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act 174 Š hypnoskull Š dark skies over planet e. Š cd

enter the sick world (spoken word), dark skies over planet e, the frozen army of drummachines, terrorstress, elektromutant (feat. trivial gender and tunnel), enter the empire, bassreflexx countdown, breathe all energy (spoken word), image flash / 15feet above, don't mess with the big s. (introducing the big s.), system syntax (the poke injection), global e. / future clash, the center of the cyclone (feat. ultrastatals!), this state of being / terrorstress reworked, assault code free the floors, 100 test channels / 5 seconds that will change your life

tracklist urban territory intruders bonus 12" (please check the info text for more details):
hypnoskull vs defragmentation : hypnofragmentation, hypnoskull vs act dramatik : nostalgia, hypnoskull vs sickboy : let's hear it for the hardcore !, hypnoskull vs needle sharing : shift break, hypnoskull vs mike van raspaarden quartet : jazzkommando, hypnoskull vs urban punk assassin : break tha' rules !

'dark skies over planet e.' contains no less but 16 groundbreaking new tracks and an additional bonus 6-tracker 'urban territory intruders' featuring only collaboration tracks with the following projects: defragmentation (usa), needle sharing (g),sickboy(b), the mike vanraspaardenquartet (b), urban punk assassin (b) and actdramatik (b). this album is the pearl on more than a decade of hypnoskull-activities and is set to top even the highly rewarded 'electronic music means war to us'album. bringing once again a very eclectic mix of various underground-electronica-styles with a sharp edge, this album will please both open-minded industrial as well as other audiences.

the album also includes the '100 test channels'track for which hypnoskull asked 100 people to send in 5 seconds of audio. the result is a collection of fieldrecordings, sounds, noises from whole around the world in just one track.

the cover and booklet were designed by salt at ant-zen, photography bytina tuypens. clothing by walter vanbeirendonck.

album in cooperation with fast lane enterprises, the ultra house!, future hardcore alliance-snc, escape 3 organisation, ngms and 3k7records. additional production by miss mieke m. mastered atilllektrik tools. Š Š Š

dark skies over planet e.
"it's been a while ago since i've been here. why should i, that's what i ask myself from time to time. when i enter the sick world, that must be every day, i want to be there. and when i'm there, i want to go back. i don't know. as the dark skies pack over planet e., i realise that i need to go there every now and then. it makes me go and it makes me do all that shit they want me to do. i am not tormented, neither i carry a heavy heart, neither i'm happy all the time. the frozen army of drummachines takes over control again, and honestly, they frighten me. i can't control their behaviour. these naughty machines give me the creeps every time i walk by. they don't listen to their master anymore. they live their own digital adventures in gigabytes and arpeggio's and non-stop beat inferno. if i interfere too much, they get mad at me. they start a riot against my demands. they refuse my orders. in a way i like their juvenile behaviour and their complete anarchy. makes me feel younger all the time. but still they frighten me. i don't know what they will do next time. in the meanwhile, this big terrorstress takes over the planet. bombs explode, attacks, conspiracies everywhere. and what it does to our society. these people will go all the way and they want to reach their ultimate goal. i don't understand these people. i never will. who bears the truth anyway ? we all share the same destiny. we all die one day. i feel like this elektromutant that doesn't fit the scheme. standing at the sidelines of what's out there. ready to enter the empire of broken dreams, illusions of safety and constant danger. it's all a big lie. based on the deepest nightmares people have. fear as a weapon of mass-destruction. bassreflexx countdown for a small period of war against fear. some minutes of concentrated aggression against the aggressors. some minutes of disconnecting the real from the imaginary world. breathe all energy that emerged during these minutes. image flash, capture it and fly 15 feet above them all, cause you are more. you know how to handle your dark side. you have the brains, the guts and the nerves to put yourself above the lowest sides of human nature. now slow it down for a minute or two to concentrate on this state of being. and don't mess with the big s., for sure. after a while the effect will go away, like a system syntax error popping up on a green monochrome screen of an old homecomputer after entering a bad poke injection. and there you are again. here comes the stress again. the global e. of our society, the future clash of the titans. stress as the new e. ready to bring you right in the middle of the center of the cyclone. this place has seen better days, it wasn't so bad, so long ago. i win, you always lose. this state of being, this terrorstress again, repeat your method, repeat your mission. fight the fear. assault code free the floors pops up on every screen around and the beats will take over again. massively. not even 100 test channels will change that, not even for 5 seconds, but they might change your life.

