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Wetware Ratchet Up the Intensity to a Nightmarish Degree on 'Flail'

Brooklyn's Wetware have created a wild collection of industrial noise on Flail that sounds more like an intense fever dream than anything else.

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Mute's Throbbing Gristle Reissue Campaign Enters the Reformation Years

In the latest component of a comprehensive reissue series, three limited-edition releases from the 2004-2007 iteration of Throbbing Gristle are back in print. We begin with Live December 2004: A Souvenir of Camber Sands.

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Colin Stetson Goes to the Movies with Loud, Garish 'Color Out of Space'

Adventurous multi-instrumentalist Colin Stetson scores the new horror film from director Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space, and it's a noisy, deeply enjoyable headphone trip.

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Crowhurst + Gavin Bryars Demonstrate the Powers of Collaboration With "Dead Swans of Dreams" (premiere + interview)

Veteran composer Gavin Bryars and "noise guy" Crowhurst present a new LP recorded in a 17th century hotel and brimming with musical imagination. Says Bryars, "To watch what Jay does was, sometimes, beyond my comprehension and I thought, at times, that Jay may be more intelligent than me. But it didn't last long!"

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Groupthink and Other Painful Reflections on ​Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth

TOPY and Genesis P-Orridge's knowing adoption of cult iconography and organizing principles quickly slid from satiric emulation to full embrace -- and we all went along with it.

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Blanck Mass' 'Animated Violence Mild' Critiques Excess with Excess

Blanck Mass' Animated Violence Mild drops unrelenting electro-industrial melodies, practicing excess to explore personal grief and the global devastation of consumerism.

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Lingua Ignota's 'CALIGULA' Continues Her Powerful Wailings Against Misogyny

Lingua Ignota's second full-length CALIGULA continues her blend of opera, neoclassical darkwave, and death industrial. She transforms shattering lamentations into empowered declarations against misogyny, while also complicating the dominant narratives of women's trauma.

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Walking Bombs and Gridfailure Create Unlikely Alliance, Issue "Supply and Demand of the American Soul" (premiere)

Gridfailure's David Brenner calls the tune "the soundtrack to survival among thieves and backstabbers". A dark, star-studded LP follows in late April.

Jedd Beaudoin
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The Potential of Throbbing Gristle in the Pre-Internet Era of Mail-Order Catalogues and Cassettes Was Massive

Quite literally: when Throbbing Gristle took to the recording studio their 'label', Industrial Records, would give birth to an entire genre of music.

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Merzbow Merges Metal and Experimental Music on the Ferocious 'Venereology'

Japanese icon Merzbow's classic foray into death metal, Venereology, has been remastered for maximum brutality.

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Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch Continue their Unlikely Collaboration with the Dark, Droning 'An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil'

It's an odd combination, but Dutch lute player Jozef Van Wissem and celebrated film director Jim Jarmusch make gloomy magic on their new album.

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Gnaw Proves That You Needn't Shout to Be Extreme Via "Prowled Mary" (premiere)

Gnaw's new video from new LP, Cutting Pieces, solidifies the group's reputation as one of the more inventive acts in extreme music.

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Gridfailure and Megalophobe Explore the Frayed Ends of Sanity on "Tasukete" (premiere)

"Tasukete" is the new song with noise 'n' metal leanings from two of New York's darkest minds -- Gridfailure and Megalophobe -- arriving ahead of second LP, also titled Tasukete.

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Experimental Electronic Producer Automatisme Produces a Work of Sonic Cubism with ' Transit'

On Transit producer William Jourdain a.k.a. Automatisme takes his avant-garde notions to the next level.

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Étant Donnés with Michael Gira - Offenbarung und Untergang (Review)

In 1999 Swans' Michael Gira paired with Étant Donnés for an album of the spoken word poetry of Georg Trakl mixed with ambient noise. Offenbarung und Untergang is now available again as a new re-issue.

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Interpretations of Genesis: An Interview with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Ahead of Mute's Throbbing Gristle reissues, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge connects the tactics of The Second Annual Report to he/r contemporary practice.

Mike Pursley
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Coil: Time Machines

Dais Records reissues a relic of Coil's discography with Time Machines, acting as the latest reminder of the brilliance of the experimental act and the forward thinking music they represented.

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Dälek: Endangered Philosophies

Dälek release a statement regarding the current state of reality. By reflecting on their past and collecting the various aspects making up the essence of their identity they unleash a vitriolic work of experimental hip-hop.

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Ex Eye: Ex Eye

Led by Colin Stetson and augmented by drummer Greg Fox, Ex Eye makes a black metal/jazz amalgam that is cathartic in its athleticism.

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Pharmakon: Contact

Contact is the rare noise album that strives for connection rather than just confrontation.

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Lawrence English: Cruel Optimism

Lawrence English's Cruel Optimism is a noise-ambient gem and a work of pained beauty.

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Hecker: A Script for Machine Synthesis

Hecker presents a dissertation told as much through the way it makes the listener feel as what it tells the listener to think.

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Clipping.: Splendor & Misery

If any group were to succeed in making a rap opera in outer space, it would be Clipping.

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Babyfather: BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow

Dean Blunt: "I think genre terms are really connected … to race and boundaries."

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HEALTH: Death Magic

HEALTH's characteristic noise is upended by obscured pop aesthetics on their first LP in six years.

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Merzbow, Gustafsson, Pándi, Moore: Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper

A stunningly ferocious noise album from four masters of their craft.

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Zu: Cortar Todo

It roars, dilutes, squeals, shrieks, pulsates and squawks. Welcome to the world of Zu.

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Pile: You're Better Than This

Pile finally return to the studio, foaming at the mouth, after last year's excellent "Special Snowflakes" single.

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White Suns: Totem

Totem is a bleak, terrifying set, even (or especially) when it’s ominously quiet.

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Le Guess Who?: Utrecht - 21 November 2014

Utrecht's experimental music festival takes over the college town for a weekend in November.

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Kevin Drumm: Wrong Intersection

As Kevin Drumm steers you through the Wrong Intersection, you can't help but get the feeling that that's where he belongs.

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Boris: Noise

This is probably Boris’ most accessible record to date and the overall feeling is that it has, once again, managed to mould its inspiration while remaining quintessentially "Boris".

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Various Artists: An Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music 7

An Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music 7 ends label Sub Rosa's seven volume series of experimental compilations a high, albeit ear-splitting, note.

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Richard Pinhas: Desolation Row

French avant-rock and electronics trailblazer Richard Pinhas has been making noise for four decades. And his latest album, Desolation Row, is as fulfilling as ever.

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Kwes: ilp

Kwes's ilp is thoroughly enjoyable listen from start to end, taking in all manner of influences both cogent and disparate.

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Raspberry Bulbs: Deformed Worship

Round two from Raspberry Bulbs is just as aggressive as round one, but stepping up a weight class with the band's new members has given it more room to swing and experiment with a few new punches.

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Bee Mask: When We Were Eating Unripe Pears

Despite the fact that it was said to have taken five years to create, it could have, perhaps, used some more time to ripen.

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