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Subheim: Approach

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 05 2008
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Artist: Subheim (@)
Title: Approach
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
The one-man-project SUBHEIM hails out of Greece and presents with "Approach" a debut signed to the Chicago Heights-based label Tympanik Audio. This fact is quite remarkable, because Kostas K., who stands behind the audio and visual results of SUBHEIM, is also one of the leaders of the new Greek label collective Spectraliquid. So it would be an easy procedure to release this album under the own flag, but luckily also the responsible people behind Tympanik Audio have washed their ears and are able to recognize the great talent, which sleeps in Kostas. The music of SUBHEIM is a sort of moody Ambient-Electronica, which allows musically comparisons between the works of POLYGON and/or the unforgotten US-duo GRIDLOCK. Already the exceptional and beautiful done cover art with its nature-, rain- and water-related photos done by Kostas, offers a first impression of the coming autumn. "Approach" is a rather sedating and gloomy trip into a cinematic sound outfit, which concentrates to combine Down-Tempo ambience with some dark but remarkable melodic spots, often inserted and presented with a piano ("Ybe 76", "Away", "Voces Perdidas"). Not too much sci-fi in its attitude, also no vocals are present, with the exception of some female background inserts provided by Katja, who was already active with SUBHEIM on the Spectraliquid "Konkrete" compilation appearance "Howl", also here present in a different version. "Approach" features 9 original tracks by Kostas plus 2 additional remix interpretations provided by the German FLAQUE and the up and coming Greek talent MOBTHROW. It’s an eclectic but very coherent arranged Ambient-Electronica album, which is the ideal disc to let you sink deep into an armchair with a pair of good headphones. Make sure to consume this fantastic Ambient journey without any disturbance, it deserves your fully attention. One of the best for this genre currently, check it out!

PORTION CONTROL: Slug

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jul 03 2008
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Artist: PORTION CONTROL (@)
Title: Slug
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Since their come back, Portion Control have been active on a regular basis releasing one new release a year. After last year's CD "Onion Jack IV", this year we have SLUG, a massive album containing 17 new tracks. What has changed from the latest releases? Well, since the first three tracks we can notice a varied palette of atmospheres which span from the early classic P.C. electronics with the characteristic Piavani vocals, to their latest thick pc based sound processing passing also through dub intuitions (do you remember early Marc Stewart & The Maffia?) and ambient industrial atmospheres. The two Portion Control members did a sum of all their experiences to create an album that will please many fans of the genre. Rhythm is again a key element of their music and "Heavyweight" is a new manifesto with its treated vocals and punching tempo. Their electronic experimentation with atmospheres is still present thanks to short tracks like "T4" and also melody surfaces on tracks like "Depth charge" enriching and refining the wall of sound erected. The album is available from the band directly and also the five CDs archive set is available again.
Jul 02 2008