Sektor 304 is a Portuguese duo doing industrial music. They do dark crescendo sounds out of amplified junk-metal, some electronics and a few guttural vocals, with high focus on tribal percussions and the apocalyptic noise. The description might sound too eclectic, but it actually works quite well together.
They been gathering extremly positive reviews lately for their Malignant Records album release titled “Soul Cleansing”. You can spot them being praised at smother, azm, crucial blast, gothtronic, modisti, freak animal, plague haus and even on a few Portuguese national publications, where these genres are usually completly ignored.
Quoting from the label infopage: In three decades, Industrial music, due to its tangible form, has given birth to numerous interpretations and splintered factions. What’s indisputable, is that most of what is actually defined as “industrial” has ultimately become more about entertainment than confrontation and far removed from the original intent. This is the context in which Sektor 304 has appeared. Equipped with a frightening and impressive array of primitive instrumentation pulled from junkyards and scrap metal heaps, this Portuguese outfit has delivered an astounding formal debut – a heady mixture of truly old school industrial in the vein of Einsturzende Neubauten, Test Dept , and S.P.K , and the grinding, bass heavy dirge of vintage Swans and Godflesh . These are anthems to the past, but geared towards an apocalyptic and bleak future… a form of counter-culture using what is most evident in modern western society: the debris, the abandoned objects, the waste, the noise, and the interference.
With a solid foundation of rusty, oil drenched percussion, Sektor 304 adds layer upon layer of squalling industrial clangor, hammering metallic noise, grimy atmospheres, heaving masses of haunted factory drones, and threatening tribal batter, with a strong and commanding vocal presence. The sound here is almost physical in nature – provocative, persistent, and demanding. An organic impulse filled with shamanic drifts in which the noise barrage allies itself with metallic rhythmics and the use of concrete elements in the compositions. Junk, plastics, amplified objects. A change of scale. A manipulation of non-musical sounds in search of visual inductions trying to bring forward the sequences of Tsukamoto or situations invoked by J.G. Ballard. The conflict between man and machine as a metaphor of the struggle of man against himself. A mix and weight of three decades of sonic subversion.
It can be said that to find the future of music, one must look to the past, drawing influence from prior achievements, yet forging a new identity, and sculpting something completely unique and distinct. With Sektor 304, the future is now, and it’s not entertaining. In 6 panel digipak, mastered by Steel Hook Audio.
So yeah, if you haven’t heard of them, and regardless if you’re into industrial sounds or not, you should defnitly check them out and buy the album.
The reason why you should already know them by now, if you follow our catalogue, is for their participation in two of our compilations: “This Is Industrial [PT]“, covering the active Portuguese industrial scene; “Falésia 3″, covering the Portuguese dark ambient scene; And a split album with ps titled “ps vs Sektor 304″. All of which released free for download at the Enough Records website.
At this point you should know that ps is actually a project from the person typing these words.
I believe the first Sektor304ian i met was André Coelho. Probably through his personal project Sparagmos, maybe from browsing myspace, i’m not sure anymore. But i’m quite confident the first time i physically met him was at the Justice Yeldham concert at Casa Viva, organized by Soopa, where we both finally realized there actually are other industrial noise fetishists around in our very hometown. Couple weeks later we set up a quick drop off meeting in a subway station downtown Porto, where he offered me a cdr (probably to put out enrmp124 – Sparagmos feat Kenji Siratori – Corpse City through Enough) and told tales of his misery having to self-promote an upcoming concert of his other project called Kult in Lisbon. Perhaps the order of events is the exact opposite. Regardless, these are my first memories of having met him.
A little while later i invited him to play at the Enough Noise event i was organizing at Fábrica de Som, for which he also designed the flyer. Not much audience turn out as expected, but it was a great gig. Perhaps it was then that we decided to try out some noise jams together, and a few weeks later i realized the origin of the 304 on the Sektor 304 as i entered their shared studio at a very aged, run down, and nowdays quite mythical, shopping mall in Porto called Stop.
It was probably only then that i got to know abit better the other member of the duo, João Filipe, he was introduced to me as a drummer, active in several other bands ranging from punk rock to experimental jazz, and working during his week days at one of the few remaining record stores in Porto.
While André was trying to set up all the wires to record things properly i showed João how a few of my Jeskola Buzz glitch noise setups worked. His reaction was something in the lines of “holy fucking crap, this is gonna be interesting, we will be deaf by the end of the session!” We didn’t really plan anything for that session. We just waited for all the wiring to be ready to record and started playing whatever we felt like. It was the most fun i had playing music in years. No judgmental bullshit, no you should do this or you should do that, just play, feel what the other is doing and play. Finally, i was free. The session was great, we had a few climaxes and slowdowns. We were partly deaf when it was over but were still curious enough to check out the recording imediately after. And it was sounding just as great and somewhat disturbing. So we agreed to put it out on Enough as soon as possible: André did some artwork and minor mastering tweaks and a couple weeks later enrmp154 was out.
A few live concerts of ps vs Sektor 304 ensued, where we managed to make people either leave in terror or stand in awe. ps vs Sektor 304 sounds alot different from either ps alone or Sektor 304 alone and i must say that I’m quite pleased with all the well deserved recognition they been getting on their new album. Hope to see them tour in a near future.