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Artist: MICHAEL JON FINK
Title: A Temperament for Angels
Format: CD EP
Label: Cold Blue (@)
Distributor: Allegro (USA), RSK (UK), Silenzio (Italy)
Rated: *****
Third cd-ep in the recent Cold Blue series, Fink's "A Temperament for Angels" comes with a really perfect quotation from Rilke's "Duino Elegies": "For beauty is nothing / but the beginning of terror, which we can just barely endure, / and we stand in awe of it as it coolly disdains / to destroy us. Every angel is terrifying". Played by Fink himself (at cymbals and sampler keyboards) with Robin Lorentz (violins), Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick (cellos) and Jonathan Marmor (cymbals), the 29-minute composition is a slowly but ever evolving dirge, written with an astounding control on what the droning string patterns can accomplish. It's very minimalist (actually the most minimalist in the series), but also moody and layered throughout, its atmospheres passing from gloomy to meditative and solemn to almost serene. Yes, there are short glimpses of peace in its awe-inspiring strength. A very powerful and evocative work, "A Temperament for Angels" sounds to me as an ideal bridge between Feldman's quiet ensembles and harsher, louder forms of string-based minimalism (Maranha, Organum, early O'Rourke...).
Oct 07 2004
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Artist: TV (@)
Title: Filth Lust Lies
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is one of the few industrial e.b.m. album of the last period that convinced me immediately. There are no distorted vocals and neither fashion stuff you are used to see with famous bands which recently seem to focus their efforts on which cloth pick up for a photo session. Tv's FILTH LUST LIES contains eleven excellent tracks with good selling points: good melodies, driving rhymthic section, good sounds and they're also boredom free! Musically the CD is paying its tribute to the classic e.b.m. bands of the '80s (do you remember KK Records?) but there's nothing nostalgic into Tv's music. This CD rule guys and it sounds really inspired. Give it a try!
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Artist: GOR (@)
Title: The medieval project: Croisades
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****
CROISADES is the latest effort of Gor/Francesco Banchini, which in the last years seems to be more active with his personal project than with his main band Ataraxia. This new CD gathers eleven tracks of which nine are original tunes written by Francesco and two are traditional songs adpted by himself. These songs are the most medieval influenced tracks he ever wrote: the atmosphere, the melody and the instruments used show really well the passion he feels for the "dark age". Even if the music is based on ancient melodies, the concept of the album is really up to date, because Francesco picked up writings of the 1150÷1591 period (Bertran de Born, Folquet de Marseilla, Gaucelm Faidit, etc) which are applicable to the nowadays world facts also. As he explains on the back sleeve: "This cd tales of events that occured to various people in the past, and even though much time has passed since you'll notice that nothing has fundamentally changed".
Artist: Velvet Acid Christ
Title: Between the Eyes Vol. 3
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Metropolis Records
Still dark, nihilistic. Still sample-heavy. Still pissed the fuck off. But like Velvet Acid Christ on a field day. This third volumeof rarities, etc., is an interesting listen in the context of VAC as he exists now. Whether these older pieces from earlier in the artist's career represent experimentation or an artist trying to find himself, the Frankenstein furnished by this compilation shows some unimposing eclecticism in the Christ's blood - or at least its CD catalog. But, yeah, still goth. Still seething. Still nice stuff.
Artist: Panzer Ag
Title: This Is My Battlefield
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Panzer Ag is like tough, good whiskey. It's rough but clean burning. Dark like tenebrous but just the opposite of that word. Brooding and looming this music defines aggro-industrial on the electro side. Distortion armors the punching, stabbing beats, which sometimes so fill the audio field that melody is unnecessary. Yet it sounds distant, but in the same way that the churning machinations of a giant wall shaped spaceship would sound distant as it bears down on your tiny probe in the depths of space. Scary. Good.
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