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Sunday 29 July 2018

v.a.-SUONI DISTORTI-(Stella Mars Product-Italy-c46-1988)

Astonishing sampler released by the Italian label Stella Mars Product active on the end of the 80s.It came out with a booklet that is not included here. 
A good review of this tape was published on Soft Watch and then re-published on a Discogs page.
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"The first two tracks are by NOSTALGIE ETERNELLE - "Absorbed In Thought" is a fast little number with a strong dramatic atmosphere to it, sounding not totally unlike THE CURE in a more Electronic frame of mind. "Without You" has a peculiar construction - bleeping synth and what sounds like backward drums form a stiff construction for the vocalists distorted voice to drool across. NEW-DA offer the next two - "Politiko" entering on a huge sweep of synth before the guitar snarls and swirls not unlike a bagpipe sound. It soon picks up to be a running-speed heavy thing owing as much to Punk as to the Experimental scene. The vocals have a savage sped-up sound to them, a little like the sound a caged Wildcat might make. Its good stuff that would get people moving on the dance floor. "E Così Sia" follows - same tempo but a little less dense with harmonic vocals from ANGELICA over the top, fast yet warm music to keep you up and moving. DIX TIAU PIA offer the last two on side one - "Laughing Aspid" opens to radio voices before crashing through dimensions with an awe-inspiring construction - you feel they're using a fairly limited selection of instruments, but they push them to extremes, achieving some brilliant effects which really have to be heard. "Shadows" is a little more upbeat and full of interesting sounds - it reminds me a little of "Day Breaks, Night Heals" by LEAR/RENTAL, although this is a lot more commercial.
Side two opens with the first of two from L.A.S.'s CRIME "The Marble Of Punishment" which is a complex rhythm of samples, some of them vocal, others percussive. It then transforms into something with a much fuller sound - big keyboard sounds which sparkle and glisten like Acid Rain. Their sound makes me think they perhaps traced modern Experimental / Electronic / Industrial music back to THE NORMAL's single, then went off at a tangent from there. "Hypochromatik" is another similar track full of thunderous white noise drum sounds punctuating the entire pattern. Good stuff which would sound even better as a whole album, Then comes TITO TURBINA TAST. FUT. with "La Legge È Legge", a catchy, moving rhythmic thing sounding like a Steel Band letting off steam. "Prima Danza" follows that, a little more dignified pace, but they still manage to retain the huge size of the music. Their music is repetitive but then this is half of the attraction. The last two tracks come from RADICAL CHANGE - "A-Normal" opens to a sort of sustained machine sound, fading to nothing after 44 seconds. "Il Seme" is an Industrial synthesizer thing which sounds full of interesting tones, despite its being a minimalist thing. You think its finally faded away, then it bursts back into life again. Following this is a slice of spoken word, echoed into crazed patterns, then stolen away before you can really focus.

An interesting little compilation introducing groups it'll be worth your while getting to know. It has one or two weak moments, but overall is as strong as iron.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch."  

A1 Nostalgie Éternelle* Absorbed In Though 3:30
A2 Nostalgie Éternelle* Without You 3:25
A3 New - Da. Politiko 4:32
A4 New - Da. E Così Sia 5:08
A5 Dix Tiau Pia Laughing Aspid 4:06
A6 Dix Tiau Pia Shadows 2:41
B1 L.A.S.'s Crime The Marble Of Punishment 5:25
B2 L.A.S.'s Crime Hypochromatik 3:37
B3 Tito Turbina Tast. Fut.* La Legge E' Legge 4:00
B4 Tito Turbina Tast. Fut.* Prima Danza 4:07
B5 Radical Change A-Normal 0:44
B6 Radical Change Il Seme 3:00

Friday 27 July 2018

Hell And Damnation N10-(Fanzine-UK-2002)

Number 10 of this English punk zine, I have already posted the number 2 which came out in 1996.

In this issue interviews with Viimeinen Kolonna (Finland), Solitary Neglect(USA), Fight Back(Croatia)+ the history of Rattus(Finland) and an interesting retrospective about the 80s Finnish label  Hataapu from Lappoh. 

A good HC punk zine,I am attaching here this issue`s editorial.
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Wednesday 25 July 2018

ASPIRIN FEAST-How Do You Call The Cops On The Cops-(Piss Poor Products-USA-1990)

Aspirin Feast was a Hardcore Punk band from Seattle, Washington, US active during the 90s.
They play a fast, angry and powerful HC punk with political lyrics.
An FB page about them where you can see old flyers and pics is here.
Big thanx to James for donating to my blog this excellent vinyl rip.
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Monday 23 July 2018

v.a.-The Power And The Passion Vol III-(Irre Tapes-Germany-c46-1991)

Another excellent compilation released by the legendary  Irre Tapes, German label covered in this blog few times.
A bunch of good artists playing electronic music in various forms and shapes... 
Irre Tapes was run by Matthias Lang which evolved out of the IRRE Fanzine he published regularly during the early 1980's covering New Wave, Post Punk and the German Underground.
With his 3rd Tape Compilation Ein Herz In Not he started IRRE Tapes which was mainly active in the late 80s/early 90s and released material by the likes of Brume, Maeror Tri and City Of Worms and loads of lesser known and stylistic different artists (Unpleasant Surprise, The Fuckedtones, Magic Moments At Twilight Time, Doc Wör Mirran) covering the whole range of the Independent Underground from Experimental Electronica to Guitar Pop.
In true DIY spirit, he supported the international network of small labels and fanzines through editing the free IRRE Newsletter to spread info and contacts and writing occasional reviews for various publications. Most of his Compilations should be seen as an attempt to promote lesser-known artists and labels. Without a doubt, he was one of the driving forces of the German Tape Scene.
He finally called the label days quits in 1994/1995 but soon re-appeared as collaborating and networking artist Mr. Moto (2).(from discogs)
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Saturday 21 July 2018

