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Artist: NIKO SKORPIO (@)
Title: Escape From Heaven
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Niko Scorpio has been active into different bands since early 90s. With each band he explored different musical paths and if with Thergothon he played dark metal, with This Empty Flow he explored the new wave and goth dark corners. Also as Niko Skorpio he already released different albums since the end of the 90s and this ESCAPE FROM HEAVEN is his eleventh release. Into his press sheet he named as his main influences Psychic Tv, Throbbing Gristle and Coil. Musically Niko doesn’t make evident these influences (maybe Coil are the main one) by presenting a sound already known or musical solutions listened thousand of times. For sure the main things he shares with Coil is his interest into thelemitic arguments and about the research of human spiritual freedom. In my opinion this could represent the ESCAPE FROM HEAVEN, the rejection of the squared way of living and if the Catholic church pave its streets with gold, escaping from heaven could make the man opening his eyes without being blinded by such shining streets. Listening to Niko Skorpio’s album the first thing that pop up is his will of refusing the boundaries of a precise genre. If main the track is paying its tribute to metal (and this is the only one), on the other ones you can find traces of mid oriental traditions (see the trumpets of the second part of "Dudael" called "A chasm in the desert") or tribal approach to rhythms. The nine tracks of the CD are permeated with will of experiment with emotions and music and most of them sound like an obscure soundtrack where melody surface time to time. It took five years to Niko to record this album and now you have the opportunity to check his inner feelings as on this CD he stripped his emotions like his body as you can see on its cover.
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Artist: CABOTO (@)
Title: Hidden or just gone
Format: CD
Label: Fratto9 (@)
Rated: *****
Caboto from Bologna have arrived at their third "circumnavigation" and I'd say their emotional, post-fusion, jazzy impetus pushes the forward while sticking to their roots. There's something "old" (like every good wine) in the music of this band, some "electric-Miles Davis" flavour diluted in this "indie" potion. Differently from their previous album "Did you get visuals", the band added some vocals and some more "colours" but I'm sure those who loved their records so far won't be let down. The Hancockesque electric piano sometimes has that we can define a minimalist taste (even it's really far from serialism and from being "simple"), anyhow, it sails in a sea of troubled but yet calm guitar sea and on a groovy-jazzy rhythmic section. The vocals have made their debut on a few songs and it's a strange effects sometimes but in general I'd say the result is good. While with "Did you get..." I've had the impression the album was meant as a whole, in "Hidden or just gone" the focus is on the parts. While their improvisational flow combined with their great musicianship is still strong, they've timidly begun writing songs. According to my opinion some episodes have an incredible "phatos" (Canedineve, Disarchitetture/Glass elephant goes downtown) or even better that visionary/emotive touch that's one of their main qualities. Sad, psychedelic, jazzy, afro-american music for sinking ships and confused whales (if the layout has a significance).
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Artist: Noize Punishment (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: D-Trash records (@)
Rated: *****
Straight out of the Czech Republic, Noize Punishment landed on Toronto-based D-Trash records to release his debut (only a matter of time, since he had previously released remixes on D-Trash). 60 minutes of broken up noise-breakcore with a straight in your face punk attitude and sample commentary (the record starts with some reporter commenting on what probably was one of the anti-G8 demonstrations that took place in Europe in 2k). Violent, aggressive, relentless and never letting go, Noize Punishment drags you through 16 tracks of disfunctional and chopped up extreme rhythm-noise mixed and maxed with elements of distorted drum'n'bass, noise, digital hardcore-techno and breakbeats. If you happen to like stuff that comes out on Hive records or Daft records, you will certainly have a blast with this CDR. This self-titled debut also features remixes of (not by) Public Enemy and Satisfucktion. Noize Punishment has a pretty vast discography under all sorts of different labels all around the globe and he also makes music under the Unsane Virusez, Forbidden Society and Mental Output monikers and runs Hardliner Recordings himself. Check this dude out. You can listen to the entire album online at the label's site.
