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ANTLERS MULM: Of Withered Sparks

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 11 2008
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Artist: ANTLERS MULM (@)
Title: Of Withered Sparks
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Rated: *****
OF WITHERED SPARKS is the third Antlers Mulm full length and it has been a pleasant surprise to me. If you read my reviews you already know that I like both experimentalism and melody, so it's with great pleasure that I listened to this latest Antlers Mulm, because it gathers them both. Hans Johm's personal project with this new album presents ten new tracks which have a minimal throbbing and particular sound with a melodic structure. On most of the tracks the rhythmical part is formed by glitch layers which form an interesting web of sounds. On top of this structure there's Hans' voice singing introspective and a little melancholic lyrics. Some of them seems little haiku, the Japanese short poems. Here's the one of "4 A.M.", for example: "Snow-like / a little slumber is falling down / down on the hazel tree / and all the tiny birds around". We could call this melodic isolationism and you can taste some excerpts at www.myspace.com/antlersmulm.
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Artist: ABYSS (@)
Title: Mental Self-destruction
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
I have no clues about who's behind the Abyss project, the only thing I know is that the guy is from Poland and that before MENTAL SELF-DESTRUCTION he did only a promo CDr titled "Ashh zahr hylth". This first official CD is the second part of the Diabolus Opum series and it contains twelve tracks of ritualistic dark ambient music. Being based on hisses, tiny noises, drones and whispered vocals, Abyss music's aim is to create a diabolical atmosphere where titles like "In sanctam, invocabilem, secretam noctem convertor", "Heart of Darkness" or "Perdition's Light" take life. In balance from industrial and dark ambient, Abyss succeeded into creating a bleak and horrific scenario where silence is having an important part into the construction of the anti-musical suites. Sometimes Abyss loses the point by proposing tracks based on the same atmosphere but for sure the lovers of the genre will find some good moments to enjoy.

ACRYBIA: Death, Birth And Marriage

 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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Feb 08 2008
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Artist: ACRYBIA (@)
Title: Death, Birth And Marriage
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****

Formed in 1999, Acrybia is a Poland project which started as a death metal band. Their style turned into something more extreme during the years thanks to different line-up changes. Slowly the band increased the industrial influences and their latest full length for Beast Of Prey is showing well this new path. DEATH, BIRTH AND MARRIAGE is the first part of six of the Diabolus Opum series which will count six parts/bands and 666 CD copies in total. The six tracks of the album present a band (now is a duo formed by Shadock and Vauec) which changed so much their music that now they turned into it into a sort of dark industrial minimalism where drones are mixed with low bit rate samples (like on "Bridal mating" where metallic noises are coupled with a simple piano line with the following add of effected noises) or where the drones are looped and distorted creating an alienating atmosphere (like on "If you looking you will find - heaven for sale"). Sounding like an horror ritualistic industrial suite DEATH, BIRTH AND MARRIAGE has interesting moments as well as some others where the digital low bit rate samples confound a little the listener. Instead, the most melodic track of the lot, the closing "Gdy Juz Nic Nie Zostalo", is a good example of dark industrial experimentalism which create a convincing atmosphere being also accessible.
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Artist: Penjaga Insaf & Vestigial (@)
Title: Of Earth And Of Fire
Format: 12"
Label: Loki Foundation / Power And Steel (@)
Rated: *****
OF EARTH AND OF FIRE is the fist official release for both the projects involved. Penjaga Insaf is a German duo who previously released a CD-r titled "To Whom It May Concern" on Shortwave Transmission. Vestigial comes from Italy and already released a self produced 3" CD-r with track which reminded of the best Lustmord moments. On this new 12" you can find Penjaga Insaf bringing to your attention "Tenangan", a twelve minutes track really involving which, like a serpent, slowly crawls between effected field recordings (voices, rhythms and noises recorded in Indonesia by the band) and spatial synth pads. During the track's length you are like suspended in time and you'll be carried away by its semi ritualistic structure. Vestigial present here two tracks which sound like two parts of the same movement. "Summoned by panopticonian flames" and "The architect of ashes" are more hypnotizing compared to the Penjaga Insaf track and it confound the listener's senses with blasts and humming loops. Imagine to be underwater and to being listening to a sinking ship during an earthquake and you'll have pretty much the sensation these tracks give. A must...

MARY'S COMIC: Perfect Vacation

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 06 2008
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Artist: MARY'S COMIC (@)
Title: Perfect Vacation
Format: CD
Label: Syborg Music (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Personal project of Ralf Jesek of In My Rosary/Derriere Le Mirroir fame, Mary's Comic has been defrosted after been put on hold on late 80's soon after its creation (the project has been resumed on late 90's only to release a couple of tracks on "The Blisz Compilation"). PERFECT VACATION presents thirteen songs which have been composed in 2005, two written in 1987 and re-recorded in 1993 ("French hotel rooms" and "Like home") plus a 1994 home demo ("I'm a lie"). The album's songs are influenced by new wave, synth-pop and goth (see "Pernille" or "Welcome to"), everything permeated by a light melancholic touch mixed with personal introspection. PERFECT VACATION is like a personal diary transposed into music and if some tunes sound like an electronic transposition of The Jesus And Mary Chain's ballads, others like "Swimming" or "So sad" have an upbeat touch that make of them a nice example of danceable electro wave. Maybe the album needed a better production but I feel that, because of its nature, this is the way it had to sound...


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