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01. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
02. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
03. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
04. Anathema
- The Optimist
05. God Body Disconnect
- Sleeper's Fate
06. Peter Bjärgö
- Animus Retinentia
07. Friends Of Alice Ivy
- The Last Days Of Fenwyck
08. Isenordal
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09. Phallus Dei
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Ghost Actor - Unfold (2014) - Review

Band: Ghost Actor
Album title: Unfold
Release date: 31 October 2014
Label: [aufnahme + wiedergabe]

Tracklist:
01. Margin
02. Sparks
03. Forbidden
04. Lines
05. Unfold
06. Surrender

Sounds full of unhuman perversity and pure drainage of mind, just like being swept by a monotonity and horrors of existence, yet taken beyond all that can be provable, still transformed in the morbid ghostly ritualistic coldness that fills senses and lurks just like a scary image somewhere in the frightened mind. All that and even much more metaphors can be found out and told about the music of Austrian duo Ghost Actor. Featuring in its line-up Corina Nenuphar (Vile Oblique, Suicide Potion, Black Egg) and Mahk Rumbae (Konstruktivists, Oppenheimer MkII), the duo Ghost Actor is after a couple of EP's out with a stunning debut album. Featuring six tracks, each one named by just one word, that takes the listener subtletly in the depths of parallel world. And it's not a kind one, it's a cold place where shadows at every corner feed on fear of those who dare to enter.

It's with a great sense of creating the dense cold atmosphere that Ghost Actor invites us into oblivion with the opener "Margin". More than eight minutes long dreary slowly building ambiental killer with a refined melody, yet gentle, somehow fearfully erotic. While the minimalistic, yet very dense sounds penetrates your mind you'll be eager for more and that's the turning point where the echoing, hypnotic and otherworldly distant voice of Corina and ghostly electrified sounds grabs you and like of a sudden you'll remain frozen and chained with no option of turning back. "Sparks", "Forbiden" and "Lines" are kind of magnetic cold waving and minimalistic yet suffocating experiences. With some weird electro industrial samples and strong repetitive percussions the two creates more than a perfect perverted tenebrous ritualistic background ambiance. Some old-school analogue electronic samples even reminds me to The Sisterhood's ones from Gift and a couple of grips are not far away from what The Sisters Of Mercy used in the track "Driven Like The Snow".  

Very slowly evolving Unfold is superficialy one hell of a pure sonic monotony, but not in a bad way, actually this is the main and probably the strongest point in Ghost Actor's output. When the ambiance builds up like in a melancholic sonic turmoil of the title track it does get much more effect like it could otherwise and with ease drags listeners senses and stimulates imagination. "Unfold" serves with a strange dose of psychotic drums and other abstract samples and again the distant bewitching voice of Corina makes wonders by slowly penetrating your nerve system. Ghost Actor's music, although being minimalistic serves with a wide palette of sounds; from dark ambient, industrial, cold wave, some pure gothic sounds, dark wave, psychedelic vibes, cyber touches and even trip-hop like it's best heard in the closing one "Surrender". On some occasions I can't get past the feeling that I'm listening to the latest Lana Del Rey's album on a very very slow pace.

With perfectly balanced, yet simple song structures, always being on a thin line of becoming too long-windedly, the two Austrians are exceptional in what they do. Such an impressive dose of darkness done in this way that keeps the dramatic aspect always very high is rarely heard. Ghost Actor's Unfold is not a traditional musical release, not even near to that. Its concept deals with the immaterial perceptions and this is very well transformed into music. It's kind of a perfect soundscape for your walk with ghosts, it's a portal into paranormal, into dimensions unknown.

"I can feel them shouting at us
Yet no sound
Can get to us"

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 8,5/10

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Band: Neurotech
Album title: Stigma
Release date: 7 June 2015
Label: Self-Released

Playing softly with intertwining so many various styles, building on a solid foundation of cyber metal and enhancing with so many different layers, most notable feature of Stigma is its strong cinematic approach. The blasting drums are still present, covered with a dense layer of electronic effects and Wulf's vocoded vocals. But what really makes it so significant and pushes it further, is the grandeur approach and stupendous orchestrations, which flow more in the vein of film score music of Hans Zimmer, than symphonic metal, and are vibrating throughout the entire album. However, what spices up the deal are the numerous, eloquent insertions of so many different stylistic elements into the game. Stigma is yet another album, Wulf can only feel pride and joy of. What from a certain point of view may seem like it's only Infra Versus Ultra part 2, when realizing its potent nature, this album does open up new dimensions in the realms of Neuortech. On one side it is so staggeringly poetic, romantic and thought-provoking, on the other well as nerve striking, energetic and even demonic. If you are one of those Neurotech fans, who still craves and wishes for an Antagonist sequel, leave your hopes behind. But if you are here to follow the further evolution of its music, Stigma is simply an album you must embrace.

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