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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: The Arbitrary Width of Shadows
Format: CD
Label: Projekt Records
Distributor: projekt records
OK, on a personal side note before the review... ... ... ... .. We have almost all either experienced cancer or someone who has gone through it. And anyone who has seen either can tell you the biggest burden oftentimes is the financial costs that lie underneath for treatment and radiation, often leaving the patients dangling between being cured and being left homeless. This CD is a charity to help the Minnesota Oncology Hematology Foundation, a foundation which helps patients of cancer maintain a normal life while going through the treatments. The girl on the cover was saved by the foundation from homelessness and certain death. And she is stunning to put it simply, and she is beyond gorgeous! Any person would would leave her homeless must be made of stone.
On to the music now! The CD starts off with none other than Black Tape For A Blue Girl and their track "Kinski" named after the infamous actor Klaus Kinski (don’t ask me the connection I’d like to know myself!), who happens to be my fave actor. After seeing Mira in concert and hanging out with the guys, I’ve opened up a lot more to their music after being curious for a while. "Open In Silence" seems to toss away any Slowdive comparisons and is a mark of maturity to me. Audra is a band that’s growing and to me still is to reach their potential. The new CD seems a step in the right direction. By the next CD I guarantee you may just see a milestone in the goth scene, which dearly needs it. I like their new-found narrative lyrical style, though. Now onto Voltaire’s "Vampire Club"! Needless to say I fucking love this track and is a great spoof much of the goth club scene needs! I love this guy’s humor too, very Johanne Vasquez style. Some of the other highlight’s include LoveSpirals and Unto Ashes (two fun bands to interview),with some familiar tracks. I also have fallen in love with Mors Syphilitica, but this is the only other song I’ve ever heard people play in clubs and on compos. The lady singer’s voice is pure heaven, floating between operatic and ethereal without falling into the usual "I’m gonna hit the high notes like Liz Frazier" trap. And the guitar just smooth and gliding, very silky and mixing with the vocals perfectly. They are definitely going on my X-Mas list this year!
Good CD, good cause, in short. And this association may well end up helping you or someone you love one day, and plus it’s a good intro to the Projekt style of music. Plus at 3.95 what better are you going to buy? If you want to make a donation directly to the society, the address is: The Minnesota Oncology Hematology Foundation,405 Piper Building,800 East 28th Street,Minneapolis,MN 55407.
For further info call Margie Sborov at 1-612-863-8751.
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Artist: Anorkia
Title: Children of Pride
Format: CD
"What makes a great release?" is the kind of question I had on my mind today when listening to my new Demo Ep from "Anorkia", titled "Children of Pride". I soon knew the answer after I pressed play.

A band, started in early 2002, has collaborated many members. But the core members, as of now, are:

Fang - First concepts, synths
Dr3w - Vocal programming and supervision, mixing
Je$$ - Vocals
R@zorblade.de - Mixing, remixing, mastering

These four people have created a sound far beyond words. Anorkia isn't just some new underground band. It's a whole new look at electronic synth pop. From the grungy keys, to the sexy vocals, this band can appeal to any fan of any genre. Now to tell you a little about "Children of Pride".

The first track, "War, Sex, Crime", starts off with a burst of hard beats whcih soon picks up to loud synths and the sound of Dr3w rhyming into his mic. The lyrics on this track are amazing. Some of the best I've ever heard in a while. The song has a nice overall beat to it, and is very dance-able. Although you can't hear the beginning vocals to well because of the distortion, it's still a very good song.

The second track, "An", has wonderful melodies and great synths. The vocals are more clear than "War, Sex, Crime". Towards the end, this track gets a little repetitive, but overall, a job well done.

The third track, "Falling Down", has the same feel as "An" gives off. A great tune overall. But it too, gets a little reptitive at the end.

The fourth track, "Power to Believe", gives off a great, mellow vibe, but still maintains that crystal clear Anorkia sound from the previous three tracks. There aren't any vocals, but the track still has a great feeling to it, which makes it astonishing.

The fifth track, "War Sex Crime (Dark Trance Remix)", is the same as the original track, but is very darker, and has a stronger feel to it. The synths added to make this remix are wonderful, but there needed to be a change.

The sixth and final track, "An (Concrete Slab Remix)", is, too, very similar as the original track. It has a new funky vibe to it though, which I didn't like as much as the original, but still, very catchy and fun.

