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FIR§T LAW: Terrorforming

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 04 2009
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Artist: FIR§T LAW (@)
Title: Terrorforming
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Rated: *****
TERRORFORMING is the sixth album by Fir§t Law and with this release Andreas Whamann is redefining slightly the sound of his project (you can find more rhythm, vocals, melodies into a mix of dark ambient/post punk/electronic prog). First of all TERRORFORMING is a concept album based on fear. As explained on the CD booklet the idea came after the 9/11 facts as with that terrorist act became evident that the imperialistic system had some flaws. The calling for security has been used by governments for their own goals and the terror threat has been only the first step towards the age of terror. The newest one is the "global financial crisis". Workers will be held in a constant state of anxiety because there are countries where slaves are ready to take their work for a cheap wage. Terror and control are two sides of the same coin and TERRORFORMING is the right soundtrack to the process. The album is also available in a limited run of 99 copies having a bonus printed DVDr containing the studio set up from the one-off live show of FIR§T LAWs legendary performance at the WGT 2007, including the backing video and deluxe sound plus a bonus track.
Jan 30 2009
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Artist: SUM OF R
Title: Sum of R
Format: CD
Label: Utech Records
Rated: *****
Sum Of R born from an idea Reto Mader (a.k.a. RM74) had for a side project but it grew into a open structure musical project. Actually we find Roger Ziegler and Christoph Hess of Herpes O Deluxe are joining Reto for the first collective full length release. The band's homonymous album is divided into ten tracks/suites where the aim is the creation of a growing tense atmosphere which sound suspended in time. For the whole album you have a sort of cavernous reverb effect over all the sounds which is make you feeling dizzy. Most of the track are based on guitar noises/feedbacks but there are also tracks like "Basics of sleep": on this one we find a background of looped sounds (vinyl clicks and few percussive sounds) where a treated piano is free to improvise an obsessive piece. If your reference for guitar noise sound are Sunn 0, well, with Sum Of R be ready for something different: if Sunn 0 base their sound on bass frequencies growling guitars, Sum Of R make their guitars sound like a organ mixed using a vacuum cleaner and then they add to it effects and other instruments such like electronics, bass guitar, piano, drums, harmonium and Lenco turntables.
P.s. this release has a great deluxe packaging with silver printed black cardboard and a mini poster

SATORI: Kanashibari

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Jan 29 2009
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Artist: SATORI
Title: Kanashibari
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Rated: *****
Describing their sound as "fortean" (i.e. "pertaining to extraordinary and strange phenomenon and happenings"), Satori present to the fans of devilish atmospheres a CD reissue (containing also a bonus tracks titled "Pavor nocturnus") of their vinyl album released in 2007 by Dogma Chase. The title KANASHIBARI is a Japanese term for sleep paralysis (literally "bound or fastened in metal") and this made me recall the times I had a sort of o.b.e. experience when I was a youngster. You feel your body heavy while it's like you're staring at yourself from outside your body. You'd like to move but you're like made of cement. "Hypnagogic state" and "Nocturnal fury" create a nightmare atmosphere similar to the first moment you realize you aren't able to move, while "Unseen force" sound like an horde of demons that are rumbling because someone is evoking them. Justin and Neil are good at creating these anxious scenarios where horror and magick meet. Try them...

Jérôme Chassagnard: (F)light

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 23 2009
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Artist: Jérôme Chassagnard
Title: (F)light
Format: CD
Label: Hymen Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Since there hasn’t been too much activities with Jérôme’s main music project AB OVO, he has decided to record a solo album, featuring a lot of influences taken out of his private preferences. "(F)light" is definitely a lighter music outfit than AB OVO and he produces a sort of intelligent Electronica sharing more on Dub and Breakbeat elements instead to fall into a noisy kind. Several tracks a beat-driven pieces which would allow some dancefloor movement like "Hazy", "Alternate Reality" or "Resonance", but the preferences are rather based on the moody tracks offering some strange ambience. "A Short Story About..." can be named as being a highlight here, although the chosen sounds remind strong on a thinkable Electronica-sequel to DEPECHE MODE’s "Oberkorn (It’s A Small Town)". Thumbs up also for the atmospheric outro tune "Light" with its melodic touch and mysterious samples thrown in. "The Fan" surprises with a guest vocalist appearance by Guillaume Eluerd, while "Circle Of Memories" features a musically collaboration with the German one-man act FLAGUE. The most weird sounding track has to be named with "Snowflake" which is drive by a repetitive acoustic guitar-riff and various voice samples. And as seldom as this happens, I totally agree on a sentence taken out of the release info sheet: "this album holds a perfect balance between beat and drift". So it is, highly recommendable.

Cardopusher: Mutant Dubstep Vol. 2

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Jan 23 2009
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Artist: Cardopusher
Title: Mutant Dubstep Vol. 2
Format: CD EP
Label: Spectraliquid (@)
Distributor: Ad Noiseam
Rated: *****
The Greek IDM/Electronica-label Spectraliquid grows an wins worldwide reputation now with the sequel release of their self-created "Mutant Dubstep" series, since they could arrange a deal with international renowned act CARDOPUSHER (check back the rich discography at Ad Noiseam for instance...). The provided music here and especially presented through the outstanding track "Toothsmasher" consists of effective filtered and manipulated Synth drops, diverse sounding rhythm and percussion works and some voice samples too. No stuff following a repetitive 4/4-on-the-floor-formula, but a paradise for fans of a futuristic trip under a pair of headphones. Three new tracks got provided by this exceptional artist pushing the standards of intelligent Electronica music to a higher level. Two additional remix works on both tracks "Toothsmasher" by INNASEKT and "Collapsible Shelter" by PACHEKO accomplishing this quite entertaining EP. Well done stuff and must-have item for fans of intelligent produced Electronica music.



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