CD: Steinklang SKD03 
Koral - Ciern
name. Wish I could pronounce it. It sounds slightly pornographic when
I say it in my Scottish twang. Never heard of them before. Don’t
act surprised. I’m willing to bet you haven’t either. Mind
you as they’ve been released on the Steinklang Industries record
label they must have something going for them. Seemingly "Impuls"
is the follow up to their vinyl debut "Rudra" which naturally,
if you’ve been reading this properly instead of just quickly scanning
over it, I haven’t heard. Having listened intently to it for a couple
of days I would classify "Impuls" a bit of a grower. Basing
the music within the Industrial electronic scene, but going places they
shouldn’t, the thirteen tracks offer up some very strange musical
The first track ‘In’ features a child singing some
German song. So far so good. Track two ‘Terror against’
features a distorted spoken sample over static interference and effects.
Again good. Then we hit the fuzzy mechanical beats on track three and
nothing makes any sense any more. Strange noises fly everywhere to the
point of being almost power electronics which causes slight confusion.
Track four ‘d.en’ has samples and bombastic blasts over stinging
electronics throwing every thought I retained out the window. Then more
mechanical noise. Some ritual elements are thrown in for good measure.
Everything seems to come at once. Dark ambience. Thundering noise. Alien
sounds. Military marches. Evocative atmospheres. Thrilling danceable tunes.
Until at the end they use a distorted child’s voice to complete
the recording. I’ve not been confronted with such a bewildering
array from one act as it to be found on here for quite a while. Trying
to second guess where the next track will venture into is utterly impossible.
And there in lays the beauty of "Impuls". Instead of sticking
to the one form of music they experiment and manipulate to their hearts
desire producing a work that is unforgettable. For whatever reasons.
pleasant, refreshing, surprise gratefully received. Limited to 500 copies
on this most collectable of labels.
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