Thursday, 12 February 2009


Title: Die With Your Boots On
Format: CDr and C20 cassette tape split albums with Atläs
Released: 2007 by Elite Tapes (Canada), both catalogue reference ELT-010
Edition: CDr in unnumbered edition of 25 only, tape in hand-numbered edition of 18 only

Track Listing:

01. Bonemachine
02. Atläs

Both of my copies of this release were obtained directly from Alex, and he was kind enough to autograph and dedicate both to me in gold pen. The tape is #10 of #18 in the Elite Tapes pressing. Elite Tapes primarily exists to promote the works of ambient noise group Atläs, and much of their output is exclusive Atlas material or split releases with other bands released in miniscule numbers.

A difficult release to critique, this one. Both tracks are essentially ambient noise - the Bonemachine track is the more consistent of the two in terms of structure and content, the Atläs track having more variety but in my opinion being a little more disjointed because of it. Both tracks are pretty short too, with the running time of both tracks being around the 20 minute mark.

For such an obsure release I was surprised to find another review of it online, at the MySpace site of Noisear. It reads as follows:

"A very short split between two great industrial/noise artists, which is also available as a C20 tape. Each artists presents one short track and they're both fairly similar and along the more experimental side than just noise. The Bonemachine track, at 10 minutes even, is a very low and depressing wall that builds and fades with intensity as the track moves on. Reminds me a lot of machine works in a David Lynch film or something. Bonemachine is a new artist to me but he's appeared on CD's and 7" vinyl albums using other alias as well so I hope to find more of his stuff in the future. The Atläs track is the better one on here, I think. It has more texture and some good musical sounding elements, all-the-while being really creepy. Again, I have to refer this guys music to sounding like old Dead Voices On Air and I love it a lot. It sounds like it was recorded in one take with no edits as well and that impresses me a lot. A good split for sure, but really short…more please!"

Not the sort of album you'd pop on for a casual listen, it fulfils its purpose as an exercise in industrial ambience well enough and is a pleasant - if somewhat unmemorable - listen if you get the chance to do so. Again, however, the limited number of units available of both versions makes that a bit of a task in itself.

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