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Artist: KREUZER / SURMA
Title: Viltis
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
VILTIS is a split CD where we find Kreuzer (presenting, after its debut album "In hoc signo vinces", five new tracks) and Surma, a very young Ukrainian project with four tracks. The Kreuzer tracks differ from the album ones as they sound more industrial and even more minimal, if possible. The CD opens with the first of three parts of "Father listened to the radio". This one mix samples of old records in Lithuanian language, distant militaristic drums and mysterious atmospheres. The second part is half harsh industrial and half dark ambient but it doesn't sound that interesting. The third part gathers old records samples and industrial rhythmical loops. "Rainy night in Kanaus" is a atmospheric industrial ambient minimal hypnotic track which sound a bit unfinished. "God save Lithuania" is the best one of the lot, with its obsessive looped melody coupled to light distorted sounds and rhythms. The four tracks by Surma didn't excite me as I didn't find them too interesting as we have harsh sounds mixed with distant imperceptible melodies, chants, ambient sounds, industrial ambient distortions all mixed with constant crackling old records noise. There's no will of making the track evolve. I hope that the album "Allocution" will sound different. We'll check if this will happen on my forthcoming review...



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