Friday, December 25, 2020

Final Entry

Today's my next birthday, and also the last day I update this blog. This surely will be disappointing news for my few loyal readers, but a great relief for me, since running this blog takes too much time and effort without giving much in return. The era of music blogs is clearly over, since you can find almost everything on Youtube and/or Bandcamp nowadays. Moreover, the subcultures from the time I started this blog (2009) are mostly dead by now (and the modern "doomers", whom I can somewhat relate to, still aren't a worthy replacement), so there's not much audience for the stuff I post. Not to mention I'm listening to much less music nowadays than I did a decade ago...

That said, I've found a few great people (including musicians) due to my blog, and I hope my posts will be useful to at least someone in the future, while I move on to new things in life. I had rather serious issues with depression (F32.1) and social anxiety through nearly all my life, which shouldn't surprise my readers, considering what kind of music I mostly post on here. When it got especially bad in late 2016, I finally made a lot of effort to get rid of it, and while I still have a lot of stuff to fix, I feel significantly better about my life by now, and still hoping for doing something really great in my lifetime. These days I'm mostly active on Instagram where I post travel-related stuff, and I'm thinking about starting a popular science blog in the future (not sure in which language and on which platform, though). Anyway, if you don't want to lose contact with me, you can always write me using the contact form. Birthday greetings are welcome, as well as wishes for luck with my homework on the AI/neural networks design, which I'm doing right now.

P.S. For those who are celebrating Christmas, here's a "heavy" cover of a classic Elvis Presley song by the beautiful and talented Daria Zaritskaya (in collaboration with Halocene). While I'm not a big fan of such "bluesy" stuff, Daria surely can sing well, and she knows that today is my birthday too :) Isn't it a great feeling when you open your social media feed on your birthday, and see everyone celebrating and greeting each other? And as far as my tastes go, a music video with Daria wearing a short red dress and high heels is an excellent birthday gift for me:

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Senmuth - "Neocortex" [2009]

Artist: Senmuth
Title: Neocortex
Genre: Industrial/Oriental Metal
Country: Russia
Release date: 2009

Track List: 

  1. New Zodiacal Circle
  2. Мой катарсис
  3. Сколы и узоры
  4. Полёты в себя
  5. Камни Аравии
  6. Авторитарность
  7. Догматы и знания
  8. Горящий ворон
  9. Сын камня
  10. Разрушение иллюзий
  11. Work like an Egyptian (Bangles cover)
  12. Come to the Sabbath (Mercyful Fate cover)
  13. Via Combusta [Сожжённый путь]

Regular readers of my blog already are familiar with Senmuth, the "Indiana Jones from the world of music". He can boast one of the biggest discographies among metal artists (almost 270 full-length albums up to this day), mostly inspired by the history and culture of Ancient Egypt and Middle East in general. He went on a 1.5 years long hiatus in 2019 due to poor health, but now he's back with 6 new full-lengths released through 2020. However, today I'll post not his newest ethno/tribal ambient stuff, but one of his classic industrial metal albums.

While "Neocortex" indeed well represents the sound of his albums released in late 2000s, it's very different from his other classics like "Kemet High Tech". Most Senmuth's albums are instrumental, while this one (except for the instrumental intro and outro tracks) features a lot of rather weird sounding vocals (and a lot of unconventional vocal effects. The lyrics, as expected, deal with the topics of ancient history, space, introspection, and at times, anti-dogmatic and anti-authoritarian themes. The music is industrial metal with less gothic/doom metal influences than on other Senmuth's albums from that time, and of course, there's a lot of oriental motives. How about a lezginka in the 9th track (the best one on the whole album)? An industrial metal track based on the Northwest Caucasian (most likely Ossetian) folklore... well, now I truly have heard everything.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Void (US) - "Decoding the Messages of the Drones of Halogen Lights" [2012]

