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DER BLAUE REITER: Nuclear Sun (Chronicle of a nuclear disaster)

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Sep 25 2009
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Artist: DER BLAUE REITER
Title: Nuclear Sun (Chronicle of a nuclear disaster)
Format: CD
Label: Ars Musica Diffundere (@)
Rated: *****
Divided into four main chapters ("Prologue", "The disaster", "The ghost city" and "The heroes of humanity") for a total of ten tracks, NUCLEAR SUN is new the album by Der Blaue Reiter. Based on Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, NUCLEAR SUN is a concept album that sees the duo mixing classical music (they used interludes by Albinoni and Satie), industrial sounds and martial electronic neo-folk. The album offers different kind of atmospheres: we have songs with mellow melodies as "The last days of Pripiath", "Walking to the abyss" and "The liquidators" (with upfront melancholic string orchestral sounds) as well as tense dark militaristic songs characterized by male/female duets or classical melancholic instrumental tracks. This alternation of genres make the album sounds fresh and for sure this will allow Der Blaue Reiter getting new fans

Ataraxia: Oil on Canvas

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 23 2009
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Artist: Ataraxia (@)
Title: Oil on Canvas
Format: CD
Label: Ultramail Prod (@)
Rated: *****
Ataraxia is an Italian neo-classical/darkwave band who's been active since the eighties and has been releasing record after record to the delight of the scene they cater to. I have fond memories of Ataraxia and remember them since the days I used to live in Italy, so I was happy to find out that they are still active and that they have a new record out. Lyricist, vocalist and flautist Francesca Nicoli, the leader of the band, partnered up with composer and guitarist Vittorio Vandelli, to bring us 14 songs of haunting music and poetry. Ataraxia is probably amongst the most active and long-running neo-classical/neo-folk groups and if you are not already amongst their fans you should check them out if you like music by Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Death in June, The Moon and the Nightspirit, Mephisto Walz, Butterfly Messiah, The Soil Bleeds Black and maybe even Sol Invictus and Current 93 (especially now that there is so much acoustic guitar to be had along with the long shimmering pads, the ethereal sustained layers, the martial percussions etc).
Although as a producer myself, I might have one or two qualms about some pitch issues with some vocals here and there or even with the opening guitar arpeggio of the album, these things can be overlooked in favor of the entirety of the work. Synthetic strings and pads counterpoint classical guitar arpeggios and support the dramatic vocalizations and the recited multi-language poetry sometimes borrowing from celtic or greek aesthetic and sometimes accenting with apocalyptic drum parts.
The Hong Kong based label that released "Oil On Canvas" made it available as a standard CD and as an absolutely stunning and gorgeous limited edition CD+book in which the CD comes in a digipack and is housed (along with the book and some postcards) inside a black hardcover box set. The book contains verses of poetry by Francesca Nicoli translated in italian, english, french, spanish and german and contains beautiful photos by Raffaella Graziosi (abandoned buildings and objects), Mick Mercer (mysterious and ominous statues in gardens and courtyards - the same type of statue that you see on the cover) and Livio Bedeschi (the elements of nature). This packaging is so unique and sensational that it almost risks to overshadow the music itself. If you can still get your hands on one of these 800 pieces you should absolutely do so and enjoy it page after page, verse after verse, note after note, track after track.

Whispers In The Shadow: Borrowed Nightmares and Forgotten Dreams

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 23 2009
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Artist: Whispers In The Shadow (@)
Title: Borrowed Nightmares and Forgotten Dreams
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
Some flares and flames from the Chaos-devoted Austrian gothic-rock band Whispers In The Shadow reached our headphones. If you still don't know them, you maybe have to update your rusty shrine of records as this band saw its dawn as a solo project of L'Ãme Immortelle guitarist Ashley Dayour in 1996, borrowing the name of the project from the story The Whisperer In Darkness by which H.P.Lovecraft mixed romantic, horror and sci-fi element to introduce the Mi-Go, an extraterrestrial fictitious race of creatures whose aspect was similar to mushrooms -!- and hairstyle and some recognizable influences from Robert Smith and his legendary band, The Cure, moving from traditional Gothic rock to a more heterogeneous style able to roll splinters of Fields of the Nephilim, dark, rock and progressive tracings and some psychedelic Pink Floyd-like strains to such a pitch that some one speaks about "Goth-Floyd" when referring to WITS' style, a magniloquent way to describe the transition from old-fashioned a sort of dark epic wave to a more original and synchretic musical language. Lyrics are mainly inspired by the so-called Chaos Magic as well from some writings of some notorious occultists such as Austin Omar Spare and Kenneth Grant of the so-called Typhonian Order and science-fiction writers such as the above-mentioned Lovecraft.

