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Artist: KILL THE THRILL (@)
Title: Tellurique
Format: CD
Label: Season of Mist (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
I love this french combo, it was one of the first industrial band I've ever seen live, every once in while I still listen to their demo tape and it's still a blast into my ears after more than ten years. Many of you've probably heard or read about them but still can't figure out where, I think that can happen with such a band considering this trio has always followed its own path no matter why, ho or what. A friend of mine gave me an advanced cd with a couple of songs before "Tellurique" was even mastered and I immediately thought it was surprising. It's hard to pass the test of time and it's hard to rejuvenate but somehow they managed to do it. I can't say if Kill the Thrill are in living a "second youth", for sure their sound is vital and far from being anachronistic. Season of Mist present them by saying: "..an original style that can be seen as a crossroad between metal, industrial, post rock and new wave", while their industrial background probably runs deep into their veins, their music evolved slowly getting more refined and cathartic than ever. Reminiscences of Swans (during their melodic decadence), something of Cop Shoot Cop (the same class for the vocals), sparkle of french noise (can you remember the X-rated, Les Thugs, Deity Guns, etc...era?), a bit of Neurosis and Godflesh (in particular "Us and them" and "Selfless") and maybe Jesu. "Tragedy" has always been one of the main characteristics of this band from Marseilles, they just added more melody and elegance to their way of painting. Even if the industrial element is still strong, "Tellurique" can make a lot of people could fall in love, right when we're crossing an era of "Neurosis' beatification" in which bands such as like Isis or Jesu are getting popular among the hard-core/nu-metal listeners and right when a lot of goth people got more into "hard" music with sad melodies, well right then it's good for a band like Kill the Thrill to be in the midst of its maturity. Probably Kill the Thrill could be compared to an old french wine found in the basement and it tastes so good.
Artist: Moss Abu
Title: Sound Sensory Information
Format: CD
Ah, where would we be without Moss Abu? This is a brilliant, well crafted electronicstew. Rather than adhering to a pristine, perfect approach as so many electro acts often do, Jakobmakes the right decision and keeps things wonderfully lo-fi. This is four-track bliss. It is scarey,misshapen, organic, and brings to mind images of monsters in the cellar. The beats are stiff andhypnotic and the soundbites are a mishmash of treated, unrecognizable vocal gibberish. Synthsounds swoosh by and blurry bass sounds give the proceedings a good sense of movement. Thisis blurry, surreal, heady sonic art. The wizard that is Moss Abu pulls it all together brilliantly. This album is terrificly unique and inventive. "Hoohahaha" is a sprawling lo-fi epic. Yourspeakers will get a great workout.
Artist: Neo Cortex
Title: Thought Process
Format: CD
"My Three Pound Universe" is a great opener. It features some of Steve's best singing to date. This is slightly minor, and kind of sounds like an electronic version of REM. I was immediately taken in. When Steve sings "Prolific is the term because of our energy", I completely believe him. These cats are wildly prolific, and with this work, they show a great deal of progress.There is indeed real growth on this. The guys are pushing themselves in new directions with song structure and production. "Through the Microscope" is cleverly executed. There's lots of signature neo Cortex sounds- buzzy synth sequences, tight beats and unusual lyrics. "Fond of Blondes?" is a quirky, fun track very much in keeping with the Neo Cortex ilk. This kind of reminded me of something Sparks would sing. "Occasional Human" is a nicely experimental offering. This disc shows plenty of growth for the band. Well done.
Artist: Images In Vogue
Title: Collection Version Two: Chronology
Format: CD
Label: Carlos Monte Records
This is the much anticipated follow-up to Images in Vogue's first "greatest hits" collection which came out in the mid 90s. I was always a huge fan of this great Canadian synthpop band, so when I heard about this second disc, I was very happy. And the great thing about this collection is that it is not simply a rehash of the previous disc. The only track that gets repeated is "Lust For Love", and seeing as where this was probably their greatest hit (and a damn good song, also), I can understand why it got included again.The songs on here sound awesome. The opener "Travel", a previously unreleased track, is a great slice of vintage synthpop. It sounds so clean and crisp, as if it was recorded yesterday. The work of this band could easily be put on par with their contemporaries like Kraftwerk, Japan and The Human League. "Quiet Room" is a good track also, and finally, after all these years, we are treated to "For Germans" on CD. Sounds incredible! All the big hits like "Call It Love" and "Save It" are on here too, plus some other great, overlooked B-sides like "Masks". This was a very intelligent band that wrote great pop tunes AND wasn't afraid to take risks in the studio. A wonderful collection.
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Artist: MATAHARI
Title: Shrine Of Counterfeits
Format: CD
Label: self-released


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Matahari are a band active since 2003 and SHRINE OF COUNTERFEITS is their debut album. Their music style doesn't fit the music we usually cover on our magazine, but since this release is self produced I'll try to talk a little about them just to cover their effort of sending out a copy of their CD. Actually even if there's something (very little) of goth influences into their music, pop rock is their main style and their songs sound like the lastest Garbage. You know, that kind of melodic energetic rock that majors think could be filed under alternative or indie rock just because mommy and daddy were used to listen to Sinatra. At this point alternative is only a way to describe the music that sells less than Pink Floyd, nothing more. Anyway. Matahari know how to produce that kind of stuff and they soon or later will find a label that will produce them. Too bad they sound exactly like a blend of Garbage / Missing Persons / Blondie.
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