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Artist: SEHNSUCHT
Title: Wuste
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
Sehnsucht is the new project by Mayhem front man Maniac who, aside from his power noise metal outfit Skitliv, asked to Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound), Ingvar Magnusson (Skitlivs' guitarist), and his girlfriend Vivian Slaughter (who's also vocalist/bass player into the Japanese all girl band Gallhammer) to join him for a new adventure. The new band sounds really different from all his others and this time we have a ten tracks album that spans from free jazz spoken word with a noise doom background (check the title track for this) to rock neo-folk (like "South of Cincinnati"), passing through experimental electronic noise with metal guitar riffs (see the opening "Sult") or industrial blues (try to imagine a blues song filtered through Nurse With Wound, Einsturzende Neubauten and a bit of Whitehouse and you'll have "Good morning great Moloch"). For something totally different that sounds like Godzilla playing with a Nintendo game, check "Tokio daymare", which mix Japanese day-life city recordings to electronic rhythms/improvisations. Another example of good industrial spoken word influenced by rock guitarism is "Hanging in English garden" which mix noise, clean guitar with reverb and spoken word just to meet a filtered Current 93 song toward the end. The album closes with "Ten", a five minutes mayhem of throbbing sounds, electronic noises and spoken word. WUSTE to me sounds definitively more inspired than the Skitlif release on Cold Spring and for this reason I suggest you to check it.
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Artist: CCCANDY
Title: Lonesome Berlin
Format: 12"
Label: Avant! Records (@)
Rated: *****
Limited to 300 copies, LONESOME BERLIN is the first vinyl album of Cccandy, a musical project of a 20 years old guy who's living in Berlin. The twelve tracks are based on analog synth sounds and basic melodies and most of the times the vocals are loud and kinda saturated but sometimes you have to admit that less is more. 4/4 rhythms, stops and go, synth layers now added and now removed compose a stripped to the bone structure that sound good because the essential is there and if you love early 80s electronics, you already know that those familiar bleeps and fat bass lines will make tremble your spinal bones. Sometimes melodic and sometimes desperate (check the tense atmosphere of the closing "Blood & guts" these songs are ready for your ears into their rawness. "Lonesome Berlin", "I'm A Punk", "Police Offizier" or "Boredom" are ready to be your city anthems...
May 20 2010
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Artist: KRYSMOPOMPAS
Title: Gesa
Format: 7"
Label: Avant! Records (@)
Rated: *****
After their double album "Heute Schlafen - Morgen Aufwachen" released on S-S Records, Krysmopompas are back with two short tunes on Avant! Records. GESA is a 7" where you'll find the same title song on side A and "Wolker" on side B. The first song is carachterized by an old Casio rhythm/distorted guitar duet which is alternated to a psychedelic bass/vocals intermezzo just to start again. "Wolker" is a sort of cold wave song with obsessive electric guitar/bass lines where a German spoken word piece does the rest. The only rhythm of the track is played by a echoes of a synthetic siren. The single lasts about six minutes but in this short time Krysmopompas show their experimental vein applied to cold wave sounds and I must admit that they don't lack of originality!
Artist: Blue Sabbath Black Cheer (@)
Title: Dried Up Corpse
Format: 10"
Label: Gnarled Forest (@)
Rated: *****
Two long sides of dark, brooding, sound and fury. You might liken this to a soundtrack to a horror flick with scary visuals and growled voices. Not bad but not new either. I would call this Gothic-tinged.
Artist: Blue Sabbath Black Cheer (@)
Title: no escape
Format: 7"
Label: Static Caravan (@)
Rated: *****
Two tracks of satanic-themed noise for the hell-bound in all of us. Not badly done but does any of this really scare anybody anymore? After the tenth Merzbow I got bored. But I guess there's always new recruits entering the ranks of the dark one and they need something to listen to while awaiting his appearing. Surprisingly issued on white vinyl. I would have expected black considering the themes.
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