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Prurient - Rainbow Mirror

Twenty years after the first ever performance by Prurient, Rainbow Mirror has been unleashed upon a largely unprepared world. It is a sprawling 3 hour compendium of improvised industrial ambience created as a three piece for the first time since that formative show. Joining Dominick Fernow (main instigator of Prurient, Vatican Shadow, and Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement among countless others) are Matt Folden (Dual Action), Jim Mroz (Lussuria), and, on mixing and production duties, the UK Techn
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Death of Lovers - The Acrobat

Back in 2013 Domenic “Nicky” Palermo and Kyle Kimball of Nothing joined forces with Whirr bassist, Nick Bassett, and keyboardist Cecilia Liu to form Death of Lovers. The EP that they released the following year – Buried Under A World Of Roses – was an eerie slice of Gothic-tinged post punk that combined neck breaking nods to Georges Bataille with the oppressive timbre and driving rhythms of Joy Division. Suffice to say, it was more than a bit ace. Since then there has been further turbulence in
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TST All-Dayer: Friends & Favourites – Green Door Store, Brighton

Tatty Seaside Town, AKA Papa C, AKA Colin Wakefield has been at the heart of the Brighton DIY music scene for well over a decade. Two decades if you count his sterling work running the alternative treasure trove that is Edgeworld Records (which has now taken on a nomadic life, roaming up and down the country in pop up form). This, his second all-dayer of the year, has been entitled ‘Friends & Favourites’ and it’s easy to see why. Regulars, familiar faces, and leading lights of the British underg
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Peter Broderick - All Together Again

Like the 9 separate coloured shapes which adorn the album’s cover, the tracks on All Together Again are an assembled collage of musical pieces compiled from various projects and requests. These range from soundtracks for films, installations, and fashion shows to ferry rides, weddings, and anniversaries. Despite this, seemingly disparate, approach to the curation of this record, a coherence and narrative journey can still be felt throughout. This is entirely due to the captivating character and
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Moloch - The Vatican Cellars

This gargantuan collection spans 36 tracks, more than 2 hours, and is harvested from recordings stretching back to 2004. Moloch (not to be confused with the Ukrainian black metal act, nor the UK sludge band, who all share this moniker) has opted to amalgamate his previous two full length releases, Withering Hopes & Onoskelis, along with the Yog-Sothoth EP, into one almighty journey through the dark dungeons of his mind. Despite this seemingly arbitrary method of collation, The Vatican Cellars i
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Ólafur Arnalds - Eulogy For Evolution 2017

“My heart is quite calm now. I will go back” A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce 2017 marks the ten year anniversary of Erased Tapes. A record label famed for not allowing modern classical music to slip into a fetid wasteland where it is considered too pop for the classical crowd and too classical for pop audiences. Ten years ago they also released the debut album from a sprightly, twenty years young, composer named Ólafur Arnalds. Here we are, a decade hence, with a thirty y
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[Chrönique] Mekigah - Litost - Album - 2014

Experimental / Dark ambient / Doom metal / Noise It is unusual, after years of traipsing through the dark and blackened world of experimental music, to find instances that contain the power to shock, surprise, or terrify. The occasions that this has happened for me are few and far between: With headphones on, Mekigah’s opening track – Total Cessation of One – elicited a similar chilling response. With its obfuscated whispers and dense cinematic swells undercut by sinister chords, spines cannot
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[Chrönique] Non- S/T - EP - 2017

Non-’s track titles talk of the past and mistakes made. Things that cannot be undone. And, indeed, this is echoed in the various contemplative moments on this self-titled record. Guitars saturated in longing and grief divide up break-neck blast beats. Boston’s Jack Whelan has an ear for the grand and epic, particularly when it comes to vocal performances. On Absent, the terrifying wailing often associated with The Body is brought to mind. There is also something of Envy’s Tetsuya Fukagawa in Whe
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[Chrönique] Sana Obruent - August - Album - 2017

Blackjack Illuminist Records, home of the ever prolific Vlimmer, have linked up with Sana Obruent for this, the California-based artist’s third and most personal release to date.. August initially appears light and airy but lurking beneath the empyrean waves lies a sense of foreboding, perhaps even dread. Something akin to forcing a smile through swelling tears. Still, it is somehow calming. There is a kindness in this musical serenity. Space for consideration and, a rarity for our modern, hect
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[Chrönique] Various Artists - Labyrinth - Compilation - 2017

“Before unearthing this letter, I had questioned myself about the ways in which a book can be infinite. I could think of nothing other than a cyclic volume, a circular one. A book whose last page was identical with the first, a book which had the possibility of continuing indefinitely.” The question of the infinite in regards to a poetic text – be it prose, paint or performed on an instrument – is unlikely to have been far from the mind of Raffaele Pezzella when curating this two hour plus comp
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[Cérémönie - live report] JK Flesh & Ramleh - Live - 2/9/2017 - London.

