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Artist: ANHEDONIA (@)
Title: Destructive Forces
Format: CD
Label: Aliens Production (@)
Distributor: SXDistribution
Rated: *****
The debut CD by this young and extremely talented young Czech Republic project consisting of Vojtech Smetana should surprise the audience world-wide. The Slovakian label Aliens Production is known to bring out talents of Eastern Europe, which do all mostly concentrate on some cold and Dark Electro anthems, just think on both DISHARMONY and/or the last discovery GAPING CHASM. But this strong produced, and only instrumental-based album gives this real underground label some new exposure. Ladies and Gentlemen, Aliens Production proudly presents with ANHEDONIA the legitimate follow-up to the now defunct well known US act GRIDLOCK!!! I think this comparison fits the best to describe the thick and scary atmospheres which ANHEDONIA produces here. Don’t think about a copycat or soemthing like that, ANHEDONIA offer somewhat more straight structures. Tracks like my both favorites "Icecold" or "Chiba City Blues" should be able to let some dark people do some moves on a stage, in that case that an open-minded DJ would play stuff out of this intense listen experience. 13 tracks in all here, plus a well done remix by their label comrades of DISHARMONY on the trakc "Stir Up The Dust", this is for sure one of the strongest debuts I heard in a while.
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Artist: DAZY CHAIN (@)
Title: Love Is Hate - Peace Is War
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Although released under the label moniker "Totenkoft" Records, I am pretty sure, that this CD got produced and released by the band itself. Consisting of both members, Dazy (vocals) and Norbert Lehmann (guitars) we have here another member of the Australian Crash Frequency community (www.crashfrequency.com) – and this is also another very hefty proof that one of the bands of this organization doesn’t sound like a second one. DAZY CHAIN have no real comparable music to offer which can somehow related to the EBM/Electro/Industrial music. They moreover produce a kind of guitar-driven Punk-inspired hardcore music with a totally rebellious and anarchic attitude. Especially the lyrics provided by "Crazy" Dazy give you a perfect hint of what this is all about. Also the cover art with all scandalizing photos (yes, some swastikas are there as well...) placed on several TV sets shows you well the inspiration for this act. The TV knows it all, and "we’re all the same", right on. Dazy seems to rock against all, everything and every word ending with the letters "-ism". Well, it’s fun and at times inspiring for me to follow Dazy’s lyrics, but the music is out my playing field. No worries, I would like to leave this review without a rating, just because it wouldn’t be fair to the band. People who are into the described style of music should give it a try.
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Artist: GOJ / H2S (@)
Title: Split
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Snuff / Biostasi Records (@)
Rated: *****
Coming from Italy, Goj and H2S are already active since 1999 the first and 2001 the latter. They have in common a friendship and a similar musical feeling. They know that their stuff could be filed under "no-music", but listening to the eight tracks I must say that what they do is emotional music and emotions could also find their way through sounds and noises where melody is only a surplus. This common aim made they produce a split mini CD with four tracks each. Goj presents four tracks of what he calls "neuroambient". Trying to explaining how "neuroambient" could sound let’s say that each track could have a different approach to sound/structure and if the opening "Flat-E" is made out of distorted drums and a rarefied distorted organ sound the following "Lotta vs Sonia" changes radically with its looped electronic structure. "Kingdom" sounds like the early Earth (distortion, reverb and chorus on a bass guitar) and the last track "Non, je ne suis pas du tout un excentrique" is an ambient experimental short track with treated radio sources on background of a synthesizer pad. H2S approach to experimental sounds is different because he mix new wave intuitions (see the chorused guitar of the opening "Fragmentation") with industrial taste. In this way the tracks sounds now more noisy and then a little more ambient with noise inserts (like on "Kafka’s parallel dimension" or "Allen mistress on the snow"). The closing "Bondage in the wood" sounds like post punk meets Cabaret Voltaire. Some naivety are evident but this split is definitely worth you attention.
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Artist: Corde Oblique
Title: Respiri
Format: CD
Label: ark records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
This is a new work coming from the very good Italian label Ark Records that presents the new folk-ethereal-ethnic album from Riccardo Prencipe, ex mind of Lupercalia (ex-World Serpent). In this team of artist have collaborated Caterina Pontrandolfo: chant, soprano, spoken voice. Alfredo Notarloberti: violinist of Argine, Ashram, Lupercalia. Catarina Raposo: Dwelling's voice. Alessandra Santovito: voice of the Hexperos project, ex-Gothica. Corrado Videtta: voice and guitarist of Argine. Luigi Rubino: Ashram's pianist.
Francesco Villani: talented pianist. Francesco Perreca: talented clarinetist. Over 60 minutes of very great music and pure art. This is an album of contemporary music that look into the past, arranged by a big master.
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Artist: Dark Sanctuary
Title: Exaudi Vocem Meam - Part 1
Format: CD
Label: Wounded Love Records (@)
Distributor: avangarde
Rated: *****
This is the new album of Dark Sanctuary the most mature and complex work. An album filled with highly romantic neo-classical instrumentation and orchestration and ethereal French female vocals .In 10 years of existence Dark Sanctuary had increased the interest and quality album by album."Exaudi Vocem Mean" was recorded over summer 2005 at E-Studio, Germany,using real classical instruments. Dark Sanctuary has released one of the better albums in the genre. Highly recommended to all fans of Arcana, Stoa, Elend, Autumn Tears, Dargaard, Dead Can Dance. Part II will be released later this year. Recommended
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