100 test channels
in april 2003, hypnoskull and escape 3 organisation launched a call for sound and audio. we asked people to send in 5 seconds of audio, it could be anything, from fieldrecordings to small songs, beats, noises, comments. in may 2004, hypnoskull reached the 100th participant and started to cut and paste all these audiodocuments into one track. these bits of audio come from whole around this planet and are the result of a global view on music, audio and networking.

urban territory intruders bonus 12"
it's time again to let some people intrude our territory ! it's such a solitary thing in that mind of mine, sometimes an intruder needs to mess things up so seriously it becomes funny again. as people are getting used to hypnoskull albums being packed with tracks, i wanted to push it even further with this dark skies over planet e. album and i decided to invite some people to join in for a serious soundfight and some bonus material. excuse me for the wicked sidesteps you will hear every now and then, but i fucking like it. so the dark skies over planet e. album contains 16 tracks, and the urban territory intruders 12" contains 6 more. makes a total of 22 tracks on one disc. bet you won't find packed albums like these for the same amount of money very often anymore. what you see is what you get, what you hear will bomb your head. i could easily make two full albums with collaborations and remixes by some other friends and artists, so you can imagine how tough it was to limit myself for some 6 projects to join in now..."

(patrick stevens / hypnoskull, 2004)

'dark skies over planet e.' is a new chapter in hypnoskull's history. the project is well-known for hard and speedy industrial-tekk dance tracks but this time they collide with ultra-fast breakcore and even hip hop - once again, patrick stevens takes no prisoners. with this release you receive a huge variety of styles and feelings over a period of 77+ minutes, especially when you consider the bonus tracks - tracks such as the collage oriented piece, '100 test channels', and the drum'n'bass/jazz influenced, 'urban territory intruders'. let the sun set and watch the dark skies over planet e.!

escape 3 organisation 52 2070 zwijndrecht belgium, europe.

hypnoskull discography on ant-zen 10.2004:
rhythmusmaschine eins-zwei. cd. ant-zen act74. 1998
ffwd > burnout!. cd. ant-zen act94. 1999
electronic music means war to us. cd. ant-zen act114. 2001
operation tough guy!. cd. ant-zen act134. 2002
operation tough guy! 2x12" vinyl. ant-zen act134.1. 2002
operation tough guy! / operation mean machine. 2cd-boxset. ant-zen act134.4. 2002
dark skies over planet e.. cd. ant-zen act174. 2004


i always had trouble defining the music of hypnoskull. it is a mixture of beat orientated industrial, breakcore and post-gabber. this new album is no exception. you will find a collection of harsh and loud sounds within the borders of the above mentioned genres. i must say that it is really a hard job to sit down, listen to dark skies over planet e. and relax. but, it is also hard to dance to most of this music. the rhythms and structures are often going where you wouldn’t expect them to go. as i said… it is really hard to define hypnoskull. what is sure is that this new album is again an electronic noise attack. the music is hectic and nervous. dark skies over planet e. is also a very long album. next to the 16 racks that form the actual album there are 6 more tracks added from the urban territory intruders 12”. these tracks are reworks and remixes done by other musicians like needle sharing and sick boy. very nice is the collaboration between hypnoskull and the mike van raspaarden quartet. the track ‘jazzkommando’ is a sort of free-jazz piece with electronic rhythms. last year i saw these project together live in belgium and it was a very weird but excellent combination, as is this track. all together dark skies over planet e. is almost 80 minutes of electronic noises. fans of beat orientated industrial will be delighted with this release, but i guess people who like some melodies with their industrial will have to look elsewhere. (mvg)

club metropolis
finally, a new album from patrick stevens of belgian hypnoskull! "dark skies over planet e" is hypnoskull's 5th album, but stevens has also been involved in other noise projects over the years, such as sona eact and cybernetic:fuckheadz. the album contains 16 tracks with the usual hypno(skull)tic energy known from the previous albums. this time it is taken a bit further, though. the constant balance between giving the listener a power boost and draining their energy completely is quite fascinating. the vocal part is more emphazised than before, as is the use of spastic, broken rhythms, cuts and weird samples. this is music that in its nature is impossible to put in any single genre, being a highly personal mix of hellish drum&bass, jungle, breakbeats, noise, industral, rap, techno and everything hardcore. but then again, none of these labels fit hypnoskull, regardless of how they're put together. stevens, being an outspoken opponent of established genre-thinking and rules in music, truly makes his own brand of music. this latest contribution to hypnoskull's discography is in many ways a logical consequence of the first 4 albums, taking everything even one step further than on the succesful "operation tough guy!" from 2002. on the downside, the whole album may be a bit too broad in its attempt to be experimental. the listening experience can become a bit frustrating with the extensive use of cuts and turns along the way. however, as there are many, highly varied tracks, parts of the album are among hypnoskulls best and most powerful moments. as a curiousity the track "100 test channels" contains 100 pieces of 5 second audio clips that were sent in from various people around the world during 2003 and 2004. they’re all mixed and pasted together in what sounds like – yes - 100 test channels in someones home computer studio. more interesting than good, it’s a cool idea! for first-time listeners "dark skies over planet e" may be a bit challenging, but seen as the latest part of hypnoskulls crusade against the mainstream, this contribution to alternative music is as outstanding as it is innovating. (reidun nymark).

