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Artist: SLYDE
Title: Emotion Overflow
Format: CD
Label: Equinoxe Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
It's quite simple to review this first Slyde album as in this period a lot of similar bands are facing the charts as well as your tv screens through MTV or the other various roch channels. Slyde formula is quite simple as they blend rock, metal, folk and a little bit of goth. Similar to Evanescence the band seems to have a more positive attitude as the rock ballads have got a lighter attitude. Perfect example (and best tracks, in my opinion) are "Take Away My Pain" and "Into The Light". In any case they are too polished for my tastes and maybe a little too rock to being rewieved here but just in case you're willing for something not too much demanding give them a try...
Sep 26 2003
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Artist: MORVA (@)
Title: O
Format: CD
Label: Anaemic Waves Factory/Timor Vacui (@)
A side-project of Audax Italiano (remember his cool cd on Nail Records?), Morva uses similar analogic sounds, but while A.I. is structured and rhythmical in a power-electronics way, Morva opts for a freer harsh-noise onslaught. I think that all tracks are improvised on a synthesizer + effects, so while this is definitely harsh it has some more droning and recognizable sounds than the usual effect pedals- (or digital-) harsh noise. Anyway, violent and nihilistic as one could expect: mostly sounds like glass being cut by a motorblade 3 inches from your ear. Pluses: crisp studio-recording, which adds clarity to the different frequencies, and excellent layout on grey cardboard as in the AWF tradition.
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Artist: CORDELL KLIER (@)
Title: Glass and various broken brushes
Format: CD
Label: Snip-Snip (@)
Kind of "hardest working man" of today's underground avant-electronics, Cordell Klier has been flooding the market with an incredible amount of records and projects (Vedisni, Monstrare, KreptKrept, UnderCrushingWings... from industrial to glitch to doom & black metal!). Only under his name, he has two full lenght cd's out on Ad Noiseam (the second one is forthcoming!) and last month he released, like, 10 new cdr's on his own DoctSect! The scary thing is that practically everything I've had the chance to check out is excellent, well thought-out, full of ideas and guts. This cdr, for example, features 1 long track (30:44) merging repetitive pulses (not exactly beats... more like bat calls, or machinery noises), glitches and distant drones. Probably manipulated field recordings, too. All is very cohesive, minimal and monotonous (in a positive sense) throughout the whole half-an-hour. The cdr starts and you're swallowed by the sound flood, which has a hypnotic and slightly obsessive feel. Sounds like amplified anxiety-overdose heartbeats, at times, but also has the soothing beauty of a recording like Steve Roden's "Crop Circles", only with the surgical coldness of Ikeda or Noto. Give mr. Klier the attention he deserves.
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Artist: DRONAEMENT (@)
Title: yr
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records/Blade Records (@)
Immediately acclaimed as one of AFE's best releases, and one of last year's most remarkable drone works, Dronaement's "yr" is a joy to the ear and to the eye. Coming folded in a chinese paper sheet with handmade drawing, plus a "regular" cardboard cover with suggestive artwork, and including a multimedia part with info, pictures and a video, it really pushes the cdr format to a professional level far more exciting than most "regular" releases. And the sonic part is just excellent. Droning ambient relying on delayed string instruments, synths and organs, plus field recordings (a beach, the rain...) and a cello (played by Markus Altmann) in "Ea nostalgia". Nothing that hasn't been played a hundred times over the years, but Markus Obst has managed to create a miracle of magic, nostalgia and restlessness which I could only compare to Eno's "On land" masterpiece. Dreamy but also turbulent and ever-shifting, these six tracks really deserve continued, and deep, listenings. Dronaement has also realesed an lp and a 7" record on Drone Records, and a new cd will be released soon by AFE - rejoice.
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Artist: FALAFEL AVANTGARDE
Title: He-Pea
Format: 7"
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
A rare example of 7" vinyl from Public Eyesore. Falafel Avantgarde are a huge collective band (Oren Adar-Burla, Joseph Copolovich, Shlomi Fridge, Omri Hanegbi, Barak Shalit, Uri Tchelet, Jango, Dan Toren, Orna Zusman) from Israel; it's not specified who plays what, but there are for sure synths and keyboards, guitars, an upright-bass and drums. Now, "mousse tan (electric jahnoon)" offers a vocal loop (a female voice saying something in French) plus some key/synth pattern. Doesn't go anywhere, really. On the flipside, "landerian (eric the half bee)" is a kind of jazzy-fusion-synth mishmash. Hmmmm, no thanks. Not really avantgarde to my ears, and definitely not topping the delicious sensations that a good falafel can give.
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