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Ars Moriendi – “Live At Maschinenfest 2002″ – [Pflichtkauf]


Oh, the Germans. They do so much Industrial. And in addition to brilliant Death Industrial noise stuff, Germany has long been synonymous with the kind of Industrial beat fare spawned by 80s groups like Einsturzende Neubauten and the UK’s Nitzer Ebb. And not all of those groups are bad enough to be the favorite bands of American school shooters. Ars Moriendi (Latin for ‘The Art Of Dying’), for instance, seem to be pretty good. I wouldn’t call this 2002 live performance pure Electronic Body Music as it’s a little too dissonant, but that tradition is definitely the starting point. Repetitive, driving electronic beats, distorted synthesizers, and maniacal effected German chants are this 1989-founded quintet’s bread and butter, and their mangling of sonic textures in the interest of conveying alienation is effective. Their arsenal comprises voice, percussion, tapes, synth, bass, ‘rhythm,’ guitar, treatments and loops. Not quite dance music (despite the Laibachian trance chug of t.10), these are nonetheless sounds to move to. German youth have a lot to be angry about and this has got to be a better way to get it out than knifing Turkish immigrants. Certain pieces here are closer to traditional Industrial, i.e. t.1 (which could almost be by dark ambient genius Anenzephalia), t.7, t.9, t.11+t.12, but most of this rides a vicious techno beat and isn’t ashamed of that. My favorites were t.s 2, 4+5. Raus!

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on May 6, 2014 at 3:03 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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