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Artist: OLHON (@)
Title: Sinkhole
Format: CD
Label: Eibon Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Olhon is a project conducted by Zairo (research, on-site recordings and treatments) and Massimo (technical assistance, treatments and mixing) and SINKHOLE is their second album after their CD released back in 2001 titled "Veiovis". Olhon isn’t properly a musical project because their main activity consist of treatment of field recordings taken into particular places. For this release the duo chose a sinkhole called Pozzo del Merro, located at few Km from Rome. Hidden by a dry part (where there’s some luxurious vegetation) and by a little lake, the sinkhole goes deeply into the ground for a total of 1016 feet. The hole is also divided into four different parts named after the various explorative immersions. The recordings have been taken at different depths of the Pozzo del Merro thanks to particular microphones and software. The original recordings then have been treated into the recording studio avoiding the incidental creation of musical structures. The final result is an obscure ambient album that will scare the hell out of you at each noise. These are the sounds of our mother earth and I can tell you that she’s mad at us!
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electronic Revolutions @ Movement 2004, Detroit
Format: CD
Label: Alley Records (@)
I could not find anything about this album on the label website, which seems to be a CD duplication and recording house. The website that produced this festival, http://www.EclecticDetroit.com/, has been down for at least a week or two for server migration. Overall, this compilation is not bad, but there is nothing on here that I would consider essential. There were only three bands that I recognized before getting this disc, so a lot of new artists here. Unfortunately, many do not seem to have a distinct voice and sound virtually indistinguishable. So let’s move on to the specific tracks. Entluften opens the compilation with decent techno with synth new wave feel and Backspace continues the dance-friendly music with lush synth and a heavy beat that reminds me of old school industrial dance music (in a good way). Chiasm creates a weird dissonance between growling and ethereal female vocals that was not really my thing, but interesting. Some beats mixed with atmosphere but not quite as dance friendly as the previous tracks. Life Toward Twilight lays down some heavy, slow, metallic tribal sounding drumming mixed with noisy atmosphere. I don’t know what the dancers were thinking when this happened, but I like it. I reviewed their disc in this batch of reviews and it was really good (it’s free for download, so the price is right). Delien is the first of several on this disc that graduated from the Venetian Snares school of spastic noisy beats. They do this style very well. Iszoloscope delivers the expected Ant-Zen style noisy beats, but with a heavy synth undercurrent. A little more old-school techno than I expected. He builds layer upon layer until it sounds like 4 songs going at once. Di_sect lays down some complex beats with some slowed down voices, but overall, this track just didn’t really stand out. Xanopticon provides more music from the Venetian Snares school of spastic beats. Not bad, but a bit thinit sounds more like a drum machine that is dying than a track. A bit too minimal for my tastes. Blaerg layers spastic beats over a flowing heavily processed acoustic guitar that would be at home on a Durutti Column album. Oddly peaceful and disconcerting at the same time. I liked it. Syne_lapse_variate is also a bit thin, but the beats are interesting. Not quite as spastic, but has some other elements weaving throughout that keep it from getting boring. OK, but not too engaging. Phallus Uber Alles provides one of the tracks that stood out. A nice groove with samples of a woman talking about being the future homemakers of America that shifts to heavy social commentary. The beat remains consistent – rather than the music shifting, it is the samples. Larvae’s track was also a bit too stripped down for my tastes, more like the foundation of a track than the track itself. Sound Extraction X lays down a nice groove with old school sounding beats but it went on too long. It sounds like a warm up track for a band rehearsal or a connecting track between two stronger tracks on an album. Necroplastic offers a short minimalist track with some light beats and a piano line. EclecticLiquid’s track is muddy, noisy, and distorted. It’s glitchy, like a techno track that has been completely overloaded, but it doesn’t really seem to fit on this compilation. Ghoulie ends the disc with an odd combination of bass line, cheesy casio synth, drum machine, and rapping. Not really my thing. Overall, this compilation is OK, but nothing on this disc makes me want to park it in the CD player for a long period of time. I’m sure that for those who were at the festival, it would be a good souvenir.
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