menschenhass - reviews
nach etwa einjaehriger pause (wenn man von den tapes absieht) melden sich
die beiden klangstabil-jungs boris may und maurizio blanco mit einer neuen
10" zurueck, diesmal nicht auf megahertz sondern vielmehr auf dem new
yorker label world war iv. die idee zu dieser platte entstand aus dem
hass gegenueber einer stadt, reutlingen, und deren bewohner heraus. das
cover zeigt die shilouhetten der beiden schwer bewaffneten produzenten
wie sie schussbereit vor dem gewusel der reutlinger fussgaengerzone stehen.
die platte selbst kommt in durchsichtigem vinyl, und die rillen laufen
von innen nach aussen. der track "der menschenhasser" auf der a-seite
wird von einem langsamen beat mit stark verzerrten snares und hihats getragen,
ueber dem sich majestaetische strings auftuermen, und kreiert somit eine
bedrohlich-dramatische atmosphaere. nach dem letzten break endet der track
in absoluter distortion. sehr eindrucksvoll. die b-seite, "absicherung
der arbeitskraft", kommt ohne viele rhythmische elemente aus und zeigt
sich mit einer sich staendig wiederholenden, beissenden synthiesequenz
ebenfalls boese und elektronisch kalt. es ist den beiden hier gelungen,
ihren stil weiter zu verfeinern, und man darf gespannt sein was noch so
alles kommt wenn erst ihr neues studio in betrieb ist. die platte ist
uebrigens auf 353 stueck limitiert, von denen aber nur ein kleiner teil
nach deutschland kommt. jh
wer glaubt klangstabil wuerden langsam in richtung alec empire posertum
abgleiten, der duerfte nachdem er diese transparente 10" gehoert hat all
das schnell wieder vergessen haben. zwei tracks extrem dichter noisiger
musik voll von strangen effekten, modulationen, grundklaengen, echos,
zerrissenheit, zerrender lebendigkeit und boeser kompromislosigkeit, die
aber dennoch ueber alles den klang setzen, und daran arbeiten. trotz aller
schroffen elemente ist diese klangstabil ep nicht einfach noise, und damit
einreihbar in den glauben an die wie auch immer geartete reinigung druch
zerstoerung (in so einem fall meist klang) sondern ein sehr genau funktionierendes
uhrwerk seltsamer aber kongruenter und stimmiger ideen die man so formuliert
selten finden kann. wenn auch auf "absicherung der arbeitskraft" die ideologie
etwas stark durch die sounds scheint, eine sehr gute platte fuer leute
die etwas weiter in musik hineinhoeren wollen. bleed
new empire [01/2000]
one friend of mine once said: klangstabil make the most awful music i've
ever heard. and i think it is exactly the intention of klangstabil to
make people like this friend of mine to say things like this. it don't
want to describe the music of klangstabil again in this review, if you
want to know more about it, just read the other reviews. basically menschenhass
brings no change in the overall-concept of the project. it is really heavy
music, minimalistic, experimentalistic and maybe surealistic (i don't
believe you can express surealism in music, but that's another story).
either you love klangstabil if you understand the message or you hate
it, because then you "hear" it form the wrong point of view. menschenhass
get's a coolnes 10 from me because of different reasons. 1. the title.
it's great, together with this cover. you'll like it. read the text on
the back-cover and you'll love it. 2. the lp itself...hell it is not like
a normal lp played from the outside to the inside, but the other way round!
it was really hard work to convince my lp-player to make it so. 3. the
sick and insane music. go to their page and listen to the samples, i cannot
explain it. the album is limited to 353 pieces, so try to get a copy.
it is like always a great piece of art! yes, art. forget it if you seek
re:mote induction [02/2000]
accepted knowledge: records are 12" circles of black vinyl, playing from
the outer edge to the center. klangstabil - menschenhass: 10" clear vinyl,
with an inside out groove - which means it plays from the center to the
edge. something i'd read about, but clearly not paid enough attention
to as i attempt to work out what the hell its all about. but why has menschenhass
been pressed this way? well, klangstabil said: "the idea is from the label
world war iv in new york city, where the 10" came out. thanks to sasha
and shane for that great idea!!! .. sasha (from noizguild/world war iv)
asked me, if we were interested in making a special thing for the menschenhass
...so we decided to make an inside-outside groove .. cause' it's not current!!
special it may be, but every time i think about it all i can think of
is watching the record going round in reverse. so the first time i put
it on i am more concerned with watching the rotation in strange fascination.
and i can't help wonder if this affected the sound that appears on the
record - i am sure some of it sounds a little backwards itself. to this
suggestion klangstabil replied: "hehe .. no, the music was created before
the idea came out to pressing our stuff on an inside-outside groove!!
