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act 218 · lingouf · area keloza · cd

tracklist:
1. bioless game
2. harpman
3. filupoy
4. xozpoqorpe
5. doyo
6. area keloza

track 1 with kenji siratori

this normandy project defines its very own universe including distinctive burton-esque graphic works and audio releases in vinyl and cd format. provided with the typical romanic humour and french eccentricity, lingouf alienates those who are into 'exact' terminations and information while contemporaneously intriguing broad-minded audio and visual art gourmets.

lingouf's first releases on the french ark-aik label might fit in the hardcore / gabber genre, area keloza can be seen as a manifold mixage between powerful pulsatile industrial, advanced deep tenebrous electronics and circus-like melodies with high recognition value. imagine a comparison with imminent, converter, somatic responses... add a slight intangible obscurity... then you'll get a picture of what lingouf might be - or of what he might not.

take a listen, watch lingouf's visuals on his site, submerge into an unknown perspective of industrial arts - be caught and captivated at the same time at the area keloza! a true journey of insanity, with a brightly-coloured grim sense of humor.

discography 05.2k8:
area keloza. cd. ant-zen act218. 2008
kovoclak. 12", ark-aik ark004. 2007
ecritomate. cd. ark-aik arkcd004. 2007
printemtrash. cd. teknomad records tnm cd 02. 2006
internazional fratricide. cd. ark-aik arkcd002. 2005

lingouf webpages:
www.lingouf.org
www.myspace.com/lingouf

reviews:

a review in russian language can be found on the machinist's website:
www.machinistmusic.net

gothtronic
there is a lot of good industrial coming from france these last years. ant-zen noticed this too since shortly after the joint release of the new twinkle album together with the french label audiotrauma, another stellar french industrial releases is launched at the ant-hill office. lingouf is an industrial noise project from normandy and is known for the combination of playful burton-esque graphics and ruthless industrial gabber-noise with more than average depth regarding sphere and sound. think if you need an indication of the music of a converter or imminent, yet combined with hardcore. the first track on area keloza, 'bioless game', which is ten minutes in length, immediately makes a good impression with ominous atmsopheres, original processed sounds and samples, a remarkable experimental influence and extremely heavy industrial-hardcore noise combined with the spoken word recitals of kenji siratori. that impression is sustained well in the other tracks, with 'harpman' as good example of a track that will drag your ass to the dance floor with it's club centered beats. but also this track is not without the peculiar experiment you'll often hear with lingouf and also contains the pretty humoristic sonic elements that keep returning into the other tracks as well. the track 'xozpoqorpe' is suprisingly good and the last track 'area keloza' is a hypnotizing almost orgastic sonic highlight. it has been some years since a release is on par with the level of the releases from converter, imminent or sonar that are considered standards, but lingouf places itself among the ranks of these artists with the impressive album area keloza. lingouf is a very nice addition to the industrial noise genre. please, do check the great animations and graphics on the website of lingouf too, they're worth it: www.lingouf.org (teknoir)

axess code
ant-zen nous sort une curiosité au nom de projet ridicule. et il n'y a pas que la pochette qui soit inhabituelle. le genre musical l'est tout autant et il ne s'agit pas ici de techno-indus et encore moins d'indus rythmique. car figurez-vous que nous avons affaire à du hardcore... {stupeur}. lingouf n'invente pas de nouveaux sons trippants, ni de nouvelles structures rythmiques scotchantes je vous averti. il s'introduit clandestinement dans cet élevage hardcore pour lâcher ces spécimens mutants dans la nature tel que l'aurait fait l'armée des douze singes. et c'est aussi surprenant que d'observer un vol de pélicans au-dessus de l'hudson. a chaque morceau, on se demande ce qui nous attend. quel son va venir après. quelle transition inattendue pour nous surprendre. cela est rendu possible par un hardcore mid-tempo qui s'affranchit du devoir de faire danser. les règles, tellement efficaces sur le dancefloor, sont abattues comme on ouvre les cages. lingouf prend son temps sur chaque morceau pour ne jamais revenir sur ses pas. il va toujours d'un point a à un point b et on a l'impression de se perdre à chaque fois, comme de grandes girafes que nous sommes, déambulant paniquées au milieu des buildings. j'imagine les ravers hurler de plaisir sous le coup des montées successives entrecoupées de transitions dark. c'était sans compter avec des breaks à faire régurgiter sa posologie. c'est quand on croit avoir retrouvé finalement son chemin que des singes déboulent de partout et tabassent tout ce qui passe. au fond, on se rassure en se disant qu'il ne s'agit que d'une bonne farce d'un excentrique psychotique et quand on se rend compte de cette méprise, il est trop tard. le virus s'est propagé.

