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Artist: DIFFERENT STATE & SIGILL (@)
Title: Spazmatic[k] Spell
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum Records (@)
Rated: *****
SPAZMATIC[K] SPELL is a Different State/Sigill (www.myspace.com/sigill) split CD album dedicated to the memory and work of painter and magician Austin Osman Spare (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Osman_Spare). DIfferent State is a Polish project active since early 90's which released different albums since then. At their beginnings the music was mostly focused on noisy experimentation but slightly it moved on the use of electronic gear. The four tracks of this split ("I hate the eyes", "Ear", "Nose" and "Formal experimentation") see Marek X Marchoff (the man guy behind the project) helped by Laura Marchoff (angelic[k] voice, custom made generator A-23), Tom Westbum (clarinet, sax, alto sax, trumpet) and Janusz Sokolnicki (tube AMP, lead guitar). The combo for each track used a different solution, approaching them from a particular angle. If "I hate the eyes" is a really good spoken word with experimental electronic background, the following "Ear" recalled me a sort of mix between Foetus and Mark Stewart & The Maffia. "Nose", instead, is more melancholic and cinematic, proposing a nostalgic guitar solo overwhelmed by distant and reverbered orchestral sounds. "Formal experimentation" is an electronic/wave experimental track which creates a sort of spatial effect with sax inserts. Sigill approach to sound is a total different one. The Polish duo formed by Brat Salo and Nantur love to create obscure drones with echoed sounds where vocal parts seem to be taken from rituals. "Sunever", "Io Pan'i", "Ashtoreth" and "Moon lore" remember to me some old Endura tracks with that sort of throbbing electronic humming mixed with samples and noises: a sort of ritual dark ambient kind of sound. They sound less varied compared to Different State but their sound is kinda "thick".

CYCLOTIMIA: Algorythms

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 19 2008
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Artist: CYCLOTIMIA (@)
Title: Algorythms
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
The last time I had the chance to listen to Cyclotimia was when I reviewed their "E$chaton" album released three years ago by Stateart. Since then the Russian duo didn't stop to release stuff it's only that I wasn't aware of their new releases "Celestis" and the latest "Deja vu". This version of ALGORYTHMS is an extended edition of an E.P. released by Irond in 2005 which in this new Rage In Eden print, sees as bonus tracks three tracks from their "Alpha omega" E.P. ("Epsilon", "Doctrine" and "Alpha Omega"). On this release Cyclotimia expand their sound scenario giving form to their vision of the modern world by mixing digital chaos with ambient ambience and orchestrations. The result sounds like a soundtrack which make you lose the senses for the continuous sound stimulations. Bleeps and samples oscillate from one channel to the other floating between synth pads and vocal samples. Sometimes the overall atmosphere tend to be stuck on the same palette but for sure the duo is good at the creation of what sounds like earth's inferno.
Mar 18 2008
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Artist: COLD FUSION & RUKKANOR
Title: Silk Road
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
SILK ROAD is a particular limited to 500 copies album. It born from the collaboration of the guys behind the Rage In Eden label which with their respective musical projects decided to join the efforts to create something particular, a sort of sound voyage. Robert and Marcin on the nine tracks of SILK ROAD lead us through the paths where in ancient times people were meeting: soldiers, traders, merchants were crossing their paths on the way from China to the Mediterranean Sea. Cold Fusion and Rukkanor are re-creating musically those sounds deeply influenced by Oriental and Mid-eastern culture by presenting nine instrumental tracks based on percussions, typical melodies of those places and a certain dark atmosphere which enhance the mystery that permeates the lives of peoples that were living into hostile places keeping high the value of their culture.

Skin Contact: The Fine Line

 Posted by eskaton   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 17 2008
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Artist: Skin Contact (@)
Title: The Fine Line
Format: CD EP
You have to love a guy who has remix kits for his albums right on his website. I had not heard of Skin Contact, but the music sounds familiar. The list of influences this artists lists (that I agree with) includes: Front 242, X Marks the Pedwalk, The Crystal Method, Juno Reactor, The Future Sound of London, Autechre. The list goes on. You know this stuff. Skin Contact is a group that came about two decades too late. This is the kind of stuff that Wax Trax might have put out back in the day. This disc offers up stripped down instrumental industrial dance music with the occasional obligatory samples interspersed here and there. Perhaps what is most surprising is the cleanness of the sound for a self-released disc, but considering Breidenbach does freelance sound work it makes sense. But it’s almost too clean; I tend to like my industrial a bit more gritty. It finally occurred to me what this music would be good for – it isn’t really something that would drag me out onto the dance floor. It reminds me a lot of Alien Sex Fiend’s soundtrack to Inferno. This would make ideal video game music. Not bad, but it didn’t really do much for me. The only exception is the last track, "Over," that is a nice wash of noisy sweeps of sound and what sounds like stretched voices. This disc weighs in at 28 minutes.

UCNX: Absolute Zero

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 17 2008
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Artist: UCNX
Title: Absolute Zero
Format: CD
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****

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Coming from the U.S. UCNX are presenting their first full length titled ABSOLUTE ZERO which has been printed into an initial limited edition of 100 copies (but it's available as digital download also) by the English label MOMT Records. The album features five original songs, a cover of Alice In Chains' "Sea of sorrow" as well as three remixes (by Cyanotic, Deadliner and the third by the band itself which give to the main title an Old School e.b.m. mix). This album since the first listening sounded to me like a blast because it mixes electronic industrial power with melody and freshness. With influences of bands like Chemlab, Front Line Assembly or Front 242, UCNX will become for the lovers of the genre a valid alternative to the most known names of the scene. You can check their CDbaby page where you can preview all the tracks as well purchasing the CD.


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