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Artist: PÍLIS
Title: Ich
Format: CD
Label: PK Records
Quite eclectic post-rock from this Italian trio, featuring 2/3 of the indie/math-rock band Deep End, and close to another Alessandria project called EN., with which they share a similar approach to song composition. Pölis mix a refinate guitar work with electronic beats & patterns, reminding of TNT-era Tortoise ("Mice age in the land of teeth") or a hybrid of typical post-rock riffs with techno ("Tokyo-MARS (... bushido for aliens)"), but the cd offers a variety of original solutions and atmospheres, from the vaguely June of '44/folkish tunes of "Darby Crash goes to paradise" to the abstract guitar work of "My ICH is your DU". "Caucasian rollercoaster" is an ecstatic trip with strings, flutes and a driving female voice; "Radical (EXTREME) relativism destroyed all we had (good things included)" (... wew! Please note the titles!) and the very short "Templar" have a definite dark-wave slant, while "Grand Guignol" wanders through vinyl noises, a somber piano and spoken vocals. While mixing such different tastes, Pölis manage to maintain a coherent tone, which is a good proof of their capabilities. The only wrong thing of this cd is the really, really horrible layout, but besides that - it's a good work.
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Artist: PERIPHERAL PULSE (@)
Title: Manipulated frequencies
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: self-released
Distributor: DTA Records
A tiny 3" beast (circa 20') from USA Peripheral Pulse. High speed harsh electronics with a brutal, no-frills approach but very good sound quality (is it digital?) with audible shifts in the different layers of noise... not far from Government Alpha or Merzbow. Good that it's a 3" ep, so that they (he?) come, fuck shit up and leave without becoming redundant. A precious little fucker if you enjoy extreme noise.
Jul 31 2002
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Artist: [GRENDEL] (@)
Title: End of Ages
Format: CD EP
Label: Noi Tekk (@)
Distributor: Triton
This is a CDep (but featuring 8 tracks for 40') with 5 original songs from Netherlandish artist Vlerk and three remixes: "End of Ages" re-styled by Arzt+Pfusch Japscat and God Module, and "Corroding Conscience" by Feindflug. Grendel play electro with faster, more melodic and epic moments (which work better) and more mid-tempo tunes. There's no particular point of interest both in rhythms and in synth melodies, but the real problem is the voice: it's high pitched and distorted (a bit black metal sounding, with all due differences), but in some tracks (listen to "Catastrophe" for example) it barely stands above the instrumental part. Besides being momotonous per se, it also risks of sounding indistinct...
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Artist: DBPIT (@)
Title: Eleven
Format: CD
Label: Misty Circles (@)
New release and new project for Misty Circles, Clau D.E.D.I.'s own label. DBPIT (Der Bekannte Post Industrielle Trompeter) is a Flavio Rivabella's project which is fucusing into the creation of a different sound, very experimental and ambient. As the name of the band explains the main instrument is the trumpet and each track sees this intruments treated and exploited in every possible way. The sound is really destabilizing and is called by Flavio himself: "the sound of mental marasmus". Every track isn't based on melodies or on a precise structure but is based on high doses of craziness and improvisation where the trumpet duets with bass guitar, vocals and various treated sounds played by different guest musicians, as: Claudio Giammarini, Raffaele Cerroni, Novy Svet, Marco Deplano, Richard Benson and Kruma. Approach to this CD carefully because there's a low rate of entertainment in it but if you need something different, here's DBPIT.
P.S. There's also a contest about this CD: write your own definition of "sound of mental marasmus" to DBPIT's e-mail address and the three best ones get a free copy of the CD!
Hurry up and good luck!
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Artist: NIMH (@)
Title: Line of Fire
Format: CD
Label: Self-released
Nimh is the other solo project of Giuseppe Verticchio, who released the excellent "Distant Skylines" last year. This work has its backbone in synthsizers, mostly digital ones I guess, though the sound is pretty "analogue" in a lot of passages. Two long tracks (27' and 25') with a lot of inner variations and possible sub-divisions. Sometimes there are several layers with aggressive patterns, sometimes they are reduced to a dark rumbling drone - environmental noises and voices (is it Russian?) only help in creating a tense, breath-taking atmosphere of panic and siege. Judging by the cover the work is inspired by war sceneries, effectively evoked by these cold, corrosive sounds.
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