Wednesday, July 27, 2016

REVIEW - INSTITUTION D.O.L. - 17 SHAMELESS YEARS - CD

INSTITUTION D.O.L. - 17 SHAMELESS YEARS - CD
KLANGGALERIE/GG199
POWER ELECTRONICS/DEATH INDUSTRIAL/HARSH NOISE/DARK AMBIENT/
POST-INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS
PRO CD IN A JEWEL CASE WITH BOOKLET INCLUDING
IN DEPTH LINER NOTES.
THIS RELEASE IS A COMPILATION FEATURING NEW TRACKS,
REMASTERED VERSIONS OF PREVIOUSLY RELEASED TRACKS,
ALTERNATE VERSIONS AND MIXES, EXTENDED VERSIONS, ETC.
FOR THIS RELEASE INSTITUTION D.O.L. IS:
BARBIE B: COMPOSITION, CONCEPT AND COORDINATION
MK VERMIN: COMPOSITION, VOCALS AND SOUNDS


I.) WITH BURNING HEART:
For those not familiar (And you should be) with INSTITUTION D.O.L., It is an Austrian 
Industrial/Power Electronics/Noise project that has been the main output of Barbie B. 
and many other heavy hitting contributors for many years now. Their debut was released
17 years ago in 1999 to give you an idea and here we have a fine compilation of the
sounds and styles they've offered the underground in their nearly two decade run.
(Still going strong mind you.) "With Burning Heart" opens up the world of I.D.O.L.
to new listeners and re-opens these intricate portals to long time fans as well.
Here we are transported into a slow build up featuring beautiful clean vocal chants
drenched in reverb, Reversed spoken samples that add a cryptic/spiritual vibe followed
by a sudden sonic BOOM! Intense Power Electronics style synth drones rush in. Distorted
and surging with force. Massively manipulated vocals encased in distortion come as pitch
shifted spoken passages that convey a dominating sense of urgency as if calling the many
to take action. Vocals are looped along with the sounds of blades being sharpened as a
rising mist of static/ambiance rolls in like a chemical sprayed down from overhead.
Reversed rhythmic elements create what sounds similar to a million soldiers marching
with burning hearts towards death or victory. Mechanical/Metallic textures are present
and sound similar to dragging chains or some other metal scraping over metal. An excellent
introduction into the world of I.D.O.L. that ends with spoken samples and choirs in a foreign
tongue. Mysterious, and deadly.

II.) ROMAN STRENGTH (REMASTERED NOISY VERSION):
Samples from the film the Exorcist open the track. Soon after we are gut punched by an
onslaught of sludgey and mechanical percussive elements over murky atmospheres. The rhythms
feel like a ten ton weight falling upon you in an endless cyclic punishment. Experimental
Noise elements I.E. Glitchy electronics, Sampled choirs, Sweeping rushes of sound and varying
other manner of aural trickery are employed to create a truly cinematic experience. The vocals
are grim to say the least and range from angered shouts to ritualistic chants. Rushing whispers
swirl and close in around you as if you've become marked for sacrifice. The vocals have a very
cold European Power Electronics sound to them. Stalling machines, Windswept cascades and excellent attention and execution in terms of composition and flow round this one out for us.

III.) MORAL CONFLAGRATION:
"Moral Conflagration" builds on booming down-tempo Death Industrial style bass drum hits.
Heavy kicks to force you forward as strange clicks and glitched Industrial Noise comes and
goes. Pretty female choir samples are heard with a melancholic tint to them. Various spoken
samples are transmitted like long lost broadcasts exhumed for the first time in decades.
Creaking sounds add the feeling that something is lingering on the fringes of the present
ambiance. Down-tuned voices recite what sounds like a final prayer before greeting the
gaping gates of death. A true wedding of beauty and darkness. Deep, Slow breaths are
heard being pulled in and thrusted out as various manipulated screams echo. Stretched
out as if to enhance their agony. Priests gather and mumble inverted sacred mutterings
in a language I do not speak. The track itself feels like a silent exorcism and could
be seen as strategically placed when considering the opening sample of the previous
song. I.D.O.L. have contaminated holy rites in a successful attempt to bring you a
deeply captivating listening experience.

IV.) CIRCLE OF BLOOD (EDITED VERSION):
Grinding metallic machines. Spark birthing buzz saws. Low gusts of distortion. Dust
and debris. All gathering and forming as one solid entity. Distant cries of pain and
terror let you know that we've entered dangerous territory. This sounds like something
out of a scene from Hellraiser coupled with echoing samples over a loudspeaker that make
it sound like you've awoken to find yourself in a WWII concentration camp. Screams of fright
and panic can be heard as an enraged voice barks commands overhead. Sinister haunted house
style organ music is added with additional saws and power tools kick the horror vibes up a
few notches. Moans of suffering are heard echoing from what sounds like a body slowly reaching
it's demise at the hands of torturous madmen. Cue the static and Horror ambiance. R.I.P.

