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act 75 · v.a. · ant-hology · 2cd
act 75.7 · v.a. · ant-hology · box

new exclusive material and tracks from deleted vinyl's. rhythmic industrial / noise, rough technoid tunes & ambient. ant-zen invites you to celebrate our 5th anniversary with this compilation, featuring many unreleased tracks and long out-of print classics to show you the whole diversity of our program. ant-zen was founded in the late 1992 with the aim to give all the experimental artists around us a chance of releasing their music, covered in artworks which justified the artistic claim of each record. from the first release, a tape compilation called "reynir & tilarids" followed by our first vinyl release, the "zyklus d" compilation lp we now proudly present this record and look back to over 100 releases. meanwhile our product range contains such innovative and successful artists as imminent starvation, p.a.l., noisex, synapscape, vromb, etc. to actively participate in the new popularity of industrial music. ant-zen stands for disintegration of common music styles and for preventing the interested listener from any forms of censorship. this was and will always be a main concept point in releasing our products. so (celebrate with us and) listen attentively and convince yourself.

a special priced double cd. deleted
boxset incl. 2cd's act 75 packed a solid metalcase, 28 page booklet, postcards, stickers, metal-pin, black t-shirt. packed in black cardboard-box. limited edition 790 copies. deleted

tracklist cd 1:
moata omen. ash nazg [act11]
imminent starvation. tentack [live]
noisex. the day after
ars moriendi. endlich! [act16]
p·a·l. i set my dog on fire
hypnoskull. rhythmusmaschine [m.rmx 2]
stigma. structures of chaos [act25]
morgenstern. salvation
synapscape. travel
sigillum s. heavy wheather flickers
dkf. ethnatic [act68]
asp. hymn
sonar. dislocation [live]
vromb. au dessus du sol

tracklist cd 2:
pineal gland zirbeldruese. intro
stromlinie. u-bahn-fahrt [act48]
t.g.v.t. final insult [act22]
stone glass steel. circle of sound [act11]
synapscape. helix [asche remix]
das schreckenskabinett. the black lodge [act19]
nightmare lodge. awakening
mondblut. man's infinite soul [act12]
ah cama sotz. the howl of the werewolf [act49]
contagious orgasm. in my heart
telepherique. memories
aube. across the water [remix]
hybryds. i walk alone
salt. laphroaigh [act10]

[ ] the ant-zen catalogue-number where the track is taken from, or live version, or remix

moata omen. ash nazg
ready for a schizophrenic, oppressing atmosphere, winding in your auditory canals to remain as one of the most disturbing tracks electronic music can offer our days. his unique, merciless power electronics and his terrifying vocals, one of the absolute highlights industrial music has brought to light. moata omen was member of the band ars moriendi. 'ash nazg' is taken from the compilation lp 'xerosma' [ant-zen act 11].

imminent strarvation. tentack (live)
one of the leaders of the new industrial strength techno. distorted rhythms combined with horrific soundscapes, leading in an unforgettable experience, psychotic, cold and brutal - salutations from the darkest cells of human psyche. tentack was recorded live on 08.jun.97at 'la laiterie', strasbourg, france. previously unreleased / exclusive version.

noisex. the day after
raoul r.'s kaputtakkustischertontraegerterror is striking back again. a melting of harsh power movements, well structured intelligent tunes and tribal grooves. previously unreleased / exclusive track.

ars moriendi. endlich! [act16]
'endlich!' is harshness and sheer force in compressed form. german vocals for the invitation to the apocalypse. get ready for the infusion with 'endlich', followed by a trip where time and reality are left behind and where inner fears have never become that real. 'endlich!' is taken from the ars moriendi's 7"ep [ant-zen act16].

p·a·l. i set my dog on fire
distorted rhythmic-textures, elektronic feedback, and structured chaos alternate with hypnotic, ambient noisescapes - an explosive mix that can be described as industrial-tech. no mercy for your ears! previously unreleased / exclusive track.

hypnoskull. rhythmusmaschine [m.rmx 2]
hypnoskull is patrick stevens (also member of sonar). he's producing noisy rhythm-attacks, full of different layers and very complex. share the total noise-injection. the original version will appear on the forthcoming cd 'rhythmusmaschine' on ant-zen (april/may 98). previously unreleased / exclusive version.

stigma. structures of chaos [act25]
a powerful and timeless monument, threatening and cold like an iceberg. a soundtrack for the coldness that real life can only create. have you ever been this dark? 'structures of chaos' is taken from stigma's 7"ep [ant-zen act25].

morgenstern. salvation
a hymn of tribal percussions and trancy waves from the ex-ars moriendi-member. previously unreleased / exclusive track.

synapscape. travel
a relentless dance track intermingles with unnerving experimentation, spanning a diverse array of affects throughout the course of this excursion. synapscape dichtomize sound, utilizing an incredibly vast spectrum of noises and structures, waxing layer upon layer of gritty texture, spacy effects, and absolutely pummeling rhythm. synapscape will infect your body and invade your mind. you will never be the same. previously unreleased / exclusive track.

sigillum s. heavy wheather flickers
formed by eraldo bernocchi, guitars, electronic treatments, voive and programmation, paolo bandera, electronic treatments, bass and voice and luca di giorgio, keybords; the project has always been a double faced creature, mixing together on the same level a precise ritual/ethnic aspects with a violently noisy music. in more than nine years sigillum s studied and researched on a moltitude of matters, from politics to philosophy, from deviant media to ritual traditions ... since the beginning, sigillum s had as path to be followed the knowledge and the total war against any kind of limit or taboo, refusing any kind of relationship with political/religious structures. in these years they have been touring quite extensively through all europe and canada, taking on stage a multimedia attack based on videos, slides and artworks used as a part of the stage. now sigillum s project is formed by eraldo bernocchi and paolo bandera. previously unreleased / exclusive version.

dkf. ethnatic [act68]
dkf is the noise-rhythm side project raoul r. (noisex). a combination of analogue and digital devices creating harsh beats and floating soundscapes. power noise movement worldwide. 'ethnatic' is taken from the dkf/thorax split lp 'red blood cells' [ant-zen act68].

asp. hymn
pure analogue power electronics & harsh rhythm structures to acid the techno-floor. previously unreleased / exclusive track.

sonar. dislocation [live]
an intensive melting of deep drones with structured metal percussion. distorted beyond believe to test your sensibility. total rhythmic chaos that exposes its true structure exclusively to the open minded. the original version of 'dislocation' is released on sonar's 10" [ant-zen act 65]. sonar is dirk ivens (dive, ex-klinik) and patrick stevens (hypnoskull, das schreckenskabinett). previously unreleased / exclusive version.

