Form and Void: The Bear God Edition

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If you love someone, let them go. No, that’s not it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. That’s a bingo. It’s been too long, friends. You might be sitting at your desk dumbfounded as to why this edition of Form and Void is “the Bear God edition.” I was recently chatting with our favorite Finnish writer and Ursidae deity when he proclaimed to me “write another Form and Void. I need new noise”. I’m not the kind of person to refuse a friend – or a proclamation from a god. If this is the sort of thing you’re into, you have the Bear God to thank. If you’ve always hated this feature, you have him to blame. I’m only the vessel.

We just have a couple of quick things to cover in today’s post.

First up is an album from Cleveland, Ohio noise artist Nyodene D. Really Aaron Vilk, Nyodene D has been building a name for himself and steadily releasing material since 2009. He has released material on Fusty Cunt (also responsible for Koufar, among others), The Vomit Arsonist’s Danvers State Recordings, and Malignant Records, who have been covered on this site on more than one occasion. I recently got into Nyodene D myself, and have been playing his 2012 record Edenfall a lot since I first heard it.

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Edenfall’s sound, overall, can best be described as a mixture of methodical industrial noise and (somewhat) subdued power electronics. It has less in common with much of the depraved impenetrable noise I’ve written about here in the past and more in common with something like The Vomit Arsonist’s Only Red (favorably reviewed on our site here and ranked amongst my favorites of 2015). It’s heavy throughout, and discomforting when it needs to be, but Edenfall represents the growth of its creator from albums past. Thematically the central message is “humanity falling from innocence and grace through dehumanization, exploitation and self-destruction” [source below], which is a far cry from much of the serial killer, sexual perversion, and racist tropes found in power electronics. Aaron described the progression of his sound as a reaction to the low quality yet high praise consistent in his genre (from a 2013 interview with Heathen Harvest):

Heathen Harvest: So how did your style of industrial / power electronics evolve from your earlier days into what it is today? What propelled you towards making more structurally conscious music?

Aaron Vilk:  My own development in sound is derived from both reaction to and emulation of things I observed in extreme music. My conscious decision to incorporate a greater degree of composition and structure to Nyodene D was in many ways reactionary; it was born out of frustration with the acclaim that so much experimental and even harsh noise / industrial music can garner despite a lack of song-craft, conceptual planning, and quality control. I was tired of seeing noise artists being lauded for their latest c-10 of crummy, whispery harsh noise packaged in poorly xeroxed art. I was equally disenchanted with how artistically unexplored and fertile subject matter was merely being wrapped around abstract harsh noise without any deeper significance or meaning.

Harsh static and distorted screams are present on Edenfall – there are also unusual melodies and tribal chants, if you pay close attention. If you aren’t a fan of this sort of thing, it won’t likely convert you. If you are, this album should make your regular rotation. Also of note, Nyodene D recently released Witness To The Flood on Chondritic Sound in April of this year. Half the tracks are streaming on Bandcamp.

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Lastly, I have been waiting for news about a new power electronics project called Ten Thousand Miles of Arteries since my early summer trip to New York for APEX VI. While attending the fest, Chicago noise musician Auditor informed me of this project, and mentioned how promising it seemed. The same three unfinished and unmastered tracks have been on Bandcamp for months, but apparently a deal is in the works to release the finished material on Theologian’s Annihilvs Power Electronix. These tracks sound remarkable given their unfinished status. “White Robe” is especially creepy. Keep on the lookout for this one.

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  • Dagon

    For now I’m gonna limit myself to saying that I really dig the header image of this article.

  • Not enough breakdowns for me. Or weedlies for that matter, lol.

    GL

    • KJM, Doom Hunter General

      WHERE ARE THE DEEDLIES

      • Scientists maintain that the information has been lost for centuries. We may never know.

        • KJM, Doom Hunter General

          Speaking of science, it’s official. WATER ON MARS!! Right now, even!

