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TRAMA AFONA: Trama Afona

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 11 2010
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Artist: TRAMA AFONA
Title: Trama Afona
Format: CD
Label: Greytone
Rated: *****
Trama Afona is the musical project of Lorenzo Scacchia and the self title album released by Greytone is his first official full length release. Composed by fourteen tracks, the album since its first minutes, offer a blend of semi classical strucures, chants, orchestral dramatic themes and cinematic atmospheres. Focusing the efforts on the sound sculpture, Lorenzo is ideally building a bridge between the soundtrack approach of Atrium Carceri and the bombastic sound of the latest Karjalan Sissit (even if this element is less evident). Melodically influenced by classical music of late 19th and early 20th centuries, Trama Afona, create soundtracks for tragic events succeeding into giving form to every day's nightmares. The tracks, composed between 2005 and 2008, offer a sight on how Trama Afona's sound changed during the years: the last tracks are the oldest ones and are based on dark ambient atmospheres with the predominance of synth sounds and industrial rhythms while the newest tunes are a bit more orchestral oriented with a major attention on the sound palette as the overall atmosphere is less saturated gaining a sort of brilliance. Good release for this new Italian label which since the first releases is proposing itself as one of the most interesting ones in the dark sounds field.
Apr 09 2010
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Il Circolo Della Vela Vol.6
Format: CD
Label: Il Circolo Della Vela
Rated: *****
Used as a card of a mysterious club called Il Circolo Della Vela, the sixth volume of the compilation with the same name offers twelve bands/tracks of the Italian industrial/wave/experimental scenes. The major change from the old volumes is that this time participated also bands that have already released different albums or who are kinda historical (see Rinf, MGZ and Maurizio Bianchi). The compilations opens with a new Rinf track: "Panic trotter". Their sound is always tense and nervous and someway it recalled me a bit the late Einsturzende Neubauten. Next we have a great electro ambient track by Keith, a dark e.b.m. tune by Klonavenus and an experimental feedback/guitar based track by Carlomargot. Ius Primae Noctis with "Change forever" give their version of electro aggro grind. Condanna is next with "Cranio loop", a track based on a noisy loop with variations. Next we have Spargle In Grey & Maurizio Bianchi with a live track recorded in Graz titled "The sky gets grey" which is based on violins, samples and guitars. Sandro Codazzi with "Aftermath" proposes a nice retro electro tune titled "Aftermath". Teatrino Elettrico with "Senza titolo" pass from experimental acoustic noises to semi power electronics sounds. DJ Pellegrino Ernetti with "Fuori day musei" gives his idea of sampleism as musical art creating a sort of reverse sounding 80's electro tune which didn't impressed me that much. Sinclair is next with "The routine song (London dub factory mix)", a nice pop electronic tune with dub intuitions. MGZ closes the compilation with a remix of his "Non basta mai" coming from "Ho visto tempi migliori" album.

Zeromancer: The Death Of Romance

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 08 2010
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Artist: Zeromancer
Title: The Death Of Romance
Format: CD
Label: Trisol (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
I don’t think this talented Norwegian band needs any particular introduction as some colleague already interviewed them after getting surprised by their superb workout entitled Sinners International and after the enthusiastic feedbacks they received by reviewers and audiences related to their issues, but we surely like to imagine them playing with sophisticated machinery in order to grab influences from American bands and European ones as they stylistically are a sort of bridge between the gorgeous and glorious years of the American goth-rock and "European" EBM and industrial rock without being too obsessively apocalyptic or becoming sclerotized on tips & tricks! I’ll run the risk to be repetitive by highlighting their remarkable compositional skills (even in those parts they looks like to imitate some famous bands, but reviewers need to make quotations to help readers understand!) and their perfect balance between electronic slopes and a robust drumming reminding the one by Rev.Manson and Rev.Reznor - probably the most influential music neuromancers ideally fostering this zeromancer...- and the candid coarseness of greenhorn-like sensual voice by Alex Møklebust, whose silver-tonguing intonation is going to drive every cutie suicide little girl crazier, and even if maybe they needed more time to refine some lyrics (tracks such as Murder Sound or Revengefunk slightly suffer from this genetical defect, but it could be considered just as an aesthetical neo on a sweet oval face... and even attempts of being original could be avoided... word trickeries in The Hate Alphabet seems to be too close to the cogent dialetics by a group of majorettes..gimme an H, gimme an A, gimme a T, gimme an E!) as it seems less wordy than their previous album and some sporadic lack of originality (A Plynth could be easily skipped), it will surely delight their fans and all those who still don’t know their musical melting of mystery, semantic beams, anguished melancholy, rancorous sadness and powerful rhythmical pills propelling that kind of desperation, able to add a tragic grip to the whole climax! But it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack as tracks such as the floor-filler Industry People, the tingling ambientish The Pygmalion Effect or the brightest V – the best song of the album in my modest opinion! – and even the more vintagesque and classy tunes such as the tilte-track will annihilate any doubts about Zeromancer’s skills so as you could argue that romance is dead just in order to resurrect! Really brilliant piece of music!

PSYBORG CORP: The Mechanical Renaissance

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 07 2010
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Artist: PSYBORG CORP
Title: The Mechanical Renaissance
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Rated: *****
Is my personal opinion that industrial e.b.m., as well as all the genres that have any sort of stereotypes, is a difficult kind of music because you have to undress yourself from all the typical characterizations of the bands that previously played that genre to sound someway original. Psyborg Corp tricked the process by adding elements that are able to personalize their music so I have to admit that they succeeded into catching my attention. Presenting themselves like cyber-warriors, the Colombian trio is delivering twelve tracks that have catchy melodies, distorted bouncing sounds and filtered vocals. Danceability and distortion are the key elements that they use and that make of Psyborg Corp a nice combo to listen to but when they mix electro to industrial e.b.m. they show their true potential. Just check "Technocracy" or the following "My mechatronics" and you'll understand what I mean...

Santa Hates You: Crucifix Powerbomb

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 24 2010
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Artist: Santa Hates You
Title: Crucifix Powerbomb
Format: CD
Label: Trisol (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Santa doesn’t hate just you: this brand new clockwork orange-juice squeezed by Peter Spilles (mastermind and frontman of Project Pitchfork) and freshly served by the winking cutie singing janitor Jinxy (the Italian sexy singer already involved in another Spilles’ side-project called Imatem, where he usually invites a lot of fellow musicians for vocal performances) after a wise alteration of nutrional values by adding electronic vitamins and just some fake blood drops (the –not so- secret recipe... ) confirms Santa’s hatred’s beared towards certain monotony, sample-centered electronic music, music mass markets and the over-lamented lack of creative individuality pervading the over-crowded playground of gothic-tinged electrified dance muzak. The fans’jaws have beeb left dry by Santa’s Christmas appetizer – the Rocket Fuel EP -, but this album entitled Crucifix Powerbomb – a wrestling throw in which the opponent is lifted up like he’s crucified on the wrestlers shoulders and than slammed back-first down to the mat... maybe just another clownesque way to describe this project’s style! - is going to wash them and Peter Spilles broaches his cask full of loud and brutish sounds, stomping danceable beat sequences and catching tones in order to quench their thirst at the fountain of this clownish and bizarre music mark. The opener Fuck That, I’m Human is maybe the one of the funniest ("I’m not your pretty toy/I’m not what gives you joy" sung with a distorted voice by Jinxy alternated by natural vocals singing "Don’t tell me I shouldn’t scream" and so on sound perfect for a fetish party!) but if you’ll enjoy the snorting sounds of this catching track, don’t waste your cum, guys! The German-sung of Hexenpolizei fits to the more aggressive tones of this track, but it looks more conventional than the opener; even if the following track God Hides Under My Bed seems to be likewise close to classic song design, the whirling noisy vortex makes it more appreciable as Jinxy’vocal interpretation seems fuming in anger! Lovely! Other highlights of this blood-tinged clockwork orange-juice are Slime Green Spaceship (a sort of contagious electro-rock groove with nice sound trickery on a classic ebm brass obsessive alarm!), You Make Me Wanna Bang My Head Against The Wall And Not In A Good Way (... an interminable wordy title for a track featuring maybe the most provocative and erotic vocals by Jinky... I already said "don’t waste your cum", bad guys! Don’t get me angry... ), Z.O.M.B.I.E. (an ironic slamming electro march, which is going to turn you into a dancing mummy!!!), La Malia (a funny and bewitching attempt of integrating Italian lyrics on an electro track... and believe me, it’s not so easy... ) and the final fury of Bootcamp. Clownish as usual, perfectly attaining to an apocalyptic equestrian circus but really funny workout!


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