Friday, September 30, 2011

Turbogrind Terrorizers - "The Album" [2011]

Artist: Turbogrind Terrorizers
Title: The Album
Label: Itsu Jitsu
Genre: Industrial Grindcore
Country: Italy
Release date: 2011

Track list:
  1. Turbogrind Terrorizers
  2. Osama is Dead Again
  3. Napalm Theme Park
  4. Disneyland's Burning
  5. Wrath of the Nerd Oppositors
  6. Gastrointestinal Disembowelment etcetera
  7. Turd Rugby Insanity (Abosranie Bogom cover)
  8. Disneyland's Burning part II
  10. Twitching mass of slime known to some as the human piece of shit
  11. Succulent High Voltage Pylons
  12. Germano Mosconi
  13. Meet Me on Riverside Drive
  14. Perk
  15. UTP I
  16. UTP II
  17. UTP III
  18. UTP IV
  19. UTP V
  20. UTP VI
  21. UTP VII
  22. Melancholy Nitro Stick
  23. Clockwork
  24. Avalanche
  25. Errrr
  26. Eat my Peck
  27. And Now...
  28. Amen, Fucker
  29. Chased by Angry London Bobbies
  30. Corporation Anthem
  31. Bombarding Libya
  32. Stoner
  33. Interceptor
  34. Corporation Anthem (Vince's Edit)
  35. Corporation Anthem (Speed-Ballad-core remix by Taktikal Battalion)
  • HOX [drums, bass, guitar, samples, mess, melody]
  • VINCE GAUTHIER [drums, loops, samples, noises, industrial clashes]
  • JASON KAVANAGH [glitching, weeing, melting & rebuilding sounds, field recording]
  • NEIL MORRISON [drums]
"Turbogrind Terrorizers are a cybergrind political/satirical band from Venice, Italy. Formed in 2011, they started as a side project by Gianluca Missero a.k.a. Hox of Hox Vox, then right after first single Turbogrind Terrorizers entered the band Jason Kavanagh (also in awaycaboose and Cavity Pitch), Vince Gauthier (a.k.a. Corroded Master) and Neil Morrison.
They release via coop itsu jitsu netlabel and Hox Vox records"

This stuff is quite similar to "The Invasion Discography" by Gigantic Brain which I've posted here before, so I think you'll like it too. Moreover, it's licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 and freely available on Jamendo. And one more fact which made me interested about this project: they've credited the Rock In Opposition movement as one of their main sources of inspiration. Grindcore/RIO crossover? Sounds nice.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vic Anselmo - "In My Fragile" [2011]

Artist: Vic Anselmo
Title: In My Fragile
Genre: Gothic Alternative
Country: Latvia
Release date: 2011

Track List:
  1. Introduction
  2. More than you can comprehend
  3. Open Wide
  4. Horizon
  5. Wellspring
  6. Bones Blues
  7. Ashes
  8. Secrets of the universe
  9. Das dunkle Land
  10. In the Darkness
  11. The Day
  12. Who (Acoustic Live)
  13. Bones Blues (Acoustic Live)
  14. Leaving Eden (Acoustic Live)
  15. Tumsha Nakte (Acoustic Live)
I'm not sure if this Latvian female-fronted project is plaing gothic rock... it's rather alternative rock with "gothic" overtones (comparable to Evanescence), but it's good music anyway. I especially liked the cover of Das Ich's "Das dunkle Land", which is the only track with lyrics in German on this album (and I think it's even better than the original version). Don't know much about the vocalist, but she has a very nice voice, and judging from her moniker, she's a fan of Phil Anselmo (Pantera).

