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Mar 21 2008
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Artist: DIFFERENT STATE & SIGILL (@)
Title: Spazmatic[k] Spell
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum Records (@)
Rated: *****
SPAZMATIC[K] SPELL is a Different State/Sigill (www.myspace.com/sigill) split CD album dedicated to the memory and work of painter and magician Austin Osman Spare (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin_Osman_Spare). DIfferent State is a Polish project active since early 90's which released different albums since then. At their beginnings the music was mostly focused on noisy experimentation but slightly it moved on the use of electronic gear. The four tracks of this split ("I hate the eyes", "Ear", "Nose" and "Formal experimentation") see Marek X Marchoff (the man guy behind the project) helped by Laura Marchoff (angelic[k] voice, custom made generator A-23), Tom Westbum (clarinet, sax, alto sax, trumpet) and Janusz Sokolnicki (tube AMP, lead guitar). The combo for each track used a different solution, approaching them from a particular angle. If "I hate the eyes" is a really good spoken word with experimental electronic background, the following "Ear" recalled me a sort of mix between Foetus and Mark Stewart & The Maffia. "Nose", instead, is more melancholic and cinematic, proposing a nostalgic guitar solo overwhelmed by distant and reverbered orchestral sounds. "Formal experimentation" is an electronic/wave experimental track which creates a sort of spatial effect with sax inserts. Sigill approach to sound is a total different one. The Polish duo formed by Brat Salo and Nantur love to create obscure drones with echoed sounds where vocal parts seem to be taken from rituals. "Sunever", "Io Pan'i", "Ashtoreth" and "Moon lore" remember to me some old Endura tracks with that sort of throbbing electronic humming mixed with samples and noises: a sort of ritual dark ambient kind of sound. They sound less varied compared to Different State but their sound is kinda "thick".

AD OMBRA: Rites of Genesis (equinox tremendum)

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Mar 21 2008
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Artist: AD OMBRA
Title: Rites of Genesis (equinox tremendum)
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
RITES OF GENESIS is the first Ad Ombra album and if you are a new-classical/dark music lover you'll love the first album of this Romanian band. The CD is contained into a three panel digipack showing paintings (by Luna) which introduce you to the atmosphere of the work. In balance from opera with female vocals and dark orchestral pieces (do you remember Devil Doll?), Ad Ombra are able to create a whole world made of tormented souls. Musically we have frequent ambience changes which seems to follow a plot: the fifteen movements seem to be steps of a story. Trying to figuring it out, it feels like something (an homunculus maybe?) born and this "thing" provoked gods' anger. At this point starts a sort of inner battle where the magician is tormented by the remorse but he also wants to win his fears by imposing his will. Here are the track-list, try to imagine your own story and be sure to check some of their tracks at their Myspace page:
01. Descort (upon the face of the Deep)
02. Tempting the Insolence of Vision
03. Heart Sermons
04. Spermognosis
05. Thanatomia (litania mierae)
06. A pearled Remorse
07. Rituals of the Dormant
08. Exequies
09. Sycomore made Senses
10. Once upon Desire
11. Dusk Vanity
12. Sideranoia
13. Consolatio (Nachtlied der Reinheit)
14. Quarted Divine
15. Verigoplay : Genesis

CYCLOTIMIA: Algorythms

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Mar 19 2008
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Artist: CYCLOTIMIA (@)
Title: Algorythms
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
The last time I had the chance to listen to Cyclotimia was when I reviewed their "E$chaton" album released three years ago by Stateart. Since then the Russian duo didn't stop to release stuff it's only that I wasn't aware of their new releases "Celestis" and the latest "Deja vu". This version of ALGORYTHMS is an extended edition of an E.P. released by Irond in 2005 which in this new Rage In Eden print, sees as bonus tracks three tracks from their "Alpha omega" E.P. ("Epsilon", "Doctrine" and "Alpha Omega"). On this release Cyclotimia expand their sound scenario giving form to their vision of the modern world by mixing digital chaos with ambient ambience and orchestrations. The result sounds like a soundtrack which make you lose the senses for the continuous sound stimulations. Bleeps and samples oscillate from one channel to the other floating between synth pads and vocal samples. Sometimes the overall atmosphere tend to be stuck on the same palette but for sure the duo is good at the creation of what sounds like earth's inferno.

COLD FUSION & RUKKANOR: Silk Road

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Mar 18 2008
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Artist: COLD FUSION & RUKKANOR
Title: Silk Road
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
SILK ROAD is a particular limited to 500 copies album. It born from the collaboration of the guys behind the Rage In Eden label which with their respective musical projects decided to join the efforts to create something particular, a sort of sound voyage. Robert and Marcin on the nine tracks of SILK ROAD lead us through the paths where in ancient times people were meeting: soldiers, traders, merchants were crossing their paths on the way from China to the Mediterranean Sea. Cold Fusion and Rukkanor are re-creating musically those sounds deeply influenced by Oriental and Mid-eastern culture by presenting nine instrumental tracks based on percussions, typical melodies of those places and a certain dark atmosphere which enhance the mystery that permeates the lives of peoples that were living into hostile places keeping high the value of their culture.

SAN KAZAKGASCAR / THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF HOP-FROG: Split 7"

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Mar 15 2008
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Artist: SAN KAZAKGASCAR / THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF HOP-FROG (@)
Title: Split 7"
Format: 7"
Label: Lather Records (@)
Rated: *****
Born from a collaboration of two labels/bands the split 7" we are about to talk about see San Kazakgascar (of Lather Records) and The Master Musicians of Hop-Frog (of Urck Records www.urckrecords.com) proposing two songs and two different musical genres. San Kakgascar's "Planet dog" sounds like a psychedelic/hypnotic mantra where the slow rhythm help the creation of the chant which sings: "We're running all around / and we're acting like dogs / because we're begging like dogs / and barking like dogs". The ritualistic noise rock track goes on for about four minutes without caring to evolve that much, just like a mantra. The Master Musicians Of Hop-Frog bring in "Song of the south" a great song reminiscent of 80s post punk intuitions which has a desperate singer and a catchy tribal musical refrain. You can check both tracks here http://www.hop-frog.com/UrckreleasesMMHFSANKSPLIT.html


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