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Artist: Revangel (@)
Title: Awakening
Format: CD
Label: Zodiac K records
Rated: *****

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"Awekening" is an instrumental guitar-heavy industrial-metal vanity project by italian rock guitar virtuoso Fabrizio Chiruzzi. The drum machine here is really the only link between what Chiruzzi does and what Chain D.L.K. covers. Other than that it is basically a prog metal shred fest that might be enjoyed by fans of Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen, Porcupine Tree etc... Although not my cop of tea, Chiruzzi is obviously talented, although unavoidably niche-specific. A bunch of guests (such as keyboard player Mistheria and Oro's drummer Fabio Colella) are part of this record and because of the fact that he also plays the Starlabs Ztar midi guitar he will likely be stirring up comparisons with Jordan Rudess and other keyboard-featuring prog bands, even though he is a guitarrist.
Sometimes I wish people realized that having a drum machine is not enough to be called industrial.
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Artist: Die Schrauber: Live in Mexico
Title: Live in Mexico
Format: CD
Label: Acheulian Handaxe
Rated: *****
Shame on me for the time it took me to review this release, but to justify myself I’ll add releases like this above if captured during a live performance takes more than one simple listening so after several listening here we go with some conclusions. First off it’s really hard to believe this’ a live take due to the high quality of the recordings... ok, most of the instruments are digital/digital processed and probably it’s been recorded with a laptop, but give it a try and tell me how many live recordings have you heard with a sound definition like this. Second thing, rather than a live in Mexico it could have been a Köln performance performed in some institution for electronic art, I know it far too well it’s a stupid cliché to associate warm music to sunny countries and cold music to Germany or north Europe, but you know this’ just another easy way to describe a release. This work is divided in four sessions, the first of which is a collective (Hans Tammen, Joker Nies, Mario de Vega) performance about thirty two minute long, not that much for a live but a really long track on a release where the average length is about ten minutes. By the way, while the first part of the track is quite inexpressive it slowly become interesting in the middle I don’t write that just cause it becomes barely melodic for a while but for the fact even later the tension between the three players become really equilibrated. As I’ve already said leave your hopes if you’re looking for melodic electronic music and ambient shit since this performance is full of animosity an it’s pierced with a whole lot of dynamic incursions. There’s music where nothing is happening, and there’s music like that of this trio where something is happening constantly. After the first track you have three solo performances for every single musician, believe me after having listened the solo performances you could also tell who’s playing what during the collective session. I’ve found quite interesting the fact that despite this things happen constantly I’ve had during the majority of the track, Hans Tammen is really laid back in the way he plays. Probably many of you don’t know em but it all reminded me so much of a band called St.ride diminished of their melodic factor. Mario de Vega right after the middle of his solo song puts in some cyclic melody with makes the soup more and more tasty if you consider this far from being easy listening electronic music. Joker Nies in many ways gave me the impression of having the more psychedelic style considered his really complementary to the other two mates and not exactly "ambient oriented", but maybe that’s just a personal impression. Cerebral post concrete, fractured, spastic, epileptic electronic music with an electro-acoustic approach even it all sound digital but I’m speaking about the dynamics.
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Artist: Wanker of the 1st Degree
Title: Retrograde
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Primarily composed of instrumentals "Retrograde" is a 16 track collection of neo-new wave electronica that leans more towards being what the Icelandic artist Josef Karl Gunnarson can pull off than what his machines are capable of. It is this very manual over ride that gives the music that honest quality that those of us who lived through the first new wave found so beautiful in the music. His compositions are simple and melodic affairs with the occasional abstract and clever technical incorrectness. They remind me of a cross between early Human League sketches and those low tech mutant underground tapes that were so rampant in the 80’s. Even when he does sing it has a robotic quality in the delivery. If you are lost in gothic darkness the mood may not be right for you but if you have eclectic tastes ranging from The Residents to OMD you will find this very interesting. Often going off on boomerang tangents that take you away from the established arrangements "Retrograde" brings you back to reflect on the reflections you were reflecting on.
