Stone Wired – Something We Should Endure (Early Death 1997-1999) (CD-R, Exabyss Records)

dark ambient, death industrial, Noise, Review

somethine we should endureStone Wired is a death dark ambient project from Gyorgy Turoczy, also known as Human Vault and Mortum Exabyss. He’s been re-releasing some of his older output as part of his record label Exabyss Records, and much like the Human Vault Tears of the Quiet Ones/Souls Inflicted double-CD-R album, Something We Should Endure is a collection of tracks from Stone Wired’s early days. This is meant to coincide with Something We Never Endure, another series of tracks from 1997-1999. If you check both of them out, that’s about 28 tracks and over two hours of material, something that might overwhelm when talking about death and dark ambient.

Something We Should Endure is a relatively immense release, and it covers quite a bit of ground throughout its running time. This is certainly well-rooted in death industrial; there are quite a number of vocal interludes sounding the death march, or synth-heavy sustained notes held out while percussive tones punctuate the darkness.

Stone Wired does these well, however. There’s an abundance of death and dark ambient music that often falls short of the mark because of the ease in which it can be produced – hit a note, hold it out, and pull in some sort of heavy breathing or marching beats for a concise approach – and yet Stone Wired’s feels somewhat different. Part of that is the style of Something We Should Endure – as a compilation of tracks, it feels loosely connected instead of recorded at the same time. It is also heavy on the atmosphere, and that’s something that can’t really be copied; it’s simply felt by the artist and listener, and when it’s there, it works.

The variety helps things significantly. There are regular ambient tracks, there are vocal interludes like “Regen” that carry right into much harsher songs like “Ode to the Catafalque.” The ordering and pairing of Something We Should Endure provides room for Stone Wired to showcase his abilities, and as a compilation, one can’t go wrong checking out this album simply for the hour of death ambient and dark industrial thematicism of Stone Wired’s work.

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

dub, EBM, Industrial, Music, Noise, Review

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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 set of four remixes by Vinnui and Gary. It’s a nice package from Exabyss Records, especially if you missed Human Vault output in the past; the electro death industrial music he puts out isn’t for everyone, but the noisy dance sound is nonetheless done well.

Human Vault often uses a standard repetitive beat for his tracks; programmed drums provide the background beat, while various synth tracks lay out the gothic feel, often dark and haunting but hypnotic as well. Most of the tracks clock in around lengthy four- or five-minute marks, using their repetition to lock into a groove as Human Vault growls or snarls over them.

None of these are too noisy, although they have a semblance of that to them; “Void in Fetus” starts out with crackles of static, only to erupt into a bass-driven jam with squeaky interlaced in the mix. “Stupid Sadistic and Suicidal” is an intro piece that lays down more electronics than beats, with a sound sample late in the track that shows where the title came from.

The snarly vocals are the draw here for me, although I have to say that all of Tears of the Quiet Ones’ beats are catchy. The sounds are compiled well, and all of the tracks generally have one or two moments where the song morphs ever so slightly, like “The Defeat of Creation”‘s subtle synth notes in the background. The final track onTears of the Quiet Ones, the Gary remix “The Defeat of Creation,” slows things down quite nicely for a dreamy outro.

Souls Inflicted is a nice bonus for listeners, especially since some the original tracks aren’t included on this release. It gives a quick look at what other sounds Human Vault has created, and at the same time allows Vinnui and Gary some exposure as well. It’s a short CD-R, but definitely worth a listen.

Exabyss’ package of this Human Vault reissue is really nice, and an avid listener of industrial would feel right at home with this album. With that said, I’m not too knowledgeable with industrial myself, but Tears of the Quiet Ones/Souls Inflicted is definitely a beat-heavy album with a lot of good sounds, worth a check even for those who like more noise than music.