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Artist: Za Frūmi (@)
Title: Barrow Wights
Format: CD
Label: Tom Bombadil’s Collectors (@)
Rated: *****
Barrow Wights offers listeners a chance to experience the epic first four years of the world of Za Frûmi.

In a visually immersive, specifically designed BOOK (25 pages, A6) the beautiful CD lay like a treasure in the end of it. For you who read other reviews by me you already know I love Za Frûmi as a band and as artists. They are among the best in the genre of dark ambient and fantasy music. I don´t need to repeat that in this review and bore you with endless praise.

This stunning Za Frûmi sampler is released by new Portugal based label (very promising!) Tom Bombadill´s Collectors and is limited to 1000 numbered copies. The disc covers songs from the debut album "Za Shum Ushatar Uglakh" (not my old favorite song but what the hell!) and the second album called "Tach - chapter 2" from the "Za Frûmi saga". Also songs from "Legends act 1", "Legends act 2 - Vampires" and two interesting unreleased songs made during the first four years in the bands 8 year history.

The world of the supernatural has been well represented by Za Frûmi´s wildly imaginative work. To incorporate it with the work of Tolkien and use parts of the Za Frûmi stories to dive into the Barrow Wights is just pure genius.

When you step back and appreciate "Barrow Wights" as a whole, you recognize that Za Frûmi and Tom Bombadill´s Collectors have provided everything that you could ever want in a sampler.

It has a magical element of fantasy in its instrumentation; it has loyal and memorable themes for every aspect of the story, and it builds up to one hell of a tumultuously satisfying climax. In its vast complexity of layers, themes, orchestration and as a collector’s item this album is a magical jewel. A must for the fans and people who want to get to own tracks that are now sold out.

I am a proud owner of the album!
It´s a great gift too. But... I am keeping my copy myself.

DER FEUERKREINER: Unsere Zeit

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jul 19 2008
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Artist: DER FEUERKREINER (@)
Title: Unsere Zeit
Format: CD
Label: Neuropa Records (@)
Rated: *****
Released by Neuropa on a nice six panel digipack, UNSERE ZEIT is the newest Der Feuerkreiner album. The Italian male/female duo on this CD present nine new compositions where industrial arrangements meet militaristic tambourines, neo-classical atmospheres and a new-folk attitude. Proposing melancholic tunes inspired by European romantic songs of the previous century (with echoes of Marlene Dietrich's classic songs) the duo mix minimal atmospheres where melodic songs find their counterpart into tracks like "Wissen is macht" (where the romantic / melancholic concept finds its limit thanks to distorted vocals and industrial percussions), the following "Die erde und der krieg" (where the female chant is surrounded by percussions and strings), the dark spoken word of "Bitte" or the semi industrial e.b.m. Arrangements of "Gerechtigkeit!". UNSERE ZEIT is an eclectic album that needs a couple of spins to be appreciated but it has good intuitions.

Ligne d'hiver / Saison Froide : Ligne Froide

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 15 2008
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Artist: Ligne d'hiver / Saison Froide
Title: Ligne Froide
Format: 7"
Label: Brouillard Définitif (@)
Rated: *****
The guys at Brouillard Définitif keep on digging among the tapes and recordings of France's best kept secrets. "Ligne Froide" is the new 7" split and gathers two tracks by Ligne D'Hiver on one side and two tracks by Saison Froide on the other. Ligne D'Hiver was an almost mythical entity hailing from Rennes - possibly the best French band you've never heard of! Their style is an astounding balance of cold and minimal synth lines and Loic's singing/lamentation that seems to burst into tears in both the studio and the live track. Those tracks were recorded in the mid-eighties and "Tired" was published on the rare compilation tape "LES SST ENVIE VOL.1" (1986 - Psychédélires records). Brouillard Définitif will also publish a cd collection with unreleased tracks by this mysterious band, so stay tuned. On the other side we have Saison Froide, the solo project of Flav (a member of Paris Violence). This is his first official output in eight years of life - classic coldwave sounds heavily influenced by the classics of the genre. The split 7" is cut to 33 rpm and comes with a withered leaf in a plastic bag. Another staggering release from Brouillard Définitif.

SUN PLEXUS 2: En souvenir de l'horreur

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 09 2008
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Artist: SUN PLEXUS 2
Title: En souvenir de l'horreur
Format: CD
Label: Ronda
Rated: *****
A new full-length from this Rumanian-relocated-in-France trio, who's been active since 1993 without the "2" in their monicker. Take a look at their promo pictures and you'll start noticing something ugly, totally confirmed by their gloomy, neurotic "rock". Sun Plexus 2 seem to have absorbed 30 years of expressionist, dischordant, fucked-up music which could still be remotely connected with the corpse of rock'n'roll: early Sonic Youth, Einstürzende Neubauten, Jesus Lizard, Oxbow, Chrome, Mars, Contortions... all came to mind while listening, which doesn't imply that Sun Plexus 2 are mere copycats. My picks would be "Pussy purée", with its robotic moves and a cascade of jangly guitars, and the remarkable last three tracks ("Die pipipuppe", "A force de suce" and especially "Planète fiston"), which increase the feel of doomed desperation and mental meltdown of the album, with paranoid electronics and tortured vocal rants closer to a black metal style than to anything remotely "singalong". The psychic fogs of these final minutes are worth the whole ride.

