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Artist: MELT (@)
Title: Emissions of Hypocrisy
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Rated: *****
Electrical winds, spark's buzzing of some snapped wire, the hiccups of a flooded engine, a sort of Mephistophelean voice-over belong to the relevant preface of "The World Is On Fire", the track raising this new musical siege by Melt, the raging industrial-rock freak by Sebastian Komor, whose important pedigree in the industrial scene, normally associated to his collaboration with Icon Of Coil, surfaces here and there all over the recording. Most of the songs are robust industrial rock-metal steamrollers which features distorted load-bearing guitar riffs (big shout to the guitarist Adrian White), electro-mechanical rhythmical barricades and lyrics imbued with brutal nihilism and agit-prop proclamations. They don't really put some cliches of the genre off, but Sebastian manages to blend all elements in a stylistical suite, which sounds really original and enthralling thanks to interesting songwriting as well; I'd go so far as to say that his personal attitude has been highlighted even when tracks such as "Worm" or the headbanging speeding up of "Everything Is Dead" and "Where Is Your God?" seem to brush up Komor Kommando's armoury through which Sebastian shows a personal vision of EBM off or when the above-mentioned voice-over looks like toading listeners reproposing overdeveloped themes. Nowadays crisis is asking new questions day by day and Melt seems to emphasize the most obsessive aspect of the apprehension about forthcoming future in his record, but he finally manages to force the listener to reflect on the role of technology in such a situation in the final track Digital Truth, whereas its sibylline syllabication offsets the lack of beats. Those're just some reasons explaining why "Emissions of Hypocrisy" could be considered a good release which is going to shake a scene, which recently sounds more stagnant than economy.
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Artist: Prototype/Morphogenetic (@)
Title: The 11th Hour
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Battery Park Studio (@)
Rated: *****
Battery Park Studio's 19th release is yet another collaboration between two masters of the nu electro scene (and good friends of the signer), label's boss Marv Liegat (aka Prototype) and Santino Fernandez (aka Morphogenetic). Four tracks included here, two original and their remixes by well known electronic producers Alek Stark (Spain) and Max Durante (Italy).
"A New Dawn" is a groovy atmospheric track, based in some fine percussive beats, but it sounds a little uninspired as far as it concerns the melodies, especially compared with previous works of the duo. Stark's remix is a little more interesting, sounding dark and spacey. However things change dramatically on the flip-side (if this term is applicable for digital releases ;)). "The Last Stand" is an epic gem, driven by tough DMX beats and built around Santino's awesome synth work. Really great stuff! Durante's remix is excellent too, a rhythmic extravaganza full of speech samples (about the "electro punisher", Durante's alter-ego, who saves the planet and all that stuff) and co(s)mic references; feels like keepin' an eye to what's happening on a decadent earth while escaping with a spaceship to Mars!
Could be a fantastic single, as a 4-tracker it is just a very nice release which you definitely need to check out ( http://www.junodownload.com/products/the-11th-hour/1835404-02/ )
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Artist: A New Life (@)
Title: Satori
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Romance Moderne (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Recent changes in the life of Maurizio Pustianaz (Gerstein, Noisebrigade, co-founder of Chain D.L.K.) are reflected in this debut EP under the A New Life moniker. The titles of the 3 tracks included in "Satori" and the lyrics of the first two (the third is an instrumental) are obviously autobiographical: "A New Life", "Smile Again" (in which Mauri sings passionately "my revenge is to smile again"), "Grand Opening", all seem to be the sonic equivalent to the ups and downs of the man's life and, hence, high on emotion, passionate songs.
Musically this is a 100% (early) 80s record, ranging from new wave to post-punk, reminding of seminal Human League (more of The Future era), British Electric Foundation (pre-Heaven 17), Soft Cell, Factory Records, even early Depeche Mode. Mauri combines analog equipment with soft synths and sings upon layers of (noisy at places) melodies and stressful robotic beats. Personal favourite is the title track (great refrain!) and I really like the switch from what seems to be a nightmare intro to an optimistic groove on "Grand Opening".
This is a decent "retro" release by a man who's devoted to music for more than 30 years. Support it, support Maurizio's New Life!
Artist: Judith (@)
Title: The Path
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
The Path is a dark and dreamy-sounding album which mixes piano, lush orchestral synths and vocals all performed by Judith. Judith's bio says that she loves classical music, studied opera, and has written music for film. All of that is evidenced here on the Path. You can easily hear the classical influences in the string orchestrations and arrangements. On many albums like this, artists and composers often copy & paste layer upon layer of the same part performed by various instruments, making everything move in a monotonous parallel motion. But Judith, and her arranger Roberto Romano, have avoided that cliché and have written some very nice, distinct parts that have an interesting counterpoint. On top of this foundation Judith shows off her operatic stylings. Her voice is very pretty, mostly very airy and ethereal, but you can definitely hear the operatic training.

The music presents itself as very cinematic and is evocative of winter and sadness. You could easily set any song to a scene in a movie. To me many of the songs play out in slow motion, and are set in a dark and snowy forest. The Path is a very interesting album which I think is best enjoyed with the lights turned low and while drinking a glass of red wine.
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