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EGIDA AUREA: Storia Di Una Rondine

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 23 2008
Artist: EGIDA AUREA (@)
Title: Storia Di Una Rondine
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Wolf Age Records (@)
Distributor: HAURUCK! SPQR
Rated: *****
After their really good track "Il giorno delle chimiche brume" (don't worry you can find it also on this MCD) released on the mp3 online compilation "Donec Ad Metam" edited by, Egida Aurea are back with their debut MCD. Coming from Genova/Italy the band has on its line-up members of Recondita Stirpe (Carolina Cecchinato, Fernando Cherchi, Mirko Giorgini and Guglielmo Amore) along with Diego Bachero (active with the dark progressive bands Malombra, Il Segno Del Comando which name comes from a 70's Italian tv serial and with a doom metal band called Zess active during the fall of the 80's). The four tracks of the MCD bring to the attention of dark folk music lovers a band which sound is peculiar and deeply rooted into the Italian tradition. The folk tradition has been filtered through the progressive Italian music experience (check bands sich as Il Rovescio Della Medaglia or Biglietto Per L'inferno to realize how particular was their music) and through the new-folk attitude. To make you better understand what I mean, try to think about the approach that Geoffrey D. had toward French traditional music with his project Derniere Volonte. Egida Aurea did the same with Italian music and personally I think that they succeeded into proposing fascinating songs like "Storia di una rondine" (I think it tells the story of a partisan who's waiting for the invader and once captured he's been executed) and the forementioned 'Il giorno delle chimiche brume". If you love the genre you can't miss this particular blend of percussive acoustic militaristic and poetic folk!

Astral : Transmitter

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jan 22 2008
Artist: Astral (@)
Title: Transmitter
Format: CD EP
Label: Vibraphone Records (@)
Rated: *****
"Transmitter" is an engaging work that uses dreampop with postpunk reminiscences to position the listener in a somehow hypnotic calm. Their debut album called "Orchids" was a strange and compelling blend of Cure-influenced shoegaze/dreampop, now with this new Ep they shifted to a less distorted style with influences ranging from late Chameleons UK or early For Against. It's a grower for sure - and it's amazing how much perspective I've gained in the past six months listening to it because now I'm totally in love with "Yesterday's Calling". Astral deserve to be
listened to.

COMANDO SUZIE: Probres Chavales

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 21 2008
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Title: Probres Chavales
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Released as the previous split 7" by Punch Records, here's the first full length by Comando Suzie. Sung only in Spanish language, POBRES CHAVALES brings to the lovers of electro wave eleven songs in balance from dark minimal electro and synthpop. As for the single, Comando Suzie, is formed by Raul Lopez, Ella and helped out by Demian (active as O Paradis, as you probably already know). If I'd tell that it's the first time that I listen to electronic Spanish music I'd lie, because I know Aviador Dro (best known as the Spanish Kraftwerk even if most of their songs aren't comparable to the ones of the German gods as they sound different and born from from a totally different background). Instead for Comando Suzie I'd avoid any link to Kraftwerk as this time we have something different: Comando Suzie play a minimal electro pop a melancholic and dark but also capable of proposing potential hits like "Descabello" (arranged differently it could be a dance hit) or a dark anthem like the following "Disciplina". Proposing a blend of Die Form meet Telex the trio made a good debut CD that unfortunately has been printed into a limited edition of only 333 copies. Check them on the Punch Records page and hurry!
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: New World Order
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Thonar Records (@)
Distributor: Mono Culture
Rated: *****
First official CD release for this new German label, which got invented by the responsible people behind Klangdynamik Records, a label pretty much dedicated to quality EBM/Electro/Industrial music. But the direction for Thonar is quite different and likes to take the listener into more Experimental-minded music styles like Ambient, Power Electronics, Military or Martial efforts. This "New World Order" comes out as a limited DCD set well packaged in a digi-pack and a decent look. It features several acts, some more, but also many lesser known acts which all provide previously unreleased music. CD1 is definitely the rather calm one out of both and the thinks start with two impressive Dark Ambient tunes provided by THE SOUND OF EARTH and the Ulm-based solo project FALSE MIRROR, which has recently brought out a new CD signed to Thonar Records. Maya Nadir convinces with a sweet vocal performance, a rarity in the above mentioned styles. Things turn into Neo-Folk/Neo-Classic with A CHALLENGE OF HONOUR and the musically best piece here provided by NEBELKORONA. MY ASPHYXIA show a mixture between Dark Electro and Military, also satisfying comes out the Dark Ambient drone of THE ALISON PROJECT. Pretty diverse collection so far, but CD starts like an earthquake with the right doze of Power Noise/Electronics to shock your neighborhood. Names like INSTITUTION D.O.L., FLUTWACHT, NOISEWERRRRK, ATROX, KREUZER or SKM-ETR are all offering a more less merciless sort of noise interferences with radically frequency manipulations. Since most of these acts presenting themselves relatively radical, it shouldn’t wonder you, that most of their releases are mostly hard-to-get-items and all of them can count on a strong fan base. For the second part of this second CD the things cool down, again nearer to some Ambient/Electronica tunes of ATOMTRAKT or SKY BURIAL, to name the most outstanding works here. Completely seen this compilation offers a great diversity and should work well to recruit several newbies to this mostly hard-to-discover, but also intellectual-oriented parts of these Experimental genres. A release which still offers Thonar to continue with several different styles.


