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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Etude
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****

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Having into their D.N.A. the experimental gene, Attrition after seventeen years from their born and thanks to Franck Dematteis, an Attrition fan and member of the Paris Opera who contacted the band and collaborated at viola on their "3 arms and a dead cert" album, did ETUDE, an album containing twelve old tracks revisited under the classical key using viola, violin, cello, organ, percussion and voice. Giving to the tracks a sort of baroque arrangement, Dematteis did a good work by enhancing the dramatic side of Attrition songs. In this way songs like "Cold genius" or "I am (Eternity)" are like naked in front of the listener showing their darkest decadent side becoming perfect for a Peter Greenaway movie. Originally released by Project in 1997 the album is for the first time distributed worldwide.
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Artist: GELSOMINA + NO XIVIC (@)
Title: Furnace
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
FURNACE is a live performance/track born from the collaboration of Gelsomina and No Xivic recorded on October 4th 2006 at Hypnocosmic Duel Night held in Turku, Finland. The twenty five minute track has an industrial noise structure which during the initial and final minutes contains also subtle melodies. A sort of mermaid chant between a sea of noises. The track sounds interesting but too based on improvised noise according to my taste. On the CD you can also find two extra tracks recorded for the occasion: Gelsomina is bringing "Everlasting fire" (another industrial noise track long eight minutes which soon after its start pushes a little too hard on the noise pedal) and No Xivic that with "Great suffering" is offering a nice noisy dark ambient track which under the noisy layers has something more to give to the listener (loops, reverbered percussions, etc).
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Artist: BARDOSENETICCUBE + NOISES OF RUSSIA (@)
Title: New Orthodox Line
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
With several years of activity into the industrial noise Russian scene, Bardoseneticcube and Noises Of Russia are joining the forces and from this collaboration born a noise suite titled NEW ORTHODOX LINE. The track sees each project's peculiarity facing up during the forty seven minutes length: choirs, dark ambient intuitions/drones, grinding noises, hisses, loops of metallic percussions, subtle feedbacks, etc. As for every respectful suite also "New orthodox line" has different moments which time to time lead to an explosive ending. Like sea waves the sound waves gathers finding their end into a disrupting blast. This cyclic ritual make the music turns into something now noisy and then experimental with choirs and treated sounds. An interesting collaboration which will please the lovers of the genre...
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Artist: DREAM DISCO
Title: Take Me Home
Format: 12"
Label: Das Drehmoment Records (@)
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
Initially reported by me as coming from Milan (that's what is written on their Myspace page), Dream Disco is the project of Rotterdam based producer Dj Overdose. After three months from the previous two songs 12" TAKE ME HOME brings to the lovers of italo disco music a new good track which is confirming the ability of Dj Overdose of creating catchy tunes which don't require multi layered structures or particular tricks. The new tune is one of these which couple the old tune "In your eyes" which is here present with three versions: the original and two remixes ("DJ Technician RMX" and "Speculator RMX"). I really appreciated the latter one as it preserve the charm of the original version but it dilate it and give to it a new semi melancholic 80's vein that works really well. The first remix, instead is more true to the original track and for this reason is nice but not indispensable to me. The same goes for the "Dubstrumental" version of the title track. On my CD-r promo there's also an instrumental version of "Take me home" but since it isn't reported into the promo sheet or into Das Drehmoment website I don't know if it is a sort of ghost track...
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Artist: Dismantled (@)
Title: When I'm Dead
Format: CD
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Aptly fitting with the title, Gary Zon has announced that this new DISMANTLED full-length album would be his last album ever. It seems that he sees DISMANTLED as being a huge misunderstanding which still hasn’t reached and entered the expected reactions of the audience. Well, to me DISMANTLED is still an important addition to the label Dependent and has reached by far more exposure than millions of other bands out there could ever imagine of. But okay, tastes and personal preferences differ, so maybe this could be named as the most important term, why the things haven’t been worked out that smooth how Gary wanted it. DISMANTLED isn’t sort of a Hellektro/Harsh EBM band, period. But after the quite good self-titled debut in 2K2 he has made some wrong decisions to change drastically his style of music and to add his natural sounding voice providing the vocals. A musically development is something which every musicians tries to reach, but it seems that the Electro/Industrial scene isn’t at all that "open-minded" how it likes to be – drastically changes of the music directions do seldom end in a success in this scene. This is something which Gary had to learn painfully. However, "When I’m Dead" sounds to me much more comfortable than his last album "Standard Issue", with which I had my issues. It is simply because Gary has decided to offer a reflection of all different sound outfits he has provided so far including the overwhelming Dark Electro-influence from the debut, plus he has decided to collaborate with some talented guest musicians for one or another track. So you’ll get a track "Clench Your Teeth" with Gary’s voice being hefty manipulated with some vocoder effects – it reminds a bit on "Dystopia" available on the mentioned debut and can offer a similar voice-sample orgy too. For "Stay On Target" he has hired Skot Moat of the US act DYSTOPIATE whose debut "Feral State" is still in a good remembrance. He is responsible for the direction and programming for this track and already this fact points out some richer details than the last DISMANTLED works could offer. Favorite is the danceable track "Wisdom", which really picks up a catchy refrain and also Gary’s vocal performance comes out quite satisfying. With "Under The Flood" he has also included a piano-driven ballad, but this is sort of the rather whiny tunes with vocals too much in the foreground singing along the piano line – not at all spectacular. For "Change The World" Gary has included some guitar riffs to accomplish the song structure, maybe this track introduces the upcoming next music project NNN, which will drift more into an Alternative-driven style. "When I’m Dead" has its moments, no doubt. Let’s see if this was seriously the last audio sign of this music project.

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