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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Halloween Horror Movie Themes
Format: CD
Label: Turn Up The Music Inc.
Distributor: Turn Up The Music Inc.
Rated: *****
This is a compilation of horror movie themes, which is compiled by Drew who has also put out numerous of compilations of his favorite music by other artists. On the debut release he chose his favorite Hollywood movie horror themes. I pick this up from the Dollar Tree store, which I only paid a dollar for it. Some of the themes on disc are my favorites, also which I had a very hard time trying to find it in the soundtrack section at the record stores, especially "The Shining". Other famous horror tunes includes "Halloween", "Psycho", "Exocist Theme (Tubular Bells)", "Blade Runner", "Poltergeist", "and A Nightmare On Elm Street". Let this be a collective item in your cd collection. A perfect compilation that will be good for 2005 Halloween celebration in the month of October. All 16 tracks are the original scores from the film music composers.


1. "Halloween"-John H. Carpenter
2. "Psycho"-Bernard Herrmann
3. "Exocist Theme (Tubular Bells)"-Michael Oldfield
4. "Theme From Jaws"-Allan Parker
5. "The X-Files Theme"-Mark Snow
6. "The Silence Of The Lambs"-Howard Shore
7. "The Prince Of Darkness"-John H. Carpenter
8. "Christine"-John H. Carpenter
9. "Scream"-Marco Beltrami
10. "Dracula"-John Willaims
11. "Blade Runner"-Vangelis
12. "Poltergeist"-Jerrald Goldsmith
13. "Exocist II: The Heretic"-Ennio Morricone
14. "Friday The 13th"-Harry J. Manfredi
15. "A Nightmare On Elm Street"-Charles Berstein
16. "The Shining"-Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind
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Artist: HIV+ (@)
Title: Rotten Beat Manifesto
Format: CD
Label: Black Flames (@)
Distributor: Black Flames
Rated: *****
The next wave of Noise is here and reporting for duty, and thy name is DJ Pedro aka HIV+. Besides combining elements of Powernoise, Industrial, Techno, and EBM into one menacing album ROTTEN BEAT MANIFESTO, HIV+ (or HIV-Positive) are also infamous for major club/event/festival DJ appearances throughout Europe and have been doing it successfully with high praise for over 16 years. HIV+ have already released a handful of albums on various European electro labels, and today they are a member of the noteworthy BLACK FLAMES label.ROTTEN BEAT MANIFESTO begins with the intro track appropriately entitled "Introduce The Virus" sounds more like an electronic virus taking over the speakers at an exponential rate... really cool effects as well as an original idea for an intro. The album progresses with excellent distorted rhythms without over doing it’, such as on track 2 "Testament" and track 3"Illegal Tanz ("Extended Club –X by Bak XIII)". Track 4 "Broken Child (Original)" is an ethereal beat-less aura of excellent synthetic harmonies and borderline eerie ambiance, resulting a very skilled arrangement of sounds and melody. Similar to albums by praiseworthy acts such as Terrorfakt, ROTTEN BEAT MANIFESTO is produced extremely well, which is always a challenge for albums that feature as much distortion as such. Basically ever sound on track 5’s "Feedback 1968" illustrate different levels of distortion, resulting in what is probably the most "Powernoise-esque" track on the album. "Taliban’s Law (Rmx by Babylone Chaos)" is an awesome display of beats, computer-blip noises, followed by a yet another eerie aura in the middle of the track and then ending with a full-on beat assault! Also of note, is the final track "Body Electric (Tribute to Nitzer Ebb)", an awesome Power-DJ mix of the 1986 smash "Body Electric", including some additional HIV+ rhythms and sounds. ROTTEN BEAT MANIFESTO is definitely recommended for the listener who prefers edgier electro, but it’s also a great starter for someone who is looking to crossover. Either way, check it out, and you won’t be disappointed!
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Artist: The Last Influence Of Brain (@)
Title: Illusions And Reality
Format: CD
Label: Black Flames (@)
Distributor: Black Flames
Rated: *****
THE LAST INFLUENCE OF BRAIN is yet another phenomenal band on the BLACK FLAMES label, and the Slovakian duo, consisting of Bob on instrumentation and Solo on vocals/lyrics, presents their terrific debut ILLUSIONS AND REALITY. The album is a very progressive electronic album saturated with excellent synthetic melodies, spine-melting sonic textures, and many tempo shifts throughout the tracks in order to keep the excitement alive.If someone pointed a gun to my head and told me to give a comparison, I would say that I see a definite old XMTP influence here (no pun intended). The sequences and keyboard skill walks hand and hand on ILLUSIONS AND REALITY, and all of the tracks fit together perfectly while still exhibiting variance and uniqueness. The instrumental intro-esque track "One" presents the skill of sequencing and drum-manipulation first. Soon to follow are the elements of angst and electronic mutilation. "Cruel Beast" is a very dreary track filled with rhythmic and harmonic cacophony, which is actually very pleasing to the ear of the skilled musician. The vocal effects change often and drastically throughout the album, thus it is almost a challenge to distinguish which voice is actually most representative of singer Solo. "N.O.A.C.O.L." is a club-friendly track with excellent sequences and riffs. The title track "Illusions And Reality" is filled with pure electro bliss and Solo’s seething distorted voice in the middle of the mix. "Conventions And Halve’s True" is an excellent up-tempo instrumental deviation!The album also contains 2 remixes of the track "Legacy"... one by ESR and one K.I.F.O.T.H., Bob’s preivous band. I have been nothing short of impressed with everything I have heard on the BLACK FLAMES label, and ILLUSIONS AND REALITY is no exception. Please check out the BLACK FLAMES website for more info on THE LAST INFLUENCE OF BRAIN and other great artists!
