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27 febbraio 2013

Oxes - Bile Stbudy #2011

The wildly energetic Baltimore instrumental math-rock trio Oxes have been mostly inactive over the past few years, but back in the early ’00s, they were the shit in their hometown. You can still hear their influence in the wave of spazzy art-punk bands that’s continued coming out of the city. And now Oxes are returning with the new 12" Bile Stbudy, their first release since 2005. Bile Stbudy is out 11/22 on Friends, and it’s limited to 500 copies.


Oxes - Crunchy Zest

Tracklist:

01. Bile Stbudy
02. Crunchy Zest
03. Orange Jewelryist

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18 febbraio 2013

Zeus! - Opera #2013

Non azzardiamo troppo se definiamo gli Zeus! i LOCUST di casa nostra. Non azzardiamo perché Justin Pearson, che di quella esperienza seminale per il noise brutale fu trascinatore nonché mentore, non solo coproduce l’album, ma ci mette la faccia in un pezzo (Sick And Destroy) stabilendo più di un contatto tra la defunta (defunta?) band made in San Diego e il duo formato da Luca Cavina e Paolo Mongardi, ormai soprannominato prezzemolino d’acciaio per l’energia e i progetti in cui si applica. Se lì era un mix di mathcore e grind a deflagrare in faccia all’ascoltatore, qui siamo più su un versante noise e weird-prog, ma velocità esecutive e parossismo strumentale non sono troppo distanti.
L’accoppiata basso/batteria, entrambi in distorsione, reitera la formula minimal-noise à la LIGHTNING BOLT di cui il duo non è però un mero epigone. Anzi, rielaborandone le trame vertiginose e il rifferama mai scontato ne fornisce una versione personale, intrisa di sarcasmo (i fantastici titoli delle canzoni dicono di una autoironia sagace e puntuta che è sempre benvenuta in ambiti spesso tropo seriosi), strumentalmente più pulita e focalizzata, incline com’è a formulari prog-alieni e devianze –core in ogni salsa.
Così l’assalto sonico di canzoni come Lucy In The Sky With King Diamond, La Morte Young, Giorgio Gaslini Is Our Tom Araya o Bach To The Future tocca vertici metal decontestualizzati, lande NO MEANS NO, rimasugli post-FLYING LUTTENBACHERS senza jazz, (black?)metal a doppia cassa, metal chirurgico anni ’90 (giro FEAR FACTORY e MESHUGGAH per intendersi), (post)hardcore evoluto, pesantezze noizu alla ZENI GEVA e doom psicotico in un vortice senza soste che ha però il grande pregio di non annoiare mai e, anzi, di risultare coeso e brillante. Disincantato nella sua ferocia, sempre pronto a sorprendere con stacchi e cambi di ritmo e molto attento a non prendersi mai sul serio, nonostante una bocca di fuoco che a volte mette veramente paura per la violenza sprigionata. Una violenza che oggigiorno può non sconvolgere, che può risultare risentita quanto si vuole ma che rimane pur sempre devastante e terribilmente spaventosa.

da SENTIREASCOLTARE 1.0

Zeus! - Sick And Destroy

Tracklist:

01. Lucy In The Sky With King Diamond
02. Sick And Destroy
03. Decomposition N. !!!
04. Set Panzer To Rock
05. Beelzebulb
06. La Morte Young
07. Giorgio Gaslini Is Our Tom Araya
08. Bach To The Future
09. Erotica
10. Grey Cerebration
11. Blast But Not Liszt

Co-produced
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11 febbraio 2013

Merkawa - Merkawa #2012

Merkawa, quartetto spezzino che ha fatto del post-hardcore il suo credo.
Quattro elementi che si divincolano tra distorsioni, urla (in italiano) e pestate di batteria pesanti quanto un carrarmato. Otto brani in questo primo lavoro, self-titled, in cui si riconosce un gusto per la scrittura dei testi à la FINE BEFORE YOU CAME e delle sonorità un pò DEATH OF ANNA KARINA dell’ultimo periodo.


