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Artist: ARTRIDGE (@)
Title: Finished Soundtracks For Unshot Films
Format: CD
Label: Intelink Audio
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Artridge is a musical project coming from Berlin. FINISHED SOUNDTRACKS FOR UNSHOT FILMS (a very evocative title, indeed) is their second full lenght and contains eight excellent examples of well done sound constructions. The instrumental tracks carry so many musical genres and sonic solutions that is impossible to file them under a specific one. For this reason it's the best thing naming them: soundtracks. Since there isn't a visual counterpart there's a little text on the inside cover which refers to a girl who sits on a wall looking to the sea thinking about what it has to come. This could be a little hint about the emotions underlined by the sixty minutes of music you can find into the CD. Anyway, musically Artridge blend in a perfect way elements of classical music (piano and strings) with ambient or industrial elements just to compose jazzy / ambient / industrial suites which are really full of colors. Tension, romanticism, fear, each emotion has been covered so well that you won't realize that there are no images.
Artist: Kooper Kain
Title: Turning Cities To Salt
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Sinister Records
Rated: *****
Wow! The most fantastic cd ever made by Vancouver, B.C band, Kooper Kain. The debut "Turning Cities To Salt" will make you want to listen to it over and over and over and over again and again and again. The band's sound is between Simple Minds and U2. Even the singer's voice is a reminder of Simple Mind's singer Jim Kerr. A breathtaking disc that is flawless. Each track stands the disc out. There's alot of songs I recommend that can be appropriate for singles, radio and clubs; "Icy Stars", "Crowded", "80 Years Dirt", "Flicker Flicker & Out", "Too Far Gone", "Red Satin Rivers", "Apocalypse & Pawn", just to name a few. A fascination blend of dark rock and new wave. Lyrics so powerful and emotional that is aggressively profound with deep thoughts and feelings. So innovated with their own unique sound, they even bring back the 80's old school style that reflects the music of our time. The sweetest perfection, beauty, ethereal, and inspiration is what they deliver in their lyrics and music. The listeners will certainly be very content after they give it a listen for the first time and enjoy it more. "Turning Cities To Salt" is an artistic form of well plendid divine recording art. 80's children and goth fans need to buy this remarkable incredible cd.
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Artist: DEMETER (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD EP
Label: SOS Recordings (@)
Rated: *****

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This band has been a great discover! I received many emails and didn’t know if they were spam or a band promoting themselves with enigmatic mails with only a link (like virus usually do...). Curiosity killed the cat.... somebody said. Unexpectedly I’ve been gifted with this jewel of modern music. A new ensemble mixing the deep and intense message of dark music, together with soft melodies, sometimes with good commercial potentialities, experimentations and noise, art-rock and a dramatic approach. Biography says DEMETER is composed by musicians from New York, London, Helsinki and Barcelona, creating in this way a varied and full of influences support for the melodic and whispering voice of Anna Mercedes. First track "Addict" starts with a dark-pop attitude, with some echoes from GARBAGE: a good song showing DEMETER’s capacity of writing catchy but not stupid melodies. "Dare you" offers a disturbing landscape, a space-rock atmosphere enforced by electronic pads and a nervous work of drums and electric guitar. "Falling", introduced by an ambient-industrial noise, starts with a simple piano passage, a rhythmic heartbeat-like percussive pulse, and a whispering. It’s like being trapped in a cage with lights broken. Title is perfect: as song goes on, tension increases, giving a sensation of choking or falling down in a pit. "One Last Kiss" is like a trip-hop song, very sad... solitude embraces you in a rainy day, alone in a little apartment in New York, while the world outside goes on indifferent to you. "Venus" closes this too short CD, with a softer atmosphere, rich of BOWIE’s influences, again a potentially commercial song but with a strong personality. Every song is a pearl, and I wish I could hear more from this band, surely they’ve given me a real shock. Strongly recommended.
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Artist: LUPERCALIA (@)
Title: Florilegium
Format: CD
Label: Equilibrium Music (@)
Rated: *****
Second album for the Italian medieval band LUPERCALIA, four years after "Soehrimnir". Now the band is composed only by guitarist Riccardo Prencipe and vocalist Clauda Florio, plus various guest musicians. Since the first track emerges the work of the violinist Gianluca Uccio as a great wave of freshness, with an intense and emotional performance, sometimes giving the right liveliness to the most rhythmic songs. Music has lost the excessive use of synths as in the previous album, and offers medieval tunes played mostly with classic guitar, violin, percussions and Claudia’s soprano voice. In some songs the band shows a good inspiration, such as in "Praga" or "Ouroboros", "Axe"and "Aegiypto and Siciliam", alternating deep and reflective moments and medieval dances, and in "Rebis" vocalist is at her best. On the contrary, in rhythmic tracks electronic percussions are often confuse and noisy and, above all, the soprano, even if good as timbre and technique, gives the impression of excessive affectation, in contrast with the immediate and direct message of music, as happens in "Aegiypto and Siciliam" or "Ouroboros". About the cover of DEAD CAN DANCE’s "The Wind That Shakes The Barley", without doubt it could have been avoided: while the original gives a feeling of simplicity and peace, this one appears to me only as an exercise of technique, very well sung but without inspiration.
Nov 02 2004
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Artist: MURNAU (@)
Title: Decoder
Format: 12"
Label: Hands Productions
Rated: *****
Printed in only 300 copies on high weight vinyl, DECODER it is and will be the last Murnau release ever. Koen decided to move on from his firstborn and concentrate on his other projects Legion Ultra and Cold Flesh Colony. The six tracks of this album see Murnau at the top of his intransigent grinding noisy and shouted offer. Even more lo-fi Koen decide to use raw rhytmical loops to build his suites of pain. Listening to his stuff it comes to my mind a paragon between the German director Koen took the name from and the not-music produced by the Belgian project. If Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau as a director was exploring the fields of movie expression, we could say that Koen did the same with the sound (don't think about how important the director was, I'd like to think about the emotions involved into the process of creation). The images of "Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens" come to my mind with their slow movements while the music of "Severance", "Predominance", "Heresy", "Imd", "Redemtion" and "Nada" seem to dig a hole (the grinding noises) where find peace where there isn't any.
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