regel #1 (dbeat)
regel #2 (dub)

"Welcome to the ground zero of music. Regler is the new, unbelievable project from Mattin (Billy Bao, Josetxo Grieta) and Anders "Drajan" Bryngelsson (Brainbombs, No Balls). Dancing on the ashes of a whole cultural breakdown, they bring us to a non returning point, where the dead body of rock first explodes, then implodes upon itself. There is no joke, people: this is the punkest record ever made! Mastered by Rashad Becker. ."
Label info.
LP published in February 2014 by 8MM (Porto) in an edition of 200 copies

Radio plays:


still-single (New York, 26 October 2015)


Wall of d-beat/opaque single riff marathon courtesy of Mattin and drummer Drajan (Brainbombs). Apart from the sibilance of some cymbals struck throughout, this is a solid brutalist block of structured interference designed to confuse, built to make you hear things that aren’t there (detuning and some lower frequencies smear themselves in around the middle of side A), and guaranteed to anger someone in your proximity. Put this one on at a party and watch people walk into walls, and form alliances in an effort to get you to turn it the fuck off. A real conversation starter once it’s over, this is precisely what the most overused tactic in the annals of European punk needed – a record that would take its basic parts and cancel them out, a starting over point for the bored and unchallenged. However dense it is, it’s not mechanical or stiff; these are rhythms of aggression, perhaps sexual release, that need to come out one way or another, and they don’t necessarily stay static or unbent. Flip it over for nothing but incidental sounds of the studio: amp hum, stick drops, breathing, humans settling to rest; after negating d-beat, Regler then negates itself. A formula for kinetic energy is positioned against another for potential energy; a concept fulfilled. Can’t say that the record sleeve didn’t warn you, with flowcharts-as-artwork indicating the presence of power and the effects of its removal. Might be the best Mattin recording since the Billy Bao 10”; uncompromisingly realized and perfectly preserved. Edition of 200 copies; 8mm has lost their domain but you know where to find this.
(Doug Mosurock)

Ruta 66 (Barcelona, September 2014)


Edition of only 200 copies, from the killing new duo of Mattin (Billy Bao et al) and Anders ‘Drajan’ Bryngelsson of Brainbombs/No Balls: it makes sense that Mattin would forge an alliance with Brainbombs as outside of Billy Bao they have been responsible for some of the most reprehensibly crude/extreme redux of contemporary rock/roll, reducing three chord punk plukes to ominous monochord minimalism cut with dopey sociophathic teen yucks and presenting the most wretched and degraded form of psych/rock/metal this side of an unholy amalgam of Parson Sound, AC/DC and Merzbow. Here Mattin pushes the whole deal into distorted gridlock with two side long pieces, the first of which uses classic d-beat strategies combined with post-Lou Reed single chord amplifier worship to produce a thrifty wall of pulsating rock noise, crossing the dancing hallucinatory microtones of a Maryanne Amacher with the sludge of primo-Sabbath and the endless ascension style of your favourite Scandinavian drone/metal commune. Wall destroying. Over on the flip the duo apply corrosive ‘dub’ strategies to the same, with large blocks of erased sonics interrupted by occasional accidentals and signifiers of future rock form - the sound of a snare drum, a stray guitar harmonic - that proves silence is not only sexy, it’s noisy as all hell. A massive, brain-erasing set of monomaniacal punk/avant rock violence from two of the loneliest braincells in strategic underground raunch. Highly recommended!

Aquarius Records (San Francisco)

A couple lists back, we reviewed a Brainbombs related record called Regler, which was a terrifically and geniusly difficult listen (and yeah, we still have a few copies left, just ask), consisting of one side a continuous, blasting D-beat noise jam, the other side near silence, a high concept sprawl of musique concrete, ostensibly made up of all the cutting room floor between song silences, but c'mon, why wouldn't you expect difficult listening from one of the Brainbombs?

REGLER: Brainbombs + No Balls + Billy Bao = furious fuzzed out D-beat minimalism and avant abstract near silent artiness.

