Review: Author & Punisher – Melk En Honing

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The author of industrial intensity returns with a punishing new album.

In music, it can be difficult to achieve a true “signature” sound. Many artists can work at it for decades and never truly rise above the level of generic riff rehashers or bandwagon jumpers, at least in the eyes of listeners. Author & Punisher‘s sole member, Tristan Shone, has carved a unique niche for himself in extreme music by not only handcrafting his one-of-a-kind instruments that appear ripped straight from the inner workings of an automated assembly plant, but by then by also performing his music live as a true one man band, complete with giant metal apparatuses and voice-changing masks.

This is absolutely for the best, because while A&P delivers a thrumming, detonating barrage of sound on a tectonic scale, there is never any doubt of the human element behind it all. This is raw, artistic expression nurtured from the most basic of emotions and filtered through a hive mind of a thousand pounds of steel, messes of wires and a significant chunk of mechanical engineering know-how.

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From the opening sounds of The Barge, you won’t soon forget about that ‘mechanical’ part, as your first introduction to the album sounds akin to sitting inside the treads of Bagger 288 as car-sized rocks fall about and leave craters in the softened earth. Your mind moves to thoughts of weight. Mass. Density. Inability to confront the scale of heaviness on display. Most songs sound as though they can barely contain the sheer size of noise trying to cram its way through your speakers and into your head.

Listen to Cauterize and you can practically hear Meshuggah five years from now as they experiment with triple drop B tuning. Shame is an absolute face-melter with its engine block sledgehammer blows and static-drenched vocal stabs. Callous and Hoof is the enthusiastic standout single of the album – its ascending warbling synth line, crazy ‘guitar neck’ slides and chorus of “chaos reigns” creates the impression that you’ve raided the id of the A&P machine/man hybrid.

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As a counterbalance to the heaviness of the drone machines, the vocals carry a significant portion of the musical expression. Rest assured there is no lack of seething, accusatory shrieks and sneers from Shone, as well as some great melodic lilting, but there are surprising sections of (relative) levity that recall NIN‘s more introspective tracks – the piano interlude on Shame and the entirety of Future Man, for example.

Shone and producer Phil Anselmo applied a structural sensibility to the album that allows each song space to churn forward with as much tonnage as it requires, while sticking to a rough-hewn verse/chorus guideline (some of the time, anyway) in order to not push the listener too far off the edge of the cliff into experimental noise ramblings. The result is eight well-chosen tracks that perfectly reflect the machines used to create them: heavy as hell, capable of a vast range of musical expression, coated in a patchy sheen of rust and overdrive, and ideally suited to the needs of its mastermind.

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As a listener, the only criticism I have overall is that the songs can run a bit long at times – this is not to say that song lengths are padded or that any one of the eight tracks are filler, but after minute five or six, everything is said that needs to be said and you’re ready for the next assault to kick in. However, don’t let that deter you from checking this album out. You need more Melk En Honing in your diet. Pick it up at the end of the month and be your own punisher.

 

1/5 FLUSHES

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fewer flushes = good

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Melk En Honing is available June 30th via Housecore Records.

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  • CyberneticOrganism
    • i asked this long ago but forgot… is your rating system allowed for others to use?

      • CyberneticOrganism

        No problemo.

    • Tyreeks of Putrefaction

      You rascal you.

    • Kevin Nash & Friends

      I heard about this. I’ll watch it soon.

    • Scrimm

      Hilarious.

  • I always hear about Author & Punisher but still haven’t checked it out.

    Probably do that now.

    • DO EEEET. Although, you’ll probably hate it cuz you hate everything the kids are doing these days.

      • Saying I dislike same-sounding shit because of my age is lazy at best and dishonest at worst.

        • Tyreeks of Putrefaction

          I hate sour cream Jay. I hate it. Which means I hate EVERYTHING that has sour scream in it. I hate sour cream is what I’m trying to say.

        • Guacamole Jim

          You dislike same-sounding shit because of your age.

          • I think some people like same-sounding stuff due to being incredible fucking tryhards.

          • Paris Hilton

            Amen on that one. Just listen to whatever you want, whatever sounds good to YOU.

        • twas a jest for a sensible chuckle BUT you should happy to hear that A&P is relatively unique and the dude engineers his owns instruments which is radical.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Already a bunch of cool tracks being posted in the comments.

