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RAN: Ran

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 22 2006
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Artist: RAN (@)
Title: Ran
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Ran is a new project of a duo formed by Giorgio (ex Templebeat) and Romina (ex Antinomia and estAsia). Their music blend elements of ethereal/fairy music (thanks to Romina’s vocal style) and electronic music with some industrial arrangement. They are experienced musicians and you can hear that thanks to the atmosphere they are able to create but I must admit that I liked mostly the musical part respect the vocal parts. Unfortunately for me when I listen to female singers that use that style automatically I compare them with Lisa Gerrard or Elizabeth Fraser and even if I don’t care if technically we are facing the same level, I like to be carried away by the personality of that voice. Romina is a good singer but her voice don’t make me feel the emotions I would expect to. Ran’s music seems to be built around her voice because the tracks are based on mid tempos and there’s lack of a carrying melody. To be sincere there are also good tracks like "The great below" or the closing "Splinters" where there’s also a certain amount of energy that exalt Romina’s vocal qualities but, for my tastes, this is what is missing on the previous ones.

WHERE : wererat

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 09 2006
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Artist: WHERE (@)
Title: wererat
Format: CD
Label: Eibon (@)
Rated: *****
This Zairo guy behind Where is probably into scary music and into the aesthetics of the dark ambient/industrial scene judging both from the cover and from the music, but also considered he's put some Atrax Morgue's quote in the booklet. This guy obviously is not a newcomer since I've seen he's already put out something on cdr format. Dark ambient to the bone but with a couple of odd elements like the "werewolf/inhuman" laments that dyes the first track in black on black. Misanthropic and horrorific as you can easily imagine, Zairo seems to be obsessed by rats more than GBH in their famous song. Talking about rats, it could be the perfect soundtrack for that scene of Herzog's Nosferatu where the ship brings the rats and the subsequent cholera in town. In the second track you have those warlike "beats" that speaking about the genre are quite a standard but it's not another pale imitator of Death in June or Blutharsh. In the last two tracks of the records the soft ambiental white noise is pushed so far that there’s an hypnotical side effects and that's probably the part of the cd I’ve enjoyed the most. I'm not such a fan of dark ambient where the keyboard sound is still intelligible but Where is ok due to the production and to the cure with which he's developed all of the tracks without using goth elements.

LOKASENNA IOC: November Wind

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 08 2006
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Artist: LOKASENNA IOC (@)
Title: November Wind
Format: 10"
Label: Elite Pop (@)
Distributor: Tesco
Rated: *****
Lokasenna I.O.C. are a band active since 1994. Since then they released only a couple of CD-Rs ("Archive 1994 – 2004" and "Archive II 1998 – 2005") containing reworked songs coming from the indicated periods. Their sound gathers elements of industrial music as well as dark folk. This 10", released in a strictly limited edition of 248 copies by Elite Pop, is the final chapter in the archive series and it contains six songs coming from those previous CD-Rs. The song titles are: "November wind", "Hier stehen wir", "Ostara", "Cello", "L’ame solitaire" and "Dernier acte". When I read the term dark folk I trembled because this is a genre that for my tastes lose a big part of its verve at the end of the nineties (or simply I lose interest into this kind of sounds). Well, in this case, I’m so glad to find a band that has on me the same charm that the Death In June had with albums like "The world that summer". Lokasenna Ioc are able to blend industrial arrangements and dark ballads with no problem at all as the tracks sounds so natural. Take a song influenced by dark wave like "L’ame solitaire" is. It is simple (an echoed piano, the voice of a child, some simple melodic lines and some noises) but it has an atmosphere that is unique and intense. Don’t miss this release. It is a must have! I hope they’ll release something else but not so strictly limited...

Scarlet Slipping: Fire In The Mist

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 07 2006
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Artist: Scarlet Slipping (@)
Title: Fire In The Mist
Format: CD
Distributor: Projekt
Rated: *****
Scarlet Slipping is Dawn Wagner, who was the second female who collaborated with Askelon Sain in the gothic/darkwave duo band Trance To The Sun. Her debut release is satisfactory with beauty, feeling, beautiful vocals, breath-taking, hypnotic, and enchanted. The album is darkwave and ethereal. Music so complex with soft synth layers and celtic tribal drum rhythms. Dawn will take you on a cold icy journey that's magical, mystical, enlighten with narrating singing with emotion. A conquest she should admire herself for delivering something different that's fathomless and outstanding. The production work is even superb and polished with perfection. All the songs are written, performed, recorded, and mixed by Ms. Wagner herself. She have the skills of DIY. All nine tracks on cd are incredible to enjoy. Take it from a reviewer who relish Ms. Dawn Wagner's first creative work. Bravo!

1. We Are
2. Severance
3. Scissor Candy
4. Autumn Air
5. Snowflake
6. Your Icy Waters
7. Shatter
8. Chartreuse Moon
9. Feel Me

FLESH EATING FOUNDATION: The Dead

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 03 2006
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Artist: FLESH EATING FOUNDATION (@)
Title: The Dead
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Rated: *****
Are you in love with early Killing Joke and with Sheeps On Drugs or Alien Sex Fiend approach to song writing? Well, the new Flesh Eating Foundation could be the one for you. Their raging guitars and distorted synths are capable of make you stomp on your granny’s bed while you’re waiting she passes out. I’m just joking, but that was the best way to describe a situation where nothing can’t stop you from being carried away by Flesh Eating Foundation tunes. Each of the three tracks sound different from the previous one and if the opening "The dead" (be sure to check the enclosed video made using "The movies" videogame) is an industrial e.b.m. version of Killing Joke, "Pass the knife" remember me an industrial version of early Alien Sex Fiend, while the closing "Kiss the tears" sounds like good e.b.m. should (is for this reason that recalls me Front Line Assembly mixed with a little bit of goth?). I was waiting for their first full length but for the moment "The dead" E.P. is a good appetizer.


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