FEMME FATALITY: ONE'S NOT ENOUGH

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 07 2008
Artist: FEMME FATALITY (@)
Title: ONE'S NOT ENOUGH
Format: CD
Label: STICK FIGURE RECORDING (@)
Distributor: STICK FIGURE RECORDING
Rated: *****
FEMME FATALITY IS A FUN TWO PIECED BAND FROM ST LOUIS, CONSISTING OF ALEXANDER PALERMO WHO IS LEAD VOCALS, SNTH AND GUITARS. AND MONANANI PALERMO WHO DOES ALOT, VOCALS, PROGRAMMING, SYNTH AND GUITAR, THIS BAND PUTS THE NO WAVE BACK IN WAVE AND ROCKS HARD. THE ALBUM IS CALLED, " ONE'S NOT ENOUGH." WHICH IS TRUE, ONE IS NOT ENOUGH, WE WANT MORE FROM THIS BAND. WE OPEN WITH A DARK, DANCY INTRODUCTION TO THE DANSE DESTRUCTION CRAZE WAVE THIS BAND SETS FOR US. ONE PARTCUALR LYRIC THAT STOLE THE SHOW FOR ME WAS, " Y' ALL KNOW WHAT I DO ON THE STAGE, SO SHOW ME WHAT YOU DO ON THE FLOOR." TRUELY BRILLIANT AND CLEVER AS EVER. TRACK TWO ~ " LUCKY LOVER" WAS A TRUE SURE FIRE DANSE FLOOR HIT. ALEXANDER AND MONANANI SING TOGETHER, " LUCKY LADY, LUCKY, A LUCKY LADY, WE WERE BLOWN AT THE DISCO, SHAKIN LIKE A STIP SHOW. HOW MANY GUYS HAVE BEEN FEEDING YOU LINES." WIT ON TOP OF WIT TO MATCH THE DANSE OF THE TRACK. FUN, FUN FUN AND CLEVER AS EVER. LOVED IT AS I MOVED TRACK AFTER TRACK. WE MOVE ON TO TRACK 3 ~ " BULLET TRAIN" WHICH WAS AN CONCOCTION OF 80'S AND ADDICTIONS AND RHYMES. LOST IN TIME, LOST IN SPACE WITHOUT A TRACE, IN OUR FACE BUT FULL OF GRACE. OUR DYNAMIC DUO , ALEXANDER AND MONANANI SINGS, ' THESE ARE THE FLOORS I SLEEP ON, THIS IS THE RINGING IN MY EARS, THESE PRECIOUS THINGS I PRAY ON , JUST GET YOUR CREEP ON, AND IMA KEEP ON." TRUELY SO METAPHORICALLY MELANCHOLIC AND FASHIONABLY DECADENT. WE PROGRESS TO TRACK 4~ " COME ON, COME OUT" WHICH WAS ANOTHER PROMISING TRACKTO BURN THE DANSEFLOOR TO OBLIVION, LOVED IT FROM START TO FINISH. LYRIC AFTER LYRIC CALLED OUT TO ME THAT UNIQUENESS IS NOT DEAD. WOW THIS BANDS STANDS FOR KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF TO DANCE, DANCE, DANCE! IN THIS TRACK, ALEXANDER, AND MONANANI SING, " I CAN'T WAIT TO RUIN YOU FOR EVERYONE FOREVER." WHICH IN ITSELF TALES THE TALE, YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE. THIS BY FAR I THNK WAS MY FAVOURITE TRACK ON THIS ALBUM FOR JUST THE RAW ENERGY AND HARSHNESS IT DISHED OUT AND THE FACT WE CAN ALL RELATE TO. HELL YEAH! NEXT IS TRACK 5 " STILL ALIVE " WHICH IS THE DARK ANTHEM THAT QUESTIONS DEATH. A TRUE MASTERPIECE THAT IS PURE GENIUS. ALEXANDER AND MONANANI SINGS, " HOW THE HELL AM I STILL ALIVE, THEY TOLD ME NOT TO, I'M STILL BREATHING FINE." THIS SONG ROCKS HARD WITH DECADENCE AND TRUTH. THE REST OF THE ALBUM IS UNIQUE TRACK AFTER TRACK FOR ELECTRONICS AND DARK FASHION, FUSION AND ILLUSIONS OF FATE INFILTRATE THROUGH THE CORNERS OF THE DANSE FLOOE LIKE A CONECT THE DOTS GAME BACK TO US AND FAR BEYOND. FOR THE MINDS EYE TO SEE. IF I HAD TO SUM UP THIS CD, I WOULD SAY, GO IN COLD, OPEN YOUR MIND AND COME BACK TO CLONE YOUR LOVER AND EXPERIENCE A FEMME FATALITY AND BE FASHIONBLY LATE.. 4 STARS ~ MICHELLE RUSSO


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