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Deafknife - demo [2011]

Artist: Deafknife
Title: demo
Genre: Post-Black Metal
Country: Russia
Release date: 2011

Track List:
  1. Father Dagon - Mother Hydra
  2. Shub-Niggurath
Lovecraftian black metal from Siberia, strictly apolitical. The band name is an obvious pun on Deafheaven and the whole "hipster black metal" thing. It's their first 2-track demo, and it's surprisingly good (at least when compared to the majority of other VKBM bands, if you know what I mean :P)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Neutrale Erde - "Infiziert" [2010]

Artist: Neutrale Erde
Title: Infiziert
Genre: Darkwave
Country: Russia
Release date: 2010

Track List:
  1. Das Nordlicht
  2. Landscape of apocalypse
  3. Я наигралась
  4. Нейтральная земля
  5. Черный город
  6. Biohazard
  7. Не возвращайся
  8. Без света
  9. Самоубийство души
  10. Атомный Ветер
  11. Я учусь молчать
  12. So Zart
Maybe Neutrale Erde isn't my favourite project on Russian gothic/industrial scene, but they're relatively well-known (at least locally), so you may be interested in checking out their debut full-length album, "Infiziert". Moreover, Yarina, the leader of the project, is a vehement supporter of informational freedom, so all the stuff by Neutrale Erde is officially available for free download. Kudos to her for that.

As for her music - I can't compare NE with world-class gothic/darkwave bands, but fans of minimalisic darkwave/gothic electro may find this album interesting. The main lyrical themes are personal feelings and post-apocalypse - so, nothing really uncommon for Russian darkwave scene. And after reading Yarina's blog, I fount it somewhat interesting, but it looks like she and Pavel (Mirror of Death - see my previous post) share the same ideology... but well, it's not that important. Just enjoy the music... and the cover art, of course! You can find the full photo set (4 photos) here. If I'm not mistaken, that's what is called "stitchpunk". AFAIK this term came to wide use after the release of "Nine"; basically, "post-apocalyptic settings" + "ragdoll characters" = "stitchpunk". However, stitchpunk usually doesn't involve any human characters, while we can see Yarina on the cover of "Infiziert"... well, only her legs, which are very beautiful :) but that's another matter.

P.S. Here's a music video for "Biohazard":

Mirror of Death - "Cybernetic Era" [2010]

Artist: Mirror of Death
Title: Кибернетическая Эра
Genre: EBM/Dark Electro, "Military Aggrotech"
Country: Russia
Release date: 2010

Track List:
  1. Кибернетическая Эра
  2. Full Moon (bonus)
Mirror Of Death is a band led by Pavel Nesterov who lives in Khabarovsk (Russia, Far East), and it's one of the most promising projects on today's Russian industrial music scene. Unfortunately, this 2-track EP is quite short and doesn't contain my favourite track by MoD, "Борт №402" (however, it does appear on the other EP by MoD called "Discrimination" - but I could find only a few tracks from it). The first track, "Cybernetic Era" is really good even in comparison with world-class dark electro hits, while the second one is quite average. Even though I'm not very fond of stalinist and militaristic ideology of the band (Laibach have used such ideology as well, but only for aesthetic purposes - while P.Nesterov seems to be very serious about his beliefs), I really appreciate the music. Future releases by Mirror of Death are said to have female vocals and lyrics in German, so I can't wait for the new tracks...

МП44 - "Год сурка" [2008]

Artist: MP44
Title: 2008 - Год сурка
Genre: "Dadacore", Industrial Electronic, Cut-Up
Country: Russia
Release date: 2008

Track List:
  1. Интро
  2. Сахар & Гексоген (OST "ФСБ взрывает Россию")
  3. Авторицаризм
  4. Дао кремлина
  5. План Путена
  6. На Трубе
  7. Баллада о маньяке-освободителе
  8. Я начинаю путь
  9. 2008
Another DIY release by this anti-consumerist, anti-establishment, transhumanist, dadaist & futurist Russian duo. It was recorded in 2008, the year when Putin stepped from power at the peak of his popularity, so it's not surprising that the lyrical content on this album deals with various controversies and conspiracy theories related to Putin's presidency. I don't think it all would be understood be an average foreign listener, but I'll put it here anyway (even though it's clearly not intended for the foreign audience). At least they staunchly opposed Putin's regime before it was cool :)

Of course, all albums by МП44 are free for download. And even if they weren't, I could easily ask them for permission, since they're very open for feedback, and I'm a reader of one of their members' (Dima "Beslan") blog for many years already.

