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Artist: FUZZ ORCHESTRA
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Wallace/Bar La Muerte (@)
Rated: *****
This record has come out just a blink of an eye before the new Bron Y Aur that feature three members on four of their historical line up. While duelling the same krautesque post-Faust, Can, Amon Dull matter of their original band the Orchestra is less fragmented and less physical but maybe it has to do with the recording infact they actually erupt here and there but the recording is not pushing everything in your ears as it should. Odd tracks duelling with repetitions, vintage sounds and and acid rifforama, than add some weird sample and you get the abstract image shot by these guys from Milan. As for Bron Y Aur I suppose these people assumed incredible dose of music from the seventies or at least that’s what you can guess from their style and from their rock attitude. The rock thing is not omnipresent alas take for granted some experimental episodes are cast in the track list, but mainly in-between the structure of the single tracks, let’s say if we should make a comparison they can be filed in the same category of bands like Oneida but way more trippy and less monolithic and "devastating" but probably I can’t say if that’s their intention. I think Bron Y Aur fans will tune easily on these frequencies.
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Artist: Celadon (@)
Title: Post Industrial Delicacies
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CD BABY
Rated: *****
Here’s one from out in left field- Celadon’s "Post Industrial Delicacies", proving that anyone with some digital equipment and a little moxy can throw something together that people might listen to. Celadon’s promo says " Post-Industrial Delicacies' uniquely textural sound results from its mixture of found sounds and electronics. Samples of trains, birds, machinery, and people are selected, warped, manipulated, and layered into detailed compositions. The result is unlike the typical sterile, synthetic sound of most electronic music." I can’t agree with the last line of the statement; I’ve heard a lot of electronic music that doesn’t sound sterile. As for "synthetic", hey, it’s electronic music, OF COURSE IT’S SYNTHETIC!

Anyway, let’s dig a little deeper into "Post Industrial Delicacies", Track the first, "Earth Abides" begins with a nice primitive percussion groove overlaid with a SYNTHESIZED guitar in a slow minimal groove plunking out the lead line. There are birds chirping in the background and a bunch of stray strange noises. Very lo-fi on the recording, so I knew already what I was in for. The track lacked development and a quality lead sound. Not nearly menacing enough to really grab your attention. Track two – "Curiouser" was a bit curiouser, with odd non-sequetous dialogue samples, a laugh track from a funhouse fat lady (remember them?), and a clatter-beat percussion barrage that at times had a groove turnaround not unlike a lawn sprinkler. Little bells seemed to be improvising a totally different song giving the effect of a demented carnival. Sounds like they put everything including the kitchen sink in this one. But as in cooking, just because you add a lot of ingredients to the stew doesn’t mean it will taste good.

Track 3, "Lie With Me" has spoken vocals that are just outright embarrassing. This is beginning to border on pathetic. The real shame of it is, that there is talent here buried beneath the cacophony. Moving on, "Nothing To Say" is just that-a morass of sound with processed dialog that really doesn’t have anything to say. A few interesting sounds, but nothing I haven’t heard before. "Sisyphus Laid Down His Stone" moves more into the experimental illbient category and would have been alright if it wasn’t for the "sounds like I’m just learning to play this thing" guitar plunks. "Good Ole Boy" takes a bunch of redneck, skinhead, neo-nazi, KKK, etc. dialog samples, and puts them in a sonic blender on the frappe setting. The result is something no contestant on Fear Factor would want to consume. Last two tracks, "Whisper In My Ear" and "In My Winter" feign a sinister motif, but by this time I’ve already lost interest, which is too bad because there’s an interesting element or three happening now and then. Too much too little, too late. Maybe given time, "Post Industrial Delicacies" could grow on you... probably like a fungus. I’d see a doctor for that.
Artist: Jokerelli
Title: Jokerelli
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
New Jersey based Jokerelli produced music that have the sound of the 80's. Vintage 80's synth sounds with guitar layers is what this one man solo act used. Soothing, unique, beautiful and creative that's suitable to be categorize under new wave/new romantic. Tenor male vocals distinct. Defintely a college radio and club friendly album that can get an undivided attention. The production is crisp and transparent. Each tracks are danceable with capability and accessibility that they deserve. A maturity step approach with a good reputation. Jokerelli has highly succeeded with this. Enjoyable tracks "Surrender (Wild At Heart)" with beautiful female vocals by Lara Parks, "Remember When" is a reminder of Duran Duran and "Make A Wish". A decent six song ep to check out.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Nous sommes les morts
Format: CD
Label: apocalyptic radio (@)
Distributor: De Luidspreker
Rated: *****
"Nous Sommes Les Morts" is an industrial/p.e. compilation from the Apocalyptic Radio label. Some of the true standout tracks that make this compilation worth hearing are Objekt/Urian's weird industrial-dancey blend with à-la-Suicide vocals, that would surely be a club hit if only there were a dj and a dancefloor brave enough; and Propergol, with their abrasive breed of addictive death-industrial utterly at home among the Steinklang cabal. Other highlights are Atrox, Flutwacht and Contagious Orgasm.
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Artist: AMBASSADOR 21 (@)
Title: Drunken, Crazy, With A Gun
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Distributor: Ant Zen
Rated: *****
It's good to see that in five years Ambassador 21 succeeded into making their band and label grow so much. Since the first day they have been hyper active and created a web of links with similar realities all over Europe. With the previous album "Weight Of Death" they also passed from CD-r to factory pressed CD and in this period of mp3s craziness it's a symptom of wellness. This new album DRUNKEN, CRAZY, WITH A GUN celebrates these years of activity proposing 14 remixed tracks picked up mostly from their previous album. As usual the remixers re-worked the tracks adding to the aggro industrialism of the Byelorussian duo their typical sound. We have the rhytmic noise with P.A.L, Mimetic and Asche), industrial e.b.m oriented tracks with :Wumpscut:, Suicide Inside, Ah Cama-Sotz, S.K.E.T. and Monolith, ambient with This Morn Omina and Contagious Orgasm and industrial breakbeat thanks to Bak XIII, Iszoloscope, Hypnoskull and Tamvred. For the remix lovers this is an interesting release but if you want to approach the sound of the duo I suggest to check their previous release.
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