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Artist: REFUSE TO DIE
Title: Collection Of Agnostic Flies
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
Active since the '80s Refuse To Die is an Israeli project that plays a particular and personal kind of music. Mixing cabaret ballads, experimental/semi industrial sound collages, Refuse To Die tend to create a sound world of its own. COLLECTION OF AGNOSTIC FLIES is a compilation which gathers eleven tracks coming from their four past releases. Some tracks sound weird but really interesting (like the first three "Intro", "Aufwiderzein" and "We Are The Dots") as the song structure is reworked under an oblique way (try to imagine a raw version of Virgin Prunes). Tracks like "Fears" or "White Power" recalled me the early sound experiments of '80s industrial bands (if you have "The elephant table album" compilation you can understand what I mean) while others like "Womb", "Who Are The Brain Police" or the odd ballad "Birthday" tend to be focused on the creation of an experimental sound that needs time to be enjoyed (and sometimes it's difficult to find a perfect interaction with it).
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Artist: GIANLUCA BECUZZI, FABIO ORSI
Title: soundcards
Format: CD
Label: Cold Current (@)
Rated: *****
I was a bit afraid it could have been "an ordinary good record" by Orsi and Becuzzi , just with a diminished inspirational impetus and please don’t be too quick to judge for I think this legacy has been working really well so far, but it’s also true inertia tends to fade after a while or at last that’s what physics teached us and you now Newton was a smart ass!!. Law of inertia is still reliable, but they probably gave a supplementary "propulsion to their mass" which means this "Soundpostcards" is really good, reading the liner notes you’ll even discover this cd collects the early collaborations of this duo with the addition of a supplementary track and a new mastering. Hard to say if this’ their best work, but surely you can list it among their most inspired efforts, they’ve been able to assemble some simple melancholic/oniric tracks which don’t fail in recreating a suggestive "reverie", the fact the majority of the songs is two or three years old doesn’t change a thing, their beauty has remained untouched and yes, the new track fits perfectly with the old material without interrupting the homogeneity of this release. If compared to the later collaborations where without losing their melodic edge they moved toward a more experimental feel, here they are still dealing with a post-rock/post-ambient salsa which is in debt with Kranky and above all with Labradford when going for their most simple structures. If you’re one of those who believe that melancholy, melody and softness are the essential characteristics for a good release, go for it.
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Artist: NOISE TRADE COMPANY
Title: crash test one
Format: CD
Label: N-Label
Rated: *****
During the first listening I have to admit I was a bit disoriented by the style, nothing that unusual or bizarre, I was just used to hear Gianluca Becuzzi aka Kinetix involved in experimental or ambient work and this new cd has nothing to share with it. This "crash test one" deals more with electro-rock, with a eighties feel and in some way this shouldn’t be a surprise since Becuzzi early days saw him involved with Limbo and thought the style was significantly different sure he’s probably been growing with all of this eighties martial/pop/dark/wave drum-machines and keyboards buzzing in his ears. Forget his ambient works above all the many collaborations with Fabio Orsi (here listed as guest on guitar together with Valerio Cosi on sax) and imagine some electro-pop-rock whose genus could be the result of a bland made out of Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire (they cover also "Nag nag nag"), Laibach, 808 State and more but all of this has to be imagined just much poppier and less hard pounding and with that typical male/female vocals duos (Becuzzi himself and Chiara Migliorini). Squared rhythms and synth/keyboards are the essence of the sound on this effort, guitar have a strong post-punk/new wave feel. I think this kid of product in Germany could sell well and this could also be pretty tasty for a dark-wave electro club for the fetish aesthetics is not that fat behind the corner. You have some noisy experimental splinters which may be a good indication of where Becuzzi is coming from, thought I can’t say I’m a big fan of this style the cd is well done and some refrains are quite easy to be remembered ("waste your life... be an artist" for example) which is a good thing.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Rush For Black Celebration Russian Industrial Depeche Mode Tribute
Format: CD
Label: Kult Front (@)
Rated: *****
Covering Depeche Mode is always a double edged weapon because of their characteristic style and because of their rich sound and it's also difficult to compete with Gahan and Gore vocals because half of the atmosphere they are able to create it's due to these performers. In the past many bands took this challenge, many failed and few did a wonderful job, so I was quite curious to listen to some industrial versions of the Depeche Mode tunes. Unfortunately this compilation doesn't gather Depeche Mode tunes (only few bands covered their songs with nice results) but it contains tracks inspired by those songs. The fact is that most of the tracks are made by sampled excerpts of the original tune and then re-assembled into a funny noisy way. This could be an original way of dealing with the matter of doing covers but despite the title, tracks like the ones of Ganzer (he fast forwarded and reversed "It's no good", "Freelove", Personal jesus" and Enjoy the silence" and shrank them into a one minute track) or the following Hladna (the cover of "Insight" now sounds like an industrial tornado and you can't tell what it is) sound like whatever song. Only few tunes actually sound like songs (the opening Das Reut's "Black celebration", Sal Solaris' "Rush" or M-28's "The sun and the rainfall") and it's a pity because they sound nice.
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Artist: COLD FUSION / RUKKANOR
Title: Wunderwaffe
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
Originally released in 2004 as a limited edition of 100 copies then reissued in 2005 expanded from two to six tracks, WUNDERWAFFE has been reissued for the third and last time in a limited edition of 500 CDs and expanded to eight tracks (four by Cold Fusion and four by Rukkanor) to greet the five years of the label. Inspired and dedicated to the victims of the V-1, V-2 and V-3 missiles (and the guys want to underline that the CD has no a political meaning and it isn't linked to any ideology either) WUNDERWAFFE is one of the first releases of both the projects. Cold Fusion present four melancholic tracks in balance from neo-classicism and martial industrial while Rukkanor show his darker side with four powerful martial industrial orchestral pieces full of tension which are able tol give you the sensation of being inside a tank that slowly passes through a mine field. This is your last chance to get it!
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