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CORDE OBLIQUE: Volonta' D'Arte

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Sep 11 2007
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Artist: CORDE OBLIQUE (@)
Title: Volonta' D'Arte
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Project of Riccardo Prencipe, born while he was still playing with Lupercalia, Corde Oblique is a personal place where he gathers different guests with the intention of create something magical. VOLONTA' D'ARTE sees Riccardo on classical guitars and medieval lute and guests coming from Ashram, Spiritual Front, Dwelling, Argine and Lupercalia at vocals, piano, clarinet, violin, percussions, etc. The thirteen tracks are in balance from medieval atmospheres and melancholic acoustic ballads. Usually I'm not keen to this kind of music but I have to admit that Corde Oblique is a different thing. Tracks like "Before Utecht" (a piano/acoustic guitar duo) or the tense and energetic "Kaiowas" (the less classical inspired track) create a strong atmosphere where with the undoubted professionalism is half of the recipe's ingredients, the other half is into the heart of the people who created it.

AIN SOPH: Kshatriya

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Sep 10 2007
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Artist: AIN SOPH
Title: Kshatriya
Format: CD
Label: HAURUCK! SPQR (@)
Distributor: Tesco Organisation
Rated: *****
Released back in 1988 and reissued in 1994 by Musica Maxima Magnetica, KSHATRIYA has been the first vinyl album from Ain Soph. After their tape trilogy and after "Ars regia" on Necrophile, the Roman combo (back then there were still Crucifige and Clau D.E.D.I. on the line up) decided to have a different approach regarding their way of making "magickal music". If the first three tapes were pure ritual music, with "Ars regia" and specially with KSHATRIYA, they passed from functional music to "spiritual" music. If on their first years Crucifige and THX were focused on magick and rituals, KSHATRIYA see them approaching the magical themes under a different point of view. Eliphas Levi made them switch their approach from men who experimented to warriors who want to focus their lives on pride and honor, trying to forge their spirit to deserve a high level into both the human and "divine" scale. For this reason their picked such a title: the Kshatriya were the warrior caste, for the early Vedic civilization, who were led by the divine light (you can read more about them following this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kshatriya). Musically the five tracks of the album see the combo leaving their ritualistic humming, embracing a form of industrial paganism with "eucharistical" moments (see the amosphere of the final part of "Stella maris" as well as "Decimus gradus"). This album sees also the important help of Eliana on vocals. She created a sort of hypnotizing chant helping Ain Sopth into the creation of their most significant album of their new course. You can check again this piece of Italian industrial ritualistic history, thanks to this new Hauruck! SPQR reissue.

COMANDO SUZIE / O PARADIS: El Pequeno Tamborilero / Pergamino

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Sep 08 2007
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Artist: COMANDO SUZIE / O PARADIS
Title: El Pequeno Tamborilero / Pergamino
Format: 7"
Label: Punch Records (@)
Rated: *****
Limited to 300 copies this 7" split single contains two songs from Comando Suzie and O Paradis respectively. The first band see also Demian of O Paradis as guest guitar. Comando Suzie present a nice neo-folk song but approaching the genre in a personal way, with a certain experimental touch regarding the background noises but with also a pop sensibility really functional. I really liked its atmosphere. O Paradis' song "Pergamino" sounds like an outtake coming from the session of the latest album "Cuando El Tiempo Sopla" because of Demian's way of creating dreamy atmospheres with his experimental approach to acustic ballads. A nice single which really surprised me making me know Comando Suzie.

ONZE h30: Onze h30

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Sep 03 2007
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Artist: ONZE h30
Title: Onze h30
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Do gypsies can play electro goth music or does an electro goth band can include folk elements into its sound making it turn into an explosion of colors and emotions. Well, it wouldn't be worth questioning if it wasn't possible and Onze H30 are here to prove it. Their first self titled album has eleven tracks in balance from French music (see Aznavour and other chansonnier), goth, electro with the add of a good orchestration which add to the atmosphere a certain dramatic touch. It is a good effect when Clemence sings her melancholic tunes while in the background distorted guitars duet with violins, electro bass lines and rhythms. Onze H30 mix alternative rock, noise and electro elements with ease and this is amazing. Try to imagine a goth riff with guitars and an accordion and you'll have "L'enfant maquillé", a jazzy French tune which blasts into a alternative rock tune and you'll have the following "Bancal". If you are looking for something different and creative, try this album!

KRATARKNATHRAK: Solstice

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Sep 03 2007
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Artist: KRATARKNATHRAK (@)
Title: Solstice
Format: CD
Label: New Darkness Records (@)
Rated: *****
Formed in 1997 by Pieter Winkelaar (one of the guys who later formed The People Republic Of Europe), Kratarknathrak has already at their active fifteen releases (Cds, vinyl and tapes) where Pieter explores the lands of electronic ambient/techno/idm sounds. His latest album, SOLSTICE, has been recorded during the 2004/2007 period. Containing twelve tracks, the album is an interesting voyage through sidereal scenarios (see the sibilant "Parsec" or the rarefied atmospheres of the following "Cruising with Dr Pholx"). Personally I really loved the tracks with a more intensified rhythmical structure, where the long pad sounds duet with bass lines and drums. "Dark matter" for example is a track which sticks into your ear and has the mentioned elements balanced in a good way, elements that create a sort of dark ambient techno tune. On other ones the isolationist side of the sound take an hold and the rarefied ambience is used a little too much. SOLSTICE is an album worth your attention and if you love techno ambient sounds you'd be happy to know that it is sold for only 6 euros plus p+p.


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