Jaakko Vanhala - Here Be Lions

This was originally released as a C28 on Sprachlos Verlag in 2012 before being expanded with Jaakko's contribution to the Tapeworks Volume VI compilation on Hästen & Korset plus two other tracks.

Released on Freak Animal Records in 2013.

Here Be Lions


Gelsomina - Crossroads Noise

Five short and swirling harsh blasts on this 3" CDr released on Freak Animal Records in 2002.

Crossroads Noise


Clay Figure - Eyes Of The Sun God

Three warped covers of songs by Iron Maiden, Napalm Death and (the highlight) Pink Floyd's "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun".

3" CDr released on 267 lattajjaa in 2004.

Eyes Of The Sun God


Gelsomina - Disease With A Purpose

Pekka Perä-Takala reworking source material from Kaj Wikgren and Mikko Novaro who Pekka (alongside Mikko Grönlund) also recorded with as Clay Figure.

CD released on Freak Animal Records in 2004.

Disease With A Purpose


Gelsomina - Cronenberg / Dead Music Live

Reissue of the Cronenberg 3" CDr alongside a 23 minute live excursion recorded earlier in the year of release.

CD released on Freak Animal Records in 2005.

Cronenberg / Dead Music Live


Aluminum Noise - Outnumbered And Fatigued: Romantic Music

Cavernous space drone with the occasional burst of rocket booster noise ...

CDr released on Mechanoise Labs in 2003.

Romantic Music


Aluminum Noise - Totally Fucking Lost

Jason Crumer and Nathan Hobbs, who appear to be in the mood for orchestral drone tones on this one.

CDr released on Sacred Sound Noise in 2001.

Totally Fucking Lost


Gelsomina - Silver Screen

More quality Pekka constructions. He never seems to settle on a single theme and always entertains me no end.

CDr released in Japan on Deserted Factory in 2003.

Silver Screen


Gelsomina - Greenaway

Only in Finland ... contemplative and excoriating ... quality gear!

CDr released on Multi National Disaster Records in 2006.



Aluminum Noise - Sweet Leaf

Stone cold genius noise obliteration of Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf" with the cover being a distorted take on the inner of the gatefold sleeve of the Paranoid album. Just quality all the way through!

Business Card CDr released on Troniks' sister label PACrec ‎in 2003.

Sweet Leaf


The New Blockaders - Etudes De Rien

Noise scree and Hulk Smash junk metal courtesy of TNB (who this time around are Mark Durgan, Michael Gillham and Richard Rupenus).

Originally a lathe plus tape extravaganza that disappeared immediately, this is the thankfully reissued tape.

C36 released on Coherent States in 2017.

Etudes De Rien


va - Three Minute Symphony

The follow-up to "Elephant Table", released by X-Tract as a 2LP in 1984. Yet another wonderful time capsule of the early 1980's industrial cassette network underground, this time with a more international focus. Short songs from Ptose, Van Kaye & Ignit, Kill Ugly Pop, Merzbow, Stratis, Hunting Lodge, Nurse With Wound, Sema, Die Todlische Doris, Smegma, Subject, Colin Potter, Asmus Tietchens, Trax, DDAA, Philip Johnson (of Storm Bugs), Legendary Pink Dots, Conrad Schnitzler, Point of Collapse, Nagamatzu, Hurt, Roll Kommando, Bene Gessirit,

va - Three Minute Symphony


Gelsomina - Deus Ex Garbage Can

It's Pekka PT ... he's from Finland don'tcha know ... it's on Turgid Animal ... it's great.

It's a C40. It was released in 2007.

Deus Ex Garbage Can


va - The Elephant Table Album

Songs by David Jackman, Nurse With Wound, Portion ControlCoil, Chris & Cosey, SPK, We Be Echo, Muslimgauze, 400 Blows, Attrition, Nocturnal Emissions, Bourbonese Qualk, Legendary Pink Dots, Lustmord, Konstruktivists, Paul Kelday, Bushido... basically an ideal line-up of mostly-English 1983 underground industrial heavy hitters. This is one of the defining comps of the era, and it's a good one. It sounds very much like 1983, but I consider that a positive. 

va - The Elephant Table Album


Gelsomina - Sick Seed

Superior warped noise courtesy of Pekka PT who would later record under the name Sick Seed.

C40 released on Turgid Animal in 2008.

