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Artist: Synapscape
Title: Traits
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
'The touch of the unexpected' ' this phrase taken out of the label info-sheet features some valuable content, when it comes to describe the long years of Tim Kniep's and Philipp Münch's career under the well-known Synapscape moniker. Synapscape in the year 2K11 are sounding still refreshing and offer still their own signature, where other, comparable promising Industrial-projects have failed meanwhile. 'Traits' gives us again some detailed insight into their musically varied sound-design, which features again diverse rhythm patterns between noisy to smooth installed, intelligent produced synth-drones and ' quite important ' Tim Kniep's vocal performance. They can look back now on more than 16 years of musically activity, but be assured, that they do not offer (Abnutzungserscheinungen). This album is filled with stuff worth to mention: 'Host' opens this album and gives a harsh, Powernoise-driven rhythm-massacre. But the float of the album afterwards turns more to offer progression in their rhythm-textures, 'First Came the Floods' rather more reminds on more subtle produced Electro-Clash-structures than the Noise-formula. 'Downfall' can be pointed out as being one of the highlights here, rather reminds with its rhythm-arrangements as an obvious homage to Dive/Sonar. Deep-drowning Dark Ambient scenarios you'll get additionally presented through tracks like 'condition Sine Qua Non' and 'Hiller', until the album ends after 14 tracks with the wild pounding 'Rise', one out of five tracks featuring Tim Kniep's vocals. 'Traits' stands once again for a highlight in the release-catalogue of the German cult-label Ant-Zen and this productive duo has at least found the ideal path to unite the raw, noisy structures with subtle elements. 16 years of activity under Synapscape and no sign of getting bored by the things they do ' let's keep the fingers crossed to have them much longer in front of this music genre.

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Artist: Organic Cage (@)
Title: Kill Your TV
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Vendetta Music (@)
Rated: *****
Well, I was pretty much euphoric, when the US-based Vendetta Music announced the signing of the young German fellow Tim Kasten alias Organic Cage to be added to the roster. So here comes the first digital-only release of this young and talented Rhythmic Powernoise-project. 'Rhythmic Noize to destroy Industrial dance floors', so it 'screams' out of the label info-sheet. So you know what to get, but unfortunately this first 5-track EP rather follows business-related decisions, instead to offer a fair overview on Tim's abilities. I understand the need to introduce a newcomer act with a presentation of rather dancefloor-oriented and/or nearly radio-station-compatible tracks. These 4 original tracks, including the already before discovered 'Noisebleed', are filled with straight, harsh and distorted produced rhythm-patterns, which should work well to fill the dancefloors. But they definitely do not represent the more detailed and with musically depth rewarded talent of Tim. Also the prominent remix contribution of Xotox on the title track swims with the average level of this release. All in all this release crawls a bit too obviously into pattern repetitions, so that the hopes for a more detailed kind of work lies completely on the release of the album deliciously entitled 'Brain Surgery Machine'.

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Artist: Maurizio Ravalico / Isambard Khroustaliov
Title: The Resurfacing of an Atavistic Trait
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Not Applicable (@)
Rated: *****
The new release from Not Applicable is the second collaboration between Maurizio Ravalico and Isambard Khroustaliov; according to the linear notes the tracks "are not improvisations, but planned traverses", so this work should be seen as another experiment in the perilous walk between eai and contemporary music.
"The leisurely exploration of a karstic area;" (the tiles are shortened because they are really long) is an exploration of some of the various possibilities of metallic sound: noises, beats and resonance are used with a structure in mind: an energic first part, a more meditative second and a final part dominated by metallic beats. "The heavy breathing of a huge dormant monster, lying in ...", instead, is a long dialectic track constructed by frenetic rhythms, followed by a part of atmospheric drones whose slow development introduce the listener to the final juxtaposition, or synthesis.
This release is an example of a path of research whose objective is to escape the formal cage of the structure and the fear of emptiness of the free form; perhaps is demanding because lacks of some of the familiar traits of experimental music but has some of its flavours but it's indeed full of hidden charm.
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Artist: maxime tanguay
Title: 90 thoughts at once
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Pertin-nce (@)
Rated: *****
Apart from my knowledge of pertin-nce releases; this is the first release that i listen from the founder of this label. Strangely enough from a label that counts almost 40 release, this album seems lacking any form of linear notes and this could be not an issue if you curious enough to hear an album, only because you find a good cover.
"90-v1" opens this release and reveals the main influence behind this musical output: DUB; the echo is a constant presence of this track and set the overall atmosphere of the track. "90-v2" in constructed above the usual slow beat of the genre while "90-v3" and "90-v4" are ambient track made out of massively filtered beats and drones. "90-v5" is a strange form of minimal dub and "90-v6" closes this album with echoed samples above glitchy beats.
This is an album constructed with some really good sound ideas and is well mastered but, unfortunately, is poorly developed at a structural level. A good release but only for fans.
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Artist: Vlad In Tears (@)
Title: Welcome To Vladyland
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
My personal aversion for any musical product smelling of teen spirit, that kind of aversion able to draw wry faces after biting an unripe fruit, could be toned down by releases like this one by Italian band Vlad In Tears, whereas some youngster drives as well as pins and needles sound like having been mitigated by meaningful lyrics and interesting stylistical alkalinizations, so that I could pull a long face while listening tracks where Kris Vlad, his brothers Lex and D and his honorary (these family of vampires proclaimed him so!) brother Alex look like a gothic-tinged version of Muse such as "At The End Of World" or when Kris shouts easy chorusing such as he does in "Here Comes The Rain" or "To Be Mine" (even if they show a deep knowledge and a remarkable skillfulness of the genre...I've no doubts they learnt the ropes!) or alternatively when he looks so maudlin with that kind mawkishness that could be fitted for first clitoral stimulations by virginal teens such as in "A Song To Say Goodnight" or "Red Emption", on the other side these bloodsuckers makes me nod in approval when they couple up listener's attention with funfair-like inserts and nice sonic tricks where they mix modern musical language with an underlying tnality of early 20th century carnival music which gradually brings the listener's mind towards that vampirical world they supposedly come from till the final A Vlad's Tale, the most atmospheric one, together with the bonus closing track, a nice divertssment, where that nostalgic swish manages to cinematically evoke collective imagination connected to vampirism. Such a stylistical crossbred makes me argue they're ready to pierce or, to say it better, bite mainstream's neck!
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