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Artist: LE SINGE BLANC
Title: Babylon
Format: CD
Label: Bar La Muerte (@)
Rated: *****
Active since 2000 with different mini albums and four albums Le Singe Blanc arrive to their fifth one titled BABYLON. Co-produced by Bar La Muerte, La Face Cachee, Whosbrain Records and available in vinyl and CD format, the new album see the French combo bringing to their audience nine new tracks in balance from jazz, punk and noise. Since from the opening tune "Bombadilhom" they sounded like a mix of Primus and Zeni Geva to me and the during the whole album I didn't changed my mind. Having the same sonic power of the Japanese band headed by KK Null and the craziness of the Californian combo (check for example "Tapadi" with its drunk choirs and its funk'n'punk attitude). I really enjoyed the album and even if at a first listen Le Singe Blanc could sound like a bunch of Smurfs on acid, at end of the album you'll find out that all this is making sense and you'll appreciate the 90s noise influences and their improvisation attitude (which on tracks like "Sblaf" reminds me of Magma).
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Artist: Abney Park (@)
Title: Æther Shanties
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This highly interesting Seattle, US based act was founded in 1997 and performed Goth with Industrial touch. Yet what came upon the band later could not be foreseen even by its founding members. The band's plane collided in a freak storm with a time travelling zeppelin (or was it a dirigible?..) the Ophelia in 2006. The Ophelia was allegedly built by Dr. Leguminous Calgori probably called after a character from the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The band took the possession of the Ophelia and decided they would be better to become airship pirates. A wise decision indeed!
So much for the official story. Since then Abney Park has released three Steampunk albums and Ãther Shanties is the second f them. The majority of the songs on the album are rooted in the fictional story of Steampunk piracy. Building Steam is probably the most brilliant number on the album. I personally cannot stop listening to it. It has a nice melody and takes your imagination to the Steampunk world without computers and space shuttles. Until the Day I Die is full of musical elements from the 30s. My Life is about losing and re-finding yourself .
Throw them Overboard kicks off with the theme from a traditional Jewish song and has got nonce word formations like alcohology in its lyrics. The Derelict works with the classic piece of pirate musicianship Fifteen Men on the Deadman's Chest and interprets it in an Abney Park fashion followed by a heart break song Victoria that could cut into your muscle of love deeper than some HIM-ballads. The title song perfectly conveys the whole vibe of the uncertain but adventurous existence of an airship pirate with all its troubles and escapades.
All of the band's albums are available as downloads on the AB's official web-site along with a whole bunch of cool merchandising. Heard to believe these guys run the band by themselves with no label to promote them.
Ãther Shanties is a rather multi-facetted album that anybody with a descent taste in music and a little imagination and a yearning for an adventure in his heart would totally enjoy. A true masterpiece of Steampunk.
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Artist: Abney Park (@)
Title: Æther Shanties
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This highly interesting Seattle, US based act was founded in 1997 and performed Goth with Industrial touch. Yet what came upon the band later could not be foreseen even by its founding members. The band's plane collided in a freak storm with a time travelling zeppelin (or was it a dirigible?..) the Ophelia in 2006. The Ophelia was allegedly built by Dr. Leguminous Calgori probably called after a character from the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The band took the possession of the Ophelia and decided they would be better to become airship pirates. A wise decision indeed!
So much for the official story. Since then Abney Park has released three Steampunk albums and Ãther Shanties is the second f them. The majority of the songs on the album are rooted in the fictional story of Steampunk piracy. Building Steam is probably the most brilliant number on the album. I personally cannot stop listening to it. It has a nice melody and takes your imagination to the Steampunk world without computers and space shuttles. Until the Day I Die is full of musical elements from the 30s. My Life is about losing and re-finding yourself .
Throw them Overboard kicks off with the theme from a traditional Jewish song and has got nonce word formations like alcohology in its lyrics. The Derelict works with the classic piece of pirate musicianship Fifteen Men on the Deadman's Chest and interprets it in an Abney Park fashion followed by a heart break song Victoria that could cut into your muscle of love deeper than some HIM-ballads. The title song perfectly conveys the whole vibe of the uncertain but adventurous existence of an airship pirate with all its troubles and escapades.
All of the band's albums are available as downloads on the AB's official web-site along with a whole bunch of cool merchandising. Heard to believe these guys run the band by themselves with no label to promote them.
Ãther Shanties is a rather multi-facetted album that anybody with a descent taste in music and a little imagination and a yearning for an adventure in his heart would totally enjoy. A true masterpiece of Steampunk.
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Artist: CROTAPHYTUS (@)
Title: The Bite Of The Reptiles 2
Format: 12"
Label: Solar One Music
Rated: *****
One year after the Raw Mechanics / Crotaphytus split E.P., the duo formed by Robert and Nico (the Solar One Music's guys) is back with four new menacing tunes and a Mr Pauli remix of the opening "Cnemidophorus Sexlineatus". The A side of the EP makes the listener understand, as usual, that Crotaphytus is taking no prisoners and that its search for food can't be stopped by humans. Sounding raw and cinematic "Cnemidophorus Sexlineatus" opens with mid tempo rhythms where high frequency synth pads, like sirens, make the tension grow. "Plethodon Glutinosus" has a slow rhythm made out of metallic percussive sounds and a deep bass line that make your nerve tremble. "Don't Look Behind - Cycle Of Life" is a mid tempo based on alternation of percussive synth sounds and percussions with stops and go and filtered nightmarish vocal inserts. "Hydromantes Platycephalus" with its 4/4 distorted beats, sounds almost a retro experimental e.b.m. tune. Mr Pauli remix of "Cnemidophorus Sexlineatus" sounds like Robert Smith remixed it, because that flanger on the bass guitars makes it sound so 80s (but Pauli kept also the main synth lines). "Coleonyx Variegatus" is a short closing track that make the horror atmosphere revive after the Pauli's remix. Is to notice that on most of the EP, melodic lines enrich the atmosphere creating with all the other cool synth instruments a great soundtrack for the Crotaphytus' meal. Act fast, this is limited to 200 copies!
Nov 19 2010
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Artist: BINALOG FREQ
Title: Ments 2010
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
MENTS 2010 is a nice collection of remixes and remasters of three songs coming from the very first Binalog Freq release. Celebrating the 60th Binalog Productions releases, MENTS 2010 opens with an electro house remastered and reworked version of "Elements" just to follow with the first remix of that tune by Pip Williams. Pip gave to the tune a particular flavor as it is a mix of dubstep and early electronica a la Vangelis (with nice synth sweeps and epic leads phrases). R21 is next to remix "Elements" and their "5th element remix" add to the house atmosphere of the original version a little more electro. Noisebrigade after the free download debut "Cathodic dreams", remixed the track turning it into a proper song, thanks to robotic atmospheres and voices ("I'm a bot made of chrome / I compute all alone / making wishes, making plans / I connect all the elements) and to melodic lead inserts. Prototype kinda de-structured the tune on the first part (with false starts and defragmented sounds) just to start the second with a electro monster bass line which leads the dances. Binalog's "Chill Pill" version slowed down the original one making it sounds like a bad dream. The EP is closed by the remastered versions of "Moodments" and "Movements", which now have enhanced their house, techno and nu-dance influences. As usual, the EP is available at the main digital download stores.
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