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ATTRITION: The Jeopardy Maze

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 13 2008
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: The Jeopardy Maze
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voice Print
Rated: *****
Reissued at the same time of "Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club", THE JEOPARDY MAZE hasn't nothing to do with the sound you can find on their 1985 release. Issued originally in 1999 on Projekt in the U.S. and by Trisol in Europe that album had Attrition line-up consisting of Martin Bowes, Julia Waller and Frank Dematteis on viola (basically the same people who released ETUDE two years before). THE JEOPARDY MAZE mix dark obsessive atmospheres, female opera style/whispered male vocals with electronics that can recall Die Form of the nineties. The album is kinda balanced proposing classical music influenced tunes (see "A virtual angel", "A virtual reprise" or semi classical/experimental "Have a nice time") and obsessive dark electronics. The original album was closed by a strange early 70's synth version of "God save the Queen": a track that sounds like a joke. Instead this reissue is closing by an unreleased track of the same period: "Infant joy" a dark ambient/classical spoken word with lyrics taken from a poem by William Blake.

The Spiritual Bat: Through The Shadiws

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 11 2008
Artist: The Spiritual Bat
Title: Through The Shadiws
Format: CD
Label: Alchemisti Music
Rated: *****
The name of the band is The Spiritual Bat and the CD is " Through the Shadows." This is a band I really like and have patiently waited for but the wait is long over. " Through the Shadows is here to stay and is better than ever. The band hail from Italy and is a quartet consist of Rosetta Garri vocals & drums, Alessio Santoni drums , Bruno Paolo flute. and Dario Passamonti guitar, bass and synths. A very creative mix of instruments that make up this unique band that has the drive to become a big success. We open with " Through the Shadows " which is a dark and brooding track that contains haunting flute and heavy guitar that creeps out of the shadows to an deathrock frenzy and surprises us all to raise the zombies from their slumber to danse. Rosetta sings to us, " as we fall to the ground through the shadows ." A tale of dark tales and darkness taking over and claiming itself true leader. We move on to Track 2, which is called, " Wandering on Cobble Hills." which is a dark folky journey into the unknown. I really liked this track in particular, it reminded me of early Scarlet Remains, AntiWorld and a little bit of Siouxsie all mixed up in one big concoction of deathrock antics. As I saw myself climbing the catacomb walls pushing way spider webs and others creatures that go bump in the night, I found myself loving the darkness and the beautiful instrumentation of it all. No lyrics were needed in this track it stood alone on it's own spinning the web of creativity and taking us far away from the land of doldrums that we find in stagnant music. Moving still ahead we come to Track 3, " Silver Lakes." which Rosetta sings to us, " it skips away from my fingers." Rosetta sounds like Monica Richards from Faith in the Muse, truly beautiful haunting vocals that pierce your dark hearts and pulls at our heart strings not letting go, reeling us in to listen and learn the essence of pure beauty as we know it. I personally could find myself dancing the night away to just about every track on this disc and found myself doing so as I typed this review out. This track seemed like a ode to the dark elements calling them into sync fora ceremony one most not forget. Moving deeper into this album the more I listen the more it is getting under my skin,this is it's purpose and I am finding myself serenading the repeat button on my stereo, this band is addicting , alluring and to my astonishment lives up to it's standards to the letter with nothing missing. We come to track 5, " Wish Power." where Rosetta sings, " we are waiting for the moment." "wish power."she sings with much anticipation and grace about power, knowledge and truth and just how it can come to you if you wish for it and make it happen by believing in the highest power and state of mind. This track is awesome in it's own right and should be played with lots of candles and paying homage to the power of wishing and the craft itself, it is a song I will hold dear to my dark heart and will make other join in on it's dark delight it offers to the creatures of the night that will lend an ear to listen and follow it's magickal path that it leaves open to us to take, but let us progress on to Track 10, " Newdance" which is a very Trad Goth song that takes us back to the old classic dark roots we long for and miss. Another dark instrumental that takes us away to that dark special place and opens our minds and envelops us and consumes our being through song, melody and interpretation, do what thou will with this one, it is left to you to decide. The rest of the tracks bring more surprise on the dark horizon and carry it's own originality through art and it's surrealism. This album overall tricks you as well as it treats you. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo

