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Artist: Postmortem Past (@)
Title: Injesting the Jacket
Format: CD
Postmortem Past's "Injesting the Jacket" is a pretty unique dose of what is essentially very subdued but at the same time very aggro (in attitude if not technical sound) and very ominous. The artist's intent was to blend goth rock and industrial and revitalize what Postmortem Past sees as a limp genre whose best sound was on hiatus. The band here presents its take on the end of the hiatus. Like other dark industrial acts, the vocals are very distorted and this makes them a little hard to understand (coupled with the overall deepness musically - you'll have to turn this CD up a little), however, this is typical of the genre (one of the few things typical about this band, I imagine) and you can't really complain about that. It's a staple of the sound. Deep bass and synth creep along at a deliberate pace that only enhances the darkness. The beats are fairly industrial in the purest sense of the word, featuring a semi-klankiness that enhances the grim ambience of the proceedings. This CD is very dark and very goth and therefore Postmortem Past has achieved what it set out to achieve. Comparison wise, the closest band I could think of in terms of what this reminds me of is Pig on his slow, non-loud, dark and gothed out days (think his remake of Smashing Pumpkins' "God"). Postmortem Past is as industrial as hell but is definitely a dark Stygian molasses river of goth forbodings. The production could stand to be a little crisper but a well done release nonetheless.
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Artist: SANDBOX TRIO (@)
Title: Urubamba
Format: CD
Label: Frank Mark Arts (@)
Rated: *****

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After releasing improvised sound recordings (on the collaborative recordings of Martin Birke , Daniel Panasenko and Roman Leykam) Soundbox Trio found themselves dealing with a particular subject: URUBAMBA. URUBAMBA is the title of their latest release and it's also the name of an Amazonian river. They took the river as a catalyzer of their inspirations and around this theme they recorded thirteen movements which form a sort of voyage. The title of the tracks seems to paint a sort of path that starts from "Urubamba" passing through people ("Headhunters"), sensations ("El sol ardiente", "The serpent's view", "Ghost waves" and "Scent of vermillion"), places ("Black currents" and "River's end"), etc. Even if thinking about a river makes me think about luxuriant nature, multi colored animals and about the relaxing sensation of the water waves, Soundbox Trio prefer giving form to the wild and scary aspect of those places. In this way the tracks paint moments that could seem quiet at a first listening but that are tense and dark most of the time. A lot of tracks are based on drone collages where only percussive instruments (drums or metal objects) and acoustic guitars break the tension created. Should we call it tribal industrialism? Maybe, but the main point is that on this new release the trio succeeded into creating something different and hypnotizing. Something that won't make you ask yourself what kind of music you're listening to and this is good. If you want to have a hint, well, if you love David Sylvian instrumental tracks, is highly probable that you'll love this one.
Jun 30 2004
Artist: GRAND CHAOS (@)
Title: Ionize Me
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Urgence Disk Records (@)
Rated: *****
After the MCD released early this year titled "La forge", Ivanovitch produced a new MCD of what we could call "the new Grand Chaos" path. As we already noticed on "La forge" with this new IONIZE ME, Grand Chaos produced four new tracks (as fifth we can find a 100 bpm version of the opening track) deeply inspired by early Die Form (see the same vocal effect that Philippe Fichot used on tracks like "Autolyse"), early '80s electronic bands (à;GRUMH, Fini Tribe, etc) and a little bit of early e.b.m. The result is a good and powerful mixture of rage, experimentalism and electronic tribalism that is really appealing. The lyrics deal with nowadays isolation and with two sentences they give already a sense of discomfort. Good one!
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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