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act 89 · imminent starvation · nord · cd

twisted metal, mass confusion, agony, chaos, penetrating coldness, compressed to perception by imminent starvation.

rarely, a debut album has caused such a stir like imminent`s "human dislocation", within shortest time this record has been on everyone's lips and caused enthusiastic reactions, not only in the industrial scene, even the idm scene was made aware.
for someone still unfamiliar, imminent starvation forges industrial-strength techno with barbaric schizophrenia, constructing impenetrable walls of distorted technoid rhythms underlaid with a foundation of horrific and otherworldly soundscapes. embedded in this surreal foundation lies the true genius of this psychotic musician. the cold, structured rhythms invoke uncanny affects, not only on the dancefloors, but the underlying atmosphere is the most impressive facet of these excursions. nightmarishly hallucinogenic, exploring the darkest reaches of the psyche; blurring the lines between your darkest fantasies and your most dreadful fears. whether you dance or kill, imminent starvation provides the perfect soundtrack.
meanwhile imminent starvation have placed themselves on the forefront of the technoid noise innovators, the long awaited successor of their debut, they prove that they belong here. the rough rhythms have reached their climax in penetrating power, the cold, oppressive atmosphere surrounds you, more frightening than ever and the annoying, cleansing noisiness requires your whole thought process. this cleans your brain and lets you breathe again. consider this intricate masterpiece as something like an experiment, to explore the varying narcotic effects of different forms of ambient noise sounds when used in conjunction with brutal industrial technoid rhythms.
the destructive force of this sound and the ravages of time developed disastrous consequences on olivier moreau`s mixing desk, it began to malfunction and has been replaced. this is the last recording with imminent starvation's 'original heart', the mixing desk, which provided a very special mood. the 'heart' of his musical output has been dismantled in pieces, as heritage for his fans, each piece of it can be found in the boxes of the special edition. his heart has bas been given to you!
you could regard this as a worthy end of the first chapter of imminent starvation. this will cut a deep cleft in the mind of their fans, but an end is always a new beginning, a new structure of elements, so watch out for what the future holds for this project!
the highly effective antidote for stagnation on our dancefloors - are you prepared for the final onslaught ?

imminent starvation . nord . boxset . ant-zen act 89.8
incl. cd 'nord', 7" vinyl ep 'nand', premium shirt (xl size, 2colour printing on front, 1colour printing on back), silver metal pin, stickers (silver ink on black pvc), all items are packed in a transparent plastic box (solid curver box). this is the last recording with imminent starvation's 'original heart', the mixing desk, which provided a very special mood. the 'heart' of his musical output has been dismantled in pieces, as heritage for his fans, each piece of it can be found in the boxes of the special edition. limited to 707 copies. deleted

imminent starvation . north . lp . hymen ¥012 . 1999

tracklist:
nor, tentack one, lost highway (exit), oise, of, ren, vni, arles, ire, parle, please

imminent starvation webpage

reviews:

bodystyler, april 1999
ein "brett" würde man so etwas in anderen szenen bestimmt nennen. der neue hammer von olivier moreau a.k.a. imminent starvation macht eigentlich konsequent dort weiter, wo "human dislocation" aufgehört hatte. waren vorher größtenteils noch "nur" industrial-verzerrer mit techno-rhythmus zu hören, so finden sich bei "nord" dazu ebenso flächige hintergrundsounds und ambient-artige einleitungen. und trotzdem ist fast jeder song sofort als i.s.-machwerk erkennbar. die hits ("arles", "ire") dürfen natürlich auch nicht fehlen, und so kann man "nord" guten gewissens als "intelligent industrial" bezeichnen, wenn ich dieses genre mal eben kurz erfinden dürfte. eine absolute hammer-cd (hmm, sagte ich das schon!?). fans, sammler und lottogewinner dürfen sich außerdem über das dazugehörige box-set (cd, shirt, 7", aufkleber sowie original-teile (unikate) des ex-i.s.-mischpults, freuen.

