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MZ.412 - Infernal Affairs

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Cold Spring Records CSR146CD
Release Year: 2011
Note: last in the series of MZ.412 re-issues (originally released 2006); comes with 2 bonus-tracks and new artwork
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €12.00


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„…vielleicht mit eine Folge der zahlreichen fruchtbaren Nebenprojekte, die sich im Laufe der Zeit bei den Herren Nordvargr, Ulvtharm und Drakhon, aus denen das MZ.412 Line-Up noch immer besteht, angesammelt haben. Die ein oder andere dieser Lärmfabriken hat den auch nicht jünger werdenden Protagonisten möglicherweise aber bei der Entwicklung des neuen Materials ein wenig den Druck genommen, denn vergleichbar mit "Domine Rex Inferum" geht es auch auf "Infernal Affairs" über weite Stecken etwas entspannter zu. So sind ebenfalls einige schleppende Dark Ambient Stücke auszumachen, die hier jedoch nicht ausschließlich maßgebend sind, sondern Hand in Hand gehen auch mit aggressiveren Industrialsounds ("Vredens Skvadron", "Point of presence") und Kompositionen, bei denen sich Ambientklänge und Dronen mit schwerer Perkussion paaren und einen abgrundtiefen Sog entfachen ("Lord, make me an instrument of your wrath", "Unhealing wounds").
Daneben, und das ist neu, kommen insbesondere in den beiden Teilen des Titelstücks, welche dadurch auch zu den Höhepunkten des Albums werden, zudem orchestrale bzw. neoklassische Elemente zum Vorschein, die sehr kraftvoll wirken und eine bedrohliche Note in die Musik einbringen. Zusätzlich ist "Infernal Affairs I" noch mit leicht martialischer Rhythmik unterlegt worden. Für Abwechslung ist also gesorgt. MZ.412 ist somit ein atmosphärisch außerordentlich dichtes und stimmiges Werk gelungen, das mit 55 Minuten Spielzeit ebenso überzeugt, wie die optische Aufmachung im düsteren Digipak mit mehrfachem Prägedruck.“ [Terrorverlag]


"7 years after possibly their darkest and most subdued album "Domine Rex Inferum", the Black Industrial pioneers step things up with a bombastic Industrial magnum opus! Opulent orchestral arrangements sit perfectly alongside cavernous dark ambient and blackened noise to create another monumental release from the Swedes who have dominated the scene since their inception in the early 90s. Reissued with two extra tracks in a stunning matt digipak with spot varnishing." [label info]

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"Swedish label Cold Meat Industry was one of the leading labels to release industrial-based ambient-albums that was often termed black ambient or death ambient. One of the true legends from the label was Swedish artist known as MZ. 412 who together with compatriot artists Deutsch Nepal and Brighter Death Now was a leading artist to form the style of Cold Meat Industry. Now more than one decade later British label Cold Spring has taken the trip back to the past to the early days of MZ. 412 and now releases all five albums from the master of black magic. Mz. 412 was originally born as Maschinenzimmer 412. Brain-man behind was Henrik "Nordvargr" Bjorkk who has also released solo-albums under the name Nordvargr with among others collaborations with noise artist Merzbow. Mz 412 circulates in-between spheres of industrial, power electronics and dark ambient with a black metal edge. Maschinenzimmer 412 was developed in 1989, where the shortage MZ. 412 became actual from 1994 forward. All five re-issues have been remastered and comes in a neat package: A black designed digipacinner sleeve with minimalist front-design and early satanic artwork painting on the inner sleeve. First two releases "In Nomine Dei Nostri Satanas Luciferi Excelsi" (1994) and "Burning the temple of god" (1995) is ritual works of martial rhythm textures and subtle drones of crushing power electronics. What is remarkable by these two is the elements of black metal expressions that suits well into the black atmospheres. On the next album "Nordik battle signs" from 1998 the expression seems darker and more heavy. Elements of black metal has disappeared. Instead the expression is more brutal with crushing power electronics. The album among others contains the absolutely astonishing pieces of ritual brutality "Satan Jugend II : Global conqueering" and "In hoc signo vinces". As we move to next album "Domine Rex Inferum" the expressions turns more subdued with focus on black ambient expressions until the final tracks where hell breaks loose with destructible power electronics. Last album in the box originally was released five years after the aforementioned previous album "Domine Rex Inferum". The album titled "Infernal affairs" moves away from the subtle textures of "Domine Rex Inferum" and thus takes the listener in to more upfront and bombastic textures of Industrial with elements of utterly dark ambient and cynic black noise. Hordes of samples from humans whispering, conversing and sometimes screaming in pain saturates the album meanwhile black whooshing drones creates a cinematic atmosphere. An absolutely astonishing boxset demonstrating why MZ 412 is considered one of the true kings of the Swedish black industrial-scene launched from Cold Meat Industry. A true milestone!" [NM/Vital Weekly]