INNERER KRIEG

by BRAINQUAKE + SVEN PHALANX

'Interior war' (that's the translation of the German title) may seem like an ephemeral problem in times of actual, military war – yet it is very well possible that the dark electro labyrinths of this release don't just refer to the interior struggles of individual psychology, but actually to the information war with which states at war try to infiltrate the minds of their own subjects as well as those of their enemies. And which, as such, is simply one aspect of the war at large.

Brainquake from Belgium and Sven Phalanx have collaborated before, but this is their first CD release as a duo on attenuation circuit. With the driving electro beats and throbbing bass lines, the label ventures forward into unusually 'danceable' musical territory. Yet the dark and uneasy atmosphere and the cryptic, yet undeniably ominous samples are certainly 'uneasy listening' in the same sense as the more abstract, drone-like releases of the label. Like much of the label's catalogue, this is music that aims at making the terror of the contemporary world the subject matter of art instead of hiding it, yet without resorting to cheap 'shock-porn' tactics either.

File under: electro

ACU 1042

factory-produced CDr in cardboard sleeve

Released in 2022

limited to 100 copies

price: 7.00 EUR (excl. postage)

photo by Dan Penschuck (feindesign.de)
design by EMERGE

Recorded at Hemel Centraal (Belgium) & S.P.Q.R. (Germany).
facebook.com/brainquake.music / brainquake.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/SvenPhalanx76

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Review

VITAL WEEKLY

Then we have two new names for me. Brainquake from Belgium and Sven Phalanx from Germany. They worked together before, this being their fourth release together but the first one for this label. 'Interior War' is the translation of the title, but one could read it also as 'internal struggle'. 'Das Leere Gehirn' kicks off this release via a slow path of dark synths, to which they add slow pounding drums. It becomes like a military march. The other six tracks are pretty different if you look at the rest of the releases from this label. The music is infused with solid electro beats and ominous synthesisers. I should think this is hard and driving rhythmic music, which is not aimed at the dancefloor, but maybe it is? What do I know about dance music? I would think, but I am going into a no-man's land here, that the music is inspired by the industrial rhythm-based electronica from the 90s from bands such as Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy and their peers on Nettwerk Records. I found this a most enjoyable release in all its grimness, even when it is a bit outside my comfort zone.

http://www.vitalweekly.net/1340.html
https://emerge.bandcamp.com/album/innerer-krieg

Review

BAD ALCHEMY

BRAINQUAKE, das ist der belgische Schwarzmaler Marc Ceulemans, seit Ende der 80er der Erste unter Thee Disciples Ov Penumbra. Vorn klafft der Abgrund, hinten lauern die Wölfe, Unlösbarkeit ist ein Erzvater innerer Kriege. So, Innerer Krieg (ACU 1042), nannten er und SVEN PHALANX (von Schattenspiel, Schwarzwald) ihren erneuten Zusammenklang nach „From the Oblivion Lounge“. 'Das leere Gehirn' resultiert gelegentlich aus solchen Aporien, die einem auch 'Ganz neue Angst' machen. 'Der Starke' jedoch erkennt, auf so ein 'Drama' 'rückblickend', wenigstens seine Schwächen. Reden wir nicht von Propagan­da, Fake News, Maskirovka, das nannte man früher schlicht Lügen und Für-dumm-ver­kaufen und verfängt nur bei solchen, die unbedingt belogen werden wollen. Es geht schon um die Qual einer Wahl. Aber zunehmend um den inneren Schweinehund, der schon beim grundsätzlichen Entweder-Oder zu winseln anfängt, bei Würde oder..., Frieden oder..., Gerechtigkeit oder..., Unversehrtheit oder... Insofern macht es Sinn, in der ergebnisoffen dröhnenden Leere gegen die faschistoiden Einflüsterungen ein paar Grundsätze festzu­klopfen, für eine kämpferische Demokratie en Marche, eine tanzlustige Grundordnung, eine mit Melancholie vertraute, aber dadurch nicht gelähmte Courage, sich seines eige­nen Verstandes zu bedienen. Der Groove hier liefert sieben Trainingseinheiten, den Lü­genbeutel als Sandsack zu punchen, das Trommelfeuer seiner Kohorten auszutänzeln und mit eigenem Beat zu übergrooven.

http://badalchemy.de/

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