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Artist: Tau Factor
Title: Prototype
Format: CD
Distributor: ADSR Musicwerks
Just met Carsten at the Razed in Black show and he gave me this cd of his band Tau Factor. Carsten is Tau Factor and really you don't need anyone than him. This cd is a pure jem, it shines over many. I found myself listening to this over and over again and hopefully you will too. We begin with Track one, All that Remains, which is the most diverse track on the cd. It starts out witih, samples from movies all about dying. Synthy melocholy beats with a very Project Pitchfork feel. This is by far the closest thing to sounded like Pitchfork. Since Pitchfork is one of my favorites, I felll in love with this track right away. Carsten sings, "The lights are going out." overdubbed, once again with samples, saying he would have lived. Very heavy, emotional feel, set to dance in the emotion of death. We proceed on to Track 5 called, Retrospection, which is by far the most danciest track on this cd. A true dance track serenading the apocalypse in space. Carsten sings, in a metallic voice, " systems are not working, its all from these conditions." "So many memories, to keep me awake, the things I see, it makes me stay awake." If youre a fan of Skinny Puppy, youre truely going to want this cd. Let's proceed to Track 6, called Relative Motion, this is one of my favorites on the whole cd. It got me off this seat to full fledge hard dancing till my feet hurt. Tube sounding beats with drum machines pumping hard, pumping out every beat that you feel, matching with his vocals as he sings, "there is nothing you can say, i will remain alone." The vocals sound like ogre on acid falling from a distant planet. Every tone is programming you to move. The rest of this album continues on with dark electronic beats and lyrics we will never forget. One person created this, but the work involved is like a 100 other people included. Excellent production, very well though out and is going to hit the dancefloors hard and burn a hole right through them! 4 stars!
Nov 16 2003
Artist: Glis (@)
Title: Balance
Format: CD
Distributor: ADSR Musicwerks
Glis is at it again. They just played in Chicago and opened for The Razed in Black show. It was the first time they have played in Chicago and they put on one of the best synthpop shows ever. Everyone danced and had the best time. They gave me their new cd Balance and here's the review. We start out with Track two called Resolution, which is the most danciest track on the album. Synthpop beats junping out everywhere at you drawing you to dance til you drop. Sean sings, "Every time i ask for truth you tell me lies and every time i want the answers you run and hide, something seems to be getting closer, we need a resolution." Great ryhmes with atmospherics everywhere. Then we progress to a new version on Track 3 called Nightvision that was on the last album Extract, which is much more sped up and highly produced sounding. Sean sings, " In the night, i won't come back tomorrow, I won't returrn again." It's a total nuclear assault on the dance floor. Things change when we get to Track 10 called, Descending, this song has hard break beats with slow sad lyrics, singing, " I've been here all night, descending into darkness, just turn around and walk away and forget your name." Wierd computer tones in the background with his sad melodic voice speaking in sorrow. I believe this is the slowest song on the album. The rest of it is all dancy and good. For a 2 person band from Seatlle, Sean Frandsen and Jennifer Parkin they do enough in this band to make up for two other standard people. Glis is going to take over the dancefloors soon, worldwide, prepare, if you want bliss check out Glis, 4stars!
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Vier Factor #1 4
Format: CD
Label: Dancing Ferret (@)
This compilation features four bands, four singles, and sixteen tracks featuring Philadelphia based record label Dancing Ferret own artists: The Cruxshadows, The Dreamside, Thou Shalt Not, and Paralysed Age. A couple of tracks are remixes and one unrelease track by each band. I consider this a rare collective item. Goth fans should get a copy of this, especially Cruxshadows fanatics who knows their single "Return (Coming Home)" from their critical acclaimed cd "Wishfire."
Artist: SCENIC OVERLOOK
Title: Zero
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Released
Five tracks plus an hidden one for a total of about thirty minutes of dreamy sounds packed with 80's new wave sounds and inspirations. Scenic Overlook (ex Mystery Harbour) succeed into making a nice MCD which gathers personality and influences very well. The thing that amazed me most is that, even if I'm not at all into dreamy sounds (the only stuff I own is some old 4AD records), they catched my attention with their beautiful female voice (finally a girl that don't sing like someone who's complaining!) and their sound that remember me a sort of This Mortal Coil with the addition of some electronic parts. The only song that I didn't find fundamental is the fist introducting "Zero Is The Number", but the other five are convincing me each time more. Curious also as "Freetime" remembered me a sort of sloved down and feedback-less version of My Bloody Valentine... Too bad they used a sleeve graphic that isn't catchy as their music is but if you're thinking I'm suggesting you to get this CD. Well... you're right. P.s. Since their website is still in construction the only way to contact them is through Loris' phone number +39-3286498956
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Artist: ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK (@)
Title: Rare Robotnick's
Format: CD
Label: Hot Elephant Music
Distributor: Audioglobe
This CD is absolutely fantastic, for different reasons. First of all I love the Italian 80's bands and the electronic ones especially. Second, Alexander Robotnick stuff ain't that easy to find. I know that Materiali Sonori www.matson.it has still got some copies of his first MLP on sale but all this stuff is rare material which hasn't never been released and I assure you that it's a real pleasure for every 80's lover. The twenty two tracks are coming from Robotnick's '81÷'87 period (most of them are coming from the early 80's and only one, "Neighbour", has been recorded in 1992) and are unreleased tracks or demo versions of his hits. The first two tracks "Dance Boy Dance" and "Hola Macci Kola" are new remixed versions of these classics and Maurizio Dami succedeed into refreshing them by giving them a sort of techno touch without spoil their 80's sound. If you never had the occasion of listening to tracks like "Hola Macci Kola", "Problems D'amour" or "Ciucci Kola" don't miss this release or you will regret it later. During the sixty eight minutes of this CD you'll experience fine 80's dance sounds, early electronic experimentations a la Residents, jazz tracks played via midi sounds ("Scrapple For Apple" by C. Parker) and much more. Don't miss also the Hot banana/Grossomodo release of a maxi-single containing four tracks: "Les Grands Voyages de l’Amour (remastered)" , "Supermarket (remix)", "Problèmes demo" and "Viens chez moi", a new track composed with Michel Amato (The hacker) and Kiko. Alexander Robotnick has also developed a lap-top-DJ-set and is currently DJing at a number of clubs in Europe: Spartacus (Aix-en-provence), Pathos (Munich), Splash Festival (Marseille), 333 (London), Amuse (Amsterdam) Culture Club (Gent- Belgium), Metropolitan (Dublin). See you there!
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