Sunday, May 31, 2015

Senmuth & Lyuba Kolesnik (Nakka) - "Coatlicue, The Goddess Of Earth And Fire" [2014]

Artist: Senmuth & Lyuba Kolesnik
Title: Коатликуэ, богиня земли и огня
Genre: Industrial Folk Metal, Ambient
Country: Russia
Year: 2014

Track List:
  1. На вершине Змеиной горы (intro)
  2. Коатликуэ, богиня земли и огня
  3. Коатликуэ, богиня земли и огня (instrumental)
  4. Химоайан
Here's one of two singles which are the result of a recent collaboration between Senmuth and Lyuba Kolesnik, the vocalist of Nakka. It also contains the instrumental version of the title track, and intro/outro (both are instrumental too). The music generally reminds me of Tenochtitlan rather than of Senmuth's solo works. Like in case with "Tezcatl" by Tenochtitlan, "Coatlicue..." is a concept work inspired by the Aztec mythology.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Nakka - "Человек-Завод" [2013]

Artist: Nakka
Title: Человек-Завод
Genre: Death Metal, Grindcore
Country: Russia
Year: 2013

Track List:
  1. Intro
  2. Горб
  3. Necroelectro
  4. Чугун
  5. Девушка и станок
  6. Стальной вол
  7. Баба из запчастей
  8. Фрезеровочная
  9. Mirror
  10. Железный лес
  11. За_вод(с)кой
  12. Outro
Like Deflowering Brain, Nakka falls into the category of "comedy grind", yet they're far more talented and creative than the majority of bands which work in this niche. The key distinguishing feature of Nakka is their extensive use of industrial aesthetics, while their music itself is more or less straightforward death/grind of the Czechoslovak school. The only thing "industrial" about their sound is the extensive use of voice samples from various sources (mainly from the old soviet movies); that said, it's very well played and recorded. The vocals are female, although it doesn't make them sounding any less brutal :3

Their lyrics and imagery are a different matter though. The lyrics are mostly about the everyday life of industrial workers and the blurring of lines between humanity and machinery - both metaphorically (as in "working hard all your life, like a cog in a machine") and literally (as in Shinya Tsukamoto's cult movie "Tetsuo: The Iron Man"). Nakka's approach to these matters is entirely humorous, though, as opposed to the early industrial death metal bands such as Dead World.

I'd translate the title of this album (which is Nakka's first full-length release) as "Human Factory". You can listen to it on Bandcamp, or even buy it for a symbolic price of 1$. Be sure to also check their music videos, which are pure insanity created with a very limited budget:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Deflowering Brain - "Mundus Bellum" [2013]

Artist: Deflowering Brain
Title: Mundus Bellum
Genre: MDM, Grindcore
Country: Russia
Year: 2013

Track List:
  1. Mundus Bellum
  2. Pulchra Res Homo Est, Si Homo Est
  3. Amicus Humani Generis
  4. Errare Humanum Est
  5. Noctem Bellatores
  6. De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bonum
  7. Terra Incognita
  8. Deffuncti Injuria Ne Afficiantur
  9. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
  10. Divisio "Galactic"
Just today I've read a review of some old grindcore demo, which ended with such words:

"You wonder why I don't review grindcore all that often? This is why. The genre is mostly full of shitty talentless bands who put absolutely no effort into anything..."

Couldn't agree more, especially when it comes to all these "comedy grind" bands which completely dominate the ex-USSR grindcore scene. This particular album, however, is another case. I couldn't find much information about Deflowering Brain, except for their place of origin (Moscow), but their music isn't bad at all. While they still are a "comedy grind" band, their lyrical themes are post-apocalypse / sci-fi (this album is about a world war against alien invaders, for example), which is surely more original and interesting than the usual porn/copro/gore nonsense that most grindcore bands are writing songs about. There's also a nice melodic death metal vibe to it, mostly dur to use of old Soviet/WWII melodies. Heroic grindcore FTW!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Dark Lunacy - "The Diarist" [2006]

Artist: Dark Lunacy
Title: The Diarist
Genre: MDM, Symphonic Metal
Country: Italy
Year: 2006

Track List:
  1. Aurora
  2. Play Dead
  3. Pulkovo Meridian
  4. The Diarist
  5. Snowdrifts
  6. Now Is Forever
  7. On Memory's White Sleigh
  8. Heart of Leningrad
  9. Prospekt
  10. Motherland
  11. The Farewell Song
Wait, this album wasn't on my blog yet? It surely should be, because it's an excellent release - one of the best of 2006, as far as my taste is concerned.

