Japan has quite a vivid Noise scene, and this since the earliest years of this underestimated genre.
I will review two live registrations for Swedish act Sanctum, both being released via Raubbau. In a couple of days / weeks / millennia it will be a review on their performance on CBGB, but this review deals with their co-operation on the famous Maschinenfest happening in Oberhausen (Germany) on October 10th 2015. In 2004, Sanctum was part of the Maschinenfest line-up as well.
I admit that I easily refer to defunct Cold Meat Industry when talking about the glorious days of Industrial (that specific scene in a very wide and general sense), even though back then there were lots of other superb labels existing as well - nowadays it’s even getting better, again and again, yet still, the heritage... The ‘cult’ status remains, for ever.
After quite a long period of silence, Geneviève Pasquier returns with a ‘new’ recording, including older live material as bonus. Last decade she did release some highly acclaimed albums, especially via Ant-Zen or UMB (the latter being run by herself and Thorofon / The Musick Wreckers colleague Anton Knilpert (nowadays known as Dan Courtman, if I’m not mistaken).
I am not sure whether I must call Raubbau a sub-division of Ant-Zen, or a sister-organisation. What I do know, however, is that this label is a highly interesting one, with quite some projects on its roster that used to be part of the legendary Cold Meat Industry majesty. Next year, by the way, they will celebrate their tenth anniversary. This review will be the first one I will do for them, but I don’t think it will be the last.