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Title: Interfoliere EP
Format: 12"
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Lately Rump Recordings is focusing its releases on music influenced by jazz, lounge and i.d.m. and this E.P. by Vektor Musik follows the same path. The six tracks of the E.P. are built like loops which are enriched by new sounds/improvisations: try to imagine a slow and soft drum line followed by a delicate piano sound which starts to duet with a clarinet while some i.d.m. rhythmical noises play on the background. The tracks have also a certain ambient touch thanks to the drones that you can find here and there which are used to "thick" the sound. Sometimes the sound seems to turn into a sort of dub jazz just to turn into something different. Check the samples at the label's website a be sure to check "Carux".
Artist: MGM
Title: The Addams Family
Format: DVD
Label: MGM
Distributor: MGM
Rated: *****
The cult 1964 classic The Addams Family is now on dvd released through MGM. They're creepy, mysterious and spooky, but fun to watch. Based on the incredible imagination of Charles Addams. Each character is entertaining and have their own persona. The handsome cigar smoking Gomez-a wealthy man who is a beloved father figure and honorable husband who loves his adorable wife and goes crazy when she speaks French. Morticia-a gothic beauty who is heart warming and cares for her husband and family. Uncle Fester-who gives and carries an electrical charge and can illuminate a light bulb by sticking it in his mouth. Wednesday-the cute little girl who loves to collect spiders and plays with her headless doll. Pugsley-the oldest child and a boy who is inventive and mechanical. Grandmama-Gomez's mother who is a witch and into potions, spells, and hexes and also dabbles in fortune telling. Lurch-a tall ghoulish manservant butler who is Frankenstein monster like and groans and best known for his saying "You rang?" He also have musical skills by playing the harpsichord and organ. Cousin Itt-Gomez's cousin, who often visits the family. He is short-statured and has long hair which covers his entire body from scaIp to floor. And Thing-a hand that does everyday tasks, including retrieving the mail, writing a letter and also gives a pat on the shoulder and appearing out of boxes and convenient containers throughout the family's mansion.

An enjoyable ghastly and fiendish 22 episodes to experience. So pay a call on THE ADDAMS FAMILY!


1. The Addams Family Goes To School

Gomez and Morticia are horrified to discover that they must send their children to school, but in accordance with the law, they must comply. However, when Wednesday reports that the classroom reading includes Grimm's Fairy tales, a novel in which many witches, ogres, and other evil beasts are slain, Morticia and Gomez are repelled.

2. Morticia and the Psychiatrist

Pugsley begins to adopt "normal" habits causing his parents much concern. They promptly attend a psychiatrist in order to replace Pugsley's ordinary endeavors with his typical ghoulish personality.

3. Fester's Punctured Romance

Fester seeks a companion via a matrimonial column in the newspaper and mistakes the wrong person as a response to his add thus causing him to completely abandon the notion of marriage.

4. Gomez, the Politician

After Gomez engages in a misguided attempt to further the career of a loosing political candidate for city council, the candidate looses his post and discontinues his political career forever.

5. The Addams Family Tree

After being mistreated by one of his children's haughty friends, Harold Pomeroy, Gomez attempts to trace his ancestry and acquires some very interesting details concerning Pomeroy's dishonest ancestors.

6. Morticia Joins the Ladies League

Morticia invites the Ladies League for tea. However, the ladies are not able to enjoy their refreshment due to the fact that it is being served by an escaped gorilla that has a tendency to enjoy housework. Meanwhile, Lurch feels displaced since an ape is more capable of performing his household duties than he is.

7. Halloween with the Addams Family

Two bank robbers attempt to rob the Addams family on Halloween; however, they soon become involved in the family's bizarre Halloween customs.

8. Green-Eyed Gomez

When one of Morticia's old friends arrives and shows undue interest in her, Gomez becomes jealous and attempts to cause the same emotion in Morticia by hiring a maid.

9. The New Neighbors Meet the Addams Family

The Addams' new neighbors honeymoon bliss soon dissipates when they make the acquaintance of Morticia and Gomez and discover that Gomez is their landlord.

10. Wednesday Leaves Home

Wednesday leaves a note claiming that she has left home forever but in actuality is hiding in Pugsley's room. However, after Morticia's misguided attempt at psychology, Wednesday decides to truly leave home.

