A collaboration that has come up on two recent Seven Inch Sundays, and one that was requested multiple times in our early podcast days, Merzbow & Christoph Heemann “Sleeper Awakes on the Edge of Abyss” is this week’s focus. An interesting and unexpected work, this album settles in quickly and brings up as many images as it does questions. It’s a great look at ’80s Merzbow through the lens of Christoph Heemann.
Papa Noel crosses our doorstep in the form of the self-titled Kallabris LP. Whip up a holiday cocktail and trudge through the snow to witness the darkly tense strings and low noise being performed in rooms beyond your reach.
Greh introduces the Connellys to an old obscure favorite of his with Netzach “Force and Fire.” Loop based industrial from 1993, this tape hit all the right notes and got the entire crew revved up. Tara dove into researching the Crowley and Kabbalisitc references on the release and fill us in on her findings. This is an exciting early 90s industrial artifact prime for (re-)discovery.
A morbid industrial classic haunts new buildings in the bleak form of “Ephemeral Dawn” by Anenzephalia. We take a look at this slow and tense mid-90s document that gives the same necrotic chills today as it did then. Here the dream dies!
Did Howard Stelzer break the Noisextra crew with “The Acrid Acme (of)” P16.D4? Stelzer brought us this unclassifiable CD from 1989 to explore. This album has been with him since it’s release, and Howard’s knowledge and relationship with this seminal German project is infectious. We also get into Stelzer’s discovery of noise while living in Florida in the late 80s/early 90s.
Break into the Nakamatsu Ironworks Ruins with Einsturzende Neubauten in the classic music film “Halber Mensch.” Neubauten has been a gateway band for innumerable noise artists and fans, with this legendary VHS being a huge touchstone. From a site specific performance to videos to live concert footage, “Halber Mensch” perfectly showcases the deconstructed world of Einsturzende Neubauten.
Drift back to the 16th century with us as we dig into the fantastic and obscure “Utrecht” album by Nightmarish. This episode is part noise and part history podcast with Tara going deep into the historical subject and themes of this record. Explore the darkness of the Spanish occupation of the Netherlands and be consumed by the veil of Nightmarish.
As nearly every classic Japanese noise artist has sited Tangerine Dream as a huge influence, we thought it was time to cover them and their “Zeit” double album from 1972. One of the very first full on experimental ambient records, “Zeit” sends us all on an abstract sonic path while we dig up the roots of what makes up everyone from Aube to Merzbow to Nord and countless other noise legends. Touch the haunting heavens with this masterpiece of experimental art.