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Artist: THE MODERATOR
Title: Möbius Strip
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: EevoNext Recordings
Rated: *****
Almelo (NL) based producer Klaas-Jan Jongsma a.k.a. The Moderator worked the last year at the tracks of his first full length which now is finally released on digital download format by Eevo Next Recordings. Basing his sound on Detroit influences, minimal techno intuitions and atmospheric patterns, Klaas-Jan on the MOBIUS STRIP delivers twelve hypnotic tunes that are in balance from electro to techno. Focusing his sound on basslines, arpeggiated leads and dreamy synth lines The Moderator is creating a particular sound where melody is an option because it's there but it isn't the main element. This way of dealing with atmosphere and melody sometimes make me lose my attention because I find myself dizzy and almost hypnotized but I think that this was the effect that Klaas-Jan was looking for...
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Artist: POINT B
Title: Suicide Beauty Spot
Format: CD
Label: Combat Recordings
Rated: *****
Active from different years now Merseyside born Richard Bultitude (now living in London) is delivering his latest Point B album SUICIDE BEAUTY POINT on London based label Combat Recordings. The fourteen tracks of the album create a good mix of ambient dub and grime/dubstep music. The ambient layers create a dreamy like atmosphere while the rhythm section delivers tons of syncopated bass frequencies. Focusing the sound on minimal sounds as well as on powerful bass lines, Point B, creates a rich mixture of sounds that balance ambience and energy needs. Also melody follows a minimal approach and between the intricate rhythm section you'll find tiny melodic sounds that will catch your attention. Check, to name few, "Minerals" or the cinematic "Alien language" and let yourself be hypnotized by a new sonic world.
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Keepsakes And Reflections
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods
Distributor: Voice Print
Rated: *****
Originally released in 2001 by Invisible Records, KEEPSAKES AND REFLECTIONS collects rare singles and compilation tracks coming from the 90's period of Attrition. Including covers of John Foxx's "Underpass", The Dead Kennedy's "Kill the poor" (boy, this does sound different!), Ministry's "Cannibal song" and Black Tape For A Blue Girl's "Memory, uncaring friend" this release is showing at its best the electronic dark period of the band. Upbeat tempos, male/female duets and intriguing melodies are joined by dark introspective tunes (see "Metamorphosis", the following "High tide" or "L'echange") showing the different sides of the band which has been able to update its sound always finding a way to be coherent. This new remastered edition contains two extra tracks "Nine tails, to follow you round" (a dark thrilling intermezzo with piano and samples) and "The cage - refrain" (an upbeat orchestral re-visitation of the tune). Good release not only for collectors.
Artist: ASYLUM (@)
Title: Mare Tranquillitatis
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Born in 1999 in Naples, Italy, Asylum is the personal project of Cryos and MARE TRANQUILLITATIS is his fourth demo. The release contains six tracks which mix industrial sounds, gabber hardcore rhythms and some industrial ambient intuitions. If tracks like "Faster harder industrial!" (besides the naive title) or "Dancing in the light from start to star" succeed into balancing the different influences, others are focused mainly on the gabber distorted rhythms and on looped patterns, without, in my opinion, evolving that much. The sound production isn't bad and if you are into the genre you can check a couple of tracks on the band's myspace page.
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Artist: ALL HAIL THE TRANSCENDING GHOST
Title: All Hail The Transcending Ghost
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Rated: *****
All Hail The Transcending Ghost is a collaboration project between Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (MZ.412, Toroidh, Folkstorm etc) and Tim Bertilsson (Fear Falls Burning, Switchblade). The first is in charge of producing industrial drones and haunting atmosphere and the second gentleman, with his guitar, produces few melodic lines here and there and tons of guitar drones. The whole album is permeated by an hallucinated atmosphere where cinematic vocal samples (like on track 4) help giving birth to a sense of sickness. Like a soundtrack most of the tracks are focused on the effect they have to create. There's a certain feeling of progression and a sense of growing pain that increase with the listening of ALL HAIL THE TRANSCENDING GHOSTS. Industrial music and drones rarely worked this way being able to create such a convincing atmosphere.
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