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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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Artist: Dronolan’s Tower (@)
Title: Legends of Kitholan. Vol. 1: Tales of the Long Forgotten
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Music by gamers for gamers.

Dronolan’s Tower is the one man project of David Allen Young. His ideas for the soundtrack stile music did not sound as he wanted when making the music by himself so he hired an orchestra and a choir in Hollywood to do it for him. The result is medieval fantasy mood music with more hints of darkness than light.
If you like bands like Erdenstern you will probably drool while listening to Dronolan’s Tower.
When I saw the artwork I thought of Midnight Syndicate but oh so wrong I was. This is far beyond what Midnight Syndicate could even dream of!
It’s actually in the same league as the more experienced top dogs in this genre.
"The Battle of Shadow pass" is without a doubt the best track on the CD and I love it.

I have almost nothing bad to say about this great release. I though would like to hear something a bit more unique from time to time.
David list (on his myspace site) John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Basil Poledouris (and others) as influences and you can hear that in the music. Some might say too much.
To be honest this is a very good and ambitious project which I cannot other than applaud!
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Artist: DESOLATION ZONE (@)
Title: L'Homme Machine
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
Created in 1995 by Krzysztof Wlodarski, Desolation Zone already released different albums for 666 Records, Void Rekordz and the same Beast Of Prey which is releasing this new one. L'HOMME MACHINE is a limited CD (444 copies have been made) presented into a beautiful package: inside a tin box you can find a pair of black latex gloves, an original surgical scalpel hermetically packed and a folded insert with infos. The album is titled after the studies conducted by the French doctor and philosopher Julien Offray de La Mettrie [from Wikipedia: "During an attack of fever he made observations on himself with reference to the action of quickened circulation upon thought, which led him to the conclusion that physical phenomena were to be accounted for as the effects of organic changes in the brain and nervous system. This conclusion he worked out in his earliest philosophical work, the Histoire naturelle de l''me (1745). So great was the outcry caused by its publication that La Mettrie was forced to take refuge in Leiden, where he developed his doctrines still more boldly and completely, and with great originality, in L'Homme machine (Eng. trans., London, 1750; ed. with introd. and notes, J. Asszat, 1865), and L'Homme plante, treatises based upon principles of the most consistently materialistic character"]. Musically Krzysztof created six good dark industrial tracks based on percussive sounds mixed with cyclic noises and light melodies which create a sort of hypnotic soundtrack were noise isn't the most important thing. On "Marriage between man and machine", for example, you can find percussive dark ambient moments where pauses are as much relevant as the rhythmic ones. This isn't the usual industrial music based only on the effect created. Desolation Zone is able to create dark soundtracks where sounds and rhythms are calibrated just to form industrial rhythmic suites where the listener is suspended into a new sonic world.
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Artist: RED MOTH (@)
Title: Red World
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
RED WORLD is the first release of the Polish act Red Moth. The seven tracks' aim is focused on ear devastation thanks to hisses, digital noises, few vocal samples and distortion. By reading the tracks' titles ("Antihuman", "Acid" "Plague", "Short_Circuit", "Mescalin", "Red world" nad "Grief") you have the idea of the social concept the project wants to arise into the listener's mind. This concept is based on the sense of disgust given by nowadays politicians and by social, cultural condition of the states. The concept, even if has been explored and exploited by thousand of bands, is opened to other interpretations but in the case of Red Moth, unfortunately, talking about sound, the tracks deal with the same kind of sounds without succeeding into make feel nothing more than pain and suffering into the listener. For sure this was the aim of the project but this could be appreciated only by pure extreme noise lovers who don't care about sound variations.
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