Album Review: This Morn’ Omina – Kundalini Rising

In the obscure and bewitching realm of rhythmic noise, This Morn’ Omina is among the most celebrated catalogue entries. Nothing even begins to compare to the experience of this Belgian troupe’s acoustic production – they are visionary musicians on the cutting edge of the style.

It’s been six long years since L’Unification Des Forces Opposantes on Ant-Zen, yet This Morn’ Omina’s reputation among lovers of the genre has not faltered in the slightest. Their productions are heroic in scope and size, the Gilgamesh opus of obscure electronica.

After meeting this wonderful group at Terminus Festival two years ago, I couldn’t be more excited to hear this new album

Read the full review on The Spill Magazine or below and download Kundalini Rising from the record label dependent.de

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Album Review: Dismantled – The Hero EP

Dismantled holds a very special place in my music library. His early work contains three of my favourite tracks of all time by virtue of being my gateway into noise music.

I’ve loved many more artists since those early years, but Dismantled is the one who opened my mind towards this obscure niche of electronica and it changed my life forever.

No two Dismantled albums have been the same.

His self-titled album in 2002 had a grimy, white-label rhythmic noise vibe that was unforgettable. The distorted and compressed vocals, abrasive mechanical grinding samples, and erratic beats in “On Your Knees” made this track the epitome of dystopian music, a ballad commemorating the globally historical moment of agony and fear. The subsequent Post-Nuclear and Standard Issue albums were a clear evolutionary path for Dismantled – Zon’s vocals got cleaner, the song structure more defined, clear patterns so familiar to EBM listeners emerging from the chaos. By 2007, When I Am Dead took a danceable approach, focusing on lyrics and choral effects, while the last full album released in 2011, The War Inside Me, took a detour into fist-pumping rage-spewing Aggrotech territory akin to FGFC820 and prodigious mentors Suicide Commando.

And here we are, after a four year break, with a fresh new sound that is more polished than ever and shows how much Gary has learned in his career.

Read my full review on Spill Magazine.

And stay tuned for The Hero full release!

 

 

 

Album review: Rational Youth – Future Past Tense 

If you’re part of the Alternative Electronic music community in Canada today, know well that you owe your scene’s existence to pioneers like Tracy Howe and Bill Vorn.
Rational Youth were proudly baffling stage managers with their 808 and MS-20 setup in the early ‘80s, and telling the world to dance atop the infamous wall three years before Bowie started inciting riots in East Berlin. Howe’s relentless ambition to reclaim the synthesizer out of the hands of boring scholars and put it at the forefront of the concert stage produced a novel and visionary experience for listeners around the globe.
Read my full review on The Spill Magazine 

Hair adventures continued: micro-ring extensions

After years of DIY yarn dreads, LED augmented wigs, 26 different hair colours and every kind of batty hair extensions you can imagine, it occurred to me the only thing I haven’t tried is something that approximates normalcy.

What can I tell ya: I’m just not wired for vanilla.

So I decided to start last year looking like the Little Mermaid.

That seems reasonable, right?

I ended up getting wefts attached with micro rings; they were flawless after four months of wear and I had a really great experience with the Toronto pros who helped out.

If you’re contemplating getting your first hair extensions, take a look at this guide to the common materials used in the process.

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Album Review: Skilled Mechanics featuring Tricky, DJ Milo & Luke Harris

Under the new handle Skilled Mechanics, Tricky once again brings us cutting-edge talent from the most unlikely corners of the music world. Tricky’s mercurial tastes birthed some of the most dubious yet genial style fusions of the past couple decades; he’s dabbled in everything from punk to blues to …whatever Bjork is.

In this this new album, he reunited long time friends DJ Milo from The Wild Bunch incubator and Francesca Belmonte, the muse of his recent few albums, and interspersed them with non sequitur performances like Luke Harris doing a vocal cover of a nu metal ballad, and 2013 Chinese Idol star Ivy (艾菲) dropping bilingual raps.

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Conjure One Holoscenic

Album Review: Conjure One – Holoscenic

Conjure One‘s new release came across my feed as an unexpected yet pleasant surprise. Having seen him live just this past summer at Aftermath Festival, I was very excited for the new sound.

No lie, this album almost reduced me to tears.

Miscreant is one of the most wonderfully tragic tracks I have heard in a long time.

Rhys Fulber’s sound is complex and profound, which is to be expected from the Canadian alternative electronic music hero. Holoscenic came out on Armin Van Buuren’s record label and as such it is one of the most accessible works by the Front Line Assembly and Delerium veteran.

With guest vocals from Aruna, Leigh Nash and Christian Burns (anybody remember BBMak? HA!) Holoscenic connects the darkest fringes of esoterica to seminal progressive house vibes, serving as a gateway between the alternative and mainstream electronic music scenes.

Read the full review on The Spill page.

And download Holoscenic from Armada Music:

https://armadamusic.lnk.to/COHoloscenicWA

 

DIY Horns: Krampus Ball 2015

Krampuslauf in Graz, Austria.

One of many cities that still practices the noble tradition of honouring Krampus. If the idea of a Santa parade makes your black-lipsticked lip curl, this is the party for you:

Krampus is a mythical holiday Boogey-man with roots dating all the way to Iron Age Germanic people. There are proxy creatures in several other European traditions, including my own Romanian folklore, which I shall treat in greater length in a later post (it’s so creepy it warrants manuscripts).

Last year I had the pleasure of attending the annual Toronto Krampus Ball featuring mesmerizing acts from live musicians and performers.

Squid Lid Krampus Ball 2015

To no surprise, Squid Lid‘s unique holiday tradition is back this year!

Krampus is serious business, and “COSTUME ENCOURAGED” means you better show up with horns on.

Krampus Ball 2015 Squid Lid c. DQC Photo
Krampus Ball 2015 Squid Lid c. DQC Photo

Be it Halloween, Krampus, ye olde’ hippie festival in the sticks (everyone does those right?), sometimes life just calls for horns.

Dreamstate and I are industrious, craftsy folks, so we whipped up two awesome pairs of horns using this easy method:

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