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Artist: 100Blumen (@)
Title: Floral Annihilation
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Only one year after the release of the widely recognized debut "There Is No Law In Floriculture", Germany’s one-man act 100BLUMEN returns with a new album. Still heavily numbed by a "Chlorophyll Rush" (ha-ha...), this project again sets fire under the machines and offers another 17 minutes of pounding, abrasive floral Industrial. All the good things known from the debut like the courage to combine quite different musically arrangements in one song (ever tested piano drops laid over a torturing rhythm inferno? Check "Grassroot Symphony" on here...) could kept alive and the act has experienced an improvement. Also the hypnotic aura by looping repetitive rhythm patterns over and over again has found a continuation. Additional remix works by some friendly label colleagues like P.A.L. and the Hands-recording act HEIMSTATT YIPOTASH are accomplishing this decent release. "Floral Annihilation" is the consequential follow-up and proves that the field of flowers isn’t dried so far. It surely can’t reach the Ant-Zen throne currently owned by EXOCET, MONOKROM or SYNAPSCAPE, but it is nevertheless a satisfying alternative.
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Artist: Monokrom
Title: One Fine Day In The Pyramid
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
With an evil-minded grin in face, the mummies of MONOKROM got awaken to teach some tourists trappede in a pyramid the harsh way of life. Ant-Zen’s MONOKROM, active since mostly two decades, are back to make your eardrums bleed. Let’s doubt on too many fairytales about the re-animation of some mummies after some strange grave-robbers have dared to open king Tut’s tomb, but nevertheless the mummy evolution musically provided through this new album is alive. Each exemplar of this new MONOKROM albums is a unique object, because each got packaged in a handcrafted plaster bandaged sleeve. Also the first 32 exemplars got packed in a heavy box-set and copy No. 23 comes out with a black cover. This strongly reminds on the early Ant-Zen days, when every release offered a special packaging or gimmick to keep on a huge originality and cult status to this label. Musically this new MONOKROM album is the purest noise assault someone can think of, very near to a complete anarchic climax, it will punish your home entertainment to the highest peaks. For sure the most destructive release of Ant-Zen in years, featuring walls of grinding uproar, abrasive frequencies and strange mutilated voices. This is a quite destroying demonstration that the musically onslaught is anything else than a fine day in a pyramid. The track "Wiz Ga-Wiz" is a bit more straighter oriented, or let’s say the rhythmically structure is quite better recognizable behind the walls of harsh noise. This track got also used to publish a video clip entitled "The Return Of The Mummies Of Noise", which you can find at the end of this album. A must-have item for collectors and for anyone longing back some earlier Ant-Zen days.
Artist: CYANOTIC
Title: Prehab 25mg-ep
Format: CD EP
Label: bitriot Records
Distributor: Bit Riot Records
Rated: *****
Cyanotic is the name of the band that is touring and taking the world by electric storm. I just saw them live at Reggies last weekend and it rocked. High electronic energy that will feed the fire and keep it burning strong. Strobe lights, nucelar warnings and visuals to make you feel their world. Cyanotic consists of Sean Payne, Drew Rosaner and Chris Hyniewiecki, this 3 piece quartet has proven true to their word that they are worthy to tour and keep you moving with a smile on your face. You see true perfection lies in the veins of this band. They never stop creating and putting out good electronic music to listen to on your ipod, as per their symbol, so ironically fit to the mold as it gets. The cd is called, " Prehab 25-mg-ep" and it is really worth having for any electronic/indeadsrial supporter. We open with Track 1, " The Static Screen ", which is balls to the wall in your face electronic hard hitting music. Sean sings to us in his own way, " I'm staring at the static screen, I never sleep but always dream." Real testimonies of technology overload. Got up to danse already to Track 1, perfection is in the mix and requires no tv, but just to danse and lose yourself and unleash your inner beast. We move onto Track 2, "alt. machine." which was a unique break beat track that kicked some danse floor but. Hard hitting tones with heavy guitar rolling you in to listen on and feel the anguish of expression. Sean sings to us, " We live to abrasive sounds of machines and beating drums, the noise is welcoming, the silence deafening. " This track has catchy lyrics with overdubbed movie samples that tell the tell of hard indeastrial music that is meant to be playing loud and hail an ode to its premise and what it stands for a pre Wax Trax area brought back. We dive deeper and land into the come into the unknown. Track 4. " Dream it Dead ." a very intense journey through hardcore energy and the tale of reanimation and distress. Sean sings, " I create the perfect pet, love it hate it, kill it, just be sure to throw it away cause it just might come back and need you one day." Very darkly poetic and true to it's course of action, hard cold reality thrown hard and in your face but can walk away with no trace Get to the end of the cd without totally being zombified into it's lair. Not one single track disappoints,, the last Track 6, " Brutal Deluxe" stuck out to me as well. Sean sings, " Disconnect me from the world, I'll feel okay in time, I've led myself astray." Silent screams joined in with pronounced drum programming and back beats that really tear up the system and make it known and up to fight for what it stands for. Brilliant programming and hard guitar compliment Sean's harsh voice making this ep a masterpiece in the world of electrics. It's like a metallic oildrum futuristic war play and you are the soliders to their virtual playground. This band calls the shots and they all come running. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo
Artist: Failure to Communicate Tribute Series 11: Vol 1 VV.AA.
