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(Wolf Eyes, Hair Police)
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Clay Rendering conduct two sludgy, gothic metal invocations for Hospital Productions. Operating at a remote distance from Wolf Eyes, they forge blackened metal riffs and toiling drum machine steeped in towering synths on 'Natures Cinfusion', building a fortress of warding evil around Tara's witchy rasp. B-side, 'Vengeance Candle' edges Tara's vocals slightly forward against slow waves of crashing, reversed cymbals and snares and sticky electro-goth signatures, while banking clouds of claw-handed guitar rise up like a slow-motion dust-storm behind her to a climax of wheezing, rustic accordion that comes from nowhere. Awesome stuff, and sounds quite excellent on vinyl thanks to a Russell Haswell mastering job.
Reflecting the ritualistic appeal of late '70s and early '80s Italian industrial à la Cicciolina Holocaust, Sermonizer or MB, crossed with the epic claustrophobia of early material from the Cure and the decadent, voyeuristic compulsion of Pasolini flicks so enamoured by Coil, the enigmatic Lussuria ("Lust" in Italian) has conceived nothing short of a dark ambient masterpiece for our times. It's a De Quincey or De Sade-like meditation on a perceived American condition that percolates far beyond its borders, matching the militant oppression of Vatican Shadow with martial pomp of opener 'Keys To Unlock Paradise (Roman Showers)' and the cold-sweating tension of 'Queen Of Swords Reversed', while ambient interzones such as 'Viper Room Vigil' and 'Mondo Narcotico' relieve the suppression effectively as a loosened tourniquet. In his role as the Dark Interpreter, Lussuria acts as informant from the netherworld relaying the eschatological drone vision of 'Under' and the backmasked Bacchanalia of 'Coiled Serpent Shedding' to fanged ears on the other side, culminating with two furtive dispatches in the coruscating half-light of 'Nicotine Incense Trepan Redux', and the uncannily poignant video-diary entry set to numbed pads and raging black metal noise inferno that closes 'American Babylon'. So many attempt this sound, yet it's putative pleasures remain just out of grasp to most. Not so with Lussuria.
Killer debut of blunt noise/techno from the New York scene stalwart known as K.P. (of VIRILE GAMES). For fans of Preserved Instincts, Miles Whittaker, Powell, Vatican Shadow or Prostitutes. As Hospital Productions put it: " Dual Action combines the eerie atmospheric sound collage of crowded chinatown streets with the deafening silence of a new apartment and the hard industrial beats of subways and freeways. A dynamic, physical autonomism. Body complete." Check 'Body Automatic' for stygian industrial techno in the vein of VS or Alberich, and 'Oil On Asphalt' for resonant subbass shockwaves and decaying atmospheres, or the ductile electronics of 'Automotive Sex Club' and 'Body Complete' for stoic meditations on monotone analogue machine music.
TWINS is the paranoid outsider-pop project of Atlanta-based producer Matt Weiner. Having spent the better part of a decade reveling in a mutant murk that intersects seductive synth-pop with Featureless Ghost and grotesque industrial-dance grooves in his own right as TWINS on LPs issued by Ruralfaune and Clan Destine, Weiner has more than proved his sincerely sinister and auspiciously artful finesse of synth-based music. Operating from his home studio, arrayed with various tools of the trade, Weiner culls his subtle scourges of sound with an unending sense of bold exploration, processing tracks of rhythmic, aural catharsis.
The latest project of DKA co-operator Chris Daresta (Roman Photos, Gold Painted Nails, African Grays).