I’m playing at Oldschool Madness!

MC Syco will be celebrating his 30 year music career with a banger of a party in my hometown Hengelo, with a massive line-up.

And I’m proud to announce that I’m on it as well! Yes, you read that correctly – I’ll be returning from my ‘retirement’ and will get behind the decks one more time to play some industrial shit.

I hope to see as many of you as possible in February! 🍻

Event info:

Oldschool Madness – 30 Years of MC Syco
Date: Feb 10, 2024
Time: 21:00 – 06:00
Location: Empire New York, Hengelo (NL)

Order tickets here

Full line-up:

Angerfist
Ruffneck
Distortion
JDA
Furyan
Vince
Gridkiller
Negative A
Nosferatu
Alex B
Unfused
Crypsis
Gizmo
Shadowlands Terrorists
DJ Rob & MC Joe
Freestyle Maniacs
Kid Karma
Cixx & The Vinyl Junk
T-Junction
Bodyshock
Crossfiyah
Styx
Rudeboy
Dyprax
State of Emergency
Planet X
Cemon Victa
Mapo
Kokka
Lunatic
Sequence
Holly
Vecino
Mental Wreckage
Equalizer
Kahlkopf & Gee MC
DNS
Basic Grooves
Brutal Sounds
Armenian Boy
Thorin

Hosted by:

Ruffian
Da Mouth of Madness
Axys
Alee
Sherlock
Madness
The Forze MC
Syco
Renegade

Links:

Facebook
Partyflock


Bandcamp update: Lawaai Remixes, 5th Anniversary

This week, it’s 5 years ago that my Lawaai Remix EP was released on Dark Descent!

Lawaai was originally a (heavily distorted) underground track from my 2nd release on Neophyte’s Symp.tom label in 2005, which got a good amount of DJ-support.. even on a few cyber gothic parties!

One of my heroes & friends Embrionyc badly wanted to remix it, and did so on his 2013 album “Not Quite Forgotten”. And in 2017, the track received additional remixes by Symp.tom’s own Mute. and The Relic, accompanied by a 2nd heavily experimental Embrionyc remix, a remix of my own and a proper remaster with stereo distortion (the original track had mono distortion due to the limitations of a plugin I used at the time).

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of this remix EP, I’ve put it on my own Bandcamp with a nice discount for the people who don’t have it yet. And I’ve also added an extra bonus track; a DJ-friendly (and slightly extended) edit of Embrionyc’s remix that I used in my own DJ-sets. This one can be downloaded for free.

Enjoy!
https://mentalwreckage.bandcamp.com/

I’m on Bandcamp!

I’ve set up a Bandcamp page of my own and uploaded two exclusive tracks there, for better access:

The remastered version of my “Industry Decay Remix” (2011) was previously only available on my Facebook page, until support for certain page plug-ins was ceased. And “Fragments of Freedom” (2005) was previously only available on the Symp.tom website. Both tracks are, of course, still available for free.

As for my older Symp.tom releases – hopefully someday I’m able to add them to my Bandcamp as well, whenever I re-obtain the music rights from Cloud 9 Music.

Other than that, I don’t have much other music to share on my Bandcamp for now. My releases on Dark Descent, Noisj, Meta4 and Traumatic are still available on their respective Bandcamp sites.

For now; happy downloading!

https://mentalwreckage.bandcamp.com

Faceless Machine

NOISJ125. Warchetype aka Mental Wreckage – Faceless Machine

2020 has not entirely been a shit year, as Mental Wreckage has made a considerable comeback with fine releases on various labels. And Noisj proudly provides one as well – the resurrection of his Warchetype moniker, used for his faster, crossbreed style mixes. Get two rogue tracks here that will fire up any underground set, 170bpm industrial steppers, fierce kicks and distortion galore will have you twitching like a machine!

01. Warchetype aka Mental Wreckage – Machine
02. Warchetype aka Mental Wreckage – Faceless

Now available at Spotify and the Noisj Bandcamp page:
https://noisj.nl/album/faceless-machine

Turmoil

TRM-EP-059. Mental Wreckage – Turmoil

Mental Wreckage comeback tour 2020 pt. III: After well-received EPs on META4 and Dark Descent we think Traumatic is the obvious choice for this one!

Three all new tracks that are intensely rhythmic, hypnotically repetitive and very deeply atmospheric – just raw enough to remain unmistakably Mental Wreckage. And in case this cutting-edge industrial marriage of noise and melody hasn’t finished you off properly, Demanufacturer provides a banging, teeth-grinding (and supposedly final) remix of MW’s classic track “Lawaai”, harking back to the good ole’ Symp.tom days. Turmoil inevitable!

01. Mental Wreckage – No Pressure
02. Mental Wreckage – Severed (Parts 1 & 2)
03. Mental Wreckage – Not Human
04. Mental Wreckage – Lawaai (One Last Remix by Demanufacturer)

Now available at Spotify and the Traumatic Bandcamp page:
https://traumatic.bandcamp.com/album/mental-wreckage-turmoil

Rawsome

DD00108. Moleculez & Mental Wreckage – Rawsome

2020 is the year Mental Wreckage returns for good, after his EP with resurrected tracks for META4 he graces Dark. Descent. – and brings along another producer who shaped industrial hardcore back in the days, the mighty Moleculez!

Oh the intensity you can create when you know how to use simple elements properly: Washes of noise and a kick constantly gliding off the track are all it needs to render “Algorythm” most urgent, and it will leave you with a weird ring in your ears. And “Crushed by Noise Pt. 2” harks back to a 2010 EP of Moleculez & Mental Wreckage with The Relic and is nothing less than a brutal rhythm noise banger, simply rawsome!

