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Industrial War Stoppages
(Sorcerer Sound Productions CX1000) MC

Martin Howard plays the midi-guitar and synthesisers, while Klas Va Dorr uses the sampler, effects, tape and radio. Together they create a slightly peculiar, thin-sounding experimental (improvised?) music that fights shy of influences and easy definition. The most successful piece is the side-long 20th Century Decline, with its mixture of rhythmic mechanisms, buzztones and radio voices. In the tape's taste for mild atonality and electrical noise (buzzings, high-pitched squeaks, low hums etc) I was reminded of John Cage, but no doubt he rarely used the brittle, nervous, drum-machine-impersonating rhythms that feature here. A near-total lack of low-middle-range frequencies lends all the tracks a fragile, jittery edge, and the atonal elements also give the music an alienated air. [Sorcerer Sound Productions, c/o 34 Bassingham Road, Wembley, Middlesex HA0 4RL] BD

Terror Against Terror
Psychological Warfare Technology Systems
(Paragoric PA-01) CD 63 minutes

This is a joint effort by Brian Lustmørd and the ubiquitous Andrew Lagowski on Dark Vinyl's new offshoot Paragoric. The opener, By Any Means Necessary (and its Pop Shit Mix) could be Frontline Assembly circa State of Mind: therefore, wonderful. Snatches of found speech, few vocoded vocals, and hard rhythms comprise the tracks. Lustmørd and Lagowski are heavily influenced by the survivalist / terrorist countercultures. Hypotheses on the future of warfare and its physical effects on the human body via contemporary techniques and much more sinister experimental methods are discussed. The music is very much sequenced and solid. A suggested reading list is provided, including such goodies as "How To Kill Volumes I-VI". Knowledge is Power and all that jazz. Convincing. [Dark Vinyl, Kettelerstr. 4, D-8595 Waldsassen, Germany] MFR

T.G.V.T. (Third Global Vagina Torture)
Rinde Humano
(Flabbergast FG5) CD

It just goes to show you that you can't judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a group by its name! Despite the apalling tag, my initialy doubts were swept away during the opening tracks. Unfortunately, none of the tracks are listed, making reference difficult. That aside, Rinde Humano is a percussive masterpiece. In their own words, TGVT class their recordings as "11 improvised performances in different physical, and psychic surroundings". They often cross over into early T.G. or 23 Skidoo territory, producing ritual percussive pieces reminiscent of gamelan music. TGVT interweave richly textured strings, or sampled voices, to create strange and stunning atmospherics - and all superbly recorded. Clocking in at around 55 minutes, Rinde Humano is well worth a listen, and if you're out there boys, send me more! [Flabbergast, Siemenstrasse 18, 8560 Lauf, Germany] BN

T.O.P.Y. London
Stereo Sacrament
(TOPY London) MC

The contents and explanatory information that accompany this are useful in pinning down exactly what's what, whether it be recordings of Christian evangelists or performance art recordings. There's a lot of stimulating data to take in. Music, recordings of real rituals, spoken word, cut-up, collage, taped conversations, it's all here in some form, mixed and compiled by Eden 229 of Temple ov Psychick Youth (London). There's some very good music; collage that knows how to choose its components well; Bill Burroughs in anti-War-on-Drugs mood; conversations that may appear welcome in their honesty, or just embarrassing; found voices that are alternately boring, infuriating and fascinating. It's worth listening to for the 50% that you may find interesting, unless you're just not that intrigued by T.O.P.Y.'s obsessions in general (there's a fair quantity of post-adolescent angst lurking in here somewhere). Treat as a "magazine" rather than background listening and you won't go far wrong. [TOPY London, PO Box 1455, London N4 1JT] BD

Spray / Death / Ultra
(Dom US LP 08) LP

Well, this shows how much I know. I expected some sort of antagonistic noise album, only to find something much more approachable. Spray / Death / Ultra is a sort of dramatic abstract instrumental music: Wagner, perhaps, without the musical training. So you get synthesised gurgles, percussive rhythms, strange guitars, waves of unusual harmonies and various unidentifiable snatches of sound thrown in. The opening is particularly nice, a set of violins or taut wires creating a mood something like a calm Penderecki. In its diversity it sometimes reminds me of Faust, although there are echoes of more recent German groups like H.N.A.S. too. There's also quite a soundtrack feel to a lot of the album. It's not always successful, but it's certainly quite individual. [Contact Dom America, PO Box 971, Olympia, Washington 98507, USA] BD

