Bind Torture Kill – Condamné

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Stalking, violating, and corroding any sense of safety in ears and psyche, Condamné the new album from French metallers Bind Torture Kill (BTK) confirms there is a group of serial sonic predators out there which know how to seduce and abuse with relentless ferocity. The successor to the band’s self-titled EP of 2013; BTK’s debut album creates a pestilential scourge bred from hardcore, death metal, and grindcore. To that though the band loads in grooves and hooks which entice and reassure whilst the rest of their sound is stripping senses bare and flailing emotions. It is a proposition destined to send a great many running but equally incite a new masochistic passion in just as numerous souls.

Formed in 2007, the Lyon hailing BTK emerged with an instantly confrontational sound sculpted from the intent to “practice a darkened, raging, violent music.” The first few years saw instability in the bass department as the band honed and evolved their increasingly distinct and intrusively oppressive sound and presence. The early weeks of 2013 saw the unleashing of the previously mentioned EP, whilst the latter months of that year brought the departure of another bassist from the ranks. From this point deciding to continue as a trio, the founding members of vocalist Olivier Alexandre, guitarist Yann Alexandre, and drummer Benjamin Garçon undertook numerous shows which confirmed the new set-up was just as potent and brutal as ever before settling down to start recording Condamné last March, a self-released fury now setting its rage upon the world.

It opens with Labyrinthe de Mort and instantly a sonic brewed noise is engulfing ears as inciting rhythms gather in the background before bursting through with a tirade of composed but malicious riffs and searing, spicy grooves. Immediately there is contagiousness to the threat and rancor of the track, which rather than tempers the raging violence of the song seems to incite it to greater antagonistic intent. As discovered across the whole of the album, band and songs are also unafraid to juggle and twist things in gait and intensity, never letting the listener off the hook but certainly constantly giving them fresh food for thought and fascinating hostility to brave.Cover Front

It is an impressive start with the squalling ire driven tones of Olivier Alexandre a merciless abrasion within the equally volatile maelstrom of sonic and rhythmic vindictiveness, a tempest matched by the enthralling Bain de Sang. Again the heart of the song is violent but the textures and scenery it employs as inventively gripping and tantalising as it is destructive. There is a striking technical craft and flirtation to the band’s music which is just as potent as the black hearted tsunami driving it, this track superbly epitomising and embracing these strengths as does the following Abattage and even more so the album’s title track straight after that. The first of this pair opens with a brutal smothering of the senses through raw riffs punctuated by cancerous chords and rhythmic swipes before broadening into a seriously testing climate and landscape of creative tenacity. The grindcore bred new Evisorax album offers one of the most cyclonic storms in a long while and Condamné in its own unique design easily stands beside it with songs like this. The second of the pair similarly prowls and courts the senses, inviting and transgressing their defences simultaneously. Vocals and drums are insatiable as they vent their anger soaked angst and sinew moulded antagonism whilst the guitar of Yann Alexandre weaves a tapestry of imaginative enterprise and furious provocation through melodic invention and flesh scorching turbulence.

Bestial is exactly that, as the album an uncompromising primal assault but again binding its bad blood with infectious grooved tendrils of temptation and short hook lined scythes of unpredictable adventure. Ferocious, fast, and at times sonically feral, there is plenty within the outstanding track’s bluster which almost soothes the wounds as they are savagely incurred, a technical almost mathcore lined exploration around tempestuous structures making for riveting enticement.

The closing La Faucheuse takes its own route to capture imagination and emotions. Its haunting melodic start is bound by inescapable hostility but creates a magnetic slip into dark depths and cold caustic ambiences for a compelling and at times almost warm trespass of the listener. It is a fierce and absorbing adventure providing an evocative finale to a richly punishing and exciting release. Vocally maybe there is a wish of slightly more diversity to match the sounds yet they are the core of the animus fuelling songs and release, and effectively project the intent and emotion of the French sung proposals making up the excellent Condamné. It is not a merciful or easy listen but Bind Torture Kill has uncaged one of the most exhaustingly exhilarating sonic ravishments you will come up against this year.

Condamné is available now digitally and on CD @ http://btkmetal.bandcamp.com/album/condamn

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Engraved Ritual – Synthetic Rage Volume 1 – Various Artists

If you are looking for the best new bands and sounds of a dark electro/industrial/harsh EBM flavouring then your first port of call is without doubt Engraved Ritual. The Colorado based record label has dedicated itself to searching for and bringing forth outstanding bands to the ears of the world, taking a defined emphasis towards the talent within America and the Latin America.

Synthetic Rage Volume 1 is the label’s first compilation album mixing artists on their label with other raw and extremely promising bands on the verge of making very distinctive marks. The release sums up Engraved Ritual’s aim and intent in unveiling and helping underground artists and sounds find new homes in the ears of the masses, its sixteen tracks and bands a vibrant kaleidoscope of striking and future essential sounds.

