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THE FUNGUS MOTH: Dispersal Procedures

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 02 2009
Artist: THE FUNGUS MOTH (@)
Title: Dispersal Procedures
Format: CD
I was doubtful if reviewing this or not but the honesty of Andy Duncan convinced me to spend some words about his work. Active in the 80's with different monikers but taking mainly his musical activity as personal amusement, Andy did during the years about 20 releases. He describes himself as home brew industrialist and DISPERSAL PROCEDURES is a live recording (a mono crowd recording) of his participation at the 2008 Venn Festival in Bristol. The twelve tracks of the CD are a sort or reworked compilation of his past works and actually they sound as a mixture of Mark E. Smith (of The Fall) on acid while hitting on his guitar and noisy tape cut-ups. Some tracks sound interesting but the poor recording doesn't help me understanding Andy's industrial spoken word. If you are English, you like originality and you ain't afraid of sane craziness, write him a mail...

SCHIZOPHRENIA: Schizophrenia Teach Me Love

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 31 2009
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Artist: SCHIZOPHRENIA (@)
Title: Schizophrenia Teach Me Love
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Self released under the Creative Commons license and distributed as a free download directly from their website, SCHIZOPHRENIA TEACH ME LOVE is the first official album of Schizophrenia. Formed in Tuscany in 2000 and with two demos released during the last eight years, the band with SCHIZOPHRENIA TEACH ME LOVE is giving for free a well produced work full of great sounds (here you find guitars mixed with industrial sounds and synths) and energy. Try to imagine a post metal record mixed with danceable electro industrial rhythms where Andy Thorne screams are well supported by razor like guitars, distortions and few synth lines. Songs like "Dry water" could find tons of fans into the WGT people, willing to find cool melodies into granitic sounds. The only weak point, in my opinion, is the vocal style which tend to sound the same for the whole CD length.

HOARFROST: Ground Zero

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 20 2009
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Artist: HOARFROST
Title: Ground Zero
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Distant cracklings, hisses, shattered concrete walls. Imagine to be underwater while a ship called America is sinking. Hoarfrost's GROUND ZERO tries to make you live the 9/11 experience as you were one of the people that was under the ruins of the two towers while waiting for an helping hand. The six tracks of this album sound simply as that and for a better experience you have to listen to this in total darkness. I'm not going to talk about the album's musicality as there isn't any and even if this could be filed under the dark ambient/industrial genre, it isn't because there's no research of melody (even if there's some on the closing track "Red alert") nor of rhythm. Into the CD data partition you can also find an mpg video file for the track "From here to ruins". No need to tell you that ruins (not the Ground Zero ones) are the only things that have been shot.

DIFFERENT STATE: Knar

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Mar 18 2009
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Artist: DIFFERENT STATE (@)
Title: Knar
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
Originally released in 1996, KNAR has been the first Different State release. In balance between Sonic Youth and Godflesh sound, the nine tracks of the two album's sides (the first is titled EGO and the second BURDEN), show a good band who was son of those times. Distorted bass guitar, dissonant electric guitars build a good wall of sound but the band didn't focus their attention on power only, they alternate 4/4 powerful noise tracks with other particular ones (see the second song, "Silvery hebrew" where we have a jazzy structure painting a semi post punk slow ballad a la Birthday Party and "Kna?", an experimental soundtrack sounding track with looped sounds, metal percussions and mysterious atmosphere). The tracks have been remastered and on this edition we also have two bonus tunes: "Traktat 1" (an track based on acoustic guitar, strings and flute) and "Traktat 2" (a great dark industrial track with synthesizers, weird sounds and tons of tension). Really interesting...

CRUISE [CTRL]: We've Met Before, Haven't We?

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 11 2009
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Artist: CRUISE [CTRL] (@)
Title: We've Met Before, Haven't We?
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
WE'VE MET BEFORE, HAVEN'T WE? is a self produced CDr which functions as an appetizer of the forthcoming Cruise [Ctrl] second CD on Divine Comedy Records titled "How's Annie?". The three tracks continue their tradition of 120bpm tracks where analog electronics coupled to treated guitars create obsessive atmospheres. The opening "Henry's head" sounds a bit static but its aim isn't the one to create a melodic tune, it rather to be focused on alternation of tension. The second track "The bunny room" leave the drum machine and the distortion to offer a soft guitar sound coupled to a sidereal sound that crawls slowly between the sounds created by the picked strings. "Where is alice? Alice who?" is a mid tempo track that sounds like a industrial e.b.m. 80's track where drum machine and sequencer play the main part while industrial distortions create the mood. Unfortunately I hadn't the chance to check their first official album so I can't confront that one with this but as far as I can hear, Cruise [Ctrl] kept their ability to create tension also keeping the sound under control.


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