Long Lut de Bélemnite
(Prométhée PR001CD) CD 65 minutes

UNACD's latest recording / object is a wonderful work of art. It's packed in a handprinted cover containing three very special printed etchings. They are slightly different in every copy (depending on the stage in the printing process) and have been exhibited. Inside this work of art there is a CD: the music is very minimal, mainly clarinet, guitar and percussion improvisations. The sound is very clear, but there are no actual compositions, making the music uncontrolled. The instruments are so sparely used that it doesn't attract my attention. It's not very captivating, though it may be worth having for the cover! [Prométhée c/o Eric Cordier, Route de Bourg-Achard, 27350 Routot, France] SN

Vidna Obmana
Passage in Beauty
(Decade Collection DC05) CD 66 minutes
Shadowing in Sorrow
(Decade Collection DC06) CD 58 minutes

Perhaps reviewing a Vidna Obmana release is impossible without knowledge of the composer's past. Coming from a heavy noise background, all his releases should be seen as a very personal search for sounds to translate inner feelings. His contemporary compositions refer to ambient soundscapes, but surely not to the Brian Eno style. Passage in Beauty, entirely composed on a Korg M1, contains music which can't be played loud without hurting the ears. Strange and soft, these sharp, tenuous, stretched waves of sound produce a melancholic mood. The second CD release, Shadowing in Sorrow doesn't have such a sharp edge to the soundwaves. It's warmer and more relaxing. Very slow, some tenuous waves intermingle with oncoming expansive patterns of sound, which glide away of float up and down. Music as the soundtrack to your mind. [Decade Collection, Kioskplaats 33, 2660 Hoboken, Belgium] SN

Violence and the Sacred
Song of Labrador
(Artware 06) CD 51 minutes

The 24-minute title track on this CD by Canadian group Violence and the Sacred uses a blend of what sound like electronic frequencies, radio noises, feedback and pure tones to create an image of a cold, tense world. The frequencies whistle and gurgle and drone, sometimes apprehensive, sometimes nervous, sometimes menacing. It builds from near-ambience through a chaotic barrage of sound to a plateau where electronic imitations of voices are heard and the whistles are replaced by intense buzzing oscillations. The other four tracks are less successful, mainly due to a lack of development in each; whether the noisy, fuzzed sounds of Dick's Cock or the flowing and ebbing static of Quietly... Nothing. Some of these may still appeal to noise fans though: in the more tone-based periods I can hear similarities to some academic electronic composition too. That ought to help you decide if the CD might appeal to you. [Available from Artware] BD

Voice of Eye
Mariner Sonique
(Cyclotron Industries CYCI CD 111) CD 63 minutes

No doubt about it, Voice of Eye are a damn fine discovery. I'd never come across them before (although they've performed with Zoviet France and Left Hand Right Hand, and released over 15 cassettes) but with music as intense as this that's a real pity. They use various "recognisable" instruments, such as flute, voice, guitar or percussion; supplemented by homemade instruments using springs, pipes etc, and they create abstract music by a process of improvisation. Yes, it's easy to suggest others who use similar means to arrive at what would, on paper, be similar results: Morphogenesis or Zoviet France for example. But Voice of Eye's use of drones and ambiences, washes of shadowy sound to create their powerful sound worlds stands out: Mariner Sonique contains very finely balance music, developing steadily but carefully, allowing the sound to make its full presence felt. When the percussion starts to get into a more ritualistic vein, and the clouds of noise swirl around, it's really quite magnificent. The sound suggest the presence of monstrous Lovecraftian spirits, enormous wells of supernatural energy given voice. Hopefully someone will import it and stock it in the UK, but in the meantime send those hard-earned shekels off to Cyclotron. If you like the sound of the above then you won't regret it. [Available from Cyclotron Industries] BD

Madmen of Mandoras
(demo) cassette
Le Klan des Os
(demo) cassette

Westland are a French 3-piece outfit and these two short cassettes form a strange introduction. The first tape, which has only a picture of a dinosaur on the label, consists of four tracks, the first of which begins with a beating militaristic drum machine loop over which is layered some screeching industrial noise. A promising start which is not continued on the second track, which sounds like a poor French Depeche Mode. Things get worse on side 2's opening track which sounds like a French Elvis impersonator with his home organ on the "rock'n'roll" setting. The next track returns again to Depeche Mode as before. I really don't know what to make of it!

