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Artist: :WULGATA: (@)
Title: Echoes Of The Past... Not Far Away
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
Containing eight tracks exploring the dark ambient/industrial realm, ECHOES OF THE PAST... NOT FAR AWAY isn't properly a new album by :Wulgata: as it gathers tracks which previously have been released on the MCDr "Echoes of 3rd", one remix of a Multipoint Injector track included into their "Altered states album" plus two compilation tracks (basically this is a CD reissue of the "Nag Hamadi - Unfinished Story..." CDr released by Mizantrophy Label back in 2005). Of the lot I appreciated most the five tracks coming from "Echoes of 3rd", because they are able to span through different dark ambient/industrial ambiences trying to diversify the sound. So, if "Abyssynthia" is based on minimal sounds/noises with bells and water noises that suddenly break in, "Le jour du soleil noir" has a strong mid tempo rhythmic section (a Middle Eastern kind of rhythm) with distant distorted guitar rumbles and a synth joining in after a while, enriching the atmosphere. "R.otten I.ra P.uryfication", instead, has a background of vocal and drum machine loops and creates a total different mood. The compilation tracks are nice industrial ambient tracks with ethnic references (this concerns "Gange flows") but they kinda stick on the same ground.
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Artist: AHRAYEPH
Title: Marooned On Samsara
Format: CD
Label: D-monic (@)
Rated: *****
Goth music doesn't interest me lately and generally I kinda always preferred post punk to it. Today I received from D-monic the debut album by Ahráyeph, titled MAROONED ON SAMSARA. From their website I read that that M-tronic sub-label is focused on goth music and I started to be afraid about its content. Born as a solo project of Raf Jansen, ex member of Belgian metal/death metal bands Crucifire and Ancient Rites, Ahráyeph started to gather interest on the local musical scene and as a logic consequence Raf found himself in front of people and friends asking to join in. After a bit of rehearsing the band started to work at this album. At this point you'd be ask yourself the reason of all this introduction for a genre I'm not interested into, well... the fact is that Ahráyeph's music is goth but to be true it is more dark than properly goth. It is dark music blending metal, goth and post punk. If on some track I hear influences of Type O Negative, on some others there are light traces of Cure (very feeble). In any case I can't clearly point out influences and similarities because MAROONED ON SAMSARA sounds like a nice blend of genres with good atmospheres, well working synth samples and guitar riffs.
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Artist: ATUM (@)
Title: Hitwa
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
This new album by Atum is titled HITWA and it's divided into five movements. The main concept behind this work is represented by a question which can be read also as an experiment: if the effect created by the contemplation of symbols is a whole different experience for each of us, how much powerful can it be if in conjunction with sounds? The three panels of the CD package contains five different symbols you can use at this purpose while you are listening to the trembling sounds created by Atum. Sounds which tend to create apparent calm dark ambient suites (see the use of acoustic guitar with synth pads) where choruses, bells, and reverbered industrial rhythms come back an forth destabilizing the whole sound. Influenced by the early Cold Meat Industry sound of Megaptera and Desiderii Marginis and helped out by Infamis, Dead Factory and Equus, Atum succeeded into the creation of a hellish microcosm.
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Artist: MUNK
Title: Cloudbuster
Format: CD
Label: Gomma Records
Rated: *****
Great album of electro funk music with some lounge moments plus some instrumental extravaganzas. Mathias Modica opens the album with the cool single "Live fast! Die old" where Asia Argento gives her intriguing vocal performance (as well as on other two tracks: "No milk" and "Il gatto") and after that he puts in a row great catchy electro funk pop songs like "Down in L.A.", the r'n'b/soul influenced "You never see me back down", "The rat race" (this one and "Psycho magic" have The Rapture's Matty Safer as guest on bass) or "No milk" (an electro mysterious sounding song with Asia Argento on vocals, singing funny lyrics). The album doesn't contains only cool accessible and danceable tunes, on other ones (see the three "Interludus" or the closing "The knights of Heliopolis" and its flute lines) Mathias experimented with sound solutions by looking for new ways of creating new musical interesting blends. Check some of these tracks on his myspace page and get the record.
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Artist: Bajskorv (@)
Title: Scars And Stripes
Format: CD
Label: Buried Electric
Rated: *****
Releasing under their own label moniker Buried Electric, we like to welcome this newcomer duo. Though the band name sounds quite Russian, they are hailing out of the North-Eastern area (VA, DC, MD) of the United States. Consisting of Christian Wright (machines and programming) and Juan Monarez (lead vocals and lyrics), this duo produces a rough sort of Electro/Industrial music dealing with influences of classic Industrial acts like THROBBING GRISTLE or CONTROLLED BLEEDING, mixed with the harder Electro-sound of the early 90ies like :WUMPSCUT:, SKINNY PUPPY or VAC. And indeed, BAJSKORV offer a very explosive sort of music, which at times drifts between a straight and dancefloor-oriented attitude ("Kapital", "Side Effects") to a total chaotic wall of noise, which interrupts one or another song extremely ("No Escape"). That’s a quite interesting kind of work, it seems that they build a lot of content by chance and with an improvisational intention. So some of the songs have to walk a hard way to get back on track. That’s surely not really a smooth form of ear-candy, but it has its own rebellious kind. I would suggest them, to polish here and there some aspects of their production, but if this means, that they would cut out their Punk-like attitude, then this can’t be a serious recommendation. These talented musicians have recognized it right, that the solution to reach an authentic sound output can’t be found in to copy just another Hellectro act, so let’s congratulate them to this convincing album. Good, poisonous, but also addictive, I like to encourage them to keep on this way. And they are doing live performances, so if they invade in your area, make sure to check them out.
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