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Artist: Mario de Vega
Title: Live 03.12.09 Next Festival / Bratislava Slovakia
Format: CD
Label: Acheulian Handaxe (@)
Rated: *****
Like most of what I get to review, I had never heard of Mario de Vega, but the fact that it lists modified turntables, objects and electronics let me know what I was in for. The packaging is quite sparse, and there was no press release, so this was pretty much all I had to go on. Happily, de Vega does not disappoint. There are great moments of cacophony amid bass drones and high pitched feedback squeals. However, there are times when the bass becomes a bit too static and dull, where it takes over rather than providing a counterpoint to the other noise he creates. It isn't so bad on disc, but I am picturing myself at the live show where this took place and thinking that it would have been a bit boring at times. Overall, this would be a decent introduction to experimental music for the uninitiated ' not too challenging but not too bad. This album weighs in at 32.44.
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Artist: Andy Haas
Title: Paradise of Ashes
Format: CD
Label: Resonant Music
Rated: *****
When I put this disc in the player, I was reminded of the classic exchange in the movie Spinal Tap, in which Nigel explains that he is working on a piece 'in D minor which is the saddest of all keys, I find. People weep instantly when they hear it, and I don't know why.' As Haas opens the disc with the track 'New Maladies of the Soul,' you get such a feeling. In fact, if I were to describe the entire disc, the word I would use is 'mournful.' Of course the saxophone lends itself well to such an endeavor. After all, how else would one describe a track entitled 'My Life Would Such Without You'? I had to do some looking to find info on Haas because there was no press sheet in the package (or it got lost on my desk) but according to an online bio, 'Andy Haas has performed, recorded and collaborated with many musicians who were at the center of the creative avant garde music coming out of NYC by the '90s, such as John Zorn, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, Thurston Moore, Marc Ribot, and more.' That said, if you are looking for the kind of freakout sax of Zorn or the wall of noise that Moore can create, you'll be disappointed. I don't think that this pushes the envelope of experimental as much as I would like for most ChainDLK listeners, but it is pleasant listening and it does try to bring the weirdness. Maybe that comes from the fact that it was produced by ChainDLK's own Marc Urselli. But there are moments of randomness in tracks such as 'Enta Omri (You Are My Life)' with percussion and noise that doesn't quite jive with the saxophone melodies (in a good way). 'It's Only a Paper Moon' throws down an almost dark ambient soundscape under the sax as well. In fact, this was one of the standout tracks for me. Overall, a good, relaxing album. This disc weighs in at around 40 minutes.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Svensk Bonnasynth
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Enfant Terrible with this new 12" E.P. is back with what can be thought as a triple 7" under a 12" shape as Kord, Monster Apparat and Adolf Filter are on this release with two new tracks each. All of them aren't new to Enfant Terrible as they were on the same tape compilation sold at a label's night where they all played and Adolf Filter were also on the 2008 compilation "Festival Der Genialen Dissidenten" and on a 7' EP produced by the label on the same year. With this release, Enfant Terrible, is back to its roots by proposing three minimal synth bands, three knights of the analog synth sound. Using filters as swords, they cut the air with sharpened beats and distorted waves. Kord is here with "I, Sensuality" and "Dr. Svend", two mid tempos based on 4/4 beats, vocoder filtered vocals and nice synthpop melodies. Monster Apparat on "Music Is Art, Not Fashion" and "Swedish Entry" use synth noises, obsessive rhythms and alienated vocals. Adolf Filter on "Klyftan Stor" and "River Of Chebar" used both polyphonic and monophonic sounds and created a melancholic tune which mix synth leads, bouncing bass lines and filtered noises (the first one) and a latter one which have cold wave and early German electronic influences. Limiter to 320 copies SVENSK BONNASYNTH's sounds can be checked at the label's website as usual.