Sick Seed

[just in case you missed it ... check the comments from yesterday]


va - Urgh! A Music War The Album

Soundtrack to the classic concert film from 1981, with live recordings of XTC, Echo & the Bunnymen, Oingo Boingo, Pere Ubu, Dead Kennedys, 999, Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark, Gang of Four, Fleshtones, Toyah Wilcox, Wall of Voodoo, Skafish, the Au-Pairs, Devo, a not-great showing from Gary Numan, too much by The Police (because the movie's director and IRS Records' CEO Miles Copeland is Police drummer Stewart's brother), and lots more. Of particular note is the incendiary performance by The Cramps, which to me is a career highlight for its manic, drooling lunacy. Same for Klaus Nomi's blinding turn on "Total Eclipse", which doubles as a painful reminder that he passed away far too soon. Due to legal whatnot, it's highly unlikely that the movie will be remastered and made available though any above-board channels, but bits have popped up on YouTube. Better than nothing.

va - Urgh! A Music War The Album


va - Risveglio Di Una Citta (In Memory Of Luigi Russolo)

Yeah yeah, I know. A noise tribute to Luigi Russolo is about as creative an idea as covering 4'33". Yawnsville. This particular compilation is notable, though, having taken the form of a 6xCDR set with an entire album by a different artist. The artists are all from different countries, too. You get Cria Cuervos from Italy, Lt. Caramel from France, Big City Orchestra from the US, Head58m from Poland, Government Alpha from Japan, and Hyware (the dormant noise alter ego of Radboud Mens) from the Netherlands. It came inside a lovely full color magazine which I did not scan, so you'll have to make do with the Discogs image above. If you like it, go buy your own copy off Discogs (I'm assuming it's long sold out at the source) and scan all those pages. Released in 2008 as a limited edition of 160 numbered copies by the Polish label Impulsy Stetoskopu.

disc 1 Cría Cuervos - The Solidity of Fog
disc 2 Lieutenant Caramel - My Six Families of Noises
disc 3 Big City Orchestra - How an Automat Works
disc 4 Head 58m - Scape
disc 5 Government Alpha - Intonarumori 2008
disc 6 Hyware - Computori


Life, The Universe and Everything

Stephen Hawking has left us. I consider myself genuinely privileged to have been around during his lifetime. He has taught us all more about the infinite and the deeply personal than we deserve.

We truly stand on the shoulders of giants!


Wahehe - Dywagacje Uniwersalne

Second volume of exhumed 1980s Polish industrial music, brought to us as an edition of four CDRs by the heroes at Impulsy Stetoskopyu. These discs span 1984 to 1989, and come from the sole remaining copy of the band's demo tape, plus more sound from the band-leader's personal archive. Compared to the other acts in this series, Wahehe left slightly more of a magnetic trace. Discogs lists contributions to three compilation tapes in 1989, followed by this set. Some of this stuff sounds a bit like the blown-out synth monoliths of early MB, other stuff has the looseness of "Ein Produkt der DAF" mixed with Cabaret Voltaire. I'm not doing it justice, though. You might as well hear it for yourself.

disc 1 - Pierwsza Dywagacja
disc 2 - Druga Dywagacja
disc 3 - Trzecia Dywagacja
disc 4 - Czwarta Dywagacja


Paweł Paulus Mazur - 1984-1989 Dźwięki Zebrane Czyli Ultra Music Box (Arc_Hiv Positiv) No. 1

Another volume of Impulsy Stetoskoyu's ambitious Archive of Polish Industrial Music, these discs span five years of sound by Paweł Paulus Mazur and related bands: ZKS, Po Schodach, Novy Levy Proletariyat, others you've surely never heard of. It came out in 2012 as a set of six CDRs in a metal tin with a booklet inside, and was limited to just 100 copies. That might not sound like much, but it's probably a larger edition than anything the bands published in their lifetime. Actually, I haven't been able to find evidence of any album in any format that these bands might have released during the 1980s. Again, I'm suspecting that the label gathered rough live recordings and demos. That it became a set of six full albums is a testament to both the label's sense of purpose and the depth of Cold War-era Polish industrial music previously languishing unheard in people's basements. For fans of Throbbing Gristle, Non Toxique Lost or Esplendor Geometirco.

disc 1 - ZKS, PAP, Kościotrup (1984-1986)
disc 2 - Po Schodach (1986)
disc 3 - Totart/Hiena (1986)
disc 4 - Paweł Paulus Mazur, Potem, Nie Kuam (1987-1988)
disc 5 - Novy Levy Proletaryat (1988)
disc 6 - Novy Levy Proletaryat (1989)