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act 222 · monokrom · one fine day in the pyramid · cd

tracklist:
01. fushshklork
02. faglork
03. pop-sproing-ging
04. wiz ga-wiz
05. kachunk
06. flibadip
07. sklishk
08. wunk
+ video: the return of the mummies of noise (wiz-ga-wiz)

limited edition - cd in special packaging.
handcrafted plaster bandaged sleeve: each copy is a unique object.
first 32 copies packed in a special heavy boxset.
copy nr.23 w/ black cover.

"the curse of the mummy began when many terrible events occurred after the discovery of king tut's tomb. legend has it that anyone who dared to open the tomb would suffer the wrath of the mummy..."

nobody knew where the rabbits went - one day they disappeared and were never seen again. only a few documents proved they even existed. years passed. there were rumours about a federation of ninjas overwhelming an unpremeditated audience, but before the legend became widespread there were more ominous tales being told: a congregation of mummies entering stages, taking no prisoners, making eardrums bleed... all these tall tales mentioned the same name: monokrom. after a long period of research, ant-zen obtained an aural and visual manifestation of these bandaged beings, and it is our duty to publicize it as a demonstration of the roughness and the savageness of ancient times: one fine day in the pyramid...

this very special artifact, packaged in a plaster bandaged sleeve, it will riddle scientists, musicologists and listeners for decades: a permanent breathtaking attack of contorted, cadenced noise, challenging your audio equipment to the highest peak. walls of grinding uproar, pulsating frequencies and warped, unknowable voices that add up to a primordial soup of sheer intensity. beware while listening! beware while watching! do you believe in the curse of the mummy? we will leave that for you to decide...

warning: this compact disc includes extreme aural frequencies. listen with extreme caution, at your own risk, and in the safety of your own pyramid dwelling!

monokrom discography 06.2k8:
one fine day in the pyramid. cd. ant-zen act222. 2008
mummies of noise. cd-r. fich-art fich073. 2008
tales of rabbits and hares. cd. ant-zen act182. 2005
live @ iwtbf 041203 (split w/ morgenstern). cd-r. fich-art fich053. 2004
monokrom. cd-r. fich-art fich052. 2003
monokrom. lp. ant-zen act122. 2001
monokrom. cd. ant-zen act102. 2000
hexass / first session (split w/ ars moriendi). cassette. fich-art fich012. 1991
der st@auml;hlerne traum. cassette. fich-art fich009. 1991

monokrom on the web:
www.myspace.com/monokromfichart

reviews:

terrorverlag
das regensburger kultlabel ant-zen ist immer wieder für eine überraschung gut und steht seit jahren für einen konstant hohen qualitätsanspruch. anders als bei vielen kleineren verlagen, die minimalauflagen für einen kleinen kreis von sammlern produzieren, schaffen ant-zen den spagat zwischen publikumserreichbarkeit und optischer extravaganz. so auch bei "one fine day in the pyramid", dem neuen album von monokrom, das stilecht in verbandsstoff verpackt ist. die mumie lässt grüßen. ursprünglich aus dem fich-art-umfeld stammend, das heißt der dunstkreis rund um asche, morgenstern, ars moriendi, the rorschach garden und anderen, zeigen sich monokrom auf "one fine day in the pyramid" sehr harsch, brutal und partiell unverschämt rhythmisch. denkt man hier spontan an frühere ant-zen acts wie contagious orgasm oder pineal gland - der vergleich wäre gerechtfertigt. brachiale white noise-wände drücken einen beim lauteren genuss der platte regelrecht in den sessel. durch geschickt in diesen alles andere als tourismustauglichen klangwald eingeflochtene samples und den akzentuierten einsatz von vocals erschafft man eine panische, entrückte stimmung. wenn dann unerwarteterweise mit einem mal ungeheuerlich groovende beats einsetzen, könnte der schockmoment nicht größer sein. buh! wir sind mumien und haben spaß! rhythmuslastige tracks wie "wit ga-wiz" oder "wunk" könnten glatt von synapscape beigesteuert worden sein. sind sie aber nicht, auch wenn der verdacht auf schützenbeistand aus dem fich-art-clan durchaus berechtigt wäre. zusätzlich zu den acht songs gibt es noch ein sehr unterhaltsames video zu besagtem "wit ga-wiz", in dem ein haufen postmortal aktive mumifizierte passende bewegungsabläufe auf schwarzem grund zum besten geben. der schnitt und die nur leicht eingesetzten digitalen effekte machen das video letztendlich zum berühmten sahnehäubchen, welches den (hoffentlich noch lebendigen) hörer dann endgültig zum wiederholten herauskramen eines tonträgers zwingt. "one fine day in the pyramid" ist ein album, bei dem der ausdruck "pain in the ass" auch im bezug auf musik endlich wieder eine positive konnotation bekommt. tut-anch amun steht hinter monokrom. hail the mummies! (gnark)

