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Artist: MARINA HARDY
Title: Pink Violin
Format: CD
Label: Eh? (@)
Rated: *****
What have here is a bizarre cdr by Marina Hardy and following the wacky trajectory of this label, it presents a collection of tracks to say it all: "out of ordinary". Honestly I’ve just appreciated a few of them like the ethereal episode of "Apple sauce pudding", or the opening "M kay" where she may remind you of Madame P for those who know her, but I still find it hard to feel really comfortable in a cd where you pass from a the reinterpretation of a russian traditional to an ethereal track, from a western ballad not so far from early Calexico to (nice) melodic harp (?) driven track that probably would have find place on a record of Cynthia Dall. There are bands and project doing this 360° meting pot even more intensely but this release is really well done, maybe just a bit too heterogeneous to the extent it may sound confused. But I have to admit in general Marina Hardy is really able to build "fake instant classics" seen from this perspective this’ probably one of the records that reminded me more about Marc Ribot and his "Book of heads" days on Tzadik. As I’ve said this musician has an incredible heterogeneous writing skill I just think she’s to focus a bit more the global idea of the record but she still manage to be interesting.



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Artist: HYDRA (@)
Title: Worship Your Diseases
Format: CD
Label: Kairotic Records
Rated: *****
Named after the mythological seven headed monster as well as the secret terrorist organization of the Marvel Comics, Hydra is an English band that born from the ashes of Third Door From The Left and Birth Complex. Their first full length is titled WORSHIP YOUR DISEASES and it contains twelve good industrial post punk tracks. Try to imagine a post punk band with anarchic influences and substitute guitar and bass and drums with synths, samples, a drum machine and metal percussions and you'll have pretty much the idea of how Hydra sound. The trio has a good taste for melody and don't feel the need to hide the vocals under tons of effects, because lyrics are part of what they are (see also the choice of covering a Crass song titled "The sound of free speech"). Did you love Play Dead, Portion Control, Discarge and Skinny Puppy? Well, Hydra could satisfy your senses with their mix of aggressive, melodic and percussive industrial sound. I liked them and I highly suggest you to check some of their tunes here http://www.myspace.com/slainofthehydra.
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Artist: SHELF LIFE
Title: Rheuma
Format: CD
Label: Eh? (@)
Rated: *****
Still from Omaha and Lincoln like Gama Goat we’ve another kind of freaks, this time we deal much more with something close to dark ambient even if it would be really reductive above all if considered something close to post-black metal music with which this cd has nothing to share. This is psychedelic crepuscular ambient music the roots of which are so damn planted into kraut-rock that Herzog should bring Kinsky back from the grave and start shooting again the follow-up of Aguirre. Holy shit, Nurse With Wounds, Faust and Popol Vuh would be moved if they’re seeing how they made it into the heart of this present generation of "art brut" experimental artists. No hyper intellectualized shit, just a trip for the mere taste of getting lost, America is on its knees today we’re again so close to the nightmare of Wall-street that the ghost of some suicidal investor of the crack of 29 is probably waiting for his nephews to reach him wherever he’s in his afterlife. The world is trembling in fear these days, dark days "are not coming" they’re already here and this music without being too depressive or too dark-wave is still misty, slow, overwhelming and narcotic. We’re the descendents of the Pink Floyd generation and this’ the logical step into nowhere, this nightly drones and these grey colours won’t probably add anything to your collection but without being a copycat of this or that artist these guy assembled an interesting release above all during the closing episodes.


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Artist: Pneumatic Detach (@)
Title: [Ko-mor-bid]
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
This is another US-based act which has already reached a kind of cult status, playing since years successful in the rhythmically Powernoise-genre. I guess there’s no need to introduce Justin Brink of PNEUMATIC DETACH more detailed, his sold-out and totally out-of-print releases for Hive Records speak for him and his talent. And since Tympanik Audio has announced the sensational signing of this act months before, I was curious, how Justin would like to continue. His latest discovered audio results with his friend in crime, the Rock n’ Roll Supergod IT-CLINGS, king of the Jews, on their mutual project ICVSPD (see our interview with IT-CLINGS somewhere else here...), got a bit shadowed under the hefty lyrical content of the word-core artist, so everything on "[Ko-mor-bid]" starts at zero. Somehow, this is Powernoise, but in a different manner someone might has expected. Justin doesn’t seem to have an interest to fall into the creation of static and louder-than-hell noise walls, and also his music doesn’t cover the too often heard "distorted-Techno-kick-4/4-on-the-floor" kind. Justin rather more concentrates to banish several snare drums, clicks, scratches, hi-Q’s and percussion elements into one track. Multi-layered arrangements means for PD a multiple hammering percussion experience. This sound outfit gets normally accomplished with an Industrial-related ambience provided by some effected and manipulated synth drones – to me "Down In The Earth", "Moment Already Gone" or "The Turning" are outstanding for this. And if some of the tracks ("Slow Chatter", "Grinderscraper", "Dischordant Live Mix") offer for a short moment a tendency to some dancefloor-compatibility, you can be assured, that Justin breaks down in the very next moment the complete song structure, just to try out something different. Also featured is another friendship-track with IT-CLINGS entitled "A Helpful Bit Of Advice", which of course picks up the path already provided with the above mentioned mutual release. At least I wouldn’t go that far to call this album a milestone for this genre - but it is definitely a little pearl – and a must-have buy for you!
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Artist: Ebola
Title: Mutant Dubstep Vol. 1
Format: CD EP
Label: Spectraliquid (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
New and third release for the Greek Spectraliquid label, but a drastically change of the previous release format. "Mutant Dubstep Vol. 1" is the take-off of a series of CD-EP’s presenting a sound outfit moving forward to some IDM/Dub-Step/Electronica music, far, far away from the cinematic trip of BLACKFILM for instance. EBOLA is internationally renowned, based in UK, so an EP – as far as labels can still afford to release this format – makes in some way sense. 4 tracks are featured, two original compositions with "Painkillers" and "Teledildonics" plus two remixes on these both tracks provided by END.USER and SHITMAT. Especially the original version of the main track "Painkillers" comes out quite satisfying, while the remix of END.USER offers the audience a lecture in "how-to-install-Down-Tempo-Breakbeats" in a straight constructed original. Quite enjoyable to listen to, although I miss a bit more ambience. Guess I can’t get it all...

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