Irreversible Neural Damage
Axon Neuron is a solo project from a north german artist, who has been active (firstly under the name of Thorn) since 1995 in the industrial scene. Here is a nicely packaged retrospective of the 96-99 period, with incursions into Vagwa's tracks, his noise side-project. The man is also running his own label, Ragnarune, which is the house of Weisskreuz and Wallenstein.
Anyone horrified by Douglas Pearce's caustic and ambiguous sense of humour should have a look at the sleeve's picture of this album, which is not at all a free provocation, but only a violent message describing the high tension of the music as well as a condemnation of war's horrors. Those who understood that with enough stand back can appreciate it with a peaceful mind.
Here is an impressive collection of dark and ritual atmospheres, consisting of long captivating pieces of the highest degree. This powerful ambient industrial music, based on cuts and loops, sometimes harsch but always subtle, also includes classical music 's samples, on some tracks, which is wonderfully included into majestic ambient electronic landscapes. As if you play a Coil album when listening to the 7. Symphony of Beethoven. One track is very noise oriented, à la Merzbow (from his project Vagwa), and most of the pieces are remixes taken from the different tapes Axon Neuron published during these three years, and two unreleased tracks. This album was originally limited to 33 copies and released on the occasion of the Axon Neuron concert in Rostock for the industrial sit-in on the 5th September 99. This is one of the best releases I've heard for ages in that style of music. Shadowy rumbles resonate the eerie dark unseen territories which Axon Neuron explore to their fullest potential. This is dark ritual music at its best. Do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy of this masterpiece.
Highly recommended !
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Axon Neuron (Vagwa) - Discography :
1996 MC Axon Neuron :Selected Works 1995/96: (Ragnarune, RR 02 TAN)
1996 MC Axon Neuron :Elbentrötsch: (Ragnarune,
RR 03 TAN)
3 different editions, limited to 9, 24 & 20 copies. last edition in
1997 MC Axon Neuron :The Wolf Age: (Ragnarune,
RR 04 TAN)
lim. edition of 71 copies in A5 package.
1997 MC Axon Neuron :Sond: (Ragnarune, RR 05 TAN)
1st edition lim. to 35 copies in A5 package, plus some numbered
copies with brown/black cover in standard package.
1997 MC Axon Neuron/Weisskreuz (split) (Ragnarune,
RR 06 TANWK-P)
lim. edition of 4 copies in LP cover with inserts.
1998 MC Ring 10-Ragnarune Compilation (RR 08 TC)
lim. edition of 111 copies in A5 package with inserts. contains
material of Axon Neuron, Cerebrosus, NOP, Vagwa, Wallenstein & Weisskreuz.
Axon Neuron-Tracks: 1. Untitled I 2. Untitled II
1998 MC Axon Neuron/Vagwa :Torrents Of Hagalaz
EP: (Ragnarune, RR 09 TANV)
lim. edition of 15 copies in A5 package. some copies with postcard.
1998 CD-R Axon Neuron/Vagwa :Torrents Of Hagalaz:
(Ragnarune, RR 09 CDANV)
lim. edition of 100 copies in A5 package, with 3 bonus tracks.
1999 CD-R Axon Neuron/Vagwa :Irreversible Neural
RR 10 CDANV)
lim. edition of 33 copies in special package with banderole, plus some
un-numbered copies without the special package.
2000 LP From Nowhere To Nothing-Compilation (Thaglasz)
lim. edition of 100 copies in 3 different vinyl colours, contains
2 Tracks of Axon Neuron/Vagwa: 1. Untitled 2. Torrents Of Hagalaz Pt. XI
June 2000 Immortal Legends Double-CD
Axon Neuron/Vagwa contributed one title called"Eternal Light"
July 2000 Thaglasz#6 (Book/CD compilation)
limited edition of 500 copies, of which 333 copies have a flexi
8" of ´Les Joyaux de la Princesse´ included.
the book exists in 3 different colours: red, blue & beige.
Axon Neuron/Vagwa contributed one title called "Solstice".
August 2000 Axon Neuron/Vagwa :Thorned Messages:
(RR 11 TANV)
limited edition cassette in A5 package (150 numbered copies),
plus a special edition of 6 copies in structured cover with
postcard. this will be the last cassette release from Ragnarune