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Artist: PETER PERCEPT
Title: Pilgrimini
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records (@)
First of all, a great psychedelic layout featuring artwork by Mathieu Desjardins - the front cover shows two wicked children on their way to amputate the leg of an oozing frog - and I suspect it's a bufo alvarius, judging from the content of this cd. Sure Andreas Marchal/Peter Percept (he's also been active as Frog Pocket, see the AFE back catalogue) has some lysergic plug in stuck somewhere. "Pilgrimini" sounds, to desperately try a description, like Residents recorded by Stock, Hausen & Walkman or People Like Us - then Aphex Twin shows up with his tank and throws some goofy rhythm here and there. This is some very out there, surrealistic collage of beats & bleeps, cheesy vintage key sounds and found voices scattered all over. Sometimes it's as subtle as a nursery rhyme, sometimes it's hangover-heavy. This is the typical cd I end up liking though I don't really like it, mostly because I boast of good taste. But come on, how can you lose with titles like "I got the prolapsus", "Christ me baby" or, better still, "Mon amour de mierda" (best track, by the way)? Be prepared for indigestion and foul breath after listening, though.
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Artist: CICERONE (@)
Title: Diaphane
Format: CD
Label: Self Released
Maybe you remember the intevirew I did some years ago with Laine Gebel about his main project Ex Nihilo. Well, since june 2000, Laine decided to split the project in three parts: Ex Nihilo for the industrial music, Cogito for the dark-ambient stuff and Cicérone for the dark-trip hop tracks. The album I received this time is by Cicérone and it's titled DIAPHANE. Laine classified this project as dark trip hop, but by listening to the CD, I haven't got the same feeling: the tracks seem more electro goth with melancholic tunes than trip hop ones. Five out of fifteen tracks are remixed versions of tracks already released on the previous album "The Fragments Of Humanity" but I can't tell if they are different or not as this is the first time I listen to a Cicérone's album. To tell the truth while listening to the CD I found some tracks too naive which deserved a better production. Knowing what Laine did with Ex Nihilo I was waiting for something with fresher ideas instead I found hard listening to the first five tracks in a row. Fortunately track six is bringing some fresh air (having someway early Christian Death influences) but the sounds on some parts don't match this much. Maybe I'm listening really few goth bands and all of them are from the 80's and for this reason this album doesn't excite me. Probably those of you who are die hard goth fan will dig this work which has got, for sure, passion and some good intuitions.
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Artist: KILLING OPHELIA (@)
Title: Last vision
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
This could easily be the best Black Rain release in a long time. UK act Killing Ophelia (Karen King and Lee Lauer) manage to play a kind of electro which is not overtly predictable in programmings and arrangements (something which sadly affects 90% of current electro-EBM projects) and actually try to write songs that you can tell from one another. Emphasys in on layers and overall structure rather than just on beats, and the voice DOES sing - no distorted filters or tricks like that. It has a warm, melancholic slant which sometimes even reminded me of Martina's on Tricky's "Maxinquaye". And it luckily avoids gaudy gothic extravaganzas. Not an album I'm overtly interested in, but a decent effort which stands out in an ocean of mediocre releases.
Artist: DEATH BY VISITATION OF GOD (@)
Title: Heavy Blunt Objects
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Released
The Death By Visitation Of God born in Sao Paulo, Brasil, in 1993 thank to J. Bernucci and W. Corradini, helped by various friends. In 1997 Bernucci decided to move to London, followed by Corradini in 2001. Here the couple didn't forget their musical project and joyned by P. ALexander (who left recently) on bass guitar, recorded the tracks of this "Heavy Blunt Objects" demo. The five tracks of the demo are a sort of blend of goth and early post punk played with guitars and a drum machine. The result is quite fresh and some tracks are catching. The recordings are quite good for an home recording session and the band adds also some weird sound, percussions and attitude to the lot just to help the personalisation process. I assure you that I listened a lot of worst stuff from other pompous new comers that make me say that this band has got good ideas which they could exploit / explore only if they would be more lucky with band members that leave :)
Aug 26 2003
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Artist: Pride And Fall
Title: Nephesh
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
To say this one is unoriginal would be a understatement, as is alot of music from this FuturePop scene. But this one sounds waaaaayyyyyy too much like VNV Nation, from the beats to the synth and particurally the singer, who sounds like he's listened to way too much of VNV's "DarkAngel". Lacking though is VNV's lyrical prowess and sense of theatrics, which is one of the things seperating VNV from a run of the mill dance group. Only real song of note on here is "Construct", where the synth play has that same old same old FuturePop feel, but oddly sticks to you after a few notes. Everything else to me is that same club music that's grated on my nerves for quite a while, and seems thankfully to be getting backlashed against in favor of angrier, more experimental bands like Hocico. This group is to me simply a pure,all out VNV Nation clone, pure and simple, with nothing to offer after the FuturePop fad goes away. I'd much more recommend VNV Nation or even Assemblage 23 over this. Rating:2.
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