Friday, November 15, 2013

Dead Fortress - Dead Fortress Demo (2013) [CSR007]

This is Dead Fortress' first demo release, and it is the 7th album to be released on my underground net-label, Clouded Sky Recordings. A perfected mixture of Dark Ambient, Death Industrial and noisy Drone, with a strong hint of Despair, Isolation, Urban Decay, and a cold Industrial vibe. Very well-fitting for Winter, Funerals, Cemeteries, and abandoned, frosty environments.


Owen Davis/ObsKure - Lost In A Nightmare (2013) [CSR006]

Dark Ambient/Noise & Drone split between Owen Davis, & ObsKure. First released on CDr, on Depressive Illusions Records; limited to 33 copies. Then on Smell The Stench, & Palemoon Productions in a limited edition of 50 copies. Now released on net; this is the 6th release to be released on my underground-based net-label, Clouded Sky Recordings.



A low-fi ambient electronic drone with the sound of
some distant machine churning in the distance dancing
between harshness and ambience. Intensifying as the track
progresses. Theres an overall cold industrial vibe to this.
Industrial as in machinery not Industrial as in a genre.
The Owen Davis contribution to this split clocks in at
5:21. Ending with low frequency pulses and then fading
into nothingness.



Dark Ambience crawls in as semi-harsh noize floats in
and out sounding like a buzz-saw or some unknown device
of torture. Machines blow steam as the ambience drifts on.
Deep Sub-Bass sounds begin to rumble from somewhere below. This still has an overall low-fi tone but not quite the
same as the Owen Davis track. For a song called Rebirth of
Paradise it sounds more like the soundtrack to some Nightmare
or Horror film. Deep tones resonate within the thick ambient
pieces. Some looming unseen terror lurking in the depths.
Almost like the music you would expect to hear in some
paranormal investigation documentary. If this is Paradise
then Obskure must lurk in a private Hell. A few final bursts
of mechanical steam and the track ends at exactly 9:00


A piercing ringing drones on into as the title says "the unknown".
Harsh low static rears it's face (Or lack of) as the ringing bell
like tone still sounds.Unknown sounds whirl through the speakers
w/ a sort of sub-terainian feel to them. You can almost make out
voices whispering or chanting, Perhaps there is some form of life
in this cold soundscape. Or something dead and lurking. Again as the
title says; "Unknown". Static and "voices" have overwhelmed the ringing drone but it is still heard like a pulse weaving everything together. It sounds like whatever is "speaking" is becoming more active by the second. What that means is as before still "Unknown". Right before we find out it ceases as suddenly as it came leaving only static noize ending at 10:28


Tides rise and somewhat hi-pitched synths rise from the tides or perhaps winds. Sharp noize penetrates and crackles.What the artist was isolated inside I know not but it seems to be a dark domain. Harsh distorted noize like a blow torch replaces the tides/winds and the sinister synth remains beneath it. All the tracks on this E.P. fit the album title "Lost in a Nightmare" as you never know just where you are when listening to them. Isolated Inside ends abruptly at 6:22 bringing this audio nightmare to a close.


Review by -ABATTOIR-


Sunday, November 10, 2013


Small minimal sonic textures made with layers of blurred noises and frequencies.

Nagasaki Grotesque - Sonnenrad I (KYR Productions)

 1. Worm-Infested  11:51
2. White Fragment  4:55
3. Aberration Of Sunlight  25:15
4. Nagasaki Grotesque  11:36
5. Demoniac Earth  11:40

This is unfortunately one out of SEVERAL of the only releases that I can find of this artist on the internet. It's actually quite sad because Nagasaki Grotesque's work is beyond anything I've ever heard; the project is very unique in its own ways and aspect, yet at the same time, extremely somber, pessimistic, and despairing. Take a trip and become submerged into what it truly sounds like to be trapped inside the disturbed mind of a daring psychopath, a cynical misanthrope; a tormented individual who has long been alienated from the outside world and everyday society.

For those of us out there who are indeed a fan of experimental music with discordant and oppressed atmospheres, I recommend that you take a listen to this, as it's in fact, one of the first albums that got me into noise and the entire underground scene.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Cherry Point - Night Force (2005) (Swampland - SWL-047)

A - Untitled
B - Untitled

Fucking raw and dirty noise brought to by Phil Blankenship. 
Released on Moth Drakula's short-lived record label as a limited edition cassette in an edition of 50 copies. 
I love this guy's stuff so much!