Title: Eye For An Eye
Format: CD
Label: Failure to Communicate
Distributor: Failure to Communicate
Rated: *****
Sheriff Scabs from the label Failure to Communicate is back at it again with a lovely tribute to Nick Cave to go along with his other tributes to David Bowie, Joy Division and The Cure. This tribute shows great promise to covers and compliments Mr. Cave Well. We open with Track 1, " Wild World" which is covered by Mr. Russia. It leads us down a path into a old trippy 70's world Cave style that leads to it's flair and flash sticking to it's roots well and how it should be, a classic. Moving ahead we go to Track 3, " I Let Love In ." which is done amazing by Sheriff Scabs who put out this cd to begin with and others for that matter. I would expect nothing more than perfection at that this is. Truly my favorite track on this whole cd. Sheriff Scabs sings dark, deep and melancholic tone that truly chills you to the bone. He sings to us, "Oh lord what have I done, please Oh lord don't leave me alone, where are my friends, my friends are all gone." Silent screams and chaos add to the charm of this masterpiece that even has a creepy, folky tone that grabs at your throat and won't let go. We proceed on to Track 5 " Mr. Clarinet done by The Brides which is done well and rears it's ugly head for all of us to take in and taste. It is a fun track that speaks for it's self and is the life of the party,but only the dead are invited. I was quite impressed by the creepy feel this one had, it grew on me the more I listened to it. Still moving into the next Track 6, " Where the Wild rose Grows." done by a band called Chasm which reminded me of Monica Richards flowing in and out like a lady dancing through a field of deception waving her blood stained dress to the beat of this tune. Haunting as this track is, sticking to what this mood calls for and the visual it expresses, a murder ballad it is and as it told it's tale and unfolded it's tale and it did not disappoint at any giving moment. Next is Track 7, done by Ahab Rex a personal fiend of mine that is a huge Cave supporter so it only makes sense he covered " The Curse of Milhaven." This is the tale of murder again but he sings it like its all fun and games, truly clever and well received, a job well done. The rest of this cd excels and truly is a work of art in it's own right and a compliment even Nick Cave himself could truly could consider a treasure and perhaps a gift for a new generation to find in a time capsule , expressing just wit can bring wisdom. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo
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Artist: O QUAM TRISTIS...
Title: Les Chants Funestes
Format: CD
Label: Palace Of Worms (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
This is the first time I have the chance to check out O Quam Tristis... (their name comes from a psalm written by Antonio Vivaldi and Pergolesi and the whole sentence is "O quam tristis et afflicta fuit illa benedicta Mater Unigeniti") and I have been pleasantly surprised. Formed also by people involved with Collection d'Arnell-Andrea and Thy Violent Vanities (Anna Virsky and Hugues Dammarie), O Quam Tristis... rework in a personal way female and male vocal polyphonies inspired by medieval and baroque music mixing them with electronic arrangements, new wave (see the bass guitar sound and some atmospheres) as well as folkish melodies (like the opening "Oriens" or "O vox poriphetica") or goth intuitions ("O abies" and "O mejam miseram"). Another peculiarity is to have lyrics in Latin language and this unusual characteristic enrich a formula which already was really interesting. A must have!
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