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Artist: ONIROT
Title: AVGVSTA TAVRINORVM
Format: CD
Label: Inner Gravity (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Onirot is an Italian project coming from my hometown, Torino (the name is only Torino spelled backwards) and their first CD is titled AVGVSTA TAVRINORUM (the latin name of our town when it was a Roman outpost). Each of the eight long tracks paint an ideal trip through the occult places of the city which is famous, along with Paris and others, to be part of an ideal triangle of magical currents. "Walking Through Villa Genero", "Trompe D'oeil", "Piazza Statuto (Passage To Hell)", "Church Of San Filippo Neri And The Alchemic Gold", "Torino And The Devil", "The Gran Madre And Direction Toward The Grail", "Corso Francia The Way Towards The Peak" and "Crocetta, Liberty: a style..." are the tracks title and as I told, they have got references to famous places as the Gran Madre church: about this church is told that the finger of the statue that's in front of it, points to where the Grail is buried. Musically the project could be filed as dark ambient with clare references to bands like Lustmord or early Megaptera. As bonus, you can find a video track, "Mental Bukkake". A video made of various visual cut ups (I recognised the beginning of Von Trier's "The Kingdom" and "Suspiria") which show human brutality and depravation in all their aspects.
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Artist: TAROIST (@)
Title: Audio Tarot
Format: CD
Label: Self Released


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The Taroist is a project of Allan Armstrong, a guy who decided to share his passion about the major and minor arcana of the mysterious deck of cards well known as tarots. The five tracks are titled "Fire", "Water", "Air", "Earth"and "Tree Of Life" but since this isn't exactly a musical CD we can't talk about songs. At this point you could ask:"so, what's the deal?". Well, Allan recorded the tracks describing the characteristic of the various cards / characters dividing them following their relevance with the four elements. Talking about music, Allan used various Gaelic traditional folk songs as musical accompaniment to his speech and the result is very calm and gentle and helps the audience concentration to get in touch with the inspiring and mystic world of the tarots.
Jan 21 2004
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Artist: SILICON SOUL (@)
Title: Pouti
Format: CD
Label: Disko B (@)
Distributor: Caroline
First released back in 1987 POUTI is the first album of Silicon Soul, a duo formed by K.L. Schafer and Olgalyn Jolly. They had a success in 1981 within the dance clubs with their first single "Who Need Sleep Tonight" (also included into this compilation with two versions: normal and extended) but the success became huge when the labl Disko B re-released it in 1991 making of it an European dance chart topper. The new version of POUTI includes nine tracks: "The Fig", "In Soho", "Who Needs Sleep Tonight", "Pardon Moi", "Woman´s Work", "Every Idiot knows", "California song", "Beat Box Brain" and "Who needs sleep tonight extended version". Musically Silicon Soul, on tracks like "Who Needs Sleep Tonight" or "Pardon Moi", rember me bands like Pink Industry and Kas Product (a French duo that in 1983 released a really good album titled "Kas Product"; their second and final one) but the approach is different as Schafer and Jolly music have got pop, soul and r'n'b influences (see how Olgayn uses her voice). The cold electronic textures composed by K.L. are like little nice robotic soundtracks but Olgayn vocals make them turn into something warm and particular. Following my tastes I must admit that I prefer Pink Industry but in any case Silicon Soul has been a pleasant discovery...
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Komposi 002
Format: CD
Label: Positron! Records (@)
Komposi 002 is the 2nd electronica compilation from Chicago, Illinois based, Positron! Records. Industrial band SISTER MACHINE GUN record label that features known and unknown artists doing their own thing. Artists you'll find on disc are Sister Machine Gun, Amish Rake Fight, Beautiful Assassins, Micronaut, Christ Analogue, Manufactura, Impossible Recording Machine, Scanalyzer, Bizarbies, Self Defense Force, Die Warzau and Broken Fabiola. All types of electronic music can be heard here; industrial, techno, drum 'n' bass, trip-hop, ambient, and experimental. It' enough to soothe everyone's taste and worth listening to.
Artist: VVAA
Title: Sequence Or Die 2
Format: CD
Label: Brainchaos (@)
Limited as a 200 copies CD-r, SEQUENCE OR DIE 2 is a compilation of industrial music which explore different faces of the genre by bringing us twelve tracks / bands coming from Japan (Ordinateur,Timisoara, Gestalt, Artificial Lover and PTSD) and from overseas (Murnau, Cold Flesh Colony, Mono No Aware, Converter, Iszoloscope, Proyecto Mirage and Manufactura). If you are into the genre for sure you already know bands such as Converter, Iszoloscope, Murnau, etc as they have already released something for the most well known industrial labels (Hands and Ant Zen) but the cool thing about SEQUENCE OR DIE 2 is to be able of listening to new bands coming from Japan.You know, this land has always been a fertile ground for extreme experiences (music, movies, etc). Of the Japanese lot I liked Ordinateur (his "Clipping Dark Water Surface" is like a deranged '80s game tune brought to its extreme distortion), Timisoara (minimal organ layers create intricated and tense web of sounds) and Artificial Lover (here concrete music made of guitar cut ups are mixed with noises and distorted drums). All the tracks are worth the listening but I really appreciated the effort of the new bands that are trying to bring a new approach towards sound experimentation.
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