Artist: Void
Title: Decoding the Messages of the Drones of Halogen Lights
Genre: Industrial/Experimental Black Metal
Country: USA
Release date: 2012

Track List: 

  1. A Warning
  2. Deletion of Earthly Dimensions
  3. Premonition Declared by the Moving of Gears
  4. Decoding the Messages of the Drones of Halogen Lights
  5. Rust: The Wisdom of Machinery

"Just as the damp, rusty air permeating through an abandoned structure inexplicably causes one to yearn for a time/place slightly out of reach from the physical world, Void churns to life the sleeping machines of our introspection, once again reattaching the chains of humanity to the spiritual. Void is the autumn chill that scatters the dried leaves across the pavement of our mentality..."

A quite obscure release from a one-man project, that shares name with another industrial back metal band based in the UK. However, this Void comes from New Jersey, and it's run by a guy that has no apparent history of interest in industrial/cyberpunk stuff, but a history of playing in several folk metal bands. Now he has a "retro" psychedelic rock band, and he's unlikely to release anything in the vein of this album anytime soon (this one was recorded 10 years ago, in the fall of 2010). However, i must admit that he got the essense of industrial black metal quite well on this release. The quality of recording is quite raw, but it shouldn't scare you off, because this sort of noisy sound fits the atmosphere of this album quite well. There's a lot of rather unusual guitar parts on this album, and a lengthy ambient piece at the end:

:Wumpscut: - "Bunkertor 7" [1995]

Artist: :Wumpscut:
Title: Bunkertor 7
Genre: Harsh EBM, Electro-Industrial
Country: Germany
Release date: 1995

Track List: 

  1. Open Gate
  2. Torn Skin
  3. Capital Punishment
  4. Die In Winter
  5. Bunkertor 7
  6. Thorns
  7. Mortal Highway
  8. Bunkertor 7 (Reprise)
  9. Dying Culture
  10. Corroded Breed
  11. Tell Me Why
  12. Close Gate

An absolutely classic album that was recommended to me roughly 10 years ago, along with "Burn Process" by Tactical Sekt: "From what I know about your musical tastes, these two albums will blow your mind!". Indeed, this one has instantly became one of my all-time favourites (I wasn't very impressed by Tactical Sekt, though). I love all Rudy Ratzinger's works from the second half of 1990s, but this one is certainly best of the best, with such killer tracks as "Die in Winter", "Mortal Highway", and of course, the title track, "Bunkertor 7". These tracks exactly represent my idea of harsh electro-industrial sound, and it's probably the heaviest album by :W: (maybe even one of the most aggressive electro-industrial albums of all times), with many tracks sounding almost like metal despite being electro.

Rudy Ratzinger retired from making music in 2017, although he unexpectedly released a teaser for an upcoming new album about a month ago. Anyway, he still keeps re-releasing his old stuff, and here's the version of "Bunkertor 7" called "Concentrated Camp Edition" (nice wordplay!), with a lot of remixes as bonus tracks:

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Solaris - s/t [1990]

Artist: Solaris
Title: Solaris 1990
Genre: Progressive Rock
Country: Hungary
Release date: 1990

Track List:

Disc 1

  1. A Viking Visszatér
  2. Ellenpont
  3. Óz
  4. Mickey Mouse
  5. Éden
  6. Hullámok (Bonus Track)
  7. Egészséges Optimizmus (Bonus Track)
  8. Los Angeles 2026 (Live)

Disc 2

  1. Éjszakai Tárlat
  2. Közjáték A
  3. Szabadjáték
  4. Közjáték B
  5. Éjféli Valcer
  6. Közjáték C
  7. Józsi Mátészalkára Megy
  8. Közjáték D
  9. Éjszakai Tárlat V. (1990)
  10. Közjáték E
  11. Ünnepi Koncert: E-Moll Concerto (Allegro Con Molto)
  12. Paella
  13. A Kígyó Szive
  14. Ez Nem Kán-Kán
  15. Magyar Tánc
  16. Duo
  17. Solaris 1990 

I always loved Hungarian rock for its unique cosmic sound, already prent in early classic rock bands like Omega, Lord, or Edda, and developed by later progressive rock collectives like Kolinda, VHK, and of course Solaris. Sadly they have released not too many albums beyond their "Martian Chronicles I & II" (the 1st part is certainly my favourite progressive rock album of all times), "Nostradamus: Book of Prophecies", and this self-titled album, re-released in 1996 as a 2xCD edition with a couple of bonus tracks and a lengthy live recording.

