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Stahlwerk 9: Revolution Of The Anti-Christ

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Mar 31 2008
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Artist: Stahlwerk 9 (@)
Title: Revolution Of The Anti-Christ
Format: CD
Label: Steinklang Industries (@)
Rated: *****
"Revolution Of The Antichrist (R.O.T.A)" is the new album from the well known Stahlwerk 9 project and shows a twist into pulsating ritual ambiences. They used to play a compelling mixture of death ambient with noisier moments but this one is a lot quieter with gloomy drones and some minimal rhythms. "R.O.T.A." is a concept album dealing with the coming of the Antichrist and we are accompained for this descent to hell by ten superb artworks (one for each track) by Alexander Nemkovsky. Those paintings show a very peculiar vision of hell full of allegories that reminded me of Jodorowsky's approach to religion and myth. Returning to the music - the sounds heard herein have to be absorbed carefully. The cd comes in three different editions - the basic is limited to 666 copies has the size of a 7" and contains the 10 pictures, the wooden box edition which is limited to 333 copies and the box with t-shirt which is limited to 66 copies. For sure this is the most intresting and compelling release by Stahlwerk 9.

VVAA: Muzyka Voln

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 30 2008
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Artist: VVAA
Title: Muzyka Voln
Format: CD
Label: Muzyka Voln (@)
Rated: *****
Muzyka Voln is the name of the Zhelezobeton sub-label and MUZYKA VOLN is also the title of their first compilation containing twelve bands/tracks coming from Russia which focus their sound on industrial/dark-ambient/drones music. First of all I must say that lately it is a bit difficult to find a dark-ambient project which is capable of creating a track which is able to catch your attention bringing you down through its world made of hypnotic and throbbing sounds. Also this compilation prove what I'm saying and if some projects composed their track using uniquely few humming sounds creating a dark atmosphere which grew little by little its intensity, some others tried to distinguish themselves adding a bit of melody, a treated guitar or some industrial sounds. The bands which convinced me most are: Kshatriy, Exit In Grey, Closing The Eternity, Nectropolis, Anthesteria feat. Kay?, Lunar^Abyss^Deus^Organum, Bardoseneticcube and Remoteband and eight out of twelve isn't that bad. Here you can check some sound excerpts http://zhb.radionoise.ru/eng/mv-i.html and here's the track-list:
1. Kshatriy - Orgamis
2. Exit In Grey - Kosmorders
3. Closing The Eternity - Autumn Dream
4. Hum - Halo Magnetic
5. Necropolis - At the End of the Universe
6. Cisfinitum - Moon Room
7. Anthesteria feat. Kaj? - In Gedanken an Russisches Drone
8. Lunar^Abyss^Deus^Organum - :Crystalline:Earth:
9. Instant Movie Combinations - Boiler Pipe
10. Bardoseneticcube - The Castle in a Fog
11. Polaris - Prickle of the Emerald Moon
12. RemoteBand - Untitled

VV.AA.: A weevil in a biscuit

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Mar 30 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: A weevil in a biscuit
Format: CD
Label: Bearsuit (@)
Rated: *****
Funny, I was unaware of the existence of this label and in one month I happen to listen and review two of their cds, I've been positively surprised by Harold Nono solo work and this label sampler shows they've a good roster. Apart from Harold Nono it's the first time I hear the rest of the musician here featured with a track, what we have is basically melodic if not poppy music thought there's some weird "trait d'union" joining the ninety per cent of the artists on this cd. Electronic pop music? More or less that's the deal in many tracks even if there're some considerable differences but I've to repeat that it looks like the label has a clear distinctive physiognomy: for example take the first four tracks they're different but still have something similar and that means at Bearsuit they've probably assembled the tracklist to make the listening easier and flowing, I'm quite sure about it or well, that's my impression. The first track that put me on guard for some sensitive difference is the fifth, the composer moniker is Oldman and offers a weird mix of soft rhythms plus sexy vocals and some distorted guitar to make the difference, somehow it reminded me of New Wet Kojak. Kaboon Karavan, Harold Nono serve a couple of bizarre fragmented tracks that (above all in the case of Nono) are quite out of ordinary. Then, when you think you've finally identified the general sound of the label here we go with some strange but ethereal tracks like those of Pequena Fiera!, Limbic Somnus, Alfred Brown. With the last musician there's also a sort change of atmosphere of the whole cd, above all when you pass to James Ross' song whichh could have been part of Badalamenti's soundtrack for Twin Peaks... and what about Linda Bjalla?! Is it that far from Julie Cruise or Elizabeth Frase?. The compilation opens with some electronic music but approaching to the end it follows a song-writing route. Sonicbeat reminds me a lot of early Mum without vocals, while Hulk and Cahier are still really melodic like many indie-tronic artists but don't change the very substance of the sampler. It's a weird, melodic-oriented sampler, give it a try for they may have discovered the heirs of Plone, or Mum or the new answer to Hood and Postal Service among their ranks, interesting label and soft enjoyable sampler.