sonic seducer, mai 1999
imminent starvation dürfte letztes jahr zu den abräumern im krachig-technoiden sektor gehört haben. nur wenige acts schaffen es, ein komplettes liveset mit praktisch nur einem stück zu bestreiten, ohne langweile aufkommen zu lassen. was ich jedoch nicht verstehe, ist, warum olivier moreau meint, sich permanent verbal gegen die technoszene abgrenzen zu müssen. in meinen augen bzw. ohren vereint sein projekt wesentlich mehr techno- denn industrial-elemente in sich. im vergleich zum vorgänger versteht es moreau nun, sich wesentlich variantenreicher zu artikulieren und sounds deutlich differenzierter einzusetzen. in anbetracht des auch hier enthaltenen und seit einiger zeit überaus beliebten tracks "tentack one" war dies nicht zwangsläufig zu erwarten. kurzum, überraschung und platte gelungen.

the new empire
imminent starvation. nord. cd
pain. what is pain? it happens in your head. induced by your nerves which want to signalize you that you have gone to far. or that something forced you to go to far. like imminent starvation. addiction. what is addiction? your body desperately needs something to make you life worth to life. if you don't give it to your body and soul anymore you will suffer pain. like imminent starvation. the new album of oliver mureau's project catches you, keeps you, never let you go again. if you listend to it once you have to listen to it over and over again. i have to admit that i never was a real fan of imminent starvation. but with nord they belong to my personal olymp of music-gods. the music is a great mixture of pure noise, sounds from hell, sounds driving you mad, let your ears bleed and dark, symphonic, atmospheric and doomy keyboard-walls. the atmosphere every single song rises is incredibly immense and powerful. i never heard noise-electronics like this before. i never experienced how brutality and darkness are combined in this way. every single track is worth the listening, there is no real weakness on this album so i only want to mention my personal favorite song: "ire". this is what i like this album for in it's purest form. harsh and brutal beats killing almost every nerve in your cns and especially in the second half of the song a real sound-inferno. and then in contrast those great keyboard-walls. deep and atmospheric. making this song not only a further piece of noise-beats but a - maybe the - mastertrack of noise-electronics. if you like sonar and dive, if you are involved in the thoughts of this kind of music, if you need noise and if you are bored by all the stuff you can already buy or you already bought - buy this album. music. what is music? to me it is something that touches my soul, gives me energy through its vibes and makes me experience an emotion. like imminent starvation. album of the month april 1999. rating 10 / 10. (toxin of newempire)

flesh & wire, issue 3
do you like e.b.m.? or are you tastes a little bit more experimental? how about ambient? is techno your thing? can all of these genres be seamlessly combined into a high quality release? if not, then someone forgot to tell imminent starvation and with their sophomore effort they have created the power noise release of the year, if not of all time. take song two "tentack one" which is a great of example of imminent starvation's sound. it begins with an atmosphere building sample which slowly blends into the background as a pulverising, rhythmic technoid beat takes over. as the track gains momentum and layering, intricate sub-beats can be hard in the distance and then take over as if vying for audience appreciation. however, after being lulled into a false sense of security these rhythmic beats are swallowed whole and enveloped by the goliath that is the noise-enduced pounding beat that began the whole affair. one cannot help but be blown away by the intensity of this track and the cd as a whole. one adjective that cannot be used is "light". paradoxically, it is uplifting and inspiring in the way that only truly dark and brutal music can be. are there any bad tracks on this album? i believe not. it is a work of art. soaring soundscapes brought back to earth by technoid rhythms. there are only strong tracks and the strongest of these is "ire", a dance-floor summoning. siren which weighs in at over 10:00. involved and atmospheric the keyboards beckon to your ears from the depths of the ocean and as you strain to hear them you are knocked to your knees by the ferocity of the pumelling rhythms. showcasing imminent starvation's fastest barrage of beats heard thus far, the track has a gabber feel to it and reminds me of ultraviolence in some respects.
buy it! no more needs to be said.