11. The Addams Family Meet the V.I.P's

Visiting dignitaries from Russia seek to discover "typical" Americans and despite the governments warnings meet the Addams Family and amazingly believe them to be what a "typical" American family is like.

12. Morticia, the Matchmaker

Morticia and Gomez seek to find a mate for their distraught cousin, Melancholia, after her finance has supposedly joined the Foreign Legion.

13. Lurch Learns to Dance

Lurch once again refuses his invitation to the annual Butlers' Ball after admitting that he has never learned to dance. In an attempt to endow Lurch with dancing talent in preparation for the ball, almost everyone in the family attempts to teach Lurch this essential skill.

14. Art and the Addams Family

Morticia has begun painting and through Grandma's attempts is provided with an unusual teacher called Sam Picasso. Wednesday attempts to give Picasso lessons and he quickly flees the Addams' house returning to Spain and indulging in the less dangerous sport of bullfighting.

15. The Addams Family Meets a Beatnik

"Rocky", a young man who has left his home due to his father's overbearing desire to transform him into a business man, is accepted into the Addams family. Soon, the Addams family manage to bring the father and son together and to help them settle their grievances.

16. The Addams Family Meets the Undercover Man

An undercover operative finds radio transmissions emanating from the Addams house to be most suspicious and believes the Addams Family are spies. In an attempt to prove his hypothesis, he begins spying on the family to discover the means of the disturbance and soon arouses their suspicions.

17. Mother Lurch Visit's the Addams Family

Lurch's quarrelsome mother is destined to arrive and Lurch confesses that she believes him to be the master of the home, not a lowly servant. In an effort to please Lurch, Morticia and Gomez institute him as the temporary master of their domicile and play the role of his humble servants until his mother arrives and forces Lurch to fire them.

18. Uncle Fester's Illness

Uncle Fester is feeling unwell and is forced to see a normal doctor.

19. The Addams Family Splurges

The family's new computer advises them to vacation on the moon and in an attempt to attain the billions needed to ensure such a venture, they bet on horses.

20. Cousin Itt Visits the Addams Family

In an attempt to prolong Cousin Itt's visit, Morticia suggest that Itt attain a job as a curator at the local zoo. As can be expected, the zoo commissioner mistakes Itt for the perfect exhibit!

21. The Addams Family in Court

Grandma has been arrested for telling fortunes. Gomez and later Morticia attempt to defend her in court.

22. Amnesia in the Addams Family

After receiving a painful blow to his head, Gomez's personality is drastically altered and has become disgustingly "normal". Whilst trying to reverse this disturbing change of events, unbeknownst to each other, various members of the family continue to hit Gomez over the head causing his personality to change from normal to his usual abnormal self several times resulting in hilarious sequences.

Special Features:
* Commentary: On 3 episodes including "The Addams Family Goes to School"
* Featurette: "You Rang, Mr. Addams"
* Featurette: "Snap, Snap"
* Featurette: "The Addams Family Portrait"
* Theme Song Karaoke
* Still galleries featuring original drawings and photos

Title: Armed Evolution
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
Since the last full-length album of the SEVERE ILLUSION side-project INSTANS has found a possibility to get released via the Hungarian label Advoxya Records, Ulf Lundblad and Fredrik Djurfeldt are now on returning with their main project. I hear already the tacky comments of some freaks like "why not releasing this through the DSBP label?" or related because of possible problems of availability. Well, I guess it depends on a "business" decision and DSBP has already confirmed somewhere else, not to release EP’s out of cost-wise reasons. At least and with respect to the last happenings, I’m very sure that Tommy T. will offer this item as soon as it is available in his mail order. "Armed Evolution" finally features nevertheless more than 61 minutes of new and unreleased tracks, several remix works by friends and label comrades, and a re-interpretation of a fan favorite recording, "Trust", originally released on their first full-length album "Discipline Isn’t Reward Enough".

