We had already mentionned it a few weeks ago, but it is now in our hands, and we felt that Raoul Sinier and Sylvie Frétet's "Les Aveugles" graphic novel deserved some additional love. This large format, heavy comic book illustrated by Ad Noiseam's favorite multimedia stakhanovist tells the story of a new virtual-reality video game (or something which is more than just this), the motivations of its creators and the adventures of its testers. Dark, disturbing and mesmerizing, it's something which will hopefully be met with all the praises and success it deserves.
You can read more about it and see some pages and trailers over here, and order your copy in the Ad Noiseam online storeover there.
Following a pause in 2010, Enduser comes back with a blast in the form of the colossal "1/3" EP, in which he manages to top his past releases and shows that he is at the very top of his game. Melodious and intricate, pounding but powerful, "1/3" contains all the elements that have made of Enduser such a particular and exciting act. (Get this on 12" / on CD / as mp3)
The début solo album by one of the two Funckarma brothers, “Vade” is a deep and intense re-interpretation of many current electronic genres by one of the most praised actors of this scene. Painstakingly detailed, deep and ever-morphing release, this full length album sees Roel Funcken expresses his takes at dubstep, IDM or club beats, free of any boundaries and preconceptions. A particularly rewarding and mesmerizing album which confirms once again the talent of relevance of this producer. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
It's been quite some time since his mix of breakcore and grindcore hasn't graced european soil: Drumcorps is back to Europe for a few live dates in the Spring. Besides his Barcelona, Hamburg, Nürnberg, and Brussels dates, make sure not to miss his participation to an Ad Noiseam night of sort at this year's edition of the very nice Asymmetry festival in Wroclaw, Poland.
The festival's opening night on the 29th of April is almost 100% Ad Noiseam, with Drumcorps sharing the stage with Bong-Ra and The Mt Fuji Doomjazz Corporation (as well as the non-Ad Noiseam but still well worth a listen Zu). More information here and on the festival's page. The whole thing goes on till the 2nd of May, and features long-haired favorites such as Justin Broadrick's Jesu, Years Of No Light, Shrinebuilders and more.
2010 will be a heavy and bassy year for Ad Noiseam, and also one rich in this thick, black material one calls vinyl. The best way to prove it is to announce that the first release on Ad Noiseam for 2010 is now available for pre-order, is on vinyl, and is very heavy.
"The Lost", the debut 12" by UK's Matta (adn126), will be released on Ad Noiseam on March 8th, as part of the "Below 100 Hz" record series (along with some other). A very heavy three tracker, it present a very raw, twisted and mean take at dubstep, still balanced between heavy wobble and more aerial beats. One track on this record is called "Mass" and, take our word for it, it's an adequate title.
It can now be pre-ordered directly from the label, in both its vinyl and digital version. The record will drop in a few weeks and, by pre-ordering it, you're making sure that you will be among the first to get your copy of Matta's first step of their ear-domination.
Want to get an idea of what Niveau Zero, a new signing on Ad Noiseam from Paris is about? While we wait for his first full length album, "In_Sect" to come out in a couple of months, here's a video of his floor-packing set on the 13th of February at Glazart in Paris. And there's more to see after the break.
With their début record, Matta bring the excitement back to dubstep. Shifting genres, adding weight, sharpening the production: this young duo come up with an immense three tracker that taps in a variety of style and unite influences into an enormous and coherent release. Not for weak soundsystems, but clearly for all bass addicts. (Get this on 12" / as mp3)
All the information available about this is in Spanish, but it's still very worth mentionning: Ad Noiseam's spanish wizkid AZ-Rotator was recently invited to perform at the opening of an exhibition in Madrid about and with Sonic Youth, during which he played his own reworking of some of this band's material.
Finally, Madrilenian readers might note that AZ-Rotator has also been asked to perform a set during something set up by Radio3 during the contemporary art fair ARCO 2010. We couldn't find any details on this event's website, but watch out for the program if you happen to visit this event.