V.) PLASTIC SOCIETY (ADVANCED AND FEMALE VOCALS VERSION):
Glitched/stretched electronic waves and wavering synths open along with a single scream of
pain. Strange minimal percussion's guide things along as semi-spoken/semi-shouted female
vocals are recited through the empty expanse presented before us. Effects and manipulations
are applied to the vocals in the Power Electronics tradition. Elements of the track strongly
remind me of COIL although the over-all sound is I.D.O.L.'s alone. 90's Electro Industrial
meets cold Death Industrial and Dark Ambient meditations. The lyrics are precise and meet
their mark every time. Sampled choirs are present once again to create a haunting/ghastly
atmosphere. The lyrics are philosophical and come with the ability to leave one feeling
empty and without answers. A perfect match for the audio platform on which they are
delivered.

VI.) VERY VICIOUS (EXTENDED VERSION):
This longer version of "Very Vicious" builds on disorienting, Stomach churning synths
that ebb and flow as a grotesque mirror of the nausea they induce. Spoken samples of
what I believe to be a televangelist are heard and as many of you know, This in itself
can cause discomfort. This track is quite an immersive listen, Especially as we're met
with static textures that reach and fall as if attempting to drag us down into the miserable
atmospheres crafted here. Although the attack is slow and subtle it is still quite lethal.
Buzzing electronics devour all that was before and force us into a yawning expanse of harsh
distortion, Ringing feedback, Cascading empty Ambient and rhythmic cycles of looping noise
until what was and is blends into one calculated aural plague.

VII.) UNFORESEEN ANNIHILATION:
Dark and moody synths form a minimal pattern of brooding misery. Darkwave/Coldwave type
of stuff with a really Gothic vibe. The vocals are recited through varying Industrial
music grade effects over synths that pulse and grind in thick and punchy tones. Once
again we have a piece that is fairly minimal, Yet very effective. Oscillating patterns
rise as spacey/cosmic textures are applied. Samples of gunfire and warfare are heard 
withing the electric doom and one starts to feel like they are in the middle of an
oppressive police state type of takeover. The vocals sound like they are being delivered
over a loudspeaker as well. Militant commands that are stern and promise the success of
the forwarded agenda. All hope is lost.


VIII.) THE DECEASED MIND (COMPACT VERSION):
Like a sudden car crash, "The Deceased Mind" hits with massive impact. Aggressive
vocals strike with a passionately inflamed delivery. Audio wreckage shifts and slides
over churning drone waves that come in deep sub-bass tones. Digital industrial sounds
wrestle with distant screams of feedback. Metallic slams come down as hard as concrete
and leave you spitting out blood and teeth. A compact, But thorough kick in the ass.
This is definitely one of the fiercer tracks on the album. A masterpiece in terms of
composition. Aggressive Power Electronics/Post-Industrial in the vein of NYODENE D
and similar acts but with a more "professional" sound quality when it comes to the
mix and production.

IX.) PRAYING THROUGH THE SWORD:
Machines fire up and sparks begin to fly. Inhuman samples deliver a stark speech in
a grim tone. Fuzzy electronic drones surge as myriad sounds and textures mingle and
multiply in coursing electric intercourse. Beeps, Pulses, Signals and transmissions
hang invisible over the airways. Industrial quality percussive elements are present
and consist of mechanical factory and metallic sound sources. Everything is intense
and lethal. A deadly gathering of all things sharp, Caustic, Serrated and able to
tear you in two within seconds of contact. "Praying" might be a good idea.

X.) POETIZING IN A JAPANESE NIGHTCLUB (HYBRID OF:
"MEMORIES IN A JAPANESE NIGHTCLUB" AND "TIRED TEMPLARS"):
A mash-up or remix of two previously created tracks. Natural sounds intro this one.
Birds, Wind, Children playing (And screaming), Etc. A beautiful piano melody is played.
Reverb is applied creating a fragile/hollow effect that only adds to its depth. Voices
whisper adding a surreal and dreamlike state to an already tranquil and transcending 
piece. A major shift in gears when compared to the merciless onslaught of the previous 
track. The atmosphere blackens quickly. Machine rhythms, Haunting empty ambiance, Echoing
female screams are heard as a gathering storm. Female vocals are recited with a hint of
melancholy, Loss and regret. The track is painfully depressive in the most gorgeous way
one can imagine. A piece that resonates deep within the listener and plays heavy on the
heart strings. The emptiness captured here is one that is not easy to contain or convey
through music so this is truly an impressive accomplishment. Emotive to an extent one
rarely finds in any medium these days.

XI.) I GUESS I AM STILL RIGHT (NEW VERSION WITH VOCALS):
Electro Industrial beats pound semi-subdued. A stoic drone persists as emotionless
vocals are delivered like a programmed message of a bleak future to any unfortunate
enough to be the target audience. Steel-works atmospheres come as static blasts and
grinding tools. A factory that manufactures dread and despair. The overall approach
reminds me of TREPANERINGSRITUALEN's earliest material. Minimal, Repetitive and utterly
hopeless. Black Metal style rasps are featured. Distant and unsettling. A promise of
death crawling ever closer with each passing moment.

