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Artist: BLUTENGEL (@)
Title: My Saviour
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
It was about time for Chris Pohl and his both female vocal princesses to return with a new audio sign of life, just right and dedicated to some colder dark days and to help the tended listener through some gray autumn depressions. I think I don’t have to repeat something about the music style BLUTENGEL offers with a growing success, do I? The acceptance is increasing and entries in the German Media Control Charts – just like their label colleagues AND ONE and CLIENT - are only a matter of time. "My Saviour" features three different versions of this danceable main track, one original and two remix works by CEPHALGY (a real alternative version, but lesser dancefloor-compatible...) and ADAM (offers a harder stomping version...). Add to this the fine track "Verdammnis" with German lyrics, to my taste the better one compared to the title track because of the better included female vocals. With "In Winter" you’ll got another track showing the more ballad-like and orchestral arranged side this act has to offer. BLUTENGEL of course walking the same successful formula like they’ve done before, the Dark Romantic Electro/Futurepop style on which they can be called leaders of the genre. It’s like the daily burger: you’ll know what you’ll get. Definitively quality stuff which has my acceptance and best wishes for success, but no need to praise it like heaven. The Goth-kids will dig it a lot, a must-have for the fans.
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Artist: C/A/T (@)
Title: ATF
Format: CD EP
Label: Crunch Pod Media (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
A new EP release of this project leaded by Ben Arp, who’s also behind the label Crunch Pod Media. Strictly limited to 666 hand-numbered exemplars, this EP presents some reworked tracks from the past full-length album "The Rogue Pair" as well as some special tracks composed in between, which don’t fit with the concept of the next release "Transcend", intended to be out in February 2K7. The provided music Ben and his female partner Kat offer here, can be easily compared to some efforts of TERRORFAKT, MANUFACTURA or ALTER DER RUINE. It’s rhythmically and hammering Powernoise, right and straight forward-moving with a hefty-in-your-face-attitude. It is –as usual for the genre – instrumental music, but filled with some funny voice samples, which really made me smile when there are male/female conversations if "gripping on tits" is sex or not... ("Enhancer"). So you’ll got here new versions of the last albums’ favorites like "Smashed (V.2)", "Enhancer (V.2) or "A Line In The Sand (One Step Over Mix)". Also two foreign remix works provided by the already mentioned TERRORFAKT ("Enemy Within") and Mr. Matt "Eurotic" Fanale aka CAUSTIC ("Enhancer" – love tits???) are featured. 6 tracks are only listed here, but there are two hidden extra pieces, "Pairasight (Instrumental Mix)" and "The Prisoner (Live and Loathing in Las Vegas)". And with the track "(We Make) Music To Piss You Off" you’ll get the tasteful motto and message behind this EP – pain is only for the weak and the fainted of heart. Pounding dancefloor-compatible Powernoise music which should work well in the related clubs.
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Artist: MONOCEROS (@)
Title: Tales For Silent Nights
Format: CD
Label: Imaginay Nonexistent Records
Rated: *****
TALES FOR SILENT NIGHTS is the second Monoceros album and it will be released by a join venture of Imaginary Nonexistent Records (Joan Male a.k.a. Monoceros self label) and Fueradeserie. They already released the previous Monoceros E.P. "Imaginary" and on January they will made available this new CD. As far as I can remember the previous "When I Was A Child I Wanted To Be An Astronaut" at a first listening TALES FOR SILENT NIGHTS contains a wider spectrum of emotions containing more orchestrations (as on the opening "The day we become one") or more melancholic melodies (like on "Depression and vortex at Jan Mayen" where the melodies are fluctuating like on space being echoed and reverbered making their space through glitch noises and rhythms). The following "Background birds" surprisingly contains also sounds of a light picked guitar blended with bleeps, pads and a relaxed background melody. As far as I can remember the previous work, on this one Joan did a great job by increasing melody and by building his tracks like if it was a wall: brick by brick and taking care of its solidity. If the melancholic atmosphere and the light noises/sounds used could make you think about a weak "songwriting" (even if we aren't talking about proper songs, let me use this term) in this case and fortunately, you are wrong. Take a trip though Monoceros' lands and you'll lose your way out...
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Artist: CONTRASTATE
Title: Handbags & Dada
Format: CD
Label: FIN DE SIECLE (@)
Rated: *****
FDS media continues with the re-issue of Contrastate's back catalogue and this "Handbags & Dada" compiles some of the band's striking live performances covering different moments in their (too short!) career. Fearlessly integrating subaquatic drones with (ironic?!?) speeches and abstract sounds, Contrastate's tone blends dry post-industrial soundscapes with a wriggling analog haze. When I first listened to their "Seven Hands Seek Nine Fingers" I thought that they are one of the great coulda-shoulda been industrial acts of the end of the 80s. Forget all the art-damaged posers or the legion of clubheads that in the 90s called their music industrial: true industrial is mind-challenging but still with a strong physical impact and Contrastate are one of the last of that aural breed. Total support for the old school.
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Artist: PAR JOHANSSON
Title: The Empty Palace
Format: CD
Label: Elektron Records
Rated: *****
Paer Johansson (b.1972) is a Swedish composer who has studied a theory of subjects including computer engineering, acoustics and Chinese Language and culture. "The Empty Palace", released with the imprimatur of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in Sweden, is a lengthy 70-minute cd containing seven electroacoustic tracks, four based on Lovecraft's cosmic horrors and two ("Notes on Chinese Warfare" and the title track) on Chinese philosophy and culture. The two interesting facts is that Johansson actually manages to create gloomy soundscapes which could well fit some Chtulu myth, without being dark ambient as one could expect; and that the Chinese-inspired compositions are as obscure and out-there as the other ones. Save for the very first minutes, which I have initially found a bit too academic, the rest of the cd is a successful mix of fractured sounds, analogue synth tones, sparse contemporary music and full-on noise. The temperature rises up to a climax in "Nyarlathotep", with sharp frequencies which even reminded me of John Duncan or Bastard Noise; but my favourite track is the last and eponymous one, where Johansson proves more effective in creating a complex and ominous tapestry of sounds.
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