- Anais Nin
Things in my little corner of the universe have been pushing forward on a fairly even keel, and i'm slowly gearing up for a more productive period, which will hopefully allow me to gain momentum and attend to a lot of things that have slipped through the cracks. my personal life at present leaves me with very little to complain about for the most part, although if i put enough thought into the financial muck i am essentially drowning in, it fills me with extreme anxiety.
i am lucky enough to be spending the majority of my time with someone who obliterates that anxiety as a flame obliterates darkness.
i have been getting some emails from folks who are showing justifiable irritation at how long their orders have been taking, and i have no excuse per se, except to say that my dire financial and employment situation – which has now lasted far longer than i could have ever anticipated – has put me into a sort of paralysis in regards to label-related matters.
there is a small stack or parcels and a somewhat larger email folder with unpacked orders that have been weighing heavily on my chest for MONTHS, but when the choice must be made between going to the post office, eating or buying gas, or putting in the effort to do these shows, i've had to live with the choices i have made.
i know full well that things will not always be like this, and all i can ask is for people to remain patient.
if that is somehow beyond you, i can do or say very little to change that.
again this is not an excuse, merely an explanation.
i'm working on it...
as i said above, there has been some progress, which is a very good sign.
yesterday, i finally sent in the master for the BOTTOMFEEDER cassette release on NIL BY MOUTH, which had become yet another millstone around my neck.
since it was clearly too much effort to go to the post office, i opted to upload the full quality files to my server, which was made possible by an upgrade in the internet connection at my house from worthless dsl to fibre optic.
i have also completed and submitted my part of a forthcoming three-way split release with THE VOMIT ARSONIST and CONCEIVED IN RAPE.
this piece was made under the love is nothing. name, and is composed of bass and guitar by my friend Siobhean Kramer, with everything else done by me.
the track is called 'dedicated to megan wright'
i'll leave it to those who are interested to do some research about who this person was.
THE GOSPELS OF THE GASH won't be coming out on MALIGNANT until 2009 (hopefully around mid january), but it's currently being mastered by jasse of CLOAMA/STROM.ec at NEUROSCAN.ORG
jason and i are working on a limited boxset which will include a third disc with collaboration tracks.
the original plan was to do remixes, but because of the way i work, this is far more convenient and conducive to making it actually happen.
so far i have assembled a bunch of tracks, with the following artists:
THE BIRD CAGE THEATER
THE [LAW-RAH] COLLECTIVE
and am preparing to do tracks with DEUTSCH NEPAL, JARBOE, PROMETHEUS BURNING, and a few others.
this disc will be called YOUR SUFFERING WILL BE LEGENDARY, and the boxset will also include limited tshirt, poster, stickers, and buttons.
russell from BLACK SUN has made a fucked up quasi-psychedelic music video for our track, which i'll try to include in the boxset in some capacity.
jason recently posted some KOERPERWELTEN REVIEWS:
People into the darkest regions of industrial are probably very familiar with the works of Nordvargr and Leech. Were Nordvargr is known under many disguises, Leech is mostly known as Navicon Torture Technologies. Although, NTT is no more, but is transformed into Love Is Nothing. Both artists are some of the more creative people from the dark industrial realm, with often deep and penetrating sounds and interesting sound structures. Some years ago, those two men decided to make some music together, which resulted in a track, ‘Breed For Me’, on the Nordvargr compilation ‘Enter Nordvargr’. This track is also present in a shorter version on this debut album. With those two behind the project, the expectations were really high to say the least. With a band name which refers to the revolutionary anatomical exhibition by Gunther von Hangens, don’t expect any happy tunes.
The music on this album might not be as hard as the hardest NTT tracks, it is however extremely dark material. The music does sound what you’d expect from these two. It uses the more restrained, but also more disturbing, sounds we know from NTT, mixed with the sounds and structures from Nordvargr.
The album is fairly short, around 39 minutes, and has six songs on it, which are divided into two parts; ‘Part I - Rape’, which has three songs, and ‘Part II – Rage’, which also has three songs.
The album starts somewhat restrained with the very claustrophobic ‘The Sun Destroyers’. Clocking at somewhat over 10 minutes, this is also the longest track on the album. This track begins very NTT-like, with dark throbbing sounds and a nihilistic feel. As the song progresses, more Nordvargr touches are heard as the song gets harsher. With second track, ‘The Forces Of Chastity Are Massing Once Again’, which goes further in sound where the first track ended, we get an onslaught of industrial sounds and frequencies. Halfway through, the song gets more rhythmic. This song shows really good the teamwork of both artists and is very intense. The third song, ‘Oestrus’, is again more quiet and darkly disturbing. It has a very claustrophobic feel and throws you right into the well of nothingness. You really feel the darkness breathing around you. The fourth song, ‘My Heart Pumps Piss For You’, goes further with the sounds from the third track and adds more harshness to it. The fifth song, ‘Kidney Stone of Wisdom’, uses screeching sounds and manipulated vocals. The song eventually turns into a dark drone. This is an amazing track, with a lot of different layers and sounds. We end the album with ‘Breed For Me’, which, as already said, appeared in a longer version on ‘Enter Nordvargr’. The song starts very dark with some drones. Halfway through, just like the second track, the song gets more rhythmic. Now also distorted vocals are added. The song only lasts for about 2 minutes.
Although the album is somewhat short, it is probably for the better. Masterpieces aren’t made because of extended playtimes, but because of what it gives. Skinny Puppy’s masterpiece ‘Too Dark Park’, is also not a very long album with around 38 minutes of music. Still it’s one of the industrial masterpieces, because of its strengths, ideas and originality. This album by Körperwelten is also very strong and with lots of interesting sound ideas. You hear both of the artist’s trademarks, but together they are still a different entity. Sounds are extremely dark and deep, with the occasional rhythmic outbursts. It’s an album that is short but intense, rather than a long album with lots of filler. It’s an album that gets to the point instantly and doesn’t let up.
Because of the excellent sound quality, special mention also goes out to J. Stillings from Steel Hook Prostheses, who mastered the album and did a great Job. You can really feel this album!
For fans of both the artists and people into dark industrial and power electronics, it’s again an essential release from Malignant. That label keeps on tormenting me with amazing and essential releases I should keep track on. Live is too short already!
And lest not forget about the packaging, which is very beautifully designed and has some great disturbing and controversial artwork by Jonathan Canady, who also has the musical projects Angel of Decay and Deathpile.
So a release that’s wonderful to look at and, more importantly, is really exciting to listen to. Essential!
Label: Malignant Records
Genre: industrial (industrial / noise / power electronics)
Review by: Fabian
KÖRPERWELTEN - AVATARS OF RAPE AND RAGE
On first impressions, this album seems hilarious: open the digipack and you're confronted with a series of pictures depicting ever-more explicit scenes of BDSM…but as the album progresses, things become truly chilling. By the end your skin is crawling, as the final tracks consolidate the atmosphere with a (necessary?) context that both opens and narrows avenues of comprehension. Yes, for the most part, all possibilities for shock and moral impunity have long ago been exhumed. Yet as this project artfully demonstrates, the considered juxtaposition of imagery, samples and sound manipulation can still uncover uniquely writhing middens of horror. Combining elements of harsh ambience, brutal power electronics, minimalist pulsing martial rhythms and hypnotic loops, this burrows and claws mercilessly through flesh towards a raw density that washes through you in an almost-narcotic exhortation of abhorrent bliss. Unsurprisingly, it's yet another of Henrik Nordvargr Björkk's ever-nourishing endeavors, this time a collaboration with Leech of NTT. Kneejerk moralists may react with nauseas disgust; those with a wider perspective will recognise the many angles this should be approached from, as the song titles hint at.
Cormac O'Síocháin 5/6
In case you might not know, Körperwelten is a collaboration between Navicon Torture Technologies (and now Love Is Nothing) architect Leech and Swedish legend Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (MZ.412, Folkstorm, Nordvargr, etc). According to the fine fellow over at Malignant, this project began in 2002 and finally comes to fruition this year. I'll admit to being something of a Nordvargr completist for awhile, but do his rather...prolific nature and its impact on my wallet, I gave that up a few years back. I also began to question the lack of quality control as the projects became increasingly hit or miss for me. Mr. Leech is no slacker and I've always been pleased with the several things I've picked up. "Avatars Of Rape And Rage" has renewed my faith in Nordvargr and re-sparked my interests in the workings of the Leech Nest, this being one of the rare instances where the whole is greater than the sum of its' parts.
The disc is divided into two parts with three tracks in each, Rape and Rage (hence the name). Rape is equal parts Death Industrial rhythms, Dark Ambient passages, noisy interludes and electronic lust. "The Forces Of Chastity Are Massing Once Again" is my favorite track from this set due to the pure aggression. Rage is just what you'd imagine, three tracks that seethe and boil with hatred projected outward towards you the listener. "My Heart Pumps Piss for You" is definitely my shining star from this set, droning layers of sound build and collide reaching a chaotic crescendo that slowly fades to black.
You shouldn't expect something completely out of left field from this collaboration. You will definitely hear bits and pieces of both members' projects rearing their respective heads at times, but instead of vying for control, they complement each other perfectly. It's a partnership I'd very much like to hear more from. This disc is housed in a beautiful 6-panel digipak cover with the excellent (and skewed) art of Jonathan Canady (Deathpile, Angel Of Decay) that's sure to make your wife/girlfriend/significant other demand you get rid of it and mixed by L. Kerr (Steel Hook Prostheses, Habeeb). Another notch in the pistol of the always amazing Malignant discography.
henrik and i also answered some questions for a KOERPERWELTEN interview for ZERO TOLERANCE (review above), but i don't know when that will be put out there.
