The Sixteen Steps - "Tales From The Old Country" (5:47)
Neud Photo - "Plagued By Consciousness" (6:08)
Review: As was the case with its predecessors, the third volume in VEYL's ongoing "Previously Undisclosed Rituals" series is packed to the rafters with angry, lo-fi club cuts, paranoid pagan techno and wild, mind-altering dancefloor throb-jobs. It's all of a high standard, of course, but we're particularly enjoying the drowsy late night hypnotism of Terrence Fixmer's "Always Through", the pitch-black electronic body music of The Sixteen Steps' "Tales From The Old Country", the foreboding late night creepiness of Neud Photo's decidedly trippy "Plagued By Consciousness" and the rip-snorting techno stomp of VTSS's nails-hard opener "Toxic Bleach". In a word: intense.
In Pain I Meditate (Broken English Club remix) (5:21)
Review: Arpeggiated synth lines, sinister background refrains and distressed electronic voic-es. 'Human You Scare Me' is a dancefloor workout plucked straight from the heyday of edgy, slightly menacing electro house, or at least the version presented here - remixed by Silent Servant - fits that description. Comprising four alternative ver-sions of original material by Years of Denial (hence the title of this overall release), there's plenty for dance heads to get excited about. Alexey Volkov offers the most vis-cerally brooding, with a broken, darkroom techno workout. 'In Pain I Meditate', as taken on by Broken English Club, follows a close second, the revered UK act creating a sparse, industrial-edged bomb packed with dystopian atmosphere. Throw in the more euphoric, big room Orphx take on 'You Like It When It Hurts' and you've got a deal for sure.
Review: Veyl continues its journey into the heart of darkness with this new release from Years Of Denial. The proudly pitch-black synthwave outfit have previously been spotted on Death & Leisure and Pinkman Broken Dreams, and now they're indulging their sonic sins on "Suicide Disco", their devilishly excellent debut album. The industrial hallmarks are there to be intravenously ingested, not least on the throbbing arps of "I'm Still A Pill". At times there is a more catchy pop nous hiding beneath the surface - listen to the bombast of "Face To Face" or the catchy thrust of "Now/Here" and you'll find yourself nodding along with approval - but this is a resolutely dark album for the gothically inclined, and they've perfected the style.
Review: Thomas Freiro and Alex Knoblauch recently described VEYL's first multi-artist offering as "an experiment in noise and body music". 'In practice, that means a blend of moody, paranoia-inducing drum machine chug (Years of Denial's dark, arpeggio-driven "Is It Over Yet"), bustling, funk-fuelled Nitzer Ebb revivalism (the rather fine dancefloor workout that is Autumns' brilliantly named "Get It Booked You Bastard"), red-lined industrial electro (RNXRX's "Cybele"), slamming techno/thrash metal fusion (the punch-to-the-guts that is Maenad Veyl's "Subtle Violence"), Depeche Mode style creepiness ("Beetleguise" by Poison Green) and vaguely unsettling, paranoid electronica (Exhausted Modern's superb EP closing cut "Nekam Nesen"). It's all pretty clandestine and gothic in ethos, but also really rather good.