Music Reviews



Oct 21 2005
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Artist: STICKER CLUB
Title: song time two
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: No ground-r (@)
Rated: *****
No Ground is back with a new episode of their 3" cdr series. Rory Philips aka Sticker Club and his laptop are tuned on the frequencies of Warp records when it was still an electronic label (nay..."THE" electronic label). At the same time, being Rory from England, melancholy is flowing into his veins and in the vascular system of many other musician coming from the country of John Lennon. The electronic tracks reminded me of the funniest episodes of Plone or Plaid: it means this could get along pretty well with a videogame. "Song time two" features also some sad guitar driven tracks, honestly I still can't understand if he could have used different songs for different projects, but the whole 3" is good so who cares then?!. While the production of the electronic tracks is good, the sound of the guitar can be improved a lot, it doesn't imply that the whole recording is so and so. This 3" release is quite relaxed and well produced for a debut, I'm sure if you're into electronic music with rhythm and irony you will like this guy from England. Sticker Club has some good qualities even if that could be considered a beginning, let's see what happens with his future releases.
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Artist: ETERNITY RANGE (@)
Title: Solitude
Format: CD
Label: Kinetik Media (@)
Rated: *****
Eternity Range is a dark synthpop project formed by Morticians' Andreas Rimheden and Marie Hagelqvist (in 2003 Loita Jahnsson joined the duo playing violin). The duo already played together into the second Morticians incarnation (when they turned synthpop from their previous horror e.b.m. form) and after a couple of years they decided to give form to a new project. SOLITUDE is the first album of the band under the Eternity Range moniker and it is a really good one. You know, I'm kinda used to the European way of doing synthpop and the mixture of melancholic energetic goth and synthpop convinced me. The twelve tracks of the album range from ballads like "Music", "Colors" or "September 11th" to almost e.b.m. tunes like the following "Two souls". Generally the rhythms are about 120 BPM but the melodies and the sound used help into the diversification of the tracks, giving to them enough personality to allow the listener to join each of them. If you loved the bands of the October label, just think about one of them but into a goth key and someway you'll have Eternity Range. Thumb's up for me!
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Artist: FEAR OF DOLLS (@)
Title: Lullabies For Aborted Children
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
LULLABIES FOR ABORTED CHILDREN is the latest and maybe last Fear Of Dolls' album and I must say that it is a though one. If while listening to the old EPs you had a sense of desperation, with this one desperation turned into nihilism: check the opening "Can you hear the sickness?" and you'll understand what I mean. Try to imagine a choir of pigs (do you remember the Sickness Of Snakes' track recorded that way?) mixed with fallen angels vocals and you'll have that track. "Screaming inside her" opens with an applause and that one starts the "freak show". Originally the track was contained into the "Bless this broken body" EP (as well as the following "She was laughing") but it has been re-recorded. The effect of listening to forty five minutes of Fear Of Dolls music all in a row is positively devastating and it is like listening to a Codeine record played by the Birthday Party. I suggest you to avoid the listening if you are depressed or stressed. I'm not joking: the first time I listened to it I had to stop at track three. For this reason I'm reviewing it with a certain delay. I had to wait for a positive time as this summer I had my moving and the death of my father in law and listening to LULLABIES FOR ABORTED CHILDREN wasn't helping at all. Try it!
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Artist: DISKONNEKTED (@)
Title: Neon Night
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Finally Jan Dewulf has found a new label home with Alfa Matrix for his DISKONNEKTED project after the unexpected demise of the Dying Culture label. I must admit that I haven’t heard his predecessor "Jesus Raves" and also not the previous released EP "After Einstein". But the name Jan Dewulf is known for me with his first band MILDREDA, a Belgium Dark Electro act which was active up to 1998/1999 and could enter several comps like "Even Dogs in the Wild" or the first two chapters of the "Voltage" comp series. DISKONNEKTED in contrary has not too much to do with MILDREDA, music styles and tastes have changed within the years. The music of Jan still remains somehow EBM/Electro infiltrated with some Synth-/Futurepop attitudes, but in all it is very refreshing and with some edge. Jan combines his kind of Electro with some rhythm patterns taken out of different Dance Music styles like Progressive Tekkno, Break Beat or Trance. I see and hear a strong effort to break out from a musical death valley in which this genre drowns. Think about the music of the latest PAIL or ABSCESS, mix it with HAUJOBB’s rhythm talent and you maybe have an idea how this act can be compared. "Fact and Theory" is one of the strongest opening instrumental pieces I have heard for a long time. "Broken" and "After Einstein" will lead the Futurepop audience to the dancefloors, while "Religion" (featuring guest vocals by Johan Van Roy of SUICIDE COMMANDO and "Danger" are dedicated to satisfy the friend of harder Electro/Industrial music. This album has a lot of more pearls to discover and it is done by a musician who has learned his lessons well. EBM/Electro with ideas and it avoids to follow repetitive hypes – how can you ask for more? Check out the Alfa Matrix website and look for special deals, because this CD is also available as a limited DCD edition, which features the conceptual bonus CD "Hangover". Get it!
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Artist: CYCLOTRON (@)
Title: Type Zero Civilization
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Cyclotron's TYPE ZERO CIVILIZATION is a really good album which since the first track convinced me. You know as a fan of early Scorn and Godflesh I immediately appreciated the band's mix of technologic metal and electronic industrialism. On some tracks like the six minutes long "The ministry" there's also space for a space rock intermezzo, just to start again the hammering made of samples, electronic drum machine and a distorted guitar. Melody is also a thing that the duo is aware of and the tracks mix very well industrial ambience (thanks to synth pads and to samples) with energetic riffs. The nine tracks of the CD project you toward apocalyptic scenarios and when Craig doesn't sing Cyclotron's music could be good for modern b-movies. TYPE ZERO CIVILIZATION is the band's third album, I hadn't the occasion to listen to the other ones but I assure you that this one is worth the listening!
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