a review in russian language can be found on the stigmata's website:
stigmata

terrorverlag
bumm-tschakk! wie ein rhythmus-rübezahl rumpelt "area keloza", das ant-zen-debüt des französischen hardcore-fetischisten lingouf, durch die boxenverdrahtung und scheint auf dem weg zum lautsprecher einiges an unheil anzurichten. zwischen lingoufs zeit auf dem in französischen electronic-hardcore-kreisen populären ark-aik-label und "area keloza" scheinen äonen zu liegen. jedes einzelne der meist über 10-minütigen stücke ist ein in sich geschlossener kreislauf aus sich ständig überrollenden zerhackten strukturen und mächtigen 4/4-beats, die immer wieder unverhofft einsetzen. wo man umgangssprachlich viele industrial-veröffentlichungen der härteren gangart gerne als "kaputt" oder "krank" bezeichnet, würde der breakcore-fan eher auf ein gepflegtes "völlig durch" zurückgreifen. in der essenz passen alle drei attribute perfekt auf den sound von lingouf, der einem einfach keine ruhe lässt und den eigenen tatendrang ungemein in die höhe schnellen lässt. man mische imminent, elemente der venetian snares, nehme einen künstler, der "völlig durch" ist und man landet am ende ungefähr in dem loch, aus dem das ungetüm lingouf wohl auch gekrochen ist. eine besondere erwähnung verdient im übrigen das kunstfertige artwork, das man fast schon als burtonesk bezeichnen könnte und wie schon bei früheren veröffentlichungen aus der feder von meister lingouf selbst stammt. mehr "spooky" als gespenstisch, so versprühen die bilder die wahrnehmung von tristesse durch kinderaugen. bei all den großen pluspunkten muss man leider sagen, dass man manche stücke etwas kürzer hätte fassen können, um den wiedererkennungswert zu steigern. so als ganz untristes "tüpfelchen auf dem i". dennoch: "area keloza" überrollt einen, nimmt einen in die mangel und nach dem letzten klang des schluss- und auch titelstücks fühlt man sich wie nach 10 stunden hochleistungssport. tot aber glücklich. (gnark)

chain d.l.k.
the talent of the german ant-zen-label to hire some unexpected and hardly heard before is still unbreakable. the french act lingouf can look back on some releases out on the small ark-aik underground label, which mostly draw their musically ground based on hardcore/techno music. "area keloza" of course turns the music into a much wider dimension. it starts dark with several strange voice samples thrown into the industrial soundscapes of the opener "bioless game", the collaboration with the japanese cyberpunk-artist kenji siratori takes some obvious fruits. while drowning into this obscure industrial ambience, the abrasive rhythm work joins in and offers some satisfying results on a straight 4/4-basis. the straight orientation continues on "harpman", which may can grow to a club favorite. the longer this album runs, the faster and more percussive-oriented the tracks mutate. the attached info sheet refers on names like converter, imminent or somatic responses as possible comparisons. some elements of each mentioned acts can be surely discovered in lingouf, while an obviously obscurity hides behind it too. this may belongs on the fact that lingouf is more than a usual industrial/powernoise act, this project and its anonymous mastermind is also active as a visual artist. some excerpts of the work can be discovered on the projects' website mentioned above. "area keloza" features only 6 tracks, but all of them are clocking up to 10 minutes and more, so the term of a full-length album is nice fulfilled. as usual for ant-zen, also lingouf is a save candidate for 4 stars. well deserved! (marc tater)

