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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...

Rapoon: Time Frost

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Dec 07 2007
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Artist: Rapoon (@)
Title: Time Frost
Format: CD
Label: Glacial Movements (@)
Rated: *****
Robin Storey aka Rapoon is a former member of Zoviet France and currently part of The Reformed Faction (of ZF). The concept beyond this one is awesome - Storey infected and manipulated Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube" to describe Europe under a new ice age, with all the culture buried deep beneath the ice sheet. He used a 1968 vinyl edition of Kubrick's "2001 A Space Odissey" soundtrack to obtain the loops for the five compositions of "Time Frost" and you can hear even some vinyl crackles here & there and not one of them exists out of context. Basically all the compositions are short and have lots of textures and subtle movements except for "Ice Whispers" that clocks in at 35 minutes. Storey has been developing his solo material for approx. 15 years covering many styles with some highlights like his 1996 classic "Darker By Light" or the awesome and criminally underrated collaboration with Nocturnal Emission's Nigel Ayers under the name Hank & Slim - and some disappointing episodes like the experiments with clubby stuff on Klanggalerie. I'd say that "Time Frost" is probably his best effort in the ambient field so far. Out on the Italian label Glacial Movements, "Time Frost" comes packaged in a great digipack with a remarkable artwork created by Alessandra Clini on a picture by Bjarne Riesto.
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Artist: Von Liebenfels (@)
Title: Všter Unser Im Walhall
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Another new addition to the musically very diverse roster of the German SkullLine mail order, your underground specialist when it comes to get serviced with all styles between Industrial, Powernoise, Martial, Neo-Classic, Military or Experimental music. With VON LIEBENFELLS the SkullLine label turns for the first time into the Neo-Classic style, here and there accomplished with some Ambient elements. Torsten von Liebenfells – yes, that’s also his civil name – hails from New Zealand, but can for sure look on German ancestors. He calls classical compositions of Wagner, but also related artists like VON THRONSTAHL and ZHARK to be quells of inspiration. His dedication to ZHARK went that far, that he has decided to create a special tribute-track entitled "Neu-Schwabenland". Musically his form of Neo-Classic consists of orchestral-like layer sounds richly present over this whole album. Some classic tom-tom-like percussion elements and here and there some real piano tunes ("Vril I", which features also some spoken-word samples, "Night Of The Long Knifes") are complimented his musically outfit, which differs by far compared to the rather noisy and experimental-minded stuff released by SkullLine. This is musically a fine and sedating procedure and the artistically concept behind this release is enormous. Thumbs up for this release, which brings back to once recognized impression, that music can mean something more than the too often overrated "terror-noise-distort"-formula. Well done!

WE WAIT FOR THE SNOW: Lullabies from Our Dreams

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 25 2007
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Artist: WE WAIT FOR THE SNOW
Title: Lullabies from Our Dreams
Format: CD
Label: Final Muzik
Rated: *****
We Wait For The Snow features Italian musician Andrea Penso, known for his solo project Selaxon Lutberg and his label Cold Current. Here he plays guitars, tambourine, accordion, synth and keyboard, flute and other less recognizable sources, aided by Simone Zuccolin (acoustic guitars and "non-musical objects"). WWftS play folkish, mostly instrumental tunes, but it's hard to pigeonhole them in any real neo-folk/wyrd-folk niche, as they rarely attempt at writing songs ("Forgotten Lovers" being the only true ballad here). Sure, there's recognizable guitar strumming everywhere (think of Current 93 circa "Earth Covers Earth"), but the result is closer to ambient drones than to folk minstrels - you put the cd on and it gives you a nice, drowsy, unobtrusive background sound for 48 minutes, but you'd hardly think of humming or singing along. However, the melancholic atmosphere they create with truly minimal elements (a chord, a drone, some concrete sound) prevents this from becoming some tedious wallpaper soundscape. I've listened to it in the last few days when it's rained cats and dogs, and I find it appropriate that the disc has been released in autumn. Those into Troum will rejoice when hearing the most ambient tracks (the two parts of "From Our Dreams"), but I'd also recommend this to fans of Lycia (despite the different instrumentation and tecnique, the feel is not that far).

TALVEKOIDIK: Silent Reflections

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Nov 19 2007
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Artist: TALVEKOIDIK
Title: Silent Reflections
Format: CD
Label: Brume Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Talvekoidik is the side-project of Kai, who is a founding member of S.K.E.T. SILENT REFLECTIONS is his first release as Talvekoidik (which is an Estonian word meaning a foggy, winter like atmosphere) and there Kai offerers to the lovers of the Ant Zen / Hands Productions sound a new mixture made of industrial, orchestral and break-beat intuitions. Influenced by Gridlock and Beefcake as well as Scandinavian, Baltic, Arabic and African musical traditions, Talvekoidik is capable of creating a convincing blend of industrial cinematic music. If we want to analyze his musical compositions, we can focus on three main elements: the rhythmic complex structure which is based on percussive sounds (not only drums) , the orchestrations (strings or piano are present on each track and they are the main thing that help raising the phatos) and the overall dark, almost melancholic, atmosphere. I really liked the first five tracks ("Eismeer" has great moments where industrial break-beat is well integrated with epic orchestral sounds) and generally all the tracks which have a good mixture of these elements. "Goodbye of the certainty" is one of the few ones that didn't convince me, because it was too melancholic and relaxed and paragoned to the epic mayhem of the following one (the main title) it sounds a little weak. With the ten original titles you can also find three remixes ("Eismeer" by Heimstatt Yipotash and 16pad Noiseterrorist and "Atlas" by Fragment King) which are nice but don't succeed into creating the same effect but if I have to tell which one I appreciated most, I'd go for the "Synthetic coldness" mix of "Eismeer" by 16pad Noiseterrorist. I pick up this one because it is true to the original version but it sounds like an analog lysergic version.


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