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AIN SOPH: Kshatriya

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 10 2007
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Artist: AIN SOPH
Title: Kshatriya
Format: CD
Label: HAURUCK! SPQR (@)
Distributor: Tesco Organisation
Rated: *****
Released back in 1988 and reissued in 1994 by Musica Maxima Magnetica, KSHATRIYA has been the first vinyl album from Ain Soph. After their tape trilogy and after "Ars regia" on Necrophile, the Roman combo (back then there were still Crucifige and Clau D.E.D.I. on the line up) decided to have a different approach regarding their way of making "magickal music". If the first three tapes were pure ritual music, with "Ars regia" and specially with KSHATRIYA, they passed from functional music to "spiritual" music. If on their first years Crucifige and THX were focused on magick and rituals, KSHATRIYA see them approaching the magical themes under a different point of view. Eliphas Levi made them switch their approach from men who experimented to warriors who want to focus their lives on pride and honor, trying to forge their spirit to deserve a high level into both the human and "divine" scale. For this reason their picked such a title: the Kshatriya were the warrior caste, for the early Vedic civilization, who were led by the divine light (you can read more about them following this link Musically the five tracks of the album see the combo leaving their ritualistic humming, embracing a form of industrial paganism with "eucharistical" moments (see the amosphere of the final part of "Stella maris" as well as "Decimus gradus"). This album sees also the important help of Eliana on vocals. She created a sort of hypnotizing chant helping Ain Sopth into the creation of their most significant album of their new course. You can check again this piece of Italian industrial ritualistic history, thanks to this new Hauruck! SPQR reissue.

Son Of Rust: Vicious Cycles

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 08 2007
Artist: Son Of Rust (@)
Title: Vicious Cycles
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
SON OF RUST is the Portland-based solo project by Justin Coope, who likes to present us his already second and self-released full-length CD. Surely not at all a bloody greenhorn, since Justin could already open some events mostly in his area for global scene-players like A23, INFORMATION SOCIETY or IRIS. Also a strong friendship on MySpace and several playlist entries speak for his growing rule in the Industrial scene. Musically "Vicious Cycles" offers an electronic-driven outfit being infiltrated with some Rock-like guitar sounds and Justin’s charismatic vocal performance. Synth-/Futurepop with edges, luckily without the plastic-sugar-sweet-kind – so it can be named, too. The given references on DEPECHE MODE, MESH, IRIS, NIN and/or IMPERATIVE REACTION aren’t to far away from topic, I also tend to compare especially Justin’s timbre with the non-effected voice of Gary Zon (DISMANTLED), while Justin is definitively more talented. 12 quality tracks following some fine compositional guide lines without any filler are presented here. However, some favorites like "Welcome To Chaos", "Just Once" or "Another Beautiful Tragedy" have to be named to be the best danceable tunes, while the mid-tempo pieces like "The Highest Cost", "Violator" (what a title...) and the majestically "To Be Free" totally convince and proof Justin’s fine nose for a needed catchy composition. Even if this release is a self-produced one, it has to be praised for its kind, sound and the good artwork printed in a digi-pack. This is a fine and constant good release for the Synth-/Alternative-Pop genre, thumbs up!

PHRAGMENTS: The Burning World

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 07 2007