mandag den 19. august 2019

Faery Ring – The Urchin Prince 

This summer (11th of June) Danish dungeon-synth label released their first release with this one-man act from England. This release The Urchin Prince is the 4th album from Faery Ring, which came out first on Faery Ring´s own Bandcamp site back in 2018, and now Gondolin Records has released this as a limited cassette release (limited to 150 copies). The cassette even comes with a lovely pro-printed booklet containing a short story which you can read while listening. We are dealing with a 9 track album, about 25 minutes in total.

The Urchin Prince by Faery Ring starts off with the first track called Saltmouth. Neo-classic ambient tunes with a certain sense of dread and doom creep slowly in and set the mood. Epic, dreamish and apocalyptic pianos and violin strings work its way on the second track Grim Enceinte, The Old Gaoler. Almost kind of martial-industrial/wave meets gothic neo-classic here. Third track Dust, The Urchin Prince takes it further with the gothic sounding strings and martial drummings, fand of Swedish Puissance takes notice here. Fourth offering The Uncherished Parlours slows it down to more traditional dungeon-synth, with a catchy and deep melancholic mood attached to it. Fifth track Bellwether, Herald of the Long Slumber does indeed sound like a slumber. The kind of epic slumber one might succumb to when u have been king for far too long! A sense of malice and sadness for certain.¨

Sixth track The Starless Garden sounds like a sad and doom-forsaken garden. Not the kind of place where one might enjoy their tea and biscuits! Seventh track Mauveine, Daughter of the Comfortless King adds a soft melodic and romantic touch to all the dread and doom (that means less martial apocalyptic moods!). Eight track Prolix II, the Comfortless King, proves that… he doesn't really care for the company of his daughter. Might as well drink his sorrows away? Still having that that gothic sounding neo-classic sound. Ninth and last track Lemures (Shades or spirits of the restless and malignant dead in Roman mythology… NOT abs!). Wraps it all up in utter funeral blackness, might just be the heaviest piece of dread on the album!

And that is that! A very atypical kind of dungeon synth release which sounds… like a neo-classic orientated release from the 90s? It has that sound. A synth-minimal version of CMI´s Swedish act Arcana or a dungeon synth orientated Puissance. I guess you can call it… neo-classic martial-ambient for dungeon synth fans. Well made with lots of good intentions and ideas. There is all but one thing that bothers me. Listening to this album from the start and to the end gives you an idea that the story behind the music doesn’t live up to the epic feel that the album promises. The album could use some sounds/samples, or something else (experimental elements maybe?) to give it an otherworldly feel. The entire albums follow that neo-classic gothic violin sound (so you might as well get used to it). BUT!. If you do dig that sound (like maybe Arcana and Puissance) then this album IS something for you. All Faery Ring´s album is available on the official Bandcamp site, the tape is already sold out on Gondolin Records (go hunting!).

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tirsdag den 13. august 2019

HGM – Lithium (Mental Illness)

Released the 1st of January (this year). We have reviewed HGM before, which was the excellent Tridium 192 album. This one is slightly different, and a more subtle one that is. This release has been released though French label +Schintillae+Animas+ as a limited 7 copies limited CDR edition, with different handmade artwork curated by Isidore / La Nuit Qui Tombe. Through HgM´s own label, it has also been first released on cassette, check out the amazing artwork! A two-track album is 35 minutes in total.

The first track Arsenic Death (heavy title) opens the album into the harsh and almost religious-sacred territory. Quite a theme to actually work on. Arsenic has been used in chemical warfare, poisoning, taxonomic sample preservation, pyrotechnics, coloring agent in sweets even as an item used to change your skin complexion! Do actually die from it must be horrific! Starts with headaches, confusion, severe diarrhea, and drowsiness. Later on, convulsions will occur. Then you will vomit blood, cramps, loss of hair, stomach pain, etc. It then leads to coma and death. This track points out the early stages (I think)...

ANYWAYS! (on to the recordings) Floatless and liquid-like ambient noise with ritualistic undercurrents. Actually more beautiful sounding than the way to go with arsenic poisoning! To me, it sounds like the gates of heaven being opened. So maybe we are talking about accidental poisoning, because if it was arsenic death through suicide then u probably won’t be allowed through the heaven’s gate (I think).

