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Artist: STUPRE
Title: Priceless
Format: CD
Label: Cortex Records
Stupre is a male/female duo coming from Strasbourg and their debut album PRICELESS has been released recently by the French label Cortex Records (label of Neon Cage Experiment, Skoyz and Wired Brain). Their sound take me back to the mid and late nineties when Velvet Acid Christ were releasing their albums for Offbeat Records. The album opens with two convincing tunes "Thirteenth lover" and "In my backroom": both of them have intriguing mysterious melodies, pounding rhythms and whispered filtered vocals. Everything works fine: the album sounds balanced and offers different nice tracks (the first six sounded good to me) but the risk to to repeat a cliché is around the corner because if the vocals melodically don't help at all and the web of synth's sounds is rich but stick on a couple of arpeggios, the result is an atmospheric track that after a couple of listening has expired its effect. If you are a lover of electro industrial e.b.m. probably you'll find other points of interest but if you are looking for something innovative, first check some tracks at their myspace page.
Artist: Bella Morte
Title: Beautiful Death
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
The name of the album is called " Beautiful Death ." by Bella Morte. I just saw them live and Andy Deane was sick and still played and amazing set despite his illness. This album is by far a memorable one and amazing to hear live as well as in the headphones. We go to track 2, " Can't Let This Die ." which is quite amazing first to hear live due to the sentiments it expresses to us. Andy sings, " I can feel your eyes from far away and I can't let you go and I can't let this die." Truly words to live by and words we can all relate to. A beautiful song that rocks out altogether in harmony and grace. We move to track 5, " The End of The End." which is a sentimental song that really pulls at your heart strings tight and won't let go. This song really grips you and tells it's dark tale. Witty lyrics, Andy sings, " Lost, I'm lost with no reason, not reason but you." This is a crowd favorite that everyone seems to enjoy and shed a tear for. The most beautiful track on this album is track 6, " Fade like a Song." which is just chilling to the bone, decadent and delightful. Andy sings, " I lay you to rest, lay it all in the ground, let the past be the past and move on." This song is a favorite to many and amazing to hear live. Track 7, " In the Dirt." is a heavy, emotional song that really gets under your skin. Andy sings, " No time for words and tears, discipline holds the room silent, raising the stakes again, I tear it away." Truly beautiful words to cherish as this whole album shines and speaks to us so softly, so deadly and silently shows us a beautiful death.
Artist: Ego Likeness
Title: North
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
I just saw Ego Likeness live in Chicago and they put on one hell of a show. They personally gave me this cd ep that rocks. We open with an instant club hit called " North " which is the first track off this ep and it has bark for it's bite. It chills you and leaves you frozen and in awe. Then a masterpiece cover of " The Neverending Story." that just is brilliant and we all know the words to it. Truly redone the right way and not to be forgotten. The rest of the tracks on this ep all just maybe club hits, so watch out, do you dare to witness this challenge, like Medusa it may just turn you to stone.
Artist: Voltaire
Title: To the Bottom Of the Sea
Format: CD
Rated: *****
I just recently saw Voltaite live in Chicago with the Helblinki Sextet that is a band from North Carolina. Both bands were amazing. They both have albums that rock. First we start out with the album Oratory by the Hellblinki Sextet that is quite unique as their stage performance was. Fully packed with violin, accordion, guitar, mandolin, percussion, bass , trombone and trumpet backed with the most unique vocals from lead singer Andrew. We open with track one called " The End " which is a dark tale about a land below that is dark, witty and cunning as ever. Everything flows nice and rhymes to the core and their is surprises around every corner. Progressing on we move to track 3- Kerosene which is a Southern sounding track that really stands out alot. A morbid ditty about chaos on a Saturday night at the bar. Guns, mayhem and debauchery is what this album is made of. Hellblinki is not what it seems, it creeps, it makes it's move and grows on you track after track and won't let go.

Voltaire ~ Down at the bottom of the Sea is quite the album to remember. Pirate lore, krakens and the beast from Pirate bay not to be forgotten. Voltaire opens with track one, " The Industrial Revolution " Voltaire sings, " It came into our lives and gave us uniformity by taking choice away from you." Witty, charimning and to the core. We move to the classic track 4 called " Happy Birthday a clever song about the problems of getting old. Voltaire sings, " You're so old you smell like dust and now your bones begin to rust ." This could by far be the future Gothic day anthem for all future generations to come and go. Truely a crowd favorite and to be remembered and not forgotten. The next track 5 called " Coin Operated Goi." which is a parody from the Dresden Dolls song, " Coin Operated Boi ." Truely a club favorite and the best parody of a song I have heard of in a long time. Voltaire sings, operated goi, can't hang with the Moyles, he ain't got the curls. I say we convert him, it ain't gonna hurt him." We'll maybe down below." Voltaire follows this song exact to the original style just made it goi instead of boi. Voltaire is truly a genius when it comes to turning things around and making them better than ever than the original was. Moving to track 7, called " The Beast of Pirate Bay." a clever tale about the beast that lay in the bay and how all should beware. The song has a nice ring to it and really speaks to you, at least it did to me. We skip to track 10 " The Ship's Going Down reminds me of the band that played till their death in the movie Titanic. This song is unique, dark and amazing. Voltaire sings, " Though we'll drown, there's no need to frown, cause we're all going together. " Truely a dark tale and one not to forget. Trak 12, is called " Death, Death" is the song to remember, dark, witty, charming and a song we can all relate to. Voltaire sings, " Death, death, devil, devil , devil, devil, evil, evil songs, hell, you know that's how I get along,. " The rest of the album calls to you as the sea does and draws you down deep and encompasses you, consumes you and forever possesses you to listen.
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Artist: MACDONALD, FUJI, DAVIDSON, TAMURA, BANCROFT
Title: cities
Format: CD
Label: Nu Jazz (@)
What Brian Morton wrote in the notes inside the booklet of the cd is true, this is utopian music, but I don't agree completely on the fact there's a juxtaposition of cultures, sometimes you have that kind of tension but just every once in a while. This' one of those works that makes you think jazz is not dead yet and there's hope for what looked like a dead end street. I know the jazz label is a bit reductive for this release so let's say we're in front of one of those rare blends were you find jazz mixed with contemporary classic music together. The piano and the saxophone characterize most of the features of this face, but the other two elements of this four-piece don't act like com-primaries since their effort in most of the tracks ends being really discrete but considerably important. A good example of the peculiar sound of this line-up could be represented by "Two Block East" where you have a free jazz horn and drum section fighting a body to body fight with a scary piano. But that's one of the "loud" tracks, when playing quiet this quintet opts doubtlessly for transfiguration and the abstract cover fits really well with the music. Even if they play some electro-acoustic parts in most of the tracks the sound is not made out of strangulated, un-played notes or whatever. The result is odd but just for the phrases they use and for the resulting dialogue. Even if it has its own personalities, this band is surprisingly heterogeneous, which if taken by itself it's a result. An odd but catchy record, modern but still reinterpreting tradition in its own way, abstract but still music from the planet earth. It's rare to offer something so interesting in some genres, this one of those records that shows there's a light at the end of the jazz-tunnel.



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