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Mika Vainio

Life (...It Eats You Up)

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Released: Jul 2011
Catalogue Number: EMEGO124
Tracks for: Life (...It Eats You Up)
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mika vainio - Life (...It Eats You Up)

Mika Vainio serves up an album of incredible guitar-based experiments on Editions Mego, and almost needless to say it's f*ckng brilliant, ten tracks of sheer head-crushing doom that just wipes the floor with pretty much anyone else doing this kind of thing. The erstwhile Pan Sonic man uses his inimitable arsenal of advanced electronic techniques to coax the most exquisitely hellish, heavy sounds of his axe, but crucially he doesn't manipulate the instrument totally beyond recognition: no, this is an album that really thrashes and shreds and, yes, rocks; culminating in an impossibly heavy, swaggering cover of The Stooges' 'Open Up And Bleed' (yes, you read that right: Mika Vainio covering The Stooges). Elsewhere it's more abstract if no less exacting - we're especially bowled over by 'In Silence A Scream Takes A Heart' and 'A Ravenous Edge', two droning, torrid dirges that summon KTL, Gravetemple and Sunn O)) at their gnarliest, whilst easily outgunning 'em all (no mean feat). On 'Throat' Vainio conjures an ear-scraping power electronics sound that has more in common with Prurient or Kevin Drumm's Sheer Hellish Miasmah, while 'Mining' is a complete wildcard: drum-driven, steam-powered and feedback-drenched industrial funk, the bastard offspring of Nitzer Ebb and Earth. 'Crashed' surveys more expansive, minimalist, even cinematic terrain, but still manages to sound punishingly claustrophobic, while the almighty 'And Gives Us Our Daily Humiliation' and 'Conquering The Solitutde' sound like a black metal band subjected to Pita-style digital processing. Misanthropic, brutal, uncompromising and heavier than a death in the family: there's no dungeon deep or dark enough to contain this absolute beast of an album. Just incredible.

MIKA VAINIO - Life (...It Eats You Up), Editions Mego
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MIKA VAINIO - Vandals EP, raster-noton
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MIKA VAINIO - Kilo, BLAST FIRST PETITE
MIKA VAINIO - Kilo, BLAST FIRST PETITE
MIKA VAINIO - Olento, Sahko Recordings
MIKA VAINIO - FE3O4 - Magnetite, Touch
MIKA VAINIO - FE3O4 - Magnetite, Touch
MIKA VAINIO - Rasputin 3000, COMFORTZONE
MIKA VAINIO - Black Telephone of Matter, Touch
MIKA VAINIO - Life (...it Eats You Up), Editions Mego
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MIKA VAINIO

Life (...It Eats You Up)

Editions Mego

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Beautiful gatefold double vinyl edition - now in stock.

MIKA VAINIO

Vandals EP

raster-noton

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MIKA VAINIO

Kilo (Vinyl Edition)

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*Finally available on vinyl*

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MIKA VAINIO

Kilo

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Mika Vainio measures out one of his finest releases to date, bar none.

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MIKA VAINIO

Kilo

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Mika Vainio measures out one of his finest releases to date, bar none.

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MIKA VAINIO

Olento

Sahko Recordings

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A long awaited digital issue of this classic 1995 release from Mika Vainio on Sahko Recordings.

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MIKA VAINIO

FE3O4 - Magnetite

Touch

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Incredible music, and yet another totally unmissable full-length from Mika Vainio.

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MIKA VAINIO

FE3O4 - Magnetite

Touch

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Incredible music, and yet another totally unmissable full-length from Mika Vainio.

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MIKA VAINIO

Rasputin 3000

COMFORTZONE

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A corrosive, killer slice of Industro-Bashment, plus a stripped down and haunted number.

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MIKA VAINIO

Black Telephone of Matter

Touch

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Predictably immense frequency headf*ck from the absolute master of this sort of thing: Mika Vainio.

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MIKA VAINIO

Life (...it Eats You Up)

Editions Mego

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Ten tracks of absolutely head-crushing doom from the master - his finest album to date bar none.

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MIKA VAINIO

It's a Muthang / Midnight Mutant

COMFORTZONE

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KILLER darkwave experiments from Mika Vainio - ESSENTIAL PURCHASE.

