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Artist: Cyanotic (@)
Title: Transhuman
Format: CD
Label: Glitch Mode/Digital Brothel/Cracknation Records
Rated: *****
Transhuman is an impressive sophmore effort from the Midwest trio of Cyanotic. It is a realization of cleverly integrated old school production and new school glitch. Overall, Cyanotic displays an excellent use of dynamics that creates an enjoyable listen and makes the harsh-noise moments stick out as hooks. The dark-ambient passages peppered throughout the songs set up an effective dynamic cycling, giving real life and breath to the CD; they are the moments of reflection before being once again assaulted with aggressive synths and metal guitars.
The production quality is top-notch; nothing is over done or under done; all pieces of the puzzle fit together perfectly.

The CD starts out more traditionally (Frequency in Cycles, Transhuman), and darkly ambient, drawing clearly on influences from early NIN and Skinny Puppy. It progresses artfully to a high speed climax in Sensory Deprivation, Beta Blocker and Antithesis. The final track, Higher States of Consciousness, is an excellent release into a more meditative state, with slower, rolling rhythms and gradual progressions ultimately fading out and leaving the listener with a feeling of having been on a trip through the mind of Cyanotic. After hearing Transhuman I can't wait to catch Cyanotic soon on an upcoming tour.

My favorite tracks:
Transhuman: locked in medium tempo groove with plenty of noise
Sensory Deprivation: a mix of Pretty Hate Machine, KMFDM and rock and fucking roll.
Beta Blocker and Antithesis: Ministry-style up tempo and mean as hell.
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Artist: L.E.A.K.
Title: Redemption
Format: CD
Label: Stateart (@)
Rated: *****
New release for Lustige Elecktro Akustische Klànge (that's what L.E.A.K. stands for) since their debut "The old teahouse" came out on the wellknown swedish label Cold Meat Industry. Obviously it's something dark, crepuscular, odd and somehow visceral as you probably expected it to be, but I think the title "Redemption" can mislead, while "After death experience" would have been much appropriated. Death/dark ambient, acoustic improvisation shacked with a good portion of electronics. There's a supernatural calm/atmosphere that imbues the most (except for the fourth "song") of the tracks of this fifty minutes long cd...hey! They were on Cold Meat Industry for some reason at last!. If the first track is dark, the second brings you even more deep into the plot of an horror Movie. Analog synthesizers, chimnes, bells and hell know what else used to shape a lightless scenario. The white noise choking the samples of the third track reminds somehow the weirdest Death in June, while the total devastation of the fourth episode brings to mind Merzbow on acid. The cd ends a bit more quietly but keeping that "Charon-is-coming-to-bring-you-down" sensation and if that's what you're looking for, well, may be that's your cup of tea. Good and solid release and well produced.
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Artist: KOJI ASANO
Title: Sanctuary on a reclaimed land
Format: CD
Label: Asano production (@)
Rated: *****
First off, enjoy yourself and have a look at the discography of Koji Asano on his website...incredible...uh? It looks like the japanese composer lately has put out records on a regular basis. This restless musician can be filed as a composer, sure, but also as an electronic musician: therefore don't expect this cd to sound like an average contemporary-classic "piece", otherwise you'd be confused while hearing it's "not so ordinary". So what to say about the 36th solo release of Asano? Let's say this cd features a single "suite" (50:55 minutes long) and the title itself says a lot: "Sanctuary on a reclaimed land". Imagine the most accessible (and inspiered) piano works composed by Varese or Bryars with a bit of Satie, freeze it up, process it all with a laptop then think it all has been played into an hangar, nay, in a warehouse (since it all has been played into a warehouse of the Osaka harbor for real) and to complete the receipt consider you're listening the performance from a point not too far from the warehouse, but neither so close. For the weird my description may sound, for those who never heard the unstoppable Asano, it can help you to imagine something you may haven't heard before. I like this work, it's both cerebral but also psychedelic, it shows the great talent of Koji while demonstrating that both contemporary and electronic music can be great and experimental while not sounding necessarily frigid.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: -40
Format: CD
Label: Cocosolidciti (@)
Rated: *****
Cocosolidciti records is a perculiar record label and the people at Cocosolidciti like to think about peculiar releases. -40 for sure is one of them. Composed by a set of a CD plus a DVD, -40 is a compilation which gathers modern digital manipulators of the likes of Akufen, Deadbeat, Venetian Snares, Knifehandchop, Secret Mommy, Lowfish, and DMC World Champion DJ Dopey, etc. They were called to do some treatement to some old Canadian Propaganda Films from the '40s. The whole project is divided into treated audio tracks and visual treated works with original audio. The visual sources have been treated by David Lemieux, Josh Raskin, Shawn Chappelle, Nadia, Duguay, Creatix, etc. The video treatements gave to the original sources a sense of uneasiness: it's like the video artists, with their work, underlined the alienation and the horrors of war. The ten tracks of the audio CD sound particular because you can hear the soundtracks of those propaganda films along with jungle beats and various rhythm based solutions (with also some ambient atmospheres like on the Prhizzm track "Ordeal by ice"). The video DVD, to be honest, contains a lot more respect the video reworks, as it contains also the whole CD audio tracklist with the original scores that were used as sample source. The remixers did a great work and I suggest you to check this release as you won't be disappointed!
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Artist: LIBERTÉ
Title: Romantique
Format: CD
Label: Dark Wings (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
The Rostock/ Germany based trio LIBERTÉ was founded back in 1998 and the current line-up is: INES HÜBNER (voc), STEFFEN POHL (keyb, voc) and KARSTEN VEDDER. The eleven songs of the album are the essence of five years of studio work, live performances and advanced song writing. The title "Romantique", express very well what you can find in this album. LIBERTE merge romantic thoughts and melancholy in a dark sound consisting of electronic classical arrangements, drums, warm guitar sounds interwoven with beautiful, sensual female and male vocal lines.The lyrics, written mostly in English, with only a few in German, deal with dream sequences, mourning and death, desires and loneliness as well as the ever present but hard to reach love. Musically the tracks made me think about the best tracks of the first Xymox, only with the sound a bit more modern. I find each individual song to be well-written and well-executed, I would also suggest that any fan of goth rock and darkwave give this album a listen, you could discover a great band.
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