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Artist: RUNES ORDER
Title: The dark side of brain
Format: CD
Label: Anaemic Waves Factory (@)
While Beyond... Prod. has released a while ago Runes Order's new cd, "The art of scare and sorrow" (which should be in a more electro vein), Anaemic Waves Factory reprints these 1995 recordings, originally issued on a limited tape format. The AWF reprint comes in the usual stylish A5 packaging with screen-printed CD-R. Runes Order's discography is huge, so a lot of readers will be familiar with this Italian project, centered on Claudio Dondo (also in Helden Rune, Invisible Empire, Atom Infant Incubator and more) with occasional collaborators (here, Daniele and Paola Magarelli). "The dark side of brain" belongs to Runes Order's darker and more experimental vein, with a kind of suite (1 track, 47') featuring abstract and environmental parts and more definite melodic moments. I'd say that (at least here) Runes Order is musically closer -rather than to industrial- to kraut/cosmic music (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze) and, even more, to soundtrack scores - later Goblin or John Carpenter for example. I even thought the third movement of this cd was the melody from "Halloween" but no, it wasn't - but this way you know it's good stuff!
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: 74 x 13
Format: CD
Label: DTA records (@)
An excellent dark ambient sampler - as the title suggests, 13 projects for 74' of bleak atmospheres. I can honestly say I liked every single track, which is rare for a compilation; moreover, each one has a sound of its own, thus you can sink deep in the listening flux without being bored at the same time. Styles vary from cosmic (Emulsion, similar to some Runes Order stuff) to quasi-rhythmic (15 degress below 0) to pure isolationism (Narc); Lux Mammoth have an interesting played approach, with droning riffs of bass, guitar and possibly some electronics - on the other side of the spectrum, Nihil Est Excellence only uses simple sine waves. Both Wilt and Chaos as Shelter prove to be brilliant, as always; the former with the clankings and drones of "Metal rimming the low ridge", the latter with "Ultima Thule", merging hypnotic metallic sounds with a melancholic accordeon drone. Definitely two of the best names in the field! Other remarkable tracks are offered by Bloodflowers (with buried vocals becoming scary noises, or vice versa) and Manherringbone (crushing ambiences à la Bastard Noise, but with a soothing melody underneath). Layout is nice, too, with b/w photos of industrial buildings by David Balogh.
Artist: Virgin Black (@)
Title: Sombre Romantic
Format: CD
Label: The End
Virgin Black"Sombre Romantic"The End RecordsThis is one pure unique beautiful album by Australia's band, Virgin Black. Their music is goth/metal mixed with classical, gregorian chant, choir and opera. So brilliant, it's also sad, a feeling of sorrow and death. The cello that's playing on some of the tracks brings out the sadness and darkening gloom. There's an industrial track called "Walk Without Limbs" that's great for a club play. Also included a second cd of the band's three song ep "Trance." "Sombre Romantic" is an outstand-ing incredible album to get your hands on, only if you're an goth and metal fan.
Artist: VNV NATION
Title: FUTUREPERFECT
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis (@)
VNV Nation"FuturePerfect"Metropolis RecordsPrepare yourself for the ultimate electronic synth-pop industrial ebm dance album by UK's own, VNV Nation, which stands for Victory Not Vengeance. Ronan and crew really hypes things up with powerful synths and electro beats that will make you bounce with such songs as "Epicentre", "Genesis", "Electronaut" and "Fearless". The band slows things down with a mid-tempo on "Holding On", and "Carbon". Once you pop this cd in your player, you'll never want to stop playing it.
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Artist: KMFDM
Title: Sturm & Drang Tour 2002
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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After many years of "spit in your face" music KMFDM finally release their first live album. Recorded during their last tour STURM & DRANG bring us highlights of four different gigs they had during this US tour. The tracks have been selected directly by Sascha K. and they can make you feel the real power of the band's sound. Helped out by Raymond Watts of Pig the live line up is formed by six men and a girl: quite a big crew which is able to create an high impact on the audience. The thirteen tracks obviously cover a range of all their release with the preference of the last album "Attack" ("Attack/Reload", "Boots", "Yohoho" and "Sturm & Drang" are from that album) and for fifty seven minutes you'll be excited by driving guitar sounds, distorted rants and tons of power. Industrial, rock and metal are all blended together to create a tornado. This CD is not only for fans... P.s. Strange to notice that Sacha's voice live reminds me Foetus/Clint Ruin.
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