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re-pressing w/ different artwork available

tracklist:
error, blast furnace, be broken, flower, death time, resolutio, red crystal, unreal, dust, itami (two), down here

'itami (one)' & 'shock front (live)'
2 excusive mp3-tracks (otherwise not available) for free download at www.ant- zen.com/converter

blast furnace is the second toxic candy by the seattle-based project converter. theconstructor, scott sturgis, melds a tribal inferno of paranoid intensity and barbaric sweetness.

ingredients: distorted percussion, cracking torn synths, red crystal incense, harsh noisy beats, tribal voyages, grinding mechanics, massive infernos, tibtan herbals, ripping breakbeats, slow crushing rotations, brain attacks, mutated machine oil, short moments of silence, isolated bombs, post-apocalyptic waste, abrasive dynamics, hacking statics, corroding iron fire, catastrophic eruptions, fuel-injected drenaline, 4 screaming cats, power noise, pure joy of listening and excitement, abusive techno beats, barbed tints of rocket fuel, chaotic bursts, thick strings, high blood pressure, scratched melodies, dark chilling emptiness, exploding acid rain, technod rhythm noise, smooth violence, frightening ambience, reversed air, hypnotic tension, no expectations to sing along, brutal complexity, japanese density, broken meat, crashing structures, sugar - not saccharin, straightforward penetration, electrical shoks, bombastic environments, obscure frightening ambience.

do not take candy from strangers.

converter discography 9.2k
blast furnace. cd. ant-zen act113. 2k
blast furnace. boxset incl. 3"cd 'broken meat'. ant-zen act113.1. 2kbr> firebloom. 12" 33rpm. hymen ´026. 2k
shock front. cd. ant-zen act 83. 1999
coma. 12" 33rpm. hymen ´014. 1999

exclusive converter concert in europe:
20-22.oct.2k. maschinenfest 2000. aachen, germany
feat. ammo, asche, cellulod mata, converter, imminent, klangstabil, mlada fronta, monokrom, mononoaware, ms gentur, needle sharing vs. panacea, nkvd, proyecto mirage, scorn, silk saw, s.i.n.a., somatic responses, sona eact, synapscape, tunnel, vromb, winterkŠlte, xingu hill
loation: az aachen, vereinsstr. 25, 52064 aachen, germany. 3 day-ticket incl. 2cd.
tickets & additional info: www.maschinenfest.de
hotline: 0049-(0)-241-4011941. fax: 0049-(0)-241-4011943. info@maschinenfest.de

converter webpage : www.ant-zen.com/converter

reviews:

new empire
after taking the power noise world by storm with his debut cd «shock front«, seattle-based scott sturgis returns with an equally brilliant follow up, suitably titled «blast furnace«. this limited edition box set of 777 copies is packaged in ark gray, heavy cardboard and not only includes converter«s new album, but the bonus 3" «broken meat« cd with two new tracks, including a remix by label mates synapscape, as well as two live outtakes. «blast furnace« kicks off with «error«, a heavily distrted rhythmic wall of noise. the sound is full and driving, as we«ve come to expect from this project, giving the listener a universe of plundering patterns to monitor. the title track is next, bellowing down on the listener with dirty spits of noise and runching percussion. this piece reminds me of winterkalte«s recent efforts as it constantly morphs and changes as the track progresses. next up is «be broken«, an atmospheric piece of epic distorted synth workings and dark, ear-piercing sounds. the album eally kicks in with «flower«; a thumping void of hard beats and delicious rhythms. a tsunami of crisp percussion and twisted distortion compliment the clean claps and succulent build-ups. if this track wasn«t enough, the appropriately titled «death time« ttacks the listener with rapid-fire bass kicks and ghostly sirens. twisting and pounding, «death time« assaults the senses with an unrelenting fortress of gabber-styled percussion, destined for a vile dancefloor. «blast furnace« contains a few dark ambien pieces, which adds to the stability and diversity of the release. «resolution« is a cold, atmospheric track, with japanese elements and sneaky bass jolts. the track picks up some momentum at around the five-minute mark, with a smearing pattern of crisp nise and bone- cutting industrial kicks before fading away into the shadows. «red crystal« evolves into a rampart of cringing distortion and headache-inducing screeches of noise. warning: this may be dangerous on headphones. the militant beats of «unreal« psh the album forward; stomping and stalking with cat-like agility as warped tones feed the creaking interludes nicely. pounding beats eventually take over with metallic clamor and brooding sound saturation. «dust« gives way to a cleaner sound, peculiar lop tinkering, and an underlining tribal element throughout the length of the track. «itami (two)« punts the album back into power noise mode with several panning noise effects and a disjointed knocking bass kick. twisted vocals weave between the breaks of haos as stuttering signals slice through an uncertain boost of distortion. last but not least, «down here« concludes the release; pillaging the mind with a steady illustration of screeching noise and inhuman vocals akin to ars morandi«s «endlich« track. te bonus cd «broken meat« begins with «no more meat«, consisting of a low-tempo marriage of distorted bass kicks, and high octave drones. synapscape gives «be broken« the «illdub remix«, incorporating sparse elements of the original with low-bass movementsand a timely pattern of crackling noise patterns. lastly, we are bestowed two live tracks, «conquerer« and «denogginizer«, both of which give the listener a good idea of the awesome live performance of converter. while not a far cry from «shock front«, ths release does exhibit a motion forward for scott by strengthening the aptitude and diversity of the converter sound. «blast furnace« is a testament to present day industrial and a must for voyeurs of modern industrialism and power noise.

