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Artist: ALEXANDER RISHAUG
Title: Possible Landscape
Format: CD
Label: Asphodel
Rated: *****
Seven long tracks of glitchy minimalism by this Norwegian sound artist, here at his second full-length, after "Panorama" (Smalltown Supersound 2002). The work begins with a blissful and vaguely Steve Reich-sounding drone, then explores the various nuances of the style: clicks and skips, loops, more "ambient" parts... Very Oval-esque, no way to avoid the comparison, so if you're a die-hard fan of the genre you may find this very enjoyable or very predictable, or even both. Rishaug is not exploring any new ground, but after all, why should he? His intimistic electronica is probably closer in spirit to folk ballads than to avantgarde research - and in that, this is a warm and satisfying album.
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Artist: VENUS FLY TRAP (@)
Title: Zenith
Format: CD
Label: Big Blue Records (@)
Rated: *****
First release after 1997's album "Dark amour", ZENITH bring back to our attention Venus Fly Trap again. The sound is darker respect the previous release and blends goth atmospheres with electronic inserts and a little bit of Joy Division/Sister Of Mercy melodies (even if some parts of "Twilight opera" and "Naked ape", the vocal lines mainly, remember me the early Valor). Songs like "Sabotage" or "Neon" haven't got driving rhythms but the atmosphere is catchy and crawly at the same time. I must admit that even if I liked the tracks at a first listening it took a couple of times to being trapped. It is difficult to find a electro/dark/rock band with a personal sound but Venus Fly Trap are a reality for all the lovers of the genre!
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Artist: ED LAWES
Title: 14 Tracks / Pieces
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
I think that this 14 TRACKS / PIECES by Ed Lawes is one of most particular CDs released by Planet Mu. With the lastest label's releases I was used to rhythm based music and this CD sounds really different. Anyway. Ed Lawes process of creating music seems to be as much important as the final result as for each track you can find a note where he describes the process. The tracks sound like contemporary music made now with electronic processed sounds and then with acoustic instruments only, like violin, double bass and tenor saxophone (like on "An ordered set"). The final result is a mixture of experimentations and studies which gathers jazzy improvisations, experimental music, concrete music and improvised stuff. Sometimes it sounds too arty but the fact that for each track you've got notes to follow it could change your experience about it. Ed states that he would like to write a whole website about his tracks: in this way it would be like a book of experiences that you could couple with sounds. A CD to experience...
Artist: The Sins (@)
Title: The Beginning
Format: CD
Label: Sinister (@)
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Progression is what I describe the band and their debut release "The Beginning". Their music is so mature with a profound 100% pure sensational goth rock. Guitar driven goth bands from the 80's like The Mission, Fields Of Nephilim, and The Sisters of Mercy, influence innovating Seattle based underground band. They combine slick melodic vibe by fusing past sounds of the British punk with their modern rock influences and ideas. A cultivating band who is able to break through the cutting edge of rock. The Sins is a diamond in the rough by having their claws scratching the surface and painting a visual picture to get to the point by expressing anger and exceed to take you on a mystery ride like The Doors. Thought provoking lyrics that will draw you near and the sound of a bowed violin delivers a sweet melody that blends with the heavy guitars. All 11 tracks provide a solitude thinking feel and will redeem you. The Sins are truly the real missing dark rock in the 21st Century.
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Artist: LITTLE SAP DUNGEON (@)
Title: Silent Entities
Format: CD
Label: Dungeon-Recordings/Backscatter
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Hailing from the breeding dark Electro/Industrial scene of Salt Lake City we have here another fine project next to the already known SYMBIONT, LEXINCRIPT or BOUNDLESS. After having released 3 demo CD’s mainly distributed in their home area they now have decided to bring out their official first full-length. And no doubt - with this "Silent Entities" they can surely get the same attention and success like their area comrades mentioned before - if not more! The music presented by this duo is overall dark Electro/Industrial filled with extremly well-placed but scary voice samples taken from several horror/splatter movies, mad tremendous vocals, deep dark atmospheric layers and rough distorted drum patterns close to what I would call Powernoise. This is hard stuff, but not primary designed to fill the dancefloors. Tracks like "The Children Sleep", "In the Dark (You’re mine)" and more over "Never Ever Land" will awake your deepest nightmares. If you have already called a well known act like VAC to be a "Splatter Electro" band then you haven’t heard this. This is much more deeper and heavier into this theme. I would call this full-length a little masterpiece in this style. Highly recommend!
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