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Artist: REDIFFUSION with STEFANO GIUST
Title: Live in Turin '04
Format: CD
Label: Setola di Maiale (@)
Rated: *****
I think you may know Stefano Giust being him the guy behind Setola di Maiale, but if you never heard Rediffusion consider this improvisational/electronic duo is constantly collaborating with Nicolette (a.k.a. Massive Attack former singer). Ok, after this obvious introduction erase what you know and restart again: this is an all electronic release with a deep electronic/experimental mood. We’re talking about rhythmical music (Giust is playing electronic pads), I write that 'cause many tracks are kinda danceable and considering the most of the material is coming from a live session, I imagine the people present at the gig probably moved their feet and asses to the beat of this trio. Danceable, electronic not glitchy and with a dub accent...I don't know if they're from Bristol, but I don't think I'm exaggerating if I say so many english musicians during the last years have been deeply influenced by dub music (just think to Mick Harris, Jah Wobble, Kevin Martin, Tricky, to name a few). If the global image is that of a soft release don't take it too light-heartedly since sometimes it's strange and with a night feel (post-club music?), but in general I think it could have appeal also for a dance/rave crowd. Good, above all considering that's a live session.
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Artist: Hypnoskull (@)
Title: (G.O.D.) - once again
Format: CD
Label: Spectre (@)
Rated: *****
Hypnoskull is one of the loudest and most dissident voices of the international industrial scene. Based in Belgium, Hypnoskull releases a CD on an Antwerp-based label for the first time in his career and you can definitely hear the Belgian influences at work here. The sound is as powerful and saturated as it gets in that country full of great industrial sonics and bands (if you like the sound coming from labels like Daft and Spectre, you'll love this too!).Hard hitting pounding industrial beats with brick-wall compressed ear-splitting saturated sounds and surgery-precision injections and cuts of highy defined and sophisticated sequences and layers of other sounds (I seem to recognize some sounds from some records, but maybe Hypnoskull is deeply into sound designing rather than sampling when it comes to sounds). To top it all off this record pushes the boundaries of politically correct (if there even is such a thing for an artist as outspoken and non-mainstream as this) by mixing in a vast array of samples of military voices from the battlefields (all carefully pitched for anonymity and effectiveness; sounds like they come from war movies or war video games). To make the machine-approach sound more human AND convey a socially-minded thought-provoking message, Hypnoskull walked the extra mile, and that just deserves attention and prise in my opinion. A great electro-power-industrial record with some balls and a message: just the way I like it! There should be more artists like Hypnoskull... Rather than a bunch of sheeps with nothing to say, finally we have somebody that makes a fuss without just making noise.Look out for his follow-up record "Panik Mekanik" on Ant-Zen.
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Artist: GIUSEPPE IELASI (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Hapna (@)
Rated: *****
Giuseppe Ielasi... yes the "relentless" Ielasi?...his personal discography keeps increasing and the fact he made it on cult labels like Hapna means he’s getting the recognition he deserves. This time the cd opens with an heartbreaking gloomy lullaby that I'm sure will capture the attention of the most reticent listeners. Differently from its prelude, the rest of this release is more rhythmical and less easy listening as one could expect. Sure, Ielasi hasn't left his latest peculiarities back home, thus the second track gives slowly way to a simple melody. Track after track this sweet depression savour will remain on your lips, it goes really well with quiet summer nights, it gives way to a night ride were lights glimmer like small spots on you rear-view mirror. It's really hard to get how many/which instruments have been played and processed by the italian musician but the balance between analog and digital sound is definitely good. As I wrote there's more rhythm than ever before but it's relatively discrete and above all not disturbing at all. I think artistically Ielasi is in full blossoming of his fertility. There're a couple of brilliant melodies that I think will easily break the heart of the most emotional of you. Ielasi melancholic mood is giving some of its most juicy fruits.
