MOOZZHEAD “Sideboob Shenanigans”-cd
Since 90’s, Moozzhead has been lurking in Finnish noise underground. Couple tapes, couple collaborations, sporadically publishing something that went barely noticed. 2020 marked new era of this long standing noise project, and multiple tape releases appeared on notable labels, including Freak Animal. Freak Animal is proud to present the very first full length harsh noise CD of Moozzhead. Heavy bass loaded pedal noise frenzy, always going into place. 90’s spirit of restless noise combined with no bullshit attitude in composition and presentation. Sound and art by Moozzhead!
MOGAO “A Mass Meditation”-cd
Mogao is quickly earning attention among crowd that follows the tape noise scene. His works as member of The New Boyfriends have reached more crowd and been praised, yet recent killer tape releases and this debut CD album is destined to expose his solo works for more people. Four tracks of live-in-studio, ripping and loud, amplified harsh noise screech! Somewhere between Incapacitants and mid 90’s of Total. Harsh noise frenzy that is always moving, yet firmly in the frame of one loud amplifier being recorded. Sound and art by Mogao!
BASTARD NOISE “Bastard Noise Hails The Finnish Sound Masters / The Symptoms Of A Failing Equilibrium”-cd
Early Man Is The Bastard / Bastard Noise was well known for his passion and support of Finnish noise. Before anyone acknowledged the new era of the Finnish noise scene emerging in the 90’s, MITB/Bastard Noise support for the artists was crucial to introduce the names to global audience. Early MITB split ep’s included Aunt Mary (1992), Unseen Noise Death (1992), Bizarre Uproar (1993) and he continued later to collaborate with more people.
One of remarkable releases of BN & Finnish noise art combinations, was 1999 CD album: Bastard Noise Hails The Finnish Sound Masters / The Symptoms Of A Failing Equilibrium. Still in 2021, this over two decades old album sounds fresh and interesting. High pitched doomdays electronic machines of Bastard Noise are combined with raw sounds submitted by Bizarre Uproar, Woundead, Order., Junkdrome, Grunt, Skin-Graft and All-Out. Every artists submits different type of material to work with, yet it sounds like proper album rather than fragmented compilation.
Repress of the album has 100% same sound. No remaster. No editing.
Reissue published as digipak CD, using the original cover designs.
GRUNT “Perfect World”-CD
Debut CD album of Grunt from 1997 was largerly overlooked. Edition of 100 copies was done by Les Disques Bruitistes. Label had passion for the 90’s DIY network noise, publishing works of Francois Douris, Outermost, Sonic Disorder, and more. This album of Grunt, was the transition moment, possibly last of the release that simply “emerged”. Old style of merely collecting together various unreleased tracks, that would make up a release. Recorded in late 1996 and first months of 1997, all home-recordings with analogue 4-tracker. From harsh noise to eerie drones, from SJ and Ramleh inspired dirty industrial noise experiments to Gerogerigegege, Hanatarash, Violent Onsen Geisha inspired goofy racket. Everything thrown together in one disc.
Listening material more than two decades later is revealing. What may be lost in lack of coherency, is counterbalanced by the aesthetics of 90’s DIY noise scene. One can never know what the next track will be. Technical excellency is replaced by youthful and playful approach of discovering ways to make noise. Lack of direction, is direction itself. Sonically it is the link between the very early works and what soon would become then known Grunt sound when 1997/1998 started era of more coherent works like Europe After Storm, Terror & Degenration, Grunt/Cloama collaboration and so on and on.
While album is barely noticed, it did make some impact. Roemer of Macronympha sent letter complimenting the perfect oscillation of some tracks and said that he took couple tracks as the source material of upcoming Macronympha release. Which one, I can not remember, but couple tracks of this CD might be recognized among some late 90’s Macronympha noise.
Original hand-made art is presented first time in full color.
No remastering. Sound as in original recording!
Industrial Recollections 2021.
GRUNT “Last Grip To Sanity”-CD
One of the releases that suffered the same chaotic conditions as so many of Grunt releases. Instead of being properly released, material was scattered all over the place. First material was meant to be lathe cut 12″ on Australian label back in 2003. After cancellation of entire label idea, Freak Animal quickly issued small CDR edition to get the material out there. With regrets of wasting good material on CDR format, there was 110 copies vinyl edition issued in 2005.
All these were quickly sold out, yet “Last Grip To Sanity” has unexpected results. In mid 00’s, Bizarre Uproar was awaking from couple years of slower activity. He had desire of updating the sound of BU to direction how “Last Grip To Sanity” sounded like. While back in early 90’s, Bizarre Uproar had been major influence for Grunt and projects had worked together for many releases. Now situation was the other way round. Discussions of gear, methods of recording followed by what some people call the golden era of Bizarre Uproar. Ripping feedback, shrieking vocal attacks, grinding loop pedal on the bottom and crude metal junk on top, heavy slow drum sounds with eerie feedback on top. Many things that defined that era of Bizarre Uproar and the spirit of F&V, can be also found from “Last Grip To Sanity” that remains one of the most striking Grunt releases in its stripped down, live in rehearsal room -approach.
Almost 20 years later, “Last Grip To Sanity” is available on real pressed digipak CD.
No remastering. Sound as in original recording!
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