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Artist: Virgins O.R. Pigeons (@)
Title: Place No Reliance
Format: CD
Label: Cure (@)
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
This is a debut release by a trio hailing out of Greece. I’ve never heard of them before, and that they got signed to the Japanese, rather Goth-Rock inspired Cure label (leaded by Kiwamu of BLOOD) made the surprise perfect. I got some doubts into the provided music as I saw at first the band photo printed at their label info sheet – with limy white make-up they rather look like KISS-copycats – furthermore the statement that two of the three band members are playing guitars made me thinking on a Black/Death-Metal act. Well, do not judge a band on their pics and info, he-he – this is a fine and well-worked out Dark Electro music, here and there with some hints into Hellektro, but generally without the Trancewhackedgoregalore (copyright by electrofreak, cheers!). And guitars – oh yes – available only on "Reach Out" and the second version of "Let Them Die" (provided by BLOOD-mastermind Kiwamu) – but this are rather exceptions. Favorites? Well, "Let Them Die", available here in two different versions – surprises with a clear and natural sounding vocal performance for the refrain (...of course, heavily distorted vocals are present on almost all tracks here – how could you expect anything else???). "NASA’s Lullaby" – well it’s rather seldom that a foreign band likes to take care on the spaceship dramas of Columbia and Challenger – musically, and not only on this piece they remind me a bit on acts like PUNTO OMEGA, maybe HOCICO. Finally also the satanic piece "Existe", which can be also found on the new Cure label compilation "Darkest Labyrinth" (more on this release soon...), has to be named to be one of the outstanding pieces here. It is a surprising good debut release – nothing new at all – but this scene has already endured a lot of weaker stuff, so let’s hope for some more international exposure for this fine act!
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Artist: FRANCIS DHOMONT
Title: ...et autre utopies
Format: CD
Label: empreinte Digitales
Rated: *****
The more I think to labels like Emprintes Digitales the more I think these people deserve a monument, not just for the fact they put out top notch material with beautiful packaging but also for the fact they're not afraid to release contemporary music with a strong "experimental accent". For those of you who've never heard of Francis Dhomont, you'd better give a check to his biography since it looks like this man is one of the beginners of "musique concrète" that itself makes real the "history's what's happening" in the way the Ex meant it back in the days. This collection of compositions ranging from 1998 to 2004 will bring your hear into a contemporary-classic-electronic dimension I'm writing that for those more confidential with the genre, therefore while being really different, who’s friendly with some electronic composition of people like Maderna, Berio, Stockhausen, Schaeffer, I think what we’re talking about. This "collected works" present the most introspective and abstract side of Dohmont and the title "..and other utopias" is quite explicit in this sense and more than ever in a dark age like this there’s no dichotomy with "abstraction" and "introspection" it’s almost like talking about the same thing. While forging/choosing every single sound accurately the french composer didn't forget to keep his mind fixed on the construction idea that's why even when abstraction gets high we're far from hearing "random noise". I think some passages betrays an incredible taste for tension/release like in "Voyage-miroir", not to speak about the title track where dissolution casts the listener in a sort of house of mirrors. It’s hard to get deep in the complexity of such a work but I suggest you to look for a way out from the synaptic labyrinth of Dhomont.
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Artist: ZOMBIE GIRL (@)
Title: Blood, Brains and Rock'n'Roll
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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After a while from her debut MCD "Back from the dead" here's the brand new album from Zombie Girl. Created by Icon Of Coil's Sebastian R. Komor and his wife Renee Cooper-Komor the project play around the zombie icon created back in 1968 by George Romero's famous movie "Night of the living dead". Following this theme the duo composed electro tracks with slight techno industrial and r'n'r influences with titles like "Jesus was a zombie", "Dance of the headless corpse", or "Go zombie". Humor is their first weapon but the production experience of Sebastian helped a lot creating something more than a fun album. In this way we have thirteen tracks that even if influenced by the forementioned genres they have also a certain melodic taste and an edgy dance attitude. Of the lot I preferred the ones which blended e.b.m. industrial sounds with a certain techno attitude and I found less convincing the ones that recalled me an industrial version of Blondie (see "Creature of the night" or "Gonna getcha"). Overall the album has good sounds and nice tracks (even if sometimes the vocals have a of pop attitude) and it makes me smile thinking that a pressing plant refused to print the booklet because it contained too much fake blood and plastic brains. P.s. As usual for this kind of releases Alfa Matrix did a limited box-set edition with an extra CD and a T-shirt.
