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Artist: The Dielectric (@)
Title: Flicker of an Eye EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Urbcom (@)
Distributor: iTunes
Rated: *****
After making a break of the coarse and musically direction of the Urbcom label to the end of the last year, this British label now focuses to present a more experimental and rather IDM-minded sound outfit. This straight decision towards this new and more experimental oriented sound has ended in a cleansing of the last known label roster, and acts like the recently discovered PROJECT BLUE or D. Escott’s project INTERCITY3 are no longer related to Urbcom. THE DIELECTRIC stands representative for this new direction and offers with this EP a sort of a first appetizer to some more upcoming releases, a trilogy series entitled "Rapid Eye Assemblage Vol. 2". It is the project of the JERICO ONE brainchild J. Hookens, who’s also the main responsible man for all further business relations of the Urbcom label. Musically THE DIELECTRIC doesn’t break with Hookens' previously discovered path, his signature remains alive. This EP offers 5 rather abstract-minded Electro/Industrial tunes, which all offer a quite hypnotic feeling thanks to a relative static compositional effort. Varied in its rhythm programmings somewhere between 2-Step, Trip-Hop and IDM, the tracks are filled with dozens of FX manipulations and do not at all intend to satisfy a usual listening experience. "Dimensions" can be named as the main track featuring a clear vocal performance and a rather calm sound outfit. The other tracks are turning more or less near to an IDM-related outfit, "Re:location" for instance features the Japanese Cyberpunk-artist KENJI SIRATORI with a spoken-word guest performance. A quite interesting release by J. Hookens, but at least a bit too short with only 18+ minutes playing time. It's clear to recognize that the sound dimension of THE DIELECTRIC should be able to offer more stuff. Where’s an album?

Beyond Sensory Experience: No Lights In Our Eyes

 Posted by Krzysztof Kramarz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 05 2009
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Artist: Beyond Sensory Experience
Title: No Lights In Our Eyes
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry
Rated: *****
Beyond Sensory Experiment takes us on a journey again. The land (or rather wasteland) we are going to visit is their latest album, "No Lights In Our Eyes". This Swedish duo created another mournful masterpiece.
They do not limit themselves to drones, actually they even do not limit themselves to electronic music. The idea of using acoustic instruments seems to work on "No Lights In Our Eyes" very well. The band does not disregard silence either - the album is minimalist and it does not exclude being very atmospheric. It is enough to close your eyes and you will see dark landscapes painted with gentle, vibrating sounds. It is still dark ambient, but you will hear melodies instead of a wall of noise. The melodies are slow and distorted but they are present anyway. Moreover, they are fairly hypnotising. Virtually every piece on "No Lights In Our Eyes" is enriched with samples from movies. The samples are in various languages, not necessarily English, but I bet that the dominant theme is death and desolation. For example, at the begining of "Long The Night" a girl is saying something in Polish. Her question, translated to English, is: "Why do people die?" and then "What is death?". This is a very accurate illustration of the whole concept of the album.
Do you dare to go through this introspective, a bit dreary but fascinating experience?

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

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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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...


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