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Artist: BISCLAVERET (@)
Title: Psyche nomine
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
First album for the Poland duo Biscaveret released after their debut MCDr "In hortis..." for the Israeli label The Eastern Front. The beautiful package (a three panel booklet and a postcard) contains all the lyrics which along tracks' titles like "Strange way to paradise (Ritual II)" or "Akeldama XIV" show the band's interest into magick. Musically this interest is translated into humming or distant vocals, long synth pads, reverbered percussions and creepy samples. If a track like the opening "Ritual of all embracing madness" and the following "Strange way to paradise (Ritual II)" remember me the early Endura, the 15 minutes long "Voices from another state of... mind, heart, body", slowly grows from a semi acoustic track based on piano and strings just to turn into a semi industrial dark ambient track a la In Slaughter Natives. Also the following "Akeldama XIV" is based on chaotic echoes, distant explosions and humming vocals but there's a thin melodic line that lead the listener through the sound magma created. The closing "The insane in God" seems to be a reprise of another track as I already heard that melody but it develops itself into a dark ambient track driven by obscure string sounds and a piano but this time the vocals are intelligible. This work will be of interest for the lovers of obscure suites even if sometimes the sound tend to create the same effect for the whole album length due to the massive use of reverb.
Artist: Pieter Nooten
Title: Ourspace
Format: CD
Label: I-Rain (@)
Rated: *****
Every Goth should know Pieter Nooten from the band Clan of Xymox. He was one of the original members who played synthesizers. He left the band in the early 90's because of music differences. Pieter Nooten is now signed to a new indie label and back in the music scene making music. Beautiful music that is. His debut release is classified as electronic, ambient, and experimental. "Ourspace" is enchanting with heart, beauty and essence. Not only this ex-Xymox keyboardist can make mind relaxing and driving music, he can also sing. This is a magnificent electronic album that will take you on a peaceful journey. Rich synth textures and electronic soundscapes. Excellent production & mellow abstract complex compositions that is challenging. A superb album for abysmal thoughts and when you're alone when you want to close your eyes and go away to another world. Hypnotic, dreamy with tranquility and diverse mood setting that's appealing. The album is co-produced by Anka Wolbert, another ex-Xymox member. A brilliant unique collaboration between the two ex-Xymox members who still have that gifted talent.


Tracklistings

1. So Much Easier
2. Lo Down Valley
3. Rain Down
4. Head Circles About The Body
5. Stop Time
6. Sight Return
7. Ship Leaving
8. Surface
9. Red Glint
10. Sanctuary

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Artist: BACHI DA PIETRA
Title: non io
Format: CD
Label: Wallace/die Schachtel (@)
Rated: *****
In the beginning there was Madrigali Magri, it was a sort of post-rock/alternative trio floating in-between the troubled waters of avant blues, murder ballads and desertic folk, after they split up, their main songwriter joined Bruno Dorella from Ovo/Ronin and they added the world "heaviness" to the vocabulary. I wasn't such a big fun of their debut record even if it really good so much that it got some incredible responses, but it looks this time I've to surrender to the fact this record is undeniably good. Is it so different from the previous chapter?...I don't think so, but the impression is they worked more on melting together the "mammoth" drumming with the dead blues feeling of the songs and for me it woks much better than before. "Non io" mixes this vaguely Nick Cave dead-blues ambience with some "noise-rock" influences and with wave/dark vein (the keyword for the lyrics it's "depression", of course). Hard to say that, but this time the sound of the drum makes me think to trip-hop or to some sophisticated new folk sensation like the Devics, the beat dissolves in the background, it fuels the hypnotical atmosphere of the tracks and clearly in the economy of a "guitar and drums" duo you can imagine how important it is. Strange to see it comes out both on Wallace and on an experimental "non rock/non folk" label like die Schachtel, but tip of hat to the "sacred allegiance" and above all to this elegant, introspective musical collection of failures.
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Artist: DAYS OF FATE (@)
Title: Traffic
Format: CD
Label: Rabazco (@)
Distributor: Neo
Rated: *****
Four years after their second full length album titled "Home made cake of the day" the Days Of Fate are back with a new CD titled TRAFFIC. Distributed by Sony in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the new album sees the German band refining their style with eleven new songs always in balance between electro pop, synthpop and indie rock. Their new songs span from electro pop songs with a dark vein ("Question your mind", "Final destination", "Quicksand" and "The antique face"), energetic songs driven by guitar riffs (half of them have guitar arrangements but "Sound unreal" has a big guitar part) and one ballad ("The fateful garden" is a semi acoustic one with a nice piano as main instrument). The different influences are well blended and the band's style sounds really personal. The thing that is evident since the first listening is that the band did a big work about sound arrangements and they spent a lot of time on production. The final result is a convincing album that at a further listening will please you more and more because even if we are talking about melodic songs the work the guys did is so musically rich that you'll find yourself appreciate the songs each time a little more. Along with the eleven tracks of the album you'll find also four remixes. Two for "Final destination". The first by the band itself that give to the track a dancey ebm touch and the second by Versus who made it sound like a future pop tune, "Lonely people" by The Pussy Gourmets (they make it sounds like a song of early Soft Cell but using e.b.m. sounds) and "Something special" remixed again by Days Of Fate (they followed the e.b.m. style by filtering some part of the vocals and using different synth sounds).
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Artist: SYNTA[XE]RROR (@)
Title: Final
Format: CD
Label: Ars Benevola Mater (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Always in balance between disturbing dark ambient suites and i.d.m. influences, the Poland musical project Synta[xe]rror presents on its newest release eleven tracks that will please the lovers of electro industrial cross over. If the opening track "Murderer" someway recalled me the atmosphere of the Clock DVA of the latest period, "Breslau 1st step", "Breslau 2nd step" or "We have create" are, instead, linked to the sound proposed by labels like Ant Zen because of the blend of industrial distorted solutions based on rhythm patterns and ambient textures. The tracks create a good tension and even if for my tastes sometimes they are too long ("...Europe is not the same" has a length of 9 minutes) I never skipped one of them because of the sensation that there was something going on: like some dark creature that's growing while you are listening.
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