Wednesday, 2 January 2013

UPCOMING RELEASES

Band: BONEMACHINE
Title: Upcoming Releases
Format: Promotional CDr from W.A.R. Productions, containing tracks destined for release as part of split releases with other projects or artists. Estimated date of release is circa 2006/07.
Edition: Unknown, possibly just 1 copy (see text)

Track Listing:
01. Wem Die Stunde Schlagt 5.23
02. War Against B. 10.50
03. Cyber terrorism 10.56
04. Acidhumanix (featuring Kenji Siratori) 20.45
05. Jetzt! 24.59

No, not a plug for Hugin's 2013 release schedule ... something different instead!

Just in case there was a whiff of smugness about Nazgul's recollection of another year of collecting anything and everything related to Hugin, rest assured that there remain items that have eluded the fiery eye and which doubtless many of you lucky souls out there possess and treasure. Nazgul remains resolutely positive and upbeat about this tragic situation, and takes a pragmatic and down-to-earth view about it. Simply put, a pox on anyone such items in their collection who refuses to relinquish ownership to the Dark Lord; Nazgul will spew forth his Black Breath amongst you until terror and submission pervade the land and all free-will is subjugated. Just so we're clear, you understand....

In the meantime, here's one that got away, explaining the poor quality photograph (grabbed from the web) and a degree of speculation.

Nazgul had presumed that this Bonemachine sampler CDr was issued to a few websites and magazines with the hope of promoting some upcoming releases, hence the cunning title. Nazgul has yet to find one of these, and knows of its existence only through Adam X and his review of October 2007 on the Heathen Harvest website. In terms of actual numbers issued, no idea I'm afraid, but Hugin ventures to think that it may even have been a one-off piece. Adam's review is re-produced in full below, but if you're itching to know where the songs on this release can actually be found, read on:

01. Wem Die Stunde Schlagt (appears on the "Erste Rotation" compilation)
02. War Against B. (appears on the "War Against Banana" split release with Maskinanlegg)
03. Cyberterrorism (also appears on "Erste Rotation")
04. Acidhumanix (appears on the split CDr "Acidhumanix" with Kenji Siratori)
05. Jetzt! (subsequently appeared as 'Now' on the "Right Now" CDr release)

So, what did Adam X make of all this?

"Hailing from Austria, Bonemachine is a completely new name to me. "Upcoming Releases" is the title of this self produced CDr and contains six tracks each destined for release as part of a respective collaboration with another artist or project. As there was precious little information accompanying this release I decided to undertake some internet sleuthing in the hope of turning up something that could help me provide some background to the project. I thought I’d struck pay-dirt when I ran the ubiquitous Google search and hit upon a Bonemachine website. However, this mild stroke of euphoria was short lived as it was readily apparent that I was looking at a UK website for a young, dark trip-hop artist. Sounded promising, and worthy of further exploration, but not what I was ultimately looking for, this time. After a more refined search I uncovered the relevant Bonemachine webpage on MySpace and, additionally, a separate dedicated website. This was more like it.

Given the fact that I hadn’t stumbled across Bonemachine before, the MySpace page afforded some tantalising background information stating, quite simply and succinctly, what Bonemachine is all about: 'a journey through war and time'.Founding, sole member A.W. describes his style as Military Industrialism and cites his influence as 'the sounds of war'. Given these descriptions and citations I guess I was expecting a classic martial/military industrial audio experience in the vein of Arditi, Toroidh or Turbund Stermwerk and to be fair, I guess this offering isn’t too far removed from all three, although it tackles the genre in a unique way and from a different angle. 

The emphasis on all tracks definitely seems to be tilted in favour of pulsating, old school industrial with metallic and military sounding percussion beating a strident forward advance towards no mans land. Whereas the majority of todays martial/military industrial projects seem largely pre-occupied with incorporating old WWI & II samples, speeches and music over sombre, battlefield anthems interspersed with elements of the neo-classical and military snare, Bonemachine’s approach is singularly different and all the more refreshing for it. No gratuitous use of vintage dialogue here to hammer home the military industrial credentials, just good old, brooding, turbulent sonics dressed in crisp battle fatigues.

Track 1, 'Wem Die Stunde Schlagt', destined to be released as a remix for Tod Durch Arbeit, is a study in down-tempo industrial. A piercing, sustained high pitched tone ushers in a bubbling, deep sine tone underpinned by a subdued and muted percussive battery that sounds distant, obscured by the fog lingering on some far flung killing field. The muted percussion is evident throughout as the desolate sine waves rise and fall before morphing into a portentous drone.


Track 2, 'War Against B.' is for a 3" CDr with another act, also unknown to me, by the name of Maskinanlegg. A repeating series of reverberating, metallic, percussive hits sets this track off nicely, followed into the fray by a pulsating bass motif that gives the impression of a war machine on manoeuvre. Additional, monolithic, metallic hits join in beating out a slow, somnolent rhythm. This sounds like early Neubauten or Test. Dept slowed down and stripped back, the frenetic energy quenched leaving a muted and soporific industrial machine in its wake. At the six and a half minute mark the track receives an energy boost as modulated whip-crack rhythms merge and a whistle like timbre punctuates the track at regular intervals. The track ends with the same reverberant percussives that kicked the track off, fading out slowly.

'Cyberterrorism', track 3 - a split with Blood Into Water - sounds like some behemoth of industrial machinery repetitiously carrying out its prime function, generating a primal, charnel house rhythm. This industrial, factory rhythm is augmented by heavy metallic hits that seem to phase out of sync with the main rhythm giving the impression of two machines working on ever so slightly different cycles. At the six minute mark a strident and pulsing bass throb kicks in followed by the addition of some de-tuned arpeggio, drenched in reverb, climbing from the depths and rising high above the proceedings.

'Acidhumanix' clocks in at nearly 21 minutes and features our old friend Kenji Siratori providing textual relief. Over a staccato percussive backdrop Kenji spits out his prose and delivers an aggressive sonic barrage that provides the perfect accompaniment to this war machine forging forward. The industrial rhythms build and chains rattle across a hard floor. This sounds like some dread hell, an asylum or prison where the manacled inmates trudge forward towards some impending terror. The tempo builds and Kenji’s recitation resurfaces at the point the track undergoes a lull in the proceedings. Strange machine rhythms and industrial sounds ebb and flow. This is exactly the sort of sound that truly compliments Kenji Siratori’s apocalyptic readings: harsh, industrial and conveying the dystopian vision that Kenji is famed for.

Final track, 'Jetzt!', for a split with Institution D.O.L. is another long track falling shy of 25 minutes by one lousy second. The charnel house and factory rhythms are prevalent beneath a spoken word sample. This track bears the hallmark of vintage Coil and Foetus where strange sonics build over glitchy machine effects and shards of metallic percussion batter away remorselessly. This is cold, industrial and metronomic. Fifteen minutes in and the pace quickens as the rhythms divide and fragment. The remainder of the track undergoes subtle variation before concluding with a vocal sample instructing an invisible other to ‘terminate with extreme prejudice’.

It’s apparent from this taster promo CDr that Bonemachine seems more interested in, and occupied with, the sound of the machines of war, rather than the sentiments and nostalgia tinged view of conflict that the majority of martial industrial projects seem to embrace. Across these six tracks Bonemachine has managed to pull off the difficult feat of taking an old school industrial sensibility and giving it a thoroughly modern twist and which has been a welcome breath of fresh air. I very much look forward to a Bonemachine album release and the further development of the core sound. Thoroughly recommended."


It goes without saying that if you have a copy of this CDr and can be persuaded to part with it, then drop Nazgul a note and let's do business....

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