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https://ia902600.us.archive.org/26/items/industrialnoise-1998/mons.jpg"Monstrous"
Year:  1998
Country:  US
City:   Millersville, PA
Label:  Relapse rec.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  4
Time:  70 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:     Noise      Experimental




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"Audiotronic"
Year:  1997
Country:  US
City:   Millersville, PA
Label:  Relapse rec.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  5
Time:   72 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:    Noise     Experimental




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"All Collection"
Year:  1996
Country:  US
City:   Millersville, PA
Artist:  Bill Yurkiewicz
Label:  Relapse rec.
Tracks: 10
Time:  180 min.
Genre:   electronic
Style:      Noise




























Namanax is a noise project of Bill Yurkiewicz, Exit 13 (Grindcore band) front man and co-founder of the legendary "Relapse Records". Largely active in the mid-1990s, Namanax have since developed something of a cult following -- which is not too surprising as their records have a pretty unique, mesmerizing sound, as well as some of the coolest artwork ever. Namanax's debut came in the form of a single-track EP called Multi-Phase Electrodynamics. Recorded and released in '93, it came in a card sleeve and is quite a rare creature indeed. All the Namanax records are OOP now but this first one I've never even seen*. The full-length follow-up, Cascading Waves of Electronic Turbulence, was released in '96. Like the earlier EP, this was Mr. Yurkiewicz working live and alone, squeezing out a couple of long power-electronics-style jams. The nuclear power plant cover and the colourful insert of a pleasant autumn Pennsylvania scene help to evoke a sort of psychedelia unusual in the noise scene at the time, and sound-wise, it's a pretty crushing release.  Namanax took a quantum leap forward with their next recording sessions - 1997's Audiotronic and 1998's Monstrous - possibly because Yurkiewicz chose to work with James Plotkin (guitar wizard, and one of my all-time faves) and Kipp Johnson (who later formed Solarus, also with Yurkiewicz & Plotkin, though it sounds nothing whatsoever like Namanax). the difference between the first two releases and Audiotronic/Monstrous is monstrous indeed, one in which fairly rudimentary, albeit textured, pounding power electronics is replaced by immense washes of noise, samples and processed guitar waves, monster movie noises and screeching seagulls, underwater bloops and gargantuan death drones. I was totally gob-smacked by these later two records at the time they were released, and a recent listen shows they've lost none of their power or beauty. First rate meditation noise.    Unfortunately, that was about all there was to Namanax. After Monstrous came out, there were a few more tracks on compilations - "Released" off the triple-CD set Release Your Mind Vol. 2 (recorded during the sessions with Plotkin, I'm told), and "The Medicined Man" off the Gummo soundtrack are two that I managed to grab at the time - but no more records.
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