vromb. au dessus du sol
ambient sequences, noisy transmodulated frequencies and trance rhythms are bombing your body and mind. the amplified perceptive sense will be modulated into a new dimension of paranormal psychoacoustic ecstasy. the original version was released on the audiodrudge magazine/tape. exclusive version.

pineal gland zirbeldruese. intro
one of the last inherit of this uncompromising cult-project. pineal gland will never appear - the last breath. may the birth of his new project come true. exclusive version.

stromlinie. u-bahn-fahrt [act48]
the basics were recorded by stromlinie at various places like underground stations and tunnels. this atmosphere was combined with electronic treatments & the result is an ultra cold ambient recording were you can feel the purity of the elements darkness and wind. every movement is located in isolation. beware. 'u-bahn-fahrt' is taken from stromlinie's 10" 'tunnel' [ant-zen act48].

t.g.v.t. final insult [act22]
twilight noises, ceaseless, maddening drones and musical minutiae collaged from the stolen moments of life to frame a multitude of emotions and spheres. a dark ritual. 'final insult' is taken from the compilation lp 'oktagon' [ant-zen act22].

stone glass steel. circle of sound [act11]
graceful and meditative soundscapes take you to an expedition into the filigree world of industrial ambient. open your mind and you'll be shrouded in unreal healing warmth. blurring the links between hallucination and reality. 'circle of sounds' is taken from the compilation lp 'xerosma' [ant-zen act 11].

synapscape. helix [asche remix]
relaxing and cooled sequences flow through the spaces of your brain. surreal ambient noise-capes. a concentrate of the essential sounds create a world of unknown origin. real or unreal. who knows, deception in any case has never been that possible. this remix was executed by asche, who's also the additional live-musician for synapscape's live performances. the original version of 'helix' is released on synapcape's picture 7"ep [ant-zen act57].

das schreckenskabinett. the black lodge [act19]
tribal and contemporary influences are united to build up a mind-expanding sound. listen to your dreams and believe... 'the black lodge' is taken from the compilation picture 7"ep '4b' [ant-zen act 19].

nightmare lodge. awakening
dark hypnotic soundscapes of magick and beauty presented by nightmare loge. nl is a project of ivan iusco, the label manager of minus habens records. previously unreleased / exclusive version.

mondblut. man's infinite soul [act12]
a monument of dark and sweet sounds for love, desire and death. forgotten the mundane. an intense melting of darkest lyrics and ambient & neo-classic doom industrial. 'man's infinite soul' is taken from the mondblut's 7"ep [ant-zen act12].

ah cama sotz. the howl of the werewolf [act49]
hypnotic ambient rhythms will dive you into this dark fog of ritual music. aware the howls. 'the howl of the werewolf' is taken from the compilation lp '40 wings' [ant-zen act 49].

contagious orgasm. in my heart
a superbly structured collage by using deep drones, tribal percussion (non-electronic), violent screams and other strange electronic vibes to build up their ambient noise hymn. 'in my heart' was also part of contagious orgasm's european live-performances in 1997. previously unreleased / exclusive version.

telepherique. memories
a solid electronic collage combined with psychedelic noise - synth waves meets subliminal. telepherique is offering the most complex soundscapes by combining elements of chilling ambient and industrial. perfectly observed and executed with finest skill. previously unreleased / exclusive track.

aube. across the water [remix]
great ambient noise and deep dronings from this japanese conceptual artist. a rising ambient collage of pulsating beauty constructed from water sounds only. the original version was released on the aube / small cruel party split-12" 'across the water' [ant-zen act 36]. exclusive version.

hybryds. i walk alone
a mixture of harsh tribal rhythms and pure industrial noise. an obscure cyberpunk documentary and bizarre images of man's deepest fears. originally released on the icelandic lp. a harsh ritual is kept alive.

salt. laphroaigh [act10]
a frozen collage of invisible noises and subliminal rhythms. a soundtrack for the final departure. 'laphroaigh' is taken from salt's 7"ep [ant-zen act 10].

the act is done. s.alt

reviews:

the industrial bible
celebrating their 5 year anniversary of assaulting the world with extremely harsh noise and electro, ant-zen released this special 2cd set featuring a wide range of their bands. not only does this limited edition box set contain the pair of powerful music discs, but it also comes with an official ant-zen t-shirt, several stickers, a metal pin, an artfully designed booklet, and postcards. the entire bundle is packaged in a black, cardboard box and the cds themselves are fitted snugly into a heavy, metallic case. although this particular set is limited to 790, the cds themselves can be purchased separately and are unlimited. ant-hology spans the entire 5 years of ant-zen releases and, for many of the tracks, this is the first time they have been available on cd. some of the earliest pieces, such as ash nazg by moata omen, endlich! by ars moriendi, and final insult by t.g.v.t., were previously vinyl releases and only available on a limited basis. it is through tracks such as these where we can trace ant-zen's power noise roots. for example, ash nazg is a rough cut with clangorous, minimal electronics, gurgled vocals, and staticy beats. endlich! continues down the path of noise with a mind pummeling rhythm, scraping electronics, and shouted vocals. aside from these earlier pieces, we also find more current tracks by imminent starvation, noisex, p•a•l, hypnoskull, synapscape, sonar, and hybryds. most, if not all, of these more recently recorded tracks are exclusive to this compilation and point the way towards the future of experimental noise. noisex's the day after is a track that is caught somewhere between his debut cd and his last release. still retaining the minimalistic side of electro, noisex manages to implement some more upbeat percussion elements, breathing more life into it. an exclusive p•a•ltrack, i set my dog on fire, could be best described as experimental gabba. the beats are fast and furious, yet they are distorted just enough to eer it away from any techno categorization. hymn by asp defines the term power noise. beginning with what sounds like a heavily distorted guitar riff, this piece soon turns ugly (in a good way) with heavily layered, forceful percussion and abused electronic sounds. contagious orgasm's in my heart is a frightening ambient piece with loads of samples laid upon drifting sequences and tribal beats. fusing together elements of experimental noise and ambient sound sculptures, telepherique's memories flows out of the speakers with backing sounds of running water amongst droning and pulsating electronics. the final track, laphroaigh, by salt himself is another older piece that combines austere electronics with static drones. not only was ant-hology built for fans of experimental and power noise alike, but also for newcomers who may have always wondered what some of these bands sounded like, but could never seem to track down anything they recorded. ant-zen has made it to the 5 year mark, and by the looks of it there's no slowing down.

