Music Reviews



cover
Artist: ROTERSAND (@)
Title: Dare To Live
Format: CD EP
Label: Dependent / Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Under the moniker "perspectives on welcome to goodbye" the trio ROTERSAND presents us here a remix EP picking up the lines and the success of their last year’s full length release "Welcome To Goodbye". Entitled to be the best "Electro-Album 2005" (Zillo – Musikmagazin) this album could enter the 2nd position on the DAC year-end album charts – only DEPECHE MODE with their "Playing The Angel" could hold the top position. So that’s of course a not expected success for this German act and so no real wonder, that a follow-up needed to be produced and released. First off, the concept of this EP differs from any usual compareable release because it focuses not only on some more or less worthy remix contributions, this EP is holds also asides this two new tracks "Give It All Away" and "Drop Your Education", and ROTERSAND themselves reworked their own tracks. The result is satisfying, the new versions of "Dare To Live" and "Almost Wasted" can more convince here. But the highlights are both new tracks, especially "Give It All Away" has an extremely remarkable melodic content, also the vocal duet between Rasc and Julia Beyer of the new Alfa Matrix signing TECHNOIR can totally convince. SOMAN ("By The Waters") and haujobb. ("Strom") offer the mentioned remix contributions and make this EP complete. 9 tracks in all, only "Almost Wasted" is featured in two different versions – if you liked somehow "Welcome To Goodbye" you have to buy this new one as well. Also for me personally this EP convinced me easier then the full-length. Hats down, guys, good and modern Electro/Futurepop stuff!
cover
Artist: monokrom
Title: tales of rabbits and hares
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Rated: *****
Relentless... grinding... seizure inducing walls of noise guaranteed to clear those clogged arteries and to blow out any and all pending brain hemorrhages. Monokrom's release "tales of rabbits and hares" is far from the pleasant sounds you'd expect from the bunny-laden cover art. In fact, it's quite the opposite. While in the midst of the noise/rhythms there are quieter moments, this is all relative. Even the quiet moments are more grinding than most other releases. The CD contains 5 rather lengthy tracks and an additional video. Now this is what sets monokrom apart from a lot of other noise acts out there: identity. The packaging for "tales of rabbits and hares" is nothing short of fantastic. It's a great looking (monochrome) cardboard booklet with images of rabbits hopping all about wrapped in a silver band... not overly complicated I know, but it's minimalist presentation fits extremely well with the music. Their identity is brought out even more though, when the video is watched. The video presents the act wearing Donnie Darko-esque rabbit suits throughout what I assume to be a live performance. Saturated in video projections and dynamic lighting schemes, the video portion of the disc is totally engaging. With the exception of the video, I can only recommend this release to noise fans because there just isn't much breaching past that particular niche genre. The video is a fun watch but still might not be enough to win over the casual listener/viewer who isn't specifically interested in pounding walls of noise. Recommended tracks: "A Bunny's Life" (video).
Mar 10 2006
cover
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Septic VI
Format: CD
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
With the sixth release of the renowned Septic" compilation series the founding label Dependent celebrates a little anniversary, because this is the 100th release for this German label. This is for sure a milestone and a number of releases which should make somebody proud of. The concept and so success formula of the "Septic" series still remains the same also for this new chapter. Label chief Stefan Herwig could again compile a lot known and international successful acts, of course several taken out of his own label. Most of the present new recording or they offer unreleased remix works and special versions. Also the artwork and style remains the same from the first to the last issue, also a fact, why this comp is so well recognized. Musically I am longing for some surprises and the "Septic" had in the past here and there a few new and not heard before appearances. ENCEPHALON can be named here, but have hard to bite on the previous placed known acts with the best stuff offered by DISMANTLED, FRACTURED with a new piece and the very cool arranged remix by MIND.IN.A.BOX. Other favorites can be heard with the new SEABOUND track as well as the track of EDGE OF DOWN – so we have here the fact, that vocalist Frank M. Spinath is featured here with his both music projects, the very first time that this happens in the "Septic" history. Also both members of the Dependent sublabel NTP, the Polish act CONTROLLED COLLAPSE and the Belgium veteran act INSEKT make here their first steps under the main label flag. The track list alone stands for diversity and more important – for quality. Check out this comp, it is recommend like all chapters of the ongoing success story of a compilation series called "Septic"...