side-line, mai/juni/juli 1999
"belgium's imminent starvation forges industrial-strength techno with barbaric schizophrenic, constructing impenetrabele walls of distorted technoid rhythms unterlaid with a foundation of horrific and otherworldly soundscapes." his debut album "human dislocatian" triggered floods of blood and ink worldwide. olivier moreau, master of power noise, presents us today his second album "nord", on ant-zen. with his second full length, imminent starvation closes a period in his career he decided to immortalise by cutting his old mixing desk into pieces and including parts of it in the limited bos set of this now long play. this new cd is in fact nothing but a collection of tracks he used to perform live the last months but had never been released before. 11 pieces of tortured electronic sequences and manipulated samples and drum/beats. highly fused and processed combinations of sound collages and mixing noises creating a powerfully paralysing breeze of imminent starvation. a better release than the debut featuring more diversity and unity at the same time and including the terrible "lost highway (exit)"! naturalists now discovered why penguins had suddenly disappeared from the arctic regions... imminent starvations's "nord" had been released.

grooves, issue 2
while your standard bedroom composer is busily churning out track after identical track, olivier moreau has his hands full deconstrucing and repocessing the sounds of everyday life into an unfamiliar univierse.. extraterrestrial transmission from the dark side of the moon. the first transmission took place in 1997, in the form of human dislocation, a monochromatic noise-symphony intended to accompany your worst sweat-soaked nightmares. nord is the latest evolution of moreau's lurking beast, utilizing a much wider palate of sounds and atmospheres than earlier releases. where dislocation dipped it foot into the water that separates industrial noise and techno, nord dives into the murky unknown head first, hoping to impale a listener or two on its sharpened spikes. so densely atmospheric that it's nearly horrific.. mindbending rhythms drill into your skull as alien textures tear at your soul. the tracks on nord are so wonderfully visual and dense that it's almost impossible not to lose yourself within the layers and moods of tracks like "lost highway (exit" and "tentack one." mechanical, unyieldingly alive, and surreal. if at atll possible, try to track down the box set version of this release, as it features a bonus 7" -nand- with a side of locked grooves, as well as a shirt, pin, handful of stickers, and a piece of moreau's mixing console, all conviently contained in a compact tupperware container. a stunning release, with beautiful artwork and packing from ant-zen. wonderful!

popcontrol
what can i say? it's the best thing oliver moreau's put out, and i must say that he puts out a lot more than you wish your significant other does. 'nord' is one big, glorious money shot, and you'll be wiping the jism from your back for weeks after you buy this album. much less aggressive and grating than 'human dislocation', 'nord' makes up in musicality what it loses in harshness. the beats, still primarily the result of analogue and static interplay, are tight, almost crystalline, in their stucture, and quite textured. the melodies, while still relatively simple, are light years beyond his other, vaguely melodic i.s. stuff from earlier albums. my favorite tracks would have to be the more driving ones - 'arles', 'ire', and the sublime revisit of 'lost highway', which resembles autechre's 'second bad vilbel' (i think moreau even sampled the diving sound from that song), and totally eclipses the original in its sophistication. this whole album, however, kicks. the lessons moreau seems to have learned in working with so many side projects (torsion/urawa,delta files, and especially ambre are all represented sonically here) have paid off. despite his apparently limited sound archive and vocabulary, imminent starvation has created an extremely impressive exploration of tonality, rhythm, and timbre. god, he's finally made the album everyone believed he'd make, please make it huge and let chris cunningham do the videos..... review by niall

elegy 3 3/99
s'il aime à jouer en concert le rôle du rouleau compresseur bruitiste ultime, sensation rythmique pour estomacs bien accrochés, olivier moreau est pourtant bien au-dessus de cette apparence réductrice, et les albums d'imminent starvation le montrent brillamment. nord, second album de ce nouveau fleuron du label allemand ant-zen, référence en matière de bruit rythmé (noisex, sonar...), est le fruit d'une lente et longue digestion, des racines de l'industriel aux dernières innovations de la techno, des structures sourdes d'esplendor geometrico à l'ambient le plus éthéré. nord est surtout un nouveau pas dans dans l'évolution d'un artiste pour qui les frontières importent peu, pour qui la multiplication des projets (ambre, urawa, delta files, torsion...) est le moyen d'assouvir ses diverses pulsions musicales. tout comme son prédécesseur human dislocation, nord héberge quelques bombes immédiatemment addictives ('tentack one', 'arles'), mais sait aussi ménager de l'espace à des ambiences plus sournoises, profondes, qui prennent aux tripes et serrent jusqu'à ce que la douleur soit insupportable ('nor', 'of', 'parle'). et lorsque résonnent, comme une mauvaise blague, les derniers (et presque seuls) mots de l'album: 'please contact us, we are your friends', on réalise que l'invasion est déjà bel et bien commencée. jean-françois micard

