Friday, 19 December 2008

(Reviews 32) :GOLGATHA: ,REALISM,KNOS

:GOLGATHA:( Ger)/DAWN & DUSK ENTWINED (Fra)
“Sang Graal” Digi pack 2008
(Cold Meat Industry)
2008 seems to be a year with great surprises and amazing releases…coz, well Mr. Karmanik and co, arrives with one of the best releases this year. The german neo-folk act: GOLGATHA:, together the French martial industrial act DAWN & DUSK ENTWINED. This cooperative release has an important point to mention, is that both of them work together in the whole tracks developing an interesting musical piece with so many elements which surely will impact you due the high musical context. “Sang Graal” ‘s concept is enigmatic as the whole album, revealing us a paganistic concept of Sang graal.the eternal search of Graal which is inside man’s heart?, or the cup of Babalon in which resides the man’s sperm through sexual intercourse? More than that the Sang graal is a personal concept levels of knowledge. And this album is just a key to know the enigmatic mysteries behind it. The whole tracks has such amazing atmospheres generated by a high quantity of instruments, on the opening track “Fertility Rights”, a sutile beautiful prelude, in the search of Graal…ambient passages with an in deep atmosphere. Without a doubt one of the best tracks here “The Messiah” martial drumming elements mixed with pompous atmospheres and excellent work of vocals. The whole track is inspired in a poem by Leonard Cohen. “Magdalen”, a sensitive composition which crawls perfectly by the viola parts of Anna Maria K., giving such melancholic touch to the track. Also, the Sorakey voices, complements a proper way in the structure of the track. The search continues…and this time” A Seeker Divine” through drumming emotive passages full of a dominating, enigmatic atmospheres, viola soundscapes,vocals are the predominant elements here. “Perceval” with acoustic guitar tunes and choral voices adapting perfectly each together to create a beautiful ritualistic piece. “Crusade”, a neo-folk composition with such sticking moments from start to finish. An epic piece, well structured due the whole musical arrangements generated here.” What The Thunder Said” is a revelation of divine source, revealed through percussive elements and vocals, which together creates a strong musical adaptation, making of this track a very interesting mystical piece. Through “The Death Of Dagoberto II” an ambient composition dressed into drone patterns and soundscapes creating a dark conjuration of elements adapting perfectly to the whole concept in general. “Heretic Prayer” is another excellent track here, an obscure march to explore the hidden elements behinds “Sang Graal” through such ritualistic chants evoking lost medieval remembrances of a distant past…”The Caves Of Montsegur” again, long viola passages emerges floating through ambient atmospheres and amazing vocal chorus, and strong percussive sounds, creating a perfect cinematic composition. Other tracks are “The Cross Of Lorraine”,” Ruins In The Wasteland” and “Spheres”. More than just a release, this is an enigmatic trip to the most in deep desires of man, always searching for a mysterious spiritually device to fill their own mental voids. This Cd is packaged in a nice designed digipack with beautiful pictures by Birthe Klementowski.

REALISM (Ire) “Reality”Cdr 2005
(Insightful Productions)
Emanations, conjunctions of abstract forms and inner realities gave birth to Realism, an experimental/psychedelic act which has impressed us a lot, due the high quality of musical development and magickal explorations through each one of the tracks included in this release. “Reality is a dimension of possibilities floating in front of you ready to be explored in an in deep way. Each track has such impressive musicalisationship .it seems REALISM has worked so hard and with the whole spirit for such excellent tracks. This Cd doesn’t include titles, so in my opinion each title depends on the mood or mental state generated by music when hearing. For example track 4 is just excellent, a perfect expression of acoustic guitar parts and percussive sounds, dressed by dense harmonies and chorus surrounding the whole composition. Track 5, is an ambient track with water soundscapes. Track 6,is one of the best tracks here. With melancholic passages created through acoustic guitar parts and perfect work of vocals &guitars. Also the mid-tempo drum parts are well performed, giving to the track a strong structure but still such melancholic feeling from time to time. From track 7-16, are converged a definite short sound patterns representing an idea of what “reality” must be. From an angle you can, feel something calm and from another angle you can experience another mental state, to understand the concept behinds “Realism” you must explore the magickal currents and paradigms handled by this. So ,no so much information just to say REALISM is sonic,visually,tactually,chemically,emotionally,spiritual…a ritualistic expression transcending the whole senses in a reality in which you are the principal core to the void.
Te Cd comes in a handmade black envelope with some symbolic elements inside and other surprises. So for more information just visit the page.

