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Feb 28 2008
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Artist: ERIC URSICH
Title: Electronic Diffraction Patterns
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Active since early 90's as Vacca Stracca (it sounds like "lazy cow") or lately with his own name (he released a vinyl album always for Punch Records, titled "Kanashii"), Erich Ursich is releasing his first proper CD album titled ELECTRONIC DIFFRACTION PATTERNS. Composed using only analog gear without the help of any midi interface, ELECTRONIC DIFFRACTION PATTERNS contains five long tracks of electronic sidereal experimentations. Referring to the early years of electronic music when the sounds were purely synthetic wave sounds with no use of rhythm or drums, Erich brings back that kind of approach by presenting one hour of bleeping sounds, synth patterns and hypnotic ambience. The effect is almost lysergic: the sound waves stimulates the brainwaves, leading them through new lands. Have you ever heard on 60's movies hippies on acid telling that they were seeing colors dancing or talking? These tracks have a similar effect. Mind that you must LOVE electronic sounds and experimental music to enjoy this album but assuming that you do, then you'll discover or re-discover a pioneer way of approaching music deeply linked to future technology (try to imagine what kind of imagine the 60's or 70's people had of it) and sound research.
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Artist: Creature (@)
Title: Distant Horizons
Format: CD
Label: Haunted House Records (@)
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
A new release for the Haunted House-recording artist CREATURE hailing out of Derby, UK. CREATURE is Stephen Haunts and he continues with this new full-length his path performing a special sort of Dark Ambient/Down-Tempo Electronica. His musically outfit still relies on some dark lead synth sounds complimented with rhythm patterns between ear-catching and commercial-oriented up to experimental and abstract-minded. "Distant Horizons" is like most of its predecessor "Mechanical" a completely instrumental arranged album, but it surprises a bit, that Stephen for this album seemed to have spent some efforts in the creation of the tracks list. After a dark, cold melodic intro tune ("Indigo"), the track "Carbon" rules the scenario and offers easy-minded but powerful and I tend to say catchy synth textures. But the more this album continues, the more it turns into some darker and more ominous sounding spheres. Since all tracks work well and do the best to offer a matured listening experience, I like to point out the slow and dark-melodic track "Helter Skelter" and the DIVE-like "Flutter" as being favorites. Stephen himself extracts a lot of his sounds out of very experimental-minded kind of work. Circuit bending is to be named and this requires some knowledge of a electrician. Would be surely interesting to know more details on this, since this music is a descent trip under a pair of headphones, but also "easy" enough to work in the background while concentrating on different things. Good stuff.
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Artist: Animassacre (@)
Title: Evolve
Format: CD
Label: Rupal Records (@)
Distributor: Rupal Records
Rated: *****
Rupal Records have signed on a duo hailing out of Bulgaria and this is to me the first act hailing out of this small Eastern European country. Consisting of Simeon Dotkov and his better-half and sexy looking female band member Diana, ANIMASSACRE offer musically a quite colorful outfit by taking influences out of all harder genres of electronic-based music. Be it Harsh EBM, Industrial, rhythmical Powernoise, Techno and Hardfloor/Gabber (!!!), the music of ANIMASSACRE likes to keep it diverse and offers therefore a more authentic kind than the usual army of Cybertech-Hellectro zombies. Also Simeon’s vocal performance ranges between nightmarish and harder-as-thinkable, but at least some refining and polishing on this part of production should be considered. Although ANIMASSACRE have released some stuff mostly online and free downloadable with some other net-labels like Deadskin for instance, "Evolve" is the first and official debut release. And I have to congratulate the responsible people at Rupal Records for picking up one of the most underrated talents unsigned out there. Sure, not everything seems to be perfect regarding sound quality and mixing, but maybe just this fact results in that raw feeling this release has to offer. Besides all of this ANIMASSACRE take a strong influence out the Asiatic culture like Cyberpunk-anime-movies. So you’ll shouldn’t wonder to listen to some insane voice samples asides the too often used "Full-Metal-Jacket/Blade-Runner" sample quells. Also the track list therefore takes influence with such sort of fantasy-like names "Gasmask Demons", "Noise Of Doom" or "Doomed A Birth". Tracks like the mid-tempo piece "Evolve", "Backfire" or "Apathy" seem to be the most appreciated works to satisfy the short-haired Hellectro freak, all of them receive here some more or less drastically remix works by WYNARDTAGE, ACYLUM, SHEMALE ZERO, STIN SCATZOR and LA MAGRA. As an addition. However and even, if the sound quality here and there doesn’t satisfy, I’m quite sure that a bunch of ideas count more than a high-end production. A remarkable newcomer to follow!

GRANDCHAOS: Open Source

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 18 2008
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Artist: GRANDCHAOS (@)
Title: Open Source
Format: CD
Label: Urgence Disk
Rated: *****
After some MCDs and a double CD of remixes titled "In sedens" and released by Vendetta Records in 2006, here's the first proper debut album by Grandchaos. OPEN SOURCE expand into fourteen new songs what we had the opportunity to check on the 2004 E.P. "Ionize me": obsessive dark electronic tunes with references to early Die Form and a bit of danceable attitude (imagine what the term danceable meant back in the '80s for the goth/electro audience). The CD opens with the short and almost techno "The ghost" just to give space to "3rd life", a song which introduce you to the sonic world of Tcheleskov Ivanovitch, made of minimal analog obsessive sounds coupled to a vibrating dark vocal. The semi robotic approach to melody is catchy and convincing and tracks like "Raving mad" or the following "Ultra dark day" are great tunes where the alternation of male/female vocals work really well. This is an album that you should buy if you love the dark electro style and I hope that it won't pass so much time 'til Grandchaos will release something new since that Ivanovitch welcomed as new member Oliver T. (active also as Op.ale and Metamorphose) whose was already collaborating with him for live gigs.
Feb 11 2008
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Artist: ANTLERS MULM (@)
Title: Of Withered Sparks
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Rated: *****
OF WITHERED SPARKS is the third Antlers Mulm full length and it has been a pleasant surprise to me. If you read my reviews you already know that I like both experimentalism and melody, so it's with great pleasure that I listened to this latest Antlers Mulm, because it gathers them both. Hans Johm's personal project with this new album presents ten new tracks which have a minimal throbbing and particular sound with a melodic structure. On most of the tracks the rhythmical part is formed by glitch layers which form an interesting web of sounds. On top of this structure there's Hans' voice singing introspective and a little melancholic lyrics. Some of them seems little haiku, the Japanese short poems. Here's the one of "4 A.M.", for example: "Snow-like / a little slumber is falling down / down on the hazel tree / and all the tiny birds around". We could call this melodic isolationism and you can taste some excerpts at www.myspace.com/antlersmulm.


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