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VV.AA.: Festival Der Genialen Dissidenten

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Apr 15 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Festival Der Genialen Dissidenten
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
FESTIVAL DER GENIALEN DISSIDENTEN is the new 12"+7" vinyl collection compiled by Enfant Terrible. The album gathers bands which weren't included into the previous "Electronic renaissance" and which are mostly coming from the Netherlands / France / Belgium area. Agent Side Grinder opens the dance with a minimal electronic semi industrial short live track titled "There is a sound that always goes out". Then, we have a nice French/Belgium band called Dolina which with "Corridors" bring to the listener a good electro dark wave song. Vincent K. (project of electro music producer RA-X) plays a great electro version of Christian Death's "Romeo distress", here titled "White sheet glory". Great attitude, desperate cried vocals and retro electronics, make of this a perfect one. Nosztalgia Direktiva are next with "Here I am". Coming from Hungary they previously released their stuff, with the G.K. Agenda moniker, on Invasion Planete and here present a short track which recalled me early Die Form. Adolf Filter with "Inner walls" is presenting a retro electronic song in balance from melancholy and cold wave. Side B starts with :Codes, a Belgian band that released their previous stuff on Kommando 6 but which now is working with Enfant Terrible to deliver their cold electro. Next there's a robotic track in balance from early Portion Control and early Dopplereffekt, titled "The androgyne triangle" brought us by the newcomer Le Triangle De L'Androgyne. Pierre Normal, with "Orange", plays experimental electro wave (think about a strange version of Kas Produkt). The 12" is closed by "Catch a dream" by Yseult Descieux: a nice dreamy dissonant pop song which seems played with toys. On the 7" we have "Disco", the weird electro disco of Joungbloed (feat. Sofia E.R.) played with tambourines, blows and analog gear. The minimal pop of Coeuvert closes the compilation with "Celibataire". Be sure to purchase a copy of this compilation and you'll have the key to new fantastic electro analog independent music!

ATTRITION: In The Realm Of The Hungry Ghosts

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Apr 15 2008
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: In The Realm Of The Hungry Ghosts
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****
If you loved the previous reissue "Something Stirs (The Beginning 1981-83)" this new IN THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS is a release you won't miss. Collecting various compilation tracks coming from the 1983÷1986 period plus a couple of unreleased ones ("Marianne's dream" and "Into the waves"), the album is an in depth voyage through the early Third Mind period of the band. Before composing my personal favorite "Shrinkwrap" and "Pendulum turns" (those two were both coming from "Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club" album and were a good example of alternative electronic danceable tunes), Attrition were experimenting with electronic sounds and dark atmospheres and participated to different great compilation which later have been marked as fundamental for the experimental/industrial scene. Albums like "The elephant table album" or Third Mind's "Life at the top" contained bands like Coil, Chris And Cosey, Muslimgauze, Portion Control, Lustmord, Nurse With Wound and SPK to name few. The twelve tracks of IN THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS span from ambient electronica with the distinctive female vocal of Julia to dark electro upbeat songs (see "The beginning of the end") with Julia and Martin duets, passing through the spoken word experiments with piano improvisations ("Questions") or the following classical electronics of "Which hand?". IN THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS isn't a collection of tracks which didn't fit an album release but it's a document of the different faces of a band.

STUMM: I

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Apr 11 2008
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Artist: STUMM (@)
Title: I
Format: CD
Label: Aesthetic Death (@)
Rated: *****
Published a couple of years ago (I'm talking about it only because Aesthetic Death kindly sent me a copy along with their latest release and not because we changed our rules), the first proper album by Stumm is sounding like a post hard core band playing doom (genre called "sludge" as far as I read). The vocals remember me Ebullition stuff I was used to listen to fifteen years ago but the music is slower. Stumm succeed into creating a decadent and desperate atmosphere where titles like "A new Christ for every mourning" or "Breathing out smell of suicide" explain really well their mood. Nice release but its hardcore background didn't make me appreciate at full the tracks which sounded to me honest but not inspiring.

ATTRITION: 3 Arms & A Dead Cert

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Apr 09 2008
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: 3 Arms & A Dead Cert
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****
Originally released in 1996 by Hyperium (Project took care of the U.S. edition) 3 ARMS & A DEAD CERT has been one of the most successful album for Attrition and for sure it is one that re-defined their sound. Thanks to the collaboration of Franck Dematties of the Paris Opera on viola (check the closing "Prelude" to be pleased by the sound of his instrument), the twelve tracks of the album are sounding particular thanks to different "oppositions": first we have the chants of Julia Waller which are balanced by the deep whispered vocals provided by Martin (this style remembered me a little Adi Newton of the second Clock Dva period started with "Advantage"), then we have the upbeat electronic textures of drums and synth lines which are balanced by the romantic but at the same time sad tunes, performed by the viola. The opposition of dark atmospheres and upbeat rhythms are making of this album a good one where you can find a strong electronic background along with some ambient dark experimentations (see the piano/vocals/viola/samples mix on the cinematic "Predicament"). A really good album which now see the light again with a remastered version available worldwide.

ARKANE: Enraptured Serene Mesmerism

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Apr 08 2008
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Artist: ARKANE
Title: Enraptured Serene Mesmerism
Format: CD
Label: Secution Prod (@)
Rated: *****
ENRAPTURED SERENE MESMERISM is the second Arkane album which has been released six years after "Arcane Elitism" published back then by Fossil Dungeon. This new work contains eight tracks which sound like movements of an opera. Based on the female vocal ability of ArcanumX and on Drg's strings orchestration (with the participation of Stephen Svanholm/Sibelian and Arcanstra M. for some recitative parts), the album create a convincing dark opus. Sounding like mermaids' hypnotic chants, the tracks are composed by few elements (few orchestral parts plus the female vocal performances) but the bravura of the musicians is here evident (because isn't simple at all of being able to catch people's attention which such few minimal elements) and make them succeed into the creation of a magical atmosphere. There's also a recurrent theme which we find since the opening main track that is a sort of link that lead us through the different movements. From Greece, Arkane are here to let you lose your senses by enrapturing your soul with witch like abilities...


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