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Artist: Brandon LaBelle (@)
Title: Live bootleg (book + cd)
Format: CD
Label: les presses du reel (@)
Rated: *****
It took me a while, several listening but above all a deep reading to review this work and sorry for having put it in the "music" section 'cause I'm sure it's quite reductive to label it as "music", differently from the previous works we reviewed, this book + cd focused on some recent installation/works done by Brandon Labelle is probably better contextualized if considered in the contemporary art field. This bilingual publication (french/english) contains provides an overview of sound installations and environments by the experimental artist-musician, featuring three essays and an interview, as well as a specific project, installations views, the artist's Museum of Instruments, and descriptions of the performances recorded on the included audio CD. As underlined in many pages of the book, the latest works of this artist are converging on two central preoccupations: public performance and radiophonic space. The book is really well done and filled with pics coming from the installations collected in this book and for the clear it is it's been not that easy trying to imagine the real power of these works and their live effects, but at last we're talking about installations. The cd contains "Phantom music concert" which features Jason Khan and Jaques Demierre, it's a two video projection in which the two musician on video are replayed as if they're involved in a concert and the same musicians later enter on stage performing with their own images. "Phantom radio broadcast" instead is a collection of radio memories read by two people sitting in a radio station while a cellist is playing while listening the songs recollected in those memories, another musician (this time Labelle himself is featured in the process) mixes all the elements adding some samples and other noises. In "Led nouvel (pirate drummers)" some walkers move out into the city armed with mobile phones with which they talk with four drummers in line in front of the Palais de Justice in Nantes (hey, this thing reminded me of the Revolution Summer thing and the whole drum-protests by the Washington punk involved in the Dischord scene). The drummers bang the drums according to the informations they receive and the drumming is mixed with the voices and the informations, while lot's of local residents pass by. In "CD=text" twelve minutes of sounds from twelve artists are played over headphones to various people who describe in words what they're hearing, the "song" is made out by putting together these voices in turn to create a chorus of voices focused on words and interpretations. It's interesting how the cd, differently from other work assembled by Labelle, this time is hard to be listened at if separated by the proper "contextualization" and by its "posology", the fact is after having read carefully hows and whys of every installation I think it's a logical step to consider this cd as the sonorization of the images featured in the book. With that I don't wonna say one can't/won't appreciate these "weird" compositions independently from their performative context, otherwise I would negate one of the most interesting thing written by Jorge Loius Borges: "the reader makes the book and not the writer", and trying to appear like as a pretentious relativist wonnabe, I would be contradictory for I really believe every listener should have his right to chose/listen/interpret/feel/twist reality according to his own will and resurface his/her "memories/ghosts" (am I naïve jungian enough?!). By the way, reading about every single performance and some description of the "modus operandi" I've been cast into a different prospective like when you happen to know Kubrick worked on "2001: a space odyssey" starting from several ideas one of which was the soundtrack/music... everything takes a different shape and the same goes out for these "audio memories". The funny thing is that in someway this cd features audio-reminiscences from performances quite often based on "audio memories" which brings out to a sort of mirror-game: in someway a recording is a picture of a moment that in the very moment in which it's been recorded... well, it's already gone. Can you remember "the invention of Morel" by Bioy Casares where the protagonist chose to become images like those projected on the island?...in some way we've arrived to the final paradox in which a recording becomes a "living object" itself. Sorry for having been so anal (and so stupid) the fact is that many works involving directly or indirectly Labelle duel with memory and the audio-experience related to it has always been one of my favorite topics. For example, consider this book contains a collection of radio memories from several people around the world (while reading Achim Wollscheid I couldn't but laugh in admiration for the then young audio terrorist!), it alone it's worth the reading (like the book "One Reason To Live: Conversations about Music with Julius Nil"). In someway it brings forth the most interesting point of audio-experiences, I mean it's hard (if not impossible) to discern where a listening can be separated from the original context. It also implies every single listening is different from those preceding it that's like saying the idea of something recorded becomes immutable is a lie. I know I sound like mr. know it all, I've discovered one of the most simple rules of life: everything is constantly changing I think it's better to approach this multimedia work as an art-object, as if it was the book of an exhibition and not a normal cd (but you're free to do what the hell you want with it, so please burn this after reading), I'm sorry I've always this problems while speaking about art but I always have this split sensation of repulsion due to the incredible amounts of wonnabes it draws and on the other side I feel attraction do to the fact if brings human impulse of "abstraction" into concrete (somebody would comments simply "cause art is the only important thing in this life"). Labelle is not a wonnabe and beyond the fact I'm not equipped (and not interested) to give a critical opinion or a stupid mark to his oeuvres, I think he's doing a great work 'cause in someway some of his efforts are going deep into interiority.
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Artist: CON-DOM
Title: The Eight Pillar - A Confession Of Faith
Format: CD
Label: Functional (@)
Distributor: Tesco
Inspired by the life and writings of Lawrence Of Arabia ("Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph" is his autobiographical account of his experiences while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918), THE EIGHT PILLAR was the first vinyl album for Control Domination. Originally released in 300 copies, the album came with an accompanying booklet that was sold separately. This CD reissue has the original five tracks of the album and it also reprints the original booklet which has beautiful b/w drawings (they picture really well the feeling of the oppression perpetrated by humans on humans), writings and all the lyrics and it is a perfect counterpart to the devastating sound assault produced by Mike R. Dando. The cyclic noises and his powerful voice/lyrics will make you realize that this recordings are there not to be enjoyed but to be experienced. "Wisdom has built her house / she has slaughtered her beasts / she has sent out her call / from the highest places / whoever is simple / let him turn in here / whoever is senseless / let him turn in here / leave simpleness / LIVE / walk in the way of insight"
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