  • I’m very interested in the instrument topic. Do he really made them all?

  • The W.

    I’ve enjoyed the music he’s released so far, but seeing his creative process and the thought he puts into his machines sold me on him!

  • Melk: for healthy teeth and bones?

  • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

    A&P is like the dark ambient/metallic descendant of Einstürzende Neubauten from the dystopian future.

    • A & P is the cure for what plagues Fear Factory.

      • Kevin Nash & Friends

        The infection has been removed! The soul of the machine has been improved!

        • This cannot be the Real Kevin Nash & Friends. KN&F never rhymes.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            That’s the real deal. More scary than the imitators.

          • But…but…b-but…he’s never been so eloquent in all his Disqus life!

      • CyberneticOrganism

        I really wish FF would play tours/festivals/gigs that skew just a bit closer to this kind of industrial. Stop booking tours with Coal Chamber guys, come hang out with the real industry.

  • Tyreeks of Putrefaction
    • CyberneticOrganism

      Get Away From Her You Bitch! was a great album

      • Tyreeks of Putrefaction

        I much preferred “Game Over, Man”.

        • Kevin Nash & Friends

          My favorite is It’s Game Over Man, Game Over! That’s the sequel to Game Over Man.

          • sweetooth0

            You cannot forget this classic exchange:

            Vasquez:
            Look, man. I only need to know one thing: where they are.
            Drake:
            Go, Vasquez. Kick ass.
            Vasquez:
            Anytime, anywhere, man!
            Hudson:
            Right, right. Somebody said “alien” she thought they said “illegal alien” and signed up!
            Vasquez:
            Fuck you, man!
            Hudson:
            Anytime, anywhere.

          • sweetooth0

            Hudson’s fuckin’ cool

        • KJM

          My personal fave disc is “Dust Off, Nuke The Site From Orbit”.

    • I’m more partial to the chainsaw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVx2iKbosIs

      • Tyreeks of Putrefaction

        Well, at least he/she has a fancy glass to go with that shit. Ice cubes, I do not understand.

        • A person with class puts that in a brown paper bag and drinks it straight out of the bottle.

          • FUKKBEARD

            & pours out a portion for the homies

          • Tyreeks of Putrefaction

            Or buys something better.

          • When you only have $3 to your name, the only choices you have are this or motor oil.

          • FUKKBEARD

            $3 you can do dusters. you can buy some antifreeze. part of a gallon of gasoline.

            many options.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Antifreeze is used as a drug? Doesn’t that have a fuckton of lethal chemicals in it?

          • FUKKBEARD

            Duh?

          • Tyreeks of Putrefaction

            Nah.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            I thought that it was dangerous like drinking gasoline.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s
          • You have to pay an extra dollar for organic antifreeze then you should have no problems.

          • Kevin Nash & Friends

            Antifreeze is still fatal to drink though.

          • Nah, I heard it’s not that bad. You only need to get your stomach pumped if you drink two bottles. Otherwise you’re in the clear.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            Still that wee little risk of going blind.

          • That organic antifreeze better be fair trade too, shitlord.

          • I also buy the ones with the Non GMO label on them. It’s important that these things are labeled.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            It’s an essential chemical in meth. Back in Chicago, they make you sign papers if you buy that or drain cleaner for that reason.

          • KJM

            When I was a teen I’d get a bottle of MD 20/20 every weekend, only cost $2.25 and got me fucked up.

          • Paris Hilton

            Bottle of Colt 45 and 2 Zig Zags are all a guy really needs.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            Got my Newport 100’s and Milwaukee’s Best for the night! I’m probably the only smoker on here.

          • Downvoted for Milwaukee’s Worst. Drink High Life, man, what the fuck is wrong with you?

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh! I hate that, Budweiser, Bud Light, etc.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjN2BFf-AXs

          • Uuuuuuuuuummmmm…. High Life is brewed by Miller. It is the Trve Amvrican Bvvr.

          • Tyreeks of Putrefaction

            Clear bottles are so TRVE.

          • If I cain’t see what I’m drinkin’, I ain’t drinkin’.

            -Mom

          • Tyreeks of Putrefaction

            Moms.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            It’s the taste of a scrapyard having diarrhea.

          • more beer

            Nope I am as well.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            I stick to 2 packs a week, so not so bad.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            Sounds more like krokodil than alcohol!

