Sunday, October 7, 2012

The A.I. of Rah - "RahZoom" [2003]

Artist: The A.I. of Rah
Title: RahZoom
Label: Dominatrix Rec.
Genre: Electro-Industrial
Country: Russia
Release date: 2003

Track List:

pt.1: "Яд"
  1. Разум
  2. Странный Сон
  3. (Яд)
  4. Спираль Огня
  5. Всегда ("The A.I. Of Rah" vs. "Время Сумерек")
pt.2: "Зеркало"
  1. Мона Лиза Овердрайв
  2. Ржавый Рассвет
  3. Прозрение
  4. Вечная Ночь
  5. Зеркало
  6. Радостные Кибернетические Пляски
часть 3: "Тишина"
  1. Тишина - 1 (Спокойствие)
  2. Tишина - 2 (Голос Памяти)
  3. Тишина - 3 (Голос Забвения)
  4. Тишина - 4 (Люди)
+ bonus: (techno-mockery something) 

One more The A.I. of Rah's album from 2003, this time a full-length release of 3 parts (last one is my favourite). The album name is a word play: "Rah" + "Zoom" = "Разум" ("mind" or "consciousness" in Russian), and the lyrics are mostly cyberpunk-influenced (especially by Gibson's novels). I have a lot more releases by Dominatrix (not only from The A.I. of Rah, but from other Dizorder's projects as well: Наташкин Атомный Мусоропровод, Shakram Rogue, The End Of The Cyberworms, Maitreya Dusk), but I haven't listened to the majority of them yet. So if you're interested - have some patience until I'll have the time to review them.

The A.I. of Rah - "Sintetika" [2003]

Artist: The A.I. of Rah
Title: Синтетика
Label: Dominatrix Rec.
Genre: Electro-Industrial
Country: Russia
Release date: 2003

Track List:
  1. Радуга
  2. Мечта О Сверхчеловечестве 
  3. Синтез - Бог
  4. Восхождение К Гармонии 
  5. Преображение
  6. Новый Мир
The A.I. of Rah was one of the numerous projects started by Dizorder, an experimental/industrial musician from Ryazan. Out of all his projects, it has probably the least "noisy", and the most "electro"-like sound. The EP "Синтетика" ("Synthetic") was released in 2003 on Dizorder's DIY label "Dominatrix", and it's my favourite Dizorder's work so far. The lyrics are mostly transhumanism-themed, based on an futuristic idea of a technologically enhanced posthumanity vastly superior to modern humans in terms of its almost godlike abilities. There's also a GITS AMV for the track "Синтез-Бог" made by Dizorder, which I think well reflects the ideology and atmosphere of the song:

Friday, October 5, 2012

Cracked Core & Sergrunt - "Between Solstice and Equinox" [2012]

Artist: Cracked Core + Sergrunt
Title: Between Solstice and Equinox
Label: Mental Excitement
Genre: Industrial / Ambient
Country: Russia
Release date: 2012

Track List:

  1. Cracked Core & Sergrunt - Rising Up
  2. Cracked Core & Sergrunt - Sunlight After Rain
  3. Cracked Core & Sergrunt - Blue Warm Water
  4. Cracked Core & Sergrunt - Twilight Of Burning Madness
  5. Cracked Core - Solar Rad (Bonus)
  1. Sergrunt & Cracked Core - Betweens Solstice And Equinox
  2. Sergrunt & Cracked Core - Following The Waveriders
  3. Sergrunt & Cracked Core - Birds From Empthy North
  4. Sergrunt & Cracked Core - In The Night
  5. Sergrunt - Officer Child (Bonus)
"Between Solstice and Equinox" is a product of collaboration between two Russian industrial musicians, released on the eve of Autumnal Equinox '12 by Mental Excitement (Cracked Core's DIY netlabel). This will the 66th and the last album released by ME, because CC now has neither the desire nor the energy to run the label. R.I.P. :(

P.S. "And I thought I'll never release an album with a swastika-like symbol on its cover..." - CC. I don't think it resembles swastika, though (at least not any more than any other solar symbol).

