tempobet yeni adresi

EN NL
like this cd review

12/03/2018 : PARADOX OBSCUR - Artifact

PARADOX OBSCUR

Artifact

MusicCD
Dark WaveMinimalSynth Wave

[92/100]   

Young & Cold Records
12/03/2018, Jurgen BRAECKEVELT

EN

Paradox Obscur, the Greek project of Toxic Razor (Kostas Stavropoulos) & Kriistal Ann (Anna Michailidou), formed in January 2014, present us their third LP Artifact. Both also have several other projects like Anna Kriistal Ann, Sine Silex - Toxic Toxic Razor and Metal Disco. They combine their characteristic dark sounding synths with a minimal twist, with shimmering electronics and equally shimmering drums of the same alloy. Top that with the somewhat shrill, angular and unique voice of Kriistal Ann and you get dark, raw, floating dark minimal music.

What is striking about Artifact, compared to the two previous albums, is that it is much more diverse. 10 songs that vary from very dark minimal electro to dark-wave and even a bit of EBM peeking through. The track Twilight has a very wry rhythm, while the intriguing voice of Kriistal Ann cuts through it. Desert Of Distress has a super dry rhythm where a contagious melody flutters through. And it can get no more minimalistic than the title track Artifact itself, a very sober instrumental. Chilly, deep and dark, laced with a spooky sound which could give many horror movies an extra dimension.

In Control starts out as a good old (oh yeah fuckin 'hell!) Newbeat song. Play Ibiza from Amnesia and this song together and judge for yourself. A melody, interlaced with bass and vocals from Kriistal Ann, who seems to endure a hellish pain. The vocals are so painful it almost hurts.

With the track Enhancer, Paradox Obscure even balances on the border of EBM. It sounds more electronic while Toxic takes part of the vocals for himself too. His voice being heavily processed, though. Then back to basics with Afterlife Affect that goes back to the minimal formula.

With Ashes we also get a taste of dark-wave served. Indeed the menu is varied, the dishes deserve a 5 star review, accompanied by a renowned castle wine to compliment the flavour!

With Storm we get more primordial minimal sound, followed by A Different Hum, taken from the same barrel it seems.

The analog music machines do their job but in a very modest way.

To conclude we get the very deep and dark track Testimony. The song drags itself desperately further, postponing the last breath. Slowly, dark and melancholic.

Paradox Obscur delivers with Artifact (released on Young & Cold Records) yet another a very good, more varied and fascinating album. The duo proved their quality already with previous gems and confirm their quality again with this release. They cautiously seem to follow more contemporary paths of electronic music, while staying loyal to their machinery. Play it loud... over and over again!

Jurgen BRAECKEVELT
12/03/2018


NL

Paradox Obscur, het Griekse onderonsje van Toxic Razor (Kostas Stavropoulos) & Kriistal Ann (Anna Michailidou), gevormd in januari 2014, brengt met Artifact hun derde LP. Beiden hebben ook nog andere projecten (Anna Kriistal Ann, Sine Silex – Toxic Toxic Razor, Metal Disco) Hun kenmerkende donker klinkende synths met een minimale inslag, combineren ze met zinderende electronica en al even zinderend drumwerk van hetzelfde allooi. Voeg daarbij de ietwat snerpende, hoekige en unieke stem van Kriistal Ann en je krijgt donkere, rauwe, zweverige donkere minimal music.

Wat opvalt op Artifact, in vergelijking met de twee voorgaande albums, is dat het diverser is. De 10 songs variëren van heel donkere minimal synths tot darkwave met hier en daar zelfs een vleugje EBM. Twilight heeft een heel pezig ritme, waar de intrigerende stem van Kriistal Ann los doorheen snijdt. Desert Of Distress heeft een kurkdroge ritmesectie waar een aanstekelijke melodie doorheen fladdert. En minimalistischer dan Artifact kan het niet worden. De titelsong is heel sober que instrumentale inbreng. Kil, diep en donker, doorspekt met een spooky sound die de betere horrorfilm een extra dimensie kan geven.

