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Artist: KALIBER 9 (@)
Title: Death Files
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
This is a new artist collaborating with Germany’s most addictive rarity mail order service, SkullLine, and a fine addition to the musically diverse roster of their label section. KALIBER 9 seems to be a female/male-leaded duo and they provide a musically mixture out of Harsh Powernoise, Experimental, Martial Industrial and Ambient drones – heavily inspired of the works of some Cold Meat Industry patterns. It isn’t designed for the weak of heart thanks to the use of de-constructed textures and a massive (ab-)use of distortion, lo-fi and overdrive effects. "Traumatized" comes near to what can be called a rhythmically Powernoise track, while it doesn’t integrate any related Harsh EBM structures. It is a noise massacre with a harsh metallic-sounding attitude at its best. "Neurotoxin" or "Dungeoned" turn rather more into the field of Martial Industrial and Experimental genres, here and some deep and restranged male vocal extracts are thrown in. "In The Morgue" plays in a wide field of the Dark Ambient genre, while both tracks, "Dungeoned" and "In The Morgue" are also featured here as special bonus remix works, both aptly entitled "Distorture mix". KALIBER 9 offer a harsh and smashing output which likes to reflect excerpts out of different, but still rather experimental and dark-minded styles. As usual for a SkullLine release, also this release is strictly limited to 99 exemplars and comes packed in a DVD case. Play it louder than bombs, but take care for your neighbors!!!
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Artist: BRUCE EISENBEIL SEXTET (@)
Title: Inner constellation
Format: CD
Label: Nemu (@)
Rated: *****
I’m always quite curious when I happen to see line-up conducted by guitarists, above all jazz guitarists, be it I’m a guitar player myself or simply be it during the early days of jazz the instrument was a bit snobbed... or maybe it just has to do with the fact unbeatable Bailey came from there. To put it clear immediately, consider that thought working in an idiomatic way Eisenbeil is not one of those reactionary jazzists cloning his heroes and playing that sterile shit just good for a night at Blue Note where you’re having your very expensive dinner, with your even more high-priced Armani suit on. Eisenbeil plays in a clean way, sure, but at the same time he’s intrusive and dissonant and yes, he resembles a bit Derek Bailey here and there, but that’s just good since he’s far from being a copycat. That said, even if I’ve just wrote about the guitar player, add this’ a sextet and you have also drums, acoustic bass, trumpet, alto saxophone and a violin and they’re really well combined. The twenty-seven tracks composing the first song portray an errant tentacular guitar facing a Ornette Coleman meets Sun Ra meet Davis ("Filles de Kilimanjaro" era) scenario, but the interesting thing is that even if every element of this twenty-seven parts suite is basically one or two minutes long, the whole construction is homogeneous and sounds like a whole "stream of consciousness". In the most of the tracks you don’t have that dialogue/juxtaposition between the musicians like in many Coleman’s works, but you have some parts of the sextet moving at a length while some other are walking at a different speed on another level, but all is done in a really "organised" and "prudent" way (that’s why I mentioned Davis). While the modus operandi of the ensemble is different, the atmosphere of the 28th and 29th tracks is quite similar to the "inner constellation" suite, it’s with the closing "receding storm" that the context changes bringing forth a quasi-melodic jazzy/spanish guitar. In this closing episode the guitarist’s style is still personal, demonstrating he developed well his musician’s personality. This’ a good example of harmonic groovy "free jazz", or that’s how they call it, and it’s also one of those records that shows how written parts and improvising skill can still coexist in a genre that sometimes risks being killed by its glorious past.



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Artist: PINK TURNS BLUE
Title: Ghost
Format: CD
Label: Strobelight Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
In balance between new wave, post punk and goth Pink Turns Blue release their latest album GHOST. Unfortunately I can't give you my advice because the promo I own has only three tracks. From what I can hear the tracks are good mid tempo with goth guitar lines, a singer who slightly remember me Adrian Borland of The Sound. The closing "Break it" is sounding a little more up-tempo and it works well. The sound of the band is a good balance of the forementioned genres, too bad I can't give you an extended judgment but don't ask me for more with a CD containing eleven minutes of music.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Decadence Vol.1
Format: CD
Label: Koldfinger (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Limited to only 300 copies DECADANCE Vol.1 is a compilation of bands who performed at the Decadence nights. The CD isn't available at shops and you can find it only at the Decadance event or through the label. The album contains fifteen bands/tracks which include Spiritual Front, :Bahntier//, Chants Of Maldoror, Alien Vampires, Ballistic, Lia Fail, Violent Diva, Bohemien, Monolith, Macelleria Mobile Di Mezzanotte, XP8, Blue Velvet, Noorglo, Blank and The Frozen Autumn. Most of the tracks are already available on the bands' releases and only five of them are new or remixed versions. As you can see the track list is varied and presents e.b.m., electro goth, industrial, rock folk and electro and you don't know the nowadays state of these genres you could have a sort of idea. On the interactive partition of the CD you can find a three minute video where you can have an idea of what you can find at the Decandence nights: people who let loose their inhibitions and abandon themselves to fetish extravaganza and perversion...
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Artist: MILANESE (@)
Title: adapt
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
What a name?!... and what a release!! For non-Italians readers: a "Milanese" is a an habitant of Milan, this Milanese instead comes from England and only hell knows where he’s found out this funny moniker. The cover may look naive but you can’t even imagine how it embodies vividly the essence of the music featured on the cd until you’ve heard it. "Adapt" is a rhythmical release where "negritudo" and "africanism" are pumped at their maximum level. Milanese pays an heavy tribute to jungle music but while many of the vocals and the most of the beat patterns can make you think to Busta Rhymes??? Plunged in more minimal and electronic salsa (and above all with a sober production), the general atmosphere is dark as fuck!. At last as you can see from the cover, the black girl wearing a Milanese tattoo on her shoulder is a vampire (I think it comes from an eighties’ movie but I can remember which... "Space Vampires?") and as I’ve already said it’s a quite explicit manifesto of the music. The ninety per cent of the beats and many of the bass lines are saturated or simply distorted and they keep marching strong and mechanical like the heartbeat of an android. In most of the tracs the rhythmical patterns constitute more than the mare skeleton and you can easily guess he did a really good work to make them sound this way. The "flesh covering the skeleton" is made out of simple and well arranged sounds, while the bass lines are often crossed by some vocals. Sometimes the ambience reminded me "Meat Beat Manifesto in dub" if it was not for the fact "adapt" is far from dub except for those fast rappin’ who’s origin lays in jamaican. Without any doubt this one is one of the best blend of jungle influences, black music and electronics I’ve heard so far and it’s one of those records that really deserves the term: "boombastic!". While coming from a different scene, it’s surprising how close this release is to some of the things done by latest Techno Animal, Ice and Scorn. For example think to Kevin Martin and how he went deep into the process of extremization of drum and bass with his project named The Bug. Yo nigga!! Wake up nigga!!... "How can you say to me yo my niga, cursin' up a storm with your finger on a trigger, feelin' all the girls like a big gold digger... " (Public Enemy).

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