МП44 - "Подавление / Унификация / Подчинение" [2006]

Artist: MP44
Title: Suppression / Unification / Submission
Genre: "Dadacore", Industrial Electronic, Cut-Up
Country: Russia
Release date: 2006

Track List:
  1. Буржуазная Революция
  2. День За Днём Одно И Тоже
  3. Digital Brainwashing
  4. Фарс-Мажор-Позолота-Югенд
  5. Миддл-Класс-Буги
  6. Моя Машина (radio edition)
  7. Обряд Захоронения Телевизора
  9. Трансплантация
  10. З/К за З/П
Another industrial project which music is often described as "dadacore", this time from Russia. MP44 is a "virtual" duo that's making expiremental music based on the "cut-up" sampling technique, and the result of their efforts is quite close to early 1980s industrial music both in terms of sound and ideology. MP44's creative output is very hard to understand outside the cultural context of modern Russian society, but I'll post this album here anyway (especially since I've posted two albums by Pornostroika Dadaifi, whose music is very hard to understand without context as well).

Pornostroika Dadaifi - "Pornotroika: Erotas sta hronia tis porneias" [2011]

Artist: Pornostroika Dadaifi
Title: Pornotroika: Erotas sta hronia tis porneias
Genre: "Dadacore", Industrial Punk, Spoken Word
Country: Greece
Release date: 2011

Track List:
  1. Anodos ton Pithikanthropon
  2. Naraxia
  3. Robocop
  4. Astikos Polemos
  5. Ta robot
  6. Pyrinikos Minotauros
  7. Pyriniko Pornokaytoma
  8. Skylia tou Paulof
  9. Regges Anthrwpoi
  10. Anthropinoi donites
  11. NWO Νo Οrder-GAP
  12. Zambo (cut version)
  13. O nearos kapitalismos
  14. Adiaforia
This is the latest release by Pornostroika Dadaifi up to date, and it's a bit more "listenable" and less "dadaist" than their earlier works. If you're unsure from which their album to start - take this one. For those who can read Greek - there are some documents from Zero Artistic Movement (which PD belongs to) included in the archive. They seem to be very outspoken in their views regarding politics and society, but unfortunately there's a big language barrier...

Pornostroika Dadaifi - "Oi poleis tis kokkinis nyxtas" [2006]

Artist: Pornostroika Dadaifi
Title: Οι Πόλεις της Κόκκινης Νύχτας
Genre: "Dadacore", Industrial Punk, Spoken Word
Country: Greece
Release date: 2006

Track List:
  1. Xara
  2. Poleis tis kokkinis nyxtas
  3. I anazitisi tis kantath
  4. NEA EUROPI/kokkini nyxta panw ap tin Europi
  5. 777 peripolia tis kolaseos
  6. Oneiro
  7. Trekste/Efialtis
  8. Efialtis
  9. Emmones
  10. Mataiodoksia
  11. Skoteino asteri
  12. Maza
  13. X-to lykofos ton pornokratoron
  14. Ekdikisi
Can't deny that I picked this band mostly because of the funny name ;), but also because of their associations with dadaism, futurism, cyberpunk, Neue Slowenische Kunst, Situationist movement and many other interesting political and cultural phenomena (btw, this album is named after W.Burroughs' book "Cities of the Red Night").
They have a vast discography, but unfortunately most of their early stuff appeared to be just unlistenable (however, so are many of early-80s industrial projects... it's anti-music, after all). I also can't understand Greek language, so I'm unable to understand the lyrical content of this album (which seems to be very interesting). Of course this album isn't the most people's cup of tea, but in case if you like it, I can also recommend "To teleytaio Express apo tin Troia" by the same band.

La Reforma / La Armada Roja - split [???]

Artist: La Reforma / La Armada Roja
Title: split
Genre: Oi!/Ska
Country: Dominican Republic
Release date: unknown

Track list:

La Reforma
  1. Latinoamerica
  2. Haiti
  3. Ahi Estan
  4. Resistencia Irak
La Armada Roja
  1. Ha Muerto Ya
  2. La Balada Del Comprador
  3. La Nueva Argentina
  4. Juicio Propio [Cover De Tropiezo]
Dominican punk? Hmm... interesting. I know that the Caribbean is the birthplace of reggae and ska, but I haven't heard much punk or just rock music coming from that area. However, Dominican rock scene does exist, although it isn't too big. The two bands presented on this split are playing political streetpunk/oi/ska, and they do it actually quite good. I have no idea when it was released (does anybody know?), but it's definitely from the 2000s.