"A DOCUMENT FOR ALL FALLEN WOMAN IN THE WORLD-WARS: THEY ALL HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIFE AND LOST THEIR INNOCENCE"
A few factors have contributed to this being a good time to cover this limited edition SkullLine release on the Blog. Firstly, although the standard edition of this album has been nestling in Nazgul's collection for some time it was only recently that an opportunity arose to purchase the special edition 'textile bag' version of this release. Coincidentally, that was around the same time that Nazgul had posted an article on the label's first anniversary release "WHW", so the time seemed right to double-up on SkullLine product in April in this, the final post of another busy month. It's been a bit of a B-Machina/Bonemachine-fest recently, methinks...!
Incidentally, the special edition in the bag offers no additional music over the standard release but certainly looks the more interesting album housed as it is in the black and red woven bag. Only 100 of these were made (Nazgul's is #58).
This "document for fallen women..." is a very worth idea on the part of SkullLine, and has been reviewed in a few places online over the past year or so. The most thorough overall review that Nazgul has found is the one at www.gothtronic.com in which it is written:
"After ‘Wieler Werkstaette’ I have again a compilation release from SkullLine. This time however it is comprised over 2CD's, and instead of staying within the boundaries of industrial and noise, now also the regions of neofolk and ambient are added. So ‘Bewein Dein Mädel’ should be an even more diverse listen. Since it’s a compilation, it is again available in 2 versions, the regular version of 2 cd’s in a slimline dvd case which has 200 copies, and the more limited version of 100 copies which comes in a textile bag with red ornament and includes an additional numbered semi-glossy BDM insert.
The compilation is also “a document for all fallen women in the worldwars they all have given their life and lost their innocence”. So it’s a concept album at the same time. Upon browsing through the long track list, I come across some very well-known names like Kenji Siratori, Bleiburg, Melek-Tha, Hybryds, Stormfågel and Krepulec. The first CD starts of with a track by Grabstein called ‘Kraft Durch Freude’. It’s not a very long track, just under 3 minutes. The song is basically made up of what sounds like samples from old Hollywood movie songs and German samples. Nearing the end of the song it changes into an industrial soundscape. In Scherben makes a neofolk song with ‘Ein Letztes Mal’.
The sound changes completely with a track by Para-Dioxin with the track ‘1942’. It really sounds like Converter has made a new song, somewhat resembling the song ‘Coma’ from the ‘Shock Front’ album. Albeit with less inventiveness. Then up is a track by cyberpunk author and internet über self-promoter Kenji Siratori. With ‘Nietzsche Girl' he created his familiar style industrial noise and heavily processed vocals. The audio equivalent of his writings and is a very good track. Bleiburg is a project you never to what kind of track to expect, which is a good thing! With ‘Mirogojske Svijeće’ they create a kind of rhythmic industrial track, though not really powernoise.
Another interesting track is ‘Einsamkeit’ from Riccardo Z. This is very nice and bittersweet minimal electro, which could easily have been found on ‘Minimal Baby’. Masters of occult black noise, Melek-Tha, deliver a very successful track with ‘Le Triumphe De La Volontée’. It contains their specific brand of heavy and deep percussion and dark samples. Hybryds never disappoint, and they create again a very nice track with ‘White Snow (Excerpt)’. The combination of sensual vocals and groovy sounds is always a pleasure to listen to. Genocide Lolita creates again a very harsh track. A successful combination of distorted vocals and sick sounds. A project to keep in mind!
Since this is a double album, we skip to the next CD for more audio goodness. After the sweet minimal sounds of Zr19.84 with ‘Non Un Passo Indietro ! (CCCP)’, we get a stab of sick noise from Kadaver. ‘Heart Shaped Torture’ is indeed not meant lightly, since we get an overdose of Merzbow-like static noise. Then we go again to the other side of the musical spectrum with Kammer Sieben’s German neofolk ‘Altes Lied (Piano)’, aided by a sad sounding piano. Another interesting piece of sound comes from Zynkali, who creates a very interesting industrial soundscape with ‘Evakuierte Zone’.
Forthcoming Fire with ‘Achtung Achtung (Wir Kommen Wieder)’ needs to be mentioned, because it sounds totally different from all the tracks that came before. It sounds old school 90’ rave with some EBM elements here and there and some German samples added for good measure. Der Feuerkreiner has an interesting track with ‘Sie Gehen Daher Wie Ein Schemen’, which sounds like martial industrial combined with some mild powernoise and techno elements. The rather new project Fourniersches Gangraen, has a very good soundscape to offer with ‘Steyrermühlener Klangdruck’. It’s a mildly intense rhythmic track, which sounds like something is trying to crawl towards the listener. The album ends with a song by Krepulec, ‘Warschauer 1944’, which contains their way of combining melodies and samples. A good closing song!
With 33 songs, this is a rather big release. The second disc is the most diverse and seems all over the place, moving from minimal electro to noise to neofolk. With such a massive amount of songs and styles, sometimes it can be a bit too much variety for some listeners perhaps. But for people who are open-minded for all kinds of genres this will be an interesting and adventurous listen. Though there seems to be a concept behind the album, it’s not always noticeable with every track.
As with lots of compilation albums, not all tracks are as interesting, but SkullLine have done a decent job with most of the tracks, combining well-known names with lesser ones. ‘Bewein Dein Mädel’ is also a good representation of what kinds of music SkullLine is releasing at the moment."
What you will have noticed, however, is that there is no mention of the B-Machina track! For this we must peruse the Chain DLK site for their brief reference to the song: "More and more Ambient tunes are following, some with Noise infiltrated (NOCTURNE, B-MACHINA) but all of them with that thematically fitting Military thing."
Not much to go on there, either! However, to be fair the track is just under 6 minutes of martial ambiance, in the way that B-Machina tend to create atmosphere rather than necessarily write songs. In its opening salvo there is more than a hint of that old chestnut 'Heimatleid' surrounding the cavernous notes but the piece goes on to become a distinctive track in its own right, echoing and clanking away like a good 'un!
A rather excellent compilation on the whole, and as Uncle Nazgul now has a two copies should anyone be interested in enquiring about the standard issue version please do come forward and ask....