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Artist: TOMAS KORBER/KAZUYA ISHIGAMI
Title: Mistakes
Format: CD
Label: Neus318 (@)
Distributor: C.U.E. Records
Rated: *****
Composed between 2002 and 2003 as a mutual manipulation of sounds, "Mistakes" is an album of (mostly?) electroacoustically processed guitar sounds. The inputs, whatever their original form may have been, were de- and re-composed into a sort of primitive idea of guitar: just metal and electricity. Kazuya Ishigami (aka Daruin, Billy? member and Neus318 owner) offers two tracks: the first one is made of several fragments, minimal scratches and autistic granular sounds. Track 2 begins with a gentle arpeggio (the only recognizable guitar playing in the whole disc!), soon to be smashed into digital particles, loops, drones, reverses and delays. More varied than track 1, but not as cohesive, and unfortunately ending with abused harsh noise. Swiss impro-guitarist Tomas Korber opts for a much more subdued approach: his track opens with almost lowercase low frequencies, to gradually rise up to a droning mass (circa isolationist ambient), and then fall again into silent ashes. An interesting record, with several fascinating moments (especially in Korber's), just not that cohesive throughout.
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Artist: MARUFURA FUFUNJIRU (@)
Title: Fragile
Format: CD
Label: Neus318 (@)
Distributor: C.U.E. Records
Rated: *****
I know absolutely nothing about Marufura Fufunjiru, except that this cdr is released by Kazuya Ishigami's Neus318 - but what a nice surprise it is. Fufunjiru's music is a moody, solemn flux of ominous droning frequencies and soft digital ashes, at times nearly silent, at others building up menacing walls of sound (though not with a brutal harsh noise aesthetic). As this music is obviously nothing new or unheard by now, Fufunjiru's strength lies in his taste and in the care for every single sound particle - there's a lot of discipline behind these free-flowing sonic clusters. I can't compare it to anyone in particular, but an artist who has experimented with a similar drones+glitches sound is Cordell Klier; but you can also think of a mix of performers as diverse as Lull, Asmus Tietchens, Akira Rabelais and Mika Vainio (circa "Onko"). A truly enjoyable release, with a definite emotional impact: glass is fragile, but it can cut deep.
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Artist: MOAN (@)
Title: Between/Associated
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records (@)
Rated: *****
New cdr release (ltd. to 200) by Polish artist Moan, after "Desolate" (Soulworm) and "Clear your consciousness" (AFE, see archive). Rafal Sadej is here presenting a long live track, recorded on 23/3/2002 at Cogitatur Theatre (Katowice), as an opening for an exhibition of Magdalena Sikora's, whose paintings are featured in the neat packaging, curated by Soulworm Visuals. Sadej must obviously know his machines pretty well, for this is an incredibly cohesive and flawless performance. As previously noticed in "Clear your consciousness", Moan skillfully overlays looped pulses and more ethereal synth passages, falling somewhere between dark/ritual ambient and old cosmic music - while walking a known path, Sadej's personality and abilities are strong enough to offer a tight, convincing performance.
Artist: LIMBO
Title: Compendium: The Light Fall
Format: CD
Label: Cursed Land (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
COMPENDIUM: THE LIGHT FALL is the last chapter of one of the oldest (in sense of years of activity) electronic Italian bands. In fact, Limbo born in February 1984 and after twenty years of activity (even if, to tell the truth, we could say that Limbo stopped the activities on 2001, when they did their last concert), Gianluca Becuzzi decided that it was time to close this chapter to focus his efforts only on his new project: Kinetix. COMPENDIUM: THE LIGHT FALL is the last part of the MILLENIUM trilogy and the first two parts were: "Continuum: The fire front" and "Cospiratorium : The ice line". On the first one Limbo covered classic tracks of the electronic/industrial scene fathers, like Kraftwerk, DAF or Throbbing Gristle, while on the second one Limbo covered tracks of Italian bands such as Kirlian Camera, Kebabtraume or L.I.N. and they were helped by different members of the covered bands. This third release is focused only on the band's material and it's a sort of sum of what they did. Be aware that this isn't a simple compilation, because each song has been remixed or revisited, but always starting from the original sound, so this isn't something similar to "Hell's Gate Vision (1986/1996 A Total Revision)" where the tracks have been totally revisited and played. The first fourteen tracks span their career starting from their first demo (too bad they hadn't a decent copy of it, because along with their first MLP it's my favourite Limbo release!) arriving to "Inter Uterum Et Loculum (L'amour Sadique)" picked up from their latest real studio album "L'Etre Et Le Néant" (their weakest release, in my opinion). The period that has been better covered is the one that include the first four albums: "My Whip Your Flesh", "Our Mary Of Cancer", Vox Insana" and "Evirazione Totemica Seriale". Most of those tracks were produced by Paolo Favati and maybe they are the most representative tracks of what the real spirit of the band was. The new version of the tracks is really intriguing and generally they acquired power and energy. Especially on tracks like "Libido Mater Nostra", the following "Dein Gott Ist Tot" and "Magic Bathory" you can check what I mean. Tracks fifteen to seventeen are revisited or live version of songs coming from the previous two "Continuum" and "Cospiratorium" releases. The last song "Madre, Chiesa, Libido" is the real latest band's studio track. It's a medley that gathers together: "Libido Mater Nostra", "Thee Pack", "Mater Libido", "Control Sex, Technology" and "Madre Chiesa, Clinica". It's a pity that Limbo career should end without the release of a real compilation (maybe in the future?) and that their very first releases will be inaccessible to most of their fans but for the moment feel the taste of this good release and wait for Kinetix. So long, Limbo!
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Artist: Censor (@)
Title: Empire Holds Down
Format: CD
Label: Hive (@)
Rated: *****
I am now used to the fact that Hive is synonimous with quality, so I have no fear and no doubts when popping in one of their releases, knowing I will be dealing with some kick ass dark-electro-drum'n'bass band. And so it is. Censor spring out from the NYC metropolitan area and carry their urban heritage around with them proudly. What once used to be an exciting underground club scene with pioneers of the bad and nasty live drum'n'bass movement, such as Jojo Mayer, is now (unfortunately) only a network of people making great music out of their bedrooms and occasionally throwing a great party in some club... Censor is probably among these people, as he spits out industrial-breakcore like a machine gun. His dynamic and altering mixture of dark, powernoise, drum'n'bass, electronics and industrial is viscious and infectious. The entire album has an extremely fast pace, which adds to the overall excitment and aggressive impact. This is a truly a small gemm of its kind and in its genre, where all elements work together towards a unique pumping blend of powerful music, explosive like nitro!
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