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Artist: VAE VICTUS / Durch Heer und Kraft
Title: Fortes Fortune Adiuvat!
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
The release onslaught of the German SkullLine label wins on speed and offers more and more curious acts rather dedicated to some more Experimental-minded music efforts. This full-length album is a split-release by two quite musically different acts, the US-one man act VAE VICTUS and the Hungarian DURCH HEER UND KRAFT. VAE VICTUS seems to be the more drastically outfit, providing a mixture of a static and noisy Military-inspired Industrial sound combined with Ambient and filled with dozens of war, sirens and propaganda movie samples. A little communistic vein is surely integrated as well, tracks like "The Fall Of Capitalism / The Party Of Lenin" or the pure Mao Tse Tung-propaganda tracks "Chairman Mao Is The Red Sun In Our Hearts" tend obviously into this direction. I would advise to read some Blogs of this act presented on their MySpace web account. Quite interesting for dedicated fans. DURCH HEER UND KRAFT are Military-inspired too, which they often celebrate through typical marching snare drum inserts, but generally their musically outfit turns rather into Neo-Folk/Classic music. Some tracks are new interpretations and do follow some traditional Folk tunes ("Krieg und Friede") and to my surprise they offer some speech-like vocals on some tracks too. Both bands have here and there some interesting stuff to offer, but a strictly dedication of the listener to some Military-music is helpful. Extremely limited edition, as usual for SkullLine, this one is restricted to only 50 exemplars.

NUNBIENT: One - Just Another Dark Age

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 21 2008
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Artist: NUNBIENT
Title: One - Just Another Dark Age
Format: CD
Label: Burning Shed (@)
Rated: *****
Active also with Antique Seeking Nuns and Joff Winks Band, Joff Winks and Matt Baber have recorded ONE - JUST ANOTHER DARK AGE under the Nunbient moniker. The seven tracks of the album mix glacial ambient sounds with treated fields recordings and slow rhythms. "Curtains up" and "Indian box", the two track that open the album, are a good appetizer for the forty five minutes of cinematic ambient sidereal music. The tracks are quite minimal but they are never sounding static or boring. There's always a melody or a certain richness of sounds that is able to catch the listener's attention: a light guitar sound, a xylophone, a synth sound, everything is good to enrich the atmosphere created by the synth pads. Try to listen to it using your speakers first and you'll realize that your room is like an opened door to a different dimension.

SUNKEN FOAL: Fallen Arches

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 20 2008
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Artist: SUNKEN FOAL
Title: Fallen Arches
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu
Rated: *****
Sunken Foal is the project of an Irish guy called Duncan Murphy. He, helped by occasional friends, did a great debut album titled FALLEN ARCHES. Mixing acoustic instruments like guitars, piano and drum with electronic sounds (sometimes, i.d.m. rhythms or rough synth melodies like on "Rikkic"), Sunken Foal is offering a fresh approach to modern electronic music. Duncan composed tracks that sound like experimental folk electronic suites, others that are structured like songs (with vocals and acoustic guitar with electronic inserts) as well as jazz dark instrumental suites that suddenly turns into folk songs. The atmosphere created on the album is difficult to be described but try to imagine an experimental electronic version of King Of Convenience and add a sprinkle of freshness and a bit of craziness to that beautiful melancholy. Try it with after a difficult day and let me know...

POLARLICHT 4.1: Famos

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 18 2008
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Artist: POLARLICHT 4.1
Title: Famos
Format: CD
Label: Funkwelten (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
After their 2006 CD on Zone 30 Records, Polarlicht 4.1 are back with their third album titled FAMOS. Containing eleven new tracks, FAMOS is presenting ten new tracks focused on industrial rhythms and minimal ambient variations. As for their previous "Drittklangtrager" melody hasn't much space into Polarlicht 4.1's sound structure but this time I found that the tracks have widen their ambience by alternating tracks based on harsh sounds/rhythms (like "Planetenjager V.01") to ones more ambient oriented ("Nachdenken", "Transmitter V.01", "Transmitter V.02", track that is based on i.d.m. rhythms with an ambient approach or the 11 minutes long closing "Mission outro"). Polarlicht 4.1 is able to create isolationist industrial cold suites that will excite lovers of old Ant Zen records that are willing to find a new approach to those sounds.

SKINK: 5475 E.P.

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Nov 14 2008
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Artist: SKINK
Title: 5475 E.P.
Format: CD EP
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****
After a couple of years from its self titled debut album, Skink is back with a new EP titled 5475 DAYS. On this one Paul Mulholland brings to the audience's attention seven tracks which dismiss the i.d.m. influences just to embrace a full ambient minimal approach to sound. Divided into seven parts, the main title finds its best moment on the second one as the track grows little by little: distant and delayed trumpet like sounds battle with organ sounds bouncing from one channel to the other clashing. After a couple of minutes the sound blasts proudly sounding like a calling to arms just to losing its volume, but not its tension, after four minutes. The third part is a little too minimal to be noticed while the fourth and fifth create a fluttering effect that hypnotically carries you to sixth part: another hypnotic one which is based on choir layers. The seventh track is totally different as it brings in acoustic guitars and a melancholic synth melody creating an atmosphere which recalls some Current 93 tunes.


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