Germany - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 2 - 12/24/96
You would have guessed it, this CD is Sielwolf's fourth record (although
the count outside of their homeland might be different). And the music is
so minimalistic as the choice of the title suggests.
Sielwolf is a relatively young band working in the obscure field of
industrial music. Their main musical interest is sound, and they
experiment a lot with it. Therefore their most important instrument is
the sampler. On earlier recordings they used heavily distorted vocals as
well as guitar and bass, but not this time.Aside from some samples there
are no vocals on this disk, and there is no recognizable guitar nor bass.
The music is reduced to its core, droning sounds recorded with a lot of
echo and thundering drum rhythms. This is what industrial music is
supposed to sound like if we take this term literally.
The whole disk sounds like it was recorded in an old factory hall or an
underground tube. This is the result of the production and mixing work of
Mick Harris (from Scorn). Each track has its own simple structure which
is stretched over five to nine minutes. In between the tracks develop
through the adding or removing of certain elements of the sound spectrum. As
the CD inlay tells us, the music was constructed rather than composed.
Melodies, when they occur, seem to be merely the result of the sequence of
different noises than an intended composition.
The best conditions to listen to this disk would be in a darkened room
where the music can develop its haunting atmosphere. It ain't no happy
Copyright © 1996 Lonely Locke