background and filters it through the early 90s world of RRR and SSS. Bang on an oxygen tank and slide your fingers along piano strings. Penderecki’s Children indeed.
Enter a place of mystery with Grim’s “Folk Music” album from 1986. There’s really no other album like it, and we get wrapped up in its blend of austerity, violence, and pure vision. We go from places of worship to rooms filled with oil drums to the Alps and many more places in between. Throw out all expectations and embrace the world of Grim.
Matt Purse (Oxen, Unsustainable Social Condition) brought us a major noise LP to discuss — the first Hanatarash album on Alchemy. Matt’s love and knowledge of Hanatarash and all of Eye’s work is evident and incredibly exciting. Throw out any regard for your safety, fire up the bulldozer, and plow into this legendary band and album.
The junk orchestra is tuning up as we sift through debris with Ferial Confine “The Full Use of Nothing.” Squeals becomes notes, layers become voices, and chaos becomes ambient. An inspiring chunk of 1980s UK noise, this album leads us out of the mundane into the nothingness of total sound.
A multi format release closes doors that can never open with Vromb’s “Perimetre 3+10” on Ant-Zen. The rhythmic noise hypnosis of this release connects us all to event horizons. Tara attempts translate and dissect the French vocals and discovers a conceptual theme imbedded in this great late ’90s black hole.
Darkness descends on the podcast as we discuss MZ.412 “Malfeitor.” We are thrilled as Nordvargr himself lent his voice to this episode and gave us insight not only into this album, but the project as it was in the late 80s. Crowbar your way into the engine room and stare into the abyss.
We are back in Merzland with the fantastically bright “Red 2 Eyes” 10″ on V2. These thick, heavy, and cosmic sounds were recorded in February and August of 1995 and we get to hear Merzbow experimenting with his then-recently acquired EMS synth. As well as the history of this record and title, there is a fun-filled debate on what to call the colors of the cover and vinyl. This 10″ showcases how and why Merzbow hits in a way no one else quite can.
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.
Ten inches of rusted metal junks eclipse all light with K2 “Anybody Can’t Catch Up With This” on Ant Zen. The material on this record is based on the classic album “The Rust,” so we compare both releases and discuss why 10″s are such a great format for noise. Additionally, Tara teaches us about the actual mountain K2.
Shane English (L.I.E.S. recording artist/Corporate Park) joins us to talk about Esplendor Geometrico “Mekano Turbo,” one of his all time favorite bands and albums. Esplendor Geometrico’s brand of rhythmic industrial noise sends us to many different settings, from jungles to trains. Shane brings the full force momentum for this important slice of 1980s industrial.