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Sikhara: Bardos State

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 25 2008
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Artist: Sikhara
Title: Bardos State
Format: CD
Label: Urck Records (@)
Rated: *****
Sikhara (not Shakira) is a nomad tribal percussion band that performed in 26 countries and three continents. "Bardos State" (their second release, collectively put out by Radon, Soopa and Urck records) is a collection of live recordings that took place between 2003 and 2005 in Osaka (Japan), Brooklyn, NY and Linz (Austria).
Expect thundering rhythms on different type of drums and bells, mixed in with, and interleaved by, noise, electronic vocal processing and occasional chants. If you need references think of a sonicly maximized blend of Les Tambours Du Bronx, Merzbow, SRL, Neurosis, Einsturzende Neubauten, Dive and stuff like that.
The men behind all of this are founder Scott Nydegger and french drummer Yann Geoffriaud (from George Bitch Jr.). Sikhara is part of the Radon Collective (an international community of touring experimental artists) and often play with ex-Can frontman Dam Suzuki. Very interesting record I urck you to check out!

THOLEN: Sternklang

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 23 2008
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Artist: THOLEN
Title: Sternklang
Format: CD
Label: Cyclic Law (@)
Rated: *****
Sidereal space never gave me the idea of a calm place where you can hang out sticking your country flags into planets' ground. According to Gerry Anderson's tv show "Space 1999" (you should know it if you were kids in the'70s), space is a place where you lose your hopes and the sense of yourself. Is like you returned into your mother's womb but you aren't feeling that it is your place. You know that space is over there but you never wanted to get there to know how it is. Well, the fist Tholen release titled STERNKLANG can give you that sort of sensation: losing hope and senses into an unknown place. Divided into four movements, "Sternklang", slowly explore the sidereal space creating a minimal suite based on long synth pads, little melodies and noises. I must admit that sometimes I lost my attention because of the nature of sounds and also because the whole atmosphere is based on a constant growing of the structure but Tholen is able to create well this sort of ambience. You can check some sound excerpts at the Cyclic Law website.

SINKE DUS: Akrasia

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 20 2008
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Artist: SINKE DUS
Title: Akrasia
Format: CD
Label: Cyclic Law (@)
Rated: *****
Formed by a Swedish guy called Marcus Lönebrink, Sinke Dus is releasing for the Canadian label Cyclic Law its first full length titled AKRASIA. Behind this term there's a philosophic question: the problem goes back at least as far as Plato; Socrates (in Plato's "Protagoras") asks precisely how this is possible - if one judges action A to be the best course of action, why would one do anything other than A? [from Wikipedia]. Under the light of such dilemma saw the light the seven tracks of this album. We have: "The Premonition", "Acedia", "Remnants", "That which was lost", "The abyss", "That which lies beyond" and "Fortitude". I found intriguing and important to link a concept to sounds/ambience because it make you focus on a direction and it characterize a project. In this case Sinke Dus, presents 45 minutes of dark ambient made with synth patterns and light noises. The suites span from calm ambient moments to mix of ambient and dark minimal industrialism (see "Remnants" or the following "That which was lost"). This is a nice release, a little minimal but if listened into the right mood, it has really good moments (like the dark opus titled "The abyss").

Across the Rubicon: Elegy

 Posted by Ivan Racheck (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 18 2008
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Artist: Across the Rubicon
Title: Elegy
Format: CD
Label: Rage in Eden (@)
Rated: *****
Dark, atmospheric, symphonic, industrial, neo-classic music with a lot of power and beautiful melodies = ELEGY.
Synthetic music with bombastic music far exeeding bands such as Arditi and other bands that are one-diemensional. Across The Rubicon is not one-diemensional and were acts like Puissance fail in atmosphere Across The Rubicon with this album succeed!
The album is very well executed and for those into this kind of style I really recommend it. Sometimes the noise takes over just a little bit but that´s really nothing to complain about. I am really looking forward to hearing more from this promising act.

Arditi: Marching on to Victory

 Posted by Ivan Racheck (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 18 2008
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Artist: Arditi
Title: Marching on to Victory
Format: CD
Label: Equilibrium Music
Rated: *****
Darkwave music with harsh militaristic influences. The music is hard and with apocalyptic tendensis and reminds me of In Slaughter Natives early stuff. Nightmarish, chaotic but not only industrial but also with hints of melodies and of true destruction.
An all in all interesting album even though it´s a bit to one diemensional. Neo-classic in a way that crush the orchestra.



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