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Artist: Life Cried (@)
Title: Banished Psalms
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Rated: *****
One of the most difficultly reachable goal of a plenty of ebm-gothic and electro dark bands consists mainly not only in finding a personal style, but keep on developing it without appearing banal and repetitive and carefully avoiding clichés and boring imitations. That's the goal Life Cried, the electro act led by the American musician Chris Reject (what a guessed nickname for such an artistic identity!), seems to have been reached in spite of the apparent stasis of the genre and that's maybe the reason they're not so prolific as other bands crossing the same musical fields: Banished Psalms is just their second full length album issued on the renowned German label Noitekk added to their discography even if the band's active since 1999 as it was necessary some ears to refine their sound which looks quite recognizable nowadays even if some tracks remind repertoires belonging to acknowledged mile stones and new levers of the scene such as Combichrist, Hocico, Dawn Of Ashes or Psyclon Nine.

The spellbound play of these banished psalms begin with a catching seraphic chorus and a tonal fragmentation on pianos introducing on the desperate self-tribulation of Another Sacrifice, which seems to narrate the psychological drama of an evil person divided between consciousness of guilt and the impossibility to avoid evil. Some chunky metallic screams and a bulldozing snare and bass-drum sequenced march of Bloodstained looks more accessible than similar electro-dark movements by other bands, while you'll easily appreciate the controversial between the harsh "rotulation" of kicks as well as the dirty percussive sets and the lull traced by piano and atmospheric sounds on the lush Dressed In Filth as well as the well-crafted hybrid of traditional Industrial style and brutal metal splinters exhibited in Bound In Hate, a track featuring the appearance of Nero Bellum (Psyclon Nine) on the keyboards (you'll get aware about the fact you should learn the art of refusing from Mr Reject when you're going to listen the scratchy guttural way he uses to sing "Hey, is this what you want from me? Oh that isn't enough, now bleed nut I said no, but I said No, this isn't what I want.."... really freezing and persuasive!!!). The evocative piano pieces Alone with realistic and dramatic samples of a weeping woman looks like a sort of prelude for the smashing fury of Preacher, whose infernal aura spitting fire and violence from a metallic 4/4 techno groove perfectly fits the ferocious and conscious '“stricken tormented words of the song reaching the peak when the shouting screams of the singer sing "we are crawling in ruins/ripped up inside/I've seen me insane/I felt my head fall/it took me to bleed"... words which look copied from a page of an imaginary notebook describing a fatal but temporary irritation. It seems the singer abandons its ferocious mood in the more melodic More To Tarnish, even if the lyrics oozes with desires of revenge and destructive purposes ("I used to hate myself for what I have done/Now I save myself from what went wrong/I destroy everything that comes my way"). Procession, Rigor Mortis stands as another prelude of the hard-hitting 5-minutes long Solemn, while Forbidden walks on the same path of the mentioned moods standing like an execration of the damages caused by despair and blind fury deriving from a blinded reason ("you fight the disease but you're causing the war/you fight the disease but you're causing more" are praiseful and prophetic words!). The enchanting and more experimental moody Derelict ends an interesting album which is going to disclose something deeply embedded in your memory!
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Artist: SHOCK AND AWE
Title: Bass Rage
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Coming from Utrecht Bass And Awe is releasing its debut release on Basserk and it's titled BASS RAGE. The five tracks of the digital download EP mainly deal with rhythms and bass sounds. Vocals have been used on "Shocker" but it's only a sample. I don't know exactly how to explain the kind of sound of Bass And Awe because it merges hip hop, techno, acid and electro using raw synthetic sounds, samples and obsessive rhythms. I must admit that the few melodic lines used and the upbeat drum result hypnotic to me and the feeling I have listening to this release is that it's good to party with but it's not easy to enjoy it at home if you don't need to loosen a bit and to dance around ending crashing on your coffee table. Check some tracks at the label's website as well at the band's myspace page.
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Artist: DIE!
Title: Still
Format: CD
Label: Echozone
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Active since 1995 and at their active four albums DIE! are releasing their latest one titled STILL for Echozone. The review of this album could be easy and fast by telling you that if you like bands Rammstein or Oomph! STILL incarnate that kind of sound at its best. This would be right but maybe a little too fast, so here's more: the fourteen tracks (there's a fifteenth one which is a sort of spoken word with background noises) of the album offers energy, melody, angry vocals (note that they use only German language) and granitic guitars. Mid tempo songs alternates in your face rides but on both the cases they are always based on industrial guitar sounds. A characteristic of the band's sound is to have always synth sounds that underline or sustain the melodic lines. I have listened to it a couple of times and I haven't found a filler or else. You can check every song at this page: http://www.bob-media.com/cms_echo/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=40&Itemid=64
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Artist: THE TRUTH ABOUT FRANK (@)
Title: Neon Fractured Night
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: WeirdAndWired
Rated: *****
NEON FRACTURED NIGHT is the third release by The Truth About Frank and it is downloadable for free at the label's website at http://www.weirdandwired.net/neon_fractured_night.htm. The release opens with "War enabled at 3 kom como", an industrial fractured track with dub rhythms where samples create an interesting web of sounds made of filtered vocals and digital bleeps. With the second track "When the lights wear out" The Truth About Frank start a sequence of five tracks focused on industrial rhythmical based loops. The first track of the lot sounds interesting and creates a good ambience but the following one "Say hello to warm shoulders" to me sounds too minimal and with few interesting inserts to be interesting. "Late train chloroform trauma" is sounding like a post dadaist dream where sounds create an oneiric voyage. Hypnotizing but not musically intriguing. "Times of children" sounds great thanks to its rhythmical martial industrial atmosphere and its dramatic melodic touch. "The grey legend" is the eleven minutes long closing track and it totally reminds me of the first Boyd Rice album (the black record) revisited in the digital era.
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Artist: COBRA KILLER
Title: Uppers & Downers
Format: CD
Label: Monika Enterprise
Rated: *****
After eleven years and four albums Gina V. D'Orio and Annika Line Trost are still able to entertain and surprise their audience. In the past they toured with Peaches, Sonic Youth, Marylin Manson and Jon Spencer and they convinced all of them about their ability to create a fresh mix of electronic music/punk/pop. Thanks to this appreciation, on their fifth full length album UPPERS & DOWNERS Gina and Annika have J. Mascis, Thurston Moore and Jon Spencer as special guests. The eleven tracks of the album sounds dissonant but at the same time they are kinda pop thanks to their vocal duets. Samples are used heavily but they are always functional. Guitars and weird electronic sounds often clashes and form a good energetic music background. Sometimes melodies recall me 60's girl bands and this create a particular effect with the weird electro punk music they make. UPPERS & DOWNERS sounds entertaining, intriguing and melodic and I'm suggesting you to check it... for real!
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