Active in the german noise / drone scene since 1997, Anemone Tube has had to wait till 2001 to release its first full length album, ":Existence", on the label of the Auf Abwegen magazine. 7 tracks for a total of 50 minutes come in an elegant CD displaying a warm, fire-like design. The tracks Anemone Tube has written for this album are somewhere between harsh noise ("Secondary master" or even the power electronics of "Choke Down"), and calmer ones, made of distant drones and long soundscapes that carry a dark mood ("Red waves" and it violin-like high pitched sounds, "Flesh and bombs"). This CD evens dwells into quasi-electronic (understand "undistorted electronics") on "Continuity" and the very dronesque "The encounter II" which progresses slowly into a new harsh, loud and noisy track. Very well done, this CD demonstrate how mature Anemone Tube is. From noise material that can compare tothe new american noise scene (think Troniks or Fusion Audio) to soundscapish and abyssmal tracks, the diversity of this CD adds to his quality and brings some fresh air to breathe between the most suffocating tracks. Really well done, this is for sure a success for a debut album, and I guess that Anemone Tube is going to make quite a name for himself in the noise scene.
(Recycle Your Ears, Berlin, June 2001)
This is the first real CD release from the German Anemone Tube, previously having released a load of tapes, vinyl and CDRs. Originally this was supposed to be Anemone Tubes last release, as Stefan was meaning to stop making noise and to concentrate on his graphic designing. Nonetheless, as the text 'A new beginning " in the inner sleeve of this CD suggests, Stefan has maybe decided to continue with Anemone Tube and apparently is preparing new material as we speak. This CD the other hand contains material recorded between 1996-1999 and it represents the more harsh side of Anemone Tube. Of the six tracks included, more than half are probably the noiseiest material ever heard from this band, but instead of plain harsh 'noise, they often bear clear structures and occasionally even rhythms that keep them from becoming too static. Also, the layers of distorted electronics and diverse sounds are so dense and detailed, that the tracks remain quite interesting throughout. Combining the extreme flushes or white noise with some low frequency electronics also quarantees, that the sound contains an essential amount of of strength, The more calm, harsh ambient side of Anemone Tube is presented here on "Red Waves" as well as on the title track which is my absolute favorite of the CD with its slowly evolving layers of massive sound. As a sort of a "new start'" for Anemone Tube this CD serves well and I hope that Stefan has enough enthusiasm arid vision to keep developing the material onwards. (J)
(Degenerate Magazine, 2001)
Label: Auf Abwegen (D)
Ltd. edition: 500 copies, hand-numbered
Packaging: 5 panel folder in jewelcase
Artwork by: Anemone Tube