Overall:
War, Sex, Crime - 9/10
An - 7/10
Falling Down - 8/10
Power to Believe - 9/10
War Sex Crime (Dark Trance Remix) - 7/10
An (Concrete Slab Remix) - 7/10
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Artist: NNT
Title: C:/My Documents/MyMusic
Format: CD
Label: Capp Records (@)
This CD is the most schizophrenic album I listened recently, for sure! The twenty two tracks of so called "breakz / elektro / experimental" music are full of inventiveness and freshness and are capable of catch your attention in a second. Each track seems to have been composed by a deranged robot while he was trying to perform "Radioactivity" being on acid. Also the r'n'r reverbered/distorted guitar on some tracks plays slowed goth/surf tunes while electro bleeps jumps here and there. It's a shame I haven't got any news about the guy who did all this and also his webpages at www.nnt.edu.gr and www.iroiro.gr aren't reachable: it's a total mistery. Listening to "C/My Documents / My Music" it's like to listen to the whole Warp records discography pouring out of a blender having a genial cowboy as barman. Give a listen to this one if you are searching for new stimulating weird delicatessen.
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Artist: ASYLUM (@)
Title: Rattus In Sanguine
Format: CD
ASYLUM is an Italian project headed by Dario Sisto and RATTUS IN SANGUINE is his third demo after 1999's "Ploratus" and 2000's "Vox Silenti". By listening the eleven tracks of this CDr the first thing that comes to my mind is that Dario recorded these tracks impulsively caring most about the effect than thinking about the final effect. It seems that he did these tracks being fascinated by early S.P.K., nowadays e.b.m. and industrial music but he forgot to give a form to his project. What I mean is that it's difficult for me to understand what's going on with him by reading only titles like "Barbie Trip", "Everybody's Dead" or "Lesbo Sado Dance". In this way there's a lack of communication and even if some atmospheres and sounds of his instrumental tracks are quite interesting (tracks like "Everybody's Dead", "Dead Stars Light" or the electronic "Human Model"), the listener can find hard to approach Asylum's work and it's a shame because Dario, in my opinion, could give a shape to his ideas and create something really interesting. A particularity of this demo is that it seems to be a split between two different bands. This because the first six tracks are totally different from the other five which show the influence of bands like Kraftwerk (see also the industrial version of "The Model" that closes the CD).
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Artist: EYE (@)
Title: European Propaganda vol. 1
Format: CD
Label: Third Brass Collective (@)
Distributor: Blatant Propaganda
FINALLY!!! Finally somebody did notice this great Australian band whom I've been supporting and believing in for so long (some of you might remember they have been interviewed in Chain D.L.K. and featured on one of our CD compilations). Somebody, namely the Belgian label 3rd Brass Collective, has finally helped them get out of the limbo of self-released CDs (not that there is anything wrong with self-releasing CDs and doing-it-yourself, on the contrary, but having a label will probably help them get their music around the world and most importantly spread the very important message that Eye has been propagandizing with so many efforts for such a long time). J. Citizen, aka Eye, is the man that has been dedicating his life and his music to the spreading of anti-animal-abuse and anti-vivisection knowledge. Besides Eye, and his other musical projects Elf, he's also been running the Blatant Propaganda 'zine (http://blatantpropaganda.com), which I suggest you check out as soon as possible... Anyway, before I get carried away with complimenting Eye for his politics, I guess I have to let you know about the music too, right? ;-) Well, Eye plays solid electro-industrial music with an edge. Heavily inspired by old-school Euro EBM (think Nitzer Ebb for example) but also close to some acid cyber-punk. Frenzy beats, distorted guitars, political lyrics, crunchy synth lines and a shit load of vocal samples from the pharmaceutical, political and scientific every day scenario that annihilates us. Titles like "Goods and Services Tax", "Blind Progress", "The Vivisector", "Mandate", "Action = Life", "Does this look like Science to You?" should give you a grasp of what the themes are. John Cult, of 3rd Brass Collective, has assembled this vol.1 CD with tracks from various other Eye releases spanning between '94 and '01, so basically this is nothing new for fans of the band (except for a nice colour cover), but it's a great starting point for those who do not know Eye yet. Me? Well while you are getting to know the integrity and the sounds of this great one-man musical project, I will be looking forward for volume 2... 'Cause there will be a volume 2, right John? Right?
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