KNOS (swe)”knos”cdr 2005
(Medcom)
From Sweden, arrives this project handled by Fredrik Djorfeld, and what suppressive stuff here. The music deals into so intense power electronic & industrial patterns which at moments reminds me to another Swedish act such as BRIGHTER DEATH NOW. The music at moments turns so extremely aggressive due abrasive and psychotic nature of KNOS.but we must sure to find here a dynamic machine with so much variating moments from time to time. For example on track “Bakom Sprangda Dorrar”,percussive elements and voices seems to mould perfectly the structure of the track, developed with interesting soundscapes.or “Natanz” a noise industrial deconstructive track with interesting elements worth to explore. The track is dense and corrosive from start to finish. “Utplananden” we hear harsh noise industrial soudscapes, with such intense elements surrounding the whole composition. So, these were some of the tracks you will find here in a total of 8 tracks, all of them with such harsh, intense elements will keep your senses crawling into another sonic dimension, due the nature in how music is developed here. KNOS is a very promising power electronic act worth to check in future, so keep your eyes open for more of the work of Mr Djorfeldt in upcoming months…so, just feel the cold apocalypse through such rew, hybrid sonic structures.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

(Reviews 31) DARK AWAKE,MANIFESTO,XSOZ



DARK AWAKE (Gre)

“Meseonas” Digipack 2008

(Twilight)

Through “Meseonas” Shelmerdine,the master mind and creative force behinds DARK AWAKE, has crossed an important path in its existence, and solidificated this act from a promising to a concrete established force with so many interesting elements, both musically and ideological. Erotism,fantasy,romanticism,occultism,runic criptograms,are the main elements you shall find through “Meseonas”,all of them dressed with such orchestral avant-gardish atmospheres through the whole 12 compositions developed here. “Alpha & Omega” is the opening track, a perfect track with majestic, in deep keyboards and percussive elements which gives you an idea of what you must experience through the other 11 tracks. “Requiem” is another track, with excellent atmospheres created through piano parts and complemented by female voices and orchestral soundscapes. Through “Angelicus Elegia” a tragic sensation of abandonment, generated by acoustic guitars and sticking atmospheres. “Tetractys” is a martial composition with excellent work of keyboards. Through “Battle Of Disease” and “Nigrum Serpentis” a medieval mysticism and dark romanticism structures are veiled through ritualistic sounds, showing us another facet in the dynamism and creativity in which DARK AWAKE rises. “Evangelium Of Times”, a pompous majestic expression of senses in a sublime way, revealing the mysterious and enigmatic nature of DARK AWAKE. In each composition you shall find just more than music, but a deep exploration of dark music, played with heart, sublime at moments, enigmatic at others, but with the necessary personality to keep your senses awake all the time. “The Music of DARK AWAKE Is Not Just A Piece Of Art…It’s a Ritual of Life as a Sacrifice of Will towards the Totality of Infinite Impossibility.”

MANIFESTO (Swe)

“Core” Cdr 2008

(Plague Recordings)

MANIFESTO emerges from Uppsala Sweden as a solo project manifesting the different visions, thoughts and ideologies of M.Zetterberg.it was born after a series of experiments in the fields of music, which ended in 1999, when MANIFESTO finally saw the light. Through “Core” the last album, MANIFESTO reveals us an enigmatic, abstract reality focused on minimalistic soundscapes dressed with some industrial ambient elements.” Core” is veiled in 5 chapters with impressive atmospheres created by Trumpets developed by Alex Van Heerden, which were recorded in Tulbagh, South Africa in 2007 and complements perfectly with the sound manipulations, effects and dark atmospheres created by M.Zetterberg.the whole tracks are cavernous, mysterious and with such apocalyptic feeling when the industrial elements suddenly appears in the the whole spectrum of a determinate track. The highest point in “Core” is how each track transcends in its own nature, being at moments so dense and ethereal with ritualistic elements as on track 4,or just apocalyptic with ambient soundscapes as the rest of them. This cdr comes packed in a A5 cover with a free X ray card!!

