Sep 2011 26

Inertia - Repeat & FollowInertia
Category: EBM / Electro
Album: Repeat & Follow
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: Repeat & Follow is a maxi-single featuring tracks from Inertia’s latest studio album, 2010’s Deworlded.

 

Formed in 1992, Inertia has carved out for themselves a sizable corner of the industrial dance market in London and elsewhere in Europe. With Repeat & Follow, Inertia seems to be looking to maximize their investment in their latest album, which took them upwards of three years to complete.

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Sep 2011 26

The Bodies Obtained - I Cry When You CryThe Bodies Obtained
Category: Alternative/Electronica
Album: I Cry When You Cry
Stars: 2
Blurb: An acquired taste, but a decent demonstration of TBO’s style.

 

The Bodies Obtained is somewhat of an enigmatic band, difficult to locate and understand. With three albums since 2008 and hardly any record of origin, it’s easy to imagine that The Bodies Obtained either span 30 years of music or simply come directly from the ‘80s. With their unpolished and minimalist sound, The Bodies Obtained is a nostalgic throwback to earlier days of bands such as Joy Division and Throbbing Gristle. It’s up to the listeners to decide, however, if this is worthwhile in a new band, or if it should be left to the acts of old.

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Sep 2011 26

Kearley - Sky in the MoonKearley
Category: IDM
Album: Sky in the Moon
Stars: 3
Blurb: By cluttering wide open audio expanses with glitch-laden electronic tomfoolery and sporadic organic instrumentation, Kearley creates a claustrophobic ambient affair.

 

Dan Kearley, an electronic manipulator in several sonic disciplines, has released the follow up to his acclaimed release, Douglas Channel. This time around the Vancouver, Canada native reveals a musical palette that embraces elements of dub, glitch, synthetic sound washes, ambient soundscapes, and glimmering entries of various organic string, wood, and percussion instruments. The resulting disc, Sky in the Moon is a journey through time and space, ambient in nature that leans towards breathtaking but fails to come to full fruition. With each track telling a story, the intelligently designed structures balance on natural spaces and surroundings as they are punctuated, dashed, and sometimes obliterated by synthetic sounds and samples. These are lighthearted excursions that tempt the imagination while challenging the mind.

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Sep 2011 26

Gnome & Spybey - At Willie's PlaceGnome & Spybey
Category: Ambient / Experimental
Album: At Willie’s Place
Stars: 3
Blurb: Organic manipulations of sound combined with synthesized ambience making for a good night of deep listening.

 

Mark Spybey is no stranger to the annals of experimental ambient music, having been involved in a diverse range of projects such as Download, Zoviet France, Beehatch, and most famously Dead Voices on Air. Tony D’Oporto is another musical veteran, though his talents have been more in the beat-driven genres of danceable industrial, synthpop, and breakbeat-infused ambient music. Together, these two masters of atmospheric craft form Gnome & Spybey, and with their debut album, At Willie’s Place, listeners are treated to a cornucopia of soothing, electrified psychedelia that as any good collaboration should retains the best elements of both artists’ styles.

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Sep 2011 26

The LoveCrave - Soul SalivaThe LoveCrave
Category: Gothic/Metal
Album: Soul Saliva
Stars: 4.5
Blurb: Balancing gothic moods, heavy metal vocals, and an intriguing mix of classical and hard-hitting instrumentals, The LoveCrave is a band that has more up its sleeves than a master magician.

 

“They say the heart of rock & roll is still beating, and from what I’ve seen, I believe ‘em,” to quote a bit of Huey Lewis, and no band proves this better than the Italian goth/metal group The LoveCrave. A massive dose of kickass rocker girl vocals provided by Francesca Chiara and lovely dark orchestrations blend to make their Soul Saliva one of those albums that can easily be played on endless repeat without risk of boredom.

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Sep 2011 23

Australian duo Shiv-r will release their second studio album, This World Erase, October 7 on Infacted Recordings in Europe and October 11 on Metropolis Records in North America.

Sep 2011 23

System Syn will release a new album, All Seasons Pass, October 11 on Metropolis Records. System Syn will also be touring the USA with Imperative Reaction and God Module starting in late September.

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