seven
without a doubt, this is one of the most anticipated releases of the year. i was almost afraid to listen to it for the first time (however downloading some tracks from converter website before the oficial release date spoiled the surprise), knowing that it would be impossible to repeat the success that "shock front" was. and i was right, "blast furnace" is definitely not equally as unique, unexpected and unforgettable as "shock front" was. having sai that, and hopefully calmed down some of the hype, i will state that "blast furnace" is a damn good album and definitely gets into my top 10 for this year (and that is no surprise). on "blast furnace" scott's fascination with pure rhythmic side of the gene is quite obvious. having recently played concerts with synapscape and imminent, and worked on hypnoskull/converter mixes, converter presents his version of rhythm'n'noise on "blast furnace." majority of the tracks on the disk are powered by driving rhytms still retaining complexity and controlled chaos of converter as we know it. tracks throughout the disk acquired distinct boundaries and analogous structure, making the whole release more radio/concert friendly - one of the changes that made it possibleto compare converter to its peers, as opposed to "shock front" that existed in the genre of its own. my favorites on cd include "flower" that is full of merciless dominating percussion that lashes, crushes, advances and explodes into the audience with satrated abrasive pulses. it goes from almost reset-like persistence overlaid with corroded sweeps and crunchy beats, to sonar-sounding viciousness, where monotonous drive is twisted and transformed with layers of static, compressed percussion and almost tecnoid passages. "death time" picks up the pace with incredible mix of pulsating technoid madness, disturbed techno-beats, broken, dislocated, deformed and overcharged sounds, haunted by distorted voice of nightmare from "soul calibur". this track would undniably work great live, especially with the closing heavy- punching barrage of compressed beats. a few other saturated rhythmic assaults include opening "error" that steadily plows through the mass of twisted splinters; following "blast furnace" adds corroed synths and myriads of cut-up distorted noises that add incredible variety and richness to the track; "itami (two)" is a wonderful combination of monstrous broken beats and heavy crunchy percussion mixed with nicely processed vocal samples. a nice deparure from the established pattern is "be broken" - menacing atmospheric track with sparse explosions on top of slowly moving corroded mass. caustic strings, echoing atonal noises, fading modulated frequencies add to the building mystery. one of the most imressive moments were last few minutes of "resolution," the track that at first didn't seem to go anywhere, but towards the end developed an incredible mix of distant cut-up japanese instrument backed by abrasive beats and rich strings. unexpectedly dramatc, organic and mysterious, these few minutes took me by surprise, presenting a side of converter i never expected. mysterious monumental nature of the track immerses you in its depths; the combination of technoid elements, dark atmosphere, exotic touches esult in a rich, solid mix, that reminded me of recently reviewed "delta files." "red crystal" deserves mentioning as converter's venture into the world of japanoise and power electronics. waves of corroded static, beatless feedback attacks, clashing layes of saturated analog chaos - the track has a struture and certain direction that is absent from majority of the bands in the genre. crushing explosions escalate towards the end, abruptly disappearing. "blast furnace" is a great work, full of wonderfully nique and fresh sonic treats; its sounds are contagious and filled with energy and impulse that surpasses any of the peers in the genre. converter once again amazes me with his ability to create clean (no matter how strange it sounds speaking of rhythm'n'oise) soundscapes, where all elements and layers are carefully controlled. at this time converter manages to incorporate and transform a large number of outside influences into one explosive mix that once again sets converter aside from similar artists, poving his ability to create truly unique, standard-setting music

im rhythmus bleiben
true industrial soundscapes: converter is probably sme of the best noise around! this second release by the seattle based group begins with what really sounds like something is horribly wrong with your cd player. however, the listener is soon drawn into a very dark, metallic and harsh atmosphere of tribal,industrial- mechanics, sonic rhythm and grinding effects. altogether this creates a very highly charged fusion environment where anything can happen. converter sounds like the engine room on an alien battle station. i am admittedly one of the first to havea problem grasping the point of an entirely noise oriented album or project as my earliest exposure was only specific tracks produced by the most well known names in 1980's industrial music such as ministry and meat beat manifesto. however, converter are elping to lead a new genre of music based solely on this form of audio structure and components alongside artists like noisex. herein you will find harshly sonic textures used in every manner from ambient to drum-n-bass formats. not for the feint of heartbut structured well enough as to pump you with adrenalized hydrolic fuel and get you moving to an incessant and hypnotic rhythm. i love the heavy pound of "death time" and the ambience of "be broken". "resolution" makes me think of an future industrial chna. "unreal" has some incredible percussion and rhythm work which i've only seen the likes of on early download albums.

