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THE DEEP EYENDE: Black out, the dark years

 Posted by Mariano Equizzi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 15 2009
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Artist: THE DEEP EYENDE (@)
Title: Black out, the dark years
Format: CD
Label: PEOPLE LIKE YOU
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
The Cult was there! But now it is affected by a Gothic-Punk disease, and I like so much that drift: insistent guitars, a bass line strong like a patient but very heavy hammer and above all a smoky-rocky voice and I gotta mention a stage presence really strong and a no-stop tour strategy really impressive (see their MYSPACE to check the 2009 tour!). It's not only a question of "to be darkish and gothic", that's Rock above all, not only obscure garments and heavy make-up layers and a band like that has to play around like hell to demonstrate their values. The Bass in the third track and the guitar bring us in a dominion where New Order and other gods of Wave are walking another time but now are slaves of this obscure Punkish Hollywood band. The voice seems ready to be the guest in a Lynch Movie about the deepest side of INLAND EMPIRE. The whole work is sulfurous, Luciferian and ironic and there is also some erotic vibes very evident. The 13 track is ready to be used in a Barnum Circus of Horror, great, provocative and strong, I love this dark side of Hellywood; Polansky can understand me. Great Job!

Paul Roland: NEVERMORE

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Feb 15 2009
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Artist: Paul Roland (@)
Title: NEVERMORE
Format: CD
Label: Syborgmusic (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Paul Roland wants to suggest us, and open our eyes-inside-ears into a different world made of mysteries and magics. We soar among organic sounds well played, a strong voice coming from nice rock ballads and above all we soar into a world of images and culture of our old Europe, not to mention a very very very nice Hammond sound. The result is really nice and depth: a 5 five star work and 10 star for the Art related to it. The tracks about Poe and Cpt. NEMO are really spine chilling and brought me away from the greyness of daily life, it reminds me my past readings in the J. Verne's worlds. That work is in fact a progressive ballad rock that has a soul not only sounds and every notes and vibes got a feature very rare in these days: the art to tell a story through a song. I felt also a skill in playing for musical 70s style, not to say a blasphemy but this guy is not so far from "Lamb lies down on Broadway", music moves an his voice brings it in a world where the telling-art is the center of the playing-art. His instinct linked with a great culture is for sure his best "weapon" to catch our attention and our imagination, thank you Paul, your dreams are pure art.

VV.AA: Radio Resistencia

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 13 2009
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Radio Resistencia
Format: CD
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Each time that I receive a promo packet from Matijn often I'm surprised and this time it happened the same. RADIO RESISTENCIA is a CD compilation gathering eighteen bands, same of them new on Enfant Terrible and some others not. The first surprise is that Enfant Terrible opened a section of the label to CD releases and the second is that Martijn decided to open the label to new genres. So, on RADIO RESISTENCIA you'll find something more than electronic sounds. The CD opens with five bands/songs that aren't sounding electronic at all but they are really interesting as they mix post punk noisy intuitions (Swann Danger and Black Ice), noise ballads with light industrial rhythms (Headcollision with their "Fireman"), melancholy piano low-fi ballads (Saralunden with "Les mains d'un autre") and dreamy ballads with accordion and female vocals (Louisa La Chouf with "Thousand miles of dreaming"). Electronic music starts with the great "Obrisi" (it is a convincing minimal electro track with old e.b.m. influences and a catchy female voice) brought by the Croatian band Popsimova and the same atmospheres are covered also by Flying Bodies with "Transformer" and by Florence Fast Fan Club with the instrumental "Subliminal neurosis". "Something ahead" by :Codes bring us to the D.A.F. atmospheres of the "Fur Immer" period. Agent Side Grinder is the first band I know of the lot and they present "The screams" a track of cold electro wave. Dolina from France with "Once again" are here with a good track of old electro wave. Kim Ki O are from Turkey and their "Mutsuzsunuz, Hepiniz" is a really nice song influenced by 80's electro wave with pumping bass lines, drum machines and a duet of dreamy synth lines and female vocals. Model Z with "Military march" offer a cold synth track influenced by early Die Form. Also Le Moine are from France and their "Amnesia" is a nice instrumental electro wave voyage. Antlers Mulm bring a different version of his "Painted graves" coming from the beautiful "Of Withered Sparks" I already reviewed here months ago. Distel with "Fand" are the darker band of the lot: they made a track made of minimal sounds and nice subtle melodies. Wermut with "The systematic destruction of craving" bring to the audience a track based on a 4/4 pumping industrial like snare drum with an obsessive sequenced bass line and a razor guitar. Oplen from Sweden close this great compilation with "Music for trains", a lo-fi electronic instrumental obsessive tunes. Check some excerpts from the label's website and don't miss this release!

Informatik: Beyond

 Posted by Krzysztof Kramarz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 03 2009
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Artist: Informatik
Title: Beyond
Format: CD
Rated: *****
When Informatik released samples of their new album, "Beyond", some people were afraid that they follow the path of Apoptygma Berzerk, from EBM to something between synthpop and rock. Fortunately, the album as a whole proves that they did not change their style so much.
They started to use guitars. The guitar is dominant in a couple of songs (for example "As We Lay Silent") which makes them sound "warmer" than before. Those who expected this album to be as synthetic and cold as "Nymphomatik", let alone previous releases, may be disappointed, as it is not so gloomy indeed.
The difference between this and the previous release is visible even in their titles. "Nymphomatik" was sort of automatic, mechanical, while "Beyond" is much more organic. Also, there are no elements of trance music anymore. It may be perceived as drawback as well as an advantage. However, the band found a balance between new and old sound, and "Beyond" is a mixture of songs close to rock music ("As We Lay Silent") and electronic club hits, such as "Simple".

Lyrics have changed too. They are still about human relationships, but there is no trace of despair in them as in the case of "Nymphomatik". The lyrics are more mature and no one is singing that love is not for him anymore, which certainly is good.

If you like Informatik, or futurepop as such, give "Beyond" a try, but be aware that you will face new, less aggresive side of Informatik.
Jan 30 2009
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Artist: SUM OF R
Title: Sum of R
Format: CD
Label: Utech Records
Rated: *****
Sum Of R born from an idea Reto Mader (a.k.a. RM74) had for a side project but it grew into a open structure musical project. Actually we find Roger Ziegler and Christoph Hess of Herpes O Deluxe are joining Reto for the first collective full length release. The band's homonymous album is divided into ten tracks/suites where the aim is the creation of a growing tense atmosphere which sound suspended in time. For the whole album you have a sort of cavernous reverb effect over all the sounds which is make you feeling dizzy. Most of the track are based on guitar noises/feedbacks but there are also tracks like "Basics of sleep": on this one we find a background of looped sounds (vinyl clicks and few percussive sounds) where a treated piano is free to improvise an obsessive piece. If your reference for guitar noise sound are Sunn 0, well, with Sum Of R be ready for something different: if Sunn 0 base their sound on bass frequencies growling guitars, Sum Of R make their guitars sound like a organ mixed using a vacuum cleaner and then they add to it effects and other instruments such like electronics, bass guitar, piano, drums, harmonium and Lenco turntables.
P.s. this release has a great deluxe packaging with silver printed black cardboard and a mini poster


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