Merkawa - Orbita

Tracklist:

01. Ultima spiaggia
02. Un giorno perfetto
03. Hoffmann
04. Uxor
05. Nemo
06. Cura
07. Orbita
08. Dicembre

Co-produced
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10 febbraio 2013

Massimo Toniutti - Autofonia (tape) #1986

Debut cassette from this Italian act, well known as the brother of Giancarlo Toniutti. Self released in 1986.
Most 'Industrial' material ever from this act. Composed by several pieces onto one long track on each side, contains metallic clank from concrete style to percussive ones, onomatopoeic voices, gloomily electronics and so on. Subtitled as "Il Clangore della propria voce dell'orecchio". Comes with a hand numbered J-card printed on matte photographic paper.


Tracklist:

a1. Fago fago fagocit (autofagi)

b1. Daknotrompet enschall

Self-released
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6 febbraio 2013

The Feeling Of Love/Movie Star Junkies - The Feeling Of Love/Movie Star Junkies (10'' split) #2008

In the realm of minimal membered blooze-trash punk combos the Feeling Of Love are in a world of their own. The expected blown speaker fidelity that has become the bread and butter for such acts is a plenty here but instead of just sticking with the purist of tricks and hating on any audio effect used after 1964 the Feeling Of Love store such things in their stock of sonic arsenal 'cuz ya never know when they come in handy.
From oily slide guitar number that question why oh why are they making up yet another oily slide guitar numbers to drunk tomcats with junkshop guitars with their string action set way to high taking a stab at recreating electrosynth riffs on them to dizzy caveman spinning around in a circle til they're dizzy bits the usual box such bands chose to stand in is soaked by the rain and loose at the seams. It falls all apart leaving everything open and the Feeling Of Love can't resist such wanderlust. They roam far from the standard Buddy Holly or Jimmy Reed type hook and the end up in a lot of more interesting places because of it.
For every movie buff out there that envisions a remake they'd like to make of a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western-forget about hiring some junior Morricone to do the soundtrack and hire the Movie Star Junkies instead. Yeah, the name is a reason to shy from wanting to check them out cuz it does sound like a name that some Scandinavian ironic Guns-n-Rose tribute act would christen themselves but this Italian band has the proper reverberation and dusty haze that just seems natural. It's not all about that expansive twaaaang with them though. They ain't afraid to scream and yell not to mention turn everything up into a redlining hiss when it's called for either. If Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray decided to do a third Heavy Trash record and heard the Movie Star Junkies during the planning stages of it both of them would delete the Sadies names from their phone list and be making international calls to Turin working on plans to get these guys into a New York City studio with 'em up.
 
Tracklist:


a1. THE FEELING OF LOVE - O Lord Tell Me Why Do I Always Have To Write The Same Fucking Song
a2. THE FEELING OF LOVE - Fat Bottom Against Fat Bottom (Radio Edit)
a3. THE FEELING OF LOVE - The Way To Suck
a4. THE FEELING OF LOVE - Rapeman Blues
a5. THE FEELING OF LOVE - Interracial, O.K. Judge
a6. THE FEELING OF LOVE - Hammer Boy

b1. MOVIE STAR JUNKIES - Do The Kick
b2. MOVIE STAR JUNKIES - Clearage
b3. MOVIE STAR JUNKIES - Midnight Train
b4. MOVIE STAR JUNKIES - Gil Scott - Heroin

Bibimbap/Rijapov records
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5 febbraio 2013

Tasaday - Implosione tra le pieghe dell'anima (tape) #1984

Tasaday are a “cult” band active since the early Eighties. Born from the merging of DIE FORM and NULLA IPERREALE, they are probably the most eclectic and groundbreaking representative of an Italian experimental scene that used to blend elements of rock, noise, experimental and industrial music with great courage and originality.


Tracklist:

a1. Side A
(Material introduction/Dopo Heidegger/Vehementem Imaginationem/L'unica possibilità è il silenzio/Erschweigen/Il male/Desmalusogenia del carbonio)

b1. Side B
(Mogadiscio/In good condition/Niente di umano/Berlin/No kill/The roads of Delhi/Splende sempre il sole sulla fabbrica del divertimento/Fine della produzione)

Multiple Configuration
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