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Across the Rubicon: Elegy

 Posted by Ivan Racheck (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 18 2008
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Artist: Across the Rubicon
Title: Elegy
Format: CD
Label: Rage in Eden (@)
Rated: *****
Dark, atmospheric, symphonic, industrial, neo-classic music with a lot of power and beautiful melodies = ELEGY.
Synthetic music with bombastic music far exeeding bands such as Arditi and other bands that are one-diemensional. Across The Rubicon is not one-diemensional and were acts like Puissance fail in atmosphere Across The Rubicon with this album succeed!
The album is very well executed and for those into this kind of style I really recommend it. Sometimes the noise takes over just a little bit but that´s really nothing to complain about. I am really looking forward to hearing more from this promising act.

Atrium Carceri: Ptahil

 Posted by Ivan Racheck (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 18 2008
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Artist: Atrium Carceri
Title: Ptahil
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Ind. (@)
Rated: *****
Atrium Carceri has done it again. This time in a more ambient way than before and with more percussive elements. Fits
survival horror games such as Silent Hill.
Simon Heath create a unique ambience of complex and obscure techniques of mental dissolution and musical innovation. "Ptahil" is a darkened voyage into domains both dreadful and serenely beautiful.
A bit more industrial than earlier recordings but also more complete mixed and this music works very well in headphones.



Erdenstern: Into The Blue

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Feb 18 2008
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Artist: Erdenstern
Title: Into The Blue
Format: CD
Label: Erdenstern
Rated: *****
This is the third album in Erdenstern´s saga with always different themes. This time the theme is the sea and all thinkable adventures on it. The music is very much filled with adventure and energy. It´s neo-classical and as always with a goal of sounding like film music. The fantasy music genre is growing very fast and Erdenstern is one take on fantasy. It´s not always jolly and sounding like Hollywood soundtracks but enough to call this album probably the weakest by the always great Erdenstern. For my taste it´s a bit too heroic and lacking some of the darkness that the soundtrack for "The pirates of the Caribbean" has. Credit though to a rich flora of songs and some very good tunes.
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Artist: PARANOIA INDUCTA FEAT. KENJI SIRATORI (@)
Title: Black Paper
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
The last time we saw Paranoia Inducta in action was with the first act of the "Lux mundi" trilogy titled "Gloria laus", released by Beast Of Prey in 2006. This time Paranoia Inducta joined the forces with the most well known Japanese industrial/cyperpunk writer/artist, Kenji Siratori. BLACK PAPER see Paranoia Inducta mixing their industrial ambient style with Japanese culture/sounds. The experiment is successful into most of the tracks (the less focused on little variations of drones) and tracks like "Audition", "Grudge" or "Taboo" have Kenji performing semi traditional chants on dark ambient drones, traditional Japanese percussions and maybe a shamisen. The effect created remember me some moments of the "Blade runner" movie. Do you remember the soundtrack when we see Deckard at the Chinese fast food, when we have the adverts on the giant screens? Anyway, we have also the characteristic Siratori spoken word on most of the tracks. Another track I really dug is "Mechanical requiem". On this one along with Kenji voice we have an obsessive percussion on a melodic ambient background along with sounds of a picked shamisen. Going from post industrial ambience to dark ambient passing though Japanese tradition, Paranoia Inducta made a nice album which deserve your attention.

ROY-ARNE KNUTSEN: Fjords

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Feb 14 2008
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Artist: ROY-ARNE KNUTSEN (@)
Title: Fjords
Format: CD EP
Label: Silence I Not Empty
Rated: *****
Released for the Silence Is Not Empty web-label, the latest E.P. by Norwegian Roy-Arne Knutsen is bringing to the attention of the cold dark ambient lovers two 8 minutes length suites. "Fjords 1" and "Fjords 2" are two minimal growing dark ambient tracks which are able to create a crawling sensation which made me recall movies like Carpenter's "The thing". You know, something that combine the ice land landscape with the sensation of an upcoming menace. Hisses, low frequencies drones, tiny melodic patterns are making their way through your speakers catching your attention. This release is best enjoyed with headphones and is downloadable for free at http://www.silence-is-not-empty.com/mp3/Sil012.zip


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