last year i found a used copy of hypnoskull's operation tough guy!, i bought it but i wasn't much impressed, i thought it was a bit old-fashioned and too much industrial for my taste. plus, i couldn't stand hypnoskull screaming like a madman every coupla minutes. for this reason, when this dark skies over planet e landed in my stereo, i didn't expect much. and i was very very wrong. the two albums are 2 years distant but it seems it's a decade. this latest effort still retains the peculiar sound of hypnoskull, enriched with breakcore influences, groovy breaks and some pleasant collaborations. most important of all, patrick stevens stopped yelling: maybe some hardcore fans will be disappointed, but it's much more appealing for youngsters like me. hypnoskull is aware of the changes of his sound and in the booklet you can find a disclaimer that explains his change of direction. but let the music speak. to start, there's three great pieces, the gloomy industrial title track, the ultra fast breakcore of "the frozen army of drummachines" and finally "terrostress," that sounds like an accelerated producer tune. then there's "elektromutant," the name says it all --an electro piece made up with industrial drums and the addition of nice robotic vocals. it's with the help of tracks like this, "don't mess with the big s" and "assault code free the floors" that hypnoskull creates a fresh, highly recommended album. the first is a dark hip-hop moment, while the latter is a mash-up of breakcore and heavy-metal, a fashionable combo nowadays, just listen to otto von schirach, doormouse or even the recent kattoo to find some excellent examples. there's plenty of wicked stuff here, but i will mention only a few. closing the album is a long experimental track: hypnoskull asked 100 people around the world to send him 5 seconds of audio, of any kind, breaks, drones, baby voices, traffic noises, etc. --he assembled all the pieces and and the result can be found here. after the proper album there's six bonus tracks, six collaborations between hypno and people around the world. there's the industrial monster "nostalgia," w/ act dramatik, "shift break," a weird hardcore jungle tune featuring needle sharing and patrick singing, but the most interesting of all is "let's hear it for the hardcore!" with rising breakcore star sickboy: the noisy mash-up assault will leave you breathless. dark skies over planet e is a must have for fans of ant-zen sister label mirex, since it's not that far from artists like fanny, sickboy or hellfish and producer. (luca maini)

quinto album per questo progetto belga da molti anni stimato collaudatore di nuovi ‘prototipi’ technoid/noise e sempre impegnato a sperimentare e ricercare differenti sonoritą dell’underground industrial mondiale. al fianco di patrick stevens risiede la sua collega di beats al fulmicotone miss mieke m. (gią conosciuta con il progetto tunnel), insieme mettono a punto un turbinio di frequenze lancinanti, ditorsioni percussive provocatorie, abrasioni tecnologiche aggressive e fotoelettriche. la nuova era di questo genere musicale sembra reincarnarsi proprio nelle eclettiche e spezzettate creazioni registrate da hypnoskull, una mistura schiacciante di tormentati beats, di linee melodiche stroboscopiche, di reincarnazioni cinetiche, e incalcolabili sovrapposizioni di samples, loops ed effetti vari. electronica di confine tagliata, ricucita e nuovamente strappata per non dar mai nessuna stabilitą tematica alle musiche, un manifesto patchwork di inafferabili impulsi sintetici gestiti con tecniche extraterrestri. dopo i sedici settori claustrofobici appartenenti all’album effettivo, il combo belga incontra altri famigerati esponenti di questo scintillante panorama musicale, dando vita ad altri 6 pezzi (dal nome “urban territory intruders” 12”) frutto della collaborazione con: needle sharing, sickboy, mike van raspaarden, urban punk assassin, defragmantation, act dramatik. le 6 bonus tracks apportano linemanti braknoise decisamente piĚ stabili, potendosi collocare in maniera calzante a qualsiasi dimensione dancefloor necessariamente ‘spinta’. spiazzanti incursioni precarie. (francesco gentile)

yeah baby! what you hear is what you get, and hypnoskull makes sure the listener is well prepared for this trip starting right from the intro, “enter the sick world”, in which we are all presented with a sort of list of what to expect.: “rhythms, riot, noise” “… not asking for anyone’s opinion, don’t follow any leaders, don’t follow your orders…” “warning: make sure you’re mentally stable or you might lose your sanity.” three points. so, global honeys, be warned and be prepared because hypnoskull is back, bigger, better and will surprise you honeys with a thing or two. as always patrick does what he bloody well pleases and this time he’s told us that right from the start, outdoing himself yet again. this cd is a mixture of a bit of everything and with one enormous attitude!!! yeah, baby! (ms.poly-ester)

a review in russian language by valentin laboda:

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