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Artist: ANTLERS MULM (@)
Title: Of Withered Sparks
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Rated: *****
OF WITHERED SPARKS is the third Antlers Mulm full length and it has been a pleasant surprise to me. If you read my reviews you already know that I like both experimentalism and melody, so it's with great pleasure that I listened to this latest Antlers Mulm, because it gathers them both. Hans Johm's personal project with this new album presents ten new tracks which have a minimal throbbing and particular sound with a melodic structure. On most of the tracks the rhythmical part is formed by glitch layers which form an interesting web of sounds. On top of this structure there's Hans' voice singing introspective and a little melancholic lyrics. Some of them seems little haiku, the Japanese short poems. Here's the one of "4 A.M.", for example: "Snow-like / a little slumber is falling down / down on the hazel tree / and all the tiny birds around". We could call this melodic isolationism and you can taste some excerpts at www.myspace.com/antlersmulm.
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Artist: ABYSS (@)
Title: Mental Self-destruction
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
I have no clues about who's behind the Abyss project, the only thing I know is that the guy is from Poland and that before MENTAL SELF-DESTRUCTION he did only a promo CDr titled "Ashh zahr hylth". This first official CD is the second part of the Diabolus Opum series and it contains twelve tracks of ritualistic dark ambient music. Being based on hisses, tiny noises, drones and whispered vocals, Abyss music's aim is to create a diabolical atmosphere where titles like "In sanctam, invocabilem, secretam noctem convertor", "Heart of Darkness" or "Perdition's Light" take life. In balance from industrial and dark ambient, Abyss succeeded into creating a bleak and horrific scenario where silence is having an important part into the construction of the anti-musical suites. Sometimes Abyss loses the point by proposing tracks based on the same atmosphere but for sure the lovers of the genre will find some good moments to enjoy.
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Artist: $JAMMIE THE MONEY / GENJINI
Title: Split 1
Format: 12"
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
SPLIT 1 is the first 12" of the SPLIT series and it is the first experiment of the genre for the label which is willing to present two A sides of different projects. Each band will bring their best tracks and each of them is getting a special cover for their side. The first project to start the series is $Jammie The Money and under this moniker is hiding the dj guy of the Nobody Beats The Drum band. He presents here two cool tracks of danceable electro in the Dutch style. "Getting warm" and "Dollars" are two really good tunes of dark electro with pumping bass and distorted synths. Great style and attitude distinct these tracks and are making sound $Jammie The Money like a master in the genre. We already knew Genjini and their "Das funkistador" because of the Basserk CD compilation "Some tunes". On their side the French band brings to the attention of the listener three new tracks: "Sarazvati Genjini botleg", "Tar digit" and "Mama house". The extravagant style of the French combo will make you remember their tunes because they de-construct melodies and beats just to built them back like they were remixing themselves. See for example how they treated the vocals on "Tar digit": they are like cut ups which find a new life between the analog layers of drum and synths. Try to imagine an electro remix of a rriot grrl band and you'll the have the idea. Their last track is a short one and it is a dissonant electro funky tune with distortions and stops and go. Just like an extreme and low-fi version of LCD Soundsystem. Great 12" which deserve your attention!
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Artist: ACRYBIA (@)
Title: Death, Birth And Marriage
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****

Formed in 1999, Acrybia is a Poland project which started as a death metal band. Their style turned into something more extreme during the years thanks to different line-up changes. Slowly the band increased the industrial influences and their latest full length for Beast Of Prey is showing well this new path. DEATH, BIRTH AND MARRIAGE is the first part of six of the Diabolus Opum series which will count six parts/bands and 666 CD copies in total. The six tracks of the album present a band (now is a duo formed by Shadock and Vauec) which changed so much their music that now they turned into it into a sort of dark industrial minimalism where drones are mixed with low bit rate samples (like on "Bridal mating" where metallic noises are coupled with a simple piano line with the following add of effected noises) or where the drones are looped and distorted creating an alienating atmosphere (like on "If you looking you will find - heaven for sale"). Sounding like an horror ritualistic industrial suite DEATH, BIRTH AND MARRIAGE has interesting moments as well as some others where the digital low bit rate samples confound a little the listener. Instead, the most melodic track of the lot, the closing "Gdy Juz Nic Nie Zostalo", is a good example of dark industrial experimentalism which create a convincing atmosphere being also accessible.
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Artist: Penjaga Insaf & Vestigial (@)
Title: Of Earth And Of Fire
Format: 12"
Label: Loki Foundation / Power And Steel (@)
Rated: *****
OF EARTH AND OF FIRE is the fist official release for both the projects involved. Penjaga Insaf is a German duo who previously released a CD-r titled "To Whom It May Concern" on Shortwave Transmission. Vestigial comes from Italy and already released a self produced 3" CD-r with track which reminded of the best Lustmord moments. On this new 12" you can find Penjaga Insaf bringing to your attention "Tenangan", a twelve minutes track really involving which, like a serpent, slowly crawls between effected field recordings (voices, rhythms and noises recorded in Indonesia by the band) and spatial synth pads. During the track's length you are like suspended in time and you'll be carried away by its semi ritualistic structure. Vestigial present here two tracks which sound like two parts of the same movement. "Summoned by panopticonian flames" and "The architect of ashes" are more hypnotizing compared to the Penjaga Insaf track and it confound the listener's senses with blasts and humming loops. Imagine to be underwater and to being listening to a sinking ship during an earthquake and you'll have pretty much the sensation these tracks give. A must...
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