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Artist: Buddhist on Fire
Title: When you Smell the Stench of Dead Disciples you too will realize that all things are impermanent
Format: CD
Label: Smell the Stench (@)
Rated: *****
Buddhist on Fire is the unceremonious noise project of Robert LaBarge, hailing from Mesa, Arizona. This release, titled, "When You Smell the Stench of Dead Disciples You too will Realize that All Things are Impermanent"which will be shortened to Dead Disciples for the purposes of this reviewis a collection of three tracks, approximately 20 minutes in length each. Because of the uniqueness of each track I will describe them separately.

"Zombies of Dharmsala" conjures images of an aged black and white video documentary of machinery grinding relentlessly away; All of the gears and hinges are rusted and poorly maintained. "Open Sores" is reminiscent of a storm cloud forming slowly in a dark sky, lightening rolling through the clouds and thunder resonating through the dried and barren lands below. "Heaps of Bodies" is what I would imagine having one’s head stuck in a blender full of rocksin a wind tunnelwould sound like.

Buddhist on Fire’s Dead Disciples is very much an atmospheric noise release, with the final track touching on the harsher side of noise. The basic atmosphere of each track carries from start to finish; extra layers are introduced to build, and then carelessly fall away. This release is very raw in form, but the sound is solid and interesting, and well worth the listen.
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Artist: SVARTBAG
Title: Svartbag
Format: CD
Label: Rump
Rated: *****
A Danish band formed by A.REX and Niels Ladefoged at guitars & effects, and Peter Kyed at electronics and programming, plus a theory of guest musicians, Svartbag is presented by the Rump press-sheet as a spacerock/kraut/drone thing, and I don't know why my skin initially started to itch, expecting some gaudy, watered-down retro-freak rock. Luckily, Svartbag are really good at what they do, and know how to stop just a few inches before the kitsch border line. "Black Capricorn" opens the disc with ominous loops and sullen guitar lines, held together by a steady drumming - almost Neurosis-like, without the metal. The rest of the disc cheers up quite a bit, which could be a pity, but it's ecstatic in a demented kraut mode, so it's fine with me. "The Flutist", drenched in bleeps and guitar loops, evolves to some freaky '70's rock à la Neu!/LA Düsseldorf, while "Cairo" offers a nice angelic crescendo of drones and feedback and more loops. Svartbag's skills at constructing solid tracks become apparent in "Loop#9" (clean guitar strumming, an organ-sounding drone, subdued rhythms), which in this aspect reminds me of Tortoise when they were still good. "Billy Name" starts with a robotic rhythm and a guitar sounding like a jew harp, but then opens in a more traditional rock twang. A nice solid album throughout.
Artist: FEMME FATALITY (@)
Title: ONE'S NOT ENOUGH
Format: CD
Label: STICK FIGURE RECORDING (@)
Distributor: STICK FIGURE RECORDING
Rated: *****
