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Aphorism – Surge

[CD, Tympanik Audio]

“Surge” is the debut album from Chicago based Josh Pyle, otherwise known as Aphorism, a word meaning ‘a terse saying embodying a general truth or an astute observation’.  After spending many years on the industrial music scene Pyle’s influences are many and varied, ranging from Wax Trax to Berlin techno to dub and drum ‘n’ bass.

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Totakeke – The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes

[2CD, Tympanik Audio]

“The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes” is the follow-up album to 2008’s “Elekatota – The Other Side of the Tracks” – also on Tympanik Audio – from Frank Mokros, the New York based producer who made several releases on the highly regarded German industrial noise label Hands Productions under the name Synth-etik.

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Skare – Solstice City

[CD, Glacial Movements]

“Solstice City” is the debut release by the Swedish duo of Mathias Josefson and Per Ahlund as atmospheric ambient project Skare. The concept behind the album is that it follows a journey from the city to the point where it meets nature. Starting with the short prelude of “To The Other Shore” where the journey begins by boarding a ship to a distant yet unknown destination

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Satori – Kanashibari

[CD, Cold Spring Records] Satori is the duo of Neil Chaney of noise and dark ambient experimental project Pessary and Justin Mitchell, the boss of the Cold Spring Records label.  The CD version of the vinyl album issued in 2007…

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Satori – Contemptus Mundi

[CD, Cold Spring Records, 2008]

Released alongside the CD version of Satori’s “Kanashibari” album, “Contemptus Mundi” consists of two tracks; the 26 minute title track and the 20 minute ‘Nameless Wrath Mix’ of the same track.  “Comtemptus Mundi” – literally meaning ‘contempt for the world’ – additionally features the ranting of Magus H Gilmore, High Priest of the Church of Satan, who imparts his opinion of the weakness of the modern world by reciting an extract from the essay “Pervasive Pantywaistism” from his book “The Satanic Scriptures”.