XSOZ (Gre)

“Basic Topology” Cdr 2008

(Fich Art)

Formed in 2007 by John Raptis, one of the driving forces behinds Spectral Liquid records, unleash part of his creative potential through XSOZ. With his debut album we find a very dynamic album with diversity of sounds and interesting structures through the whole 12 compositions included here. “Basic Topology” is built with cold mechanical ambient soundscapes, dressed with effusive rhythmic industrial adaptations and post-industrial elements, creating a very interesting musical piece worth to explore. The opening track is “One Night Like This”, with such suppressive elements as percussive beats and atmospheres through the track. With “Beseech”, everything goes oriented more into dark elektro with rhythmic sounds. “El Mago Del Xsoz”, another dark elektro composition floating through industrial passages. Another track worth to mention here is “Please Wait”, with such sticking rhythmic patterns and interesting atmospheres from start to finish .through “West Exile” a militant atmosphere together amazing elektro sounds and vocals will caught you. “Operation 2” is an excellent composition surrounded by drumming patterns and a perfect work of vocals. “Topos” is a slow dense track full of hypnotic moments. All in all through “Basic Topology” XSOZ, has developed a very interesting release, which shows us just a part of the whole potential hidden here. We must wait for the next second album, which surely will impact you due the nature of how the music is created, at least in this excellent debut album.

Friday, 5 December 2008

(Reviews 30) POSTHUMAN TANTRA


POSTHUMAN TANTRA (Bra)
“Neocortex Plug-In” Cd 2007

(lEGATUS)

Edgar Franco aka (Oidicius) a decontrustionist,musician,multimedia artist and visionary developed a World based on his own paradigms and realities, a dimension in which flesh & silicon, biotechnology, nanorobots emerge to interact through soundscapes,creating a post human tantra,where multi mental orgasms collapses all the time, and from such unions, germinates this project which floats into ambient industrial elements. Through “Neocortex Plug In” POSTHUMAN TANTRA, the trashumanism and DNA manipulations seems to give you a secret entrance to a dimension full of musical vortex, developed through 12 compositions. Tracks as: “The Omega Neocortex” and instrumental guitar one with interesting elements here and there. With “Visions from the Abyssal Neurogenetic Circuit” a synth track with some effects floating through the whole structure bases in the possibility of trance reached through contemplational virtual reality. “Glorification Of Our Nanotechpain” is a dense track with ethereal passages and vociferations which gives a strong character to the whole composition. The concept deals with the menace caused by nanorobots. Note the presence of Kenji Siratori with spoken Japanese words, and the inclusion of some more artists in this track.

With “Biotech Antenna to Receive Morphic Resonances from the Mu Continent” is another radioactive exploration of sounds mutating into different elements. The trip continues with “The Biocybershamans’ Cosmic vortex Cult” an obscure piece with insectile soundscapes and perfect percussive elements and voices coming from another place of existence. So…the whole compositions are dreaming spaces, where all the converged realities creates ritualistic pieces of techno shamanistic nature, with industrial, electro ambient elements which express just a part of the whole creative expressionism of Mr. Franco. Besides this, the last track “Game-O-Tech 2.0” is a multimedia track with suggestive drawing images and obscure industrial soundscapes driving into a visual reality highly connected with the POSTHUMAN TANTRA universe full of spectral mutations and DNA manipulations. Cd comes with a 12 pages booklet full of the visual creations of Mr. Franco’s must for all of you floating into the creative vortex in which POSTHUMAN TANTRA reach a highest peak due hard work and dedication.


POST HUMAN TANTRA & ALPHA III(Bra/Bra)

“Gothik Kama Sutra” Cd 2008

(Self-Released)

More than just a release, this is a exploration of senses, a vacuity of unimaginable nature, in which converges deep tantric practices and ritualistic transformations under Sonic mantras. With this release both POST HUMAN TANTRA (E.Franco) & ALPHA III (Amyr Cantusio Jr) developed an album with so many interesting and creative expressionism through 11 compositions generated here. ALPHA III ,comes with tracks 1, 4, 7 in which the psycorporeous nature of his nature is developed through different sound devices as synths and sequencers, creating such cosmic frequencies which open to you new doors of perception. Sutile harmonies emerging through cosmic currents with calm atmospheres inspired by the old 70’s ambient acts. By the other side Mr. Franco comes with tracks 3,6 & 9 with the dynamism and originality from all his releases. this time oriented into space progressive ambient with a high quality in its structure, and sonic experimentations, and some guitar sounds from time to time. Also, some industrial passages and voices can be heard on track 6 “The Gaia Umbilical Cell’s Infinite Regeneration”. The rest of the tracks 2,5,10 & 11, are developed between both artist expressing impressive elements for a perfect addictive conjunction. For example track “The Infinite Ethereal Memes Of The Universe” is really excellent, with such oriental atmospheres and interesting percussive elements which seem to transport you to the ancient kults of Kali-Ma, in India. One of the best tracks here.so, in my opinion POSTHUMAN TANTRA is the best act coming from South America, the visionary spirit of Mr Franco and the dynamism in each one of his releases bring us important elements in how musical expressionism is developed when working with dedication. An excellent release worth to check, if you are looking for something creative, well structured and dynamic.

