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KAMMARHEIT / PHELIOS: Of Dawn And Of Ice

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Dec 13 2009
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Artist: KAMMARHEIT / PHELIOS
Title: Of Dawn And Of Ice
Format: 12"
Label: Power And Steel (@)
Rated: *****
Third chapter of the 12" split series and limited to 333 copies, OF DAWN AND OF ICE is gathering Kammarheit from Norway and Phelios from Germany. Each of them already did self released albums (in their early years) as well as albums for labels such as Cyclic Law for the first and Eternal Soul Records for the latter. On this 12" they bring to the attention of dark ambient lovers two tracks each that, as usual for Loki Foundation (and also thanks to the Andreas Wahnmann mastering), sound like sound sculptures. Kammarheit's "The Hierophant" and "Dreams And Seracs" are based on synth pads and sidereal sounds with hellish atmospheres. No rhythms involved. Phelios' "Cold Vision" and "White Ashes" sound more "open" and rich because of the use of minimal melodies and rhythms coupled to obscure atmospheres and a wider sound palette.
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Artist: Ad-Ver-Sary (@)
Title: A Bright Cut Across Velvet Sky
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
"Bone Music" was yesterday but is still in the ears and minds of the audience, since the last years’ debut of Mr. Jairus Khan has been one of the surprises of the Tympanik release schedule. This new album is something like the remix twin of "Bone Music", since Mr. Khan could hire a lot of comrades and label colleagues to contribute with different interpretations on the AD-VER-SARY compositions. Acts like CYANOTIC, the highly recognized ESA, ISZOLOSCOPE, DISPARITION, MONOCULTURE, CANDL NINE, STENDECK, SYNKRO, PHYLR, AUTOCLAV 1.1, and SALT are the names to offer the requested diversity. You’ll get additionally some new tracks of Jairus, on which "Dresden" for instance is one of his straight-oriented tunes, which could animate the audience to some dancefloor movement. "Darker" is a frozen sound-collage focusing on ominous sounding synth-layers. Last but not least, you’ll get a track originally composed by his friends of CYANOTIC, "Deface", which got revamped (AD-VER-SARY + DIRTYBUNNY = Industrial Strength Mix). As usual, and that seems to be the trademark for AD-VER-SARY, this integrated diversity discovered especially in the original compositions are the outstanding part in the music of this act. Be it Industrial, Noise, IDM or Ambient – an AD-VER-SARY album includes all of this. This remix album is limited to 1000 pieces and comes out in handmade unique packaging.

Space Weather: Space Weather

 Posted by John Gore   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Dec 10 2009
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Artist: Space Weather
Title: Space Weather
Format: CD
Label: Space Weather Recordings
Rated: *****
Space Weather is comprised of Brian Lavelle on synths, Alistair Crosbie on electric guitar, and Andrew Paine on electric bass. In a way they are a throw back to the 80's because they're not really technically ambient in its present form. The closest 80's music I can pin them to is Brian Eno's rock albums, the tracks without the vocals of course. SW mine some of the same rock vein but aren't really in that category fully either. At least two of the seven tracks have beats but it's not the most important part of the music here. Much more important is the interplay of the three musicians. Simple melodies and counter-melodies intertwine with each other. This is where they excel. Nothing too jarring harmony-wise. Just going where the music takes them. This is their first release and I'm interested to see where they'll go from here. A group worth watching.

Space Weather: Space Weather

 Posted by John Gore   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Dec 10 2009
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Artist: Space Weather
Title: Space Weather
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Space Weather Recordings
Rated: *****
Space Weather is comprised of Brian Lavelle on synths, Alistair Crosbie on electric guitar, and Andrew Paine on electric bass. In a way they are a throw back to the 80's because they're not really technically ambient in its present form. The closest 80's music I can pin them to is Brian Eno's rock albums, the tracks without the vocals of course. SW mine some of the same rock vein but aren't really in that category fully either. At least two of the seven tracks have beats but it's not the most important part of the music here. Much more important is the interplay of the three musicians. Simple melodies and counter-melodies intertwine with each other. This is where they excel. Nothing too jarring harmony-wise. Just going where the music takes them. This is their first release and I'm interested to see where they'll go from here. A group worth watching.
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Artist: Mind.Area
Title: Thenceforward EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line / Alter-X Promotion Project (@)
Rated: *****
Surprise, surprise, a German act has found its way to the Russian promotion group Alter-X. MIND.AREA is a side-project of the German Dark Electro act HUMAN DECAY and awakes musically reminiscences to acts like the legendary ABSCESS. This presented 6 tracks offer a wide ranging diversity with various drum patterns and high-skilled synth play abilities. "Thenceforward" doesn’t rely on the often in a same manner mentioned PUPPYan factor, but shows rather ways to develop out of this chosen path of musically expression. No Hellectro of course, we are talking here of authentic Dark Electro. This EP is definitely one of the best – if not the best – releases of the X-Line label. That the protagonists of MIND.AREA have decided to give this quality Electro stuff for free to their listeners by using the Alter-X Promotion platform is remarkable – and speaks definitely for the quality work of the leaders behind, Mr. Nullklever (FORNAX) and Mr. Denoizer (T_ERROR 404). The skillful programming abilities of MIND.AREA for instance are awesome enough, to let them choose a label of their choice – if the protagonists would decide to watch out for it. A must-download item!



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