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            It’s actually $6, at least around here. If you want the absolute worst tasting alcohol, and only $1.65, go for Stack. Tastes like a subtle mix of nail polish remover, bug spray and urine from a nickel, and will fuck you up in record time.

          • FUKKBEARD

            Will try and buy one tomorrow/10

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            Start picking a god to pray to, then! That first sip will make you question just how horrible the world can actually be. After half a can though, you won’t notice the taste, though. 2 of those, and you will be tossed like a cheap Caesar salad!

          • FUKKBEARD

            We generally pick Caffrey or Evlana

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            What are those?

          • FUKKBEARD

            Gods in DkS2

          • more beer

            It is things like this that make me glad I am employed. I can at least kill myself with tasty alcohol.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            Lol, even when I was pulling in the big bucks, I still liked Schlitz and SoCo more than the fancy stuff. I had an Icelandic vodka before I moved out of Chicago, and some Sandeman port. I was rare that I drank fancy shit. Before I got into the Dark Ages (aka the really heavy drinking after a ton of things in my life), I loved Seagrams and diet 7up, with plenty of good weed.

          • more beer

            I`m a total beer snob. I was at a show last week. A friend gave me a Heineken and I was kind of disgusted. They had better beers on tap.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            Heinekin blows, period.

          • more beer

            It is horrible. I live in the Napa Valley of beer so I drink mostly local beers. I will do a shot on occasion but not often. But everything I drink is chased with herb.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            Herb definitely helps!

          • sean

            AND A FUCKING CUNT !!!!

        • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

          It’s not half bad with some grapefruit juice.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTDEpSYD25M

      • KJM

        Thunderbird & GPCs. Now that’s living large.

        • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

          I smoked GPC’s when I was a teen. Always had the taste of stale broccoli. Do they even make those shitty ass things anymore?

          • KJM

            I’m not sure. I quit a while back.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            Sadly, I started again after 11 1/2 years, when I was coming off what I call the Dark Ages of my drinking.

          • KJM

            Sorry about that.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            Haha it’s cool. It calms me down a bit. I don’t smoke very much either.

          • Tyreeks of Putrefaction

            You did hard liqueur right?

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            Yeah, a fifth a day for 3 years.

          • Tyreeks of Putrefaction

            I’m glad I never got into the hard stuff. I would drink close to 20 beers a night at one point in my life.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            I avoid hard liquor like the plague. I had 2 shots last year that a friend gave me, and that’s all I’ve had for the last year and a half. It’s also a pain in the ass to get around here, since you have to go to ABC stores for that.

          • KJM

            How are you not dead? Wowsers.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            I ate good, so I guess that’s part of it. I had the shakes several times though, and a couple of times where I had auditory hallucinations. It wasn’t fucking pleasant after a while, trust me.

          • more beer

            Alcohol withdrawal is worse than heroin withdrawal.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            It’s fucking hell on earth, trust me! Thankfully I never got to the Leaving Las Vegas level, but the withdrawals are horrifying. And the worst part was holding my nerves together at the checkout line at the liquor store. Thankfully those days are long gone, though I enjoy my beer.

          • more beer

            I know it is. Some how I`ve managed to not fuck myself up too bad. But I mostly drink beer. Plus as I`m getting older I don`t bounce back as quickly as I did when I was younger. I`m glad you snapped out of those dark days. That`s no way to live.

          • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

            I stick with just beer nowadays, thankfully. And only the good stuff, aka Milwaukee’s Best, Icehouse, and Schlitz.

      • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

        Lol, I’ve drank that several times. After a couple of chugs, it’s what I’d imagine a Flaming Moe to taste like.

    • Mother Shabubu III 12 BRICKS

      Terrorbirds, Terrorstorms…what’s next? Terrorbears?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX0AUOPFeew

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  • Hubert

    Melk en Honing is Dutch for Milk and Honey. Didn’t expect to read Dutch on here today.

  • My second favorite A&P song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9gSH-givkk

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    —machinery of the people—-like the gore-dean DNC in the early 00s—-liars and thieves—

    the longer we lie—the easier it is to pretend it didn’t happen—-blind to the true tragedy—-10-10-01

    —first one 50% second one 100% volume—suss out the fakers—-find the truth

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUi_S6YWjZw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d4ui9q7eDM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    It’s… it’s… it’s…. …………………
    a rather good song from an interesting artist.