The CD starts with the track "I Wish I was Dead" – a typically SI smasher with a really simple bass line, that "special" feeling and so the winning point lays as so often in the use of their distortion effects, in which also the vocals are woven in. "And Some Other Dead Stuff" is available in both, original and extendet version. SI are setting a crown on this track to their lately discovered tendency to simplify their arrangements – this is purest minimalism. Not that harsh like the opener, the vocals are also calmer provided, also the distortion effects are generally reduced. It follows the revamped version of their classic track "Trust". Compared to the original track I tend to rate this version as being darker arranged. Two more previously unreleased tracks rather provided in their current minimal arranged style follow, until the remix marathon starts with a contribution of the BLC recording act THE PAIN MACHINERY. The work on "I Wish I was Dead" really kicks ass – the only flaw I see in the fact, that the vocals got too much hidden in the mix – otherwise it could grab more attention. Three remix works on the track "And Some Other Dead Stuff" are following, provided by THIRTEENTH EXILE, the Advoxya-recording act MULPHIA and the US-based "Mattman", CAUSTIC aka Matt Fanale. From the idea to create a rather Dark Electro-inspired atmosphere I tend to rate the MULPHIA work as being surprisingly the best work here. Two more remix works are following on the track "Trust" (SPETSNAZ are doing what they can do best: providing NEP-like bass lines...), until you’ll get finally another unreleased track entitled "Eight Minutes Is A Long Time" – which at least is only 4 minutes long. This track is a strange sample-driven collage.

A SEVERE ILLUSION release is always a candidate to reach the 4/5 stars rating and this release isn’t an exception. But at least I have the impression that they’ve reached an end of the rope regarding their current dedication to reduce their arrangements and textures. I don’t criticize this development, since their style still remains authentic and unique in the world-wide Electro/Industrial scene. But at least I like to ask, how to jump out of a possible musically death valley?

Artist: Black Pool (@)
Title: Suspend Belief
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
New Jersey rockers, Black Pool delivers something very promising for this cd-r release "Suspend Belief"---six exclusive songs ranging from punk to goth. A very well produced tracks accomplished. My kind of band that can make good rock 'n' roll music with raw emotion, feelings expressed and sung from the heart. Enough energy from the sound of the drums will make you dance, shake, shout, and scream. The band's front woman singer, Melody Bleak, become one-dimensional with the music itself. She is known from being the singer, guitarist, and keyboard player for the San Francisco band Bleak punk/goth band Track. The way she sings is sincere and strong. So aggressive, unique with compassion and pain. I always enjoy listening to her voice, which can be happy, sad or frustrated and vulnerable at the same time. Intriguing tracks "Suspend Belief", "Sick With Desire", the bloody horror tell-tale "Blood in the Dollhaus" and "The Past Is Close Behind You", a dark beautiful
melancholic track that's misty soothing and haunting that can go for a music video and a movie soundtrack. Guitar, bass, synth and drum all spark together in making this superb ep. A shining and crafted band who have the gift of talent to showcase to the public, either in concert, radio and/or television. I truly and honest respect this band. High recommended to check out!
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Title: imber vulgi
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Dufresne (@)
Rated: *****
If after having bought Ufomammut you've caught yourself thinking these Italians were really talented I think it's time to add another name to you agenda in view of the fact it looks like stoner rock from "Bel Paese" is having its say. One track, almost thirty three minutes of music and a good song construction. I'm still not sure the "long suite" solution is proper for them, but these Kebab lovers did it comfortably well even while defragmenting the song different organization with breaks, ups or downs. It all sounds really sludge right from the first riff, but after a while it gets soft and psychedelical: c'mon it's stoner at last!. Good riffs, good vocals, every sequence suits perfectly with those who comes first and with those following like a gear in a well oiled engine. Many will probably wonder if these guys have the Southern Lord' sound: sort of...they're way more melodic, seventies and "trippy". With some stoner bands you can see the Easy Rider's guy pushing the accelerator of their choppers, Imber Vulgi could be that part of the soundtrack when they're riding and the sun goes down just to add some romance to the whole post-Sabbath rifforama and given they gets heavier and darker when the songs end is approaching. To reach the climax Stoner Kebab added synths, harmonica and some effects to the guitar driven essence of their music and arranged it all with a hell of a taste. "You know I'm going to lose, and gambling's for fools, but that's the way I like it baby, I don't want to live forever".

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