Genre/Influences: Rhythmic-Noise, Industrial-Techno, Techno.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Leif Künzel is back on track unleashing this year the eleventh installment on Hands of his Mono No Aware sonic alter-ego. The album which is Japanese for ‘solitude’ features thirteen songs plus one remix.
Content: For more than 20 years now Mono No Aware is taking the Industrial scene by force; composing merciless Rhythmic-Noise with some extra Techno-Industrial passages on top. The work is hard and driven by banging rhythms. A few tracks got a little elaboration by the addition of more explicit Electronic sequences and arrangements. Somewhere in the midst of the album you’ll find a remix by S.K.E.T.
+ + + : Mono No Aware stands for the ‘old-school’ sound of Hands; merciless rhythmic-Noise which comes over you like a big bang. There’s no real break, just constant power which is from time to time boosted by extra Techno-Industrial influences. I also noticed cuts with broken rhythms but here again it all remains extremely powerful. The remix of “Surudoi” by S.K.E.T. injects a little diversity to the tracklist.
– – – : The previous album “Shinshoo” was my personal favorite from this artist. This new work sounds a bit like getting back to basics but is missing the magic I experienced at “Shinshoo”. This one sounds more repetitive and linear.
Conclusion: Even if this is not my favorite Mono No Aware production it still sounds like a dangerous sonic weapon; Rhythmic-Noise with a nuclear warhead!
Best songs: “(Das Ist) Neu”, “Surudoi – S.K.E.T. Remix”, “On The Peak Of My Int. Pitch Rate”, “Surudoi”.
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