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Artist: FHIEVEL
Title: Preghiera per una stella
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Afe (@)
Rated: *****
I’m so late in reviewing this small gem but while I'm late in my duty scout’s honour that I've been listening to it many time since I've it. Fhievel is not a newcomer at all since I think you probably heard him with some previous solo releases or with the Pocket Progressive trio (a cd out on Creative Sources) which besides him includes Claudio Rocchetti and Luca Sigurtà. Ok, forget the electro-acoustic skill of Bergero and leave space for a drone oriented 3" mcd where Fhievel shows an incredible talent. The basic sound reminds of an organ keyboard, but it’s well mixed with some other sounds in a really soft manner so that you'll probably simply swim into it. The funny thing is that Bergero probably likes making the drones/sounds fade right after he thinks the natural climax of the single sound it's reached alas don't expect the typical ambiental, neverending psychedelic sound going on forever and ever. The only thing materializing underneath from the pool of sound is a soft foam made out of barely audible noises. Somebody in the past has compared Bergero to Eliane Radigue probably that’s true by the way for the boring I may sound keep in mind minimalism is not "poor" at all and above all it implies strength and self control, Fhievel is another good example of what I’ve just wrote.
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Artist: THE BOXING LESSON (@)
Title: The Boxing Lesson
Format: CD EP
Label: Diamond Records
Rated: *****
After releasing an EP and their first album "Radiation", The Boxing Lesson changed line-up after that Paul Waclawsky moved from California to Texas. There he recruited Jake and Jaylinn and he started to work to their homonymous CD. The new one define a new style for the band and by listening the opening track"Back from the dead" or "Crooked" you'll hear echoes of Pixies, Foo Fighters and sometimes a little bit of Dinosaur Jr plus particular arrangements dear to '60s psychedelia thanks to the use of organ or theremin sounds. The songs are pretty immediate and they are capable to make the listener feeling a sudden rush of energy. Probably you'll find their sound too poppy but you can't never tell if you don't give them a chance. I enjoyed them...
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Artist: JETSTREAM LOVERS
Title: Voodoo Nature
Format: CD EP
Label: Line Out Records (@)
Rated: *****
Including elements of glam rock and electronic pop, Bristol's Jetstream Lovers, have their first eight track EP out for Lineout Records. Their music is raw and passionate and it sounds like a Manic Street Preacher/Suede mixture with a little bit of new wave filtered through early Jesus And Mary Chain. They also covered Ace Of Base's "All that she wants" using distorted 8 bit samples for bass line. Sometimes their tunes sounds deranged thanks to their transversal approach but this make their music more interesting respect a usual indie band where everything sound smooth and overproduced. It is true that there's also a certain risk to make it sound too trashy but fortunately enough this is not the case. P.s. "Vietnam" is one of the tunes I preferred... Check it at their website.
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Artist: SERO.OVERDOSE (@)
Title: Heading For Tomorrow
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Already the third album for this German Synth-/Futurepop trio, which features asides front man Andre Hartung (vocals) Mike Johnson and Oliver Senger of AGONOIZE, INFEKKTION or the deleted VIRTUAL EMBRACE project responsible for the sounds and production. So this release of course got mastered under his reliable hands at his Mao-Music studio in Berlin. There are no relations to Mike’s harsh EBM projects of course, musically this release lives and dies through the charismatic voice of Andre Hartung. Somehow he reminds me a bit on some MESH tunes while managing hard to give the rather cold, but also very modern sounds of Johnson some own identity. Andre does well for sure, also from the side of production there can’t be any failure, but I miss a bit more of a catchy content. Tracks like "Fire" or "Your Road" will storm the hearts of the dancefloor-junkies for sure, but a lot of other pieces simply leave your brain and ears unimpressed. This Synthpop-bomb doesn’t ignite - with that only one very sentimental arranged exception "Du" providing thoughtful German lyrics and deep-sad message. May this album would work better with 3 – 4 tunes of this kind. I think this album tries hard not to fall into that melancholic or romantic-inspired field. If the music and sounds are really modern enough has to be proven.
Jan 10 2007
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Artist: CYANIDE REGIME (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
The still popular Hellektro virus brings out every month a new name to follow after and lately this phenomenon especially happens with newcomer acts hailing from the USA. The Florida-based CYANIDE REGIME is such an act which will be surely filed under this moniker which describes a straight and monotonous bass kick work, harsh EBM/Dark Electro arrangements, Trance-inspired synth play and near-to-unrecognizable distorted vocals. Consisting of Fernando Silva and Natalie Giampole, this duo offers here a 5-track demo (+ one hidden unlisted track...) of their work, which lately brought them an appearance on the current Interbreeding IX: Kuru compilation. They’ve also done several gigs in their area between Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and could open some events with well-known names like RETRACTOR, COMBICHRIST or TERRORFAKT. So the last two years the band has worked hard to bring out a promising debut and they see themselves now ready to play eye to eye with some related bands out of the scene. This they can proof easily with their demo. Besides the above mentioned formula this duo surprises with a well worked out melodic synth play rather taken out of Dark Electro ("Imperio") instead of the trendy Trance-inspired tunes. They offer a constant good programming, at times above the normally presented line ("Prevail"), but I wouldn’t try to use the word catchy. What they still needed to improve is the recording quality of the male vocals provided by Fernando. This would make sure a better understanding of their lyrical content which features geopolitics, religion and current events of our daily life. I would also advise them for a coming CD production to give the stuff into some experienced hands behind the mixing console, simply to offer a decent end mastering. What they still need to find is their own unique signature of sound, but I’m sure that this talented duo will experience and reach their target. Especially in Florida there are currently out some promising acts playing this harsh kind of Dark Electro/EBM/Industrial which leaves room for collaborations and so a steady competition. Thumbs up for this first work, interested labels should give them a try.
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