spectrum, issue 3
there was a hell of lot of hype that surrounded the metapophysis of imminent starvation`s sound from their debut-cd to this, the second release, and while i have not yet heard the debut-cd "human dislocation" i have nothing but praise for this disc. starting with the packaging it suits the music perfectly, presented in tones of silver and blue, and might i ass that only s.alt has the ability to use pictures of river reeds and to fit them perfectly into the overall look of a cd such as this. for those unaware of the music imminent starvation produce corrosive, over driven, energetically structured, industrial strength technoise (hey did i just invent a word?!). the album opener "nor" starts as more of an alarm bleep than an actual track, but more than anything this track is representative of why imminent starvation works so well. using one noise sample on it own may be nothing of censequence but aligning it into a gradually building, overall rhythmic beat driven soundscapes makes it part of the exceptional whole. also on face value it is the overdriven rhythmic beats that grab you at first, but more so it the underlying cold oppressive soundscapes that gradually weave their way inwo your subconscious after repeated listens. furthermore it is the length and repetition of the track that achieves an almost trancelike, cinematic feel even with the harshest of beats and loops. while all tracks are of a extremly high calibre, standouts even above these would have to be "tentack one", "lost highway (exit)", "vni", "arles", "ire" & "parle" (hey, wait a minute i just picked over half the album as highlights... sheez... the more i think about this the better release i realise it is!) while there is no doubt that this will have a crossover appeal to dance floor types who are into harder, heavier edged techno, this also contains core elements of dark industrial music to appeal to a wide spectrum to those both in the scene and those not affiliated with it. without a doubt one of the highlights of 1999! (note: since reviewing this i tracked down the debut cd and while in itself is a great release it is only a taster of that excellence that is found on this album).

ultime atome
d'imminent starvation, je me rappelle surtout une prestation live, au printemps 1997 à l'olympic-nantes (projet béta, chroniqué dans notre numéro 6) . le track " lost highway ", se révélant dans toute son envergure—furie et mélodrame—, avait alors changé une assistance clairsemée en quelque chose d'autre, indéfinissable, nerveuse…un moment, un vrai, comme la musique à l'air libre ne m'en a laissé que peu de mémorables. un moment dans toute sa clarté, pas croyable, et donc forcément inoubliable. depuis, les accès de fièvre percussive d'olivier moreau (le gentil docteur frank einstein à l'origine de la chose) lançaient immanquablement nos membres dans un mouvement désordonné, et salvateur, jusqu'à en être endoloris. (on appelle ça la danse, de saint-guy, ou de jean-foutre, ou encore de duffland). une efficacité indéniable, jamais démentie. mais, rien à faire, malgré cela, c'était toujours la larme à l'oeil, qu'on retournait vers lost highway, notre madeleine de proust à nous. nouvel album du gnome radioactif en ce printemps : on le retrouve toujours aussi furax. il n'a pas peur, cependant, de piétiner en terrain plus minimal, dans un morceau biscornu qui n'aurait point dépareillé chez zeppelin records à leur glorieuse époque : incartade qui pourrait nous laisser croire que le cd s'achemine vers une clausule épurée… lors qu'il n'en est rien. de rien. bien au contraire. à vingt minutes de la fin, on se fait prendre en traître par le digne successeur de l'émouvant raout évoqué ci-dessus. trois morceaux alors s'enchaînent en une apothéose unissant l'âme et le corps, une satanée brûlure, d'une intensité maladive. un truc pas forcément nouveau, mais absolument inédit. tout ça s'en va mourir, dans le sanctuaire des fréquences mortes, où de gentils aliens savourent quelques go-go en côtelettes. non sans ironie, ils nous susurrent " we are your friends ", se fendant d'un sourire aux zygomatiques tuméfiés. méfiance, donc : le terrain est aussi miné qu'il est beau.