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

der medienkonverter
es ist noch gar nicht so lange her, da haben uns verrückte kaninchen heimgesucht und mit brutalstem noise malträtiert. dieser ausflug in die heimische fauna des musikerkollektivs monokrom soll aber nicht die einzige außergewöhnliche erfahrung bleiben. wie der titel des neuen albums "one fine day in the pyramid" bereits ankündigt, handelt monokroms neues werk vom treiben in den pyramiden. konkret geht's um mumien, in diesem fall auch noch um besonders gefährliche. nicht nur, dass die bandagierten gesellen frei herumlaufen, sie machen auch noch noise! doch noise ist nicht gleich noise. monokrom gehen mit einer erbarmungslosigkeit und unverfrorenheit zu werke, die einem das gehirn weich brüht, bis man selbst als mumie durch die gegen spaziert. nicht nur rauschen, oszillieren und knarzen, nein, frequenzen und frequenzfolgen, die das blut zum kochen bringen. derart zum zombie mutiert, ist man kurz vor dem explodieren, wenn monokrom die große rhythmus-keule schwingen. alles zusammengenommen nimmt sich "one fine day in the pyramid" nicht viel mit dem fluch des tutanchamun: einmal das grab betreten bzw. die cd eingelegt und man ist für immer verflucht. nur ist die monokrom-variante wesentlich angenehmer, denn anstatt zu sterben, verfällt man einer melodie- und gnadenlosen musik. wer also in der nächsten zeit in mull gehüllte gestalten durch die gegend waten sieht, darf fest davon ausgehen, dass es sich um monokrom-geschädigte handelt. wie das aussieht, zeigen monokrom selbst in ihrem video "the return of the mummies of noise (wiz-ga-wiz)". total durchgeknallt, unsere umwickelten freunde, aber auch genauso gut.

goon
wie man sich einen einlauf verpasst - für alle masochisten hat monokrom genau das richtige. der dettifoss auf island ist europas größter wasserfall. auf einer breite von 100 metern stürzen täglich rund 16,7 millionen kubikmeter wasser in das 45 meter tiefere flussbett. steht man davor und blickt direkt hinein, ist es ohrenbetäubendes tosen der hypnotisch visualisierten chaostheorie. davon kann man einen hörsturz erleiden und ins taumeln geraten, weil das gleichgewichtsgefühl versagt. was dann bleibt ist ein unendliches, übermächtiges rauschen - ungebändigt, klar, massiv - und die stimmen im kopf. aus einer sadomasochistischen laune der natur heraus sehnen sich die menschen immer mal wieder nach diesem zustand. und hören vom hardcore schwangeren noise. monokrom lässt alles über die kante rauschen. die vier klangterroristen schichten, schreien und stampfen. sie entziehen immer wieder ein strauchelndes wassermolekül und überdecken die lücke mit einem schwall anderer. genauso wenig wie der dettifoss ist monokroms sturzflut eine schönheit, sondern reines sinnliches und brutales erlebnis. nicht immer erträglich, ästhetisch zusprechend oder in spannend konzipierten pirouetten nieder rauschend. sondern kraft der natur eine gewalttat voll adrenalin. ein kleines hirn vor einem monströsen wasserfall. und manchmal, nach einem harten arbeitstag, sehnt sich der mensch eben einfach nach einem ordentlichen einlauf. (jens pacholsky)

