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Artist: EX.DELICTO (@)
Title: Hostile
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line / Alter-X Promotion Project (@)
Rated: *****
Someone out there with an interest to listen , what the DENERGIZED-musician Case likes to produce, if he finds free time? Well, under EX.DELICTO the musically things tend to differ. Here and there you’ll recognize an idea, an already discovered sound, or maybe a compositional effort quite comparable to his better known project signed to Advoxya-Records. But generally this pure instrumental album differs with a lighter outfit. "Hostile" is mostly straight and danceable produced and celebrates matured programming skills by balancing well between Electropop and EBM. At some tracks I would wish to hear vocals, but nevertheless this release entertains on all 11 tunes. Tracks like "Crime Industry" and "New Rose Hotel" may reaches the nearest the fairway of DENERGIZED, while the calm title track with it’s light and catchy arrangements is the most recognized tune on here. What INTERMIX is for Bill Leeb, that seems to be EX.DELICTO for Case. Entertaining Electronica to consume without hesitation – another high quality release for the Russian Alter-X promotion group. Thumbs up also for the nice UFO-related cover artwork!

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Artist: FORNAX (@)
Title: Space Travel
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line / Alter-X Promotion Project (@)
Rated: *****
Another free downloadable release by the Russian Alter-X Promotion team brings us an EP of FORNAX. FORNAX itself is the musically outfit of the label-owner Nullklever. FORNAX can look back on several releases on all three labels of the Alter-X Promotion group, but since this EP got released under their X-Line label, this "Space Travel" offers a special kind of Electro/Industrial music, but with several hints to other genres. Elements taken out of Noise, Ambient and IDM can be discovered, and I really can’t remember, if I’ve heard anything comparable before. This is a special form of Experimental-EBM with a spacey touch. 6 original tracks and 3 remixes on the title track provided by friends and label comrades like Seclorum (art and remixes, co-owner of the gone predecessor label .nbk-Records), the already discovered T_ERROR 404, and SY9 are taking care to offer qualitative diversity. The main content of this "Space Travel" deals with beautiful and artistically fine worked out views on some astronomical phenomenons as well as themes out of the UFO theory. A quite interesting release worth to download.
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Artist: TENHORNEDBEAST
Title: My Horns Are A Flame To Draw Down The Truth
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
TenHornedBeast return on Cold Spring Records after the split with Marzuraan on Aurora Borealis and after the self released E.P. "Titan Death", with a new full length titled MY HORNS ARE A FLAME TO DRAW DOWN THE TRUTH. The album starts where "The Sacred Truth" ended as it contains three tracks that offer a revised and different edit of the sounds that your find on the previous album plus two new tunes. The album begins with a sort of gong sound on "Ruins Son" and since that first moment you have to prepare yourself to sink into the black atmospheres created by Christopher Walton. The five tracks of the album have mesmerizing atmospheres formed by echoing loops, drones and treated sounds (guitars that sound like hurricanes or like a grinding drones machine). Often the track develop starting from a semi quiet state to end with a Dionysian banquet of sounds. With "The sword was our Pope" the atmosphere gets even darker thanks to choir echoes, a ritualistic slow drum beat and low frequency guitar feedbacks. The album closes with "Fenris wolf", a tune made of low-fi slow guitar drones that will scratch your eardrums. To me MY HORNS ARE A FLAME TO DRAW DOWN THE TRUTH confirms TenHornedBeast as one of the best of the genre. If you love extreme doom and industrial drones, try this one.
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Artist: DIVINE MUZAK
Title: Maison Skinny
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Rated: *****
Formed by Dan (who was active during the late 90s with the Archaos project) and Julie, Divine Muzak are releasing on Punch Records their second album titled MAISON SKINNY. The eleven tracks have a common theme: the body. On their promo sheet the duo wrote: "a body that dismisses love in the morning and tastes starvation at night, that releases liquids in party rooms and covers itself with silk, bruises and anguish". The titles don't reflect decaying concepts per se. We have: "Dreams Size Zero", "Looney Bunny", "Rockabilly Doom", "Love Bang Bang", "Little Baby Horse", "Give In To Me", "La Femme Inégale", "Vienna", "Red Twins", "July" and "Afterparty". On the musical side things change a lot as Dan and Julie show a wide range of influences. Their music basically can be filed under electro pop but if tracks like the opening "Dreams Size Zero" or the following "Looney bunny" and "Rockabilly doom" sound like an electronic version of Serge Gainsbourg (with also a similar sensual approach), "Love bang bang" and "Vienna" sound more electro (a la Soft Cell) and "Litte baby horse", as the great closing "After party", has an experimental semi industrial approach to sound. MAISON SKINNY is a multifaceted album that you'll appreciate a little more at each listening.
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Artist: DAVE FOX GROUP WITH BRUCE EISENBEIL (@)
Title: home again
Format: CD
Label: Konnex
Rated: *****
Dear old free jazz, every once in a while it's nice to relax while listening to the sound of a soft free-jazz unit above all if the musicians skill helps creating an intriguing atmosphere, and that's the case. As I've said this' modern free-jazz with that typical night feel I'm sure most of you (including me) will love, that's why we were talking about atmosphere. Here and there the guitarism of Eisembeil in my head brings forth names as Bailey, Frith and Frisiel but add a jazz influenced rhythm session and a post-Herbie Hancock post-Bitches Brew era pianism and you've most of the peculiarities of this quartet. Having reviewed other releases featuring this guitarist I admit that despite the influences his style has its own character, but it doesn't characterize the recording so much that you see the other musicians working as backing band (hey as the name says we’re talking about Dave Fox group), I think this’ definitely a coral work. Free, abstract, nocturne but at the same time a warm release with lot's of style.

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