Next and last track Lithium. Mostly known as a medicine used to treat suicidal patients suffering from manic-depression. Here the albums enter something of a more brutal soundscape. Harsh-noise wall combined with sacred chanting and manic demon-possessed noisy vocals. I can´t help thinking of an exorcism here. This track actually sounds more like a death caused from arsenic poisoning. Something really desperate and painfull going on here. Fans of the black-metal related noise-project Deadwood would dig this track!

A nice noisy atmospheric treat to the senses, not as ambitious as the cover-artwork but a thoroughly good one from the start to the end. There are noise-wall bits, ambient textures, and industrial-noise… all the good things are there. Be quick if you want a physical release!

lørdag den 27. juli 2019

Miracle Of Love - You will Be Free

It´s summertime, love is in the air and people are happy in the warm sunlight. But every now and then thundering lightning and pouring rain will come down after a hot season. Miracle Of Love (in that sense) works with a sensation of physical relief, I am talking about masturbation (Or am I?) no ... I am talking about how one will physically feel when the rain and the thunder come down... after a VERY hot day! 

The act-name Miracle Of Love (plus the album title) looks like a new Swans-related/side-project release, I don´t think that the act-name hails from the hit-single by Eurythmics. Although I can assure that it doesn't sound like Swans, or Eurythmics for that matter!. Primal and heavy industrial-ambiance would be my words for it, somewhere along the line between the mid-era neo-classical ambiance of Raison d´être (Empty Hollow Unfolds) and the harsh monotonic death-industrial sounds from Megaptera. In other words, this act which hails from Rome sounds more like an early Swedish CMI-act then an Italian one (And there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong about that. Limited released as a BEAUTIFUL (and completely black) CD inserted in a nifty slip-cover (See below). I don´t know how limited it is since I cannot locate the info regarding the exact number of releases pressed. Either way, better be quick than slow with this one. You can find it via the label´s Bandcamp site (Also see below).

The release/album and the sounds kind of works in the same fashion as when our favorite Cenobite speaks the immortal words ´Angels to some, devils to others´. It contains beautiful almost angelic synth-ambient melancholic-moments and then next you are deliberately thrown into a cage with venomous snakes! 

But still, the concept of the soundtrack/mood maintain its chosen aesthetic. You will encounter distorted guitar-loops, angelic/orthodox choirs, machine room-sounds, whispering voices, proto dungeon-synth melodies, harsh noise-aggression, even beautiful acoustic guitar moments. All of this being perfectly packed in that classic industrial-ambient/ritual-industrial sound-setting! 

From start to finish, it is a fantastic and terrifying journey... and yes!... It will set you free! All the highly individual tracks have all been crafted beautifully together to create this magnificent soundtrack. A 2019 must!  

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lørdag den 13. juli 2019

Maurizio Bianchi & Pharmakustik - Zersetzung by Kristian Robert Carter

The Oxford University description of decomposition is as follows -

" the state or process of rotting "

Zersetzung is the German word for decomposition.

Longtime MB collaborator and audio engineer Siegmar Fricke are Pharmakustik and he knows a lot about decomposition. He has been clinically dissecting sound for over three decades, critically analyzing the component molecules of audio data and meticulously documenting the sonic debris. Assembling the shards of sound into towering superstructures of fragile geometry. Constructing monoliths of complex patterns both dense and weighty but possessing an air of fragility as if the huge wall of drone he has constructed could be swept away with a simple flick of the wrist. His digital experimentation is as deep as the ocean itself but just like the ocean waves they pour forth and recede into the distance, in constant movement. Back and forth. Like time itself. Inexorable and unstoppable.

Everything decays.

All matter is in a constant state of decomposition.

One could say that life itself is one slow drawn-out process of undoing.

The moment we are born we begin to fall slowly to pieces.

Our cells divide, break apart and we eventually end up as an atomized dust, returned to the state of nothingness from whence we emerged.

Utilizing raw materials and field recordings from the legendary Italian electronic musician Maurizio Bianchi, Pharmakustik has tried to identify the nature of decomposition and decay inherent within the recordings supplied by Mr. Bianchi.

