Book review by Christoph Fringeli
Helge Lehmann: Die Todesnacht in Stammheim – Eine Untersuchung. Indizienprozess gegen die staatsoffizielle Darstellung und das Todesermittlungsverfahren. 2nd printing 2012, Pahl-Rugenstein, Cologne.
On October 18, 1977 at 8:53 am, the German news agency dpa sent out a news bulletin announcing “Baader and Ensslin have committed suicide.”
What had happened? [Read more →]
Book review by Christoph Fringeli
Anton Shekovtsov, Paul Jackson (Eds): White Power Music – Scenes of Extreme Right Cultural Resistance.Mapping the Far-Right, Volume 2, Searchlight Magazine/Radicalism and New Media Research Group, August 2012.
This volume shines a spotlight on various far right musical scenes all over Europe. The first part of the book is made up of country-specific looks at the scenes in Germany, France, Sweden, Greece, Hungary and Romania, and the Czech Republic. The second part consists of three articles: one about the memory of Ian Stuart Donaldson, one about women in White Power music, and one about „White Power music and censorship in the Information Age“.
The articles differ a great deal in how they approach the issues. The article about the German „Rechtsrock“ scene limits itself largely to that particular brand of white power rock, and is basing itself to a considerable degree on the reports of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, BfV). These should be taken with a grain of salt as we have seen in the context of the murders of the National Socialist Underground. The author is staying close to the music associated with traditional neo-Nazism (NPD and DVU parties) and doesn’t investigate the more transversal forms of far-right subcultures. Nevertheless it can serve as an introduction to a particular field of German far-right music to a reader unfamiliar with the topic.
The second article is concerned with France, starting off with the phenomenon of „rock identitaire“, and the involvment of protagonist Fabrice Robert in various national-revolutionary and national-Bolshevik sects until his recent activities as a leader of Bloc Identitaire. The article traces the nationalist rock back to the 70’s and the influence of the Italian Janus group up to the present via skinhead hate rock and NSBM, expanding the spectrum into far right techno since the 90’s. [Read more →]
Noize Creator – The Future is Cancelled – Praxis 51
Crucial breakcore release from veteran producer Noize Creator who we haven’t seen a release from in a while, but who has been consistently mashing up the dance with his intense live sets. NC lays down a spacious sound across four tracks, pinning sliced breaks to solid broken rhythms, adding refined noise and details to tense atmospheres. Following Lifeform, Noize Creator’s 2012 smasher for the
Sub/Version digital division, that took it’s references from late 90s techstep, there is here also a reintroduction of ideas at a crucial time: a harsh functional sound. [Read more →]
Raime: Quarter turns over a living line – Blackest Ever Black LP01
This great 2×12” gatefold record is an intense body experience, so listen as loud as possible! London duo Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead make beautiful, deadly done/ambient/noise soundscapes. The 40+ minutes open with the excellent grating track ‘passed over trail’, and most of the tracks demonstrate a powerful intermixing of machine noise elements and live instrumentals of walls of distortion and guitar and cello acoustics like on ‘your cast will tire’. ‘Exist in the repeat of practice’ offers hypnotic loops and soft drum patterns that create an extremely paranoid landscape. Definitely recommended! [Read more →]
Noistruct – Front Toward Enemy (Chase Records)
One of the Older Netlabels in hard electronic music is Chase records from france. Number 49 here is from the australian producer Boris Otterham aka Noistruct. A compilation of unreleased tracks,remixes and tracks previously released on labels like 8-bit recordings and Night Terror Recordings. 26 files of various styles like oldschool(amiga-?)”breakcore”, hardcore & drum&bass. Lots of movie samples,dirty breaks and a good flow in most of the tracks makes it an interesting web release, one of the few good ones you can find now and then in the big pile of boring copycat stuff. [Read more →]