obscura #1 herbst/winter 1999
das zweite studioalbum des belgischen projektes von olivier moreau, imminent starvation, wurde von allen fans der ersten hervorragenden scheibe (’dislocation') ungeduldig erwartet. nach einem brillanten debüt stellte man sich natürlich die gleichen fragen, die man sich immer in einer solchen situation stellt: wird sich der stil ändern? wenn ja, in welche richtung? wird is noch technoider? bleibt der stil gleich, also kurz umrissen, technoider industrial? wird das zweite album einfach eine imitation des ersten? etc. mit einem eindeutigen ja oder nein kann keine dieser fragen beantwortet werden, und das ist auch gut so. generell kann man schon sagen, daß olivier moreau auf diesem, auf dem bayrischen ant-zen veröffentlichten album, dem stil des debüt-albums treu bleibt. das heißt, um an dieser stelle die obligatorisch scheinenden stilbezeichnungen abzuschütteln, man findet auf ’nord' klassischen rhythmischen industrial, wobei das rhythmische in einer etwas abgeschwächten form dargeboten wird, das ziemlich vordergründig technoid untermalt ist, dazu eine prise noise und unterschwellig die wohlbekannten melancholisch-atmosphärisch anmutenden melodiefetzen. das alles zugegebenermaßen auf höchstniveau. ob diesem album ein zweites ’lost highway' entstammen wird, ist fraglich, obwohl es an material dafür nicht fehlt. so überzeugen beispielsweise ’tentack one' und ’ire', wie auch ein remix (’lost highway' (exit)') als perfekte krachorgien, die einfach zum tanzen nur einladen. dieses album, das nicht unbedingt innovativ ist, jedoch den eingeschlagenen stil auf einem löblichen niveau verfolgt, ist auf jeden fall empfehlenswert und zwar für den industrial-fan, der sich seine eigenen apokalyptischen szenarien zu hause bei dieser musik vorstellen will, wie auch für den clubeinsatz. insgesamt also ein voller erfolg, auf den herr moreau wohl stolz sein kann. (lf)

xipharg
ayant découvert imminent starvation avec le morceau tentack (sur la compil ant-zen), j'ai cru pendant longtemps que ce nom était synonyme de bonne grosse tekkno/indus/gabber/hardcore lobotomisante à souhait. en découvrant cet album, j'ai dû constater (à mon plus grand regret...) que les choses ne sont pas si simples. en effet, la musique d'imminent starvation se révèle bien plus subtile que le nom ne le laissait supposer, et, loin de se complaire dans la violence brute, échaffaude des structures rythmiques dont les convulsions saccadées ne sont pas sans rappeler les délires psycho-acoustiques d'autechre - à la différence près que chez imminent starvation, le côté ludique est totalement gommé par la froideur et la dureté des compositions. en d'autres termes: les petites boîtes à musique ont été remplacées par des sirènes d'alarme. autant dire que nord n'est pas un album de tout repos, et qu'une écoute attentive s'avère nécessaire pour entrer dans le bain. je n'ai pas grand chose d'autre à ajouter, sinon que le design de l'album est particulièrement réussi (et prend peut-être même le pas sur la musique...)

ce petit vinyle de format 7'' semble constituer une sorte de cadeau-bonus réservé aux acheteurs de l'édition de luxe de nord, vendue sous la forme d'une boîte en plastique renforcé ("imminent emergency survival kit"). la face a devrait contenir 3 titres, pourtant je n'en ai trouvé que deux: un remix plutôt minimaliste de tentack (rythme tekkno-indus spasmodique, entrecoupé de sons stridents qui vous hérissent les tympans...), suivi d'une plage sonore plus ambient. la face b recèle une douzaine de "loops" (boucles rythmiques grinçantes et saturées) dont un dj orienté hardcore fera usage avec profit. j'ajouterai que ce vinyle gagne à être joué en vitesse accélérée (45 tours), plutôt qu'à la vitesse indiquée (33 rpm) qui me semble bien trop lente...