it wasn't our idea!! it was the idea of the world war iv label!! the music
sounds on the master dat and on the 10" vinyl the same! .. there is no
difference ..!!". so there you go; it's just a psychological effect of
watching the spinning. as klangstabil have said, this is a release from
the new american label world war iv, but the art is by salt along with
klangstabil themselves. the front is a black and white photo of a busy
street scene, within a black frame, superimposed over that is a silhouette
of two people, apparently holding guns. on the reverse of the sleeve is
another black frame - this time with a quote from a surrealist manifesto
at the top, and the credits at the bottom. clearly with the effort in
design there is an idea behind this release. this klangstabil said: "the
idea behind menschenhass: we can't understand people who don't care, people
who have no idea how life works .. we can't accept the misunderstandings
each day .. we want people to take more care in their and other peoples
life. menschenhass means misanthropy. we are not misanthropes .. we are
human beings." placing the needle in the center we watch as it moves outward,
in reverse motion to meet the first hum of der menschenhasser. the hum
is mixed with a slight crackle - the sound is slight, but this throws
you as it is actually the sound of charge gathering. or so you discover
with a sudden painful electrical discharge. shocked, charge builds again,
accompanied by a slight beat as it goes through this repeating cycle.
the pace is blunt, a steadiness - the discharges sharp, quick peaks, then
an ebb back to the zero point. concerned with that it takes you longer
to notice the melodies built from the initial hum, wavering and slightly
buried with bass tones. menschenhass is more focused than much of the
higher pitched oscillations common in klangstabil's work. though with
that it could also be one of the harshest pieces i have heard from them.
your memory of menschenhass is likely to be how slow and long the tracks
are. though on examination there is certainly more to it than that. changing
over we have absicherung der arbeitskraft, a more pronounced humming bass
tone. forming cycles, which peak with a creaking clank of rough electronic
beat. this focuses into a wavering two tone construction. with slight
mutations change is present, but the focus remains the initial sounds.
every other detail funnels your attention in that direction - the sound
is rough and not a little hard - yet the effect is hypnotic, forming a
hard core noise=trance track. pulling back from that drawing force, the
other elements drone in a piercing fashion, crackling and distorting noisily.
then there is a turning point where the core remains, but everything else
acts at once - heavy layers assault in hard patterns. again the pacing
is mid and absicherung der arbeitskraft seems to be fairly long, with
various segments demonstrating a real power struggle after that turning
point. exhausted all sounds retreat, leaving a final hum and conclusion.
two hard tracks from klangstabil on clear backwards 10" vinyl - a definite
collectors item. so it should be noted that menschenhass is limited to
353 copies and klangstabil warn that they are down to the very, very last
ones. though if you are not fast enough you should avoid total despair,
as there is a new klangstabil cd, gioco bambino, due through plate lunch,
and the 12" sprite storage format from ant-zen in mid-february.
in comparison with other klangstabil i have heard up to date, "menschenhass"
by far has the most textured and noisy sound. i wonder if it is the result
of the fact that this record was released on new york's wwiv records which
is run by noise dj team noizguild that is famous for this kind of unstructured
abrasive music. first side ("der menschenhassser") starts out with controlled
barely structured noisy frequencies that are not nearly as cut up and
processed as usual klangstabil sound. bursts of static feedback and manipulated
noisy frequencies fill this track that could be described as "atmospheric"
for the lack of better definition. the sound seems to be rather "flat"
and not as textured as recent "sprite storage format". second side features
more familiar klangstabil elements, but this time crunchier and noisier
than ever with monotonous manipulated frequencies on the background and
screeching piercing sounds overlaid on top of repetitive, almost drony
noises as with "sprite storage format", there was a very special story
behind the packaging that accompanied this release (more details on wwiv
site); the usual advise that is applicable to all recent klangstabil work
- listen to it loud! hopefully their upcoming us tour would show all the
diversity the band possesses.
wwiv is the new record label of the folks who do the noizguild club in
new york, and although this is wwiv02, it’s the first record they’ve actually
released. "menchenhass" is a two song clear 10" with a crazy inside-out
groove (as in the needle starts in the middle and moves out as you play
the record.) "absicherung der arbeitskraft" is based around a heavy synth
riff that has been looped ad nauseum, while some excellent glitchy electronic
noise is manipulated over the top. unlike a lot of repetitive stuff, this
has an edge to it that gives it a sort of trancy feel rather than being
boring. "der menchenhasser" is a bit more ambient and a bit darker, with
smooth synth melodies and a pulsating beat hiding behind strange, almost
random distorted bursts of metallic rhythm and ambient, buzzing feedback.
the songs seem a bit long, but they have a good sound overall that makes
it work, and this 10" receives my approval.