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 […]

Sir Richard Bishop & W. David OliphantKarkhana with Nadah El ShalzyCarte Blanche |  Unrock (LP+7″/LP) Introductory Comment: Voyage is a long journey involving travel by sea or in space. In this case, it involves sound… Aesthetic cooking in a spiritual saucepan, with multicultural raw materials. If this doesn’t make any sense, keep reading. The Saraswati […]

Åke Hodell | Verbal Brainwash and Other Works Fylkingen Records (3xCD/DL) Åke Björnsson Hodell (1919-2000) was a Swedish poet, author, text-sound composer, and visual artist. He was also trained as fighter pilot, but after a crash during a practice flight (1941) and few years of hospitalization, he became a dedicated anti-militarist; something very apparent in his […]