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SLEEP RESEARCH FACILITY: Nostromo

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May 19 2008
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Artist: SLEEP RESEARCH FACILITY (@)
Title: Nostromo
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
Alien has been released in 1979 after years of work and different times Ridley Scott was about to quit because production didn't care about his vision and for them the movie was beginning to be too expensive because of the director's maniacal precision. That movie had also the merit to introduce to a wider audience a master of the visionary art: Giger. He created the monster and he painted different sets. If you know the movie and you also checked the interviews included into the DVD editions you can understand why Sleep Research Facility on 2001, for their debut release, decided to take inspiration from the Nostromo crew story. Especially inspired by the first eight minutes of the movie, NOSTROMO, tries to reproduce the tension and the atmosphere of that great movie. This new edition of the album allow to the dark ambient lovers to rediscover a good CD where Kevin Doherty gave his best by creating five different movements able to scare the hell out of you. Dark ambient isolationism and drones will make you revive the first time you saw the dark corridors of the Nostromo space ship. This reissue include also a bonus track titled "Narcissus": an eight minute suite with fluctuating loops, light hisses and different other hypnotic sound layers.

KORINTH: Sign Of Eternal Return

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May 19 2008
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Artist: KORINTH
Title: Sign Of Eternal Return
Format: CD
Label: Construct Destroy (@)
Rated: *****
Inspired by the Nietzsche concept of "eternal return" (only a person who has the courage to live his entire life just like he already did, could break the wheel/cycle and free himself) SIGN OF ETERNAL RETURN is the debut album by Korinth. Already released by Construct Destroy (personal label of the band Phragments which months ago released their latest album for The Eastern Front label) on a limited edition of 111 copies CD-r, the album is now reissued as a real CD on a 500 copies run with a new package and all. Musically the album contains a 44 minutes long suite based on hypnotic structures made of humming sounds and choirs/orchestrations. Despite the long track "double edged weapon" (in my opinion it's difficult to compose a track able to create a good ambience but it's really hard to make it work properly and sometimes is easy to repeat stereotypes and sounds) the track has a lot of good moments where the alternation of choirs/orchestrations/percussions keep the listener's attention awake. Reverbs and the right amount of hallucination help keeping the tension high and this is a good result. I'd prefer different movements rather than a long track but Korinth is worth a listen.

VV.AA.: Messthetics #104 enhanced CD: 'D.I.Y.' and indie postpunk from the South Wales and the Z-Block scene: 1977-81 (part 1)

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May 09 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Messthetics #104 enhanced CD: 'D.I.Y.' and indie postpunk from the South Wales and the Z-Block scene: 1977-81 (part 1)
Format: CD
Label: Hyped2Death (@)
Rated: *****
Another essential chapter in the Messthetics collection of rare and forgotten tunes from the golden age of DIY. This one deals with the South Wales area, and you'll find a bunch of irreverent youngsters floating around the Z-Block label, a label set up in a disused student house in where Reptile Ranch installed themselves (check out their website ... they're still alive and spreding the DIY philosophy: www.zblock.co.uk) and playing various kind of do-it-yourself post-punk. As the previous Messthetics, along with those amazing tracks (24 songs + mp3s for a total of 90 minutes of music), you'll get a thick and detailed booklet with precious information, documents and interviews with the bands. Before this one, the only band I could remember from Wales were my beloved Young Marble Giants - quite obviously they're not here (even if I read that "someone" from YMG plays in the, here included, Table Table track) because they're well known and they've never been forgotten. So I discovered those rough diamonds with extreme pleasure - some highlights here: The Czechs track is like hearing Coxham's bass over a speed-fueled postpunk; What To Wear and Crash Action Winners both from Swansea and both more rough and punk-oriented; both tracks by Decadent Few that blend postpunk rhythms with softer psychedelic singing. A mention must be made to the work of the music archeologists at Hyped2Death, always after those lost b/w-cover 7"s - always caring to restore the sound avoiding tape hiss and vinyl crackles without compromising the full dynamic range of the originals (and that's where lots of re-issues fall short).

PROSPECTIVE: The Dark Side Of Life

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May 09 2008
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Artist: PROSPECTIVE
Title: The Dark Side Of Life
Format: CD
Label: Firezone Rec (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Formed by Carola Müller (composition, lyricys, vocals) and Marco Thomaschewski (composition, arrangement), Prospective worked the last two years into the making of their debut album THE DARK SIDE OF LIFE. Blending goth (see the melodies and Carola vocal style) and harsh e.b.m. (with some exceptions like the melancholic piano ballad "Angel dust" and the goth ballad "Path of life"), the duo composed ten tracks which paint their vision of nowadays. Even if the production is good and all these songs don't catch me. There's something that makes me skip the track after a couple of minutes. It could be the goth approach (I'm sorry but that isn't my cup of tea) or the Wumpscut approach to the genre (it's since after "Embryodead" that Wumpscut don't thrill me) or maybe this sensation of musical déjà vu that was making me know what was coming next forced me to skip to the next track. Unfortunately except the first part of "Deadly sins" (a song which could be the a dance-floor filler with a different way of singing) I didn't find a song I wanted to listen to twice but if you love melodic goth and e.b.m. you could enjoy it.

DIE PERLEN: Szenenwechsel

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May 09 2008
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Artist: DIE PERLEN (@)
Title: Szenenwechsel
Format: CD
Label: Firezone Rec (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
After releasing their first album "Telektroponk!" back in 2006, the German duo Die Perlen are back with SZENENWECHSEL. Published by Fire!Zone, a new Black Rain sub-label, SZENENWECHSEL contains sixteen new songs in balance from punk, electro and minimal wave with the add of tons or irony. Just look at the cover where Katja Hah and Ferdinand Ess are dressed like they have been catch by a time warp bringing them to a '20s party. Musically most of the tracks, that are sung in German, English and French (really nice "Jeudi noir", an electro song driven by an upfront bass guitar and a distorted drum machine and enriched by simple analog synth lines), are upbeat electro punk tunes with some exception like the minimal "Empty v" (which sounds like a electro punk version of Suicide looped style) or the following "Beweg dich" (which sound more electro than else), the mid-tempo "Mein stern" (it starts with a minimal approach of female vocals/picked guitar arpeggios just to end with a sort of melancholic atmosphere and guitar riffs/drums) or the semi techno approach of "Wir horen mit". The whole album sounds fresh and joyous and it is impossible to ignore the energy the duo is able to produce with songs based on few instruments but that immediately catch your ear.


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