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Artist: NO
Title: Vuoto - A Work About Cosmic Vacuum
Format: CD
Label: Farmacia 901 (@)
Rated: *****
Farmacia 901 is a new small label born to support electronic synthetic sounds born from improvisations which tend to create concrete music suites. First release of the label (that sees also on its roster Erik Ursich, already active on Punch Records) is VUOTO - A WORK ABOUT COSMIC VACUMM by No (personal project of Farmacia 901's founder Fabio Perletta). Composing astral sidereal sounds that are linked to an ancestral dimension, No on this first album mix long synthetic drones and bleeps that create a reverbs of a not-existent universe where everything fluctuate. Listening to "Intermediate mass balck hole in globular clusters" or the following "Gigantic quantum vacuum fluctuation (quark-antiquark collision)... genesis" is like swimming into the primordial liquid looking for our cosmic self. Inspired by Karlheinz Stockhausen, La Monte Young, Morton Subotnick, John Cage e dalla Kosmische Musik di Tangerine Dream, Cluster and Holger Czukay, No's brain music will mesmerize you. Try "The encke minima and enchke division in saturn's a-ring" for first. The album is presented into a limited 100 copies run CD-r with a satin package and printed cover.
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Artist: VAE VICTUS / Durch Heer und Kraft
Title: Fortes Fortune Adiuvat!
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
The release onslaught of the German SkullLine label wins on speed and offers more and more curious acts rather dedicated to some more Experimental-minded music efforts. This full-length album is a split-release by two quite musically different acts, the US-one man act VAE VICTUS and the Hungarian DURCH HEER UND KRAFT. VAE VICTUS seems to be the more drastically outfit, providing a mixture of a static and noisy Military-inspired Industrial sound combined with Ambient and filled with dozens of war, sirens and propaganda movie samples. A little communistic vein is surely integrated as well, tracks like "The Fall Of Capitalism / The Party Of Lenin" or the pure Mao Tse Tung-propaganda tracks "Chairman Mao Is The Red Sun In Our Hearts" tend obviously into this direction. I would advise to read some Blogs of this act presented on their MySpace web account. Quite interesting for dedicated fans. DURCH HEER UND KRAFT are Military-inspired too, which they often celebrate through typical marching snare drum inserts, but generally their musically outfit turns rather into Neo-Folk/Classic music. Some tracks are new interpretations and do follow some traditional Folk tunes ("Krieg und Friede") and to my surprise they offer some speech-like vocals on some tracks too. Both bands have here and there some interesting stuff to offer, but a strictly dedication of the listener to some Military-music is helpful. Extremely limited edition, as usual for SkullLine, this one is restricted to only 50 exemplars.
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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
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