Author & Punisher – Krüller (2022 Relapse Records)

Artist: Author & Punisher

Album: Krüller (2022)

Label: Relapse Records

Genre: Industrial Metal / Darksynth


Tristan Shone is the one-man bandleader and mastermind behind the industrial darksynth project Author & Punisher. Shone performs his music using a unique collection of hand-built electronic synthesizers and sound machines and has been doing so in earnest for the better part of the last decade.

With 2018’s ‘Beastland,’ Shone found a new audience by shifting to the roster of Relapse Records, a label better known for forward-thinking death metal than doom electronics. With his mind-blowing new album ‘Krüller’, Shone has achieved a clarity and purpose of sound previously unheard in his other work. Of particular note are collaborators Justin Chancellor and Danny Carey, better known as the rhythm section of alternative metal stalwarts Tool, who show up sporadically to fill in some of the low end of Shone’s electronics.

The music reveals shades of late 90’s industrial acts like Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, and Type O Negative, especially in the aggressive vocals and lush layers of metallic distortion, yet ‘Krüller’ remains an absolutely singular listening experience. Shone’s songwriting chops are on display here as well – no longer content with half-finished sound collages or drones, Shone instead focuses on a more streamlined compositional style that benefits the flow of the album as a whole.

This one’s definitely one of the stronger releases of 2022 so far and a easy recommendation for fans of industrial music, alternative metal, or darkwave electronic music. 


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Cold EP, by Vasko the Pig

I am not sure what is in the air that has compelled people to start unearthing and releasing long-lost creations, but I am certainly loving the trend!

From 2014 we have the Cold EP by Vasko the Pig (Fwonk, Webelotrax and beyond) – a hazy and glitchy little experience drawn out across 4 lengthy tracks.

Vasko really flexes their signature “industrial yet melodic” style all over this project, with sweeping pads and buzzing synths engulfing the listener as if we are witnessing some bizarre sonic ritual manifest. The beginnings of harsh shredding sounds ripping through dimensions eventually settle into both rhythmic and melodic clarity.

Described by the producer as “Noisy and Weird. Messier than the stuff I do now” – however you could have fooled me, as tracks like Quarantine Zone (an interesting title indeed!) are focused, polished and intriguing.

For fans of drone, post-rock and ambient vaporwave – there’s a little something for everyone in here. You can stream + download the EP directly from the artists bandcamp.

Cause Without Effect, by Information For The Blind

Raw and wandering post-industrial ambient techno from Information For The Blind (SeisMoGraph).

Cause Without Effect is a beefy 2-track project that certainly feels more like a full EP given the breadth of sonic exploration occurring within the 16-17 minutes of music.

The title track – nearly 10 minutes in length – bounces between dark ambience and experimental electronics with ease, guided by interesting vocals and vocoders. Structures and built up and deconstructed, chugging along to a dark and ominous end.

Meander Patterns offers a more unified vision, opting to solidify itself in a single atmosphere – rhythms and accents swirling around to provide steady progression.

Certainly an interesting listen that you may find yourself returning to. Stream it now on bandcamp or take advantage of the name-your-own-price download.

Super Glue, by Eternity Hotline

Warped and destroyed acid electronica sounds from Eternity Hotline, brought to us by Sacramento’s Outer Grid Records.

I personally dove into this one not knowing what to expect. I am not familiar with Outer Grid Records, but I can say for sure that I am a fan now! Same goes for Eternity Hotline (not to be biased, but we love all things Eternity here…) – a producer I was not aware of at all, but I am deeply impressed and energized by this release, Super Glue.

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Four Months, by M L D V R

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Self-released dark experimental from Sydney based noise producer M L D V R. Stumbled on this one randomly, drawn in by the cover art (no pun intended) – and pleasantly surprised with what I found inside. 3 expansive tracks of rough and satisfying experimentation, folding together dissonance and rhythm in the most addicting way that has left me coming back for more and more. The evolution of tracks is potent, with the first track being ominously deconstructed, leading towards the 3rd track which hits a massive halftime/dubstep beat that packs an intensely subtle energy.

Apparently this is part 1 of 3 in a new series from this producer, I am very excited for what’s to come. Don’t be fooled by the artwork formatting, it would appear this is a digital only release so far. Perhaps we will be blessed when the series is completed with some sort of Tape release….

S P O R T : DELUXE, by TYLER HOLMES

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Released back in August 2017 but just reaching my ears now (forgive me!) – I have become hypnotized and captivated by S P O R T : DELUXE by TYLER HOLMES. Available via Oakland imprint Ratskin Records, this 9-track project bleeds and oozes with expressive energy. Tyler is unafraid to truly explore the sonic territory around him, using an expansive palette of instruments, sounds and influences. There is a strange focus to everything, as if all the madness were arranged in a very particular way….

Resistance Fatigue, by TAXXESS

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Texas Producer TAXXESS dropped this dense industrial-cyberpunk project back in December – It’s packed full of harsh buzzing drones, big beats and bizarre sonic abnormalities. Even with the diverse palette of destroyed sounds, there is a beautiful rhythm to each track, encouraging you to get lost inside….

Table Of Elements Vol. 3​.​0 Compilation

Epic compilation from french label M-tronic

SPREADING ROOTS EPISODE FIVE

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Please enjoy this mix of tracks from the second half of April, 2014.

Eternity Tree is a multimedia project of Christopher Hoffmann Jacob, consisting of musical creation and curation, culture, design and art. SPREADING ROOTS began in 2013 as a blog featuring an endless list of musical recommendations, reviews, write-ups and visuals. In 2014, SPREADING ROOTS began a series of bi-monthly mixes featuring up and coming artists + producers. Good music makes the cut, genres are bent and re-defined, and wonderful energy gets a chance to present itself. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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This playlist contains 30 tracks, total time: 1.50.10

SPREADING ROOTS EPISODE FOUR

 

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Please enjoy this mix of tracks from the first half of April, 2014.

 

Eternity Tree is a multimedia project of Christopher Hoffmann Jacob, consisting of musical creation and curation, culture, design and art. SPREADING ROOTS began in 2013 as a blog featuring an endless list of musical recommendations, reviews, write-ups and visuals. In 2014, SPREADING ROOTS began a series of bi-monthly mixes featuring up and coming artists + producers. Good music makes the cut, genres are bent and re-defined, and wonderful energy gets a chance to present itself. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

 

Be sure to stay in touch with ETERNITY•TREE for new mixes as well as plenty of other content.
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Le Motel – CRUNK
LIL 3LL (リル TRILL) – f i j i w a t e r f a l l
Bored Lord – Celebrity Sepuku (Bored Lord Nudemix)
Artie Desu – Sunbeat
PHASERLAND – HOT STUNNER
Stimulator Jones – Tempt Me With Your Love
Mirror Kisses – Genius
DRIP-133 – 6TH GRADE
young&natural – Fall Asleep
cyberlust – frequent calls
Sau Poler – Juun
FᾷNoÑβMΔkeR – …HYPNOTISE…
memory cards – C h a m p a g n e F a n t a s y
BEEMO – bb i luv u
Spitz Lang – Espresso
SAVON – Bria’s Interlude
Y U M I – 由美 – ビサイド島
SOFIA RETA – BONBON
☁WitekProdukcje☁ – SVD GIRL
Lindsheaven Virtual Plaza – Deep Essences
Kodak Cameo – love how you
Defled – Sculpture
varsee – jungle

total run time – 1.14.52