Mnemonic45 is an ambient/drone project, hailing from Bitola, North Macedonia. Traveling and music is beautifully merged within the realm of calmness and abstraction. I had an extensive chat with Goce Gligurovski, the man behind the project and a dear friend. Here’s what he had to say, so let our voyage commence! Karl Grümpe/Toneshift: As an […]

Martyria is a rather new dark/ritual ambient duo formed in 2015 and hailing from Greece. They use ritualistic instruments and their chants are based on eschatological texts, these two are the primary elements that define their music. Martyria is a path of studying the origin, nature and destiny of the human psyche. Want to know […]

Wabi Experience | Wabi Experience Mikroton (CD/DL) “Seminal touch of electronic music, traditionally rooted” Wabi Experience is the result of the collaboration between Tomislav Federsel (Tomáš Procházka), Czech sound artist and actor, who had the idea for Wabi Experience and Jára Tarnovski, Czech experimental musician from the band Gurun Gurun, who came in creative support […]

Harry Pussy | Riding A DovePalilalia Records (LP) “Honesty in musical destruction” Harry Pussy, was a noise (rock) band hailing from Miami, Florida, USA, active from 1992 to 1997. In their ranks were guitarist/vocalist Bill Orcutt, drummer and vocalist Adris Hoyos with occasional support by accordionist Ian Steinberg and guitarists Mark Feehan (who appears on […]

  Merzbow | YahatahachimanOther Voices Records (CD/DL) “Five mantras of noise absolution” Merzbow, is always a highly anticipated noise project hailing from Japan (since 1979) and also recognized as one of the earliest projects in what we now call “Japanoise“! A legendary and highly prolific figure, Masami Akita, the mastermind behind Merzbow, has created 333 […]

Denis Frajerman | Wastelands / Lawrence Of ArabiaKlanggalerie (CD/DL) “A masterful bi/polar album in its very nature” Denis Frajerman is a musician and composer hailing from France. Initially known for his participation in the experimental band Palo Alto, he regularly collaborates with storytellers and writers for radio sessions, oratorios, or records. This album is his […]

T. Gowdy | Pachira AquaticaShimmering Moods Records (CD/DL) “An predominate (holistic) bouquet of bright electronic sounds” Hailing from Montreal, Canada, T. Gowdy is an electronic music producer, audio/visual performer and musician who began his career as a professional choral singer at the age of eleven! There is this sweet looking CD that needs to be […]

Luca Forcucci | B(l)(e)(e)(n)dingsLFO Records (LP/DL) “Wonderful electro-traditional experimental music” An album that sounds like an electronic locomotive at its beginning, I must write about it. Luca Forcucci’s B(l)(e)(e)(n)dings is the outcome of the collaborative work between Swiss researcher, composer and artist Forcucci, Cara Stacey – a pianist, ethnomusicologist and player of several South African […]

Sutekh Hexen | S/T Sentient Ruin Laboratories + Cyclic Law (2xCS/2xLP/DL) “Hermetic infrastructure of introvert brutality”                                            A locomotive from hell, smearing by-passers with absolute static filth and wonderful monolithic exaggeration! People, this is Sutekh Hexen hailing from USA, one of the most profound projects in the contemporary extreme scene; deconstructing black metal since 2012 […]

The Star Pillow | Music For Sad HeadbangersAidan Baker + Karen Willems | AwelAidan Baker + N | DoppelliveScatterwound | MNThissquietarmy + Dirk Serries + Tom Malmendier | Hell “A multiverse of ambient/drone” from Midira Records A handful of drone/ambient cookies in CD format, to be collectively reviewed. Albums that have connections one with another. […]

MZ. 412 | Svartmyrkr Cold Spring Records (LP/CD/DL) + Cloister Recordings US (CS) “An exclamation of marching shadows” MZ. 412 is the project of Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (aka Kremator or simply Nordvargr), a very prolific electronic musician, hailing from Sweden. The beginning can be tracked back to 1988 as Maschinenzimmer 412, with Björkk being the […]

