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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: The eternal present
Format: CD
Label: Elvis Coffee (@)
Rated: *****
This' the second sampler of Elvis Coffee records I review and as I've said the last time this' a strange kind of label. The most of the music they put on their sampler creates a really uniform collage and nothing better than a collage epitomizes the approach of many modern/contemporary artists, uh?!. Drone music? Space music? Probably both of them...at last England is the cradle of many different genres of music one of which is psychedelia? (... bye bye Syd!!). When it's not "drone-odd" music, it indirectly (or directly who knows) pays tribute to people like early isolationists or to beautiful/degenerated minds like Nurse With Wound, weirdest Current 93 or something in the vein but everything here is more softly . Sideral music for odd people? Maybe... even if I don't know much about the most of the bands (apart those included in the first compilation) I'm sure some of them are definitely mature for some official release. Relaxing? Acid? Probably I'm writing this for the second time reviewing Elvis Coffee releases but that's acid music for modern fre-e-aks. Weird and interesting.
Jul 11 2006
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Artist: EMPTY (@)
Title: Open Aeon
Format: CD EP
Label: Aphotic Audio (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is the follow-up act of the Australian EBM/Electro band TRON, some of you maybe have heard active at the Hellwire community (www.hellwire.com). EMPTY consist of both members, Aaron Potter and Daniel Brunet, and they are playing a kind of Dark Electro following some traditional ideas of the older DISMANTLED combined with some HEAVY WATER FACTORY ideas – if there’s really a need to compare them somehow. Recording for their own small label Aphotic Audio, this is a self-funded but very professional release regarding all important parts from a cool artwork up to the music. It is definitively a subtle but also attractive arranged electronic music which doesn’t follow any overrated hypes. Charles Fenech of ANGEL THEORY, whose talent is for sure well known (please check out the new interview with him here on our site...), has laid his helping hands on the mixing console and did some production on this release and result is a fine and very satisfying official debut EP featuring 6 tracks and two valuable remix contributions by ANGEL THEORY and iammynewt. The opener "Ghost Beside You" and "Blue" can be named as the favorites here, both feature a well done and remarkable dark melodic content – no wonder also that these both tracks received the remix contributions of the both mentioned act. Also a video for "Ghost Beside You" should be now available, just check back the website of the band. Check also out the intense and gloomy final piece "Alone". This release can impress totally through its decent dark, but melodic input, the mood and complexity generally. Here are no "get-hard-be-strong" artists at work, moreover a grown and experienced unit now finally providing outstanding results. Get it, check back the DSBP website to purchase this item.
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Artist: GODKOMPLEX (@)
Title: Audial Apostasy
Format: CD
Label: Artificial Noise Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Some of you may have discovered this Californian act on some magazine CD compilations of the well known Industrial Nation, maybe also from the well done "Wetworks Compilation III" which was online available from this now defunct webzine. Here they are back with a new 12 track album and all of you who have expected a music style like the compilation appearances mostly based on classic US-Industrial anthems will be surprised. Some far away possible comparisons to the old KEVORKIAN DEATH CYCLE maybe come to mind ("World Below"), but GODKOMPLEX have much more to offer. Some tracks turn into an Ambient-like style ("Not Human", "The Final Act"), while they mix perfectly in some cool Dark Electro tunes ("Kill-4-God", "Diminutive"). Conspicuous is the fact that this act has fine abilities to integrate complex rhythm patterns featuring several D n’ B and or IDM flavors – not everything here has that 4/4-marching-forward feel. I’m wondering a bit that there are only three tracks which feature the pregnant vocals of Daron A. Case ("All Or Nothing", "World Below" and the already discovered but still amazing "Intentional Disarray"). All other tracks are instrumental, but therefor voice sample-driven. It would be easy to advise them to write more tracks featuring some male or female vocals for sure, but on the other side I have to admit that this missed part doesn’t make the other nine tracks boring. GODKOMPLEX set the music in the center of their work – and their work is marvelous here! Distributed by the cool DSBP label/mail order should make it possible to get this fine item easily and to a fair price. A band to follow immediately!
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Artist: Michael Vernusky (@)
Title: Blood That Sees the Light
Format: CD
Label: Alas Seis Music (@)
Rated: *****

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Let's face it, it's extremely hard these days to make palatable "experimental" music in any genre, or even develop a unique style. Under the aegis of award-winning composer and full-time music instructor Michael Vernusky, however, there just may emerge a perfect variant in the realm of "serious" music. This young and accomplished classical/noise-collage artist has turned in an ambitious and impressive array of drone-and-klang-accompanied chamber pieces -- a side of rusty razor wire with your filet mignon, if you will.

In fact, let's imagine that this is one such dinner party, at which the first thing everyone hears is the title track, a swelling barrage of ambient menace, bringing to mind (for those of us with Industrial leanings) Reptilicus and maybe some of Laibach's Macbeth. But then track two, "Tanah," surprises us with a hissing alien demon who leads the way through a futuristic chamber piece for "flutes and electronic sound." "Arc," an intensely moody, brooding piano solo, has intricate and interesting modern phrasings in six movements, which means we've made it to the main course without too much wine and hors d'oeuvres. For the next course, "Means and Meditations," we've now left the chamber and stumbled out into the aliens' subway system, with snapping, spitting third rails and groaning vehicles howling electronically by -- and then on our way back in, we stop only to listen to a solo classical guitarist playing a somber prayer ("Selah") amid the sound of the otherworldly metropolis thrumming in the background.

Now we've come to dessert, the live orchestral "Drawn Inward." There unfortunately is some dissonance in the performance of this last track, but kudos must be given to Vernusky for not copping out and doing it all on synth. In any case, by that time you and your dinner guests should all be in a catatonic stupor of pleasurable, drunken angst. I'm putting in my RSVP for the maestro's next soirée, which should be sensational, if this foray is any indication.
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Artist: PERCEPTION CLEANSE PERCEPTION (@)
Title: Cross-Cutting in Cold Frames
Format: CD
Label: Backscatter / Dungeon Recordings (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
It is to say that Kevin J. Cazier's solo effort PERCEPTION CLEANSE PERCEPTION – or short PCP – tends to discover very strange fields of the Industrial music genre, and this can be seen as a total contrary to his other well recognized Electro/Industrial project LITTLE SAP DUNGEON (read reviews and interview somewhere placed here...). Musically diversity is rich given here, styles are present from a dark Ambient-inspired instrumental piece ("Medusa’s Chamber") to Dark Electro ("Descent"), from hammering Industrial with Rap-like vocals ("This Town Can Kiss My Ass") to a furious guitar-driven Industrial tune ("Newsbreak", check out the excellent voice sampling work!!!) – yeah, you’ll also get a cover version of the DEAD KENNEDYS "Kinky Sex Makes The World Go Round" – Industrial-Punk as its best! Not that Kevin’s magical hands aren’t talented enough to produce this diversity, no – he has also experienced a lot of help by very talented musicians and friends around him like his partners in crime, Chris Alvarado (23 EXTACY), Xon (BOUNDLESS, SYMBIONT) and to my surprise also from Alan E. Wilson, the other half of the now in hiatus LITTLE SAP DUNGEON. Also worth to mention are the hefty messages behind the lyrics of Kevin, I have seldom heard (and seen, check the great artwork..) a release depending that tough on the current politically situation around the Bush regime. Of course not all pieces here do have my undisturbed attention, which surely belongs to my more limited musically horizon more based onto classic Electro/Industrial effort, but I can recognize Kevin’s authentic style in all "frames" here. This is a hard and diverse release which you all should spend some attention.
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