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Artist: Veil of Thorns (@)
Title: Cafe Flesh
Format: CD
Label: Foamin' Bone Productions
If you put together old school goth rock, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and gothic-electro-industrial and came out with something all its own, you'd have Veil of Thorns. Foamin' Bone Productions' rerelease of the classic indie goth album "Cafe Flesh" is a chance for today's underground listeners to check out some original music. P. Emerson Williams was one of the members of this mood-thick burst of new wave sensitive dark gothic existential angst and he is also to be found behind the goth-industrial flavors of Beyond Flesh and the extremely unique industrial black metal act Choronzon. Well, his (and his fellow artists') creativity is evident here. The staples of Williams' work - eclectic artistry and soulful nihilism - run strongly through Veil of Thorns' gothic musicality. Electronic flavored beats, heavy synthing mixed with edgy guitar weepings and highly new wave influenced vox come together on a goth act that should not be ignored by those who grew up listening to The Cure, Bauhaus and others. Only Veil of Thorns' sound is all its own, mind you.
Artist: Beyond Flesh (@)
Title: Birthed
Format: CD
Label: Foamin' Bone Productions
Within the tracks on "Birthed", a CD by Beyond Flesh, you can hear parallels to industrial bands such as Pig, Razed in Black and Nine Inch Nails and, more often than not, you can hear the pure creativity of P. Emerson Williams. Anything created by this man, the brain behind Choronzon (black metal tinged with experimental, ambient and industrial edges) and Veil of Thorns (electro infused gothic rock), you would expect to be eclectic and creative. It's his trademark. Herein you'll encounter thick, pummeling, distorted spears of electro/guitar industrial, D&B, goth, dirgey slow industrial moodiness, etc., etc., etc., etc., in fact, etcetera ad infinitum. What's persistent in Williams' smooth, creative and original fusion of various elements is the sustained tone and mood, like that of a soul resigned to nihilistic fate. None of Emerson's creations are quite like anything else, even when you're hearing touches of something else in there. His fierce originality score another point for the underground.
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Artist: LEGION ULTRA (@)
Title: Perversion Of Purity
Format: 12"
Label: 220N
Rated: *****
First album for Legion Ultra, PERVERSION OF PURITY is a 300 copies limited boxset containing an album, a 7" and an insert. Musically, I don't know why, I was expecting something like the other Koen's project (Cold Flesh Colony). Something less rhythmic and based unically on noise. Well, the opening "Helix" proved that I was wrong, as this one and the other eight tracks of the album (plus the three of the 7") are industrial tense tracks totally based on rhythm and on distorted vocals. Something in the vein of the early Whiteouse but with less feedback based sounds. The tracks sound compact, powerful and even without reading the various titles ("Martyr", "Perish", "Defied", "Pristine", etc) you get the message really well. On the website you can read that Legion Ultra combine the sheer brutality of Cold Flesh Colony with the harsh structures of Nörv and this release is the evidence of it! Saturation is the main thing on PERVERSION OF PURITY and this helps keeping the tension alive during the 50 minutes of brutality. Good one! P.s. You can get your copy sending 18 euros plus post, just write to Koen for more infos.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: AmЧunition
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
Gathering different tracks from different Planet Mu releases of the second half of the label's catalog, AMMUNITION isn't a classic compilation, because the tracks have been mixed by Mike Paradinas just to form a unique changing long track (the tracks, if I'm not wrong, aren't in their original lenght). In this way you can find in a row six Venetian Snares tracks, Chevron, The Gasman, Datach'i, Hellfish, Rude Ass Tinker, Hellfish again, to name few. It is important to notice that the final result is the most important thing about this project and this compilation isn't only a marketing thing. Mike created something different using 34 tracks from his label's back catalog (except Venetian Snares'"Whiskydrunk", Datach'i's "Ed's head", Hellfish's "U don't quit", Rude Ass Thinker's "Magical digital", Shitmat's "Bloodclot jungle tekno" and Lexaunculpt's "Extinct anatomie rehersal" which are exclusive to this CD) giving to the audience the right impression of the concept that is behind the label itself. In this way we've got 80 minutes to enjoy. 80 minutes of kinky rhithms, innovative sounds and intriguing atmospheres which goes beyond the simple i.d.m. music.
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Artist: ROEL MEELKOP
Title: (onkyo ok)
Format: CD
Label: CMR (@)
Rated: *****
I have mixed feelings about the solo material of Meelkop's that I've listened to: many excellent moments, but also less memorable ones that made the experience less engaging. On the contrary, this is a beautiful, cohesive, well-crafted work, one of those to which one returns quite frequently, despite its difficult nature. "(onkyo ok)" is based on manipulated field recordings taken by Meelkop, Hitoko Sakai and Frans de Waard (Meelkop's partner in Goem and Kapotte Muziek along with Peter Duimelinks) during Goem's 2001 Japanese tour. As expected, the 2003 re-work of the sources made most of them a sort of primal sound-clay, though now and then you can still recognize bits of pachinko parlours, coversations, crows, insects... A pretty dark and at times disturbing album, "(onkyo ok)" reminded me of a less minimal "Warszawa Restaurant" by Francisco López: put your headphones on, crank up the volume, and you'll find yourself immersed in a droning space, where once familiar sounds appear and disappear like ghosts, or vanishing memories.
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