Cracked Core - "00×0" [2012]

Artist: Cracked Core
Title: 00×0
Genre: Industrial / Harsh Noise / Ambient
Country: Russia
Release date: 2012

Track List:
  1. End is High
  2. Black Days / Dog days
  3. ACAB (part 1: SPMU)
  4. ACAB (part 2: Abuse of authority)
  5. Hate / Fear / Death
  6. City Without Drugs (Roizman)
  7. True Drama (Booze)
  8. Debug Mode
  9. Stand Alone
  10. Achievement Unlocked (Game Over)
"00×0" is the newest solo release by Cracked Core, and according to his own definition, his" nastiest" release. I think he meant the harshness and "noisiness" of the sound (it applies only to several tracks, though - not to the whole album), regarding which "00×0" is on pair with CC/Brandkommando split. It also contains a lot of samples from movies ("[Anti]Killer", "The Inhabited Island", and some other movie which I don't know), video games (Deus Ex, CoD: MW3), and news reports from the recent political demonstations in Moscow. I'm afraid the concept of "00×0" would be hard to understand for those of you who don't understand the Russian language and aren't familiar with the context of recent political events here - just like in case with МП44. However, if you don't mind politics and just want some good noisy/experimental stuff - "00×0" is for you. It's also worth mention that it was recorded during a quite hard period of CC's life (family problems, health problems, etc), which is obviously reflected in the music.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Complex Numbers - "Утро Нового Тысячелетия" [2002]

Artist: Complex Numbers
Title: Утро Нового Тысячелетия
Genre: Techno, Futurepop
Country: Russia
Release date: 2002

Track List:
  1. Эволюция
  2. Утро нового тысячелетия
  3. Пробуждение
  4. Экспансия
  5. Солнечное затмение
  6. Цветущая земля
  7. Время
  8. Бесконечный путь
  9. Трилогия
  10. Неизбежность
  11. Ещё не поздно начать всё сначала
  12. Inevitability (bonus - Russian SE)
  13. Inevitabilite (bonus - French SE)
The second album from Complex Numbers, which is probably the best in their discography (if Victor Argonov's solo work "2032: A Techno Opera" doesn't count). Just like their debut album, this one contains only two tracks with vocals, and they're clearly the best on the whole album. I also added two re-arranged versions of 10th track to the archive (in Russian and French, from CN's maxi single "Last Ring" released in 2009). BTW, I especially like the voice of their new vocalist "Ariel", which you may hear on these two bonus tracks. The lyrics are excellent as well, dealing with quite serious matters such as transhumanism, "hard" science fiction, and the future of the humankind. I think this video will give you an idea of what their music is about:

Complex Numbers - "Земное Притяжение" [1998]

Artist: Complex Numbers
Title: Земное Притяжение
Genre: Techno, Futurepop
Country: Russia
Release date: 1998

Track List:
  1. Вcтупление
  2. Пути цивилизаций
  3. Над землёю алеет закат...
  4. Солнечный дождь
  5. Подводный туннель
  6. Разбег
  7. Тайфун
  8. Минбарский снег
  9. Ускорение
  10. Конвейер
  11. В полёте
  12. Две системы
  13. Земное притяжение
Complex Numbers are an "art-techno" project started in 1996 in Vladivostok by Frol Zapolsky and Victor Argonov (the latter being one of the most well-known transhumanist activists/publicists in Russia). After more than a decade of being largely unknown, CN suddenly became a sensation in the "intellectual" segment of Russian internet, thus finally reaching their intended audience. "Земное Притяжение" ("Earth's Gravity") is their debut release consisting of mostly instrumental tracks recorded during 1996-1998. However, my favourites are two tracks - #3 & #8 - with beautiful female vocals and sci-fi themed lyrics. Sadly there are only two of them...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Protacryl - "Future" [2007]

Artist: Protacryl
Title: Future
Genre: Electronic/Industrial
Country: Russia
Release date: 2007

Track List:
  1. DOOM
  2. Utopia #2
  3. Zikr
  4. Touch My Plaque
  5. The Other Side Of The Mind
  6. I Don't Know
  7. Hydrogen Jamaica
  8. Forgotten Eyes
  9. The All-Or-Nothing Days
  10. The Gap In The Head
  11. Sterile Nurse
  12. Universal Faith
  13. Surreal Reason
  14. The Step In The Next Day
  15. Future
Protacryl are an electro-industrial duo from Tomsk (western Siberia), formed in 1992 as an aggro-industrial/punk band, but never released anything in that style. Since the release of their debut full-length album "Proto" (2004), they're playing purely electronic music. Here's their latest album up to date, "Future" (2007), which is definitely not bad for a self-produced release.