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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.

MAPLE BEE: Hello Eve

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 03 2006
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Artist: MAPLE BEE (@)
Title: Hello Eve
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Rated: *****

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Maple Bee is the newest release by Prikosnovenie which after Misstrip seems to have found a new path to follow after the dark folk medieval sound that characterized the past years of the label. The folk attitude is always present but on the new releases you can also find a sort of electronic pop attitude that could help the promotion of the releases to a wider audience. Maple Bee is the creature of Melanie Garside (already bass player with Queen Andreena and singer with Mediaeval Babes as well guitarist/vocalist with Vertigo Angels) and HELLO EVE is her first album. Prikosnovenie did an international version of her "Chasing Eva" double album and picked up eleven tracks out from the twenty one lot and added a new track: "No place". Since the first tracks you realize that Melanie is a talented and gifted vocalist/music writer and ideally her music is linked to names like Kate Bush or Tory Amos. How does her music sounds? Well, try to imagine a combo of a jazz trio (piano, guitar and drums) teaming with some folk players (cello and strings) all produced by an electro producer. A perfect example are tracks like the opening "Something" or "Turn in". There’s also a beautiful track produced by John Fryer (he produced bands of the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Cocteau Twins, Cradle Of Filth, etc) titled "Rare colors" where the cello and the flangered guitar duet with a synth bassline and a jazzy light drum. If you love acoustic songs with a little bit of electronic and folk, try this one. P.s. Check also the video of the beautiful "The messanger" (maybe that was the song I preferred).

CRUISE [CTRL]: Garmonbozia!

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 02 2006
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Artist: CRUISE [CTRL] (@)
Title: Garmonbozia!
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
The newest Cruise Control (now Cruise [Ctrl]) is a CDs titled GARMONBOZIA!. On this one John Cult and DJ Gore are giving to the audience a taste of what’s next on their first full length release (which will see Jean-Luc Demeyer from Front 242 on vocals on one track and C-Drik remixing "Eat my fear", track that you can find on their previous MCD "No Hay Banda") with three new tracks of their granitic mixture of industrial noise, techno and drones. The first track "Black lodge" seems to be a techno remix of a Godflesh track where the remixer took off the guitar parts replacing them with guitar drones. The following "Smoke and nude I" is more minimal with its hisses and dark ambient noises while the closing "Crow’s nest" introduce again some rhythm and also a bit of melody creating a sort of electro industrial loop. The tracks sounds great on the short distance and I’m curious to see how the duo will deal the whole album length.

ATTRITION: Something Stirs - The Beginning 1981-1983

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 30 2006
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Something Stirs - The Beginning 1981-1983
Format: CD
Label: 2 Gods (@)
Distributor: Voice Print
Rated: *****

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There was a time, soon after the punk period, when bands wanted to dare and to make their music different. Something that no one already did or thought to do. Maybe only hippies on drugs experimented something similar but the result wasn’t filtered by the will to do something different, it was the result of altered states. Nothing against it but on late 70s and early 80s bands like Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Coil and many others created something different. Something that mixed with the "Do It Yourself" culture created a totally new thing: tape labels. If you lived that period for sure you read about the early Third Mind releases or the early Bain Total tape compilations (it was the time when Philippe Fichot was releasing interesting tape compilations along with the first works of his own project, Die Form). Compilations that gathered many bands that released only few things in limited editions (they were limited because it was difficult to release something and it was hard to distribute them. Fanzines, ads and word by mouth was really important back then, when there was no internet) as well the early works of bands that later become well known. Bands like Attrition, Coil, Portion Control, Test Dept, etc. SOMETHING STIRS – THE BEGINNING 1981-1983 is a collection of recordings that Attrition released for compilations. Martin Bowes, member of the band since day one, saved from dust the old 4 tracks tapes and borrowed a Portastudio (I think it was made by Tascam) by a friend and then transferred the recordings on a PC just to clean the sound. The CD contains seven tracks coming from vinyl or tape compilations, one from the Alu/Attrition split tape as well as four previously unreleased tracks: "Tones in black", recorded in 1982 and three other tracks ("Domus", "Hologram" and "Alter ego") recorded live in Coventry in March 1981. On those three you can also hear the one and only drummer the bad ever had. If you know "Shrinkwrap", the most famous track of the Attrition early period, well, try to forget about it, because songs like "Something stirs", "Pain", "Birthrite" or "Onslaught" don’t sound anything like that. They are mostly sound experiments with tape noises, bass guitar and a drum machine with the vocals of Julia Waller that spread her impetuosity with a style that remembered me early Siouxsie. Melody was an option and the bands main aim I think it was the construction of a new way of channelling their feelings. Attrition succeeded doing so...


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