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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: ...Where Tattered Clouds Are Stranding
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
WHERE TATTERED CLOUDS ARE STRANDING is a compilation dedicated to the art of Icelandic sculptor and painter Einar Jonsson (1874-1954). Most of the tracks of the two CDs are exclusive to this release and have been composed taking inspiration from the work of Einar Jonsson. The compilation is divided into two sections/CDs titled respectively "Grief" and "Birth of psyche". The first one see the participation of fourteen projects of the neo-folk/martial international scene: Belborn, Storm Of Capricorn, Westwind, Rukkanor, H.E.R.R./Von Thronsthl, Horologium, Weihan, Cold Fusion, Larrnakh, Zebaoth, Agnivolok, Kammer Sieben, Aeldaborn and Cawatana. I listened to this CD a couple of times and I can assure you that this is a really good album and I'm sure that you'll find a lot of tracks you'll love (like Rukkanor's "Epitaph". On this on Robert is going on with the re-definition of the project's sound after detaching from the martial genre, to find its own "world" made of poetic intuitions and diversification of sounds). The second CD is dedicated to the dark ambient/psych industrial oriented bands with the participation of Rose Rovine E Amanti, Wach, Objekt4, Hoarfrost, Gandolfs Gedanken, Shining Vril, Echo West, Gregorio Bardini, Artefactum, Kadaver, Bisclaveret, Sitra Ahra and Simulacra. On this CD I found really good tracks and to tell the truth also some others which sounded a little like fillers to me but probably I've been influenced by the quality of the first one. Anyway, the overall judgment is very good. Here's the complete track-list:
1-01 Belborn "Der Morgen" (4:45)
1-02 Cold Fusion "May Be Another Way" (3:28)
1-03 Storm Of Capricorn "Come From Far And Wide" (7:08)
1-04 Larrnakh "Island On Island" (2:35)
1-05 Westwind "Grief" (5:00)
1-06 Weihan "Utlagar" (3:29)
1-07 Zebaoth"Drought Now" (4:54)
1-08 Cawatana "Have No Option (This Is A Dream)" (4:32)
1-09 H.E.R.R./Von Thronstahl"Liberating Spirit" (4:52)
1-10 Aeldaborn "Morning" (7:08)
1-11 Kammer Sieben "Ihr" (5:03)
1-12 Horologium "Fate" (5:13)
1-13 Agnivolok "Sculptor" (7:48)
1-14 Rukkanor "Epitaph" (3:38)
2-01 Artefactum "Symbolism" (6:23)
2-02 Hoarfrost "Insanus" (5:34)
2-03 Kadaver/Refuse To Die "Funerals Of Tomorrow" (4:08)
2-04 Rose Rovine E Amanti "Violini E Rose" (4:22)
2-05 Wach "March Of The Sleepless" (5:30)
2-06 Simulacra "The Wave Of The Ages" (6:09)
2-07 Gandolfs Gedanken "Gewissensbisse" (2:47)
2-08 Shining Vril "Figure I" (3:46)
2-09 Gregorio Bardini "Cobra" (4:30)
2-10 Gandolfs Gedanken "Funkenflug" (5:16)
2-11 Sitra Ahra "The Scorching Breath" (5:51)
2-12 Echo West "Bregräbnis/Sunrising Afterwards" (3:11)
2-13 Bisclaveret "Engill Ljssins" (5:37)
2-14 Objekt4 "Alda Aldanna" (12:00)
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Artist: Dharmata 101
Title: Protest Songs For The Content
Format: CD
Label: Radia-Active-Music.com (@)
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Debut full-length album for this Electro/Industrial act, after they could enter a free slot on the last "Electro-Arc Compilation Vol. 3" with their track "Outline (Of My Shadow)". DHARMATA 101 consists mainly of Jsun Bruner, who seems to be responsible for all parts of the musically production of this act. Here and there he receives some additional help on the guitars by Kevin Keier. Musically DHARMATA 101 acts like a varied paradise bird. A bit difficult to sort this act completely in, they take inspirations out of Futurepop/EBM, classic US-like Coldwave Industrial mixed with a doze of Goth. SPAHN RANCH meets MINDLESS FAITH, if this would be somehow thinkable. The best part of the production is definitely the Electronica element, which offers a lot of refreshing experimental elements, deep filter manipulations and a lot of special efforts asides already known paths. The point of criticism rather concentrates on the vocals, which may belongs to the fact that Jsun isn’t and will never be a second Athan Maroulis. Acceptable, yes, but sometimes his a bit classic-inspired kind to provide his vocals is a bit overdone, it needs at least some more spins to get used to it. Best tracks to me are "Baselead" and "A Flame (In The Vapour)", because both offer a catchy and easy-to-follow refrain part and the needed doze of a dancefloor-compatibility. The compositions as well as the whole production comes out quite convincing and entertaining, it may needs an open-minded attitude of you to consume it in all variations. A good and diverse sounding album worth to get checked out. In recent news, Jsun added Ilker Yucel to his band roster, a prominent addition since Ilker stands behind our dear comrades of the ReGen magazine.
