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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Premiere: Zex Model – Rokk

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Pink Sexdeath, Degenerate Slug, Demon City Reaper? Three names have one thing in common – they’re all names thought out – and executed in musical form, by a man living in Kaliningrad, Russia. Not only does he have all those alter-egos, but many more that I won’t list. He is or have been a part of two groups called Modern Howl and Ninika, each one different from the other, but also closely knitted together by darker genres. Even though he’s had a lot of projects going on at the same time, he’s dabbling with a special kind of project which he calls “Zex Model“. This musical project started out not too long ago and pushed him further into musical obscurity than what you’d think. Considering this, his project has risen in popularity since his first releases – and opening for Lust Of Youth in Russia. With his official debut-album “Mind Slaughter” having been released on desire records in 2013, and a self-released EP titled “First Mutation” – he solidified his presence further. Once a darling in the brooding underground, now a good rated artist fit for another level in the underground.

Simultaneously in another part of the world, a man by the name of Fade Kainer (Theologian, etc) self-releases his first album “Mask Visions Poison” under the name of Statiqbloom. This is in 2013. America have gained yet another notable industrial-act that strays away from the cliches, and embraces their own version of what inspired them in the first place. Meaning; they decide to twist the originals of the 1980’s and 1990’s by layering their own vision upon the ground which those men built upon. The building blocks are on a steady ground. The album itself sells out on cassette and remains on CD up until now. Two alternatives offered, one bought and sold. Even though both Zex Model and Statiqbloom are very much alike, the last-mentioned relies on heavy electro beats and a body rhythm, whilst Zex Model is utilizing the rough texture of industrial on experimental soil; to the maximum. Then we entered 2014 and brooding for Statiqbloom was yet another album which he gave the title “Black Mirrors“, released only on a limited edition cassette. This was to be a release before two kings met up and decided to build upon a platform settled by them both, and others. Diplomacy entered the game and here we are.

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Fast-forward to later October, early November this year and you’re in for a treat. It was only a matter of time until desire brought these two new-comers closer together. In regards to their sound, it was a sound choice. Zex Model and Statiqbloom engage in a split-release that features eight tracks in total and four tracks by each artist. The apt design for this release is what Fade Kainer thought out and did. From the first four “Atropy Of Three“, “Contaminate“, “Slow Void” and “Behind Glass (Second Pane)” courtesy of Statiqbloom on side one. To side two featuring “Forbidden Alterations“, “Rokk“, “Teosophia” and “Tokyo Blitz” by Zex Model. I chose the second track “Rokk“, because of the atonal message that is what makes his project what it is in the first place. From his ode to Skinny Puppy and the likes, to his experimentalism that fiddles with a classic industrial atmosphere and makes the atonality spin the wheel – a confusing sound which at first obfuscates the rhythm – but later on is quite a trip into the originality of his project. A harsher version of Nexus Kenosis might actually find a way through your mind, intentionally or not. Stream the exclusive track “Rokk” down below and see to that you buy the vinyl from desire records when it comes out, if you like what you’re hearing.

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.

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

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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.