*NOTES* Due to fucking mediafire deleting the upload of Macronympha's sex/death, giving me a strike, and threatening to delete everything that I have spent countless time uploading, I now feel like I should denounce that site. So I will now not be uploading stuff released on "major" labels without the artist's permission.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Nubilum - Restless Sunrise

1. Restless Sea
2. Endless Sunrise
Ok let's be honest, even though this "album" or "single" (whatever you want to classify it as) is only two songs, it still is a fucking amazing trip. This album takes us deep underwater, into the very darkness that we know is the bottom of the ocean, but there's more than that. In the midst, we can see a small light wavering back and forth with the tides of the sea. Almost as if it is calling out, but cannot be heard.That light is you. 

The music is a perfect blend of Experimental Dark Ambient music and atmospheric Dub Techno. It is available on the artist's bandcamp page. I am actually very thankful that the artist of this extraordinary piece sent me a link to his page via email. Believe me, I love getting these submissions so don't be afraid guys and girls to send me one! Don't be. 


Cover art by Valentina Lamarr.
Sound recorded and mixed and mestrated in one month at Negative Heaven. 
Artist influences: Demdike Stare, Silent Servant, Fennesz, and  Richard A. Ingram.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Muskel - Seven Days Of Pain (2003) (Black Plagve - infect 05)

1. Spoonfed Entrails 
2. Ingen Skall Skonas 
3. Din Mor
4. För Syftet Ämnad
5. Svett Och Blod
6. Scars
7. Ensam

Original Description from Heavy Electronics: 
Muskel is a new project put out by the ever-prolific Swedish noise master Henrik Nordvargr Björkk. Muskel is release by Black Plagve. Black Plagve in turn is a mutation of Malignant Records of Baltimore, Maryland. Muskel – Seven Days of Pain is marketed as a no frills noise album. No references to dark ambient or neoclassical musings apply here. Muskel is pure unadulterated hardcore old school noise. Complete with ear shredding sirens, white noise walls of sound and angst filled vocalist that voices our collective rage.

Muskel Begins with a track titled “Spoonfed entrails.” The song begins somewhat subdued and atmospheric. Reverberating drones form the foundation of the song as they putter out a steady throbbing bass. A shrill siren joins the music as it slides between tones. It is unnerving and piercing in its volume and is acoustically in contrast with the reverberating bass. A lengthy interlude is spent tweaking the piercing siren. Noise finally begins to dominate as the reverberating bass and piercing siren are fully engulfed in a sonic tornado of white noise and distorted vocals. The effect is a slow build up into a full on noise attack.

The fourth song on the album is tilted “For Syftet Amnad.” This song makes the intro sound like a strumming guitar ballad. Harsh noise is unleashed on the listener from the get go. The music is slightly rhythmic with a monotonous pulsing core. Harsh screeching noise is shot across the foundation of the rumbling bass and throbbing drones. Pounding metal sounds cascade over the torrent of noise in an over the top assault that deafens the listener. Akin to a 747 crashing across a runway in flames after a failed landing. The sound of screeching noise and rumbling bass is relentless and domineering.

The sixth song on the album is titled “Scars.” “Scars” stands out in representing a more harnessed sound. The sounds are more muffled and submissive. The effect is one of a snarling badger that is being forced into compliance. Feelings of festering rage and emotions that cannot be contained are invoked in the listener. The music is expertly manipulated to allow key elements to break free and lash out against the heavy handed control. I found this song much more interesting than the previous assaults of noise. A sense of aiming for something new and unique was communicated by the composition. Nevertheless, do not worry just as you are collecting your shattered nerves Muskel releases his battle cry in all it ferocity. Nothing is spared in the ensuing onslaught of distortion and musical blood lust.

Fans of noise and Radical Faeries who follow the work of Henrik Nordvargr Björkk will definitely want this release to complete your collection. It is a great up front noise album. It is not quite at the point of pushing the envelope. I would consider the release more of an exploration of the established noise terrain. The benefits of the music lay within the nuances and deeply imbedded manipulations found in the music. If you are equipped mentally to handle being hammered by noise while you follow the undercurrents of the music then you will get something out of Muskel. If the idea of noise and its manipulation does appeal then of course you might want to pass and look towards some Malignant Records releases that are more accessible for noise novices. Perhaps such novice Faeries would be more comfortable pursuing other Malignant artists such as Navicon Torture Technologies or Jarl.

As far as ritual and spiritual work goes, there could be many options for this album. Perhaps used as a psychic expellant or for mental endurance exercises. In the hands of the wicked, this music could easily be played to drive out demons like your neighbor or *censored*y roommate! Remember when you play Muskel play it loud and without mercy!

Review stolen from Heathen Harvest.

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