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Artist: RELEVELER (@)
Title: Incipient
Format: CD
Label: Interdimensional Industries
Rated: *****
Released the last year but arrived to my desk just recently the debut album of Releveler titled INCIPIENT is one of my preferred recent electronic albums. What convinced me since the first listening is the thickness of the ambient sounds, the cinematic sense of the tracks and the melodic taste of the whole. If I have to think of a paragon I'd point Oil 10 with a touch of cEvin Key. Acive since the falling 90's Krhys Wiebe collaborated with different bands, remixing their music and also producing their sound. Four years ago Releveler released a 12" titled "Untouched" (you can find the revised version of the main track on this album) and is already out an E.P. with remixes containing "Your flavor" (five different versions of this track that sees on guitar, backing vocals and production Pete Jones of P.I.L. fame), "Denial" and "Untouched" (plus as bonus there is a Releveler version of Depeche Mode's "To Have And To Hold" and a remix of Phase Theory's "Simple Complications"). If you love electronic music with a bit of ambient industrial sounds, dark atmospheres and rich rhythm textures but you are also willing to find some melody and some vocals in it, INCIPIENT is for sure a CD I'd suggest you and if you're also into late Gary Numan, here you can find a good version where the original spirit of the track is enhanced by the use of many electronic sound layers, nice vocals vocoder filtered and a semi oriental percussive rhythm... Check some tracks on http://www.myspace.com/rlvlr.
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Artist: Psychotektrauma
Title: Human
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Enough Records (@)
Rated: *****
Yes, that EDEN SYNTHETIC CORPS (ESC) is only sort of the spear top of a new generation of Harsh EBM acts hailing from Portugal. This most western-based European country has more quality Electronica music to offer than most of you would think of. The trio of PSYCHOTEK TRAUMA offers you herewith a free downloadable EP pretty much following that repetitive Hellectro path, which have been walked on by many band of the NoiTekk band roster for instance. PT don’t have to vanish their talent and can rival with some bigger names out of the scene. Best track out the 4 is for sure "Hard Boiled" as being the most straight and up-beating track. PSYCHOTEK TRAUMA surely don’t reinvent the sound and compositional efforts of a more than overfilled genre, but they convince with their sort of work. A special tip to all Hellectro hard-liners to check out a different and new act asides the known acts . Released by the huge Portugal-based net-label Enough Records, which has to offer a huge heap of various music styles provided by new and undiscovered acts worldwide. Regarding PT, lately there has been some inactivity around them, so I hope not to beat a dead horse here....
Apr 09 2009
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Artist: SHIV-R (@)
Title: Parasite
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is the debut release of a quite interesting Australian-based newcomer act, but with prominent and experienced Electro/Industrial-musicians hiding behind. SHIV-R is the new playing field of Pete Crane (better known with his Electro-Pop project THE CRYSTALLINE EFFECT, signed to the Hungarian Advoxya Records) and Lee Bulig, the brainchild behind the legendary but unfortunately gone Harsh-Electro act STARK. Three original tracks plus two additional remix works by each of the both artists are featured on this first audio sign of life. The title track is of course the main track here, a hard and straight-forward oriented danceable Hellectro tune, which luckily adds niches for a well-done listening procedure too. Pete takes care on the male vocals and he does really well with this, better than expected. Also both additional tracks "Fractured Light" and "Control" aren’t that straight oriented and leave enough room for the listener to consume without to discover another plain Tekkno-oriented bass drum hammering . Oh, and the use of guitar riffs subtle integrated aren’t forbidden for them – a good idea for some variations is always appreciated. A quite promising and well done debut, let’s hope for more of these both talented musicians soon.
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Artist: THE MOON AND THE NIGHTSPIRIT
Title: Ösforrás
Format: CD
Label: Equilibrium Music
Rated: *****
Two years after "Regõ Rejtem", the Hungarian The Moon And The Night Spirit are back with a new album titled OSFORRAS. The nine songs of the album, since the first listening, show a slightly different side of the band's music as this time Agnes Toth and Mihaly focused their songwriting on mystic/magic themes. OSFORRAS, which stands for "the source pristine", represent the primordial womb where everything born. As on their previous albums they used folk instruments (violin, acoustic guitar, woodwinds, percussions, zither, fujara, etc) but this time the atmosphere is less dreamy as the tracks often have upbeat rhythms and "in crescendo" sections with strings, guitars, chants and percussions. Songs like "Fénybe Térö" and "Tüzben Születö" are a mix of joy and darkness where the male/female chants are able to make spirits arise. Tribalism and paganism are the key elements of this album and often you'll find yourself surrounded by wood's creatures dancing around you and tempting you until you'll find yourself running free through the trees, smelling the scent of wet leaves. P.s. The album will be released in two formats: Digipak CD with booklet, and collector’s edition hard-cover 19,5cm x 14cm Digibook (limited to 1000 copies), with full-colour booklet including large reproductions of several paintings created for this purpose. The collector’s edition also includes one exclusive bonus track featuring guest appearances by Catarina Raposo (Dwelling), Saskia Dommisse (Poets to their Beloved) and Alessandra Santovito (Hexperos).
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Artist: DANIELE BRUSASCHETTO & BENNY BRAATEN db8 (@)
Title: db8
Format: CD
Label: Afe/Bosco (@)
Rated: *****
A short introduction is needed, since I'm not sure many of you know Daniele Brusaschetto but the guy has been crossing different styles from quasi-pop album to Godfleshian releases to who knows what else, generally speaking his preferences went to heavy experimental releases of whichh his actual discography is full. His remix release in which Ovo got completely reinterpreted is still hot on Blossoming Noise and if that's not a good reference tell me what more should I add then. Benny Braaten is nothing but the half of Origami Galaktika, therefore if you're thinking that's an odd pair, you're probably right. So we've an old school couple that during the years has kept evolving and crossing different styles but here their being old school emerges with such a prepotency I couldn't but mention it. No second class sounds, and above all no insipid quasi-industrial, noise repetitions but we've four tracks that betray a style that's been growing thru many listenings of experimental heavy music meant in the most broad sense you can signify it. I could mention Coil, Zoviet France, Maurizio Bianchi, Nurse With Wound, and many others but there's no particular reference, judging from some of the sounds you have the impression these two musicians are coming from there. You pass from the rough distant noises of the first two tracks to to the obsessive bass frequency of the third one and then to the kraut-industrial closing chapter that makes you feel like the grey of the mid eighties is back for worse: "Everyday is like Sunday Everyday is silent and grey" here it is!.
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