The first part of this album features instrumental progressive rock (with some spoken word parts in "Egészséges Optimizmus") played in the way we expect it from Solaris. A very decent follow-up to ""Martian Chronicles I" (especially the opening track, "A Viking Visszatér"). The second part is more experimental, significantly influenced by classical music (especially the best composition on the whole album, "Éjféli Valcer") and, at times, Hungarian folk music. The track "A Kígyó Szive" is apparently inspired by the short story "Cor Serpentis" by Ivan Efremov (nice to see another rock band taking influence from the works of my favourite sci-fi writer, the first one being Erg Noor). Overall, all albums by Solaris are fantastic and definitely deserve to be checked out by anyone who loves quality melodic progressive rock with sci-fi themes. And thanks to this great blog for posting this one!


Анж Ёлганя - "Тон ды мон" (Erzyan pop/rock)

As you know, I'm constantly looking for any obscure music in the languages of Finno-Ugric minorities of Russia - even it's just pop, it often feels much more "underground" than many metal releases. You also know that I have a specific interest in the music of Mordovia, as I live not so far from there, and almost certainly have at least some Erzyan ancestry.

So, not long ago I found this nice pop/rock with lyrics in Erzyan language (the title means "You & Me") by a singer whose stage name I never heard before. After some research, I found out that it was performed by no one else than Ezhevika, who's one of the few musicians I still have a close contact with, yet I don't remember her ever mentioning this project. Apparently she has recorded a whole album of Erzyan songs sometime in the 2000s, but it's extremely hard to find any info about it. Some of her early songs were posted here, but they were uploaded to an audio hosting service that's dead for at least 5 years, and I coudn't find those songs anywhere else (apart from one song called "Kargon' Ki" / "Milky Way") - so that album definitely takes the cake for being one of the hardest to find releases on my wishlist.

Well, let's appreciate what we have, and this song is quite good. While it's not as original in terms of sound as Ezhevika's later folk recordings, she surely can sing well, and judging from her photo I used for the cover (it was taken around the same time this song was recorded), she always had an awesome figure. That ethnic-themed miniskirt looks nice on her, and she always was saying that she loves her long Erzyan legs :) Some people compare her to Natalia Vodianova (who's from my city and also has some Erzyan roots), and she definitely could do a model/actress career, but preferred music and culture/language activism (which, of course, is a noble choice). She's still doing quite beautiful amateur photo shoots in varied styles (including ethno style):

I'd post much more, but let's stop here. And if you're interested what she's doing now - well, this year she, like many other musicians, has lost a lot of her income from live performances due to the coronavirus lockdowns, but things got better by now. There were plans to release an acoustic album under the name "quarantine", but it isn't out yet. Earlier this year, she released a collaborative single "Adai-Adai" with some Malaysian musician, which is quite different from the rest of her works, with its sound based in oriental folk music (interestingly, it reminds me of "Hizbollah" by Ministry, and some tracks off "Erotic Terrorism" by Fun-Da-Mental).

