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Artist: MIEL NOIR
Title: Der Honigflügel
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Miel Noir's second release on The Eastern Front label is titled DER HONIFLUGEL and if you already checked Dimo Dimov's previous split with B-Machina try to forget it as this one sounds different. The five tracks of the album are piano suites mixed with few industrial sounds and, as the info sheet reports, samples coming from Russian movies inspired by classical Russian novel "Crime and Punishment" written by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Goncharov novels (instead, the second track "Honigglut" contains Italian movie samples as far as I understand by listening to it). The piano lines are recorded like coming from a crackling radio and the effect created is a particular one as it seems recorded from an early 20th century movie. During the whole CD there's an overall feeling of despair: even if the main instrument is the piano, there isn't a definite melodic line and this enhance the sense of desolation I think Dimo wanted to create.
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Artist: Les Modules Etranges
Title: In Silence EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Zorch Factory Records (@)
Rated: *****

Les Modules Etranges 'In Silence' EP



Wow. This is some beautiful stuff, another awesome release from the Zorch Factory netlabel, this time a release from the french duo Les Modules Etranges. "In Silence" appears to be the second EP from this awesome post punk/ goth project, and it's just pain awesome! While there are only 4 tracks on the album, the listener is treated to an aural buffet of goodnes that is both diverse and well formed: Beautiful female vocals, pounding, tribal percussion, chaotic and jagged guitars, thumping bass grooves, ominous synth textures and a very healthy amount of reverb and chorus!

The title track reminds me a bit of Pain Teens, and maybe a little of Swans. It has that awesome slow, brutal grind to it. The other tracks have a bit more of a post- punk sound to them, but all of them are dark in mood and theme. Azia's vocals remind me a little bit of Bliss Blood and a bit of Tina Root from Switchblade Symphony, she has that kind of ethereal yet nursery rhyme thing.... It's very haunting and effective.


"In Silence" is a very awesome album from a very awesome band. Les Modules Etranges are worth your time for sure.






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Artist: Anemic Cinema
Title: We all dream we all die
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Zorch Factory Records (@)
Rated: *****


I have to be honest in saying that the only initial reason I listened to this band was because of it's name, which is a reference to a film by Marcel Duchamp, one of my all time favorite artists. Thankfully, there is much more to this project than just a very cool name.

'We All Dream, We All Die' is to the best of my knowledge the first album by this Spanish goth/ darkwave project, released on the Zorch Factory netlabel. If so, it's a very mature first effort for sure. The sound here is an interesting take on the familiar goth rock genre, fusing the proven elements of slow drum beats and reverb with ominous keys and drifting, shoegazey guitar riffs to create a unique sound. The focus here is placed on instrumentation, with only minimal vocal presence on the five tracks.

There is a very epic vibe to these tracks, which is due mostly to the brilliant and effective use of synth pads and orchestral riffs. That isn't to down play the guitar, which at times brings to mind Joy Division at their most minimal. The beats add a nice and steady pounding thud that is at times martial and tribal, kind of like godflesh, but the similarities lie only in the drum machine. The use of atmosphere here also brings to mind more ethereal bands like Love Spirals Downwards and Slowdive.


