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LIMBO: Early Works

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 14 2008
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Artist: LIMBO
Title: Early Works
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Spittle Records (@)
Distributor: Good Fellas
Rated: *****
After two years in the working D.Loop made it and thanks also to the revived Spittle Records (they originally released the "In limbo" MLP back in the 80s) Limbo fans are able to listen to songs that only few had the chance to listen to. EARLY WORKS (1984-1987) gathers the very first songs recorded by the Tuscan combo for their first demotape (self released back in 1984), for the "In limbo" MLP plus early compilations participations and a bunch of unreleased tracks. The two CD pack comes in a deluxe package that reproduces a gatefold double album package with inner covers and all. Using original graphics as well as the color version of the painting they originally used for their first tape, the release contains also interesting liner notes both in Italian and English language. The whole recordings have been remastered and the result is really good: clean and powerful. The sound has no flaws and it gives you the opportunity to check the early goth electronic tunes of the band. The Virgin Prunes inspired vocals, the powerful bass guitar, the raw synths, everything is there to be discovered or revived into your memory. Personally these are the Limbo's recordings I prefer, because they were sounding like a post punk electronic band on the wild. You can check some tracks and purchasing the CD directly from the band through their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/limboit

LATEXXX TEENS: Death Club Entertainment

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 14 2008
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Artist: LATEXXX TEENS
Title: Death Club Entertainment
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Nova
Rated: *****
I must be honest, Latexxx Teens didn't raise my sympathy as I'm quite disinterested into bands that on their photo shots look like bad guys in disguise and make-up but I tried to close my eyes and to focus on the music of their first album DEATH CLUB ENTERTAINMENT. Well, the result isn't that bad as their mixture of metal with electro e.b.m. influences (they sound like a sort of Marylin Manson coming from Germany even if they are Italian) is catchy and powerful. In my opinion their perfect audience are the goth metal kids with melodic needs and Latexxx Teens did a good job by finding many catchy tunes and they also did a good job with the sound production. I hate to talk about music industry categorizations but... I'm not part of their target.

Grabstein: Anne Frank

 Posted by Marc Tater   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 02 2008
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Artist: Grabstein (@)
Title: Anne Frank
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Second album-release for the Switzerland-based Military/Industrial-act GRABSTEIN, which this time seems to be a kind of a conceptual release. The main theme deals with the female Anne Frank and the Nazi-German invasion of the Netherlands during WWII. Military-inspired stuff quiet often documented with some historic voice and war samples, but with GRABSTEIN often accomplished with some further music styles. Enjoyable Neo-Classic influence like a top-notch piano performance like on "Nowhere To Hide", but also some ominous sounding Dark Ambient-like sound environments as offered with "Deportation" or "Death". GRABSTEIN often declares not to follow or to defend any politically system and I believe in this, since the chosen samples seriously don’t bring on a drama – the historic content is recognizable. Rather more worth to mention is the out-of-any-question higher artistic and musically valuable content presented through the Neo-Classic arrangement. No stuff of course if you feel ashamed if someone feels the need to deal with some past atrocities, but... wouldn’t it time to grow and to get some more distance which especially counts for the older generation? No one should forget and everyone shall be warned – this album fulfills this with some real historic content.
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Artist: DER BLAUE REITER
Title: Silencis
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Named after a group of Munich artists active during the first decades of 20th century (some of them were Vasilij Kandinskij, Franz Marc, August Macke, Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin), Der Blaue Reiter (meaning "the blue knight") are releasing for Caustic Records their second full length album titled SILENCIS. The Spanish duo formed by Lady Nott and Sathorys Elenorth (active also with Narsilion) with this new album are presenting twelve new tracks divided into four different chapters titled respectively: "En sentir la tristor al cor", "Enfosquits els ulls de la mort", "Ordre i caos" and "Perdicio... l'espurna d'un trist record". Mixing quotes from classical interludes by Henry Purcell, Chopin and Antonio Vivaldi with martial atmospheres/rhythms, Der Blaue Reiter succeed into painting a personal vision of the decay of the world. They pass from energetic tracks with snare drums and vocals ("Eyes of the lost") to neo-classical/dark ambient suites like the following "Death and decadence". Rich orchestrations and classical minimalism (with some industrial ambient ambience) duet with ease creating a multifaceted canvas where the duo express their melancholy and their sadness. Songs, suites, industrial influences, everything is good to obtain an atmosphere of dreamy suspension where happiness is an old dusty memory.

PINK INDUSTRY: Low Technology + Forty Five

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 29 2008
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Artist: PINK INDUSTRY
Title: Low Technology + Forty Five
Format: CD
Label: Isegrimm Records (@)
Distributor: Tesco Distribution
Rated: *****
Born on early '80s, Pink Industry were the natural continuation of the musical process started by Jayne Casey with Big In Japan (on this band there was also Holly Johnson who formed Frankie Goes To Hollywood which had their worldwide success "Relax" on 1983) first and Pink Military then. The name changed from Pink Military to Pink Industry when Jayne stopped working with Nicky Hillon and Ambrose Reynolds took his place as her musical counterpart. The CD I have in my hands is the first release that reissue the first E.P. "Forty five" and the first album "Low technology" in its integrity (on "Forty five" there's missing its version of "Don't let go") since their first issue on 1981 and 1982. During the last couple of decades we had only a two compilations ("Retrospective" on Parade Amoureuse in 1989 and "New Naked Technology" on the Brazilian Museum Obscuro in 1995) but they were kind of hard to find then, imagine now... Anyway, Isegrimm contacted Ambrose and he, in 2005, remastered the original recordings you find here along with seven bonus tracks (of which three of them released here for the first time as the rest were also available on the previous compilations). If you never listened to Pink Industry try to imagine a sort of electro wave experimental kind of musical background with drum machine and effected bass guitar (most of the time a flanger was used) with a female vocal performance full of pathos and personality (no guitars involved!). If tracks like "'47'", "Final cry" or "Remove the stain" have a strong experimental background, songs like "Don't let go", "Enjoy the pain" or "Savage" are melodic hits that time won't be able to delete: try to imagine a funky aggressive effected bass guitar coupling a minimal drum machine sound and the vocal dramatic performances of an inspired girl. Pink Industry were able to channel melancholy and drama into three minute songs shaping them once like a fist in your face and then as a tear in the snow (you won't forget the piano/bass/vocal performance on "Is this the end" or "Send them away" because it's so minimal/simple and unforgettable at the same time). If you love electro wave with an early industrial approach I suggest you to get this release. Isegrimm should reissue also the other Pink Industry albums so support them by purchasing this one, don't download it, ok?


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