Friday, October 16, 2009

Advance Notice - 11/29 Broadcast

Sunday November 29, 2009 -- 10:00 PM -- The Fortieth Day (Isidro Reyes + Mark Solotroff of BLOODYMINDED) + Sshe Retina Stimulants (P.NG5361.B of Sigillum S) + Terence Hannum (of Locrian + Unlucky Atlas) -- Live collaboration from the studio of WLUW 88.7 FM Chicago -- -- Live stream -- Hosted by Philip von Zweck/Something Else

BLOODYMINDED Pieter Opening 10/18

Pieter will have some new paintings in an exhibition opening this Sunday evening (10/18) from 7-9pm at Miguel Abreu Gallery - from the bodies of work that will be shown at greater length in exhibitions at Art Basel, Miami, in December and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, in March.

Magnetism on CD

A used copy of the out-of-print BLOODYMINDED "Magnetism" CD is currently on eBay

Buyer's Market CD on eBay

A used copy of the Buyer's Market CD is currently on eBay

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mark Solotroff on new Wilt 2CD

Wilt - Cemetery Road / Dead Electroniks

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B!138 Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat "Koskemattomuus" CD

- Paid pre-orders are now being accepted
- Shipping Wednesday October 21, 2009

BloodLust! New Release

Artist: Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat
Title: "Koskemattomuus"
Format: CD (Professionally duplicated CD-R, single panel, double-sided insert, color artwork; jewel box with shrinkwrap)
Catalog Number: BloodLust! 138
Genre: Industrial / Noise / Power-Electronics / Martial Music / Minimal-Synth

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BloodLust! is happy to announce "Koskemattomuus," the label's second release by the emerging industrial noise group, Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat, which follows on the footsteps of the bands recent "Anarkkia, Kaaos, Maailmanloppu!" EP [B!129]. The members of this shadow group of old-school industrial acolytes originally hail from Finland and from Karelia -- a region and an autonomous republic of northwest Russia, between the Gulf of Finland and the White Sea. To paraphrase some of the band's own dogmatic yet oblique statements and manifestos, Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat quite accurately claim to have built their sound on the bones of such groups as S.P.K. and Throbbing Gristle, through a prism of Japanese harsh-noise and Finnish hardcore-punk, spewing out a nihilistic nightmare of diffused synth hiss, commanding metal percussion, waves of harsh-noise, anarcho-punk attitude, and dissident power-electronics. This "new" album, which the band actually recorded in 2001, furthers the group's association with the anarcho-punk scene [CRASS, et al] by presenting a fiercely grim anti-war statement. By conjuring the disasters of war, both historic and contemporary, the group lays the blame for the death of so many innocent civilians squarely on the shoulders of greedy politicians and big business. Kriminaaliset Metsänhaltijat weave their aggressive, dark industrial-noise style with segments of traditional, romantic Finnish war songs from World War II, as well of impassioned battlefield vocal segments, creating a complex and compelling tableaux that should appeal to a broad group of listeners, including fans from the martial music, minimal synth, crusty punk, and noise scenes. These are professionally duplicated CDs, with single panel, double-sided inserts, featuring striking color artwork; in jewel boxes with shrinkwrap.


1. Perkele! (7:53)
2. Koskemattomuus (2:11)
3. Tiedustelija (5:28)
4. Aanisen Aallot I (3:06)
5. Aanisen Aallot II (2:22)
6. Totalitaarinen Valtio (2:28)
7. Elama Juoksuhaudoissa I (3:09)
8. Elama Juoksuhaudoissa II (4:00)
9. Odotan Maailmanloppua (0:27)


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

TDS OGF in Zero Tolerance

Twodeadsluts Onegoodfuck - "Champagne And Biological Women" 7" (Bloodlust!)
It still amuses me that plenty of noise/PE aficionados just don't get these guys' sense of humour. But c'mon - how can a track titled "Mark Solotroff Built My Hotrod" do anything other than raise a smile? That track is one of four on this 7", a typically violent electronic assault from TDSOGF although more focused-sounding than their full length LP. Super-short, though, even for a 7" - would have liked a bit more detail.

Locrian on No Ripcord

Here is a new review of the CD version of Locrian's "Drenched Lands" album.


I just posted a new review on the T.R.O.A. II blog. There was an unintentionally long gap between posts, but nothing has grabbed me over the last month like the new Yoga album has. Well, the only thing that I have even listened to nearly as many times is the new Alice in Chains CD, but I doubt that I will be tackling that one... Ha!

Death Musick Ritual - 11/01/09

Poster For 11-01-09

Monday, October 12, 2009

10/28 Show Line-Up Revision

Bigger and better...

AoH - 8/15 Video Clips

Compiled by and courtesy of Mandy Matz

Becoming an Animal... Again?

This is a weird one... Intrinsic Action & Iugula-Thor... video fantasy?

Nightmares in Brainwashed

Written by Lucas Schleicher
Sunday, 11 October 2009

The far off screaming of a tortured mass inaugurates Nightmares' 7" EP, sending a chilly wave of numbing synthesizer noise out into the world. Jonathan Canaday, David Reed, and Mark Solotroff's work together is as severe and indomitable as the product of their solo productions might suggest. Though not as frightening as their namesake implies, Nightmares' noise is oppressive and dense and more than a little uncomfortable.