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Artist: Manufactura (@)
Title: In The Company Of Wolves
Format: CD EP
Label: Crunch Pod Media (@)
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Crunch Pod did it again! To bring out a new release of your favorite rhythmical Powernoise-artist Karloz M is always a welcomed present. And to talk about a gift fits in case of this "In The Company Of Wolves" EP very well, since this EP is "Dedicated to the fans, DJ’s & supporters throughout the world". Whatever else this EP has to do with wolves still remains unsolved – it may shall document the acts signed to Crunch Pod as being a pack of wolves. This makes sense if you can accept Karloz as being the old leader wolf.. . So this EP isn’t a real new studio album, but a sort of collection of several unreleased remix works and collaborations, which have been happened through the past years of this highly anticipated artist. The "Knife" (Karloz’ trademark) is alive and kicking – extremely kicking I tend to say, because several international renowned acts have done their best to work out their very own form of Electro/Industrial/Powernoise efforts. You’ll get collaborations with names and genre-related acts like COMBICHRIST, DISPLACER, BROKEN FABIOLA, CONVERTER ("Die For Me" – what an exceptional piece of noise terror in its purest form!!!), C/A/T, THE OPERATIVE, CAUSTIC ("Control.Domination.Response" – what a great work, Mr. Fanale.), or VICTO ERRECT. Also t rather Electro/EBM-minded audience will be serviced extremely well with "A Killer" featuring the HOCICO side-project RABIA SORDA, or "Deep Waters", which got manipulated by I:SCINTILLA and DESTROID in a mutual collaborative work. 13 tracks at all rather look like a full-length release than an EP, which once again documents and intense and top-notch effort for this fine US-label. A must-have item for all lovers of this genre.
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Artist: SCHATTENKINDER
Title: Weisser Regen
Format: CD
Label: Curzweyhl
Distributor: Masterpiece Promotion
Rated: *****
Released after four years from their debut album titled "Vision Of Nightfall", WEISSER REGEN shows Schattenkinder dealing with mature and polished folk music influenced by goth, jazz, electronic and trip-hop music concerning the songs' arrangements. Listening to the first two tracks of the CD you realize immediately that this is a cured product with a great production. The band is able to create soft melancholic songs which can be enjoyed by romantic/goth music lovers. Sometimes sounding a little like Dead Can Dance and sometimes blending electronic arrangements with strings and focused on the good voices of the female singers of the combo, WEISSER REGEN is a nice album which offers dark romantic atmospheres arranged into different musical keys.
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Artist: [HAVEN] (@)
Title: A2982
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
Third album for the Polish project formed by Marcin Jarmulski (music), Marcin "szuster' Buda (live visions) and Marcin 'Dobermann' Pflanz (photos and videos), [Haven] is presenting their third album mysteriously titled A2982. The new album contains ten new tracks which are able to create a suspension in time effect where ambient atmospheres and electro industrial intuitions are enriched by little vocal samples just to enhance the cinematic effect they are able to create. Most of the tracks create an alienating atmosphere well represented by the faded images of the cover. The claustrophobic sensation, in my opinion, is one of the key factor of the album and you have to keep this in mind when you are approaching to it. Sometimes I felt the lack of a visual counterpart to music but [Haven] are able to create a convincing ambience anyway...
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