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Artist: THE RABID WHOLE
Title: Autraumaton
Format: CD
Label: Synthetic Sounds (@)
Rated: *****
The Rabid Whole are coming from Regina/Saskatchewan/Canada and their first album AUTRAUMATON has been released by the Canadian label Synthetic Sounds. The ten tracks of the album offer a good mix between genres which could interest a wide audience. Rock (Andreas Weiss vocals remember me Sound Garden as well as some of his guitar chords), industrial e.b.m. (check their way of using sampled rhythms and blasting drum sounds just like Front Line Assembly did) and electronic (they often use pumping synth bass lines just like on the catchy "Harder to be true" or on the following "Selfish nature") are used to pack a convincing mix of melodic riff based industrial electronic music. Sometimes vocals are too rock sounding but the whole result works well and the songs sound granitic and melodic at the same time. Production is cured and functional. Just check some tracks at their myspace page www.myspace.com/therabidwhole.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Subvert Punx 4-way Split
Format: CD
Label: D-Trash Records (@)
Rated: *****
In the 6 or so years I've been reviewing underground electronic music, D-Trash Records has been one of the few labels that I've received material from consistently, and it's been rather cool to track the development of the label. My opinion of their records is often varied, but I have a ton of respect for them and their aesthetic, and it's rare that I don't like at least a few parts of each record.


This recent offering from the label comes in the form of a 4 way split album, all more or less breakcore/ digital hardcore themed. To the best of my knowledge this is the first time I've heard from any of these artists, but I definitely want to hear more.


The anarchistic fiesta begins with 4 tracks from Belarussian project Clip, who have a nice and harsh style, by far the harshest sounding of the four projects here. There are some nice guitars and distorted sample usage to accompany the spastic ADD beats, which is nice. The overall focus seems to be raw power via distortion, and that is definitely achieved here. Good stuff for sure.

Up next we have 4 tracks from the brilliantly named US project Midi Fister, which take us in a comparatively more polished, glitchy direction that is definitely enjoyable. The breaks are very much still emphasized here, but there is a ton of stuff going on, with lots of nice textures and cut ups thrown into the mix. At times I can see elements of Contra at play.... By far the best produced effort of the projects here, and possibly the most diverse.

Russian noiseters Distonn are up to bat in the third round, offering yet another set of four tracks is a pretty straight forward breakcore style, with the addition of punk guitars and various sample abuse/ plunderphonics, at times a bit grindcore influenced. At times the material is more raw, at other times, more polished, but the beaks and samples are in from most of the time. I wish there was less emphasis on the samples, because some of them just aren't that strong. I enjoy the usage of the foreign pop songs, but I don't really need to hear a high pitch Papa Roach sample over and over. Overall it's good stuff though.

Disbreakz close the show with their 4 tracks, and this Croatian project continutes in a similar vein as their predecessors, only with even more emphasis on samples, again in the form of foreign pop (which likely isn't so foreign to them, maybe.), and less guitars. The samples are used a bit more effectively by this project, but I do think it's a bit of a crutch. The beats are nice, as are the other sounds used, and it's definitely okay stuff.


