Dodsmaskin – Fullstendig Brent (CD, Malignant Records)

Fullstendig Brent translates to «completely burnt»; «holocaust» in Norwegian according to the album’s interior insert, and the writing goes on to explain the ideas behind this full-length recording from Dodsmaskin. It’s meant as an interpretation of the Norwegian witch trials in the 17th century, and the five tracks offered on this album certainly do represent an aural…

Big Hole – Overwhelming & Collective Murder (3″ CD-R, Not on Label)

Big Hole’s Overwhelming & Collective Murder is a 20-minute disc featuring one wall, and it starts out with a sound bite from Burden of Dreams, a documentary on the making of Werner Herzog’s film Fitzcarraldo. I’ll confess to knowing very little about either of those two things, but one thing I do know is that this sound clip is perfectly…

Transfiguration – Lovecraftian Rhetoric (C60, Existentiell)

Transfiguration is the doom metal/black metal project of Cathal Rodgers, also the artist behind Spermacidal, Wereju, and more. Lovecraftian Rhetoric is the only release that I can find from this particular moniker, a slow-moving cassette from 2014 released on Existentiell; here, Transfiguration offers up three tracks influenced by the titular writer H.P. Lovecraft as well as Dante…

Naughty/Sloth – Split (C20, Sloth of Northeast Ohio)

Naughty and Sloth get together for a strange mix of harsh noise walls on this split C20, a quick one-and-done for each artist. Naughty is the harsh noise wall project of Charlotte Duchene, a project devoted eroticism and beauty; Sloth is a bit more of a mystery, with the project’s Bandcamp page featuring a slew…

New release: Lurid Hallway – Door Three available

While Memory Wave Transmission has functioned (or malfunctioned) first and foremost as a review outlet, I do sometimes release some of my own work under its title. Therefore, I wanted to draw your attention to a new(ish) release that I’m selling now from my project Lurid Hallway. Lurid Hallway is a continuing series of harsh…

Ilsa Koch – Ilsa Frost (C30, Winter Solace Productions)

Ilsa Koch is the noise project of the owner of Winter Solace; he has a few releases under his belt, mostly all on Winter Solace, and this single-sided cassette is no different. Ilsa Frost was originally released without a label as a demo, but then found re-release on Winter Solace as a sort of recycled tape….

Lys – Klaida Ir Užuojauta (C46, Terror)

Lys is Vilius Šiaulys from Lithuanian, but other than that there’s not more I can give you about this artist. Releases have been fairly sparse; Klaida Ir Užuojauta was released in 2012, and the last ones that I can find before that were in 2011 and 2004. While not as prolific as others in the noise genre, Lys…

New imprint: Brute Canals

Memory Wave Transmission has been around for a while now – I think nearly three years of consistent reviewing – and I’ve covered a lot of harsh noise, drone, and even some black metal. I’ve been looking to expand into other territory as well (and I did for one post, except I just didn’t have…

Digital submissions now open/submit other forms of music

As I steadily catch up on review items, I would like to reopen the option to digitally submit review items. As noted before, I would prefer that submissions be in physical form if they are available, because the whole package does make a difference in review – but if your release is digital-only and you…

Various Artists – Skin Irritant (C60, Deaf Culture Music)

Just looking at the artists on Skin Irritant would tell you that you’re in for a good listening experience, but the j-card featuring pictures of all of the skin conditions featured on this compilation is also a plus. The packaging done by Deaf Culture Music for this C60 is excellent, and I just wanted to point that…