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Artist: VENETIAN SNARES (@)
Title: Hospitality
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****

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HOSPITALITY is the latest Venetian Snares release and it contains six new tracks where Aaron Funk redefine his latest breakcore i.d.m. orchestral sound that he presented with "Rossz Csillag Alatt Született". If you were used to his breathtaking digital cavalcades, this time Aaron decided to surprise his audience using also moments where sonic disintegration is kinda under control. Take for example the first couple of minutes of the opening "Frictional Nevada" where he build an ambient melodic orchestration (which is soon after joined by the usual crazy rhythmical section) and see how he deals the rhythm and the new melodic lines on the following minutes. If on "Rossz Csillag Alatt Született" he preferred orchestral sounds on HOSPITALITY you’ll find a lot of organ sounds along with strings (like on "Shoot myself" where he creates a good melancholic moment). I don’t know what do you think about the new Venetian Snares style but I like it because melodies and rhythmic complex structures get along really well and this new MCD is a good work that will make people, that were afraid or unused to this kind of sounds, appreciate Aaron’s work as they will find great amounts of involving atmospheres.
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Artist: W.A.S.T.E.
Title: This Is What We Seek
Format: CD
Label: Sistinas (@)
Distributor: Crunch Pod Media
Rated: *****
Also a debut release for this LA-based Powernoise duo, out now on the new label Sistinas. Consisting of Shaun Englefield and Theo Harper this duo offers mostly rhythmically Powerelectronics of the hardest kind. They show no mercy to torment some nerves of the fainthearted through that typically and monotonous track construction filled with the overused dose of distortion, delay, reverb and overdrive effects in all kinds. The music is very tough produced and really reminds on the hardest TERRORFAKT/CONVERTER outputs (...and it’s really seldom that I agree on comparisons done by the label...). The track "Psycho Killer" really turns the overall sound of this act into a wild distortion-massacre, for sure the hardest piece here. This track got also reworked into a more calm and mostly driven by some ominous synth-layers oriented piece. Another remarkable track can be named with "Small Time Pedophile (Gary Glitter Mix)", dedicated to the British 70ties Glam-Rock legend, which offers a lesser amount of uncontrolled distortions. The internationally renowned act MANUFACTURA is also available here with a remix work on the track "Shut Up And Bleed". Some more real compositional efforts on some tracks wouldn’t be wrong for a possible future release simply to offer a wider diversity. Nevertheless W.A.S.T.E. have produced an ultra-violent Powernoise album, which should appeal all fanatics of this genre which look out for a tough alternative to the Ant-Zen/Hands roster.
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Artist: ITTO
Title: Sound On An Empty Road
Format: CD
Label: Elvis Coffee Records (@)
Rated: *****
Itto is the collaboration between Ian Holloway and Neil Rowling respectively from Psychic Space Invasion and Directive 4. A long drone that shifts in pitches is just a prelude for the unexpected core of the work where field recordings of various sources intertwine with a dismal guitar plucking. Maybe the only point against this one is that when you start to get comfortable with the difference it suddenly ends leaving you longing for more. Sound On An Empty Road is surely at its best when it's at its gloomiest. A good display of creative verve, worth checking out for both the Die Stadt & co. fanatics and the lovers of the darker side of the Kranky label out there.
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Artist: WHERE (@)
Title: wererat
Format: CD
Label: Eibon (@)
Rated: *****
This Zairo guy behind Where is probably into scary music and into the aesthetics of the dark ambient/industrial scene judging both from the cover and from the music, but also considered he's put some Atrax Morgue's quote in the booklet. This guy obviously is not a newcomer since I've seen he's already put out something on cdr format. Dark ambient to the bone but with a couple of odd elements like the "werewolf/inhuman" laments that dyes the first track in black on black. Misanthropic and horrorific as you can easily imagine, Zairo seems to be obsessed by rats more than GBH in their famous song. Talking about rats, it could be the perfect soundtrack for that scene of Herzog's Nosferatu where the ship brings the rats and the subsequent cholera in town. In the second track you have those warlike "beats" that speaking about the genre are quite a standard but it's not another pale imitator of Death in June or Blutharsh. In the last two tracks of the records the soft ambiental white noise is pushed so far that there’s an hypnotical side effects and that's probably the part of the cd I’ve enjoyed the most. I'm not such a fan of dark ambient where the keyboard sound is still intelligible but Where is ok due to the production and to the cure with which he's developed all of the tracks without using goth elements.
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Artist: HUTCHINSON (@)
Title: sitespecific for orange squirrel
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
I dunno where they took the name but it makes me think to the mighty Jetsons and if you're into Hanna and Barbera's cartoon you know what I'm talking about. Nothing on this cd is cartoonesque but without any doubt there's this acid 70ies aroma churning right from the cover to the music. This double cd features a good dose of energized hi-voltage 70ies psichedelia actualized with a hard-pounding modern rock touch, but it still can't be filed under stoner so you Kyuss fans are warned. This combo is a four piece and of them is keyboard player, probably what bring the music back in time, without it I'm sure they should be confused with good musicians playing a la Don Caballero, Golden, Trans Am or something like that. Funny but I'd say there's a sort of continuity that links this cd to other bands on Wallace like Rosolina Mar, at last their "rock classic" taste is quite similar. I can't say all of the tracks are equally as catchy as others but believe if I say it’s much more interesting than many soft post-rock bands playing with electronic but still sounding like the bad answer to Mogway, Notwist or Lali Puna. The second cd is a bit more hard funk oriented as if James Taylor was a bit more on cocaine but Hutchinson’s identity still remains unaltered and it gives the impression they should be great to be heard in the back while you watch the original Starsky and Hutch driving in they super cool red car to kick some criminal ass. The recording is great, at last I guess this is one of those releases where Fabio Magistrali knows 100% what to do to capture the essence of the music.
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