V/A Tonal Destruction Vol. 2
By DJ Rivithead
Not only is the packaging
impressive, but the lineup of artists is equally as impressive. DTA Records has
gone all out on this one and should most definitely give themselves a pat on
the back for this stellar release. Boasting acts from well known labels such as
Adnoiseam, M-Tronic, Underground Inc, Hands Productions, Frozen Empire Media
and Hive Records. All the heavy hitters on three discs. Explorations in sound
would best describe this outing veering from sonic abrasion to
this compilation has it all.
Starting off disc one is Pneumatic Detach with
Domination heavy on the power electronics this one starts things off
right. You're traditional abrasive beat laden power electro is in full swing
veering from heavy glitch to romping bass drones and experimental overtones.
The right way to get things started. Next up is C.H. District with
Pressing. Creeping in with what I can only describe as psyglitch with
dnb overtones. Mellow in composition and complete with stutter
edits and noise tweaks. Doesn't do a whole lot for me as it is rather
CTRler with Ztnezarper is track three and the intro
just plain rocks. You know within five seconds that this one is going to blast
you right out of your seat. Fast break beats get the floor romping. Fast paced
material sure to keep your adrenaline in check and in high octane mode. Lots of
action in this one. Detritus Grace comes in with a trip hop
element and is a nice way to break up the chaos proceeding it. The composition
fuses trip hop elements with power electronics creating a unique and palatable
dish of fresh sound. I rather find this approach done well and blending
superbly. Bass abrasion and melody collide into one of the better tracks found
Larvae Blunt Force Trauma: Dubwise music is
always refreshing and is in full swing here. Larvae keeps the beats flowing and
offers some glitchy dub-infused electro. Yet another delightful track found on
a stellar contribution to music history. The beat is phat and funky with slight
abrasive fills adding an avant-garde sensibility. This track would easily
contend as a cross genre piece suitable for many subcultures.
Scrapedx Multioscillator creeps in at track
six continuing the stutter glitch vibe at this point. Electro stabs fused with
fast break elements and a dash of industrial percussion entering the arena on
this one. Keeping the beat pounding. Exclipsect Off Track blasts
its way into the full on power electronics portion of the disc. Hard and heavy
four on the floor blending with psy elements and total chaos. The most abrasive
track up to this point. Those that like uneasy listening material will find
this one a treat for pissing off your neighbors!
Proyecto Mirages Negative Heaven is another
dubwise track, but rather bland in composition. Not a whole lot to report on
this one: rather repetitive and sounds like a lot of electronically created
bugs chirping away on some astral plain in outer space. Maybe that's what they
were going for, similar to some Dissecting Table material. Hypnoskull
Random Critical: a well known name in the power electronics world,
Hypnoskull comes crashing in with beat heavy bass & drum chaos. Tribal
elements can be found. Keeping the flow going, Hypnoskull cuts it up right on
this one. Lament Configuration is a name I've heard a lot in music circles.
While I have never been a big fan of power noise music, a lot of people
consider this band one of the heavy hitters in the scene. Heavy bass drones
collide with what could be described as an electrical wire flying around
shooting sparks all over the place then meshed with some world music elements.
Quite avant-garde material for sure. Not my cup of motor oil but those
searching for abrasion will find it on this track.
Cdatakill La Sinastra makes track eleven of
the disc and slides into a fast break glitch track. Washes of jazz elements
mixed with dub. A mash of off rhythm material that I don't find very creative
at this point, merely something that's all over the place with no guidance.
Probably the worst track up to this point. Mlada Fronta with Ax. A name
known to many these days, this outfit has been around for a long time. Not one
of their best tracks though, rather plain and unimaginative. Nothing exciting
to report, but it still would work wonders as background music in a film
I:Gors Deathwish really blasts into your face.
Hip hop gone crazy, this track is an incredible display of cut beats, mad
scratching and profound chaos. I love this one. Very unique and a style I've
only heard this band try out. Defragmentation Phetal3i2-984:
Whats with all the numerology in song titles in these genres?
Mathematical equations in music or am I missing something? What a strange
track. Bass blasts from hell and the volume goes way down as this one hurts my
ears. Like I said, noise music is not my forte. If you like music that's hard
to listen to here's your track. A mass of sounds jammed into a nuclear blender
Chaos As Shelter/Igor Krutogolov with Tengri starts
off disc two with a creepy melancholy intro. Nice lead into disc two. Next up
is Cell Auto Mata and Le Ceil Ouvert which scrapes it's way into the
second disc with stutter blitch madness. Nothing too impressive here
scraping elements meshed with some samples and ambient textures from time to
time. Conscientia Peccati Ritual VI: Transition gracefully enters
the playing field with a slow contribution. Would suit well as mood music.
Somewhat minimal in composition, but leaves you with a nice feeling inside.
Strike up the aroma therapy incense and you're good to go.
Deadlink beams themselves on deck in another PsyTech
offering with Dream State. Disc two up to this point seems more on the
spacey side of the spectrum. Dream State sort of steps up the tempo from
previous tracks. A smoothly executed track keeping the mood mellow and somewhat
serene. Emulsion is no stranger to me as owner of Empire Media. We always try
to put out at least two various artist compilation each year and our last
outing, Bound By Darkness, features Emulsion a talented young man
who creates lavish electronic music. Ilnis Emulsion is a very slow track
which drones and chirps.
