Clint Listing creates music as a solo artist in post industrial landscape mix elements of noise, ambient, drone and avant sounds. He has been producing music for twenty-three years. He also writes about music on his website called "Absolute Zero Media"
"That's how we know each other" tells the label owner Taner Torun who also made the artworks and the graphic design of the album. "We send our press letters to Clint as well. He sometimes reviews them. One day, he asked us if we could release his upcoming work."
Clint Listing’s In The Minds Of Madness is a collaboration with some of the favorite artists he has performed with on tour, live events or just impressed him. Projects like Terrorfakt, Dream into Dust, Steel Hook Prostheses, Murderous Visions, Encomiast & Lopeholt. This album spans many genres of the post industrial and experimental landscapes from harsh noise, electronica to post-rock.
The opening track, The Dawn of Sorrow is a collaboration with Stephen Petrus of "Murderous Visions". Murderous Vision’s style ranges from dark ambient to death industrial to martial industrial and neoclassical music. The Cleveland project was founded in 2004 as a duo, later became Petrus' solo action.
Track 2, Love is Pain is a collaboration with "Lopeholt" which is a industrial & experimental project from Scotland.
The third one, Under the Frozen Moon of Tomorrow is a collaboration with John Stillings of "Steel Hook Prostheses" which was founded in 1999 by John Stillings then L. Kerr was soon recruited into the project and the project became a duo. Stillings says "I can best describe our sound as heavy electronics, a combination of power electronics, death industrial, dark ambient, and harsh noise."
The fourth child, Your God is So Proud is credited as "4yrs of Suffering" which is a project between Clint Listing and Aries both ex As All Die. They released several works together in which Clint Listing does the vocals, guitar, synthesizer, bass, electronics, samples; and Aries on vocals, samples, percussion.
The fifth track is Passion Through Conflict and it's a collaboration with Dana Duffey of "Demonic Christ" which is a black / death metal band formed in 1992.
Riders of the Final Dawn (the sixth track) is a collaboration with DJ Hell Raver of "Terrorfakt" which is an industrial / power noise project from New York City. Having been influenced by bands such as Controlled Bleeding, Monolith, Neurosis, Merzbow, Manufactura and Synascape, Terrorfakt describes their sound as ranging from “powerful dancefloor anthems to ambient sound-scapes and pure experimental noise structures.”
The seventh track is We've Been Forgotten, which is created with Derek Rush who is known from the projects like "Dream into Dust" "A Murderer of Angels" The projects are between Derek Rush and Bryin Dall whose music is called "ambient and electronic art-fusion is laced with inspiring and intuitive musical pieces designed to create an atmosphere and experience" by Smother.
Peace Breeds War, the final track is a collaboration with Ross Hagen of "Encomiast" which is a dark ambient / noise project came into being around 1999 in Colorado, USA.
"In The Minds Of Madness" has taken two years of blood , sweat and creativity for the people involved in this project. Clint Listing tells that this is the most expansive release of his twenty-three year music career.
A Closer Listen / Richard Allen
Post-industrial soundscapes are not the most accessible productions, and In the Minds of Madness is not easy listening. The cover simultaneously evokes Joan of Arc, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Apocalypse, and the sounds inside make a fitting match.
Case in point: opening track “The Dawn of Sorrow”, a collaboration with Stephan Petrus of Murderous Visions. This dark, unrepentant drone is a solid wall of sound backed by martial drums, the bastard love child of Raison D’Etre and The Protagonist. If this were the only track on the album, it would still be worth a spin. Listening is like being trapped in a sandstorm with a plague of locusts and a rain of blood. ”Under the Frozen Moon of Tomorrow”, a pairing with John Stillings of Steel Hook Prosthesis, spits waves of noise and desolate electronics into a vat of acid churn. And “Riders of the Final Dawn”, recorded with industrial band Terrorfakt’s DJ Hell Raver, attacks the sound field with harsh distortions and static that sounds like it was fed through static – the refried beans of sonic production. Sudden, unpredictable blasts keep the listener off guard and pleasantly nervous.
Not to slight the other artists involved – each has a distinct appeal. But a series of team-ups amounts to a compilation of sorts, and in such arenas, there are bound to be winners and losers, especially in a field that encourages brutality. The tracks that relent, show mercy, or repeat patterns are shown no mercy themselves. Once the listener has the taste for blood, it must be satisfied. Any sign of weakness, any hesitation, any gentility, and the emperor’s thumb goes down. But for Listing and his efforts, the thumb goes up; fans of extreme music will find much to enjoy here.
Against The Odds / Chris Antonoff
Dark, brooding soundscapes, waves of sonic terror and cold, machinery chants are some of the distinctive features of Clint Listing's latest offering. Clint Listing creates music as a solo artist in post industrial landscape mix elements of noise, ambient, drone and avant-garde sounds. He has been producing music for twenty-three years. In The Minds Of Madness is a collaboration with some of the favorite artists he has performed with on tour, live events or just impressed him. Projects like Terrorfakt, Dream into Dust, Steel Hook Prostheses, Murderous Visions, Encomiast & Lopeholt. This album spans many genres of the post industrial and experimental landscapes from harsh noise, electronica to post-rock.
Sea Of Tranquility / Simon Bray
The appeal of this record will definitely be pretty select consisting of nine drone artists including Clint Listing himself. According to his biography, "Clint Listing creates music as a solo artist in post-industrial landscape mix elements of noise, ambient, drone and avant sounds." It would be true to suggest that In the Minds of Madness does what it says on the tin.
This isn't popular music in any sense of the phrase. It's somewhat experimental focussing on noise rather than melody but when it works as on "Love is Pain" or on the near thirteen minute "Peace Breeds War" it's quite powerful stuff which transports the listener to a different time and space. Equally at times one kind of hopes for some respite from the relentless drone, however, if that is your bag you should enjoy this album a great deal but it is not for the casual listener.