"Born To Destroy Amalek"
Year:  2008
Country:  US
Artist:  ?
Label:  Topheth Propheth
Format:  CD
Edition:  500 copies
Tracks:  6
Time:  34 min.
Lyrics:  pro-Zionist , extreme right
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Noise   Ambient

BARZEL is back again. I have to admit that I really enjoyed this project’s first full-length effort, A Shield of Defense and the Word of the Son of Blood, for two reasons. Firstly, the cold, lo-fi, yet massive and completely inhuman sound of the machines of death which blasted through the speakers. The atmosphere which is created by the music is really tight, it grips you and drenches you, almost to the point of physical pain. Really impressive. Secondly, Barzel’s ideological background is zionist, which is not that common in the more conservative realm of power electronics. Though you don’t necessarily have to agree with the message, it helps to keep a certain level of balance. It is a motivation to think once again about the messages that are offered in this genre and how much of them is meant seriously, or is used as mere shock tactics. Barzel creates a buzz, makes people discuss the message of the project itself, and other projects, and brings some fresh blood to power electronics, which, at least to me, cannot be wrong.

Quite a lengthy introduction, so let’s see what Born to Destroy Amalek has to offer. The first track is nice samples, leading to a great death-industrial-esque track, Lone Wolves Of Zion, a cold, synth-driven power electronics piece, executed the European way, and definitely my favourite track. Up next is some really harsh and piercing distortion inferno, followed by another more quiet and dark track which is based upon some sample work. New Sicarii is a nice combination of synths and distortion, but maybe a little lengthy. Victory is almost pure ambient, very well executed. Up next are two harsher tunes, followed by the dark and quiet We Shall Wash Our Feet in the Blood of the Wicked, which closes the album. So, Born to Destroy Amalek brings ten tracks of very well laid out and executed power electronics, death industrial and ambient genres, packed in a nice four-panel digipack. I guess the greater part of the power electronics crowd will not buy any Barzel stuff, because of the concept. Those who are able to see beyond that will be rewarded with some first class auditory material.
(*NOTE: review from  Moderne Tontrager ).
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of the Son of Blood"
Year:  2003
Country:  Israel
City:  Tel-Aviv
Artist:  ?
Label:  Topheth Prophet rec.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  47 minutes
Lyrical themes: pro-Zionist , extreme right
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Harsh Noise

When we hear about Israel only comes to mind the Jewish religion and the pseudo - war peace with Palestine and we do not stop to think that in that distant country there are many more. Among those things are to have a good basketball team , a transvestite who won Eurovision and industrial music label is at hand . That seal is Tophet Prophet and obviously bands edit their home country to practice this radical style. In this case the band before us Barzel ( Iron in Hebrew ) , which plays an electronic power while it is not the most corrosive if rather blunt at times .    The first thing that stands out about this project is the fact of being openly Jewish , in a style that borders in some cases dangerously Nazi border , or at least in aesthetic and theme is very close to the horror of the war , with most explaining the Nazi cruelty upon the Jewish people . Not only that but is declared supporter of the Zionist movement ( national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the recognition of Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel). Whether we agree or disagree with the political views of this group , we will not get wet and we will be left only with his music. As mentioned before the electronic power becomehe owner of the entire disk , distorted electron waves reach your ears seasoned samplers numerous speeches in Hebrew and English , epic -sounding speeches , ready to boost the morale of all those who s twish to fight the hand of the people of Israel.   In short , this is a group of power electronic classic in its quieter side , winning much originality for his philosophical background , say very risky for the times , but staying in the musical , it is far from a bad album , say that the strength of this type of music is not in the rhythm or melodies , but the sounds and especially in what you feel and what you transmit, and in this section the work is pretty accurate , recommended for lovers of the genre.
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Here below the beach of Tel-Aviv, probably the most peaceful area in Israel.




"Watching dead Empires
in decay"
Year:  2014
Country:  UK
City:  London
Artist:  Leyland Kirby
Label:   Modern Love ‎rec.
Format:  LP
Edition:  300 copies
Style:   Experimental   Noise   Ambient

Watching Dead Empires in Decay’, a new album recorded under another of Kirby’s pseudonyms ‘The Stranger’ and released on Modern Love Records, a label that has been close to Kirby through these last eventful 15 years. It’s complex, singular, enigmatic, percussive, atmospheric and you just can’t work out how it was constructed. Gone are the sampled 78’s of The Caretaker, but it also doesnt exactly sound electronic - you just can’t quite fathom how any of it was put together: Field Recordings? Found Sounds? Sheets of metal scraped and hammered? Drum machines re-wired? It’s stark and unsettling, haunted, even troubling - but often just beautiful.    Excellent and brilliant work.
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"Cheap. Comfortable"
Year:  2014
Country:  Russia
City:  Moscow
Artist:  Alex Cheskidov
Label:  Torga Amun rec.
Format:  CD + postcards
Edition:  16 copies uniques
Tracks:  5
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Harsh Noise

