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NOISE TRADE COMPANY: crash test one

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 27 2008
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Artist: NOISE TRADE COMPANY
Title: crash test one
Format: CD
Label: N-Label
Rated: *****
During the first listening I have to admit I was a bit disoriented by the style, nothing that unusual or bizarre, I was just used to hear Gianluca Becuzzi aka Kinetix involved in experimental or ambient work and this new cd has nothing to share with it. This "crash test one" deals more with electro-rock, with a eighties feel and in some way this shouldn’t be a surprise since Becuzzi early days saw him involved with Limbo and thought the style was significantly different sure he’s probably been growing with all of this eighties martial/pop/dark/wave drum-machines and keyboards buzzing in his ears. Forget his ambient works above all the many collaborations with Fabio Orsi (here listed as guest on guitar together with Valerio Cosi on sax) and imagine some electro-pop-rock whose genus could be the result of a bland made out of Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire (they cover also "Nag nag nag"), Laibach, 808 State and more but all of this has to be imagined just much poppier and less hard pounding and with that typical male/female vocals duos (Becuzzi himself and Chiara Migliorini). Squared rhythms and synth/keyboards are the essence of the sound on this effort, guitar have a strong post-punk/new wave feel. I think this kid of product in Germany could sell well and this could also be pretty tasty for a dark-wave electro club for the fetish aesthetics is not that fat behind the corner. You have some noisy experimental splinters which may be a good indication of where Becuzzi is coming from, thought I can’t say I’m a big fan of this style the cd is well done and some refrains are quite easy to be remembered ("waste your life... be an artist" for example) which is a good thing.

COLD FUSION / RUKKANOR: Wunderwaffe

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 27 2008
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Artist: COLD FUSION / RUKKANOR
Title: Wunderwaffe
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
Originally released in 2004 as a limited edition of 100 copies then reissued in 2005 expanded from two to six tracks, WUNDERWAFFE has been reissued for the third and last time in a limited edition of 500 CDs and expanded to eight tracks (four by Cold Fusion and four by Rukkanor) to greet the five years of the label. Inspired and dedicated to the victims of the V-1, V-2 and V-3 missiles (and the guys want to underline that the CD has no a political meaning and it isn't linked to any ideology either) WUNDERWAFFE is one of the first releases of both the projects. Cold Fusion present four melancholic tracks in balance from neo-classicism and martial industrial while Rukkanor show his darker side with four powerful martial industrial orchestral pieces full of tension which are able tol give you the sensation of being inside a tank that slowly passes through a mine field. This is your last chance to get it!

DUCHESSES: Estupet

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 25 2008
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Artist: DUCHESSES
Title: Estupet
Format: CD
Label: Apop Records
Rated: *****
Now, this is a truly interesting record which incidentally proves how Apop may well be today's Skin Graft in its choice of outrageous no-wave bands. Duchesses are allegedly a young all-female quartet, mentioning Art Bears, Poison Girls and Sex Gang Children as influences. Which could sound deceitful, but only to a certain degree, as this is artsy, schizophrenic and "gothic" music indeed. "The Virgin Monkey" shreds two voices, one half-reciting, the other screechy and monkey-like, in a vortex of guitar and drums reminding of Arab on Radar at their most violent. "The Fox Hunt" and "The Pit Bulimia" share a similar frenzy, but adding some morbid wave sickness like in the good old days of Gravity/GSL art-core (Antioch Arrow, VSS). "The Lazer Poney" is more AOR-styled sandstorm, while in "The Laughing Faina/Wacko Jackal" the instrumental mess is transfigured in a crazed electronic carousel. The cd also features a series of remixes which are unexpectedly well-done and creative. I'll mention Weasel Walter's take on "The Fox Hunt", where he manically pushes on the rhythmic aspect, on one hand, and on the gothic/atmospheric one on the other (almost Goblin-esque in the keyboards, and with an unstoppable guitar solo to boot), and Qulfus' black/no-wave transfiguration of "Pit Bulimia". A very promising and unpredictable record by these youngsters - let's hope they keep on playing and never lose the sickness.

INFESTATION: Bastion Intouchable

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 24 2008
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Artist: INFESTATION
Title: Bastion Intouchable
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
INFESTATION is the first Quebec martial industrial act and its aim is to evoke subjects concerning the fight for subsistence of cultural heritage. Louis Carrier, the guy behind the project, stated that his aim doesn't have nothing to do with right or left wing parties as every folks, every nation has its own battle to fight and martial industrial is the perfect musical style to express and illustrate these ideological struggles. Coming from Quebec he felt the urge to express the determination of the French-speaking minority of that country. Musically the project took inspiration from Puissance, Triarii, In Slaugther Natives, The Protagonist, etc. but its mix of cried out lyrics (almost in a metal style), bombastic percussions and orchestration is really personal. The lovers of the genre will be pleased by listening to BASTION INTOUCHABLE but I think that the newcomers won't stand the vocals high volume because sometimes they cover too much the music...

HERBST9: The Gods Are Small Birds But I Am The Falcon

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 24 2008
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Artist: HERBST9
Title: The Gods Are Small Birds But I Am The Falcon
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Rated: *****
After eleven years of activity Herbst9 release their fifth album titled THE GODS ARE SMALL BIRDS BUT I AM THE FALCON. With such statement the band take inspiration from Assyrian and Asian mythologies, lamentations, prayers and ancient rituals. With a primitive approach to sound Herbst9 composed nine tracks that form an unique sonic scenario made of hisses, tribal percussions, drones, trumpets, growling voices and minimal melodic lines. For sure this is a record that you won't be able to enjoy listening skipping tracks or choosing the one you dig most (maybe after a couple of spins you would like to take a deep listen to a particular track) as "The laments begin" (the one I liked most along with the following"Must I Die? - because of my holy song") opens a different world made of sidereal echoes of ancient earthly rituals. The minimal compositions have as counterpart a rich amount of great sounds which are able to create an hypnotic effect. Check some excerpts at the Loki Found website.


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