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Artist: Evestus (@)
Title: This is Dramacore
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Maybe one or another of our readers has heard about the Estonian Goth-Rock producer and multi-talented artist EVESTUS, who can look back on some releases available via the Canadian D-Trash Records label. EVESTUS is not only the name of the band-project, but also the surname of Ott Evestus, the responsible mastermind of nearly all musically activities under this name. Although 'This Is Dramacore' is already out since a few months, I nevertheless feel the need to write some lines about this artistically valuable kind of work, because already the packaging and style of the booklet, as well as the intensely provided background information including bio, complete discography, and, and, and, about this artist are remarkable and I have seldom discovered anything comparable before. The booklet art reminds a bit on an old newspaper exemplar with an astonishing photo art. EVESTUS currently isn't signed to any label, as this one turns out musically to be a bit away from the rather Electronica-oriented label program D-Trash normally offers. Goth-Rock featuring some mighty guitar loops and cynical lyrics is one element, but EVESTUS also integrates a filthy sounding form of a typical Coldwave-related rhythm- and synthesizer-programming, as well as uncountable voice-samples inserted into the mix. This is in all a brooding misture, which receives some excellent moments through orchestral-like string sounds in a catchy manner, so I am quite fine with those rather calm tunes like 'Sacrifice' (also released as a Maxi-Single via Legendaarne ' this track has caused some promising reactions by the listeners in the Baltic and Scandinavian regions...), 'Pikachu Warriors' (yes, it's truly Pikachu...), or 'Gone'. One remarkable fact taken out of the outstanding info-sheet I don't like to hide for you: Both of Evestus' parents are bikers and his father is the president of Ãsel Motorcycle Club, one of the largest bike gangs in Estonia. Evestus still can't fall asleep in silence.' This album as well as the artist is something special and a must-have buy for all harder, but also open-minded Goth-Rock fans.
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Artist: Titans
Title: All There Is
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Rated: *****
It is hard to judge on a newcomer band after only one EP featuring one original track, in this case the title-track. The two additional featured remixes of this track by those prominent projects like BIOMEKKANIK and DE:AD:CIBEL (a SKORBUT side-project...) are polishing the whole impression with good ideas, but at least, this is quality remix contribution, but lesser a proof of quality of this new Progress Productions artist. Musically providing an accessible and catchy form of Electro-Pop, this one track reminds a bit on PRIDE & FALL, as I noticed a similar sad mood in the arrangements and vocals. An album is announced to be released during this year, so I keep my fingers crossed for a more crafty declaration of work.

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Artist: Culture Kultür (@)
Title: Spirit
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Rated: *****
It does good to see a music project still alive, which has been earned highly respect and which I had the chance, to consume them live on a gig now 12 years before. It has at least taken 5 years after their last effort signed to the German giant Out Of Line , until Salva Maine and Josua Clotet could decide to reunite and to start a comeback, now signed to their fellow Spanish label Caustic Records. 'Spirit' therefore collects some started new tracks and ideas, but it is mostly a witness of the years in between and the life experiences made after their last album 'Reborn'. Be assured, that their private life has had not only honey to taste. Musically, CULTURE KULTÃR are rather reinventing themselves ' still finding their inspiration out of artists like ASSEMBLAGE 23 or COVENANT, they offer their catchy form of Electro-/Synthpop music with clear male vocals and a club-oriented rhythm work. Tracks like 'Drum Machine', 'Never Again', or 'Sieged' are excellent additions to the play-lists of the international acting DJ's at the dark clubs. Good and quality rhythmic stuff ' but also known and expected from them. Therefore I tend to rate the rather slow, but dramatically arranged 'Dead Second' as being a highlight out this generally good and well produced album. Now backed up by the hard-working Caustic Records, we should have good hopes, that CULTURE KULTÃR will find their needed inner peace and inspiration, to return more permanently. 'Spirit' stands for their traditionally sound-design, so let's see and hear, what the future brings from them.

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Artist: GERMANOTTA YOUTH
Title: The harvesting of souls
Format: CD
Label: Wallace Records (@)
Rated: *****
Funny name for a project that's more than dead serious and above all for what musically may sound like a slap in the face. This bands features unstoppable Massimo Pupillo from Zu and a plethora of other bands and one member from grind rollers Inferno with a metal drummer and there's no better presentation ticket than having mentioned their band of origin to give the idea of the sound. Germanotta Youth move at the speed of light remembering a more trashy keyboard version of James Plotkin's Phatnomsmasher meets Justin Pearson's Locust. A clash of the Titans you may think and you're right, infact imagine an hyper-kinetic sound on cocaine and you barely have the feel you get from this faster than fast cd. I can imagine some of you tapping your nose thinking fastness and loudness are nothing without control or a strong idea, but that's not absolutely the case since it's a well structured razor "expressway to your ears" just to quote Thurston Moore as they probably quote Ciccone Youth with such afunny name. Sometimes it's quasi-chaotic but I think it's evident how the production and the arrangements keep the whole "thing" together for good and what's more the dark-electronic or almost break-core interventions give an interesting cut to the whole recording. I'm not the greatest fan of some of these trashy keyboard sounds but everything here is really well balanced and also the sharp sound of the drum fits well in the bland above all if you consider the style of the drummer is really Nineties grind metal oriented (Morbid Angel, Deicide anyone?!). Nice shot man, nice shot!.

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Artist: LUCIANO MAGGIORE & FRANCESCO BRASINI
Title: Chàsm' Achanès (huge abyss)
Format: CD
Label: Boring Machines (@)
Rated: *****
A single track cd that on Boring Machines that comes out almost simultaneously with Petit & Chapeter 24 and Mammuthones which some of you may know for his past duties in Jennifer Gentle. As I've said we have a long long drone driven suite that last for a bit more than half an hour, main instruments are a guitar, tapes and electronic devices. The structure of this suite is quite linear and simple, in some way the evolution of the track is quite ordinary infact in its linearity lays that hypnotic effect due to repetitions. The sound is good and despite its simplicity the recording gives this cd the aural credibility a serious record like this requires. As you probably have guessed yourselves the atmosphere is quite dense and crepuscular but according to the title's meaning the journey into an abyss couldn't different. Despite its obscurity this music has nothing to do with dark ambient meant in a traditional way and it's not just a matter of sounds but the fact in someway it all brings to some old isolationist works like Aura (Plotkins/KK Null), Eclipse or something in the likes. Despite some small changes the most considerable sound variation from the main theme happens around 22 minutes. The fact the guitar sound sometimes resembles the siren of a boat, also brought to my mind an old composition titled Fog Tropes, by underrated American composer Ingram Marshall.



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