POSTHUMAN TANTRA (Bra)

“Pissing Nanorobots” Cdr 2004

(Machinist)
This is the first released from Mr. Franco, and what amazing debut. The music is an experimental noise industrial machine which generates different mutations (14 Compositions) and each one of them with the necessary technological awakening which transport you to another dimension in which nanorobots resides. A futuristic exploration of sounds and drone patterns. mechanical deconstructions generating a vortex of technologic memes implanting in your brain, as a way of reprogramation of your mind in which each sequence or structured sound has a definite pattern to follow, in which also converges the visionary and suggestive expressionism always handled by POSTHUMAN TANTRA. To penetrate in “Pissing Nanorobots” is to experience an intense and visionary universe in which dense noise soundscapes and beats seems to mutate into new forms, creating an abysmal futuristic dimension. DNA experiments, technoshamanism, anal embryons, genetic deconstructions…are elements which you experience when entering in the trance produced by POSTHUMAN TANTRA’s sonic mantras. So, wait for a full informative interview with Edgar Franco & POSTHUMAN TANTRA next months!!!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

(Reviews 29) N.STRAHL.N

N.STRAHL.N (Ger)
“Anschwellender Bocksgesang” Digipack 2008

(Apocalyptic Radio)
N.STRAHL.N is an ambient noise experimentation, developed by Mario Loehr,who through a diverse defragmentation of sounds and field recordings creating an universe in which each movement has a definite musical pattern. With “Auschwellender Bocksgesang”,this universe is explored under 10 concepts(Compositions) each one of them converging into a mental katharsis,due the way as all them are developed ,for example at moments you can experience,reververating guitar sounds converging themselves into another structures such as steel sounds, for example. Or noise soundscapes floating through ambient scenarios with minimalistic effects and arrangements dressed into cold forms. Also, industrial elements rising from the deep within and suggestive inhuman vocals. A very interesting release with so many elements worth to experience. You will find some tracks so dense and catching, some other tracks twisted and repetitive, but always with the personal touch of Mr. Loehr.I find close influences of experimental acts such as Hati and ZE’V respectively. This Cd comes in a black digipack limited to just 100 copies only.

N.STRAHL.N (Ger)
“A Thernarkose” Cdr “3 2007
(Self Released)
Again Mr. Loehr, surprise us with this release. this time he arrives with an experimental album which is structured through the perfect use of different sounds which seems to emerges from void, giving birth to another reality a complex reality which only can be understood, penetrating to the in deep transmissions generated by N.STRAHL.N through 22 minutes in which you can experience a high variety of frequencies, radio transmissions, noises and spoken German voices, which are handled in a proper way to create a complex but perfect album. The use of manipulated field recordings and shortwaves are the principal elements which you can hear through “Athernarkose”. Distorted sounds and blocks of noises adapting perfectly to the whole context of the album in general. The potential behinds M.Loehr & N.STRAHL.N
seems to be endless, due the magnetism and character each one of his releases has.

B-MACHINA/N.STRAHL.N (Ger/Ger)
“Aufrech Im Truben Schlamm Der Zeit” Cdr 2008

(Tosom)
An impressive voyage
to the core of nothingness…and the voyage starts with B-MACHINE an ambient project with suggestive sinister elements and soundscapes which penetrates your senses due the abducting atmospheres generated here. A long 12:25 minutes track, in which besides the in deep atmosphere you shall find some noises which are perfectly mixed, creating a very intense piece of music. Through N.STRAHL.N,things goes oriented more into noise rhythmic patterns, dressed with manipulated field recordings and synthesizers which gives you some in deep idea of what N.STRAHL.N is developing through each release, this time working perfectly in the use of sounds and manipulated spaces which contains so dense drone atmospheres and sounds, as always from a psychotic perspective. Such pieces are handled from experimental manipulations and unlimited creativity which M.Loher has developed in a very in deep way, due the penetrating sensations when hearing the music revealed here. This cd comes in a special package with 3 photo-information ones inside. Just contact or visit N.STRAHL.N site in order to know more about this interesting German act.