Tracklist:

1. Dismantled "Anthem" (unreleased)
2. Pride And Fall "Border" (Club Edit)
3. Fractured "Paralyzed Paradise" (unreleased)
4. Covenant "The Men" (Extended Remix Version)
5. Stromkern "Stand Up" (Extended Remix)
6. mind.in.a.box "Lament For Lost Dreams" (space.mix)
7. Seabound "Scorch The Ground" (unreleased)
8. Encephalon "Responder" (RMX)
9. Schwefelgelb "My Pornoshow" (unreleased)
10. Klangstabil "Kill All Lifeforms" (Clashed Edit)
11. Juno Reactor "Mutant Message" (Full Length Version)
12. Controlled Collapse "Inject" (unreleased)
13. Insekt "Lost Myself" (unreleased)
14. Flesh Field "Forgotten Trauma" (unreleased)
15. Edge Of Dawn "Elegance" (On The Floor Remix)

image not
available
anymore
Artist: Non (directed by Richard Wolstencroft)
Title: Pearls Before Swine
Format: DVD
Label: Caciocavallo
Distributor: Soleilmoon
Rated: *****
There used to be a trend in time when musical celebrities decided they'd venture into the film industry, and so even the ones you'd least expect it from, took a stab at it: Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez, JJ Cool J, Will Smith, Madonna and so many more, you name it... What all these people have in common is that they all, to different degrees, did a decent job... That is unfortunately not the case of Boyd Rice. Pretty much every other person in this movie (except for maybe the terrible actress that played his girlfriend in the movie) did a much greater job at it than he did. He should definitely stick to making music, where at least he achieves decent results, instead of trying to act, which is a depressing sight to say the least!The movie itself, which was welcomed by Australian and international critics as "a 'Clockwork Orange' for the new Millennium", has some vaguely interesting aspects to it. I believe it originally came out in 1999 but on January 9th 2006 it was re-released on DVD in the US. It is the tale of a group of three for-hire assassins that increment their body count for money and some type of right-winged political agenda referred to as the coming of the "new dawn". Eventually they are contracted to kill a controversial book author who Rice's character actually ends up admiring. I won't give away the end (for those who are masochistic enough to spend the money for this movie). I will say that of course I don't sympahtize with right-winged bullshit and gratuit violence, nor do I care much for people who think they can still shock modern day audiences by employing cheap make up and quoting Pasolini's "Sodom & Gomorrah". That just doens't work like it used to, and today it comes through as a cheap attempt at trying to distress and outrage audiences that are used to much worse in movies and real life anyway. Politically-based provocation has seen its times, and I sure hope that this is meant to be a provocation, because if by any chance director Richard Wolstencroft actually endorses going around executing homeless punks, then we have bigger problems at hand.The movie is low-budget, but I am not going to let people's financial means and limitations influence my opinions of course, I am just mentioning it to let you know that you can't expect Hollywood color correction and photography, just so you know...The question remains: if casted differntly, would this movie have a chance? That's hard to say. Like I said, it has some interesting insights and makes some points, but in the end it seems like it was made just to test people's boundaries (hopefully it wasn't filmed to send a specific political message).The only thing that I thought was interesting about this movie were the cameos (special appearances): you can have fun spotting Douglas P. (Death In June), Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool), David Thrussell (Snog, Soma, Black Lung), author Phil Motherwell, Kristen Condon (Teknikust), George Huxley and James Young (Bloodlust) and many other actors, the film director himself.Let's just hope that Non fans won't assume that Rice's acting is as good as his music production (the music features a soundtrack mostly by Non). Unfortunately people (and especially fans!) are usually blinded by these artist's reputation and forget to be objective letting their love for other things the artist has done take over and influence their ability to judge... Initially that was my reaction: "wow, Boyd Rice made a movie! Let's check it out right now, it must be wild!". Yeah it was wild alright, it was wildly bad!!! It was hard to go through, I can only say that, but I watched the entire movie AND all of its extras in an attempt to give an objective review. If you love Boyd Rice and his music with Non, do yourself a favour and stay away from this movie, at least you'll be able to keep loving Boyd Rice for what he has accomplished before "Pearls Before Swine".
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Rapoon
Title: Alien Glyph Morphology
Format: DVD
Label: Caciocavallo
Distributor: Soleilmoon
Rated: *****
Rapoon, a.k.a. Robin Storey, has been releasing records after records for over a decade, but until now he has kept his film-making pretty much to himself and the only visual contribution he has shared with us was in the form of paintings on the covers of some of his releases.This DVD seems to be the perfect medium to showcase all his talents, because of how they all come together: "Alien Glyph Morphology" features six of his short movies made with montage, slides and slow-motion techniques and of course musically supported by his haunting and droning dark-ambient compositions. The movies don't really have a storyline per say, they are much rather a show of ancient (or alien) looking geoglyphic shapes and colors, slowly morphing into each other, hence the perfect title. In addition to that, Storey also included 20 tarot cards featuring his paintings and finally the DVD extras feature two slide shows and a very short film, all, again, an offspring of Storey's infinitely creative mind.A complete artist with a complete vision that thanks to modern mediums can finally be shared as one.Region Free NTSC. Enjoy.
[ Next ] [ Previous ]

