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Artist: RABIA SORDA
Title: Metodos Del Caos
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
Several people expected a longer time-out for HOCICO after their hardly satisfying "Wrack And Ruin" – this ends at first for the front man Erk Aicrag providing here after a first SiCD release his full-length album "Metodos Del Caos". Of course, some similarities to his main and very successful project can be heard here – who wouldn’t expect this? But besides some known elements Erk tries hard to figure out different kinds of sounds and arrangements to work out an own created style. The huge distortion/overdrive effect machinery are more unused than expected ("Misery"), some Ethno/oriental-sounding instruments can be also discovered "What U Get Is What U See". It seems that Erk has analyzed his music career so far and he came to the result that a sound design harder than HOCICO wouldn’t make sense – there’s nothing what HOCICO haven’t explored before, it also would cause into some awful DULCE LIQUIDO comparisons. But besides this, this album proves well what a great composer Erk finally is – maybe better said, what he could reach through the years. This album is not the work of a new get-hard-be-strong artist, it moreover proves from the first tunes on Erk’s experience and dedication to hard Electro/Industrial music - finally with its highlight "The Shape Of A Name". Alone this piece offers a multiple kind of chosen instruments (did I hear guitar sounds here???), which leaves any possibility open for this fine solo effort. If Erk will be able to provide his stuff also on stage, needs still to be cleared up. A very good album which I can recommend to all fans of Electro/Industrial music.
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Artist: Cephalgy
Title: Moment Der Stille
Format: CD EP
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
This German act returns with a new EP providing five remix works by different artists and four new tracks. Musically CEPHALGY are often walking on the thin line between genius and insanity simply alone with the try to combine Dark Electro with Goth/Wave. For the Goth/Wave listeners this acts sounds too electronic-minded, while the rivetheads don’t like that "bone-licking" image, also provided through the mostly German lyrics. Musically somewhere on the lighter side of Electro/Industrial music, mostly well arranged, at times orchestral-like arranged, lyrically near to that BLUTENGEL success formula without the singing beauties, of course. The male vocals are provided by Jörg Göhler and remind me somehow on some CALVA Y NADA tunes – maybe not unintentional. It fits, that BLUTENGEL provide here a remix on CEPHALGY’s underground evergreen "Engel sterben nie". Other remix works are provided by GINTRONIC, LOST AREA (an up and coming new German act – soon more about them...), the old-school EBM act TO AVOID and the Fearsection-recording artist STAUBKIND – with the one exception BLUTENGEL a surprising list of more unknown names – finally a good initiative not always to include the generic remixers in crime. STAUBKIND also include some Goth-Rock guitar riffs on their remix of "Zum Abschied", which fits very well with this track and the influences CEPHALGY is woven in. For the new tracks, the more demanding "Mein Glaube" gets the vote of being the best out of four good tracks. As I said - always to discover the lyrical content of some angels, darkness, vampires or religion-inspired things provided with a raspy male voice is a matter of taste. It requires a melancholic mind to bear this without any interceptions. Musically no wishes will remain unfulfilled if you’re looking for some lighter Electro/EBM/Industrial stuff.

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Artist: THE ZERO PROJECT (@)
Title: Meta Visions
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
Hailing from San Diego, CA, this is the musically output of Jeff Wiederkehr, who stands behind THE ZERO PROJECT. "Meta Visions" is his self-released 8-track debut EP and provides Electro/Industrial music which takes some loans out of Ambient and IDM-related styles. Not easy to categorize, because Jeff tries hard to keep his stuff diverse and free of cliches – this isn’t your usual Electro/Industrial listening routine. It is a generally richly arranged kind of music filled with remarkable layers and textures and Jeff seems to work hard to point out the details. Instrumentally based, at times supported with some voice samples ("Asleep At The Wheel"), he also doesn’t mind to integrate some guitar riffs ("Hope From Oblivion", "A Visitation") in his electronic sound. Favorites are both catchy, but still dark sounding pieces "Ascension Hive-Mind" and especially "The Stalker", which features some strange metallic percussion elements. If you like to hear something diverse produced electronic-based music, try this one, it brings an enjoyable listening. To make the good aspects perfect, please note that fine cover art, while the CD comes in a beautiful digi-pack. Available from CDBaby.
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Artist: SKINK
Title: Skink
Format: CD
Label: MoMT (@)
Rated: *****
Being balanced between i.d.m./ambient with light melodies and dark ambient with drones, the latest Skink (personal project of Paul Mulholland) album is capable to entertain you for fifty minutes, creating a web of sounds that goes from minimal (but rich of rhythm) to melodic solutions good for soundtracks (see the short opening "Nothing", the following and really good "You know that place well" and "Autopsy"). Sometimes some tracks are too minimal for my taste but they are working well at creating a good atmosphere. Mastered by John Sellekaers (Xingu Hill and Dead Hollywood Stars) at his Metarc studios Skink album is a download only album released by MoMT records. Pre-listen it at Tunetribe, I-tunes, Napster or try your preferred website of digital music.
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Artist: ION
Title: MADRE PROTEGENOS
Format: CD
Label: equilibrium music (@)
Distributor: audioglobe
Rated: *****
Mr Duncan Patterson is a really good writer and is famous for his participations in Antimatter and of course, Anathema ,but we are not talking now about doom metal music.Sure this album can be classified under Ethereal / World Music scene.ION is his new project, here create soundscapes and the introspective ambiance with melancholic shade, a bridge between Mediterranean sound and Irish-folk.Each song is slow and sad but really beautiful , full of poesy. The album's unique diversity is equally produced by several female singers who contributed to the album.

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