Of the three releases from Nightmares this year, their 7" EP is the shortest and, for that reason, most forgiving recording. Their brevity is about all that makes these two songs tolerable. Both are filled with scores of sickly synthesizer tones and hissing noise, which together induce a claustrophobic tension and a nauseating sense of vertigo. Enjoyable only to the extent that discomfort can be, "Floating Above the Tracks" and "We Were Melded Together" do not allow for silence nor relief. Though there are spaces between the sounds and the band avoids creating an onslaught of pure noise, not one second goes that isn't tattooed by menace. Whether atonal pockets of sound are bubbling up in the background or long, obvious screeches of phased metallic noise are ripping through the foreground, I always feel pressed beneath the weight of Nightmares' unremitting electronics. The density they achieve isn't the result of stereo-filling distortion, but the accomplishment of psychological dread and volume. On the one hand, much of what is oppressing about each song can be found in how one reacts to the band's abstractions.

Whether or not I was intended to hear people screaming or to imagine the extent of infinite space while listening, I do hear and imagine those things and both cause some exciting reactions. I'm never quite scared by what I hear, but what's implied is enough to keep me on guard, always guessing what might be around the next corner. On the other hand, both songs exhibit the kind of spaciousness I'd typically associate with ambient music. The songs aren't so congested that I can't hear events when they happen. All the dissonant tones that pop up and wobble through the songs are thus able to flex their muscle to the fullest extent. Because of this sharp production and clarity I can make sense of what's happening both in the noise and inbetween its various instantiations. But, every moment is perverse and unfamiliar and haunted by an eternal horizon. Canaday, Reed, and Solotroff convincingly portray a threat out there somewhere, just beyond where you and I can see, but they never reveal it. So when the needle reaches the end of the record and the music stops, I'm almost a little too happy to put the record back in its sleeve. I don't want to know what might happen were the record to keep going.

I Am A Horror

After being a bit bummed out that I missed Om on Tuesday, due to practice --- I have enjoyed their live shows a lot, even if I am still a bit iffy on the new album --- and Zoroaster on Friday --- a cold and rainy night and I was concerned that an opening slot at Logan Square Auditorium would mean an abbreviated set, not like the two brain melters that I already saw from them this year --- I was happy to make it to a couple of things last night: Unlucky Atlas debuted some new material at the Empty Bottle, in a supprt slot for the Sian Alice Group, whom Locrian opened for previously. I like the last S.A.G. album, but the new one does not do it for me. Well, they canceled anyway. Unlucky Atlas played a tight set of beautiful, dark songs, using up to three voices, guitars, dulcimer, keyboard, synth, etc. Excellent. Their handsome new, super-limited cassette features two of the most recent songs that they recorded, along with some Locrian-esque dronescapes. Once they finished, it was off to the Double Door to see The Horrors. After a great opening set at Metro earlier this year, I was eager to see them play a longer headlining set. The band was great, allowing the synths to rise up in the mix, and balancing the heavy shoegazer feel of the new album with the more electronic, bass-driven Krautrock side that they have been exploring. All with a patina of death-rock and dark post-punk (whatever that even means). For their main set, they stuck to songs from "Primary Colours," even playing a nice long version of "Sea Within A Sea." For their encore, they started with a predictable but welcome Suicide cover --- but wait, it was not "Shadazz" from the Blast First 10-inch series --- immediately recognizable, it was a great version of "Ghostrider"... and from there it was a crowd rousing, ultra-energetic "Sheena Is A Parasite"... and then I forget, actually, what they finished with... "Count In Fives" maybe? It was a really excellent show, which definitely expanded upon the sound of the new album, and which was way more satisfying than their great Metro set. And someone in the crowd was brandishing a football scarf...not that I would wear one, but!?!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Magic is Real

Ha! Seriously, I couldn't make this up! I was just running... thinking about last night's show... how much I enjoyed Cult of Youth... and how it would be cool to have them back and somehow stage one of Micki Pellerano's performances/rituals... Just at that moment, I looked down, and scattered along the sidewalk were numerous torn pieces of Toth tarot cards... What the fuck?!? In my neighborhood? I have to doubt that Aleister Crowley is a known entity around here...

AoH 10/10

Thanks to everyone who came out last night and made the show a success. We felt really positive about our set and it looks like we got a good souvenir recording. It was particularly nice to see some new faces who had heard about AoH or who were encouraged by a friend to see us. Thanks to Death Domain and Cult of Youth (excellent!) for having us on the bill. Thanks to the Viaduct Theater for hosting another fun night. Thanks to Shauna for doing a fantastic job with our sound. And thanks to Ben for helping with the booking and organization. The theater seating thing seemed like it was going to throw me off, especially in this even bigger room -- but unlike the Nightmares show, where I had to get people out of their seats and up to the stage -- it seemed okay last night... funny to see silhouettes of the seated audience in the dark room... pretty moody and nice! We will see you again on November 6th...