does i go electro-metal?

A second review of Bone Music hits ChainDLK.


Another new and yet-not-discovered-before new signing to the growing Electronica armada of the Chicago Heights-based Tympanik Audio label. We had this act already presented here with a review and a well deserved interview, I nevertheless come a bit later on this too. AD-VER-SARY is a solo effort by Jairus Kahn and long-year active Techno- and Underground-DJ. He has already shared some collaborations with acts like CONVERTER, TERRORFAKT or ANTIGEN SHIFT – and CYANOTIC. After having read this and heard the first both tracks, I really thought: “does Tympanik goes Electro-Metal”? Okay, those guitar riffs are sampled, stretched and manipulated, but it seems that some or another of the collaborations has left some organic influence on the musically outfit.

Luckily Jairus leaves the Coldwave-Industrial-like influence after the first tunes. AD-VER-SARY’s playing field is a rather straight oriented form of Electronica music, here and there infiltrated with a promising mixture of Dark Ambient (“International Dark Shies”), Powernoise (“No Exit”) and some Down-Tempo/Break-Beat impressions (“Friends Of Father”, “Bone Music”). It is promising, since the try to include diversity seems to the intended and outstanding point behind this release. Three additional remix work provided by mouthwatering Ant-Zen7Hymen-recording acts like SYNAPSCAPE, ANTIGEN SHIFT or the mysterious TONIKOM (marvelous!) fulfill a quite great release, whose magic can’t get discovered after only one listen. This album needs some more spins to reach fully satisfaction, which is at least guaranteed.

Transhuman 2.0

Just when you thought machine-driven rock and industrial couldn’t get any meaner, Cyanotic tear through the barriers with a double-disc set that will grind your proverbial bones and leave your ears begging for mercy!

Cyanotic certainly have proved their worth in the realm of the modern industrial music underground. Cutting their teeth with a successful demo EP, Mutual Bonding Through Violation, and the debut full-length album Transhuman, this Chicago-based group stands as perhaps the best example of where heavy electronic music has yet to go. Drawing as much from the current electronic flavors of power noise and drum & bass as from the older modes of coldwave and EBM, Cyanotic’s sound is a raging assault of searing synths, grating guitars, and pounding percussion, offset by a healthy dose of glitches and film samples. After two years of touring and selling out their first album, the band blasts out Transhuman 2.0, a new double-disc collection featuring the original album digitally remastered by Trozoc Productions’ Chris Cozort, and a plethora of alternate versions and remixes that more than stand up to the originals, but could be considered new songs unto themselves.

To call Transhuman 2.0 a remix album would be a total misnomer; these are no mere remixes in the way that one thinks of adding a house beat or some additional synth lines as a remix. No, this is something new, taking the original songs further into harsher territory. One need only listen to the blistering energy of “Resurgence,” featuring JP Anderson of Rabbit Junk adding his penetrating screams and programming, or the industrial menace of “Chaos Incarnate,” with Chris Peterson and Jeremy Inkel of Front Line Assembly helping to toughen the track up even more from its original fury, to realize that Transhuman 2.0 is no mere remix album. While the original “Transhuman” was one of the more ominous moments of the album, this new version penetrates your speakers like a murderous cyborg with a jackhammer. “Deface” remains a perfect track for the dance floor, but is completely reworked with a new chord progression, while Eric Powell of 16volt lends his haunting vocals to “Axi-Ethereum.”

Closing 2.0 out are remixes by the likes of Drukore, whose remix of “Transhuman” speeds the track up into a brutal array of glitch-laden drum & bass, and Deadliner with a powerful take on “Deface.” Also noteworthy is mindFluxFuneral’s All Hope Lost mix of “Suspension of Disbelief” with its stuttering synth and vocoder work. And in case you thought Cyanotic were incapable of being anything other than loud and heavy, the atmospheric piano work on “Altered States of Consciousness” or “(Paranoid) Disbelief” provides evidence to the contrary. What truly stand out on the album are the vocals of Cyanotic’s founder Sean Payne. While not completely doing away with the distortion effects that permeated throughout the first album, Sean goes for a much rawer approach, using less effects and belting out a raucous and venomous performance on this album that only adds to just how much the band has matured over the years.

Not enough credit can be given to this enormously talented and creative band. Few groups can adequately recreate the same power of their debut without flat out repeating themselves. Like the original album, Transhuman 2.0 presents elements that are familiar but in an unfamiliar fashion. Just when you thought machine-driven rock and industrial couldn’t get any meaner, Cyanotic tear through the barriers with a double-disc set that will grind your proverbial bones and leave your ears begging for mercy!

Tour Diary, Day -4

Today, much like yesterday, was full of chaos. I’m managing this tour now, it seems, so I’m trying to get all the shit in order. Madness.

We tried to break the stress by taking a trip to IHOP to partake of their delicious iced tea, which is unlimited and flows like a river.

You iHip and you iHop

Sadly, their iced tea brewing dealie was broken, and we were denied its rejuvinating powers. So we went home. And then we slept.

Today was spent on the phone with every car rental place within 100 miles, looking to find a place that both has a full-size van for rent, and also lacks a 25-and-above age restriction. This is an impossible quest, of course, so we’re going to be forced to rent a minivan, which means we’re going to have to cut two people off the tour.

One of these two people is pretty angry, but fuck him. It’s just not possible, and he’s being a jerk.

After a morning on the phone, the afternoon was spent finalizing the two tour CD-R compilations that we’re bringing with us. Most of this was wasted time, as we later discovered that my laptop sound card was distorting the fuck out of everything.

