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OUTOFSIGHT: Vodka Likes Smoke - The Damned Poets

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 13 2008
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Artist: OUTOFSIGHT (@)
Title: Vodka Likes Smoke - The Damned Poets
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
During the latest four years of activity the Polish project Outofsight released a MCD and a couple of split CDs (with the Italian band Mushroom Patience and with Krepulec) before releasing their first full length VODKA LIKES SMOKE for Rage In Eden. Their album contains eight beautiful songs which have thousands of influences and are able to create a convincing decadent (but not mellow) atmosphere. Dedicated and inspired by the Polish beat generation of the 50's of poets of the likes of Kazimierz Raton (1942-1983), Marek Hlasko (1934-1969) and Edward Stachura (1937-1979), the project also used some of their writings on the lyrics of "I have nothing any more", "The terrified ground" "Bonfires die out" and "1996". Musically the songs are in balance between neo-folk, post punk, movie soundtracks and Balkan ballads and astonish since the first listening. "The dead base", for example, mix Polish movie samples, strings, electronics and acoustic guitar, creating a perfect dramatic soundtrack. The following "Drink or die" seems a Balkan version of The Pogues with post punk attitude. "Bonfire dies out", instead is a good neo-folk song with new wave influences and a bit of "spaghetti western" melody. The label was right to publicize this release as one of their best of the falling 2007. This is a must!
Feb 12 2008
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Artist: RUKKANOR (@)
Title: Deora
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
DEORA isn't the newest Rukkanor album but it is an album which deserve your attention anyway. Having been out of print for quite some time and now reissued with a new artwork, DEORA is a good example of crossover between militaristic, industrial and orchestral atmospheres with some Oriental influences for what concerns melodies and some rhythmical solution. Robert on his second album decided to made a sort of concept about Gods/men relation. On DEORA Gods are fighting for human possession and they need men to prove them their submission by battling against other people. Humans want to prove their faith by going to war and this soon became an absurd situation where only human blood will be shed (does this remember you something?). Musically DEORA is a fascinating example of orchestral music with ambient, ethnic and militaristic influences. Tracks like "Hosanna in excelsis", "Across the desert" or "Salvation" are able to create a cinematic effect full of pathos and tension. As I told you, DEORA is an album worth your attention and you should consider its purchase since it is available...

ANTLERS MULM: Of Withered Sparks

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 11 2008
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Artist: ANTLERS MULM (@)
Title: Of Withered Sparks
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Rated: *****
OF WITHERED SPARKS is the third Antlers Mulm full length and it has been a pleasant surprise to me. If you read my reviews you already know that I like both experimentalism and melody, so it's with great pleasure that I listened to this latest Antlers Mulm, because it gathers them both. Hans Johm's personal project with this new album presents ten new tracks which have a minimal throbbing and particular sound with a melodic structure. On most of the tracks the rhythmical part is formed by glitch layers which form an interesting web of sounds. On top of this structure there's Hans' voice singing introspective and a little melancholic lyrics. Some of them seems little haiku, the Japanese short poems. Here's the one of "4 A.M.", for example: "Snow-like / a little slumber is falling down / down on the hazel tree / and all the tiny birds around". We could call this melodic isolationism and you can taste some excerpts at www.myspace.com/antlersmulm.
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Artist: ABYSS (@)
Title: Mental Self-destruction
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
I have no clues about who's behind the Abyss project, the only thing I know is that the guy is from Poland and that before MENTAL SELF-DESTRUCTION he did only a promo CDr titled "Ashh zahr hylth". This first official CD is the second part of the Diabolus Opum series and it contains twelve tracks of ritualistic dark ambient music. Being based on hisses, tiny noises, drones and whispered vocals, Abyss music's aim is to create a diabolical atmosphere where titles like "In sanctam, invocabilem, secretam noctem convertor", "Heart of Darkness" or "Perdition's Light" take life. In balance from industrial and dark ambient, Abyss succeeded into creating a bleak and horrific scenario where silence is having an important part into the construction of the anti-musical suites. Sometimes Abyss loses the point by proposing tracks based on the same atmosphere but for sure the lovers of the genre will find some good moments to enjoy.

ACRYBIA: Death, Birth And Marriage

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Feb 08 2008
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Artist: ACRYBIA (@)
Title: Death, Birth And Marriage
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****

Formed in 1999, Acrybia is a Poland project which started as a death metal band. Their style turned into something more extreme during the years thanks to different line-up changes. Slowly the band increased the industrial influences and their latest full length for Beast Of Prey is showing well this new path. DEATH, BIRTH AND MARRIAGE is the first part of six of the Diabolus Opum series which will count six parts/bands and 666 CD copies in total. The six tracks of the album present a band (now is a duo formed by Shadock and Vauec) which changed so much their music that now they turned into it into a sort of dark industrial minimalism where drones are mixed with low bit rate samples (like on "Bridal mating" where metallic noises are coupled with a simple piano line with the following add of effected noises) or where the drones are looped and distorted creating an alienating atmosphere (like on "If you looking you will find - heaven for sale"). Sounding like an horror ritualistic industrial suite DEATH, BIRTH AND MARRIAGE has interesting moments as well as some others where the digital low bit rate samples confound a little the listener. Instead, the most melodic track of the lot, the closing "Gdy Juz Nic Nie Zostalo", is a good example of dark industrial experimentalism which create a convincing atmosphere being also accessible.


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