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Artist: DEASPAIRATION (@)
Title: Music For The Night
Format: CD
Label: My Kingdom Music (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Being the fourth full release for this German band, MUSIC FOR THE NIGHT represent a good melting pot of metal, rock and goth. Sometimes I heard also echoes of Pink Floyd and David Bowie (see the charming "Phantastronaut") into the melodic textures of the band and everything has been mixed with a certain taste and there are also some electro inserts (the final part of "L'avion ivre" for instance fade into an electro ambient/industrial mixture and a lot of other songs has got samples and electro arrangements) along with particular solutions (see how they used the trumpet on some tracks along with other orchestral arrangements and with powerful rock). The album is a sort of concept album where the band musically paint a journey following the spiritual ideas of James Joyce, Arthur Rimbaud and William Blake. I'm not that much into guitar solos but this album has got so many highlights that I didn't care at all.
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Artist: AMATEUR GOD (@)
Title: Around The Corners Of Our Mind
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****
Amateur God is a particular band in the electronic scene. I hadn't the opportunity to listen to their first release "Near Life Experience" (released by Wampus Multimedia back in 2002) but this new AROUND THE CORNERS OF OUR MINDS shows really well the peculiarity of the project. There are different aspects of the CD that make me think about Amateur God as a multimedia band (the video of "Openmindead" won an award at Festival of Slovene Animation as the best animated musical video. It was also accepted on V.A.I.A 2004, International Show of Video Art of Alcoi in Spain and Dark Light Festival in Ireland), something that link the music deeply to the visual side. Most of the tracks haven't got a defined melody with a refrain and the structure of a classic song. Their songwriting seems to be focused mainly on the effects and the ambience they could create. Musically the voice of Spela Podgornik could remember the Cranes and listening to all the tracks in a row there's a certain feeling of melancholy and emptiness. The only note I can report is that all the album deals with the same atmosphere, so you've got to check if it catch you immediately.
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Halloween Horror Movie Themes
Format: CD
Label: Turn Up The Music Inc.
Distributor: Turn Up The Music Inc.
Rated: *****
This is a compilation of horror movie themes, which is compiled by Drew who has also put out numerous of compilations of his favorite music by other artists. On the debut release he chose his favorite Hollywood movie horror themes. I pick this up from the Dollar Tree store, which I only paid a dollar for it. Some of the themes on disc are my favorites, also which I had a very hard time trying to find it in the soundtrack section at the record stores, especially "The Shining". Other famous horror tunes includes "Halloween", "Psycho", "Exocist Theme (Tubular Bells)", "Blade Runner", "Poltergeist", "and A Nightmare On Elm Street". Let this be a collective item in your cd collection. A perfect compilation that will be good for 2005 Halloween celebration in the month of October. All 16 tracks are the original scores from the film music composers.


1. "Halloween"-John H. Carpenter
2. "Psycho"-Bernard Herrmann
3. "Exocist Theme (Tubular Bells)"-Michael Oldfield
4. "Theme From Jaws"-Allan Parker
5. "The X-Files Theme"-Mark Snow
6. "The Silence Of The Lambs"-Howard Shore
7. "The Prince Of Darkness"-John H. Carpenter
8. "Christine"-John H. Carpenter
9. "Scream"-Marco Beltrami
10. "Dracula"-John Willaims
11. "Blade Runner"-Vangelis
12. "Poltergeist"-Jerrald Goldsmith
13. "Exocist II: The Heretic"-Ennio Morricone
14. "Friday The 13th"-Harry J. Manfredi
15. "A Nightmare On Elm Street"-Charles Berstein
16. "The Shining"-Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind
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Artist: HIV+ (@)
Title: Rotten Beat Manifesto
Format: CD
Label: Black Flames (@)
Distributor: Black Flames
Rated: *****
The next wave of Noise is here and reporting for duty, and thy name is DJ Pedro aka HIV+. Besides combining elements of Powernoise, Industrial, Techno, and EBM into one menacing album ROTTEN BEAT MANIFESTO, HIV+ (or HIV-Positive) are also infamous for major club/event/festival DJ appearances throughout Europe and have been doing it successfully with high praise for over 16 years. HIV+ have already released a handful of albums on various European electro labels, and today they are a member of the noteworthy BLACK FLAMES label.ROTTEN BEAT MANIFESTO begins with the intro track appropriately entitled "Introduce The Virus" sounds more like an electronic virus taking over the speakers at an exponential rate... really cool effects as well as an original idea for an intro. The album progresses with excellent distorted rhythms without over doing it’, such as on track 2 "Testament" and track 3"Illegal Tanz ("Extended Club –X by Bak XIII)". Track 4 "Broken Child (Original)" is an ethereal beat-less aura of excellent synthetic harmonies and borderline eerie ambiance, resulting a very skilled arrangement of sounds and melody. Similar to albums by praiseworthy acts such as Terrorfakt, ROTTEN BEAT MANIFESTO is produced extremely well, which is always a challenge for albums that feature as much distortion as such. Basically ever sound on track 5’s "Feedback 1968" illustrate different levels of distortion, resulting in what is probably the most "Powernoise-esque" track on the album. "Taliban’s Law (Rmx by Babylone Chaos)" is an awesome display of beats, computer-blip noises, followed by a yet another eerie aura in the middle of the track and then ending with a full-on beat assault! Also of note, is the final track "Body Electric (Tribute to Nitzer Ebb)", an awesome Power-DJ mix of the 1986 smash "Body Electric", including some additional HIV+ rhythms and sounds. ROTTEN BEAT MANIFESTO is definitely recommended for the listener who prefers edgier electro, but it’s also a great starter for someone who is looking to crossover. Either way, check it out, and you won’t be disappointed!
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Artist: The Last Influence Of Brain (@)
Title: Illusions And Reality
Format: CD
Label: Black Flames (@)
Distributor: Black Flames
Rated: *****
THE LAST INFLUENCE OF BRAIN is yet another phenomenal band on the BLACK FLAMES label, and the Slovakian duo, consisting of Bob on instrumentation and Solo on vocals/lyrics, presents their terrific debut ILLUSIONS AND REALITY. The album is a very progressive electronic album saturated with excellent synthetic melodies, spine-melting sonic textures, and many tempo shifts throughout the tracks in order to keep the excitement alive.If someone pointed a gun to my head and told me to give a comparison, I would say that I see a definite old XMTP influence here (no pun intended). The sequences and keyboard skill walks hand and hand on ILLUSIONS AND REALITY, and all of the tracks fit together perfectly while still exhibiting variance and uniqueness. The instrumental intro-esque track "One" presents the skill of sequencing and drum-manipulation first. Soon to follow are the elements of angst and electronic mutilation. "Cruel Beast" is a very dreary track filled with rhythmic and harmonic cacophony, which is actually very pleasing to the ear of the skilled musician. The vocal effects change often and drastically throughout the album, thus it is almost a challenge to distinguish which voice is actually most representative of singer Solo. "N.O.A.C.O.L." is a club-friendly track with excellent sequences and riffs. The title track "Illusions And Reality" is filled with pure electro bliss and Solo’s seething distorted voice in the middle of the mix. "Conventions And Halve’s True" is an excellent up-tempo instrumental deviation!The album also contains 2 remixes of the track "Legacy"... one by ESR and one K.I.F.O.T.H., Bob’s preivous band. I have been nothing short of impressed with everything I have heard on the BLACK FLAMES label, and ILLUSIONS AND REALITY is no exception. Please check out the BLACK FLAMES website for more info on THE LAST INFLUENCE OF BRAIN and other great artists!
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