All in all, this is a very solid release. My only gripe is that there are only 5 tracks. It's worth the download for sure, and I recommend you check it out if you enjoy the darker, more ethereal side of the goth/ darkwave spectrum.
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Artist: Zentriert Ins Antlitz
Title: ...No!
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Already the surprising news flash of the signing of this former COP-recording act has attracted some attention. Yes, this veteran and long time active German band returns with a complete new studio album, which features some remarkable extra goodies I like to review separately below. The decision to join again the ranks of a label can be seen as a surprise, since ZENTRIERT INS ANTLITZ have been released free available albums and EP’s directly through their website in the last years. But "...No" plays itself already with the first few tunes directly from the ears into the heart of the listener by offering a rich and complex synth sound foundation, which features multiple hints into musically quite different genres and a wide cultural background. This isn’t the work of bloody newcomers, that’s for sure. I tend to compare ZIA’s music with the audio results of TOTAKEKE regarding the featured diversity of styles and complexity, but ZIA are definitely more Electro/Industrial-minded and are sounding more "European" than Frank Mokros’ project does. After a dark and voice-sample-driven intro, someone may expects another clubby EBM-album or at least a bit of possible dancefloor action by consuming "Today", but already the slow, but magically "Where Their Dreams Live" shows the direction in which kind this album will continue: a dark layered and for the most part slow and majestic Dark Electro-album with several hints into Ambient music. "Where Their Dreams Live" with its breathtaking high played acoustic guitar drops, or "Silence Diary", "24th Dimension", "Manage My Sensibility" with its more than 9 minutes playing time or the last track "The Final Walk" are mouth-watering masterpieces following this ideal. In between we have only one track offering the total contrast to this slow stalking milestone of Electronica music, "Can’t Get Me", a track which screws the bpm to much higher numbers. Yes, it disturbs a bit the silence and course of this album – but again: what a great sort of an Industrial track is this! This one really remembers me on some last FLA-tracks, which had Jeremy Inkel aboard – a brilliant speedy track with vibrating bass lines, a straight kick and snare work and it also doesn’t forget to include some guitar samples. What a great album, Gentlemen, thank you for the great music.
So we’re moving over to the special content, which this album also offers for you. All you have to do is to move over to the official website of the band, www.zentriertinsantlitz.de and to download a tiny program entitled "Demutilator V2". Install and use this program by following all instructions, you at least need to "demutilate" the complete additional audio stuff only an original CD – no active www connection is required!
The "demutilated" stuff offers additional music to be burned and pressed on 2 CDR’s and multiple graphic works.
CD 2 of this concept got aptly entitled "7 Dreams", because it offers 7 different versions of the already above mentioned track "Where Their Dreams Live". 6 different remix works produced by their Tympanik label colleagues like INTEGRAL, TOTAKEKE, STENDEG or SUBHEIM. Also a "Sheer Atmo Mix" by the masters themselves is featured too and as the title announces it, it reduces all rhythmical ingredients to zero and to drift completely in that rich and complex arranged layered sound outfit. Some remixes are nearer to the idea of the original (INTEGRAL), while some other are drifting away from it and fulfill to me the best the idea to create a remix with an own identity – LUCIDSTATIC, as usual, has to be named, but also SUBHEIM by offering an authentic form of ambience.
The "demutilated" CD 3 out of this edition is too me the better one, since it offers two unreleased tracks and especially the opener "Ewiniar" is a top-notch addition, following strong the presented quality of the main album. "Silence Diary", also originally available on the main album, receives two strong remix works by AUTOCLAV 1.1 and ACCESS TO ARASAKA. Also the remixes of "Perphenazin" are worth to mention, since the musically differences between the sedating DISHARMONY and the weird rhythm construction of the LUCIDSTATIC side-project Pandora’s BLACK BOOK couldn’t be more extravagant presented. Accomplished with a "Re-Dub Mix" of "Can’t Get Me", by ZIA itself and a remix of an older track named "Jericho" by UNTERM RAD, you ll get another 45 minutes long soundtrack for your complete entertainment.
It remains the question, if this invention to "demutilate/extract" from the pure audio CD would have been the right concept to fight against the overpopulating downloading procedure – now it is definitely too late to start another MP3 debate for sure. However, this fantastic album is a milestone not only for Tympanik, but also for the genre of layered and complex produced Electronica music itself!

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Artist: Totakeke
Title: Past – Present – Future
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Rated: *****
So for all of you undecided wankers out there asking yourself the question about to buy or not the available albums of Frank Mokros’ project TOTAKEKE, here comes a free available download-only release directly from the Tympanik Audio website, which may helps you to decide. It is a sort of "Best of..." collection, which presents some of the best tunes available from his both albums - but not only that, for the die-hard fans of TOTAKEKE it offers 4 tracks taken out of Frank’s first both releases available on the unfortunately defunct label Frozen Empire Media, the EP "Lament" and the album "At The Train Station On A Saturday Evening". I’m sure that not everyone can count this releases to their collection. But the best point on this release is the fact, that it holds already four completely new tracks taken from the upcoming TOTAKEKE-album "The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes", to be out in the coming weeks. If you freaks are wasting your time doing multiple downloads (and yes, we know you do so...), please do not forget to add this one onto your list, since TOTAKEKE releases set the standard of modern sounding Dark Electro/IDM-/Ambient-related music to a higher level. Again: have I said, that it is freely available? Pick it up!

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