ARTISTS: SCONTRUM ACT V
CDR: War Office Propaganda WOP 20 
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something unusual and highly desirable and collectors will come a running.
Collectors can’t help it. It’s a completist mentality that
makes them what they are. This compulsive need to have every piece of
work released within their grubby hands no matter the cost. I know. I
am one. ‘My names Al and I’m a collector’ I would say
if Collectors Anonymous existed. Record labels play on people like me.
War Office Propaganda certainly do. They release ever impressive items
and I can’t resist. Stuff the car tax as long as I get what I want.
Who needs food when the latest limited edition to complete the set has
just been released. Debt. Fuck it. I’ll risk being blacklisted for
that precious CD. I’m not the only one you know. There are hundreds
of thousands of us throughout the world all specialising in our own little
niches. Which is where the Scontrum series comes in. I saw the first volume
of this ongoing set being ready for release and deeply craved it. That
feeling a collector gets that can’t be erased from the head. Want
it. Need it. Must get it. Must get them all. Don’t care what it
takes. Need, need, need. And so I did as my heart desired. Fuck the sensible
bit of my head. Ignore that. Time to worry about consequences comes later.
So here I sit with the fifth release and smile because I have them all.
Mine all mine. Precious, precious releases. All five of them. Which is
where you may just have a slight problem…
To understand my feelings you have to first look at what makes the Scontrum
series so desirable. The music and, more importantly, the packaging. Every
entry in the series comes housed in between two wooden A5 sized plates
with a photograph stuck on the inside and held together with a paper seal.
A work of art to say the least. Then of course there’s the music.
Act 1: Cold Fusion / Schwadron, Act 2: Totenhaus / Nawia / Spirits of
the River, Act 3: Stahlwerk 9 / Cold Fusion / Krepulec, Act 4: Marching
Runes / Ghost Of Breslau /Rukkanor and lastly Act 5: Barbarossa Umtrunk
/ Bunkkeriorkestrei / Larrnakh. The act Barbarossa Umtrunk are French
and deliver three tracks of martial Industrial in the vein of Derniere
Volonte. All rousing drum rolls, and symphonic cataclysmic tunes over
French vocals. Bunkkeriorkestrei are Finnish who are reminiscent of early
Laibach crossed Von Thronstahl with in their approach. Their three tracks
are stunning and full of emotion and gritty verve. Lastly Larrnakh complete
the set with more bombastic pomp and ceremony with touches of neo folk
akin to DIJ. Amazing overall.
The music is as always impressive. There hasn’t been a dull track
in the series yet and the nine tracks on here are excellent examples of
the type of music WOP are now so famous for. Collectors will, though,
buy this release no matter what music is on them. For that is what we
do. Having seriously fantastic music is a bonus. I’ve reviewed this
release with my own copy. Which is where the sting in the tail comes in.
If you’re a first timer to the series this will hurt. If you manage
to grab a copy prepare yourself for the worst. For once you’ve touched
this packaging. Feel the smoothness of the wood grain on your fingertips.
Then played and fallen for the music. You’ll want the previous four
acts. Compulsion will drive you. But they have long since sold out. Gone
forever. You’ll search in vein. Fingers will be crossed and hopes
dashed in return. We the deserving have snapped them up. You have my sympathy.
Time to cry your eyes out… but be safe in the knowledge that at
least I’m happy. That should ease your pain a little. We who collect
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