the last sigh, june 1998, by michael c. lund
the pioneering, german, electro-experimental label ant-zen has released a fantastic double-cd compilation to commemorate its fifth anniversary. including tracks by the majority of the artists, whose work has appeared on the label, the set richly represents both ant-zen's past and present. approximately half of the selections derive from deleted and hard to find releases, while the other half are original compositions for this ant-hology, including a handful of remixes and live recordings. generally, ant-zen's products are issued in strictly limited editions, and packaged in unique -- often very elaborate -- conceptual artwork. however, ant-hology has been made available in two versions -- a limited box set including postcards, t-shirt, stickers and a pin, and a standard jewel case edition. the graphical layout of the booklet and inlay cards (of the standard edition) consists of bluish-green monochromatic close-up photographs of barbed-wire, thorny branches and what looks like some kind of electro-magnetic tracings. super-imposed on these designs are human anatomical drawings in gold; and black borders with japanese characters and ant-zen's logo run along the top of the artwork. as with everything else concerning this release, the sequencing of the individual tracks has been carefully chosen to give the compilation a strong sense of unity and flow. thus, the first disc of the set is composed of music from the more forceful, noisy, and power-percussion oriented end of the ant-zen spectrum. tracks by the label's mainstays stand side by side with more obscure constellations, as well as some of the recent additions to the label's fold. the result is a 73 minute tour-de-force of dynamic and innovative synthetic noise-experimental music that rekindles the flame of the "electro-industrial" scene. for anyone familiar with european "power-electronics," the names noisex, p·a·l, imminent starvation and synapscape need little introduction. each band has released a number of records through ant-zen in the past, and all deliver original material on ant-hology. imminent starvation leads the way with a live recording entitled "tentack," consisting of layered, highly accelerated, of ufos. the mounting structure of sequenced beats has the strobelike quality of a "techno" dance track, even if the strong presence of interference and metallic after effects would really only make it appropriate for a rave inside a boiler room. "i set my dog on fire" by p·a·l likewise features cascades of driving beats, although these have a more militant cadence, and ring out as if performed by shattering steel pistons. the piece is swept along by scorching waves of synthetic atmospheres that stream along beneath the saturated surface of intense rhythms and noise. of a somewhat slower, but denser, quality are the looped analogue electronics that serve as the foundation for noisex's "the day after." raoul r. delivers the apocalyptic vocals in his characteristically processed and caustic voice, subtlely contrasted by thematic presences passing through the piece like so many ghosts in the machine. also featuring coarse, treated vocals (in german), synapscape serves up a collage of droning bass rhythms, decayed synth beats and occasional spurts of malfunctioning gadgetry. selections from three of ant-zen's early releases have been included. ant-hology's opening track by moata omen originally appeared on the second vinyl lp to come out on the label -- the compilation xerosma. "ash nazg" is powered by a single crashing beat, high voltage pulses, and piercing synth tones, while the vocals are yelled out in a contorted german voice against a storm of other corroded electronic effects. ars moriendi's "endlich!" features distorted percussions similar to those of moata omen, but the atmosphere here is of even greater desperation. "endlich!" was included on the band's first release for ant-zen, the now deleted 7"ep the last document. like ars moriendi, stigma is another of the label's repeated offenders. the instrumental track presented in this context "structures of chaos," alternate between segments of clear test tones, and thundering passages of machinehall ambiance. the piece initially appeared as the title track on stigma's first ep release on ant-zen. some of the more recent releases on the label are also represented. "ethnatic" is taken from the split lp release red blood cells by dkf and thorax. dkf is a side project by raoul r., and appears to be an even harsher and grittier manifestation of noisex. sonar (a collaboration between dirk ivens of dive and hypnoskull's patrick stevens) has previously appeared on ant-zen; the grinding, ultra-industrial "dislocation" -- from their recent 10" of the same name -- is presented here in an exclusive live version. "rhytmusmaschine" by hypnoskull lives up to its title, with its many interveawing, staccato rhythms and robotic repetition of the song's title. the original version of this track is to be found on hypnoskull's debut-cd, which has also just been released on ant-zen. the program on disc one is completed by contributions from morgenstern (who has previously appeared on ant-zen on a split lp with asche), vromb (whose transmodulation 7"ep and le facteur humain cd came out on the label a while back), and sigillum s and asp (neither of which have recorded for the label before). the intricate rhythmic arrangements of morgenstern's "salvation" sound like a combination of synth drums and processed acoustic percussions, with subtle harmonies hovering in the background of the sound picture. the sampled words of religious fanatics have been sprinkled throughout the piece, and then almost buried again beneath the thick layers of rhythms. sigillum s is a collaborative project between eraldo bernocchi and paolo bandera, with a long list of releases to their credit on italian labels such as minus habens, unclean and old europa cafe. while less rooted in rhythm and percussion, their piece "heavy wheather flickers" is a rich tapestry of whistling and shimmering electronics, rumbling distorted drones, and a true jungle of other sound effects. "hymn" by asp singles itself out by sporting the highest rate of beats per minute on the compilation (with the possible exception of imminent starvation). the piece is a brief centrifuge of gyrating rhythms and white noise -- a true kamikaze dance track. vromb's eleven minute sound monument "au dessus du sol" beautifully bridges disc one and two of the set. it is a very exotic piece that constantly mutates and develops, moving through soundscapes of buzzing drones, swarms of flickering electronics, and passages of pulsating rhythms. in the manner of disc one, disc two likewise brings together material from a number of ant-zen's previous releases, along with tracks exclusive to this set. there are again selections by some of the label's prominent names such as telepherique, synapscape, mondblut and hybryds, as well as more obscure outfits like ah cama sotz, das schreckenskabinett and stone glass steel. however, whereas the unifying elements on disc one were percussion and noise, the majority of the tracks on disc two are of a more ambient and experimental nature. pineal gland zirbeldruese (the rebirth of pineal gland -- one of the earliest names on ant-zen) opens the cd with a brief, harrowing depiction of death. the coarse, grating sound of human breathing is penetrated by the sharp, clean bleeps of a cardiogram, which eventually ends in a flatline signal. also obsessed with death is asche's remix of synapscape's "helix." the track begins with a series of film samples in german, concerning the perverse desire of the speaker to murder a pair of victims. following this eerie introduction, the piece embarks on a voyage of fast-paced synth percussions, and streaming, howling themes that rush through the piece, like wind being sucked past the windows of a speeding train. two other stable acts on ant-zen -- telepherique and contagious orgasm -- are represented with exclusive tracks. "in my heart" by contagious orgasm consists of news media samples, distant screams, the roaring as of jet engines and grating noises whirling around amidst each other, supporting an ethnically inspired rhythm track. in stark contrast to this apocalyptic soundscape stands the atmospheric beauty of telepherique's "memories." here, the sound of streaming water runs parallel to sustained weeping tones that eventually evolve into a melodic progression. also utilizing the aural qualities of water -- and nothing but -- is aube's mesmerizing remix of "across the water," the original version of which appeared on this japanese sound sculptor's split release with small cruel party, also entitled across the water. aube inverts, distorts and manipulates the sounds of water into an extended piece of music that is at turns both rhythmic, melodic and cacophonous. a series of tracks have been culled from some of ant-zen's early compilation releases. from the lp xerosma comes stone glass steel's "circle of sound" -- a piece composed of layered dark harmonies and muffled samples of news announcers' voices. t.g.v.t. is featured with one of the most evocative selections on ant-hology; originally released on the lp octagon, "final insult" weaves beautiful treated string themes and deep, manipulated, choral drones around a slow, steady throb. the murmurs of asian voices, and a reporter's account of american military strategies in vietnam, add an extra edge of gravity and unease to this excellent piece. acoustic percussions dominate "the black lodge" by das schrekenskabinett (taken from the 7"ep 4b), with exotic female vocals breezing through, and electronic effects flickering in the jungle atmosphere here and there. the last track taken from a previous compilation is ah cama sotz's "the howl of the werewolf," which was originally included on the lp 40 wings. pumping synthetic rhythms, echoing electronic barks and desperate human screams establish a nightmarish, paranoiac mood, which appropriately sets the stage for a dramatic voice explaining the myth and nature of lycantrophy. another pair of powerful, soundtrack-oriented selections have been taken from stromlinie's 10" travel and mondblut's 7"ep man's infinite soul. true to its title, stromlinie's "u-bahn-fahrt" has a strong travelling feel to it. vibrating drones, and flickering synths initiate the journey, with clear electronic tones flashing and screaming through the piece at uncertain intervals. the title of mondblut's "man's infinite soul" is likewise well chosen. expansive thematic presences of a melancholy order are lifted up by tantalizing sequenced synth beats, while a voice repeats: "the infinite soul...you cannot destroy...it is forever." the neo-ritualistic hybryds have also released a couple of records through ant-zen, although "i walk alone," which is featured on this compilation, originally appeared on the icelandic label something weird. deep, noisy percussions of a tribal nature propel this song, with what sounds like a choir of indigenous children supporting the demonic lead vocals. nightmare lodge (the musical project of italian minus habens records' owner ivan iusco) makes a guest appearance with a very dreamy and harmonic piece entitled "awakening." sheets of synth themes overlap to create a very beautiful and resolved atmosphere, with a strange mystical presence lurking beneath it. closing the cd is a track from another of ant-zen's very earliest releases -- the re-active 7"ep by salt. salt is the personal musical outlet for label owner stefan alt, and on "laphroaigh" he manipulates found sounds, such as a running engine and some kind of intercom message, beyond all recognition, and then attacks it with spurts of white noise. "laphroaigh" ends ant-hology on a harsh note, the way it was begun by moata omen two and a half hours earlier. a more impressive compilation than ant-hology is difficult to imagine, and it is all the more impressive for the fact that every piece on it was produced within the brief span of ant-zen's first five years as a label. there is not a single track on this anthology that seems unjustified; each individual piece is excellent in its own right, and taken together they describe an entire microcosmos of all that is exciting and new in european electronic music at this very moment.

