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    Posted: November 02 2010 at 10:34
This is the continuation of the #1 thread where I wrote

Originally posted by harmonium.ro

It seems to me that there is a certain encouraging amount of interest for new music and albums of 2010 on PA, but people don't follow recommendations unless they come with "all inclusive". I have decided to start a series of recommendation threads for 2010 albums, in which I promote albums that can be fully streamed for FREE on the internet, thus making the sampling as easy and accessible as possible for those interested. There's no excuse for not checking these releases out now!


I am continuing the series with the album Earth Divided By Zero by the avant-prog band Combat Astronomy. I know that demanding avantgarde music has less fans than other more mainstream oriented genres, but I think that such an overlooking of this album is a crime. It only has two ratings! Shocked

The album can be heard in full on bandcamp, HERE. Psychedelic industrial avant-jazz rock... hell yeah!


Edited by harmonium.ro - November 03 2010 at 17:07
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Thanks are due to Marty, who didn't like the album very much but whose brilliant description of it made me curious. Cheers Marty!



 Earth Divided By Zero by COMBAT ASTRONOMY album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Earth Divided By Zero
Combat Astronomy RIO/Avant-Prog

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3 stars I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from something called like that. Some kind of Dark Space Prog. And from the first seconds of quite monotonous (but haunting nevertheless) song Astralized, we know what this will be about.

After all, Space is dark place, isn't it ?

Monotonous, hypnotic riff remains in these songs. What is the most interesting for Avant lovers, well, probably nerve scratching saxophone which really shines in some songs (needed spicing of them). Title suite Earth Divided by Zero starts like very Hard Rock riff with some keyboards joining later. It creates haunting combination (and saxophone kicks in soon afterwards), because number of instruments used on this album grants either big weird chaos, or new horizons of music (it's up to you and your likings).

Oriental like rhythms are available when noisy music calms down (so you can hear them) and this all sounds very interesting, only that I cannot find it as enjoyable as I would like. Because this album takes strong personality (or special persona with special tastes) to like it.

3(-), maybe in future.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2010 at 15:47
I've got "The Dematerialized Passenger", I think it was pretty good.  Might have to check this one out at some point.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote SaltyJon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2010 at 15:59
I've had their bandcamp bookmarked for a while, still have to check this out. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote avestin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2010 at 16:49
Another great release in their catalog! 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2010 at 17:09
You really need to try this, Jon and Pat, if not you than who else? It's your "territory" after all Wink

Assaf, thank you so much for the support Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 12 2010 at 20:11
Bump.

If you want to try one of the tracks from the album to see if you'd be interested, here's my favourite: http://www.trilulilu.ro/harmonium/795d7217cbac74


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Post Options Post Options   Quote avestin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 12 2010 at 20:16
I admire James Huggett execution of his vision in creating this dense, heavy, crushing and hypnotic music. Listening to these albums is an intense experience. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 13 2010 at 17:21
Haha...wasn't aware it was up for streaming. I actually just bought it. Had their debut for quite some time, didn't do much for me honestly. But a lot of positive words about this one, good descriptions as well. Plus it was fairly cheap so I thought I'd go for it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 13 2010 at 17:28
You mean there is a CD? I thought they were only selling the files.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote avestin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2010 at 09:30
Originally posted by harmonium.ro

You mean there is a CD? I thought they were only selling the files.


There are cd's for at least the last three albums (I have them all).


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2010 at 21:39
Well yeah. I meant the first one in CD form (as well as this newest one).
 
Gotta say...first listen is damn impressive. Love the use of the woodwinds over the churning bass. Is Dreams No Longer Hesitate similar? It says it's the same lineup but from what I read it seemed more vocal and lighter.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bonnek Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2010 at 09:20

Well Alex, I had almost given up on 2010 but it seems like I should have spent more time wih RIO.
Allow me a few more dozens of 70s reviews and I'll follow up on your suggestions!

Edited by Bonnek - November 15 2010 at 09:21
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2010 at 11:23
Actually it's been a good year for avant, metal and fusion (from PA genres), unfortunately there aren't as many albums that can be streamed on the internet as I would have hoped. I'd also recommend the new Yugen, the new Terje Rypdal (this is going to be my next recommendation in this series), the debut Xing Sa, the new album from the Norvegian Shining (avant-prog gone death metal), one or two from the new John Zorn albums, and probably the new Jean Louis too (I didn't hear it yet, it just got out). And quite some metal albums, too.

Don't forget to check this out: , I'm sure you won't regret it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2010 at 07:29
The big bump!

Here's my favourite track on the album if you want a preview:




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Post Options Post Options   Quote topographicbroadways Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 20 2010 at 09:23
sounds like Daevid Allen suffering from manic depression
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Post Options Post Options   Quote snobb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2010 at 09:01
Interesting album. I didn't listen it till now.

Too industrial,a bit too totalitarian (or zeuhl-influenced) and not complex and elegant enough as for my taste, but some moments (as free jazz sax attacks) are impressive!

I think another similar and surprisingly interesting album ,released this year is Norwegian Ultralyd's album. More quirky and Krautish...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2010 at 09:18
Downloading now from the band's bandcamp.  Listening to Alex's sample now.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote harmonium.ro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2010 at 09:25
Err, the idea of these threads is listen first, buy later (if satisfied) Tongue
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 22 2010 at 09:32
Originally posted by harmonium.ro

Err, the idea of these threads is listen first, buy later (if satisfied) Tongue

You're not the boss of me.  Tongue

Re: the sample:  very dark, I have to be in right mood to appreciate this one, I think.  But overall I thought it was very good.


Edited by Padraic - December 22 2010 at 09:34
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