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Artist: Magnetica Ars Lab / Maurizio Bianchi-M.B.
Title: LoopKlängeNoise: Verses Without Words
Format: CD
Label: Final Muzik (@)
Rated: *****
Maurizio Bianchi, like many noise musicians, has put out an enormous amount of material over the past three decades. My previous exposure was limited to some compilation releases and the 1993 re-issue of Aktivitat, so I was interested to hear more. I was unfamiliar with Magnetica Ars Lab, but it seems to be the project of Arnaldo Pontis, a computer specialist and electronic musician. You could almost call this M.B., Magnetica Ars Lab, and friends, since there are guests on every track. However, with these friends comes some interesting chemistry. Overall, this is a lot mellower than I expected. Don't get me wrong ' this is still very much in the noise realm, but it is not quite as unrelenting as the other stuff I've heard from him. Indeed, tracks like 'Mauthausen Tube (Spectators)' could almost be called 'slow noise' ' not overly harsh, but a bit dissonant. Others, like 'Frastimu (Mountain Lake)' feature vocals and loops over rhythmic noise and sawtooth synth waves. But there is some variety here; 'Burning Point (Duel)' almost has a power electronics feel with distorted yelling over the noisescape. For my tastes, tracks like 'Vladimir (Night)' are where this album really shines, with heavy noise and a nice depth of sound and texture. 'Deliberate Destruction (Roses)' likewise brings the thick, grinding noise that builds layer on layer until it completely descends into drone. And you have to love a disc that samples William S. Burroughs' thanksgiving monologue for a track called 'American Blues (Old Village).' Overall, this would be a pretty good introduction to noise for the uninitiated, and still something there who like it heavy and loud. The booklet has interesting artwork and quotes from the likes of John Cage, Jean Baudrillard, and Luigi Russolo (the man who wrote the wonderful manifesto, The Art of Noises.' Quite enjoyable and limited to 300 copies, so you'll want to get this one. This album weighs in at around 74 minutes.

4.5 stars
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Artist: Radio Free Clear Light
Title: Joyful Noise Vol. 2 - Nomina Nuda Tenemus
Format: CD
Label: Black Note (@)
Rated: *****
I had never heard of Radio Free Clear Light, but the press sheet compares them to Coil, so I was interested. That said, if you're going to compare yourself to one of the greatest bands to grace this planet, you need to bring your A game. The label describes it thus: 'Birthed from a night of intensive musical experimentation and invocation, Nomina Nuda Tenemus explores mystical fervor through burning viola and fascinating vocalization set in a matrix of transgressive electronic music touched by dark ambient, dub, dance, noise.' So far, so good. Putting it in the CD player, I was sold on the Coil comparison, at least for the first three tracks. 'Tertius Equi' and 'Adelmo's Window' would be at home among the Musick to Play in the Dark set, or perhaps Stolen and Contaminated Songs. 'Brunellus' was reminiscent of The Angelic Conversation. But then the comparison doesn't quite hold up. As we move into 'Penitenziagite' we have Middle Eastern-tinged female vocals over percussion and a repetitive bass line. This later turns to male and female groans punctuating the music, followed by weird babbling which turns to a violin line over calm female vocals. If this sounds like more than one song, it felt that way, and at over 10 minutes seemed to go on longer than it needed to. 'The Seven Trumpets' brings us back into Coil-land along the lines of Stolen and Contaminated Songs again. 'Salva Me Ab Ore Leonis' puts their own stamp on things with a nice mix of chaotic noises juxtaposed with peaceful drone and pulsating repetition with female vocals added more for atmosphere than content. 'De Te Fabula Narratur' seems to be channeling Love's Secret Domain with a nice heavy beat. The last three tracks of the disc throw down some nice atmosphere with some beats thrown in for good measure. The verdict? This was pretty nice overall and hung together well. Although the Coil comparison is legit, I think that this stands well on its own without the comparison. With the exception of 'Penitenziagite,' this was pretty enjoyable. I also get the sense that they would put on a great show. This album weighs in at around 73 minutes.