final man @ electroage
(electroage's favorite - november/december 200) if only one album has been highly awaited this year, it's certainly the second installment from scott sturgis' project converter. following the powerful rhythmic noise instant classic shock front, blast furnace comes off as another excellent mind blowig incorporation in the powernoise genre. while maintaining the same level of intensity from its predecessor, blast furnace is moving in some different territories adding subtlety to the apocalyptic assault. as the first attempt of converter was a straightorward noise destruction, blast furnace often manage to be a sweeping mechanical atmosphere that can explode at any moment like it is shown in the isolated mix of dark chilling noise and eastern roots musical elements of resolution. the complex bombastic nvironment of crushing structures, abusive beats and grinding noise bursts found in error, flower or red crystal only demonstrate the malign genius of scott sturgis. but, as shown with his pain station project, sturgis excels with brilliance when it's tim to create frightening ambiences of smooth violence and the superb unreal offers it with a memorable inferno of scratched melodies, broken technoid and hypnotic tension. blast furnace is ending in a chaotic way with brutal complexity of down here. here, surgis is closing its second converter's chapter with distorted percussion, harsh noisy beats and corroding electronic supported by overdubbed screaming vocals for a surreal mechanic intensity. bombastic, explosive, dark and frightening, blast furnace is aremarkable work of intense and complex powernoise easily surpassing its predecessor and certainly most of its compares. here, converter has created an excellent and utterly addictive toxic meal of fuel-injected adrenaline rhythmic noise for oft-repeated jy of listening. excellent.

kaiju @ electronic surveillance webzine new reviews
finally!! after hearing all the underground hype building around this release, i finally get tohear it. well to put it bluntly this cd takes power noise to new levels and is by far one of the best discs out there in the genre. i enjoy converters first album "shock front", although at first i wasn't crazy about it. at first listen "shock front" wasfairly harsh and for the most part repetitive, though after many a listen i have grown to love it. "blast furnace" though doesn't follow a very repetitious pattern at all, the tracks change frequently and many more musical elements are added. right from te start, "error" begins with a jackhammer like sound and propells into a rhythmic beast with very catchy arrangements. tribalistic percussion mixed with metal percussion, whispered vocal snippets with an array of noisy sounds that change very frequently hile still tying together the song strongly. "blast furnace", the title track, does somewhat go back to the sound of the first album but is not quite as harsh. fairly loopy and repetitive with some punchy changes toward the end. "be broken" begins with analmost pain station like ambience, swirling with dark high end synth sounds that die back to ambience and re-assemble with panning crashes. "flower" starts on a light drone until a sample opens a door to a pounding track with much distortion and screechie sounds interrupted by random break-beat like sounds. this track also has a lot of change as there is almost a percussion breakdown that takes the track in a different direction based more on the rhythm. "death time" begins with a shrill pulse then throwsin a hard 4/4 beat with noisy roars that develops in a thumping factory of sound and rhythm with a token sample thrown in for good measure. i know most clubs are against it but damn this would be a fun track to stomp the boots to (although the song is a lttle long for the floor). "resolution" calms things down with dark subtle sounds with a drum hit infrequently that take on a tribal feel. the sounds accompanying help add to the feel that you are amongst a ceremony for the damned. a loop of noisy percussin and various ethnic sounds break into the track for an interesting touch while taking the track into an even more interesting direction. this by far is one of the best songs on here, very well thought out. "red crystal" again takes up close to the first lbum, sounding an atomic war with marching soldiers, then turning into power electronic chaos. not for the weak eared kiddies! "unreal" gives the ears an ambient break....for a moment, as a sirenesque sound amplifies into a fairly mellow, almost funky wit random samples and what may be even a voice hidden in there somewhere. "dust" begins mainly from different layers of percussion with a screech or sound added into the pattern. chants and a hint of drum & bass fluctuate into tribal and back into some nois sequences. "itami (two)" starts with some bass heavy kick drums and gradually builds with layers of panning tearing sounds and the most prevelant vocals on the whole album which are a great touch and i don't know why scott didn't use as many vocals as thre was said to be on this album. another one of my favorite tracks though. "down here" wraps up the album with a space saucer like sound that moves in loops of metal percussion with strange oscillations and distorted screaming like sounds. i can't stress he fact enough that the majority of these songs have a lot of change not found in most rhythmic noise. converter delivers a fresh sound to the genre and shows much growth in the project and has made me an even bigger fan, eagerly awaiting the next materil... and the next pain station album!

wreck this mess on radio 100 o amsterdam o 99.3 fm + live webcast
"blast furnace" on ant zen is one of their typical releases and yet it, like the lbel, continues to surprise. punk noise filtered through the dying industries in some forlorn rust belt. the ambience of a highway cloverleaf and overpass. the darker skies over ballard's "crash." futurism now - retro avant. this grows on you like some ras made of rust. cumulative hypnotic noise.

