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Feb 12 2008
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Artist: RUKKANOR (@)
Title: Deora
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
DEORA isn't the newest Rukkanor album but it is an album which deserve your attention anyway. Having been out of print for quite some time and now reissued with a new artwork, DEORA is a good example of crossover between militaristic, industrial and orchestral atmospheres with some Oriental influences for what concerns melodies and some rhythmical solution. Robert on his second album decided to made a sort of concept about Gods/men relation. On DEORA Gods are fighting for human possession and they need men to prove them their submission by battling against other people. Humans want to prove their faith by going to war and this soon became an absurd situation where only human blood will be shed (does this remember you something?). Musically DEORA is a fascinating example of orchestral music with ambient, ethnic and militaristic influences. Tracks like "Hosanna in excelsis", "Across the desert" or "Salvation" are able to create a cinematic effect full of pathos and tension. As I told you, DEORA is an album worth your attention and you should consider its purchase since it is available...
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Artist: ABYSS (@)
Title: Mental Self-destruction
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
I have no clues about who's behind the Abyss project, the only thing I know is that the guy is from Poland and that before MENTAL SELF-DESTRUCTION he did only a promo CDr titled "Ashh zahr hylth". This first official CD is the second part of the Diabolus Opum series and it contains twelve tracks of ritualistic dark ambient music. Being based on hisses, tiny noises, drones and whispered vocals, Abyss music's aim is to create a diabolical atmosphere where titles like "In sanctam, invocabilem, secretam noctem convertor", "Heart of Darkness" or "Perdition's Light" take life. In balance from industrial and dark ambient, Abyss succeeded into creating a bleak and horrific scenario where silence is having an important part into the construction of the anti-musical suites. Sometimes Abyss loses the point by proposing tracks based on the same atmosphere but for sure the lovers of the genre will find some good moments to enjoy.
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Artist: Penjaga Insaf & Vestigial (@)
Title: Of Earth And Of Fire
Format: 12"
Label: Loki Foundation / Power And Steel (@)
Rated: *****
OF EARTH AND OF FIRE is the fist official release for both the projects involved. Penjaga Insaf is a German duo who previously released a CD-r titled "To Whom It May Concern" on Shortwave Transmission. Vestigial comes from Italy and already released a self produced 3" CD-r with track which reminded of the best Lustmord moments. On this new 12" you can find Penjaga Insaf bringing to your attention "Tenangan", a twelve minutes track really involving which, like a serpent, slowly crawls between effected field recordings (voices, rhythms and noises recorded in Indonesia by the band) and spatial synth pads. During the track's length you are like suspended in time and you'll be carried away by its semi ritualistic structure. Vestigial present here two tracks which sound like two parts of the same movement. "Summoned by panopticonian flames" and "The architect of ashes" are more hypnotizing compared to the Penjaga Insaf track and it confound the listener's senses with blasts and humming loops. Imagine to be underwater and to being listening to a sinking ship during an earthquake and you'll have pretty much the sensation these tracks give. A must...

CRIA CUERVOS : CRIA CUERVOS Ilauna

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Feb 06 2008
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Artist: CRIA CUERVOS (@)
Title: CRIA CUERVOS Ilauna
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: The Locus of (@)
Rated: *****
Poor and simple packaging for what I consider the one of the best Cria Cuervos solo releases so far. Maggi’s last release on Afe records was ok, but I was not completely convinced of the final result above all if compared with the good collaboration with Bradley recently repressed on Small Voices. This simple 3" mcd Cria Cuervos works minimally, and according to my personal opinion pays homage to some of the early heavy weights in his category. With that I obviously mean people like Z’ev, Organum, Tietchens, Zoviet France, Watermann and so on. Given the fact I consider that to be one of the most interesting bunch in experimentalists for many reasons one of which is the fact those "heroes" were not limiting themselves to just use the industrial label since they probably couldn’t care less to be labeled this or that way a damn good example. About nineteen minutes of spectral sounds in which I perceive what I think it’s a chain (?) or a metallic thing that clinks looped like somebody is dragging it around like one of those prisoners in the Medieval castles (don’t ask me why I’ve wrote this bullshit?!?). This’ probably the darkest work this Italian has done, at the same time as I’ve told it’s damn old school but it gets you where he want to for it’s scary or even better it’s "spectrally" obsessive.

KUSH ARORA : Bhang Ragga : Dancehall, Bhangra, In Future Dub

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Feb 06 2008
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Artist: KUSH ARORA (@)
Title: Bhang Ragga : Dancehall, Bhangra, In Future Dub
Format: CD
Label: Recordlabelrecords (@)
Rated: *****
Weird to review this cd here, not cause it’s bad, it’s just weird, I mean Chindlk covers a big ranges of genre but I’d never thought I would have reviewed a cd like that here. Kush Arora play something you may like if you’re into Panjabi MC or something in the likes, but not just that, infact with the minutes running on the display the best songs start approaching, too bad they’ve left the most quiet and interesting part of the release at the end of the recording. Being dub and being modern I couldn’t avoid to think to the most solar material by Laswell or to the lest in your face songs by Kevin Martin The Bug version, but sincerely the two styles are considerably far one from each other. Indian influences, Islamic singing some electronic beats, tablas and some strange instrument from Asia as you could have guessed by yourself. Honestly this not exactly my cup o’ tea and funny to say that for an experimentalist wonnabe like me, when talking about ethnic influenced music I’m quite reactionary, but some melodies are quite catchy and the song structure is generally good. Sometimes it also brought to my mind the most "normal" songs of Trevor Dunn’s Secret Chiefs 3, but if you heard this band you know they’re never that normal and it could be the a deceptive comparison. As I’ve said it’s weird to review this record but we’re a bunch of "freaks" somehow (never forget that "somehow" makes the difference) so why not?. When soft Kush Arora, according to my opinion, are more interesting... but you know we live and die with our own opinions.



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