          • Dang! I heard something about a new conference… I will brb gotta go look it up

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            Yep! That’s the big announcement. It’s really salty, but it’s there and there’s a good chance there’s more of it.

          • Damn. What a day huh? Crazy to think about. I wonder if there is water that contains lower concentrations of salt, just like here on Earth… interesting

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
          • Wow wow. Crazy news huh?

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            As long as the water can be desalinated(which admittedly takes a lot of energy), you can use it for agriculture. It will take a lot of work but now, growing things on Mars isn’t so far fetched anymore.

          • lots of energy, you say. like a nuclear bomb?
            http://ieet.org/index.php/IEET/more/spataro20150927

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            He must’ve seen this video and got the wrong idea.

            BTW, Mr Musk, that’s a stupid fucking plan.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=693ziR0qKfo

          • Can’t wait for Coca-Cola and McDonald’s to destroy that enviroment too <3 They're the greatest killing forests and poisoning rivers.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            We’ll just have to stop the scum from getting there while somehow allowing scientists passage to do their research. Hopefully they’ll never find oil or natural gas on Mars because that will be “game over”.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Calm down lifelover. Don’t worry, you’ll be dead in 30-50 years.

          • That’s how I look at. Not my problem.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            No shit. What the fuck am I going to “clean up”? There are 7 billion fucking humans on this rock. And in 50 years they’re probably be like 10 billion. Fucking disgusting. But……..be sure to clean up! Oh and don’t pull out or anything.

          • This place is full up with breeders. Most of these humans just breed like it’s no big thing. No money no problem. Lets have a damn kid. Lets make it 6 while we are at it.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            One of many reasons I got “snipped” years ago, helped that I was in a relationship at the time. My time on this rock is for me. I have neither the patience nor the money for a family.

          • honestly i’m floored at how people afford a kid. or two+

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Me too.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            I have friends who own businesses and save money so they’re okay with 1-2 kids unless sales drop.

          • We all know Shake doesn’t have cock and balls 😉

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            “I’ve hit that!!”

            “Hit what?!”

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            You’re insane, Wongburger!!!

          • …The act of a total……………….. Ah, what’s the word I’m looking for here? The act of a total………………..

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            ………………but keep the planet clean! It’s such bullshit.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            If people honestly believe that irreversible global catastrophe is coming within decades, why have children? Won’t those children have to live with it? Aren’t you essentially “passing the buck” by having kids?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Pretty much. I’m just ranting anyway. The only way to fix shit, is get rid of humans. The earth can repair itself.

          • Agreed. I’m not saying that it’s bad to be aware or anything… But, the effort is not worth it. I don’t think so anyways. I’m the same way about voting. Fuck it, I’m not going to change a thing. I just ignore the bullshit and live my dumb little life. I have my own fucking problems to work on.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, I totally agree.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            I agree 100%. The only way to avoid overcrowding is either a mass extinction or exodus to somewhere else.

          • more beer

            Because people are selfish. They all think their little shit machine is the greatest thing to humanity ever.

          • more beer

            Even the dumbest of fucks can reproduce. There needs to be some sort of standardized testing to keep this from happening. If you are too stupid no kids.

          • Well put.

          • more beer

            Thank you.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Tits BRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAARRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!!! TITTIES BRRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Fuck, I’ve seen that before. Brutal.

          • Knocked the FUCK out! I don’t even know what happened, but it was fucking stupidly funny either way.

          • Vote for Jeb

            I’ve watched this over and over before and tried to figure it out. I think he hits himself in the knee so hard that he loses his balance and starts to faint, then the pool table sort of finishes the job.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Doesn’t the pool cue stick break, or is that an optical illusion? It’s some sort of fucked up magic trick.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Yah, I think it breaks in half over his knee.

          • JamesGrimm

            it one that screws together. it wasent fastened properly.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Why does he fall, though? He’s clearly in a lot of pain before he hits the table.

