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MARYPOPPERS / CHEVIGNON: 12 Salopards Vol.1

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May 18 2005
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Artist: MARYPOPPERS / CHEVIGNON (@)
Title: 12 Salopards Vol.1
Format: 10"
Label: Sk Records (@)
Rated: *****
If you are thirsty for noise and you aren't afraid to listen to hard core music influenced by other rock contaminations (such as Neurosis, Tar, Jesus Lizard, etc) the Marypoppers / Chevignon split is a chance to be satisfied. The four Marypoppers tracks are liberatory screams which mix the free jazz / hc spirit with impetuosity. Chevignon remember me the Japanese way of doing hc music with stops and go but with different noise inserts that remember me the early Tar or some tracks of the early Jesus Lizard (especially on "Moustache" where the guitar arpeggios duet with the tension of the vocals). There isn't a particular track I liked most because the granitic approach to music make of this 10" a way of free your tension. Let loose your articulation and dance without caring of your room! From Lyon for your pleasure...

AUTOPSIA: Le Chant De La Nuit

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May 11 2005
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Artist: AUTOPSIA (@)
Title: Le Chant De La Nuit
Format: CD
Label: Illuminating Technologies
Rated: *****
If you follow Chain D.L.K. from early 2001 you probably didn't miss the interview I did with Autopsia. If you did, well, LE CHANT DE LA NUIT is the perfect way to know their music and their attitude (you can also find the interview I did into the interactive part). What LE CHANT DE LA NUIT exactly is? Well I can't think about it only as an album with an interactive section, because on the data section you can find so many informations that we can think about LE CHANT DE LA NUIT as a whole multimedia project. The musical part is divided into eight different tracks and it is a compilation of tracks coming from "Mistery science" ("Electrosphere", "(G)rave" and "Joy of chaos"), from "Humanity Is The Devil 1604-1994" ("Prologue" and "Delamentatione"), from "Palladium" ("Palladium 4" a.k.a. "Der Reichtum Des Vielen Und Das Eine") and from the side projekt compilation "Prager Kodex" ("Interdikt" by Hussite). The only track I don't know is "Tallow". If tracks like "Tallow", "Prologue" and "Palladium 4" are more based on the ambience created, "Joy of chaos" is structured like a suite where rhythmical parts and electronic intermezzos (with drum machine, sequencers, etc) break the tension by adding some dynamical inserts. "Interdict" is like a dark medieval track while with "Electrosphere" the atmosphere gets thick again blending choruses and electronic sounds just to form a march. "Delamentatione" and "G(rave)" don't release the tension and close the CD with some other epic sounds. The interactive part is divided (just like their website) into different sections: Discography, Gallery, Autopsia Television, Reviews, Smrt Kultury Jako Komodity, Downloads (links to the www.bombaj.cz website where you can purchase four of their releases as downloads) and interviews. If you'd like to have an in depth view of this important project, this one is for you!
P.s. This release is limited to 300 copies, so... hurry!

BEYOND SENSORY EXPERIENCE: Pursuit Of Pleasure

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May 10 2005
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Artist: BEYOND SENSORY EXPERIENCE (@)
Title: Pursuit Of Pleasure
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
New chapter for Beyond Sensory Experience after the end of their trilogy (ended with a fourth chapter titled "Korrelations" which was containing unreleased and mixed tracks) and first release for Cold Meat Industry. With PURSUIT OF PLEASURE, B.S.E. explore the realm of pure dark ambient and if their past works where based on rhythmical manipulations and ambient research, this one is based on pure psychotropic sound with humming sounds, long hisses and distant melodies. Only when we arrive to "Advanced human sexuality (AHS)" we find a lushy sound within slow breaths and creepy atmospheres that change a little the sound approach. The following "Craving the touch" is based on the concept that less is best and here the silence plays a big part. The closing "Hold your breath and close your eyes" follows a similar scheme of "A.H.S." and of the opening "Pursuit of pleasure" with a slow picked contrabass (or something similar) and a loop (a sort of scratched recording of a whale calling) that form a hypnotic mantra made of low frequencies. Musically I preferred the old albums because they had different sound solutions for each track while PURSUIT OF PLEASURE is like a long suite where B.S.E. focus their effort on the effect more than on the style but if you are looking for a nightmarish ambience soundtrack, this one is for you!

CYCLOTIMIA: Eschaton

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May 09 2005
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Artist: CYCLOTIMIA (@)
Title: Eschaton
Format: CD
Label: Stateart (@)
Rated: *****
After their previous MCD released in 2003 Cyclotimia just released, always for Stateart, their second full lenght titled ESCHATON. Referring to their music as "L'electronique mondial" the Russian duo perform eleven new tracks which define at the best their apocalyptic experimental / ambient music. They have always been against the modern business world and the ESCHATON's cover, which represents a sort of mix between Wall Street meet the Hieronymus Bosch inferno, show really well this concept. The music "paints" a tense scenario where samples (news report, Pope Giovanni Paolo II, etc) help defining the players of the imaginary movie that see Cyclotimia playing its soundtrack. Most of the tracks use rhymths to underline the dramatic issue of titles like "Leviathan", "Shelter", "Crusade" or "Gloria" while synth pads are like death whistles of crushing planes. Along with the music tracks you can also find the beautiful video of "Some place" (track coming from their 2002 E.P. "Same time same place")where you can check how well Cyclotimia music works as a soundtrack of our modern sad times.

FEAR OF DOLLS: She Dances Happily To Happy Songs

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May 03 2005
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Artist: FEAR OF DOLLS (@)
Title: She Dances Happily To Happy Songs
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: self-released
Distributor: Projekt
Rated: *****
Three years passed from the day I reviewed the older Fear Of Dolls release and after these years the band is keep on going strong with their personal mixture of goth and post punk songs. SHE DANCES HAPPILY TO HAPPY SONGS blend in a perfect way guitar noise experimentation, tension and dark atmospheres just to form five tracks that are capable of put the listener in a state of "stand by". Like murder ballads the songs could be good also like soundtracks. Even if the band uses normal rock instruments like acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, etc, the way the songs are arranged make turn a simple song into somethnig else. The same effect of watching a movie with your eyes closed. You feel yourself lost but you feel that something is going on and you are focused on the sounds you hear. The same it's with tracks like "She lives alone" or "Saint Dymphnæ". Musically it was like I was listening to a mixture of Bauhaus songs played by the Birthday Party and sung by Lidia Lunch. Is it enough for you?


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