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DENSE VISION SHRINE: Time Lost In Oblivion

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 28 2009
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Artist: DENSE VISION SHRINE
Title: Time Lost In Oblivion
Format: CD + DVD
Label: First Fallen Star (@)
Rated: *****
Dense Vision Shrine is back and after two years from the previous album "Unwinding The Inside" is releasing for the new label First Fallen Star (label run by the www.darkmusicdomain.com people) a new CD titled TIME LOST IN OBLIVION. On this new one Karsten Hamre is leading his music toward darkest places where melody is present but not properly defined. Where synth pads tremble while daring a new tone. Where subtle rhythm patterns play, slowed down to death. This time we don't have neo-classical influences, everything sounds just a procession like following a litany. Sometimes the bleak atmosphere is shacked by some obsessive percussive part but soon after the old flux takes a hold just to repeat itself. The titles give an idea of consequentiality like if they are tracking down a sort of story. We have:
1. From Oblivion
2. A Voyage from the North
3. Through Fjords and Burning Skies
4. The Kingdom of Bucovnia
5. Time Lost in Oblivion
6. Through Eternity
7. The Guardians of Staglieno
8. The Black Forest
9. A Womans Cave
10. The Girl Next Door
The first 500 copies comes with a free dvd with the same track list coupled to the image sideshow used by Karsten during his gigs. Those images (natural sights, monuments, etc) help a lot the creation of the atmosphere giving to the listener the right mood for losing themselves in oblivion.

ZONK'T: Beat Wins You And Me

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 21 2009
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Artist: ZONK'T
Title: Beat Wins You And Me
Format: 12"
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Out on September like the newest Heal album and, as well as the other one, available only on vinyl, BEAT WINS YOU AND ME is the latest Zonk't album. Mixing dub, electronic experimentations and focusing its structure on minimal variations of rhythms and sounds, Laurent Perrier is releasing a good album where each track is able to create its own peculiar musical atmosphere. The five tracks of the album pulse and throb trying to find a way out through your speakers using sounds that change frequently. Filters and distortion is used to make the sounds change and to give the impression that they are kinda living on their own. In this way the track change, evolving and convincing the listener. Only the fifth tune "Glaire" didn't convinced me in full because it's less rich sound-vise but this don't affect the whole result of the album. Watch out for it...

S.E.T.I.: Corona

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 20 2009
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Artist: S.E.T.I.
Title: Corona
Format: CD
Label: Power And Steel (@)
Rated: *****
Active since 1992 with the S.E.T.I. moniker Andrew Lagowski (who's active with many other projects since 1982) is releasing for Power & Steel division of Loki Foundation his fifth album CORONA. Based on the sounds and emotions of deep space explorations CORONA with its mix of drones, hisses, bleeps and N.A.S.A. samples is able to awaken primordial memories. The seven tracks of the album alternate light melodic lines, cosmic like sounds and noises creating the effect of being back to your mother's womb. The rhythms are uniquely created using clashing electronic noises (see the opening track"Senior crown") that like lasers break the magmatic fluctuating synth waves with a blast. Another great track is the third one "Jece (Mix 1=4)" where the magnificence of cosmos is greeted by a sort of suite where synth long pads are coupled to orchestral organ like sounding crescendo. Mind that this is an album that needs to grow into your ears and needs you to take some time off from your frenetic activities just to join the flux...

Mewark: Little One

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 04 2009
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Artist: Mewark
Title: Little One
Format: CD
Label: Lagunamuch Records (@)
Rated: *****
This is a Russian one-man music project consisting of the Moscow-based IDM/Electronica-musician Alexander Petrunin. He normally earns his money to produce some jingles for MTV Russia and after consuming this quite personal album and its featured not-that-easy-to-consume music content, I am able to assure you that MEWARK isn’t at all mass-compatible. The featured music on "Little One" is a sort minimal Electronica with a rhythmically IDM-foundation. You have to be a bit open-minded, since "Little One" doesn’t refuse, also to allow organic sounds and brass instruments to take a niche in the music outfit. "Static" is rather sort of a monotone Downtempo-tune, which convinces, but generally the music misses a bit the target to include more cinematic or thrilling moments. That may belongs on the fact, that chosen sounds out of his Reason-crafted equipment are sounding quite too ordinary and in this playing field are definitely based a lot of more acts, which reach higher attention. "Little One" offers consumable Electronica/IDM-tunes, which doesn’t hurt anyone. But at least this one comes out too much filled with average attitude to impress completely.

HEAL: Supernatural

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 04 2009
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Artist: HEAL
Title: Supernatural
Format: 12"
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
After two years from the "Starting back" album the next September Laurent Perrier will release on vinyl a limited run of 300 copies of his new Heal album titled SUPERNATURAL. The eight tracks born from Laurent cut and paste and editing of recordings of eleven guest musicians. Mixing jazz/swing elements (the rhythms, the use of bass with xylophone, etc), industrial and experimental sounds the album sounds like a soundtrack to a noir cartoon movie. While side A is more based on treated classic instruments, side B is focused on electronic sounds. "Fille ordinaire", "Bright moods" and "Oslo" (great dub electonic experimental tune) are different from the five tracks of the first side but they doesn't sound strange as Laurent succeeded into keeping alive the same experimental touch with rich rhythmic layers and great sounds. This album made me remember another great album released recently: Laurent Garnier's "Tales of a Kleptomaniac". I know that Garnier's sound is more dancey but in both cases we have great tunes and a rich mix of sounds and rhythms where loops and minimal variations are used with taste.


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