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Artist: MANMACHINE (@)
Title: The Military Death
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Although album and band name are sounding pretty much dedicated to the EBM/Electro-scene, the solo project of the German musician A. Schwarz hasn’t too much to do with this style. MANMACHINE stands for a rather harsh and noisy outfit, variable styles between Powernoise, Experimental and Cold Meat-like Electronica can be discovered. As I could see on some photos, A. Schwarz doesn’t seem the be the youngest horse in the SkullLine-stable and has followed the creation of Synth-driven music since the early beginnings. So he has very late decided to record and to release his very own Experimental Electronic-recordings. It shouldn’t therefore wonder, that most of the provided instruments seem to have a veteran and analogue-based background. MANMACHINE’s tracks are pending at times drastically between the styles, even if you think a song would follow a foreseeable line, the complete track fades over to just another quite different mood. Mostly the music is instrumental arranged, even some sparse and pitched down vocals here and there got integrated. "I Have A Dream", aptly named after the legendary words of M. L. King which got sampled here, comes out like a screaming monster with several live improvised noise elements. Even more static and dark comes "Im Fleische Des Krieges", while "Menschfabrik" creates fat sound layers completed with some subtle distorted rhythm patterns. MANMACHINE’s debut surly isn’t the hi-end solution of Electronica arrangements, but a quite fair and experimental-minded kind of work. Strictly limited to 100 exemplars and again provided in a special package, as usual for the most releases of the SkullLine-label.

Dec 01 2007
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Artist: DESTROID (@)
Title: Loudspeaker
Format: CD
Label: Scanner / Dark Dimensions (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Daniel Myer (haujobb., ARCHITECT, CLEANER, etc.) returns finally with a new DESTROID-album after the already 4 years old debut release "Future Prophecies" (Out Of Line). It seems that there has been some very unsatisfying happenings with his contract at the German giant, because that debut went totally down under. Signed now to the Scanner-label out of the Dark Dimension label group, he offers with "Loudspeaker" a top-notch quality album which is worthy enough to strengthen his reputation. See, this is the work of an experienced musician, who has already seen and felt the good and bad terms this scene and the music business generally can offer. It shouldn’t wonder, that on some tracks some acoustic instruments will get a slot besides the always ruling Electronica as well. I shouldn’t forget to mention his partner, Seb Rydell, because with DESTROID Daniel has decided to cooperate with an additional musician. But all who have expected a similar and a bit torn up sounding album like the debut, will be quite astonished, how calm and linear, but still extremely coherent this new DESTROID-album can be, not too much remembers on the debut. "Loudspeaker" offers a decent cross-section of Myer’s talent, be it the natural sounding vocal performance or the at times obviously, at times rather subtle placed typically sound experiments. No hectic on here, no aggression, no use of cliches, no curry favor on already discovered genre-typically redundancies – just simply a layered produced album a la Myer. Although this album got straight produced, some pieces will work any better to sink in and offer a rather discouraging content ("Let Me Leave", "Friend Or Foe (The Betrayal)") – it seems a bit that Myer has found the right way to receive some cure through his lyrics and compositions, some content here makes you think. Enough dancefloor-filling stuff is of course available too, "Bird Of Prey", the energetic "Revolution", "Moral" or "As The World Turns" have to be named. It’s surely not the harshest and/or darkest work available, but all who’ve heard and consumed Myer before shouldn’t expect this. A great album and a possible contender for the imaginary "album-of-year"-title. Let that contest begin!
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Artist: KIM CARSONS
Title: Kim Carsons
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Distributor: HAURUCK! SPQR
Rated: *****
Limited to 222 copies Kim Carsons' self titled MCD contains four tracks in balance between Nick Cave, Spiritual Front and Clock DVA of the "Advantage" period. The first track, "Betty suicide" opens like Clock DVA's "Eternity In Paris" with Alessandro Manni's whispered and tortured vocals (he's the main one behind Kim Carsons) duetting with a trumpet. Just a minute and the track turns into an upbeat ballad dedicated to a suicide girl. Good opening songs with a nice atmosphere. The second track "1996", instead, is an acoustic one where guitar and piano are the main instruments. This one recalled me a little the Current 93 of the latest period on its first part but few moments and it turns into a dark ballad a la Spiritual Front with a certain cabaret attitude. "Summer snow" follows the same pattern of melancholic darkness and it is the one I appreciated less. "This is Kim" is the most "experimental" of the lot with its Texan sound and the recordings of William Burroughs reading his "The place of dead road". Good recordings and nice songs despite the tendency of turning each idea into a mid tempo ballad. Exclusively distributed by HAURUCK! SPQR...
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Artist: C.C.C.C.
Title: Chaos Is The Cosmos
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
New release for the japanoise quartet C.C.C.C.. This time is a live concert recorded in the mid '90s. The CD contains one track 43 minutes long which recalled me the image of Ouroboros crawling within grinding guitar noises, synth hisses, screams and subtle drum sounds. CHAOS IS THE COSMOS isn't properly a noise album, if you have Merzbow as your reference point: this live recording is sounding more like an hippie community having a really bad trip. On some moments the sound become sonic and it seems to be in the eye of a cyclone. After 23 minutes of this treatment, sound changes a little and what seems to be a mix from a guitar and a monophonic synth plays a light background noise for a female recitative voice. Just few moments and a throbbing sound starts. It's the signal for the beginning of the final devastation. Love it or leave it...
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Artist: ONE FOR JUDE (@)
Title: Re Generation
Format: CD
Rated: *****

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Active since 1999 One For Jude are back after their 2004 E.P. "Helice" with a new album titled RE GENERATION. The new album presents ten new wave tracks which are in balance from electronic to acoustic arrangements with orchestrations and some particular instrumental moment. First of all, if you are looking for a perfect singer and for classic structured songs, I must say that the best thing is that you check some sound excerpts first. Instead, if you are a lover of goth/wave sound, you love French language, you like also particular arrangements (orchestrations with electronics and wave guitars and semi French folk atmospheres) and your main thing is to feel the band's involvement, RE GENERATION is an album that could interest you. The songs mix melancholy, coldness and despair with sincerity but sometimes the execution isn't perfect (it was hard to me to enjoy the singer).
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