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Artist: AUTOPSIA (@)
Title: Radical Machines Night Landscapes
Format: CD
Label: Illuminating Technologies
Rated: *****
RADICAL MACHINES NIGHT LANDSCAPES is one of the most "difficult" releases by Autopsia. In balance from dark ambient and modern classical music the album sees also new musical influences thanks to the collaboration with Achtar. I don't know who they are but I suppose that it's because of them that on "Night landscape III", the following "Radical machine XIV", "Radical machine VIII", to name few, there are also breakbeat rhythms and i.d.m. influences (and I must admit that these sounds work really well along with the strings and the dramatic atmosphere created by Autopsia). The ten tracks sound like suites based on tension where strings meet percussive sounds (military ones like on "Night landscape XVI" as well as the aforementioned i.d.m./breakbeat rhythms) where melody is often dissonant. The album is based on the concept that some machines are changing the perception of everything we know and they are avoiding the humans to go beyond their known limits. This boundaries are tying men that have the perception to be fulfilled. Practically they are only waiting for their death. Autopsia call these machines, thanatographical machines (thanatos=death) and they change/manipulate reality creating a new one. A real conceptual release which sees Autopsia reaching new sounds but always keeping their spirit alive.
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Artist: Eisschock (@)
Title: Play The Game
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Sonic-X / Danse Macabre (@)
Rated: *****
Germany’s female EBM-chansoneuse EISSCHOCK alias Amortalia S. returns with a new Web-only EP and likes to invite to "Play The Game". Her rules of the game are still comparable with her efforts known from her debut, mostly minimal fast-forward moving EBM rhythm patterns combined with Madame EISSCHOCK’s diverse kind to perform vocals. Her emotion in the vocals ranging from bedroom-sweet to sick and mentally disturbed offer her tracks a very own kind and listening experience. Musically it seems that some tracks have experienced an improvement, an increase of equipment seems to be happened too. But this also burdens a bit the aggressive outfit of the new EISSCHOCK stuff, "Far, Far Away" comes out musically never-heard-before ingratiating and catchy. Not sure also, if the title track is THE composition of the year, that one, also featured in a short video edit, lacks definitely of compositional depth. But a track like the nasty "Hass Mich" works excellent to varnish all of those weaker moments, this one also shows the whole dimension the hell-angel EISSCHOCK is able to awake. With the help and support of the German Sonic-X label and the specialized studio which hides behind it, I’m quite sure that this EP is only a sort of intermediate result. There’s more to come.
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Artist: Psychonaut 75
Title: Infection EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Promofabrik (@)
Rated: *****
Already a veteran Industrial-act hailing out of Texas, since PSYCHONAUT 75 are active since 1997 in different formation and "Infection" is a sort of free available download-teaser for an upcoming new album. 4 tracks got included providing a typical American-sounding kind of Electro/Industrial sound outfit, which lacks a bit of some refreshing ideas. There’s nothing wrong to re-animate some structures and arrangements out of the early 90ies, but this scene has already seen some more promising efforts. You’ll get also both male and female provided vocals and while the female one comes out calm and convincing, the male one got effected, manipulated and comes out rough. A little PUPPY-an style combined with some Dark Ambient-influences can’t argued away as being a quell of inspiration for this act, but that music outfit generally could need a better production or the help of a more experienced studio musician. Too average for this moment, but maybe the album will sound differently?
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Artist: HAMILTON YARNS (@)
Title: search for the underwater town
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Hark Recorrdings (@)
Rated: *****
Honestly be it the fact it was a promo or the naive painting on the cover, I had no great expectation from this double cd, but hell knows if I was wrong!. I’ve been listening both of the cds repeatedly many times and I think this’ a great work. I wish none will be offended by the following comparison but I use it just to help you making a picture of Hamilton Yarn’s music, this bands really reminded of the musical approach of Bablicon, some new/old folk bands from England and last Current 93 gone more solar. As you may have guessed we’re talking about melodic folk music in a broad sense but it’s enriched of neo psychedelia, popular music, field recordings and the tracklist gives you the impression it has been designed to create a narration, thus we could define it "story telling music". This may sound as "art brut" and it’s not absolutely erroneous but I think everything seems to be really intentional on this cd, so you have well done recordings, rough field-sounds but all has been mixed with a great taste. They should be a seven piece from what I could get from their website and they play a large variety of instruments like piano, violin, cornet, flute, clarinet, harmonium, etc...and they also use vocals in a really folk/popular manner. Both of the cds offer an equal amount of melody and soft acoustic sound works, most of the music have a childish dreamlike atmosphere if it’s not something you can lull your children with it’s really close to it. Obviously from what I wrote you may imagine this could sound as a soundtrack for cartoons or for kids oriented movies and this’ what I find really lovely of this double cd: it’s simple, but its a simplicity not so easily obtainable infact if you pay attention to the arrangements of the majority of the tracks you can’t but notice they’re really well pondered and combined with a great writing skill. "Pastoral folk" they say and I agree with reviewers who labelled them this way, even if it could be a bit reductive for the multiplicity of things they put together. Thumbs up to the pastoral folksters.
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Artist: ADN' CRYSTALL
Title: Cod-Adn
Format: CD + Vinyl
Label: Clogsontronics (@)
Rated: *****
The new release by Clogsontronics is a particular one, because sees ADN' Crystall recording three new tracks and the label printing new material after the reissue of two of their '80s releases (the Ensemble Pittoresque and the Storung albums). As for the other releases Clogsontronics decided to present COD-ADN in a vinyl plus CD format. This time for a 15' total we have a 33 rmp 7" and a 3" CD containing "Just a Coda", "Mini Romance" and "Rhino". The deluxe package contains also an A1 poster that celebrates the 30 years of ADN' Crystall. The art of the huge poster has been drawn by Erick Moncollin himself and it represents a good visive counterpart to his particular synth analogue with no midi use music. If you had the chance to check his old stuff like the "Jazz' mad" album, I can say that these three tracks are less dreamy and kinda more energetic and more "pop" but a kind of dark weird one. The songs paint particular hallucinogenic situations on the normal day life: a guy who see a face of a rhino instead of his wife's or like the two lovers relationship, on "Mini romance", where he loves her only because everything is gonna change. Limited to 450 copies the E.P. is on sale now! Check some excerpt at the label's website.
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