Monday, June 14, 2010

Black Sun K-Evil - "EP4 - 0820" [2004]

Artist: Black Sun K-Evil
Title: EP4 - 0820
Genre: EBM / Electronic
Country: China
Release date: 2004
Size: 13 mb

Track list:
  1. Intro
  2. 人罪
  3. 被梦遗忘
  4. 消逝
Black Sun K-Evil is an one-man industrial electronic project from Beijing, China. Chinese industrial music is quite a rare thing, most of industrial fans in the West probably know only Zaliva-D. As for Black Sun K-Evil's EP, there's some nice music, but I doubt if it can be described as EBM. BTW, now I'm searching for the album called "暗城 (Dark City)" by the same project, hope I'll find it eventually.

Tank Girl - "Kids With Gun + Choco Fun" [2005]

Artist: Tank Girl
Title: Kids With Gun + Choco Fun
Genre: Punk / Garage Rock
Country: Nepal
Release date: 2005
Size: 38 mb

Track list:
  1. Intro
  2. Eh Bau!
  3. Bhalu
  4. Intro 2 / Not your average punk chick
  5. Nepali girl
  6. Love talk V Bad talk
  7. 15 years
  8. Kids with guns and choco fun
  9. TV ads
  10. 70 Kilo
  11. Ada addidas tak?
  12. My secret call
  13. Radio ad
  14. 81mm shock
  15. I live off you
  16. Study of misty mountain hop
Tank Girl is a female-fronted anarcho-punk project from Kathmandu (Nepal), let by one of the members of Rai Ko Ris. To be honest, i like them much more than Rai Ko Ris. Sadly there isn't any news from the band since the end of 2006...

Rai Ko Ris - "Himalayan Frostbite" [2003]

Artist: Rai Ko Ris
Title: Himalayan Frostbite
Genre: Punk / Garage Rock
Country: Nepal
Release date: 2003
Size: 14 mb

Track list:
  1. Nepal Bandh
  2. Jaro Maina Ayo
  3. Safe Rebellion
  4. On The Bus In The U.K.
  5. Ordinary Bastards
Rai Ko Ris are a punk trio from Nepal with male and female vocalists. Yes, punk rock scene exists even in Nepal! Unfortunately not much can be said about their music, as it's just very raw punk / garage rock. But... seriously, now many Nepali rock bands do you know? Not many, probably. There are also a couple of punk bands in Nepal beside Rai Ko Ris, but it's extremely hard to find any of their stuff.

Kesson Shoujo - "Lala Sings"

Artist: Kesson Shoujo
Title: Lala Sings
Genre: Ambient / Noise / Lolicore
Country: Japan
Release date: unknown
Size: 14 mb

Track list:
  1. Cinderella Song
  2. Mermaid Song
  3. Sora no Yume
  4. Lala Song
Another release by Kesson Shoujo, and a lot more noisy than "Childhood In Housing Complex". Some vocals (sung in Japanese, most likely a synthesized voice) are also present. The overall aesthetics of this release can be most precisely described as "childish"... but not only in naive and cute way. Just look on this artwork, which may look childish, but not cute at all:

Kesson Shoujo - "Childhood in Housing Complex"

Artist: Kesson Shoujo
Title: Childhood in Housing Complex
Genre: Ambient / Lolicore
Country: Japan
Release date: unknown
Size: 26 mb

Track list:
  1. August
  2. February
  3. March
  4. April
  5. May
  6. July
  7. January
  8. June
  9. September
  10. November
  11. December
  12. October
Kesson Shoujo was an ambient/experimental/noise project from Japan, who later changed name to わたしのココ. No wonder they decided to change the name, because Kesson Shoujo apparently is also a name of some futanari manga. No, I'm not interested in dickgirls :3, but I'm interested in good music, and I found "Childhood in Housing Complex" to be a quite good release. It is absolutely not noisy or harsh at all, just nice and cute minimalistic ambient/electronica...

