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PHRAGMENTS & KORINTH: Mysteries Of The Greylands

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Apr 29 2010
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Artist: PHRAGMENTS & KORINTH
Title: Mysteries Of The Greylands
Format: CD
Label: Greytone (@)
Rated: *****
After releasing their forth studio album on Malignant two years ago, Phragments are delivering the result of three years of work in conjunction with Korinth on Greytone. MYSTERIES OF THE GREYLANDS is a voyage through the deserted lands of an imaginative place where, as they say, "reality becomes myth and myth becomes reality. Where repressed longings lurk, waiting to be awakened". Musically the five suites of the album mix ritualistic ambiance, Gregorian chants, industrial noises and classical music samples where here and there melody surfaces (like the violin duetting with the choruses on "The mirror") creating a melancholy effect which breaks the mournful atmosphere generated by dark ambient sounds. Rhythm is rarely used and this choice turns this CD from an industrial album into a psychic trip that finds its opus into the thirty four minutes of the closing "The greylands". Track that mix minimal strings orchestra variations, cosmic atmospheres, choirs and some distant blasting percussions at its end. A bit minimal for an occasional listening but such a voyage isn't like taking the bus for a couple of stops...

DOGPOP: Jahrmarkt Der Verlorenen Kinder

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Apr 26 2010
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Artist: DOGPOP
Title: Jahrmarkt Der Verlorenen Kinder
Format: CD
Label: UMBER KOLLEKTIF (@)
Rated: *****
Formed by Brigant Moloch and Daniel Hofmann (members of Thorofon and Anenzephalia), Dogpop are delivering for Umber Kollektif their second official album. Released six years after their debut album "Popgod", JAHRMARKT DER VERLORENEN KINDER is a sum of German wave/industrial music of the 80s (see Der Plan, D.A.F., Pyrolator or Die Tödliche Doris). The album opens with an industrial track titled "Horst Du?" just to change with a D.A.F. inspired one titled "6er-bahn"" and the following "Himmel flieg (I-schuss-mix)" which sounds like a Pyrolator/Der Plan hybrid. Analog synth industrial is on with the obscure "Ewiges kino" and 80s minimal synth is alive on "Weisser klown" and "Dogporn". There are also some weird electronic instrumental tunes like the closing "Jahrmarkt der verlorenen kinder" or "Wind". A varied album that will please the lovers of German 80s synthetic music.

CEDIGEST: Walking In The Flesh

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Apr 23 2010
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Artist: CEDIGEST
Title: Walking In The Flesh
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Rated: *****
After their self released albums “When Evil Returns” (released in 2006) and “Evisceration” (released in 2007) CeDigest got signed by BLC and they should have released their debut album on that label. One year ago Avi on the band's website wrote that they weren't working with BLC no more and now that their new album is out we are aware that they now have a contract with Noitekk. WALKING IN THE FLESH is a nice industrial e.b.m. album with some surprises. Besides presenting classic tracks based on unintelligible lyrics and electronic distortion, the band on tracks like "Displaying the wounds" show their metal influences (some melodies and the grind riffs remind me of Carcass) that has been quite a pleasant surprise. Also the fact that they don't base their sound only on sonic aggression made me appreciate their sound because the first songs of the album ("Evel returns", "Fermenting remains", "All will be lost" or "Bound") show a melodic attitude on the synth lines that sounds catchy. This along with some 4/4 dancey attitude will make you want to check WALKING IN THE FLESH.

REFORMED FACTION: Until…

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Apr 20 2010
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Artist: REFORMED FACTION
Title: Until…
Format: CD
Label: Greytone (@)
Rated: *****
Formed by Robin Storey and Mark Spybey who are or have been members of :zoviet*france:, Rapoon, Dead Voices on Air, Propeller and Sofortkontakt! (Andy Eardley, who was also a member of :zoviet*france: was part of Reformed Faction since July of 2006, has left the project) Reformed Faction are releasing on Greytone their fourth album titled UNTIL.... Released one year after "I am the source of light, I am not a mirror", out for Soleilmoon, Reformed Faction apply Stockhausen's abstract compositional instructions to ambient sounds creating what I can call six ghostly tracks where the sounds graze you but they make you feel also kinda empty. Just listen to the harmonic crescendo on "For the sun" or the minimal background noises of "Begins to burn" and you'll be trapped into a sort of slow motion where reversed sounds are released to hunt your soul. If you are in the mood for dreamy atmospheres applied to industrial ambient then feel free to check UNTIL...