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Vermilia - "Katkyt" [2018]

Artist: Vermilia
Title: Katkyt
Genre: Melodic Black/Pagan Metal
Country: Finland
Release date: 2018

Track List:

  1. Äiti Maa
  2. Vedestä Vieraantunut
  3. Haudoille
  4. Poissa
  5. Saattaja
  6. Maisema
  7. Sanattomat Laulut
  8. Mustan Taivaan Morsian

 This album is easily one of my most interesting metal discoveries of this year (even if it was released in 2018). I saw Vermilia being recommended as "a better version of Myrkur without all the drama" and decided to give it a try, especially after seeing that the lyrics are in Finnish, and wasn't disappointed at all. There's not much info about Vermilia except it's an one-female metal project from Finland: "Her music is a mix of Epic Scandinavian Pagan Metal and sweet, raw and melancholic vocal harmonies with lyrics in her native language", and that's pretty much all. However, the music is really great atmospheric black/folk metal straight from the woods of Finland, with very hypnotic vocals (especially on more folk-influenced tracks like "Maisema"):

And as a bonus, here's an awesome cover version of a famous song "Täällä Pohjantähden Alla" ("Here under the Northstar"). Compared to the rest of Vermilia's stuff, it's more influenced by gothic metal and symphonic black metal, and if you're new to her music, I'd strongly advise to start from this song:

Flowing Tears - "Thy Kingdom Gone" [2008]

Artist: Flowing Tears
Title: Thy Kingdom Gone
Genre: Gothic Metal
Country: Germany
Release date: 2008

Track List: 

  1. Orchidfire
  2. Pain Has Taken Over
  3. Rain of a Thousand Years
  4. Grey
  5. Thy Kingdom Gone
  6. Words Before You Leave
  7. Miss Fortune
  8. Colossal Shaped Despair
  9. Kismet
  10. For My Enemies
  11. Souls of the Neon Reign
  12. The War We Left Behind

Here's one of the best albums in the whole genre of gothic metal with female vocals, which unfortunately didn't get the recognition it deserves. The band was formed in 1994 under the name Flowing Tears & Withered Flowers, and initially played typical mid-90s death/doom metal in the vein of Tiamat (I still have their cassette "Swansongs" bought long time ago). After shortening their name in 1999, they've released two albums with the sound increasingly being influenced by the 2000s gothic metal, and with Helen Vogt as their new vocalist, they released two more ones which can be considered the classics of that genre.

"Thy Kingdom Gone" is their last and the best album, released in late 2008. I'd describe it as gothic metal that doesn't follow the same formula as most female-fronted metal bands with operatic vocals (Helen's vocals are great but definitely not operatic) and "symphonic" sound (there's a lot of keyboards on this album but it's far from "symphonic"), and still being significantly influenced by 90s doom metal (I have similar feelings about my another female-fronted metal favourite, "Mandylion" by The Gathering, although it isn't particularly similar to anything released by Flowing Tears either). Nearly every track on "Thy Kingdom Gone" is great, but my personal favourites are "Orchidfire", "Rain of the Thousand Years", "Miss Fortune" (a track quite different from the rest), and "Souls of the Neon Reign". It's also worth mentioning that the title track features guest vocals by Vorph fom Samael. Too bad that they haven't released anything more, although Helen has expressed some wishes to record a new album in 2013...

Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Loudest Silence - "Aesthetic Illusion" [2018]

Artist: The Loudest Silence
Title: Aesthetic Illusion
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Country: Bosnia & Herzegovina
Release date: 2018

Track List:

  1. Illusion Aeternus
  2. Redemption
  3. Two-Faced Ghost
  4. Wood Nymph
  5. Acheron
  6. The Loudest Silence
  7. Soul Reflection
  8. Theatre of the Absurd
  9. Wake Up in My Dream
  10. Gallery of Wonders
  11. The Loudest Silence (Through the Glowing Door) 

Bosnia isn't known for having a big metal scene, but this band from Sarajevo has pleasantly surprised me. It's fairly typical female-fronted symphonic metal that'd definitely appeal to the fans of the genre. The quiality of production could be a bit better, but overall, the music is well composed and played. Here's the full album and one more music video:

By the way, their vocalist Taida Nazraić has one of the most beautiful Instagram accounts I've ever came across. She now lives in Munuch and posts a lot of excellent photography featuring the cityscapes and nature in Bavaria. Her dresses (and style in general) are awesome too, and if you love girls wearing hats, her page would be a goldmine for you:

Friday, December 11, 2020

Emerald Mind - "Almagest" [2020]

Artist: Emerald Mind
Title: Almagest
Genre: Symphonic Prog/Power Metal
Country: Russia
Release date: 2020

Emerald Mind have released only two full-length albums during 12 years of their existence (and 5 more if we count their early years under the name Diadema). The last one was released 5 years ago, and I'm not sure when the next one will come out. According to the band members themselves: "Like Blizzard Entertainment loves to say: it'll be done when it's done". Well, as we all know, Blizzard prefer quality over quantity - "we release not that many games, but all of them are masterpieces". As for Emerald Mind, they occasionally release new singles, and this one is the latest to this day. Just as expected from them, it feautes quality symphonic metal with the beautiful female vocals by Svetlana Vysotskaya (who's also an opera singer nowadays):

One more thing from Emerald Mind that's worth mentioning is their new music video called "Genetic Paradise". While it's quite minimalistic and doesn't show much beyond the vocalist and guitarist (the only two original members left), it's a good match for the song with lyrics of the utopian/transhumanist kind. Svetlana is apparently playing the role of a "hot scientist" from bad Hollywood movies, and she's good at it :) At least it's nice to see her wearing a short lab uniform, and we can agree that she has a perfect figure, right?

Cold Sight - "My Pompeii" [2019]

Artist: Cold Sight
Title: My Pompeii
Genre: Symphonic/Modern Metal
Country: Russia
Release date: 2019

Track List:

  1. My Pompeii
  2. Stranger's Tale

Much like Neuroheart, Cold Sight were started as a typical female-fronted symphonic metal band, but after several years of hiatus and significant lineup changes, their sound became closer to so-called "modern metal" in the vein of Amaranthe, which is evident on this 2-track EP. 

Cold Sight were formed in Bryansk in the late 2000s and released their debut album "A/H1N1" in 2013 (honestly, the A/H1N1 epidemic was a rather weird choice for an album theme, given its genre - but it looks prophetic now, during those COVID-19 times). 6 years later, with the only two original members remaining - the frontwoman Natalia Zolotova and the bassist and backing vocalist Alex "Quitty" Chernov" - they've recorded this EP, this time with lyrics in English. Just like "A/H1N1", it was produced by Dmitry Eliseev (Fferyllt, Iahsari), but this time the quality of recording is much better, and the sound is more "modern", electronic-infused. The band describes "My Pompeii" as "a symbol of self-liberation and transcending the boundaries".

By the way, Natalia definitely is one of the girls I was talking about in my previous entry, and while she never was a professional model, she has done quite a lot of beautiful photoshoots. She loves cats too, and owns several (this one is half Maine Coon, half Siberian):

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Kara Lin - "Aura" [2011]

Artist: Kara Lin
Title: Aura
Genre: Gothic/Alternative/Oriental Metal
Country: Russia
Release date: 2011

Track List: 

  1. Королева
  2. Открой глаза
  3. Ведьма (Linda cover)
  4. Припять
  5. В сердце
  6. Пустота
  7. Не верю
  8. Ворона (Linda cover)
  9. Когда рухнет небо
  10. Oni
  11. Папа№6
  12. Отрываясь от земли
  13. За стеной
  14. R.I.P.

Kara Lin were formed in St. Petersburg by the vocalist Daria Shafarevich and guitarist/keyboardist Daniil Kozlovsky, initially as a studio project named "3ODIAC". After some of their demo tracks received positive reviews on the net, they became a full band that actively performed live during 2009-2011. Their first and only album was released in 2011, but unfortunately they seem to have stopped their activities after that.

