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DER BLUTHARSCH: Everything Is Alright

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 25 2008
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Artist: DER BLUTHARSCH
Title: Everything Is Alright
Format: CD
Label: HauRuck! (@)
Distributor: Tesco Distribution
Rated: *****
EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT is the natural continuation of the "Fire danger season" release and it starts from where the old one left gathering compilation and limited vinyl releases tracks originally issued from 2002 and adding a couple of new songs: I think that the third and the ninth (a nice 30" 70's inspired creepy synth tune) tracks are new ones. Der Blutharsch has the peculiarity to have all untitled tracks so it is very hard to track down the informations about the original releases containing them. At this purpose the website Discogs is helping a lot by giving the informations we need. Anyway, considering that the album starts from 2002, at that time Der Blutharsch started to change the sound as on 2003 we have the "Time is thee enemy!" album which is the first to have a rock approach to military rhythms/atmospheres. Track 1 from the Reutoff vs Der Blutharsch Kreuzung Drei split CD. Track 2 from the Der Blutharsch/Nový Svet Cafe Mentone split 7". Track 4 from the Der Blutharsch/Zetazeroalfa split 7". Track 5 from the Yellow Leaf 7". Track 6 from the Time Is Thee Enemy 7". Tracks 7 & 8 from Farewell Tour 7". Tracks 10 is a cover of Death In June's "The Odin Hour" from Take Care And Control. Track 11 from the Vittoriale 7". Track 12 is a cover of a song from The Moon Lay Hidden Beneath A Cloud's The Smell Of Blood But Victory. Track 13 from the Looking For Europe compilation CD. Track 14 from the Der Blutharsch/Sottofasciasemplice split 7". Track 15 is a remix of :wumpscut:'s "Schäbiger Lump" from his Schädlingsbox 2xCD. Track 16 is a remix of :wumpscut:'s "Adonai, My Lord" from his Body Census Box 2xCD Box. Track 17 from is by Pacific 231 Vs Der Blutharsch and its titled "Heuristic Occlusions (Armoured Assault / Vino Nobile Mix)" and it's coming from the Danza De La Muerte - R.I.P. Syntactic compilation 2xCD. Even if the release is a compilation it isn't only intended for collectors as if you liked the latest band's releases, EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT contains good tracks on the same vein but if you are a fan this is a must have release, because it gathers many treasures.
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Artist: VAE VICTUS / Durch Heer und Kraft
Title: Fortes Fortune Adiuvat!
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
The release onslaught of the German SkullLine label wins on speed and offers more and more curious acts rather dedicated to some more Experimental-minded music efforts. This full-length album is a split-release by two quite musically different acts, the US-one man act VAE VICTUS and the Hungarian DURCH HEER UND KRAFT. VAE VICTUS seems to be the more drastically outfit, providing a mixture of a static and noisy Military-inspired Industrial sound combined with Ambient and filled with dozens of war, sirens and propaganda movie samples. A little communistic vein is surely integrated as well, tracks like "The Fall Of Capitalism / The Party Of Lenin" or the pure Mao Tse Tung-propaganda tracks "Chairman Mao Is The Red Sun In Our Hearts" tend obviously into this direction. I would advise to read some Blogs of this act presented on their MySpace web account. Quite interesting for dedicated fans. DURCH HEER UND KRAFT are Military-inspired too, which they often celebrate through typical marching snare drum inserts, but generally their musically outfit turns rather into Neo-Folk/Classic music. Some tracks are new interpretations and do follow some traditional Folk tunes ("Krieg und Friede") and to my surprise they offer some speech-like vocals on some tracks too. Both bands have here and there some interesting stuff to offer, but a strictly dedication of the listener to some Military-music is helpful. Extremely limited edition, as usual for SkullLine, this one is restricted to only 50 exemplars.

