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COLD FUSION & RUKKANOR: Silk Road

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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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"

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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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

ACROSS THE RUBICON: Elegy

 Posted by Fabrizio Della Porta   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 14 2008
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Artist: ACROSS THE RUBICON
Title: Elegy
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden (@)
Rated: *****
ELEGY is the debut release from Across the Rubicon, a joint martial industrial act of Marcin Bachtiak (Cold Fusion), Robert Marciniak (Rukkanor) and Radoslaw Kaminski (Ab Intra). Powerful and unrelenting, Across the Rubicon shows a wonderful stimulating array of martial industrial symphonies and though the use of wild percussion, classical instrumental pieces and occasional spoken-word samples they achieve their goal with a style and flair that is quite simply stunning. The immense power and intensity that flows from these compositions is awe-inspiring. The hugely commanding atmosphere that thunders from them is breathtaking. The production and sound is crisp, clear and fantastically precise. I also really love the fact that when I listen to this, I get lost in its symphonic allure and powerfully engulfing atmosphere with the greatest of ease. Across the Rubicon would be the perfect outlet for the more martial industrial sounds. ELEGY contains ten heavy bombastic orchestral soundscapes with choirs and spoken sampler, in the vein of the music of acts such as Sophia, Toroidh and Arditi.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: ...Where Tattered Clouds Are Stranding
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
WHERE TATTERED CLOUDS ARE STRANDING is a compilation dedicated to the art of Icelandic sculptor and painter Einar Jonsson (1874-1954). Most of the tracks of the two CDs are exclusive to this release and have been composed taking inspiration from the work of Einar Jonsson. The compilation is divided into two sections/CDs titled respectively "Grief" and "Birth of psyche". The first one see the participation of fourteen projects of the neo-folk/martial international scene: Belborn, Storm Of Capricorn, Westwind, Rukkanor, H.E.R.R./Von Thronsthl, Horologium, Weihan, Cold Fusion, Larrnakh, Zebaoth, Agnivolok, Kammer Sieben, Aeldaborn and Cawatana. I listened to this CD a couple of times and I can assure you that this is a really good album and I'm sure that you'll find a lot of tracks you'll love (like Rukkanor's "Epitaph". On this on Robert is going on with the re-definition of the project's sound after detaching from the martial genre, to find its own "world" made of poetic intuitions and diversification of sounds). The second CD is dedicated to the dark ambient/psych industrial oriented bands with the participation of Rose Rovine E Amanti, Wach, Objekt4, Hoarfrost, Gandolfs Gedanken, Shining Vril, Echo West, Gregorio Bardini, Artefactum, Kadaver, Bisclaveret, Sitra Ahra and Simulacra. On this CD I found really good tracks and to tell the truth also some others which sounded a little like fillers to me but probably I've been influenced by the quality of the first one. Anyway, the overall judgment is very good. Here's the complete track-list:
1-01 Belborn "Der Morgen" (4:45)
1-02 Cold Fusion "May Be Another Way" (3:28)
1-03 Storm Of Capricorn "Come From Far And Wide" (7:08)
1-04 Larrnakh "Island On Island" (2:35)
1-05 Westwind "Grief" (5:00)
1-06 Weihan "Utlagar" (3:29)
1-07 Zebaoth"Drought Now" (4:54)
1-08 Cawatana "Have No Option (This Is A Dream)" (4:32)
1-09 H.E.R.R./Von Thronstahl"Liberating Spirit" (4:52)
1-10 Aeldaborn "Morning" (7:08)
1-11 Kammer Sieben "Ihr" (5:03)
1-12 Horologium "Fate" (5:13)
1-13 Agnivolok "Sculptor" (7:48)
1-14 Rukkanor "Epitaph" (3:38)
2-01 Artefactum "Symbolism" (6:23)
2-02 Hoarfrost "Insanus" (5:34)
2-03 Kadaver/Refuse To Die "Funerals Of Tomorrow" (4:08)
2-04 Rose Rovine E Amanti "Violini E Rose" (4:22)
2-05 Wach "March Of The Sleepless" (5:30)
2-06 Simulacra "The Wave Of The Ages" (6:09)
2-07 Gandolfs Gedanken "Gewissensbisse" (2:47)
2-08 Shining Vril "Figure I" (3:46)
2-09 Gregorio Bardini "Cobra" (4:30)
2-10 Gandolfs Gedanken "Funkenflug" (5:16)
2-11 Sitra Ahra "The Scorching Breath" (5:51)
2-12 Echo West "Bregräbnis/Sunrising Afterwards" (3:11)
2-13 Bisclaveret "Engill Ljssins" (5:37)
2-14 Objekt4 "Alda Aldanna" (12:00)
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Artist: Dharmata 101
Title: Protest Songs For The Content
Format: CD
Label: Radia-Active-Music.com (@)
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Debut full-length album for this Electro/Industrial act, after they could enter a free slot on the last "Electro-Arc Compilation Vol. 3" with their track "Outline (Of My Shadow)". DHARMATA 101 consists mainly of Jsun Bruner, who seems to be responsible for all parts of the musically production of this act. Here and there he receives some additional help on the guitars by Kevin Keier. Musically DHARMATA 101 acts like a varied paradise bird. A bit difficult to sort this act completely in, they take inspirations out of Futurepop/EBM, classic US-like Coldwave Industrial mixed with a doze of Goth. SPAHN RANCH meets MINDLESS FAITH, if this would be somehow thinkable. The best part of the production is definitely the Electronica element, which offers a lot of refreshing experimental elements, deep filter manipulations and a lot of special efforts asides already known paths. The point of criticism rather concentrates on the vocals, which may belongs to the fact that Jsun isn’t and will never be a second Athan Maroulis. Acceptable, yes, but sometimes his a bit classic-inspired kind to provide his vocals is a bit overdone, it needs at least some more spins to get used to it. Best tracks to me are "Baselead" and "A Flame (In The Vapour)", because both offer a catchy and easy-to-follow refrain part and the needed doze of a dancefloor-compatibility. The compositions as well as the whole production comes out quite convincing and entertaining, it may needs an open-minded attitude of you to consume it in all variations. A good and diverse sounding album worth to get checked out. In recent news, Jsun added Ilker Yucel to his band roster, a prominent addition since Ilker stands behind our dear comrades of the ReGen magazine.


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