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Skrol * Dances And Marches For The Orphan Age (cd 2005 dagaz music)

It has been six years ago that Loki Foundation released the brilliant “Martyria” 10″. In the same year the debut cd of this Czech band was released by Membrum Debile Propaganda. Skrol makes completely original and weird industrial. The music is made from cut-up orchestral samples, weird singing and organ sounds and all this made into an industrial, rhythmical style. I think this is really a ‘love it or hate it band’, but I sure love them. They are not too generous with releases. Somewhere in 2000 or 2001 I ran into a live video which is again from 1999. Then it was silent for a long time, at least, that was what I thought. The man behind Skrol proves to have an internetsite which covers all of this projects (I didn’t know that there were more). Also I missed Skrol albums. There are quite a few mp3s available so you can get a good idea of Vladimir Hirch’s music. The different projects tend to sound the same a bit, but who cares!
“Dances And Marches…” is a bit ‘softer’ in sound than the other releases that I have, less bombastic and more tranquil. But still the sound of Skrol is original and nice and I can’t say that of too many bands from the scene. <15/6/05><3>

Skrol * What The Eye Have Seen Have Not Seen (video 1999 ars morta universum)

You are a damn lucky bastard(ess) if you are still able to get your hands on one of the 99 copies of this live document of the strange Czech industrial act Skrol. Therefor we better regard this review for archive-purposes.
Both the “Martyria” 10″ and the “Heretical Antiphony” cd were already reviewed here, but on this video are a few tracks that I hadn’t heard yet. Most of it sounds familiar though. The visuals are as I expected: live features tried to make to look more interesting by irritating and cheap visual effects. The sound is exceptional though. The live images show a crazy woman and a fairly normal guy on a small stage (I haven’t seen any audience) doing their thing. The tape lasts for 45 minutes, which is agreeable. I am not too fond of videos, because the sound of a cd is better and the visuals don’t keep my attention very long, but an item like this is a nice one to have. <23/12/00><2>

Skrol * Heretical Antiphony (cd 1999 membrum debile propaganda)

Skrol recently debuted with a 10″ on the notorious German industrial label Power and Steel. You will find a review of this 10″ further down the page. (up!)
Skrol makes industrial in a very strange way. Besides the fact that there’re vocals (and what vocals) and piano, the music is undescribable. There’s screaming, female vocals, male ‘singing’ and odd sounds. All in all this makes an atmosphere that I hadn’t experienced before. It’s not really dark, but it’s the strangeness that makes this band particularly interesting. I don’t know what to say about this cd, besides that you all need to get it.
Membrum Debile Propaganda * Lessingstr. 21 * 97990 Weikersheim * Germany <3>

Skrol * Martyria (10″ 1999 power and steel)

From the Loki/State-Art corner of the German industrial scene comes a very interesting release. This Czech project makes odd industrial with lots of vocals and weird sounds. Not really dark, but pretty damn good and certainly very original. Package looks great too. There’re only 300 copies of this 10″, so let’s just hope that Skrol will be able to release something else with a bigger quantity in the future. <3>