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!

 

 

 

E.S.A - Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt 3: Penance

Album Review: E.S.A – Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt. 3 – Penance

Rhythmic noise is an eldritch gem of the dark electronic music universe. It’s lullabies for people (like yours truly) who keep Masonna in their day to day playlists.

To make rhythmic noise, you take one part harsh industrial and whisk in some dramatic orchestral drums. Then sprinkle in some pan flutes or whatever other new age-y bright accent instrument you have lying around, and distort and overdrive the hell out of all of it.

It’s so awesome.

Have you ever come up with one of those “songs to bring to a deserted island” lists?

All of mine are rhythmic noise. It’s my singularly favourite genre out of a few terabytes worth of music.

So yuh, you bet I’m pretty excited about a new Electronic Substance Abuse album!

Continue reading “Album Review: E.S.A – Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt. 3 – Penance”

Modular Synthesizer by Bit Reduction

Burning Chrome featuring Bit Reduction & Prospero electronic improv sessions

On September 12th, Bit Reduction and Prospero took to the stage at Burning Chrome.

Bit Reduction

For this performance he patched a modular synthesizer system from scratch, building the sound up cable by cable, using very little external gear. The only preconceived notion was to exploit feedback paths. As such, the result was unpredictable, harsh, and largely unpleasant – in the best of ways.

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The result was an eclectic and memorable experience that left everyone calling for more. Follow Craig Renaud’s project on his soundcloud page and stay tuned for future performances.

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Prospero

Born as a solo project in August 2001 under musician and DJ Wade Anderson, Prospero’s music fuses traditional industrial electronics with a variety of acoustic percussion and exotic instruments. In their fifth album “Paradise or Apocalypse” Prospero continues to explore new themes galvanized by the addition of tribal and folk elements as well as vocals from Sandford and Veela.

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Check out clips from the performance here:

 

 

Burning Chrome featuring live improv by Prospero & Bit Reduction

Burning Chrome returns on September 12th

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What is Live Improv?

The idea is for the musician to approach the show with no pre-conceived idea’s about re-producing tracks. Some elements including sounds, instruments and patterns may have been researched but no practiced and no sequenced. There is no plan about what to play or when. What happens at the show will be all created and programmed on the fly.

BIT REDUCTION

Power noise & gritty ambient project, a mesmerizing blend of distortion and harmony.

https://soundcloud.com/bit-reduction

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PROSPERO

Born as a solo project in August 2001 under musician and DJ Wade Anderson, Prospero’s music fuses traditional industrial electronics with a variety of acoustic percussion and exotic instruments. In their fifth album “Paradise or Apocalypse” Prospero continues to explore new themes galvanized by the addition of tribal and folk elements as well as vocals from Sandford and Veela.

Prospero has done this type of show twice in the past. Once with Displacer in 2012 at a Darkrave and once solo at Live Event Sunday’s at the Savage Garden Night Club.

Follow Prospero and download his new album Paradise or Apocalypse

http://www.spreadingtheinfection.com/
https://www.facebook.com/spreadingtheinfection

 

DJ Skeletalkitten &  Synescape

Spinning noise, industrial, dark ambient and experimental music

 

Hosted by 2872 Dundas Street West, Doors at 10:30 PWYC

Keep your receptors filled

Join the Burning Chrome group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/355088194506557/

The Dames of Noise return to Burning Chrome

WASP Synthesizer poster for Dames of Noise 2.0 featuring Ar13l, Saucy Miso, Synescape, Skeletalkitten and Ataraxia
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The ladies are back with another night of aural mayhem: Dames of Noise v.2.0

Join us FRIDAY THE 13TH @2872 Dundas West for back to back sets of industrial, IDM, aggrotech and noise brought to you by the Baronesses of Badass:

AR13L
ATARAXIA
SAUCY MISO
SKELETALKITTEN
SYNESCAPE

Doors at 10pm
PWYC
19+ at the bar

[ KEEP YOUR RECEPTORS FILLED ]

Join the Burning Chrome group here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/355088194506557/

Schema Factor live performance at Burning Chrome

If you’re a total cyberpunk nerd this should immediately ring a bell:

I could crash your whole (beat) from here man!
I could crash your whole (beat) from here man!

Leif Bloomquist AKA Schema Factor performed at Burning Chrome using a Leap Motion controller for his hardware and a unique visualization engine.

The result was mindblowing:

Leif crits with Digital Music Blast spell
Leif crits with Digital Music Blast spell

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Another Candid from the Schema Factor performance
Another Candid from the Schema Factor performance

Burning Chrome wsg. Schema Factor & Saucy Miso

The night we burn chrome is upon us again.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1435818779989748/

Join us on April 11th for Burning Chrome featuring guest performances by:

[ SCHEMA FACTOR ]
Mean stomping beats sprinkled with distortion and haunting synths – Leif Bloomquist has been creating dirty electronic music for over two decades and will be bringing us his darkest and most incendiary live performance.

http://www.schemafactor.com/ ]

[ GUEST DJ: SAUCY MISO ]
Does this lady even need an introduction? The EVE Radio veteran and infamous Toronto industrial bitch will be laying down her noisiest and most surreal sound pickings in a mind-shattering set.

http://www.saucymiso.com/ ]

Hosted by DJ Synescape

2872 Dundas Street West
Doors at 10:30
PWYC 19+

[ KEEP YOUR RECEPTORS FILLED ]