Review: In 1992, Coil followed up their critically acclaimed '91 album "Love's Secret Domain" with a set of outtakes, unreleased songs and alternate versions recorded during the same sessions. Of course, little they produced in that period was ever less than inspired, and "Stolen and Contaminated Songs" was a far better set than its "odds and ends" nature suggested it would be - as this timely reissue proves. Flitting between string-drenched neo-classical, exotic Indian soundscapes, otherworldly ambient-jazz, Cabaret Voltaire style industrial-electro, contemporaneous ambient house dreaminess, beat-free soundscapes and weird electronic experiments, it's a kaleidoscopic and hugely entertaining affair that's well worth a place in your collection.
Review: Although Corrupted is being trailed as a "mysterious Japanese doom metal band formed in 1994", the label credits suggest it's actually the work of long-serving industrial producer Martin Bowes (previously a member of such forthright combos as Attrition, Pigface and Engram). "Felicific Algorithim" is an intensely uncomfortable and mind-altering affair, where sampled screams and redlined white noise rise above the distortion-splattered doom of the aggressive and twisted backing track. The 13-minute A-side version is, in many ways, terrifying in its disconcerting and fragmented approach, while the flipside, a kind of dark ambient version based around foreboding held notes and barely audible vocal samples, sounds like the work of lauded noisenik Dominick Fenrow.
Ake - "Rape" (live At Equinox, June 21, 1983 - bonus track) (5:25)
Review: Where do we even start with the Cold Spring label? The UK institution has been putting out any music that's remotely related to the industrial domain for over twenty years, and they have featured some pretty legendary names on the label. Names like Psychic TV, Merzbow, Genesis P-Orridge and Skullflower, among many others, and have even mashed that up with visionary legends like Sun Ra. They've got a pretty special line-up this time with Zos Kia, Coil, and Ake all appearing on the same LP. Enough said, brothers and sisters. John Gosling might be the only remaining member of legendary 80s industrial outfit Zos Kia, but it's clear from the sounds of his first five segments that he's still operating with exactly the same menace and dexterity behind the mixing board; this is your thing if you're into bizarre noise infusions and gnarly power electronics. The man teams up with legendary band Coil, spear-headed by ex-Psychic TV member John Balance, and together they offer some pretty foreboding noise-rock cross-overs. Ake's final two tracks tie things off with a devilish twist of tooled-up field recordings that give the term 'bleak' a new meaning. A special release. Don't miss this.
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