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GAMMA GOAT : Beard of Sound, Beard of Sand

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 07 2008
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Artist: GAMMA GOAT
Title: Beard of Sound, Beard of Sand
Format: CD
Label: Eh? (@)
Rated: *****
This probably one of the most weird releases on Eh?/Public Eyesore label, this band hailing from Lincoln is hardly comparable to this or that band, but in some way could be filed under: "lo-fi, strars and stripes answer to Japanese own early Boredoms". Wait a minute, we’re talking about two really distant areas of the world and probably the bands themselves are really dissimilar for what concerns approach, impact, sound and many other things, but the level of freakiness is the same and above all consider also these U.S. guys share with Yamatsuka and friends that same taste for "apparently" demented vocals a la "back to primitivism!". Don’t judge Gamma Goat too quickly since the tracks offer a big range of solutions and they also reminded me back in the days Skin Graft used to be such a safe place for weird combos like this...hey probably that’s where Japan and Us meet! (I’m talking about the glorious Skin Graft catalogue). I think the majority of this material comes of from live takes, anyhow the lo-fi resolution fits really perfectly with most of the material, above all when they go for primordial industrial beats which could also revive the odd spirit of Blixa and friends when Einsturzende were deeply into drugs and into making a "hell ov a noise!!!. Sometimes they’re bluesy but it’s blues from the cave men (Mighty big boots), sometimes it’s post-no wave, sometimes it’s more experimental (killing ducks with nunchuk) but everything is done in a really naïve way so find your conclusions. A weird cd.

Oct 07 2008
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Artist: Famine (@)
Title: Every Mirror Turns Black
Format: CD
Label: Bugs Crawling Out Of People (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
What has started several years before with the promising Dark Electro act CRYOGENE offering a sound somewhere between X MARKS THE PEDWALK and DECODED FEEDBACK, went unfortunately completely down under before a first debut album for this act could see the light of the day. After some short musically interruptions with FRACTURED, the solo project FAMINE was born, but far away from the usual Electro/EBM formula. FAMINE creates a nervous sound outfit, which mixes Trip-Hop, Breakbeat, Clicks n’ Dub, Noise or even some wild pounding Black/Death Metal styles to a special and unforeseeable cocktail. Especially those drastically and speedy Metal tunes with deep growling vocals are storming violent the scenario and quite unexpected ("Blood Sacrifice"). But also attacking IDM/D’n’B-inspired teutonic pieces like "Hands" don’t take any prisoners. "Every Mirror Turns Black" fulfills the demand of an diverse and Experimental-oriented album, also and because it doesn’t forget to offer enough Dark Ambient in between the adrenaline-pumping smashers. Not an album in the expected line, rather more a new experience. Now it comes to grow and develop a more matured sound – the talent is immense, as this album proves it well.

Worms Of The Earth: The Angels Of Prostitution

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 07 2008
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Artist: Worms Of The Earth
Title: The Angels Of Prostitution
Format: CD
Label: Bugs Crawling Out Of People (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Good work finally pays of and it warms my heart, that there’s somebody out there, who gets rewarded with a deal to record a first debut album and to release it via the Canadian Experimental/Noise-label Bugs Crawling Out Of People. WORMS OF THE EARTH alias Dan Barrett works in multiple fields of the Electro/Industrial/Noise genres, be it with the issuing of an online magazine with the same name, or be it with the compiling of some download-able compilations, which can provide here and there some better known names. If somebody out there deserves a bit more attention and exposure, then Dan is the one for all of his efforts for and around the scene. This official debut album of WOTE offers a diverse mixture of styles, mostly and started with rhythmically Powernoise ("The Whore", "Famine Wears The Mask Of Prosperity"), but you’ll get also some calmer, more Electro-minded works too ("Dew Falling Over The Garden"). Generally the music of WOTE isn’t at all the new invention of the bulb, but this album comes out quite respectable. Several collaborations are presented on this album, too. We have at first a new word-core assault by the omnipresent Rock n’ Roll Supergod IT-CLINGS, king of the Jews, with the typical title "Big Fucking Titties Or A Fuckable Mouth (Of The Succubus)". Some remix contributions mostly done on the track "Whore" turning some parts of this album near to the Harsh EBM/Hellectro genre, no wonder, if names like the new NoiTekk-act DYM, DEAD MANS HILL, EMBODI, VICIOUS ALLIANCE or TO MEGA THERION have laid their filthy hands on the WOTE originals. An interesting and generally convincing debut for sure, while WOTE can’t bring up anything new to the genre. Please note that the first 50 copies of this album will be accomplished with a special bonus CD, which features 4 additional tracks, plus 5 remix contributions. Try to get it!

Oct 05 2008
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Artist: Attacks The Darkness (@)
Title: I Am The Gatekeeper
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: self-released
Distributor: iTunes, Napster, etc...
Rated: *****
This is a California-based Electronica/Experimental solo-project by David Inden, who releases under his moniker ATTACKS THE DARKNESS his first full-length album after his predecessor EP entitled "Six Times Seven". David’s music isn’t that sort of an easy-listening Electronica with a calm attitude, it rather integrates multiple fragments out of quite different music styles and it tends to mix this fragments in an at times obscure manner. It is definitely rhythmic oriented, but a quite unusual sonic experience which needs some more spins to find an assessable entrance for the listener. Electronica, Experimental, Ambient and/or Electro/Industrial styles can all be discovered here, but in a quite unusual style. Advantageous is the fact that David don’t likes to explore a one-dimensional path of music, and as the info sheet to this album explains it wisely, "ATTACKS THE DARKNESS attempts to map the ever expanding soundscape that is on repeat in his (David’s) brain." Therefore it is hard to name some favorites, but the gloomy Dark Ambient-tune with the delicious title "There Is A Body In My Freezer And I Don’t Have Any Answers" gets a vote from me. Music for some open-minded Electronica music fans, in some parts compatible with some acts signed Tympanik Audio and/or Hymen. Available via several known online downloading retailers like iTunes, Amazon.com, Napster, etc...

Kenji Siratori: Soul Of The War Dead

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Oct 05 2008
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Artist: Kenji Siratori (@)
Title: Soul Of The War Dead
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Another new album for this Japanese Cyber-Ambient/Industrial artist, who has not only continued with own new recordings, also some more guest appearances on several releases out of the Electro and Industrial genres have been arranged. "Soul Of The War Dead" consists out of 3 different music parts which combine long delayed and reverberated Ambient drones in a quite static, but clean Electronica outfit. Generally this new album doesn’t pick the abrasive kind of the predecessor "Sickness For The 21st Century", it rather turns more into the realm of his first release on SkullLine, "Death Creature". His trademark, the integrated non-stopping strange sounding voice samples are featured as well and leave at times the wish to a more clear performance and message. But dealing thematically with the tragic atomic bomb drop over Hiroshima, the mood of this album doesn’t leaves any friendlier impression. An album quite along KENJI’s alley. The strict limitation of only 33 exemplars packed in a metal movie can saves the special status for this release too.


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