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Artist: Mirabilis (@)
Title: s/t
Format: 7"
Label: The Fossil Dungeon (@)
Rated: *****
Mirabilis is Dru (of This Ascension) and Summer Bowman (of The Machine in the Garden), two extremely talented gals whose vocal skills can be checked out on this debut release of theirs, a beautiful 70-gram black vinyl 7" featuring four tracks of vocals-only ethereal neo-classical music. Although the last song features some instrumentation, the focus of Mirabilis is on intertwining vocal melodies, layers of harmonies and gorgeous vocal parts. The two are open for collaborations and are looking to expand the line up, which would make it even more interesting and beautiful, I bet, and they have a full lenght CD planned for release on Middle Pillar, entitled "Pleiades".
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Artist: Mephisto Walz (@)
Title: Nightingale
Format: 7"
Label: The Fossil Dungeon (@)
Rated: *****
Following his departure from Christian Death in 1985, musician/artist/engineer Barry Galvin founded Mephisto Walz, and after almost two decades, is still producing the original gothic music, the good stuff, not derivative and as personal as it gets. The "Nightingale" 7" (a format that I must say fits the genre and these particular songs perfectly) presents the title-track and the song "Witches Gold", two authentic goth tracks with MW's signature sound made of washed guitars, dynamic drumming and the ethereal voice of Christianna. Rough around the edges, but a gemm inside. Originally released on a hand-autographed CD-R single, these songs will later be included (in edited format) in MW's new full-length album, in both cases with artwork by the Soil Bleeds Black's Riddick brothers. This white vinyl 7" is limited to 500 copies and comes in a beautiful folding cover.
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Artist: MorF (Male or Female)
Title: Primitive Reflections Twisted from Sound
Format: DVD
Label: Dance.com (@)
Rated: *****

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After the critically acclaimed and award-winning SpeedTribe DVD+CD, Dance.com's new installment of immersive electronic audio visuals is represented by yet another DVD+CD by the F242 producer couple Bressanutti & Codenys, along with Elko Blijweert, under the moniker MorF (Male of Female). "Primitive Reflections Twisted from Sound" (co-released by The Pavement), presents 3 hours of material in the form of a DVD with video clips that can be viewed in sequence or played interactively using Pixelman (an enigmatic being with an amorphous mask of video pixels concealing his identity) to roam around concrete and post-industrial 3D cityscapes with signs and arrows that will indicate the path to the videos. Throughout multiple viewings of the DVD you will be revealed alternate mixes, strange hidden places and other interesting content. It is remarkable to notice that all video clips are integrated into the graphical interface as if they were originated by it (of course it's probably the other way around). The CD's 40 minutes offer the main mixes in stereo version, while the audio of the DVD is available in 5.1 surround or stereo. Musically MorF presents well produced electronic music that escapes the notions of classical EBM and plays with new balances between a full and surrounding sound that is extremely cinematic and futuristic. Occasional guitars and vocals are to be found as well. A kaleidoscopic palette of sounds and beats that paints a dark, industrial, urban and sci-fi scenario of unquestionable impact and drive. It's hard to compare such original music to other artists. If I must attempt such task I might vaguely hint that you'll find it an unlikely mixture of electro, rock, funk, hip hop influences. Try to imagine SpeedTribe meeting Sonar, Tool, Consolidated, Bjork, but still sticking to an uncompromising electronic formula.
Artist: in-Fused (@)
Title: Misplaced
Format: CD
Label: DSBP (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Tommy T Rapisardi is probably best known for his exploits (and rants) on the Cyberage Radio Show, as well as running the successful indy label DSBP and contributing to the multi-talented rotating cast known as Diverje. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s now released 18 tracks on Misplaced’, the debut album of his solo project, in-Fused. The album is a collection of several electro styles, which is a welcomed change from most releases these days. The album begins with the intriguing piece Enter Now’, an instrumental with an almost middle-eastern vibe. Then the electro-industrial assault kicks in on Evacuate’, with its freaky Darlek (Doctor Who) vocal. The emotional title track Misplaced’ is up next. The piano evokes a feeling of tragedy here, which somehow creates a feeling of empathy. A couple of drum n noise tracks are in attendance, namely Hammered’, Punch Hole’ and Wrapped in Plastique’, each of which has its own distinctive way of pummeling the listener into submission. The glitchy tracks Beardies’ and Mud Slipperz’ continue to show just how diverse this album is. Breaking the Code’ has a dark house vibe going at times while at others sounds very synthpop influenced, dancey with a very dark vocal that fits amazingly well. A Place To Bleed’ and Monotony’ showcases more of an aggressive industrial sound, which Tommy is already well known for with some of the Diverje tracks. The trancey instrumental Find to Keep’ is the longest track on the album clocking in at 7:16. Not your typical trance track that’s for sure, it’s a nice change of pace right in the middle of the album. One remix of Evacuate’ by Diverje gives an even more aggressive edge to the original track, play this one loud. Zonex’(cool title) is completely uncategorizeable(if that’s even a word) but a cool track all the same with its acidic SH101 type keys. Blinded Fools’ plays like a dark breaks track, if only for the beats chosen to back it up. A cool crossover piece nonetheless. The final tracks falling loosely under the ambient tag are, Weightless’, Malfunkt’ and the last track Beneath’, nicely ending procedings with a much mellower chill out’ vibe than some other tracks on the disk. Overall the album is an excellent showing of what in-Fused is capable of. Definitely a diverse listen that always keeps the listener on their toes. Available now on DSBP.
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Artist: AMBASSADOR 21
Title: Akcija
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Rated: *****
When chaos and rage take form in Belarus there's only one band you can name and the name is Ambassador 21. The latest release of the band is titled AKCIJA ("Action") and during its 55 minutes of length you'll find yourself begging for a moment where you can take a breath. The 16 tracks are like a shot of adrenalin that will make your heart pump at 140 bpm or more. Normally Ambassador 21 are filed under digital hardcore and if you think about the two terms in a separate way, digital=samples and hardcore=punk, you could be right, but if when you spell digital hardcore you think about Atari Teenage Riot, things are different. Ambassador 21 doesn't sound like ATR and luckily this isn't the main point because I wasn't looking for an ATR substitute. Ambassador 21 (helped by Fanny on "Satisfaction", by Schizoid on "Zombie", by Punish Yourself on "Right To Die" and by D.O.A., Schizoid and Punish Yourself on "Revolution Is A Business") kick ass because their rage is true and everyday they live the transformation of a country that lived the decline of an "ideal" just to see it turned into something different. Does common people will be free as individuals and do they want to be free for real or are they just like zombies? Are these the zombies Ambassador 21 are referring to into their track? Maybe you'll be able to find some hints into the interview you'll read soon on CHAIN D.L.K. pages, meanwhile a thing is for sure: this album is true, energetic, noisy, driven by distorted vocals, rhythms and guitars. To be short: this is something you can't miss if you appreciate honesty and if you dig fist shaped forms of melody.
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