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Artist: Emulsion (@)
Title: Death of the Author EP
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
When a band mentions Coil and Boards of Canada, basically both cult bands but so different, as their main influences you know something's up, something good is cooking, and soon enough you'll know it for sure... It only took me a few seconds of the Cure's cover "Pornography" (from their upcoming FTC records tribute compilation "Strage as Angels"), revisited in a murky and melodic manner that made it sounds like a David Lynch soundtrack, to understand that these guys are good at what they do... Then they simply jump from that to a great mixture of rhythmic noise and IDM with their "is lust". Altough the two opening tracks are definitely the strongest and also the most diverse of the batch, the rest of the EP is not bad either (even though it's more anonymous and nowhere as intense as the two opening pieces). Lurking dark ambient that seeks a balance between oneiric soundscapes of uncharted territories and nightmarish atmospheres of uncertain message. I am not familiar with Emulsion's previous production, but I think if they'd manage the art of keeping the momentum at the excellent levels of the two opening tracks, and if maybe they could fuse the two genres into one unique and original magmatic sound, they would truly be one of the most interesting bands out there. Cover art work by John Bergin (Trust Obey, Tertium Non Data). Now the only problem for me remains what category to file them under.
Artist: PSI
Title: Black American Flag
Format: CD
Label: Evolving Ear (@)
Rated: *****
PSI is a trio of Brooklynites including Chris Forsyth (guitar), Jaime Fennely (electronics) and Fritz Welch (drums, objects) and they just release this two-piece CD, "Black American Flag", featuring 43 minutes of their signature electro-acoustic experimental noise-making. Comparing to their previous works this might be a little creepier and intimate, more on the low-down side of things as opposed to loud and screechy. I like their own definition of «pieces of cathartic, hermetic, meditative noise that slowly evolve into nothing while exploring delicate interplay and course, uneven stasis». I guess it is true what they say: the best knowledge of yourself is yours.
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Artist: KLANGWELT (@)
Title: The Age Of Numbers
Format: CD
Label: Spheric Music (@)
Distributor: Spheric Music
Rated: *****
Sidereal journeys have always been a fascinating thing to men. Man's brain inspired philosophers and a lot of common people. Numbers and numerology could be seen also like a magic discipline and maybe this is the aspect that fascinated Gerald Arend most. THE AGE OF NUMBERS contains ten intrumental suites which take their inspiration directly from '70s space rock and from '70s electronic bands such as Tangerine Dream or from musicians like Jean Michel Jarre, Kitaro or Klaus Schulze. Since the first track you've got the sensation that the room around you it's expanding and the hissing sounds are gathering taking shape and turning into the Milk Way. At a first listening I found the tracks too similar but at a second listening I liked them more. "Topologique", "Infinity + 1" and "The Beauty Of Numbers" are the tracks that convinced me most as they have a certain halo of mistery that made me found them more interesting. Try this CD if you want to loose your senses by falling into deep space...
Artist: The Pain Machinery (@)
Title: the Venom is Going Global
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: Ad Noiseam
Rated: *****
Sweden's The Pain Machinery bring the harsh cold of their country to us with an earth shattering explosion of power electronics, rhtyhmic noise, industrial dance, ebm, dark and industrial. All of these elements, spiced up with a huge number of well-implemented samples (sci-fi movies, records by Neurosis and others) and a driving and slamming attitude. "The Venom is Going Global" is like a pneumatic hammer of sonic brutaility where distortion fights with melody and everything comes across nicely and heavily. The venom will hit you straight up, and there seems to be no antidote.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: InterBreeding II Industrial Mutation
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: Metropolis
Rated: *****
When BLC goes encore it goes encore for real: what I mean by that is that the second volume of their "Interbreeding II Industrial Mutation" is actually a double CD as well, so if EBM is what your doctor ordered you to get you in shape, here's your chance to get your fix!
Kubikzahl, Generated X-ed, Jerico One feat. Marc Heal, Hocico, The Pain Machinery, Implant, Things Outside The Skin, Injury (with a Pulse Legion Remix), Beta, Soul Circuit, The God Project, ESR, Diverje, Dioxyde, Type001, Xiphoid Process, Stark,
Void Kampf, Skoyz, Tactical Sekt, Agonoize, Angel Theory, Run Level Zero, The Thessalonian Dope Gods, Centyl, Severe Illusion, The Pain Machinery, More Machine than Man (remix by Syrian), Croc Shop, Infekktion, Thirteenth Exile, Liquefaction: quite impressive list, right? More reason to be impressed is that most tracks are brand new previously unreleased songs or exclusive compositions or versions or remixes or demo tracks etc...
Cover art work by graphic illustrator Wilhelm "Deaddreamer" Steiner.
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