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IN MY ROSARY: 15

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Feb 04 2008
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Artist: IN MY ROSARY (@)
Title: 15
Format: CD
Label: Syborgmusic (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Formed 15 years ago and after 15 releases, In My Rosary are releasing their new album titled...15. It's quite some time I didn't listen to their music and I must say that I quite enjoyed their new album. Despite the lack of homogeneity of the track-list (you can find wave, acoustic, electro songs which make it sound like a collection of songs more than else), the duo formed by Ralf Jesek (music, voice, instruments, programming) and Dirk Lakomy (lyrics and graphics) is presenting to the audience a new collection of sixteen nice tracks ("Just like you" and "G.t." are new version of songs that Ralf wrote for his other old band Derriere Le Miroir) which are capable to switch atmospheres and sounds with any problem at all. In My Rosary are good at passing from acoustic dark ballads ("A waste of pain", "G.t."), electro dark pop tunes ("Just like you", "Demo"), wave with some electronics ("Bitter fall", "Believe/Because) or blending them all together. As bonus you can find three remixes "Satin sheets" by Eternal Nightmare, "Short dance" by Tobias Bierkenbeil and "There's no light" by Syria) which present the songs revisited into an electronic key. As another bonus, you can download some special mp3s from their website (also their first E.P.) by writing one of the code you find into the CD booklet.

VERHÖREN: Death is Safe

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 03 2008
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Artist: VERHÖREN
Title: Death is Safe
Format: CD
Label: Final Muzik
Rated: *****
Verhören was the solo project of US artist Justin Ward, who called it quits last November apparently due to a personal and artistic crisis. That's a bit sad, since this debut (210 copies, pro-looking cdr, digipack sleeve) features some good inputs, and is surely above average. Verhören plays dark ambient in a very musical/melodic way: most tracks feature recognizable keyboard melodies besides the expected noises, rumbles and samples. Ward says he's influenced by doom and gothic as well, and it shows - though still talking of largely droning and instrumental compositions, the names of Skepticism and Lycia have not been tossed in vain. Depressed and elegiac melodies for sure, closer to funeral doom than to, say, Lustmord or Inade. I have appreciated the liquid textures of "Neptune Bleeding", and the captivating keys+drums progression of "Alone in Autumn", while other tracks sound a bit redundant to my ears - but then, it's a matter of tastes, since I'm not a huge fan of Projekt-style wave either. Good depressing background music to drop out for a while, anyway.

VV.AA.: Scontrum Act VII

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 03 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Scontrum Act VII
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
New release for the Scontum Act series. This time we have two Peter Savelkoul's projects (A Challenge Of Honour and its French translation Un Defi D'Honneur) and Irvin Getrouw's Praetorio. The compilation contains three tracks for each band and as usual for the series we have a wooden hand made package limited to 369 copies. The three new tracks by A Challenge Of Honour shows Peter's most new-folk side bringing to the audience "Your Own Destiny" (a little D.I.J. sounding this track is a good neo-folk song with rumbling drums and gongs), "The Laws Of The Waterland" (a really good instrumental song which has an happier atmosphere compared to what we were used with A.C.O.H. and which sometimes reminded me of some 80's English acoustic alternative bands) and "City Of Decay". Praetorio present here three gems of neo classical militaristic music with tense atmospheres, tambourines, powerful orchestrations, trumpets, etc. The tracks are "Haelen 1914 (La Derniere Bataille De Cavaleries)", "Unconquered Hope" and "Die Letzte Truppen". Un Defi D'Honneur with "Guerre" Pt. 1 to 3 convinced me a bit less compared to what I already listened to. They are nice tracks but they sound less captivating, especially the third part.

HIDDEN PLACE: Fantasia Meccanica

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 02 2008
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Artist: HIDDEN PLACE (@)
Title: Fantasia Meccanica
Format: CD
Label: HellektroEmpire (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Formed in Florence, Italy in 2004 Hidden Place started immediately to work at their project by releasing the following year the CD-r album "Weather station". After that one they started composing and recording their debut album for HellektroEmpire titled FANTASIA MECCANICHE. Since the first listening their analog electro wave made me recall The Frozen Autumn atmospheres and when I read on the booklet that Diego Merletto mastered the album, did the graphics and took part to two tracks doing the remix of the opening "Spazio zero" and making also a vocal version of it (which sounds really like early Garbo), I realized that the connection was real. The Hidden Place sound is based on a solid electronic analog sound with upbeat rhythms (a bit dancey but never slave to that style), bass, guitar and catchy tunes with an overall dreamy atmosphere. Most of their tracks are deeply influenced by 80's sounds (sometimes I heard echoes of Visage and Clan Of Xymox) but the band is able to avoid the cliché showing personality and verve. The only weak point is that the lyrics aren't intelligible because of the massive reverb effect used on Sara Lux Vitelly sensual vocals. Anyway, I really dug their style and if you'll check the songs on their myspace you'll agree with me.

COLD FUSION: Report

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 29 2008
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Artist: COLD FUSION (@)
Title: Report
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
First issued by War Office Propaganda in 2005 into a 200 limited edition CD-r, REPORT was the second full length by Cold Fusion. The eight tracks of the album are a good example of well mixed elements of industrial/martial music with a deep fascination on militaristic rhythms/samples. Even if the tracks haven't a real title (we have "Report part I" to "Report part VIII") they are capable of creating tense and hypnotic atmospheres: like mantras, the looped samples and the rumbling percussions are crying out loud their was stories. It isn't simple to create such atmospheres uniquely with samples, percussions and few melodic lines but Marcin with REPORT succeeded into creating a good example of industrial music which is sounding so human by creating a sound scenario which shows so well the worst part of human race.


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