gothtronic
hail the mummies! the noise rabbits of monokrom have moved towards ancient egypt and have disappeared to rise again as mutated mummies from the depth of the tomb of pharaoh tut to unleash another massive noise assault at the innocent listener. one fine day in the pyramid is the third monokrom album on ant-zen. the music of monokrom, a noise collective consisting of andy schramm (asche), phillip munch en tim kniep (synapscape) and andrea borner (morgenstern), is compiled of sheer loud processed sounds, packed into layers of white noise, metallic sounding bass sounds, extreme machine-like sounds and supplemented with distorted screams. the titles of pounding tracks such as 'faglork', 'wiz ga-wiz' and 'flibadip' seem to be constructed from obscure curses that unleash the wrath of the mummy. the atmosphere on one fine day in the pyramid feels threatening and is ultimately dark and oppressive. as if it is a nightmare from a society in which modern technology has gone astray. chaos theory in optima forma. murderous mummies hit around relentlessly with claws made of steel. totally wicked but extremely good. the album one fine day in the pyramid is packaged into plaster bandaged sleeves and contains a bonus videoclip of 'the return of the mummies of noise'. (teknoir)

brainwashed.com
created from the minds of four germans who seem to have a penchant for wrapping themselves from head to foot in bandages, monokrom manages to produce a monstrous and gargantuan 'industrial' sonic juggernaut intent on flattening everything in sight. one fine day in the pyramid is the latest testament from this noisy lot, full of clanks, scrapings, scratchings, and full-on mechanical mayhem. as a preface to this review, i have to make two observations here. the first one, which is fairly minor, is that knowing the kind of material that i have so far encountered on ant-zen, this was absolutely not what i was expecting. secondly, the phrase 'industrial music' gets bandied about too much and very often bears little resemblance to what the genre originally started out as. this album of eight songs truly is industrial in construction and atmosphere, mixing elements of annihilatory noise combined with machine rhythms. if you imagine a collision of the grey wolves, early test department, and any number of rhythmic industrial acts, then you have an inkling of what one fine day in the pyramid contains. it is very much an album of two distinct styles, crunchy robotic rhythm pieces sandwiched in between large slabs of noise. despite liking the album in totality, i prefer the rhythmic episodes more than i did the pure noisiness. perhaps that was because i have been subjecting myself to a great deal too much noise lately. the album introduces itself with a great swathe of slowly building noise interlaced with insectoid voice on opener "fushshklork" (and no, none of the other song titles make much sense either), eventually segueing into the stomper "faglork." employing chunky layers of interweaving syncopated steam-punk beats, this marilyn manson-esque track barrels along relentlessly, almost steamrollering the distorted vocal line in the process. "wiz ga-wiz," another footstomper, follows hard on the heels of the cacophonous maelstrom of "pop-sproing-ging." "wiz-ga-wiz" is the standout track for me here, a perfect amalgam of noise, samples, robotic syncopation, and acidic vocals. if ever there were a dance-floor filler this is it-its jet engine-propelled urgency had me bouncing in my seat and tapping out the rhythm on my desk. drill-bit squeals and screeches lent spice and garnish to this creation. similar machine-gun aesthetics prevail on the pithily-titled "ka-chunk," which does exactly what it says on the box in between the sonic assault. "wunk" closes out the album, clashing percussive metallicity underpinning granular noise speckles and rasping voice. the mix of the two styles helped to create a broad palette, which in turn allows a broad textural spectrum of sonic paintings to emerge. the rust and decay of long-gone industry is there, as well as a reminder of what once was. even the cold unthinking and unfeeling machines had a semblance of life in their heyday. somehow, monokrom have distilled the essences of both aspects to produce a mechanical homunculus that perfectly synthesizes them. plus, pervading all is the personification of the dictum that from out of chaos emerges order. one fine day in the pyramid shows what a good job monokrom did of putting all the pieces together. (simon marshall-jones)

