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Artist: HARALD BOSH
Title: Die Sonne Scheint Fur Alle Umsonst
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Dercho Music (@)
Rated: *****
For the fist album of the Siberian born electro pop act Harald Bosh, his label Dercho Music decided to do big things. They produced a digipack CD with a bonus DVD containing the same track list plus some extras. Musically what Harald calls epic electro pop isn't bad even if some atmospheres/ideas tend to be recycled within the album length. Basically his music sounds as a blend of slow/mid tempo future pop (with semi e.b.m. rhythmic section) and melancholic electro pop with an epic edge (thanks to some little orchestration solutions and to the Harald vocals). The DVD instead isn't that thrilling as some catchy melodies on the CD. You'll ask me why, since it contains exactly the same songs. Well, the DVD contains a fake concert held on a stage with basic lighting and Harald sings while a guy stands behind the synthesizers. The video has a basic diction with zoom in and zoom outs and the extras show Harald at the Munich airport, in Stuttgard or working in the studio. Unfortunately the DVD hasn't any subtitle so if you don't understand German language there's no chance into joining the contents. P.s. Basically I'm confirming the review that Marc Tater did some months ago. The album contains nice music (some songs more than others) but the other contents needed a better production.
Artist: AntiQuark (@)
Title: MiniSky
Format: CD
Rated: *****
I recall not particularly liking AntiQuark's debut CD from one or two years ago and dashing out a not so favorable review back then. However, I am happy to find that, whatever course their music evolution took it definitely seems to have gone in the right direction, at least for my taste (it is all subjective after all).
The main difference here is that AntiQuark is not an all female duo anymore and Ant Dakini has now paired up with Sergio, who delivers all the vocals (except one song where she also sings). Since I used to like Maren, this is not what makes me like "MiniSky" more, I just think that the musical vision of AntiQuark has matured into something more cohesive, current, complete and interesting. I still hear a couple of synth lines here and there that I might not go for as a composer/producer, but in general the arrangements are much hipper and the sound palette is enticing. The male vocals give it touch of synth-pop sobriety and when you combine that with the disco-friendly electro-industrial-inspired programming, you have an artist that is however sub/consciously embracing a path where dark electronica is energized by dance floor beats, house/techno sensibility and an EBM heritage.
I believe this record is not released yet and there are rumors that Hungry Eye records might sign AntiQuark. Either way, keep your eyes peeled and look out for this when it hits the streets (or the ether I guess).
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Etude
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****

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Having into their D.N.A. the experimental gene, Attrition after seventeen years from their born and thanks to Franck Dematteis, an Attrition fan and member of the Paris Opera who contacted the band and collaborated at viola on their "3 arms and a dead cert" album, did ETUDE, an album containing twelve old tracks revisited under the classical key using viola, violin, cello, organ, percussion and voice. Giving to the tracks a sort of baroque arrangement, Dematteis did a good work by enhancing the dramatic side of Attrition songs. In this way songs like "Cold genius" or "I am (Eternity)" are like naked in front of the listener showing their darkest decadent side becoming perfect for a Peter Greenaway movie. Originally released by Project in 1997 the album is for the first time distributed worldwide.
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Artist: GELSOMINA + NO XIVIC (@)
Title: Furnace
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
FURNACE is a live performance/track born from the collaboration of Gelsomina and No Xivic recorded on October 4th 2006 at Hypnocosmic Duel Night held in Turku, Finland. The twenty five minute track has an industrial noise structure which during the initial and final minutes contains also subtle melodies. A sort of mermaid chant between a sea of noises. The track sounds interesting but too based on improvised noise according to my taste. On the CD you can also find two extra tracks recorded for the occasion: Gelsomina is bringing "Everlasting fire" (another industrial noise track long eight minutes which soon after its start pushes a little too hard on the noise pedal) and No Xivic that with "Great suffering" is offering a nice noisy dark ambient track which under the noisy layers has something more to give to the listener (loops, reverbered percussions, etc).
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Artist: BARDOSENETICCUBE + NOISES OF RUSSIA (@)
Title: New Orthodox Line
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
With several years of activity into the industrial noise Russian scene, Bardoseneticcube and Noises Of Russia are joining the forces and from this collaboration born a noise suite titled NEW ORTHODOX LINE. The track sees each project's peculiarity facing up during the forty seven minutes length: choirs, dark ambient intuitions/drones, grinding noises, hisses, loops of metallic percussions, subtle feedbacks, etc. As for every respectful suite also "New orthodox line" has different moments which time to time lead to an explosive ending. Like sea waves the sound waves gathers finding their end into a disrupting blast. This cyclic ritual make the music turns into something now noisy and then experimental with choirs and treated sounds. An interesting collaboration which will please the lovers of the genre...
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