The four tracks upon this beautifully packaged release are the exploration of the decay that Mr. Bianchi recorded on a small handheld recorder. The ambient sounds of his home city of Milan are broken down into granular particles of pure noise and treated with layer upon layer of technology. What was captured in the original field recordings is given a new lease of life by the cryptic mining of the decomposition that is built into everything that exists upon this planet and every single object, person, animal or vegetable that has ever existed?

Pharmakustik strip away the sound of life itself to reveal the slow decomposing collapsing energy of nature and time.

Cracking static and crumbling waves of sound that are enveloped within a huge echo chamber give this album a claustrophobic air. Unusual spirals of noise twist and undulate like medieval mythic serpents, their presence is felt but they never become fully visible. Remaining at the periphery of awareness.

The second track sounds as if waves are crashing onto a vast deserted beach, the wave of sound crunching into the sand and then slowly receding leaving behind freshly deposited digital shingle that crackles with cobalt electricity.

The third and fourth tracks sound as if they have been recorded within a huge decaying industrial complex that is slowly falling to pieces, the individual sections of disused machinery captured and amplified as they are consumed by the passage of rot, rust, and entropy.

Siegmar Fricke hails from Germany and during my research into the term Zersetzung I discovered that the former East German Republic ( DDR ) had a covert surveillance program with the same title.

The Stasi used analog equipment to monitor and police dissidents imposing a sense of paranoia and mistrust in those who were targeted for surveillance.

It is not known if there is any allegorical link to either the process of decomposition and the Stasi surveillance program but one can imagine the sense of claustrophobic weight that was leveled at the surveyed dissidents especially on track three with its muffled voices and helicopter like sounds that flicker and dance across the speakers.

Whatever angle one approaches this album from it is impossible not to be consumed entirely by its dense weight and complexity.

Having worked together for many years Pharmakustik is still finding ways to explore and develop the ideas and sounds of MB.

Highly recommended.

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søndag den 30. juni 2019

MB - T.P.T.M.B.T.D. 

Written by Kristian Robert Carter

" Dedicated to all those who are searching for the truth " Whose truth? Truth is in short supply these days. Perhaps it's always been this way but in the fast paced hyper technological world we inhabit, truth has actually become a commodity. Truth is invented, truth is traded, truth is manufactured. In the era of fake news and misinformation; one must ask both what truth and whose. Maurizio Bianchi has been seeking the elusive and spiritual in the temporal for over four decades now. In his formative years he sought some kind of humanity in the increasingly cold mechanistic industrial environment of his native Italy. Vainly attempting to unearth the logic that lay behind the crushing facade of a society that perpetuates dehumanization and isolation within its socio economic sphere. In essence what Bianchi tried to capture with his early sound experiments was the complete atomisation of the individual within the technological world. He could see that rather than liberating us from our shackles, that very technology was instead entrapping us inside a bleak and sterile cell. Alone and isolated. Nothing more than an isolated atomic particle colliding in vain against the walls of our own technological hell. Through his bleak and cacophonous audio works he created an audible portrait of the static screams of the human race; as it was consumed by the very equipment they had created to liberate themselves. He stared headlong into the abyss and what he saw repulsed him He walked away. He sought a truth far from the technologic hell he had surveyed. Maurizio found some of the truth he had sought and returned after a lengthy absence. In order to continue his search for meaning through sound and art. To use music as a tool to explore his new spiritual truth. This album released on Japanese label Music Atlach is a remastered work that first appeared on cassette in 2015. Lavishly packaged and lovingly restored from the original master recordings. T.P.T.M.B.T.D is a lengthy disk. Comprising of two thirty minute sections. The first track entitled Tele Pro Thermo unfolds slowly, as if the track is a photograph that is obscured by smoke. As the smoke begins to dissipate the blurred image begins to slowly become discernible. I say photograph because the track is static, there is very little movement at all and in fact the movement is perhaps only distinguishable as the movement of the dissaptating smoke that clouds the frozen image. If your hoping for a clearer glimpse of what's actually upon the exposed photograph you'll be dismayed to find that the actual Polaroid is a blurred mess of distorted scenery. To actually ascertain what is captured in that exposed image is virtually impossible. One can only catch a fleeting glimpse of what may or may not be there. There are faint edges, contours and protusions but that is all. Everything is out of focus and ill defined. Whatever truth is lurking imperceptibly within the image is out of grasp. Trying to clutch at this truth will leave you frantically clawing at mist. There is nothing to hold onto and that truth will slip effortlessly through your outstretched fingertips.

