Coilguns: Commuters

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    We have always thought and declared Coilguns as one of the most important bands in rock music today, a group of musicians who are evolving a template for future extreme noise bands  to aspire to. Through their varied releases the Swiss trio has grown and evolved from something already special into a force of creativity which is as inspiring as it is destructive.  For all the great things to date it they all pale against the stunning might of their debut album Commuters, a release which makes our current sense of their importance seem inadequate.

Consisting of The Ocean members Louis Jucker (vocals), Jona Nido (guitars, bass, mini-moog), and Luc Hess (drums, bass), Coilguns conjure extensive intrusions which explore a merger of d-beat, grind, black metal, and a technical prowess which strips the senses whilst rewarding them with sheer corrosive pleasure. Though discussed as a project for many years the band found its seeds in the songwriting of Nido whilst alone in the US. Returning he recruited the other members and within weeks they left a studio with three striking tracks which went to make up the excellent split release with Kunz on Pelagic Records in 2011. The EP Stadia Rods followed the next year, a raw and devastating 30 minutes release recorded as a live confrontation in a day. After the following impressive and acclaimed split release with NVRVD also in 2012, Coilguns was at their height of power and invention, or so many thought but Commuters is the band at another incredible aggressively inventive level and just another step in their unstoppable rise.

Released on Pelagic Records on February 22nd, Commuters was again recorded entirely live apart from the vocals, each song in 02_Front_Cover_Webone take and it is this intensive attack which also helps alongside the immense songwriting, to give it the organic power and energy which sets the release and band apart from the rest. It is abrasive and intimidating but layered with textures and primal structures which are violent manna for thought and passion. The album also features invited guests including Keijo Niinima (Rotten Sounds / Nasum) who added  vocals for a track.

The release opens with the two parts of the title track, the first bursting onto the ear with stirring riffs and a towering rumble of rhythms and energy. Into its hungry stance the track expands into a tempest of incendiary sonics, persistent drum jabs, and a breath which scars and gnaws on the senses whilst the clean squalls of vocals lay their declaration with passion and aggressive intent. The track is an exhausting encounter which ignites every primitive and emotional response within and leaves a blissfully sore and breathless listener in its wake though there is no time to sit back and soothe the wounds as such as part two looms into view on military beats and a stroking acidic guitar caress. The spoken vocals engage thoughts and ear with their evocative narrative and there is an unsettled peace soaking the air though also a slowly brewing intensity which grows as the track and vocals conspire to consume and thrill. It is well into the second half of its eleven minute presence that you realise just how much the song has thickened in intensity and a kind of desperation is coating the vocal encounter and as the realisation sinks in the track frees its full corrosive magnificence to devour and burn the senses.

The sensational likes of Hypnograms with its insidious groove and mesmeric persistent seduction and the equally compelling Machines of Sleep bring a diverse yet similarly destructive facet as of the first songs to the continually evolving album. Both tracks are linked in venom and malevolence with the second the brutal merciless doppelganger to the milder mannered but still aggressively intimidating first sonic flame. To be honest there are not enough varied and strong enough superlatives to be found to describe the album at this point alone such the abusive and creative masterclass of perfectly designed contagious noise let loose so take it as read that from here on in Commuters just pushes the boundaries of band and extreme music beyond their limits with skill and startling imagination.

First single from the album Plug-in Citizens is a brawling furnace of intensity which enriches the already spawn rapture further whilst songs like the infectious and ruinous Submarine Warfare Anthem and the ravenous Minkowski Manhattan Distance featuring Keijo Niinima, thrust body and soul into a manic maelstrom of fierce ingenuity. The diversity and blistering quality just continues right through to the end with 21 Almonds a Day and Flippists / Privateers further pinnacles in nothing but powerful highlights.

Commuters is quite brilliant, an album which will be called a classic for decades to come, and right now Coilguns stands even more impressively as one of the most important bands in music today.