FEMME FATALITY IS A FUN TWO PIECED BAND FROM ST LOUIS, CONSISTING OF ALEXANDER PALERMO WHO IS LEAD VOCALS, SNTH AND GUITARS. AND MONANANI PALERMO WHO DOES ALOT, VOCALS, PROGRAMMING, SYNTH AND GUITAR, THIS BAND PUTS THE NO WAVE BACK IN WAVE AND ROCKS HARD. THE ALBUM IS CALLED, " ONE'S NOT ENOUGH." WHICH IS TRUE, ONE IS NOT ENOUGH, WE WANT MORE FROM THIS BAND. WE OPEN WITH A DARK, DANCY INTRODUCTION TO THE DANSE DESTRUCTION CRAZE WAVE THIS BAND SETS FOR US. ONE PARTCUALR LYRIC THAT STOLE THE SHOW FOR ME WAS, " Y' ALL KNOW WHAT I DO ON THE STAGE, SO SHOW ME WHAT YOU DO ON THE FLOOR." TRUELY BRILLIANT AND CLEVER AS EVER. TRACK TWO ~ " LUCKY LOVER" WAS A TRUE SURE FIRE DANSE FLOOR HIT. ALEXANDER AND MONANANI SING TOGETHER, " LUCKY LADY, LUCKY, A LUCKY LADY, WE WERE BLOWN AT THE DISCO, SHAKIN LIKE A STIP SHOW. HOW MANY GUYS HAVE BEEN FEEDING YOU LINES." WIT ON TOP OF WIT TO MATCH THE DANSE OF THE TRACK. FUN, FUN FUN AND CLEVER AS EVER. LOVED IT AS I MOVED TRACK AFTER TRACK. WE MOVE ON TO TRACK 3 ~ " BULLET TRAIN" WHICH WAS AN CONCOCTION OF 80'S AND ADDICTIONS AND RHYMES. LOST IN TIME, LOST IN SPACE WITHOUT A TRACE, IN OUR FACE BUT FULL OF GRACE. OUR DYNAMIC DUO , ALEXANDER AND MONANANI SINGS, ' THESE ARE THE FLOORS I SLEEP ON, THIS IS THE RINGING IN MY EARS, THESE PRECIOUS THINGS I PRAY ON , JUST GET YOUR CREEP ON, AND IMA KEEP ON." TRUELY SO METAPHORICALLY MELANCHOLIC AND FASHIONABLY DECADENT. WE PROGRESS TO TRACK 4~ " COME ON, COME OUT" WHICH WAS ANOTHER PROMISING TRACKTO BURN THE DANSEFLOOR TO OBLIVION, LOVED IT FROM START TO FINISH. LYRIC AFTER LYRIC CALLED OUT TO ME THAT UNIQUENESS IS NOT DEAD. WOW THIS BANDS STANDS FOR KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF TO DANCE, DANCE, DANCE! IN THIS TRACK, ALEXANDER, AND MONANANI SING, " I CAN'T WAIT TO RUIN YOU FOR EVERYONE FOREVER." WHICH IN ITSELF TALES THE TALE, YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE. THIS BY FAR I THNK WAS MY FAVOURITE TRACK ON THIS ALBUM FOR JUST THE RAW ENERGY AND HARSHNESS IT DISHED OUT AND THE FACT WE CAN ALL RELATE TO. HELL YEAH! NEXT IS TRACK 5 " STILL ALIVE " WHICH IS THE DARK ANTHEM THAT QUESTIONS DEATH. A TRUE MASTERPIECE THAT IS PURE GENIUS. ALEXANDER AND MONANANI SINGS, " HOW THE HELL AM I STILL ALIVE, THEY TOLD ME NOT TO, I'M STILL BREATHING FINE." THIS SONG ROCKS HARD WITH DECADENCE AND TRUTH. THE REST OF THE ALBUM IS UNIQUE TRACK AFTER TRACK FOR ELECTRONICS AND DARK FASHION, FUSION AND ILLUSIONS OF FATE INFILTRATE THROUGH THE CORNERS OF THE DANSE FLOOE LIKE A CONECT THE DOTS GAME BACK TO US AND FAR BEYOND. FOR THE MINDS EYE TO SEE. IF I HAD TO SUM UP THIS CD, I WOULD SAY, GO IN COLD, OPEN YOUR MIND AND COME BACK TO CLONE YOUR LOVER AND EXPERIENCE A FEMME FATALITY AND BE FASHIONBLY LATE.. 4 STARS ~ MICHELLE RUSSO
Artist: PARIS OROBORUS
Title: I AM ICONOCLAST
Format: CD
Rated: *****