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Artist: The Last Influence Of Brain (@)
Title: Illusions And Reality
Format: CD
Label: Black Flames (@)
Distributor: Black Flames
Rated: *****
THE LAST INFLUENCE OF BRAIN is yet another phenomenal band on the BLACK FLAMES label, and the Slovakian duo, consisting of Bob on instrumentation and Solo on vocals/lyrics, presents their terrific debut ILLUSIONS AND REALITY. The album is a very progressive electronic album saturated with excellent synthetic melodies, spine-melting sonic textures, and many tempo shifts throughout the tracks in order to keep the excitement alive.If someone pointed a gun to my head and told me to give a comparison, I would say that I see a definite old XMTP influence here (no pun intended). The sequences and keyboard skill walks hand and hand on ILLUSIONS AND REALITY, and all of the tracks fit together perfectly while still exhibiting variance and uniqueness. The instrumental intro-esque track "One" presents the skill of sequencing and drum-manipulation first. Soon to follow are the elements of angst and electronic mutilation. "Cruel Beast" is a very dreary track filled with rhythmic and harmonic cacophony, which is actually very pleasing to the ear of the skilled musician. The vocal effects change often and drastically throughout the album, thus it is almost a challenge to distinguish which voice is actually most representative of singer Solo. "N.O.A.C.O.L." is a club-friendly track with excellent sequences and riffs. The title track "Illusions And Reality" is filled with pure electro bliss and Solo’s seething distorted voice in the middle of the mix. "Conventions And Halve’s True" is an excellent up-tempo instrumental deviation!The album also contains 2 remixes of the track "Legacy"... one by ESR and one K.I.F.O.T.H., Bob’s preivous band. I have been nothing short of impressed with everything I have heard on the BLACK FLAMES label, and ILLUSIONS AND REALITY is no exception. Please check out the BLACK FLAMES website for more info on THE LAST INFLUENCE OF BRAIN and other great artists!
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Artist: ESR (@)
Title: PERSISTENCE
Format: CD
Label: DSBP/Black Flames (@)
Distributor: DSBP/Metropolis
Rated: *****
2005... a new year for political embarrassment as well as electronic music. If I were to judge the new year in music based on the first new album I heard, then it will be a great year! Fortunately for me ESR’s full-length album PERSISTENCE’, the sophomore follow up to 2003’s CORRODED FRAGMENTS’, was my cherry-popper for 2005. ESR, consisting of sole-member Vince Pujol, stays true to the ESR formula as well as incorporate new musical elements to the already successful approach on CORRODED FRAGMENTS’. All of the elements that created the ESR fanbase on CORRODED FRAGMENTS’ are present and highlighted... distorted vocoder effects, cyborg melodies, and deep rich atmospheres. As far as differences, I noticed right away that there was much more emphasis on vocals and lyrics on PERSISTENCE’ than on CORRODED FRAGMENTS’. Also, the overall atmosphere is much much darker and complex... not in a musical sense but more in a thematic sense. I believe that the listeners will experience more perplexity with PERSISTENCE’, and it will leave you thinking well after you stop listening. Score one for a perfect lyrical/musical breakthrough! I can’t recall the last time I heard an album begin with such a menacing force coupled with a perfectly well-paced, yet driving, beat. The opener "Shattered Dreams" takes absolutely no prisoners... just the right amount of intro right before the track erupts into an EBM frenzy! Fans, old and new-to-be, got a feel for PERSISTENCE’ last year with the original version of "My Existence", which was featured on the INTERBREEDING 2 compilation. Tracks such as "The Battle Has Begun (War Beat Mix)", "Regression" , and "Resist/Persist (Manipulated Mix)" exemplify how the album mixes perfect electro-rhythms with blistering sequences and melody. And in the center of it all is Vince’s voice driving the subject matter of political angst and injustice of sorts alike. There is also a cover of FLA’s "Mindphaser", which is true to the original yet unique in it’s own rite. However, now that I have a vast collection of ESR material, I can say with conviction that ESR is the kind of band that I had always hoped that FLA could have been. Vince Pujol is much more talented and doesn’t have to rely on sampling other bands to be good ;-) And in closing, I would like to point out that PERSISTENCE’ is the first release that is co-released by DSBP and BLACK FLAMES. So many congratulations go out to both labels for monumental album to release together... oh yeah, and many congrats to Vince for an amazing follow-up to an awesome debut!
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