recycle-your-ears
converter's "shock front" has probably one of the most talked-about rhythmic noise cds. its sequel, the new "blast furnace", i scott sturgis's latest creation, and it's even stronger, catchier and better. it all starts with "error", a track that couldn't have a worse name. slow and menacing, it evolves little by little around a corrosive and repetitive sounds to which is added adeep beat and some melodic parts. the atmosphere gets more and more intense, till it explodes with the pounding "blast furnace", a mid-tempo inferno of rusty soundscapes and flaming beats. the mood then calms down with "be broken", which has a slightly moe ambient feel, except that ear piercing noises are added to a slow background loop. this is, in a way, quite different from "shock front", and reminds me of the converter track on the "anthology of noise" sampler. then comes something you are not prepare to. "flower" and "death time" are two furiously violent and noisy rhythmic hells that crush you while forcing you to move your body. these two tracks are among the very best things i've heard in rhythmic noise. efficient, not too repetitive, suffocating,intense and yet intelligently done, they should be taken as examples by all the young bands of this scene. congratulations, scott! you need a bit of rest after having walked (or rather "dance"?) your way through hell with these two tracks? well, the long nd calm "resolution" is what you need. this 8 minute long track is a majestic, not really saturated and very slow track that shows a huge innovation in converter sound: the use of what seems to be accoustic beats and, most of all, a real melody. through he heavy beats and the atmosphere of this extremely cinematic song appear an oriental-minded string tune that seduces you deeper into this field of percussions. imagine a flower blooming in the middle of hiroshima seconds after the bomb. "red crystal" is faster and more distorted track. it's, in my opinion, one of the closest to "shock front": repetitive violent rhythms over soundscapes of statics and metal noise. but don't forget it's done by a master of the genre. "unreal dust" adds to the contrast aspct of the cd, with beats that are not distorted and once again an accoustic feel. this time, some noisy stuff in the background is used as a melody, adding to the texture of the track. not as good as "resolution", but still a very nice evoluting and hypnoic track. "itami (two)" goes more or less in the same direction and introduces "down here", a mix of undistorted and saturated beats combined in a slighlty aphex twin-like weird rhythm. the 3" cd that comes in the limited edition (along with two sticker, very nice boxset and a splendid black and white heavy booklet) contains another new song, "no more meat", a mixture of repetitive statics and short distorted tunes. the synapscape's "illdub" version of "be broken" is more rhythmic that the original song,and contains these deep and slightly dub beats that you can find in synapscape's "so what". this is quite different from converter's sound, and adds a nice dimension to it, however fragile these percussions may seem in the midst of these ruins. finally coe on the 3" cd the live versions of "conqueror" and "denogginizer", two songs from "shock front". very powerful but club-friendly, these remixes are closer to techno hardcore that the original versions, and focus on the catchy beats. once again, it's veryhard to resist. "blast furnace" is one of these vey rare rhythmic noise cds that go beyond this genre and make a real, emotional, music out of it. the sound on this cd is so well crafted, so much mastered that it's very clear that scott sturgis hasn't jus put noises together. instead, this is a real album, coherent and standing a whole. it's better composed, better recorded and more diverse than "shock front", even introducing elements that are not common in this trend. this cd manage to rival with wintekŠlte in quality and efficiency and is in my opinion the best rhythmic noise cd that ant-zen has released. a beautiful thing, taking you away.

squid
this is the cd. the best cd of 2000. shock ront was absolutely amazing,and this just confirms my opinion of scott sturgis' musical brilliance. converter is at the very top of power electro. there is something in this music that can appeal to others, while at the same time, pushing the music enveloe. i don't really want to go song by song and describe the sounds. words can not really express what its like. this is something that must be heard. if you aren't sure what power electro is like, but are interested in the future of real industrial music, hen purchase this cd. i knew i just had to own this cd, and when i found out about a box set, i knew that i had to own that as well. i don't usually order cds, since i have no credit card (mark of the beast), but this one i had to get one of my doomed to he pits of hell friend to order for me. i figured that converter wouldn't be ordered by any store in the toronto area, so this was the only way i would get it. four days before the box set arrived, i stopped in on penguin records (2 mccaul st., toronto) ad to my amazement, blast furnace was there, in all its beauty. there was no way i was leaving the store without it, so i bought it. is this cd worth spending the $100 canadian i spent on it? fuck yes. (i also plan to sell off the standard cd, thus knockin my price down to a mere steal of $70. i also get the extra broken meat mini cd which had four tracks: two remixes and two live tracks. in listening to broken meat i thought, "wow, this is pretty amazing shit" and then denogginizer (live) came on, and ble me away. it just can't get better than this.

taken from rec.music.industrial. by 'downfall'
with the opening assault, "error" it's fairly obvious where scott sturgis is coming from with blast furnace, his second offering under the convertr moniker. he wants to show that the massive grinding force that was shock front was no fluke. that he's the real deal, and within moments he's proven it with neck snapping force. "error" sounds like two massive machine gods decided to throw down in a runken orgy of distorted violence. the track switches and swirls through various gears never remaining still and over staying its welcome in any given part. it's, as they say, bad ass. while an album full of similar tracks would have been quite keen sturis is not content with playing the same macho, ass-kicker hand over and over again. he slips away from the over-pumped, over- muscled stuff quite often and right into some very dark and oppressive places that make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. "red crystal" is one such behemoth. it sounds like a recording of one of h.p. lovecraft's unnamable, und indescribable nightmare beasties arising from some black abyss. at other moments sturgis realizes that he has a firm grasp on the language of power oise and decides to expand it, a bit. most notably he starts incorporating samples of non-distorted, non-noise oriented instruments. "resolution" bears witness to eastern flavored melodies being dragged, by the throat into the rough and tough little word and then promptly pummeled. blast furnace easily shames the apes who insist that power noise remain in a fuzzed out, drum loop ghetto. with its massive, ever shifting song structures, intricately woven layers of dissonance and grand scale it's really astep up from the back beat status quo. it manages to find the monstrous beauty that the genre is capable of and gives it a voice. in teaching a beast to speak, sturgis has really upped the ante for his future efforts and i'm anxious to hear what he make the genre say next.

