Noisy & Harsh

Soldnergeist, Global Media Control

This band is of the noisy sort; that is the soundscape is provided by a series of samples and mixtures of noise (in the sense of white noise). To enjoy this music you really need an open mind and be in the right mood, for it really isn't anything more than sequenced noise. Be it the gargling / muddy deep sounds, or random white noise, "Commercial War" seeks to create a disturbed atmosphere that intentionally bothers and grates on you. This music is lacking any sort of melody, harmony, or instrumentation of any kind, but that is all in the purpose of the music. Throughout is continues as a disharmonic sound that sinks to very deep pitches and fluctuates endlessly in a very hypnotic fashion. In terms of applicable genre names, this can be labelled as dark ambient noise or death industrial.

Dark noise is by far one of the most difficult genres to get into and find value in, but offers the most disturbing imagery and does a good job to alter your state of awareness (to what largely depends on you).





Brighter Death Now, Innerwar

(c)(p)1996 Relapse Records / Release Entertainment

Brighter Death Now is what some label as death industrial, or is often refered to as dark noise. Other bands like Zaraza and Phycus are also described as death industrial, but Brighter Death Now is certainly the forerunner of the extreme of the dark noise genre. The most immediate response to an album with nothing more than a few vocal samples (one quite disturbing) and sequenced pure noise, is to dismiss this as not being music, which is needlessly unfair to this rich and full music -- no silence or empty dismal expanses to be found anywhere.

While this music is likely to turn many away, it holds value as being truly disturbing, extrmeley harsh, and otherwise indescribable with words.


As a different introduction to the forefathers of true death industrial is "Greatest Death", a CD consisting of listener selecting tracks representing the best of Brighter Death Now. While not as consistantly harsh as "Innerwar", it is a more rounded introduction to the music.