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Artist: ASHTOOL (@)
Title: ELECTROSOUNDPHASEINTH(OU)GH(T)S
Format: CD
Label: Into My Bed
Rated: *****
Ashtool is the personal project of Mirco Rizzo who about ten years ago was active as a member of Cube as well collaborating with Blackened, Daniele Brusaschetto, All Scars Orchestra, Krankheit Der Jugend, Sikhara, Jackson Uulvas, Origami vs. Manipura, Switch Off, ( r ), Ludmila, Ripit, Atrophy, Sandblasting, Ascolie and DJ Daddy. ELECTROSOUNDPHASEINTH(OU)GH(T)S is his first effort as a solo project and here you'll find a lot of experimentations and various weird stuff. The main point here seems to be the effort into proposing something really different and various. Each of the twelve tracks has its own mood and sound. So, if "Mu" is based on rhythms and treated guitar sounds, the thing change radically with the following "Onefilter 1.0" where the ambience created by the soft picked and treated guitar form a sort of sad ambient track. "Meeting a fried" plays with dub and experimental music by dilating sounds creating in this way a personal place where you can access. By listening all the album it seems to me that the expansion of sounds and atmospheres seems the main thing that made Mirco create ELECTROSOUNDPHASEINTH(OU)GH(T)S. Even where rhythm seems to be the main element of the track, all of a sudden long guitar sounds take a hold little by little along with various ambient elements and they turn the track into a crawling web of sound. If you like concrete sounds, industrial music as well as apocalyptic atmospheres give to Ashtool a try.
Jun 29 2004
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Artist: TWIN MACHINE (@)
Title: Generator
Format: CD
Label: Pandailectric (@)
Rated: *****
Twin Machine is a German duo active since 1996. They already released an album so this brand new GENERATOR is their second one. The twelve tracks of the CD at a first listening gave me a sense of deja vu and when arrived to listen to the fifth track "God money" I realized that these sounds remembered me the early Depeche Mode as well as the KK bands of the early eighties (and a little bit the Portion Control or Chris And Cosey) and this pleased me a lot, because it is something no one I knew tried to do. Also Marco Dames voice is really appropriate for this kind of sounds because it is melodic and powerful at the same time. Only few times the band uses filtered vocals and whole sound is fresh and familiar at the same time. Step by step listening to all the tracks in a row, the listening of the album make you beg for more and this is something not that much usual these days. Twin Machine succeded into mixing old e.b.m. along electro pop without offering old and usual formulas. I don't know how their first album "Neo" was like but I assure you that GENERATOR is worth your attention!
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Artist: COUP DE GRĀCE (@)
Title: Place Of No Return
Format: CD
Label: EQUINOXE Records (@)
Distributor: MASTERPIECE Distribution
Rated: *****

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This is the first album for the German band COUP DE GRÂCE, showing a mixture of Gothic Rock, metal riffing, and neoclassic/neofolk influences, with the use of bagpipe and violin. The first song "Until the End" is more metal oriented, with somethings that reminds me of TIAMAT’s "Clouds", involving and rhythmical. Both the second track "Untitled", with a neofolk opening with violin (à la ALGIZ) and "When You Are Gone", with acoustic guitar intertwining with bagpipe, start softer to explode with harder metal electric guitars and a rocker attitude, with sometimes growling voice. The chorus of "When You Are Gone" is really good, such as the melodies of "Running Away", probably, in my opinion, the best chorus in all the album. "Deathbed" is like a Gothic Metal song, orchestrated and powerful, but it’s not "doom" because of a jumping and shaking rhythmic section. What is, I think, the lack of this album is the rough sound of the violin, not giving the right sweetness and atmosphere to songs, and above all the unripe use of vocals: English pronunciation is too "deutsch" and, even if probably this is the singer’s strongest feature, the voice is nearly always whining, and it could be annoying at last. It’s a pity because the singer Martin Krauß has a good timbre and could surely do better in the future.
So, a good album showing an interesting new band, but they have to dedicate more time to smooth some roughness, both in sounds and composition.
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Artist: LYS
Title: Melisse
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****

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After three years of preparation Lys (which is the personal project of Frederic Chaplain, Prikosnovenie's manager) released his second album MELISSE. The twelve tracks of the CD sum the label's intentions and flavors by mixing oriental samples with shamanic voices and poetry. Lys music has got ethnic influences as well as ambient and trip hop solutions thanks also to the collaboration of Liz Van Dort of Faraway (on "Zen"), Cecile Rabhi of Anassane (on "M'h'ta"), Mihaela Repina of PinknRuby (on "Rebirth"), Steve Roach, Francesco Banchini of Gor (on "Aranda"), Aziz El Hachabe of Gnawa Musician of Fes (he plays vionlin of "Des rivages atlantes"). Even if so many people helped Frederic for the realisation of this second album, the tracklist is well balanced and generally you can find a dreamy atmosphere along all the CD. Even if some tracks are mostly based on rhythm, the effect doesn't change that much and during all the album you'll find yourself floating between chants and melancholic melodies. My preferred tracks are the opening "Ma Hata", the beautiful "Melisse" (its melody is really relaxing and catchy while water sounds calm your spirit) and "Fleur carnivore" (a tense ambient track with ethnic percussions based on loops and whispers with some vocalisation that change its atmosphere on the final minute).
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Artist: Monstrum Sepsis (@)
Title: Deep Sea Creatures
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: WTII Records (@)
Rated: *****

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Written & composed by Rob Wentz with additional instrumentation from Paul Karlik & guest vocals from Shikhee of Android Lust. This is the Monstrum Sepsis' debut on their new label WTII Records which also features a host of great new Industrial, EBM, and Darkwave such as cut.rate.box, In Strict Confidence, Beborn Beton, Arcanta, Melotron, Regenerator, Trigger10D, & Stromkern. Experimenting with Industrial, EBM, Noise, and other subterranean rhythms and melodies I'm fast wishing I'd had more time to review this sooner! The CD layout and cover features primordial-looking semi-transparent blue jellyfish like creatures gracefully floating in a sea of darkness. I find this an apt artistic design for this work especially when combined with the futuristic LCD readout stylings. This music is definitely ethereal and transient, an album that would easily be appreciated by dark-ambient artists and fans. At the same time, this release also has upbeat dancefloor appeal. It sort of reminds me of an industrial version of Sven Vath's "Accident In Paradise" with it's continual flow ebbing between melodrama and ambience and hard-hitting trancey dance tracks. Excellent work! I can see why my friends at WTII picked up on it so readily. A healthy addition to any true music lover's collection!Also check out Doors & Windows, the companion to and first EP from Monstrum Sepsis' critically acclaimed full length, Deep Sea Creatures.
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