"Aura" offers a pretty nice nix of your typical gothic / female-fronted metal (or maybe rock? not sure this album is "metal" enough...), industrial rock/NDH and alternative rock with a healthy dose of oriental melodies thrown in. Of course it's not without its shortcomings, most importantly rather stereotypical lyrics (which is evident even from the song names, with mostly feature late 2000s Russian goth scene cliches)... but it most likely isn't that important for the foregn listeners. The vocals also could be better performed at times, but that's a minor flaw, and overall it isn't bad for a debut.

Here's their live performance of a rather famous song, originally performed by Linda. Looks like Daria got a fashion sense similar to that of her namesake from Emplosia, and she looks great in a short black dress too:

She also reminds me of Juliette, the vocalist is even more obscure EBM band MelissaTod from Kursk, to whom I was acquainted at the same time (unfortunately they haven't released any albums to my knowledge). I was at the festival where this interview was taken, and maybe was even caught on camera in the crowd:

Those were the times when the local "dark" scene was full of long-legged girls performing nice music, and in a retrospective, I have nothing to complain about :) Now we have mostly hipster fashion and mediocre post-punk, but we still can enjoy undeservedly forgotten stuff from a decade ago:


Monday, December 7, 2020

Emplosia - s/t [2006]

Artist: Emplosia
Title: Emplosia
Genre: Synthpop
Country: Russia
Release date: 2006

Track List: 

  1. Тоска (Пластилиновые Дни)
  2. Terra X
  3. Она
  4. Daimonion
  5. Никогда
  6. Goodbye
  7. Вектор
  8. Мне Бы
  9. Fire
  10. Girl From Hanau
  11. Запретная Зона
  12. Ключ
  13. Вечность
  14. Мне Бы (Squawk Mix By Babymax)
  15. Мне Бы (Fast Sash Addicted Mix By Inner Conflict)

"This is a quality synthpop / electronic pop act from Russia, sporting smooth female vocals. The synths are bouncey and melodic, borrowing from the early electronic roots of Kraftwerk or Depeche Mode, and there's a pleasant blend of Russian and English language tracks to keep fans happy on both sides of the globe"

Emplosia are a female synthpop duo initially from Saratov, led by Daria Emelyanova. They're one of the longest-running projects on Russian goth scene, formed in early 2000s and started performing live around 2004. During their long career, they've released only one full-length album, but they were an actively preforming band circa 2010, when the interest to such music reached its peak. If I'm not mistaken, they've moved to St. Petersburg around that time:

As someone wrote in the comments: "Nice music, fit". Yes, the Emplosia girls have got both talent and beautiful figures, and nice taste in stage outfits as well. In particular, Daria looks awesome in that black mini dress on stage, performing one of the best Emplosia songs:

AFAIK the band was put on hold long time ago, but Daria is still active in the synthpop & EBM scene even today, when the options for parties and live performances are very limited. Here's a recent photo of her with the guys from DBS/Strong Product:

Прикладное Искусство - "Храм любви и труда" [1989]

Artist: Прикладное Искусство
Title: Храм любви и труда
Genre: Synthpop, Darkwave
Country: USSR (Karelia)
Release date: 1989

Track List:

  1. Поминальные танцы
  2. Храни меня
  3. Я ушёл в благословенный край 
  4. Гонконг I
  5. Обо всех и о ней
  6. В городе снег
  7. Гонконг II
  8. Они
  9. Илья пророк
  10. Храм любви и труда

Excellent but very obscure synthpop from Petrozavodsk (Karelia), with very poetic lyrics and dark sound, bordering on darkwave and comparable to some later equally obscure bands like Universal System. Unfortunately the band never got much publicity outside their home region, and never released a proper album. All we have is this cassette demo from 1989 (not even sure about its official name), some tracks from 1992-93, and a couple of new tracks released in 2006-07 (after the death of the band's founding member).