Failure to Communicate Tribute Series 11: Vol 1 VV.AA.: Eye For An Eye

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 24 2008
Artist: Failure to Communicate Tribute Series 11: Vol 1 VV.AA.
Title: Eye For An Eye
Format: CD
Label: Failure to Communicate
Distributor: Failure to Communicate
Rated: *****
Sheriff Scabs from the label Failure to Communicate is back at it again with a lovely tribute to Nick Cave to go along with his other tributes to David Bowie, Joy Division and The Cure. This tribute shows great promise to covers and compliments Mr. Cave Well. We open with Track 1, " Wild World" which is covered by Mr. Russia. It leads us down a path into a old trippy 70's world Cave style that leads to it's flair and flash sticking to it's roots well and how it should be, a classic. Moving ahead we go to Track 3, " I Let Love In ." which is done amazing by Sheriff Scabs who put out this cd to begin with and others for that matter. I would expect nothing more than perfection at that this is. Truly my favorite track on this whole cd. Sheriff Scabs sings dark, deep and melancholic tone that truly chills you to the bone. He sings to us, "Oh lord what have I done, please Oh lord don't leave me alone, where are my friends, my friends are all gone." Silent screams and chaos add to the charm of this masterpiece that even has a creepy, folky tone that grabs at your throat and won't let go. We proceed on to Track 5 " Mr. Clarinet done by The Brides which is done well and rears it's ugly head for all of us to take in and taste. It is a fun track that speaks for it's self and is the life of the party,but only the dead are invited. I was quite impressed by the creepy feel this one had, it grew on me the more I listened to it. Still moving into the next Track 6, " Where the Wild rose Grows." done by a band called Chasm which reminded me of Monica Richards flowing in and out like a lady dancing through a field of deception waving her blood stained dress to the beat of this tune. Haunting as this track is, sticking to what this mood calls for and the visual it expresses, a murder ballad it is and as it told it's tale and unfolded it's tale and it did not disappoint at any giving moment. Next is Track 7, done by Ahab Rex a personal fiend of mine that is a huge Cave supporter so it only makes sense he covered " The Curse of Milhaven." This is the tale of murder again but he sings it like its all fun and games, truly clever and well received, a job well done. The rest of this cd excels and truly is a work of art in it's own right and a compliment even Nick Cave himself could truly could consider a treasure and perhaps a gift for a new generation to find in a time capsule , expressing just wit can bring wisdom. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo

O QUAM TRISTIS...: Les Chants Funestes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 24 2008
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Artist: O QUAM TRISTIS...
Title: Les Chants Funestes
Format: CD
Label: Palace Of Worms (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
This is the first time I have the chance to check out O Quam Tristis... (their name comes from a psalm written by Antonio Vivaldi and Pergolesi and the whole sentence is "O quam tristis et afflicta fuit illa benedicta Mater Unigeniti") and I have been pleasantly surprised. Formed also by people involved with Collection d'Arnell-Andrea and Thy Violent Vanities (Anna Virsky and Hugues Dammarie), O Quam Tristis... rework in a personal way female and male vocal polyphonies inspired by medieval and baroque music mixing them with electronic arrangements, new wave (see the bass guitar sound and some atmospheres) as well as folkish melodies (like the opening "Oriens" or "O vox poriphetica") or goth intuitions ("O abies" and "O mejam miseram"). Another peculiarity is to have lyrics in Latin language and this unusual characteristic enrich a formula which already was really interesting. A must have!

SUNKEN FOAL: Fallen Arches

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 20 2008
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Artist: SUNKEN FOAL
Title: Fallen Arches
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu
Rated: *****
Sunken Foal is the project of an Irish guy called Duncan Murphy. He, helped by occasional friends, did a great debut album titled FALLEN ARCHES. Mixing acoustic instruments like guitars, piano and drum with electronic sounds (sometimes, i.d.m. rhythms or rough synth melodies like on "Rikkic"), Sunken Foal is offering a fresh approach to modern electronic music. Duncan composed tracks that sound like experimental folk electronic suites, others that are structured like songs (with vocals and acoustic guitar with electronic inserts) as well as jazz dark instrumental suites that suddenly turns into folk songs. The atmosphere created on the album is difficult to be described but try to imagine an experimental electronic version of King Of Convenience and add a sprinkle of freshness and a bit of craziness to that beautiful melancholy. Try it with after a difficult day and let me know...


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