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Artist: Adipocere (@)
Title: Promo
Format: CD
Label: Death Wax Records
Rated: *****
This self-released gem is a promo compiling random bits of the live work, demos, and past/future tracks of Adipocere. Adipocere is the solo project of Keith Dylan, founder of Death Wax Records. His work in Adipocere is a complex mixture of dark ambient, powernoise, IDM, and all things relatednever remaining in the same genre for long, and always demanding attention.

The promo starts out easy with two tracks that are so relaxed and soothing you could almost drift off to sleep; shifting into a screaming hell reminiscent of the New Blockaders or Masonna without warningripping away the deception of peace and replacing it with a world of comparable torment. From there the promo calms, but the promise of serenity is gone, leaving the listener aware and ready for anything. The promo then shifts from atmospheric themes and scattered beats comparable to Download’s later work into heavy dark ambient/powernoise pieces that snatch away all semblance of tranquility and feed the listener, instead, the abrasive sounds that make this genre great.

Adipocere mixes elements of IDM, ambient, and noise with an unforgiving precision. This promo holds some of the best intelligent powernoise I’ve had the pleasure of hearing this year. Tracks like "The Trenches of Reality" and "Dysplasia" are so catchy they have become staples on my playlist. If this promo CD-r is any indication of the quality of work to be expected from Keith Dylan’s Adipocere, then I am convinced that anything he releases will be worth picking up.


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Artist: VORPAL (@)
Title: An Incomplete Guide To Vorpal Music
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco (@)
Rated: *****
Produced using Reason and Acid (the first software has got several/illimitate vitual instruments and a sequencer window to command each stuff. The latter software is manily used to work on loops) on a computer, AN INCOMPLETE GUIDE TO VORPAL MUSIC introduce us to the sonic realm of Andrew Kozloski. A realm that is similar to an hard disk that need a defragmentation. Even if the different sound sources changes really fast on the various tracks, the thirteen tracks are something more than a collage. It is true that chaos sometimes takes a hold, but the tracks create a good ambience and they have got something that make you identify each of them (see for example all the melodic line used on "Pinot noir film". Andrew, as other sound manipulators, had the good intuition to take everything he could reach just to work on it. For this reason you can find a portion of Edo Komoriuta on "Hip hop wabisabi", a reworked verion of Satie's "Gymnopédie" and a portion of the Brandeburg concerto n.2 in f major by J.S. Bach on "November-014". If you aren't worried of controlled chaos Vorpal has got something for you to be thrilled!
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Artist: SILVERY (@)
Title: High Class High On Silvery
Format: CD
Label: Dark Wings (@)
Rated: *****

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Born in 1999 thanks the will of Rico Hüllermeier (keyboards) and Rosa Unrau (vocals) Silvery started to define their music style and after a first period of side projects and other distractions, the band started to record "Sinners and Lovers behold each other", their first official demo-album. Their music contains different influences: goth, synthpop, pop and metal. They worked hard and even radio and clubs in U.S.A. gave them attention. On 2004 they recorded their first album "BlackBox" and after a year "High class high on Silvery" saw the light. The album contains twelve tracks (there's also an hidden track at the end of "The morning") that range from the electronic pop rock of "Searching for my lost lover" and "No way out", the metal rock of "Joy" (the most energetic track of the album along with "Hollow") and the rock ballad of most of the remaining tracks which start with a slow rhythm just to give some energy during the refrain. Personally I found the production of the album too polished and focused on Rosa's vocals. Each track tend to have a luscious effect: it is like the song must seduce the audience. Probably the band is trying to reach a wider audience (the same of bands like Garbage) but in my opinion sometimes some sort of wilderness is needed.
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Artist: EXILE (@)
Title: Pro Agonist
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Exile's first album sum the work of the last years of Tim Shaw: dj and producer coming from England. He worked with John B and MC Temper and he recorded tons of records for Moving Shadow, Beta, Renegade Hardware, Mosquito and Planet-Mu. His first CD PRO AGONIST gathers twelve tracks of inspired hc jungle sounds/rhythms which tend to surprise the listener with new solutions (choirs, melodic lines, classical music excerpts, etc). Two tracks are selected from his recent singles released by Evol Intent and Planet Mu and the remaining ones are new cuts which see also the collaboration of John B (on "Broken language - Exile mix") and Nick Douwma (which helped on the creation of the opening "Silicon chop"). If you don't know at all Tim's work, don't wait for fragmented sounds and hyper nervous rhythms which are impossible to follow. His style is various and angry but he has always got the sense of the track. For sure you could find many influences on his music but his tracks aren't a cut and paste of sounds. They are more likely sound scultpures with a high melodic sense. See how the short "Open mike" succeeds into painting different soundscapes in less than three minutes. Jungle isn't the only thing you'll find on these tracks, because Tim usually use a pad structure to help the rhythm hurricane. On tracks like "Sure you did" you could find also ambient moments as well as classic modern music elements on "Mushroom santa" or on the following "Spring cum air". A thing is for sure: listening to PRO AGONIST you won't find a weak moment and you'll always find interesting elements to follow. Dig the power!
Artist: Charlotte's Shadow (@)
Title: Love and Hate/No Tears
Format: CD
Label: Cynfeirdd (@)
Rated: *****
First debut release from Spain's own Charlotte's Shadow. A mixture of goth/new wave with dark male vocals and female ethereal vocals. Guitar and synths fusing together over drum machine rhythm pattern. Male and female take turns singing on different tracks and also duet together, and as one sings lead and the other one on background. All 12 tracks are very good and outstanding. Favorites included "Life Is A Monster", "I'm Not Afraid", "Gimme Life", "No Tears", "A Better Place", and "Far Away". This self produced release has a good sound quality production. There is also a hidden track included on the disc. The track is a remake of The Cure "Boys Don't Cry". Majority of the tracks are danceable and worth listening to. Charlotte's Shadow is the new cream of the crop in making GOTH and DARK MUSIC to check out.
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