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Barodarho: Triumvirâts

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jan 07 2008
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Artist: Barodarho
Title: Triumvirâts
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Distributor: COP International
Rated: *****
Well, my talent in Latvian language is unfortunately unavailable. But since this new album of this Electro/Powernoise-act seems to deal thematically with some works and slogans of the most inspirational poets of Latvia, Eduards Veidenbaums (1867 – 1892), I would likewise to know more about the content and meaning behind it. Musically however, BARODARHO are walking on a harder and aggressive way. It sounds a bit like an Electro/Industrial jam-session between BORGHESIA and THE PAIN MACHINERY with several analogue-tuned synths and rough metallic percussive elements. It’s not at all a forward-moving EBM-like attitude, the raw sound of BARODARHO tries always to integrate clanging frequencies asides the 4/4-on-the-floor path. This unusual sound gets complimented by a drastically male vocal performance, which surprisingly is that strong and powerful, that it don’t need to get manipulated by some distortion effects. The harshest works nearly drifting completely into the Power-Electronics genre like "Bez bailem, bez naida" and the bass-kick-on-speed-track "Zobratu paaudze" get my vote for being the most outstanding tracks in a quite interesting and not-heard-before Electro/Industrial-album. Not to forget the fact, that BARODARHO can also offer some slower and ominous sounding tunes, the track "Uz galu" has to be named. A video clip to the opening track "Pec goda, pec varas..." accomplishes this multimedia CD, which comes out decent and unique. Quite interesting new album of this act – you’ll have only to invest some patience until it grows completely on you.

Jan 07 2008
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Artist: [X]-RX
Title: Unmöglich Erregend
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****
A new German act signed to the ProNoize label and I was expecting a new Powernoise onslaught with a straight dancefloor-oriented attitude. Well, of course, it is dancefloor-oriented and works extremely well for the clubs – but unfortunately ONLY at the clubs. And where’s the noise??? This album offers nothing more than 70 minutes of redundant and repetitive beating Trance/Techno/Harsh EBM instrumental music, on which any artistic basic idea is missed. You may like to argue that any Harsh EBM-act nowadays follows a similar path. This is right regarding the chosen sounds, but there are many bands out there which at least try to figure out alternative textures and moods. There’s nothing comparable to X-RX and it has to be asked, why the band has decided to set in pauses in between the tracks, since all of the tracks offer the same sounds and percussion instruments – a 70 minutes-Megamix wouldn’t alter this useless album. Where is any depth? Where is any compositional recognizable effort? Why to blow this album to the length of 70 minutes if the featured ideas and sounds work for only 2 – 3 tracks? Well, the end result and rating of this album can be easily explained with an addition to the main voice sample of the title track: "Klingt irgendwie unmöglich – klingt irgendwie erregend – klingt unglaublich langweilig!"

HARALD BOSH: Die Sonne Scheint Fur Alle Umsonst

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 06 2008
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Artist: HARALD BOSH
Title: Die Sonne Scheint Fur Alle Umsonst
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Dercho Music (@)
Rated: *****
For the fist album of the Siberian born electro pop act Harald Bosh, his label Dercho Music decided to do big things. They produced a digipack CD with a bonus DVD containing the same track list plus some extras. Musically what Harald calls epic electro pop isn't bad even if some atmospheres/ideas tend to be recycled within the album length. Basically his music sounds as a blend of slow/mid tempo future pop (with semi e.b.m. rhythmic section) and melancholic electro pop with an epic edge (thanks to some little orchestration solutions and to the Harald vocals). The DVD instead isn't that thrilling as some catchy melodies on the CD. You'll ask me why, since it contains exactly the same songs. Well, the DVD contains a fake concert held on a stage with basic lighting and Harald sings while a guy stands behind the synthesizers. The video has a basic diction with zoom in and zoom outs and the extras show Harald at the Munich airport, in Stuttgard or working in the studio. Unfortunately the DVD hasn't any subtitle so if you don't understand German language there's no chance into joining the contents. P.s. Basically I'm confirming the review that Marc Tater did some months ago. The album contains nice music (some songs more than others) but the other contents needed a better production.

AntiQuark: MiniSky

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 05 2008
Artist: AntiQuark (@)
Title: MiniSky
Format: CD
Rated: *****
I recall not particularly liking AntiQuark's debut CD from one or two years ago and dashing out a not so favorable review back then. However, I am happy to find that, whatever course their music evolution took it definitely seems to have gone in the right direction, at least for my taste (it is all subjective after all).
The main difference here is that AntiQuark is not an all female duo anymore and Ant Dakini has now paired up with Sergio, who delivers all the vocals (except one song where she also sings). Since I used to like Maren, this is not what makes me like "MiniSky" more, I just think that the musical vision of AntiQuark has matured into something more cohesive, current, complete and interesting. I still hear a couple of synth lines here and there that I might not go for as a composer/producer, but in general the arrangements are much hipper and the sound palette is enticing. The male vocals give it touch of synth-pop sobriety and when you combine that with the disco-friendly electro-industrial-inspired programming, you have an artist that is however sub/consciously embracing a path where dark electronica is energized by dance floor beats, house/techno sensibility and an EBM heritage.
I believe this record is not released yet and there are rumors that Hungry Eye records might sign AntiQuark. Either way, keep your eyes peeled and look out for this when it hits the streets (or the ether I guess).

ATTRITION: Etude

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 05 2008
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Etude
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****

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Having into their D.N.A. the experimental gene, Attrition after seventeen years from their born and thanks to Franck Dematteis, an Attrition fan and member of the Paris Opera who contacted the band and collaborated at viola on their "3 arms and a dead cert" album, did ETUDE, an album containing twelve old tracks revisited under the classical key using viola, violin, cello, organ, percussion and voice. Giving to the tracks a sort of baroque arrangement, Dematteis did a good work by enhancing the dramatic side of Attrition songs. In this way songs like "Cold genius" or "I am (Eternity)" are like naked in front of the listener showing their darkest decadent side becoming perfect for a Peter Greenaway movie. Originally released by Project in 1997 the album is for the first time distributed worldwide.


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