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Artist: Arditi
Title: Marching on to Victory
Format: CD
Label: Equilibrium Music
Rated: *****
Darkwave music with harsh militaristic influences. The music is hard and with apocalyptic tendensis and reminds me of In Slaughter Natives early stuff. Nightmarish, chaotic but not only industrial but also with hints of melodies and of true destruction.
An all in all interesting album even though it´s a bit to one diemensional. Neo-classic in a way that crush the orchestra.

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Artist: Atrium Carceri
Title: Ptahil
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Ind. (@)
Rated: *****
Atrium Carceri has done it again. This time in a more ambient way than before and with more percussive elements. Fits
survival horror games such as Silent Hill.
Simon Heath create a unique ambience of complex and obscure techniques of mental dissolution and musical innovation. "Ptahil" is a darkened voyage into domains both dreadful and serenely beautiful.
A bit more industrial than earlier recordings but also more complete mixed and this music works very well in headphones.



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Artist: Erdenstern
Title: Into The Blue
Format: CD
Label: Erdenstern
Rated: *****
This is the third album in Erdenstern´s saga with always different themes. This time the theme is the sea and all thinkable adventures on it. The music is very much filled with adventure and energy. It´s neo-classical and as always with a goal of sounding like film music. The fantasy music genre is growing very fast and Erdenstern is one take on fantasy. It´s not always jolly and sounding like Hollywood soundtracks but enough to call this album probably the weakest by the always great Erdenstern. For my taste it´s a bit too heroic and lacking some of the darkness that the soundtrack for "The pirates of the Caribbean" has. Credit though to a rich flora of songs and some very good tunes.
Artist: The Greenmatics (@)
Title: Out Of Limbo
Format: CD + DVD
Rated: *****
Australia trio, The Greenmatics, find the solace of the simplicity of retro 80's for their ep debut. A classic for anyone who appreciate synth-pop/electro-pop. The good vibrations are picked up by female frontwoman Green. "I Love Technology" is the opening track. A catchy tune with Gordo's unique dark bassline feel. The next track is "Wait No More", another retro 80's vibe with a vintage synth sound. The modern tracks "Talk" and "Greentea" captures today's modern electro-pop, the way it's arrange. The beat on each track is indeed well striking performed tremendously because of the way Antanas plays the electronic drum set with an energetic thrust. You may think it's a drum machine programmed, but it's played live. Antanas plays a catchy beat that will have you dancing. The ep is very poppy with a sense of humor. The band is serious and mean business. All the while though, each tracks develop its own identity with synths, sequencers, bass, and beat all blend in one form.

Their dvd feature all four of their tracks in mp3 file, magazine and radio interview, bio and their videos "I Love Technology", which is directed by the band themselves and have an 80's effect appeal and the animated "Wait No More" on the level of a video game approach.

Nothing but club and radio hits this band is offering. Enjoy this cd and dvd and you'll be glad you did. This band is worth a listen.
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Artist: GRANDCHAOS (@)
Title: Open Source
Format: CD
Label: Urgence Disk
Rated: *****
After some MCDs and a double CD of remixes titled "In sedens" and released by Vendetta Records in 2006, here's the first proper debut album by Grandchaos. OPEN SOURCE expand into fourteen new songs what we had the opportunity to check on the 2004 E.P. "Ionize me": obsessive dark electronic tunes with references to early Die Form and a bit of danceable attitude (imagine what the term danceable meant back in the '80s for the goth/electro audience). The CD opens with the short and almost techno "The ghost" just to give space to "3rd life", a song which introduce you to the sonic world of Tcheleskov Ivanovitch, made of minimal analog obsessive sounds coupled to a vibrating dark vocal. The semi robotic approach to melody is catchy and convincing and tracks like "Raving mad" or the following "Ultra dark day" are great tunes where the alternation of male/female vocals work really well. This is an album that you should buy if you love the dark electro style and I hope that it won't pass so much time 'til Grandchaos will release something new since that Ivanovitch welcomed as new member Oliver T. (active also as Op.ale and Metamorphose) whose was already collaborating with him for live gigs.
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