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Artist: NIMP
Title: Development Concept for Formulation of NIMP
Format: CD
Label: Parametric Records
Rated: *****
Abstract electro rhythms and melodies that are very similar to Plateau (that's cEvin Key) and has the flavor of early OMD. The brains behind NIMP, French solo artist Guillaume Eluerd, has issued and titled this CD of his as if it were a blueprint presentation of some kind, complete with a Flash/Quicktime interactive file and cool custom metal box for the disc. The interactive sports not only some nifty, weird collage art pieces, but links to both Eluerd's own website and that of his label. Nothing too groundbreaking, yet a pleasant listen. The best on here are the final three, brooding tracks, "Creeps," "The Final Boy" and "La Balançoire Américaine" ("the American swing". Somebody please email and tell me what that's supposed to mean, would you?)
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Artist: Verplanken
Title: Autopsy of a Dream
Format: CD
Label: Marie-Line T Discovery (@)
Rated: *****
This CD from Verplanken, one-man synthmeister from France (a prior release, now that his new CD "The Missing Tracks" is out), is average in scope but contains many exciting ideas and combinations involving both musique concrète and prog rock ideals. The mostly vocal-less disc is a pleasant mixture of symphonic loops, footsteps, piano scramble and low, repeated utterances. "Paradise," the nearly ten-minute opener, broods along nicely like a lapping ocean shore, and gives one fond recollections of the introductory suite "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" from Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here album. Fifth up, "Sputnik Ghost Dance," is a nearly humorous display of synth wash at a swing tempo, superimposed with a robot voice repeating the song's title. Track number seven, "Lost Interlude," makes you think of a chorus of summer insects that won't stop trilling their hypnotic patterns. Autopsy isn't too long of a disc, running at just the right duration (about 38 minutes) to leave you wanting more. And by the way, "Autopsy of a Dream" is my favorite title of anything I have reviewed here thus far. Good going, yo.
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Artist: RETRACTOR (@)
Title: No Resistance
Format: CD
Label: Black Flames Records (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
At the first I had listened to this I was really confused. I took again the cover and stopped the CD to make sure that I did not listening to a wrong release. No – it is the debut of RETRACTOR from Ford Lauderdale, FL, USA – and not the new and long awaited release of TACTICAL SEKT. But this almost perfect copy of the musically efforts of Anthony Mather’s famous solo project can really confuse. And so I have already named the biggest flaw of this production. This originally hailing from Puerto Rico duo produces a hard and cold, dark Electro/Industrial album pretty much influenced by the current hype. Distorted and rough screaming vocals, steady, straight-in-ya-face beatings with nightmarish bass kicks and overdriven harsh synth lines – these are all the typically ingredients for this Terror-/Hellektro EBM sound too many bands currently present. Famous and similar acts next to the already mentioned TACTICAL SEKT can be named with AGONOIZE or SUICIDE COMMANDO and so now the supporters of this dancefloor-orientated music do have a new favorite. Own ideas or influences of this duo are sparse filled in here. I would like to mention the track "Evolution" which shows a development to more complex synth layers. The tracks "Final Defense" or "You don’t Know" can satisfy with extremely stomping bass kicks, the most aggressive beats I have heard for a long time. It is sweat-and-worker music, no track really slows down and give you time to take a breath. Pain is for the weak and the fainthearted better take their fingers away from this. I would wish that this band will increase their sound and think about a more original and self-created music because their efforts here are well copied – but lack of an own identity.
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Artist: VV. AA.
Title: The breath of forgotten places
Format: CD
Label: Elvis Coffin Records (@)
Rated: *****
Here comes a weird and interesting label, a visit on their website is recommended: just give a look at their link section to know a bit more about what I mean with "weirdness" (or I'd better say "open-mindness"?). Let me say both the music and the cover of this sampler give you the feeling you're dealing with a bunch of visionaries; without any doubt the most of these cyclic loops may induce to a state of trance: Jebus, Green End Listening Station can be good examples of it. Some other songs have a strongest "space-ambient" feeling (Distinctive 4, Ulysses Girelle, The Buff Monkey Ensemble), while let's label the last category of tracks as the "deep-space-with-no-light" one (Swn, Psychic Space Invasion). If what we have is visions: here it is! A deserted lunar landscape far away from home, another dimension based on odd feelings and no words. This sampler is somehow homogeneous except for a couple of tracks and notwithstanding the fact not all of the musicians have the same "modus operandi", probably the thread joining the most of the songs included in "The breath of forgotten places" is the celebration of the new "Utopia". The fellow countrymen of sir. Thomas Moore are not less mystic, or at least that's the impression you get while experimenting "The breath of forgotten places".
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Artist: [:SITD:] (@)
Title: Coded Message: 12
Format: CD
Label: Accession-Records, Metropolis (@)
Distributor: Indigo, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
This is the new full length of one of the most acclaimed Electro/Industrial bands of the current club scene hailing from Germany. If you take a deeper look to the listing of all participated persons who are involved in and around this band you come clearly to the result that this product is far away from a comparable release of a scene newcomer. Examples? Okay, the booking is done by Kai Lotze of Project Management, there are multiple persons responsible for the Live Sound, Webdesign, Merchandising, and, and, and. Which newcomer act can have such a background? This CD was pre-produced by the band itself but the final production process, mixing and mastering was done by Krischan of the talented act ROTERSAND (look for reviews and interview with this act somewhere here on our site...). Thematically the tracks on this release try to follow more or less the conceptual idea of the use and meaning of the number "12" in political and/or religious aspects. The 12 stands for perfection and unity on one site, has its appearance in the bible, but it stands also for an underworld goddess of the old Babylon. Well, some tracks here are lyrically very close to the daily madness with which we have to live with like terror attacks ("Crusade") or arbitrary judgement ("Richtfest", which has indeed nothing to do with a feast for a new building...). Musically the SHADOWS IN THE DARK (so the full name behind this abbreviation...) offer us nothing surprisingly indeed. Their 12 tracks here offer mostly danceable club-compatible Electro/EBM tracks with a slight Futurepop reference a lot influenced by current hypes with loud bass kicks and tekknoid infiltrated sequencer lines. Like their environment so is the music: professional arranged and flawless recorded, while the vocals are sounding almost clear (very fine filled in on "Relief"...) and avoid the use of destroying FX. Music, production and release seems to me a bit like a calculate-able risk – in all not very risky. This is a product designed to get attention and the have success through good sales. So here I have found the very one and only flaw of this release: There is no place to take a musically venture like producing here and there a track which does not walk with the wanted lines. Everything is professional and calculated, a musically revolution is not what you can expect from this band. [:SITD:] are surely not the inventors of a new sound but they serve perfectly the current taste. This release is licensed and distributed by Metropolis Records for North America.
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