Sep 2011 26

Inertia vs. Mechanical Cabaret - Johnny, Remember MeInertia vs. Mechanical Cabaret
Category: Electronica
Album: Johnny, Remember Me
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: Inertia and Mechanical Cabaret join up to pay tribute to legendary producer Joe Meek with three modernized interpretations of one of his biggest hits.

 

In an unlikely tribute to legendary UK music producer Joe Meek, Inertia and Mechanical Cabaret have joined together to offer three reimagined versions of singer John Leyton’s 1961 hit “Johnny, Remember Me.”

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Sep 2011 26

Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the SkySwans
Category: Gothic
Album: My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: A short appetizer of what’s to come in this four track debut EP.

 

Though the seminal post-punk act Swans disbanded in 1997, mastermind Michael Gira has reformed the act and released its first new album since the live retrospective Swans are Dead. Proving to be very much alive, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky quickly proves not much has changed in the time off as the album carries all the eclectic, artsy, avant-garde feel of many previous albums, but there are still some interesting new tricks to be found.

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Sep 2011 26

Hexperos - The Veil of Queen MabHexperos
Category: Gothic/Ambient
Album: The Veil of Queen Mab
Stars: 4
Blurb: Hexperos’ The Veil of Queen Mab takes listeners on a fantastic flight of imagination, intrigue, and incredible beauty.

 

Hexperos utilizes classical instruments, fairy tale themes, and dreamily operatic vocals to weave a gothic spell of enchantment entitled The Veil of Queen Mab… and it is exquisite. Vocalist Alessandra Santovito is a jewel. Whether singing in English, Italian, or Latin, her voice is strong, clear, emotional, and completely mesmerizing. You don’t have to know the language to appreciate the passion.

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Sep 2011 26

HoodooEngine - EgowhoreHoodooEngine
Category: Industrial/Metal
Album: Egowhore
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: HoodooEngine’s Egowhore is a good album, but the band should put some effort into stepping away from typical.

 

HoodooEngine is heavily influenced by all the usual suspects – Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, KMFDM, Marilyn Manson, etc., and you can hear every one of those groups swimming through the tracks of their first album. If you’re a fan of dark metal or industrial music, you’ll probably enjoy Egowhore; just don’t expect anything too revolutionary.

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Sep 2011 26

Dirk Geiger - Autumn FieldsDirk Geiger
Category: IDM/Ambient
Album: Autumn Fields
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Geiger molds environmental sound clips, droning melodies, and strangely relaxing glitches into rainy day artwork for the mind.

 

It’s difficult to explain the appeal of ambient music over the past couple of years, but there is no denying that it only seems to be getting stronger. In the hands of German musician Dirk Geiger, it takes on a life many other artists can only hope to catch a glimpse of. Using environmental sound clips, glitches, and melodic drones, Geiger paints a lovely picture with Autumn Fields.

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Sep 2011 26

Meat Beat Manifesto - Totally Together EPMeat Beat Manifesto
Category: IDM
Album: Totally Together EP
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: Jack Dangers unloads a mediocre EP to create the bridge between 2008’s pummeling social commentary, Autoimmune, and his hyper-ambient Answers Come in Dreams.

 

The San Francisco based artist Jack Dangers, better known as Meat Beat Manifesto, has been manipulating and splicing electronic and synth noise for the better part of 20 years now. While his live venture is a four piece band inserted into the center of a multimedia affair, the recorded product that he offers has always asked the listener to close their eyes and develop the visuals for themselves. On Totally Together, a four track EP that he released to whet the appetites of his audience for his next upcoming full-length, Dangers creates a dub-laced synthetic journey that is slightly mesmerizing, but also comes across as a confused presentation.

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Sep 2011 26

Schact - AbwärtsSchacht
Category: Metal/Electronic
Album: Abwärts
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: Debut from German rock act shows promise, but needs polishing.

 

Schacht is a German electronic rock band formed in 2002. Consisting of Sascha Kuwatsch, Stefan Lang, and Christopher Lang, the band recently released the debut album on their own Schachtmatt label. The name Schacht translates into “mine shaft,” and the band make heavy use of mining and industrial imagery in their work. Schacht is primarily a traditional guitar and drum driven metal act, but do incorporate electronic components in their music, albeit in a somewhat limited fashion. Utilizing a choral vocal approach, as well as sweeping guitar riffs, Schacht cultivates a very epic style that aims for a larger than life quality to their work.

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