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DERNIERE VOLONTE: Devant Le Miroir

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Apr 21 2007
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Artist: DERNIERE VOLONTE (@)
Title: Devant Le Miroir
Format: CD
Label: Hau Ruck! (@)
Distributor: Tesco
Rated: *****
Three years after the release of his full length release "Les blessures de l'ombre" and after the reissue of his early tapes and of his compilation tracks (the double CDs packages and "Obeir et mourir" "Commemoration") Geoffroy D. a.k.a. Derniere Volonte is back with his new album titled DEVANT LE MIROIR. Available on CD and limited edition vinyl + 7" (the two editions differs as the CD contains "Maitre de ma peau..." which isn't available on the vinyl but the latter has "Je le prouve" plus an untitled track on the 7") the album shows a new path for the French project. If the reissues I mentioned before showed the industrial side of the band, DEVANT LE MIROIR represent a step forward by introducing some electronic arrangements (like on "La nuit revient" which introduce a drum machine and a synth sound for bassline) and a little more melody. The atmosphere created isn't that far from the previous album but Geoffroy calibrated the different influences blending the militaristic side with some French traditional melodies (see the melodies of "Au travers des lauriers" which is a traditional nursery rhyme of the 18th century or "Douce hirondelle") and some pop approach (remember that we are talking about Derniere Volonte so try to imagine in what way I could mention pop music). If you missed the experimental side you can find it, thanks to the help of Wertham, on the closing "Maitre de ma peau", a track composed like a spoken word with a tense music background made with dark ambient sounds. I really appreciated how Geoffroy balanced the elements by blending militaristic drumming, a little more melody and intimistic lyrics ("Cran d'arret" is based on a text by Apollinaire). Well done!

VOLVOE: Organized Faults

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Apr 20 2007
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Artist: VOLVOE (@)
Title: Organized Faults
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Formed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1999, Volvoe worked really hard during the years and thanks to the production of Morten Bue they released their debut E.P. ORGANIZED FAULTS. Their sound is optimal to meet the taste of lovers of the alternative rock sound of the likes of Bloc Party, Interpol, etc. Their blend of alternative rock with few electronic arrangements (check the opening "Organized faults" or "Places") is well recorded and arranged and for sure Volvoe could please a wide audience with their sound. For my tastes they are a little too mainstream but this won't stop you to check their songs (if you love this genre) by visiting their website.

BRILLIG: The Plagiarist

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Apr 20 2007
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Artist: BRILLIG (@)
Title: The Plagiarist
Format: CD EP
Label: Blackrain (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
This new E.P. is a sort of sum of the past and the future of the Brillig's sound as the first two tracks of the CD are coming from the next album "Mirror on the wall" which will be released on May and the other two tracks "Nihilist" and "Escher" are picked up from their 2003 album "Pterodactyls". The opening track "Truth or dare (Radio edit)" made me thought about a merge of Suede and Cure where the alternation of male and female vocals is working really well as much as the alternation of acoustic and electric parts. The second track "The plagiarist" instead is a sort of goth version of the Violent Femmes and it is a good acoustic song. The old tracks are more influenced by Clan Of Xymox sound with drum machine and all. If you already own their old stuff be patient and check their new album but if you purchase this E.P. you'll have also the video of an old song titled "Escher" coming from their 2004 E.P. "Finders keepers, losers weepers".

LES CHASSEURS DE LA NUIT: Homo Homini Lupus

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Apr 19 2007
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Artist: LES CHASSEURS DE LA NUIT
Title: Homo Homini Lupus
Format: CD
Label: Heidrunar Myrkrunar
Distributor: Tesco
Rated: *****
HOMO HOMINI LUPUS is the first full length release for Les Chasseurs De La Nuit. Divided into 14 untitled tracks, the album starts with an industrial explosion, proposing two tracks perfect for the battlefield preparation. Sounding like an organ playing from a sinking ship, the first two tracks made me remember of the first Boyd Rice experiments while with the third track the atmosphere changes with the introduction of a melodic line performed with xylophone, organ and synths. Fourth track remember me the early martial patchwork peculiar of the first Der Blutharsch while the fifth (as well the eleventh) blends the elements creating a sort of inspired Death In June tune. Mark Liens helped on some tracks by Mr. Larsen (:Of The Wand & The Moon:) and Hr. Thomas B (Die Weisse Rose) presents a blend of dark songs where the effect created is sorta cinematic thanks to the vocal samples and to the tension always present. The album closes the same way it opened thanks to track thirteen where distorted blows bring screams and distant vocals. Tracks fourteen end the album with one minute of greetings with a melancholic vocal line which surfaces from an infernal atmosphere. In my humble opinion this is a good first release...

GRAILS: Burning Off Impurities

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Apr 19 2007
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Artist: GRAILS (@)
Title: Burning Off Impurities
Format: CD
Label: Temporary Residence
Distributor: Wide
Rated: *****

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BURNING OFF IMPURITIES is the fourth Grails' album and, for you habitual readers of our magazine, it could sound strange to see me review this band which is inspired by psychedelic music. But, listen to this record and you'll realize that the subversive and experimental spirit of these recordings isn't that far from the experimental bands we usually review. Two of my preferred bands of the 60s of this genre are the Electric Prunes and Chocolate Watchband and listening to this tracks is making me think about an instrumental version of those bands. BURNING OFF IMPURITIES for sure is a rock album because the band uses mainly rock instruments (even if on "Drawn curtains" they use also a violin and some light distorted drums) but there's something else going on. Produced by Jeff Saltzman and Steven Wray Lobdell (members of Faust) the record is for sure influenced by psychedelia and Kraut rock but on some parts you can find also elements of noise music a la Slint (check "Origin-ing"). Don't think about hippies while you are reading this review because this isn't the case. Grails are capable of balancing the acid sounds of the 60's/70's with a modern vision of improvisation. I liked it and if you don't hate guitar sounds I'd suggest you to check it.


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