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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Coup De Grace
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Rated: *****
COUP DE GRACE is a new Invasion Wreck Chords compilation which include bands linked to Ambassador 21 (friends or collaborators). The twenty bands / tracks deal with power noise / techno grindcore / industrial bringing rhythm and noise to a new level. Try to imagine twenty years of industrial music all blended and brought to its extremes and you'll have someway how COUP DE GRACE is sounding like. There's also space for some hip-hop / grime mixed with techno industrial thanks to Deathsit.com, to Boot-Sector-viruz and to Maladroit, for the industrial e.b.m. of CTRLer, the updated 80's industrial electronica of Rasputin and On/Off or the ambient industrial of Flint Grass, just to name few. When you review compilations like these it is difficult to give a general judgement, because there are always some tracks you love, some others that you liked and others that doesn't sound that new but COUP DE GRACE is a good way to know new names and to find old friends of the noise scene.
Oct 26 2005
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Artist: AGONOIZE (@)
Title: 999
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
Like already mentioned in a review for VIRTUAL EMBRACE, here comes another project of the hyper-active musician Mike Johnson, this time the well known trio AGONOIZE, presenting here on the German label Out Of Line their new full length album after the release of an EP called "Evil Gets An Upgrade". Previously this band was signed to the US label BLC Productions where they released two highly acclaimed EP’s and their debut "Assimilation: Chapter One". While the reasons for this surprising label change are still a well-hidden secret, I have to admit that my expectations for this "999" CD where almost at zero. "Assimilation: Chapter One" was a quite boring and repetitive debut and could in no way fulfil any expectations after the surprising success of their both EP’s. This "999" in contrary is by far better constructed and more detailed worked out than ever before, while the formula of success still remains the same. Globally said I can recognize a way-back better production, it also seems that the band has taken some more time to work compositions better out. The music is of course still the teutonic Hellektro in vein of SUICIDE COMMANDO, GRENDEL or RETRACTOR, this time luckily with tons of more ideas and better sounds generally. Religion seems the main deal of the lyrical content, you get this already with a look on the track list with title like "The True Church of God", "Under the Cross" or "God For Sale". It would interesting to know if this is only a stylistic attitude or in what connection the band really stands to this theme. It is a bit hard to pick out a few outstanding tracks because almost all tracks are somehow in the same level of quality and aggression. Also for the first time we can find with "Zölibat" a track with German vocals. Of course this album sets not new standards, but it is nevertheless a worth investment if this style of music is yours.
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Artist: ARTIFACT (@)
Title: Abandoned
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Artifact is a band coming from Stavanger, Norway. Formed in late 2002, after several line up changes, in 2004 the band was joined by Tor Arne Fassotte (of Unpure and This Negative Karma) which along with Bjørnar Landa (which also plays with Sirenia and Deathfare) and Pål Evensen recorded their first release, the ABANDONED E.P. Musically the five tracks of the MCD show very well the band's influences which goes to Type O Negative (check Tor's deep vocals), Sister Of Mercy (for some vocal melodies, like on "Scapegoated & Demonized") and Rob Zombie. Even if being influenced by rock metal, the band didn't forget to insert also electronic moments or metal eruptions (check Tor's vocal which goes bestial along with the guitar distorted riffs). Energic guitar riffs duet with guitar arpeggios creating calm moments which turns into metal industrial explosions (like on the opening part of "Mask of apathy"). I appreciated the energetic moments and how they were mixed with the calm ones but sometimes the influences sound too evident. This isn't a weak point, because the five tracks already show the band's peculiarities and I'm sure the guys are already working on these...
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Artist: COLD CLUSTER/GERSTEIN (@)
Title: Bipolar/Wring the wrist
Format: CD
Label: Purity records (@)
Rated: *****
This split release is completely devoted "to synthesizers", the particular itself may bring to your mind the "hey days" of synth pop back in the Eighties and probably you wouldn't be that out of place. The goth touch of Cold Cluster didn't prevent me from thinking to Depeche Mode and to the waveish songs of the early Death in June. Old fashioned sound is the "key word" but also "invuluntary" trendy in an age where the mainstream rediscovered that "neo-romantic" trashy "synth pop" sound. Cold Cluster beat is often squared and at times even danceable, some of his tunes could be potential icebreakers in your favorite goth club. The only problem with Cold Cluster is the cheap recording of many vocals, a real pity above all when his voice is not filtered with a vocoder. If you're familiar with Gerstein "power noise I'll blow your brain out!"-early days forget it, the turines is wearing a "back to the eighties" suit for this special occasion. The production is quite good and the vocals are better recorded even if it's still the Achille's heel of the songs. Gerstein style is a bit poppier if compared to his split-mate, let's say if Cold Cluster recalls Depeche Mode, Gerstein will make you think of Human League or Heaven 17 choked into a crepuscular salsa. You can get this cdr straight from the website of the label (www.noisebrigade.co.uk/shop.html) by sending 6.5 Euros + postage. Purity is gonna repress "La pomata delle femmine" (what a title!) a rare k7 with some Gerstein early anthems played live in 1989.
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Artist: John B. Arnold
Title: Logorythms
Format: CD
Label: Compagnia Nuove Indie (@)
Rated: *****
This cd shows just one of the many possible evolutions of jazz at the beginning of the millenium. Logorythms features some impressive guest musicians such as like Uri Caine, Massimo Urbani, Marc Abrams, Daniele Tittarelli and many others coming from the jazz scene. If to the guest list for this cd, you add John Arnold basically plays electronic drums, yes!: "the whole is equal to the sum of its parts". Electric jazz that I'm almost sure the last Miles Davis would have appreciated, the musicologists reading out there will probably think of Davis during the "Marcus Miller era", no way! This is electric but not "synth jazz" and above all neither "cold crossover influenced by funk". "Cool jazz" atmospheres arranged with a straight beat, Arnold had to specify the 95% of the drums on the record have been played live and not pre-programmed, he did it for a good reason since I dare everybody to understand ther's no drum-machine here. Great production and classy refinement but the "cocktail" could be improved a bit, since the jazz soloist and pianos are not perfectly melted with the electronic drums. The global result of this work is that of jazz redefined in the view of a dj and it's kinda strange since that's not the real background of John B. Arnold. At times it may give you the impression you're listening a colder version of some releases on K7 but above all of those on Compost (the label of the legendary "Future sound of jazz" series). "Modern jazz with a mid-90ies electronic cut"?!.
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