  1. Moleculez & Mental Wreckage – Algorhythm
  2. Moleculez & Mental Wreckage – Crushed by Noise (Part 2)

Now available at Spotify and the Dark Descent Bandcamp page:
https://darkdescent.bandcamp.com/album/rawsome

New release on Meta4

Meta4X. Mental Wreckage – The Missing Symp.toms (Part One)

In the 00s Symp.tom was one of the boldest trailblazers among the industrial hardcore labels. Now, a good decade after its demise, fellow time traveller Meta4 is honoured to release four lost gems by one of Symp.tom’s main artists, Mental Wreckage. Other than the revisited/remixed versions on the 2017 Dark Descent EP, these are lost originals, treasures so far hidden.

One instantly notices how topical these still are: Rough and ready, bustling with noise and layers of atmosphere, well lined up for any contemporary DJ set. Get two relentless and upfront tracks, plus a percussive gem featuring Syndemic (a sadly short-lived production unit) and a bouncing finale by MW alias Empty.Shell.

And where there’s a part 1, one may also hope for part 2, right?

01. Mental Wreckage – Wandering in the Dark
02. Mental Wreckage & Syndemic – Unilluminated
03. Mental Wreckage – Unusual
04. Empty.Shell – Arh+

Now available at the Meta4 Bandcamp page:
https://meta4recordings.bandcamp.com/…/the-missing-symp-tom…

(use code “may1” for a 10% discount)

Symp.tom presents: Kapotcast

Symp.tom presents a new concept – a brand new line of podcasts: KAPOTCAST, done by Symp.tom’s own releasing crew but also guest artists. Each edition will showcase the artist’s personal vision and concept of dark & industrial. As you know, Symp.tom always stood for a specific blend of dark, raw & industrial hardcore techno, and we think it’s important to keep that sound alive!

The first edition kicks off with a DJ-mix of Mental Wreckage, who will share some of his favorite ‘classics’.

– Symp.tom
Authentic. Dark. Industrial.

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Kapotcast Episode 01: Mental Wreckage

01. Mental Wreckage – Lawaai (Disrupted by Mute.)
02. Mental Wreckage – Lawaai
03. Moleculez – Flatline
04. Fracture 4 – The Girl with Green Eyes
05. Dep Affect – Hypersensitive
06. Mute. – The Dirt Outside
07. Rude Awakening – Revolting Against
08. The Relic – White Darkness
09. Hamunaptra & Mindustries – Destroyer of Worlds
10. Mental Wreckage – Salvation within Death
11. Promo & Armageddon Project – Diamonds for the Pigs
12. The Outside Agency – The Smog Sins & The Omen Sights
13. Ophidian – Drawhole
14. Petrochemical – Blind Demon
15. Promo – Never Catch Me Sleeping
16. Dual Mechanism – Presynaptic Modulation
17. Mindustries – Choke
18. Armageddon Project – In the Underworld
19. Enzyme X – Skummes
20. The Relic – The End Becomes Me
21. Synapse – Crispy Kick
22. E-Noid – Take This Brother
23. Ophidian – Disrespected Intervention

Soundcloud link:
http://soundcloud.com/mental_wreckage/kapotcast-01

Lawaai Remixes

After a 5-year recording hiatus, my new release is out.. Grab it now! Press release:
DD16088. Mental Wreckage – Revisited Symp.tom: Lawaai Remixes

Industrial hardcore will never die – Dark. Descent. revisits its own roots with this look back at a track that appeared on a 12″ in 2005 on Symp.tom; which could arguably called the Dark. Descent. predecessor. “Lawaai” (i.e. “Noise”) is a more than appropriate title for this scorching classic with its distinct analogue sound modulation. Of course the original track is included here for good measure, but the excitement is to see how it is revisited a dozen years later: Symp.tom main men Mute. and Mental Wreckage give “Lawaai” a midtempo rhythm noise update, with the latter on a more freeform trip; Embryonic delivers two versions; a majestic doomcore anthem and a speaker-wrecking cacophony of “Lawaai”. Dark. Descent. main man and Symp.tom veteran The Relic infuses the noise with evil kicks in the contemporary industrial hardcore fashion, thus bridging the gap between those days gone by and the enormous momentum that this genre still thrives on. Bring the noise and maybe there will be more of that…

This release is now available at Bandcamp!

Upcoming Material

It’s been a while since I posted some updates about my upcoming material.. so this is a perfect opportunity. As some of you know, several releases are fully or almost ready. Some have been for a long time, even. But I’ve been holding them out deliberately, despite earlier posts. Unfortunately, for those who didn’t know yet, I’ve been having health-related issues for a long while, that interfere with finishing stuff up or adding some proper finishing touches. Also I hate the pressure of deadlines.

Health-wise, things seem to go a bit better lately, so I’m a bit more active again. But I’m learning to not over-do it, to prevent a new burn-out. Rest assured, the new stuff will come. You’re in for a treat. And major thanks for your patience so far, I know I haven’t released anything new for years now. I’ll start putting out my releases whenever I feel my health is balanced well enough again so that I can keep working on new stuff in the meantime. I don’t have an exact estimation yet, but I hope it’s somewhere halfway this year.

Peace out.

And when enough of my new stuff has been mixdowned & mastered properly, I’ll start posting some previews to show what you can expect! (and for those paying attention; some of these new tracks have already been present in some of my podcasts & recorded DJ-sets)