The second cassette is however a different kettle of fish. Consisting again of four tracks, characterised throughout by military style drums, Madmen of Mandoras is a heavy industrial dirge; Stonehedge Battlefield (sic) mixes Celtic accordions with synths to good effect and the final two tracks Qui Gt Dans Mon Cerceuil and Amygalement Vôtre are monstrous slabs of distorted Euro-beat. Very French, very strange, and on this second tape at least, very good. [Contact: Pierre Bathelemy et Francoise Feyrignac, 8 rue de la Jonquire, 75017 Paris, France] DB

Cage Paralysis
(Fist Fun 02) MC

The name of this band encapsulates perfectly their (at times massive) slabs of sound ("slug" = a heavy body, a lump of metal). Side one is classified as active, side two as retroactive - their sonic wall activates the body. These compact tracks pound at the senses and unsettle the nervous system out of stagnant paralysis. The overall effect is a short, sharp but intense shock treatment. Titles include Slavetrade, Inferno, Caterwaul and Black Eucharist. Invigorating, compelling, pummelling - words that come to mind to describe this powerful music. Enter the Danger Zone, where they take no prisoners. [Fist Fun] PT

Word Flesh Stone
(Third Mind TM9158-2) CD 27 minutes

I still can't get over this hybrid sound. Furnace Rekindled would be at home in the more romantic(?) moments of "Wild at Heart" - an unbearable angst. The reworked Father Forgive displays a fresh impetus that's behind their work nowadays. There's a nurtured, nourished optimist behind this work. Medaeval hard beat. Will are moving towards a more acoustic sound on tracks such as Triumph and Souls of the Valiant. Life is sweet. MFR

Wunderlich Ausgang
Live 92
(Dyadique DY 003) MC

Good packaging (clear film + tinfoil inlay) and good music too. It's pop music, in a strange way, pop music that takes on board heavy percussion, freedom from verse-chorus structures, and an interest in combining elements in unusual ways to create strange and unexpected atmospheres. The sound centres around vocals and percussion, the former being very expressive and the latter intricate and enthusiastic. Some of it sounds like Test Dept's Terra Firma, with moaning voices and ritualistic drumming; some of it doesn't. There's a lot of crowd noise on the (very clear) recording which doesn't at all detract from the music: it's impressive and creative, very well performed, energetic and full of character. [Dyadique, 113 rue Pelleport, 33800 Bordeaux, France] BD

Tatsuya Yoshida
(Review Records rere 163cd) CD 54 minutes

Well, there's nothing here to say who he is (probably a drummer though), or who else (if anyone) plays with him on this album, but who needs that kind of information anyway? This is rock'n'roll music, pure and simple. Umm, no it's not: it's rock, maybe, but there's nothing pure or simple about it. Drums, keyboards, voices and perhaps some other things join hands to produce complex structures, a feeling of careless abandon, songs that don't so much progress as slide forward on an avalanche, avant-rock at breakneck pace. Tracks like this are balanced by a few taken at a more leisurely jog, but still possessed of the same tension, and sometimes the same highly abstract, pointillistic vocals. It's a thoroughly extravagant album: full of abrupt turnings, unlikely combinations of sounds and very unorthodox content. It's bizarre, sometimes inaccessible, and full of personality. [Distributed by Recommended No Man's Land; or contact These Records] BD

John Zorn
Locus Solus
(Eva Records WWCX 2035) CD 69 minutes

This is a re-release of a 1983 recording. Locus solus means "a solitary place", and on these recordings John Zorn is well out there, on his own. Five different small groups present a number of pieces, with Zorn consistently playing saxophone, clarinet and game calls. First up are eight pieces featuring Peter Blegvad's downbeat, often spoken, vocals and Christian Marclay's inventive turntable manipulation. Marclay conjures varispeed soundscapes as sonic backdrops to call-and-answer conversations between the always gloriously pretentious Blegvad, and the squeaky effects-orientated Zorn. Arto Lindsay's approach is more tangential to Blegvad's, his guitar slices into Anton Fier's rolling, almost spastic, drumming. Again Zorn punctuates rather than leads, and Lindsay's growled, gruff vocals often do the same. This group of six tracks are more awkward and percussive than their predecessors, but nowhere near as heavy as the third set. Here, M.E. Miller replaces Fier on drums, and this live set steamrolls through some almost thrash material (a precursor to the Naked City project?). Come track 23, the mood changes again: Wayne Horvitz's organ and electronics give a more space-like backdrop, Ikue Mori's drumming is sensuous and echoey, and (finally) Zorn slows down his playing. The final section sees Miller and Zorn in the studio with one Whiz Kid on turntables for a more frenetic outing, varying from conga-fuelled noise to the dance-ish tempos of Disco Volante. Zorn is the John Cage of our day, encouraging us to simply hear what's going on, inviting chance, reaction, and noise into our lives. [Contact Eva, c/o Wave 6-2-27 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106, Japan] RML

