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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: New World Order
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Thonar Records (@)
Distributor: Mono Culture
Rated: *****
First official CD release for this new German label, which got invented by the responsible people behind Klangdynamik Records, a label pretty much dedicated to quality EBM/Electro/Industrial music. But the direction for Thonar is quite different and likes to take the listener into more Experimental-minded music styles like Ambient, Power Electronics, Military or Martial efforts. This "New World Order" comes out as a limited DCD set well packaged in a digi-pack and a decent look. It features several acts, some more, but also many lesser known acts which all provide previously unreleased music. CD1 is definitely the rather calm one out of both and the thinks start with two impressive Dark Ambient tunes provided by THE SOUND OF EARTH and the Ulm-based solo project FALSE MIRROR, which has recently brought out a new CD signed to Thonar Records. Maya Nadir convinces with a sweet vocal performance, a rarity in the above mentioned styles. Things turn into Neo-Folk/Neo-Classic with A CHALLENGE OF HONOUR and the musically best piece here provided by NEBELKORONA. MY ASPHYXIA show a mixture between Dark Electro and Military, also satisfying comes out the Dark Ambient drone of THE ALISON PROJECT. Pretty diverse collection so far, but CD starts like an earthquake with the right doze of Power Noise/Electronics to shock your neighborhood. Names like INSTITUTION D.O.L., FLUTWACHT, NOISEWERRRRK, ATROX, KREUZER or SKM-ETR are all offering a more less merciless sort of noise interferences with radically frequency manipulations. Since most of these acts presenting themselves relatively radical, it shouldn’t wonder you, that most of their releases are mostly hard-to-get-items and all of them can count on a strong fan base. For the second part of this second CD the things cool down, again nearer to some Ambient/Electronica tunes of ATOMTRAKT or SKY BURIAL, to name the most outstanding works here. Completely seen this compilation offers a great diversity and should work well to recruit several newbies to this mostly hard-to-discover, but also intellectual-oriented parts of these Experimental genres. A release which still offers Thonar to continue with several different styles.


CD 1

01. The Sounds Of Earth - Viral Expression
02. False Mirror - Inner Sargasso
03. Maya Nadir - Fingertip Trip
04. Moon - Kyle Of Lockalsh
05. Thomas Nöla et son Orchestre - John Singleton Copley
06. Tonal Y Nagual - Nimnon Soleil
07. A Challenge Of Honour - Mother Earth
08. Nebelkorona - Auf Flügeln des Windes
09. My Asphyxia - Todesstrafe
10. Galaxia Obscura - Demolition Ideals
11. Phragments - Towards A New Horizon
12. The Alison Project - After The Cut

CD 2

01. Institution D.O.L. - Just Cause
02. Flutwacht - New Law
03. Noisewerrrrk - Dystopia
04. Izanami's Labour Pains - Yasukuni Jinja Shall Burn
05. SKM-ETR - Spreading The Disease
06. Invisible Front - 50°18'48.16N - 18°41'20.09E
07. Atrox - The Giants Buddhas Of Bamiyan
08. Kreuzer - Faith, Death And Aggression
09. Brachial Palsy - Accidental Error
10. Atomtrakt - Im Schein des Untergangs
11. Sky Burial - Last Breaths Of A Dying God
12. Camisole - Bonechamber V1
13. Erik Ursich – Sospeso


 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jan 14 2008
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Title: Slowmotion
Format: CD
Label: Force of nature (@)
Rated: *****
I guess many of you have heard Telepherique cause of their large discography which among the other features some interesting collaborations with artists such as like Ultra Milkmaid and Maurizio Bianchi. This time what we've is another full record to supplement their eve increasing discography and the guest appearance for the occasion is Hue from Sparkle in Grey's fame, he remixed some original sounds coming from their past releases on Afe and didn't betrayed the original atmospheres. The fact is the whole recording is quite homogeneous in a really good way, there's also a nocturnal feel that's probably what we can consider one of Telepherique's main characteristics together with the fact they've an evolved eighties rhythmical electronics feel and this quasi-ambiental mood pushing underneath. I know many of you into the last trend of the day by reading: "eighties rhythmical electronics" are on the way to surrender to the obvious prejudice this one is the typical passatist release from some old hero unable to move on... the answer is: no fucking way!. Telepherique have evolved, what I mean is that they simply haven't betrayed their original spirit and their genome by adding some glitches or some white noise randomly. Some of these people had to do with Ant Zen and I'm tented to comment somehow that helps a lot to make a picture of how it sound like, sure that's not your average Ant Zen release (If there's an average release by that label) but you will agree with the fact there's a nocturnal, post-experimental, post-early-industrial, nordic feel that's mutual to many of their releases and that's the case too. Simple straight squared rhythmics combined with soft simple crepuscular melodies, it paints a cold but yet human scenario, add to this that despite the one hour length of the cd, it's really far from sounding repetitive, in my book it means thumbs up for me.

Zr19.84: Reperte Omnes Tristia Invasti

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jan 12 2008
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Artist: Zr19.84 (@)
Title: Reperte Omnes Tristia Invasti
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
The is an Italian-based one-man project hailing out of Milano lead by Riccardo Z, who can provide two different releases on the Dark/Experimental-label Apocalyptic Radio. Under his Zr19.84-moniker he offers a sort of Millitary-inspired Experimental/Ambient music, which touches the Martial and Noise genres. It’s an ominous sounding output which includes sampled passages out of soldier and march hymns taken of different belongings or – to my surprise – the Russian national hymn ("Jedinyi Sovestrij Sojuz"). This passages got mostly completely woven into the mix by placing them separated into a stereo field, but also and as expected under a heavily effect and lo-fi manipulation. There’s noticeable a slight dedication to some Neo-Classic influence in the kind how tracks got arranged, though it is a rough sort. Nothing to impress some faint-hearted listeners, this kind of music is specially dedicated to genre-lovers. Also this edition comes out in a special rounded metal movie can and is strictly limited to only 84 pieces, surely with respect to the projects’ name.

Icarus: Sylt

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jan 07 2008
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Artist: Icarus (@)
Title: Sylt
Format: CD
Label: Rump (@)
Rated: *****
On "Sylt", Icarus (Ollie Brown & Sam Britton) expanded their formula to a more experimental approach. The album shows the duo dealing with different sound techniques ranging from the unorthodox electroacustic patchworks of "First Inf(E)rænce" and "Second Inf(E)rænce" recorded live in Tolouse in 2006 to less intresting tracks resemblembling their earlier works. "Icarus" is a respected musical entity with releases on Leaf, Temporary Residence and Hydrogen Dukebox - "Sylt" is surely a pretty intresting release for the electronica enthusiasts out there, but it's not my cup of tea and to my hears is a somewhat inconsistent album.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jan 05 2008
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Title: New Orthodox Line
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
With several years of activity into the industrial noise Russian scene, Bardoseneticcube and Noises Of Russia are joining the forces and from this collaboration born a noise suite titled NEW ORTHODOX LINE. The track sees each project's peculiarity facing up during the forty seven minutes length: choirs, dark ambient intuitions/drones, grinding noises, hisses, loops of metallic percussions, subtle feedbacks, etc. As for every respectful suite also "New orthodox line" has different moments which time to time lead to an explosive ending. Like sea waves the sound waves gathers finding their end into a disrupting blast. This cyclic ritual make the music turns into something now noisy and then experimental with choirs and treated sounds. An interesting collaboration which will please the lovers of the genre...

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