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Artist: COLLECTION D'ARNELL-ANDREA (@)
Title: Exposition, eaux fortes et méandres
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Each time I have to approach to a new Collection D'arnell-Andrea it's hard for me to find the right way to explain what I listened or read. This time, after experimenting with acoustic orchestrations on "Tristesse des M'nes" or with melancholic ballads on the first part of the previous "The Bower of Despair", Collection D'arnell-Andrea take inspiration to create their music and lyrics from eleven paintings coming mainly from the 19th century. This is the list of the tracks/paintings: "Les sombres plis de l’'me" inspired by "La neige" (1873) from Charles-François Daubigny, "The monk on the shore" inspired by "The monk on the shore" (1809-1810) from Caspar David Friedrich, "Les herbes mortes" inspired by "Femmes portant du foin sur une civière" (ca 1874) from Camille Pissaro, "Les méandres" inspired by "Crépuscule sur la Loire" (1999) from Richard Boutin, "The long Shadow" inspired by "The long shadow" (ca 1805) from Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, "I can’t see your face" inspired by "Twilight fantasy" (1911) from Edward Robert Hughes, "Les catacombes inspired" by "Loire, tristesse des M'nes" (1988) from Nicolas Mecheriki, "Into flowers" inspired by "l'Angélus" (1858-1859) and "Le printemps" (1868-1873) from Jean-François Mille, "Crowns of golden corn" inspired by "Le rappel des glaneuses" (1839) from Jules Breton, "L’eau des mauves" inspired by "Ophélie" (1852) from John Everett Millais and "The island of the dead" inspired by "L'île des morts" (1880) from Arnold Böcklin. On their website you can find the pictures of the different paintings (only "Loire, tristesse des M'nes" is missing). Musically this album met my tastes as it contains electronic arrangements, upbeat rhythms, passionate vocals. The band blend post punk influences (sometimes I heard also echoes of Virgin Prunes), strings orchestrations, electronic layers (see the bassline of "The monk shore" or "Into flowers") and theatrical vocals that will convince you in no time. Since the opening "Les sombres plis de l’'me" I was hypnotized by the string line that recalled me some parts of Velvet Underground's "Venus in furs". Perfect!
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Artist: BISCLAVERET (@)
Title: Psyche nomine
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
First album for the Poland duo Biscaveret released after their debut MCDr "In hortis..." for the Israeli label The Eastern Front. The beautiful package (a three panel booklet and a postcard) contains all the lyrics which along tracks' titles like "Strange way to paradise (Ritual II)" or "Akeldama XIV" show the band's interest into magick. Musically this interest is translated into humming or distant vocals, long synth pads, reverbered percussions and creepy samples. If a track like the opening "Ritual of all embracing madness" and the following "Strange way to paradise (Ritual II)" remember me the early Endura, the 15 minutes long "Voices from another state of... mind, heart, body", slowly grows from a semi acoustic track based on piano and strings just to turn into a semi industrial dark ambient track a la In Slaughter Natives. Also the following "Akeldama XIV" is based on chaotic echoes, distant explosions and humming vocals but there's a thin melodic line that lead the listener through the sound magma created. The closing "The insane in God" seems to be a reprise of another track as I already heard that melody but it develops itself into a dark ambient track driven by obscure string sounds and a piano but this time the vocals are intelligible. This work will be of interest for the lovers of obscure suites even if sometimes the sound tend to create the same effect for the whole album length due to the massive use of reverb.
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