Well... after 5 album and 2 live recordings, the esteemed Echozone issues Borrowed Nightmares and Forgotten Dreams '“ a collection of "the remixed, the reworked and the abandoned, as the sub-title declares.. '“ by inviting a multitude of voices and remixers to join to the set Whispers In The Shadow are ideally playing in a undefinite place in the Nightside of Eden (just to mention a Miltonian-conscious tune from their last Into The Arms of Chaos, which should not to be confused with the hit by Him with the same name... ) to re-build and re-perform some of their rushing compositions by adding some great unpublished songs (..the forgotten dreams..) dated 2005. Either remixes and lost tapes are really vibrant and well-crafted. We mostly appreciated the second ones as well as they show the multi-faceted skills of this band; from the powerful sound walls and the psychedelic goth of tracks such as Everyday and Waste to the astonishing textures between a good drumming and guitar rhythms of Karma Revolution, showing all the qualities of Ashley Dayour as a vocal performer, the last track Optimistic Day is maybe the best song of this collection: it starts with strange electro vocals and keeps on tickling listener's ears and brains through a syncopated march and psychedelic soundscapes strengthening the mark some press impressed to their musical style (Goth Floyd).

The opening track of the first part of this release, the Shemhamforash mix of The Arrival (... and just as an example of how they're strongly influenced by occultist knowledge is given by the way they call this mix... Shemhamforash was an ancient Hebrew expression meaning "the explicit name" referred both to the impossibility to pronounce the name of God and to refer to one of the way (a 72-letter word) Hebrew used to name God and later adopted by Anton La Vey as a way of greeting Satan..), is maybe the most close to WITS style as it's a great assemblage of strong rockfish energy and intriguing sonorities, while the climax slightly changes with the Sieben remix of The Nightside of Eden: drums set is more syncopated and slow and some violins add a more touchy shadow if compared to the original version... for a strange reason it reminds to us a bizarre agglomeration of Royksopp's more melancholic songs, Faun and the most folk side of dark! Please don't ask me why! Among the following reworks we'd like to mention the strange ghostly version of Babylon Rising '“ considerably thinner than the original one '“ by Ice Ages, the Cure-like new wave (veeeery nostalgic!) 2009- The Eminence Version of Train (... describing the gradual death of mind inducted by a pendular life... ), the clubby version of Damned Nation (the one beginning with an exorcism trying to send back to hell devilish spirits hardly looking for justice in this troublesome society... !) by Thomas Rainer which enrich a "danceable" rhythmical pattern with an elegant background sound set and the lovely melancholy-thickened version with an unexpected rhythm variation of the great "remix" of Pandora's Calling by Persephone. This release could be a good starting point in order to digging inside the discography of this band, if never heard something about it. We're almost sure that even if some tracks could be heavily influenced by the personal musical visions (and hallucinations as well... ) of the remixers, it's good enough to rouse your curiosity about Whispers In The Shadows' short but really interesting musical path...

RE-DRUM: S

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Sep 11 2009
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Artist: RE-DRUM
Title: S
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
Active since 2002 with five releases out, Pavel Aleshin's Re-Drum is releasing its sixth for the Polish label Zoharum Records. S is the title of the new CD which contains four untitled drone industrial suites. During 55 minutes the album creates since its first minutes an hypnotic almost psychedelic atmosphere with long humming sounds, distant noises, loops, vocal samples, etc. On the second and fourth track things change slightly because of the use of Tibetan samples (as far as it seems to me Tibetan blows and Tibetan litanies' have been used) enriching a lot the sound created as they are really absorbing per se. The first and third movements have good moments but Pavel opted for a minimal approach using pads and drones creating tracks that need an extra concentration from the listener.

IN SCISSORS: Orbis Terrarum Requiem

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Sep 10 2009
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Artist: IN SCISSORS
Title: Orbis Terrarum Requiem
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
In Scissors second full length album is a good dark ambient/industrial record indeed. The nine tracks are always able to build a wall of tension where the dark ambient sounds are enriched by strings arrangements. Throbbing sounds and melody create a particular effect: industrial arrangements, orchestral neo-classical moments with percussions, strings and loops are alternated creating an interesting blend of genres that are able to fit very well the album concept (in this case the destruction of earth and nature caused by human beings). Like a virtual soundtrack to human decline ORBIS TERRARUM REQUIEM shake the audience to the bone offering an original an honest vision of a classic industrial theme.


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