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Artist: Genocide Lolita
Title: Direkt Aktion Kommandos
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
I should admit in advance that the above used link to contact this US one-man-act leads you directly to the brainchild of GENOCIDE LOLITA, Justin O. I couldn’t resist to watch and search a bit at MySpace after this act, since the given contact information I received from SkullLine, the responsible label for this release, led me to a deleted MySpace account. Currently there isn’t any real artist profile available of this act, as Justin slated it on his profile: "I have about 12 musical projects at the moment and none of them have a profile at present because they are a little too adult and truthful for this preschool oriented community." Well, but another truth can be the fact, that the rough politically-driven onslaught of this act pisses mighty against Tom’s wooden leg. Maybe this all has ended before too often in deleted accounts, until Justin got fed up with the procedure to create new accounts as often as possible. The music of GENOCIDE LOLITA can be described as a Lo-fi version of rough Power-Electronics infiltrated with uncountable samples taken out of news flash reports, sirens, trailers, and so on. All efforts are based and intended to add a quite questionable politically influence to GENOCIDE LOLITA. I think that Justin has become to a somewhat public enemy, also some of his racist-inspired ideas to "organize a new separate nation for white people called Vinland" won’t do any good. But back on track since I have to review his music instead asking for his politically correctness. The globally music outfit is quite disturbing, it’s harsh, but only at times rhythmically oriented. Sample by sample got overdriven, repeated and delayed to provide a very own form of Powernoise. A bit more clearance in the production and also on the raw screamed vocals would may do any better. I would suggest to check this stuff out in advance, as there will be hopefully some tunes online available in a "more parental" community. 9 tracks are featured using some self-describing titles like "Guantanamo Bay – Camp X-Ray", "Sharp Shooters" or "Are We Artists Posing As Terrorists Or Are We Terrorists Posing As Artists?" on this limited item, as usual you’ve to hurry up to contact the German SkullLine label, in case you’re interested.
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Artist: Argentum
Title: A New Rome Is Coming
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
A new addition to the growing roster of Germany’s SkullLine label, the mail order specialist for rarities out of all experimental fields of electronic music. As the chosen band name may announces it, ARGENTUM are hailing out of Argentina and offer a 14 track long debut, which can surprise with its musically direction. The first 7 tracks are based into a form of Neo-Classic music. Organic strings, pianos, a drum set with a rotating march snare drum are the ingredients, but this all ranges between melodic and bombastic. Very nice work, the interested listener based into this kind of music will appreciate this efforts. The surprise then starts with track 8, "The South Emerge", where ARGENTUM are switching their musically outfit completely into Power-Electronics and rhythmically Noise. The title track also features an ominous vocal performance which lyrically refers on the expected rough things to come. It’s interesting to see and hear, that this act is capable to deal with these both totally different musically directions. This counts also for the Power-Electronics part on this album, which is far away from the too often heard "distort-that-Techno-bass-kick-attitude". Limited to only 100 pieces and once again in a special packaging, I recommend to check the availability at SkullLine. A goody to be picked up.
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Artist: LULL
Title: Like a Slow River
Format: CD
Label: Glacial Movements
Rated: *****
After being back on the map with a great Scorn album, Mick Harris has finally unburied the Lull project with a new full length, and I feel it's only natural that it's been released by Alessandro Tedeschi (Netherworld)'s isolationist label Glacial Movements. Now, has anything changed since the heydays of the Lull sound? I'd say no, and it didn't need to AT ALL, as far as I'm concerned. Since the very first seconds of "Whiteout", you notice that the trademark Lull soundscapes are back in full shape: ultra-deep bass frequencies, floating drone tapestries, feels like being pushed underwater without oxygen AND ENJOYING IT. This is more or less in the vein of the "Cold Summer" masterpiece, and though unavoidably less groundbreaking it's still an inspired and evocative album. Welcome back, mr. Harris.
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Artist: inquiet
Title: INQ BEYONG
Format: CD
Label: Brother Sister Records (@)
Rated: *****
inquiet hails from Melbourne, Australia. I had no previous knowledge of inquiet prior to receiving the album from the band themselves. In fact, I'm not even sure if it's a band or just one person. inquiet creates layered, patchwork soundscapes. You can hear the influence of the land down under in the music from time to time, with bits and pieces of native drumming popping in and out. But overall it's virtually impossible to characterize the songs on Inq Beyong. The album is relatively mellow, but the ever shifting sonics keep the listener's attention at each moment. There are bits of electronic, choral, pop, orchestral, jazz, and a host of other styles happening on Inq Beyong. You won't find traditional song structures here, but there are some chances to sing along. That's right, you can actually sing along with some of these songs, which is unusual for experimental music of this kind. The vocals are highly processed but are very accessible. inquiet makes good use of dynamics, panning, and reverb to achieve a sense of space and depth. I don't know what the recording process was or what kind of gear was used, but Inq Beyong sounds great. It's detailed, warm, and present. There's nothing harsh or over-compressed about it. Inq Beyong is a well executed production. It's an album that lies outside of the confines of modern popular music, and that's a good thing.
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Artist: LUX INTERNA
Title: A Lantern Carried In Blood And Skin
Format: CD
Label: Projekt
Rated: *****

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Lux Interna is an American band that, at the moment, have released their music only in Europe (four albums on Eis Und Licht, the same label that released Forseti, Sonne Hagal, etc.) and this is the first time that they have a domestically available release. A LANTERN CARRIED IN BLOOD AND SKIN is a compilation of ten songs coming from the four albums "Truth and Beauty and All Their Severity", "Absence and Plenum", "Ignis Mutat Res" and "God is Not Dead for the Birds". Musically the band has been compared to Nick Cave, Backworld, etc. because of their intimate atmospheres and for their acoustic guitars driven sound which sometimes is accompanied by piano, strings and light percussions. If you want me to do a clearer comparison, well listen to the Nick Cave song "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (yes the one which had Kylie Minogue as guest vocals) and make it sound a little more minimal. This is pretty much as Lux Interna sound on this compilation. They sound more decadent rather than dark compared to Sonne Hagal or :Of The Wand & The Moon:. Only two songs coming from "Ignis Mutat Res" ("Lange Mußt Du Leiden" and "Distance") have darker atmospheres and I found them more intriguing. Anyway, this album is a good overview of the Lux Interna past releases and if you were interested into checking their music, it could be a perfect start point.
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