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RECONDITA STIRPE: Nessuna Letargia

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jun 07 2008
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Artist: RECONDITA STIRPE (@)
Title: Nessuna Letargia
Format: CD
Label: HauRuck! SPQR (@)
Rated: *****
With a title that sounds like a calling to action NESSUNA LETARGIA ("Any lethargy") is the debut album by Recondita Stirpe. The band coming from Genova is also active as Egida Aurea (I think they differ of only one or two band members) but the sound of Recondita Stirpe is a little more folk than neo-folk ("La malia dei sensi" sounds like an Italian tango). Some of their songs recalled me the atmosphere of the partisan's songs as well the traditional Italian communist songs. Acoustic guitars, accordion, percussions and choruses are the main characteristics of the band's sound which succeed into blending melancholy and strength. Lyrics, in my opinion, have a lot of importance because by reading them while listening to the music you have a different experience: is like they enhance the whole atmosphere. Musically I prefer Egida Aurea but I can't deny the force and the honesty that you feel by listening to NESSUNA LETARGIA.

GEOMATIC: Blue Beam

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 04 2008
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Artist: GEOMATIC
Title: Blue Beam
Format: CD
Label: M-tronic (@)
Rated: *****
Focused on upbeat electronic rhythmic ambient music with Mid-oriental percussions/rhythms/vocals, BLUE BEAM is the newest Geomatic's album. Duo formed in 1996 in Holland didn't produced much, in fact their debut album "Control Agents" has been released in 2001 on Triumvirate label. Active also in the soundtracks business, Geomatic are good at crafting rich electronic sound sculptures which are accessible on a multi-level approach: they can be enjoyed for the convolving ambient/rhythmical as well as used as a sort of meditation soundtrack where the listener is like suspended, surrounded by minimal sound changes. Somewhat BLUE BEAN recalled me some atmospheres of the latest OTX album "A World In Red", maybe for its incredible sound (Geomatic made Kevin Metcalfe of Bowie, Orbital, U2 fame doing the mastering and the result is really crisp). Anyway, if you are into Muslimgauze, This Mour Omina or into the less industrial Ant Zen stuff, this is an album you can check. P.s. On the second session of the CD you can find three mp3 mixes of three album tracks reworked by Lagowsky, Ex_Tension and Ah Cama-Sotz.

25 MEN: The Dancing Wu Li Masters

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 04 2008
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Artist: 25 MEN
Title: The Dancing Wu Li Masters
Format: CD
Label: D-Monic (@)
Rated: *****
Ex member of Sisterhood and Gangwar, James Ray, is the main man behind the 25 Men moniker. He, with the collaboration of other musicians coming from all over the world (members of 4080peru, Fabric, The Otherfolk, etc.), created an album which sounds like a blend of electronic goth and dub. On THE DANCE WU LI MASTERS the melody is hidden behind waves of reverb and the rhythm is balanced between a dance attitude and a looped mantra. The main characteristic of the album is to be halfway from being catchy and being intangible thanks to its sound which tend to create a sonic vortex. The experimentalism of tracks like "Beneath the avalanche" (a semi ambient creepy song based on noise effects and hisses) are the counterpart to the electronic guitarism of "Are you receiving now" or of the closing "All the way". Goth audience will be destabilized by this album because it dares to be free from every genre boundaries. Sometimes James Ray kinda lost the control of the song construction being seduced by his psychedelic side but if you weren't expecting for a new Sisterhood album, you can sit and enjoy the ride.

NORDVARGR: Interstellar

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Jun 04 2008
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Artist: NORDVARGR
Title: Interstellar
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
If you are used to listen to industrial music or if you read magazines which talk about this genre it's impossible that you hadn't the chance to read the name of one of the projects that have Mr. Henrik Nordvargr Bjorkk involved. Names like: MZ412, Folkstorm, Toroidh, etc. This time Nordvargr is bringing to your speakers four dark industrial suites which aim is to re-create the dark sidereal sound of the space. Inspired by the Haglund theoy of "Absolute evil", INTERSTELLAR has been recorded using field recordings and sounds made by space objects transmitted over satellites. Space and its mysteries have always been the subject of ambient explorations since early 70's and it's difficult to being able to release something new and which works well. "Nothingness approaching", "Massive interstellar darkness", "Expanding matter" and the 17" long "Returning to a balanced existence" don't sound innovative but they succeed into creating a convincing and involving painful atmosphere. To be full appreciated this album mush be listened on a good hi-fi system or good headphones.

TRONUS ABYSS: Kampf

 Posted by Fabrizio Della Porta   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 03 2008
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Artist: TRONUS ABYSS (@)
Title: Kampf
Format: CD
Label: ATMF (@)
Rated: *****
Reissued in a luxury 16 pages high quality digi-book, with 2 bonus tracks "Tema del destino" and "Mabuse MK.I", "Kampf" is finally back available. Tronus Abyss history has started in the '94 as an active part of the Black Metal scene but lately become something out of any easy classification. Being praised by the underground scene for their two previous releases containing a blend of medieval sounds mixed with Black Metal, the Italian trio developed their music and pushed it towards more electronic- and ambient-oriented territories. They’ve always been considered a serious, cult band in the so-called extreme scene. The members have always been seriously involved in esoteric and cultural background activities, sometimes disturbing to the most due to their flirting with extreme traditional right-wing topics (not political, but mostly related with Traditional esoteric philosophies and philosophers - Evola, Guénon, Codreanu, etc.) in lyrics and aesthetics. Musically, after four years from the release date, is still personal and innovative, not only black metal but also electro-folk, ambient and industrial moods, crossing the border of a genre. Bombastic sounds are being blended together with dark electronic, distorted and acoustic guitar, whispering/spoken word, and gothic sounds. The first two songs 'Kampf' and 'Mabuse' give a good presentation of the atmosphere throughout the album; dark, depressive, and most of the time threatening. The third song, "L’eredità del cinghiale" is again very folk & medieval sounding with epic spoken vocals and some grand keyboards. The fourth song, "Funeral" is where things start to get very odd. This is more of a dark ambient/electronic song with peculiarly spoken robotic like vocals. From here on we keep seeing the band exploring and incorporating these various influences into the rest of the songs. The tracks 'Sth.492', and 'Epilogo' make a welcome distraction from the harshness throughout this album and can be regarded as distorted piano/organ pieces. Later on the track list there’s a fragment which seems to be an excerpt from some sort of propaganda film. In addition to this I can’t forget mentioning the track number 9 which has already earlier appeared on a compilation dedicated to Burzum. This song is called "Moti Ragnarokum" and was originally performed by Varg Vikernes on "Daudi Baldrs" album.
Additional compliments for the artwork of the digi-pack which displays fitting images with the coldness presented on this album.


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