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Parkinson: Eden Hell

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Nov 16 2002
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Artist: Parkinson
Title: Eden Hell
Format: 7"
Label: Mindwerk Records
Mindwerk Records, a still young dark industrial label that has not quite gotten the attention it deserves yet. This two track 7" translucent vinyl release features songs from the Danish ambient/drum-n-bass band Parkinson. The first song "Eden Hell" which appeared on the first demo disc by the label is a sort of dark industrial drum-n-bass with sampled metal guitar and darkly distorted vocals. I think this is a different mix from the other though as I don't remember parts of it but that could just be me. "Sch.Merz Vs Manson" has some hard driving guitar samples and beats much in the vein of KMFDM's Angst but darker and way more 'metal'. The vocals are a sort of deep grovelly distorted demonic sounding thing. This would make a great backing track for a hard driving action video sequence.

Rosewater: Magnetic Confinement

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Nov 16 2002
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Artist: Rosewater
Title: Magnetic Confinement
Format: 7"
Label: Mindwerk Records
This two track 7" translucent vinyl release features songs from Rosewater. This electro industrial debut comes from darkest heart of concrete voids of Riga's industrial suburbs.They are quite a bit more harsh than the some of the other Mindwerk label artists and also more quick-paced, Noise oriented and modernized. "Condomat" is heavy Power Noise with an EBM rhythm, awesome! Vocally it reminds me of some of those gothic/industrial bands but with heavier distortion. "Perpetual Dream State" begins with a more ambient tone but soon becomes a quick-paced hard metallic pound.

PENITENT: Songs Of Despair

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Nov 15 2002
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Artist: PENITENT
Title: Songs Of Despair
Format: CD
Label: Beyond Prod (@)
Distributor: Master Distribution


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The story of Penitent started in 1994 when Karsten Hamre decided to give shape to his poems which dealt with pain, sorrow and depression. With this aim in his heart he produced six albums for different labels, such as Cold Meat Industry, ("Melancholia"), Draenor Productions ("The Beauty Of Pain" and "As Life Fades Away"), Memento Mori ("Roses By Chaos Spawned" and "Maestro Beethoven") and for Counter Attack (Reflections Of Past Memories"). After a couple of years of hiatus Karsten decided to team up with Bernt Sunde and then he started to produce this SONGS OF DESPAIR. THe music of all the songs this time has been written by the newcomer and they are totally different from what the fans were used to listen to. The eight new songs include harsh black metal, dark metal, dark wave and industrial influences (guitar and drums included) and represent a new step of the Penitent course. The tracks are always melancholic and dark as usual ("A Gate To Past Times" and "Ancient Wisdom Of The Forest" are the ones which remember mostly the old ones) but the vocals are influenced by black metal and are highly theatrical. If you loved only the orchestral tracks you were used to listen to, be aware of this because you may not like this CD. Check some mp3s at the band's website first. In any case the next album, which will be released always by Beyond Prod, may take a different direction as it seems that Karsten's and Bernt's cooperation ended at the end of the last year and a new member will join the band. Let's wait and we'll see...

Butterfly Messiah: It's Time EP

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Nov 08 2002
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Artist: Butterfly Messiah
Title: It's Time EP
Format: CD EP
Label: The Fossil Dungeon


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This EP features brand new tracks not previously released called "It's Time" and "Monument" as well as "Machines" from the early demo Synthesis. What fans will first notice is the harder club beat and elektro styling of "It's Time" that has a sort of darkwave-EBM sound to it that the band never previously had. Ah, when I see bands I love improve this much I just love it. Shannon's ethereal vocals and Robert's industrial interests were meant for this type of structure. Butterfly Messiah never sounded so good. Both the first mix and the Dance mix are great for DJ club play so I'm hoping they will not be timid and take a risk on these guys, they are well worth it! "Monument" contains the somber dark synth orchestral and ethereal vocal style the band is more readily associated with. This is great for those unfamiliar with the band to check out to get a bit of a taste of what some of their other music generally sounds like, however this track has it's own unique aspects as well. Butterfly Messiah are the only band that deftly combines ethereal elements with hard industrial and mechanical elements. The man-machine concept is one that has been done many times in cyber-industrial but Butterfly Messiah take a more spirit-machine angle on the perspective created with their own unique combination of sound. If anyone is curious about what a younger Butterfly Messiah sounded like this EP gives them the opportunity with "Machines". However this mix is not the original version so there is something here for fans too. They've cleaned this one up a bit and added some overall effects to it that give it quite a bit more body and ambience. The original is dry in comparison to this version (Nice job Robert!). Lastly, is an instrumental of the title track. Without the vocals it sounds much more EBM oriented and may be why it was included. I hope this is a good idea of what is to come from the band in the future!

FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM: Fallen

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Nov 08 2002
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Artist: FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM
Title: Fallen
Format: CD
Label: Jungle Records
Distributor: Audioglobe


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It's a little difficult to review this CD without mentioning the diatribe the band and the label had and I don't know if one of the two sued the other at the moment. To clear a little more the situation let's read the counterpart's statements.

THE NEPHILIM Statement

"Many admirers of Fields of the Nephilim/The Nefilim will be aware that
Jungle Records of Camden have put out a single entitled 'From the Fire', and an album named 'Fallen', under the recording title 'Fields of the Nephilim'. A few statements are necessary to make the situation clear for fans of The Nephilim worldwide. Neither the single nor the album is
officially endorsed, or is being promoted by the current band, which records under the name The Nephilim, and has not officially used the name Fields of the Nephilim since 1991. It is not a name that it wishes to use again for future recordings, feeling that it is best to move forwards than go backwards. The title 'Into the Fire', as well as the track listing on 'Fallen' were allotted by Jungle Records alone. None of the names are official titles, although some are early working titles. The Nephilim
played no part in deciding on the track listing nor the material used, and was not consulted on these matters. Those tracks used are incomplete pieces or early demos. Additionally, The Nephilim was not consulted on the artwork used on either the single or album. It was not asked to contribute artwork, and thus it was not undertaken by Sheer Faith. New material by The Nephilim is being readied for release, and will be up to the standards it wishes to set. This will be tied in with new projects and live events. Please be patient, and in the meantime we extend a welcome to all fans, old and
new, to prepare for the countdown to enter the inner realms of The Nephilim
On-line. Watch this space for further details. This information has come from The Watchman Information Service, which has served as the official voice of The Nephilim since 1984".

Jungle response to Carl's statement:

"Fields of the Nephilim formed in 1984. Their name was drawn from the Biblical legends of the Nephilim, who were fallen angels. In 1985 their debut EP Burning The Fields’ was issued on their own Tower label through Jungle. Interest worldwide followed, and the Returning To Gehenna’ EP was issued in Italy. The following year they signed to Beggars Banquet, issuing their first single, Power’. The band soon established their own, individual image, superficially a pastiche of spaghetti western chic, but the essence behind the image of dust and death was more enduring and reflected the Nephilim's fascination with the darker side of life. Touring the UK constantly, they built up an army of followers. In 1987, the bands first album, DAWNRAZOR was released and made a big impact on the polls in the music press. They then dominated the indie charts for many years. The singles Preacher Man’, Blue Water’, Moonchild’ (1988) and Psychonaut’ (1989) all hit the top of the indie chart and went Top 40 UK national chart. Their second album, THE NEPHILIM in 1988 entered the UK Album Chart at number 12 and also established them around the world, whilst their many performances became spectacular events. Then 1990's weighty ELIZIUM, the third studio album, widened their audience even further. Earth Inferno, a live at Brixton Academy double album followed, also charting high in the UK top forty. In 1991, the group performed their last two sold-out gigs, at the Town and Country Club (now The Forum) in London and split up. Carl McCoy continued with a heavier-sounding project, Nefilim, while the rest of the band issued two albums with a new vocalist under the name Rubicon. Their audience however, never went away. Carl explains; "We had never had a break in our career, so we needed one to pursue our own separate ideas. The reformation is inevitable, really, because it's unfinished business. We owe it to the fans too." After much speculation, in the summer of 2000 Fields Of The Nephilim headlined four major European festivals, playing in front of 60,000 fans, and released their first single for a decade, One More Nightmare’. In 2001, an album FROM GEHENNA TO HERE was compiled from their debut 1985-86 EPs. NOW – a new single FROM THE FIRE’ is due September 9th, edited from the new studio album FALLEN’ which is now ready for release on October 7th 2002!"

Well, I don't know what to tell. As far as I know, looking to the advanced CD I own, on this record The Nephilim are Carl McCoy and Tony Pettit and the ten tracks included here seem to be a middle way between the hard atmospheres of "Zoon" (the album they did in 1996 under the Nephilim moniker) and the goth atmospheres you are used to listen to. If you already bought the "One More Nightmare" single the last year, you already know what you can find on FALLEN. For you who don't, I can tell you that on some tracks I heard atmpospheres similar to some Christian Death records of the "All The Love All The Hate" period but filtered with the Fields Of The Nephilim sound. Listening to this album none of the tracks sounded incomplete to me so I don't know if I'm listening to a demo or not. One thing is for sure: I'd rather prefer to welcome the Fields Of The Nephilim come back in another way and not with sour discussions.


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