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Artist: Paul Bradley & Cría Cuervos (@)
Title: Moraines II
Format: CD
Label: SmallVoices (@)
Distributor: Twenty Hertz
Rated: *****
"Moraines II" features a re-work of "Moraines" (2006 - Twenty Hertz/Sileat) and a remix by Andrew Liles. "Moraines" sounds went to a major re-process here. Cria Cuervos recordings' are more distinct and fit better with the drifting drone layers made by Paul Bradley. The whole track gains also in brightness, they made me think of getting lost in mysterious organic planets like the one in Herzog's "Great Blue Yonder". The previous "Moraines" was rougher and you couldn't distinguish the sounds. A good setting to tickle your brainmeats with this one, would be a slightly illuminated room and headphones (not necessary, though). Liles' contribution is absolutely brilliant - it is a plodding re-mix ending with a spectral piano in an appropriate dark avantgarde Organum-like sound. A quiet droney journey to "sooth away the pain"...
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Artist: Battery Cage (@)
Title: Forever Never Ends
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: iTunes, Napster and related
Rated: *****
I guess I’m getting old or Alzheimer is taking influence on me. The US act BATTERY CAGE has released a new album via Metropolis almost a half year before, and I completely ignored it a while. It was then Tyler Newman of the band, who needed to wake me up and inform me. This all may belongs to the fact, that a well-known label like Metropolis has decided to strengthen the path of download-available items. This new BATTERY CAGE release is nothing else than a download-only album. Too bad, because I requested the files some months ago and then I’ve totally forgotten to take care on this for a second time. I am very sorry about this, but this proves that numerous mp3 files on my PC can’t offer the same dedication than the physical graspable product. But enough rambled, let’s watch and listen to the product. "Forever Never Ends" is sort of a follow-up to the last years’ fucking intense album "A Young Person’s Guide To Heartbreak" and BATTERY CAGE have once again refined their style. It is still good to see and hear that they don’t completely ignore the Electronic part in their music, but the whole compositional and production process has turned to be acoustic based. It’s rocking, but still Electronica-complimented to offer good club food – in case the audience has nowadays the courage to accept BATTERY CAGE as a "club-oriented band". Strongly influenced by its predecessor, "Forever Never End" offer 5 new compositions, two outtakes of the "A Young Person’s Guide..." recording procedure and 4 remix/alternative works of that album provided by among others OUT OUT or the Canadian act FRACTURED. A must-have download-item to all those who got touched by the content of the strongest emotions a broken heart can produce - but moreover specially dedicated to all followers of the intense last BATTERY CAGE album. This is an ideal follow-up release.
Sep 11 2008
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Artist: Amnistia (@)
Title: Blackguard
Format: CD
Label: Scanner / Dark Dimensions (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
A good debut remains a good debut and can only seldom topped – this seems to be too often an unwritten rule of the Electro/Industrial-scene. Therefore my expectations on the new AMNISTIA-album, released only 1 year after their debut "Neophyte", weren’t too euphoric. What a mistake! "Blackguard" strengthens the talent of this Germany-based duo into the immeasurable. This new 13-tracker is in no way a tired copy of the debut, it rather more shows the progression of Stefan and Tino. First to mention are their compositions starting with the lyrics, which are more matured then ever before. At least they’ve nowadays found the courage also to sing in German ("Komplex", "Zu Staub"). Production-wise they’ve increased to a thicker sounding musically outfit, the synth layer sounds can be nearly called epic (the instrumental tune "Menacing" is an excellent example). And of course the right punch is within integrated, tracks like "Emulate", the title-track, or "Outrage" should appeal the dancefloor-oriented masses. There can be too heard a cover on the CURE classic "Cold" and in the already mentioned track "Outrage" they also integrate some rusty guitar riffs, which compliments this marvelous track. Choosing the right mastering studio (Jan L. of X-FUSION/NOISUF-X in his famous X-M-P-studio) makes sure a brilliant and crispy production. AMNISTIA are continuing their chosen path to discover the right mixture between EBM and Dark Electro, still influenced by some Canadian-based patterns, but they grow in this kind. As a little point of constructive criticism, I would like to hear some more variations regarding the effect processing on the vocals – nearly the same used effect on this whole album is a bit too optimistic. But nevertheless the development has reached a higher-than-expected level for this productive duo and the end of the rope isn’t reached. AMNISTIA are marching forward and are growing to an international renowned EBM formation.
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Artist: HOUSEMEISTER
Title: Who Is That Noize
Format: CD
Label: All You Can Beat (@)
Rated: *****
After releasing his first full length in 2006 and various 12 inches during 2007, Housemeister is back with a new album titled WHO IS THAT NOIZE. Keeping alive his unique approach to music, Housemeister recorded the tracks like he was mixing in a club using live recorded sequences. Improvising and keeping his mid free from boundaries he succeeded into creating fourteen tracks where techno and electro are his inspiration but not reasons for stopping him from searching new solutions. For this reason the album sounds fresh and at the same time experimental. Programmed and live recorded using Rhythm 7 (an audio sequencer for the Sony Playstation Portable) WHO IS THAT NOIZE show that the joyful approach that I felt on his previous album "Enlarge your dose" is still alive. Powerful bouncing rhythms, loops, treated vocals and retro techno/electro sounds will make you dance and at the same time you'll enjoy the particular solutions used. Try to imagine a madcap on the mix willing to do everything he can to entertain you and you'll have pretty much the idea of how this CD is about.
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Artist: RUMPISTOL
Title: Dynamo
Format: CD
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Three years after the second album titled "Mere rum", Rumpistol is back with a new adventure in sound. Sounding more orchestral and maybe melodic, DYNAMO, merge elements of electronic music (the use of bass lines), glitch (the many little sounds that enrich the rhythmic structure of the tracks), ambient (see the alternation of atmospheres), soundtrack music (see the opening "Transit" and its capability to create a thick atmosphere that fluctuates and carries the listener through a path made of different images/moments), experimentations (the general approach to sound and music is maniacal if you check the intersection of the different elements but the whole effect tends to destabilize the listener), i.d.m./breakbeat/dub(on many tracks the sounds are stopped, cut, mixed and effected). The melody seems to be used as the glue that keeps everything tight and functional and each time you'll listening to the eight tracks you'll discover something new. Try to follow a melody or an instrument and you'll realize that at the end you're focusing your attention on a different thing. The album will be released on October the 20th on CD and double vinyl.
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