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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: New World Order
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Thonar Records (@)
Distributor: Mono Culture
Rated: *****
First official CD release for this new German label, which got invented by the responsible people behind Klangdynamik Records, a label pretty much dedicated to quality EBM/Electro/Industrial music. But the direction for Thonar is quite different and likes to take the listener into more Experimental-minded music styles like Ambient, Power Electronics, Military or Martial efforts. This "New World Order" comes out as a limited DCD set well packaged in a digi-pack and a decent look. It features several acts, some more, but also many lesser known acts which all provide previously unreleased music. CD1 is definitely the rather calm one out of both and the thinks start with two impressive Dark Ambient tunes provided by THE SOUND OF EARTH and the Ulm-based solo project FALSE MIRROR, which has recently brought out a new CD signed to Thonar Records. Maya Nadir convinces with a sweet vocal performance, a rarity in the above mentioned styles. Things turn into Neo-Folk/Neo-Classic with A CHALLENGE OF HONOUR and the musically best piece here provided by NEBELKORONA. MY ASPHYXIA show a mixture between Dark Electro and Military, also satisfying comes out the Dark Ambient drone of THE ALISON PROJECT. Pretty diverse collection so far, but CD starts like an earthquake with the right doze of Power Noise/Electronics to shock your neighborhood. Names like INSTITUTION D.O.L., FLUTWACHT, NOISEWERRRRK, ATROX, KREUZER or SKM-ETR are all offering a more less merciless sort of noise interferences with radically frequency manipulations. Since most of these acts presenting themselves relatively radical, it shouldn’t wonder you, that most of their releases are mostly hard-to-get-items and all of them can count on a strong fan base. For the second part of this second CD the things cool down, again nearer to some Ambient/Electronica tunes of ATOMTRAKT or SKY BURIAL, to name the most outstanding works here. Completely seen this compilation offers a great diversity and should work well to recruit several newbies to this mostly hard-to-discover, but also intellectual-oriented parts of these Experimental genres. A release which still offers Thonar to continue with several different styles.

Tracklist:

CD 1

01. The Sounds Of Earth - Viral Expression
02. False Mirror - Inner Sargasso
03. Maya Nadir - Fingertip Trip
04. Moon - Kyle Of Lockalsh
05. Thomas Nöla et son Orchestre - John Singleton Copley
06. Tonal Y Nagual - Nimnon Soleil
07. A Challenge Of Honour - Mother Earth
08. Nebelkorona - Auf Flügeln des Windes
09. My Asphyxia - Todesstrafe
10. Galaxia Obscura - Demolition Ideals
11. Phragments - Towards A New Horizon
12. The Alison Project - After The Cut


CD 2

01. Institution D.O.L. - Just Cause
02. Flutwacht - New Law
03. Noisewerrrrk - Dystopia
04. Izanami's Labour Pains - Yasukuni Jinja Shall Burn
05. SKM-ETR - Spreading The Disease
06. Invisible Front - 50°18'48.16N - 18°41'20.09E
07. Atrox - The Giants Buddhas Of Bamiyan
08. Kreuzer - Faith, Death And Aggression
09. Brachial Palsy - Accidental Error
10. Atomtrakt - Im Schein des Untergangs
11. Sky Burial - Last Breaths Of A Dying God
12. Camisole - Bonechamber V1
13. Erik Ursich – Sospeso

MARINA SIERTIS: The Much Needed Second Cold War

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Jan 14 2008
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Artist: MARINA SIERTIS (@)
Title: The Much Needed Second Cold War
Format: CD
Label: Shadowplay Music (@)
Rated: *****
One year after the single titled "Disease" Marina Siertis are finally releasing their new album which contains the two new songs you found on the previous CDs. The thirteen new songs, as the single, are in balance from synthpop a la Depeche Mode and new wave The Cure style and they bring to the audience about forty minutes of pessimistic/realistic view of life where lyrics talk about a suicidal couple during their act, abuse, mental disease, war, the stabbing of Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh, etc. At a first listening I didn't find a real catch up song (the general atmosphere is based on mid tempo songs with upfront vocals) and also the mix didn't excite me. I gave it a second try and I also louden up the volume and I must say that the listening session turned out to be different. A better one. The guitars are still in the background but drums and synth reveal a certain substrata of subtle sounds. Also tracks like the title track or the following "Cold anger" sound enhanced. I still miss a bouncing bass sound which could give to the whole album that energy shot which would boost the sound making it sound more homogeneous.