Another noise project from the mother-land Russia, a country with an strong scene about noise, industrial and similar musical styles. In the case of ROSE SOBCHAK we are in front of a typical agressive, powerful and even hurtful harsh noise ultra electronic and without any human trail: no voice, no rhythm, no melody. Only a line full of changes and bad agressive sounds that make a mockery of the old Japanoise legends. Im listening ROSE SOBCHAK and all this extreme noise storm remind me another russian projects such as: Maaaa, .Nyctalops. , Comforter, Ganzer, Natural Obscenity In Sexual Experiments, Tydish or another projects non-russian like the veteran Xome (US), the italians jokers of Fecalove or the also veteran british noise musician: BBBlood. I sincerely believe that the HNW is far less violent and aggressive musically, that the style plays ROSE SOBCHAK, as the HNW always maintains a steady line, unchanged, almost-provoking or drowsiness. In opposite, the harsh noise induce to induces extreme excitement and the unrest. Anway and despite this true "audio-storm", we can distinguish between good and bad and Alex Cheskidov has demonstrated us a lot of times he is a great musician and can to make harsh noise one day and ambient / drone another day. He has played in a lot of b-side projects... in very different styles from harsh noise to musique concrète, free improvisation, sound collage, etc. As always, the label which made this release ("Torga Amun" from the Urals region) has had an special attention to make an artwork very awesome, delicate and original. A very good discharge of noise friends.
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"To Be Kind"
Year:  2014
Country:  US
Label:  Mute rec.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  2 hours
Genre:  rock
Style:   Post-Punk

"To Be Kind" is the upcoming thirteenth studio album by American experimental band Swans, scheduled to be released on May 12, 2014. It will be available as a triple vinyl album, a double CD, and a two-CD deluxe edition that will include a live DVD as well as a digital download.     The album was produced by Michael Gira and recorded by John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, the world's largest residential recording studio complex, in Tornillo, Texas, 30 miles from El Paso and at Congleton's studio in Dallas. Swans began rehearsing at Sonic Ranch in October 2013 and began recording soon after, they finished mixing with Congleton in December in Dallas. Most of the music was developed while touring in 2012 and 2013. The album features special guests St. Vincent, Cold Specks, Little Annie and Bill Rieflin. On March 21, the song "A Little God in My Hands" and the album artwork were revealed. There are six versions of the album artwork and all of them are paintings of baby's heads done by Bob Biggs.  All music composed by Swans.
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Year:  2008
Country:  Basque Country
City:  Bilbao
Label:  none
Format:  net
Tracks:  14
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Abstract   Minimal   Noise

BIOGRAPHY  :  Sound artist , radio creator, producer and journalist. His work is based on research among different people , sounds and formats in different situations as sound installations, musical compositions and recordings , radio plays , group projects or collective improvisation ... Over the past 15 years has shown his work in various countries Europe, America and Asia, and has published a long list of works, both solo and in collaboration with artists such as Francisco Lopez, Eddie Prevost , Mattin , TV Pow , Maialen Lujanbio...     Since 2000 , co -directs the annual festival of other music ERTZ since 2003 and serves as the coordinator in the department of sound AUDIOLAB Arteleku contemporary art center of Donostia -San Sebastián . He has also published several essays on the phenomenon of collective creation and a regular contributor to several media outlets , especially newspapers and radio

REVIEW  :  Solo album of multi-instrumentalist Xabier Erkizia, who also is expert in field recordings, harsh noise, drone, free improvisation with another projects and under different names. Xabier Erkizia also appears in the noise-rock band Billybao together with the spanish noise celebrity Mattin,  who currently lives in Sweden and produce a very few music unfortunately.  Throughout this album, along with various electronic and computer-generated sounds, miniscule and minimal moises, become this album in an hybrid between the electronic music of Pan Sonic or raw harsh japanoise. I can assure you that while the electronic valve may look like something that might be played by a member of the Pan Sonic, it is most certainly an earthly invention that Xabier Erkizia uses to produce some expressive, lovely, and ethereal tones. I don´t know the rest of his ouevre, but this album is simple, direct and easy, but brilliant.
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Year: 2008
Country: Switzerland
City: Zurich
Label: Blossoming Noise rec.
Format: CD
Tracks: 14
Time: 70 min.
Genre: electronic
Style: Noise   Avantgarde

Joke Lanz is working in the area of experimental and free music since 1989, Sudden Infant is building up complex noise compositions, using unconventional sound sources, lo-fi electronics, rock instruments and turntables. Sudden Infant's music has a humorous and highly improvised character with a lot of jokes and irony and in general with a dadaist character.  Joke Lanz is one of the most prolific and profound artists working in the border zones where performance and body art meet free improvisation and Noise. In his Sudden Infant guise, Lanz creates a unique blend of physical sound poetry and epileptic noise bursts, using contact microphones, loops, tapes, etc. The result is an extreme form of musique concrète that juxtaposes spasmodic gibbering with a battery of disorienting punk, industrial and electronics.
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Year:  2006
Country:  Russia
City:   Petrozavodsk
Artist:  ?
Label:  Ufa muzak
Format:  CD

Edition:   91 copies
Tracks:  5
Time:  25 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Ambient   Noise

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"Solovki prison camp"
Year:  2008
County:  Russia
Label:   Ufa muzak
Format:   CD
Edition:  71 copies
Tracks: 11
Time:  40 mi.
Genre:  acoustic
Style:   Ambient   Noise

The artist (anonymous yet) use instruments such as: polyvox, radionoise and some metalic objects. This album is a dedication to Uhtua republic which was founded in 1920 (inside USSR) in the northern region of Karelia (next to Finlandia). 
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