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SIVA SIX: Black Will

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 28 2006
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Artist: SIVA SIX
Title: Black Will
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
I liked the debut album "Rise New Flesh" that Siva Six released back the last year and also this BLACK WILL is a good one. At a first listening you realize that the Greek duo don’t base their sound on innovation of the e.b.m. current style as the 13 songs are powerful e.b.m. tunes with prominent bass lines, lightly distorted vocals, samples (Crowley is a must recently) and all. In these days I listened to it different times just to get familiar with it. I must admit that each time that I put the CD into my PC each song had something that catch my attention: a melody, a vocal line, a sound an atmosphere (cool the classical inserts on the opening "See the six" or on "The seal"). After these listening sessions I released that Siva Six have a really good at creating horror atmospheres a la "Halloween". If a lot of nowadays bands focus their attention on the "in your face" effect, fortunately Siva Six aren’t one of them because see for example the instrumental "Dark night of the soul": it has good atmosphere, samples and a sort of romantic/nostalgic wave. If a guy who is new to the genre would ask me, I won’t fear to suggest this album along with classics as :Wumpscut:’s "Bunkertor 7".
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Artist: Hansel
Title: Lorentzian Lineshaper
Format: CD
Label: D-Trash records (@)
Rated: *****
As I embark on the difficult task of attempting to review the latest CD by the Boston-based duo Hansel, I embrace my fate: I'll get flamed no matter what! The duo obviously have some serious gripe with the media who attempt to pigeonhole them into one boxed description or the promoters who try to file them under one category. So if I get the description somewhat right or accurate according to the fellow writers and reviewers, which of course could be argued is fairly relative anyway, I'll probably get shit from the band; and if I tell you that Hansel is a rock band (which is how they describe themselves to avoid any confusion) then I'll definitely get shit from the readers (since anybody that heard this record knows that Hansel doesn't share anything more than attitude and occasional distorted guitars with what you usually refer to as rock). Hansel is a little stressed out by the situation that came into being, and you can tell from their press release and some lyrics or samples in their record. So I could comply with their desire to not be labeled, hence doing a disservice to my readers and possibly getting a few very curious readers to go and actually listen to the music online to make up their own mind (but then they'll probably illegally download the album and then the band AND the label will hate me anyway) or I can just fuck all of that political correctness bullshit and mess with my destiny by giving a shot at trying to describe a band that's actually hard to describe or file under just one category or genre in the first place. Ultimately, I don't give a shit about getting shit, so what I'll do is I won't make any comparisons and I'll just try go give you a rough idea of what they sound like.First of all, if you are familiar with D-Trash records, think of Hansel as your non-typical D-Trash band. They implement elements of electronic music, industrial music, rhythm-noise, breakcore, glitch, rock, hop hop and what not (shall we say experimental electro-glitch-core crossover? or just e-ndustrial noise-core rock hop? just messing with you...). No matter what, it is going to be hard to give you an accurate picture of Hansel because they jump back and forth from any of the above to any other one of the above genres. This said, certain things that are actually facts could help you pin point (sort of) where Hansel stands: although they are not committed to them, they do use computers and electronics; most rhythmical/percussive material as well as most vocals are distorted; their sounds are sparse and simple at the source, but highly tweaked and saturated in complex ways; their sonic attack is minimal but aggressive and raw; they are genuine and spontaneous; they are very eclectic and across the board. If that doesn't get you any further you'll really have to go to the label's website and find out for yourself.In the meantime we want to tell the band that Chain D.L.K. loves them no matter what and we don't give a flying fuck about what the other media says about them (I haven't read a single other review of their music to try and find aid or inspiration or to try and align my views with those of others - why would I anyway?), nor do we have any expectations from them or anybody else, for that matter. I agree with Hansel that artists should just make music and let nothing other than their own creativity mold the music they write. That said, sometimes shit sucks, sometimes shit rocks, it's all subjective in the end anyway, and so are reviews (so bands shouldn't really give a damn about what people say anyway).This said I wanna hear that triple Dolly Parton cover album now!PS I don't think I ever filed any review I wrote in as many categories at the same time!
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Artist: SAEMSKIN (@)
Title: A Smile For Murder
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
Hailing from Toledo, Ohio, here comes a 7-track release done by Josh M. Conley, who stands behind SAEMSKIN. I have to say in advance that this release needed some more attention than a usually Electro/Industrial release, because the content isn’t that easy to pick up. It is a very dark and depressive album which takes its influences out of Ambient, dark Electronica up to Ritual Industrial tunes. So everything here is mostly anxious and creepy stuff, also the inserted percussion sets aren’t taken from up-to-date productions, they moreover provide that ritualistic impression, an almost mediaeval feeling. Deep and ominous synth layers are the leading instruments, several at times strange sounding voice samples provide an audio onslaught on which some "easy-listening" trained ears could have habitual problems. The sparse provided vocals behave like a reporter and comment some things - what counts is the music. It’s a quite interesting mixture, but it requires your fully attention. It’s hard to start some comparisons, the latest release of SAMHAIN without that creepy Electro/EBM feeling far away fits somehow. Check this out and be a bit open-minded, it’s an impressive experience under a good pair of headphones. Available to purchase at CDBaby.
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Artist: SHIFT 69 (@)
Title: Language Error
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Another new release of the German based special mail order service SkullLine, and of course also this piece is limited to only 69 (+ 31 pieces hidden in a special box...) exemplars. It features the musically efforts of Arne J. Schmid, who runs also the Industrial/Powernoise act DEFINE and the Electro/Industrial project NEURONALES NETZWERK. SHIFT 69 differs and provides us electronic music which takes its influences out of styles Techno/Trance, Minimal and Electronica, but with a more experimental touch. Some works of TANGERINE DREAM, KRAFTWERK or the recently on the Swedish label Progress Productions released act SYSTEM come to mind, some remembrances on the 80ies as well, and it fits, that on several tracks the included vocals have received some vocoder effects. The try to fill in something special instead of following already known paths can be heard on almost all tracks, but pieces like "Super Sonic Dance Song" can be called strange with the use of a detuned Country Music guitar riff being the lead instrument here. The title track is available in two different versions and features some KRAFTWERKian rhythm patterns – this element can also be discovered at a track like "The Document". Some other favorites have to named with "The Finder" (a nice almost poppy arranged piece with changing male vocals between natural and vocoderized...) and "Light Commander" (forward-leading danceable track, well done vocals and instrumentals). SkullLine presents a fine output which tries at no time to be the harshest and roughest distorted kind of music at all – it is more an entertaining Electronica album with various facets. Hurry up (note: it’s limited!!!) and purchase it.

Angina P: 8 Rooms

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 24 2006
Artist: Angina P (@)
Title: 8 Rooms
Format: CD
Label: Notochord (@)
Distributor: Psychostatic
Rated: *****
Angina P is a very talented Austria electronic music artist who has seen her work featured in films/tv, compilations, video games and the in the top-selling download pages of sites like mp3.com. The young Dutch label Notochord recordings releases Angina P's first full length CD, featuring five original tracks of fast-paced breakbeat/drum'n'bass/ambient/IDM as well as three remixes by Semiomime, Edgey and Larvae. Beautifully packaged and produced, "8 Rooms" is really a vivid testament of Angina P's abilities and strengths. Obviously her music is so versatile that you could dance to it in a club, chill to it in a lounge or let it aid your vision of a movie. But don't wait for any of those to happen to you, go out and order this record. You can get it from Europe through the artist or the label or in the US through the distributor. If you are into Squarepusher, Plastikman, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Underworld, Apollo 440, Goldie etc or labels like Warp, Hive etc definitely give this a try.


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