DIALIS: Dialis

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Jan 09 2008
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Artist: DIALIS (@)
Title: Dialis
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Despite some uncertainty of the piano player and of some guitar solos, the five tracks of the Dialis self titled MCD are a nice example of new wave music with modern attitude. I have the feeling that the three guys of the band don't questioned themselves about what kind of music they had to play and if they had to follow a particular genre. This let their veiled melancholy be free to permeate upbeat ballads with prominent acoustic/electric guitar duets and piano lines which can't be defined simply rock or post rock. Without losing ourselves into musical definitions the main point is that Dialis have good ideas and they are able to create a good mood. According to my taste the tracks stick too much on the same mood and this could be a bad thing thinking about a possible full length but our goth/wave readers could see that this band has something to offer... On the website you can check the best track of the E.P. "Close ocean".

VV.AA.: La nuit Des Fées

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Jan 08 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: La nuit Des Fées
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****
Organized by Prikosnovenie and held the 29th of September 2007 at the medieval French town Clisson, "La Nuit des Fées" (The Night of Fairies) was a sort of label festival where the bands of the "fairy" branch of Prikosnovenie's roster, were performing. The CD gathers ten new tracks of those bands (only Collection D'arnell-Andrea in my opinion is doing a different musical genre but in this case their "Closer to unicorn" thanks to its piano/guitars/orchestration structure and female/male vocal duet can fit well the style proposed by this compilation). Cécile Corbel, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Louisa John-Krol, Mediavolo, Caprice, Lys, Djaima, Fleur, Karin Hoghielm and Collection D'arnell Andrea are bringing to the lovers of dreamy and medieval atmospheres new tunes rich of pathos. The album is also enriched by other six tracks which propose the same artists' line up that did a session during the festival. Here Luigi Rubino (Ashram), Riccardo Prencipe's Corde Oblique, Pinknruby & Mediavolo perform six beautiful acoustic songs (try the one I prefer fist, "Fishing stars", and you'll feel a warm hug all over you while melodies similar to Cocteau Twins of the "Victorialand" period) that will please you. Maybe some of them sound a little too melancholic but you'll find something worth for sure. The CD has a special packaging which contains also a 24 pages booklet illustrated by Sabine Adelaide with many Illustrators. Each page presents a country, its 'fairy' and a poetic story about this creature.

DER BLUTHARSCH: The Philosopher's Stone

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Jan 07 2008
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Artist: DER BLUTHARSCH
Title: The Philosopher's Stone
Format: CD
Label: HauRuck! (@)
Distributor: Tesco Germany
Rated: *****
Change has been the crucial issue for Albin Julius/Der Blutharsch during these last years. First he decided to change musical direction turning his martial industrial music into martial psychedelic rock. Then, he turned his project from a solo into a proper band, helped out by Marthynna, Jörg B. (of Graumadh), Bain Wolfkind (of Novo Homo and also with some releases under his own name). Now the time has come for a new change, I haven't understood if it's another change in direction or if THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE is the final chapter of Der Blutharsch. The key phrase is the one you can read on the rear cover: "Uniform are always changing, Rock'n'Roll is forever". What has this in common with the title? The philosopher's stone is a legendary substance, supposedly capable of turning inexpensive metals into gold; it was also sometimes believed to be a means of making people younger, if not making them immortal. For a long time it was the "holy grail" of Western alchemy. So, what's next for Albin Julius? We really can't guess. At the moment we have nine new tracks (one of them is an hidden one which starts at 13'54" of track eight) which have much in common with the ones of "When Did Wonderland End?" because of the rock psychedelic approach (there's the constant presence of driving guitar solos) and because of the rhythm section which hasn't a real drum but different percussions and a constant throbbing bass guitar. Most songs gave me the impression of a cavalry horse ride where speed up dark rock ballads find a new home. There's also space to some new experiments like the ones of the opening track (as usual tracks haven't titles) where synthetic rumbling noises are paired with psychedelic guitar solos an soon after an upbeat ballad starts. The opening part of track three, starts with a semi oriental loop while the hidden track is the most particular one as it has a little synth loop, some basic percussions and it is based on a spoken word. This is an album that needs a couple of spin to be appreciated. For being the final chapter of something I would had expected something more risky but THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE is an album you could enjoy.


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