Edition: Limited and numbered to 150 copies only
An intriguing release from these two bands, on the German Tosom (www.tosom.de) which are a new label to me but who package their products very nicely and who have a very readable webpage to boot.
Indeed, their own description of this release is a useful starting point to forming an impression of it:
And "ambient industrial" has to be about the only description that this B-Machina track could fall under. Not in any way harsh nor discordant, it lulls the listener along with some fairly gentle industrial touches and a murky, slightly underwater feel for the ambient part. Indeed, some of the early part of the 'Zeitgeist' track put me in mind of playing the original Pac-Man arcade game whilst submerged in a builders skip brimming with water!
Rather helpfully Tosom also put some internet reviews of their releases on their web-pages, which has saved Nazgul a little legwork to bring you some other views of this release. Most are in German, however, which is to be expected but sadly my translation abilities can go somewhat awol on these occasions. Here, therefore, is the sole English commentary, from the post 648 of the Vital Weekly webzine:
The ever reliable Club-Debil website also venture a view (and hold onto your hats, Nazgul's going into babel-fish mode):
Hmmmm.....not sure that actually made a lot of sense, but that's elementary German for you!
Not being in the least bit abashed to plough this furrow to the end, the well known German review site, Kulturterrorismus, says of the release "B-Machina (this time only represented through Alex, without Max) produce the 25 minute piece 'zeitgeist' with a tightly atmospheric path that may be called 'rhythmic drones'. The easy monotony within 'Zeitgeist', which the Drone style entails, the balances through an emotionally impressive mood."
But now my brain aches! Perhaps not the catchiest tune in the world, but for the concept at large and within the tendencies of the genre, a highly enjoyable piece of background ambient assault!
Nazgul was delighted to receive this signed and dedicated copy (#20 of the 150) directly from the hand of Hugin himself.