purist online magazine
after taking the power noise world by storm with his debut cd 'shock front', seattle-based scott sturgis returns with an equally brilliant fllow up, suitably titled 'blast furnace'. this limited edition box set of 777 copies is packaged in dark gray, heavy cardboard and not only includes converter's new album, but the bonus 3" 'broken meat' cd with two new tracks, including a remix by label mtes synapscape, as well as two live outtakes. 'blast furnace' kicks off with 'error', a heavily distorted rhythmic wall of noise. the sound is full and driving, as we've come to expect from this project, giving the listener a universe of plundering patters to monitor. the title track is next, bellowing down on the listener with dirty spits of noise and crunching percussion. this piece reminds me of winterkalte's recent efforts as it constantly morphs and changes as the track progresses. next up is 'be broen', an atmospheric piece of epic distorted synth workings and dark, ear-piercing sounds. the album really kicks in with 'flower'; a thumping void of hard beats and delicious rhythms. a tsunami of crisp percussion and twisted distortion compliment the clen claps and succulent build-ups. if this track wasn't enough, the appropriately titled 'death time' attacks the listener with rapid-fire bass kicks and ghostly sirens. twisting and pounding, 'death time' assaults the senses with an unrelenting fortress ofgabber-styled percussion, destined for a vile dancefloor. 'blast furnace' contains a few dark ambient pieces, which adds to the stability and diversity of the release. 'resolution' is a cold, atmospheric track, with japanese elements and sneaky bass jolts the track picks up some momentum at around the five-minute mark, with a smearing pattern of crisp noise and bone- cutting industrial kicks before fading away into the shadows. 'red crystal' evolves into a rampart of cringing distortion and headache-inducig screeches of noise. warning: this may be dangerous on headphones. the militant beats of 'unreal' push the album forward; stomping and stalking with cat-like agility as warped tones feed the creaking interludes nicely. pounding beats eventually take overwith metallic clamor and brooding sound saturation. 'dust' gives way to a cleaner sound, peculiar loop tinkering, and an underlining tribal element throughout the length of the track. 'itami (two)' punts the album back into power noise mode with several pnning noise effects and a disjointed knocking bass kick. twisted vocals weave between the breaks of chaos as stuttering signals slice through an uncertain boost of distortion. last but not least, 'down here' concludes the release; pillaging the mind with steady illustration of screeching noise and inhuman vocals akin to ars morandi's 'endlich' track. the bonus cd 'broken meat' begins with 'no more meat', consisting of a low-tempo marriage of distorted bass kicks, and high octave drones. synapscape gives be broken' the 'illdub remix', incorporating sparse elements of the original with low-bass movements and a timely pattern of crackling noise patterns. lastly, we are bestowed two live tracks, 'conquerer' and 'denogginizer', both of which give the listenera good idea of the awesome live performance of converter. while not a far cry from 'shock front', this release does exhibit a motion forward for scott by strengthening the aptitude and diversity of the converter sound. 'blast furnace' is a testament to prsent day industrial and a must for voyeurs of modern industrialism and power noise.

wet-works electrozine
it seems that i never grow completely accustomed to converter releases, which is a wondrful thing since i'm always noticing something different with each listen. my overall opinion of blast furnace is very difficult to piece together, as it cannot be pinned under one holistic description. the opening track, "error," sounds as if the mainfrae of a factory suddenly shorts itself on during the middle of the night, triggering all of its component machines into a rolling industrial rhythm. "flower" is full of rhythms that build up and climax at brief interludes, after which a new, but similar rhthm will commence...this being a pattern that we've come to expect from converter and many power noise artists. the ever-so appropriately titled "death time" begins with a piercing alarm clock-like sound and hurdles off of an angry japanese sample into a ounding abrasive rhythm. i really like the more atmospheric work on this disc, such as "be broken" and "red crystal," the latter feeling more like a power noise nightmare, and the former more of a suspense trip. "unreal" is an interesting track, with veryclean percussive samples and ominous, yet mellow, ambient sounds. eventually, scott sturgis drops the bass and the rhythm gets a little more abrasive, but this is probably the cleanest track on the album. "dust" has similar characteristics, only mixing ina tribal influence with industrial banging and squealing. a far-eastern influence is most evident in "itami" and "resolution." broken meat, the 3" bonus disc, kicks off with "no more meat," a droaning rhythm accompanied by fairly minimal piercing synths. ynapscape's "ill dub" mix of "be broken" is absolutely awesome. they drop a slow distorted breakbeat and keep the mix fairly simple and suprisingly clean. the last two tracks on the 3" are live recordings of "conquerer" and "denogginizer," both of which re totally ill. after hearing these cuts, i really would have loved to have been there for the performance. so this 3" isn't just a gimmick to sell a limited edition version, it's most definitely a wonderful bonus. the limited edition comes with a nice litle book and two stickers, as well.

