Kemic-Al â€“ Twisted Parameters Artist: Kemic-Al (Malta) Title: Twisted Parameters Format: CD (jewel case) Label: Butterfly Records (Malta) Cat. #: BTF CD 01 Distribution: Wirikuta Date: 13 January 2005 Track listing: 01. 08â€™52â€ 1888 A.C. Train to Madness 02. 09â€™02â€ What Lies in the Shadows 03. 08â€™21â€ Piskumany 04. 07â€™50â€ Wake Up Call 05. 08â€™45â€ Peace on Earth Remix 06. 08â€™23â€ Batidas Por Minuto 07. 07â€™47â€ Twisted Parameters 08. 09â€™23â€ Klassic-Al 09. 05â€™42â€ Z.Zora Review: Feast on this: Mediterranean chemicals! Meet Aldo Lombardi â€“ a 37 year old psychedelic trance-head from Malta. Thatâ€™s right â€“ Malta! This is the first Maltese psy-release ever â€“ released on the first Maltese psy-label. Thus Butterfly Records may not sound like a very original name for a new record label, the background is tragic: the death of Sharyn â€˜the butterfly girlâ€™ â€“ hence the name Butterfly Records. Aldo is a veteran in the trance trade, formerly known as Zaldonite. His biggest inspiration for creating music is his girlfriend Marie Clarieâ€¦ Music wise the biggest source for inspiration is psychedelic rock and the masters Pink Floyd in particularlyâ€¦ Letâ€™s find out what Malta has to offerâ€¦ Let me take you thru the tracksâ€¦ #01: 1888 A.C. Train to Madness [138 BPM] All aboard this psycho-train heading for madness! The dark, gloomy industrial intro is soon brutally shredded by the meanest bassline this side of the Mediterraneanâ€¦ Holy shit â€“ this has got to be among the meanest, darkest teKk-trance Iâ€™ve heard since the Spirallianz/Midi Miliz eraâ€¦ Crude Boskhe-fodderâ€¦ The â€˜lazyâ€™ bpm just adds to the horror-atmosphere along with the undecipherable monster-samplesâ€¦ Anti-melodic, minimalist terror-trance for the darkest moments of the nightâ€¦ Sweet! =D #02: What Lies in the Shadows [138 BPM] â€œI am not who you think I am!â€ We get off the train now, and find out whatâ€™s lurking in the shadowsâ€¦ Another techy, deeply industrial-sounding noisy night-tuneâ€¦ Repetitive, dirty, gritty, dark â€“ and funky as hellâ€¦ Check out the spooky wolf-howling samplesâ€¦! Make sure you have a proper sound system â€“ this tune will challenge your set-up! Raw and wriggling â€“ like Gollumâ€™s taste in fish! #03: Piskumany [146 BPM] â€œAt the beginning of the twenty-first century, the Umbrella Corporation had become the largest commercial entity in the United States. Nine out of every ten homes contain its products. It's political and financial influence is felt everywhere. In public, it is the worlds leading supplier of: Computer Technology, Medical Products, and Healthcare. Unknown to even its own employees, its massive profits are generated by: Military Technology, Genetic Experimentation and Viral Weaponry.â€ After a lengthy Resident Evil sample, weâ€™re shifting into faster territory now â€“ as the bpm indicator suggestsâ€¦ Apparently Piskumany is a word the daughter of Aldoâ€™s girlfriendsâ€™ sister (!) made up, and used to furiously shout out when she was angryâ€¦ And now, that word has been immortalized as a track-nameâ€¦ ;o) This is night-time hyper-tranceâ€¦ Digital farts, electronic burps, tweaking acid-lines and subtle guitars â€“ alongside a twisted bassline! What else can you ask for? Reminds me a little of Rinkadink, only darkerâ€¦ Very cool track! #04: Wake Up Call [146 BPM] Good morning! Someoneâ€™s drinking coffee in the intro hereâ€¦ And the courtesy â€œahhhâ€ is sampled and used several times + some genuine yawningâ€¦ Hehe â€“ nice one Aldo! Time to wake up - this track incorporates the call-back message from the local Maltese phone company wake-up serviceâ€¦ @ 4â€™20 everyone should be awake â€“ this stuff will kick you right out of bed! Twisted, shifting, bubbling, vibrant psy-trance hereâ€¦ Like a cross between the Timecode & Parvati sound â€“ with bastard influences from Ã˜rebro, Australia and the Ruhr-district! Brilliant! #05: Peace on Earth Remix [145 BPM] â€œThe universe grows smaller every dayâ€¦Join us â€“ life in peace!