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Artist: HALO MANASH (@)
Title: Syoma
Format: CD
Label: Aural Hypnox (@)
Rated: *****
SYoMA is the second release by Halo Manash which after "Par-Antra I: VIR" produce this work inspired by "the dynamic subconscious force which gave impulse to visions relating to auto cannibalism and metempsychosis". The track titles don't help into the understanding of the work because I don't know which language they used (some titles are "putoUSVA", "usvaISuusiuTUVA", etc). Musically the new CD sounds less rhythmical respect the first one and the atmosphere they create, using real instruments only (treated guitars, percussions, pipes and no electronics) is even more hypnotic and ritualistic than before. The listener isn't allowed to enjoy it as a "norma" musical (even if difficult) CD, you've got to experience their sound because in the other way you could find it repetitive and inaccessible.
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Artist: HENRIK N. BJÖRKK
Title: I End Forever
Format: CD
Label: Horch! (@)
Rated: *****
Henrik Nordvargr Björkk is a multifaceted modern musician and with this latest work he shows that he's good at doing different stuff respect the industrial noise style he used to explore with his main band MZ 412, since the beginning of the '80s. I END FOREVER explore the ambient/I.D.M. fields creating fourteen tracks which work well without losing the tension (thing that is really easy when you deal with tracks based on crackling sounds and multy layered rhythms). This is evident when you listen to tracks like "Patterns emerging I" (you can also find the Maximilian Jänicke's video of it into the CD extra track) where along the rhythm textures you can find a main simple melody with ambient pads that helps following the track developement. "Patterns emerging II", which follows the first one, is a variation which is focused on pulsating sounds istead of being focused on the ambient ones. Sometimes the whole album seems to be a natural following to the work started years ago by Adi Newton with his Anti Group project. In my humble opinion with a little more melody, like on "Patterns emerging I", the result would have been more "catchy" without losing the experimental touch but this is a CD you should check anyway if you love these sounds.
Artist: Lex Decimate (@)
Title: Seas Of Endless
Format: CD
Label: Silencer Records (@)
Rated: *****
LEX DECIMATE produced a superb dark album that can be used for a soundtrack score. A different vibe that can change within the mood; from electronic, gothic, ambient, experimental, and soundtrack soundscapes. "Thieves" opens the disc with its very softly haunting edge. The self titled "Seas Of Endless" sounds like a suspense thriller theme. A beautiful track "Recess" reveals a catchy strong piano melody with light dark synths. The mid-tempo "Light The Way" is a car driving thrill ride on a long dark endless road is a terrific charming track with a gothic ambient atmospheric feel. Take a drum 'n' bass track and add a synth line on top of it and you will get "Find Myself", which talks about loneliness and pain. Lex Decimate debut reminds me of ex-Depeche Mode Alan Wilder project Recoil. Some of the tracks on cd have some of the similarity music moods. Their lyrics are more like poetry that's thought provoking that will leave you to think. This cd is a breath taking catch that will suck you in and envelop you. Great quality production and mix. A pure sweet dark record that is set to elevation and worth listening to.
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Artist: GRUNDIK + SLAVA (@)
Title: ...For Electronics And Birds
Format: CD
Label: Stateart (@)
Rated: *****
Based on cyclic and light sounds the fourth Grundik + Slava album gently explore new solutions in experimental music. "Lost fado" for example is based on percussive sounds, pads, Asian choirs and could explain really well what I mean. The title ...FOR ELECTRONICS AND BIRDS and the cover art, are both a good hint about what you will find as the tracks have got a lot of chirping samples and twittering sounds. Even if by saying this you could think this is a really light and happy release, the music feelings are wider than you could expect: the duo experiment new solutions mixing simple melodies with different kind of sounds and at the same time the experimentation isn't the main thing. The atmosphere created is light and bright but there's always something (like on "Song for dong" or on "Rain music") that make you feel the dark side of Grundik + Slava's music. You know, when light hit something, it creates always also a shadow...