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NEW BLOCKADERS / MERZBOW / ANOMALI - Kali-Yuga Karma

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Hypnagogia (GIA05)
Release Year: 2011
Note: CD re-issue of three out of print 10" vinyls released 2003-2004: "Falten", "Oumagotoki", "Nitya-Baddha", plus new MERZBOW / TNB track; lim. 300
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Limited edition of 300. Full-colour DigiPak. CD reissue of three 10's released in 2003-04: Falten, Oumagatoki and Nitya-Baddha plus a new track.

"'Kali-Yuga Karma' gathers together various 10 vinyl releases by The New Blockaders, Merzbow and aNoMaLi in one handy package, and given that they have been out of circulation since 2003 and 2004 this reissue is most welcome. Falten and Oumagatoki were noted in TSP magazine on their release, the former being a dazzling piece of shattering noise in two parts, and a strong example of exactly what aNoMaLi can do when he gets the chance to apply his compositional skills to some TNB tape materials. Oumagatoki was the famed collaboration between Merzbow and TNB; it still resembles an unholy ice storm settling over darkened lands and pouring sleet down on the heads of unwilling inhabitants. aNoMaLi's Nitya-Baddha has long been a personal favourite of this listener, and while it does recycle some 1989 fragments of TNB assaultage, it's not simply brutal noise. For the most part I hear a very imaginative and varied piece of tape collage, containing plenty of surreal narrative content, quite disturbing to boot. The set is completed with a new (2010) tape collage which sees the combined forces of all the above flattened and folded together into an intense wodge of merciless cubic roar." [THE SOUND PROJECTOR]


"Its not easy to find information on this label, but through discogs I learned that Hypnagogia is a label run by P. Coates, also known as Anomali, and that this CD contains three pieces of vinyl, probably long out of print, 'Falten' by The New Blockaders and 'Oumagatoki' by Merzbow and The New Blockaders. 'Falten' was recorded with Anomali, of whom the release 'Nitya-Baddha' is included here (all three were actually 10 inch records). The three of them are also responsible for the final piece, which is a new one 'Kali-Yuga Karma'. Here the Blockaders and Merzbow provide sound material and Anomali did the composition. Of these works I only heard 'Oumagatoki' before, but as I love re-issues on CD, I welcome all three. Of course, this is a disc of noise music and this is no problem. I like noise, but not all noise. Elsewhere I write about noise that doesn't succeed, but there is also fine examples of great noise, and this disc proofs it. From the maltreated vinyl attacks of 'Falten' to the delicate electronic noise patterns employed by the Blockaders/Merzbow, in a twenty minute unrelentness style (why did the term harsh noise wall not exist for this, I wondered), with even a touch of musical-ness in the second part of 'Oumagatoki'. Anomali uses acoustic treatments along with pre-taped music from vinyl (I assume) and slips into a more quieter style of noise on the second part of 'Nitya-Baddha'. Three somewhat different approaches to the idea of 'noise' and this all culminates in the sort title track: a furious attack on the nerve system. Study material for aspiring cement builders of harsh noise wall." [FdW/Vital Weekly]