â€ Peace on Earth â€“ now thereâ€™s a topic everyone can relate toâ€¦ Parts of this track showcase the slightly more melodic side of Aldoâ€™s talentsâ€¦ Not melodic in a melodic kinda way â€“ just a tad more melodic compared to the previous tracksâ€¦ This is still very much dark, deep night-trance â€“ with the Maltese touch! Come to think of it, this is not peaceful at all â€“ this is some severely fucked-up brutal shit! â€¦ And thatâ€™s meant as superlatives! The track draws to a close with the voice of Kevin Spacey in K-Pax â€œYou humans â€“ sometimes itâ€™s hard to imagine how youâ€™ve made it this farâ€ Another sweet track! #06: Batidas Por Minuto [148 BPM] Skazi â€“ this is how you use a guitar in creative way! Batidas Por Minuto translates into â€˜beats per minuteâ€™ â€“ and this track has 148 of those, so yeah, itâ€™s another brutal noise attack... Aldo is playing around with filters here â€“ slowly adding layers with different psychedelic FXâ€¦ Guitars, percussion, stomping bass and some mean-ass synthsâ€¦ This track has an interesting composition â€“ the beats are cut and itâ€™s like constantly something is lurking under the surface waiting to be unleashedâ€¦ That â€˜held-backâ€™ technique is very effective in creating a mesmerizing trackâ€¦ I like all the nifty little FX that are sprinkled around the track: Acid galore, digital birds, etcâ€¦ Highly psychedelic trance hereâ€¦ Very tasty! #07: Twisted Parameters [148 BPM] â€œDo you like to watch? â€¦ Come and find out!â€ Yeah baby, donâ€™t we all? Some horny chick is trying to mess with your emotions hereâ€¦ Donâ€™t let her get to you! Aldo does his best to save us here â€“ with sharp, metallic hisses and haunting, scary pads creating an overall spooky atmosphereâ€¦ Again! This track has a certain drive that I really like â€“ itâ€™s kinda purposiveâ€¦ The flow here is very focussed, and at 148 beats per minute, itâ€™s done at an incredible rateâ€¦ But beware, there is something disturbing about thisâ€¦ Slightly perverted even! Aaargh, I fear to watch, yet I cannot look awayâ€¦ She got to me! #08: Klassic-Al [148 BPM] â€œYou donâ€™t like it; you can kiss my furry little butt!â€ Ahh, the odd-ball trackâ€¦ Check out the very cool piano-intro â€“ brutally interrupted by one of the most twisted basslines Iâ€™ve heard in a long timeâ€¦ This is soo repulsive â€“ it almost has a physical effect on me when played loudâ€¦ I love it! ;o) Soon itâ€™s time for some fun - This is obviously a piss-take on Aldoâ€™s behalfâ€¦ Trumpets, jazzy atmosphere, etcâ€¦ Weâ€™re really exposed to this guyâ€™s immense talent now â€“ he intelligently incorporates the familiar melody from Mozartâ€™s FÃ¼r Elise â€“ creating a no less than AMAZING trackâ€¦ Hands down, the best track here! Magical! #09: Z.Zora [90 BPM] And finally itâ€™s time for some chillingâ€¦ This reminds me of the chill-track of the Digital Talk album â€“ which is spooky chill! This is deep, heavy, dubby chillâ€¦ Created to let you catch your breath again, but still puzzle you â€“ leave you with a â€˜what-the-fuck-just-hit-me?â€™ goodbye greetingâ€¦ Very nicely done â€“ very well-fitting outro-track for a truly impressive album! The track finished off with another lengthy Resident Evil sample: â€œThe Hive has its own defence mechanisms... all computer-controlled. A nerve gas was released into the house. Primary effect of the gas: complete unconsciousness, lasting anything up to four hours. Secondary effects are varied but can include acute memory loss. For how long? Subjective. An hour, day, week. So you're saying this place was attacked? I'm afraid things area little more complicated than thatâ€¦ Sir! We've breached the Hive.â€ Well, this album was definitely a big surprise for meâ€¦ A big positive surprise! Judging by the name Kemic-al, I was afraid this was another boring Skazi-cloneâ€¦ But luckily I was proven wrongâ€¦ Very wrong! This is among the finest darkish night-time trance Iâ€™ve heard for some timeâ€¦ Iâ€™m no technical buff, but to me the production and mastering sounds like a lot of effort has gone into itâ€¦ And Iâ€™m even more impressed that this is a debut album! The sound spectre is very impressive here â€“ though mostly dark hyper-trance, we get hints of other styles ranging from full-on to dub, and from tech-trance to melodic goa in the good old senseâ€¦ Diversity rules! Also this has itâ€™s own, unique sound â€“ one of the many cool features is the way Aldo ends his tracks â€“ itâ€™s usually 10-20 seconds of added value funâ€¦ Playing aroundâ€¦ Nice! Aldo is a busy man, and the second album is already in the pipeline â€“ along with upcoming compilation tracks on Alkaloid Rec., Golden Dawn Rec., Temple Twister Rec., Trishula Rec. & Disco Valley Recâ€¦ Fans of these labels have something to look forward too â€“ as do anyone else interested in intelligent night-time musicâ€¦ This album rocks! Highly recommended! Favourites: 1, 3(!), 4, 6, 7, 8(!!!) DeathPosture External links: Kemic-Al: www.kemic-al.com Wirikuta: http://www.wirikuta.at/web66/product_detail.jsp?showDetail=67823 Saiko Sounds: http://www.saikosounds.com/english/display_release.asp?id=4551 Beatspace: http://www.beatspace.com/dettagli/dettaglio.asp?id=1497 Should also be available @ Psyshop.com and ChaosUnlimited.co.uk shortly!