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Artist: Hocico
Title: Wrack and Ruin
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Metropolis
Hocico's long, gothy intro builds into an explosion of heavy beats that made me think momentarily of gabber at half-speed. Edgy electronic melodies creep in and entwine with the beats. Finishing the sound is the threatening hiss of the vocals. Ultimately what is crafted is a dangerous, cutting bloody blade of electro steel cutting into the center of your brain. Hocico is certainly one of the darker acts on Metropolis Records (and that really is saying something), yet there's an uncanny ability exhibited on "Wrack and Ruin" (the new release) to bring to bear new wave influences that somehow enhance the overall dark intent of the music. Well-crafted and cynical aggro-industrial.
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Artist: SCREENING (@)
Title: Low End
Format: CD
Label: Maor Appelbaum (@)
Rated: *****
Screening is one of the personal projects of Maor Appelbaum and LOW END is his first album. First of all I've got to underline that the sound produced is really various and catchy if you think that he used only a treated bass guitar to do it. The tracks sound like ambient/experimental suites which sometimes remember me big names as J.M. Jarre, Vangelis and also Coil. If it wasn't written, it is impossible to guest what instrument you are listening to as the sound differs from track to track. Sometimes more layers would enrich the sound which is basically based on isolationist solutions but all in all the whole atmosphere is functional to titles such as "Experiments" or "Alone suffering and screaming".
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Artist: DAEMONIA NYMPHE (@)
Title: The Bacchic Dance Of The Nymphs - Tyrvais
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
The first time I talked to you about Daemonia Nymphe was in 2002 when I reviewed their first Prikosnovenie release. Well, few weeks ago the guys at Prikosnovenie sent me the reissue of the very first Daemonia Nymphe releases, titled THE BACCHIC DANCE OF NYMPHS and TYRVASIA. More evocative than ever, here you can check how the first version of the band was, when all the tracks were written and performed by Spyros Giasafakis (with the help of Pantelis Giasafakis, Evi Stergiou, Stathis Portaritis, Elias Kounellas, Sophia Kuonella, Leonidas Kourentis, Mina Morfi, Sophia Kapetanakou, Domenika Manteli, Vaso Vaiouli and Giorgia Hrisimou at percussions and vocals). At a first listening it seems to me that the tracks sound more "wild", instinctive (see for example "Tyrvasia" which sounds like a pagan gathering) and dark. The melodies and atmospheres are charming and hypnotic and it isn't a surprise that Nikos Brass (an instrument constructor who has managed to reproduce almost every ancient hellenic instrument by using his artistic skills) decided to start his collaboration with the band after he listened to THE BACCHIC DANCE OF NYMPHS. It's a fortune that Prikosnovenie decided to reprint this early material as it would have been a misfortune to miss it. Check it!
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: The Scariest Weapon
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreckchords (@)
Distributor: Ant Zen
Rated: *****
Presented as a breakcore compilation by Invasion Wreckchords, THE SCARIEST WEAPON is effectively what it is presented for: an in your face powerful distorted and rhythmical gathering of bands coming from all over the world and generally from the Ambassador 21's list of friends. The CD opens its battle with a live track by Axiome ("Poque") to continue without loosing any bpm with the Ambassador 21's remix of Synascape's "Wings". The following sixteen tracks don't tend to relax the tension created with the first ones and they beat the eardrums as much as possible by exploring each field of the breakcore/hardcore genre by focusing their tracks on distortion and noise (Cocktail Lytique, Lgor, Estonji, Thee Vaporizer, Retrigger, Eiterherd & Society Suckers, Low Entropy, Mimaku Spldat), rhythimcal based tracks with some melodic issue (Not Half, Kirdec, Frgment King, Fanny & Natasha, Sickboy and Ambassador 21) and ambient industrial with some incursion into rhythm craziness (Az Rotator, Matt Demmon and Somatic Responses). This compilation has been made for the fans of tension and noise. There isn't much variety about the sounds but there's enough breakcore for you all...
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Artist: STEREONOIZE GALLERY (@)
Title: Diary Of The Murderer
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Dis Productions (@)
Rated: *****
From the packaging and the cover art I was thinking I was going to listen to something that was dealing with harsh industrial or something of that kind. I'm happy to see that I was wrong and Stereonize Gallery aren't part of that stereotype because DIARY OF THE MURDERER MCD (named before the Yukio Mishima's novel) present ten short instrumental tracks which mix e.b.m., industrial and eletronic intuitions in a nice way. I've got to admit that I wasn't expecting to be catched by this small 3" CD in this way and this fast but tracks like "The song" or "Tubercolosis clouds" are capable to develop a good atmosphere in less of a two minutes lenght. The ten small tracks are like soundtracks that describe really well moments of pain, solitude or misery. This is a good CD and I'm not worried into recommending it to your attention!
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