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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Fourth Dimension Records FDCD94
Release Year: 2015
Note: re-mastered re-issue of the LP from 2009 (Noiseville); the project of GARY MUNDY (RAMLEH, BROKEN FLAG) with guitar driven harsh attacks noise... incl. are two bonus tracks! lim. 300 oversized gatefold cover
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"Following the 2014 release of Kleistwahrs latest album, This World Is Not My Home, also on Fourth Dimension Records, The Return is a remastered reissue of a limited edition LP originally on Noiseville Records. Both now long out of print and collectible, Gary Mundy (Ramleh, Breathless, Broken Flag, etc.) never felt completely satisfied with the Noiseville release, hence this revisit to redress the balance being more than justified. Here featuring two previously unreleased bonus cuts, The Storm and The Resounding, the album has been digitally remastered by Gary to capture the intention originally in mind; to render the music at once powerful and dynamic in a setting where volume also plays a significant part of the sound. As with Garys long-running group, Ramleh, the music of Kleistwahr stems from a place both angry and anguished. Underpinned to a huge sense of existential despair, a sense of urgency and frustration likewise screams from this music. Long known for his part in creating a music subsequently known as power electronics, itself copied by hundreds of groups to lesser effect or duly seen as a wellspring of inspiration by countless others often removed from this form, along with Whitehouse and Consumer Electronics, Gary Mundys own forays here have always ventured far beyond such convenient trappings. Kleistwahr, his solo enterprise, pays testament to both this and, more importantly, Garys place as a progressive and highly accomplished visionary artist deserving far more than his status as a merely cult concern. The Return witnesses electronic music once more teased and reshaped into something highly original by one of the genres master craftsmen. Listen to it as loud as your ears can take. Packaged in gatefold Broken Flag-style sleeve. Released in late September 2015." [label info]


"Not only is there a killer new Ramleh double cd set on this week's list, but we also just got a first-time-on-cd edition of this, originally released on vinyl in Noiseville's awesome (and super limited) Outer Bounds Of Sound series in 2009, Kleistwahr being another project of legendary UK noise merchant Gary Mundy (Ramleh, Skullflower, Broken Flag collective) that fits nicely within the man's legacy of harsh electronic noise. Anyone digging Skullflower's more recent forays into blown out guitar skree (and we know there are plenty of you out there) will find much to love here. The four songs making up The Return contain all the air raid siren guitars and eardrum pulverizing feedback we have come to love, but things take a surprisingly beautiful turn on what was side two of the original lp, with warm droney keyboards weaving a haunting melody that perfectly compliments the album cover, a stark photocopied image of a building foundation sitting exposed in the snow surrounded by dead trees. Though the songs are instrumental, Mundy is able to perfectly convey a feeling of despondency and sadness, genuine emotions that definitely set Kleistwahr apart from the multitudes of floorcore outfits, all hunkered over effects pedals making lots of noise, but very little of it as compelling and emotionally charged as this." [Aquarius Rec.]