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Artist: MOLJEBKA PVLSE, CRIA CUERVOS
Title: Vid Vägs Ände
Format: CD
Label: COHORT RECORDS (@)
Rated: *****
An odd pair we should know quite well, infact on this very webzine you can read an inteview to Moljebka Pulse and at the same time we've been reviewing the majority of Cria Cuervos releases so far. Given the fact we're dealing with two top notch musicians, I had great expectations for what concerned this collaboration and I'm glad I've been disappointed by the final result infact in someway it puts together the best of the two works. As some of you could have guessed this work mixes two characteristic shared both by the italian and by the swedish musician and so here you have drones and soft non melodic and quasi-concrete sounds. The global work give the impression to sound as an oniric trip in which this organ like drones playing sad melodies lull the ship through the waves of memory. The two long tracks (about 24 minutes each) won't escape that post dark ambient edge both the artist have kept in their music. If the opening suite has that melancholic ambient feel the closing closing half reinforce the idea this quite sad feeling works as 'a trait d'union' between the two artists. If compared to their last releases I've listened this cd is softer and mellowed down to reach a more listenable level, infact even if despite heavy works they kept a certain amount of melody for what regards the music, this cdr could be accessible for a different range of listeners.
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Artist: Cultus Sabbati (@)
Title: Descent into the Maelstrom
Format: CD
Label: Buh Records (@)
Rated: *****
The title of this album came from a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. In the tale, a man recounts how he survived a shipwreck and a whirlpool. According from the linear notes this album is conceived as "a reflection in the aftermath of devastation". The style of this band a doom drone with sharp noises giving the desired atmosphere.
"Adrift at Sea" opens this release with a calm soundscape and a quiet guitar coloured by sparse noises. "Tempest's Edge" is an intro constructed by harsh noises and doomy resonances behing filtered vocals. "Mouth of the Beast" is based on the same structure but with more emphasis to the noises and the vocals, ending with "Walls of the Abyss" an more ambient track rhythmically coloured by sparse noise and the quite black metal vocals. "Beneath the Waves" is a noisy interlude to "Descent into the Maelstrom" with a quite intro similar to the first seconds of the opening track, o noisy black central part and a calm, with a little sorrow, end.
An uneasy listening but this record has the courage to escape the simple search for noise with a wide musical plan, almost an unique track than a record as the musical elements are well developed during all the phases. Could be quite a surprise for fans of black metal and experimentalist.
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Artist: Omega Lithium
Title: Kinetik
Format: CD
Label: Artoffact Records (@)
Rated: *****
Omega Lithium is a goth-metal croatian outfit, and this new record is, formally speaking, an exercise on the essential lines of this genre: good riffs, a danceable main line with hooklines.
"Colossus" opens the album with a solemn gothic intro ending in a classic metal riff until synth and vocal lines takes the scene. "Time of Change" is a well written track but revealing the influence of this band: a metal riff, a mid tempo and a quite seductive female vocal lines. The title-track reveal a quite cleaner musical direction with the use an almost new wave synth. This track mark the second half of the album that is more synth driven, "Salvation Refused" is a good balance of pop lines and power guitar while "I am God" uses also a male chorus to reveal the main influence of this band. "Cut Forget" is the most metal oriented track of this album with screamed vocals. "Pjesma" is a ballad that close the dance.
This is an album with nothing new to offer but brings some nice times hearing it.
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Artist: Dream Weapon Ritual (@)
Title: Another View
Format: CD EP
Label: Magick With Tears (@)
Rated: *****
Endearing guitar phrasing, enticing raga-like textures, alien wails which gradually turn into elements of a syllabication of a sort of atavic forgotten languages, maenad's cries, graceful whispers and chirping birds - the spur which seems to have started this back-propagating reverie/con/fusion with nature in a sort of sensorial celebration - progressively erect a sort of choral drone, whose imposing appearance contrast with the feeling of tottering balance, evoked by fractured melodic structures. The first track of this new act signed by the bicephalous project Dream Weapon Ritual, whereas the creative souls of Simon Balestrazzi and Monica Serra (both of them are members of the notorious band T.A.C.) meet up, entitled Unending Green Waves, introduces the listener to this sort of metaphysical journey, which continues with Big Hungry Birds, a sort of hallucinated dirge, where the connection to the temporal dimension has been given by a clocking sound, looping on a thunderous bass pulse, whose ending, featuring a field recording grabbed from inside a forest inhabited by other chirping birds, is the possible goal the listener will subliminally reach. Maybe the only naevus of this Ep is the usual short length of an Ep itself, but I think it's sometimes praiseworthy the skill of activating so many imaginative and emotional fields without pompous and excessively long recordings. It's like the skill of summarizing a speech in musical terms. So let's keep on feeding the hungry birds!
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Artist: Dublicator
Title: Singularity
Format: CD
Label: ZeECc
Rated: *****
"Singularity is a point in space-time at which gravitational forces cause matter to have infinite density and infinitesimal volume and space and time to become infinitely distorted."
This is the 2nd album by hungarian electronic producer Tamas Olejnik under the Dublicator moniker (he also records as MetaComplex, Antendex, Retax Gorgon, Metaxid and a couple of other-secret-aliases). Released last June on the eclectic french label ZeECc, it contains 10 tracks in which Tamas shows once again his incredible skills on dub techno/deep space sounds. I don't consider myself as an expert in these genres, but i am a dedicated fan of Deepchord and i'm also following closely the excellent echospace [detroit] label, so a record like this one is not an unknown territory for me. And "Singularity" is an album reminiscent of the releases by the aforementionted artist and label, though without any suspicion of copying their sounds. What we have here is an excellent collection of minimal hypnotic tracks, full of deep chords that create beautiful soundscapes mostly thanks to the extended use of reverb and delay techniques. The sound is so rich it surrounds you like a cosmic grid and keeps you captivated until the last track fades out; then, ...lost in space, you start looking for more Dublicator sonic trips (and, thank God, there's also "Spectrum", released almost simultaneously with "Singularity", on another fine french label, Entropy Records, while a new release is on the way-preview it here: http://soundcloud.com/tamas-olejnik/dublicator-ancient-vibrations)
Do yourself the favour and grab a copy of this awesome cd, but hurry up because the edition is limited!
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