Music Reviews



image not
available
anymore
Artist: Abstract Avenue
Title: Sky & Telescope
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Peace Technologies / Lagunamuch Records (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
ABSTRACT AVENUE is the name of a solo project by the Russian IDM/Electronica-specialist Arthur Berent, who is part of the project FLEXKIKS, which is also signed to Lagunamuch Records. This free downloadable album offers 6 tracks full of romantic and spacey layers and pads, accomplished with some complex IDM-like rhythm and percussion works. It’s a rather sedating sound outfit, which avoids to sound too ominous – let’s say, that the fine worked out synth layers are rather smooth and melodic and let the listener sink into a deep space environment. The IDM-related rhythm work is well balanced to this mix and offers a rather supporting feeling to the music. Highlights of this album can be named with "Dort" and its hypnotizing sequencing work and the dreamy "Champs Elesees", which impresses with its nebulous synth drops and textures. Also "Reclads" can be mentioned as being a bit straighter and linear oriented. "Sky & Telescope" comes out quite cinematic and leaves any hectic out. It’s sort of an ideal soundtrack to switch of the light, to use a telescope and to watch the stars wandering through the night. A high recommendation for all those enjoying an exciting music trip to sink in completely, the best consumed under a good pair of headphones.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: The Dielectric (@)
Title: Flicker of an Eye EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Urbcom (@)
Distributor: iTunes
Rated: *****
After making a break of the coarse and musically direction of the Urbcom label to the end of the last year, this British label now focuses to present a more experimental and rather IDM-minded sound outfit. This straight decision towards this new and more experimental oriented sound has ended in a cleansing of the last known label roster, and acts like the recently discovered PROJECT BLUE or D. Escott’s project INTERCITY3 are no longer related to Urbcom. THE DIELECTRIC stands representative for this new direction and offers with this EP a sort of a first appetizer to some more upcoming releases, a trilogy series entitled "Rapid Eye Assemblage Vol. 2". It is the project of the JERICO ONE brainchild J. Hookens, who’s also the main responsible man for all further business relations of the Urbcom label. Musically THE DIELECTRIC doesn’t break with Hookens' previously discovered path, his signature remains alive. This EP offers 5 rather abstract-minded Electro/Industrial tunes, which all offer a quite hypnotic feeling thanks to a relative static compositional effort. Varied in its rhythm programmings somewhere between 2-Step, Trip-Hop and IDM, the tracks are filled with dozens of FX manipulations and do not at all intend to satisfy a usual listening experience. "Dimensions" can be named as the main track featuring a clear vocal performance and a rather calm sound outfit. The other tracks are turning more or less near to an IDM-related outfit, "Re:location" for instance features the Japanese Cyberpunk-artist KENJI SIRATORI with a spoken-word guest performance. A quite interesting release by J. Hookens, but at least a bit too short with only 18+ minutes playing time. It's clear to recognize that the sound dimension of THE DIELECTRIC should be able to offer more stuff. Where’s an album?
cover
Artist: XUBERX (@)
Title: Intelligent Demise
Format: CD
Label: Radio-Active-Music (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is a new release brought to us by the North-Eastern-based Radio-Active-Music label. The Virginia-based trio of XUBERX we had already with a first EP release entitled "Rogue State", so they present herewith their first full-length album. Musically I must say that there are light-years between the quality of the EP compared with this album, which can be mainly explained with the grown experience the handle some equipment and the better production of this album. XUBERX are presenting a mostly danceable Electro/Industrial-minded sound outfit, which gets supported by some sleazy guitar riffs. Produced and mastered by Dan Clark of STROMKERN, it’s that of a typical American sounding effort pretty much inspired by the classic Coldwave attitude, while the Electronica-elements are sounding up-to-date. It is generally not the reinvention of a bulb and it rather swims with the average mass, but still a satisfying music construction. Therefore more remarkable in the music of XUBERX is surely the quite different kind of work of the both vocalists, Zomboy and the female member Liebchen. While Zomboy acts like the angry Industrial-shouter which reminds a lot on S. Talada of the veterans STG (a classic and still masterpiece for the Coldwave era, although IDIOT STARE acts as a valuable follow-up project...), Liebchen offers a melodic and classic trained timbre. Since this both kinds are totally contrary to each other, you’d be surprised how well these both voices fit together, if you give it some spins. "The World Ends Today" in its both versions is a great reference and represents the best elements out of both music and vocal performance. Other can be named with the speedy and angry pounding title track or the ominous starting track "Solution". XUBERX offer us a quite convincing first album with a marvelous vocal performance. Applause for the fine ruins-like artwork manipulation, which perfectly suggests the genre in which this act can be sorted in. Latest news report of a coming remix companion release out in spring 2009.
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Beyond Sensory Experience
Title: No Lights In Our Eyes
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry
Rated: *****
Beyond Sensory Experiment takes us on a journey again. The land (or rather wasteland) we are going to visit is their latest album, "No Lights In Our Eyes". This Swedish duo created another mournful masterpiece.
They do not limit themselves to drones, actually they even do not limit themselves to electronic music. The idea of using acoustic instruments seems to work on "No Lights In Our Eyes" very well. The band does not disregard silence either - the album is minimalist and it does not exclude being very atmospheric. It is enough to close your eyes and you will see dark landscapes painted with gentle, vibrating sounds. It is still dark ambient, but you will hear melodies instead of a wall of noise. The melodies are slow and distorted but they are present anyway. Moreover, they are fairly hypnotising. Virtually every piece on "No Lights In Our Eyes" is enriched with samples from movies. The samples are in various languages, not necessarily English, but I bet that the dominant theme is death and desolation. For example, at the begining of "Long The Night" a girl is saying something in Polish. Her question, translated to English, is: "Why do people die?" and then "What is death?". This is a very accurate illustration of the whole concept of the album.
Do you dare to go through this introspective, a bit dreary but fascinating experience?
image not
available
anymore
Artist: FIR§T LAW (@)
Title: Terrorforming
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Rated: *****
TERRORFORMING is the sixth album by Fir§t Law and with this release Andreas Whamann is redefining slightly the sound of his project (you can find more rhythm, vocals, melodies into a mix of dark ambient/post punk/electronic prog). First of all TERRORFORMING is a concept album based on fear. As explained on the CD booklet the idea came after the 9/11 facts as with that terrorist act became evident that the imperialistic system had some flaws. The calling for security has been used by governments for their own goals and the terror threat has been only the first step towards the age of terror. The newest one is the "global financial crisis". Workers will be held in a constant state of anxiety because there are countries where slaves are ready to take their work for a cheap wage. Terror and control are two sides of the same coin and TERRORFORMING is the right soundtrack to the process. The album is also available in a limited run of 99 copies having a bonus printed DVDr containing the studio set up from the one-off live show of FIR§T LAWs legendary performance at the WGT 2007, including the backing video and deluxe sound plus a bonus track.
[ Next ] [ Previous ]

