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heilige flammekueche

This is the second album from this peculiar French industrial project (a collaboration between Frater Saint Pierre and Melek-Tha). The music is based on harsh and/or gloomy loops mixed with weird, but well chosen, sound samples. The tracks explore various atmospheres ranging from harsh industrial to dark ambient and even A Cappella industrial ('Svastikaffeeklatsch'). A grim experience that its fortunately enlightened by Frater Saint Pierre's legendary tongue-in-cheek humour. One cannot refrain a smile with titles such as 'Tattooed Tits, Turntables & Totentanz', 'Europalcoholocaust', 'Of My Bizarre You must Beware' and their ironic side notes that gently poke fun at the age-old clichés of the die-hard industrial fan(atic)s... Strongly advised, but only to those who have a sense of humour.

Ian C. / www.heimdallr.ch




ragnarokaraoke

After releasing a series of five limited (47 copies!) MCDRs, Ragnarokaraoke is the first full-length album from the french project 47ASHES. I admit that I had never heard on this project before but I couldn't refrain a smile when I read the track titles... Hybrid crossbreeds of neofolk/industrial and pop references such as "Abracadabraxas", "Chthonic-O-Matic"... Saint-Pierre sure has a particular sense of humour... The album begins with a sugar-sweet girly 60's pop song ("Extra Kitsch-A-Gogo") that sounds as if it comes straight out of an old spy movie. But this honey pot is just a bait, as the rest of the album traps the listener in its mesh of abrasive power electronics. The music is based on harsh loops mixed with basic sound samples recorded on a mini-disc. This lo-fi approach is a deliberate choice of the artist, as he wants to "forge the primal sonic energy". On a surface level the tracks seem quite similar, but a trained ear will pick out the subtle variety of sounds and samples which have direct reference to the titles. If you think you would enjoy NON with a "French Touch", then this is a record for you.

Ian C. / www.heimdallr.ch




hallali héboïdophrénique
the first ultra realistic urban recording

Described to be an authentic urban recording testimony, this release is in fact like 2 sides of a coin. On one hand the idea to record the decadence of the suburb population in its worst mediocrity is marvellous, and show a real artistic search to take the opportunity to spit at the listeners face what is actually happening nearby. With such a thought process 47ASHES oblige us to react by disgust or anger. On the other hand the recording is from poor quality and the great idea is left un-worked completely. Many more things and thoughts could have been transmitted by this tool of reaction. Anyway Pierre has achieved something crucial to involve himself completely into his work and kick you where it hurts. Itís up to you to decide whether this is music or not and whether this is demagogic, excellent, too arty, gorgeous, racist, true, or anything you want...

the noiseist / www.angelfire.com/bc/noiseist




morgensheutegesternwelt pop music

14 short tracks of harsh noise in a raw, bare way. But here the minimalist approach is stiffening the direct impact of such noise assaults. A very good initiative that would have worth a longer support. Artwork is still excellent and mixing is also professional. The last 14th track is quite funny French sample from a film about II Reich occultism. This man really deserves a full-length album on a label with balls.

the noiseist / www.angelfire.com/bc/noiseist