This newest EP from Blackcntr returns with a new vocalist, but still provides plenty of the same punchy industrial sounds. Worthwhile for those looking for some crunchy industrial sounds, with a little splash of different electronic flavors thrown in for good measure.
This second official release from 13th Monkey is what you would most likely expect from a release on the Hands label – pounding, distorted rhythms with plenty of harsh noises thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately, there is not a lot to differentiate “Return of the Monkey” from a large majority of other rhythmic noise albums.
The release showcases moody atmospheric instrumental pieces, but also brings in some very strong (and often distorted) beats and rhythms that are wonderfully engaging, easily grabbing attention. ‘Slightly dark IDM’ would be a more appropriate description of this music, rather than classifying this as a dark ambient release.
A little rhythmic noise spotlight from old and new releases from the labels Ant-zen, Hands Productions, Signifier and Out of Line.
On “Scintilla”, Stendeck provides an album that effortlessly mixes soft ambient and atmospheric components with deep and resonating rhythms into one cohesive combination, providing a remarkable and pleasing listening experience. It is a great album on which the artist masterfully combines both soft and hard elements, within each song as well as throughout the entire release, for an enjoyable and worthwhile auditory adventure.
Prospero presents his new album, “Turning Point”, which introduces a wide range of musical stylings, but the variety of styles does not always meet with great results. Musically this album is all over the place, going from typical rock songs to rhythmic noise pieces to ambient constructions; the way it is pieced together here makes the entire thing feel disjointed and uneven.
The Spanish industrialites Proyecto Mirage are back with a new album and a slightly new direction. “Slaves of Capital” showcases a little less harsh noise than previous releases and present more of an electro sound. Hopefully other artists in the rhythmic noise genre can learn something from this release and not be afraid to add some new ingredients into their musical recipes.
On “Swallowing The Sun”, Distorted Memory took the basic industrial/EBM formula and infused it with a wide variety of tribal and ethnic features, presenting a sound not often heard in this genre. Unfortunately, however, the standard industrial vocal effects diminish this release. Apart from the tribal ingredients, there is not a lot that sets this album apart from other releases in its genre.
This Morn’ Omina return with “L’Unification des Forces Opposantes,” which is broken into two separate CDs. The first showcases the tribal and electronic mesh they are so well known for and adept at creating; the second presents more of an electro environment.
Wierloyb brings you a release with plenty of powerful, booming and rhythmic noises and beats – as would be expected for something released on the Hands label. Though some of the material can be a bit repetitive, the album never seems to become mundane or boring and most of the tracks are short enough not to lose interest.