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COMPULSIVE SHOPPING DISORDER: In The Cube

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 22 2008
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Artist: COMPULSIVE SHOPPING DISORDER (@)
Title: In The Cube
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
With the latest releases Rage In Eden is confirming their high standards and this first Compulsive Shopping Disorder is the proof. Looking at their past catalog I had the feeling that Marcin and Robert were aiming to widen even more the sound offer of their label as already releases like the ones of The Well Of Sadness, Ad Ombra, Outofsight or Inner Vision Laboratory were different from the consolidated industrial/martial/dark ambient genre. Compulsive Shopping Disorder as well as the second chapter of the Rukkanor's "Despartica" series brings to the audience's attention 80's atmospheres with electronic sounds. IN THE CUBE is a solid album of electronic cold wave where the seven tracks are able to make you fluctuating between razor like sounds, bleeps, synth pads and detached vocals. Lyrics paint a depressing scenario where the sense of solitude and loss (well represented by the graphics/photos of the three panels of the digipack) describe the uncertainty of these decades. Adding a bit of early e.b.m. attitude on a couple of tracks but keeping a minimal approach on the use of their electronic instruments for all the tracks of the album, Compulsive Shopping Disorder convinced me and if you are into early Kirlian Camera you must check them.
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Artist: RUKKANOR
Title: Despartica Face Two
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
Robert Marciniak is a really active guy: he runs with Marcin the Rage In Eden label / distribution, always with Marcin he did an album under the Across The Rubicon moniker plus during the latest year and half he did a couple of Rukkanor releases ("Despartica face one" and the Rukkanor/Cold Fusion collaboration "Silk road"). His latest Rukkanor's release is this DESPARTICA FACE TWO. As for the first part, DESPARTICA's lyrics are excerpts of classic 19th and 20th century poetry (William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Emily Bronte, etc.) but this time the music differs a lot from the the last year's release. If on "Despartica face one" martial industrial was the main style, on DESPARTICA FACE TWO Robert surprised everyone by changing almost totally the sound palette as 80's electronic with a bit of e.b.m. has been his main influence. Try to imagine a martial bumping version of Visage, with the same decadent/romantic atmosphere(check the vocal/piano duet of "When you are old") but with a little bit more aggressive attitude: just like an industrial version of early John Foxx. The clean vocals of Robert (only on "The dead" he treated them) balance really well the music, creating an interesting contrast. This is one of the best albums of this year's fall!

NADIA SOHAEI: Talking To Myself

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 16 2008
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Artist: NADIA SOHAEI (@)
Title: Talking To Myself
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Nova
Rated: *****
Actually this is the CD I preferred of the new lot of Decadance Records' new releases. Classical pianist and mezzo soprano singer, Nadia Sohaei collaborated in the mid 90's with Trans-X and then started to compose soundtracks under her name and then with the Thai-Essence moniker. The solo project and TALKING TO MYSELF started to take form with the help of Nik Wejedal who joined her in 2007. Mixing orchestral arrangements, synthpop melodies and bumping rhythms Nadia Sohaei is able to convince electro pop lovers thanks to her vocal abilities and also thanks to the personal mixture of decadent atmospheres and electronic catchy sounds. Mid tempo seducing atmospheres and danceable tunes alternates creating a nice mix. Blinking an eye to the lovers of modern synthpop with electro e.b.m. influences (see Ashbury Heights) Nadia Sohaei adds to the palette her classical past experiences and a touch of drama that help spicing up the formula.

LIMBO: Early Works

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Oct 14 2008
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Artist: LIMBO
Title: Early Works
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Spittle Records (@)
Distributor: Good Fellas
Rated: *****
After two years in the working D.Loop made it and thanks also to the revived Spittle Records (they originally released the "In limbo" MLP back in the 80s) Limbo fans are able to listen to songs that only few had the chance to listen to. EARLY WORKS (1984-1987) gathers the very first songs recorded by the Tuscan combo for their first demotape (self released back in 1984), for the "In limbo" MLP plus early compilations participations and a bunch of unreleased tracks. The two CD pack comes in a deluxe package that reproduces a gatefold double album package with inner covers and all. Using original graphics as well as the color version of the painting they originally used for their first tape, the release contains also interesting liner notes both in Italian and English language. The whole recordings have been remastered and the result is really good: clean and powerful. The sound has no flaws and it gives you the opportunity to check the early goth electronic tunes of the band. The Virgin Prunes inspired vocals, the powerful bass guitar, the raw synths, everything is there to be discovered or revived into your memory. Personally these are the Limbo's recordings I prefer, because they were sounding like a post punk electronic band on the wild. You can check some tracks and purchasing the CD directly from the band through their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/limboit
Oct 14 2008
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Artist: LATEXXX TEENS
Title: Death Club Entertainment
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Nova
Rated: *****
I must be honest, Latexxx Teens didn't raise my sympathy as I'm quite disinterested into bands that on their photo shots look like bad guys in disguise and make-up but I tried to close my eyes and to focus on the music of their first album DEATH CLUB ENTERTAINMENT. Well, the result isn't that bad as their mixture of metal with electro e.b.m. influences (they sound like a sort of Marylin Manson coming from Germany even if they are Italian) is catchy and powerful. In my opinion their perfect audience are the goth metal kids with melodic needs and Latexxx Teens did a good job by finding many catchy tunes and they also did a good job with the sound production. I hate to talk about music industry categorizations but... I'm not part of their target.


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