In Control vangt aan als een good old (fuckin’ hell!) newbeat-song (speel Ibiza – Amnesia en de aanvang van deze song samen… en luister zelf…). Een met bassen doorweven melodie, met Kriistal Ann die precies helse pijnen doorstaat. De zang is echt tergend pijnlijk.
En met Enhancer balanceert Paradox Obscur op de grens met EBM. Het klinkt elektronischer en Toxic neemt een deel van het vocale voor zijn rekening. De stem zwaar door de mangel gehaald, dat wel. Back to basics dan maar met Afterlife Affect dat teruggrijpt naar de minimal music.

En we krijgen ook een zweem van darkwave op ons bord met Ashes. Het menu is gevarieerd, de gerechten halen een sterrenniveau, de wijn die dit alles vergezelt komt van een gerenommeerd wijnkasteel en het smaakt naar véél meer!

De oersound van minimal music krijgen we met Storm, gevolgd door A Different Hum uit datzelfde minimal-vat. De analoge machines doen hun ding op een heel ingetogen wijze.
Als afsluiter volgt het heel diepe, donkere Testimony. De song sleept zich wanhopig verder, de laatste ademtocht uitstellend. Traag, donker, melancholisch.

Paradox Obscur levert met Artifact, uitgebracht op Young&Cold Records, alweer een héél goed, gevarieerd(er) en boeiend album af. Het duo bewees met voorgaande juweeltjes al hun kwaliteit en bevestigt die opnieuw. Ze bewandelen voorzichtig meer hedendaagse paden van de electronische muziek, maar blijven hun machinerie trouw. Play it loud… over and over again….

Jurgen BRAECKEVELT
12/03/2018


 

Next reviews
ERASURE • Erasure “World Be Gone” 2018 tour: Guildford performance at G Live on 20 February, UK
DRAB MAJESTY • Drab Majesty London show review
CRYING VESSEL • A Beautiful Curse
TANGO MANGALORE • Dear Shore
ANATOMIA HUMANA DESMONTABLE • Pasajera Pausa EP
KIRLIAN CAMERA • Hologram Moon
MIRLAND/LARSEN • Disturbia
KASPER HATE • Why Live When You Can Rule
GLAARE • To Deaf and Day
THE INVINCIBLE SPIRIT • NEIN! (Single)

 

Other reviews from PARADOX OBSCUR
PARADOX OBSCUR • Anacrusis

 

Same combination of genres: DARK WAVE + MINIMAL + SYNTH WAVE
DARK DOOR • Inferno

 

Same genre: DARK WAVE
AIMAPROJECT • Di AimA Il Segno
SAIGON BLUE RAIN • Pink Obsession
VARIOUS ARTISTS • DARKSIDE OF THE CON III
BLUTENGEL • UN:GOTT
EUROPEAN GHOST • Collections Of Shadows
WANT/ED • Unthinkable
KIRLIAN CAMERA • Hologram Moon
SILENT RUNNERS • The Directory
MANNEQUIN • Singles/Faction
DRAB MAJESTY • The Demonstration

 

Same genre: MINIMAL
MORE EPHEMEROL • Obituary Templates
L'AVENIR • Requiem And Live
STAATSEINDE • Dreiheit
MEAGER BENEFITS • Crawling
RADERKRAFT • Smart Control
MANDIVULA • Nonsens
SELOFAN • Vitrioli
SEMIOTICS DEPARTMENT OF HETERONYMS • Semiotics Department of Heteronyms
VIOLENCE • Le Flux de la Nature
CONSPIRACY COVEN • Conspiracy Coven

 

Same genre: SYNTH WAVE
RINGFINGER • Pressure
ENZO KREFT • Control
VEIL OF LIGHT • Inflict
LUCKY AND LOVE • Transitions
GROOVENOM • Wir müssen reden
NEON ELECTRONICS • Apollo
LADYTRON • Ladytron
ART DIKTATOR • Isola
ANGEL METRO • DARK DAYS BRIGHT LIGHTS
JOHN FOXX • METAMATIC (2018 BOX)

