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Ait! – “Romanticismo Oltranzista” – [Punch Records]

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More post-industrial decadence from Italia. Tairy Ceron (owner of now-defunct Punch Records IT) started this solo act in 2002 as a change from his previous endeavor, a death industrial project called …Today, I’m Dead. ‘Ait’ is regional Italian slang for ‘get out of here,’ which Tairy sure does want everyone to do. This album is a paean of anti-social misanthropy. I initially declined to review it because of the artist’s conspicuous swastika tattoos– and, even worse, his gauged earlobes– but with a bit of research into his personal associations it becomes quite clear he has no interest in committing genocide (although omnicide may still be on the menu); bad taste has to be forgiven in light of this interesting 2007 record, Ait!’s last effort. Ceron automates a fairly unique sound, vaguely similar to other European artists on WKN/Hau Ruck! (Der Blutharsch, Novo Homo, Derniere Volonte), Misty Circles (Spiritual Front, Ain Soph), Cold Meat Industry (ConSono, early Brighter Death Now) and his own label (O Paradis, Novy Svet). ‘Romanticismo Oltranzista’ (‘Romance Extremist’) draws on diverse styles– darkwave, death industrial, martial industrial/military pop (most tracks, except 5, 8+9, are march-like), dark cabaret, Italian film scores (check out the Ennio Morricone spaghetti western guitar on t.s 3+8), Italian folk music, old-school Italian crooners like Claudio Villa, and even surf rock (t.9). No real ‘politics’ in the Italian-language lyrics, just overwrought tales of one man’s alienation from society and contempt for all. There is a bit of a circus atmosphere, I think deliberately cultivated– t.1 announces the commencement of “an adult show” standing in opposition to “hypocrisy,” while t.9 features sampled applause. Ex-girlfriends, democracy, “a big asshole” and God all catch some of the hate. Soundtrack to depraved floorshows in the smokey death-cafes of Europe After the Rain. “Quanto male fa troppa troppa troppa liberta…”

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on December 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm
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