Thursday, October 24, 2013


it's been a few months since I mentioned the first digital-only release by herukrat, one of the founders of the svn okklt blog. since then, he's not only put out three more releases, but two physical cassettes as well.

while similar in some ways, both cassettes have some striking differences that show not only a wide range of influences, but also a wide range of talents that combine to make herukrat a name to watch in the noise scene.

and he's got the approval of the rita's sam mckinlay, so what better endorsement could you need?


Herukrat - Alleviation Prayer


the first cassette, alleviation prayer, collects tracks from the second demo and places them alongside several all-new recordings. packaged as a single cassette in an oversized case with an insert, alleviation prayer was the debut release from the new svn okklt label.

I don't know how or why, but for some reason it's not yet sold out from the fallen empire store, so grab one ASAP - there are only ninety-three in existence.


Herukrat - Anna Karina


the second physical release, anna karina, replaced the previous power electronics material with a more vomir/the rita-inspired harsh noise wall approach. much like mckinlay's work, this recording takes audio from various sources, then decays and degrades them until they become coarse, multi-layered waves of static.

with a classic fixture of the french new wave as it's subject, this release will not only appeal to the harsh noise wall fans out there, but the film fanatics as well who are searching for new ways to view the material they've loved for so many years.

this package is unfortunately long sold-out, so keep an eye on discogs and maybe one will show up.


be sure to stop by the herukrat bandcamp page to stream and download both of these releases, as well as the first two demos. everything is available on a pay-what-you-like basis, so if you're not going to buy a physical version, please throw at least a few dollars toward the artist to show him your appreciation.

every little bit helps to encourage him to not only keep creating, but to keep releasing his work to the public. and this is a project that we should all hope continues for many years to come.

lastly, check out an interview with the man himself here.

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