PARIS OROBORUS WAS ONE OF THE BANDS I SAW AT THE CORNERSTONE FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND. THEY PROVED TO BE SOME OF THE BEST HELLEKTRO DANSE DESTRUCION MUSIC. I WAS TRUELY MOVED BY THEIR LIVE PERFORMANCE AND VISUAL HELLKETRO STYLE. A DUO OF KRYSS OROBORUS WHO SINGS WITH LECTRA PARIS ABOUT THE TIMES THAT ARE IN STORE FOR US AND THE FUTURE REFERENCES TO KEEP AND TAKE NOTE. FIRST OF ALL THE WHOLE CD ROCKED HARD AND EVERY TRACK IS AMAZING CYBER FUN. PARIS OROBORUS HAIL FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND KICK ARSE. WE OPEN WITH TRACK ONE~ " AUTH ENGINE " WHICH IS A DARK INTRODUCTION TO A DOOMED APOCALYPTIC VISION, DARK, ENTRANCED AND FIGHTING FOR THE CAUSE TO BE HEARD AND KNOWN. TRACK TWO ~ " ITS' NOT ENOUGH." IS A WONDERFUL TRACK THAT IS A DANSE FLOOR HIT WITH DARK OVERDUBS WITIH ROBOTIC REFRAINS. " THIS SONG WILL BE STUCK IN MY HEAD FOR CENTURIES. TRACK 3 ~ " SAVE ME" IS A SLOW DRIVING TRACK THAT HAS SHARP EDGED WITTY LYRICS THAT BRINGS US TO OUR DANSEFLOOR. kRYSS SINGS, " THE DARK SURROUNDS ME LIKE A DARK NIGHTMARE DREAM, GOT TO BREAK FREE FROM THIS DEATH MACHINE,BURN AWAY MY DARK DESIRES, LIGHT THE TORCH AND SET ME ON FIRE." WITH LECTRA SINGING SO SWEETLY, " COME AND SAVE ME." TRUELY A MOVING TRACK THAT WAS QUITE UNIQUE AND HAD BEATS THAT PIERCED US TO FEEL THE BEAT AND MOVE OUR FEET. TRACK 4 ~ " ICONOCLAST THE SELF TITLE OF THE CD AS WELL WAS ANOTHER DANSE FLOOR HIT THAT NEEDS TO HIT THE CHARTS. KRYSS SINGS, " I AM AN ICONOCLAST, " SPEAK WHAT YOU MUST, PUSH YOUR WILL, WE WILL NOT DIE". WHISPERED REPEATED WORDS, A BATTLECRY OF HARD EMOTION AND DARK TIMES AHEAD IS THE VISION AND THE VOICE FOR THIS AMAZING ALBUM. GO BUY THIS, LOVED THE REST OF THIS ALBUM AND FEELTHIS IS A NECESSITY FOR THE ELEKTRO ELITE. ~ 4 STARS ~ MICHELLE RUSSO
Artist: BRIDGESHADOWS
Title: PRAY FOR RAIN
Format: CD
THE BRIDGESHADOWS IS A 3 PIECE BAND THAT HAILS FROM CHICAGO AND PENNSYLVANIA. IT IS A E PIECE BAND THAT IS TRUELY GOING TO MAKE IT ON THE DANSE FLOOR CHARTS. WE OPEN WITH TRACK ONE ~ FEEDBACK, A GOTHIC ELECTRONIC MELODY THAT MOVES LIKE WAVES ON THE WATER SETTING THE SCENERY FOR WHAT IS TO COME. BETHANY IS THE LEAD VOCALIST AND JONATHAN AND KL PROVIDE THE GUITAR. JONATHAN AND BETHANY SING, " GIVE ME SOME FEEDBACK " AS ELECTORNIC BEATS PROVIDE THE BACKGROUND TO THIS DARK ANTHEM SYNTHPHONY. THIS SONG WAS A PERSONAL FAVOURITE ON THE WHOLE ALBUM. WE MOVE ON TO TRACK THREE ~ COLD DAY IN HELL WHICH REMINDED ME OF A NICE EXAMPLE OF GOOD ETHEREAL MEETS PURE ENERGY. BETHANY SINGS, " IT'S A COLD DAY IN HELL ." A TRUE ANTHEM OF THE DAMNED AND A FEAR OF IT ALL." THIS SONG ROCKS HARD AND GOT ME MOVING IN MY SEAT AND LIVE WHEN I SAW THEM AT THE NITE LIGHT CAFE. MOVING STEADILY WE GO TO TRACK FIVE ~ WATERS RUN DEEP, A VERY TYPO-NEGATIVY TRACK THAT FLOWS LIKE THE WATER THEY SING OF. BETHANY AND JONATHAN SING, " LET THE RAIN FALL" IN THE GREAT PASSION AND EMOTION. TRACK SIX~ PRAY FOR RAIN IS ANOTHER TRACK THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRING TO ME. A VERY METAPHORICAL WITTY TRACK THAT POSSIBLY WILL BE A DANSE FLOOR HIT, IF IT GETS THE RECOGNITION IT DULLY DESERVES. BETHANY SINGS, " ' DAY TO DAY I TRY IN VAIN, NOTHING DNE CAN CURE THIS PAIN, EXHAUSTED BY THE SAME REFRAIN, IN TH IS DROUGHT I PRAY, II PRAY FOR RAIN. JONATHAN SINGS DARKLY IN THE BACKGROUND, I PRAY FOR RAIN, LIKE A DARK ANGEL IN ACCOMPAINMENT. THE REST OF THE ALBUM HAS PROMISING TRACKS AND ALL IN ALL I TRUELY LIKED THIS BAND ESPECIALLY LIVE, CHECK OUT http://www.myspace.com/bridge_shadows, YOU WILL NEVER BE DRY BUT SATURATED WITIH HOPE FOR THIS NEW DARK FUTURE. ~ 4 STARS ~ MICHELLE TUSSO
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