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Artist: Nature Morte
Title: recluse
Format: CD
Label: Reue Um Reue (@)
Rated: *****
Layered field recordings and organ tones fill every space in your head in an attempt to produce a changed state of awareness. "Dead nature" is a possible translation of the project name, and environmentalism may be its source of inspiration. Apart from the well-meant philosophy we get another droney release that has countless companions in the drone genre of releases the world over just as good as all the others. So why should we listen? There is some very creepy stuff here. Along with the drones and field recordings we get the sonic equivalent of stasis and decay. This is nature out of kilter, not made with the big statement but with the subtle impression that something is not right. Kind of reminds me of early Tangerine Dream ("Zeit" in particular) in places.
Artist: Promonium Jesters (@)
Title: Your Face
Format: CD
Label: P in a Circle (@)
Rated: *****
Promonium Jesters were formed in April 1994 by school friends Greg Cox and Ethan Moseley in Uxbridge Ontario, Canada. The info included with the release lists five members playing guitar, guitar and synths, and sampling accompanied by drum programming (no live drummer for the recording session). This has all the marks of a mix between heavy metal and NIN industrial with an experimental twist. Sonically dense with lots of fast beats. A lot of the vocals (with the de rigeur distortion) seem to be samples lifted from TV and movies, along with vocals by one Ethan Moseley. The overall tone of the release is the usual "life is horrible" theme blaming the usual suspects. The first half of the disk is dominated by the guitar-based metal/industrial din, but the second half is where I think they make their mark. This is where they let themselves be a bit freer in the sound department and let up on the spls. More room is given to melodic development and experimentation producing some quite interesting results. Not bad at all. There was only one weak track (#9) which I thought could have been edited or even left out completely. This is a touring band from Canada so I give them props for getting out of the bedroom or garage and doing this live.
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Artist: SKORBUT (@)
Title: Firewall
Format: CD
Label: Sonic-X (@)
Rated: *****
Again released by the small German label Sonic-X, here comes the third full-length of this highly talented German duo. "Firewall" surprises at first from its look and the kind of art – such a "playing" with fake blood by the both protagonists Daniel Galda (vocals) and Jörg Hüttner (machines and compositions) I rather would have expected to see from a Hellektro act like DAWN OF ASHES for instance. Should SKORBUT have left their know way to join the camp of the already massive amount of Hellektro-troops? No, definitely not, although a slight update of the equipment seems to be happened. SKORBUT still present their straight, but clear male vocal performance which sounds a bit like Douglas McCarthy (NEP), and combining Electro/EBM textures with modern sounds and some Techno-inspired filter sweeps. Although offering a classic old-school EBM-kind, they are sounding new, refreshing and far away from minimal structures. This is something multi-layered and widely structured, which in the history only few bands were able to offer, take INDIVIDUAL TOTEM, some early haujobb.-recordings, or the last HEADSCAN works in a mix to get a possible comparison. This album offers 10 new tracks, a remix of "Fragments" done by Boris Black, and a special video edit of the track "9 Years Later" besides the original track, plus it holds as a special bonus the complete video clip for this track on board. "Firewall" works extremely well with some tunes like "9 Years Later", "A Second Of Perfection" or "Antikörper" on the dancefloors, but it holds also stuff which offer the purest enjoyment by using some headphones. "De(ad)cibel" has to be mentioned for its thrilling percussive moments and the cool filter effect manipulations, or "Valium 1" for one of the most action-loaded instrumental tunes I have ever heard by being a constant listener of Electro/Industrial music since 20 years. Or try to catch the wall of massive sound of the stumbling "Getting Colder", maybe the most outstanding track here. SKORBUT’s predecessor "Access All Area" was already an outstanding kind of work, but "Firewall" isn’t any weaker. Congrats to offer an intelligent arranged album showing the millionth of "switch-synth-on-get-hard-be-strong"-artists how to produce a possible guide line. An addictive masterpiece of an album, from which I hope it receives a world-wide recognition.

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Artist: FALLEN TEARS (@)
Title: Faith
Format: CD
Rated: *****

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Coming from Liguria, Italy, Fallen Tears born in 1999 and since then produced only one album titled "The drowned world". Formed by Giorgio Bormida (already active in the 90's with Sense and FEM), Elio Isaia and Jean Paul Braghin (he's also active as Architect's Eye, an industrial project which released two albums for Darkcell Decline label) the band is distributing their latest album titled FAITH. The album is a sort of hazard the band wanted to pursue because if the title recalled you the third The Cure album, well, you guessed it right, because the Fallen Tears' second album is their version of that album. The band knew that it was impossible to re-create the same atmospheres and they could had died by The Cure's fans hands into the attempt. Fortunately their covered it without being true to the original album but being true to the sound of the bands of that period. So, "The holy hour", "Primary", "Other voices", etc. have being recorded like they were covered by bands such as My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus And Mary Chain, etc but keeping always in mind the band's personality. I listened to this CD four times before talking about it because it is a risk to tell to people if it is a good album or not and I must admit that it is. The trio did a good work into giving their version of those tracks without trying being clones or without sounding ridiculous. Good atmospheres and good arrangements (with the cool use of some electronics) are doing the rest. It is available through CD Baby for 11$ and there you can check the first three tracks. P.s. There's also a brief original track after 40 minutes of silence but it sounds like a dark atmospheric ambient outro and it isn't indicative of the original songwriting skills of the band...
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Artist: DREAM DISCO
Title: In Your Eyes
Format: 12"
Label: Das Drehmoment Records (@)
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
Coming from Milan, DJ Overdose already released some tracks on Viewlexx and Das Drehmoment and now with the limited edition (200 copies only) of IN YOUR EYES he's bringing to the attention of electro lovers two beautiful tunes and a remixed version of the main title. "In your eyes" is a charming italo disco song where '80s retro sounds and moods find their natural output thanks to a male/female duet. A song that deserve to become a classic. "I hope" doesn't leaves the electro danceable style of the opening track but thanks to its melancholic melodies it changes totally the atmosphere. "In your eyes" remix is a little darker respect the original version, it is nice but doesn't add new elements. Anyway, this is a hell of a record and if you are into the genre it is a must have!
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