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MARY'S COMIC: Perfect Vacation

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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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...

FLESH EATING FOUNDATION: Seethe

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Artist: FLESH EATING FOUNDATION (@)
Title: Seethe
Format: CD
Label: Rebco Records
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
SEETHE is the first full length for Flesh Eating Foundation and it arrives after a bunch of E.P.s. Their latest CDs, "The Dead", was already showing a band with good capabilities and a certain will to dare. Musically the Flesh Eating Foundation don't have boundaries and mix industrial e.b.m. and digital sounds with post punk attitude. On this album you can find aggressive tunes as well as catchy mid tempos (see "Kiss the tears") where razor like guitars and digital synths build a wall of sound which could convince the lovers of the old e.b.m. school as well as the audience who is used to contaminations of post industrial guitarism with post punk/goth music. On "Pass the knife", for example, they sound like a Batcave band on acid and their mixture of guitar mixed with digital distortions sounds really good. On the booklet they admit that sometimes they could sound like they are using some broken gear but this is how they like to make music. If you are missing the old Velvet Acid Christ but you want also some catchy tunes, try what these three zombies have to give...

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
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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.


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