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1994 137 Records
Matthew M. Nordan - All songs, vocals, and instruments except track 2 written by Trent Reznor
Alexander Bockman - Lead Guitar on track 1
Kaj M. Gartz - Lead guitar on track 8
Colby Keith - saxophone on track 5
1995 137 Records
“Rough demos, unfinished songs, experiments, remixes, and live performances”
Warning: This is not a new Ängst album, please do not review, duplicate, distribute, or discuss it as such. This is just a bunch of demos with a tape cover. Black And contains every even somewhat serious piece of Ängst output since the release of The Null Hypothesis in February 1995. With the exception of the Electro-Shock Therapy version of “Nihil Est,” all songs are to be considered rough demo recordings, produced and recorded in a sloppy, quick-and-dirty fashion under annoying time constraints with accompanying low performance expectations, and subject to musical and lyrical revision before reaching their final incarnations.
All songs written, produced, performed, recorded, and/or remixed by Matthew M. Nordan except where otherwise noted.
All synth solos in real time.
Low bass on some tracks may damage speakers at enormous volumes.
Not for use with mono devices.
1995 137 Records
All songs written, produced, performed, and recorded by Matthew M. Nordan except where noted.
“No, Angst is not another teenage three-chord punk rock band, but rather a unique offering of acoustic alterna-pop and hardcore industrial. Usually the two very different styles are relegated to separate songs on The Null Hypothesis, but the band does blend them together in a few instances to confuse and amuse you. The result is an indie album that could either put a smile on your face because of the band's creativity or a frown because of a lack of genre consistency.
The alterna-pop material features acoustic guitars, simple percussion, and friendly melodic vocals in such songs as “Who Am I to Question God?”, “Warm Dry Cell”, and “Effexor”. This is an unorthodox approach when you consider the subject matter being sung. In “Exactly Precisely”, Matthew Nordan conveys the events of a date rape including a short but chilling sample of a female scream. Then later on in “Five in the Chamber”, the graphic actions and thoughts of someone involved in a gun shootout are expressed in a similar manner. It took me a while before I myself realized what the band was actually singing about in some of these songs. I now wonder if anyone will take these songs seriously or simply brush them off as unimportant?
The highlight of this tape are the excellent industrial songs that will please fans of Under Midnight. From the speed techno-metal of “Boiling Point” to the industrial metal of “Nothing Else” complete with hardcore yells, Angst is quite capable of unleashing raw power and aggression. Then in songs like “Shades of Light” and “Godshaped Void”, the band combines and blends the alterna-pop stuff with industrial to create some more enjoyable compositions. Be sure to watch for a few samples scattered throughout the album from such movies as Aliens and Pulp Fiction.
Not all of the songs are about bad things happening. In fact, there is a fair amount of songs that point to Christ as Lord, Saviour and Provider. In “Godshaped Void” the reality that personal pride can prevent us from receiving spiritual fulfillment is emphasized. Then “Who Am I to Question God?” holds reverence for the omnipotence of God and encourages the listener to check out Romans 9 for themself.
Angst's The Null Hypothesis has been a popular indie release for its creativity ever since it was first released. The band even caused a stir with their appearance on the Electro-Shock Therapy and Full Frontal Lobotomy compilations. On the other hand, those looking for a pure industrial may be disappointed with about half the album. Like it or not though, The Null Hypothesis has made its mark in the underground music scene.”
– Richard Maaranen (http://ballistictest.flamingfish.com/btz_old_reviews/ang-tnh.html)
1999 Flaming Fish Music
“Back in the mid-90's, former Yale student and devout Christian Matthew Norton took the Christian industrial underground by storm with his one-man band Angst. With its unique, if schizophrenic, blending of guitar-driven industrial-metal, acoustic rock, and techno-dance, Norton recorded three albums and made several compilation appearances under the Angst moniker.
Sadly, it has been a while since Norton recorded any new material and most of his recordings are now hard to come by. This situation is now rectified, though, with this new CD-R released by the good folks at Flaming Fish.
Entitled Anger, Lust, Frustration, Fear, and Fun, this release includes many of the best songs from the band's three albums: Strain, The Null Hypothesis, and Black &. In all there are nineteen songs, including the popular hits “Boiling Point”, “Godshaped Void”, “Effexor(Venlafaxine HCL)”, and “Five In The Chamber”. The only disappointments are the exclusion of the hits “Sex Song” and “Nihil Est”, which are from the Full Frontal Lobotomy and Electro-Shock Therapy compilations, respectively, as is the gripping, anti-rape number “Exactly Precisely”.
As an unabashed fan of club music, my personal favorites are the Klank-meets-2-Unlimited sounding “Here As One”, the industrial synth-pop number “Godshaped Void”, and the house piece “A Kiss”, which features some cool saxophone as well as some Prodigal Sons samples. I also enjoy the sarcastically dark acoustic pop of “Effexor(Venlafaxine HCL)”, “Popular Breakfast Drink”, with its reference to Simpsons character Ned Flanders, and “Warm Dry Cell”, which alternates between punk and hip-hop influences.
By including the best songs from all three of the band's full-length releases, “Anger, Lust, Frustration, Fear, and Fun” is the closest thing there is to a greatest hits release for Angst. I especially recommend it to those people who missed out on this amazing band the first time around. By combining so many different genres with smart, satirical lyrics about some serious issues, Matthew Norton is a musical genius.”
– James McGinnis (http://ballistictest.flamingfish.com/btz_old_reviews/ang-alf.html)