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Artist: Cyanide Regime (@)
Title: Global Compromise
Format: CD
Label: Gorestone
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
There's still life in the regime, although band-leader Fernando Silva had to take a deep breath, until he could get ready with a new album after the debut 'Visions of Order' in 2007. Several things have changed in the band formation of Cyanide Regime. Fernando seems to be the only one constantly working force, while he has hired with Brian Blitzkrieg and KC Killjoy two new members to lead the Cyanide Regime into new sonic territories. But on 'Global Compromise' a lot of the already discovered ingredients got warmed up: the music remains to be based in relative ear-friendly produced Harsh EBM/Industrial efforts, while Fernando keeps on to 'bark' like a mad dog his lyrically onslaught into the microphone. The new tracks are coming out straight and feature that typical in-your-face-attitude to keep the masses in motion on the dancefloors. Asides the main track of this new album, 'We March', also 'Deception' or 'Out Of My Life' work excellent to let your body move to the rhythm of kick and snare. The production generally sounds more polished and matured compared to the debut, although I may expected a bit more development, especially with having in mind, that two new band members should be able, to integrate own and different ideas. 'By Strangulation' is a track consisting of multiple voice samples and different selected beats, which needs to be pointed out, as this one leaves the most the known path of Cyanide Regime. After only 6 new original tracks, it starts, what quite often starts in this scene: a kind of a remix 'war' with some foreign contributions. 'We March' is unsurprisingly the victim for Sebastian Komor (Komor Kommando / Icon Of Coil), Spektralized, and the relatively undiscovered Dalliance. Additionally you'll get a 'Reprise' of this track by KC Killjoy, which concludes this album. It's always the same with these business-only remix contributions: a few of them provide good ideas, but generally they can never-ever rival with the quality of the original composition - same here, and 2 - 3 own compositions would have done better. Finally worth to mention a revamped, 2011-version of 'Memoria', originally available on 'Visions Of Order'. It's a crafty new interpretation of this track, although I haven't found out so far, why this one needed a new interpretation. 'Global Compromise' swims well with the current state of the Hellectro-art ' but not more. It has become a bit to foreseeable and bigger surprises have been left out. May this project still needs a bit more time to mature and several promising opening gigs with better known projects like FGFC 820 for instance should help with it.

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Artist: Mortal Void (@)
Title: The Great Pretending
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Dooload (for digital downloading)
Rated: *****
Some online forum junkies may know Tobias Hopp, mastermind behind this German one-man Dark Electro-project better under his chosen pseudonym "Krankheitssymptom" (the Dependent-forum for instance...). However, Tobias is an active musician since a decade and with his project Mortal Void he could make himself a name in the German underground scene, although something like a break-through he hasn't reached so far. After several remix contributions and self-produced online-releases, Tobias could release an album via Codeline Records in 2007. His new album "The Great Pretending" is again self-released, but shall mark a step towards to reach a wider audience. It too documents the growth and maturity reached through the years, which also brought in experiences at a few live performances as being opener for Supreme Court for instance.
This all new album avoids for the most part nearly all adaptions of the still club-leading Hellectro-rush, although it isn't free of tiny flaws. Tobias proves to have a good sense for usable fx elements and synthesizer pad- and sweep-sounds, which avoid the impression to have heard them a million times before. Also his kind to re-strange his vocals with multiple fx-elements counts to the better elements in the overall sound outfit of Mortal Void. The complicated things rather can be seen on his kind to "bow" seemingly linear rhythm patterns or bass-lines ("Blind, Dead & Empty", "Constantly Denying", or "Never Care"). I have nothing against projects, which try here and there to break with the typical 4/4-on-the-floor formula, but especially on above mentioned tracks his staccato-like percussion work sounds imperfect and runs seemingly uncontrolled out of pattern. Not a tragedy at all, but a track like the opener, which is in this case "Blind, Dead & Empty", needs in our rushing times to be a "hit", which keeps the listeners interested to follow the further course of action. And such straight and linear "hit tracks" Tobias has definitely to offer: "Thanks", "Wasted Emotion", or "The Path I Wander" would fit perfectly. I also name the title track as being a good example, that Tobias is able to handle his kick-and-snare-programming differently, but in this case totally seducing. Overall rated, Mortal Void have done a huge step forward to reach the next level of recognition. "The Great Pretending" is a crafty produced album, which should easily find its listeners - the upcoming gig on the 11th of December 2011 as being the opener for Aesthetic Perfection in Berlin fits perfectly to Tobias' intention to work more professional. This album helps too.
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