Review: Earlier this year, Gallhammer member Vivian Slaughter delivered her first solo album, the noisy and intense "Morgenrode". Here the NYC artist dons the Viviankrist alias again for a debut outing on Diagonal. It's a decidedly dystopian affair all told, with Slaughter offering up a mixture of distorted post-apocalyptic soundscapes (see the audio air strikes of "Eleventh"), hard-wired rhythmic pieces (the mind-altering industrial throb of "Blue Iron"), mutilated IDM workouts (the fizzing electronics and tipsy lo-fi beats of "72hours"), surprisingly melodious ambient cuts ("Midnight Sun", "Out of Body", "Behind Mirror") and amphetamine-fuelled dancefloor smashers (the bombastic and eccentric "Tear").
Review: Music On Vinyl's Ministry reissue series continues via this heavyweight re-press of "The Land Of Rape And Honey" on orange and gold vinyl. On its initial release in 1988, the album was seen as something of a departure from the Al Jourgensen-helmed band's previous output, primarily because it mixed their previous EBM, industrial and experimental synth-pop influences with heavier guitar riffs, more stomping beats and the kind of growled vocals more prevalent in heavy metal. Listening back 31 years on, the album has lost none of its luster, with highlights including the low-slung dub-rock chug of "Golden Dawn", the ricocheting drums and dystopian screams of "Destruction", the EBM-rock throb of "You Know What You Are" and the 400 Blows style electro-dub funkiness of "Abortive".