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KREPULEC: New Radical

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 19 2008
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Artist: KREPULEC (@)
Title: New Radical
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
Here we are, after the interview published at the beginning of the month, with the new Krepulec album review. NEW RADICAL is the title of the new and properly distributed Krepulec album which present a new line-up: the band now consists of Wojciech Z., Tomasz L., Przemyslaw C. and Marcin J. Thematically it tries to recreate the atmosphere of the post conflict times incarnating desires and dreams for a new life coming after a long time of fighting and determination. As Krepulec wrote: "The vision of times and changes people were doing creating "new" system". This album is a particular one because its eleven tracks haven't got lyrics, the only words you can say are coming from samples (but being in Polish language I can't tell what their meaning is). Another peculiarity is the new increased traditional folk influence which is bringing to the audience a less industrial approach (only "Poznan" has a sort of industrial sound) but without forgetting a certain dark vein thanks also to percussions and samples. Accordion, acoustic guitars are mixed with drums and strings creating tense moments (see "Kongres jednosci") as well as joyful ballads ("Mysl o przyszlosci!"). NEW RADICAL is a new way of playing new-folk and Krepulec did a good job. The album is also available in a limited edition released in military bag for medical equipment. On front is printed KREPULEC "New Radical" made in three different colours - black, dark brown and dark green. Inside are tree CD's, "New Radical" CD, "Krepulec" CDR and "Parabellum and bonus" CDR. Further more three propagandal posters in A4 size, three photos made in sepia and two graphical photos. All hand made and limited to 150 copies. Beast Of Prey already sold all the copies but you can look for your copy through different distributors.

GRANDCHAOS: Open Source

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 18 2008
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Artist: GRANDCHAOS (@)
Title: Open Source
Format: CD
Label: Urgence Disk
Rated: *****
After some MCDs and a double CD of remixes titled "In sedens" and released by Vendetta Records in 2006, here's the first proper debut album by Grandchaos. OPEN SOURCE expand into fourteen new songs what we had the opportunity to check on the 2004 E.P. "Ionize me": obsessive dark electronic tunes with references to early Die Form and a bit of danceable attitude (imagine what the term danceable meant back in the '80s for the goth/electro audience). The CD opens with the short and almost techno "The ghost" just to give space to "3rd life", a song which introduce you to the sonic world of Tcheleskov Ivanovitch, made of minimal analog obsessive sounds coupled to a vibrating dark vocal. The semi robotic approach to melody is catchy and convincing and tracks like "Raving mad" or the following "Ultra dark day" are great tunes where the alternation of male/female vocals work really well. This is an album that you should buy if you love the dark electro style and I hope that it won't pass so much time 'til Grandchaos will release something new since that Ivanovitch welcomed as new member Oliver T. (active also as Op.ale and Metamorphose) whose was already collaborating with him for live gigs.

For Against : In The Marshes

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 15 2008
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Artist: For Against (@)
Title: In The Marshes
Format: CD
Label: Words On Music (@)
Rated: *****
This record was for a long time the most obscure and cult release by For Against since when it came out in 1990 - even if it was recorded in 1986 during a break from the "Echelons" sessions. We all know For Against for "Echelons" and the all-time classic "December", always with a distinct style that ranked them among both dreampop and postpunk. So if the main reference for the above mentioned albums were Chameleons UK, Sad Lovers and Giants and obviously the Factory records roster, "In The Marshes" shows the darker side of their career - with cryptic lyrics repeated many times by Jeffrey
Runnings' mesmerizing voice. The heavy use of drum machines, the overall feel of deep uneasiness and gloom is similar to some mitteleuropean bands - and makes "In The Marshes" the coldest record ever recorded in the US (if you get what I mean). If you don't know them, probably this is not the best record to begin with - but it is surely my personal favourite. The cd comes in a six panel digipack with jaw-dropping artwork by Bruce Lichner (two-time Grammy nominee for design and ex-Savage Republic ). Watch out for their gigs around europe and the new album "Shade Side Sunny Side" due out on April 8th.

MARCH OF HEROES: March For Glory

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 15 2008
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Artist: MARCH OF HEROES
Title: March For Glory
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
MARCH FOR GLORY is the first March Of Heroes full length. On this album, Romain (the French guy behind the March Of Heroes moniker), presents nine great tracks of orchestral/industrial/neoclassical militaristic music. Inspired by the tragedy of the World War II and especially referring to the conflict which saw Russia and Germany battling one against the other, Romain composed nine tracks which have a great variety of sound ambience which goes from the industrial ambient of the opening "Prolog" to the orchestrations of the closing "The enemy must fall", "Victoy is our fate" (it has a really captivating choir part) and "In memory of the fallen ones" passing through the militaristic percussive pathos of "March for glory" or ""The last strikes of heroes" (this one recalled me a little the best orchestral percussive tracks of the Lords Of The Rings soundtracks). I know that there are quite a lot of records with this kind of sounds/themes but MARCH FOR GLORY is one of the best of the last year and definitively is worth your attention!
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Artist: PARANOIA INDUCTA FEAT. KENJI SIRATORI (@)
Title: Black Paper
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
The last time we saw Paranoia Inducta in action was with the first act of the "Lux mundi" trilogy titled "Gloria laus", released by Beast Of Prey in 2006. This time Paranoia Inducta joined the forces with the most well known Japanese industrial/cyperpunk writer/artist, Kenji Siratori. BLACK PAPER see Paranoia Inducta mixing their industrial ambient style with Japanese culture/sounds. The experiment is successful into most of the tracks (the less focused on little variations of drones) and tracks like "Audition", "Grudge" or "Taboo" have Kenji performing semi traditional chants on dark ambient drones, traditional Japanese percussions and maybe a shamisen. The effect created remember me some moments of the "Blade runner" movie. Do you remember the soundtrack when we see Deckard at the Chinese fast food, when we have the adverts on the giant screens? Anyway, we have also the characteristic Siratori spoken word on most of the tracks. Another track I really dug is "Mechanical requiem". On this one along with Kenji voice we have an obsessive percussion on a melodic ambient background along with sounds of a picked shamisen. Going from post industrial ambience to dark ambient passing though Japanese tradition, Paranoia Inducta made a nice album which deserve your attention.


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