2.07.2016

BENÜMB

































"Soul of the martyr"
Year:  1998
Country:  US
City:  Oakland , CA
Label:  Relapse
Format:  CD
Tracks:  35
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Grindcore


























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1.29.2016

ZEGOTA






























"Namaste"
Year:    2001
Counry:  US
City:  Greensboro
Label:  CrimethInc
Format:  CD
Tracks:  9
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Krautrock
























Zegota formed in Greensboro around brothers Jon and Will Ridenour, respectively the group's guitarist and drummer, bassist Brian (later replaced by Jackie Lee) and singer Eric Moe. Their name comes from Żegota, the codename for The Council to Aid the Jews, which saved the lives of many Europeans during the Holocaust. After releasing their debut LP, Movement in the Music, and touring heavily, Jackie Lee left the group in 2000. He was replaced by Ard, a resident of Holland. Their second record, Namasté, followed shortly thereafter. In 2002, Jon moved to Sweden, giving the group a unique international line-up. Two years later, they released their third LP, Reclaim!, whose sound marked a step away from hardcore punk towards post-hardcore. In 2007, Ard left the group. He currently resides in Amsterdam. Zegota found a new bassist in Mark Dixon
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1.23.2016

DISCROW


































"Surveillance city"
Year:  2016
Country:  US
City:  Columbus, OH
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  25 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Grindcore
























There are a lot of things to like about this album. As a Nasum tribute, you’d be hard-pressed to find an effort better executed than this. And on a very basic level, it’s both very hard and very easy to mess up grindcore. Hard because with such a basic template to work from, any band should be able to take their own voice and make it fit in some cool way. Easy because many bands seem to fail at this. Unrest succeeds, from the riffs, to the vocals, even to the subject matter- there is so much to praise about Grindcore.
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1.19.2016

CONTRAKTOR
































"Libertarian socialism"
Year:  2016
Country:  US
City:  Kansas
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  5
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Harsh Noise


























Extreme harsh noise project started in 2012 by young musician named Jonny Antibiotic from Kansas City, Missouri (USA). He use to record his music on digital format and put all his discography avaible totally free in different net-platforms. Until date, he has recorded 26 long albums and 39 ep´s and his style is almost always an extreme, crude and dissonant harsh noise with few modulated human voices (screams) and titles and messages related to themes such as: politics, social issues, animal rights, anti-war, etc. I have choosen this one entitled "libertarian socialism" but in fact until date, his recordings are quite similars, so maybe you prefer another one. As style we can describe it as harsh noise, but it's neither static at all nor saturared with non stop, but the opposite. We mean, there are changes of intensity, texture, speed and even volume, and these changes become this release in something more than "typical harsh noise" and take our attention. Maybe other CONTRAKTOR recordings fall in the excessive and too much "harsh" noise, but this one according my personal opinion, know how to manage the disortion pedals, volume, voices (few screams), etc. It seem a good noise musician, so we are sure in the future we will can to listen to more and better works.
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1.14.2016

SICKBAG































"Destructure & disgrace"
Year:  2010
Country:  France
City:  Paris
Label:  DAC Prod.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  19
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Grindcore

























French technical grindcore band with influences from bands like Napalm Death, Misery Index, Dying Fetus, Brutal Truth or Neurosis. They formed in 2003 and put out their first EP, "A perfect world of shit", in 2004 after a demo, in 2003, "Vomiting reflex". They then shared a split album with three french grindcore bands, Disaster, Elysium and Desecrator followed by the album "Bushido codex", in 2006 on Deformeathing Productions. Their latest album, is "Shade Among Shades" on the Destructure label in 2010. In 2010 ukrainean label "DAC Productions" released this album with nineteen songs with a nice artwork plus booklet.
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1.05.2016

ZIZANI






























"Anti fascist harsh noise"
Year:  2016
Country:  Quebec  (Canada)
City:  Montreal
Label:  Crâne d´Ours
Format:  digital
Tracks:  4
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:         Drone        Harsh Noise


























ZIZANI and also a label called "Crâne dÓurs Records" run by a young musician from Québec, Canada, since 2014. In an only one year he has already recorded several releases, but probably we have here below the best at the moment but the best. There are four long tracks (ten minutes per track) which sound sometimes to walls of noise, sometimes to a mix of drone and harsh noise. First track is specially deep, grave, dark and very very slow. Good stuff.
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1.02.2016

CUCUMBER FARMER
































"Empirical research..."
Year:  2007
Country:  Finland
City:  Helsinki
Label:  American Brothers
Format:  2 x CD
Tracks:  18
Time:  100 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Noise Rock

































Cucumber Farmer is a strange but very cool Finnish band. I reviewed and loved their other CD called Beyond. This new double CD was 3 years in the making. The first CD is the intended CD, while the 2nd CD is the same tracks (given different titles) remixed by Pink Twins, who I have no idea who they are. The band clearly intended on this being a musical experiment with them playing doctor and you the so called guinea pig. One is expected to take the listening experience seriously. No monkey business here… Listen, experience some emotion…write the review… or enjoy your next beer… The Absolute Proof starts the CD and it is very spaced out as the band slowly takes you into their strange world, via the secret entrance around the back. Since I’ve been Edge and Bono is a crazy mixture of stoned dub reggae and noise rock. I just died in a Las Vegas Nightclub follows and begins very laid back (think Twin Peaks movie) with piano and a strange ambience but it slowly devolves into some sort of distorted post rock nightmare… Working in the USSR begins with some people labouring in the background with jackhammers and stuff as the music slowly builds up again getting quite heavy at the end. Loneliness of Gary Lonely is next and again features some singing. By the time you get to Bigass Oceanliner the record is pretty intense and really beginning to space my head out… The CD ends with DTM and a Riding Car and it is another mindfuck of a trip.. Be careful as this CD could serious damage your mind….. As for the remix CD, it is about 10 mins longer than the regular CD and a totally different trip and very psychedelic! Pretty amazing stuff, actually.. (*NOTE = this nice review was writen by Scott Heller ).
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