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Various Artists

"Ant Colony" CD

Ant-Zen Records

Genres: electronic, industrial, ambient

PO Box 1257
93135 Lappersdorf

Jun 16 - 22 2003

Ant Colony is a collaborative effort between sixteen of the most talented, accomplished electronic musicians on the scene.  From the Ant-Zen and Hymen Records rosters comes offerings by the likes of Vromb, Synapscape, and Hypnoskull.  The tracks themselves range from abrasive to ambient - occasionally uplifting, and occasionally damn scary.

One of the most noteworthy pieces is the first, P.A.L's "In The Now," which lays a mechanized ambience over a repeating clip from an early Marlboro ad.  The result is eerily disturbing, yet mystifyingly thought-provoking.  Another fantastic track is L'Ombre's "Disappear," a dark soundscape with a slow, crushing beat.  On the more industrial end of things are Hypnoskull's "Operation Tough Guy, But We'll Be Back" and Morgenstern's "Hypnotized."

This compilation is a fine example of the amazing talent coming from the German Ant-Zen scene.  Everything from industrial explosions of noise to ambient soundscapes is present; the disc is a perfect taste of the scene.  And that's exactly what's been attempted - this CD is made for distribution, as copies go out with every order from Ant-Zen's mailorder division.  Ant-Zen for Dummies, folks.

(Full list of artists: P.A.L, Imminent Starvation, Silk Saw, Synapscape, Celluloid Mata, Telerotor, Hypnoskull, L'Ombre, Asche, Vromb, Converter, Rob(u)nent, Azure Skies, Morgenstern, This Morn' Omina, Ars Moriendi)


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 16 songs, distributed by the label, released 2003]