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MOLJEBKA PVLSE/HOROLOGIUM: Kaukasus

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 01 2007
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Artist: MOLJEBKA PVLSE/HOROLOGIUM (@)
Title: Kaukasus
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
I know that this is an old release, but thanks to Infamis, I'm trying to do a sort of Beast Of Prey special reviews set and since this release is still available I'll talk a bit about it. We already talked about Moljebka Pvlse about a month ago because of his latest release for Someplace Else. This album KAUKASUS see Mathias Josefson working on three tracks out of the seven you can find here, tweaking around the sounds provided by Horologium. If you already know him you should know his way of building hypnotic multi layered suites. The tracks made by Horologium are the ones I preferred on this release because they were able to blend dark ambient intuitions using vocal samples, synth pads, acoustic samples and particular percussive sounds, creating in this way an interesting mysterious ambience. The release is inspired by the highest mountains in Europe which have been place of conflicts ever since. The album is dedicated to this magical region, known for its natural beauty and cultural variety.

POST SCRIPTVM: Raspad

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 01 2007
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Artist: POST SCRIPTVM (@)
Title: Raspad
Format: CD
Label: Tesco (@)
Distributor: Tesco Organization
Rated: *****
I usually tend to describe the sound of a CD as well as I try to fold out the emotions I felt during the listening session. This time I must admit that it's hard to explain the tense industrial atmosphere created by Post Scriptvm. Their music is based on clanging sounds mixed with dark ambient drones but the final result and it's atmosphere it's hard to being described. First of all the experience of listening the opening ten minutes of "Crepusculum" is a particular one, because its cyclic structure is mesmerizing. The duo is able to create an "organized chaos" which builds an incredible tension. Tracks like "Purge echelon" are able to create the noise of a demonic factory thanks to the metallic percussions, the humming samples and other undefinable sounds. The grinding sound is destructive but the tracks runs smoothly and this is particular for a recording of this kind. This is one of the few cases when post industrial music is really working and sounds like the soundtrack of de-evolution!

AUTOPSIA: The Berlin Requiem

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 30 2007
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Artist: AUTOPSIA (@)
Title: The Berlin Requiem
Format: CD
Label: Old Europa Cafe (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
It's ten years that Autopsia weren't releasing an album with new tracks. In 2002 and 2005 they released "Colonia" for Staalplaat and "Le Chant De La Nuit" for their own Illuminating Technologies (see the review I did back then) but they were both compilations. THE BERLIN REQUIEM, instead, contains six new tracks composed by Autopsia and Dammerung Orchestra (we already see them on the "Kristallmacht" album, released by Hypnobeat on 1993) which ideally blend the style of the band of those days with their characteristic classical recordings of the beginnings. In this way we have long dissonant piano orchestral suites and piano orchestral suites with electronic arrangements (like on "Funeral music III"). The only exception is the sixth and final track "Sounds for remembering death" which is a ten minutes track made of hissing sounds, distant choirs and a final part with organ and piano. The effect created by the whole CD is of despair and we could call it classical isolationism. THE BERLIN REQUIEM is taking inspiration from Bertold Brecht poem of the same name. Here it is:

Give praise to the night and darkness that close in around you.
Crowd together and look up at the sky,
and see that the days has already slipped away from you.

Give praise from the bottom of your heart that heaven has a bad memory
and no longer knows either your names or your faces,
and that nobody knows that you are still around

Praise the grass and the beasts that live and die beside you.
See how they, too live and, like you, must also die.

Give praise for the cold, the darkness and corruption.
Look up: you do not matter and you can die without worrying about a thing.

BLACK ENGINE : ku klux klowns

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 26 2007
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Artist: BLACK ENGINE (@)
Title: ku klux klowns
Format: CD
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
Some newjacks with an new release looking for an hot spot or just to get your attention? He, he, you're in the wrong lane, given that the moniker hides Zu together with Eraldo Bernocchi, the odd pair should immediately put forward we're in front of an all star band. Due to the tracklist I've been mislead by the first approach, infact I was afraid the Zu element was a bit too overpowering, it took me more than a few listening to arrive at the core of the project. Thought the weight of Zu is considerable, the whole record pays an heavy tribute to forerunners like Painkiller and God, at last that was just one of the common elements Bernocchi and the romans had buried in their DNA. Ku Klux Klowns starts sailing in the uneasy waters of jazz-core but ends sinking in the midst of the post-industrial/post-metal ocean mixing fast machine-gun rides and slow bone crushing anthems that could have been featured in "Anatomy of addiction", just try "A Wolf Day" and let me know if I’m wrong. As I've wrote, "to pay" a tribute is not a matter of creating a sterile copycat of those now defunct demigods, the Black Engine is running and while showing the influences is still working in an independent way. The funny thing is how Bernocchi's touch is light and non intrusive so that I'd like to see what could has happen if his personality would have been more overwhelming. If you're into Zu, Ruins, God or the glorious Painkiller here's something you won't regret.

MORTIIS: Some Kind Of Heroin

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Apr 26 2007
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Artist: MORTIIS (@)
Title: Some Kind Of Heroin
Format: CD
Label: Earache Records
Distributor: Rough Trade
Rated: *****
I’ve to admit that I haven’t paid attention on all the previous musically efforts of the turnip-nose MORTIIS. His musically direction to produce Industrial/Goth-Rock and his past of being active in the Death-Metal genre (EMPEROR) have never been my cup of tea. But for this new 16-track CD he has invited several international renowned acts out of different music styles to keep his musically output interesting and diverse. "Some Kind Of Heroin" is a remix companion to his last studio album "The Grudge". The album and especially the two Si-CD releases "The Grudge" and "Decadent And Desperate" could enter the Top 50 of the UK Single Charts – surely a non-expected success. Especially the chosen Electro/Industrial front offers some international renowned names and offers quality stuff – IMPLANT and Sebastian R. Komor with his wife Renee aka ZOMBIE GIRL can be named to the currently rising acts. Also featured are FUNKER VOGT (new CD called "Aviator" out now...), VELVET ACID CHRIST (...Bryan has just ended his recordings on his long expected side-project TOXIC COMA...), Italy’s XP8 (... who are returning the favor to MORTIIS for receiving a remix out on BLC Productions "Interbreeding IX: Kuru"...) – while the best remix work is offered by the rather undiscovered Italian act MENTAL SIEGE on the track "The Grudge". This piece features the intense Industrial/Goth abilities of MORTIIS, but it doesn’t forget to include the own identity of this Italian act – well done, and I hope to hear more from them on some own stuff soon. Also the remix work of the UK-based GOTHMINISTER surprises with a not expected amount of Electro elements, while the remix works of THE KOVENANT, PIG or GIRLS UNDER GLAS are tending more into the typically MORTIIS kind. I also like to mention the last track here, which is a remix by IN THE NURSERY (Yes, you read it right...), an "Extraction Mix" on the track "The Worst in Me". With 16 tracks and more than 70 minutes playing time this new edition of MORTIIS is a must for the fans, as well as the right marketing strategy to offer a new release to the currently happening European tour. Thanks to the given diversity this release will satisfy also the tastes of the Electro/Industrial and Metal/Crossover genres.



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