Loh Land
(Staalplaat STCD 018) CD

This is the latest in the Zoviet France re-release programme, the original being released on Staaltape way back in 1987. At this point, I must confess that I have the original cassette version, and this is by far a superior recording. Having long been an admirer of Zoviet France, I must admit that this is not one of their better products, but is serves as a document of some 18 recordings made in 1985, and is a logical extension of earlier work, such as OK Boys, Eostre etc. For me, one of the Zoviets' strong points is their constant ability to transform and manipulate the sensibilities without sounding trite or affected. The highpoints of Loh Land are the ethereal Reson Deaw Dalch, and the hauntingly echoing, disembodied flutes in Notochord. Zoviet France completists will already possess their copy of Loh Land, the rest of you could do no worse than run and buy it now. [Staalplaat] BN

First Circle #1
(First Circle CASS 001) MC + artwork

First Circle presents a mixed media package containing art, writing, flyers and a cassette; an old formula (cf Touch) but still one with some potential. The music isn't always as inspired as might be hoped: Hex's Breakdown has piles of electric rock energy but is far too long; Lebensborn's Cathedral of Light is a dull blend of hushed powertools and droning organ. More interesting post-industrial contributions come from Snarp, using synthesiser tones and harmonies over a constant low drone, Satori, whose two tracks alternate between soundtrack ambience and controlled industrial noise, and Origami, who present a nicely juxtaposed collage of Arcane Device and Kapotte Muziek material. Some of the artwork, which has abstract, textural, spiritual qualities, is very impressive, although it deserves much better reproduction. It's an all-too brief but still useful entry-point into the underground, and has plenty of potential for the future, given a bit of ambition. [First Circle, Flat 5, Vernon Court, Vernon Terrace, Northampton NN1 5HE] BD

(Third Mind TMD 9159) CD 47 minutes

A bargain-priced sampler [only available in the USA] from Third Mind Records and Roadrunner, who have now joined forces to take over the world ... Third Mind, you may remember, brought us such musical delights as Bushido and Attrition, having been at the fore of the early eighties cassette scene with their Rising From the Red Sand tapes. Somewhere along the line though, the label changed into an industrial / techno one - at least eight of the nine tracks here fall into that category. As someone who thinks that only now is this music getting at all interesting, it's strange to listen to the time-locked offerings of Front Line Assembly and Controlled Bleeding - they may have been doing it for longer than many others, but it sounds like it. Even In The Nursery, once wayward melancholic songwriters with enough care to silkscreen their own LP sleeves, have opted for melodramatic synthesised vagueness over pumping rhythms. Only Solar Enemy (good to find out what happened to Portion Control!) seem to have learnt from the mutating scene around them as they layer, sample and really use the possibilities now open to this music. Eden almost escape the net, their track sounding like Dead Can Dance trying to do techno, opting for an easy mood steal. Edward Ka-Spel is beyond me and always has been; his childish nursery rhymes and so-called "singing" merely curdle the blood. Most of this stuff is too bloody easy - set up your pumping bass and drum lines, roll in some effects, and get those synthesisers out. This is the new pomp rock, and I'm beginning to prefer the old ... This CD is a monument to wasted musical opportunities and possibilities. File under "dated and sterile", or "whatever happened to industrial dance". RML

