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.

En Nihil/Filth – Black Earth (C40, Out-Of-Body Records)

En Nihil and Filth are two fantastic power electronics artists. The former has released quite a few albums under the En Nihil moniker, three of them a trilogy series; Filth is Rob Buttrum’s project, the owner of Out-Of-Body Records. Black Earth finds them working together on a split tape of 8 heavy tracks, with En Nihil’s side…

Matthew Akers – A History of Arson (C36, Out-Of-Body Records)

Matthew Akers explores both the digital and analog side of synths on his tape for Out-Of-Body Records, A History of Arson. The cassette features a match that comes with inside the case, in case one decides that the music makes them want to go and commit a crime; but Akers’ music swells and vamps, instrumental songs…

156 – A Life Lived As If In Hell (C30, Out-Of-Body Records)

A Life Lived As If In Hell sounds exactly like the title of the tape suggests; I reviewed one of Adel Souto’s releases as 156 before and it certainly did not have the dark connotations that this one does. The release is steeped in darkness and grief, not so much stemming from a violent side…

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…

Compactor – Desensitization Reprocessing (C30, Out-Of-Body Records)

Compactor is an industrial glitchy project from Derek Rush. There’s not really any other way to describe it. The artist’s moniker makes sense; just as a garbage compactor has its own sense of rhythm during the motions of its machinery, so too does Desensitization Reprocessing. It’s a tape full of heavy beats that are noises and static…

Deign – Pecuniary Huckster (C20, Out-Of-Body Records)

Deign is a project from Jim Harras, and besides one release out in 2010, this is his only other foray with the moniker. Pecuniary Huckster is three tracks of absolutely destructive noise, and it’s doesn’t fall into the dilemmas of harsh noise or power electronics by reusing old ideas. Instead, it takes both of those genres and…

Drag Age – Mask of a Crushed Insect (C12, Out-Of-Body Records)

This short cassette from Drag Age (Kevin McEleney of Droughter) comes to us from the great Out-Of-Body Records in a delightful package, the kind of design that the label is known for. There’s only two tracks on this release, meaning that it’s super easy to get a quick listen in and get out again. Drag…

Gnawed – Patience Is Waste (C40, Out-Of-Body Records)

Gnawed is at it again with Patience Is Waste, a solid forty minutes of power electronics set to stabbing, pulsating rhythms. There’s not always a lot of excess noise on display here; often Gnawed gives his tracks some room by simply allowing oscillating textures to fill a void while vocals run over the sound. That’s not…

Developer – OOBR004 (C30, Out-Of-Body Records)

Developer is Matthew Reis, who’s also behind the noise project Teeth Collection. As you can see, Developer’s not really into naming his works (most of his other releases are simply the tape number), but his harsh noise on OOBR004 is significantly more complex than this. The sources of the sounds alternate immensely, and often found sounds and…