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Artist: Nicodemus
Title: The Supernatural Omnibus
Format: CD
Label: Dark Symphonies
Distributor: Dark Symphonies
OK one note before we start... .I am not much of a fan of death metal vocals at all, nor do I believe death metal is a separate genre like everyone thinks. I think it’s the same exact metal with a guy (or god forbid) a girl growling like a bear choking on a dick. But at times it works. It worked for Crematory, though (1). Their keyboard work at knack for atmosphere kept most of it together, (2). They were far better when they had the non-death metal singer. And bands who cross this and gothic almost always end up on some super cheesy level, ala Cradle of Filth. This one tends to blend those two together nicely at times but stumbles on some ends, like the opening track. Psuedo gothic Tubular bells with a romping corny metal tune and death vocals!?!? It’s fucking horrible! But on the second track it begins to pick up and get me moving, with it’s nice mix of piano cascades and gothic metal guitars. The CD in general stays along those lines, drifting off in death metal vocals here and there. Overall, it’d be better to just sing normal and not overpower the atmosphere with trying to be brutal. But not bad at all though at the same time. It’s keyboard work is masterful to say the least, and the female vocals are superb. Only problem I had with this was the opening track Rule of music here: gothic bells+death metal vocals=shit. Other than that, I’d recommend it. PS, the girl on the front cover is stunning beyond words, that is the kind of beauty that inspires great poets!Rating:8Also recommended are My Dying Bride and Anathema, the two masters of gothic metal alongside Neurosis. Also if you get to see them, see Paradise Lost on tour now. Think of a heavy more melodic Mission UK with PL’s newer stuff.
Artist: Throne Of Chaos
Title: Pervertico
Format: CD
Label: Century Media Records
Distributor: Century Media Records
Very unique experi-metal release, fusing together elements of Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Queensrycheand the dark melodic sounds of Mission UK. The sounds constantly switch, from hardcore punk to melodic power metal to gothic metal, bridging very wide gaps between genres effortlessly. The singer’s vocals as well are very diverse too, ranging from melancholy to raging to operatic (in a metal kind of way), keeping in flow with the many experimental phases of the sound. My favorite would have to be the opening track, especially in the chorus line, which is both heavy and melancholy at the same time, reminding me a bit of old school Iron Maiden with a bit of a Mission UK feel to it. The vocalist does remind me a lot of Joeff Tate of Queensryche during the chorus line and in his operatic spots, which is no small feat!Very diverse CD that will keep you guessing and will grow on you very quickly. These guys did their homework regarding crossover of genres, and still being able to fit some well placed keyboards for atmosphere. Energetic, ever-surprising, and devoid of all the stereotypes surrounding the Finnish metal scene. And gotta love the artwork and their 20’s lounge getups! Rating: 10.
Jan 28 2003
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Artist: CYCLOTIMIA (@)
Title: Wasteland
Format: CD
Label: Stateart (@)


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"Those who wake the brute force of matter will die smashed by these very forces they wanted to dominate over. Having once put them into motion, it is stupid to hope that they would be eternally under control". With this Rene Guenon excerpt written inside their first CD Cyclotimia present their aims to the audience. Also if you visit their website you'll realize that this Russian duo is taking the western decline as their main inspiration. With a touch of hidden irony they seems to tell that we've got to give up in front of the media demon and to its affiliations. After their debut MCD "New Death Order" Cyclotimia presents ten new tracks composed as a soundtrack for a decaying metropolis. WASTELAND is packed of melancholy and epic moments with slow and intense compositions. Samples taken from television's channels and synths has been used to compose these tracks which merge industrial, classical and ambient music. If you love dense, dark and intimistic atmospheres try this one. Meanwhile the band already recorded two 10" and a new MCD with four tracks coming from the WASTELAND session.
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Artist: TRS-80 (@)
Title: Backup:01
Format: CD
Label: Invisible
Distributor: Caroline
I saw TRS-80 play the Empty Bottle in 1999 and was instantly transfixed. At the time, it seemed as if I was the only one who felt that way: I had the floor to myself, and after the show, Deb, who plays bass for TRS-80, sheepishly told me that I was their biggest fan. Things have changed. Their shows are routinely packed now, and Mr. Kickass has earned critical attention. UR Chicago named them album of the month, May 2002.So, what do they sound like? This is melodic, hypnotic, idm-influenced electronic music. TRS-80 is not afraid of funky, catchy rhythms. The intensely cool video, which is displayed on a screen behind a real live drummer, is mesmerizing, flashing clips of exercise instruction, bees in the hive, vintage commercials. Video accompaniment is far from new, but rarely have I seen it executed so well in a live show.Backup: 01 offers a look at the studio work from TRS-80 from 1997-2001. This is a great disk to pick up if you’ve got Mr. Kickass and you think you’d like to hear more. It offers some of the best tracks from the radiograbadora ep (1998), remixes, and previously unreleased material. The majority of the vocal samples on Backup: 01 are subtle, coming from relaxation tapes, movies, '70s exercise albums and computer-speaking programs. The first track, Trap Set, starts off with a slow sample from an old horror movie score, then kicks into overdrive in a crackling beatbox style reminiscent of Art of Noise. This is the standout track on the album, but there's plenty here to like for those who prefer minimal, stripped-down dub. Moon Patrol is spacey and cool, if a bit long, coming in over six minutes. Community College trashes that spacey vibe in about a nanosecond, but TRS-80 loves itand besides, every band needs a theme song. You can even download the video from their website.Backup:01 falls somewhere between dub, ambient, and trip-hop, with homage to Art of Noise along the way. TRS-80 favor eclectic sound sources, using real drums, dirty drum loops, and an 808 drum machine. This disc is a must-have for any TRS-80 fan, and it's great background music for the martini crowd.
Jan 27 2003
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Artist: MURNAU (@)
Title: Recoil
Format: 7"
Label: Deafborn Records (@)
Even more extreme respect the previous 7" I already reviewed, this new three tracks vinyl presents the Belgian act dealing with thirteen minutes of harsh industrial noise with angry vocals. On some moments of "Halcyon" you can hear echoes of the first Whitehouse or the Grey Wolves but Murnau add also grinding noises and a personal touch to the lot. "Illuminati", "Halcyon" and "Remission" have got a good impact, unfortunately I can't tell you what the lyrics mean because I've got a promo CD the band sent me without notes or else but I'll try to set up an interview and I'll be able to let you know something more. For those of you that are annoyed by this kind of stuff a little note: printing three hundred copies of a 7" it doesn't mean that you have to compose tracks that will go on Top Of The Pops. Murnau plays noise and this means that there's something else going on: rage, depression, sonic terrorism or whatever...
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