PETERLICKER - Last Slave, Editions Mego
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER - Returnal, Editions Mego
PHILIPP QUEHENBERGER - Uffuff, Editions Mego
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HECKER - Articulação, Editions Mego
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ATOM TM & MARC BEHRENS - Bauteile, Editions Mego
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RUSSELL HASWELL - ACID nO!se Synthesis, Editions Mego
ÄäNIPää (MIKA VAINIO & STEPHEN O'MALLEY) - Through A Pre-Memory, Editions Mego
STEVE HAUSCHILDT - S/H, Editions Mego
BILL ORCUTT - A History of Every One, Editions Mego
RUSSELL HASWELL & YASUNAO TONE - Convulsive Threshold, Editions Mego
CINDYTALK - A Life Is Everywhere, Editions Mego
COH - Retro-2038, Editions Mego
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PETERLICKER

Last Slave

Editions Mego

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Two sides from the resurrected Viennese noise quartet featuring Peter Rehberg

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ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

Returnal

Editions Mego

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A genuine contender for one the best of the year, the 4th LP from synth dreamer Oneohtrix Point Never.

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PHILIPP QUEHENBERGER

Uffuff

Editions Mego

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Gloriously unexpected 12" of lithe techno and dirgey electronic pop from the Editions Mego camp.

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HECKER

Articulação

Editions Mego

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Florian Hecker's latest work for Editions Mego investigates the timbral properties of the voice.

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ATOM TM & MARC BEHRENS

Bauteile

Editions Mego

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An intensely detailed electronic study constructed by two veterans of the German electronic scene.

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RUSSELL HASWELL

ACID nO!se Synthesis

Editions Mego

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Seventeen new tracks from Russell Haswell, plus 16 page booklet with text and 15 vector oscillograms.

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ÄäNIPää (MIKA VAINIO & STEPHEN O'MALLEY)

Through A Pre-Memory

Editions Mego

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Mika Vainio and Sunn 0))) strongarm Stephen O'Malley with this anticipated union of electronics and guitars.

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STEVE HAUSCHILDT

S/H

Editions Mego

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Steve Hauschildt, and Editions Mego scan reams of his rarest and unreleased stellar explorations on 'S/H'.

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BILL ORCUTT

A History of Every One

Editions Mego

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**Lysergic solo blues from the Harry Pussy legend, articulated with uniquely jagged grammar**

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RUSSELL HASWELL & YASUNAO TONE

Convulsive Threshold

Editions Mego

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*Comes in an oversized 12" x 12" Vinyl-sized package*

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CINDYTALK

A Life Is Everywhere

Editions Mego

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August post-punk survivor Gordon Sharp returns with his most volatile, lyrical and consuming work in years.

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COH

Retro-2038

Editions Mego

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Raster-Noton/Mego veteran Ivan Pavlov returns to the latter with “a work of profound playfulness".

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FRED FRITH - Live In Japan, ReR
RAMLEH - Valediction, SECOND LAYER RECORDS
PIETRO GROSSI - Musicautomatica, DIE SCHACHTEL
LUC FERRARI - Son Memorise, Sub Rosa
HUMAN SKAB - Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags, Family Vineyard
SKULLFLOWER - Strange Keys to Untune Gods' Firmament, Neurot Recordings
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R-S (REHBERG/SCHMICKLER)

USA

PAN

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Peter Rehberg and Marcus Schmickler with an intense noise assault underpinned by colossal bass weight.

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SEWER ELECTION

Vidöppna Sår

PAN

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Dan Johansson with an extreme and nasty take on "junk noise". Highly Recommended.

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FORCE PUBLIQUE CONGO

Civil War Follows Colonization Investment 1-4

HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS

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Amazing cindered Noise and discomforting synth textures from a new artist to Hospital Productions...

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RED HORSE

Red Horse

Type Recordings

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Visceral noise and free arrangements on this limited vinyl pressing from the Type label.

MAURIZIO BIANCHI

Symphony For A Genocide

Alga Marghen

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Absolutely vital reissue of this mindblowing album from 1981 - as brutal and as dark as they come.

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ZEITKRAZER / ALVIN LUCIER

Old School

ZEITKRATZER

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FRED FRITH

Live In Japan

ReR

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1982 recordings meticulously re-created from 96K vinyl transfers by Tom Dimuzio.

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RAMLEH

Valediction

SECOND LAYER RECORDS

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Great power electronics from this enduring 1980s-formed noise act

PIETRO GROSSI

Musicautomatica

DIE SCHACHTEL

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LUC FERRARI

Son Memorise

Sub Rosa

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HUMAN SKAB

Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags

Family Vineyard

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Incredible outsider songwriting from a 10 year-old boy!

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SKULLFLOWER

Strange Keys to Untune Gods' Firmament

Neurot Recordings

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Insane Wagnerian guitar noise and drone metal from Matthew Bower