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Album Review: AUTHOR & PUNISHER – Melk En Honing


“Author & Punisher stamps a sinister brand of evil on this one so rest assured that your doom cravings will be satisfied.” – Jade

It doesn’t take a Dutch language prodigy to recognize that Melk En Honing is a cognate of the English phrase. At the same time, no one’s going to blame you for not seeing it the first time around. This album gently dangles and dips you into a screaming tragedy factory. And only when you experience that masochistic hell trip, do you catch a glimpse of the album title once again. Those words are too happy for such a place. Of course. Not all is, in fact, dandy in the land of milk and honey. [columns] [column size=”1/3″]

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Artist: Author & Punisher
Album Title: Melk En Honing
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Playing Time: 55:06
Label: Housecore Records
[list style=”music”] [li]The Barge[/li] [li]Cauterize[/li] [li]Shame[/li] [li]Future Man[/li] [li]Disparate[/li] [li]Callous and Hoof[/li] [li]Teething[/li] [li]Void, Null, Alive[/li] [/list]
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Author & Punisher, a.k.a. Tristan Shone imbues his patented masks, giant knobs, throttles, and MIDI’s with doom, drone, house, and industrial. Let the Dub Machines establish contact with you once again in this 2015 Housecore Records release.

Produced by Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, and label head for Housecore Records), Author & Punisher‘s Melk En Honing starts you drifting off on a stormy, unsettling sea with opening track “The Barge.” A penetrating choir moan is subtly present beneath distorted machine terror.


With all but one track exceeding 5 minutes, I braced myself for a droning tour of the industry. It is enhancing to learn the origins of these machine-mimicking instruments which are sculpted and engineered by the musician himself. Nothing screams “slicing saw” like a good ol’ homemade one man band.

This album is ominous in the way the tracks progress into a swell, employing mask-propelled vocal layering, clever moments of emotive rock, and angry synth acrobatics. “Future Man” appropriately lives at the apex of the album, showcasing each of these features, inviting you to visit the peak of this despairing high.

When Melk En Honing closes it will leave you with an oddly empty ear and a vibration that will linger echoing inside your gut. Author & Punisher stamps a sinister brand of evil on this one so rest assured that your doom cravings will be satisfied. If you want to meet the mad scientist behind it all, check out my interview with Author & Punisher here.

Check out the video for SHAME

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Jade listens to albums like she reads books — from front to back. Her fallbacks will always be classic ’90s grunge, alternative metal, and psychedelic art rock. Her hobbies include reading fantasy horror and perusing standup comedy.

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