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Autoclav 1.1: Love No Longer Lives Here

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 05 2009
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Artist: Autoclav 1.1 (@)
Title: Love No Longer Lives Here
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Another act with a so-called cult status now signed under the flag of the uprising Tympanik Audio-label, the British Electronica-specialist Tony Young and his infamous AUTOCLAV 1.1 project presents a new studio album. If the chosen album title and the generally depressive mood caused through Tony’s arrangements on this new album have any deeper with some personal experiences , maybe of a gone relationship is at least still a secret out of Tony’s private life, but I guess that Tony reflects quite often internals through his music. At least, this would fit also to the impression the beautiful album art with black/white photos in a digipak provides. Musically Tony has seldom before produced an album, which offers so much organic elements like guitars (check "All Long Black Spirals" featuring Jamie Blacker of ESA)and piano sounds besides the expected doze of IDM/Electronica music. It is surely a quite different and interesting point of view to explore a more organic sound outfit asides the known and futuristic Electronica elements – yes, this fusion may can be called innovative – but at least, those more Electronica-layered sounding tracks like the struggling "It’s Indifference" or the mechanical-moving but quite melodic "Hell Is The Face Of Love" (featuring a bass guitar performance by Dave Pybus of CRADLE OF FILTH) have my preference. "Love No Longer Lives Here" comes generally out surprising straight and 4/4-oriented, Tony’s often discovered complexity in his main rhythm structures have been reduced to take a backseat in the new AUTOCLAV 1.1 sound outfit. It is nevertheless a highly recommendable album full of refreshing ideas, but it needs an open mind and horizon from the listener.
Jan 05 2009
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Artist: Lucidstatic (@)
Title: Gravedigger
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Nowadays Electro/Industrial scene brings only very seldom artists to the daylight, which can use the term "innovative" to describe someone’s music style. The Alaska-based sole effort of Jimmy Church, LUCIDSTATIC, is surely one of this few acts, on which this term doesn’t sound platitudinous. We had Jimmy and LUCIDSTATIC, as well as his rather Downtempo-like side-project PANDORA’S BLACK BOOK already with some previous and self-released items on here. So I’ve been warned in advance what kind of storm would join my home entertainment. Even if it is fucking cold for the most part in Alaska, LUCIDSTATIC offers a hot and heavily pounding rhythm torturing kind of music. By taking inspiration out of styles like IDM, Breakcore, Powernoise and classic Industrial tunes, the percussive elements are the leading and driving force behind this act. Complex rhythm programming can sound layered, here you’ll get the proof for this thesis. And if Jimmy integrates too a sort of a synth-driven ambience in between his percussion rows, he earns surely the most applause for tracks like "Mercy Of A Bullet", "Unknown Test Subject" or P4tr10t". Some special collaboration with different but rather more unknown acts like IAMMYNEWT, SUMBRAXIS or THE PLASTIC EULOGY are featured as well. "Gravedigger" is a pure adrenaline-driven onslaught, whose valuable content needs to get discovered. Worth to spend your bucks on!.

MOST SIGNIFICANT BEAT: Música y Electrónica

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 05 2009
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Artist: MOST SIGNIFICANT BEAT (@)
Title: Música y Electrónica
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Geometrik Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Promotion
Rated: *****
Formed in 1991 by Saverio Evangelista (member of ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO since 1992) and Maurizio Martinucci (Tez) M.S.B. released three albums during the 1991÷1997 period (1991's "Control Remoto 1.0." split album with Esplendor Geométrico, 1992's "Control Remoto 2.0" split album with DoseZero and 1997's "Electrons at Work") plus a bunch of E.P.s. Their releases are all sold out so Geometrik Records, Esplendor Geometrico's own label, decided to produce MUSICA Y ELECTRONICA a retrospective double CD compilation containing a selection of tracks coming from their previous releases plus thirteen unreleased tracks produced during the 1997÷2004 period. The twenty three tracks span from minimal ambient techno to rhythmical industrial electronic (some of their nineties tracks recalled me the latest Clock DVA). Some of them tend to create an hypnotic atmosphere where the listener is feeling dizzy and seduced by rich rhythmical textures, experimental intuitions and glacial atmospheres. Good one...

KTL: IV

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 03 2009
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Artist: KTL
Title: IV
Format: CD
Label: Editions Mego
Rated: *****
So, I've never been a die-hard KTL fan, despite finding their recordings enjoyable, and often wondered what all that hype was about given that both Peter Rehberg (computer and synth) and Stephen O'Malley (guitar) had previously released much more groundbreaking and memorable albums. Whatever. "IV", produced by ubiquitous Jim O'Rourke, is both a confirmation of KTL's style and a welcome attempt at something more elaborate and complex. Out of its six tracks, clocking in at a little less than one hour, "Paraug" and "Wicked Way" are quite typical O'Malley ultrasonic rifferama mixed with Rehberg's digital clicks and synth washes. They sound ok, but at the same time they're exactly the stock tracks you'd expect, thus a little disappointing. "Eternal Winter", sharing their short run (around five minutes), is a dismal soundscape buried under a thick blanket of sizzling electronics, while in the closing "Natural Trouble" a handful of melancholic notes slowly emerges from synth debris and sparse guitar statics. Much the same can be said of "Benbbet", where O'Malley's desertic doom riffing reaches its emotional climax. The best track of the album is definitely "Paratrooper", which, I must say, is the least typically KTL-esque as well. Rehberg's synthetic throbs create a backbone for his partner's inventive, and more disjointed, guitar noises, until the massive drumming, courtesy of Atsuo (Boris), bursts in with the grace of a mammoth (those who find this track shockingly heavy should go and listen to some Sword Heaven, though). With "Paratrooper", KTL show a more daring approach at their digi-doom thing, and makes me think that in a way "IV", while nice as usual, is an unfulfilled album.

PHIL MAGGI: Blue Fields In Paramount

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 01 2009
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Artist: PHIL MAGGI
Title: Blue Fields In Paramount
Format: CD
Label: Idiosyncratics (@)
Rated: *****
Already member of Eve And The Sickness, Idiosyncrasia and Ultraphallus and Idiosyncratics label's boss along with Yannick Franck, Phil Maggi is releasing is new solo album titled BLUE FIELDS ON PARAMOUNT on the aforementioned Idiosyncratics. The album contains a 39 minutes track that is formed by totally different mini suites made with loops, fields recordings (he did his sessions in a church and in the streets of Zagreb) and sampled contemporary classical music. The track starts with a dark ambient drone mood with tones inserts and follows with Zagreb sounds mixed with backward classical music. Suddenly anxious atmospheres take a hold thanks to synth sounds coupled with an orchestration of sampled/treated breaths. The tracks changes skins different times and each one is renewing like a phoenix born from its ashes and Phil succeeds into keeping the listener's attention high thanks to interesting sounds, light melodies and tension. I liked it...


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