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Jan 05 2009
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Artist: TWZ (@)
Title: Evolution
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
Yes, this Swedish trio consisting of Richard, Lars and the female member Karin we had quite often on here with reviews on their self-released and –produced albums or in collaboration with the long defunct labels Plutonium and Deathpropaganda Records. TWZ are back, now signed to the Hungary-based Advoxya Records label, and this "Evolution"-album is a sort of combination consisting in parts of a retrospective of some demo favorites ("Clairvoyance" "My Friend Disorder" or "We Don’t Walk The Same Path" for example) and in other parts of new compositions ("Souljourner" or "The Grid"). Musically TWZ are following still an own kind of harsh Electro/Industrial music. The snatching and brutal distorted vocals by band leader Richard are a synonym for the often heard Hellectro-like pseudo-aggression, but musically they luckily avoid any Techno-/Trance-related outfit. TWZ still create through their bass-line-programming a sort of a melodic and I tend to say unique background instrumental scenario. Their tracks don’t offer normally the catchy content to get a singing- or summing-along-the-line experience and their compositions do definitely need a few more spins to impress the listener. The listener gets rewarded with a dark sounding synth arrangements quite different to the usual kind. Favorites of this album have to be named with the compilation-approved "The Grid" or "Flawed, Weak Ad Organic", which also features a co-vocal performance by the female member Karin. Thumbs up too for the experiment on "Crawling" to try out undistorted and nearly natural sounding male vocals. This is an ingredient, which could need some further continuations on their next releases. Also the both scary and ominous sounding intro and outro works "The Time In This Corridor Is Not As It Should Be" and "Confession" causing attention, although I would suggest to place comparable works in between the track list, since this would give the album a more varied floating. As for flaws, well, the drum programming comes out quite monotonous and the too often usage of same sounding kick and snares leaves enough room for a more refreshing and experimental work for future releases. Dark Electro-freaks longing for something different then the too often copied Hellectro-storm blowing out of the clubs will receive an excellent album, which entertains both, body and mind. Well done, keep it on!
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Artist: ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO
Title: Veritatis Splendor + Balearic Rhythms + Polyglophone
Format: CD
Label: Geometrik Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
After more than ten years of unavailability, three nineties Esplendor Geometrico albums are reissued into a new remastered CD release by the band's own Geometrik Records. VERITATIS SPLENDOR, BALEARIC RHYTHMS (this new edition has also three bonus tracks coming from the "30 Km de radio" single originally released by Daft Records) and POLYGLOPHE show the evolution of the band's sound which, after Gabriel Riaza leaving after the VERITATIS SPLENDOR sessions, saw the duo Arturo Lanz and Saverio Evangelista creating even more obsessive industrial tracks thanks also to the increasing use of digital instruments. If VERITATIS SPLENDOR sounds like an industrial experimental record based on percussions and some tribal music intuitions, with BALEARIC RHYTHMS the duo started to introduce more distortions and techno intuitions, making, in this way, turn the sound into something more "geometric" and precise thanks to the use of recurring parts and metallic sounds. This sound found its balance on the nine tracks of POLYGLOPHE: the album since the opening "¡Más Luz!" is showing really well the mix of industrial sound a la Test Dept and distortions/rhythms structure explored also by Ant Zen bands on the same period. Fundamental reissues for the lovers of the genre!
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Artist: MOST SIGNIFICANT BEAT (@)
Title: Música y Electrónica
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Geometrik Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Promotion
Rated: *****
Formed in 1991 by Saverio Evangelista (member of ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO since 1992) and Maurizio Martinucci (Tez) M.S.B. released three albums during the 1991÷1997 period (1991's "Control Remoto 1.0." split album with Esplendor Geométrico, 1992's "Control Remoto 2.0" split album with DoseZero and 1997's "Electrons at Work") plus a bunch of E.P.s. Their releases are all sold out so Geometrik Records, Esplendor Geometrico's own label, decided to produce MUSICA Y ELECTRONICA a retrospective double CD compilation containing a selection of tracks coming from their previous releases plus thirteen unreleased tracks produced during the 1997÷2004 period. The twenty three tracks span from minimal ambient techno to rhythmical industrial electronic (some of their nineties tracks recalled me the latest Clock DVA). Some of them tend to create an hypnotic atmosphere where the listener is feeling dizzy and seduced by rich rhythmical textures, experimental intuitions and glacial atmospheres. Good one...
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: LA NUIT DES FEES 2 - Messages des Fées
Format: CD
Label: prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
1 Box with CD of 13 unreleased tracks. A real 72-page book with 32 tales. This is the third prestigious box CD from Prikosnovénie, following on from the successful "Nuit des Fées 1" and "Effleurement". Caprice, Ashram , Daemonia Nymphe, Rajna and Poussières d'Ètoiles, these are the bands involved in this sampler. Each band composed 15 minutes of music about elves or fairies, magi or nymphs especially for this box.An ethereal voyage leaded by heavenly voices. My favorite cuts have been performed by Ashram but all the bands are showed in their best shape.
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Artist: Mediavolo
Title: Unaltered empire
Format: CD
Label: prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Mediavolo has been a French duo (Géraldine and Jac) since 2004 but started in 1999 as a band. Mediavolo returns now with 3rd album 'Unaltered Empire' out via the French label Prikosnovenie. Inspired by "The Metamorphosis" of Kafka, "Unaltered Empire" tells us the story of a woman who turns into a butterfly.Shortly we could synthesize their sound like Romantic-Wave, in the finest 4AD tradition. A lovely album for fans of dreamy wave and rock music, with angelic female vocals, nothing more nothing less.
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