Linekraft – Industrialized Criminals History MC Hospital Productions 2020
After the excellent power electronics/industrial noise album Subhuman Principles (reviewed here), Linekraft have promptly followed up with a major sonic ‘left turn’. This has resulted in a completely surprising release, given Industrialized Criminals History is very much of minimalist ‘Japanese ritual industrial’ style.
Based on a synth and ritual percussive based song driven approach, the tape featuring five tracks and 28 minutes of material. The opening track Introduction Of Conspiracy takes a few minutes of nominal noise before shifting tact with a moody synth melody and slow paced ritual beat. The divergence of this cassette then really comes to the fore on the following Death By Hanging which is very much a continuation of the sound based on a repeated dour minimal synth melody and ritual industrial percussion, coupled with smatters of low level static. The pace of the ritual percussive elements then takes a step up on Die Like A Dog (even featuring clanging chimes), while the title track is the longest at eight minutes, and is looser and freeform given it is more of a looped industrial noise soundscape with melodious synth undercurrent. Late track it reverts to a song based Japanese ritual industrial percussive style. Execution Room is the final of five tracks, being noteworthy for its melancholic melody and stilted, off kilter percussion.
The total physical edition of this release is only 200 copies, where the standard edition (150 copies) features a strong DIY and hand assembled aesthetic, including: hand painted envelope with attached cover image and tied with twine, plus printed inserts and pro-printed tape. Musically this release is an extremely surprising one, but is also broadly in line with the stylistic diversity of other Japanese projects. GRIM is the most obvious comparison to be made, and noting that Masahiko of Linekraft is a live member of GRIM, it is perhaps indicative of both influence and inspiration. But more importantly Industrialized Criminals History has a sound which is brimming with vitality and functions to further highlight exactly why Linekraft are currently receiving substantial accolades from underground post-industrial spheres.