[NTT.FINAL PHASE] still awaits physical completion, but i am going to do my best to get the copies assembled before the end of the month.
after the december 19 UNSOUND show, we'll be taking a much-need break from doing shows until march 2009.
during that time, i am hoping that the mountain of crap that has piled up during the past several months can be cleared from my plate, to make way for more crap.
speaking of shows:
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 10, 2008
DO NOT VOTE FOR INDUSTRY TOUR 2008 - NYC
EDGEY vs ANGINA P.
DJ HELLRAVER [TERRORFAKT]
DJ WINTERMUTE [CENOTYPE]
DJ STALAGMIKE [ASYLUM GUILD]
DJ DYZTORT [SHADOWLAB]
$10 DOORS 8PM • 21+ BRING ID.
105 ELDRIDGE STREET@GRAND STREET • NYC
== December 12 & 13 ==
… Presented by The Pendu Organization…
—A Benefit for Showpaper—
2 Days! 36 bands & 30+ record labels celebrate NYC DIY!
Fingered Media will document the festival for a DVD compilation that
will surface in 2009!
NY Eye & Ear is a 2 day record fair and all-ages music festival
celebrating NYC homegrown DIY recording labels and bands. This is
NYC's only record fair devoted exclusively to NY record labels. The
title is inspired from the 1964 Michael Snow film w/ soundtrack by
Albert Ayler and from the all-too-familiar signs seen daily in the
subway tunnels by riders of the L-train of the famous NY Eye & Ear
Infirmary. The Fest will be held at Vanishing Point, a huge 4700 sq.
foot industrial loft in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Friday, December 12 from 2pm -4am
Saturday, December 13 from 2pm -4am
240 Meserole street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Friday: Doors will open at 2pm. Bands will begin promptly at 7pm.
Dance-party from 1:30 - 4am with Chinatown DJs and Steve Lowenthal.
Saturday: Bands will play all day starting promptly at 2pm. Dance
party from 1:30 - 4am with Jane Tesco and Pieter Wierd.
2-day tickets are $15 and available now!
::: To purchase tickets: Send $15 per guest via paypal to
hard-tickets will be delivered. Info will be sent to you in a
confirmation email that you should keep for your records and ticket.
The show is all ages, but you will need your ID for admittance.
Door prices per day:
$8 Friday, December 12
$10 Saturday, December 13
Visit the NY Eye & Ear Fest MySpace page!
Abandon Ship Records
All Hands Electric
Cryptic Carousel Records
Heat Retention Records
No Fun Productions
Our Mouth Records
Pendu Sound Recordings
Tired Trails Collective
Friday, December 12
1:30 am to the wee hours… dance party with DJ Steve Lowenthal, Sto,
1:00 am Slasher Risk
12:00 am Hells Hills
11:30 pm Muggabears
11:00 pm Taigaa!
10:30 pm Metalux
10:00 pm Vaz
9:30 pm Warm Hats
9:00 pm Twin Stumps
8:30 pm Realax
8:00 pm Hunters
7:30 pm Skeletons
7:00 pm Magick Report
Saturday, December 13
1:30 am to the wee hours… dance party with DJ aktions from Jane Tesco
and Pieter Wierd!
1:00 am Xeno & Oaklander
12:30 am Excepter
12:00 am Talk Normal
11:30 pm Cult of Youth
11:00 pm Infinity Window
10:30 pm Zs
10:00 pm Necking
9:30 pm Freshkills
9:00 pm AAAPE
8:30 pm Michael Jordan
8:00 pm Spectre Folk
7:30 pm La Otracina
7:00 pm Nymph
6:30 pm Led er Est
6:00 pm Silk Flowers
5:30 pm Talibam!
5:00 pm Symbol
4:30 pm Quivers
4:00 pm Blastocyst
3:30 pm Flourescent Vibes
3:00 pm Totally Dad
2:30 pm Ducktails
2:00 pm Ben Miller/Degeneration
THTFL & ANNIHILVS POWER ELECTRONIX PRESENT
unorthodox music for unorthodox people
FRIDAY DECEMBER 19, 2008
THE AUSTERITY PROGRAM
THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF SCOTT IRVINE
105 ELDRIDGE STREET (btwn BROOME & GRAND)
LOWER EAST SIDE - NYC
THIS EVENT IS $12 ADVANCE. $15 AT THE DOOR.
FOR ADVANCE TICKETS:
FONTANAS IS A 21+ VENUE. BRING ID.
sponsored by THE END RECORDS
ANNIHILVS POWER ELECTRONIX
'Long Live the Fighters!'
thanks, as always, for looking and listening...
Yours most sincerely,
NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES
ANNIHILVS POWER ELECTRONIX
NEW PAYPAL ADDRESS:
love is nothing.