aural fixation
there is a certain class of music listener, albeit small, that have a remarkable and often bizarre preference for recreational sonic enjoyment. the "noise head" can often be found standing next to construction sites with their heads cocked to the side, taking in the ambience that only heavy machinery can provide while a thin stream of saliva escapes their lips. as they bob their heads to the sounds of a backhoe ripping up earth and stone, mothers clutch their children and grown men cringe in fear and disgust. gross overgeneralizations aside, one german-based label is at the forefront of a young sub-genre of the wide spectrum of acts and tastes that fall under the category noise. the power noise movement has been spearheaded by acts which have gathered around the ant-zen label, mixing static and machine sounds with a thundering barrage of percussion, then often switching tempo mid-song for a taste of some ambient or sample-driven flavor. in celebration of their 5th anniversary, ant-zen released a two cd set with a selection of rarities, live performances and unreleased remixes from groups like aube, p.a.l., imminent starvation, noisex, sonar and a host of others. spanning 28 tracks, for anyone who has cocked their head to the sound of a catapillar breaking chunks of concrete, this is a gift from the noise gods. harsh and nasty rhythms abound here, along with some truly beautiful moments of minimalism and tenderness. this seemingly schitzophrenic mix works much better than one might initially think-in fact, it makes the high frequency whines and low end machine-gun rhythms more palatable to the ear. standouts include pretty much most of the tracks on ant-hology, depending upon which flavor of noise one is hungry for. the first disc is the heavier, beat-oriented power noise the label is known for, while the second disc is drone and ambient pieces by various noise artists. for the "slayer just wasn't loud enough for me, man" set, "tentack [live]" by imminent starvation, "i set my dog on fire" by p.a.l. and "the day after" by noisex are just what the doctor ordered. want to make a hippie roomate's ears bleed? then "structures of chaos" by stigma or "in my heart" by contagious orgasm will work quicker than one can say "cherry garcia." and if truly disturbing ambient pieces are the interest, the remixed version of aube's "across the water," and "awakening" by nightmare lodge is probably the best piece of music on the album. it's sweet, haunting melodies provide a sharp and welcome contrast to the other chaotic pieces. for the people who had to leave a chumbawumba concert because it was "too loud," ant-hology will just confuse and hurt them. however, for those who find the finer things in life by hanging around construction sites with a tape recorder, this is a must-have compilation. and for under $20 for a 2-cd import album, the price of pain never sounded so sweet.

the industrial information station
A 2 CD compilation from the ant-zen label. CD1 is mainly hard industrial with acts like morgenstern, asp, stigma, dkf, and vromb contributing tracks. Some of the highlights are moata omen's 'ash nazg', ars moriendi's 'endlich' and p.a.l 'i set my dog on fire'. Simple layered beats, distortion and (mainly) german vocals are the order of the day with the occasional unmistakable ring of metal on metal. Fourteen tracks in total, a number of which are instrumental, means there's plenty to listen to. This combines modern sounds with the spirit of vintage Test Dept and Einsturzende Neubaten - a pretty extreme/confrontational approach and very enjoyable for it. CD2 is soft techno-ambient fare and a bit of a damp squib after the first disk. It begins well enough with pineal gland zirbeldreuse, but thereafter its downhill. Most tracks meander without grabbing and holding your attention and I found myself nodding off and clicking the skip button several times. Mondblut 'man's infinite soul' and hybryds 'i walk alone' are small islands in the sea of musical mediocrity that best summarizes disk 2. Given the bargain price and the thoughtful compartmentalization of the musical styles this is worth checking out if you like traditional industrial sounds with an experimental edge to them."(R)

