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Artist: METAL MUSIC MACHINE
Title: ANGELS OF DESTRUCTION
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
MMM is a project derived from TEMPLEBEAT an EBM cult of the 90ies and they are deeply linked with the cultural milieu of SOTTOMONDO, in fact the best place to search and research in Italy "strange-fucking-good-things". MMM is a project to stomp and unchain our life from our daily life. It is easy to hear and to feel the energy of the band and their myspace is aimed to show it. There is techno-punk-EBM-industrial well mixed and above all well played live, in 2008 they had a part in Schalgstrom storm. Favorite track: 10, reminds me some 242 best tracks but with an Industrial appeal. What I like so much is the mediascape the band use to say about their art and thoughts (Saturno Buttò, Dark Spy fetish magazine, Matteo Bosi's art) all these elements aren't outside the music they play ARE entrails of their art; they use "simple" sounds but they burn behind it, there is force and also controlled depravation, both well tuned in this work.
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Artist: MERZBOW
Title: ANICCA
Format: CD
Label: COLD SPRING (@)
Rated: *****
It is a privilege to write down some thought about the GOD OF NOISE, Merzbow, aka Masami Akita. His art is so well known and extreme that every work is a must to have for NOISE Friends and for men of control working for hidden prisons. Another time Merzbow destroys reality, annihilates every slice of the air around him with special tools played/destroyed without compromises an with his deepest knowledge on signals and sound terrorism. There are no words to express the amount of violence and desperation he puts inside his recording system, but for sure this art is not made to think but just to be overwhelmed by the force of the artist. His competence is absolute and the modulations he is able to give to the wall of noise he created is the proof of the fact that for him the noise has no secrets anymore. This is another time not only sound experiments and noise music, it is a complex system of de-programming from normal sound/normal music/normal living/normal feelings; we cannot decode the real program set up by Merzbow, it is a secret we won't know ever. His plan and aims aren't yet clear, we can only try to find a meaning, an inspiration, in the fortress of noise, inside the noise weapons he is able to set up. Probably he gets through noise a status of reality we cannot see.
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Artist: DEADWOOD (@)
Title: Ramblack
Format: CD
Label: COLDSPRING (@)
Rated: *****
Deadwood is a master of dark noise menace, and he is also a master in creation of terrifying soundscape, he puts in right place every layer and the result is in the same time aggressive but not hysteric...is art is a good-to-hear-art-of-noise. Surely he works with very provocative icons of the underground and occult culture, another time he does it with Swedish elegance and competence. His technical set up reveals a deep knowledge of analogue and digital instruments and the field recording puts this artist of extreme sounds in the right light in terms of research and experimentation. I am keen to think that the art of noise is an art linked with the reality around us, in many sense it is a scientific psycho-research of the dark side of sounds. Another thing I like so much in this work is the use of voice filtered by microphones, it is really scaring and demoniac, he seems to be possessed by demons. The carpets he uses in the tracks are well built and there is no sense of dejà vu hearing the whole work. It is a perfect work to give sound to horror feature, I think that horror directors have to consider it seriously, the panorama he created is something so bad but well thought, Deadwood is a cinematographic artist in the sense of sound creation for movies and images. My favorite track? The seventh, it's really thrilling and subtle a perfect probing inside the hell of death noise after the fall of demons.
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Artist: SECOND SKIN (@)
Title: Illa exuro in silentium
Format: CD
Label: Palace of Worms records
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
I was reading a scrbd pdf about the dark side of Walt Disney, something so bad that is better not to write down, this work from SECOND SKIN given to me the same incredible sense of wonder and dark, the same pleasure to discover the Hell inside BAMBI. They play with Hollywood darkside, with ballads-punk-wave-dark so great and well played that is not possible to say "I dont like it". This work is F.... GREAT, I love it. The guitar, Lynchesque with some New Order influence is pure "black velvet", the voice and the choir around is spine chilling. I have to say that Second Skin makes my day opening a whole world of great media icons like: Greta Garbo, Dalì, Brothers Marx and the ghosts of Old Hollywood...; believe me when I say that this band is showing and researching for us an area really interesting of death beautiful myths of our dying world. Best track...I cannot say bullshit, all the tracks are hypnotic, pure controlled madness inside the perfect dome of wave-death-rock. Thank you Second Skin.
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Artist: DUNKELSHON
Title: Nemeton
Format: CD
Label: Curzweyhl/Rough trade
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
It's great how "grey area" is able to bring together many kind of music. Here's we have something that WOLFRAM von Eschebach could really love. Dunkelshoen is a band, or a fellowship to be more precise, that plays celtic music with great passion and results. The use of lyrics from Carmina Burana and also German folksong and Swedish too make out this project something precious, not only music indeed but even a cultural project probing the roots of our Europe. The art to record ancient/traditional instruments, played following ancient rules, and a voice so crystal-clear is not a cup of tea for a sound engineer, another time Dunkelshon made a great work offering us a soundscape really accurate not simply traditional and well focused. Their aim is to create a dimension of knowledge about the Celts world and vibes and they achieved it passionately in this work. My favorite track: SATOR AREPO, but the reason has remain a secret related to my love for French Bretagne ... I gotta mention the very look good show they make, see the photo gallery of their website to give a look to perfect atmosphere they done to their live acts : http://www.dunkelschoen-musik.de/Englisch/Framepage%20Wald%20engl/Waldframe%20engl/Framepage%20Wald%20engl.htm
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