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Artist: Lex Decimate (@)
Title: Seas Of Endless
Format: CD
Label: Silencer Records (@)
Rated: *****
LEX DECIMATE produced a superb dark album that can be used for a soundtrack score. A different vibe that can change within the mood; from electronic, gothic, ambient, experimental, and soundtrack soundscapes. "Thieves" opens the disc with its very softly haunting edge. The self titled "Seas Of Endless" sounds like a suspense thriller theme. A beautiful track "Recess" reveals a catchy strong piano melody with light dark synths. The mid-tempo "Light The Way" is a car driving thrill ride on a long dark endless road is a terrific charming track with a gothic ambient atmospheric feel. Take a drum 'n' bass track and add a synth line on top of it and you will get "Find Myself", which talks about loneliness and pain. Lex Decimate debut reminds me of ex-Depeche Mode Alan Wilder project Recoil. Some of the tracks on cd have some of the similarity music moods. Their lyrics are more like poetry that's thought provoking that will leave you to think. This cd is a breath taking catch that will suck you in and envelop you. Great quality production and mix. A pure sweet dark record that is set to elevation and worth listening to.
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Artist: GRUNDIK + SLAVA (@)
Title: ...For Electronics And Birds
Format: CD
Label: Stateart (@)
Rated: *****
Based on cyclic and light sounds the fourth Grundik + Slava album gently explore new solutions in experimental music. "Lost fado" for example is based on percussive sounds, pads, Asian choirs and could explain really well what I mean. The title ...FOR ELECTRONICS AND BIRDS and the cover art, are both a good hint about what you will find as the tracks have got a lot of chirping samples and twittering sounds. Even if by saying this you could think this is a really light and happy release, the music feelings are wider than you could expect: the duo experiment new solutions mixing simple melodies with different kind of sounds and at the same time the experimentation isn't the main thing. The atmosphere created is light and bright but there's always something (like on "Song for dong" or on "Rain music") that make you feel the dark side of Grundik + Slava's music. You know, when light hit something, it creates always also a shadow...
Oct 18 2004
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Artist: GUSTAV (@)
Title: Retter Die Wale
Format: CD
Label: Mosz Records (@)
Rated: *****
Gustav is a project (active from end 2002) of Eva Jantschitsch, girl who was also co-founder of Metrosau,Motorsau and Songs of Suspects. RETTED DIE WALE is her first solo album under this moniker. The nine tracks of the CD are nine light electronic moments (even if "Mein bruder" is kinda experimental, "Da, am monopol" is a mix of punk and jazz and "Rettet die wale" is sounding like a classic '40s song) which now melancholically and now happily paint portraits of normal lives (like on "Little weird girl" and "One hand Mona" where Eva describes the lives of two girls. The first dumped by her boy and the second lost her hand and married a guy, just to find herself into an everyday nightmare) or are insurrectionist anthems (like the beautiful and happy "We shall overcome"). Eva doesn't use electronic sounds only, she also has guests on cello, guitar, saxophone, bass, etc. Musically her voice sometimes remember me Bjork but her music is far from every other band you should know. Poppysh, rockish, experimental and jazzy, Gustav is all this and you can check it by yourselves.
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Artist: Nox Arcana (@)
Title: Darklore Manor
Format: CD
Label: Monolith Graphics (@)
Rated: *****

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Joseph Vargo and his partner William Piotrowski for Nox Arcana bring back the sounds that made Midnight Syndicate famous. Fans of Midnight Syndicate may remember albums like 'Born of the Night' and 'Realm of Shadows', both of which feature Joseph Vargo. Nox Arcana's debut is no less enthusiastic and resurrects these dark orchestral sounds. Darklore Manor continues the legacy initially begun while Midnight Syndicate has not carried on to venture into other territory such as a Dungeons & Dragons soundtrack. Nox Arcana, on the other hand, give fans of Midnight Syndicate what they've been craving most. Enter Darklore Manor, where creatures of the night lurk in shadows and ghostly sounds echo through unhallowed halls. Haunted organs, ghostly voices, and much much more fill this release while maintaining the strong musical compositions instead of becoming overdone with sound-effects like most seasonal releases. I say seasonal because as many of you know Midnight Syndicate has become very popular in the Haunted Attraction industry at Halloween and Nox Arcana should reside along with them by the other releases Vargo helped create. Joseph Vargo is not only a talented and creative musician with a taste for dark music but also a well established artist who has created quite a stir with his own company Monolith Graphics. Monolith Graphics has been in business several years producing postcards, posters, stickers, t-shirts, journals, calendars, tarot decks, and their own Dark Realms magazine. Dark Realms has also run several issues featuring reviews of all things dark and wonderful in entertainment including books, games, movies, music, and much more. Dark Realms is THE premiere magazine for darkling entertainment. Also check out Monolith's Graphic's "Tales from the Dark Tower", an original collection of 13 sinister stories, lavishly illustrated by Joseph Vargo. Based upon characters depicted in Vargo's classic gothic paintings, each story in this unique anthology is woven together to create a new and compelling saga of vampire lore. Nox Arcana is a healthy addition to the Monolith family of releases and an exciting one this year for Halloween fans worldwide. Abandon hope all ye who enter here... Look for the follow-up called "Necronomicon", a dark symphony based upon H.P. Lovecraft's forbidden tome of unspeakable horrors.
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Artist: BRIAN AND CHRIS (@)
Title: 3
Format: CD
Label: Dielectric (@)
Rated: *****
Some months ago, I reviewed Brian and Chris' "Palimpsest" 12" ep, which was quite nice. But this full length (featuring "Crossing", which was on the aforementioned vinyl, and 5 more tracks) is way more stunning, and definitely one of the best instrumental post-rock albums that I've listened to in a while. Switching a theory of instruments (the "rock" ones plus organs, pianos, Russian dulcimer, electric tanpura, pan pipes...), this impressive duo writes, to put it bluntly, memorable songs. Arrangements are complex and refinate, but melodies and rhythmic patterns always emerge as prominent features, while the electronic programmings (which were more evident in the 12", I think) are used with taste and skill. I know that the term is abused, but "cinematic" came to my mind quite often (ok, note that the project was actually born to score a friend's movie). Brian and Chris are gitfted with the one true standpoint in all good post-rock bands, that is, visionary synthesis: the result is a sort of modern easy-listening rock, and the main reference would be Tortoise circa "TNT" and "Standards" (though "3" is far more successful than the latter). Two thumbs up for this one.
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