ATTRITION: Smiling, At the Hypogonder Club

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 10 2008
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Smiling, At the Hypogonder Club
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voice Print
Rated: *****
SMILING, AT THE HYPOGONDER CLUB is an album I'm fond of. Firstly because my brother used to receive Third Mind records and I was checking the releases I liked most (and Attrition along with Bushido were the ones I appreciated most along with the "Rising from the red sand" tape compilations) and secondly because the album along with the "Shrinkwrap" 12" is able to mix dark atmospheres, dancey attitude and electronic sounds. This reissue will satisfy all the people out there that like me dug these two releases, because this remastered CD collects them both along with "Fusillade III" originally released on the "For your ears only" compilation. Here with an expanded line up including Alex Novak (Venus Fly Trap), Pete Morris (later of Psychic TV), and Dutch singer Marianne Teunissen, Attrition were at their first high budget production and they didn't spoil the chance of doing a good album able to show their less experimental dark side (on this CD it stars with "Fusillade Pt.1" and originally it was the first song of the album B side) and also to make songs like "Mind drop" or "Pendulum turns" (also included into the "Shrinkwrap" 12") which mix electro dance attitude, dark atmospheres and catchy melodies. Here with Alex Novak on vocals (check his particular deep hoarse voice) Attrition reached a new level where tracks like "My eyes" (a semi ambient dreamy spoken word) or "Hallucinator" (a claustrophobic energetic electronic cold wave tune) are coupled by electro wave gems like "The game is up" or the aforementioned "Mind drop" and "Pendulum turns".

THE EFFIGIES: Reside

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 09 2008
Artist: THE EFFIGIES
Title: Reside
Format: CD
Label: Criminal I.Q. Records
Distributor: Criminal I.Q. Records
Rated: *****
Just saw The Effigies last night at club Damaged and it was history in the making. The Effigies have been around since the early 80's and have played throughout the circuit for years and years. They took a break for a while and now are back older but better than ever! The album called, " Reside " and it rocks. we open with Track one, " The Full Weight of Failure" is a fun guitar oriented track about the art of failing. John sings to us, " There once was sky, hope was high, now full weight and is just heavy on the eyes ." Truth to be told and told well to teach us a lesson that the chips may be up but sometimes they are down. Next we move on to Track two, " Night Train " which is an all out dance assault to begin with. In your face and ready for action to get you moving and dancing the beat of this great band. John sings to us , " Once was hoped for it's now too late, once was worked for it's now too late, once was planned for it's now too late, once was loved towards it's now too late. " John things of the grim things in life how they don't stay the same and how sometimes it's not for the best. I personally got up to dance to this then resumed on this review. Still progressing on we move to Track 3, " Cold Plate" which is a track I see racing against time. A pure mission track to be played in the car for that long drive to your destination through pure rock and roll. John sings to us, " Do you remember we met? , a better man would forget? This track had balls of steel and really told the tale and well to the many that wanted to listen to this dark tale of past and present. One particular track that stuck out was Track 6. " The Guv'ner " which was one hell of a political track that really had some blood, sweat and tears poured into it. John sings, " Cause this is war, we've had enough, if you need more, this is the place where I live." I admire anyone that can sing about the concept where it stands, too much war and to tell it like it really is, kudos to that.! All the tracks on this album have a continuing thread of chapters in this mans life through good and bad and great challenges and ricks that make up life. I really can appreciate a singer who tells it like it is no matter how bad the truth hurts, rock on to that aspect. The rest of this album is just pure heavy energy all mixed up in a ball waiting to burst out and get you rocking to the beat and leaving home with something to remember. See this band, buy there album and burn the effigy and celebrate history like it should be, in your face and telling its tale to be written again. 4 stars ~ Michelle Russo

VV.AA.: Incendium II

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Nov 05 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Incendium II
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Along with Cold Meat Industry, Loki Foundation is since 1991 one of the best labels into the dark ambient/industrial genre and INCENDIUM II is a great way to discover why. Spanning through the last three years of Loki and Power & Steel releases (there are no unreleased tracks but here you can find tracks previously released only on vinyl and it costs only 3 euros) INCENDIUM II presents the main label's acts with representative tracks. Herbst9 are here with a track from their "Buried under time and sand" and with one from their collaboration with Z'ev, Antlers Mulm present "Sunflowers" (a beautiful minimal electronic melodic track picked from the "Of withered sparks" album). First Law, Inade and Ionosphere are present with two tracks for each of them (some of them are excerpts of long tracks). You can also find excerpts from the Vestigial/Penjaga Insaf great split 12" and if you missed it, by listening to these three minutes from each track, you'll ask for more. Good label compilation, your curiosity could be fulfilled for a cheap price! Here's the whole tracklist:

CIRCULAR The Triangular Center
FJERNLYS Intermediate Nature
ANTLERS MULM Sunflowers
HERBST9 4000 Years Of Damascus
PREDOMINANCE Quantum Statics
FIR§T LAW Bad Influence (excerpt)
INADE Divine Hybrid (excerpt)
INADE Kwa Non Se Part II (excerpt)
LAND:FIRE Space Interferometry Mission (excerpt)
IONOSPHERE Gravitation In The Mind
FIR§T LAW Creating Worlds (excerpt)
INADE Uninhabited Red
VESTIGIAL Summoned By Panopticonian Flames (excerpt)
PENJAGA INSAF Tenangan (excerpt)
IONOSPHERE Meta III
HERBST9 vs Z'EV Enshrinement (Maschinenkult pt.2)
EX.ORDER Skillful Killing


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