It’s lo-fi, it’s raw, it’s brutal, it’s old-school, it’s great! Plaguefiend is a band from Copenhagen that deserves a lot of attention. Their leadsinger runs Wargame Records which is also worth checking out. Plaguefiend on Facebook
FFO: Hellshock, Wolfpack/-brigade and crusty-stenchcore destruction in general
Suma from Sweden definitely put things in order with their newest album. It contains seven tracks and almost one hour of heavy, droning, noisy doom to go with your morning coffee. I like – I like it a lot.
This article is mainly a good (or bad?) excuse for me to post a lot of music from different bands, that didn’t necesarily put out a new record recently, but has the thing in common that they have been using the same studio in one way or the other.
In this case Die Tonmeisterei in Oldenburg, Germany which is legendary in some parts of the scene, or at least in my record collection, and for a good reason. Die Tonmeisterei’s website
The infamous Role and his crew (does he even have a crew?) has recorded, mixed and mastered some truly awesome masterpieces over the years. Here are some of my favorites:
The first time I stumbled over a band “from Tonmeisterei” was after seeing – or rather experiencing Omega Massif live together with Hexis in 2010. I managed to pick up a copy of Geisterstadt in a limited edition home made cover – since they had received some copies without the original cover. Omega Massif on Facebook
Well, when I got home I had to listen to the tracks on the internet in order to figure out the correct speed to play it, since it didn’t say that on the cover and I was drunk and I couldn’t tell from the sound, because it was so slow and I didn’t know the songs too well yet.
Since then I have listened to it a million times and the follow up Karpatia was just as good.
Too bad that they dissolved. But great that some of them picked up the epic doom monster in Phantom Winter – also great stuff – recording their stuff at Tonmeisterei. Phantom Winter on Facebook
The next Tonmeisterei band on my list is also one of my absolute favorite bands ever. Alpinist was a true powerhouse of epic, chaotic, dark d-beat neocrust. Alpinist on Facebook
Their final output – their side on the Alpinist-Masakari split from 2011, stands out as one of the best records in my collection. Hold on to your horses when clicking play here:
Their two other albums Lichtlærm and Minus Mensch are also top shelf records and definitely worth checking out. Unfortunately Alpinist has split up. Fortunately they still make music in at least two other Tonmeisterei bands: Jungbluth and Svffer.
Featuring 3/4 of Alpinist – Jungbluth picks it up right where Alpinist let go. They have made some quite decent records over the years as well. Jungbluth on Facebook
Their debute LP Part Ache was recorded mixed and mastered at Tonmeisterei. But here I’ve chosen to post my favorite Jungbluth output – their debut selftitled demo from 2012, which was recorded by themselves, but was mixed and mastered at Die Tonmeisterei – thus giving it the special touch of Tonmeisterei magic:
I had the honor to play a few shows with No Fealty together with Svffer back in 2013 on one of their first tours. It was absolutely amazing, and great people to hang out with as well. Leonie contributed with guest vocals on Rabies God from the first No Fealty album. Listen to No Fealty’s Rabies God on Bandcamp
Their brand of grindcore/powerviolence with a touch of emo for me stands out as something special, and nothing you really hear anywhere else (that I know of). Svffer on Facebook
Their self titled debut 7″ is actually for me the best of their outputs. But here you will get their debut LP, which was recorded, mixed and mastered at… yeah you guessed it:Personal fun fact: Back when Svffer put out some of their first demos on a soundcloud player and posted it on Facebook I ended up deleting my mom from my Facebook friend list in a serious attack of teenage-like frustration and embarrasment. The story goes something like this: I commented on Svffers demo writing something like: “YEAAAH good shit! I like!” and the next thing my mom did was to comment something to the effect that she pittied that dog – in Danish – on Svffers facebok page. Maybe it is still there – who knows? Well, at least it made me put my mom on Facebook hold for a few months – I guess it was more than scenester Jakob could cope with at the time – very mature I admit!
Well, here comes a few other quick shots of other great bands and albums that I like, and who had Tonmeisterei somehow involved in the proces:
A filthy doom/sludge monster featuring the singer from Burial and a drummer who speaks Danish. I read somewhere that they are calling it quits. What a stupid thing to do! Nightslug on Facebook
From Bielefeld – also calling it quits! 🙁 recorded and mixed by themselves, mastered at Tonmeisterei. Ruins on Facebook
So, that’s all for now folks. Hope you’ve enjoyed some of the bands and music in this article. I know I did. And I know this was only a small fraction of music recorded at that special place in Oldenburg, so there’s plenty of awesome Tonmeisterei recorded music to be discovered out there – also by me. So hit me up what are your favorite Tonmeisterei albums, that was not included on my list above? Visit Die Tonmeisterei’s website
This album has been in and out of my listening cycle for the better part of the last 6 months. While maybe not so angry it definitely has a melancholic and pessimistic feel. In any case: a great listen. (Also recommended is the other project from Kristina Esfandiari, King Woman – link further down.)
Lately I’ve been on kind of a SDF-binge after seeing them live in Berlin. This is one of their later releases. Quite prolific, always experimental, not so angry. “Brittany Murphy in 8 Mile” is a must-hear.