Music reviews

18
01
RINGFINGER
Pressure
16
01
SYRENOMILIA
A Rose Shattered
14
01
M73
Tainted
09
01
NEGANT
Schwarz!
08
01
MORE EPHEMEROL
Obituary Templates
07
01
CHRISTOPHE CLEBARD
SSS

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

25
01
Exactly 42 years ago, Joy Division played their very first concert!
24
01
Canadian DJ/Multi-Genre Artist JHNN Reveals New Single And Video 'My Strange Addiction'
24
01
Today, exactly 29 ago years ago Front 242 released the album Tyranny ▶For You◀
24
01
Today, 2 years ago, Mark E. Smith, singer of legendary post-punk band The Fall died, aged 60
23
01
Dirk Da Davo (former The Neon Judgement) and Jean-Marie Aerts (former TC MATIC) announce first joint venture full album!
22
01
On this day, 10 years ago, Nitzer Ebb released their sixth studio album Industrial Complex!

Concert reviews

31
12
EUFORIC EXISTENCE, ZYNIK 14, WULF7, DELERITAS, CAUSENATION
EBM is still alive (part 1) - Club 52, Eernegem
25
11
SUPER DRAGON PUNCH !! + AMBASSADOR 21 + SUICIDE COMMANDO
MAGASIN 4, NOV 8TH 2019, BRUSSELS (BELGIUM)
21
08
LES NEGRESSES VERTES
Live @ Moods Festival, Brugge - Belgium - 2.08.2019
07
08
DIARY OF DREAMS, STAR INDUSTRY, YOUR LIFE ON HOLD, A SLICE OF LIFE, LA SCALTRA
Summer event - za 3 augustus, Schoten
06
08
DE DELVERS, STAATSEINDE
Genste Feesten, Kinky Star , 28 juli 2019
14
07
MIDNIGHT OIL
MIDNIGHT OIL Live @ Rock Zottegem - Belgium - 05.07.2019

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

24
01
TREY GUNN (KING CRIMSON,TU ,SECURITY PROJECT,...)
'I’m trying to set up an experiential thing...'
20
01
AARON TURNER (SUMAC, ISIS, MAMIFFER...)
'It’s like a dialogue between me and what I’m hearing...'
19
01
IAN EVERETT (SOLID BRONZE)
'had a lot of time to sit with these songs...'
17
01
BROOK
I’ve soaked up a lot of musical genres over the years, and I like to think that maybe this is reflected throughout the Brook album.
15
01
ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO
I never thought I’d live to see the day when Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio was mentioned next to Current 93 and Death in June.

PHOTOS

19
01
DAGEIST
Dark Winter Festival Liège
19
01
THE ARCH
Dark Winter Festival Liège
19
01
DER HIMMEL UBER BERLIN
Dark Winter Festival Liège
19
01
WHITE COAL ADDICTION
Dark Winter Festival Liège
19
01
ERYX LONDON
Dark Winter Festival Liège
19
01
KEZDOWN
DARK WINTER FESTIVAL LIEGE
26
12
SUICIDE COMMANDO
Bimfest

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

Articles

26
04
JOBRIATH
Talent To Burn - The Legend Of Jobriath
29
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: THE SPECIALS, SKA AND TWO TONE
27
03
VARIOUS ARTISTS
A BRIEF HISTORY OF: KRAUTROCK AND THE GERMAN MUSICAL REVOLUTION

VIDEO CLIPS

25
01
FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY
Armored Core
24
01
DE DELVERS
Poolnacht
23
01
GOLDFRAPP
Systemagic
22
01
JOSIE PACE & SAMMI DOLL
Perfect Replacement (Official Music Video)
21
01
JAH WOBBLE
How Much Are They?
20
01
THROBBING GRISTLE
Six Six Sixties (Fan made video)
19
01
THE BREATH OF LIFE
Blackout