industrial-obsessives to come out and party and listen to cool records. With all of these things that I’m incredibly passionate about, plus also actually having a real job outside of this, I can’t really sit around for long stretches of time.

You’re going to release quite a number of stuff now and have already put up new stuff in your shop. What kind of stuff is getting released?

– I’m trying to keep the label varied, so while like I mentioned earlier there is a slant towards industrial music, I’m planning to go a few different places. I had been talking to Hiver Noir, a french black metal band about doing a 7”… I have the tracks though we haven’t spoken in a while. It’s kind of hard to reach them. I’m also working on a really great noise record for Aaron Dilloway sometime over the next few months. That one will be an LP and may be the next of my vinyl releases. Stacatto Du Mal, Dangerous Boys Club, Mammal, Hive Mind, Tollund Men, and Wyatt Howland are additionally lined up for records. I’ve been talking to Mark Solotroff from Bloodyminded/Intrinsic Action for a couple years now on situating a 7” of solo material similar to the ultra-microphone-feedback style he performed with a few years back, initially as a part of Nurse Etiquette. Not sure when that one is due.

May the force be with you! What would you like to say here in the end?

– The fullest appreciation & respect for everyone that has supported me over the years. This can be an insanely difficult operation to run sometimes considering I’m just one person, and I’m working harder every day to make everything more stable. Right now are some of my favorite times I’ve had in the 8 years I’ve been doing this, so I have faith. Thank you.

York Factory Complaint – The Grieving Process

I really dig the cover a lot, it reminds me of the vicious but aesthetically pleasing industrial-covers of ye old. When it comes to the music, I do not dig it as much. But I can appreciate the sound of noise if I turn the volume down. While listening to “Side A“, the uncompromising sound of the artist is the first that comes to mind. It’s not trying to mask itself as anything, and it’s not trying to gather different more melodic genres together, it’s just pure and simple noise. I can also hear some martial industrial in the mix, but that’s mostly when it comes to the passage with the classic martial beat to it. Also, when I listen through it, things appear in my mind: it sounds like black metal, without the metal in it. The vocals could easily fit the picture in a black metal atmosphere. At least if you like the simplistic, yet provocative nature of the agonizing vocals. This would be perfect music to listen to if you want to brutalize your ears a little bit. Or yeah, the word “little” would totally undermine the fluorescent nature of it. It’s some of the most brutal, uncompromising and unconventional I’ve heard since I got into noise for real. If you really thought “Side A” would contain some of the most distorted stuff you’ve heard in your life, think again. “Side B” just sounds murderous, and I had to turn down my sound a little bit more. It sounded like I was testing out my newly engineered jet-motor. Now, since I’m a novice in these areas, it’d be fascinating to find out more about this, musically, when you have the real deal.

So if you can handle this sort of music, you should buy it. The standard prizes are cheap and bring you the amount of quality you deserve. If you want a download-only digital release of this album, you can buy it for 5 US dollars. But I’d recommend that you get the limited edition cassette instead. It’s up for sale for just 8 US dollars and will fit neatly into your collection of noise. By the way, if you buy the limited edition cassette, you also get a digital download. Also, it’s limited to only 100 copies so you should snatch one for yourself.

Liable – Dominati Kirche Und Mineralischen

A totally new addition in the Nostilevo-family. It was released today, so I have just had a listen to it and tried to base my opinion earlier. But since I listened through it some more time, I discovered things I hadn’t heard. Even though I don’t think the cover is as fantastic as the others, the music is a whole different thing. There’s never really been any experimental minimal synth around, and certainly not in this shape or form. I thought the first song “Churches & Minerals” was a little bit tricky at the start, because at first glance, I thought it would be painful for my ears once again. Fortunately, I was wrong this time around. It’s got a pretty rad beat that follows the deep bass around, as if it were its master. The lo-fi touch to it is nice and the monotone sound of the rhythms make a great company for the vocals. It might actually be the hardest song on the album, since it changes its array of beats around to fit the more conventional mold. But even when I say conventional, I’m a little bit damaged by the ultra-experimental and avant-garde things I’ve heard recently. So discard that term and add: pretty conventional, but unusual. The second song “Private Care” really brings out the nostalgic pieces of whats best with minimal synth, but with a german touch to it. I think German minimal synth have always been in the lead when it comes to experimentalism, and Liable is not afraid to challenge these conceptions. One of the more melodic tracks on the album, but it gets overshadowed by the nocturnal emission that is the vocalist and the almost arpeggiated muddy bass that dwindles in the background. So if you like a little industrial added to your otherwise too minimal synth-ish coffee, feel free to indulge yourself within this box with Liable. I’d recommend this album, it’s actually one of the more intriguing releases from Nostilevo, even though they have a few. I think its on the same wavelength as Aborted State. But I must say that this blew me away, at least if I look on it from an industrial standpoint.

You can and should buy this album via their shop over here on bandcamp. As usual, it’s 5 US dollars for the digital-only download version of this release. If you add three dollars, you’ll have a limited edition cassette of 100 copies only, for just 8 US dollars. So go over there and buy it, or do at least listen to it and make up your mind. I can’t wait until Nostilevo decides to fire up their machines again and release once again in the future. Hopefully, it will be even more intriguing and worthwhile.

In the next edition of Harvesting: invisible guy takes you back on a trip, but chooses a familiar way. but it’s going to be different from the eight edition, much more different. vive la differénce!

Tune in for that tomorrow and Au Revoir this time around.