Noise and Junk Omnibus / RRReport Japan
(RRRecords) 40 page mag + CD 60 minutes

It was tempting to write this review saying a proportionate amount about each of the following noise artists; Agencement, Null, Incapacitants, Solmania, Takell-Kizimecca, Hirose / Otomo, Violent Onsen Geisha, Dissecting Table, Vasilisk, Needles, Gerogerigegege. I didn't, because half the time I'd have been writing about adverts, or Ron Lessard's strip. The magazine basically acts as a supplement to the CD; if you're hoping for something comprehensive then you'll be disappointed. Though I'd argue that the package is worth £10 for the CD alone. The Incapacitants track is like having your intestines knitted with helicopter blades; there's an almost laid-back Null thing; some great lo-fi "boulder crushing" and "tube-spiking" from Keiich Inoue; fluid, sloshy (and quite romantic) over-recordings by Violent Onsen Geisha; Needles mangling Hanatarash's We Are Nuts; a test tone which makes people automatically stand up (honestly!); and lots more besides. [Available from Cheeses International; or RRRecords] AB

(Psyquil psyq 010) cassette 67 minutes

A compilation of two tracks each from ten bands from the Rhein-Neckar region of Germany. Among the most immediately appealing features are No Comment (with a catchy, insistent fusion of Front Line Assembly and modern Depeche Mode), the tight guitar and synthesiser chugging of Nachzehrer and the punchy percussive energy of Planoforce. Echophrasia deliver a largely unintelligible but catchy song about a fallopian tube (plus a weaker piece about eye-eating), and other pieces of various degrees of quirkiness are delivered by Charlottes Manie, B-Ha and Mülli Schokoladi. Ordinary Strange's electronic-backed crooning becomes less ordinary and more appealing with repeated listening; LLoydt and Me are a sort of tuneful electro-goth Chris & Cosey, while Giants Causeway remain in the era of Joy Division. As with any compilation, not every track is a winner, but many of the bands featured on this cassette deserve a much wider audience and this is an excellent introduction to them. I for one will definitely be investigating further. [Available from Psyquil Records] KB

Sky Flowers and Horse Eggs
(Hypnagogia GOG CD 01) CD 75 minutes

This is one of those compilations that combines the well known with the little known, benefitting both in the process. There's a remarkable similarity of vision amongst the eleven artists. All seem willing to accept any sort of sound into their compositional palette, and give it a fair hearing. Several (Blackhouse, PFN, S.F.O.) produce "ambient" works using sounds of indeterminate source, mostly calm but very abstract: low rumbles rather than easy keyboard gentility. Another form of ambience comes from those who also add environmental recordings, the sounds of animals, weather, water (Zoviet France, John Watermann, Shabda). Etant Donnés combine such an approach with whispered vocals to evoke a peculiarly personal contribution. Spinal Machine employ the wind and water sounds to creat something that sounds like a recording from inside your lungs. Randy Greif introduces much noisier material to his soundscape while G*Park's track is based around highly reverberant metal-bashing. Nocturnal Emissions come up with the least predictable contribution, mixing cheap synth cycles with recordings of local children. All contributors have a good ear for the simple and the natural, and while the album's hardly easy listening, it is quite an accomplished achievement. [See advert for availability] BD

Stanzas on Sexual Hygiene
(Regelwidrig RTCD001) CD 67 minutes

This is one limited-edition compilation that I found terribly disappointing, although its status as such never helped to start with. Put aside the unattractive packaging (a stapled rubber sleeve and inlay sheet) and the music that's left sounds tired, dated and decidedly uninspiring. The whole thing looks like a throwback to the early eighties industrial scene, and the music confirms your suspicions. Every tedious industrial cliche is paraded before you, rhythm boxes jostling with found voices, harsh noise and loops all sounding horribly out of step with the times. Contributors include Bourbonese Qualk, The Grey Wolves, Konstruktivists, Nocturnal Emissions, Illusion of Safety, Andrew Lagowski and several others, but none have much to be proud of here. Only Contact With A Curve's sheer energy (with a track from their cassette The Mechanical Nature of Things), and Mental Anguish's simple ambient drones manage to stand out. I'm trying hard to think of positive things to say ... but failing. [Regelwidrig, 20 Hanworth Road, Feltham, Middlesex TW13 5AB] BD

Tabløid #5

I am reliably informed that Tabloid #5 has been knocking around for some time now, perhaps it hasn't sold as well as it deserves. This cassette features well known, and not so well known, names in the avant-garde / experimental underground. Most of these are American, but don't let that put you off. Tabloid features such luminaries as Big City Orchestra, Le Mot and Kino, Runzelstirn and Gurgelstock, M Nomized, and others, all of whom have produced some weird, but highly innovative pieces. Tabloid #5 is accompanied by an arty little green booklet which contains images and statements from the 13 contributing bands, and many others besides. Don't take my word for it, send off for one now. [Available from Orgone] BN