CD 1

01. The Sounds Of Earth - Viral Expression
02. False Mirror - Inner Sargasso
03. Maya Nadir - Fingertip Trip
04. Moon - Kyle Of Lockalsh
05. Thomas Nöla et son Orchestre - John Singleton Copley
06. Tonal Y Nagual - Nimnon Soleil
07. A Challenge Of Honour - Mother Earth
08. Nebelkorona - Auf Flügeln des Windes
09. My Asphyxia - Todesstrafe
10. Galaxia Obscura - Demolition Ideals
11. Phragments - Towards A New Horizon
12. The Alison Project - After The Cut

CD 2

01. Institution D.O.L. - Just Cause
02. Flutwacht - New Law
03. Noisewerrrrk - Dystopia
04. Izanami's Labour Pains - Yasukuni Jinja Shall Burn
05. SKM-ETR - Spreading The Disease
06. Invisible Front - 50°18'48.16N - 18°41'20.09E
07. Atrox - The Giants Buddhas Of Bamiyan
08. Kreuzer - Faith, Death And Aggression
09. Brachial Palsy - Accidental Error
10. Atomtrakt - Im Schein des Untergangs
11. Sky Burial - Last Breaths Of A Dying God
12. Camisole - Bonechamber V1
13. Erik Ursich – Sospeso

MARINA SIERTIS: The Much Needed Second Cold War

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 14 2008
Title: The Much Needed Second Cold War
Format: CD
Label: Shadowplay Music (@)
Rated: *****
One year after the single titled "Disease" Marina Siertis are finally releasing their new album which contains the two new songs you found on the previous CDs. The thirteen new songs, as the single, are in balance from synthpop a la Depeche Mode and new wave The Cure style and they bring to the audience about forty minutes of pessimistic/realistic view of life where lyrics talk about a suicidal couple during their act, abuse, mental disease, war, the stabbing of Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh, etc. At a first listening I didn't find a real catch up song (the general atmosphere is based on mid tempo songs with upfront vocals) and also the mix didn't excite me. I gave it a second try and I also louden up the volume and I must say that the listening session turned out to be different. A better one. The guitars are still in the background but drums and synth reveal a certain substrata of subtle sounds. Also tracks like the title track or the following "Cold anger" sound enhanced. I still miss a bouncing bass sound which could give to the whole album that energy shot which would boost the sound making it sound more homogeneous.

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