Nimh| Beyond The Crying Era Winter-Light (CD/DL) “Rich and full sonic soil”                                             Giuseppe Verticchio is an experimental multi-instrumentalist and computer programmer hailing from Italy and in fact, he is quite productive, with a discography in excess of twenty albums with his main project Nimh since its beginning in 2001! Notable too, are his collaborations […]

Psych Krist Kastrator | Nothing Subtle (About Psychotic Demon Karaoke) EE Tapes (CD) “Darkened and fully electrocuted” Psych Krist Kastrator was an obscure, anti-commercial and underground electro, experimental, industrial project, hailing from Belgium, active from 1992 to 1997. The mastermind behind it was Marc Ceulemans (aka Brainquake), with three different vocalists: Robin, from 1992 to […]

Viviankrist | Morgenrøde Cold Spring (CD/DL) “Wonderful experimental harsh obliteration” Electronic/noise artist Viviankrist originates from Japan and currently lives in Oslo with 25 releases in her arsenal (as seen in her Bandcamp). Formally known as Vivian Slaughter, when she participated as bass player and alto-saxophonist in the Japanese, all-female, blackened doom metal/crust aural brutality called […]

Mount Shrine | Ghosts On Broken PavementCryo Chamber (CD/DL) “Noir sonic imagery” It’s a fact that ambient music emphasizes atmosphere over traditional musical structure. A revolutionary form of slow music with repetitive, gentle and soothing patterns, that can create atmosphere. The defining theme of “urban” is the presence of a great number of very different people […]

Ashtoreth | Rites I & IICyclic Law (LP/CD/DL) “Pendulum-like, ambient excursion” Here’s an interesting story. There was an amazing Belgian progressive, experimental hardcore band from Antwerp and their name was Maya. Until now, I consider their debut album as the epitome of hardcore progression, an utterly unrecognized gem and one of the most important hardcore […]

Bardo Todol & Devid Ciampalini | El Origen Del Pensamiento MágicoIkuisuus (CS/DL) “Architectural musique concrete” Bardo Todol is an experimental music project hailing from Argentina and consisting -as I read- by either Pablo Picco with Nico Picco or Pablo Picco with Atilio Sanchez. Devid Ciampalini (Metzengerstein, Holy Hole) is an Italian musician and experimentalist, working […]

Duenn | BgmLine (DL)   “Sound soaking in excellence” Though it goes without saying, Japanese electronic music in all it’s sub-genres, is a treasure trove of gems. Our world would not be the same without the involvement and the contribution of Japanese artists in every discipline! Duenn, hailing from Fukuoka, Japan, is a sound artist, […]

Inade | The Nine Colours Of The Threshold Loki Foundation (LP/CD/CS/DL)   “Epic audio mythology ritual from the post-industrial era” There was a huge wave of post-industrial projects in the late 80’s, early 90’s, among them was Inade, a dark ambient duo, Knut Enderlein and René Lehmann, hailing from Leipzig, Germany ever since. Was the […]

R.H.G.T. |Depersonalisation Opal Tapes (CS/DL) “A layered psychological narration”                            R.H.G.T. (Red Hook Grain Terminal) is the moniker of Jordan Edge, contemporary sound artist, composer and live performer, hailing from the UK. His experiments involve industrial objects, raw materials and the use of architecture in order to manipulate the medium through which sound travels. He […]

Leumann | Dystopian Land(e)scape Gertrude Tapes (Cassette/DL) “A memento mori of what was here before”                              Manuel Parisella hailing from Rome, is an active experimental musician (tapes, synths, modular and guitar) since 1988. Leumann is a very interesting case of what I -informally- call “cinematic music”, despite the fact that the music I’m referring to, […]

Red Stars CPR | Earth Is Heaven / Heaven Is HellTesttoon (12”/DL)                                                                                    “The principle of Yin and Yang is that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites”. Red Stars CPR is the collaborative moniker of Red Stars Over Tokyo and CPR. R.S.O.T. is the ambient/electronic project of Jeroen Lauwers hailing from Belgium. In […]