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Jun 21 2011
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Artist: Simon Balestrazzi (@)
Title: A Rainbow In My Mirror
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Magick With Tears (@)
Rated: *****
The sketch of the skeleton belonging to some Siamese twins is a becoming dress for the first tangible self-titled release by Simon Balestrazzi, one of the most prolific sound forger, mainly known as the only enduring member of the notorious exmperimental and industrial Italian cult band T.A.C. (acronym of Tomografia Assiale Computerizzata, i.e. what is known in English speaking countries as "computerized axial tomography", a notorious diagnostic test, a bizarre name marking some of the most interesting combination between progressive-rock and industrial gothic) and former member of Kirlian Camera. Such a pertinence hangs on the circumstance A Rainbow In My Mirror has been completely recorded in two "twin" but mirrored moments - autumnal equinox in 2009 and vernal equinox in 2010 -, surgically joined together in one 21 minutes-lasting trance inducing track, whereas the whirligig of sounds departing from a sort of drone built on piercing and almost cacophonic sounds interrupted by a panting breath and flowing into a sort of cloudy organ - including one prepared toy psaltery (!), the glorious MS-20, many field recording (really disquieting some vocal childish ones appearing in the middle of the sound storm), arguably processed through Bidule, a funny modular music software, developed by Plogue - becomes gradually more vortical even if it seems possible to recognize the transition from an equinotial day to the following one when some natural sounds burst into the sonorous space previously crossed by metallic rushes, clanging hums and other sinister presences. Simon shows a considerable talent as sound-weaver and although many moments could sound quite abrasive, the bountiful way by which he fasten together the manifest esoteric aspect of this product and the stylistical exploration into one creature is somewhat interesting.

Liquidarlo Celuloide / Animal Machine: s/t

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jun 13 2011
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Artist: Liquidarlo Celuloide / Animal Machine
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Buh Records (@)
Rated: *****
This release is a split between Liquidarlo Celuloide that is peruvian trio of industrial music with psychedelic influences and Psygoat a power electronics outfit.
"Amantes de cuerpos volcánicos" opens this release with noises giving colors to the initial drone, "Antorchas en la gruta serán parte de ella" is a huge mess of high frequencies oscillations, "Seis feroces perros salen de su vientre" tries using some beats to give some movement to this formula. "Escila contempla con espanto al navegante humanoide" is a quieter track closing this side of the record.
"Psygoat" is the work of "Animal Machine" and is a long (15 minutes) track that is harsh noise assault made of videogame-like sounds.
Industrial noise music without anything new to offer but enjoyable for fans. Average music.

Lexincrypt: Scar Tissue

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jun 08 2011
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Artist: Lexincrypt (@)
Title: Scar Tissue
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Crunch Pod (@)
Rated: *****
Last year has been excellent for several bands and music projects to start a comeback and the return of LEXINCRYPT a.k.a. Justin Cameron, newly signed to Crunch Pod, has been one of the most remarkable ones. No doubt, one half of the too early gone cult-project SYMBIONT hasn't forget his amazing abilities, with which he could release two full-length albums on DSBP in collaboration with SLC's Backscatter Records. 'Scar Tissue' is a logical and pretty much business-related EP taken out of Justin's last years' album 'Of Unsound Mind', his comeback release on Crunch Pod. As usual for an EP, which is intended to offer alternative stuff for DJ's, promoters, etc., you'll get mostly stuff, which counts to the rather straight and danceable oriented compositions of Justin. The impression of his 3 full-length albums released throughout the years, which all offer their depth featured through an ominous, classic Dark Electro-like sound-design, flies a bit under the radar through such EP releases like this one. 10 tracks have received a slot on this opulent EP and all are remix contributions, for the most part provided by Justin's dear label comrades like SINSECT, MANGADRIVE, or the Crunch Pod-state-of-art-project, Mr. Ben Arp's C/A/T. Other important people and friends in Justin's career found a free slot too, LITTLE SAP DUNGEON (which offer contrary to the main direction a harsh, Downtempo-like interpretation of the title-track...), XIESCIVE (That is the new, follow-up project to BOUNDLESS, alias Trevor 'Xon' Weeks...), or such long unheard projects like C2 (the harsh Powernoise side-project of CONTROL.ORG), or FILAMENT 38 (between all of these rather Powernoise/TBM-inspired projects a nice variation through their inclusion of heavy guitar riffs...). It doesn't need to rate the winner of this remix 'contest' on here, as this turns rather into a matter of personal preferences. MANGADRIVE have received the opening crown on this EP and are providing the most assessable work on here, which should be able to flame the dancefloors, while LITTLE SAP DUNGEON may represent the nearest of the above mentioned ingredients normally discovered in LEXINCRYPT's compositions. It's a pity, that Justin himself doesn't offer anything originally composed for this EP, like an unreleased tune, so this may alters a bit the impression of a new and cheerful listener. However, this stuff still rules.

Jgruu / Grassa Dato: s/t

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jun 05 2011
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Artist: Jgruu / Grassa Dato
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Buh Records (@)
Rated: *****
This release is a split betwenn JGRUU (two track), an industrial outfit from Peru with psychedelic influence and Grassa Dato (one track), an experimental band from Spain.
The first Jgruu track, "Tierra Muerta" is a, loop based, almost noist track reminding a manga like battle while "Communication fallida" is a noise drone in the vein of the previous track. "Humanos y otros insectos", the track from Grassa Dato, is a twenty minutes fully noise track that has no mercy for the (poor?) listener.
Even if not recommanded to everyone, this could be a good listen to noise fans searching nothing new to listen but quite funny to hear.
Jun 05 2011
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Artist: Hamann / Astro
Title: Limbo Split
Format: CD
Label: Buh Records (@)
Rated: *****
This split release is by Herman Hamann (Hamann), a kraut rock influenced musician from Peru, and Hiroshi Hasegawa (Astro), a noise artist influenced by seminal bands like C.C.C.C.
The first two track by Haman are a sort of spacey, with the use of sci-fi movie sounds, dark ambient while the third is a slow atmospheric tune wounderfully sustained by synth. The track from Astro is, instead, a noisy ambient assault above a dark drone; it has not much musical development, especially in dynamics but it's typical to japan outfits, but has a good sonic architecture.
This work has nothing new to offer but this could be a good pick to noise fans, not searching for pure assault but also interested to some sonic research. Nice.


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