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Artist: MARCHWITZA (@)
Title: Have A Hard Day
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Rated: *****
We at the Chain D.L.K. like to say hello and welcome to the Sturm label, which hails from Latvia. Sturm seems to be a hard working label providing harsh and martial music like Powernoise, harsh Electro, Dark Ambient up to Ritual Industrial. Latvia hasn’t so far brought out anything related to that mentioned styles, it seems to be a well place for the cold and rough music and this "Sturmmandat" is already their 14th release at all. MARCHWITZA is a harsh sounding duo simply providing the formula of the label. Of course, to discover some aggressive tunes from this Eastern European country has still a very exotic touch, but MARCHWITZA can provide a well balanced diversity in their style. You shouldn’t expect the best and polished recording quality of a huge studio production – but therefor this is real "underground". "Have A Hard Day" – well, this title sounds already like a warning and so they start with some noisy tunes. It is lesser danceable stuff than the generic harsh EBM/Powernoise style provided from labels like ProNoize for example. Nevertheless they show some real compositional background here and they also provide some harsh, sometimes strange effected vocals. I’ve picked out the fine arranged "Big Cojones" of being the best piece, a real Dark Electro pearl with slight noisy undertones and some excellent filter sweeps. Brachial music between pounding Electro/EBM up to static Powernoise efforts – MARCHWITZA can satisfy on all points here. There’s another new wave hailing from Eastern Europe – Sturm storms the international dancefloors of the dark clubs!
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Artist: REVOLUTION STATE / NOIZEKATT (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Red Dwarf Studio
Rated: *****
This is the debut split-release of these both talented US-acts, and especially the name REVOLUTION STATE comes back to mind if you take a look on some last releases of VELVET ACID CHRIST. They’ve created two remix works on the last VAC SiCD release "Wound" and made also a contribution on the "Hex Angel" full-length release. Bryan Erickson of VAC has mostly a good taste when he’s looking for some talented contributors – also here with REVOLUTION STATE this works fine. Consisting of Bonnie and Ben P., they do some serious business under the moniker REVOLUTION STATE and offer us here five own compositions woven into the wide field of Electro/EBM/Industrial music. VAC is for sure not only a band in friendship, it is also a possible reference if you look for comparisons. Just delete almost all Trance elements in VAC’s music, add the static vocal performances of Bonnie P next to the rough and high pitched of Ben and you’ll maybe get an idea how this act sounds. The track "Deny" is a stomping monster and could already receive some fine recognition through a well-placed compilation appearance on "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 2", released by the Belgium Alfa-Matrix label. I have also to tap my hat off for their fine placed synth layers – awesome work on "Profit Produced Pain" and "My Other Heartbeat", two real fine Dark Electro pieces! Things are a bit different with NOIZEKATT. This act, also leaded by the both members, was in a first instance only created to save a planned Industrial/Powernoise party through a live performance. The music of NOIZEKATT is generally more straight and beating, more into the kind of rhythmical EBM/Powernoise and so lesser dark. Not the harshest act of this genre of course, but well arranged and with a real compositional background. If this both projects will remain independent or if they both will grow into one act, which is musically thinkable – who knows this yet? Released under their very own Red Dwarf Studios and so without the help of a renowned label, this is a fine and promising release of currently two new up and coming artist hailing from the USA. Check this out and purchase this fine release.
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Artist: Marvin Ayres (@)
Title: Cycles - 12 Sketches For Recycling Piano Harmonics
Format: CD
Label: Burning Shed (@)
Rated: *****
The British Ambient/Avantgarde artist Marvin Ayres has released another experimental CD and the title gives you already an idea on what he has worked this time. For this release he has placed two grand pianos in different locations with different rooms, hall and reverberation effects. One piano got immaculately tuned in a big orchestral studio, the other was out of tune in an empty room. He has done several experiments with the key sounds, speed, kind and conditions and has recorded only the harmonics of the chords. The recordings of both pianos got merged and reassembled. Marvin could so "win" several resonant overtones and subtle quartertones – a real psycho acoustic experiment which he couldn’t ever expected has happened. So the here presented sound collages are hardly to understand as real compositions, this is a real acoustic experiment after a lot of work and effort. Nobody – including Marvin – could ever expect how this experiment would have been sounded before – so here is the result of Marvin’s very own world of static noise collages. A real companion to his "Scape" CD.
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Artist: CRAP
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Megaplomb (@)
Rated: *****
Crap? No way, if there's something far from being pure crap is the music featured on this cd. Megaplomb’s profile as a label is getting clear, you just need hears to perceive the guy is mainly free/jazzy/avant/tecnique oriented or at least that's what it seems. Going back to Crap I'd better start by saying this four letters birth name hides four well know musicians haling from the jazz circuit (both from the institutional and the off one), but they all are quite popular for having played "other music" and to have hybridized jazz in many of their countless side works. Jacopo Andreini (Enfance Rouge, Arrington De Dyoniso Quartet, Bz Bz ueu, etc.), Edoardo Ricci, Helmut Cipriani and Roy Paci (Manu Chao, Aretuska, Corleone, Zu, etc.) on trumpet. This a quite old recording since this ensemble was kicking back in 1998 and in some ways it has a "retrò" aftertaste of free-jazz-rock but that's not absolutely bad indeed. I think many will compare this to Zu and sure it has some similarities with the debut release of the band that at the time (more or less) featured Roy on trumpet, but this not a carbon copy of the power trio nay it has some significant differences. The arrangements are damn clean and neat and it makes you think to something that's much more absorbed in the jazz world than in the rock one but it's something that really want to cross the boundaries of its genre. Featuring both Andreini and Paci the first idea I was pondering was that it sometimes smells like popular-funny music mixed with serious muscular playing and that’ ok with me. Free-jazz-rock, yes, but still not jazz-core therefore you're warned and there's a hell of difference so please don't blame me for this jerking on definitions. I can't say how many people into jazz will buy it or get it, but they should dig it even though its schizophrenia, c’mon Trane and Parker probably would have moved their black feet to the rhythm of these four white folks and that's enough for me to justify the listening.
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Artist: FLESH EATING FOUNDATION (@)
Title: The Dead
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Rated: *****
Are you in love with early Killing Joke and with Sheeps On Drugs or Alien Sex Fiend approach to song writing? Well, the new Flesh Eating Foundation could be the one for you. Their raging guitars and distorted synths are capable of make you stomp on your granny’s bed while you’re waiting she passes out. I’m just joking, but that was the best way to describe a situation where nothing can’t stop you from being carried away by Flesh Eating Foundation tunes. Each of the three tracks sound different from the previous one and if the opening "The dead" (be sure to check the enclosed video made using "The movies" videogame) is an industrial e.b.m. version of Killing Joke, "Pass the knife" remember me an industrial version of early Alien Sex Fiend, while the closing "Kiss the tears" sounds like good e.b.m. should (is for this reason that recalls me Front Line Assembly mixed with a little bit of goth?). I was waiting for their first full length but for the moment "The dead" E.P. is a good appetizer.
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