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Artist: SEVERE ILLUSION (@)
Title: Panopticon
Format: CD EP
Label: Plutonium Distribution (@)
Distributor: Plutonium Distribution
Rated: *****
After their participation on the last Plutonium Distribution compilation "Showcase V. 2" the future sound of this band was a bit questionable, because their track "In Your Hostile Little Face" was a rather minimal EBM piece, which left out any huge integrated distortions and also the vocals were less effected. With this 5-track EP they luckily go back to that chaotic/Punk-like EBM-attitude this band is known and beloved for. Not that this means the comp appearance was any bad, but to me personally this band has found their very own place and niche in their own authentic style. The first piece here, "I Am The First Commandment" is a straight 4/4-on-the-floor smasher with a rotating old school EBM bass line. It may can be called the most "friendliest" and mass-compatible track here, because already with the next piece "Too Many Years" SEVERE ILLUSION fill in the purest chaos already with the kind how they programmed the rhythm part. Atonal noise collages also mark the start for the third piece "Cancel All Your Beautiful Plans", which furthermore kicks some serious asses through its attacking EBM bass line. Track 4 then turns into a rhythmic instrumental Powernoise effort which doesn’t take any prisoners, somehow comparable to some early works of CONVERTER ("Shockfront" era). The effective chaos also finds a new home in the last track here, "Walking On Glass" – but take care, your feet maybe bleed! I have again no doubts that SEVERE ILLUSION will find their deserved attention and success. It’s only a pity that this release finds its end after 5 tracks – but hey – this is a great possibility to use your "Repeat" knob. I can’t await the upcoming new full length, then again out on the rising DSBP label.
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Artist: BRIAN ENGLISH
Title: Beyond words
Format: CD
Label: Record Label (@)
Rated: *****
After Fluorescent Grey and Sote another cd with the Record Label trademark and it’s actually well done, thus I'm taking into consideration this label has an high profile. Mr. English’ electronic music is not weird/unconventional like the releases we've already reviewed from this label, but he probably doesn't even care, electronic for the electronic?...maybe, but he likes good melodies too and it all make the record accessible to a wide crowd of listeners. I've read Brian has a large collection of sounds he captured here and there but don't expect it to be an experimental release or else you'd be dissatisfied. "Beyond words" is based on soft rhythms far from being too fast or even worse obsessive, but the emphasis is mainly concentrated on song-structure and melody, according with these basic informations the end result is far from cold electronic music fixed on being the coolest Autechre replica of the block. This salsa has a soft Eighties savour that can recall some Mix Master Morris’ masterpieces but you hear the cd has been produced now, even if another name that I've been thinking was dear ol’ Plaid. This label has still to find its own outsider but it's again a good release.
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Artist: THELEMA (@)
Title: Tantra
Format: CD
Label: In The Night Time (@)
Rated: *****
Uhm... It's a little difficult to find out how to start this review because Thelema incarnate a part of Italian post punk history along other bands that never released an album or even a single (like a band called Nadja for istance, that produced uniquely two tapes). I won't write about Thelema story here, as well I didn't on my previous review of their new album released after about ten years after their last one, because anytime soon we'll have an interview with Massimo Mantovani here on Chain D.L.K. TANTRA was the first Thelema album and it was one of the first vinyls produced by a label called Spittle. Before that, the band released uniquely a tape titled "Rosa+Croce", a single, "Rosa alchemica", containing three songs (it was sold along a fanzinde called Signal) and a tape that was distributed only to friends and to radio stations. Thelema were famous in Italy because they were the most genuine band of the so called magical music scene (since the early albums of Current 93, Psychic TV and Coil in Italy journalists decided that a new musical genre born). It is important to tell that Thelema never used that for publicity as magick (spelled this way after the Alesteir Crowley magical system) has always been a personal interest of some members of the band and only for that reason the tracks and the lyrics were referring to such things. Anyway, TANTRA was a good album with mid tempo songs with particular flute inserts (it was a peculiar thing that they had thanks to Gregorio Bardini, a classical flute maestro that was also playing keyboards and which left the band after the release of the album) and with a certain dark vein that was unique. The band was blending their love for '70s bands like Velvet Underground with the primitive urge of post punk. Even if Italy lived it as an echo of what was going on in England since the dead of punk in 1977, Italian bands filtered those sounds in a personal way and Thelema did the same introducing keyboards, flute and keeping the bass guitar loud just to have a tribal effect on evidence. On the nine track album they used only two songs from their previous releases: "The book of the law" (which they recorded when Massimo Mantovani was playing with Les Blousons Noirs) and "Rosa alchemica" (it was included on the same title three songs single). Even if the production of Simone Fringuelli and Massimo Currò made the sound of Thelema losing some of the power they had on live gigs, the songs were sounding cool anyway. On this CD reissue we can find the original nine tracks of the album with a bunch of cool extra tracks coming from a couple of compilations ("J.C.S. - A pagan ritual" coming from the 1986 compilation "F-ear this" and "Sweet submission" coming from the 1987 compilation "10 years of Spittle". A particular title for a label founded few years back...), from the "Rosa alchemica" single (I appreciate these recordings more than the tracks of the album because they sound raw and powerful) and a couple of songs ("The golem" and "Walking with Aiwass") coming from "The golem", their first tape. If you lived those years you already know what it feels like listening to these sounds but if you are a youngster that is discovering nowadays these sounds, you can't miss this one. Just write to In The Night Time and purchase your copy!
Artist: Sterile
Title: Realism
Format: CD
Label: Art of Fact (@)
Distributor: Storming the Base
Rated: *****
Sterile is back with a new release after releasing a 'best of' album on Art of Fact label. Their 2006 debut "Realism" considers a huge production and driving raging vocals that sound-alike between Trent Renzor and Das Ich singer. Even some of the tracks have a Nine Inch Nails and Das Ich feel to it. Electronic, guitars, kickass basslines, movie samples, and tight hardfloor beats create a high volume intensity on this band's album. Heavily sparkle with crisp, strong, and powerful energetic industrial and EBM. The tracks are catchy and hypnotic and will blow you away with its infectious mind-blowing pulsating sound. Striking tracks favorites "Realist", "Statik", "The Unknown", "Script Electric", and "Kidding King" stand the album out. Sterile provides us new fresh tracks that's glitchy body moving like seeking a breath of fresh air and a release of frustration that binds you in your everyday life. Harsh angry vocals depicts what the singer is expressing from his heart. Pick the cd up. It's great to listen to it when you're driving home from work.
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Artist: THE GLIDING CLERKS (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: AME (@)
Rated: *****
Changai surprise! AME put out the collaborational effort between Mirko from Wallace records and Paolo Magistrali, the most famous sound italian independent engineer (and ex member of departed A Short Apnea). Be it that I was expecting something like a total joke the result instead it's fucking serious, this' crippled rocknrolla-punk that owes so much to skin Graft that I could see all the demented people pictured on Camp Skin Graft dancing excited to the beat of The Gliding Clerks. In the most of the cases it's a straight beat with that scary/effeminate vocals a la Brainiac or a la Lake of Dracula who's prominent bass seems to be revived fro this special occasion. Drunk music for drunk people?...or drunk music and drunk people? You're free to choose what you prefer but it remains music for a freak show. Odd release but its rock essence makes it almost digestible above all if you were into Skin Graft and if you're into Load. This mini cd is a really good "let's wreck the party" attempt, I ask myself if the duo can also kick ass on a long release but honestly it's been a good surprise. If this recording was a Rorschach test they'd probably would be filed as schizoid subjects
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