Thursday, December 24, 2015

TRAUMATIC STATIC'S: TOP 20 RELEASES OF 2015:


20.) GHOST MINER - SHADOW FACTORY
LABEL: OUT-OF-BODY RECORDS
GENRE(S): POST-INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL
FORMAT: CASSETTE - C25


A short, but powerful release.
Punchy drum patterns beneath brooding synths
and shadowy atmospheres. Soft, yet eerie vocals.
With nods to the Godfathers of 90's Electro Industrial
as well as 90's Synth pioneers. Perfect downer music for 
a rainy day.

19.) TERROR APART - KNIGHT RIDER
LABEL: QTYJPPR RECORDCS
GENRE(S): POST-INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/
DARK AMBIENT/NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS
FORMAT: CASSETTE AND CD


The one-woman project of Anna Leja. Terror Apart
explores various realms of blasphemous darkness
that come on building synth drones and heavy Industrial
percussive elements. Covering various genres from 
Goth/Darkwave to Power Electronics 
to just about every other dark underground
electronic genre. Vocals range from ominous moans
and whispers to fierce rants. There is a lot to enjoy 
here. Download code included!

18.) ODOUR SONOUR - THE STRANGE WONDERS OF THE FLESH
LABEL: EXABYSS RECORDS
GENRE(S): DEATH INDUSTRIAL/DRONE/HARSH AMBIENT/NOISE
FORMAT: PRO-CDR


Cold Industrial soundscapes, Dense drones that drift and
shift for lengthy periods of time. This is the type of 
stuff you put on when you want to be obliterated into
oblivion. Six instrumental compositions ranging from 
around three minutes to over fifteen minutes in 
duration. Obscured samples and empty, windswept 
passages. Turn it up and spiral down.

17.) IN SEARCH OF DEATH - III
LABEL: DEATH CONTINUES RECORDS
GENRE(S): HARSH RHYTHMIC NOISE/DEATH 
INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL
FORMAT: CD


The owner of Death Continues Records, Xavier H's
personal project. Simple patterns blend into chaotic 
nightmares. Repetition is employed to leave you in a 
catatonic state until you are pummeled by additional 
layers, tones and textures. No vocals, but some samples 
are used to build on theme and suspense.

16.) TOVARISH - THIS TERRIBLE BURDEN
LABEL: ARGONAUTA RECORDS
GENRE(S): BLACKENED NOISE/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/DARK AMBIENT 
SOUNDSCAPES/DRONE DOOM
FORMAT: CD


Ten slabs of pitch black terror. Heavy riffs amongst
Industrial clatter. Slow-jams of death and destruction.
Harsh blackened vocals and brutally honest samples.
Track five features guest vocals from: Yoshiko Ohara
of Bloody Panda. Definitely Tovarish's best release to
date.

15.) BOAR - IN HORROR
LABEL: PETITE SOULS
GENRE(S): HARSH NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS
FORMAT: CASSETTE - C20


A stellar release from one of the hardest working acts
in Harsh Noise. Although nothing can quite capture the
blistering intensity of Boar's live performances, In 
Horror still manages to capture and showcase the levels 
of skill and creativity that go into Boar's 
compositions. One of the best Harsh Noise releases 
you'll hear this year.

14.) INTERRACIAL SEX - RACEPLAY
LABEL: NEFARIOUS ACTIVITIES
GENRE(S): HARSH NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS
FORMAT: CASSETTE - FULL-LENGTH


From the controversial intro samples to the last moment,
Raceplay holds your attention and wrecks your senses. 
An absolute beast of a release. Featuring guest vocals 
from Penchant on track eight and a whole lot of in your 
face attitude. No fucks given outside of the bedroom.
The album art itself is pure pornography. Graphic images 
to match graphic content. 

13.) STONE WIRED - UMBRAL DEPTHS OF SHADE
LABEL: EXABYSS RECORDS
GENRE(S): POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE/DEATH 
INDUSTRIAL/POST-INDUSTRIAL
FORMAT: PRO-CDR


Not only is this one of my favorite releases of the
year, But also my favorite release by Stone Wired.
Thirteen tracks that put the power back into Power
Electronics. Everything from the harsh rhythms and
seething Death Industrial tempos to the Grim vocal 
delivery and immense synth work is top notch. Ending
with a brilliant remix of one of the album's tracks
featuring kit drums.The owner of Exabyss Records is the
man behind this project (Although they used to be a two 
piece.) Showing his roster how it's done for over a 
decade.

12.) OF EARTH AND SUN - UNCOILED
LABEL: MALIGNANT RECORDS
GENRE(S): DRONE/RITUAL AMBIENT/OCCULT NOISE
FORMAT: CD


Of Earth And Sun (AKA Matthew Hunzeker) creates
ultra dense and heavy drones using hand-carved
trumpets crafted out of animal bone by Hunzeker himself,
Minimal drum programming, Oscillators and his own voice.
Each track was recorded live in studio in one take.
Uncoiled is a full sensory experience. Unique and 
captivating as well as a little terrifying at times.