Re:Mote Induction
This compilation represents the celebration of five years of Ant Zen1 records - the German experimental label which specializes in limited edition collectable releases. The bulk of AZ's releases, being limited, are not readily available, with only a few bands having fully available releases on the label. These bands include Imminent Starvation, Synapscape, P.A.L and Noisex - all of which are represented on this compilation. The tracks included are mostly exclusive; where they have been previously available they are tracks which are seriously hard to find.
Looking at the track listing for the 2 CDs which comprise this compilation, we can see that prize for most appearances goes to Patrick Stevens. Stevens has three tracks featured on this compilation - first is Hypnoskull, the debut album is soon to be available on Ant Zen, second is Sonar, the project he has with Dirk Ivens of Dive/Daft fame, and the third is Das Schrechenskabinett with a track from an earlier AZ vinyl compilation. After Stevens we have Raoul R. with two tracks - the well known Noisex and the first side project DKF, both with recent releases on AZ. The only band to be featured twice is Synapscape, with a track on each of the CD's.
Another thing of interest is the number of tracks on this compilation by artists who are responsible for some of the most interesting record labels in Europe. As already mentioned, we have Sonar, featuring Dirk Ivens head of Daft Records - who have released albums from Dive, Sonar, Monolith, Stigma and Esplendor Geometrico. Next there is Ivan Iusco (featured here as Nightmare Lodge), of Minus Habens records - who have released albums from Nightmare Lodge, Blackhouse, Dive and Sigilum S. Finally is Salt, Stefan Alt the man responsible for this compilation and Ant Zen records as a whole. So even on this basis alone, this is a compilation to be respected.
The compilation is available in two formats - standard 2CD format and limited Box Set. The box set comes in a shoe box sized black cardboard box - a minimal sticker on it with the AZ logo and release number. Opening this box we reveal a black T-shirt which the rest of the contents are wrapped in - peeling the T-shirt back we find the CD box itself. Now I'd been warned that the CD box was a long metal box, but with the popularity of light weight aluminium/tin boxes I was dismissive of the warning, how foolish of me. This box is designed for two CDs side by side - so it's about a foot long - add to that the fact that it is actually made out of solid steel then you can tell that this is an intimidating package - hell, I nearly broke my wrist lifting it out of the cardboard box ! The box also contains a pin (with the AZ logo) and a range of stickers and post cards. Inside the CD case is a booklet - printed on heavy matte brown card, it reproduces some of the art work from past releases and contains a list of all the releases in the five years to date. Removing all of this from the box allows the removal of the T-shirt - which has the oriental logo in three inch square gold breast print - subtle and effective.
But enough of the packaging, which is limited to 790 copies and very reasonably priced, and on to the music itself. The two CD's reflect the true variety of Ant Zen1, who are sometimes underestimated as being only about noisy experimentation. Each CD features 14 tracks, and the sound on each is of a coherent fashion, flowing well within the context of each disc. The first disc is the harsher and noisier of the two - the sound many expect from AZ; while the second is the more subtle disc featuring more ambient mellow work. While I would like to review each band in turn - to enable a greater feel for this work, and their future individual output - I fear that my vocabulary skills will fail me and I'll become repetitive. However I will do my best, so please bear with me.
On the first CD the tracks which are most instant, that stand out the most for me are Imminent Starvation, P.A.L, Hypnoskull, DKF, and Asp. The Imminent Starvation track is the second track and starts with a radio "incident" broadcast, with the hint of ambiance as a background. This hinted sound quickly introduces a slow pounding - which loops for a time and then is built upon - the additional pounding accompanied by a discussion on alien encounters and governments policies on this phenomena. Building on layers of pounding percussion this is the kind of track that quickly becomes relentless, particularly suited to moments of dancefloor euphoria. A pounding sound, pounding heart, sweat drenched and ecstatic - sporadically spotlit by violent strobes - giving up everything to the sound , losing everything but this moment ! Harsh, brutal, unstoppable!
Track 5 is the P.A.L track - P.A.L who have gained popularity with club ready hits like "Gelobnis" and "Metrum" - presenting here the curiously titled instrumental "I Set My Dog On Fire". A soaring, searing sound building rapidly into an extreme percussive assault. At times reminding of some classic punk track in its violent and aggressive construction - almost demanding an angry shouting vocal, though I suspect in actuality that would detract from the strength of its sound.
Track 6 is the Hypnoskull track - one of the bands I'd not heard before this compilation, though I'd heard his work with the caustic Sonar. Given that I was surprised by the more subtle sounds employed here - repetitive and minimalist, as is Sonar, but more ambient by comparison with hints of the harshness. To me this is an accessibly experimental track though I can't really put my finger on what it is that thrills me so much. If I had to be drawn on what makes this track one of my favourites of the compilation I would guess it is its subtlety - hinting at so much with out actually assaulting the listener with it. I eagerly look forward to the debut album which will be available in AZ's next batch of releases.
The next highlight is the Nx side project DKF - with a track which is actually better than the Nx track featured. To me this embodies the best of Raoul's work that I've heard - a number of elements thrown together to produce a threatening sound. Starting with a burst of what sounds like traditional German (I presume) folk singing/music it is joined and off-set with a violent punkish burst of noise which start a harsh jarring track - a big bass sound threatening your speakers.
The DKF track is immediately followed by track 12, another band which is new to me called Asp with a track called "Hymn". It has a big pounding bass sound which remains constant below the piercing metallic harshness and repetitive blistering percussion. Builds in layers and strength - reminding initially of the feel of PAL's "Decay" and latterly of the strengths of Imminent Starvation's pounding relentless dance nightmares.
Other tracks people will be watching for include the Noisex, Synapscape, Sigilum S and Sonar tracks. Noisex combines near subliminal muttering with typical percussive foundation, providing a slow hypnotic unease. Synapscape's first appearance on the compilation, a familiar sound to any one who has heard either of their albums, here at the harsher end of their spectrum - harsh sounds layering into a harsh whole, not one of the most accessible bands on the compilation, though worth getting to grips with. Of course if you had problems with Synapscape then Sonar will certainly not be your thing - synonymous with harsh, brutal rhythmic noise - Sonar are grinding and unstoppable, definitely one of the purest noise forms here, leaving you fearing for your ears let alone your speakers. With Sigilum S it is difficult to know what to expect, with each piece I've heard being substantially different - here they offer up a collage of sounds easy and less so - the sort of experimentation we should really expect from an experimental band on an experimental label.
The more subtler moments of this CD are provided by two French bands - Stigma and Vromb - both of which, while not instant, certainly grow on you with repeated listens. The Stigma track is the type of monumental rhythmic soundscape that experience with this band will lead you to expect. A track that could be described as dark ambient, but builds with such menace that it is probably too much for such an over used term to cope with. The Vromb track starts with a droning sound which builds on a clicketing sound that could be insect, could be machine. With the introduction of percussive sounds this piece does remind of the work by Stigma, though less driven, more drone. While this is the first Vromb I've heard I found it to be good enough to make me interested in more.
On the second disc, I consider the highlights to be T.G.V.T., Synapscape, Das Schreckenskabinett, Nightmare Lodge, Mondblut, and Salt. The T.G.V.T track, track three, starts with a pulsing bass sound which is joined with a building melody which is carefully picked out. Vocal elements are introduced - a variety of voices, in what sounds like a variety of languages. Each provides texture and character as a sound form - with some meaning in whatever words you can comprehend. Towards the end there is a male voice which talks about South Vietnam, implying that the woman early on is speaking Vietnamese.
Track 5 is the first up-beat track of this CD with Synapscape giving their second appearance. It starts with a burst of German dialogue with soundtracky punctuations of intent. This moves into the actual track which is the more minimal ambient side of Synapscape. Certainly more accessible than their first appearance on this compilation. This is the sort of track that you can lay back and enjoy, with enough elements to hint at potential harshness so that you do not forget what you are listening to. This track is a remix, remixed by Asche, who was a member of Ars Moriendi along with Phillip of Synapscape.
This is followed by Das Schreckenskabinett, with a beat driven piece - drumming in a tribal fashion. This is a moving up-beat track, danceable and enjoyable - with no need for aggression. As well as the percussion and other tribal elements, there is a simple vocal element introduced - one voice making an "aahhing" sort of sigh - which is used to good effect as part of the layering. This track actually reminds me of some of the earlier Hybryds work I've heard - that whole ritual urban tribe sound - very enjoyable, I'd almost say this was the best track on this disc, if it were not for the next track.
The next track being Nightmare Lodge's appearance, which my instant feeling for is - wow! Its a delicate instrumental of near classical proportion. Stirring, complex - its undeniably intelligent. Full of emotion - a deep melancholy is evoked, seeming to me to be a contradiction to the title "Awakening". To be honest the intense beauty of this track is painful - without any doubt the best track on this disc.
Another excellent track follows in the shape of Mondblut, which starts with a vocal sample saying "Man's infinite soul - you can't destroy it!", accompanied by a washing wave sound. This builds into a pulsing electro sound which adds subtly textured layers of synths and percussion with a repetition of the vocal sample, giving overall an accessible and enjoyable electro track - which would not be totally out of place on a dancefloor. This is the first track I've heard by this band but I would definitely like to hear more.
The final track on the CD is the one by Salt himself - more minimal and mellow than the other couple of tracks I've heard by him. Though this track could be considered to be one the harshest on this disc and it surprises me how something this minimal can be so caustic. The track works with its repetitive minimalism - layering noises which start with an engine running until we have a rather hypnotic piece.
Other tracks people may be watching for on this disc include Telepherique, Aube and Hybryds. The Telepherique track is a high pitched drone track mixing in what sounds like water falling to the base of a waterfall - an interesting melodic piece. Aube start with a subtle ambient elemental piece - which builds something quite harsh. The Hybryds track has dual vocals - female (wailing) and male (bassy) - and is different from earlier work with a strange muffled effect to the whole track.
The only tracks on this disc that I did not particularly enjoy are the first track by Pineal Gland Zirbeldruese and Ah Cama Sotz. Pineal Gland Zirbeldruese's track is a beepy track - what sounds like a heart monitor which is then accompanied by heavy struggling breathing. The track sounds a bit over the top to me - though I would doubt it is a fair reflection of the band's sound, but not having heard anything else I can't really say.
With Ah Cama Sotz, we have a menacing horror moviesque track which is quite atmospheric and does have potential for being quality material. Unfortunately part of the track is the vocal samples about werewolves and the full moon, accompanied by a wolf howl and silly scary effects. These factors give the track a kind of cheesy feel, and while it reminds of one or two tracks on Cold Meat Industry's "Absolute Supper" compilation, I took them to be lighthearted, but this however strikes me as being serious. Not enough to put me totally off the band but certainly off this track.
So overall we have an excellent compilation - one that is representative of a strata of the European music scene, with artists from Germany, Italy, Belgium and France featured here. If you are even slightly curious as to how some of these bands sound I would recommend investing in this compilation - most places that will stock the normal edition should have it for the price of one CD, it will also be available directly from the record company - so go buy this now!
Peter Morrison, July 1998