Nelvoroth - "雑音体操 / Zatsuon Taiso" [2007]

Artist: Nelvoroth
Title: 雑音体操
Label: UGU
Genre: Japanoise / Lolicore
Country: Japan
Release date: 2007
Size: 26 mb

Track list:
  1. let's noise
  2. ganbare miyachan
  3. Suigintou no kougeki
  4. onnanoko ha tyometyome de nya-n nya-n
  5. Cute na Death jigoku
  6. Haruhi to Mikuru no saikyo tag
  7. kuu no koigokoro
  8. suke suke sitagi ni hanaji dokka-n
  9. Violence
  10. kimi no heart ni otome no daisakusen
  11. honou no twintail
If you aren't into Japanese harsh noise, steer away - this release will just rape your ears. Basically, it is extreme noise mixed with anime samples taken from Lucky Star, The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya, etc. The band member(s) obviously have some sense of humour, I must admit. I know there aren't many people who actually enjoy such noisy stuff ^_^, but in case if you do - visit the official page of UGU netlabel. There you can find a lot more noise/lolicore available for free.

Neblina - "Innocence Falls In Decay" [2006]

Artist: Neblina
Title: Innocence Falls In Decay
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
Country: Angola
Release date: 2006
Size: 38 mb

Track list:
  1. Mysterious Sky
  2. Holy Angels
  3. Alone
  4. My Heroin
  5. Alphaland
  6. Set You Free
  7. Stairway to Heaven
  8. Mystery in the Dark
  9. Memories
  10. Filhos da Pátria
Neblina are the only known metal/rock band from Angola, and here's their first (and probably only) album, which is available for free in 128kbps mp3 format. There's nothing really original and innovative in terms of sound, but it's still pretty decent melodic rock/metal with keyboards. Nice to hear such good music from the south of Africa, where the rock/metal scene is almost non-existent... And check out the last track - it's a really catchy tune with lyrics in Portuguese (which are probably of a patriotic kind).

Abney Park - "The Death Of Tragedy" [2005]

Artist: Abney Park
Title: The Death Of Tragedy
Genre: Gothic / Darkwave / Sympho-Industrial
Country: USA
Release date: 2005
Size: 17 mb

Track list:
  1. Stigmata Martyr
  2. The Wrong Side
  3. Dear Ophelia
  4. Witch Cult
  5. Sacrilege
  6. All The Myths Are True
  7. The Death Of The Hero
  8. Love
  9. Downtrodden
  10. False Prophecy
A masterpiece... what else can I say? Abney Park is a well-known darkwave/sympho-industrial outfit from USA which use steampunk imagery and Victorian era aesthetics. "The Death Of Tragedy" is my favourite release by them - it is beautiful, melancholic and extremely catchy music, and the track "All The Myths Are True" is one of my favourites for all times. If you like Vernian Process, Fields of Winter (see my previous post), early The Electric Hellfire Club, or just all kinds of good industrial/gothic/darkwave music - check this out! The album is freely available in mp3 format, but only at 64kbps. If you want it in better quality, buy the original CD - it's really worth its cost...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fields of Winter - "Fairy Queen" [1993]

Artist: Fields of Winter
Title: Fairy Queen 7''
Genre: Gothic / Darkwave
Country: Germany
Release date: 1993
Size: 15 mb

Track list:
  1. The Fairground Tale
  2. Book Of Dreams
  3. Fairy Queen
This is an extremely rare and criminally underrated release. I found it two years ago somewhere in DC++, and decided to download it because I liked the band's name. I wasn't disappointed - the music turned out to be incredibly beautiful; simplistic yet catchy and melodic. Somewhat like Abney Park of early-90s... Now it's one of my favourite releases in the whole darkwave genre, and I'm sure they would have reached a cult status if only they released some more propler full-length albums... not just these 3 songs.

Mechanic Fist - demo [2009]

Artist: Mechanic Fist
Title: demo
Genre: EBM / Dark Electro with oriental folk overtones
Country: Azerbaijan
Release date: 2009
Size: 15 mb

Track list:
  1. Armageddon
  2. Industrial Revolution
Mechanic Fist is the first and only industrial (EBM/Electro-Industrial/Industrial rock) band in Azerbaijan, and probably one of very few industrial projects in the whole Middle East. The Azeri rock scene is extremely small, and the metal scene in Azerbaijan is almost non-existent (if not to take in account one or two bands like Fatal Nation), so it was at first very surprising for me to hear even some Azeri industrial/EBM.

Mechanic Fist is a duo formed in 2008 in Baku by Farid Aslanov and Mikail Rafiyev. Farid, the founding member of MF, is a system administrator in Baku, a fan of anime (by the way, we have very similar tastes - both he and I like NGE, Elfen Lied and Wolf's Rain), Star Wars, and post-apocalyptic art (be it movies or games like Fallout). This 2-track demo is the only release by MF that I have, and it's really worth attention, despite its very raw quality of production. Of course, don't expect anything comparable to Funker Vogt or FGFC820, but it's not bad for a first industrial/EBM demo release from Caucasus. They probably also are the first to mix EBM/dark electro with oriental folk (yes, I know about Muslimgause and Fun-Da-Mental, but they both are far from EBM).

