Exclusive Premiere: Sektor 304 & DEATHSTENCH – A Plague Of Blind Eyes

R-3837945-1346378874-6314

Yearly, a compilation whose name changes as the year change, take a hold between Malignant Records and Kalpamantra. Both labels have been dabbling in the dark ambient underground, housing names that with time have been forces to reckon with. Not only that, but also death-industrial, power electronics, noise and many other genres get the treatment they deserve from these two much revered labels. These series of compilatory releases started back in 2012, when “Malignant Antibodies” – the first compilation to start it off – was released digitally. Thirty-one tracks, including forthcoming gargantuans within these genres, alongside with titans such as STROM.ec, Deutsch Nepal, and Navicon Torture Technologies, just to mention a few. From that day on, a rather celebratory gesture laid the foundation of a tradition which is still intact.

R-4710223-1373004683-5305

The second compilation was launched in 2013, titled “The Black Plague“. Which resulted in four more tracks, making it thirty-five. Included in this compilation was Trepaneringsritualen, Thomas Ekelund’s debut on a compilation having anything to do with Malignant and Kalpamantra. If anyone had foresaw what an immense impact he would have a year or two after that, this would be prophetic. Abandoned Asylum, one of the newcomers had gotten his track “Outside The Veil Of Life“, and many groups and artists returned with a bang. What came to be new for this compilation were the amount of collaborations that increased immensely, Phragments & Shock Frontier, Steel Hook Prostheses & The Scapegoat Mechanism, Collapsar & Inner Vision Laboratory. Not to mention how things were duked out, where HHY and Sektor 304 ‘fought’ it out versus one another, creating “Subliminal“. Now it officially could be considered to be a series of releases, they were two.

10665750_863391677007236_7238153834307517441_n

Now the time has come for a third endeavour for these magnificent labels. We already know that it will be titled “Endless Descent Into Oblivion“, making it “Malignant III” – a third, probably even more perfected – compilatory adventure through the sewers. Mind you, not ‘sewers’ in any derogatory fashion, just the fact that it probably will outdo the other compilations when it comes to pure disgust, nefariousness, mysticism and total annihilation. Featured in this next compilation are, in alphabetical order: Abandoned Asylum, Aderlating, Ascetic Hedonism, Caul, Collapsar, DEATHSTENCH, False Mirror, Gnawed, Hall Of Mirrors, Hypsiphrone, Inner Vision Laboratory, Isolator, Kave, Linekraft, Nyodene D, Phragments, Phelios, Sektor 304, Sewer Goddess, Skorneg, Somnium, Steel Hook Prostheses, STROM.ec, T.O.M.B., Teeth Engraved, Terra Sancta, The Scapegoat Mechanism, The Vomit Arsonist, Theologian, Trepaneringsritualen, United Front, Xiphoid Dementia and Yen Pox – in other words an even greater compilation. New and old alike, this is probably the largest compilation of its kind, when it comes to these genres.

boo

So, I’ve gotten the perfect opportunity to exclusively premiere a track from this compilation before release. John from DEATHSTENCH told me about it and gave me the honor to light the torch. This track is one of the collaborative efforts on this release, namely that Sektor 304 and DEATHSTENCH join forces – forming the track “A Plague Of Blind Eyes” – which is as mesmerizingly tribal as it is martial. But hold on, dark ambient still has the authority intact when it comes to this track. You get to exclusively stream “A Plague Of Blind Eyes” on Repartiseraren. The compilation will be released digitally on the 8th of October by Malignant Records and Kalpamantra.

Exclusive Teasers: Steel Hook Prostheses – Rodent Ulcer (CDr)

1898246_244786715693843_1753100254_n

Since their amazing epic of 2013; “The Empirics Guild“, Steel Hook Prostheses are coming back, stronger then ever. Symptomatic for their high-quality dark ambient, power electronics and noise. Their forthcoming release will be put out by 412Recordings. The “SHP”-logo and the prosthetic arm underneath it was designed by Cody Drasser, the man who might mainly be recognized for his contributions for the eminent web-zine Heathen Harvest.

The steel hook is clinging back to the harshly laden corrosive atmospheres, as their maniacal devotion reaches its peak. These acolytes of the sullen have made a sacrifice, once again. Offering up their slowly developing enigmatic sound, into both the long and outdrawn peripheral of every emoticon that is a shade less positive, and a tad more negative – yet ultimately blown out of proportions to serve as a cringing reminder of them being astray for a while. Metallic, incandescent, a totality of their channeled selves. One thing must be said, and that is their total passive-aggressiveness gets overloaded into the domains of a rough-cut diamond, that will serve as a static assault. The sublimity is here in abundance.