modulazioni industriali
dopo il successo ottenuto dall'ottimo album di esordio "shock front", recensito in anteprima da modulazion industriali quando scott non aveva ancora trovato una casa discografica [vedi recensioni pain station ], la ant-zen licenzia il secondo capitolo della saga intitolato "blast furnace". l'aggressivitˆ tribal- noise percussiva dell'esordio non si  affievolia e le varie sequenze illustrano coerentemente l'atmosfera allucinante e devastante che pu˜ causare all'apparato uditivo l'uso creativo di un campionatore . atmosfere claustrofobiche sorrette da ritmiche distorte e impazzite che proiettano un immagine da reno in corsa lanciato verso il nulla senza nessuna speranza di salvezza e come unica compagnia il battito macchina della motrice sferragliante , voci distorte che declamano in varie lingue pi il rumore di lamiere evocante il futuro strazio della debole arne . fissate questo momento in un preciso spazio-temporale e avrete l'esatta idea di quello che pu˜ comportare l'ascolto di "blast furnace". movimento tellurico e stasi inquietante possono portare a balli sfrenati sull'orlo del precipizio , ascoltate co cautela , non richiede prescrizione medica acsoltare attentamente le istruzioni.... alla prossima.

orkus nr. 11 november 2000
das debutalbum dieses amerikanischen industrial-projekts schlug letztes jahr nicht nur dank seiner massiven metallhŸlle in industrial-kreisen gro§e wellen. der mittlerweile in seattle wohnende klangbastler scott sturgis traf mit seiner unvoreingenommenen noise- und ambient-bastelei offenbar genau den richtigen nerv zwischen urtŸmlichem, aggressivem industrial-geschrubbe, apokalyptischer filmatmosphŠre und progressiven einflŸssen aus der breakbeat- und techno-ecke. eingedenk dessen ist blast furnace eine geradezu logische fortsetzung dieser arbeit, denn zu den altbekannten, monotonen dampfhammer-bŠssen, breakbeats, noiseloops und ambientflŠchen injizierte mr. sturgis noch eine weitere dosis tribal- und techno-feeling. Šhnlich wie sein belgischer kollege patrick stevens mit seinen projekten hypnoskull und tunnel, mischt er den klassischen noiseloop in tracks wie death time mit aggressiven techno-bassdrums und âdigitalen' sounds und hŠlt so geschickt die balance zwischen industrial und techno. blast furnace ruht sich allerdings nicht auf der hŠrte aus, sondern zieht den geschwindigkeitsregler durch ethno-beeinflusste ambient-passagen und tracks wie das geniale resolution zugunsten von spannung und abwechslung immer wieder herunter. industrial-techno, wie er sein soll! (alexander maciol)

equinoxe ausgabe 14
wer schon 'shock front' mochte, wird das neue converter-album abgšttisch lieben, es adoptieren und ihm weihnachtsgeschenke machen wollen. scott sturgis - mittlerweile von cincinatti nach seattle umgezogen - bietet dem hšrer ein noch vielfŠltigeres spektrum als auf dem debŸt an, so dass hier keine wŸnsche offen bleiben sollten. eršffnet wird âblast furnace' von âerror', das mit verzerrten tribal beats und stahlschlŠgen eher gemŠchlich vor sich hingroovt, um vom erhaben grollenden titeltrack abgelšst zu werden, dessen akzentuierte, dezent noisige elemente fŸr die nštige auflockerung sorgen. albtraumhaft dŸster mit plštzlichen lŠrmŸberfŠllen wird's bei âbe broken', wohingegen bei âflower' schon bereits mŠchtig fahrt aufgenommen wird, die sich in âdeath time' (mit geilem asiatischen sprachsample) explosionsartig bahn bricht. âresolution' ist soundtrackartige, ambiente finsternis pur, an die sich nahtlos âred crystal' anreiht, das nach kurzer spielzeit jedoch zu einer ohrenbetŠubenden kakophonie aus fiesen schleifgerŠuschen und percussionsattacken mutiert. atem schšpfen hei§t es beim verhaltenen âunreal', bevor âitami (two)' erschallt und nach relativ dezentem beginn deutlich an hŠrtegraden zulegt und somit einen adŠquaten Ÿbergang zum monumentalen, fauchenden letzten stŸck der cd namens âdown here' herstellt. intelligent power electronics. play it loud, 'coz your neighbours will love it, too! (rainer metz)

side-line no.34 january/february/march 2001
after their noticeable debut-album 'shock front', the seattle based converter are back to simply explode our brains! while their debut was more than acceptable, this new source of noise-terror is simply terrific! converter perfectly moves on the edge of pure noise and industrial! the gap between both styles has been perfectly filled with a kind of primitive trance influence. the result is extremely heavy, but i would dare to say that it belongs to the higher intelligence of a style that too often deals with pure anarchistic improvisation. it sounds to me that they take care to work out their ideas resulting in a real music approach... the loud distorted structures have been joined by tribal elements and a few songs even contain some demonic vocal parts. the voice has been used as a sound, manipulated and filtered to get an extreme source of noise! the opening cuts 'error', 'blast furnace', 'be broken', 'flower' and especially 'death time' are particularly annihilating... like the deadly weapon of a psychopath that is ready to shoot a new victim. but we'll be all the victim of the merciless noise-apocalypse... trying to escape from the rude and crashing assaults of the machines. converter is a noise-terminator, particularly dangerous and without any relief! some pieces are a bit less dynamic, but the brutality remains the guiding line of the furnace! if you're still able to dig a bit deeper in the content of their work, you can perceive some vague technoid elements which only illustrate their wide spectrum of influences! the last cut 'down here' is a last essential piece to damage your brain! converter convinces me that noise can be also artistic and a part of music if you take care to work it out with established music elements! (dp)

