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Artist: CeDigest (@)
Title: Walking In The Flesh
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
It can be a big loss, if a label like NoiTekk has to replace both of its most popular horses in the stable. DAWN OF ASHES and PSYCLONE NINE are meant, whose musically direction has turned from the once in a lifetime Harsh EBM/Hellectro-inspired kind towards to a Black-/Death-Metal related sound outfit, which does no longer fit with the tastes of an Electro/Industrial label. NoiTekk's decision, to pick up those notorious British bulldozers of CEDIGEST, has at least also surprised some experts of the European Harsh EBM/Industrial scene. CEDIGEST, backed up by the responsible mastermind Joss [Avi] Iles, are far away from being bloody newcomers, as they have released two previous albums in limited esitions under their very own small British TriTech Records label. And 'Walking In The Flesh', with its bloody cover art, points out already with the first tones of the brutal opening track 'Evil Returns', that to take prisoners is seemingly a sign of weakness. CEDIGEST know exactly, how push the right knobs by offering the expected harsh and pummeling bass line and kick work, combined with disturbing guitar riffs. Extremely fx-processing works are featured too on the vocals, so a sound-wise relation to those above mentioned prominent colleagues is surely intended. But asides all roughness, CEDIGEST do mainly satisfy thanks to their ability, to deal with diverse styles, rhythm changes and to create different moods, just check the track 'Fermenting Remains' as being an outstanding example. And if they fall really into a kind of morbid mood, instead to destroy and smash down hardly all hope, 'Abattoir' acts like a perfect soundtrack for an imaginery doom apocalypse. Hard stuff for hard people, may a bit lesser suitable for Electro/EBM purists, but still intensely enough to convince.
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Artist: Black Hole Nine (@)
Title: Velocidad de Escape
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Again a goodie rather happened by chance while scrolling through undiscovered areas of the MySpace community, this free available album by the Venezuelan duo BLACK HOLE NINE has made it on my table. Consisting of Siva Black (voice, programming, synths, sequences) and Kaiper (guitar, programming, synths, sequences), this duo plays an energetic form of Harsh EBM/Industrial, which offers a slight 'exotic' touch and a few sound-wise surprises too. First of, their sound is generally not that obviously Techno-/Trance-driven compared to some South-American colleagues. Abrasive guitar riffs are an 'allowed' ingredient for the BH9 sound-cocktail, accompanied with some surprisingly emotional vocals. Besides that expected doze of danceable and straight-forward pounding tracks like 'Black Hole Nine', 'Shinigami', or 'Hey God (Fuck Politics, Fuck Religion)', they are able to install some rather dark and scary sounding collages ' those fine experiments into darker sound-territories are welcomed and offer them a rather own and authentic sound-identity. At least, also the US-based label Shinto Records (www.sin-tech.org) has paid some attention to this duo and has placed them on their last years' compilation 'Sin Factory'. So a lot of good points and talent behind this project, so that they should be able to play a leading role not only in their home country, but maybe at the whole South-American continent too.
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Artist: CURL
Title: We Are Complex
Format: CD
Label: D-Monic
Formed in the mid nineties from an intuition of FranKA, Corpus Delicti's former guitarist, Curl are releasing in 2010 their third album titled WE ARE COMPLEX. With this new project FranKA wanted to create new wave influenced songs where electronic sounds help enriching the formula. Formed by him on guitars, keyboards and vocals, Harly Alker on vocals, Yves Pleiser at drums, Manuel Acqualent on bass guitar and Wil helping them live for the additional guitars, the band composed a sensual album where alternated male and female vocals create involving atmospheres. Most of the songs are mid tempos where the electronic sounds are well balanced with guitars and a punching distorted bass guitar. Sometimes you can hear echoes of The Cure thanks to clean guitar arpeggios alternated to distorted riffs or Curve, but you can't reduce Curl's sound to that, because also pop and trip-hop find place into their dna. WE ARE COMPLEX is a good blend of all these elements and if you like energetic riffs and seducing atmospheres you should check this out...
Artist: PHILIPPE PETIT & FRIENDS
Title: A Scent Of Garmambrosia
Format: CD
Label: Aagoo
Distributor: Cargo
A SCENT OF GARMAMBROSIA is a conceptual work of avant-garde music where layers of strings, processed sounds and field recordings form a constant flux of changing sounds where dissonant trumpets meet piano notes and strings. Petit took the David Lynch's Twin Peaks definition of the word Garmonbozia (which is "pain and suffering that is consumed") and mixed it with the Greek mythology Gods' food "Ambrosia" just to coin the new term "Garmambrosia". The seven tracks of the album have been written as it was a musical score for a soundtrack and if we take Lynch as reference I don't think we could make an error as "When a seagorse meets a seafish...", "Pellicula", "The neptunial flights of fireflies", "A scent of garmambrosia", "Night elves jukebox", "The moon woman" and "The nightcrawler" transpose in music the chaos and pain expressed by Lynch into his most experimental works (and we aren't forced to think about "Eraserhead" as also "Twin peaks" had such panicking moments). Intense...
May 26 2010
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Yummy! Yummy
Format: CD
Label: Hot Corner Records (@)
Distributor: 667 / Rough Trade
Rated: *****
When I first put this CD on, not knowing it was a compilation, I assumed it was one artist, so when I found out it was various artists I was impressed with how organic, well matched and homogeneous the selection turned out to be. The artists are mostly unknown and I believe all or mostly german and they've come together thanks to the Hot Corner Records mastermind (and contributing artist himself) John Pussner. The other six names are Danny Decock, Crack Hudson, Blockboy, Parasyte Woman, Mika Krogen and Lippovic and they contributed a total of 15 tracks of groovy, loungey, disco-ish fresh, funky and happy mixture of electronica, acid jazz, trip hop music. Lots of bouncy beats, head-bobbing bass lines, digital soundz, real drum sets, old-school breaks, sampled, scratchy & scratched vinyl, single vocal lines or samples of voices from other sources. All of the artists are working on their own debut albums so this will be a great way to taste a few yummy flavors before going for the full seven course meal!
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