Friday, April 20, 2012

Kristoffer Nyströms Orkester : brakeHEAD [2006]

Kristoffer Nyströms Orkester (KNO) is a collaborative project between Peter Nyström (Megaptera/Negru Voda) and Kristoffer Oustad (V:28). A true sonic beat down, done in full Scandinavian style, with a battery of iron fisted rhythms hammering down in a thunderous downpour, and the caustic reverberations of the analog doom machine grinding and screeching in a symphony of clangorous and distressed beauty. This is an album that is as majestic as it is bleak, capturing the essence of old school Swedish industrial, but forging a new path towards a dark future.

‘brakeHEAD’ has redefined and rewritten the masculine muscle Industrial music handbook. Their jet stream leaving everyone else trailing far behind in their wake. The four tracks, 38 minutes, of colossal sounds were skilfully crafted from analogue synths, drum machine, processed guitar and additional effects and samples. The basic tools may be the same as everyone else’s but its how you use them that ultimately counts. Hearing ‘brakeHEAD’ is the sonic equivalent of peering into Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ and coming through the insane journey alive at the end. ‘Exterminate all the brutes!’ The music searching and reaching for a climatic ending as its merciless assaults pounds and grinds the ears in ever increasing nerve shredding ways. The evil intent of the barrages showing through even the quieter passages. ‘The horror! The horror!’ The dying words of Kurtz reinterpreted in all their glory by the final musical notes of the recording. Apocalypse 2006. Coming to a home near you soon.

01. BiTer (Deep Cut Edit) (8:02)
02. High_Level_Input - Slow_Speed_Output (Well Done) (5:12)
03. ExtenDEAD Konnektion (Shortended Diskonnekted Version) (19:32)
04. Asphalt Flowers (Kontinenttalische Norswedische Ordnungsverskriftung Mix) (5:16)


Power Noise | Power Electronics | Martial Industrial | Dark Ambient | Industrial Ambient