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Final Selection-"AntiHero"

This band offers a very strange yet elegant blend... ... ... ... ... cold atmospheres reminiscent of Diary Of Dreams and Mentallo And The Fixer, mixed in with a moody electro-pop and ambient-pop textures all into one surreal and dreamy creation. The sound patterns are some of the best I’ve heard in a good while (esp. the beginning reverb effect on track 4, "Smile"), linked together perfectly with melancholy synth lines, and a controlled drum line that never pounds and chokes the beautiful atmosphere within. The imagery within the CD is very beautiful as well, combining nature with stark human elements, with great use of color (note the emotive uses of blue and dark orange with much of the artwork) to create that additional feel of melancholy and warmth. The vocals top it all off, with controlled ease (everything on this CD speaks of perfect balance) and a breathy air, somewhere between the vocals of Lassigue Bendthaus and Adrian Hates of Diary Of Dreams. The vocals cut through like a river carving itself through the land, yet still flowing and rather peaceful throughout. The vocals at times, such as on the track "When You Turn Your Back to Me" create almost a trance in the listener. Through it as well are lyrics that are dreamily metaphorical and yet kind of poppy in their at-times simplicity, yet very poetic, much like the aforementioned Diary Of Dreams.
My favorite track along with "Smile" would have to be "Tears". The atmosphere built throughout the song is all I can really describe as dark ambient pop, kind of like Delerium in a way. Minus the female vocals of course. It has almost a classical feel to it, given the feel of the synth lines.
Overall, this is something very different, dreamy and distinct in its course. Everything from the art to the music to the website speaks of a sweeping blow in art that will make many bands scramble to catch up. Something definitively new and a band I feel may get even better as time goes on, growing into something that may truly escape category. Rating: 10
Jun 11 2003
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Artist: INTERLACE (@)
Title: Under The Sky
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Prototyp (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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Released one year after their debut album, UNDER THE SKY confirm Interlace as a great act who is able to flame the electronic/ebm scene with only two releases. This new MCD brings to the audience five new tracks along with four remixes of old and new tracks. "Under The Sky" is present with the normal and the "Club" versions, "Equus" (remixed by Headscan") and "Missing Link" (remixed by Oliver Beach and Akira Yamaoka, famous for his Silent Hill's soundtrack) are coming from the debut album while "Bells", "Pinioned" (beautiful and intruguing dark ambient atmospheres mixed with energy), "Victims" and "Icon I" are totally new tracks. The remixes don't change that much the original versions (only Yamahoka's brings to "Missing Link" new thrilling atmospheres) while the new tracks confirm the first impression I had of the band: good skills about melody and gear use and great impact even at a first listening. The songs have got different atmospheres presenting different dense dark layers (almost ambient) a la Clock Dva along with catchy melodic lines. I think I'll try to contact them for an interview... :)
P.s. There's also an European release of this MCD, printed by Dependent, which contains several other mixes, tracks coming from their debut album and a live track.
Jun 10 2003
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Artist: NUKLEON (@)
Title: EARTH RISING
Format: CD
Label: Cohaagen (@)
After a couple of years from his demo cd released through mp3.com Dan Burke a.k.a. Nukleon releases his debut album for Cohaagen Records. I already interviewed Dan at the time of his first release so if you need more info about him just check our archives section. Like on his debut CD his music sounds fresh with strong retro influences: you know, things like metallic effects on vocals, vintage gear sounds and so on. This EARTH RISING sees into its tracklist new versions of old songs such as "Reasons", "Sometimes", "Homewrecker" and "Jane" along with the new ones "Mars", "Escort", "One More Day" and "Lines" ("Lucky" and "Infidel"appeared already into compilations). New and old songs are coming from the same new recording session so there's no sound difference but this time FR/Action and Ganymede's David Friede took care or the mixing. As for "New Earth Orbit" we've got strong melodic electronic synthpop fascinated by space missions and human feelings and even if it sounds retro, the album doesn't sound outdated and for sure you'll find your favorite tune within these eleven tracks (the last one is an instrumental that starts some minutes after the end of "One More Day"). I'd prefer the sound a little more powerful and the vocals more in front but this isn't a real weak point so check this CD and wait for Nukleon's first video clip into the first underground synthpop dvd ever realised. Along with Dan you'll find other nineteen videos from Nasa, Gary Flanagan, Ganymede, Brave New World, Cosmicity to name few. Don't miss it... it's always a Cohaagen release.
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Artist: PAST PERFECT
Title: Whispers Of Souls In Silence
Format: CD
Label: Cyberdelia (@)


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Formed three years ago the Greek band Past Perfect started to train playing covers of their loved bands, such as Joy Division, Sister Of Mercy, Dead Can Dance, etc. Soon after they started to write their own songs building their musical style. WHISPERS OF SOULS IN SILENCE is their first album which gathers seven songs that blink the eye to their musical heroes, mixing together goth atmospheres / sounds (it's long time I didn't hear a flanged bass guitar with that characteristic bouncing sound), few psychedelic influences (see how the sitar sound duet with guitar on "Lethe"), electronic arrangements here and there with a closing track ("A Dream Within A Nightmare") which is a good electro one and ton of dark moments. Reading this review it could seems to you that this album is a strange hybrid between goth, electronic and rock. Well, this is partially true as the influences are so many (see for example the ambient moments of "Our Fatal Dream Tale" with all the its changes always in balance between trip hop and a dark soundtrack) that you could be confused, but the good thing is that PAST PERFECT did a good work by balancing all the influences in a good way. The album is divided in four different chapters and this could be an explanation of the variety of sounds you'll find here. Anyway, this is a particular release if you think that this is their first CD and it's worth checking it.