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CLINT LISTING: My Father My Keeper

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 21 2008
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Artist: CLINT LISTING (@)
Title: My Father My Keeper
Format: CD
Label: Autumn Wind Productions (@)
Rated: *****
Side project of the creator of As All Die, Clint Listing produces a particular music made of dark ambient atmospheres, slowed down jazzy intuitions and a bit of early 4AD style (see for example "Cut off your wings to enter heaven" where the melancholy calm/deep vocals are hidden between treated strings sounds). MY FATHER, MY KEEPER is a multi faceted album because if the first three tracks sound like a minimal mix of dark ambient synth pads with the add of a clarinet, the fore mentioned "Cut off your wings to enter heaven" and the following "The last day's of originality" (this one couple whispered vocals, clean electric guitars a la post rock with synth pads) change the style a bit but without changing the atmosphere which is always disturbed and intimate. Also the reverb synth experimentation of "One's loss of sanity", even if it sounds like of break into the atmosphere created since then, it isn't a total surprise, because just by listening to the first couple of tracks of the album you can realize that Clint Listing allows to himself an approach to music that is freed from boundaries. The last three tracks are reported as being part of "The Snow Ghost bonus EP". They span from the opening industrial ambient sounds of "Traveling the celestial path" to the creeping tubular bell sounds of "Simplicity is bliss" passing through the post rock drones of the long "The snow ghost".

E.V.P.: The Postmortem Canticles Of Necromancy

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 19 2008
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Artist: E.V.P. (@)
Title: The Postmortem Canticles Of Necromancy
Format: CD
Label: Autumn Wind (@)
Rated: *****
THE POSTMORTEM CANTICLES OF NECROMANCY is the debut album of E.V.P. (which stands for Electronic Voice Phenomena, the sections of static noise on the radio or electronic recording which some listeners believe sound like voices speaking). Even if the project started back in 2002 this is their first full length because their demo "Talk to the Dead" has never been released. Being inspired by occultism, necromancy, post-mortem and paranormal activity the album contains thirteen tracks which have been recorded and conceived by Scorpios Androctonus. He did a wonderful job by mixing classical music sounds, industrial sounds, marching rhythms, tribal atmospheres, some electronic sounds and everything useful into the creation of a creepy and evocative atmosphere. Recalling 50's horror movies atmospheres the album seems to be the soundtrack to a grimoire (note the Cornelius Agrippa phrase printed on the fold out poster you can find inside the dvd case of the CD) where the different tracks are the steps of the process. If this month you have the money to purchase only one album and you are a fan of martial industrial genre and you love Zero Kama, check this one first.

UNDERJORDISKA: Dystert Vilse

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Aug 19 2008
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Artist: UNDERJORDISKA
Title: Dystert Vilse
Format: CD
Label: Stellar Auditorium (@)
I usually don't accept records with black metal sounds as this isn't the genre we deal with. This exception is due to the fact that the other CD sent me by the label wasn't sounding like this one and second, fortunately this album doesn't sound like a classic black metal album. The one man band Swedish project Underjordiska uses some of the key elements of the genre as high frequency guitar sounds, hidden growling vocals, etc. The good thing is that the wall of sound created and the lacking of hyperactive drums make sound the seven tracks of DYSTERT VILSE like an extreme dark ambient album with painful vocals. Anyway, some ambient parts have been used on the final parts of "Isolation" and "Hope" as well as on the opening "Rainshine".

PROCER VENEFICUS: Saltwater & Glassmoon

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Aug 19 2008
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Artist: PROCER VENEFICUS
Title: Saltwater & Glassmoon
Format: CD
Label: Stellar Auditorium (@)
Rated: *****
Heading from Greece, Stellar Auditorium is a new label that sent me two of their latest releases. SALTWATER & GLASSMOON by Procer Veneficus is the second one and contains five movements of slow classical orchestra music played like there was a string session drowning under the sea. The music produced by Derek Schultz try to change a little the rules of dark ambient music by using more melodies but being true to the genre thanks to the sounds used that seem to be fluctuating between hisses, choirs and a general feeling of pain produced by the underwater effect. Three out of five tracks succeeded into keeping my attention alive but a couple of them made me want to skip them. This album is available as a limited edition of 300 CD-rs in a cardboard sleeve.

BLEIBURG: Open Wound

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Aug 15 2008
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Artist: BLEIBURG (@)
Title: Open Wound
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
Recorded live in Kassel on the 23rd of July 2007, OPEN WOUND contains thirteen tracks in the classic Bleiburg style. Always in balance between industrial, bouncing e.b.m., a bit of martial and dark ambient dub this Bleiburg live recording is a nice live concert which give to the listener a good idea of the band's sound. Presenting instrumental songs as well as sung pumping industrial e.b.m. ones (and at this purpose Steve Rukavina has been helped on vocals and synth by E.W. Schroeder a.k.a. MDMA) the album succeeds into keeping the audience interest always alive and this is a good thing. The album collects Bleiburg well know songs such as "Gulag Good-bye", "Na Rad!", "Nezdrava Tvorba" or "Good evening, Zagreb" and for this reason it could be a good starting point for whom who don't know them. For the fans of the project there's also available a DVD-r (in a limited run of 300 copies, like the Cd-r) with the complete recording of the concert (with the extra track "Wohin Wir Gehoren") which capture well the atmosphere of that night with a good audio recording (the same mixer recording of the CD-r) and a good quality image.


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