What do you get when you cross weirdo Spanish noiseniks Billy Bao with filthy Swedish garage sludge punks the Brainbombs (and by extension, weirdo noise rock minimalists No Balls)?? Apparently you get Regler, a twisted, extremely noisy, high concept, SUPER group, who deliver some seriously difficult listening. Two distinctly different stripes of difficult listening, in fact.
The A side, as is further evidenced by the graphical representation on the jacket, is straight up D-Beat blasting, for the entire side. That's right, furious noise drenched riffing, and frantic, relentless drumming, locked in a continuous frenzy for the entire A side, the result is by turns mesmerizing and infuriating. Folks looking for 'songs' or 'music' (why would you be looking for those on a record like this in the first place?) will definitely be disappointed, but if you're after some dense, heavily layered, modern minimalist metal, this might just push those buttons, cuz really, after a minute or two, it's easy to get lost in sound, much like the trance inducing properties of black metal, the sound here is relentless and totally hypnotic, with the sound changing subtly throughout, the sonic shifts much more dramatic once you're locked in and listening close, the drumming too, seems to phase weirdly, producing still more off kilter weirdness. Needless to say, not for everybody, but for us, we're pretty into it. and that's at 45rpm, slow it down, and suddenly it's a bit more Brainbombsy, still tranced out and repetitive, but sludgier and murkier filthier.
The flipside might even be more frustrating for most folks, the sort of thing that might have been right at home on the recent Sounds Of Silence compilation we made Record of The Week a while back, what we're assuming, is an edit of all the NON-musical elements in the recording of the A side, lots of silence, some blurts of drum freakouts, some weird chordal fadeouts, it's literally like someone grabbed the bits of tape before and after every take and edited them into a single weird near silent it of conceptual sound art. Some breathing, little bits of music here and there, lots of tape buzz and hiss, super weird, but actually very cool. Headphones are required, and then cranking the volume too (although the occasional blast of sound, might freak you out), but then if this wasn't meant to freak you out in the first place, we'd be pretty surprised.
So yeah, while we endeavor to get sufficient copies of the new Brainbombs 2lp, maybe this will tide you over. But really, it probably won't. Recommended for anyone into arty noise, modern minimalism, warped metal experimentation, field recordings, and willful sonic provocateurs of all stripes. Cool cover art, no download, and LIMITED TO 200 COPIES!!!


Regel #1 (White Side) is an sidelong anarcho-spiritual cacophony. It is the noise punk analogue to what Sunn0)) is to doom metal: all of the noise, dissonance and tempo of their respective genres distilled into a radical, transcendental sonic world of infinite intricacies.

Regel # 2 (Black Side) is the complete antithesis of Regel #1. It is so close to silence, that it is arguably a 4???33 remix. The are brief glimmers of drums, guitar and breathing that escape and are subsequently ensnared into the nothingness with surgical precision. The tension evoked by the silence makes side 2 a great deep listening experience on nice sound equipment. However, if I was listening to it in my car I would probably mistake it for dead air.

Reviewed by thewindow on May 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm

on Thu 20 Mar, 201

Always got time for 8mm so I slapped this on feeling fairly enthused. Not much going on though.

The A-side runs a 45rpm and it’s a side of abstract blastbeats with scattershot drums and slowly evolving guitars on repeat for as long as is bearable. I did about ten minutes before realising nothing else was going to happen. Flip it and the B-side appears to be a side of nothing, well not quite nothing, if you turn it up loud you can hear some surface noise and some vague human shufflings. I don’t know what’s going on and I’m happy to not know.

Might be worth a look if you dig dbeat grooves and abstract music humour. Reckon you can increase the inherent value of the record by enjoying it at both speeds.

The Wire (by Nick Cain, July 2014, London)

Cassette Gods

Pretty intense new LP from Regler, the duo of Mattin (Billy Bao, Josetxo Grieta) and Anders "Drajan" Bryngelsson (Brainbombs, No Balls) out now on Portugal's 8MM Records.  Mastered by Rashad Becker.  This is pretty assaultive but might be up your alley. Check it out here:  Limited to only 200 copies.

966 - Vital Weekly

Having already reviewed 'Regel #3' by Regler, it's now (belated) time for 'Regel #1' and 'Regel #2', each spanning an entire side of this LP. For both pieces the cover shows a flow chart. In 'Regel #1' drums and guitar go into the schematic, and we find attack, speed and power + time and the out come is 'dbeat', whereas for the other side there is just drums and guitar + time resulting in 'dub'. Curious it is. I assume Regler here is a duo of Mattin on guitar and Anders Bryngelsson on drums, as there is no other information on this record. 'Regel #1' is a continuous bang of guitar and drums, trying and failing to keep a constant time measure. Now I like that very much: it adds a very human touch to the proceedings. It's very loud; it's very noisy and sadly under-produced. No doubt captured live in a garage, but imagine this being well recorded: it would be an immense wall of sound - not unlike Alien's 'Celebrating Your Victory' or much of Skullflower's output, but even more minimal in approach. But even in its lo-fi guise, I think this is a great record of free improvised noise trying to keep time. By removing 'attack, speed and power' from 'Regel #2' we something that is very empty. Lots of silence and an occasional bang, lasting about twenty minutes. It's highly annoying if you are not listening that closely - that happens sometimes - or if you are fed up with silence (thanks, Cage), but if you listen closely you may enjoy this silent approach, the occasional bang on the kit, and someone putting his finger on the strings. It's a bit too conceptual for me, and I was also thinking: if we hire Regler for a concert, which approach do we get served? I'd hope something along the lines of 'Regel #1' or 'Regel #3', and I sit front row. (FdW)

Yellow Moon Records (Santiago de Chile)

Regler es el nuevo proyecto de Mattin (Billy Bao, Josetxo Grieta) y Anders "Drajan" Bryngelsson (Brainbombs). El lado uno es exhuberante en noise rock, disonancias y deconstruccion. La cara B es totalmente opuesta en intensidad, destacando un notable manejo de la tension y silencios. Recomendable, tal como toda la discografia de Mattin que tenemos en stock.