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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.

BARDOSENETICCUBE + NOISES OF RUSSIA: New Orthodox Line

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jan 05 2008
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Artist: BARDOSENETICCUBE + NOISES OF RUSSIA (@)
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...

OXYD: Larva

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 30 2007
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Artist: OXYD (@)
Title: Larva
Format: CD
Label: Aliens Production (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
There’s once again magic in the air! Whoever else than the both DISHARMONY-protagonists Lord Sauron and Ryby will be able to offer such another new epic sound experience pretty much in the already discovered line, but still quite diverse? I guess the main difference between DISHARMONY and this side-project can be explained, that OXYD is more Ambient-driven and a pure instrumental work. Some relations to the main project are of course recognizable, especially after the intense last DISHARMONY-album "Malignant Shields". DISHARMONY is colder-minded, rather KLINIKal when a play with terms is allowed. OXYD sounds more classically inspired and it allows different cultural influences to take place in some niches. It shouldn’t wonder you if you can hear some quite unusual and organic instruments like pipes or brasses as additional elements. "Traveller" is sort of this work by offering a DISHARMONY-like sequencer line while several multi-layered sounds at times with an oriental touch are joining the scenario. That’s fantastic cinematic music, timeless and addictive! Some voice-samples here and there get some inserts too ("Transformations", "From The Inside"), while I wouldn’t call them essential. "Transmission" surprises with a straight, FLA-like bass line performance which is quite unusual for this Slovakian duo and compared to all of the other featured tracks an exception. "Suspiria" with its broken rhythm patterns reminds then rather on DISHARMONY, until "Carbon" brings this album back on track. "The Frozen Moon", maybe asides "Traveller" the favorite on this album, can be named as being one of the most melodic pieces – again the multiple layered bass line and synth pad work is outstanding and light-years above the average Electro/Industrial band! It is an Aliens Production release, it is from Slovakia, it is the side-project of the DISHARMONY-musicians – aren’t this 3 reasons enough for you to buy it? A MUST-HAVE!

ATTRITION: This Death House

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Dec 20 2007
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: This Death House
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****

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THIS DEATH HOUSE has been the very first release by Attrition. Released back in 1982 as a tape by Adventures In Reality and reissued during the years on tape as well as on vinyl, the two tracks album has been remastered and released on CD with a worldwide distribution for the first time. Released as the first volume of the "Incidental musics" by Martin Bowes own label Two Gods, THIS DEATH HOUSE born from an improvisations session which saw the band's members creating two long suites inspired by horror movies. I don't know what influenced them but they incidentally created a sort of predecessor of dark ambient by creating noises, drones manipulating analog equipment. Sounding really minimal "Crawling" and "Dead of night" will bring you back to the origin of a certain kind of industrial sound thanks to their cold and menacing atmospheres. A document of early tape culture brought back for the lovers of the genre and for whom want to know where everything started...


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