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Artist: DARUIN (@)
Title: Way of abandonment and compromise
Format: CD EP
Label: Alienation
Rated: *****
A 5-track, 30-minute cd-ep from Japanese noisemaker Kazuya Ishigami, aka Daruin, this time released by Third Organ's Alienation. Mostly frantic liofilized diginoise, i.e. a gentler version of harsh noise without the brutality and strength. Exceptions are the solipsistic exercises of "No income" and "I give you fee from pocket money", but neither styles are particularly interesting or captivating. It all sounds a bit too gratuitous to me: Ishigami has done much better on the 3-way split cd on Ohm (see archive).
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Thiscology
Format: CD
Label: Thisco (@)
Rated: *****
A new installment in the Thisco series, very close in nature to the already reviewed "Thiscotronica. Sample mind", which was a free insert for the Spanish magazine Margen. "Thiscology" features exclusive tracks from an all-Portuguese contingent: shhh..., Oxygen, Flat Opak, Headshot, Rasal.A'sad, A Teia, Low Pressure System, Mikroben Krieg, Sciencia (Luis van Seixas of Sci-Fi Industries) and In Tempus; all offering good examples of modern rhythmic electronica with a darker edge, save for the space drones of Rasal.A'sad, the electronic dub of Low Pressure System and the mix of electronica and folk songwriting of In Tempus. Thisco has just become a no-profit cultural association with special offers to its members, and has also started a promotion service in Portugal for other labels, the first associate being Bip Hop. Keep a look out for its activities, as the release schedule is also becoming crowded and very varied.
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Artist: NEGRU VODA
Title: Dobruja region
Format: CD
Label: Fin de Siècle Media (@)
Distributor: Cold Meat Industry, Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Rejected by a couple of labels, Negru Voda's new full-length finally sees the light on Magnus Sundström's Fin de Siècle, which had also previously released a couple of alternative mixes from this album. Known for his works as Megaptera, Hans Peter Nyström has composed a good, sturdy album of disquieting ambiences, controlled distortion and heavy, relentless percussions. The droning side bears some resemblances to the classic cavernous sounds of Lustmord and Raison d'Être, and takes full control in the last two drifting tracks, "Northern beauty - k.e.m.k." and "The ghost at Leftwood Lake", but the rest of "Dobruja region" is rather dominated by pounding rhythms. Which, luckily, evoke battlefields and panic attacks rather than dancefloors. "(th)rill(e)d - mekano extension" combines both aspects quite successfully, with monotonous loops having a droning hypnotic quality rather than a rhythmic one. Nothing new, of course, nor particularly exciting, at least to my ears - but anyway, a convincing work, assembled with undisputable class.
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Artist: CERVIX (@)
Title: Teach children to worship sludge
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Improvised bluuurgh sludge doom from this new born (one off?) Italian trio (guitar/vocals/drums). Three tracks, more than 30 minutes. Heavy painful noise played at molasses speed: cross extreme doom à la Southern Lord (Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, Burning Witch, Khanate) with the disjointed experimental black of Abruptum, and you'll get a picture. Deliberately horrible recording, with the typical rehearsal sound: loud guitars, loud vocals, absent drums - and a terrible low-end frying distortion. Definitely only for the few & bold conoisseurs of the genre - but there is a certain groove to it, and who knows, maybe writing proper songs...
Artist: ST. ELME'S FIRE (@)
Title: Porphyarysis
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Self released and self distributed as a CD-r, PORPHYRIASIS is the new St. Elme's Fire's album. The main people behind this goth doom project, which has got as its influences Moonspell and Tristania, are Yuri Golovchenko and Alexandra "Shurikella" Podgayskaya. Even if the CD suffers from some lack of production the tracks are inspired and the atmosphere of their so called "gothic-doom-cabaret-industrial" could catch the attention of many goth lovers. Often on many tracks (like "Phoenix", the following "Virtual lust" or on "Padm-padam") I can hear echoes of traditional Russian melodies and this is a good point because their music sounds fresher respect the one of other goth bands that have got the usual bands of the genre, as influences. Most of you could find St. Elme's Fire's music too unprofessional because it sounds as it was composed using General midi sounds unically (which could be fine for some genres but not for rock based music). Maybe you are right but if their gear is limited their theatrical and melodramatic tunes are capable of involving the listener and this is something you couldn't underrate.
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