[1...10] [11...20] [21...30] [31...40] [41...50] [51...60] [61...70] [71...80] [81...90] [91...100] [101...110] [111...120] [121...130] [131...140] [141...150] [151...160] [161...170] [171...180] [181...190] [191...200] [201...210] [211...220] [221...230] [231...240] [241...250] [251...260] [261...270] [271...280] [281...290] [291...300] [301...310] [311...320] [321...330] [331...340] [341...350] [351...360] [361...370] [371...380] [381...390] [391...400] [401...410] [411...420] [421...430] [431...440] [441...450] [451...460] [461...470] [471...480] [481...490] [491...500] [501...510] [511...520] [521...530] [531...540] [541...550] [551...560] [561...570] [571...580] [581...590] [591...600] [601...610] [611...620] [621...630] [631...640] [641...650] [651...660] [661...670] [671...680] [681...690] [691...700] [701...710] [711...720] [721...730] [731...740] [741...750] [751...760] [761...770] [771...780] [781...790] [791...800] [801...810] [811...820] [821...830] [831...840] [841...850] [851...860] [861...870] [871...880] [881...890] [891...900] [901...910] [911...920] [921...930] [931...940] [941...950] [951...960] [961...970] [971...980] [981...990] [991...1000] [1001...1010] [1011...1020] [1021...1030] [1031...1040] [1041...1050] [1051...1060] [1061...1070] [1071...1080] [1081...1090] [1091...1100] [1101...1110] [1111...1120] [1121...1130] [1131...1140] [1141...1150] [1151...1160] [1161...1170] [1171...1180] [1181...1190] [1191...1200] [1201...1210] [1211...1220] [1221...1230] [1231...1240] [1241...1250] [1251...1260] [1261...1270] [1271...1280] [1281...1290] [1291...1300] [1301...1310] [1311...1320] [1321...1330] [1331...1340] [1341...1350] [1351...1360] [1361...1370] [1371...1380] [1381...1390] [1391...1400] [1401...1410] [1411...1420] [1421...1430] [1431...1440] [1441...1450] [1451...1460] [1461...1470] [1471...1480] [1481...1490] [1491...1500] [1501...1510] [1511...1520] [1521...1530] [1531...1540] [1541] [1542] [1543] [1544] [1545] [1546] [1547] [1548] [1549] [1550] [1551...1560] [1561...1570] [1571...1580] [1581...1590] [1591...1600] [1601...1610] [1611...1620] [1621...1630] [1631...1640] [1641...1650] [1651...1660] [1661...1670] [1671...1680] [1681...1690] [1691...1700] [1701...1710] [1711...1720] [1721...1730] [1731...1740] [1741...1750] [1751...1760] [1761...1770] [1771...1780] [1781...1790] [1791...1800] [1801...1810] [1811...1820] [1821...1830] [1831...1840] [1841...1850] [1851...1860] [1861...1870] [1871...1880] [1881...1890] [1891...1900] [1901...1910] [1911...1920] [1921...1930] [1931...1940] [1941...1950] [1951...1960] [1961...1970] [1971...1980] [1981...1990] [1991...2000] [2001...2010]


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha