Listen: Dorisburg – Venom

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First single by Dorisburg since 2016’s “Time Stretch Totem” on Aniara Recordings, make for a well-thought out venture into the deep end of techno. Mixing the best elements of both atmosphere and beat, the acidic nature of each track on this double-single release is more then enough for a listening session. Each instrument is well-placed and the texture of each sound is mind-blowing in the sense of how good it translates musically, when put together with everything else.

The artwork for the release is ambiguous but simplified and pleasant aesthetically.  Mountain Explosion Device is the home to this release, having only been used up til’ now as a platform for Stockholm producer Kalawila to release some of his own music. The release itself is a very limited edition vinyl featuring “Venom” on the A-side and “Serum” on the B-side.

Get it from Dorisburg himself or Subwax (distributor of Mountain Explosion Device releases).

 

Review: Baldruin – Biotische Verwitterung

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Johannes Schebler and his main project, Baldruin, is not a novice by any means. Having four albums solo and countless split-albums, this project is not just interesting in that regard – but also because of the aesthetics he includes with his music. It surely marks the experimentalism that can be found in his music as well, in a good way. Oftentime the artists and bands whom go under that banner don’t really make it this well aesthetically. It is pleasant to look at. So, in regards to this album which is his fifth release, it is intriguing to find out that Black Horizons, Aetheric Records and Cloister Recordings US made it possible for release on vinyl – all three labels represent good artistry.

The release itself clocks in at around forty minutes in total. What is interesting about the album itself is that it follows his – since long – short adaptation of tribalistic ambient industrial music. Let’s head into this.

Opfergabe” gets straight to the point, through a muffled and calm atmosphere at first – descending upon the listener with a concrete setting in which this song turns into somewhat of a hymn. There are vocal representations that make it alluring, always accompanied by a steady and not too harsh rhythm – continually shifting the atmosphere around from being rambunctious to softening up and disappearing out of sight. An enjoyable slab of industrialized ambient.

Ins Jenseits” is definently more percussive. Fast, tribalistic drumming, an ever increasing heartbeat that go with the rhythm – to the disturbing voice of a child, amidst tribal chanting. It feels like there’s a part of someone’s life being played in reverse, at the same time as the sound gets more and more intimidating. A father, having lost something into the eternal void, having lost much of his life – it feels like it has been all for nothing. Everything was meant to turn out good but instead turned into a complete horror story.

Das Vergessene Grab” is meditative – but also more retrofuturistic – there are synthesizers that play a bigger part in the music itself. Concentrating more on the ambient landscape. There’s something mysterious about the song, as the sweeps on the synth in combination with the ceremonial percussion become an interlude to the next song – “Im Auge des Sturms” – which almost completely strips the atmosphere of the nostalgic moments that could be felt previously. Even though it feels like a continuation, there is more of a focus on the rhythm of the song rather then the unfathomable reach of the bombastic synthesizers. It focuses a lot more on simpler melodies, there’s one which is with the listener up until the end of the song – slowly evaporating into monotone noise.

Wächter” is from the beginning a sample-based cliché. Until the marvelous synthesizer rings out with an emotional melody. It is joined with the sudden barks of a dog, screeching sounds and a troublesome, intensive melody that pushes the atmosphere further – as if something out of a 80’s/90’s futuristic action flick. The steady rhythm of the massive synthesizer is what makes this song intense – and enthralling from the first tone to the last one.

Hydra“, the next song and the sixth one on this release delves into the same character of the first songs. It kind of becomes annoying with the tribalistic elements at times but it is saved by the chanting of a woman, in german of course, adding a sinister touch which gives the song a completely different edge in the end. The attention to detail of every sound in this song is immaculate. Of all the songs so far – this one is designed the best as it brings out the wondrous nature of each sound – as well as the more horrific one(s).

Der Puppenspieler” is too simple, but the added samples make it far more interesting then it should’ve been in the first place. It is an ode to the more emotional side of Baldruin – the positive, nostalgic, tearjerking side of his music. Even though the experimentalism of it is overwhelming at times and the atonal side of it becomes a little too much – Johannes really shows how nice industrial music, with ambient foreground, can be when synthesizers are utilized properly.

Zone 77” is really captivating. You really feel how complex the music is and how hard it must’ve been to fit the off-beat rhythm to the atmosphere. Pads of majestic sound is laid upon the song with much care. As rough as it sounds, there’s also something delicate about it. You’re hypnotized by the clash of harshness against the soft, picturesque landscape it portrays. How is it even possible to create anything like this? There’s a minimalism and a maximalism. Everything is oxymoronic about it but yet impressively joined together.

Raum ohne Sicht” is psychotic. The intro is off-putting. It feels like a warning, it conveys feelings of utter disgust. Rarely have I ever shrugged away from a song that is so well made, but in this case it is just too disturbing to listen to in full. Here’s a song that would fit well to any story that includes the most horrible of human nature. “Falsche Fährte” is really beautiful and the complete opposite. Even though much of the rhythm isn’t that interesting to begin with, the atmosphere becomes increasingly intense and the more you hear beautifully laden female vocals, the more of a sense of pride is instilled within. The pride of knowing that someone could construct something this beautiful and convey these feelings. A song you really shouldn’t skip.

Panik in der Fabrik” is really what the name says it is. Panic in the factory. In the beginning of it there’s a certain electronic body music influence that can be heard, but as it transgresses more into sample-based industrial music – the more disturbing it gets. There’s a certain two-facedness when it comes to the music on this album and Baldruin knows perfectly well how to pair it up musically. The contrasts are so knife-sharp that it is frightening. “ZüngeInde Flamme” seems to build off all the recent songs, transcending into something that feels very clear and represents the different characteristics perfectly. Subconciously, it is instilling a feeling of wanting more of the music as if the story progresses the further in you get. Even though there might not even be one to begin with.

Fortgeschlichen” feels like an outro, even though there still are two songs left to be heard and dissected. It is dreamy, cosmic and far away – out of your own reach. It feels like you’re daydreaming and accessing remote locations, where men have never been before. A dreary landscape of sound is pumped up with the occassional pumping beats, noisy transmissions and overall increasingly experimental song. Though in the end it just fades away, bleakly. “Fund im Laub” is assembling the lost parts and making it into a behemoth of sound, as it sprinkles darkness around itself on the assembly line. Not the most intriguing song on the release so far, but the attention to detail for each sound is – as for some other particular songs – fantastic, to say the least.

Vom Ende” is the real outro. It’s funny how it is the longest song on the whole release as well. Hopefully this more synthesizer-driven music is how his next release will progress in the future. One of the main strengths of this album, even though it is scarcely represented, is his way of handling the synthesizers and creating the most attentive songs of the release all-in-all. It went from a totally freaked out tribalistic ambient release to a futuristic synth venture and then away into screeching industrial music.

One can understand how this album would be of interest. He has more strengths then weaknesses. The whole album is of interest even though parts of it contain utterly disturbing portrayals of the human race as such – but in the end delivers a story which is created in your own mind while listening. It evokes something more then just feelings, it is cohesive and experimental at the same time, never loosing to one or the other. Buy the album from Baldruin himself, Black Horizons, Aetheric Records, or Cloister Recordings US. Listen to it digitally in its entirety down below.

 

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!

Thee Showcase [#8.6]: Id3m and Deuil!

2953837284-1Thee Showcase is back once again. For everyone with taste or distaste for music, you might actually find your own fix. First up is the Spanish crossover band Id3m. Last year they released their first album which was recorded at Studios Area 61 and it’s titled “New world nemesis“. There’s something interesting about their manufacturing of grindcore, hardcore and metal in one. It’s a rhythmic specimen which often takes its turn, decimating both the realms that are bestowed upon them, but also introducing an unconventional method of crossover. Usually, crossover is all about punk and hardcore, but I decided to use it here because I see it as an apt description. It actually also carries some hints of the all so famous Gothenburg melodic metal sound. I also think that they manage to combine the general grittiness of real death metal, with the more brutal and speedy grindcore, with hints of their melodic self. Some of the parts that are less melodic seem to float neatly into the more melodic nerve of this band. It’s everything you’d want a cheesy melodic death metal band to be, melodic but also with hints of overall brutality. Actually, some of the hardcore that floats into their metal parts form a little bit of metalcore at the edges, but not too much. I’m not very fond of metalcore, but it should be done right or at least be minimized to just a minor influence. This is the metal I could recommend to anyone that simply wants everything from metalcore, hardcore, grindcore, gothenburg melodic death metal, death metal and everything in between in one sound-scape. If they turn it up a notch, get a little bit more tight and decide which influences to cut, just to make it less messy – then they’ve got the world at their feet. Tracks range from “Here come the puppets” to “Spider web to the little near“, it was released by themselves in October last year.

2095305637-1Another band that is being featured today is also in the same department. They might not have the same influences, but could be categorized as metal. But they’re surely beyond that one label. The Belgian band Deuil have put their effort into an entire different category, with their release titled “Acceptance / Rebuild“. A general topic that they seem to revolve around is the notion of destruction, but also the notion of starting once again, but from scratch. After an almost spiritualistic introduction, á la monks and almost tribal hymns, they’ve put a line in the sand between ambiguous and thoughtful. Even though I don’t really prefer the mix of shoegaze, drone and black metal in one – they’re worthy of taking at least a little bit of the crown for being purveyors of an interesting sound. It’s been around for sure, but they utilize it in a totally different manner. With extremely long songs, featuring everything from droopy drones, to fluorescent shoegaze and finally the huge impact of raw orthodox black metal. Their slow and noteworthy escalation of the sound-scape itself is wonderful, as it progresses through a multitude of landscape before the unhinged black metal environment starts to engulf everything in between. I’ll also have to say that they include the element of doom metal with a pretty interesting twist, amongst old and forlorn samplings that can almost be heard in the wobbling noise that is their current destructive landscape. Nocturnal would be the word, destructive another and abandoned a third. It’s a pretty tempting landscape, but I must say that you need to have heard the likes of it before you venture into it. This is not for the meek, as you’ll transgress both noise itself and wander into unknown territory where you won’t know the in and outs. Featuring the two tracks “Acceptance” and “Rebuild“, released by themselves on the 31st of January this year.