So.

We spent another hour undoing the previous four hours work, and then we were off to Invisible Records to drop it off.

Guns 'n' Rosaries
You eat out of that?STUFF
Change!Psychadelic Nun

We were there for an hour or so (the fridge full of free Red Bull may have contributed to this), and he was kind enough to spend the majority of that time giving me advice on tour management. The man is a fucking wizard.

He asked if Leslie and I could write a story or two for a book that he’s putting together on the music industry. A promoter’s perspective on how-not-to-get-fucked. (Clearly, he’s a poor judge of character.)

Then, a mostly-uneventful walk home (which was filled with tasty italian lemonade), a brief stop at the grocery store, and here we are.

POWER!Lights + Camera = Action

Tomorrow I advance all the venues, and we drive up to South Bend to spend the rest of the week practicing and getting to know the gear. Martin wants me to give him a ring to fill him in on what’s happening with the venues, as he’s just as concerned as I am about the fact that the booking agent is a completely useless douche of colossal proportions. I am afraid of what we will learn.

…but now the time for Demolition Man draws near.

Update: We went with Robocop.

uh huh

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
403 AM CDT MON JUL 17 2006

HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST TODAY WITH AFTERNOON HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE MIDDLE 90S. THE COMBINATION OF THE HOT TEMPERATURES AND THE HIGH HUMIDITY WILL ALLOW FOR PEAK AFTERNOON HEAT INDICES UP TO 105. A COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH NORTHERN ILLINOIS THIS EVENING…BRINGING SOME RELIEF FROM THE HEAT.

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS…PARTICULARLY THE ELDERLY AND CHILDREN.

DIAL 311 FOR THE LOCATIONS OF COOLING SHELTERS AND TO REPORT HEAT RELATED PROBLEMS.

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

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Music for Jerks

Anyone who knows me knows exactly how I feel about what’s going on, so I’m not going to waste anyone’s time by writing it all out.

I’m off to Chicago in 12 hours, and then we spend a week writing and practicing together before we hit the road.

Between work, this tour and The Bride of Dark Carnival, I’ve been pushing 80-hour weeks for at least month and a half.

I can’t fucking wait until shit is done, and we can just get on stage and play.

That will be like a thousand vacations, all at once.

Love you, sexy baby.

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Friends and foes, I am happy to announce that I will be joining Cyanotic for their upcoming HAIL THE GLITCH tour. These are the cities/dates we’ll be hitting:

Jul 21 - Grounds Sphere Rhythm - Allegan, MI
Jul 22 - High Five - Columbus, OH
Jul 23 - Garfield Artworks - Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 24 - The Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY
Jul 26 - TBA - Boston, MA
Jul 27 - Bottom's Up - Flushing/Queens - New York, NY
Jul 28 - The Sterling [Rock Room] - Allentown, PA
Jul 29 - TBA - Baltimore, MD
Jul 30 - Wetlands - Chapel Hill, NC
Jul 31 - TBA - Charlotte, NC
Aug 02 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC
Aug 03 - TBA - Tampa, FL
Aug 04 - Saints & Sinners - Spring Hill, FL
Aug 05 - TBA - Atlanta, GA
Aug 06 - TBA - Nashville, TN
Aug 08 - Creepy Crawl - St. Louis, MO
Aug 09 - Double Door - Chicago, IL
Aug 10 - TBA - South Bend, IN

Additionally, I have taken the liberty of slightly modifying the tour poster to indicate the change in lineup.

If you live in one of these lovely cities, please come say hi. I promise not to suck.*

* not actually a promise

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Selected items from the 2002 World’s Largest Scavenger Hunt (And yes, all of these are real.):

“I know now why you cry…but it is something I could never do.” A maximum 10-minute (spliced) video rendition of The King and I. Of course, the king must be played by Sir Arnold Schwarzenegger, and, in fact, Arnold should also play “I.” Come to think of it, Arnold should play all characters. Be sure to include the following lines somewhere in the production: “Give these people air!” “I eat Green Berets for breakfast, and right now I’m very hungry,” “Is it a water-heater?” “Hey, I’m a police officer,” and “These people, they tried to kill me, but I killed them.” [218 points]

The destructive power of rock: have a guitar ensemble play any of Slash’s 3 solos from “November Rain” in perfect unison (personally, we prefer the third solo on the album, but we’ll settle for the first). This item can be performed at any time between Item and Item , as long as the Head Judge is present. [60 points per guitarist; 5 guitarists maximum. 10 bonus points will also be awarded on the basis of your destruction: in other words, your ensemble must rock so hard that they break open some sort of glass container with their sound waves. It will not count against you if your guitarists are dressed as ninjas, which are cool. And by cool, we mean totally sweet]

Find a Jeeves or an Alfred enrolled at Butler University and take a picture of his ID. [80 points]

Using locals, re-enact the opening of The Drew Carey Show. [34 points]

In honor of Martha McClintock, create the perfume that killed Grenoulle. [88 points]

Every item from the ransom list in Airheads. [100 points]

At 8h00 on Friday, one non-captain member of your team must arrive at 54th and Kimbark (don’t get lost) They might want to bring $60 in personal burial money, a ripe orange, 15 sheets of lined paper (or a Big Chief tablet), one can of caffeine-free Coca Cola, two perfectly-glazed donuts, a valid U.S. passport, a plastic bag from Blockbuster Video, month-old menthol cigarettes, and a transcript reflecting a GPA of less than 2.5. That is all they can bring. Get your goodbyes out of the way beforehand. [510 points]