Gackys Mektis comes in with beautiful string
sounds, a rather nice change of tones at this point. A lavish melody with a bit
of dark emotion that quickly becomes a composition of madness as if the world
is coming to an end in a movie. An interesting use of genres crossing over to a
wide use of foundations. One of the better tracks on disc two. Dither
d63 is up next
power jazz? This is an interesting track. I'm rather
getting into these bands that combine these forces so intelligently, creating a
unique flavor among the experimental crowd. You'll even find some distorted hip
hop elements at work here.
Metanemfrosts Ethereal can almost be described
as the title, but there's more at work here. Ethereal tapestries collide in a
world chosen for death. A mix of ritualistic bass drum meshed with power noise
elements Nihil Est Excellences Corpuscular is power electronics
for sure. Drones and plenty of intense variations in sound. Another track best
left for movie background music or a night of heavy heroine use. Darkwave meets
dubwise in LAN Formatiques Blind Hand. A nice flow, the
composition is steady and right on track with a sensibility of timing changes
and beat mapping.
Wilt The Room Reforming: As I pull the blade
from my wrist and watch the blood trickle down my arm I'm left with one
is this the type of song I want playing at the moment I enter the
next realm. When Encomiast starts with Fledgling I've entered the next
realm and found myself in hell. And here I thought I was saved? I awake right
back on Earth on a dismal plateau of fire and lava only to find I'm stuck on a
rock with nothing for miles. My clothes and skin begin to melt from my
Magwheels Stormiest: Once again I awake and
find myself with the knife at my wrist. Angels surround me and tell me all you
need to do is turn the CD off. With that I do and a whole new perspective comes
to pass I am whole once again. I found disc two more for those who like to sit
in a pitch black room by themselves staring a candles flame until it goes
out. But theres a disc three
First, Griefer with Ripper. A gangster starts it off
with a nice piano intro, a bit melancholy but a nice way to lead you into the
abyss. Exceptional horror movie background music. Aural Blasphemy (featuring
Leech of NTT) and The Dirt Behind The Daydream. Powerful drone warfare
ensues on this track This is Noise 101 and class has just begun. Those seeking
abrasion and uneasy listening material will be quite pleased. Norm -
Richtmaschine 2: Pure subterranean soundscape madness with harsh
industrial overtones. This one also creates nightmarish images in your mind, a
reminder of what war may sound like through the eyes of a noise musician. The
sounds of bombs screaming through the air, the gun blasts of mortar launchers
the only thing you lack is the screams of those blown to pieces laying
Duuster Node Step: What could one write on
this track? Boring and unimaginative. Even for experimental music I find
nothing to grasp onto in terms of a formula. Just a mash of sounds and keyboard
layers. Combat Astronomys Sulpher is another track lacking
anything exclusive or imaginative. Some wacky bass lines, a little bit of
screaming and some off time beats. Nothing new to report here. By this part of
the disc I'm trying to find things to say, but after disc 2 all I can think
about is suicide.
Conures Pachyderm is pure chaos. Most
definitely would work well as movie background music or something scary as hell
to play on Halloween. Very creepy and easily creates horrific images.
G-Nexs Ventre Part IV on the other hand
no images in
my mind here. Navicon Torture Technologies Mvtatis Mvtandis: I
hope the track is better than the name of the track? In a land of darkness an
eerie presence makes itself known. The ghosts of days past flood the land of
uneasy spirits. The smell of death and decay and ghosts of war in the midst of
a nuclear holocaust.
Now Stelladrines Condition Zebra Alert. The
terrain is uncertain. The planet was a wasteland of infinite proportions.
Beings of unexplainable abominations have invaded to destroy the populace of a
diseased world. Magos Today Is A Good Day changes the pace of
previous tracks. Mago comes in with some ambient goodness on Today Is A Good
Day. Chill out with a dose of experimental textures to create a delightful
change of pace. Nicely done with a very melodic sensibility. M Slagles
Isogon is a dark ambient brew in a cup of electronic ale. A slow yet
melodic piece with abrasive textures added for zest. Perfect for background
music. A Tad short but well orchestrated.
Know Decimals. Another track with no real
direction other than the obvious background music this CD seems to embrace.
Jcekyll & Hide by Uniform and Situations and Cordell Kliers
Stillness finish up the disc with the same ingredients found throughout
as a whole. In my opinion all the big names of the industry are here with some
new additions adding to the content. My favorite is disc one and it just seems
to sink deeper and deeper into pandemonium as the disc progresses. I think a
more well thought layout would have been better so there's not so much of the
same vibe for nearly two discs long.
I think it would have been better to breakup the madness
with some beat driven material found mostly on disc one. That's not to say the
avid fan of this music wouldn't enjoy it, but for me I wanted to put a gun to
my head between discs two and three. Lots of music found here would work
wonders in a movie background sense, but for listening enjoyment I find it not
something I could handle for too long, but disc one I enjoyed a lot.
The big names are here and hats off to DTA for putting
together a brilliant package design concept, but I have to wonder why the bands
like Mlada Fronta wouldnt give DTA better material to use. In any case
anyone seeking avant-garde material for their collection should be quite
pleased with not only the packaging, but the content included.
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