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Artist: L'Ame Immortelle
Title: Zwielicht
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Trisol
Distributor: Audioglobe
ZWIELICHT is without a shadow of a doubt a celebrative release. It contains one CD with twelve remixes of L'Ame Immortelle's classics remixed by well known industrial electronic bands. Bands like: The Protagonist (with a classical version of "Erinnerung"), Janus (which does a good electro goth version of "Epitaph"), Yendri (which remixed "Licht Und Schatten", confirming that she's one of the best electronic German band), Ms Gentur (which rape "Voiceless") just to name few. The package, along with two posters, contains also one video CD (which has got a less video quality than a DVD but it's nice as a gift for the fans of the band) with fiftyfive minutes of interviews and a concert. I never hid the fact that I don't like that much this band, but this double feature it's a good release and not only for the hard fans of the band.
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Artist: WELTSCHMERZ
Title: Capitale de la Douleur
Format: CD
Label: Eibon (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
This work's a good witness of how a band can play dark-wave without being kitsch or boring. Weltschmerz (featuring Mauro Berchi, Eibon's owner and member of Canaan, on guitar) stay true to their monicker presenting complex songs full of drama and anguish, with existentialist lyrics in English, Italian and French (occasionally merging within the same track) – the unifying theme seems to be modern decadence and a huge "desire for nothing". Ok, possibly this is the receipt of 99% of dark/goth music, but they manage to offer a competent and heartfelt cd, which is especially good in production, showing the musician's ability at its best and a warm, crystalline sound – powerful and round, yet not over-charged or metallic. The varied guitar work and the driving rhythm section are perfectly combined and the male/female vocals stand out very clearly – I only wished there were more of this combination because they work really well in contrast. The cd comes in a cardboard cover containing a standard jewel case; there's a fat booklet with lyrics and photos (statues and dolls) with a good use of black print on white and red paper.
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Artist: S.A.T.K.A/SEDARKA (@)
Title: Living Twice
Format: CD
Label: Divine Comedy (@)
Two projects (if I'm not wrong, from the same person) splitting this cd on the French label Divine Comedy (which has also issued H.I.V.+, A Challenge of Honour and Othil – see archive for past reviews). S.A.T.K.A start off with a dark ambient noise track, then switch to rhythmic industrial electronics - really repetitive beats, which reminded me of Esplendor Geométrico or their label-mates H.I.V.+ - then back to a gloomy, chilling ambient track, very horror movie like. Then back to the heavy beats, and so on. I'm glad there are practically no techno or electro hints, but I wish the programmings were a bit more articulate; the ambient tracks are quite good, instead. Sedarka start with a mix of dark ambient and ear-piercing high frequencies (à la Ikeda), then switch to rhythms like their counterpart, but the beats are definitely more interesting and various, with lots of samples (from classical music to massacred d'n'bass to full-on noise) and glitches/click'n'cuts shit going on, and I feel they're actually closer to this experimental current than to boring club rhythms. Good.
Mar 25 2002
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Artist: CLEAR VISION
Title: Deception
Format: CD
Label: Accession
Distributor: Audioglobe
This is the strangest album recorded by Myer to date. At this point you re wondering why, well, it s simple to explain and you d realise it immediately by listening the opening track of DECEPTION. "American Dreaming", this is the title of the track, has got the usual atmospheres used by the man, but at a certain point there s an acoustic guitar and a clear voice that makes you think that something happened. In fact, even if that track is the only one with an acoustic instrument, the whole album has got a different taste from the previous releases which he released under the name of Cleen, Cleaner or Haujobb. The tracks are more dancey than before and generally you can listen a sort of techno influence on them. The result is not that bad, but sometimes it seems that Myer itself was not convinced by the result and it seems that his main target was to do something different to avoid to repeat himself. In this way seventy two minutes of minutes are too much to handle also because for tracks like "The Call", where his voice seems almost annoyed. This could be because the first songs has been recorded at one of his friend s bedroom and the whole album has been recorded when he was on vacation but some songs don t convince me completely. Good but not enough and it s terrible to listen to tracks like "Pillowtalk" because it seems something like a synthpop trick.
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