DISESPRESSIONI N2-(Fanzine-Energeia-Italy-1992)

Number 2 of this zine by the goth-label Energeia, I have already posted the Number 1  and the tape Arazzi by Ataraxia.
Also in this issue some cool short stories, poetries, and some very nice graphics works. 
Energeia was a gothic, experimental, industrial and modern classical label and mail order based in Napoli, Italy. Founded by Davide Morgera (drummer for Underage, cult hardcore punk band from Naples) and Antonio Escalona. 
 An interesting experiment of the underground press from the last century.
In Italian language,only.
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Thursday 19 July 2018

WAR TRASH-Distort Disaster-(Self Released-Usa-2008)

American 4 musicians band War Trash spit out those 6 violent songs made of fast crust punk with raw vocals.
Nothing new yet perfect to please the international community
 of crusties on both sides of the world.
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Tuesday 17 July 2018

ULTIMA ROTA CARRI-Necronenie-(Self Released-Italy-1988)

This is an amazing side project by the legendary Tam Quam Tabula Rasa post-industrial band active since the late 80s, a project already covered in this blog. 

In this tape, U.R.C. offers us a sonorous compendium of hypno-ritual old school industrial.

A wonderful gift from the crypt of the 80s.
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Friday 13 July 2018

SCRAWL N5-(Fanzine-N.Ireland-2001)

Small yet very interesting bulletin with some nice pictures, music reviews and a long article about "The War Of Information On The Battlefield Of Culture" very well worth reading.

All in all a solid bulletin with good viewpoints.

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Wednesday 11 July 2018

v.a.-Ears To The Grindstone-(K.O.City Studio-USA-1987)

This is one of the first of the Grindstone series of which I have already posted a couple.
It was released by the amazing K.O City Studio a small label set up by Andrew Szava-Kovats to release his own projects. Now defunct. 
Also in this issue a bunch of fantastic artists playing various forms of industrial, synth pop and experimental creative Muzik.
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Parade Of Sinners Cover Your Ears
Gelatinous Citizen Big Sound For Happy Cows
Fact-22* Motivation
Dominion (2) They Came In Hordes
The Arms Of Someone New Next Year In Jerusalem
Ferd Gamma Globulin
Nomuzic The Chief Smiles
Mental Anguish Where Demons Dwell
David Prescott The Dreamer
If, Bwana Blatant Non-Attempt

Monday 9 July 2018

FUSTIGATORI DEL CAZZO/UPSET NOISE-Live At Manicomio-16/03/1991-(Chanson D`Amour And Cataclysm Distro-Italy-1991)

Live tape with the Italian legends Upset Noise supported by Fustigatori Del Cazzo in this gig at the social squatted center Manicomio in Pesaro, during the early 90s.
The live recording is ok and the cover sleeve reports song-titles and a few info. 
Chanson D`amour and Cataclysm was a small label founded by the members of Eversor to distribute their productions
and associated friends.
If you are into classic old school Italian HC Punk then you`ll like this one.
Enjoy it.

Saturday 7 July 2018

Snail Art Documentation-(Mail Art Project-UK+Global Networking-1991)

Small yet interesting mail art documentation for a project called simply snail art launched by Snail Art Co. in 1990 and ended in 1991 with this documentation.
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Thursday 5 July 2018

v.a.-Cybernetic Illuminations-(Tecdance-Germany-1991)

Astonishing cassette compilation covering the early EBM/Electro dance scene of the early 90s. 
Lots of good acts/artists alternating their great skills here. It came out in a generic TDK SA90 cassette and with a multi-folded sleeve with band addresses and label info.
Tecdance was a small German tape label, based in Hannover. It was formed by Oliver Köhn and released some EBM and Synthpop tapes in the (very) the late 80s/early 90s. Most of the tapes were limited editions and demo tapes.
The label also worked as a tape distributor, e.g. for bands such as Trial, Infam, Beborn Beton, In Absentia, and Brain Leisure and distributed some compilation tapes of INZKZ Produkte and Beton Tapes. (from Discogs)


A1 Cet Ix Intro
A2 Infam Searching For Success
A3 The Trinity Mania* Black Dots In Space
A4 Dying Art My Little World
A5 Trial Falling Angel
A6 Entre Deux Guerres Let Them Perish Like Flies
A7 Cyber Nervous
A8 ROR Shine
A9 Painful Toys He Was The Man
A10 A.G.F. Foncier Slaughter Dance
A11 Beyond The Dräschtänn No Name
A12 Permanent Perfect?* Uncertainty IV
B1 Brain Surgery Never Sustain The Pleasure
B2 Ass'n Head Union* Butty Holly
B3 Check Battery Daily Time To Stay
B4 Fortification 55 Emptyness
B5 The Drum Fondu Mister Clinchee
B6 Bionic (2) Get Out
B7 Solace (5) Broken Dreams
B8 Novo-Scene Body Party
B9 Juniper Hill Eßt Eure Kinder
B10 In Absentia Toxic Kingdom
B11 Cet Ix Extro (Same As Intro)