1798152_244786729027175_1589103922_n

Those who serve Steel Hook Prostheses are going to get their full dosage rightfully so, before the release is out on the market. Digitally, we’ll force-feed you with everything you need to get your latest fix. They’re a lot more complex then a drug, and they’re for those whose heart is as molten; as their pieces of sonic decadence is. Those who should be stricken with fear is those whom are faint of heart. Now, in 2014, they will gain their rightful place once again. With the release “Rodent Ulcer“, which will hit you indiscriminately through their terrorizing landscape of sound, is due to be released in April. In the format of an extremely limited run of 100 CDr copies. Half of these copies will reside in the UK with 412Recordings for European listeners to buy, and the other half will be made available from Steel Hook Prostheses’ two members John Stillings and Lerry Kerr for the American audience, on Bandcamp in due time.

1959656_244786749027173_555217600_n

With one of the longer tracks they’ve created, namely the title-track of this release “Rodent Ulcer“, they grind your senses down into pitch-black blindness. Severing the normal routine of your autonomous system, making your irregular heartbeats bounce into near-death experiences. What’s more interesting is the sheer power of the atmospheres that are cast into this 16-minute maddening piece of music. Every step of the way is carefully monitored by yours truly, John Stillings and Larry Kerr. Piercing vocals, clandestine tools of their use produce waves of decrepit folds to lure you into. Insanity is a mild word to use for this absolute force that is plucking away at you. Claustrophobia steeped into both a miniscule sound-scape, but also a grandiose one. It’s strangely attracting, in a seductive way. Hypnotizing you. The other is a track called “Lice“, which is almost bordering to the territory of noise, as the static sound alters into rhythms of two, one which displays an outdrawn characteristic, the other tearing apart the first. A menacingly introduction to sonic decay. Both tracks can be streamed exclusively from Invisible Guy down below, before release. Press play.

Support: Various Artists – No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (Benefit For Stephen Petrus)

a1523228805_10

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.

Review: Steel Hook Prostheses – The Empirics Guild (CD)

601214_10151575131198665_1035437831_n

It wasn’t a long time ago since I heard about these fellows from Texas. Even though I’ve rarely encountered their music anywhere, their artwork and name have been etched into my brain. What I do know now, however, is that this release is their latest album-release since “Atrocitizer” was released, in 2008. John Stillings and Larry Kerr are their names, and I find myself repeating those names in my head, in an almost perfect symbiosis with the scene from Fight Club where they start chanting:”His name is Robert Paulson“. Just replace that name with their name, and you have a totally bizarre coincidence, but a strong incitement to actually start reviewing this monstrous release. Before I go on and do that, I must say that this is another release from the magnificent Malignant Records, from the US of A, which hasn’t let me down so far. So we’ll see how this one goes. Another thing that has to be mentioned, is the fact that this was released on the 29th of March, which is a while ago. It contains material recorded between 2008 and 2012. Hopefully, my earlier lack of inspiration, wordlessness and total apathy – will make this review a much more detailed endeavor.

Continue reading

Spotlight: Various Artists – Vol. II – The Black Plague (Free Download)

a3550945466_10

Including A-listers within the sphere of death-industrial and dark ambient, with every sub-genre possible in between, Kalpamantra and Malignant Records teamed up for a massive compilation. Including exclusive tracks delivered from each one of them, as these following artists and groups move on, in order of how they’re represented on the compilation: Caul, False Mirror, Inner Vision Laboratory, Troum, Yen Pox, Rasalhague, Terra Sancta, Kave, Collapsar, Phelios, Abandoned Asylum, Hall Of Mirrors, Phragments, Shock Frontier, Kristoffer Nyströms Orkester, Phaenon, Steel Hook Prostheses, The Scapegoat Mechanism, Trepaneringsritualen, Sewer Goddess, Ascetic Hedonism, Theologian, HHY, Sektor 304, The Vomit Arsonist, Deathstench, T.O.M.B., STROM.ec, Nyodene D, Hypsiphrone, Linekraft, Aderlating, U-731, La Naegleria and Xiphoid Dementia. Some of these artists and groups also team up as a duo, so there’s more of that happening on this compilation. What has to be said is that this compilation is how it is supposed to be done, with a lot of quality overshadowing the quantity of everything. It might not have been on a short notice, but this release certainly asks for more, and gives you a lot in return – in the form of a free download. So you can stream this behemoth of a compilation down below, and you can of course download it. Be sure to check in over at Kalpamantra and Malignant Records.