Tecnologie del Movimento II
(HAX) CD 73 minutes

A collection of tracks by four groups, three Italian and one Belgian. The odd one out is Human Flesh, who combine taped monologues with meandering keyboards to create a strange, arty kind of music, at times chaotic, at others eerily foggy. DsorDNE are considerably more solid, their bouncy pieces being broadly in the rhythmic post-industrial style, lively and energetic without being harsh. Agonije make excellent use of orchestral sounds and military-style drums; the nearest comparisons are In The Nursery and Laibach, and if you have a liking for those groups Agonije will definitely be of interest to you. The style of La Deviation / Motor Angel is harder to pin down, being at some strange minimalist intersection of God, Suicide, Laibach and the Young Gods. Perhaps you should just hear them for yourself; if you are at all interested in finding out more about any of these groups, this CD is unlikely to disappoint you. [Available from HAX c/o Marco Milanesio, via S. Andrea, 20 10048 Vinovo (TO), Italy] KB

Twenty Golden Pieces of Chainsaw
(Chainsaw Cassettes) cassette C60

Although The Invisibles' laconic Fall-ish pop is a definite one-off here, the number of different styles available on Chainsaw is large: Symboliks catchy rhythms and nasal vocals drift almost as far as dance; Headbutt churn up the bass-heavy sediments of a noise-grunge crossover swamp; Dominic Thomas and Steve Dell pile together the pulsating tones of alarm clocks, telephones, doorbells and cicadas; Operation Mind Control fold layers of static over clanking industrialisms; Chemical Plant's collaboration with Fiona Sail and Pinkie McClure mixes metallic clash and chime with keening female vocals; and that is only slightly more than the half of it. More of a hors d'oeuvre, perhaps, when compared with the four- course splendours of the earlier Shake Your Foundations comp, from which a couple of the tracks here are actually taken (meta-comp, anyone?), but so what? Viva Chainsaw, says I. [Available from Chainsaw, c/o A.R.K., PO Box 2879, London N7 6DF. £2.50 cheques/postal orders payable to R. Gallon] SP

UK Electronics 5
(Mind Scan) MC

The latest in Rob Maycock's compilation series continues to showcase artists old and new. The old here include factor X, Cacophony 33, Patternclear and Century's End; the new Thronus, Spunk Weevils and Voltoid. Thronus present electronic soundtracks, synthesiser drones and murky looped samples; at another extreme the Spunk Weevils distort a repeated vocal phrase over simple rhythmic backing. No prizes for guessing which one I prefer. Voltoid have all the equipment of a generic mid-eighties synth band, but none of the ideas. One of the problems with the cassette world is sorting out all the rubbish, which however much fun it is to make, is never much fun to listen to, from the really worthwhile material. I think UK Electronics veers far too close to the former, especially compared to the last volume. [Available from Mind Scan] BD

Walkman Meltdown Vol 2
(Hypertonia HWE068) MC C60

Second in a continuing series (I guess that's why it's called "Volume 2"), this episode devoted entirely to American artists (as in U.S. of, no Canadians nor anyone from south of the Mexican border). Contributors vary from the early-Negativland wackiness of the Evolution Control Committee through various shades of rock to the acoustic guitar and voice of Heather Perkins. Nothing is very innovative, but it's all pleasant enough, despite one or two of the nerdy intrusions that Americans seem so fond of making. Enough variety to prevent it becoming boring, and at least a couple of artists who deserve to be better known. [Hypertonia World Enterprises, J.R. Bruun, PO Box 4307, Nygårdstangen, N-5028 Bergen, Norway] BD

Watching Satan
(Hypertonia HWE069) MC C90 + poster

Yes, it's your friend and mind, Charles Manson. He just won't go away, whatever we do. All twenty-six tracks on this "tribute" compilation are inspired by Manson, including plenty of covers of his songs or related music, like Helter Skelter. The music ranges from Velvet Underground drone rock, through sick Sesame Street pop to techno by the wonderfully named Anus Presley. It doesn't shed any new light on the Manson legacy: it's just lots of fun for Manson fans (or others), with a fairly off-beat sense of humour common to many of the songs. There's a lot of variety, and this is enough to make it a fun compilation even for people heartily sick of Manson-mania. [Contact Hypertonia World Enterprises, J.R. Bruun, PO Box 4307, Nygårdstangen, N-5028 Bergen, Norway] BD