A line of queuing black clad people snakes its way through haberdashery, glinting tchotchke, and choking perfumery on a Saturday night in London. Zone 1 has a new venue and, as noted by the Quietus, the number of venues within this region in the capital has been drastically reduced. Unusually it is Selfridges – yep, that’s right… The thrice voted “Best Department Store in the World” – who have stepped up to the plate and set up the Ultralounge. This is part of their Music Matters project, the in
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[Chrönique] 2Methyl - Etched - Album - 2017

2Methyl (formerly know as the tongue-twisting 2Methylbulbe1ol) has pulled out all of the stops for the packaging of his latest release on Agnost1k Records. Available in a limited run of fifty handcrafted CD boxsets, Etched is presented between two tiles which are then secured together by screwed bolts in each of the four corners. Unsurprisingly a similar level of care and attention has also been applied to the musical content too. Opener Germanium has a muscular swagger with subtle glimpses of
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[Chrönique] Destruktionsanstalt - Ex Bello Volaptus - Album - 2017

This, the ninth release under the Destruktionsanstalt alias for Per Najbjerg Odderskov, is an atmospheric foray into the potential depravity of industrial music. Initially available on cassette as Ex Bello Mortis, the title of this album has shifted from death to bliss over the course of being digitised and made available for download. DMT users might concur with the parallel drawn here. Kicking off proceedings on this album is someone who is no stranger to psychedelics – Jack Nicholson – and i
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[Chrönique] El Prêtro Maniaco - Recueil - Compilation - 2017

As Impie As Can Be by El Prêtro Maniaco Combining 2016’s EP As Impie As Can Be with Opus Premum from 2015, El Prêtro Maniaco has forged this 75 minute ode to horror, the occult, and religion. Haunting samples, dread-invoking chord stabs and surging strings fashion a psychologically unnerving space. Chills seep deep into the bone but at a pace glacial enough to slip beneath any conscious register. This isn’t concerned with jump scares or gross-out gore. This is the unnerving world of the sinis
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[Chrönique] Exedo/Alexander Adams - Split - Album - 2017

This release for German label Attenuation Circuit comes from the twin noiseniks of Alexander Adams and Exedo. The latter of which is the “evil side project of EMERGE” who also happens to be AC’s head honcho. Exude makes music that is not for your consumption. It is for their devouring of you. This corrodes. Gently at first, like an arctic breeze blowing through an abandoned camp amongst deep fjords and steep mountains. But then it amps up into a full scale assault by the four stags of Yggdrasil
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Maelstrom ~ Her Empty Eyes

The concept of transmedia storytelling has been ruthlessly co-opted by advertising agencies as a means of commodifying creativity or building a brand. Whilst this might keep coffers topped up, other artists have considered this method for more expressive reasons. Harmony Korine described his recent film “Spring Breakers” as a “pop poem” in which themes and ideas loop, and the structure resembles that of an electronic pop song. The cult author Mark Z Danielewski has described his works of fiction
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[Chrönique] Luca Valisi - Notturno - Album - 2015

As one half of the ethereal dark wave act Ludmila, Luca Valisi is no stranger to music that is inclined towards a sunless austere pomp. So it is interesting then that, whilst Notturno does display occasional gloomy undercurrents, this offering is far more settled in a lucid and dreamlike domain. Something that is more akin to a hazy lolling in the sun. Which, considering the album’s title, seems quite ironic. Perhaps this concept of night pertains more to the oneiric, reverb-sodden, atmosphere
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[Chrönique] Huma - las tres fases del movimiento - 12” EP - 2016

“Life does not feed life, life is on the receiving end of life. Always. It’s death that feeds life”. This quote from Professor Stephen Jenkins captures the experience of listening to the new record from Andrés Satué (one half of Esquelas). On Isométrica, Satué is decrying the tropes of modern electronic tracks. He is lambasting the Pavlovian, hollow release of accession followed by a telegraphed bass drop. This predictable formula has punters in suspense for the familiar. Eyes and ears hungrily
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[Chrönique] Sudaria - The Syncretic Labyrinth - Album - 2017.

In a binary existence, the idea of quantum suicide can be engaged in order to convince us of our own immortality – we exist only in a world in which we haven’t died. All other universes, however, contain a rotting corpse that looks uncannily similar to ourselves. Unfortunately, not all life and death scenarios are quite so black and white and it is this nagging knowledge that could have led Miguel Souto to protect himself with these nine sonic mantras.
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Constantine ~ Hades

The modern zeitgeist is centred around people and place: who should be where and why. Politicians pontificate; columnists rave; nationalists demand walls; liberals erase borders.  Across the board, spittle-soaked arguments rage. But if we are all born of stardust, doesn’t that make us both people and place? This thought seems to inspire “Cosmos”, the opening track of Constantine Skourlis’s debut for Bedouin Records.  Oppressive sub-frequencies place pressure on the ear drums as if trying to cap
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