Hazard – Land

With his fifth release as Hazard, Benny Nilsen again refines his concept of using the sounds of nature and the environment as a source material for creating sweeping and meditative drones. While his last CD ?Wind? (see review on this website) focussed entirely on the wind and weather recordings made by Chris Watson, this CD uses various sound sources…

Pan Sonic – Kesto

With this new ?monster? release, a 4 CD box called ?Kesto?, Pan Sonic shows their diverse sides in one release. The box contains four CD?s, individually packed in a cardboard slipcase with track information. These CD?s come inside a simple square box. The music on the CD?s is incredibly varied…

Hazard – Wind

?Wind? is Benny Nilsen?s Fourth album as Hazard. After his legendary releases as Morthound on Cold Meat Industry, Nilsen found a new approach to music and has been refining it ever since. Where every Morthound album had a different sound and a different atmosphere, the Hazard releases become more and more focussed on meditative drones based on the processed sounds of nature and environment…

Deutsch Nepal – City of Stone

Deutsch Nepal began with a number of releases on Cold Meat Industry and Staalplaat. These releases were characterised by a focus on the use of loops, tribal rhythms and strange, repeated samples of voices. This made the releases into something like a dark and slightly bombastic meditation…

Menche, Daniel – Eye on the Steel

After a few years of silence, Daniel Menche has been releasing a lot of records lately. This new CD, on Alien8 sidelabel ?Substractif?, contains 11 relatively short tracks with a wide variety of sounds. This is not very typical for Menche, since he mostly releases very long tracks. Another thing that is a-typical is that some of these works are made with the help of a (laptop) computer…

British Murder Boys – Fist/Splinter

After three amazing ep?s under the ?British Murder Boys? name, this is already the fourth instalment in this ever growing series by DJ Surgeon and Regis. Both artists are well known for their impressive catalog of ?dry? and technical techno music, as well as their live shows and dj-sets. The BMB series is characterised by an uncompromised industrial approach to techno music…

Monkeychop – White loafers Boulevard

With their contribution to the Stilleben 016 compilation they already stood out amongst the new generation of Finnish electro artists, but with their 12? releases on Stilleben and Cr?me Organisation they made an enormous impression. This new act from Finland, sometimes called Monkeychop and sometimes Monkeyshop (the same artist I assume?) made quite an impression on me lately…

Electric Wizard, The – We Live

After the demise of stoner/doom cultists ?Electric Wizard? a lot of changes were made in the band?s line-up, to give birth to its successor ?THE Electric Wizard?. The new line-up consists of Jus Osborn (the only surviving member of EW), Justin Greaves (ex-Iron Monkey), Rob Al-Issa and Liz Buckingham. This new group managed to deliver one of the heaviest albums of recent times…

Monkeyshop – Niagara Flow

This new act from Finland, sometimes called Monkeychop and sometimes Monkeyshop (the same artist I assume?) made quite an impression on me lately. With their contribution to the Stilleben 016 compilation they already stood out amongst the new generation of Finnish electro artists, but with their 12? releases on Stilleben and Cr?me Organisation they made an enormous impression…

Alio Die – Il tempo magico di saturnia pavonia

Italian composer Stefano Musso has been releasing his music under the name ?Alio Die? for more than a decade now, and keeps releasing more beautiful and refined albums at a steady pace. His releases on his own label ?Hic Sunt Leones? often contain parts of plants in the packaging, or have beautiful covers…

Moljebka Pvlse – Tamon

This new release by Moljebka Pvlse is quite a change from his other works. While ?Tamon? contains elements of the deep and meditative drones that Moljebka Pvlse is known for, it is also an experiment with noise. This is not entirely surprising, considering that the Segerhuva label has a strong tendency towards power electronics and full-out noise…

Haïku – Synthese

The music on the CD ranges from experimental electronica to more standard idm. It is well produced and quite varied. However, It lacks a certain ‘drive’, something which makes you want more and more.

Scorn – List of takers

After a lot of silence, there is finally a new release by Mick Harris (Scorn, Napalm Death, Quoit, Painkiller). This new release by Scorn is not a new studio album but a recording of a live set that was done for a radio show on Breaks FM. It consists of a single track of over 70 minutes long with a varied array of tracks from Mick Harris…

Punck – A movie without images

I?ve always liked the 3? CD format a lot, they look nice, they ask for custom packaging, and the music is not too long. On this simple but nicely packed CDR by Punck, is one 20 minute piece of concrete ambient recordings and minimal composition. The recordings are very delicate and immediately remind of the works of Toy Bizarre, Steve Roden or Small Cruel Party…

OTX – Escape

Brume records seems to be one of the many labels that covers the space between industrial and dance music. Their latest CD is by a project called OTX. On this CD we find a mixture of industrial beats, more dance like tunes and slight drones, voices and samples. Although it is not a bad record, it is certainly not very original or extremely well produced. In short, it is a bit (too) marginal…

Exclipsect / Kaebin Yield – Symbiosis

?Symbiosis? is a split CD between two artists, Exclipsect (who did a split 10? with Zymosiz), and Kaebin Yield (one half of Duncan Avoid, see the review on this website). This ?split? is a subtle and effective trip into the realms of industrial dance, broken beats and sonic destruction…

Kareem – Noctocrom

After a dozen vinyl releases, a split CD with Huren and a solo CD on the K2O label, Zhark recordings label-boss Kareem presents his second full-length CD album. Kareem is undoubtedly known for his material on Zhark recordings (dark, industrial techno soundscapes)…

Jason Kahn & Jon Mueller – Papercuts

Jason Kahn and Jon Mueller produced the music on this 18 minute Mini-CD entirely from different sorts of paper, from commercial to special handmade paper. The result is a dense and microscopic sound journey in which the artists zoom in and out of the sound of paper…

Dwight Ashley – Discrete Carbon

Dwight Ashley has been composing music for his own pleasure for a long time (since 1976), only occasionally giving a hint of what he is working on to other a wider ‘audience’.

Dangereux vs Iversen – Reconstructing mechanical bacteria

When I first got this CD, I thought it looked really unprofessional, and quite unappealing. A simple layout in a printed paper cover. For some strange reason these first impressions are usually reflected in the music presented. In this case I would like to admit that this is an exception…