Monday, 27 October
Monday, 13 October
Noise fans unite, it's a new Whitehouse disc and the followup to the absolutely destructive 'Asceticists' album from last year. The omnipresent and always challenging duo of William Bennett and Philip Best seem to be on a roll right now, what with having the back catalogue finally issued on vinyl and new albums bleeding out left right and centre, so with any luck there should be a new generation of noise aficionados waiting eagerly to join the (un)happy throng. The pummelling African-style percussion that pushed 'Asceticists' into stratospheric heights of inventive noise is still evident here,… Read more
The album that followed on from 2003's Bird Seed album, Asceticists 2006 was the culmination of three years of obsessive sound tinkering by William Bennett. The album revealed a bold - or more accurately, terrifying - sound to it, full of noise and ear-shredding bombast, with incredible vocals, rasped in the most anarchic and hair-raising intonation on brilliantly titled tracks like 'Ruthless Babysitting' and 'Dumpng The Fucking Rubbish'. Amazing stuff, but it'll leave you a bit bruised.
So you’re into noise music are you? You’ve had your ears caressed and lacerated by Wolf Eyes, Prurient and Hair Police so now it’s time (if you haven’t already) to get two hands on one of the most important noise acts of all time – Whitehouse! ‘Birthdeath Experience’ was the band’s first album, recorded in 1980 and using only an effects pedal, two synths and a tone generator. The recordings are raw and unpolished and the trio of William Bennett, Paul Reuter and Peter McKay use their equipment to belch out a Throbbing Gristle inspired noisy, pseudo industrial slop. Crackling stat… Read more
Nearly ten years since original release, Whitehouse's uncompromising 'Bird Seed' is available on vinyl once again. It's later period Whitehouse, some 20 odd years into their oeuvre, with William Bennett producing and Philip Best ranting. It's also the point at which the African and voudun rhythms which inform William Best's scintillating Cut Hands project really take hold, from the incredible roil and noise slaughter of 'Wriggle Like A F**king Eel' in original and mighty extended instrumental version, to the bone-snapping digital/analog torque of 'Munkisi Munkondi'. Heavy heavy wares.
Wednesday, 08 October
Monday, 29 September
Sacred Tapes offer a poke around the depths of John Powell-Jones' phantasmagoric mind with 'The Necromantic Bell Of Giradius'. Whilst perhaps best known as brilliant illustrator and screen-printer - his work for Reel Torque, Basic House, and Moon Duo features regularly on these pages, and he recently exhibited in Geneva accompanied by a Demdike Stare installation - his musical praxis is also gathering recognition, both in the motorik psych unit Horrid, and now revealed here as unique solo artist. Recorded some years ago, these two improvised pieces for guitar, … Read more
Monday, 15 September
"Maurizio Bianchi's unreleased 2-track album entitled, 'Teknoise'. Originally recorded in August 1980 this album has never been released in any format and is an extremely rare artifact from Maurizio's collection. Two long tracks, 'Tek' and 'Noise', deliver that unique sound that M.B. has made his own. Primitive drum machines pulse over sinister analogue synths, that create an unsettling atmosphere, perhaps only the true Italian master of Industrial and Musique Concrete could ever create."
"It Was Once Said To Be A Song is the debut album from Japan's Gezan. Originally released in Japan in 2010, Gezan have become popular in their home country for their high speed noise, punk, hardcore and psych-rock music. In Japan, Gezan have been embraced by the previous generation of underground rock. The band was recommended to Imprec by Kawabata Makoto of the Acid Mothers Temple who said that Gezan was his favorite live band in Japan. "Your blood dyes the shattered sky as dark as red can be. Gezan is awesome!" Merzbow. "Gezan is a single flower bl… Read more
Monday, 08 September
Monday, 07 July
Monday, 30 June
Mars are the sort of near-mythical band you only hear mentioned in hushed reverence by those in the know. They were an integral and catalytic piece of New York's primordial mid-late '80s No Wave soup and left a cruelly overlooked legacy of controlled fury and blunt emotion transcribed to a handful of releases. This LP 'Live At Irving Plaza' is a location recording captured on a prototype portable tape recorder by an early fan of theirs, Brian Eno, and documents, in remarkable fidelity, their penultimate show, dating August 4th, 1978. It's a raucous, rollicking performance, utterly comp… Read more
Monday, 16 June
**Vital first compilation of Cremation Lily's torrid, despairing UK power electronics. For fans of Consumer Electronics, Helm, Alberich** "Cremation Lily is the project of UK based Z. Zsigo. For the past 5 years Zsigo has been consistently working under most people’s radars with his distinctly personal take on power electronics, developing a modest cult following and a respectable catalog of releases through his Strange Rules label. In 2012 the project was brought to the attention of Steve Underwood from Harbinger Sound who subsequently released the ‘Fertility Servent’ … Read more
Monday, 09 June
Proper, technically-advanced brainfloss from two of the world's most fastidious n0!se provocateurs, Russell Haswell and Kohei Gomi (Pain Jerk, Incapacitants). Their long-awaited collaboration 'Electroacoustic Sludge Dither Transformation Smear Grind Decomposition n0!se File Exchange Mega Edit' has, in effect, been in-the-works since the duo first met at Tokyo's legendary 20000 Volts venue, back in 1997 and registered intent to work with each other. Fast forward 15 years to 2012 and the d… Read more
Dread-filled power noise dimensions from time-served German and Japanese units paying tribute to the 'Four Noble Truths' of Buddhist teaching. On top, Stephan Hanser aka Anemone Tube uses field recordings made in Sun-Yat-sen-Mausoleum, Nanjing, and Shanghai, between 2007-2008 and coupled with synthesiser to create great, crumbling walls of sound seemingly rendered in slow collapse around us but leaving the listener uncommonly calm at the centre. Down below, Dissecting Table's 'Guanyin' side - a dedication to Guanyin Bodhisattva 'Goddess of Compassion' - manifests … Read more