          • JamesGrimm

            Drink. and loss of equilibrium.

          • JamesGrimm

            and being a bro.

          • This about sums it all up.

          • JamesGrimm

            …His pool cue breaks. and then he falls.

          • Damn! He won’t do that again.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            What if it’s Mars-jizz?

          • If that was true, don’t you think they would have already… *wait for it*… come to that conclusion?

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            I see what you did there!

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            BaDoomBoom!

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            I’m sure someone can market that as an aphrodisiac and use the proceeds for more missions. It’s still a win!

      • “DAAAANNCE BITCH DANCE!!!” ♫ ♫

        That solo is rambobitching Link, get on it!

    • KJM, Doom Hunter General

      HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    • OMG

    • Dagon

      This fits better than my favorite jacket (I don’t own jackets)

      This gif is actually a good metaphor for life.

      • Count_Breznak

        Only if you turn it by 90° clockwise

  • KJM, Doom Hunter General
    • Based Pingu

      Burn that goddamn bush!

      • KJM, Doom Hunter General

        It’s my hiding place from all things Noise, Black, Death(sometimes) and Post. You can’t have it.

        • Based Pingu

          You can’t hide from all the good things!

          • NOOTMAIDER NOOTMAIDER

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            I don’t hide from the good things, just those.

          • Based Pingu

            Those are the good things, you silly willy Billy.

        • JamesGrimm

          ssooo….you listen to country and and soft jazz. got it.

          • KJM, Doom Hunter General

            Of course.

  • Even if you don’t dig this, I must say that the devotion of these noise artists to a concept is enviable. Hearing Edenfall is like watching a compilation of real gore, they embody what are they trying to express with their society discomfort and critique.

    Well done, Ed.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I am most pleased, you have my gratitude, good will be with you.
    Nyodene D is some marvelous stuff, Edenfall at least.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I’m pretty new to his stuff but based on this one I’m thinking it would be really worthwhile to dig around.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Listening to Ten Thousand Miles Of Arteries now. It’s pretty good too, I like the (almost martial?) beat and swuuuuuoothing synths on the background. Both of these artists seem quite approachable for what they are actually.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          Approachable noise, lol

          I know what you mean and I agree, actually. I’ve been digging more of the martial rhythmic industrial stuff lately.

  • Maik Beninton™

    Nyodene D is listenable, it’s somewhat tickling my brain.

  • Hubert

    NEW FORM AND VOID FUCK YEAH

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Turn those speakers up.

    • The distinction between my speakers being too loud or the music being too noisy is too much for me to handle, ND!

      GL

    • That Nyodene D pierced my ear drums, it reminds me a little of some of the intros on Fear Factory’s first album.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        I’m painfully out of touch with Fear Factory to be honest.

  • JamesGrimm
    • band and album >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • I honestly had no idea what was going on when I saw them. I just know it was void inducing.

      • i know you aren’t a big fan, but were they good live?

        • I have nothing against them. Not my go to band, but I dig em.

          They were good, but like I said. It was just a blur of distortion and chaos. I have no clue how they were able to follow each other so tightly.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Rather enjoying this. Think the aspects of structure and melody are what are doing it. Has a sort of violent science fiction feel, not just pebble dashing the ears. Good stuff. And nice review!

  • Óðinn
    • CT-12

      Dude, I like you, KJU, and Tyree, but could I ask y’all to please stop with the near porn-like pics/gifs that keep getting posted on here? I’m really not trying to be a dick, but I’d just prefer not to see it, it’s probably alienating whatever little female presence we’ve ever had on this site, and it’s NSFW as all holy hell. In the end, you guys can obviously do whatever you want, I just would rather ask and possibly be rejected than bite my tongue and do nothing.

  • Waynecro

    You know what’s awesome? The soundtrack to the old Nintendo game Little Nemo: The Dream Master. That is all.