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Artist: GALAKTLAN (@)
Title: Sinine Platoo
Format: CD
Label: Kohvi Records (@)
The thing I love most of working at the Chain D.L.K. project is that I've got the opportunity of discover new interesting acts which it couldn't be possible to listen in other ways. From far Estonia comes this label called Kohvi, a sort of eastern version of Warp but more focused on ambient sounds. Galaktlan project was created as a Taavi Laatsit's side project to Uni. Galaktlan was formed to perform on a very special underground party called "Night Alert", which took place in an abandoned military rocketbase hangar.
The mystical and deep atmosphere of this event was the reason why Taavi wanted to continue the Galaktlan project.
SININE PLATOO as stated into the label's website comes from Galaktlan's dream where he saw a plateau hanging in the void. Its affective quality can be paralleled with the one of "Solaris" by Andrei Tarkovski where intelligent plasma, capable of influencing people's thoughts, hovers above the planet's surface. The album has been released on 12" vinyl and on a CDr but this last one has got four bonus tracks "Foll", "Mina Kaheks", "Videoton" and "40000 Lampi" which expand a little more the dreamy vision that Galaktlan music is capable to create. Musically the tracks are multi structured where all the parts (which are mainly synthetic sounds with solid treated digital drum machine patterns) evolve creating a complex structure like if it's a web made of sounds. Emotionally the ten tracks are delicate and melancholic but without being sad. It could be the effect of living near a sea of ice... Taste it at the label's website where you can find the real audio files of all the tracks.
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Artist: SOPHIA (@)
Title: The Seduction Of Madness
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Very different from "Spite" (the album released at the same time) THE SEDUCTION OF MADNESS is a MCD which explore mental insanity bringing to audience three untitled suites which ends one into the other. Into twenty three minutes of obsessive orchestral sounds with percussions in evidence, Sophia creates a beautiful and visionary trip into the labyrinths of insanity. Like a soundtrack the work has got calm and violent moments which both create very well a sensation of "quiet terror", something inevitable which step after step is coming to catch you. Inspired by the Goya's painting titled "Saturn Devouring His Son" and by Pettersson's interests into psychology (in fact the CD has the same title of a Edward M. Podvoll's book which has got as second title "Revolutionary insights into the world of psychosis and a compassionate approach to a recovery at home") THE SEDUCTION OF MADNESS will have a deep impact in all the audience, even if you aren't an industrial music lover. Three tracks perfect for an emotional voyage into your deepest and hidden feelings.
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Artist: ALEC EMPIRE
Title: Intelligence And Sacrifice
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Santeria (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Alec Empire is or was (since I don't know if his main band disbanded) Atari Teenage Riot's singer. He for sure gathered a lot of experience with his main band as performer as well as sonic/noise manipulator. This new CD is a double one and contains two different CDs: the first one similar to the ideas he carried on with ATR and the second one as he says is "electronic music without any vocals, a cycle that never ends". To give you an idea about how he conceived his music, read the band's members that played with him at their first big shows at Japan?s Fuji Rock Festival: Charlie Clouser from Nine Inch Nails on synths, famous Japanese noise legend MERZBOW on drums, Gabe Serbian from The Locust on a second kit, and ATR?s NIC ENDO on synths/keyboards. Nic is also a permanent member in the band and is responsible for all the special effects, sounds, noises, and the "Third World War" 14 minute apocalyptic finale of the last song "New World Order". All the tracks of the first CD are like a sonic assault and tracks like "The Ride" or "Addicted To You" are really immediate. A CYCLE THAT NEVER ENDS is the subtitle of the second CD and musically it recalls me the first Cabaret Voltaire experiments but played with digital instruments and hip hop breaks. This CD has been a sort of surprise as well as "2641998", the twentynine minutes long track which opens the CD, is really particular and based on a sequenced loop (do you remember DAF's tracks?). With this one you can taste the most experimental side of the man and I assure you that it's really enjoyable.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Moonlight Corporation
Format: CD
Label: Sector 19 (@)
Distributor: Sector 19
This release by the independent Sector19 features industrial musicians from the US, UK, Italy, Germany, Belgium and France. It opens with a track from the French group Jailbird which sounds amazingly like The Young Gods. The second track is by the industrial rap group SMP which have gained quite a bit of notoriety on the Net of late and have had music featured in various public spots as well. Projeria is more of a hard driving beat heavy industrial pounding with a bit of Noise influence. Aiboforcen has been featured on many indie comps lately and it's easy to see why. They combine elements of Industrial, Synthpop and EBM into a sort of futuristic pop sound. Six Past Seven combines some heavy Noise influences with Industrial throb and repition. Mouth of Indifference combines Industrial with a sort of trip-hop and ambient feel. Chaos Engine, a mainstay of Wasp Factory Recordings, is an Industrial rock group which sometimes reminds me of Sex Gang Children with their dark and nearly punk elements. System 81 creates a sort of cyber-noise ambient texture. Arkam Asylum, also on Wasp Factory, is also industrial rock but having more of a sound that reflects what might happen if you combined Alien Sex Fiend with Marilyn Manson. Mneumonic takes into a more Front Line Assembly like territory with "Human Fragments" which combines elements of the cyber sound with drum-n-bass and other elements known to the FLA sound like the dark whispery vocals. Tin.RP is ambient Noise. Mind Flux is metal industrial with grovelly vocals and caustic overtones. St. John's Eve is also a Noise track with lots of distorted vocals and an overall mellow and very dark tone. Monoid is the side project of Martin Steinebach also known for his industrial ritual project Conscientia Peccati. However, Monoid deals more with the hard beat and distortion aspects of Industrial music but also contains some tonal and atmospheric elements. The song by AutoCad is very digitalia and Kraftwerkian in it's overall structure. Reminds me somewhat of Trans Europe Express for some reason. Silencer is anything but, it is Noise - loud and chaotic. This second track by Jailbird is very different from the first and is more Gothic in general overtone.
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Artist: BERND SPRING
Title: Bernd Spring
Format: CD
Label: Suggestion Records (@)
Printed in 50 copies as a CDr (as all the Verato Project releases) this is the second album by sound-experimentalist Mr. Bernd Spring, also known from his own Records Label Dhayna Records and his experimental bass-rock project DEEP. The CD contains one hour of floating/dreaming noises all in eight tracks. To be honest I prefer the other Verato CDs Claudius sent me because here the tracks tend to be long and a little static (even if the sounds are different for each track) and I lose attention and this kind of sounds in such a situation become like a buzz in my ear...
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