2011 is well under way now, and ten years ago, a new label called Ad Noiseam had released its very first compilation, and was wondering what to do next. This had been announced a few months ago, and yes, Ad Noiseam has now turned ten years old. There's been close to 150 releases so far (with a few brand new ones and announced), which is quite a lot to celebrate, till the end is over.
Berlin, Luzern, Utrecht, Paris: all the 10th anniversary parties so far have been great, and we're extremely grateful to the promoters, artists and audience who made them possible. Thank you. Without you, none of this would be possible. And since it's all going so well and the year is not over, we're going at it again, with six new birthday nights announced, in five different countries.
If you can, please come and attend these parties. The four so far have really been impressive, and we intend on making the best of the seven parties to come. After all, one turns 10 only once (even if one celebrates for a whole year).
Right on the heels of the recent releases by Wormskull, King Cannibal and Hecate come the last album to be released by Ad Noiseam this summer, Raoul Sinier's fifth full length album, "Guilty Cloaks", which will come out on CD on July 20th.
"Guilty Cloaks" sees this musician surprise us again, and tap on his experience to offer an album in which tracks have become songs, tricky arrangements leave room for melodies, and, most of all, vocals are brought to the front stage. A seductive work, "Guilty Cloaks" stays deeply rooter in this artist's twisted and falsely naïve imagery, but approaches its listener in a much more humane and communicative way, mixing electronic composition with subtle song-writing, maturity and excitement.
And finally, we can write anything about Raoul Sinier without mentionning his video work. Here and below is an "electronic press kit" (or a parody thereof) for "Guilty Cloaks", featuring Raoul Sinier himself, Sylvie Frêtet, Ddamage, Niveau Zero and more.
Following the videos to "Mass" (dark, quick and mystical) and "Release The Freq" (vegetarian, graded and zeitgeisty), here comes a third video to a track by Matta. It's "Inquisition part III" (from the "Lost" 12" and the "Prototype" CD) who gets the visual treatment this time, with Swedish director Andreas Wannerstedt using it as a background for a 3-D futuristic story about robots, factories and souls. This "Soulbot" video can be watched here, or right below these words.
Here they are: the new EPs by bass king King Cannibal and breakcore queen Hecate, finally out and available from Ad Noiseam. Both coming from new acts on the labels (but veterans of their genres and well known in their respective scenes) and both featuring four remixes of some of their best known tracks, and finally, both gathering four extremely strong tracks of dubstepdrum'n'bass bass music for King Cannibal, and doom-ish breakcore for Hecate. In other words: out now and available are King Cannibal's "All The Colours Of The Night" (adn140) and Hecate's "Brew Hideous Remixes" (adn143).
First comes King Cannibal's new EP: the night has roared, and now has many colours and shades on King Cannibal's most varied record to date. From this established producer's insidious remix of Bong-Ra's "Come Out To Play" or Machine Code's anthemic and furious version of "Dirt" to the more laid back and melodic remixes by Krumble and Dead Fader, this EP is an accurate snapshot of what King Cannibal is about: not only can he pack a dancefloor, but he also delivers gentle tunes or impressive beatwork. King Cannibal has a posse, an untamed, diverse one. More info, get this on vinyl / as digital files.
Then is Hecate's return to vinyl: truth through diversity: Hecate breaks a long period of silence with an EP on which four of her closest collaborators get to remix and mash up material from her "Brew Hideous" album. From the fast paced breakcore of the Amboss and Vile Enginez remixes to the solemnity of the White Darkness (a.k.a. Bong-Ra) and Slutmachine ones, Hecate's music gets revealed and amplified under each of its aspect. Let is be heard that the reigning queen of breakcore is back, not alone, and with a vengeance. More info, get this on vinyl / as digital files.
Friday Freebie: a few after his Filthcast with Eye-D, DJ Hidden is back to your computer speakers, this time with a mix he recorded for something called "Metalcast" and which appears to be Forbidden Society's series of free podcast. Clocking at 31 minutes, this mix still contains no less than 31 tracks, with a few Ad Noiseam pearls from Igorrr or Drumcorps as well as an interesting assemblage of new tracks and classics.
DJ Hidden's Metalcast 4 can be listened to here or below. The Playlist is after the cut.
It's here! The waiting is over, the drilling of the Earth has finally reached its core, and the "Sound Of Hell" (adn144) is now out and available. This album is the first by Wormskull, the new incarnation of Jason Kohnen (best known over here as Bong-Ra), Defomer, Balazs Pandi (of Blood Of Heroes and often drumming for Merzbow and Otto Von Schirach) and Eni-Less (Deformer's turntablist), and it's out for your sanity.
A full frontal sonic assault tapping from years of experience in the metal and electronic scenes to come up with a high-energy, moshpit-packing result, Wormskull's "Sound Of Hell" is an album of heavy riffs, complex drumming, electronic arrangements that have their roots in Bong-Ra's breakcore.
Friday Freebie: as the release date of Wormskull's "Sound of Hell" draws dangerously close (remember, pre-orders are taken already), Bong-Ra has prepared a free album mix which intends at showcasing in a few minutes the fury, darkness and madness of this album. The tracks are switched pretty quickly, but it should get a good idea of what this "Sound of Hell" is about.
More, you say? You can check out some sound samples over here, but you can also already listen to two full tracks below. It is very real indeed.