zone51
accompagné de toutes les choses propres à une parution sur le label technoïde ant-zen: lp (north 12", vinyle disponible sur hymen), boîtier limité et une édition standard à plus grand tirage. pour cette 89e parution sur l'étiquette ant-zen, stefan alt, le fondateur et chef graphiste de l'étiquette, s'est vraiment surpassé. la boîte limitée, nommée imminent emergency survival kit comprend le cd nord, un 7" intitulé nand, une épingle en argent, un tshirt à l'effigie du groupe, quelques auto-collants et un morceau de la console de mixage d'imminent starvation. pour cet album, olivier moreau a détruit son mixeur et a inclus un morceau individuel dans chacune des boîtes limitées. c'était pour signifier la mort d'imminent starvation et la renaissance d'imminent. avec cet album, imminent nous prouve qu'il est incroyablement flexible dans la manipulation des sons et la réalisation d'un album. nord n'est pas exactement power noize. plutôt, un hybride entre la musique technoïde moderne et le power noize. il se situe en plein dans le genre technoïde industriel. mais cette catégorisation est arbitraire, naturellement. d'autant plus que la différence entre power noize (technoïde rythmé) et technoïde industriel est presque inexistante. d'ailleurs, imminent travaille avec beaucoup de sons, moins de distorsions et possède une légère influence idm. l'album commence très tranquillement avec nor où l'on entend un même son, mis à nu par son unique présence dans la musique. on voit bien une montée vers quelque chose de plus rempli. lentement, les sons s'ajoutent et agrémentent le son principal, qui ressemble un timbrement discontinu. tentack one commence par un échantillonnage d'un film qui dure quelques secondes. le rythme embarque immédiatement, s'étant ajouté pendant quelques secondes à la séquence initiale. tentack one est une des meilleures chansons de technoïde rythmé qui existe. elle est parfaite dans son évolution et sa violence. sa richesse de sons nous surprend encore, même si cet album date déjà de plusieurs années. soyons reconnaissants que le lp north, paru en même temps sur hymen, comprenne 2 versions différentes de l'originale, prenant un côté complet du vinyle ce qui nous permet de l'apprécier encore davantage. de plus, cette chanson dure plus de 8 minutes, lui laissant assez de temps d'évoluer et de se construire. on fait alors un retour au premier album avec la version finale de la pièce lost highway. celle-ci est plus tranquille. olivier moreau y ajoute des sons ressemblant à une chorale en arrière plan. oise est un peu plus rapide, mais de peu. imminent travaille beaucoup avec la manipulation des sons. vient ensuite une chanson dambient (dark ambient) qui peut ressembler à certaines faites par ah cama-sotz. sur ren, le son prédominant ressemble à un étirement d'élastique. l'ambiance est tout-à-fait idm, avec une mélodie à ton bas. avec arles, imminent nous replonge dans le technoïde rythmé, à bas bpm par contre (~70-90). sur l'album précédent d'imminent, on a eu droit à une chanson de plus de 10 minutes, intitulée sysmsarc. c'est comme cela aussi sur nord. ire commence très tranquillement pour devenir plus rapide. un peu plus de tempo qu'arles, elle explore la symbiose entre le rythme et les sons qui l'entourent. cette chanson a aussi une grande influence idm. parfait exemple du technoïde industriel moderne, imminent se démarque par sa facilité à intégrer différentes influences dans ses pièces. on reconnaît immédiatement le groupe lorsqu'on l'entend. un album à posséder et à écouter plusieurs fois. nord peut aussi plaire aux amateurs d'idm

