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Artist: Rosewater
Title: Magnetic Confinement
Format: 7"
Label: Mindwerk Records
This two track 7" translucent vinyl release features songs from Rosewater. This electro industrial debut comes from darkest heart of concrete voids of Riga's industrial suburbs.They are quite a bit more harsh than the some of the other Mindwerk label artists and also more quick-paced, Noise oriented and modernized. "Condomat" is heavy Power Noise with an EBM rhythm, awesome! Vocally it reminds me of some of those gothic/industrial bands but with heavier distortion. "Perpetual Dream State" begins with a more ambient tone but soon becomes a quick-paced hard metallic pound.
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Artist: Amateur God
Title: Near Life Experience
Format: CD
Label: Wampus Multimedia
Amateur God is listed by Wampus Multimedia as an ambient techno artist from Slovenia as in compared to a possible soundtrack should David Lynch have directed a postmodern remake of Frankenstein. The artist himself lists several Goth, Rock, Electronic, and Industrial influences and calls his music dark-qausi-gothic-semi-vocal-ambient. The artist claims his project is sort of about closing your eyes, imagining the worst possible things you can, and mocking them. What Amateur God has produced is a type of industrial ambient similar to the Industrial equivalent of what Ethereal music is to the Goth scene. Standard hard metallic beats, droning ambience, mild vocal sampling, mellow acoustic guitar rhythms, piano, ambient electronica, and other eclectic elements combine to create something that might be like a softer Godflesh, darker Neubauten, harsher versions of Ethereal and even New Age elements - all combining to create an eclectic blend of dark mood music. It has the effect of what would probably make good horror film music and is sort of a milder version with a more industrial flavor of the type of mood you would get from Midnight Syndicate only not nearly as 'produced' and much harsher sounding. It's not a bad release but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Interesting musical concept but still in the amateur stages. I guess even gods can begin as amateurs huh. Maybe when this god is a bit more matured we will shiver in his presence - but not yet. Until then we will listen with anticipation.
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Artist: MUTANTUM (@)
Title: Sonic Sideshow
Format: CD
Mutantum is a musical project by Mikko Muranen which in the past has been active also as Dogmeat (with a 7''ep Bite on Suggestion records and a mini-cd Beautiful on Purity records) and Dab.Ay.Ah (with Jussi Saivo he had a 7''ep on Suggestion records). For those that aren't aware of how Dogmeat's music sounds maybe it's enough to tell you that I was used to call it: "Godflesh meet Black Sabbath". The following project, Dab.Ay.Ah, instead was focused on rock experimentation but since he realised only one 7" I can't give my impressions about it. This new one sees Mikko dealing with many kind of musical genres: from progressive rock to Frank Zappa passing through Godflesh and of the Dogmeat's sound only some guitar riffs and distorted drum sounds are present. The ten tracks of SONIC SIDESHOW are instrumental experiments with sounds, atmosphere and rock structures. While listening to this album I have to admit that sometimes I was missing the vocal parts because the lenght of the tracks made me lose my concentration. This isn't meaning that I didn't like what I heard but for sure this is an album that needs your attention. "Smells Like Heaven" or "Hands As A Hammer" are almost ambient tracks based on guitar sounds and rhythms while "Light While Load" is more industrial based: you can understand that with so many influences Mikko's music is asking for something more than you whistling while taking a shower. Even if I prefer Dogmeat's energy, Mutantum is worth your attention so check out his website and listen to his mp3s.
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Artist: PENITENT
Title: Songs Of Despair
Format: CD
Label: Beyond Prod (@)
Distributor: Master Distribution


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The story of Penitent started in 1994 when Karsten Hamre decided to give shape to his poems which dealt with pain, sorrow and depression. With this aim in his heart he produced six albums for different labels, such as Cold Meat Industry, ("Melancholia"), Draenor Productions ("The Beauty Of Pain" and "As Life Fades Away"), Memento Mori ("Roses By Chaos Spawned" and "Maestro Beethoven") and for Counter Attack (Reflections Of Past Memories"). After a couple of years of hiatus Karsten decided to team up with Bernt Sunde and then he started to produce this SONGS OF DESPAIR. THe music of all the songs this time has been written by the newcomer and they are totally different from what the fans were used to listen to. The eight new songs include harsh black metal, dark metal, dark wave and industrial influences (guitar and drums included) and represent a new step of the Penitent course. The tracks are always melancholic and dark as usual ("A Gate To Past Times" and "Ancient Wisdom Of The Forest" are the ones which remember mostly the old ones) but the vocals are influenced by black metal and are highly theatrical. If you loved only the orchestral tracks you were used to listen to, be aware of this because you may not like this CD. Check some mp3s at the band's website first. In any case the next album, which will be released always by Beyond Prod, may take a different direction as it seems that Karsten's and Bernt's cooperation ended at the end of the last year and a new member will join the band. Let's wait and we'll see...
Artist: Languis
Title: Untied
Format: CD
Label: Simball
Distributor: Integrale Muzique
Six-year transplants to LA from Buenos Aires, the Languis duo merge a sixties aura with a nineties experimental voyeurism made of abstract loops, improvisation, caressing lines and raw distortions, all in a wash of reverb. There is not much of a definite rhythmical idea, which is kind of a shame, but it is interesting to see how what is usually the floor of beat-focused releases is brought out in the open and enlightened by discording harmonies and solid balances. The presence of guitar (which is not necessarily the source of the distortion mentioned above) and vocals makes it a record that zooms in on the electronic music conceptualism with a different approach and an eclecticism that draws from various assorted places and genres. Contrary to many other bands similar in line up, these guys perform live a lot too, so why not challenge yourself with some genre-bending stereotype-untied new vintage electro'n'roll music?
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