“Too little, much too late/given how far we’ve fallen” - from “Future Man” by Author & Punisher.
Melk En Honing from one man industrial art war Author & Punisher is a major statement from the belly of the beast. Like dispatches from the dark corners we won’t look at until they rise up and the streets burn, the repression of love, the elephant in the room growing bigger, Melk En Honing is a fierce and magnificent display of ingenuity, texture and noise music from mastermind Tristan Shone.
From the Atari Teenage Riot kind of recent comeback album to Youth Code to Hateful Abandon to Crown (France), there is a cool upswing of industrial influences seeping back into extreme music. Shone, however, is one of the few artists to get full on Shadowrun with it and build his own machne/musical instrument/practically cybernetic enhancements. It’s managed to have Shone embraced by more than one scene with Phil Anselmo championing his work as well as fans of indie music who can manage an audio scare from time to time, ala early Swans.
It was awesome to digest the new, exhausting and killer follow up to Women & Children. My favorite track might now presently be the single “Shame”, a dirge to match plenty of the Godflesh classics Tristan (as well as myself) is a big fan of. Imagine if Howard Jones (80′s guy not ex-Killswitch singer) went crazy in a lab and started building Marvel Hulkbusters as musical instruments and you kind of are on track.
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