tentacles
when i first picked this up from the store, i went back to my home and put it on, three tracks in, i rushed out of my house and back to the store with the intent of buying anything of their's that i could find. this is a true story. imminent starvation's nord is a nothing short of a masterpiece, and a definite must for anyone who likes rhythmic noise, or in truth, electronic music of any sort. i can not recommend this cd enough. although for those of you who are new to hearing music like this, then you may wish to skip over track 1 entitled nor, but i like to call it the alarm clock sound, for it does sound similar to my digital alarm clock. i absolutely love the track, but i know that it could be a bit beyond most people. imminent starvation explore with each song. there is a masterful act of layering that allows each song to be appreciated in new ways with each listen. track 2 (tentack one) consists of high bpm pounding, a machine that is being pushed to its limits, the clanging and background noises at to the feel of desperation. i sense an uneasiness to this song, that slowly grows more and more in control. the machine can handle its output. there is a rising and falling of the layers, increasing and decreasing the overall, and individual volume levels, creating the fluctuations to a song. it must be heard again and again to be fully enjoyed. of course, without vocals, and only with the title and the sound of the song to go by, i have no idea what the artists originally intended for the song. but it doesn't matter. whatever it means to me (or you, when you listen to it) is all that is important. track 3 (lost highway (exit)) changes the overall sound again, reminding me vaguely of autechre. it again combines a beautiful mix of different sounds. this time slower, with more of a groove. i always hate describing an album track by track. what i hear, others will surely dispute, especially with a band such as this. the sounds and noises, unique as they are, form different images and ideas in ones mind. it is up to the individual's imagination to figure out what they are, or how to process it. imminent starvation can appeal to a wide range of people. a beautiful blend of industrial sounds, technoid, power electronics, rhythmic noise, idm, and whatever other term you can make up. this should cause joy in the hearts of anyone who likes a little experimentation, a fresh sound, and well crafted soundscapes. with a range from pure noise to ethereal gothic, ambient soundscapes, to pounding beats, the variation is great. each song is new. each song has its own unique sound and feel. this album is a wonderful journey. as a final note i must wonder if there is something in this album, underneath it all, that subliminally makes me want to hear it again, over and over, or is it just that its so fucking good, that i need to hear it again and again. i feel that it is the second choice, but maybe that's just the brainwashing talking.

surface
sicherlich ist industrial-geknüppel nicht unbedingt mein ding, doch imminent starvation gehören zweifellos zu den anspruchsvolleren vertretern dieses genres, was sie auf der neuen cd "nord" wieder eindrucksvoll beweisen. neben den krachern wie etwa "tentack one" beeindruckt man vor allen dingen bei den ruhigeren stücken wie "parle", doch für die tanzflächenknüller wie "arle" oder "oise" dürfte die akzeptanz noch größer sein und vor allen dingen der erfolg gewiß. beeindruckend ist vor allen dingen die vielschichtigkeit der rhythmen und die eingesetzten samples, die imminent starvation bisher bekannt gemacht haben. "nord" ist sicherlich auch eine gute cd, um in dieses genre einzusteigen, aber vorsichtig, denn viele industrial-acts besitzen nicht das potential immient starvations, die bereits seit 6 jahren existieren, seit 2 jahren bei ant-zen veröffentlichen. eine "nord"-box existiert ebenfalls, ist aber schwer limitiert. fazit: sehr guter industrial, der auch schärfste kritiker überzeugt!

