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

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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