Dark Lunacy is one of two bands I know whose style has been dubbed "dramatic metal" (the other one being Blackthorn) - mainly for the extensive use of violins, which, according to the band's former guitarist, "give a touch of dramatic and nostalgic to everything". This album, however, doesn't feature violins (only piano/keyboards) - which doesn't make it any less "dramatic", though. The music actually would be quite close to the melodic death metal of the Scandinavian school, if not for this "dramatic"/symphonic component. The vocals are mostly male growling, although there's also some clean female vocals on "Snowdrifts" or "On Memory's White Sleigh" (the two best tracks on the whole album, in my opinion, and their attempts to sing in Russian on the latter track aren't bad at all). There's also a couple of "skits" (not sure if this word is applicable to non-rap music, though) and samples of WWII music here and there, as "The Diarist" is a concept album dedicated to the siege of Leningrad:


Too bad they probably won't release anything else like this, as almost all of the original band members have left Dark Lunacy after the release of "The Diarist". The subsequent album "Weaver Of Forgotten" turned out to be quite weak, and the last one up to date, "The Day Of Victory", is similiar to "The Diarist" but definitely doesn't come any close to its level. Well, at least we still have a nice photo of them on the Red Square in Moscow, similar to the ones which Metallica, Pantera, Rise Against and The Real McKenzies did there. No idea when it was taken, but probably about the same time "The Diarist" was released:

Sunday, May 10, 2015

March Of Heroes / Phragments / Across The Rubicon - "Scontrum Act VIII" [2008]

Artist: March Of Heroes / Phragments / Across The Rubicon
Title: Scontrum Act VIII
Genre: Martial Industrial
Country: France / Slovakia / Poland
Year: 2008

Track List:
  1. March Of Heroes - Stalingrad... Our Last Hope Act 1
  2. March Of Heroes - Stalingrad... Our Last Hope Act 2
  3. March Of Heroes - Stalingrad... Our Last Hope Act 3
  4. Phragments - Utopia
  5. Phragments - Eruption
  6. Phragments - Tragedy
  7. Across The Rubicon - A Soldier
  8. Across The Rubicon - Survivors
  9. Across The Rubicon - A Ghost
"Scontrum Act VIII" is the 8th installation in the "Scontrum" series of (mostly) 3-way splits released by a Poland-based label War Office Propaganda. This particular split features March Of Heroes, Phragments and Across The Rubicon - from France, Slovakia and Poland respectively. "Act VIII" stands out of other martial industrial compilations because its participants aren't only making good music but also certainly aren't Nazi Germany sympathizers which are too commonly found in martial industrial and neofolk scene. Well, at least March of Heroes and Phragment certainly aren't. I don't know much about Across the Rubicon, but their part of the split is the most interesting music wise. As for the download link, try this Chinese site (it isn't hard to locate the download button there ;))

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Vladimir Harkonnen - "Siegesstimme" [2005]

Artist: Vladimir Harkonnen
Title: Siegesstimme
Genre: EBM, Dark Electro
Country: Russia
Year: 2005

Track List:
  1. Salz der Erde
  2. Re-Format
  3. Siegesstimme
  4. Radioaktivität [Hiroshima]
  5. Lichtende
  6. Siegesstimme [Neuro Remix]
Here's some military EBM which I think is relevant to post today (especially the title track, "Siegesstimme"). Vladimir Harkonnen is an industrial/electronic musician from Tomsk (Western Siberia) who was the founding member of an industrial metal/NDH band Panzertank, which was one of the best local Rammstein-style bands back in the middle of 2000s. If I'm not mistaken, he has German and Korean heritage. The moniker "Vladimir Harkonnen" is of course taken from Frank Herbert's Dune, although Vladimir might very well be his real name.

"Siegesstimme" is his debut EP which he recorded solo shortly before starting Panzertank. The sound on there might be a bit "naive" for nowadays' standards, but back then it was fairly good military EBM with a slight "8-bit" touch. The title track is certainly the best, yet there's a lot of other interesting material on this EP, including a cover of "Radioaktivität" by Kraftwerk. All the tracks are instrumental (not taking in account some voice samples here and there).


(in case if something happens with the download link above, here's an alternate free download link)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Quantum DJ - an open source experimental noise synthesizer

Quantum DJ is a small experimental noise synthesizer built by Alexander Zolotov (a musician and demoscene enthusiast from Ekaterinburg) on the Atmega8L chip. The idea behind the desing of Quantum DJ was "listening" to the random electromagnetic noises and making "music" inspired by them. The source code of Quantum DJ is a relatively simple C++ script which is available here (MIT license) along with the HEX file for PonyProg. Might be interesting for noise/experimental musicians.