black #15
imminent starvation ließ seine fans nach dem grandiosen debüt "humen dislocation" lange auf neues material warten... wenn man mal von der "ethyl 6" mlp und den grandiosen live-auftritten absieht, welche aber gerade die erwartungen noch in unermeßliche steigerten. nun kommt es auf jeden fall ganz dick, denn es gibt jetzt die "nord"-cd, die "north"-lp, die "nand"-single und einen exklusiven track auf der "teknoir"-compilation auf einen streich und da soll sich mal einer beschweren. auch ant zen hatten ja kurz eine pause eingelegt, um sich von ihrem hollywood-ausflug mit dem film "antz" zu erholen und von eben jenem film gibt das artwork imminent starvation's einen eindruck einer wiese vom blickpunkt der ameisen aus. musikalisch hält olivier moreau, was er live versprochen hat und so brettern ohne gnade die reinsten killertracks der industrial-techno-verschmelzung auf die böden der tanztempel nieder und dürften somit keine wünsche offen lassen. "tentack" dürfte wohl den clubhit "lost highway" ablösen, obwohl nach den zwei versionen 45 bzw. 72 diesmal die ausfahrt-version mit an bord von "nord" ist! neben den rhythmischen tracks gibt es aber auch experimentell-atmosphärische stücke, so das die rund 70 minuten von "nord" nie eindimensional werden. die parallel veröffentlichte lp auf hymen bietet neben einem poster und dem hammertrack "tentack" der cd weitere 5 neue bzw. exklusive titel. die auf 707 stück limitierte box umfaßt neben der regulären cd noch die "nand"-single, welche auf der a-seite 3 weitere exklusive tracks freigibt und auf der b-seite 12 endlosloops bereit hält. als bonus gibt es in der box (curver) natürlich noch ein feines blaues t-hemd, jede menge sticker, einen anstecker und zerstörte teile des mixers oder samplers von olivier moreau, da er diesen beim letzten konzert in seine einzelteile zerlegt hat! also am besten die box und die lp kaufen oder man kann nicht mitreden... "please contact us, we are your friends!" (m.f.)

toronto industrial kollektive
when i first picked this up from the store, i went back to my home and put it on, and three tracks in, i rushed out of my house and back to the store with the intent of buying anything of theirs that i could find. this is a true story. imminent starvation's nord is a nothing short of a masterpiece, and a definite must for anyone who likes rhythmic noise, or in truth, electronic music of any sort. i cannot recommend this cd enough. although for those of you who are new to hearing music like this, then you may wish to skip over track 1 entitled nor, but i like to call it the alarm clock sound, for it does sound similar to my digital alarm clock. i absolutely love the track, but i know that it could be a bit beyond most people. imminent starvation explore with each song. there is a masterful act of layering that allows each song to be appreciated in new ways with each listen. track 2 (tentack one) consists of high bpm pounding, a machine that is being pushed to its limits, the clanging and background noises add to the feel of desperation. i sense an uneasiness to this song, that slowly grows more and more in control. the machine almost can't handle its output. there is a rising and falling of the layers, increasing and decreasing the overall, and imminent two individual volume levels, creating the fluctuations to a song. it must be heard again and again to be fully enjoyed. of course, without vocals, and only with the title and the sound of the song to go by, i have no idea what the artists originally intended for the song. but it doesn't matter. whatever it means to me (or you, when you listen to it) is all that is important. track 3 (lost highway (exit)) changes the overall sound again, reminding me vaguely of autechre. it again combines a beautiful mix of different sounds. this time slower, with more of a groove. i always hate describing an album track by track. what i hear, others will surely dispute, especially with a band such as this. the sounds and noises, unique as they are, form different images and ideas in one's mind. it is up to the individual's imagination to figure out what they are, or how to process it. imminent starvation can appeal to a wide range of people. a beautiful blend of industrial sounds, technoid, power electronics, rhythmic noise, idm, and whatever other term you can make up. this should cause joy in the hearts of anyone who likes a little experimentation, a fresh sound, and well crafted soundscapes. with a range from pure noise to ethereal gothic ambient soundscapes to pounding beats, the variation is great. each song is new. each song has its own unique sound and feel. this album is a wonderful journey. as a final note i must wonder if there is something in this album, underneath it all, that subliminally makes me want to hear it again, over and over, or is it just that it's so fucking good, that i need to hear it again and again. i feel that it is the second choice, but maybe that's just the brainwashing talking. (squid)

toronto industrial kollektive
a well done noise album, with some excellent soundscapes. i still feel the usual problem with noise though, it lakes any sort of atmosphere and just sounds like some guy fucking with a sequencer and trying to pretend he's a modern composer. i'm not criticizing the type of music, just that i feel it needs to be more than just a "that sounds neat" kind of experimentation. music needs some sort of meaning and not necessarily incredibly intelligent, however nord just present music. excellent music just missing something. human dislocation was a much better album, though still displaying many of the traits i have outlined. (vizgig)

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