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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 - Kilo, BLAST FIRST PETITE
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Life (...It Eats You Up)

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Beautiful gatefold double vinyl edition - now in stock.

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Vandals EP

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Black Telephone of Matter

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Kilo (Vinyl Edition)

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*Finally available on vinyl*

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Kilo

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

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Kilo

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

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Olento

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

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FE3O4 - Magnetite

Touch

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

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FE3O4 - Magnetite

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

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MIKA VAINIO

Rasputin 3000

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

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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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It's a Muthang / Midnight Mutant

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KILLER darkwave experiments from Mika Vainio - ESSENTIAL PURCHASE.

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EDVARD GRAHAM LEWIS - All Under, Editions Mego
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HECKER - Articulação, Editions Mego
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PETERLICKER

Last Slave

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Two sides from the resurrected Viennese noise quartet featuring Peter Rehberg

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ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER

Returnal

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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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Uffuff

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

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EDVARD GRAHAM LEWIS

All Under

Editions Mego

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Four soundtracks for films and installations by the legendary member of Wire, Dome.

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All Over

Editions Mego

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First new solo recordings from Edvard Graham Lewis (Wire, Dome) to be released this century.

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ANGEL

Terra Null.

Editions Mego

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Pan Sonic's Ilpo Vaisanen, SchneiderTM's Dirk Dresselhaus and Hildur Guðnadóttir reconvene as Angel

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RUSSELL HASWELL & PAIN JERK

Electroacoustic Sludge Dither Transformation Smear Grind Decomposition nO!se File Exchange Mega Edit

Editions Mego

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Proper, technically-advanced brainfloss from two of the world's most fastidious n0!se provocateurs.

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ARNE DEFORCE & MIKA VAINIO

Hephaestus

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Cellist Arne Deforce forges a compelling union with Mika Vainio in the often jaw-dropping 'Hephaestus'.

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FENNESZ

Bécs

Editions Mego

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14 years on from his landmark 'Endless Summer', Fennesz presents its conceptual companion, 'Bécs'.

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COH

TO BEAT

Editions Mego

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The most accessible album in CoH's long and illustrious catalogue of extreme electronic music.

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LOCUST (MARK VAN HOEN)

You'll Be Safe Forever

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Mark Van Hoen has reactivated his much-loved Locust project for its first offering in 12 years.

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HECKER

Articulação

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

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

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

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

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

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RAMLEH

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

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Incredible outsider songwriting from a 10 year-old boy!

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