The first impressive thing about the album as a whole is the high consistency of quality across its pulsating electro breadth. Though there is always going to be through personal tastes tracks that step out from the line-up with extra distinction it has to be stated that every track here offers something energising and invigorating to the ears. Most compilations have a weak link or two in its aural chain but Synthetic Rage is an impressive brute with a unflinching strength from the blistering sonic creations of all the artists within.

Four of the opening tracks come from bands signed to the label starting with Andro-Dioxin. From Mexico the industrial/ harsh EBM project of Everth Dioxin offers up ‘Suicidal’ its striking sounds permeating and twisting through ear and head from the album’s opening seconds. From this impressive start the album, manipulates and stretches the senses through varied and often defiantly intrusive intensity. The opener’s label mates, Chile’s Say No Words with ‘The Perfect Killer (Andro-Dioxin Rmx)’ and the excellent Angels of Suicide and ‘Dark Lust (Hex’d Mix)’ soon get the pulse rate sprinting with their mesmeric sounds and the second of the two with its incessant siren veined nerve pinching beats and grooves refuses to accept anything than mental, emotional and physical surrender.

The emotions stomping ear invasive sounds of God Destruction and their track ‘Anticristo’ are the first major sonic highlight amongst all the irresistible tunes on display, with dark and perverting black metal vocal scathing and mind tripping unrelenting electro probing. The track bursts and burns like an aural flare and stands as one of the brightest beacons for the album, the label itself and what Engraved Ritual do.

Before one can take a breath after the last note of the track another sonic explosion thrashes the senses in the intense shape of Brazilians Nahtaivel and ‘The Storm is Coming’. The track is like a teasing metallic predator provoking and taunting the ear and beyond. Wonderfully diverse its industrial muscles are wrapped and coated in varied tones of wanton electro insidiousness. Synthetic Rage has already proven its worth and value, and we are only six tracks into its depths.

Surrounding these stunning tracks bands like Wire Vein, Sodomy Down the Cross, Mas-Si-Osare and from Portugal Aktivehate keep the harsh and fascinating sounds at full on satisfaction mode. The consuming dark nightmarish and slightly invidious sounds of Bind.Torture.Kill with ‘A Madman’s Lullaby’ attached itself deeply within the senses next it’s imposing almost resentful venomous tendrils merciless in their captivating and violating power. This excellent track’s intensity is openly contrasted by the following ‘Suicide Girl’ from Miami based trio Cyanide Regime. To be honest this was the one track that took some extra work to bring into the fold, its light pop like weaves sounding like a harsher industrial mutated offspring of Aqua. It soon proves to be a grower though and soon shows it is a worthy part of the release.

Two more tracks to rival God Destruction and Nahtaivel for best track come in the majestic ‘Spirits of the Night’ from Antemortem and Cold Sequence with ‘This is Not’. The first brings a gothic flavoured theatrical presence bringing a feel of Bauhaus, Marilyn Mansion and symphonic metal veined with electro urgency and creativity. It is grand, mischievous and irresistible. The second of the two is another relentless sonic intrusion, its hypnotic beats and grooves punctured with original industrial crashes, drilling and vibrant starkness. Both tracks are completely different but united in satisfying and pleasing dark hearts.

Anamadim, the one man instrumental electronic music project from Yugao (Javier M.N.) with Synthetic Salvation (featuring Fredrik Croona of Project Rotten), Alienoxir and Euphorbia complete the massive and thoroughly enjoyable line-up. They all keep the level so high it is almost a shock that a compilation of this size can be so strong but that shows how effective and highly selective Engraved Ritual is, if you seen their name on something it is without doubt worth checking out.

Mixed by DSBP’s Tommy T Rapisardi (Diverje) Synthetic Rage Volume 1 is an essential release for anyone looking for great industrial/EBM sounds. If you cannot find anything to please within its muscular corridors then you are in the wrong genre. Engraved Ritual have with this album introduced us to some of our new best friends musically here’s to Volume 2 it has a lot to live up to but as its Engraved Ritual it is unlikely to disappoint either.

For more on the CD and label go to http://engravedritual.com or http://engravedritual-digital.com

RingMaster 23/01/2012

Track listing:

1. Andro-Dioxin- Suicidal

2. Wire Vein- We Burn

3. Angels of Suicide- Dark Lust (Hex’d Mix)

4. Say Just Words- The Perfect Killer (Andro-Dioxin Rmx)

5. God Destruction- Anticristo

6. Nahtaivel-The Storm is Coming

7. Sodomy Down the Cross- Angra Mainyu

8. Aktivehate- The Walking Dead

9. Mas-Si-Osare- [C.M.S.]

10. Bind.Torture.Kill- A Madman’s Lullaby

11. Cyanide Regime- Suicide Girl

12. Antemortem- Spirits of the Night

13. Cold Sequence- This is Not…

14. Anamadim (featuring Fredrik Croona) – Synthetic Salvation

15. Alienoxir-Anikilation

16. Euphorbia- Achromatopsia

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