Philipp Münch – New Ritual Music (Album – Ant-Zen)

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Genre/Influences: Experimental, Industrial, electro, Noise.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: German sound alchemist Philipp Münch strikes back with a new album under his own name. The work is inspired by the quest for new rituals in times where people are more and more turning their back to rites.

Content: This is probably one of the most diversified works I’ve heard by this artist. It feels a bit like he brought the wide sonic canvas from all his different projects together. From electro-Industrial music driven by a Technoid kick to Experimental and Cinematic music he also touches ground with EBM with haunting vocals on top while getting back to the early years of Experimental/Industrial music. The album comes to an end with Noise waves.

+ + + : You’ll for sure find one or more tracks to your taste; this album being very diversified and collecting an impressive number of influences. It clearly indicates Philipp Münch is and remains an open-minded musician who also feels comfortable dealing with different music genres. Whatever the music path he walks on he remains driven by the taste of creating great sound sculptures. “Still Angry” is one of my favorite cuts for reminding me of Throbbing Gristle elements which have been meticulously adapted into modernism featuring a Techno kick and Acid-like influences.

– – – : The main strength of this work also is its weakest point; a very versatile opus which sometimes sounds like a compilation instead of a compact album made by one and the same author.

Conclusion: Philipp Münch remains first of all a true sonic guru.

Best songs: “Still Angry”, “Violently Psychotic”, “Crystal In A Well”.

Rate: 7½.


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