blackharvest 4.0
jesus christ here comes ant-zen releasing more music to knacker my hi-fi in! converter really are a spectacle, absolutely crushing rhythms unrelentless in their approach rip into you beat by beat in an aural assault that i can just about contain. i would be really interested in seeing what they can do live, and it has to be said, their blend of outright noise does even make some other outfits of this ilk seem a little tame. not only does this release have power, it has direction. a fantastic cocktail of insanity and ear splitting music (yes! music!). definite proof that when you control certain aspects of this kind of genre and harness it up just right, there is no excuse why anybody else should produce anything substandard (tony)

prospective 1/2001
my first encounter with converter was on the exoskeleton 2 compilation and the impression given by that particular track was quite ordinary: nothing special. nonetheless, a dozen disappointing power noise cds afterwards, converter's second cd blast furnace seems like a nice one after all. scott sturgis, the man behind converter differs from many of his native power noise artists by creating sound which instead of being static and boring actually moves forward or perhaps in all directions. the main thing is that it moves. the usual monotonous distorted beats now and then are embraced by the presence of some really spatial clean synth, and it proves wrong many other acts who believe that variation and harmony sucks. on a more negative mode i could say that after the first half this cd starts to make the same mistakes as the artists i've been complaining about above i.e. the sound repeats itself and inevitably becomes dull. this minus point aside, blast furnace certainly worth the attention of anyone into the power noise scene or ant-zen releases in general. (jukka mattila)

spectrum issue 4
over the last few of years, scott sturgis has established himself as one of the finest musicians within the realm of dark music, through his electro-industrial sonicscapes as pain station, and his rhythmic noise as converter (i've yet to hear the d.b.s. material). the fact that the quality of each is of the utmost, well, that puts scott in elite company, alongside the ultra-prolific peter andersson (raison d'etre, stratvm terror, et cetera...), adi newton (clock dva, tagc), and a few more choice individuals. blast furnace is consummate rhythmic noise, meticulously crafted, sculpted from metal and burnished in blood and sweat. the title track stutters amidst whiplash, metallic percussion, discharging multiple layers of static ricochet noise, shifting the focus throughout. the construction may sound familiar, but the results are anything but, as the locked in methodology is honed to a precision most excursions into rhythmic noise lack. rubber gloves massage the womb of "be broken" before metallic noise shatters into shards of noise that spray as shrapnel into the flesh of the ambience. an ambience also punctured by snippets of glossy, distorted synths. the gurgling miasma of rhythmic, throbbing noise that introduces "red crystal" ventures off into the distance before a rippling retort drags the noise back into focus, amidst injections of virulent metal and jackhammer pummeled bleats of ripping noise. oily electronics squelch amidst awkwardly stumbling rhythms, finally ending up in a valley of screams, moans and contorted vocalizations. nothing is ever still, nothing follows a simple path; even amidst an abundance of loops, this music is in constant motion, multiple layers adding multiple perspectives. and the noise is noise, not some simple bastardization of the rhythms-molars grind, mountains crumble, buildings implode, all with scott's amiable assistance. (even the calmer moments spit and flail, straining the sonic straightjacket.) there is so much to soak up here it is beyond listing. just buy the damn disc! (yes, that is most definitely a recommendation.) (c smith)

textundton
vom letztjŠhrigen album ausgehend erwartete ich eine fortfŸhrung des brachialen noise industrial sounds. ist es irgendwie schon, nur sehr behutsam. scott sturgis, der sich auch etwas klinischer bei pain station auslŠ§t, hat sich erstaunlich fortentwickelt. er ist der stumpfen stampf distortion beats falle entronnen, die man fŸr ihn gesetzt hatte und hat sich in das weite feld der atmosphŠrischen gerŠuschforschung aufgemacht. ob es am umzug von der industriestadt cincinatti ins beschaulichere seattle lag, kann frei bespekuliert werden. neben den liebgewonnen noise 'n' rhythm kaskaden gibt es diesmal noch mehr ruhige und ambientale tracks. manches geht schon in den dronigen lustmord oder hypnotischen muslimgauze bereich, was dem ganzen album einen bedrohlich majestŠtischen eindruck verleiht. die schleichende korrosion und zersetzung seiner musik ist immer noch hauptcharakteristikum, aber es wurde klangfarblich wŠrmer. kratzig verknotete bratzflŠchen treffen auf beatpulse und percussionschlŠge, gehen mal kurz in rhythmusgewitter, bevor sie sich wieder in besinnlichen phasen erholen. angenehm harsch und diversifiziert. (till schršder) starvox
scott sturgis is at it again with new material that never ceases to amaze. scott is the brainchild of not one, but two amazingly good solo industrial projects. one is called pain station, and is released by california-based cop international. the project i'd like to talk about today, however, is converter. converter is, to my knowledge, the only us band signed to the german ant-zen label, a leader in experimental industrial and powernoise. his newest release as converter is entitled "blast furnace" and is simply dripping with in-your-face industrial goodness. from the quality ingredients listed on the cover, its no surprise that this is quality stuff: "ingredients: distorted percussion, cracking torn synths, red crystal incense, harsh noisy beats, tribal voyages, grinding mechanics, massive infernos, tibetan herbals, ripping breakbeats, slow crushing rotations, brain attacks, mutated machine oil, short moments of silence, isolated bombs, post-apocalyptic waste, abrasive dynamics, hacking statics, corroding iron fire, catastrophic eruptions, fuel-injected adrenaline, 4 screaming cats, power noise, pure joy of listening and excitement, abusive techno beats, barbed tints of rocket fuel, chaotic bursts, thick strings, high blood pressure, scratched melodies, dark chilling emptiness, exploding acid rain, technoid rhythm noise, smooth violence, frightening ambience, reversed air, hypnotic tension, no expectations to sing along, brutal complexity, japanese density, broken meat, crashing structures, sugar - not saccharin, straightforward penetration, electrical shocks, bombastic environments, obscure frightening ambience." notable tracks are error, flower, red crystal, and death time. particularly death time. with its abrasive and fast beats, with samples of an angry crowd chant on the syncopated beat, i simply can't get enough of this track. i literally put it on repeat, and play it over and over, and still don't get sick of it. good stuff!!!!! if you are a fan of powernoise, noise, or experimental industrial, go buy this cd.. now! this is what powernoise is about, folks! (cyberina flux)