    • Sir Tapir the Based™

      Hold on a minute…
      *goes through the script*
      That’s not your line! Did you even read this fucking script? Do it again!

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        I totally blew this. I had one line and I forgot it. Had to improvise.

        • Sir Tapir the Based™

          This was strictly a no-improv script. Fuck! Why do they send us incompetent people? We can’t run with all these shitty actors.

          • KJM

            I think I got the wrong script. I keep seeing references to April Wine and Gentle Giant.

          • Sir Tapir the Based™

            I would never write references to April Wine. NEVER! JJD must have written that one. God damn. What do the drama schools teach these days?

  • The concept behind all this is fascinating. When that guitarish sound comes in on Callous and Hooves, it sounds like a dirt bike race.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Awesome review, CO. A&P kicks serious ass.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Thanks, dip!

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    dammm…
    fuckthose alfgore/henry dean days———-keep on writing “10-10-01”
    —-
    shit on all libtards

    this is the real zzzzzzzzzzz— some of the gimps are posting fake posts –like the one a couple of posts back

    every actual zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz post has a catchphrase “shit on all libtards”—it’s In every single post I’ve ever done—if you don’t see the trademark “shit on all libtards:–in a zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz post—-then it’s fake

    • Guacamole Jim

      I only want the real zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

      • I’m making a Kickstarter to fund a zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz official account.

        • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

          ha haha..:)

        • FUKKBEARD

          #relzzzzzzzzzzzzzzornozzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        shills /libtards–have really changed their vibe—since the slayer “repentless” album announcements(9/11/15)–

        I have met a lot of fellow music fans–and explained 911 truth info—right up until the album release announcement—and it coincided with getting to announce the 10-10-01 smoking gun—-to a huge amount of people –to where everyone could understand it
        you can feel it…..things are just “different”—–//and the shill smear tactics–and all those kinds of things—have lost any potency

        its also weird that they wont talk about it—-you tell them to—and they keep trying to ignore it—-like making a cat look at itself in the mirror—when it’s trying not to
        paradigm shift–>into the future—–higher standard example
        its a beautiful thing!

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    that author and punisher guy—is an example of a dude–who is a genius—and also has knowledge of “heaviness”—-very inspiring
    all 3 at once full vol
    -https://youtu.be/K-9Dmqu61-s

    -https://youtu.be/QcIy9NiNbmo

    -https://youtu.be/UoB80Yk9NYg

  • Well…that album cover is horrifying.

  • Paris Hilton

    Only thing I’m getting out of this comment section is HD is banned, BUT it’s not the real HD.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz proclaims his integrity, but there’s also imposter zzzzzzzzzzzzs doing the same! Zyzz The Father of Aesthetics is still dead, though.

    I feel like I’ve turned on the TV to halfway over episode of Days of Our Lives.

    Shits cray. Way cray. Hi, Clay. I’m Ray. Please stay.

  • FUKKBEARD
  • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

    Love this band, and good to see some industrial on here again! Needs to be more, but dunno how receptive people would be to it. If the response to the Bestias De Asalto interview was any indicator, I’d say the response would be great.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Good review. I enjoyed Tristan Shone being the “house” music at last year’s Housecore fest, and his set was a mindfuck. Look forward to checking this out.

    ,,,_(O.O)_,,|,

  • Pants Full Of Spaghetti O’s

    Another dark industrial one. And one of the absolute best dark industrial CDs ever. Sorry, couldn’t find this one on Youtube to link, so here you go.

    http://www.nicozon.net/player.html?video_id=sm20578238&k=1434766737.0.1.0fccJC3osugeJ1B5NNSXUxoH2o0.aHR0cDovLzQ5LjIxMi4xNTkuMTgyL3JlZGlyZWN0L2luZGV4Lmh0bWw_dmlkZW9faWQ9c20yMDU3ODIzOA%3D%3D..

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  • Jasper Ringoldsby

    WHOA THE OLD FLUSH SYSTEM
    have we returned to these ways of old? I was of mind that these baleful machinations were thrown aside for the ye/nay of the now? Are we to subject tunes hitherfore to the caste of yestermonths?

    What the heck is happening

    • That’s what kids like these days: regression and hispterization of the society! We’re on vanguard, baby!

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Quit throwing yer ten dollar words around!

      • Jasper Ringoldsby

        I got them on sale for like $6. Don’t be mad you can’t work the deals like Jeezer can.