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BUNKUR/MOSS: Erblicket die Töchter des Firmaments/Cop

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 29 2004
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Artist: BUNKUR/MOSS
Title: Erblicket die Töchter des Firmaments/Cop
Format: CD
Label: Foreshadow Productions (@)
Rated: *****
Both Bunkur (Holland) and Moss (UK) have reached a sort of cult status in the ultra-underground niche of extreme drone-doom, in spite of their relatively limited discography. This anticipated split release is a sort of tribute to two major influences of theirs, i.e., respectively, Burzum and Swans. Bunkur's cover of "Erblicket..." (originally from the gloomy masterpiece "Filosofem") begins with a mess of spacey, disjointed feedbacks, gradually evolving into a recognizable remake - Burzum's trademark riffs are there, though played by Bunkur's peculiar line up (two basses, a synth, screams and drums). Less recognizable is Moss' "Cop", though their desperate, obtuse sludge-doom (reminiscent of Eyehategod, early Cavity, Corrupted, etc.) is a good tribute to the tortured sounds of early Swans. A nice ep thing, though I was honestly expecting something more - I'm now looking forward to Bunkur's anticipated studio full-length (due out next year on Deserted Factory) and for something more consistent from Moss.

VV.AA.: WWW.HOTGOTH.NET

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 13 2004
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: WWW.HOTGOTH.NET
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is a first compilation CD released by the internet community www.hotgoth.net hailing from the Salt Lake City area. It presents mainly the music by registered members of this community and they all are more or less well known in the world-wide Electro/Industrial scene. The music included here varies a lot in styles and gives the listener a huge amount of diversity. Tracks ranging from Synth Pop tunes (PLATFORM ONE) to softer Electro (BOUNDLESS), from Dark Electro (SYMBIONT, LITTLE SAP DUNGEON, LEXINCRYPT) to typically US Coldwave Industrial (PROJECT 9, QUEEN BEE), from chaotic Industrial (23 EXTACY, CIRCUIT SURGEON) to somewhat like Death Metal (LORD BEHERIT), which isn’t surely my cup of tea. 12 Tracks in all plus a hidden piece at position 23, this can only be 23 EXTACY with their Punk-like cover version of DEVINE’s disco classic "I’m so Beautiful", which is both outstanding and funny. Other marvelous works are presented here by BOUNDLESS (a new track with damned efficient sequences), LITTLE SAP DUNGEON (with a scary Ambient-like start for their "Dinner Guest") and PROJECT 9 (reminds a little bit to RAZED N’ BLACK). This comp lacks a bit that known bands do not provide more new or unreleased stuff (LEXINCRYPT or SYMBIONT) but nevertheless there is a lot of interesting stuff provided here, so fell free and check out the Hotgoth website to purchase this remarkable compilation.

VULTURES: Great Discoveries and Plasma Ticks

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Dec 06 2004
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Artist: VULTURES (@)
Title: Great Discoveries and Plasma Ticks
Format: CD
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****
Vultures are back with their mixture of industrial metal/electro anger but too bad this isn't their full lenght album. Even if the CD contains ten songs, only three are new studio tracks. The other seven are remixed versions of songs coming from their first MCD ("Internal plea" and "Vulture's splendor"), remixes of new tracks ("Horrible weather" and "Live a message"), remixes of unreleased tracks ("Systematic") and a live track ("Snow"). First of all I have to admit that the new tracks ("Easy does it", "Live a message" and "Horrible weather") rock! Their mixture of power and melody will make the NIN fans question if the Vultures will become their next favorite band. The remixed tracks (treated by PTYL, K-Nitrate, 21st Century Jesus, PTSMC and Such) are good (K-nitrate version of "Horrible weather" differs totally from the original one and he makes out of it a really nice dance/ambient/e.b.m.) but sometimes (specially for the unreleased tracks) you feel that something is missing: you never heard the original track and a blend of distorted samples, like in the case of "Systematic", isn't enough. This CD is a good follow up to "Vultures EP" but I wish they will release their real first album sometimes soon.

23 EXTACY: Download the Rapture

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Dec 03 2004
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Artist: 23 EXTACY (@)
Title: Download the Rapture
Format: CD
Label: Dungeon-Recordings (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
23 EXTACY is a mutual project out from the Salt Lake City area consisting of Chris Alvarado and Kevin J. Cazier (LITTLE SAP DUNGEON or his solo effort PERCEPTION CLEANSE PERCEPTION). They play a kind of Hardcore-Electro-Metal with some rather chaotic ingredients as well and they do release here their second full-length CD. The whole music is almost guitar-driven combined with some nice Dark Electro sequences and with some brutal vocal efforts. The song structures are hard-banging with full speed, it awakes here and there some chaotic Punk attitudes. This is surely not the soundtrack to float away in a fairytale, no, it doesn’t take any prisoners. Personaly I like of course the more Electro-driven pieces like "Kill a DJ" or "Rise and Fall" but also this tracks are pretty much in the globally mentioned style. Remarkable – and with a funny hint – is the hardcore cover version of DIVINE’s "I’m so Beatiful", an Italian disco icon from the Eighties who died in the meantime (can anybody remember the original song?). If you feel you need to rinse your brain with some acid you should give this piece a try at first. Released out on Kevin J Cazier’s label Dungeon-Recordings, check also out the entirely DSBP catalogue.

GOTHIC: Grim

 Posted by Ferruccio Milanesi   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 02 2004
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Artist: GOTHIC (@)
Title: Grim
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
GOTHIC is a very strange project now at their 11th work.. They describe themselves as a multimedia project, a total art ensemble with a high experimental approach. This, united to the choice of releasing a double cd album (that took four years of composition) and giving also an electronic presentation, made me hope great things. But problems now starts. Every word the band use in their "Grim’s Presentation" is a hagiographical praise of themselves, describing tracks as a disturbing and perfect fusion of dark, electronics and heavy metal. Unfortunately the songs, in my opinion, are really far from a complete maturity, resulting in a confuse and out of phase arrangement. The two cds show two different approaches, the first electro-dark/goth-prog, the second mixing industrial, post-dark and metal. In both the cds the songs last for 7-8 minutes and are composed by many parts, following each other often without a sense, alternating good atmospheres with absurd falsettos, aggressive loops with keyboards whose sound had to be cured a lot and totally confused. Listen to the opening "Lurking Limbo" from the second cd, to understand what I say: I don’t know how they can consider this work, but I’ve found myself shocked not understanding if they were joking or not. I don’t say they always fail to hit the mark, "Forlon" is a good song and you’ll find many single parts showing a good intuition and a compositive quality, but at once, after only thirty seconds, in the following passage they destroy what they created. Ten demo have been released before "Grim", and I never heard anything of the band GOTHIC before, and they’re from the same country of my own. Probably the band members have to ask themselves why. A bit of humility will show them their limits and maybe will help them to find the right way. I repeat, they have compositive capacities, and many times they’re damn good, but they absolutely need to distinguish between the good intuition and the too confused arrangement.


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