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RingMaster 07/02/2013

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Coilguns/NVRVD: Split EP

Everything about the new split release between Swiss sonic manipulators Coilguns and German hardcore destructors NVRVD (Never Void) is stunningly impressive. From the 10″ black & white marbled vinyl presentation through to the synapse staggering heart thrilling sounds, the release is exceptional. From previous Coilguns releases there is now a set expectation of something special with each confrontation upon the ear, but with this split they and equally NVRVD have pushed up that bar for and pleasure from violent noise driven invention.

Released through a clutch of labels in Dead Dead Dead Music, Hummus Records, Savour Your Scene Records, and Invektiv Records, the release finds two  new tracks from each band paired with a couple of live cuts from both too on the digital download version. It is a full and explosive mix of studio and live which is raw and intrusive alongside being experimental and imaginative. Each song holds down the senses to violate and abuse whilst igniting a smouldering glow within as they stand grinning over their prize, your passions. If either band has raised your temperature and heart rate before than the split will leave you simpering in your own blissful juices, if both are new than a devastating treat is in store.

First up Coilguns unleashes two caustic sonic delights in Mandarin Hornet and Dewar Flasks. With their debut

photo by Gobinder Jhitta

release, the outstanding split with Kunz and the following thirty minute brutal intimidation of Stadia Rods, the trio of Louis Jucker, Jona Nido, and Luc Hess set out their stall as one of the more inventive and twisted sonic manipulators around and this pair of tracks only elevate that standing. Opener Mandarin Hornet roughly but with reserved aggression strokes the ear with its initial presence, the riffs salty rather than abrasive and rhythms cagey rather than destructive. The opener prowl is certainly steamy if not a furnace of intensity and continually intrigues thoughts and winds around the ear with unpredictable gait and lustful intent. The bristling energies soon erupt into a torrent of antagonistic guitar and drum assaults whilst the bass chews at flesh with relish. As the track rampages it also twists through an onslaught of magnificent breaks, diversions, and sonic teasing so that the experience is as compulsive as it is a fiery corruption. The band has never sounded so good or as innovative and they were no slouches before as their previous tracks showed with ease.

Devour Flasks is a two minute scything of corrosive sonics and blistering vehemence, the guitars scorching sense and synapse whilst the rhythms just stomp the debris into the ground. It is a track which borders on painful for all the right reasons and leaves a delicious soreness in its wake. If the first song did not leave disorientation enveloping the senses this second gets the job done on all levels. It is a rabid furnace and viciously beautiful.

Formed in 2004, the Minden trio of Christian and Stefan Braunschmidt, and Lukas Heier, has been on a steady rise as NVRVD. From their debut album Watch Me Burn and through strong live performances the band picked up good responses to their sound early on whilst the following releases A Grain Thrown In The Sandbox of 2010 and A Memory Of Angst placed the band as certainly ones to watch closely if not more. With an EP in the pipeline for 2013 their two songs on the split leaves one eager for its release. Even rawer than the sound of Coilguns, if that is possible, the hardcore driven assaults of Hungry For Needs and Direktore are tempests of burning energy and malicious degenerative invention, their ever shifting and twisting hook entrapments soaked in vindictive intent within the eroding intensity which shields their insidious charms. The first of the pair leaps upon the ear with spite, anger, and a fury of bone splitting rhythms and scathing riffs. It is the intertwining groove and acidic squall to the voice of the guitars which triggers the most adoration, their squealing pleas the perfect foil to and conspirator with the abusive vocals and drums. The following Direktore takes a slower less direct approach to its victim yet still leaves nothing but a smouldering carcass behind, the snarling bass and venomous guitar play engaging with a constantly changing form of contact, whether a hit and run or seize, burn and scar capture of affection it achieves  its target with ease.

The digital release also contains live tracks of Mastoid and Parkensine from Coilguns alongside Son Of Man and Null And Void from NVRVD, all showing why you should check the bands out on stage if they come anywhere near to you. Powerful, energy sapping, and wholly invigorating the quartet of songs throw you right into their live storms for pleasure and further realisation how impressive both bands are.

There have been many releases this year which deserve your hard earned cash but this is right to the fore and marks Coilguns and now also NVRVD as bands which will take extreme noise to new triumphant levels.

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RingMaster 02/11/2012

 

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