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Artist: CHEVRON (@)
Title: Everything's Exactly The Same
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Jungle, ambient, breakcore and tons of coolness make of this EVERYTHING'S EXACTLY THE SAME a record you don't have to miss. Since the first song you'll realize that Chevron is a king at the creation of a perfect mixture made of ambient layers, breakcore rhythms, bleeping synths and thousands of other little sounds that enrich the tracks. I already listened to a live version of the opening track "Swimming lessons" downloading a live concert of the Reflex Records crew. Chevron's ability to mix past electronica with moder sounds is evident in tracks like "Optic realisation" where the ambience created by the synth pads make me think of an up to date version of Tangerine Dream or early J. M. Jarre. Electronic from the past isn't the only thing that Chevron made me think of, because on tracks like "Bathyscaphe" or "Rudi the techno pioneer" (a weird meeting of ragamuffin and techno) Chevron express himself projecting the music towards the future creating an original blend of sounds. The CD version has got fourteen tracks (the vinyl has got only eight of them) for fifty minutes of pure pleasure... try it!
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Artist: :BAHNTIER//
Title: Revulsive
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
With REVULSIVE Stefano Rossello's :Bahntier// reached its third album . Since the first listening the eleven tracks of the album show immediately an high concentration of tension and paranoia (see the distorted rhythms looped and the few sounds used on each track). Usually I do my reviews listening to the promos with my headphones, well, with this I had to take some pauses because of the sound: compressed, hypnotic and disturbing. Some tracks are based on this sound but tracks like "Cramp", "Entrapvoices", "Inauguration of doom" are more on the industrial/e.b.m. side (Skinny Puppy and Nitzer Ebb seems to be the principal influences on these tracks) while "State of gray" and "Inscrutable" are more dark ambient oriented. Even if it has been a disturbing listening, little by little I felt a sensation of sickness pervading through the room and if this is what Stefano was looking for, well, he succeeded! You have been warned...
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Artist: FELSENREICH (@)
Title: Tiefe
Format: CD
Label: Empire of Rock/Nova Media
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****

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Really interesting is this German project. Their music continuously evolves, from a brutal attack to soften atmospheres, again to aggressive danceable rhythms. This album, their fourth work after two EPs and the album "Am Ende Der Zeit", is a mixture of aggressive Gothic rock and a Metal sound and heaviness, the whole enriched by an hallucinating keyboards’ work, with some neoclassic and morbid atmospheres that remind me of the latest DIMMU BORGIR or TIAMAT. Particular is the use of trumpet, a sound not usually played in bands like this but giving strong emotions such as in "Use The Fire" or "Island Part II". They have the ability of being always involving, moving from intense melodies, with piano and female vocals, to sharp guitar riffs and a voice like a razor blade. Female voice is not the usual soprano as in Gothic rock bands, but has more personality, in some parts (as in "Animal") the vocalist reminds me of the great GITANE DEMONE. Songs flow like a river, if you let them take you away. I think "In My Dreams" is absolutely the best song, but you will also love "Animal", "Nightmare", with its pomp-rock keyboard and a rough guitar sound like the first DARKTHRONE, "Ein Hauch" with a chorus to be sung with a great choir in a concert, or "Starchild", "Angel" with its sad melody. Maybe sometimes the band can soften some harshness in vocals, but I think on the whole they are at a very good level. CD’s Graphics are very good, very particular and disturbing. I recommend to listen to them and, if you can, see them live, I imagine they’ll give a strong emotions.
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Artist: AUTODIGEST
Title: A compressed history of everything recorded, vol. 2: Ubiquitous eternal live
Format: CD
Label: Ash International/ Crůnica
Rated: *****
Accompanied by mysterious pictures of nearly deserted places, but with a blurred photo of a cheering crowd in a stadium or concert hall, Autodigest's new installment is a tough one to, ahem, digest. Conceived as a "history of audience applause" ("Somewhere along the way, we seem to have forgotten what exactly we were cheering for... Until we eventually stopped cheering, as nobody was playing anyway"), the hour-long track is exactly made of that: endlessly looped samples of applauses and cheers and delirious screaming. No other sounds, except for a minimal drone which actually sounds like a kind of resonance or echo of that hyper-exposed apocalyptic mess. Quoting the press sheet, "[The piece] is presented as less of an archive and more of a critical eye loaded with a few conceptual cards as foundations, from Debord to Baudrillard, from Harvey to Adorno". Whatever. It was fun to read a few reviews which have been published meanwhile, as they spanned from "pure genius" to "pure crap" to a more diplomatic "most bizarre record of 2004". I recall listening to an untitled work by Francisco López and thinking it was a bad joke as it was only crickets sounds throughout, then re-listening to it some years later and losing myself in it with amazement. Save for the political/conceptual differences, this is a similar case: it starts sounding like a joke, then it finally makes your bowels churn. The screaming voices, once looped and overlapping in a droning mass, pass from pop hysteria to pure tragedy - this could be a nightmare of Altamont. But on a deeper level, what makes this cd so frightening to me is the sense of futility and loneliness oozing from this sweaty über-audience - Autodigest coldly re-creates and contemplates modern nonsense as in an in vitro test.
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Artist: TILIA
Title: vous rÍvez / vous ne rÍvez pas
Format: CD EP
Label: Crůnica
Rated: *****
An audiovisual artist, with a remarkable curriculum in music and video direction, Alexander Peterhaensel debuts as Tilia with this intriguing ep (3 tracks + a quicktime/divx video). While definitely more electronic-oriented, "vous rêvez / vous ne rêvez pas" reminded me of Brian and Chris' recent, and brilliant, "3" on Dielectric Records, due to its elegant interweaving of synthetic beats and memorable autumnal melodies, here mostly played by a piano. A careful, layered mix often alters the main melody through loops, skips and light glitches, so that it is recognizable and slightly blurred at the same time. As with Brian and Chris (and mid-period Tortoise, which I have to mention again as a possible reference), the result is both very direct and refined, the longer, more dilated "Moronic" being probably the most successful piece. It's a shame I haven't been able to watch the video yet (which has been - unsurprisingly - directed by Peterhaensel himself, with footages taken in Cuba, Germany, Morocco and England), but Denis Stuart's pictures are a nice visual accompaniment to start with. A notable debut.
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