The disquieting sounds of a mean life depicted
by the obsessive minds of Joseph C (all instruments and producer) and
Veronica Dell'Agostino (vocals); 15 songs for only 24 minutes. After
an intro we meet "Smell of Hate", a sort of Alec Empire
and Atari Teenage Riot, while "W.I.P." shows original
vocals on noise and trip hop bases, before the suffocating and hallucinating
electronic onslaught of "Destroy the Association!!!",
in which the singing is in the background.
Other important episodes of this CD are "Horrotik Asesinos",
inspired by old director Jesus Franco ("Count Dracula, Female
Vampire-Erotikiller, Oasis of the Zombies, Vampyros Lesbos, She killed
in ecstasy, A virgin among the living dead, Demoniac", and
so on), in the style of Dj Shadows, thanks to the odd times, the short
piano and cry inserts in the background, "Suicidal Freak",
whose intro is taken by the legendary "Eaten Alive",
"Jeanne" (inspired by Joan D'Arc), the very badly built
"In the Music Stayla", the worst of all.
It's much better what we hear in "The Coming of C",
rife with tension, "Shoggoth", inspired by Howard Phillips
Lovecraft, and the straightforward and polemic "Mussolini 2000",
dedicated to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Qualities: the
product is destabilizing and the artwork is cool, the lyrics are easy
but effective, even if some words are not easy to be read because printed
on a white background.
Once again I have to see scarce English masterdom and the recording
can't be considered excellent (I'd've preferred a stronger and better
mixing of the vocals).
There're some good ideas and influences, nevertheless the trend of horror
or mondo intros is becoming unacceptable, so I think and hope Joseph
C will hit the mark next time if he looks more into himself and less
at what is being released now. We'll see...
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 09/04/03