Friday, June 11, 2010

Trippin' Anonymouses - "Idle Mode" [2009]

Artist: Trippin' Anonymouses
Title: Режим Холостого Хода (Idle Mode)
Genre: Dark Ambient / Industrial Noise / Minimal /Downtempo
Country: Russia
Release date: 2009
Size: 76 mb

Track list:
  1. Memories (intro)
  2. Life In Motion
  3. Madness
  4. Sovushka Anthem / Марш Совушки
  5. All Further And Further
  6. Introversion
  7. Dark Empty Days
  8. Sovushka / Совушка
  9. Hollow
  10. Хрущевки (outro)
According to one of the members of Trippin' Anonymouses, "Idle Mode" is a result of collaboration of 6 people, who frequented one of the jabber chat rooms for people with social phobia and hikikomori syndrome. All the music was made rather for fun than for any serious plan. They were not much concerned about adhering to standards of any particular musical genre, so the result was a weird mix of dark ambient, noise, musique concrete, downtempo and whatever else. A nice soundtrack to urban trips in the outskirts of Moscow... or maybe a reflection of thoughts in a sociopathic mind? Anyway, it's very haunting, weird and atmospheric music. Enjoy!

Cracked Core - new tracks [2010]

Artist: Cracked Core
Title: non-album tracks
Label: Mental Excitement
Genre: Electronic / IDM / Minimal
Country: Russia
Release date: 2010
Size: 17 mb

Track list:
  1. Freedom In Lost Underground
  2. The Restored Signatures
These two tracks are the latest works released by Cracked Core. Just like any other releases by him, they can be distributed freely, as if they're in public domain (Cracked Core doesn't like any licenses, even free ones like Creative Commons or GFDL). The first track is based on samples from the classic "Stalker" movie by A.Tarkovsky, and the second one uses samples from the Japanese low-budget movie "Cat Girl Kiki", which is a part of the series called "The Akihibara Trilogy". By the way, both movies are just great, and I strongly advice to watch them too (if you hadn't yet).

It's also worth mention that the guy behind Cracked Core regards his music as not very interesting when compared to the other projects on Mental Excitement netlabel. To him: no need to be so shy, you're making quite good music!..

Cracked Core - "Audiolog" [2009]

Artist: Cracked Core
Title: Audiolog
Label: Mental Excitement
Genre: Electronic / IDM / Minimal
Country: Russia
Release date: 2009
Size: 65 mb

Track list:
  1. Breakpoint [Remix by (Project) Ritual Noise]
  2. Install v.1 [feat. Kazdalevsky]
  3. Cosmo
  4. Spice Trip
  5. Memory Error [Hardcore Remix by Terror Panicus]
  6. Inner Disassembling [Hardcore Remix by Terror Panicus]
  7. Night Assault [electromix]
  8. Feeder Lines [trancemix]
  9. Urban Rhythm
  10. Way through fear and pain
  11. Electrofield
  12. Breakpoint
  13. Исчадие [Tension rmx by Cracked Core]
Cracked Core is an experimental music project by one of my friends (though I never met that guy in person, but whatever), and I promised him that the first album posted in this blog would be his debut full-length release. Well, here it is. To be honest, it's not my favourite kind of music (I prefer EBM, darkwave and noise), but it's very good for a first release. The album cover says all about the atmosphere on this album: it's inspired by grey industrial landscapes at the outskirts of Moscow, and the feeling of isolation in a large city...

To start once again...

As you might have noticed, I completely forgot about this blog, because only a very few people read it, and I had no time not only for this blog, but for my Russian-language blog too. But now I know what I'll post here: rare music, which is hard to find on other music blogs (I have lots of such music!). Of course, I'll post not only rare releases, but any music which I like and want to share with you, regardless of genre. Most of music which I plan to post here, is distributed freely, so I hope I won't ever get in trouble with copyright violations...

Well, let's begin! Maybe I'll post not only music, but also videos, pics, links to interesting sites... and my thoughts on various subjects - culture, politics, religion, science/technology, mental health issues, etc... Stay tuned!