Xykogen: Musica Universalis

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Apr 19 2010
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Artist: Xykogen (@)
Title: Musica Universalis
Format: CD
Label: Mrs Vee
Rated: *****
It’s quite easy to infer this spooky London based industrial collective of "art-scapists" deals with occultist themes just from the fact the names of their members have not be taken from the ones by Teletubbies! Xykogen, cryptic term coined by the band founder Amon Zero meaning "any process influencing mind" according to this bizarre neologist, can count among its members the above mentioned Amon – former vocalist of the cyberpunk UK band Arkam Asylum – and a bunch of sound experi/mentalists and sorcerers such as Max Rael – founder and member of History of Guns -, the drummer Mog Warbeast – playing a key role in the line-up in my modest opinion... -, Lee Chaos – running the notorious Judder club - and The Reverend Eris – both of them being the entities behind the mechanical curtains of The Chaos Engine and Wasp Factory Recordings – as well as occasional collaborators.

Their manifest occultist references (I could do nothing but indulgently smile when noticing some details such as the reprise of the notorious Latin palindrome "In Girum Imus Nocte Et Consumimur Igni" in order to begin and end the tracklist full of double-titled pieces or the references to the Pythagorean philosophical concept of Musica Universalis someone tried to "ensound" recurring to mathematical algorithms based on abstruse musical "translitterations" of some geometrical series reflecting the so-called music of the spheres) doesn’t mask shoddy compositions and it’s evident when you’ll listen to this release, a 1-hour-and-1-second long live-recording of a Xykogen’s show at The Foundry in London, one of the sacred temple for the avant-garde acts, including some interesting examples of experimentation which are not to be considered just as aseptic sound tests and/or effortless jiggling manipulations, beginning with the introductory In Girum Imus Nocte, an heavy start to set up your pavilions with a raw flux(us) of razor-cut noises and guitar walls, an heavy drumming session and some atmospheric creepy shouts by Amon, obsessively repeating "we’re invisible" and so pulling the listener into the climax of that exhibition, before the suffocating knots tightening throughout 8bit pulses, intricate layering, mungo drumming sets, reversed sound cascading – among which the classical Casio tone for the laser beam... ! - and ill-ogical rhythmical pattern of the title track subtitled Ineffable, Empty which is going to delight most extreme and obscure experimental music’s lovers, projecting them into the ritualistic setting the folks attending that meeting at The Foundry on February 25th 2009!

The following track, Pissing Contest/Kshatriya referring to the warrior class according to the Hindu social orders, is a blasting one that will rape your eardrums through a Throbbig Gristle-style thunderous effected guitars perfectly fading into the following Citizen’s Arrest/Fury With The Face Heaven (featuring another Casio tone... the typing machine!), an aggressive electro-punk episode deeply influenced by 80s punk and French electro-metal wisely placed before the psychedelic dark-ambient suite Ki/Qiyamat – another reference to mystical terminology-, whose drones broken by powerful and unexpected thunders are impressively suggestive reminding some similar workouts by Origami Galaktika . There’s nothing really musical in the vocal obscure bunch of interviews and personal stories by survivors from the holocaust, you could hear in a disorientating jungle of whispering sounds, metallic brushings and hypnotic bells in the provocative Work Will Make You Free/We Rip This Symbol From The Void, sloping into a bewildering nebula of laser blasts introducing the martial stepping built on over-filled organ disorientating phrases in the thrilling Seidhr/TO REND THE VEIL OF PAROKETH. The following track Brand X seems to be an attempt of redefining a brand new form of punk even if the artistic liaision to the French anarcho-punk scene is clear... pay attention to details to be conscious of what I’m referring to! The final track, Behold, The Silver Star, hallows Xykogen’s Dadaist (or lettreist as well!) and de-structionist attitude in treating sound, consecrating themselves as some of the best learners of P-Orridge lecturers! Something that could let your nerves scream out for its terrific hallucinatory gripping!!! Last but not least (or if you prefer Latin, dulcis in fundo)– another esoteric imprint? -: it’s thee (double E’s not a spelling mistake... ) release number 23 licensed by Mrs Vee.


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