succubus 1/99
die veröffentlichungen des ant-zen labels wiesen schon immer ein hohes niveau auf, auch wenn manche kritiker niveau mit eingängigkeit zu verwechseln scheinen. stefan alt hat sich zum fünften geburtstag seines labels selbst ein geschenk gemacht, nämlich in form einer exclusiven doppel-cd mit dem feinsten sahnestücken, welche die industrial-szene zu bieten hat. so gibt es auf der cd eine menge unveröffentlichter und nicht mehr erhältliche klassiker der electro-industrial-szene zu hören. ein paar namen gefällig? nun da wären: noisex, p.a.l, hypnoskull, sigillum s, sonar, synapscape, nightmare lodge, aube, hybrids und eine menge andere interessante acts. diese cd kann ich getrost auch den leuten empfehlen, welche sich bisher davor gesträubt haben sich mit industrial-musik zu beschäftigen. eine faszinierte reise zu den ängsten und abgründen der menschlichen seele tun sich hier auf. unglaublich!!!

flesh & wire, issue 3
celebrating their 5th anniversary, german electro-experimental label ant-zen have released a special 2cd compilation, featuring many unreleased tracks and long out of print classics. ant-zen have a reputation not only for releasing challenging and experimental music but also for putting great care into the packaging of the sounds with gorgeous graphics, high production standards and lavish limited edition. ant-holohy is so exception - the limited edition box set includes postcards stickers, pin and t-shirt and elaborate conceptual artwork all fitted snugly into a heavy metallic case. disc 1 focuses on the heavier beat-orientated power noise the label is known for, including tracks from sigillum s, hypnoskull and p.a.l. imminent starvation leads the way with a live recording entitled "tentack" consisting of layered, highly accelerated, pumping percussion loops interlaced with extensive media samples. most, if not all, of these more recently recordet tracks are exclusive to this compilation and point the way to the future of experimental noise. disc 2 also brings together material from a number of ant-zens previous releases. included are prominent names like telepherique, mondblut and hybryds as well as more obscure outfits. overall, disc 2 features more dark ambient work, whereas disc 1 is percussion and noise. pineal gland zirbeldruese opens the cd with a brief, harrowing depiction of death. fusing together elements of experimental noise and ambient sound sculpture, telepheriques "memories" flows out with the sound of running water amongst droning ans pulsating electronics. contageous orgasm, another of ant-zens stable acts, is represented by the track "in my heart" - consisting of media samples, sistant screams and grating noises supporting an ethnically inspired rhythm. the final track by salt (the musical outlet for the label owner) is laphroaigh combining austere electronics with static drones ending ant-hology on a harsh note. standouts include most of the tracks on ant-hology: each individual piece is excellent in its own right. for the initiated ant-hology is essential. for those curious about the dark fringes of the electronic music scene, it is an excellent introduction. listen attentively - and convince yourself.