re:mote induction
scott sturgis returns with his converter project, blast furnace the follow up to its well-received predecessor shock front. the special edition of this release comes limited to 777 copies and is a special boxed edition - thick, embossed card replacing the jewel case and coming with a photo booklet, as well as stickers and an extra 3", cd broken meat. the stand out tracks on blast furnace being death time, resolution, unreal, dust, itami (two) and down here. death time starts with a pulsing alarm sound, a pulsed beat tipping each loop as it extends further. a japanese vocal sample is heard and the full technoid force kicks off - pounding beats mixing with pulsing electronics. death time goes through periods of stability and forceful abrasion - the vocal section returning in a looping section. as this piece progresses it is clear that this is a piece of hard techno industrial. in a slower fashion resolution starts with slow strokes, mechanisms playing between each echo. beats develop into a tumbling motion with resolution working as well as it does on the accompanying firebloom 12". a hollow, scraping atmosphere brings us unreal, mechanics emerging from the grime. a voice says unreal and there is an eruption of cold, rigid tones - a skittering, martial motion. tangible atmospheres emerge, as do rasping harder edges. unreal comes across as an atypical piece, tinged with unpredictability. as it goes on it expands - the elements multiplying till the whole piece is imbued with a strong sound. a metallic beat echoes, rattling after each stroke of dust, the motion developing slowly here. suggestions of percussion play out in suggestive atmospheres - hints of idm influence creeping into the careful structures. a droning voice comes in, with the tapping of electronic rhythm and guitar chugs. like unreal, dust takes on a curious form, less than obvious in its construction. there are constant shifts in rhythm and percussion - shifting slows and influences in a steady manner - which makes this piece entirely fascinating. a guitar chord plays, sustained in a drone fashion, a tumble and clip of beats coming into the mix. increasingly the structures of itami (two) become distorted, a vocal in the mix growlingly incomprehensible. a rumbling explosion devours all sound with that which emerges forming into a jagging rhythm - crusting, till it falls off. cutting straight into the cleaner and drawn out tones of down here - clunking and streaks of sound. down here falls into a rocking vibe - a steady rhythm backed by tones shift - a vocal growl, a literal animal cry. from that we attempt to hear words - but this only intensifies the experience. this forms a hypnotic tunnel of sound - crushing and cruel in its seductive play. the 3" broken meat features 4 tracks - two of which are live versions of material from shock front. no more meat forms a pulsing and grinding drone, a piece that is exclusive to this cd. this takes on a rotary feel with its constant grinding loop - stray notes performing melodies on the surface tension. the notes are increasingly joined by piano sections - all playing within the constancy of the droning. from the fade of no more meat we come to one the synapscape mixes that was done for this set of converter material, the other being on the firebloom 12". here synapscape offer the ill dub rmx of be broken - a thick bass line offering the dub influence to snapping and heavy percussion elements. through this a certain disjointed, cut-up feel comes through. an increased focus can be felt as the piece progresses with a greater cohesion. though this doesn't last as the speed and density of be broken shifts. with shock front the converter sound was established, a sound that carries through to blast furnace. but with blast furnace there is a greater feeling of experimentation.

medienkonverter
scott sturgis selbst (wohl eher bekannt von pain station) bezeichnet die zweite cd seines converter-projektes als "toxic candy". bereits im september diesen jahres erschienen, zeigt sich "blast furnace" als beeindruckender release an der noise-front. beschreiben lŠsst sich die music von converter schwerlich, liegt aber irgendwo um noise-electro-industrial :-). im gegensatz zu manch anderer band dieses genres schafft es converter, mit fast jedem song zu Ÿberraschen. von rhythmischen beats Ÿber aggressiven krach ist so gut wie alles dabei. "red crystal" z.b. erinnert mich immer an ein kaputtes, aber extrem lautes modem, das gerade mit einer kreissŠge bearbeitet wird. aber nicht alle songs treiben es bis zur schmerzgrenze, "unreal" und "dust" lassen es beispielsweise ruhiger angehen. einer der wenigen schwachpunkte der cd liegt weniger in der musik begrŸndet, sondern eher im kargen cover. schlichtheit ist angesagt. war der vorgŠnger "shock front" noch ein wahres wunderwerk, gingen dem label ant-zen nun wohl die ideen aus. aber schlie§lich kommt es ja auf die musik an. (veit)

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