All in all, this 4-way split is pretty solid, and it offers up enough variety to please most anybody who digs good breakcore. If you dig you beaks fast and broken, check this sucker out! I definitely recommend it.
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Artist: THE SHIPWRECK BAG SHOW (@)
Title: il tempo... tra le nostre mani, scoppiaaaaa!
Format: CD
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
I was really looking forward to giving a listen to this new Shipwreck release since after repeated listenings to their debut 3" mcd I’ve to admit it gradually grew on me, I liked it from the very first play, but I’ve to confess after many heavy rotations it brought me to think it was a great debut. This new effort by the dynamic duo featuring Xabier Iriondo on guitar, mahai metak, taisho koto, bandonion, banjolino, field-recordings, electronics and Roberto Bertacchini on a minimal quasi-skeletal drum kit plus vocals, has been nothing but misleading, while the music in someway reflects deeply the perfect combination of Iriondo’s string-style plus Bertacchini’s Starfuckers/Sinistri alike drumming, on the other hand the vocal add some new unexpected elements. Looking at the pictures and listening to the music it’s hard to stay away from the idea Bertacchini has probably seen the light and Iriondo is helping a visionary to ascend thus we can say he’s part in the process has been that of a shaman while Bertacchini is the holy spirit. Here and there you’ll have the chance o catch some blues, American-music splinters, some deviant free-rock/free-folk/free-whatever extravaganza and some experimental field-recording, documentary/home-recording sort of combinations. Bertacchini’s vocals are even freaker than his crippled epileptic drumming, how to describe the outcome?!...hhhmmm... imagine Captain Beefheart and Dave Moss (ok, shame on you if you think I’ve mentioned him just cause he’s both a drummer and a weird as fuck singer!) and maybe a little bit of Massimo Volume’s Emidio Clementi diminished of his theatrical emphasis. Don’t expect it to be a release full of songs, all you’re gonna have are tracks, mostly skeletal, crippled tracks with that characteristical beat style on which Iriondo seems to move comfortably with his post-kraut-bluesy-rock-folk rifforama. Sometimes this music sounds vintage, sometimes it just sounds crippled and out of time, post-bomb rural crippled free rock from somebody who’s seen the light?...you can bet it.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: The Vineyard & Evil remixes
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: EevoNext (@)
Rated: *****
THE VINEYARD & EVIL REMIXES is the first EevoNext full length and, from my point of view, unfortunately it contains remixes of only two tracks: nine version of The Vineyard's "Florence" and two of Evil's "Wladimir M.". I'm not arguing but, even if the new versions are good, I see an album as an occasion to find many interesting tracks of a certain band/label and it's a pity that for a first full length release this isn't true. Said this, the album sounds great and also the idea to give to different people only some parts of the original tracks (coming from the restored album released the last year) was a good way to stimulate remixers' creativity. The people involved were Brendon Moeller aka Beat Pharmacy, Arne Weinberg, EevoNext member The Moderator, Dutch techno heroes Duplex, Dave Tarrida, Justin Berkovi, Neurotron, Ravemaster 'Altern8 aka Nexus21' Mark Archer, Peter 'Baby' Ford and lone islanders 'Skye Radio'. Everyone mixed their distinctive style with the original track making them sound new, different one from the other and fresh. Dub, techno, electro and minimal are well represented here and you can also find a bonus unreleased and restored remix of "Florence" reworked by Peter Ford.
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Artist: Diskoteket
Title: Diskoteket
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: afmusic (@)
Rated: *****


This self titled debut release from Swedish post punk/ goth project Diskoteket is certainly a treat. The press release for the album name drops both the Sisters of Mercy and the Talking Heads as aural references, and I can actually see that a bit, though much more so in the case of the former than the latter, as this is much more in the 80's goth/ post punk scene than an artsy fartsy venture.

That said, this definitely isn't another sisters copy cat band. Not at all. There are a lot of influences to be heard in Diskoteket's sound, but they fuse them all together in a voice than is their own. All of the songs on this 7 track ep have a vibrant, dramatic energy to them that I very much enjoy. The bass is very much up front in the mix, right next to the atmospheric synth work, through in more of a Joy Division sense than a funky Gang of Four style. The guitar reminds me at times of both the Banshees and The Cure, though it's more texture than a leading instrument. The drums are awesome as well, very tribal with lots of rolls thrown in.

But I have to say that it's really the vocals that do it for me. Anna-Karin's vocal style is very interesting and wild sounding, with lots of trilling and passionate over-emphasis that works really well. Unlike many foreign bands, Diskoteket don't sing songs in english, which for me is fine, as it makes the vocals even more otherworldy sounding.


This is a very nice record and I very much recommend it if you at all enjoy goth/ post punk type of stuff.
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