Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Odd / Field Recording
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Nov 01 2007
Released and pressed as a good old white-colored vinyl-only 12 inch Maxi-Single, this is the debut release of the Swedish duo BOEOES KAELSTIGEN. Both protagonists, Tor and Leo, have met in class for rhetoric and found out, that they have mutual interests in music, Giorgio Moroder as being a favorite, and futuristic things. Musically based into the wide field of Techno and/or Progressive-House they provide 4 rhythmically tracks in a rather sedating and entertaining way. It’s not that fast-paced "Technodrome"-terror-syndrome which tries to track down the 180 bpm, the instrumental music of BOEOES KAELSTIGEN can seduce with its razor-sharp bass lines and a solid rhythm pattern work. After a huge success with thousands of plays at the MySpace-community of the first track of this duo ever, "Frasit", they got picked up by different radio stations and made some successful gigs in Bern/Switzerland or at the renowned Arvika-festival in Sweden. "Frasit" is of course available here and can be named next to "Spectre" to be the outstanding work of the duo. The last piece "Flir" then seems to be a re-animation of some typically 303-bass-line-sounds and exaggerates this a bit. Two additional remix works provided by both Swedish Techno/Electronica-experts Tomas Andersson and Anders Ekbert (PLUXUS) are available, if you decide to purchase this item on a digital downloading procedure. A lot of good initiatives for this duo which has recently started a music-career. There’s more to come – recommend, if you’re in this music genre.
Nov 01 2007
This is surely a very prominent addition to the roster of the German SkullLine label. Audio results and co-compositions could lately be heard very often by this Japanese Cyberpunk artist, at least Kenji Siratori was available as a guest on PRIDE AND FALL’s latest full-length album "In My Time Of Dying". Kenji’s own compositions of course like to drift in different styles and moods. It’s generally static Ambient, which ranges from eerie to harsh-metallic, Experimental and Noise, also comparisons to some Cold-Meat-acts can work as a reference. This "Death Creature"-album offers 4 tracks simply entitled "Zero", "One", "Two" and "Three", and each of them clocks over 10 minutes playing times. All tracks feature a voice performance by Kenji, but it isn’t like singing, it’s rather a kind of imploring murmur by using a stereo effect. While the tracks "Two" and "Three" follow rather the static and harsh path, "Zero" appeals the most with a kind of ominous-sounding melodic and repetitive signature. Since Kenji has made himself a good name especially in the past months, this extremely limited and hand-numbered item (only 50 exemplars) should be gone immediately – in other words: Hurry up, drop a mail to SkullLine and ask for availability of this release.
Oct 31 2007
SACRIFICARE is the newest Von Thronstahl album. It was first issued by Fasci-Nation the last spring as a deluxe limited edition and now is re-issued by Cold Spring in two edition: a digipack containing the same songs of the previous edition and a limited to 1000 edition with an exclusive 3" CD containing exclusive mixes from the Von Thronstahl tracks which appeared on the "Pessoa - Cioran" CD. Those of you who already own the previous albums by this particular band (Josef K started his musical "career" into post punk bands just to form, like Death In June, a contradictory a project where European identity meet fascist/military iconography fascination) will for sure note that this is the most melodic and homogeneous album to date and this for sure will help gathering new fans. The new tracks, thanks to the guitar/vocals/percussions well balanced formula, are able to create a new mixture where post punk and new-folk cohabit with ease. Even if the tracks have a song approach, the band didn't totally lose their will to experiment but instead of doing it with sounds (see their use of orchestral samples into the previous releases) they did it with the songwriting. So, we have Joy Division of "Walked in line" covered with different lyrics on "Dressed in black uniforms", Who guitar riffs coming from Tommy's "Pinball wizard" on "Occidental identity" and Aphrodite Child's "The four horsemen" refrain on "The four horsemen of the apokalypse". The band did a good job by mixing everything with their distinctive sound and you won't notice with ease the different sources (the first time I only noticed the "Walked in line" melody). Catholic identity, modern times' decay and post punk approach find their place into the Von Thronstahl songs and bring to the new-folk genre a bit of freshness.
A new EP for this well-known German act after a 2-years long time-out. ACCESSORY are still signed to the meanwhile grown Out Of Line-label and are still representing the valuable German-Electro-front. Their mixture of EBM arranged with modern sounds taken out of Techno/Trance-productions still makes it a bit difficult to compare them with more prominent examples, but maybe this also belongs on the fact, that ACCESSORY have become through the years a very own institution. Released as an EP, but filled with 13 tracks this "Holy Machine" behaves nearly like a complete new album. 7 new compositions are featured plus a few remix works and this mostly without the often asked and used same notorious artists are giving some special value to this release. ACCESSORY have always taken care to support some local comrades and to offer them some exposure with the chance to create remix works, how else would you discover names like MENTALIC, F.O.D. or ADDICTED DREAMS? The title track and also both additional main tracks "Kein Vergeben" and "Ewigkeit" offer all thoughtful German lyrics, it seems at least that ACCESSORY have grown and are recognizing social- and political-driven themes out of their area. "What The Hell Is..." has to be named as being the most aggressive track here and can provide the most dancefloor-compatibility. Further remix works got created by CEPHALGY (a good one on "Holy Machine" with more energetic bass lines and some background guitar riffs) and PANDIQUE (very modern Synth-/Futurepop-oriented), both represent the better known names. A quite fair and convincing release from ACCESSORY, while not at all groundbreaking.
Oct 30 2007
Formed by soprano singer and founding Gothica member Alessandra Santovito and Francesco Forgione (double bass and keyboard), Hexperos bring to the attention of the goth/classical music lovers THE GARDEN OF HESPERIDES. The album is their debut one, but they are already trained musicians with many background experiences in the classical music field as well into the modern one. The Hexperos project took its name from the Venus' favorite stars called Hesperides and Hesperos. They took this image because their music is romantic and mysterious at the same time. The fourteen tracks of the album present two different sides of the band's sound, because if the first half of the album has a richer kind of arrangements with cellos, percussions and keyboards (see "Hesperos" and the following main title) the other half shows a more intimate and minimal approach with slow songs where the vocal capabilities of Alessandra are well sustained by Francesco and by the guest musicians Francesca Romana Di Nicola (harps), Domenico Mancini (violin) and Alessandro Pensa (violin). Celtic atmospheres meet classical melodies with smooth arrangements and taste. There's also space for darker atmospheres with "Ritual", where synth pads duet with female choirs and percussions creating an intriguing and mysterious atmosphere.