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

heathen harvest
run for your lives, the mummies of noise return with a new album of dark archaic music, this time wrapped in bandage and grittier the ever. the noisy rabbits of monokrom have turned into bandaged horror of ancient egypt, which, in my humble opinion, is a great improvement; after all cursed corpses beat rabid rabbits any day. the project known as monokrom is the combined efforts of andrea börner, andreas schramm, phillip münch and tim kniep, german veterans in dark and brooding music also responsible for acts such as ars moriendi (http://www.virb.com/arsmoriendi) and templegardens (http://www.virb.com/templegardens) to name a few. the music is described by ant-zen to be some sort of harsh rhythm dark ambient, although i can not really agree with the ambient part. the music is mostly brooding industrial soundscapes with some more regular beats making it a mix of ebm and noise. the combination is in my opinion extremely catchy and defines the music in peculiar way. in some of the songs the feeling of those unheard and highly distorted vocals mixed into the track delivers an unheard message to the listeners that reek of madness. the overall sound is a process of gloomy basses combined with white noise and machinelike beats. some of the tracks beat mercilessly on your senses while others crawl forward in a slow brooding menace of alien sounds. after a while the experience can literally be described as unspeakable. the album's atmosphere is quite heavy but it is still not enough for me to fall into the ambient parts of sounds. the first track, fushshklork, is the closest this album has to a pure ambient track. it starts up with a menacing drone that keeps lurking throughout the song bringing a promise of darkness and sneaking horrors. the song later evolves and escalates into a pulsating sphere of noise with some heavily distorted spoken parts mixed into the background. the second song is faglork, a more pulsating rhythmic song that brings up the theme of the rest of the album really nicely. oh, and did i mention the names of the songs brought tears to my eyes? the third track pop-sproing-ging actually sounds like it is called. a weird slow beat that punches a hole in the background noises is constant throughout the first part of the song and is later exchanged for a more sweeping noise that pulsates through the background of mechanical overloads. the fourth song is wiz ga-wiz, the very song that is later used in the video called return of the mummies of noise. a extremely catchy yet violently noisy song that combines a constant rhythmic clapping sound with a extremely distorted bass and vocals fragmented into insanity, i like it, alot. kachunk sounds like an orchestrated massacre with its pulsating machinegun-like staccatos and weird distorted screams. the sixth track flipdadip is very similar to wiz ga-wiz and therefore is spelled awesome. distorted beats combined with some noisy yet highly enjoyable pulses hovers over a sample of what sounds like a recorded speech or something similar. sklishk is yet another track relying on ambient noises and highly disturbing modulated sounds. the peace of the machinery is later disturbed by a fast paced distorted bass that keeps vibrating throughout the rest of the song over the distorted howls of the trapped mummies. the last track, wunk, is yet another one of those catchy tracks of noised out ebm, a combination that i really appreciate and feel get way to little attention in the dark underground today. after these eight wonders of the world you should be quite impressed, the album got one last goodie however. the music video return of the mummies of noise, apparently an adaptation of wiz ga-wiz, or is it wiz-ga-wiz? the album uses the first title on the fourth track and the second on the description for the video, but i can stand any of that bother. the video is just so bizarre and creepy that i can't help but loving it, bizarre captures of mummies in different poses and movements is just so captivating. combined with the heavy beats of wiz ga-wiz i can't help but to move along to the music on my oaken throne. i highly recommend one fine day in the pyramid to anyone into rhytmic noise, and if you like the earlier releases of monokrom, this is a given album for your collection. i give it 5 out of 5 ushabtis. be sure to check out the video on youtube ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo2zgwuyzhu ), it is amazing.. (skarsnik)