FLUORESCENT GREY: Gaseous Opal Orbs

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Mar 27 2008
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Artist: FLUORESCENT GREY (@)
Title: Gaseous Opal Orbs
Format: CD
Label: Record Label Records (@)
Rated: *****
This' the second release by Robert Martin aka Fluorescent Grey I review and it confirms all the good things I've been thinking at the time I've heard his previous work. This electronic musician joins some nice post-IDM reminiscences with some experimental-electronic attitude therefore it's easy to speak about some of the most cryptic, odd Afx, Autechre and maybe Lfo with less melody and with a dark electronic attitude. Let's say if this label is gonna have Mick Harris in their catalogue as I've read, I'm sure the taste of his forthcoming work for them won't go that far from some of the darkest moments of this cd (the first track for example). Fluorescent Grey kept his rhythmic skill and hasn't hidden his "acid" aftertaste, the fact is he's refined his working on abstract tracks and at the same time when surrendering to melody he's put some narcotic dub radiations. Martin has an odd sense for melodies which means the music is not that easy listening-electronics alike and here's where he probably in some way he's closer to Mick Harris "Logghi Barogghi"-era. Dissecting the track-list you'll find the music becomes more melodic when you're arriving to the end of the cd but the strangest things of all is a really melodic song that due to the flutes reminded me of that Marxmen anthem sung by Sinead O'Connors titled "Ship ahoy". I think Fluorescent Grey has improved his compositional process but hasn't changed his physiognomy therefore if you liked his first full-length your expectations won't be deluded. Good recording and well shaped production that crystallizes all the particulars of the music assembled by Bobby Martin, he probably has to work a bit on the atmosphere of the tracks but if you're into rhythmic electronics, post-drum and bass music take for granted this guy plays in the major league.

BISCAVERET: Amalgame

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 27 2008
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Artist: BISCAVERET (@)
Title: Amalgame
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
After releasing their latest album few months ago, here is a new Bisclaveret CD on my player. This time it isn't a proper new album but a collection of nine remixes plus a video of "Insane in God". On the remixing desk we have Moan, Sleeping Pictures, Endraum, Ghosts of Breslau, Loverdozed, God's Bow, Hoarfrost, Horologium and synta[XE]rror. These projects gave their version/vision to "Insane in God", "Ritual of all embracing madness" (two tracks contained into the "Psyche nomine" album), "Duch moj" and "All things lost" (here reworked by Loverdozed which gave to the track an electronic experimental touch). Even if we have different version of three tracks the bands are able to give to the listener a good range of styles and solutions. We start with dark ambient with a bit of goth and pass to ritualistic industrial, e.b.m., minimal dark ambient, electro goth, minimal experimental, industrial dub and bleeping ambient i.d.m.. The best track, in my opinion are the less minimal (basically all but two) because it's really difficult to make an interesting track with few sounds (mostly pads), no rhythm and no melody. Anyway, seven tracks out of nine are worth your attention and if you already knew the ritualistic experimental electronic music of the band here you'll find new interesting interpretations of it.


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