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BLANK: Brain Trigger

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Artist: BLANK (@)
Title: Brain Trigger
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Released
Gee, after their first release "42 4C 41 4E 4B", Blank did it again. If you want to refresh your memory just go in our archive section and read the review of that CD along with the interview I did. Anyway, for the lazy ones, just to make you understand, we're are talking about the most talented e.b.m. Italian band. I think that they're better of most of the foreign acts also but let's concentrate on this release for a moment. BRAIN TRIGGER contains seven killer tracks, highly melodic, pumpimg that can induce long dance attacks. Just listen to tracks like "Brainstreams" or "Perception" and you'll agree with me! As usual, for you greedy ones, the band allow you to download from their website high bitrate mp3s of all the tracks as well the artwork for you to print. Support them!

Shimri: Lilies of the Field

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Artist: Shimri (@)
Title: Lilies of the Field
Format: CD
Label: Art of Fact (@)
Solo project of Gary Dassing of Mentallo & the Fixer, Shimri is zapping electronic music with pounding indus beats, metallic sounds, bells, synthetic sounds, Microsoft wave files and other stuff (no vocals). The 12 tracks of "Lilies of the Field" usually go by the theme harder beat structures vs softer layers of sounds. Obviously totally computer-based, this minimal electro album samples the shit out the PC and probably tries to make it a leading theme as well. I haven't got any additional bio info but I visited Art of Fact records' nice website and they have some cool stuff planned so check it out!

VV.AA.: Syntonic Waves Vol.8

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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Syntonic Waves Vol.8
Format: CD
Label: Spheric Music (@)
Juergen Kern was the man behind vol. 1, back in 1991, and 11 years later, vol.8 is compiled by Lambert Ringlage, and puts together unreleased tracks of new synthetic electronics by Klangwelt, Michael Obermeier, Jonson, Wild Element, Gunnar Spardel, Gianfranco Grilli, Erik Seifert, Deep Tune, Palantir, Carloa Kern (I think I can guess who she is related to), Lambert, Faralley and Foreign Space. This compilation reminds me of some synth-scapes collections I used to get almost 10 years ago, maybe because it has a non-linear and different approach. There are no vocals and it makes you think about music for films. Even though I guess I am not supposed to think about it in cinematic terms, I do think that "Syntonic Waves" primary goal is to stay true to what electronic music once was and to re-present it in a more modern key... Think of Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Can, Goblin, but don't try to think of these as models that have been emulated, rather think of them as patterns that seem to re-emerge from a new-born and more experimental breed of musical layers of synthetic, breezy and soft ethereal soundscapes. You may now enter the starship...

Geistform: Uno

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Artist: Geistform (@)
Title: Uno
Format: CD
Label: Daft (@)
Distributor: Tristol
From Rubi, Spain, near Barcelona, Rafael Martinez Espinosa aka Geistform has been producing electronic sounds since 1998. He uses the MS-20 samples as his main source and couples them with radio frequency signals and other questionable data. All this together gives life to a quite interesting and noisy form of experimental techno that has been compared to Esplendor Geometrico and Panasonic whose strongest points are the wide spectrum going from the deep droning 10-20Hz sub harmonics to the hi pitch 10-15kHz digital data. Such a wide headroom and full range of frequencies addressing your body creates truly good sounding and well produced album suitable both for intense home listening and for more alternative dance floors. This is "Uno", his debut album, and he's already impressive, we'll see where this goes, looks like a very promising direction so far.

Daniele Brusaschetto: Bluviola

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Artist: Daniele Brusaschetto (@)
Title: Bluviola
Format: CD
Label: Radon Studio (@)
Distributor: Radon, Daniele Brusaschetto
Yo, watch out, the god of new italian industrial music with italian lyrics is back (I know he is laughing now): my young pal Daniele B. (sounds like a cheap rapper's name) is back with "Bluviola", follow up to the CD "Mamma Fottimi" and first release on a label other than his own one (ZZZ Prod.). Colorado's label Rodon Studio has apparently understood that this guy's up to something more that just screaming at people that they are shit (remember "sei una merda"? - by the way there's a new song now called "I love you all"), and thought well of putting out his new raging 9 tracks of material ranging from still moments of claustrophobic calm after (or before) the storm to violent and raw bursts of negative power, spoken by mean of distorted guitars, industrial sounds and other awful noises... I would say there is a more persistent use of guitars now, in their various forms and shapes, as a primary tool and instrument of atmosphere creation (harmonics, open chords, arpeggios, power chords, Whammy-pitched single notes, muted chords, you name it, he's got it...), and his very recognizable voice marks the path from disillusioning single-tone recital-like signing to screams of anger and love (check out how a bunch of overdubbed layers of his non-boring-bored singing-talk sound, even when he goes to some melodic back-lines). Also this record has drums, which definitely helps make everything even more powerful, dragging, chaotic and slamming. I dig his music a lot and I'm positive that if you give it a chance you'll be surprised. Don't be shy just 'cause he's Italian, this is good spent money and I admire Radon Studio's determination and attitude. Marco Milanesio (long-time electronic/industrial engineer from Northern Italy) was behind the console for this record and did a great job (I always thought that mixing and fucking with one of Daniele's records 's got to be a fun job ;-). As tense as it can go, he's got the gift and he's got it down all the way. The dude's freaking dope. Yes, I admit he's a good buddy, but he didn't pay for my good words, so get your ass off the chair and do what you are supposed to in the damn first place: catch him live (he plays all over the world) and buy his record before he's after you in your worst nightmares! He's out there! Watch your back (and protect your ears)!