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Artist: Pimentola
Title: Misantropolis
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Rated: *****
The sound of this album reminds me of art music and I like the fact that this kind of performance music (strange they don´t do performances!) are released by cold meat!!!
The bizarre cabaret/musical style vocals seem to be very inspired by Mr Doctor of Devil Doll.

The Percussions are almost on all tracks the main instrument and they sometimes seem a bit weak when they flirt with triphop/trippjazz. Sometimes they are very good!
The industrial parts are also pretty lame. It´s really a shame as the sound and some of the ideas are really great. "On Tuoni Pauloo Tinkoin Sitein III" the dark ambience is and atmosphere is intruiging and very suggestive. Reminds me of bands like Lycia.
The song "Black Globe" is a five star track. Very haunting and driven into strange corners.
"Wish Upon a Fallen Star" sounds like wild opera (but the voice is failing and not as good as for an example Sibelian).

The whole album breath 30s and 40s and retro film music and that I really enjoy. If that good have been a more obvious red thread I would have given this release probably a 4,5 or 5 but the diversity (normally really good) kill this album.
"Wann Endet die Zeit" could been so good but the drums are lame and to be honest: bad!

It hurts me giving this crazy and well played album such a low grade. Sorry!
If you are into a strange mix of goth, industrial, darkwave, neo-classical, retro, tripjazz and dark ambient all at once (yes it´s crazy) you should check this album out. Do not expect to love all tracks because some are great and some suck.

Recoil: subHuman

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 02 2007
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Artist: Recoil
Title: subHuman
Format: CD
Label: Mute
Rated: *****
On August 14 the new album "subHuman" by former Depoche Mode member Alan Wilder is scheduled to come out on Mute and you are scheduled to buy it right away! That's right, fan of Recoil or not, you owe it to yourself to listen to this entrancing and gorgeous masterpiece. With an incommensurable attention to the detail brought on by layers and layers of unobtrusive arrangements that wrap around an otherwise truly intimate and minimalistic album, Mr. Wilder unleashes an album that explores the darkest parts of your subHuman subconscious. Leading you through this journey is him with the aid of the equally important trail-blazing mesmerizing voice, earthy slide guitar and heartfelt harmonica of Joe Richardson, who is Wilder's primary ally of choice on this record. I had heard some of blues man Richardson's music before and was blown away by his great lyrics and by his dark style songwriting, but taking that in in this context is even more piercing and poignant.
The uniqueness of this album probably finds its origin in the unlikeliness of a collaboration between a blues singer and an electronic music producer. These experiments are always very interesting and when fueled by the right attitude and enthusiasms, and by the right people of course, they have returned exquisite results.
Completing the team is UK singer/songwriter Carla Trevaskis who offers he beautiful voice's warm and delicate tone as well as a drummer and a bass player (even though their tracks have been re-worked a lot and made part of the entire electronic rhythm section).
The album is coming out on CD as well as limited edition gatefold vinyl and special collector's edition DVD package with enhanced stereo CD, 5.1 mixes, videos and so on.
Definitely one of my favorite releases this month if not this year!

PANDORA'S BLACK BOOK: s/t

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 02 2007
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Artist: PANDORA'S BLACK BOOK (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Having recently reviewed the LUCIDSTATIC debut release "Nexus0001", here comes with PANDORA’S BLACK BOOK another release leaded by the Alaska-based Jimmy Church. "This album is the result of trial and error and the beauty that can be created by flaw", so the introducing words for this release, which clocks again to nearly 80 minutes playing time. Strange, that this album offers only 4 seconds (!) lesser time than the LUCIDSTATIC album – has Jimmy Church taken a stop-watch to come nearly on the same playing time? PBB is the Ambient-driven instrumental side-project of LUCIDSTATIC, but I would tend to say on one or another track, that both projects share some similarities (check out all facets of the more than 10 minutes long track "Avenues", or "Skullf*ck" for instance). Of course, the term Ambient is rather here present than with LUCIDSTATIC and all of the provided tracks here are sounding rather sedating ("Memorial March", "Nosopoetic"), at times also more dark and Down-Tempo-minded like on "Jaded" or "Eternal Acid", for sure favorites of this fine and detailed programmed album. Another track which mixes excellent noisy, experimental textures with D’n’B-like rhythm patterns can be named with "Save Us", another outstanding work of this release. This album marks an excellent alternative to the last LUCIDSTATIC release "Nexus 0001", if you look for some rather Chill-Out moments as well. I still don’t know if Anchorage is the place to be, but Jimmy Church’s projects are currently moving on the pass lane to gain wider recognition.

LUCIDSTATIC: Nexus 0001

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jul 31 2007
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Artist: LUCIDSTATIC (@)
Title: Nexus 0001
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
This is a one-man project leaded by Jimmy Church hailing out of Anchorage, Alaska – well, some people like it cold in their area. It is already the fourth CD for this project, which has made itself a fine name as being a remixer/collaborator with acts like UNTER NULL, CLAWFINGER, NIN or MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO to name only a few. With 80 minutes playing time placed into 14 tracks the maximum to satisfy the term "full-length release" is fulfilled like never-ever before. LUCIDSTATIC plays a sort of intelligent Electronica by integrating an enormous diversity through different styles like IDM, D’n’B, Trance, Trip-Hop and a small doze of Electro as well. The tracks are mostly fast-paced and offer some complex drum pattern programmings – at times intentionally very nervous arranged ("Morter", "Robotix"). It is an instrumental kind of work, even some voice samples here and there give a hint on the meaning and content of the tracks. Favorites I like to name with the rather dark sounding "Connection", a track which generally slows down the hectic mood a bit, also "Slag" and "Gonna Get You" get this vote for having attractive, more experimental textures and a doze of Noise on board. If you aren’t an IDM addict, this stuff needs time to grow on you and at least your fully attention – the complex arrangements and the at times weird textures aren’t that easy to pick up and sort in. This stuff is designed for friends of some Component or Ad Noiseam-related stuff and acts – at least this references maybe besides the experimental-minded AUTECHRE do fit well as a possible comparison.

Z'EV: Forwaard

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jul 27 2007
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Artist: Z'EV
Title: Forwaard
Format: CD
Label: Korm Plastics
Rated: *****
More excellent Z'EV stuff, this time re-elaborating field recordings by our beloved Frans de Waard (Beequeen, Kapotte Muziek, Shifts, Freiband, etc.). As with the collaboration with López, the keywords here are density and complexity - it's a 6-track, 40-minute work but, as somebody has noticed before, it seems to last much longer (in a positive sense). I wonder if Z'EV has exclusively used de Waard's recordings or has added sounds of his own (my bet), for example in the fourth track, where the deep resonating drone and metallic scrapings seem typically his. But don't think this is a predictable release in any way: Z'EV surely knows how to blend different bits & pieces in organic and unique concrete music pieces. The whole "Forwaard" has a kind of meditative vibe, despite the noisy nature of many input sources; listen for example to the cyclic drones of the first track, or the dripping water and slow swirls of the following one. Ritual music without any fake-ethnic naiveté. Limited to a mere 300 copies, so get it now or cry later.


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