[1...10] [11...20] [21...30] [31...40] [41...50] [51...60] [61...70] [71...80] [81...90] [91...100] [101...110] [111...120] [121...130] [131...140] [141...150] [151...160] [161...170] [171...180] [181...190] [191...200] [201...210] [211...220] [221...230] [231...240] [241...250] [251...260] [261...270] [271...280] [281...290] [291...300] [301...310] [311...320] [321...330] [331...340] [341...350] [351...360] [361...370] [371...380] [381...390] [391...400] [401...410] [411...420] [421...430] [431...440] [441...450] [451...460] [461...470] [471...480] [481...490] [491...500] [501...510] [511...520] [521...530] [531...540] [541...550] [551...560] [561...570] [571...580] [581...590] [591...600] [601...610] [611...620] [621...630] [631...640] [641...650] [651...660] [661...670] [671...680] [681...690] [691...700] [701...710] [711...720] [721...730] [731...740] [741...750] [751...760] [761...770] [771...780] [781...790] [791...800] [801...810] [811...820] [821...830] [831...840] [841...850] [851...860] [861...870] [871...880] [881...890] [891...900] [901...910] [911...920] [921...930] [931...940] [941...950] [951...960] [961...970] [971...980] [981...990] [991...1000] [1001...1010] [1011...1020] [1021...1030] [1031...1040] [1041...1050] [1051...1060] [1061...1070] [1071...1080] [1081...1090] [1091...1100] [1101...1110] [1111...1120] [1121...1130] [1131...1140] [1141...1150] [1151...1160] [1161] [1162] [1163] [1164] [1165] [1166] [1167] [1168] [1169] [1170] [1171...1180] [1181...1190] [1191...1200] [1201...1210] [1211...1220] [1221...1230] [1231...1240] [1241...1250] [1251...1260] [1261...1270] [1271...1280] [1281...1290] [1291...1300] [1301...1310] [1311...1320] [1321...1330] [1331...1340] [1341...1350] [1351...1360] [1361...1370] [1371...1380] [1381...1390] [1391...1400] [1401...1410] [1411...1420] [1421...1430] [1431...1440] [1441...1450] [1451...1460] [1461...1470] [1471...1480] [1481...1490] [1491...1500] [1501...1510] [1511...1520] [1521...1530] [1531...1540] [1541...1550] [1551...1560] [1561...1570] [1571...1580] [1581...1590] [1591...1600] [1601...1610] [1611...1620] [1621...1630] [1631...1640] [1641...1650] [1651...1660] [1661...1670] [1671...1680] [1681...1690] [1691...1700] [1701...1710] [1711...1720] [1721...1730] [1731...1740] [1741...1750] [1751...1760] [1761...1770] [1771...1780] [1781...1790] [1791...1800] [1801...1810] [1811...1820] [1821...1830] [1831...1840] [1841...1850] [1851...1860] [1861...1870] [1871...1880] [1881...1890] [1891...1900] [1901...1910] [1911...1920] [1921...1930] [1931...1940] [1941...1950] [1951...1960] [1961...1970] [1971...1980] [1981...1990] [1991...2000] [2001...2010] [2011...2020] [2021...2030] [2031...2040] [2041...2050] [2051...2060] [2061...2070]


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha