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v/a * ZugZwang II (cd 2011)

I missed all three festivals, but fortunately I do have all three limited special festival releases. This time the compilation comes in a black envelop with a metal text pasted on it and with a metal plate inside. Strangely enough there is no playlist in the package. The projects that played this time are of course presented on this nice release. First there are three tracks of a project that I do not believe I had ever heard of: Cent Ans De Solitude. These tracks are the most industrial and noisy of “ZugZwang II”, but I do not mean to say that it is very extreme. The tracks are nice. Next up is UMB-project M.A.O. who bring something in between oldstyle industrial and the “terrorpop” of later Thorofon. The tracks are very nice. The most interesting contribution to this cd are the three tracks of PPF. A bit ‘trance-industrial’ either or not with slightly distorted vocals. Probably the best known project here is Esplendor Geometrico who contributed two nice industrial tracks. Indeed, Chamber Music again offers a very nice compilation, so I hope I will hear about this year’s festival on time.
Links: Chamber Music, Cent Ans De Solitude, M.A.O., PPF, Esplendor Geometrico

v/a * ZugZwang-Festival (cd 2010)

Dammit! Just as with the DruckEmpfindeN-Festival I missed ZugZwang. This time I did not even hear about it and Ex.Order played… Just as of the previous festival a beautiful compilation was released, Chambermusic made a wonderfull compilation for the last festival. In a metal box with a punched-out banderole come a card and a sticker together with a cd with two tracks of Gerechtigkeits Liga, two of Ex.Order and one of Minamata. GL is a project that I only knew by name. I doubt I had any of their material, even though they have been around since 1981. It is a strange project. The first track is a noisy industrial one with vocals, the second one reminds a bit of Deutsch Nepal with drunkenman’s vocals over repetitive sounds. Nice! Ex.Order submitted two typical wall-of-sound type noise tracks which are pretty good. Not their best material, but very nice for sure. I have seen the French Minamata at a rememberable show in Antwerpen in 2007. Later I bought the cd/dvd of that show. Minamata does not make my kind of noise. Too much noise, too little structure. The one track here is in that very style. All in all a nice compilation of a festival I would have liked to attend. I will have to pay more attention this year. This release is limited to 300 copies by the way.
Link: Chamber Music

v/a * DruckEmpfindeN-festival (cd 2009)

Man I wanted to be at this festival, but the night was impossible for me. I should have seen Geneviéve Pasquier much earlier than yesterday and however I did see Propergol already, it would not have hurt (perhaps the ears, but who cares) to see him life again. Now I see some pictures…… Fortunately for all those who were or were not present, there is this compilation. It is supposedly limited to 250 copies, about 100 of which get an addition flyer and card. I got my copy from Pasquier and my copy says “Geneviéve Pasquier limited edition 02/17” which seems to imply that each artist got a few copies to sell as well. In a nice foldout cover and with the nice artwork of the flyer comes an 8 track cd with with three tracks of Pasquier, three of Propergol and two of Bad Sector. These are not recordings of the performances by the way. Pasquier opens moody with a trance-ambient song, but continues with her catchy industrial electropop including the title track of her new album. Propergol seems to have stepped off the ambient soundscapes path (for a moment) and comes with great harsch industrial noise. Bad sector contributed an ambient track and a ‘club remix’. In total spanning only 35 minutes, this compilation may be a bit short, but very nice, especially regarding the fact that most tracks are exclusive.
Link: Chamber Music