connexion bizarre
with "area keloza", french hardcore/gabber artist lingouf joins the ranks of the ant-zen catalogue. recognized for his unique sound within hardcore and breakcore categories, lingouf's vincent ingouf is a competent visual artist as well, reflected both in the subversively cartoonish and imaginative album artwork, and in a fascinating website full of clever animations and hidden puzzles. although only six tracks are offered on "area keloza", the majority of them sport longer running times than most found on previous albums. with the shortest track at eight-and-a-half minutes and the lengthiest stretching to twelve, the album gives listeners that much more square wave bang for their buck. despite opting for longer pieces and fewer of them, lingouf sticks to his stylistic guns, recasting the formula of his established work - chattering, overdriven beats versus rich atmospheric backing - with positive results. despite the daunting prospect when faced with protracted, jittering tempests, listeners learn "area keloza" rarely becomes self-absorbed, only demanding. whilst opening track "bioless game" features cyberpunk fixture kenji siratori, this banality can be overlooked by scrutinizing lingouf's signature sound. from the outset, while siratori mutters disturbingly in the background, a martial cadence drops in and out, and yawning spaces open to be filled with ambient noise. scattered strains of breakcore emerge between the oppressive four-to-the-floor rhythms, which themselves are constantly tweaked, shifted and evolved. it soon becomes clear that, with such epic spans of time at his disposal, lingouf has the luxury of allowing each composition to blossom and transform, stimulating growth and deconstruction through several distinct phases, even as the merciless beats drive them ever onward. "xozpoqorpe" goes from initial breakbeats to verge on powernoise before swerving into atonal chaos and pumping rave synths, while "filupoy" settles into its own rolling march even as bleeping acid electronics and some yelping lady vie for prominence. "area keloza" derives from the distorted kick drum of hardcore techno, but the comparatively relaxed b.p.m. of "harpman" and "bioless game" takes the genre's presumed amphetamine pacing and slings it through a vat of hot fudge. faster "doyo" (think shrill, highly textured paranoia mixed with extensive breakdowns) and the crashing, white-knuckle title track are more typical. at once gooey and crunchy, the tracks never cease moving and morphing, building and breaking, as if lingouf is toying with his audience's curiosity. significantly, voices are inserted and distorted to great effect throughout the album, a mischievous puppeteering of tortured human souls ensnared in unforgiving, machine-ravaged environments. (dutton hauhart)

enochian apocalypse
an unheard of artist for me with bizarre fairytale artwork to match their even more weird and wonderful compositions; curiosity is aroused straight away, and boy does the music fit the bill with the aesthetic. imagine the drive of power electronics, clean striking techno-like beat structures along side the club nature of distorted beat; throw in demonic vocals and subtle ambience and glue it together with modern electronic blips and beeps and you are thrown in at the deep end from the word go. things simply do not lighten up as track two takes hold, completely bludgeoning and again follows the distorted beat framework albeit in a cleaner fashion and is all the more powerful for it with clear clever structures occasionally intertwining with the hypnotic pummelling; and of course there is an undercurrent of madness just to keep you on your toes. dance sensibilities not withstanding (yes there is that in here as well) there is more than enough on show here to keep any true to form hardcore ant-zen follower happy; its brutal, psychotic, melodic enough and above all keeps the interest factor up high which is above all the most important factor nowadays; with more than enough generic four to the floor artists swelling an already overcrowded market its good to hear some quality filtering through the fray, and lingouf are certainly there, with knobs on. (tony young)

der medienkonverter
vincent ingouf war früher mit seinem projekt lingouf mit dem ark-aïk-label auf hardcore und gabber-pfaden unterwegs. sein neues album "area keloza" hängt diesen wurzeln noch ein wenig nach, ist aber größtenteils im industrial anzusiedeln. aber vorsicht, man sollte wissen, worauf man sich bei lingouf einlässt, denn der franzose schießt aus allen rohren. jeder song wird von einem technoartigen beat dominiert, einem erbarmungslosen hämmern. auch wenn das für manche schon reicht, um die tanzfläche zu stürmen, macht es sich lingouf natürlich nicht so leicht. es sind vor allem die stimmen- und gesangssamples, für die melodie und vor allem den rhythmus eingesetzt, die "area keloza" eine ganz eigene bzw. eigenartige note verleihen. so wird in "filupoy" auch schon mal ein opernähnlicher gesang verhackstückt und unter den beat gelegt. es dürfen zur abwechslung auch mal dunkle klaviertöne sein bzw. so etwas in der art. so straight lingouf beim beat ist, umso variantenreicher geht es eben nebenher zur sache. stagnation und starren mustern will sich lingouf nicht hingeben. das zeigt schon die tracklänge von ca. 10 minuten pro song. da braucht es schon einiges an einfallsreichtum, um die songs nicht langatmig werden zu lassen. bei track nummer 1, "bioless game", hat übrigens kenji siratori mitgeholfen, was man dem song auch deutlich anhört und das nicht nur wegen der japanischen sprachsamples. seine kreativität stellt vincent ingouf auf "area keloza" unter beweis, doch der beat ist so dominant, dass das drumherum zu sehr zur nebensache wird. die dunklen melodien verblassen und darunter leidet etwas die atmosphäre. einzig einige elektronische spielereien können sich durchsetzen. aber das gesamtbild ist trotzdem stimmig, die songs machen laune und das artwork ist einmalig. mit derart viel bass bombardiert, braucht es nach über einer stunde "area keloza" erst einmal eine verschnaufpause, bevor man sich wieder unter den presslufthammer legen kann.

a review in greek language can be found on postwave.gr's webpage:
www.postwave.gr

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