CDR: Steinklang SKD13 
Ltd x 250
are two trains of thought regarding the whole power / extreme electronic
genres. In the red corner there are those who state that only purity of
noise counts and that any other distractions should not occur. In the
blue corner the argument goes that without the introduction of vocals
or samples the noise becomes stale and redundant. Antracot sits somewhere
in-between both factions. Although he is mostly dressed in red.
Antracot may not be a familiar name to many of you. Featuring a member
of Atrox in solo guise, Antracot has appeared in various compilations
and also has a couple of other releases under his belt. Plus he works
in the power / extreme noise genres. "Maschinenraum 173" features
nine tracks. The first seven tracks are akin to having Beelzebub and his
Hell hordes coming into your house uninvited and poking your posterior
with very hot forks. For eternity. Fun… in a wince inducing way.
These seven tracks try to out do each other in the ‘pure’
noise stakes. It goes something like: ‘if you thought that one
was ear splitting, wait to you hear this’ seven times over.
No respite. No remotely quiet passages to ease the ceaseless pummelling.
Just a seemingly endless wave upon wave of electronic debasement. Which
,of course, will make those in the red corner cream their pants. Suddenly
the recording takes a different tact. On tracks 8 and 9 Antracot throws
in some samples to break up, slightly, the noise outpourings. The flow
stemmed just for a moment. And it comes as a blessed relief. The mind
forced to concentrate on something different. It doesn’t last though.
The God of noise will not be appeased by such meagre offerings. But whilst
it lasted it was gratefully accepted. The blue corner realise they’ve
been beaten hands down this time. Better luck next year.
Steinklang Industries. What a great label… and all their associated
ones. Releasing only the best in CD / CDR / vinyl music it has become
a hotbed for collectors worldwide. Some of the criminally limited edition
vinyl releases demanding a full CD release. The petition starts here.
It really is no surprise that "Maschinenraum 173" has found
a home on this label. The noise fanatics from both corners will welcome
this with open arms. As so they should. This is an intense aural experience
that will leave you, quite literally, reeling. The splitting headache
merely a by product of the good times had by one and all.