Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The M.E.M.O.R.Y. Lab CD Reviewed @ Side-Line

Operating from New York, The M.E.M.O.R.Y. Lab saw the light of day in the 90s. Marc Ursulli (music) and The Old Nick (vocals) released a few demos, but there was no official release thus far. The project was put on standby until Ursulli decided to recover some of the old tracks from dust. "Modern Expressing Machines Of Revolutionary Youth" summarizes the philosophy of the band while musical wise it becomes a hard piece of cyber-punk. For all those who are familiar with the Canadian D-Trash Records this band will sound quite 'soft', but it remains however an extreme experience in sound. At the point where you think that The M.E.M.O.R.Y. Lab sounds a bit download-like they move into anarchistic sound structures empowered with harsh guitar riffs and heavy screaming vocal outbursts. This project is definitely more electronic-minded than the average D-Trash artists, but Ursulli also explores other influences like metal. "To Go All the Way" is a hard and metal-like inspired piece and a bit an opposite to more electro-orientated tracks like "Divine Eating" and the pretty cool "Another Nail Into The Cross". "Mother's Womb" being the last song from the album brings some unexpected quietness filled with low tempo rhythmic and lazy vocal parts. This track is a bit soundtrack like and once more illustrated the anarchistic element of this album. Today Marc Urselli runs a successful career as a recording engineer, mixer, remixer, music producer, sound designer for film/TV, composer and writer. He has won three Grammy Awards in 2005 and works and tours with famous artists like Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Sting or yet Eric Clapton. You don't exactly expect such an artist being involved into this kind of heavy experiment!

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