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Artist: DIGITAL NOISE DISTORTION
Title: Industrial Machine Evolution parts I/XII
Format: CD
Label: Spatter (@)
DND is a recent Italian project who had self-produced 2 cdrs before having this work released by Spatter (in the usual DVD box and an edition of 100). Well, he may not have been active for long but this is really good shit, surely reaching the standards of a lot of big names out there. The cdr is opened by a tranquil ambient fragment just to smash everything a second later with an all-out attack of brutal noise. Harsh frequencies with that cold surgical touch given by digital equipment, and some structured rhythmic pattern here and there adding some frenzy to the chaos. I think this easily reaches the standards of Merzbow's late laptop noise production.
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Artist: ERIC ALEXANDRAKIS (@)
Title: I.V. Catatonia
Format: CD
Label: Y & T
Eric Alexandrakis is like a modern Sid Barret, l.s.d. included... I.V. CATATONIA is divided in two parts: "Treatments 1-6" and "Treatments 7-12" while the tracks are twentytwo. Each track is on its own because here you can find deranging piano or guitar based songs as well as tracks like "The Big Church Theory" which is completely a no sense collage of tv, answering machine and God knows what else, samples. Eric will to experimenting with melodies and particular solutions made him releasing an eclectic album full of irony and weird songs. I have also to admint that someway the album is catchy and songs like "Hooligan Hotline (You Walk Away)" are immediate and remember also some old Sonic Youth tunes mixed with alternative pop melodies. If you need something that is able to surprise you and you ain't afraid of odd solutions try this album.
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Artist: Diary of Dreams (@)
Title: Freak Perfume
Format: CD
Label: Accession Records
For those of you who decided the August 6th domestic date of this CD is too far away, I say you're right!
Keeping to his promise, Adrian Hates delivers yet another disc of raw emotive power, uniquely dark classic-tinged electronic ambience, and enigmatic lyrics ("Emotion dealers that have not learned to cry liquid pearls" from Traum:A,or Dream:A in English). Adrian explores new vocal styles including a soft flowing voice that seems very unlike his super deep bass vocal style of usual. Still, his vocal style blasts with a powerful turret of emotion layred on top of almost Anne Sexton-crossed-with-Death in June type metaphors. This is a guy who could tell you he's cooking you breakfast and make you cry out loud at the same time, his vocals are that emotional and incomparable. Even a couple of German tracks, which was missed on the last CD. Highlights are TRAUM:A,THE CURSE,BASTARD,VERDICT,AND SHE AND HER DARKNESS. While not as strong as his magnum opus,One of 18 Angels, this is definitely a strong buy, as well as anything by DOD and his old band,Garden of Delight. Rating:10++++++
Artist: WURT ORGANUM
Title: Nervino Mon Amour
Format: CD
Misanthropy: this is the main message. Two guys coming from the North of Italy linked by a deep hate towards humanity. There's no place for harmony in their music, noise is the keyword. Judas H.I.V. provides harsh-sounding synthetic landscapes together with ultra-distorted vocals screaming against mankind (but there are no lyrics included). Julius Ebola works on guitar and its digital effects, creating noise and dissonances rather than playing his instrument. The last three tracks of the record are remarkable as there is more concern about rhythm, with some EBM-like and distorted techno patterns, pushing even more on aggression pedal. But the whole record is filled with energy and intensity, maybe trying to punish the human ears which dare to take a listen, indeed I find the tracks very catchy! Real aggressive and not depressive misanthropy.
Judas H.I.V. c/o Diego Crippa, Loc. Valgra 20, 14100 Asti
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Goth's Paradise V – The Black Book
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Orkus
Distributor: Audioglobe
Ok, you should be familiar with Orkus periodical who's who of the gothic scene – this compilation follows the usual technical characteristics of the series: double cd chock-full of tracks, digipack sleeve, a booklet with succint song information, and cemetery photos all around. Music seems to be equally distributed between dark/goth and electro/EBM and I think all tracks are released stuff from the bands' latest records, or alternative versions/remixes from ep's. Thus said, here are some of the names featured: Lacrimosa, L'ame Immortelle (special prize for "most ubiquitous project": I still have to find one of these samplers without them, eheh), ASP, Lost Signal, Clan of Xymox, Tanzwut, Impressions of Winter, BlutEngel, Hocico, Paradise Lost, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Corvus Corax and a dozen others.
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