During the Soviet times, Karelia had a relatively thriving rock scene since the late 60s, due to its proximity to St. Petersburg and Finland, but that scene remained mostly unknown countrywide - mostly because, as a general rule, Karelian bands were far from typical "Russian rock", preferring to stay as close as possible to the classic sound of western rock bands instead, often singing only in English. A notable example is Dmitry "Dima" Yaroslavskiy (RIP 1999) with his ballad "Karelian Girl" which became a local hit in the late 80s:

He was a friend of Igor "Gariman" Shushunov, who was the mastermind of the band I'm presenting to you today. During the school years in late 70s, Igor already played drums in an art rock band The 13th Team, and in mid-1980, he was a member of one of the first metal bands in Karelia and USSR in general - O.V.N. (whose name translates as "Very High Voltage"; to the best of my knowledge, they left no recordings). Later he became interested in electronic music, and recorded the first 4-song demo in 1988 with the help of Sergey Pozhidaev, a professional programmer, and Dmitry Osipov, a keyboardist and singer with an unusual high-pitch voice.

Synthpop bands became to appear in the Soviet Union as early as in 1983, but the heyday of Soviet Depeche Mode clones was around 1990. That said, Прикладное Искусство were much more than just another Depeche Mode ripoff band, which is for good (as I've said before, I never was a big fan of Depeche Mode anyway, although I do like the remix of "Enjoy the Silence" by Mike Shinoda). Nearly every song on this cassette is a hit, but I especially like "Hong Kong I & II". There's only one surviving recording of their live performance from that time (around 1991), featuring a new song that was released circa 1992:

There's also a low-budget music video from an unknown date, but it definitely was made before the death of Igor Shushunov in 2002 (unfortunately, his daughter Yulia has also died not so long ago, in 2018):

Overall, they were one of the best bands on the early Russian/Soviet synthpop scene, despite the very limited access to musical equipment and nearly no recognition outside of their home region, and I'd recommend them to everyone who's looking for good but undeservedly forgotten synthpop and darkwave. Enjoy:


Saturday, December 5, 2020

Индустриальный Пейзаж - "Жалея" [2012]

Artist: Индустриальный Пейзаж
Title: Жалея
Genre: Industrial/Noise/Ambient, Field Recordings
Country: Russia
Release date: 2012

Track List: 

  1. Гори цветок
  2. Жалея
  3. Где ясные зорьки
  4. Весна в твоем доме 1
  5. Весна в твоем доме 2
  6. Весна в твоем доме 3
  7. Дикий простор
  8. Во сне я
  9. Снег
  10. Линда
  11. Новая грязь (ft. Лёша У)
  12. Анатолий Москвин
  13. Зима-любовь 

Here's probably the most long-running industrial/noise project from my city, formed around 2004 and still active as of last year. Индустриальный Пейзаж aka Industrielandschaft, as the name suggests, takes inspiration from the industrial landscapes at the city outskirts, and is led by a guy who was known under the moniker Krott Korotkoff in late 2000s. 


We had plans to meet in person back them, but it never happened for some reasons I don't remember now, and I eventually lost his contacts. Turns out his project is still alive and well, and released a new album in 2019 as a collaboration with Natasha Ilminsky, the frontwoman of an experimental electronic project Nož Nad Lesam:

This 2012 album, however, stands out from the rest of discography because it's more inspired by nature (especially the Linda river valley which is one of my favourite places to relax as well) and the change of seasons, as well as railroad trips and urban exploration, and the abandoned villages to the north of the city (love the album cover). I'd compare it to the "Faces of the Arkhangelsk Governorate" by Six Dead Bulgarians, when it comes to the album concept. 

As for the sound, it's ambient/noise (mostly not too harsh) with spoken word interludes and samples of news reports. Overall, the whole thing sounds like it was recorded for some community like "Russian Doomer Music" (or what of this kind was popular in 2012), and I'm not sure if it's going to be interesting for a wide audience, but still feel obliged to share a release that hits so close to home.