Thursday, April 12, 2012
A collaboration between Mike Honeycutt and Jack Hertz is now available via Treetrunk Records. "Burn is a long form drone collaboration between the artists Jack Hertz and Mike Honeycutt. This track was created for the Time Drone artists series that was originally broadcast on February 16, 2011 at radio.electro-music.com." Download link available here. Enjoy!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Kuwahara - "Kandyheart Afghan"
[Waiting World Records]
Kuwahara present us with some noise/death industrial in a similar vein to Stratvm Terror, Megaptera, etc. The songs employ deep, hellish drones to provide the foundation for layers of noisey textures. Most of the songs are droning and plod along slowly, though beats present themselves occasionally. There are some cool tracks like "Order of Primitives", "Feeding Tube", and "Scum Class" that have a good, industrial-tinged, rotten sewage feel to them akin to Stratvm Terror. These pieces are dirty and atmospheric, certainly residing amongst the darkest catacombs of the ambient genre, without being overly abrasive. Despite the usual ultra repetitive nature of some death industrial, most these tracks move and shift quite a bit during their duration; there are many different sounds introduced and they don't feel repetitive or overly long. The production here is about as good as you can expect from a style that relies heavily on drones and noise, although the track volume seems to fluctuate from track to track. The only thing I really don't like about this album is that a number of songs contain seemingly random noises which seem out of place and/or annoying to the ear. On "B-33920" and "Meat Bubble" the drumbeats sound totally out of left field and don't fit with the atmosphere generated by the rest of the album. Although "Meat Bubble" sounds kind of like old demo VAC or some other rough, experimental trippy industrial of that time. If you like "heavy" ambient and stuff from Slaughter Productions and so forth, give this one a try.
Much thanks to the WOTE Crew for their time, consideration and support of the Mighty K.
More info here http://woundsoftheearth.blogspot.com/
Friday, March 2, 2012
Kandyheart Afghan, the third release from Kuwahara, reveals the duo's fondness for bleak atmospheres and tortured electronics. Kuwahara continues head-first into the abyss with no signs of turning back. Purposely avoiding the white walls of sound from early pioneers of noise and dark ambient that influenced them, they instead focus on texture and melancholic passages to move their audience with a wretched grace rather than brute force. Make no mistake; this album is a pummeling slab of tectonic movements and soundscapes, much like their previous installments. This however, dwells in a realm of nightmare and abandoned hope.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Aside other side projects galore, we are currently constructing tracks for a split release with Jack Hertz to be released on Cohort Records (Release Date TBA). Copies of our Cultivation Series Volume 1 are still available, sorry no trades at this time as this is a limited series. If you want something for free, feel free to download the two latest M. Peck releases Bodies To The Sky and Beneath Forever or his latest EP from his new project TIDAL. Enjoy.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Bred from runoff and debris from the great Mississippi River, Mystery Hearsay's audio wasteland has a common theme of unbridled creativity and strangulated frequency fetish. Those familiar with the early underground cassette trade have known this for years, those that are new to the name are in for a treat, because this is just Phase 1 of what's to come.
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MYSTERY HEARSAY - FLESH TOMB (CD by Monochrome Vision)
Whereas Factor X was even bootlegged in recent years - always a mark of long lasting quality - Mystery Hearsay wasn't. No lesser quality however from this hometaper - as the lingo of the day was - also known as Mike Honeycutt. He went on to produce other things later on, such as Mystery X, Mystery Iguana, but Mystery Hearsay seemed to have gathered dust. This CD, in fact a re-issue of a tape release called 'Flesh Tomb' plus bonus material from a net release from 2007 (which is which is not clear from the cover). Without wanting to say much about the quality of the music, the quality of the recording is of an entirely nature than the Factor X one, i.e. something that seems at least more professional. One of those typical mid-80s things was the arrival of what was called 'ambient industrial': music that was too loud to fully downright ambient, but also not loud enough to be classified as industrial. Hence ambient industrial and that's exactly the field of Mystery Hearsay's music. Lots of guitar/synth manipulations, along with percussive, metallic sounds and tons of sound effects to manipulate them. Like with a lot of these 80s things its not the composition that counts but the mood created, so it sometimes gets off the rails and takes a bit too much time to be fully interesting. But this is another great reminder of the young FdW at home listening to tapes, and one who fully forgot that Mystery Hearsay was actually a great band. Long forgotten,
but thankfully resurrected.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
As we've mentioned previously, the packaging for the latest K. release "Cultivation Series Volume 1" is handmade. The CDR's are full color thermal printed, and the inlay is laser printed 80lb. stock. The disc is attached to an adhesive hub to keep it from sliding around and scratching the precious, all housed in an ultra clear poly bag. Copies of this are limited, so get in touch to get yourself a copy before they run out.