Ghost Miner – Shadow Factory (C25, Out-Of-Body Records)

Shadow Factory is a great release of minimal noise-driven beats, and it’s interesting to hear Ghost Miner’s dark dancework in comparison to Ascites blasts of noise. Like everything Out-Of-Body Records has put out so far, this is material that’s definitely worth picking up.

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Arvo Zylo – Falling Tower, Terrible Fountain (C30, Side of the Sun Recordings)

Arvo Zylo brings us another excellent tape filled with noise from Side of the Sun Recordings. Falling Tower, Terrible Fountain is, from the artist himself, a personal recording experience based somewhat on the Falling Tower tarot card, and indeed the cassette brings a smattering of different sounds, sometimes minimal and sometimes noisily full, that draws…

Human Vault – Tears of the Quiet Ones/Souls Inflicted (2xCD-R, Exabyss Records)

Human Vault is Mortum, an industrial artist whose work has been released on a variety of different lables. Exabyss Records is re-releasing Human Vault’s ouput, and Tears of the Quiet Ones/Souls Inflicted is a combination of two recordings on a 2-CD-R set. Tears of the Quiet Ones is a regular full-length album, and the second disc, Souls Inflicted, is a…

Steel Hook Prostheses – The Empirics Guild (CD, Malignant Records)

Steel Hook Prostheses is the duo J. Stillings and L. Kerr, and their sound sits primarily within the heavy power electronics/death industrial genres. The black metal vocals should give it away immediately on The Empiric Guild, but the combination of intensely atmospheric noise and the penchant for producing eerie textures of makes this a soundtrack for…

Street Sects – The Morning After the Night We Raped Death (7″, Not On Label)

Street Sects is the duo Leo Ashline and Shaun Ringsmuth, performing loop-based noise/grindcore. It’s the sort of thing that works well when paired with the aggressive vocal delivery on this five minute 7″ record. The Morning After the Night We Raped Death is the first in a five-series set of LPs titled “Gentrification: A Serial Album,” and…

Trepaneringsritualen – The Totality of Death (Programme B) (CD, Silken Tofu)

The Totality of Death (Programme B) is the second disc in a compilation of difficult-to-find tracks from Trepaneringsritualen. It’s another hour of death industrial tracks, released on Silken Tofu in much the same style as Programme A with more flip-out panel artwork in a digipak. Most of these tracks are similar in quality and tonality to the ones…

Grunt – Someone Is Watching (CD, Force Majeure)

Grunt’s active style of noise is fully present on this reissue CD of Someone Is Watching, originally a C60 back in 1998. The CD emphasizes the paranoia on display in the lyrics and titles of Grunt’s work; an insert features a nine-panel picture of people being viewed through a security camera, as well as a write-up…

Gnawed – Terminal Epoch (CD, Phage Tapes)

Terminal Epoch is a full-length Gnawed album from Grant Richardson, and he’s become quite the aficionado of the power electronics scene. All of Gnawed’s output is consistently grueling; the devastating recordings are populated with the staples of the PE genre without feeling like the same tracks over and over again. That’s a difficult thing to do with…

OPPONENTS – Psychosexual Spiritual (C38, Out-Of-Body Records)

OPPONENTS is primarily a group focused on darkwave synth and rhythms, looping patterns that use drum machine-style beats to produce a gothic industrial tone at times reminiscent of Swans, at others a dark, swelling mass at a rave. Their tracks utilize the momentum of loops to add layers to the tunes, giving five tracks of…

Droughter – Skin Gentleman’s Club (CD-R, Obfuscated Records)

Droughter is Kevin McEleney, who also works under the name Drag Age (which has been reviewed on this blog). On Skin Gentleman’s Club, Droughter douses everything in gasoline and sets fire to it; any rhythms created by looping he destroys, any exhibiting signs of musicianship are eventually waylaid. Droughter leaves a desolate landscape in his wake,…