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X-SANGUIS: Pavor Nocturnus

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Apr 18 2006
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Artist: X-SANGUIS (@)
Title: Pavor Nocturnus
Format: CD
Label: Ainia Records (@)
Rated: *****
Formed back in 2002 X-Sanguis released only three tracks at the moment and you can find them all on their album PAVOR NOCTURNUS. The three tracks are long ritual suites made out of cyclic parts played with drums, bass, and samples (only the third track "Epäonnistuneen messu" is based on electronic instruments and this because this one has been their first track recorded in 2002, while the other two have been recorded two years after). The result is really dark and hypnotic. The effect is like to listen to a darkwave version of Black Sabbath mixed with progressive music. The thing I appreciated most is that X-Sanguis take their influences from early Current 93 and early Cold Meat Industry and then they reprocess everything taking off the superfluous and adding also some melodic lines on some moments. "Eeli, eeli, lama sabaktani", "Partition 2" and "Epäonnistuneen messu" will convince you and will prove you that there's still a way to present something new into the genre.
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Artist: UNIFORM
Title: protocol
Format: CD
Label: Planet mu (@)
Rated: *****
As I've said before, I've the impression the ranks of "radical electronics" got more and more influenced by industrial music, but in an age where everything get mixed that's not such a surprise. If you add many industrial "musician/performer" were somehow using electronic music it will give sense to the previous consideration, think of Whitehouse, Suicide, Throbbing Gristle, Coil, etc.. It's hard to believe Uniform haven't been influenced by the "grey shadows" of the eighties, consider that beside "the man of the moment" a.k.a. Dalek they feature Lydia Lunch, Alan Vega, Franko B, Terry Edwards, Alice Kemp and Olga Naiman. Do you remember the rest of the Planet Mu catalogue? Ok, forget it! This duo loves drowning in a dark pool where the only things you can grasp are odd cold noises. Can we speak about "post-industrial electronics"?! I think so..."arythmical post industrial electronics"...the bastard son of Pan Sonic and Thomas Kohner? Obsessive nightmares sold as "avantgarde"?. Wolf Eyes on Sub Pop, Protocol on Planet Mu...hey man: something tells me obsession and frustration are "finally back in stock". If you get horny as you hear the sound of Coil and Pan Sonic, I'm sure "protocol" is the right release for you ears...and for those of your psychiatrist.

SKY BURIAL: Sky Burial

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Apr 11 2006