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Artist: Mushy
Title: Faded Heart
Format: 12"
Label: Mannequin (@)
Distributor: Mannequin Mailorder
Rated: *****
'Faded Heart' is Mushy's mature debut album after many years in the Italian underground and the result is no less than astonishing. The imaginative spaces created by the Rome based artist steers from her previous experimental/industrial roots, towards nocturnal synth-driven blues about lost loves and intimate struggles. This album is made of songs, ten glowing lo-fi dirges and lullabies. The singing is very peculiar, always layered with effects. Sometimes whispered and sometimes bursting with primeval moans. Mushy states the 80s dark wave as one of her main inspirations and the influence of Liz Fraser's pre-Heaven Or Las Vegas ways of singing can be spotted. Sound-wise we find analogue gear merged with strange found instruments (a four stringed guitar bought at a flea-market can be heard in many lo-fi parts of the album) and objects. The journey starts with 'Child Of Light Will Burn', one of the best tracks in the moan-wave micro-genre in my opinion, think about a ghoulish version of Grouper's fluttering compositions. The b-side's boiling cauldron of sound sorcery contains some of the best moments of the album, 'I Will Not See It' and the title track are bounded togheter by a dark droning glide and again the title track is her most heartfelt piece and the one that will be instantly recognized by the listeners. 'No More' is a wavey affair, a collaboration with Mannequin record's Alessandro/Newclear Waves. Be quick because the record is selling extremely fast and it's the album of the week at Rough Trade. Out on white vinyl edition of 300 and on cd with four (amazing) remixes by Soft Metals, Newclear Waves, Crossover and Heinrich Dressel.
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Artist: XYKOGEN (@)
Title: Carnevale
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Line Out Records
Rated: *****
For their comeback, Xykogen decided to do things in big. CARNEVALE, their fourth album available as free download on Line Out Records, will have a video released for each track available on their YouTube channel (one every week for three months). Active from 2004, Xykogen are formed by Amon (formerly the vocalist of UK cyberpunk band Arkam Asylum), the Reverend Eris (co-founder of Wasp Factory Recordings and occasional member of The Chaos Engine), Max Rael (founder-member of History Of Guns) and Lee Chaos (founder of The Chaos Engine and Wasp Factory Recordings, and now runs the notorious Judder nightclub in addition to being the man behind temp0rary). The twelve tracks of CARNEVALE picture a shizophrenic scenario influenced by e.b.m. and post punk where magick, social control and other various insanities are well represented by the chaotic musical formula of the band. Try to imagine Chumbawamba meeting Killing Joke at a Chemical Brothers concert covering Front Line Assembly songs. These tunes are full of ideas and melodies and it would be insane not to download them to make them "spin" on your digital system once. You'll see that that won't be the only time that you'll want to listen to the declamatory rap of Reverend Eris uring his band mates to increase their volume and distortion.
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Artist: JILL AKA PROJECTOJIL (@)
Title: New Kind Of Action
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Hey Girls, the guy from Viseu, Portugal, is back and this time he wants to make you dance with some disco tunes. Opening with a dance track driven by fat bass lines titled "Visual thing", Jill Aka Projectojil is bringing to the lovers of dance/house/chill out sounds a new album titled NEW KIND OF ACTION. This time for these eight new tracks Jill wanted to cover other styles besides his characteristic Balearic chill out sound. The opening track "Visual thing" is a dance upbeat killer with distorted leads and atmospheric pads and the following track, "The slider", is a sophisticated mid tempo with semi i.d.m. rhythms, boucing bass lines and atmospheric lead synths. I liked a lot these two and I think that Jill should risk more and he should go into this direction: he's really good at producing lush and chill out atmospheres but proposing new ideas is vital and he's able to do it. Make our butts move, Jill! You can check the tracks here http://soundcloud.com/jillakaprojectojil
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Artist: MZ.412
Title: Burning The Temple Of God + Nordik Battle Signs
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
BURNING THE TEMPLE OF GOD has been released by Cold Meat Industry back in 1996 and it became a classic because it was the first record to mix black metal and industrial music, even if it only happened on "Feasting on Khristian blood". The album starts with a distorted sample of an exorcism coming from a movie (and not from the "Exorcist" because here the girl's name is Jennifer) and soon after the industrial noise mayhem blasts everything else and you can't expect anything else from a track titled "Deklaration of Holy War". On this release, Mz.412 gave their best for the creation of a throbbing mixture made of industrial grinding sounds mixed to pagan drumming (like on "The winter of mourning", the following "Taking the throne Pt.1&2" and "Submit and obey") or growling from hell which ends into powerful drummings (like on "Burning... (Gods house)"). Grinding noises aren't the only thing offered here as "Nebulah frost" is a horrorish short industrial ambient tune focused on distant ritual drumming and metal percussions as well as "Vampiir of the north" is a tune based on organ sounds which dive into industrial drones, creating in this way a deep hypnotic atmosphere. On this reissue you can also find a bonus track titled "Untitled". Track based on rumbling synth noises, distorted vocals and a tons of echo. Was it a coincidence if for the book "Lords of chaos" has been used the same photo picked up for the original cover of this album? I don't think so... The following album NORDIK BATTLE SIGNS has been released back in 1999 and it sees the industrial noise level increasing thanks to a massive use of distortion and feedback. It's like MZ.412 wanted to destabilize the audience making them lose their consciousness. Harsh noises, power electronics, malevolent vocals and industrial drumming are the core of these recordins which see also as guests, Ordo Equilibrio on vocals on the completed version of the long deleted 'Legion Ultra' 7", here included as bonus track and on "Satan Jugend II: Global konquering". On this edition you can find other two bonus tracks, "Multiple deity worship" (an obscure black mass sounding track with chants and throbbing noises) and "In hoc signo vinces" (power industrial noises and percussions are here to end the release with a blast). Both the releases have been remastered and they sound stunning.
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Artist: Ilitch (@)
Title: La Maïeutique de la Quantique
Format: CD
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had not previously heard of Ilitch, but with Beta-lactam Ring Records putting it out, I knew that it would be interesting. When putting the disc on, we are met with what sounds like the world's slowest buildup for a rock band, like a warm up session with plenty of feedback. It's sparse, but still engaging, sort of how legendary drummer Buddy Rich could play only the snare drum while keeping it interesting. We eventually move to 'La Maieutique de la Quantique,' which is the closest thing you'll find to a traditional musical structure on this album. But that is not to say that you'll hear it on your local 'today's hit rock station.' No, this is still on Beta-lactam Ring Records, so you know that "normal" is not a normal part of their vocabulary (thankfully). The closest comparison I can come up with is a slowed down version of label-mates Seven That Spells. When we reach the mammoth 'La Quantique de la Maieutique,' which weighs in at 14.55, we are met with varied and interesting soundscapes but we lose what little remained of traditional song structure. 'La Cantique de la Quantique' ends the disc on an almost peaceful note, if hiss and analogue squalls can be considered peaceful (and it can). The overall trajectory of the album is one of structure moving into a kind of disintegration of structure. Overall, it's a fun ride. This is limited to 500 copies and weighs in at around 43 minutes.
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