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act 270 · control · the resistance · cd

01 victory equals violence
02 the resistance
03 first drop of blood
04 disgraced by this race
05 fuel the fire
06 before the fray
07 total war
08 the solution

recorded, mixed and mastered at misanthrope studio january 2012 - march 2012.

control is thomas garrison from santa cruz who works as a branding / body modification artist and as a mastering engineer at his own misanthrope studio and has also initiated the industrial / ambient project exsanguinate. he made a name as one of the finest american power electronics acts since the end of the nineties with a multitude of releases and highly regarded live performances in europe and the u.s..

what emerges control in the power noise category is his obviously strong ability to construct tracks that are extremely aggressive, but with shifts that create contrast and texture rather than just constant attack: the produced tracks are memorable and deeply loaded. he transcends the pure rage associated with power electronics and reveals the darker, more infectious and sinister emotions that build that fury. control's work is so conscious of creating mood and atmosphere that it almost defies the genre that it caters to.

'the resistance' offers a good balance of densely layered forceful electronics with dark ambient undercurrents, occasionally rhythmic pulses and offensive vocals filtered through diverging effects. the voice is never used as an overbearance or focal point, but as one of the many aural textures. control never sacrifices the music or the emotional weight on the altar of rhetoric - it is his intention to arouse the listener with almost cinematic moods, creating a sonic environment where nothing good seems possible for people who might inhabit it.

control has moved to the top of the power electronics pantheon for good reason. he is talented enough to accumulate power noise with death / ambient industrial and to create fascinating arcs of suspense, making you pay attention until the last second. his passion for detail means full focus is required - a must for maximum appreciation.

discography (excerpt) 04.2k12:
the resistance. cd. ant-zen act270. 2012
deadly sins. cd. malignant records tumorcd48. 2010
world of lies. cd / lp. freak animal records freak-cd-036 / frek-lp-022. 2006
this means to an end. cd. eibon records con055. 2005
the cleansing. cd. pacrec / troniks pacrec103 / tro-113. 2004
natural selection. cd. eibon records con044. 2003
algolagnia. cd. freak animal records freak-cd-010. 2002
praying to bleed. 7". l.s.d. organisation lsdo-s024. 2000
control. cd. black plagve infest03. 1999

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der sogenannte power noise oder das auch als power electronics bezeichnete unter-genre des industrials stagniert seit jahren, wenn man überhaupt je von einer weiterentwicklung sprechen konnte. die sich selbst limitierenden zutaten sind von anfang an bekannt und leider auch schon lange recht stumpf geworden. mich hat diese form der "lärmbelästigung" nie sonderlich interessiert und ich fand es eher immer etwas lustig, wenn sich dazu bei einschlägigen konzerten adipöse tanzbären im pogo versuchten. control bzw. thomas garrison aus amerika ist seit mehr als 10 jahren ein bekannter vertreter dieser richtung und wenn er auch nicht auf seinem neuen album "the resistance" mit innovationen punkten kann, überzeugt zumindest mich sein technischer ansatz. die noisestrukturen sind hier nämlich sich messerscharf überlappend verzahnt, die übergänge scharfkantig und der sound sehr klar wie druckvoll überrollend. die beim hören entstehenden bilder im kopf von inferno, kriegsgräuel, flächenbrand, folterszenarien, artilleriewalze und jagdbomberangriff entfachen dagegen bekannt-bewährte atmosphären und selbst auf den verzerrten wie unverständlichen schreigesang muss man bei einem teil der insgesamt 8 tracks nicht verzichten. das "the resistance" auf ant-zen erscheint, ist letztendlich dann doch noch eine überraschung und die fettigen fleisch-fotos von salt eine abwechslung gegenüber dem sonst überwiegend verbreiteten true crime-artwork bei den üblichen verdächtigen des genres. es gibt momente im leben, da bedarf es solcher aggressionsfokussierung durch ohrenbetäubenden lärm nun mal und wenn ich ehrlich bin, kommen mir control mit "the resistance" jetzt gerade recht. (marco fiebag)

santa sangre
after releases on freak animal or eibon records, control signed with ant-zen and this is the first record for the german label. personally, "natural selection", "the means to an end" and "world of lies" are the records that i truly experienced in my auditory night shifts. for the music of control is one to be mentally practiced: it is a sound meant for cognitive reaction and as such a subsidiary to aesthetical terrorism values promoted through music, that are meant to be physically practiced by the likes of genocide organ or brethren. thomas garrison is far from being a friend of the human race and seems to approach society with a resistance similar to molière's character from the misanthrope. his anger and disgust are reactionary movements intended to change human habits. with this view in mind his struggle is no less reactive and produces collateral damages, because his victory cannot be fulfilled without violence. the record's first track "victory equals violence" sets forth the ever -renewed sense of disaster he wants to create with his sound manipulation: a torturous pe retuning of bizarre uproar and grunt in one alchemical, masterfully controlled operation. "the resistance" moves from a dystopian menacing sound reminiscent of nordvargr's track composed for thee maldoror kollective on "new era viral order". and it slowly progresses towards an intolerably dramatic harsh electronics discourse that becomes an appalling statement of accusation. it uses extreme musical devices of uncanny sensitivity, which can only be conveyed by artists who have managed to transform their inner pain and revolt into a personal style (navicon torture technologies). there is a genuine dialectic played on the opposite terms 'hard' and 'soft' that produce both technically (musically) and thematically (psychologically) a tableau of frustrating, ambiguous nuances. resistance is an act based on sacrifices and renunciation, a state that demands blood in order to be maintained. "first drop of blood" catches this kinematic viscosity by fierce menstrual noises conditioned under reverberative spine-chilling loops. "disgraced by this race" is composed with deranged fluctuations of sound, strongly industrial and with an impressive impact force. here too, the vocals retain the declamatory spitting from slogun, but the structure of the track is elegiac and so all the more irritating. the musician takes full inspiration form his conviviality with "the vilest worms" and puts forth a confidential testimony. in "fuel the fire" the composition seems to be derived from a more rhythmical performance, but garrison rapidly returns to his trademark harsh aural atmosphere. the track beautifully moves from implosive rumbling sounds to an explosion of merzbow-nian harsh noise. quite different in approach, "before the fray", is an illustrative track combining industrial/ ambient and concrete music. the whole picture is one of mind-absence and a feeling of the upcoming horrors, a prefiguration of the madness to come. "total war" brought to mind a black metal project i very much considered for its rudeness, war, and even if the music here is, from a technical point of view, totally different, it still creates a feeling close to abruptum's free demonic improvisations: a devastating sonic image of savagery and death. atomic energy displayed with maddening percussions, hysterical vocals and down-tempo electronics. "the solution" ends the record much in the same manner as "total war", with dissonant upheavals of sound registering from cinematic melodies to chaotic sound conflagrations. however the pathos here culminates in an outburst of repressed energies that sound like a suicidal cataclysm. once more control produced a record to be remembered, not due to its innovations or craft, but for its capacity to disturb and alarm. (iaha crax)

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