Music Reviews



Jan 30 2006
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Artist: Mana Erg (@)
Title: Red Dust
Format: CD EP
Label: Glyptique (@)
Rated: *****

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Mana Erg's UK-based Italian mastermind Bruno De Angelis is at it again, but the result is very different from his previous undertakings. The new Mana Erg EP "Red Dust" (released by French Organic's sub-imprint Glyptique records) will stone you with its juxtaposition of different genres, and in the short space of only three tracks, will attempt to sound like Marylin Manson, Clock DVA and a number of other bands you might think ok... Basically, the main difference is the catchiness of the tunes and their intrinsic pop melodies. Mana Erg is trying to preserve his aura of mystic and experimental "out-there-ness", while reaching out for more listeners with attractive, affordable and approchable quality music heavily influenced by electronica, industrial rock and dark. No need to worry about BDA selling out, he knows what he is doing and he does it well. Even if I personally preferred his previous work, "Red Dust" stands out in the crowd of listening-friendly electronic music products and definitely retiains its edge and its vision for quality.Read the Mana Erg inteview by David Weiss at http://www.chaindlk.com/interviews/index.php?interview=ManaErg
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Artist: AEOGA
Title: Zenith Beyond the Helix-Locus/Triangle of Nebula-Devourers
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
Aural Hypnox, started almost out of the blue in 2004, has become one of the best - if still underrated - outlets for ritual dark ambient, with mysterious magic-inspired projects like Halo Manash, I. Corax, Zoat Aon and, of course, Aeoga. The duo's debut, "COAV", was already remarkable, but "Zenith..." easily surpasses it in terms of evocative power and sound quality, surely being one of the best, if not THE best, dark ambient record of 2005. Its 15 tracks, with a total length of 67 minutes, flow smoothly like the various movements or steps of a ritual performance; I don't know if they were conceived like that, but the cohesion of the whole cd is astonishing. Aeoga use a wide range of instruments (synths, cymbals, voices, percussions, strings, metals, etc.), which adds to the power and variety of the pieces; and on an emotional level, "Zenith..." is a chilling and mesmerizing experience. As a companion to the album, in a 150-limited box which is now sold out, Aural Hypnox also released a separate cdr, titled "Triangle of Nebula-Devourers", with three lengthy tracks. Don't think they were leftovers because of the limited run: the cdr is actually as good as "Zenith...", or even better, as in the unbelievably menacing and bleak "Menstrual Skull Consumed" and "Seize the Flaming Droplets", or the percussive vehemence of "Let the Sun Become Your Eye". Both discs are excellent in their own right (track down the box in some mailorder), and I'd definitely recommend Aeoga to anyone into Zero Kama, early Current 93, Tribes of Neurot, Maeror Tri and Herbst9, though the Finnish duo is consistently individual and different from any of these acts.