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Artist: AMBER SPYGLASS (@)
Title: Accelerating Parcae
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
After three years the release of the "Creep" MCD, Amber Spyglass are back with their first full lenght titled ACCELERATING PARCAE. At a first listening the tracks made me remember also about some English folk bands of the '70s (Amazing Blondel and Fairport Convention, to name a couple) which mixed rock and folk creating hypnoting ballads. Kelly and John don't write about old traditions, instead they deal with emotions and you can feel it also by their songs. The album opens with "Pearls of blue", one of the various acoustic ballads you can find into the album. The voice of Kelly is really expressive and if you don't count the few vocal soution which sound a little out of tune here and there, you'll realize that she's a really good performer. With the third track "Hand in position" their goth influence come out and the sound become dreamy and energic at the same time. With "Catalyst groove" (a good goth rock song really Siouxie sounding) the album change its skin and Amber Spyglass take out the rabbit from their hat. The sound turns into a mix of acoustic goth and electro (really good their version of the Bowie/Eno track "I'm afraid of Americans" with stops and go and a little bit of funky). Also on "Her dark swan", "Divide", the almost instrumental "Venus in the 8th house" (a beatiful ambient experimental jazz track) and the closing "In white" the band seem to be more confident about the tracks and about their sound. Five nice track and six good ones could be a good result for a first album and I think that the audience will appreciate it.
Artist: VX (@)
Title: Metamorphosis
Format: CD
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
VX new release "Metamorphosis" is certainly an amazing electronic-industrial cd that's refreshing with female vocals that's angry, very intense and emotional in a beautiful way. Songs about betrayal, nightmarish visions and so forth. This duo is Laura Boercker and Tom Whittaker, who is behind this driving force project that's more of post-industrial, bringing back the old classic industrial style fuse with blending guitars, ambient soundscapes, breakbeat, drum 'n' bass, and EBM. This is one heavy intensity industrial dance album ever produced and recorded. Tracks that stands the album out are "Constant", "Without; Within", "Reduced To Silence", a bassline that's so dope funky, "Force Me Forward" and "New Dream". VX is a reminder of Detroit's one woman industrial band Chiasm. Fans of industrial music will surely enjoy this hellify release. VX progressed themselves by going in the right direction and will keep the listener's hungry for more future releases. I like them very much and you will too. The cd is enhanced multi-media that features lyrics, bio, photos and an extra song. Hope the band stay around for a long time.
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Artist: VITTORIO VANDELLI (@)
Title: A Day Of Warm Rain In Heaven
Format: CD
Label: Equilibrium Music (@)
Rated: *****
You know that I'm not a big fan of medieval atmospheres and before listening to the first solo release of Ataraxia's Vittorio Vandelli, I was thinking if passing this CD to one of our collaborators. You want to know why I decided to review it anyway? Well, first of all Francesca (here she's the guest singer on almost all the tracks) uses her voice in a different way, putting back the chants and the acutes. Second: the fifteen songs span through folk ballads (some sound Spanish, some French), dark dreamy tracks a la Dead Can Dance (see "The curse in a dead man's eye"), goth electro moments (like on "A sadder and a wiser man" and on "I killed the albatros") and other thousand ones. Being classy and eclectic, Vittorio succeeded into creating an interesting album which could catch a wide range of audience. It ain't rock or electro for sure but for whom are in search of something sophisticated and inspired it could be a good choice.
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Artist: CREATING.PARADISE (@)
Title: Killing Dreams
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Before the real review, a little of history: Creating.Paradise duo was already active on early '90s as Syncout. In 1997 with the end of the first project, Bjoern Muehlnickel decided to create new stuff under the Creating.Paradise monicker. At the beginning he focused the new project on dreamy electro instrumental tracks. 1998 saw the release of the first Creating.Paradise album with Bjoern Honert as guest musician. Four years after and with Bjoern Honert back on the line up of the band, they released a new album titeld "Thru the valley of darkness". On early 2004 they prepared a new album "Render inconscious" but since they hit the 47th position at the Sonic Reducer band contest, out of the 50 contestors, they decided to put it back and to work on something different. KILLING DREAMS is the result of their waiting and it brings to the audience seven tracks influenced by '90s electro (early Haujobb, In Strict Confidence, etc) where dreamy reverbered sounds duet with pumping rhythms and nice melodies. The atmosphere of the CD is quite good: there isn't a real track which could function as single (maybe "Fingerprints" could be the one, because of its catchy melody) but generally KILLING DREAMS is a good work. Sometimes the dreamy approach takes an hold and this coulbe a weak point and a distinctive mark of the band at the same time (judgement is upon the listener's taste), but for sure we aren't talking about lousy tracks or bad musical approach. A band to consider...
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Artist: FEKTION FEKLER
Title: Into the Sun
Format: CD
Label: Black Flames Records, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Maybe this can be called to be the comeback of the year? Right on, FEKTION FEKLER have made their good name in the world wide Electro/Industrial scene lately 6 years ago with their last CD "Kling Klang Bedlam", released in Europe through Out Of Line, in the United States under the flag of the now defunct Pendragon Records. After this there was a long time in silence and nobody did really know what happened. And now they are back, this time under the flag of the polish Black Flames Records and this new CD "Into the Sun" is a real time journey back. The style of the compositions is still the same, the vocals have their rich and sometimes dramatically influence like before, the drum and percussion work is just like usual, yes and also the sounds can easily recognized as the ones done by FEKTION FEKLER. This means that the music of this band hasn’t received any new addition, the whole increasing technology especially in case of soft synths, VST, software samplers and so on seems to have no entrance in music of the glorious brothers Robert and John Bustamante. Or in other words: FEKTION FEKLER still know how they want to sound. Like it or not but this CD has a lot of good points and features which stand out, it is alive, it varies a lot in styles and it has – as usual for a FEKTION FEKLER CD – its own identity. Maybe their music is not conform with the typical Electro/Indus stuff and also some outstanding tracks are hard to find here but again – who cares? FEKTION FEKLER remain themselves and if you like their previous works then you must have also "Into the Sun". Enjoy it as a whole album, as a floating unit.
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