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DAS PRÄPARAT: THX LD50

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 03 2007
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Artist: DAS PRÄPARAT (@)
Title: THX LD50
Format: CD
Label: Scanner / Dark Dimensions (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
After a 5-track EP "Mein Schmerz Trägt Deinen Namen", this German male/female duo returns now with a complete full-length album. DAS PRÄPARAT, consisting of Dr. Hyde and Nachtschwester K., continue in their style by providing a rebelled kind of Electro/EBM with charismatic vocals, musically somehow influenced by acts like WELLE:ERDBALL, old DORSETSHIRE or THE PSYCHIC FORCE. The lyrics are provided mostly in German always dealing with some human failures regarding the choice of wrong medicines ("THX", "LD 50"), diseases, scandalizing professional blunders, or illegal mortal help ("Psyche Amor") – at times very bizarre and drastically formulated. They like to stir up a filthy impression over their whole work, i. e. you’ve got always the feeling that they point out the opposite of things you would expect of being a patient, like sterility, anonymity, etc – a portion of disgust is always included. Also conspicuous is the fact that they have avoided on some tracks that genre-typically quantisizing of some instruments, mostly on the piano/organ-driven works ("Das war noch nie ein Liebeslied", "Da Vinci" or "La Croix") – they sound as they would have been live recorded, featuring the factor "human". Of course – and I guess I’ve said this already on their debut EP – this all is a matter of taste. Applause for sure still for their tracks "Euthanasie" or "Maschinenherz", both are real smashers, but generally the Electro/EBM purists may can find their efforts as being too Goth-infiltrated. Solid and satisfying for sure, this duo reflects both styles on this album.

NAEVUS: Silent Life

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 03 2007
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Artist: NAEVUS (@)
Title: Silent Life
Format: CD
Label: Hau Ruck! (@)
Distributor: Tesco Germany
Rated: *****
Fifth full length release for the project of Lloyd James and Joanne Owen, SILENT LIFE is bringing, after three years from the previous "Perfection is a process", more songs influenced by folk (less than usual) and post punk. The duo is joined by Greg Ferrari and John Murphy, with guest contributions from Rose McDowall, Matt Howden and David E. Williams. The eight tracks sometimes made me remember of early Nick Cave because of the distorted feedbacks provided by Greg Ferrari and also because the tension created by the tribal style drumming. To get my point try tracks like "Hasty bastard" or the following eight minutes long "The ballad of Benjamin Munt": here the feedback and the guitar riffs, along with the treated violin, create a strong structure which duet with the acoustic guitar and Lloyd vocals. Also the lyrics of the tracks sometimes made me felt the same feeling of the stories sung by Cave: stories made of lost men with no chances of redemption. "White love", instead, is a song on its own because of that little noise loop which go with the slow jazzy drum/piano duet. The album is closed by "Dominic song", a track deeply influenced by Joy Division/early New Order, maybe because of the feelings which the song is permeated with. Maybe it sounds like that because it is a tribute to a dead friend. Good album...

O PARADIS: Las Nubes Que Mueren

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Aug 01 2007
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Artist: O PARADIS (@)
Title: Las Nubes Que Mueren
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Rated: *****
The first time I listened to this double CD by O Paradis I didn't know what kind of comparison I could do to explain the music of Demian's project. The fact is that the two CDs contains unreleased tracks coming from two different period of the band. The first one, which contains sixteen tracks, is part of the latter period (the one I prefer), while the second CD contains other sixteen tracks which are a little less experimental respect the first ones. I'll try to explain what I mean: the second CD contains songs structured like experimental folk ballads which someway sound more "rock" or "psychedelic" oriented (but always filtered through a good dose of experimentation concerning background sounds). On first CD, instead, the concept of ballad has been revised using a different approach (you can find something similar on the last three songs of CD 2) where the atmosphere is dilated and you can also find a certain folk influence thanks to the use of violins and a different use of acoustic guitars. Take songs like "Las vias del viento" or the following ""The bubbles of the fishing" and you'll get what I mean. On this one you can taste a certain melancholy you wasn't able to feel with the old tunes. This, in my opinion, opened O Paradis sound to a wider choice of atmospheres.

Rumskib: S/t

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 30 2007
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Artist: Rumskib (@)
Title: S/t
Format: CD
Label: Darla (@)
Distributor: Darla
Rated: *****
Rumskib is a Danish duo composed by multi-instrumentalist Keith Canisius Baerken and vocalist Tine Louise Kortermand with contributions from Jonas Munk (Manual/Limp) at synths and digital programming. They offer up an exciting slab of shoegazer mayhem with many glorious moments. Besides the stellar quality of the songs and Louise's vocal performance, the most astonishing thing about Rumskib's debut is the confidence with which the band deals with structured and multi-layered sonic sculptures. "Springtime" is an instant nu-gaze/dream-pop classic with cyclic rhythms and vocal patterns mirroring one another reaching the trancelike sonic bliss of
"Doppelganger"-era Curve, with unexpected continuities that leave you with your mouth wide open in absolute awe. "Where Are The Flowers" trips out to more introspective realms and it's an intense and heartfelt tribute to Cocteau Twins' lesson. "Girl Afraid" and "Love at First Sight" are quieter and sweet love-struck compositions. So far, the best debut album of the year, bar none.

1997EV: Dead.Ends.Sinful

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jul 23 2007
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Artist: 1997EV (@)
Title: Dead.Ends.Sinful
Format: CD
Label: Punch Records (@)
Rated: *****
Listening to DEAD.ENDS.SINFUL I imagine 1997EV as a collective whose aims are unknown to me. Their tracks sound like industrial folk suites. Mantras of a new decadent era which with their obsessive growing create a soundtrack to a primitive ritual. If you listen to the ten minutes of "Lucifile eins" and "G-rays violet" you'll find some similitude with the long psychedelic nihilism of Velvet Underground. If there's a place where apocalyptic-folk and Kraut rock met, somewhere near you could find 1997EV with their hypnotic tracks made raping acoustic guitars, violins, percussions, electric guitars and adding treated sounds which form a psychedelic background. If you don't want to adventure into long suites, try "A dark sides miracle" (the only track which have a semi song structure) and you'll met Current 93, of the third album era, drinking a tea at the Madcap table but if you loved the "Lucifer rising" soundtrack try the closing "Alder sides epsylons part I".


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