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PSY'AVIAH: Creationism

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 15 2007
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Artist: PSY'AVIAH (@)
Title: Creationism
Format: CD
Distributor: Alfa Matrix
Rated: *****
Formed back in 1999 as a studio-project, Psy'aviah started their activity focusing their sound on a blend of pop / breakbeat / bigbeat / industrial. After playing live in different locations the band decided to take a break and to record their first album. CREATIONISM has been produced and mastered by Len Lemeire of Implant / 32 Crash fame at his own studio (he's also guest on vocals on the closing song "The village"). The CD presents eleven new tracks which blend e.b.m., rock and a little bit of goth (like on "Avon girls"). The mix and the alternation of genres sometimes create a sort of unbalance of the tracklist ("Infatuation" could sound as a electronic version of the Garbage while "Love hate destruction" remember me Birmingham 6 of "You cannot walk here") but the alternation of male and female vocals create a good effect which introduce new elements on their sound. Each track is developed on a structure and the band generally tend to stick on it and the solution I mentioned before helps into having a varied sound (only on a couple of tracks the difference of genres is too noticeable). A nice album that will interest the lovers of genres' crossover as well as electronic lovers thanks to the danceable attitude of many tracks. The album is available as a CD through the band and as digital download through the Digital Matrix network (check the Alfa Matrix link).

Film Noir World: Presents It's Here

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 14 2007
Artist: Film Noir World
Title: Presents It's Here
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Residing in the music of England, Film Noir World is a project by a one man band and producer who makes music that have a movie soundtrack feel. From love, adventure, to suspense, thriller, mysterious, action, and horror. Interesting cd I must say. A combining elements of electronic, trip-hop, and hip-hop. "It's Here" is a study diversity and benefits greatly from it. A persistent range of orchestral & relating strings and choir cliched phrases that Film Noir World has somehow twisted and warped just enough of a common thread holding it all together to make it work in a brilliant way. Multifaceted and brimming with an eclectic sound. A perfect hybrid of this album project. The BBC and Hollywood in the USA may give this one man music producer his big break. He deserves it! The framework of the music is an exploring of complexities. A patchwork from start to finish. Film Noir World proves that it is possible to create music that is both powerful and melodic while, at the same time, conveying some human emotion, and penetrates to the emotional heart. All fourteen tracks do have the attention to gain respect from, and to me, that's important. An admirable and brave collection of tracks to say at least, which is quite impressive and an achievement.

Tracklistings:


1. Fallen Into Black
2. Something Dark
3. How Can I
4. The Sea
5. Fear
6. It's A Horror
7. Ghost Train
8. Top Of The Tower
9. Came From The Deep
10. Face At The Window
11. City Of Gold
12. She's On Fire
13. Go For The Kill
14. Closing Credits

Life in Sodom: And Then We Fall

 Posted by eskaton   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 14 2007
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Artist: Life in Sodom (@)
Title: And Then We Fall
Format: CD EP
Label: Nutrix (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of this band before receiving this in the mail. My first thoughts were, "Life in Sodom? Chain DLK didn’t send me black metal to review, did they?" I was relieved when I put it in the CD player and heard some standard gothic rock / darkwave. According to their website, this disc is "a driving 6 song CD EP geared for the dance floor." I’m not sure if I agree with that statement. This has a beat, but overall the songs seem too atmospheric to be very club friendly. For example, "Starving Hunger" seems to clock in at just over 80bpm. It has a nice slow groove, and soulful lyrics, but not quite what I think of when I think dance music. One disappointment is that "And Then We Fall" (track 5) is just "The Stains" (track 1) with most of the vocals removed. "Your Silence is Indifference" doesn’t quite seem to fit on this album, but it’s an interesting acoustic piece – sort of has a Christian Death feel to it. Overall, the feel is somewhere between Rosetta Stone and Black Tape for a Blue Girl without sounding too much like either of them. If this sounds good, give it a try. The disc runs just over 25 minutes.

VVAA: Songs From The H-Bar

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 14 2007
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Artist: VVAA
Title: Songs From The H-Bar
Format: CD
Label: Momt (@)
Rated: *****
Formed at the end of the '80s and active for almost the whole '90s Chemlab toured with NIN and recorded for Metalblade, Invisible and Underground Inc. The original band disbanded in 1997 and in 2004 the band re-born with the release of "Oxidizer" with Jared Louche helped by different guests. This tribute compilation sees sixteen bands of the alternative electronic industrial scene giving their version of Chemlab songs. FleshField, Cyanotic, UCNX, 16 Volt, Hindu Pez, Infocollapse, Fetish Project, K-Nitrate, Insight 23, Typozorg, Cross Contamination, Upon Eventual Collapse, Amorphite, Idiot State and D.Grey give their best creating a mixture of electro industrialism always in balance between pure electronic (see 16 Volt with their dreamy version of "Neurozone", Fetish Project with "Derailer", K-Nitrate with their "White line fever mix" of "Codeine, glue & you", The Vinegar Works with their acid industrial version of "Pink" and D.Gray with a minimal experimental "Suture"), industrial electro guitarism (Fetish Field with "Chemical Halo - Brusied Regeneration Suture", Cyanotic with "Suicidal jag", Ucnx with 21st Century - Head Like A Whore Mix or Hindu Pez with "Exile on mainline" to name a few) and goth electronics with Amorphite (their version of "Pyromance" isn't perfect and sometimes it seems out of sync but it is a particular one). The various tracks work and also Jared Louche wrote to Momt to express his satisfaction...

EVEN VAST: Teach Me How To Bleed

 Posted by Ferruccio Milanesi   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 13 2007
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Artist: EVEN VAST (@)
Title: Teach Me How To Bleed
Format: CD
Label: My Kingdom Music (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
EVEN VAST is a Italian band which formed in 1998 after the split of the CHAOS AND TECHNOCRACY, and this is their third album after "Hear Me Out" (1999) and "Outsleeping" (2001). Their music is sometimes described as Gothic Metal, even though I think they don’t deserve a so repressive definition: maybe they’re more rock-oriented and open minded than the other bands stitched to slow-and-sad riff with ethereal voice cliché. You can understand their ability to mix different approaches looking how they can combine an aggressive rock with some American influences (Breakaway) together with guitar riffs sometimes wisely influenced by the best New Wave-Dark (Limelight above all), and a voice that know how to be melodic, sweet and involving at the same time. JOY DIVISION’s cover Love Will Tear Us Apart completely enforces this opinion of a fusion between rock and new wave, and it’s a well made version with a more aggressive feeling, where the band emphasised the pop potential the original song already had.
Good is the rhythm section, without moments of real outstanding but doing very well their work, while the electronic samplers contribute to give the album that modern and fresh sound today seems to be a need, at times adding a bit to the groove and forcing you to shake the head while listening (see the intro of Misbecoming). This record I think will be more appreciated by melodic metal or THE GATHERING fans than by Dark-Gothic ones now obsessed with batcave imagery, but EVEN VAST made a good album, that’s for sure, and they deserve to be listened. Sweet melodies, a powerful and melodic music perfect for being the soundtrack of your most intense moments (I’m thinking of a movie scene with a long drive in the night obsessed by thoughts or going to face the future). The more you listen to it the more you will do it again.


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