The second track engimatically titled Mikro Bio Tetra Dys is a haunting floating hymn to an unrealised dystopia. Through the bleak murky fugue that surrounds this piece a choral chord sequence threatens to pierce the gloom and bring into this shade world a searing flash of luminence. However despite how hard the light pushes it is unable to break through the gloom and instead it is buried within the greyness that seeps at a funerary pace across the track. There is hope but it is only by piercing the darkness will you find any kind of salvation. Maurizio Bianchi has looked into that darkness and he has found his truth, his salvation. The question is; are you willing to do the same?

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fredag den 28. juni 2019

Hedvig Brandt on Radio Arkive

Fellow Kalteldur journalist Hedvig Brandt from Jutland, Denmark has the pleasure of presenting a new radio program on the internet "Radio Arkive"

As a DJ, she is known to play obscure tracks on her sets.
She goes way back to the 80s, where she started as a "Waver" more commonly known now as a Goth. She kept the tradition as identifying as a Goth for more than 30 years and has many tracks up her sleeve.

Her program is every Saturday on Radio Arkive, Danish time 19.00

Brasil time 14.00, where she will
play obscure 70's, 80's and 90s music, also allowed to play (up to 2002) newer cover tracks of these decades. Interested? Click on the link below!

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torsdag den 27. juni 2019

Javier Pinango & David Area - Drôle de Guerre

One of the latest releases from Spanish industrial-drone experimentalist Javier Pinango, you may have noticed another excellent release with him which we reviewed back in 2017 (Two Unfocused Cardinal Points). The album has been made in the company of a David Area, which has been thoroughly active in the Spanish experimental scene. This one also came out on Marbre Negre by digital means and physical as a 50 copies ltd. CD in an awesome looking slim-line digipack (Notice the fantastic cover artwork here folks!). A 7 tracks album, almost 80 minutes long!. This one is actually a live-recording... really interesting stuff here!.

First tracks open the ears to rusty glitch-sounds dripping into your brain, distant screaming, and hypnotic metallic drones, monotonic death-industrial bass-rumblings joined up with acid-drenched psychedelic moods. Really interesting and very digestible soundscape for any hungry ears/minds. So far it seems/sounds like a great live performance!. Second track takes me back to some of the early recordings by the BBC-radiophonic workshop or even the kraut-rock/ambient pioneers Cluster. Heavy industrial space-ambient anyone?. Beautiful mindbending sounds you can travel your mind with (Free trip into another dimension anyone??). 

The third track being the longest on the album (17:10 minutes) being also one of the most surreal and mesmerizing treats here. A kind of a modern update to some of the early ambient/atmospheric recordings by Throbbing Gristle, and yes... it will lift you some inches from the ground!. You can almost sense a touch of urban decay here, a touch of something (Abandoned factories) which hasn´t changed for years and years and then it just stands there... rotting and falling apart. Probably waiting for something to tear it down and building something new, which sadly will not happen (For some reason). A very beautiful dark piece which I can highly recommend for walkies with your headphones on in the decayed industrial and forgotten areas of your hometown. 

Fourth track sutle settles the mood further down, Tangerine Dream and Biosphere fans anyone?. Feels like the spaceship has finally landed somewhere, maybe it is soil? (Maybe not). It feels like drifting on an icy cloud while looking down?... What kind of cloud it is which u can land your spaceship on, I do not know! Incredible track this is. Love the mind-cutting high-tones here!. The fifth track puts you into a heavy sort of static hypnotic state, throbbing monotonic piece which bombs you further down to the surface from the icy-clouds. A pulsating beam shoots the space traveler through the atmosphere and the clouds, when will you reach the surface (if there is one?!).

From here, I will keep my mouth shut! I will then ask you (as the reader) to join this journey and explore it. As mentioned before, we are talking about other planets, dimensions, other states of minds, levitation... YOU NAME IT!. Heavy industrial space ambient, are we talking about a new genre?. FANTASTIC live-album, I would wish that I was there to experience it!. Sadly no :(.  

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