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Artist: AUTODIDACT (@)
Title: The blooming of one hundred shotguns
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Autodidact are (or were? This was recorded in 99-00 and issued last year) Rkf (guitars, effects, loops, editing) and The Ice Queen Esmeralda (beats 'n bass). "The blooming of one hundred shotguns" is a long journey through abstract but evocative atmospheres. Tracks are often composed of several movements, like mini suites. It's mostly effected guitar drones, which are very well orchestrated so that the result is an ever mutating, ominous sonic mass - psychedelic but often scary and grand. Sometimes the bass and programmed beats come in, giving a more rockin' backbone though mainly repeating the same riffs in a quite minimalistic way - it's like an ambient version of noise-wave, with some resemblance of bands like Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine or Jesus and Mary Chain. You have to approach the whole work with adequate mood and concentration, since tracks are very long and the structure based on repetition can put you off at a first listening - but it's a good cd of experimental guitar-based ambient.
Artist: Carfax Abbey
Title: s/t
Format: CD
this cd makes me kind of proud to be from Philadelphia/New Jersey. we have like...almost NO industrial scene...with the exception of Shock Therapy on friday nights and Nocturne (::yawn::) of Weds. nights. Yet Carfax Abbey continues to thrive. They recently opened up for Slick Idiot (it should be the other way around ;) ) , and have another show later this month...

i recently got my hands on a copy of their second release...i'm assuming it's self-titled, being that there is nothing but the band name, and old picture of some English family, and their lame logo on the front. (i still can't figure out what the hell it's supposed to be...) needless to say, it rocks. big time. the opening song, "Revelation", seemed goofy at first but quickly grows on you. The next strongest song on here has to be "Victims", although some of the lyrics get kinda lame. still though, one can hardly blame the band because the music more than makes up for it. and make up for it, it does. The fact that it sounded like there were TWO hidden songs is awesome in the fact that not many bands even put one hidden song on their cds anymore...nonetheless two. I suggest e-mailing the band and buying this cd, who knows? one day they could be the next big thing...

one suggestion though...while the samples are cool...they have more effect if you don't sample as much. and...if you're going to sample a Crow movie...it should be the third one...
Artist: Kidneythieves
Title: Phi in the sky
Format: CD
Label: Extasy Records
in all honesty...the only real reason to buy this (other then if you are a big Kidneythieves fan) is for the KMFDM remix of Spank. nothing else really worth noting here...
Aug 15 2002
Artist: Kidneythieves
Title: Zerospace
Format: CD
Label: Extasy Records International
this cd is a mixed bag. the first half of the cd is excellent, making you glad you bought the cd...but then it starts to unwind and mellow out...like the last hour of a keg party. it just gets all somber, and depressing. The female singer has a beautiful voice, and a lot of the music is done well, but after 20 or so minutes...do you still care?
Artist: EBN
Title: Telecommunication Breakdown
Format: CD
Label: TVT Records
eh. not that great. if you see it in the 2 for $5 bin at your local record store, pick it up...otherwise...don't waste your money.
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