gaze into a gloom, nr. 7
perfect collection for getting acquainted with music which is now for six years propandized by german industrial label ant-zen. this is a kind of sound catalog of 28 (wow!) tracks, including mainly things from the previous ant-zen releases, as well as remixes, live versions, and exclusive, previously unreleased tracks. to "page through" this more than 2-hour long compilation of terror and psychosis is a real pleasure. disk 1: rhythmic industral-noise - hellishly precise definition. first reason why you should gone mad is percussion - thunderous and rhythmic, as intensive front 242 - they, like chain dogs which became free, are ready to claw you into pieces. each group use sound of industrial - in direct sense - origin. these sound are powerful, as their sources, and you begin to wonder how such quantity of "construction equipment" was able to squeeze into such tiny flat disk? the power of industrial and heavy rhythm of cyber-tech from an alloy of hard sound, it is a psychological attack on your mind. music soaks through your nerve cells, impregnating them with madness and chaos. this music is dangerous! some track characteristics from ant-zen (i just can't write better. sorry!): moata omen - ready for a schizophrenic oppressing atmosphere winding in your auditory canals to remain as one of the most disturbing tracks electronic music can offer our days. imminent starvation - distorted rhyhtms combined with horrific soundscapes, leading in an unforgettable experience, psychotic, cold and brutal - salutations from the darkest cells of human psyche. p.a.l - distorted rhythmic-textures, electronic feedback and structured chaos alternate with hypnotic, ambient noisescapes - an explosive mix that can be described as industral-tech. no mercy for your ears!... stigma - a powerful and timeless monument, threatening and cold like an iceberg. an soundtrack for the coldness that real life can only create. have you ever been this dark? synapscape - dichtomize sound, utilizing an incredibly vast spectrum of noises and structures, waxing layer upon layer of gritty texture, spacy effects, and absolutely pummeling rhythm... disk 2: ambient music - the treasury of atmosphere electronics - kingdom of demons and aliens. dark as cosmos and ritual like sacrifice to devil, sound is based exclusively on electronics mixed with samples of spells. oriental rituals, political comments, films, etc. tracks are graceful, have some structure and sometimes even rhythm, but at the same time faceless and gloomy. each of them push you further into darkness, closer to edge of abyss falling into which will be eternal, because this is the road to nowhere. track characteristics from ant-zen: stromlinie - the basics were recorded by stromlinie at various places like underground stations and treatments / the result is an cold ambient recording were you can feel the purity of the elements darkness and wind... t.g.v.t. - twillight noises, ceaseless, maddening drones and musical minutiae collaged from the stolen moments of life to frame a multitude of emotions and spheres... stone glass steel - graceful and meditative soundscapes take you to an expedition into the filigree world of industrial ambient. open your mind and you'll be shrounded in unreal healing warmth. blurring the links between hallucination and reality. synapscape - relaxing and colled sequences flow through the spaces of your mind. surreal ambient noisecapes. a concentrate of the essential sounds create a world of unknown origin. real and unreal. who knows, deception in any case has been that possible... hybryds - a mixture of harsh tribal rhythms and pure industrial noise. an obscure cyberpunk documentary and bizarre images of man's deepest fears...

ultime atome
ant-zen, comme nom de label, sonne plutôt étrange, et du genre à faire grincer (de peur) très fort les dents. 'audition attentive de cette anthologie vous fera rapidement comprendre que ce patronyme agressif n'est pas usurpé. en 5 ans, ant-zen a en effet produit une part essentielle de la production dite bruitiste, ou "industrielle" contemporaine ; jusqu'à s'imposer sans doute comme le big boss du genre [n'omettons tout de même pas de citer les hollandais de staalplaat, leur principal alter-ego]. le panel ici représenté est très large, bien sûr, et crame de mille feux. la guerre dans le lecteur cd prend différentes formes : chimique, bactériologique, atomique (tiens !), à mains nues... parfois au-delà de toute conception musicale du matériel sonore (avec des cadors incontestés de la furia sonore - grésillements sur hurlements sur crissements sur grésillements... - comme moata omen ou ars moriendi) ; le disque n'en inclut pourtant pas moins des dérivations hypnotiques frappantes : minimalistes (notamment sur le génial "au-dessus du sol" des fabuleux vromb ? à quand un méga-dossier dans l'ultime atome) ; ou maximalistes (avec les dévastations sonores aux pieds coulés dans le béton de asp ou imminent starvation). il y a aussi, là-dedans, des ambiances sonores et ethniques majestueusement dépouillées (t.g.v.t., stone glass steel, mondblut, ah cama sotz, telepherique...), qui constituent les premiers pas idéaux pour accéder à cet univers sonore inconnu et gigantesque... les travaux bruitistes des italiens du début du siècle ont une digne filiation avec de tels disques. découvrez l'art des bruits, en voilà la meilleure manière à l'heure actuelle...

