2.11.2015

SONAR






























"Cut us up"
Year:  2012
Country:  Belgium
City:  Bruxelles
Label:  Ant-zen
Format:  CD
Tracks:  9
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:          Rhythmic Noise


























Sonar is a side-project of Dirk Ivens, former frontman of historical Belgian EBM band The Klinik and now active as Dive. The music is a powerful mix of industrial, techno and noise. First releases saw Ivens working together with Patrick Stevens of Hypnoskull, then he was joined by long time friend Erik Van Wonterghem (Insekt, Monolith). Sonar is a great experience on stage, where the two members stand one face to the other, mixing their noise rhythms and throwing them to the audience. 
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"Overdose simulations"
Year:  1998
Country:  Belgium
City:  Bruxelles
Label:  Daft
Format:  CD
Tracks:  11
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:         Rhythmic Noise

























"Overdose simulation" is an arresting release of minimalist rhythmic noise. Concocted by the minds behind such projects as Dive, Klinik (Dirk Ivens) and Hypnoskull (Patrick Stevens), "Overdose simulation" thwarts the traditional rhythmic noise approach of simply adding more noise in the quest for creating new sounds. Each track on Overdose Simulation is carefully constructed around a few simple sound elements, arranged in a fine balance. This does not mean that the raw force is not there, however. The sounds the duo have arranged are harsh, while the percussion aggressively structures the soundscape. Tracks vary in texture, from the pounding of "Bite Dog Bite" to the softer arrangements such as "Sucked," and are at times reminiscent of other noise artists such as Imminent Starvation or Stevens' own Hypnoskull. While the tracks vary in texture, their construction does not so much, which may not appeal to listeners looking for more variety. This is not a flaw in the release, however, and "Overdose simulation" provides a different take on rhythmic noise, completing any collection.
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