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Artist: Accomplice Affair (@)
Title: The Zone of Silence
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
I'll be honest, when I saw the cover of this cd I supposed this was a classic dark ambient album as it's filled with black and white photos that seems old and depict an almost abandoned village. Instead this album is a sort of dark blues full of surprises.
According to the linear notes this albums wants to 'presents the world through harmed children's eyes' and depicted as 'dark rooms without windows'.
'Loneliness' opens this release in a quiet way and suddenly there's an element revealing an apparently extraneous element: a sort of guitar and, even if this track ends in a classic dark ambient form, 'Him-A Complete Stranger' returns to the blues influence and sounds like a postcard from an old town but rendered in a modern way featuring also a vocal line. 'In The Dungeon Of Your Own Feelings' is an long interlude filled with an evocative soundscape while 'The Zone Of Silence' feature a bright drone that is resolved in a quiet guitar line colored by the vocals. 'Fear' is a classic dark ambient track that serves as an intro to Lullaby', the longest track of this album, that, after a dark ambient first part, evolves in a quiet and almost lowercase way ending in an evocative silence.
This release is among the best among the Zoharum's ones at least for one quality: is diverse from all others and fascinating. It's worth a listen.
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Artist: [kaiser(schnitt)amboss/laszlo]
Title: 5x5th Season
Format: CD EP
Label: KaiserKüss / Poppy Pod (@)
Rated: *****
It's kinda mysterious who's behind the moniker [kaiser(schnitt)amboss/laszlo]. She released an album titled "Viva Terror!" three years ago on KaiserKuss/Poppy Pod and made different gigs in Europe. By checking her Youtube channel you can see that she performs her songs with a guitar, a looping box and that's pretty much it. Folk, with a heavy dark twist is her thing and on this new EP you'll find the track "5th Season" reinvented by Gianluca Becuzzi (Limbo, Kinetix, Metaform, etc), Massimo Olla (Noisedelik), Leon Dalton ('Melbourne Child', Australia) and Colonel XS (here helped on vocals by Dana Young of C.A.N.S and Testicular Manslaughter plus a new version by [kaiser(schnitt)amboss/laszlo] herself. For the reworking process, only new vocal lines has been used, so the guests were free to make of it pretty much what they wanted to. Gianluca Becuzzi used movies samples to build a tense horrific atmosphere, adding to them bass drones. Leon Dalton added to the original vocals a sort of jazzy post rock background with sudden guitar blasts. Noisedelik created a tune with many noise layers which pass from high frequencies hisses to bass reverbering drones. The new version is fourth and it's a song based on light guitar distortions and doubled vocals. It mix folk rock and apocalyptic atmospheres. The last version is by Colonel Xs with the aforementioned Dana Young and it is based on grinding noises, feedbacks and wobbling looping sounds. Nice idea and release. Check her Youtube channel here http://www.youtube.com/user/LaszloMusicChannel to check her music. P.s. A curiosity: the release has been mastered by Marco Paschke (AndereBaustelle TonStudio, Einsturzende Neubauten).
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Artist: Arctic Anorectic
Title: 001
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Arctic Anorectic
Distributor: Baseware Distribution
Rated: *****
Another interesting label which makes its first appearance on the packed techno scene is Tel Aviv-based Arctic Anorectic, whose stylistical crossbreeding whets listener's appetite instead of suppressing it in contrast with the name that its founder Yiftach Giladi, co-founder of the "100 Meters Underground" collective and sparkling head behind the M1 techno parties, gave to the label. He suffused mild deep techno grooves by echoed mantric taps, sonic glares, eerily adventurous melodies and faint electro buzz which renders a sort of aqualung which hits the mark when the rhythmical pattern sound more "unfastened" as it occurs on "Jeffry", but it sounds likewise tempting when the pattern itself got plunged into bubbly electronic microsound ("The Jogger"), more wheezing atmospheres ("While Driving") or when sonic diving has been slowed down ("Abe's Live").
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