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Artist: DOORMOUSE (@)
Title: Stanley Yershonowsky Presents: Xylophone Jism As The Ridiculous
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco (@)
Rated: *****
Innovation and good ideas is something that I always appreciated and this Doormouse (just like the other Cock Rock Disco releases I listened to) release is full of humor, rhythm and craziness. just the right mix to entertain you all. I'll try to be more specific. From the cover you'd say that you're holding in your hand something purchased from a medicine man coming from the old far west. Daniel (who is also one of the bosses of Addict Records) for this STANLEY YERSHONOWSKYPRESENTS XYLOPHONE JISM AS THE RIDICULATOR took thousands of sound sources (indian records, jazz records, metal riffs, tv recordings and everything he could sample) and focused his attention on his aim: originality (at least I like to think things gone this way). Anyway. Everything has been reprocessed, filed, filtered just to give birth to these eleven tracks that will make you forgot about your dull days. It's amazing how break core, jungle and blues (that's how "Swimming with the fishes" sounds) could fit perfectly and it's so good to be amazed by these kind of things on each track! There's also a twelveth track which isn't on the tracklist: a ten minutes track which starts quietly just to start as distorted hip hop track (a sort of Mark Stewart & The Maffia track, sung by Public Enemy). Cool!
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Artist: FEAR OF DOLLS (@)
Title: She Dances Happily To Happy Songs
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: self-released
Distributor: Projekt
Rated: *****
Three years passed from the day I reviewed the older Fear Of Dolls release and after these years the band is keep on going strong with their personal mixture of goth and post punk songs. SHE DANCES HAPPILY TO HAPPY SONGS blend in a perfect way guitar noise experimentation, tension and dark atmospheres just to form five tracks that are capable of put the listener in a state of "stand by". Like murder ballads the songs could be good also like soundtracks. Even if the band uses normal rock instruments like acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, etc, the way the songs are arranged make turn a simple song into somethnig else. The same effect of watching a movie with your eyes closed. You feel yourself lost but you feel that something is going on and you are focused on the sounds you hear. The same it's with tracks like "She lives alone" or "Saint Dymphnæ". Musically it was like I was listening to a mixture of Bauhaus songs played by the Birthday Party and sung by Lidia Lunch. Is it enough for you?
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Artist: AESTHETIC PERFECTION (@)
Title: Close to Human
Format: CD
Label: Out of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
German label Out Of Line made a very right decision and licensed the debut of one of the most promising acts currently hailing from the USA, AESTHETIC PERFECTION, out on Bractune Records. This band produces floor-filling, hard and dark Electro music with some surprising ingredients here and there, but more with an excellent vocal performance which is below that average "use-of-x-times-distortions" behavior that comparable bands offer. The vocals here can really transmit the "human factor" to the music, the lyrics also avoid that "Psycho-Killer-Massacre" attitude and are intelligent written and done. Musically this piece reminds a bit on IMPERATIVE REACTION’s first release "Eulogy For The Sick Child" but with an own identity of course. Hard pieces like my favorites "Fix", "I Belong to You" and the new recorded version of their known track "Sacrifice", which entered the third chapter of the highly recognized "Septic" compilation series, can easily cause that typically "head-banging" syndrome, if not more – it is music for a movement therapy, best done on the dancefloor! The musically surprising pieces are present here in a track like "Overcast" which slows down the bpm a bit and give an undistorted vocal performance. A strong HAUJOBB influence on this track is obvious. This band is also able to deal with well-thought instrumental pieces, one example is the marvelous "Ersatz". Check this out if you like cinematic styled Electronics. One flaw I finally found after this up-to-date and refreshing hard Electro album and this belongs to the too short running time of this release. 44 minutes of quality Electro/Industrial music are far not enough offered here, give us more! An excellent debut which is worth to be picked up!
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Artist: ZOAT AON
Title: Star Autopsy
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Zoat Aon's STAR AUTOPSY is the fourth Aural Hypnox release and it presents nine dark ambient tracks which slowly form a disturbing ambience full of mysterious noises and occult references. Hisses, hums, cymbals, metal percussions, synth drones and reverbered sounds are the main things you can find on this release. There aren't explanation about the themes treated everything is left to the subconscious hints that this music could make you have. This is a distinctive sign of the finnish label which presents to the audience releases based on semi ritual themes. Releases which can't be simply enjoyed as musical releases. Be aware of this!
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Artist: BENGE
Title: I am 9
Format: CD
Label: Expanding Records (@)
Rated: *****
Benge is one of the personal projects of Ben Edwards. I AM 9 is his ninth album and contains nine tracks of gentle glitch manipulation which starts with simple rhythms just to grow little by little with different sounds and atmospheres. The whole album plays around the Ben's passions: cars and synthesizers. Each track is named after a car he saw on a book his parents gave him when he was nine. His parents run a school and he always was free to be there and play around. His preferite room was the music room. The cover of the CD shows a dismounted model kit of a car and watching that photo while you're listening to the tracks you feel a little melancholic. Musically the CD doesn't offer particular surprises because the way the tracks are built is based on a similar scheme: dilated rhythms and sounds which form delicate sound sculptures. Nice but not enthusiastic.
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