etherreal
monokrom est une formation allemande qui sévit depuis quelques années déjà sur le fameux label ant-zen qui ravit les fans d'électro industrielle. dans le genre, monokrom se démarque par un son extrêmement bruitiste qui en fait un sujet à part, bien loin et bien plus expérimental que ce qui parvient en général à nos oreilles sous l'étiquette électro-indus. l'objet est déjà assez formidable puisque le packaging est fait de bandelettes utilisées pour faire des bandages. ce qui nous permet d'aborder le côté kitsch du groupe, très porté sur la mythologie égyptienne. c'est ainsi qu'un clip vient enrichir le cd, mettant en scène les quatre membres du groupe enroulés dans des bandages afin de se déguiser en momies aux déambulations robotiques. très franchement, on préfère oublier et se consacrer à la musique, nettement plus intéressante. a dire vrai, la forme est assez basique, mais c'est le parti pris, sans concession, qui nous rend presque le groupe attachant. on prévient tout de suite, le son est assez extrême, et l'écoute au casque est vite désagréable à force de crissements stridents et menaçants derrière des textures graves et granuleuses. des abstractions métalliques à réserver aux plus téméraires. mais passée la "mauvaise surprise", on finira par bien accrocher. l'album est composé de 8 titres dont beaucoup tournent autour des 7 minutes, jouant énormément sur la répétition, le bruit qui devient hypnotique. les premiers titres, très denses, sont principalement composés de textures granuleuses qui ne laissent pas échapper grand chose. on devine parfois comme une oscillation de basses, peut-être quelques martèlements et vocaux saturés mais le bruit, oppressant, semble tout écraser. a priori difficile de séduire les amateurs d'ambient, mais il y a en particulier dans fushshklork quelque chose qui se met en place sur la longueur, comme un drone extrême aux subtiles évolutions et variations. passées les déflagrations soniques de faglork et les basses menaçantes de pop-sproing-ging, on aborde une deuxième moitié d'album nettement plus rythmée avec wiz ga-wiz et sa rythmique rapide et agressive qui met en avant le côté industriel du groupe, facile à imaginer sur le dancefloor, même si là encore les textures grésillantes remplacent toutes mélodies! on a du très accrocheur (flibadip et sa rythmique technoïde) puis du très abstrait (sklishk), des voix venues d'outre tombe bref, on ne se lasse jamais vraiment, mais au bout de 50 minutes le silence est tout de même appréciable. le genre de disque qui fait du bien une fois de temps en temps pour se défouler, avec ici un groupe dont on appréciera la sincérité mais auquel on pourra malheureusement aussi reprocher de rester un peu trop près de certains codes du genre qui peuvent faire sourire. les amateurs d'indus seront ravis, les autres regarderont peut-être ce disque d'un oeil perplexe. (fabrice allard)

chain d.l.k.
with an evil-minded grin in face, the mummies of monokrom got awaken to teach some tourists trappede in a pyramid the harsh way of life. ant-zen's monokrom, active since mostly two decades, are back to make your eardrums bleed. let's doubt on too many fairytales about the re-animation of some mummies after some strange grave-robbers have dared to open king tut's tomb, but nevertheless the mummy evolution musically provided through this new album is alive. each exemplar of this new monokrom albums is a unique object, because each got packaged in a handcrafted plaster bandaged sleeve. also the first 32 exemplars got packed in a heavy box-set and copy no. 23 comes out with a black cover. this strongly reminds on the early ant zen days, when every release offered a special packaging or gimmick to keep on a huge originality and cult status to this label. musically this new monokrom album is the purest noise assault someone can think of, very near to a complete anarchic climax, it will punish your home entertainment to the highest peaks. for sure the most destructive release of ant-zen in years, featuring walls of grinding uproar, abrasive frequencies and strange mutilated voices. this is a quite destroying demonstration that the musically onslaught is anything else than a fine day in a pyramid. the track "wiz ga-wiz" is a bit more straighter oriented, or let's say the rhythmically structure is quite better recognizable behind the walls of harsh noise. this track got also used to publish a video clip entitled "the return of the mummies of noise", which you can find at the end of this album. a must-have item for collectors and for anyone longing back some earlier ant-zen days. (marc tater)

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