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Artist: KMFDM
Title: WWIII Tour 2003 DVD
Format: DVD
Label: Sanctuary Records Group
Distributor: BMG
Rated: *****
With a line up consisting of Sascha K, Andy Selway, Lucia Cifarelli, Raymond Watts and Steve White, the legendary industrial rockers KMFDM embarked on their WWIII tour with a video crew shooting away hours worth of live and basckstage footage. Fortunately Sanctuary Records Group released both a CD (due in stores on July 27th) and DVD (out yesterday, June 22nd) as testimony of this great tour. The DVD packs in the same tracklist of the CD (read the CD review for more info) but in addition to the thirteen songs it features a bunch of interesting and funny behind the scene footage and bonus material, which includes: three music video clips (an animated video of "Skurk", a very creative stop-motion video of "Ultra" with Lego toys and some archivial footage in the clip of "Stars & Stripes"), tons of interviews with band and crew members, huge amounts of offical tour and unofficial fan photos slides (if you ever took a photo with them during this tour chances are you are probably in this DVD yourself!), videos of the making of the western intro, tour bus footage and jokes, birthday parties, blogs and journals, recording studio footage, whale watching footage, lyrics, e-card, press kite and much more... Basically one of the most content-packed DVDs you'll ever get on the market, period. Worth every penny you spend! The quality of the live shows footage is excellent. Good lighting, good sound, multiple angles, multiple cameras, footage from different gigs with different costumes and apparel and totally flawless performances! Jam-packed with extras, this DVD definitely gets two thumbs up for the quantity of material, and as always with KMFDM, you know it's more than just quantity, it's top notch quality too!
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Artist: NICK GREY AND THE RANDOM ORCHESTRA (@)
Title: Regal Daylight
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Sensitive Records (@)
Rated: *****

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NICK GREY AND THE RANDOM ORCHESTRA is a total surprise for me. Every listening adds something to a vision of higher Art, where everything has its role in creating a refined but passionate fusion of poetry and music. Different influences and a conflicting use of classic instruments and electric guitars and drums show a complete personal capacity of making new what is ancient and at the same time to make ancient what is new. Consider a sweet and sad piano (a really sad piano, giving you the sense that everything’s lost), a soft electronic drum, a distorted guitar wringing your heart, and a deep voice whispering or singing with an emotional strength that reminds me of AND ALSO THE TREES’ singer Simon Huw Jones. Add a trumpet and a clarinet giving particular and unexpected influences, a violin and congas and you’ll get this fusion of neoclassic music, avant-garde, electronic beats, Debussy, Current 93 (considering their wonderful "Soft Black Star") and Dead Can Dance (in particular for some parts involving ethnic drums).
"The Zealot", just to mention one of the songs, is simply beautiful, a sort of a lullaby in a dusty empty room. "Look Like Moses" alternates a trip hop soft atmosphere, with a nostalgic kletzmer fleeling clarinet, a sort of Yiddish vocal melody (I don’t know why but I feel strongly so... ), the powerful voice of the tenor Vasile Moldoveanu, a trumpet giving the sense of a world fading away. "November Fadeline" is a must for people loving ASHRAM, UNTO ASHES. "Hiding in Seaweed" shows the fascinating voice of Jasmine Pinkerton on a congas rhythm, a medieval lament in a Moroccan harem. "Parachute drops" with a Hammond, glockenspiel notes falling like drops, gives the feeling of a wait, of something growing that will happen.
I think this is not an easy listening album, not Californian beach party. It’s full of cultural and poetic suggestions, every time shows a different side you’ve not noticed. But it’s not an esoteric piece of art: you’ll love it more and more because it’s full of sweet, heart-touching melodies, it will entrap you and you’ll listen three times without stopping.
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Artist: Ministry
Title: Houses of the MolÚ
Format: CD
Label: Sanctuary Records Group
Distributor: BMG
Rated: *****
How about that? It seems like it's the right time for the true bands of industrial metal music to come back and show that they still kick ass more than any new act that might have even tried to conquer the throne. After 2003's "Animositisomina", Mr. Jourgensen is back with his cowboy hat and his leather jacket with an explosive album made of walls of vicious guitar riffs, loops & samples, furious drumming and his signature style thin treated vocals (sometimes even easing up on the filtering a little bit - like in "Arp City" or "Orm" for example). At first, the fast-paced music of "Houses of the Molé" (recoded in Texas) reminded me of Die Krupps' "Rings of Steel" ("No", "Arp City" and "TV" go almost death metal style with the guitars), but it immediately became clear that Ministry is going for it, all the way. It's the original sound of Ministry, but stronger and heavier. You're in for a rough ride: harded guitars and powerful sonic attack, preserving the unique "Psalm 69" sound, especially on vocals (effects, long screams, verses and choruses). It's the whole package, the whole nine yards. It's Ministry with a southwest spin. Another important element that seems to be dominating this record is the shadow of George W.. It seems to be a trend lately, but I am glad to see that people follow at least this trend... It's time to send him in early retirement, and Ministry's clever sampling, cutting, pasting, arranging of the prez's unmistakable and irritating tone of voice goes beyond the played out speech sampling. Also included are loads of samples from TV ("TV" sports sounds and voices from Law and Order, preachers, commercials, news etc). "Houses of the Molé" comes with two hidden bonus psalm-tracks, conveniently and cleverly located at track #23 (on the opening track of the CD Bush's voice says the words "Psalm 23") and of course #69 (a number that pops up in several occasions, such as track count, track listing etc). This totally rocks!
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Artist: HA¤KU (@)
Title: Synthese
Format: CD
Label: Parametric (@)
Rated: *****
Haïku's new "Synthese" is a nine track CD that launches the new collection of Parametric artists (after the successful compilation "qfg", which also featured music by Haïku). The sounds contained herein are mostly IDM/electro. A fine research in sounds and a thin veil of lush layered sounds matched by an interesting exploration of beats and rhythmical structures, creates an organic and floaty texture of ambient electronica with a dark overall vibe. Haïku's sound has been compared to Iszoloscope, Displacer, Larvae. Their new CD comes out in a nice metal box with a red sticker on it. Very beautiful packaging. The CD also includes a ROM track featuring mp3's and beautiful video-clips by Remy Pelleschi of Mlada Fronta that further enhance its vision of molecular and orgnic nature.
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Artist: CHEFKIRK/IVERSEN
Title: split
Format: CD
Label: XV Parˇwek (@)
Rated: *****
A split cdr released by Polish noisemaker XV Parówek: Chefkirk, who I've never hard of before, offers 11 short tracks, Iversen one longer one. The former delivers some digi-noise assault, obtuse crackings ("(R+M)/2 Method"), some glitch ("Megaceryle Alcyon"), some short ambient loops... bust it's mostly harsh noise, nothing spectacular but savage and varied enough to entertain. A shame that the more atmospheric parts are just fragments, without much composition. "Being boiled hurts" is a great title. Iversen (also in Koff Koff, Kredi Dubi, Origami Klassika and TIBprod label) offers his "Caligula symphony d" which is, like the parts on other releases, a collage of loops, synthetic drones, and (real-time?) digital manipulations - distortions, pitch-shiftings etc. I don't like it, I'm sorry but I find it just boring, under-produced and tiring. It has no grasp on me.
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