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Artist: HIV+
Title: Overdose Kill Me
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Distributor: DSPB
Rated: *****
After the demise of his past label Black Flames Records of Poland the Spanish act HIV+ aka Pedro Penas y Robles is back on track. He could sign a deal with the up and coming Spanish label Caustic Records, although Pedro lives since several years in the south of France. The name HIV+ is well known in the international Powernoise/Industrial scene, also thanks to several live performances like the last year’s gig at Infest, surely a highlight in the history of this act. Pedro also made himself a good name of being a DJ at several different locations. His new CD features 8 real audio pieces, different – as usual – it its kind and art. A lot of collaborations also happened again and Pedro does well to integrate several guests hailing out of different music genres to fill in his rich diversity. Three tracks here ("Suicide Diva", "Vicious Death" and "Eternity") he has composed on his own with a little production help of the Swiss act STENDECK. His famous track "Havoc 2027" is again available, this time in a remix work by both favorite members of the Powernoise legend ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO, Saverio Evangelista and Frederico Spini). We have then some noisy instrumental remix of the track "Break It Loud" done by NÖVÖ and a great reconstruction by Pedro on a track of the totally underrated French act DATARAPER, from which I haven’t heard since a long time, my favorite piece here. A real Electro tune is also available, French mad man Remzi Kellici aka OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF created a stomping EBM piece out of the HIV+ track "Schäden". Please check also out the enhanced video of two further HIV+ tracks, live recordings taken from the mentioned Infest 2005 gig. Like every release Pedro has conducted so far, also this new one is worth any investment. It is not the fast speedy monotonous Powernoise, no, this one has its own authentic style. Also the artwork featuring the hot cutie named Vanessa really got me here...
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Artist: WYNARDTAGE meets ACYLUM (@)
Title: Lords Of Darkness EP
Format: CD
Label: X-Cem (@)
Rated: *****
Yes, both favorite acts hailing from the German X-Cem collective return here with new and previously unreleased stuff. Both actors behind these successful Dark Electro/Industrial acts, Kai Arnold (WYNARDTAGE) and Pedro Engel (ACYLUM) also teamed up here to produce as a duo the title track "Lords Of Darkness" as well as the dark instrumental piece "Without Breathe". "Lords Of Darkness" is the main track here, a danceable club smasher and available here in 4 different versions, one remix was done by the new collective partners DAVANTAGE, which I would call the best out of the four mixes. Then both acts present themselves 6 tracks each consisting of a few new pieces, alternative versions and remix works created by different friends out of the scene. WYNARDTAGE offers excellent remix works by FORMALIN ("I’m Not Your God") and LA MAGRA ("Du Hast") and an own created remix of the club hit "Waste Of Time". Three new tracks are on here from which "Suicide" gets my vote for the best piece, while "No Confidence" is a bit too simple structured and turns into some useless Hellektro attitudes. I have the slight impression that WYNARDTAGE turns more and into some harder areas while growing on equipment. A new full length release of this promising act is scheduled to the fall of this year. Comes next ACYLUM with their unbreakable kind of Dark Electro/Powernoise-inspired music to offer 6 pieces, but unfortunately with only two new tunes. But these two tracks, "Rape" and "My Pressure Is Hate" are worth every investment, especially "Rape" will drive the tormented souls of the dark club visitors for some Pogo-action on the dancefloors – effusions of blood guaranteed! WYNARDTAGE and MAY-FLY offer well done remix works more based onto the Electro side, while the Sonic Violence Experience remix of "War" turns this track into that what this cool name offers: a sonic violence experience. So we have still the remix of "Black Virus" created by POLARLICHT 4.1, but – it can’t follow the rough coarse of destruction! Something specially stands behind this release. It will be soon a hard-to-get item because it is strictly limited to only 160 numbered exemplars. Plus it is also only available directly from the X-Cem community, so don’t ask your dealer. Make sure to contact Kai Arnold under the given contacts here and try ASAP to order this great release.
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