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ISOTHESIS: Cocoon Of Red Light

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 10 2007
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Artist: ISOTHESIS (@)
Title: Cocoon Of Red Light
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
Heading from France, Isothesis has released his third album in a limited edition of 200 copies for the Polish label Beast Of Prey. Divided into five industrial dark ambient suites COCOON OF RED LIGHT has been "built" using live recorded drones and sounds. The different movements create slightly different ambience which differ because of the kind of drones and by the use of industrial distortions. The first track begins with gentle bells sound and slowly it turns into a nightmarish soundtrack with humming reverbered vocals and pads joined by grinding digital noises. The second track is focused on distant marching rhythms overwhelmed by layers made out of synth pads. I appreciated the vocal distorted part on the end which gave to the track a personal touch. The third movement is a classic dark ambient track with medieval style chants on its ending. The fourth track expand the atmosphere of the third one focusing on the vocal parts creating a good effect. The final track is the most musical one and starts with a relaxing ambient synth sound which soon meets the sound of hellish hordes with noises which seem of the devil's cavalry. The chaos and the creepy effect grows as the track reach its final minutes. A good album which needs to be listened with attention and at a high volume to be fully appreciated.

APB: Three

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 07 2007
Artist: APB
Title: Three
Format: CD
Label: Red River Records
Rated: *****
The first time I heard of this British punk band was back in the late 80's when they was feature on a hip-hop and break dance compilation that feature their song "What Kind Of Girl Are You?" Glenn Roberts, Iain Slater, and George Cheyne is back with a new cd called "Three". The British trio keeps the original sound of punk music; the way it supposed to be. Guitar riffs with the additional of funk. No holds barred, intense rhythms that develop a level of complexity, pure aggression & catchy guitar hooks. An intense quality punk rock album with strong enuciated vocals. Favorite tracks are "Ghost of My Love", "Free Again", "Drag", "Shock You", "Choose Your Exit", "House of the Living Dead" and "Death of Rock n Roll". So, if you're in the mood for something very angry, raw, loud, tired of boredom, want to do something totally stupid to get attention, hate love sometimes, pissed off at someone or the whole world, and/or rather get drunk to let your worries fade away until you sober up, then pick up this album. You'll be glad you did. High recommended!

SLARAFFENLAND: Private Cinema

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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May 07 2007
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Artist: SLARAFFENLAND (@)
Title: Private Cinema
Format: CD
Label: Rumraket (@)
Rated: *****
Eight release for the label run by the band Efterklang and second full length for Slaraffenland (which means 'land of milk and honey" in Danish). PRIVATE CINEMA is a record that will please the lovers of guitar noise music as well as improvisation enthusiasts. Slaraffenland's sound is a particular blend of pop (see their vocals), noise (notice the way they duet with guitars, creating dissonant layers) and experimentation (see the use of trumpet or sax which sometimes are treated or reversed or see the band's way of creating pop structures which after few minutes go berserk). The first tracks are influenced by the fathers of the genre (i.e. Sonic Youth) but Slaraffenland's music is a thing on its own because I didn't heard no one sounding like them. It is true that guitar noise isn't one of my nowadays preferred genres (too many bands that sound like garage bands on acid) but Slaraffenland have something that makes me say that they are unique. Check "This one will kill us" and its six minutes and half and you'll find everything I mentioned (pop, experimentation, noise and a bit of melancholy), the following "The run up" (a melancholic instrumental song which seems made by a folk psychedelic combo) or the noisy "Rod" with its two minutes of pure guitar noise on the run. The band is able of doing a track like this last one and then make it follow by "Watch out". A cool pop indie song (a particular one) which starts with acoustic instruments and just to turn into a jazzy noise track on its ending. Interesting...

TAXI TAXI!: Taxi Taxi!

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 04 2007
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Artist: TAXI TAXI!
Title: Taxi Taxi!
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Rumraket (@)
Rated: *****
Taxi Taxi! is a Swedish duo formed by two teen twin sisters. Their first MCD contains six tracks where the sisters play introspective pop folk acoustic songs. Try to imagine a mellow version of Kings Of Convenience with the only use of guitars, piano and harp. Even if in their teens the tracks sound convincing and balanced and in songs like "Mary" you can feel at the best their passionate style. If you love the genre they could be quite a surprise.

DEAD GUITARS: Airplanes

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 03 2007
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Artist: DEAD GUITARS
Title: Airplanes
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: SPV / AMV Talpa
Rated: *****
Another release a bit out of the boundaries of our musically environment, the trio of DEAD GUITARS likes to present us their mixture of guitar-driven Alternative Pop music mixed with some Goth-Rock as well as Industrial-Metal undertones. Nevertheless the main attention lays on the rather classic Rock-inspired kind of this band, as they like to prove with smooth and melodic male vocals and U2-like acoustic guitars. With having two members of the early formation of the relatively known guitars act 12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING (Peter Brough and Ralf Aussem) this act around singer and front man Carlo Van Putten (THE CONVENT, has also been performed among others with Mark Burgess/THE CHAMELEONS...) this band can hardly be named greenhorns – this can be heard with their fine compositions. "Airplanes" doesn’t awake any nervousness, all arrangements are sounding sedating, also the opener "Name Of The Sea" can offer some catchy elements. A video clip for this track is featured as well – finally it has to be proven if the MTV/VIVA youth generation likes to pick up this effort. Not a bad release at all – to my personal preference too Mainstream-influenced – so I guess that the Rock/Alternative audience will jump on this horse immediately.


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