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First Aid 4 Souls – Fountain Of Joy * review at Dominion mag

2012/07/23

Rev: First Aid 4 Souls – ‚Fountain Of Joy – Selected Electro Works Vol. 3‘

 By Sean Palfrey on Jul 18, 2012 | In CD Reviews |

FIRST AID 4 SOULS
‚Fountain Of Joy – Selected Electro Works Vol. 3‘
ELECTRO ARC + skinnypuppy.hu

Fountain Of Joy‚ is the third part of First Aid 4 Souls
Selected ElectroWorks‚ series.
Each release in the series is a compilation of early songs that follows a theme, in this case it is a more ambient approach to their electro-industrial formula.

István Gazdag and his cohorts have been slogging away in the former eastern block for a number of years now, and this series really highlights just what the rest of Europe has been missing. For one project to have such an eclectic sound may be seen as a scatter-shot approach, it has created a wealth of interesting experiments that the band can continually draw upon.

As with the previous two instalments, the songs go back a few years so the approaches and recording styles do differ across the fifteen tracks. Yet the album has been carefully arranged and mastered so that is does still feel like an album, rather than a combination.

The album is subtle and engaging but still very relaxing. The overall sound is one that maintains a balance between the ambient atmospheres of Enigma and the beat driven, ethnic infused style of Juno Reactor with songs like ‚Homeland‚, ‚Okinha‚, ‚Ibn Battuta‚, ‚Tunisian Rose‚ and ‚Heaveh‚ being particular highlights.

First Aid 4 Souls prove that they are a band for eclectic electro bands here. They keep one foot in their dance orientated comfort zone, yet they freely wander abroad in different styles and genres in order to create something more unique.

[4/5]

Net.Ware Years Of Yearning * review @ Dominion

2012/02/08

Review: Various Artists – ‚Net.Ware Years Of Yearning‘

 By Sean Palfrey on Feb 8, 2012

VARIOUS ARTISTS
‘Net.Ware Years Of Yearning‘
ELECTRO ARC 

Electro Arc is another one of these small European labels that has some damn good acts on its books and a collective ear for a good song. So the latest offering in the ‘Net.Ware‘ compilation series has more than enough to entice even the most cynical of electro fans.

It’s a similar concept to Johan Van Roy’s ‘World Wide Electronics‘ series in that it encompasses the blurred genres of idm, ebm, industrial and synthpop the compilation offers up a selection of relatively unknown bands from across Europe and gives them a platform. The quality of the tracks does vary somewhat but the ethos of the ablum is one of enthusiasm for electronic music that is quite infectious.
Stand-out songs include ‘The Carnival‘ by EGOamp, ‘The Song Of Sky Gear‘ by E-Gens, ‘Clear Head‘ by Severe Illusion, ‘Beacon‘ by Nemesis21 and ‘Dunkelheit‘ by Firemensch with each having distinctly old school influences yet managing to sound quite fresh.
The compilation isn’t arranged in any particular form, so each song does feel like a stand alone piece rather than as part of the whole, which in some respects isn’t bad if it is primarily a downloadable item, but it does take away from the sense of union that a well arranged compilation can create.

As with all underground-orientated download compilations the production does vary from song to song, but the final master is good enough so that nine out of ten still sounds as good as possible. But at the end of the day, such issues are only minor as Electro Arc have presented some new names for the scene to explore, but some very promising ones too.

[3/5]

Quelle:
http://truecultheavymetal.com/index.php/dominion/2012/02/08/review-various-artists-net-ware-years-of-yearning


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