@resistant media
la sortie de cette compilation, en début 97, marquait une étape décisive dans la biographie du label ant-zen, qui s'affichait du jour au lendemain comme leader de la mouvance indus/darktechno. dirigé de main de maître par stefan alt (graphiste et producteur a ses heures), ce label a contribué de façon notable a faire imploser les barrieres entre la techno, l'ambient, les musiques dites industrielles et autres sous-genres tels que power-electronics, bruitisme de type japonais, musique concrete et expérimentations électro-acoustiques. a cela s'ajoute un art du packaging tout en contrastes, qui a parfois tendance a éclipser le contenu (citons pour l'exemple cet album de converter dont le booklet se trouvait remplacé par une feuille d'acier...). si cette compilation s'impose comme une référence absolue pour les amateurs d'électronisme convulsif, elle fournira également un excellent point de départ pour les néophytes désireux de se lancer a l'assaut d'un territoire musical peu médiatisé. s'apesantir sur chacun des 28 morceaux serait fastidieux, mais notons que la plupart proviennent de publications sur vinyle devenues introuvables, tandis que d'autres sont totalement inédits. stylistiquement, le premier cd représente les facettes les plus radicales du label, oscillant entre les déviances cybernoize de moata omen, les rythmes technoides de hypnoskull et les soundscapes minimalistes de vromb, tandis que le 2e cd s'avere globalement plus calme et plus intimiste, baigné par les ambiances sombres et oniriques de stoneglasssteel, nightmare lodge, mondblut et consorts. conclusion: plus qu'une simple compil, "anthology" est le genre de manifeste sonore qui risque de perturber gravement le devenir musical d'une génération qui a visiblement oublié la signification du mot "révolte". si vous cherchiez un antidote a la grisaille rose-bonbon des soirées branchées, voila un concentré de bruit et de fureur qui n'est pas pret de se laisser bouffer par l'entertainment industry. sous les barbelés, les ronces... (xph)

black #12
ant zen feiert 5. geburtstag und nutzt dies als anlaß, um werkschau bzw. inventur mit dieser compilation zu halten. das so etwas natürlich nicht ohne den üblichen glanz von statten geht, dürfte wohl klar sein und so gibt es diese dcd zum preis unter 30 dm oder als limitierte metal-box (gruß an die füße unseres chefredakteurs) mit allerlei devotionalien! die enthaltene musik ist aber überall gleich und somit kommen wir zum wesentlichen - den vertretenen künstlern. mit dem ex-ars moriendi projekt moata omen und deren schon fast legendären "ash nazg" von der -xerosma- lp wird cd1 eröffnet, was vor allem dj's zu schätzen werden wissen! dicht gefolgt wird dieser "hit" von einem grandiosen live-track der belgischen imminent starvation, welche durch ein ungewohnt apokalyptisch-doomigen und vor allem neuen titel von noisex abgelöst werden. nach einem schon bekannten single-track ars moriendi's setzt p.a.l. "seinen hund unter feuer"..., hat der christian überhaupt ein haustier?`egal, der track ist auf jeden fall neu, gut und nagelt, desweiteren darf p.a.l. ab so fort den untertitel "der bayrischer alec empire" tragen! mit hypnoskull folgt dann das projekt der weniger bekannten sonar-hälfte und bietet einen remix eines neuen stückes, welchem bald eine cd folgen wird. die französischen stigma konnten sich leider nicht aus ihrer lethargie bzw. zu keinen neuen aufnahmen aufraffen und so gibt es nur single-bewährtes, was aber trotzdem vorzüglich klinisch kalt ist! andrea böhmer alias morgenstern überrascht dagegen mit ungewohnt tribalen klängen und auch synapscape liefern einen basslastigen hammer ab. von den italienischen sigilum s. hörte man ja lange nichts und so tut es gut zu wissen, daß das duo immer noch in der lage ist, experimentelle und vor allem komplexe score zu erstellen. rhythmisch und bisweilen ein wenig hektisch wird es nach sigilum s. durch dkf, asp. und sonar, wobei letztere einen live-track abliefern. zum ausklang der ersten 74 minuten gibt es einen langen tape-track von den kanadischen vromb, welcher schon etwas älter ist, aber für diese compilation neu aufgemischt wurde. die zweiten 74 minuten werden durch ein intro der berüchtigten pineal gland zirbeldrüse eingeleitet und mit der "u-bahn-fahrt" von stromlinie in ruhigere gewässer geführt. die entstandene eisige ambientstimmung wird durch die ritual-musiker von t.g.v.t. ausgebaut, auch wenn es nur bekanntes von der -oktagon- dlp gibt! im anschluß bieten die amerikanischen stone glass steel von der -xerosma- lp bekannt-meditatives und mit dem asche-remix des synapscape'schen "helix" folgt eine weitere überraschung bzw. highlight dieser -ant-hology-! war dieser track schon immer mein persönlicher lieblingstitel von synapscape, so gewinnt dieser durch die bearbeitung noch mehr tranzparenz und floortauglichkeit - ein weiterer dj-hit! das schreckenskabinett ist neben sonar und hypnoskull ein weiteres projekt des belgiers patrick stevens und überzeugte schon mit seinen tribalen rhythmen, sowie verhallenden weiblichen vocals auf der -4b- picture-disc. dieser track mußte unbedingt auf diese compilation und wenn nicht, wäre ich dem salt ganz schön böse gewesen! nightmare lodge steuern indes einen neuen und exklusiven score bei, welcher einfach traumhaft und schön ist bzw. nach mehr verlangt, da die drei cd's des minus habens chef's leider in deutschland fast nicht erhältlich sind... und ich glaube ich verrate nicht zuviel, wenn ich bekannt gebe, das bald eine vinyl-picture auf ant zen erscheinen wird. mondblut macht dann mit "man's infinite soul" den titeltrack seiner single wieder zugänglich, der phantastischer nicht sein könnte und welchem hoffentlich bald neues material folgen wird. auch der "the howl of the werewolf" soundtrack von ah cama-sotz dürfte den glücklichen -40 wings-lp-besitzern bekannt sein und darf nun auch den anderen unwissenden kalte schauer über den rücken jagen - ein absolut gespenstischer track mit authentischen samples! statt der sonst so faszinierenden collagen bieten contagious orgasm aus japan einen richtigen song mit tribalen percussions und female-samples, welchen konzertgänger der 97'er tour kennen und lieben dürften. telepherique bieten dann mit "memory" einen soliden neuen titel, der wieder ruhiger und psychedelischer als das -v = s/t- album ist und wiederum von einem japaner dicht gefolgt wird. aube ließ es sich nehmen, einen remix von "across the water" anzufertigen, welcher mir wesentlich besser gefällt, als die orginalversion auf der split-12' mit small cruel party. von den hybryds gibt es einen steinharten cyber-industrial song mit vocals von der raren -icelandic-lp und dj's können nun das kostbare vinyl schonen. den krönenden abschluß dieser werkschau besorgt der meister persönlich und so gibt es ein wiederhören des genialen "laphroaigh" von der blauen salt-single und legt so zeugnis dar, daß salt neben der gestalterischen fähigkeit auch musikalische ambitionen hat bzw. hatte, da er dies der labelarbeit zuliebe zurück gestellt hat - eigentlich schade! abschließend wäre anzumerken, das sich überraschend viele neue stücke auf diese compilation geschlichen haben, diese einfach extenziell ist und auf weitere 5 jahre ant zen hoffen läßt! herzlichen glückwunsch micha und salt, alles gute und auf ein neues. (m.f.)

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