11.) WET NURSE - LACRIMOSA
LABEL: MALE ACTIVITY
GENRE(S): POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE/DEATH 
INDUSTRIAL/HARSH AMBIENT
FORMAT: CASSETTE-FULL-LENGTH


Grim and gritty P.E. with elements of Death Industrial,
Dark Ambient and even a bit of Black Metal. Seven tracks
of highly emotional and deeply depressing music built on
harsh drones, wandering guitars, despondent 
synths/pianos and miserable samples. Disturbing music 
for disturbed people

10.) GNAWED/SWOLLEN ORGANS - SPLIT
LABEL: DANVERS STATE RECORDINGS
GENRE(S): POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE/DEATH INDUSTRIAL
FORMAT: CASSETTE-C26


Two heavy hitters come swinging hard. Both artists 
present two tracks each that showcase what they have to 
offer. Gnawed begins with intense drones and junkyard 
percussion's, fierce vocals heavily filtered through 
effects and a whole lot of angst. Swollen Organs finish 
things off with raunchy samples and a scumbag attitude 
over noise that compliments Gnawed's side and leaves the 
listener pleased and wanting more.

9.) APOCRYPHOS+KAMMARHEIT+ATRIUM CARCERI - ONYX
LABEL: CRYOCHAMBER
GENRE(S): DARK ISOLATIONIST AMBIENT SOUNDSCAPES
FORMAT: CD


Three of the finest acts in the Dark Ambient field join forces to bring one Hell of a collaboration. All three artists play off of each others styles excellently. These nine tracks will take you into realms of sorrow and beauty neath hollow skies over rain soaked streets.
By far one of the best Dark Ambient albums We've heard 
in quite some time.

8.) CLIMAX DENIAL - DEHUMANIZING ENVIRONMENTS
LABEL: MALIGNANT RECORDS
GENRE(S): POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH AMBIENT/
DARK AMBIENT 
FORMAT: CD


Four long journeys into the mind of a madman.
Surreal and sinister compositions that slowly
descend into music to accompany a murder. 
Featuring gorgeous artwork by: Andrea Coelho. 
Dehumanizing Environments was one of the 
best surprises of the year.

7.) KRISTOFFER OUSTAD - FILTH HAVEN
LABEL: MALIGNANT RECORDS
GENRE(S): DARK AMBIENT/DEATH INDUSTRIAL
FORMAT: CD


Oustad's debut solo release was received and waited upon with much anticipation. It blew our expectations out of the water. A flawless blend of cold Dark Ambient, inhuman Death Industrial elements, organic sounds and field recordings. Possibly the years best debut release.

6.) ANALFABETISM - AV HJORD AR DU KOMMEN
LABEL: MALIGNANT RECORDS
GENRE(S): POWER ELECTRONICS/RHYTHMIC NOISE/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/HARSH AMBIENT
FORMAT: CD


Analfabetism's second release. We really loved the self-released 
first album so we were really excited to hear that Analfabetism 
was getting the Malignant treatment. This album will leave you 
dead inside. Cold and callous Death Industrial soundscapes that
build on harsh tones and textures, grinding rhythms,
hostile atmospheres and mechanic ambiance.

5.) YEN POX - BETWEEN THE HORIZON AND THE ABYSS
LABEL: MALIGNANT RECORDS
GENRE(S): DARK CINEMATIC AMBIENT SOUNDSCAPES
FORMAT: CD


We waited over a decade for this release and in 2015 it
finally arrived. Our favorite Dark Ambient release of the year. While most blogs are praising Prurient, We are at the shrine of Yen Pox. Listening to this is such a surreal experience. When we say that this is a cinematic record, We mean the whole deal. Theater quality worlds of sound that you will be utterly immersed in. Surround sound recommended!

4.) THE VOMIT ARSONIST - ONLY RED
LABEL: MALIGNANT RECORDS
GENRE(S): DEATH INDUSTRIAL/POWER ELECTRONICS/HARSH NOISE
FORMAT: CD


Only Red is one of the heaviest records we've ever heard...And that's saying something. Not heavy in the same way as a Black, Death or Doom Metal release...No this is pure rage spewed out over immense levels of sub-bass and drones that sound like they were crafted out of raw sewage and rotting flesh. Probably the most pissed off record of 2015.

3.) GNAW THEIR TONGUES - ABYSS OF LONGING THROATS
LABEL: CRUCIAL BLAST
GENRE(S): BLACKENED NOISE/EXPERIMENTAL BLACK METAL
FORMAT: CD


Gnaw Their Tongues once again embrace their metal roots on this one. The bombastic noise and percussive chaos are still present although with Abyss of Longing Throats it feels much more focused. Less improvisation and more composition. Everything that's made this project great over the past decade has been honed into a perfect strike. Insanely heavy stuff. Bang your head til you break your fucking neck to this one.

2.) ABJECTION RITUAL - FUTILITY RITES
LABEL: MALIGNANT RECORDS
GENRE(S): POWER ELECTRONICS/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/HARSH NOISE
FORMAT: CD


Blasphemous, pissed and brutal Death Industrial full of scorn, hatred and disgust. Abjection Ritual has quickly become one of our favorite projects in the genre. Corrosive atmospheres and blackened vocals combine with anti-religious samples and cacophonous mechanic and metallic percussion's. One of the heaviest hitting Death Industrial albums in recent memory.

1.) DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT+GNAW THEIR TONGUES - N.V.
LABEL: PROSTHETIC RECORDS
GENRE(S): BLACK METAL/DEATH METAL/DOOM METAL/BLACKENED NOISE/BLACKENED INDUSTRIAL
FORMAT: CD


This is a meeting we have dreamed about since we first heard Dragged Into Sunlight. 
To see and hear it become reality is incredible to say the least. These two monstrous forces in raw/damaged Black Metal compliment each other's styles to perfection. Utterly violent and totally relentless. Everything about this record is pure badassery.

LIST COMPILED BY:
-ABATTOIR/NECRO DOLL-

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