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VV.AA.: My dear freaks Vol II

 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: VV.AA. (@)
Title: My dear freaks Vol II
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Thinking about our present days the NEOFOLK arts and minds is something we gotta deal with. These are strange days and these artists involved in this compilation are saying to us, remembering the sounds of the tradition they are playing the absurd world we live. Their art is made strictly to tell us the shadow of the past and the main question: the past is not something dead, but their consequences will strike another time above all in the worlds of culture. The Compilation is perfect and it is the second volume of a project really well designed and connected with the best "milieu" of the post industrial arena. The track 4th by SILENT LOVE OF DEATH is a real trauma, and creates a whole dimension of mystery and horror. I gotta confess that in my industry, motion picture, is not easy to convince producers about the value of this kind of art to use it in horror sound tracks. Kutna Hora's track is a masterpiece (8), LAS GUETA la RUNA follows a lost dimension and they reach it straight like a V2. This compilation is must to have to focus this "grey" area of NEO FOLK especially for people that aren't so comfortable with these sounds. The Label is making a great work and another time it reveals the great vibes present in Spain about this kind of imaginary.

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.


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