Figure – When the Alphabet Hides In Your Mouth

The music of Figure (which is Brannon Hungness) sounds like coming from an abandoned stage in an old theatre. (‘An opera with closed eyes open.’) On this stage there are a lot of figures that are moving slowly in an out of the shadows surrounding them. Figure appears on the stage then, and opens the zippers on their bodies to release some blood…

Accelera Deck – Pop polling

‘Pop polling’ is my first musical meeting with Accelera Deck, although this is already Chris Jeely’s eighth release. According to the press information, this record is different from his former releases, because on ‘pop polling’ there is more melody involved, which is probably absent in his former works…

Folkstorm – Sweden

I guess everybody in the ambient-industrial-scene is familiar with Henrik Nordvargr Björkk. For all I know, he began his music career with the quite satanic Cold Meat Industry-act MZ (Maschinenzimmer) 412. Since then, he evolved as an underground artist, released under the moniker Folkstorm about nine albums, had some records released under his own name, and composed the Sleep Therapy-boxset…

Fire in the Head – Ignite/Submit

Seven tracks of raw powernoise in the vein of MSBR and Slogun: that is what’s presented to you in the form of a fairly new project called Fire in the head. From track one ‘Ignite/ Submit’ to track seven ‘Enough of you for both of me (v.1)’ the listener is confronted with waves of distortion and aggression. Is it original and new? No…

Merzbow – Rattus Rattus

I have to admit that I’m not a great admirer of noise, especially not of ‘japanoise’. Harsh industrial acts can bring me some kind of destructive satisfaction, but when comes to totally chaotic, unstructured sound-madness: I rather get away from it. I must also admit that I don’t even believe that there are people who like noise musically…

Kobe – Economy of movement

Kevin Dunn is the man behind the project Kobe. A man who is, according to his bio, active in the underground ‘experimental’ music scene for years. He joined the band Loretta’s Doll in 1991, and studied martial drumming for quite some time. He also founded the label Middle Pillar Records…

Architect`s Eye – Motel Architecture

If Lycia’s Mike Vanportfleet and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor were to copulate, and one of them would receive a child rectally, undoubtedly, they would name it Architect’s eye. A little male child, with almost invisible batwings and crunching steel teeth. Both fathers make poppy, danceable music. Reznor a little more industrial, Vanportfleet a little more lush and gothic…

Barzel – A shield of defence and the word of the son of blood

At least here we have a power-electronics project that we can not accuse of being nazi’s. ‘Militant Jewish industrial’ is Barzel’s (= ‘iron’ in Hebrew) monicker. The project is fiercely inspired by the idea of Zionism (‘the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel’)…

Techix – Monosymphonic

A very pleasant surprise is this debut cd of Techix. Techix is a one-man-project formed in 2001 by Justin Jones. The spine of the music is Jones’ skilled violin performance on every track. It’s clear that Jones has been attending an art’s institute and an orchestra, since he sounds as if he’s really mastering his instrument…

LEAK – Redemption

The ‘dark-ambient’ genre anno 2005 is blooming wildly. In the past, there were just a few acts that (now labelled as cult), deliberately made ambient that was ‘dark’. Lustmord was one of them, and he held a quite unique position in the ambient landscape. Today, there are tons of labels releasing tons of projects making dark-ambient…

Sigur Rós – Ba ba ti ki di do

‘Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do’ is the latest Sigur Ròs material. Sigur Ròs (‘Victory Rose’) is just one of those ‘indie’ groups that can’t go by unnoticed. They gained worldwide attention after their second album released in 2000, called ‘Agætis byrjun’. A while after that first global success, they released the highly atmospheric album ‘( )’…

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band – Horses in the sky

‘They put angels in the electric chair’ sings Efrim mournfully on the first track of the new Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band record, called ‘Horses in the sky’. Cynically as ever, the track is called ‘God bless our dead marines’, undoubtedly a reference to the situation in Iraq…

Grey Wolves, The – Division

Besides Con-Dom and Genocide Organ, The Grey Wolves have quite a reputation as purveyors of ‘cultural terrorist’ power electronics. It’s one of the reasons why cult lp’s such as ‘Catholic priests fuck children’ and ‘The age of dissent’ make large amounts of money on eBay. The Grey Wolves have quite a discography, but they have never bothered to renew themselves ‘noisically’ nor conceptually…