Anemone Tube – The Three Worlds: Allegory of Vanity/Forget Heaven/Vanity of Allegory

Anemone Tube – The Three Worlds: Allegory of Vanity/Forget Heaven/Vanity of Allegory 3xCD Box The Epicurean/La Esencia 2017

Anemone Tube has been rather prolific in recent years involving main albums and collaborative splits; however, this triple CD does not contain new material, but functions to draw together a collection of earlier out of print and previously unreleased material spanning the years 1997 to 2013.

With the tracks on CD1 and CD2 dating broadly from the period of 1997 to 2000, they are notably looser and less refined, but do still retain a semblance of structure and direction, rather than being overtly chaotic. Overall there is a sense of the tracks being sprawling in scope, built around atmospheric yet abrasive sonics and fleeting musical moments which are revealed through synth washes, sampled Asiatic strings, clean-plucked guitar, pulsing programming etc. (depending on the track).  An overall impression of this material is that the production sits towards the murkier grey-toned end of the sonic spectrum, which is particularly highlighted when compared to the tonal clarity of current material. Another observation to make is that as the material featured on the first two discs is from the earlier phase of the project, it is perhaps more typically representative of the abstract post-industrial sounds being produced at the time. As such the material on the first two discs is specifically interesting in providing context to the early developmental phase and is equally demonstrative of how far Anemone Tube have progressed with their sound and approach to composition and production on current releases.

With the first two discs providing a history lesson on the project, the material featured on the third disc more readily resembles the current sound and direction of Anemone Tube (six tracks are from the 2007 to 2013 period, with a further three from 1998 to 1999, but only released in 2013). The first unreleased piece, Obscure the Sun, is grim and ominous in tone and expertly blends field recording elements, mid-toned distortion and melodious synth lines; it unites nicely with the following three tracks which are previously unreleased pieces from the Death Over China recording sessions. While these pieces are equally complex and as engaging as the material on Death Over China, they are notably different for their distorted ferocity, junk metal crunch and pulsing structures (it’s then understandable why they were not included on the main album). The following four tracks are broadly similar in that they are short tracks which opt for a looser and sprawling, partly attacking, industrial noise approach. This then leaves the final track From Anthropocentrism to Demonocentrism II to conclude the set with a more recognized (and excellent) piece of heavily-treated field recording elements, invasive distortion, and looped melody-tinged drones.

On the visual side of things, the beautifully designed packaging, highly conceptual imagery and overall slick and refined presentation functions to unite these various recordings under a coherent banner. Available in two editions, including three separate CDs each in six panel digi-file (300 copies) or as a special edition hand numbered edition in a cardboard sleeve including a poster, sticker, and patch with logo.

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Noise Receptor Journal Issue No.5 released!

Issue No.5 of Noise Receptor Journal has just been released on 5th October, 2017

Copies can be ordered via: http://noisereceptor.bigcartel.com/

CONTENT: In depth interviews with: Anemone Tube, Armour Group, Human Larvae, Inade, Trapdoor Tapes Young Hustlers. Tower Transmissions VI live report with photos (8 pages). Two ‘visual essays’ by Anemone Tube, spanning 14 pages.

FREE CD: All direct orders will receive a copy of the newly released Cold Spring Records Sampler CD ‘PYRE’, featuring 15 tracks of Industrial, Esoteric, Dark Ambient, Ritual, Japanese Noise, Drone, Power Electronics, Doom, Death Industrial, Experimental. More details here.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: here.

Pre-orders for Noise Receptor Journal Issue No.5 starts now!

PRE-ORDERS FOR NOISE RECEPTOR JOURNAL ISSUE No.5 STARTS NOW.

The new has just been submitted to the printer, with a target release date of 16th October.

Copies can be pre-ordered here: http://noisereceptor.bigcartel.com/

CONTENT
In depth interviews with: Anemone Tube, Armour Group, Human Larvae, Inade, Trapdoor Tapes Young Hustlers.
Tower Transmissions VI live report with photos (8 pages).
Two ‘visual essays’ by Anemone Tube, spanning 14 pages.
70 in depth music reviews (ambient/ industrial/ experimental / power electronics etc.)

FORMAT
A5 Format.
Professional grey-scale print. ‘perfect bound’ spine, with matt laminate, thick card stock cover.
100 pages in length.

International distribution: TBC, but expected to include:

USA: Malignant Records, Tesco Distro, Alalog Worship, Vacation Vinyl, Heaven Street/ Material World
UK: Cold Spring Records, Unrest Productions
Germany: Tesco Organisation, Deutsche Asphalt, Schattenmann’s ZineZone, The Epicurian, Loki Foundarion/ Deep Audio
Finland: Freak Animal, Aural Hypnox, Filth & Violence
Sweden: Tordon Ljud, Reverse Alignment
Norway: Where Frost Reign
France: La Plaque Noir

FREE CD: All direct orders will receive a copy of the newly released Cold Spring Records Sampler CD ‘PYRE’, featuring 15 tracks of Industrial, Esoteric, Dark Ambient, Ritual, Japanese Noise, Drone, Power Electronics, Doom, Death Industrial, Experimental. More details via: http://coldspring.co.uk/2016/09/va-pyre-cold-spring-sampler-cd/

 

Armour Group / Isomer – Desire To Fight

Armour Group / Isomer – Desire To Fight MC Trapdoor Tapes 2017

By way of background this split tape was released to coincide with the London UK festival United Forces of Industrial IV which both Australia project played at in April, 2017. Obviously this tape is now benefiting from a wider distribution, and is welcomed on the basis of the quality of material from both.

Noting that Armour Group’s debut mini album Purge (reviewed here) dates from 2015, and having seeing the group perform numerous times since then, it is pleasing their side of the tape contains a number of tracks recognised from live shows.  With the cover image featuring an image of Julian Knight (the infamous Hoddle Street, Melbourne mass shooter), the opening track Kill In Combat picks up this theme with a lengthy intro of radio and TV soundbites and wailing sirens to set the scenes, but the real action kicks in with an mid paced roughly grinding loop and echoed and distortion spat vocals. (easily the standout track of their side). Although also containing a large volume of crime reporting samples, the following instrumental cut Desire To Fight is more mellow in comparison, and aligns more with a slow menacing death industrial throb. And although relatively simple in construction the fast paced pulsing throb of Slaughter (another instrumental piece) is straight forward and effective, with crumbling distortion adding to variation.  The final of four tracks is Punishment does not buck the prevailing trend of rough stilted synth loops and a murky bed of grey toned distortion, yet the vocal barrage absolutely elevates it in strength and intensity. To my ear this is a step up from the Purge material, particularly as is demonstrated on the first track Armour Group are absolutely nailing their chosen concept and sound.

David Tonkin aka Isomer handles Side B and the first of three tracks Firebrand is a standout industrial/ power electronics oriented track of intertwined (mechanised) loops, junk metal clatter, layered panning noise, maudlin synth line and distinctive agonised vocals (…and is equal to the best tracks off the last album Three Kestrels reviewed here).  Hard Signal is then quite a bit more atmospheric and soundscape oriented in its post-industrial approach – spoke vocals and sparse layered noise textures framed around a constant throbbing and unchanging loop.  Snakes In The Grass rounds out Isomer’s varied side and opts for atmospheric industrial noise with post-mortem leanings (which translates to lots of raw junk metal derived sounds, controlled feedback and queasy ascending/ descending tones).

Desire To Fight is an excellent release from the perspective that it is pairing of two of Australia best underground power electronics/ industrial acts, but is even better that it features top notch material from both which showcases their individual strengths and approaches. Recommended.