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Artist: Bella Morte (@)
Title: As The Reasons Die
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Rated: *****

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Formed in 1996 and picked up by Metropolis Records in 2002, Bella Morte hails from Charlottesville, VA and have gained the attention of many fans worldwide. Upon first listen most are initially impressed with their overall style and approach to what some call darkwave or gothic. However, Bella Morte's approach is unique enough that they do not truly fit into that catagory though most of their fans would likely currently be found in the 'goth scene'. Their music combines guitar driven rock with ballad-like structures, heavy synth overtones, and melancholy lyrics. They have been called "gothic", "punk", "synthpop", "metal", and "darkwave". Oddly, they are not really any of these specifically but aptly combine elements of each into a fluid medium. with the vocal improvements shown on this album they have definitely taken a huge leap forward from where they were with the previous release. The last album had me musically but vocally was lacking a bit to 'tone' and 'experience'. This release is much more professional sounding and vocally reminds me slightly of the band Seven 13 (aka Coven 13) and would be an excellent addition to the individual's collection which contain their works who are looking for a more updated musical sound and structure. Bella Morte combines metal guitars, piano, darkwave synth structures and anthem/ballad-like vocals into a nice mesh. If they didn't live up to your standards last time give them a listen this time. There is much improvement!
Artist: C.J.Reaven Borosque
Title: Machine
Format: CD
Label: Edge Tone Records
Rated: *****
C.J Reaven Borosque brings us 11 tracks of disharmonic, off tune guitar, which is heavily processed, and full of pedal delay, distrotion and reverb.
The cds starts off very guitar heavy, with song oriented structures, and little noise. As the cd progresses it seems to find direction.

Unfortunatly everytime the cd finds a nice wall of noise, or thick cut up moments, it reverts to a off tune guitar picking, leading me to hope for it to move back to the repetitive, almost rytmic like samples of the earlier moments.
Highlight of the cd is the track "Surgeon, Corrosion Melt", which evolves quite nicely, and has alot of effects, basicaly blurring the source(thankfully) for most of the track. The ambient whitenoise in the back is amazing for most of the cd, unfortunatly the guitar tuning over the top ruins it for me.
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Artist: I SYNTHESIST (@)
Title: Avalanche
Format: CD
Label: Satellite Symphonics
Rated: *****
Moving his sound between '80s icons like John Foxx (just listen to tracks like "The lost parade" or "Captain, my captain" and you'll have flashbacks coming from "The garden" era) and Gary Numan (don't tell me you haven't never listened to gems like "Telekon" or "The pleasure principle"), Chris Ianuzzi composed a really catchy album titled AVALANCHE. The eleven tracks are capable of catching your attention immediately and after few times you listen to them you'll find their melodies appealing and you'll find yourself willing to discover how's the following song. Even if I Synthesist is based on old sounds and influenced by music of the eighties you'll be surprised to find a well balanced project where old sounds and new intuitions (see some semi ambient/techno solutions on "Paralyzed") cohabit really well. There are no flaws into the album sound / tracks and each track has convinced me at the same way. Chris' composition is already mature and he knows how to use his skills and from the photos I see that he isn't a teenager, so he must have a certain musical background already. Even if Chris is a New Yorker the sound is really British and it doesn't sound like American synthpop bands and this helps the project having its own personality which the audience can recognize immediately. If you are an electro pop lover you should check this album and if you find it difficult to find because it has been released by Satellite Symphonics (Chris' personal label), then you can wait until mid July and you can get yours checking this website http://www.endless-records.de
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Artist: DRESSED IN WIRES (@)
Title: Behold My Mighty Star
Format: CD
Label: Estrunax Records
Rated: *****
BEHOLD MY MIGHTY STAR is the first official album by Dressed In Wires, a solo project headed by Simon Earp. The ten tracks of the CD gather irony (try to think how songs titled "First gay black president" or "I can see myself cumming in your hair tonight" could sound), electronic sperimentalism and good intuitions. Particular vocal samples gives humanity to the tracks while razor blade sounds (like the ones on "Aphids in me") give rhythm, cutting in two the atmosphere just to make space to new rhythmical structures and to some sick atmosphere. Everything is packed with a DIY atmosphere and the insane imprint of the project makes you wonder what's coming next. When IDM bands seem to be too pretentious, Dressed In Wires arrives just to clean the blackboard of modern music with his impetuous way of doing. If you think that Simon's music is a joke, you're wrong as he seems to be dead serious about what he's doing. If you are into industrial, IDM and electronic sperimentalism allow me to suggest you this project, then let me know what do you think about it.
Artist: TACTICAL SEKT
Title: Burn process
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
A maxi-cdep thing (12 tx, 72') for Tactical Sekt, aka Anthony Mather (vocals, keyboards, programming) and Beam (drums + noise creation), featuring 7 new tracks and 5 remixes by Haujobb, Solitary Experiments, DJ Rexx Arkana (Bruderschaft), [:SITD:] and Reality. Tactical Sekt play hard-as-nails electro with emphasis on pounding beats and "evil" filtered vocals. Exactly like Grendel, who I've just reviewed - it's astonishing how these bands sound like each other. A die-hard fan would probably be able to tell them apart, but honestly, wouldn't it be for the cover, I'd have a hard time doing that. But anyway, this is decent electro, and the above mentioned fan would probably sweat on this one.
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