XII.) JUSTCAUSE (REMASTERED VERSION):
This particular track was/is pretty popular among the Power Electronics crowds.
This remastered version maintains the same ferocity and impact of the original
but with a dare I say, More precise strike. Everything that constitutes a solid
Power Electronics masterpiece is present here. Caustic textures, An overly
oppressive atmosphere. Extremely processed vocals frothing with rage and
bitterness. Think STEEL HOOK PROSTHESES meets FIRE IN THE HEAD. Intro samples
of a sexual/erotic nature. Every staple of the genre is employed and on display
with nothing held back. Junk percussive elements, A rabid and inhuman approach
to the vocal delivery. In other words I.D.O.L. delivers. Pure electronic hostility.

XIII.) THE END OF LOVE WITH A CHAINSAW (ADVANCED AND FEMALE VOCALS VERSION):
Spoken female vocals in what I am guessing is an Austrian tongue escort repeating
loops of glitched electronic experimentation. Calm ambiance flows beneath as spoken
samples are heard. A young girl recalling and re-telling a memory perhaps. Again we
have a very cold and clinical approach to the vocal delivery which matches and compliments
the musical platform on which they stand greatly. Static, Distortion, Cacophonous samples
and more textures are applied for effect. Chainsaws buzz, Crowds panic, Lives end in bloody
horror, All while the vocals persist in a calm and thoughtless manner. I.D.O.L. act as overseers
and you're lives mean nothing in the drama unfolding.

XIV.) PURIFICATION:
Quiet clicks and dreadful ambient. Death meditations and dark horizons. Additional
digital clicking is heard rapidly. Then all becomes a horrific frenzy with the intensity
of piranha feeding on a live human being. Terrified screams, Dense and oppressive layers
of crackling distortion. High pitched swarms of whirring noise. Daemonic growls and miles
of wreckage and bloodshed in every direction in sight. You are in the middle of a total
fucking disaster and there is absolutely zero hope of rescue. Drill like sounds give the
impression of a mad doctor performing excruciating "experimental treatments" of unwitting
and unwilling patients. Pure audio torture. Like a sound collage consisting of the audio
of a dozen black market snuff films.

XV.) DAYDREAMS ALL ABLAZE (EDITED VERSION OF: "LUFTSCHLOSS IN FLAMMEN):
This one continues the distant sounds of suffering but this time they are buried behind
a wall of clean and tranquil ambiance. Spoken samples offer a rallying call to freedom
and liberty. Revolution and victorious peace. A great contrast to the distant samples,
But one that serves a purpose. Inspiring and beautiful. A track that has the feeling of
an 80's cult classic cyberpunk film. One where a select few people begin a revolt against 
a greedy and unfair system to rid the world of disadvantage and build a prosperous future 
on tomorrow's crystal horizons. A declaration against tyranny and the hidden personal agendas
of deceitful leaders. Battle cry's rise and fade into the sounds of air raid sirens over lush
ambient synths and creaking and clicking electronic pulses. Rushes repeat like a steam powered
contraption starting up and preparing for departure. It's time to disembark to another shore.
The soundtrack to the beginning of a wonderful journey.

XVI.) UNIVERSAL PEACE (HYBRID OF: "EIN LIED FUR DEN WELTFRIEDEN" AND
"THE KOJI TANO TRIBUTE SAMPLER TRACK"):
The dream of prosperity is crushed as grinding noise and bitter raspy vocals hit as a multi attack
joined by slamming Industrial percussion's and odd mechanical noises. Following this things switch
into a 90's Industrial collage meets 80's cyber-thriller chase music. A barrage of samples, Pumping
pistons, Electronic signals and pulses, Powerful noise rhythms, And just about every other thing that
makes a Sci-Fi adventure. Somewhat short but very enjoyable.

XVII.) THE LAST REARING UP:
A young girl recites a creepy nursery rhyme. Her voice down tuned making it all the more eerie.
Rumbling drones build and rise, Bringing along with them a static noise that rips like shrapnel
through the senses. Additional drones come as buzzing waves layered on top of one another. Chilling
ambient passages begin to loom on the horizon and quickly take up residence as a bottom layer to the
piece. A mass of samples is heard obscured in the cloud of sound. All quickly fades out as an outro
to this collection of brilliant audio experience. I highly recommend picking this one up and using
it as a gateway drug to dive deeper into the addiction I.D.O.L. injects into the listener.

AN ALBUM THAT IS INTRICATELY WEAVED CONCEPTUALLY. WHICH IS QUITE A FEAT WHEN CONSIDERING THAT THIS RELEASE COLLECTS IDEAS SPAWNED OVER THE LAST 17 YEARS. INSTITUTION D.O.L. PRESENT A GREAT PLACE TO BEGIN FOR NEW LISTENERS TO DIVE DEEP INTO THE PORTALS THEY RIP WIDE OPEN AND A CACHE OF HIDDEN TREASURES FOR LONG TIME FANS:

10/10
-ABATTOIR-

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