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Artist: Big Tex (@)
Title: Authentic Sounds of the Old West
Format: CD
Label: Crunch Pod Media (@)
It LOOKS like a Johnny Cash meets record Willie Nelson, it SOUNDS more like a Merzbow meets Dive record, Big Tex (ex Mumble) has put together 74 minutes of harsh noise music with a funny "big-ould" texas looking art work (including background info about cowboy's life) and divided into 28 tracks with funny totally ranch-lifestyle-like titles ("Fancy Boy's Fancy Horse", "Saloon", "Saddle Up", "Midnight Cattle Drive", "Digging a Latrine", "Can of Beans, Bag of Nuts", "Campfire Stories on the Prairie", "Sleeping on Dirt" and so on...). I am usually not a huge fan of stuff that can hurt my ears but this record has more to offer than just plain noizzzzzz...Big Tex has a lot of power electronics / power noise influences and even occasional harsh dark ambient tracks that really widen the spectrum of the available moods. Even though the sound palette pretty much sticks to the glitchy mid/high frequency distorted brutality, Tex has been able to play his cards (probably in the mixing saloon with his buddies and some whiskey) with an open minded and creative approach and has therefore generated something that is a little easier to approach and a little more pleasing to listen to than just uncompromising harsh industrial noise that many others produce. My (cowboy) hat goes off to that; and that did even rhyme! Holy cow!!!
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: We're on the Planet (Commemoration of the Dead by Creepy Awesome Predacious Prelacy)
Format: CD
Label: Capp-Glaufx (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Greek label Creepy Awesome Predacious Prelacy's "Commemoration of the Dead - We're on the Planet" is a compilation CD with mainly local contributions of dark bands featuring The Narrator Mr. Cricket, Decadence, Ding An Sich (cmp review elsewhere on these pages), Into the Abyss (with two songs), Glaufx Garland (the main project on this label), Snowskyn, Density of State, Viridian Green (cmp review elsewhere on these pages), Alpha-Omega, Slow Motion and Cpinalonga. As I have no background info about this record, I don't know where the title originated from, but I have reason to believe (and hope) that all these people/bands ain't dead yet. The spectrum covered is wide and goes from long-pad synthetic soundscapes (The Narrator and the 14 minutes long "Sequent C" suite by Cpinalonga, offering ethnic, natural, acoustic, ritual and electronic sounds in a meditative frame); dark-folk songs in the vein of World Serpent or Kirlian Camera (Decadence, Into the Abyss); deep dark ritualistic sonorities (Ding An Sich, Glaufx, Slow Motion); my favourite three songs of the record, covering the experimental droning ambient-electro-industrial end of the spectrum (like with the murky Snowskyn composition or the great piece by Density of State sounding like :W: or the Viridian Green who here sound like a heavily pounding angry version of Dirk "Dive" Ivens meets Richard "Aphex" James); old-time dark-electronic material (Alpha-Omega). You've got it all here.
Artist: Ding An Sich
Title: Old as Forever... New as Tomorrow
Format: CD
Label: Capp-Glaufx (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Allegedly one of Greece's most important gothic-dark-rock bands, the Ding An Sich have now released a CD that includes never before released songs or songs that have never been on a CD anyway. The time span is 1988-1992. This band has been making music since the late 80es but only one person from the original line up is now still producing tracks. Like pretty much every rock band involved with dark or gothic music between the 80es and the 90es somehow they all manage to sound like Mission, Bauhaus, the Cure, Sisters of Mercy or the Nephilim. Garden of Delight, Killing Joke, Nosferatu and This Mortal Coil are mentioned on their background info as influences too. Personally I am not that fond of this stuff anymore, but I am not saying there shouldn't be a time for remembering, therefore I would say I definitely only recommend this for nostalgic listeners.
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Artist: Viridian Grin
Title: Night
Format: CD
Label: Capp-Glaufx (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
If you like dark avantgarde and dark age music and you like the Legendary Pink Dots, Pink Floyd, Current 93 and Cold Meat Industry sounds (at this point I may have confused you already) this might be your best bet the next time you are going through the shelves of your favourite record store. Pretty much everything but the track list is written in Hellenic language and characters inside the booklet, so I don't know much, but I have an info sheet that tells me that "Night", allegedly the Goddess wife of God Ervus (both descending from Chaos), is a CD made of analogue recordings, in part digitally remastered and mostly previously unreleased material from a time period between 1978 and 1992.The Greek mythology and its tendency to goodness plays a relevant role in this record, which supposedly delivers the real Hellenic music, a mystical encounter of ancient atmospheres, chants of myths, sombre dark age music, murky sounds, experimental concrete vanguard and more. Epic organ parts, deep ritual vocal dronings in huge reverb chamers that make it sound almost like Tibetan monks in a temple, abstract piano, minimal drumming, mysterious sounds, distant voices, long pads and more. Everything blends together in a long wash of reverb and a melancholic vibe of solitude, innermost relaxation and peaceful approach, in accordance with the history of this tranquil and grand country.
Artist: ALfa.P. (@)
Title: I think our Television is getting Bigger
Format: CD
Label: Capp-Glaufx (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Anthony.P, aka ALfa.P., is one of the leading electronic composers in Greece and as a matter of fact he is mainly known for his work as Stereo Nova. As I am not very familiar with his main project either, I cannot tell how the ALfa.P. is different, but my first approach with his music is prized by a positive impression. His electro-ambient music packs a lot of melody and beats into a unique blend of spacey and trippy atmospheric sounds grounded on minimal electronic rhythmical structures. Vocal samples of radio communications with the Shuttle, thin synthetic layers and lovely slim sounds color the playful palette of down to earth beat patterns that remind of Aphex's "Selected Ambient Works" and other innovative English music of the same kind. Ethereal, cosmic, relaxing, beautiful and soft. Sit down and chill out with this greatly enjoyable plate of delicate sounds and calm ambience... This was a truly pleasurable discovery: highly modern sounds from a country with one of the most ancient cultures in humanity.
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