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Artist: TECHNOIR (@)
Title: Deliberately Fragile
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
The German male/female duo of TECHNOIR, presents us here their new full-length CD after their appetizing EP release "Manifesto", which got released in August 2006. Like you may expected, they play a catchy sort of Synthpop/Electronic dance music. While this EP scored enormous and could enter the German Alternative Charts thanks to the included club hits "Manifesto", "Silence" or "Liar", the expectations in between have been grown. TECHNOIR globally manage hard to satisfy this expectations and offer a quality release mostly driven by Julia’s melodious vocals well integrated in Steffen’s constant good synth play. With the track "Dying Star" they’ve also created a piece which can follow the way "Manifesto" has taken. Also included are some rather ballad-like arranged and heart-felting tracks like "Near You", a mysterious piece thanks to some ominous placed synth layers like "Darkest Days" and with the instrumental work "Beatitudes" Steffen’s abilities as a musician are asked for. Catchy and melodic Synthpop – yes - but Pop music, which can drive them near to some major chart positions – I guess rather no! Like with many releases this genre has to offer, it doesn’t really wonder that this album has found open ears at the Alfa-Matrix headquarter. Music along the expected line...
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Artist: NEON WOMB (@)
Title: Intimate Moments
Format: CD
Label: Cranial Fracture Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Not a very fresh release indeed, this review covers the only one real output the Australian Powernoise/Industrial label Cranial Fracture has brought out. The reason to include this here belongs on the fact, that this label under the leadership of Leon Tranter currently works hard to start a comeback. For sure another fine resource out of Australia of a growing scene next to the Crash Frequency collective. Besides this, it features with NEON WOMB experimental recordings of the musician Lee Bulig – whom we all here know much better under the name STARK. Experimental recordings compared to STARK – well, indeed, and you shouldn’t expect to get a similar sonic onslaught. His signature is recognizable also with NEON WOMB, but with a very few exceptions you’ll get a harsh electronic-based almost instrumental album, which totally avoids the known 4/4 bass lines, which brought comparisons to a big player like :WUMPSCUT:. Globally a noisy and disturbing work of Lee, far away from some "Intimate Moments", while this track is available next to the original also as a remix work by SCALAR. Not that harsh Powernoise effort this label stands for, because Lee’s Electro-minded background is still alive. Designed for all STARK fans out there to grow deeper into the musically universe of this talented musician.
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Artist: CELADON (@)
Title: Post-Industrial Delicacies
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
Consisting of Eric Maia, here we like to introduce the Seattle-based Avantgarde act CELADON presenting here a first audio disc. 8 tracks and 40 minutes of a very special kind of Industrial music which is for sure far away of what you’ve never heard of or experienced so far. It contributes a working process of "found" sounds recorded and taken out of the near area, a real field-recording work. Samples of trains, machines, birds ("Earth Abides"), nature itself and people with radio sets ("Good Ole Boy") have been selected, arranged and layered into a detailed compositional process. A very own and unique kind of work, which mostly doesn’t sound harsh or destroying – it moreover can consist of the nice and sweet "noises" around you. It is globally a dark and at times ominous sounding release, but it doesn’t feature hammering aggression. The right mastering done in the legendary Metarc studios saves the professional outcome of this release. I can recommend a good pair of headphones and some attention, you’ll be rewarded with a remarkable and entertaining listening. Eric is also part of the experimental trio DEEP MUSEUM where he performs improvised Industrial music around the Seattle area. Real and unique Avantgarde music is still out there – go out and pick this up!
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Artist: T.RAUMSCHMIERE
Title: Random Noize Sessions Vol. 01
Format: CD
Label: Shitkatapult (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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If you already know the albums released by Marco Haas for Mute this new one will surprise you... I don't know if in a positive way or not, but it will. Just to clear up things this RANDOM NOIZE SESSIONS VOL.1 isn't a proper new album as it is a collection of unreleased and live tracks that Marco did in the 1996/2005 span of time. It sounds experimental to the bone but surely influenced by i.d.m. and techno. The different tracks sounds like laboratory experiments soundtracks as they create a sort of cold atmosphere always suspended between ambient sounds and glitches. The shorter ones create a sort of intermezzo between darker tracks like "In the ghetto" that separates "The actual vermona" from "So leis wie noch nie": two cool techno dark ambient tracks full of tension. At a first listening this album could sound difficult but if you are willing to dare a little you'll discover a new face of T.Raumschmiere, different from his techno punk of records like "Radio Blackout" or "Blitzkrieg Pop".
Artist: Screaming For Emily (@)
Title: Malice
Format: CD
Label: North End Records
Rated: *****
This intriguing cd grew on me faster than a speeding bullet. New Jersey based Screaming For Emily incorporates elements of new wave and darkwave. Their music is a reminiscence of the 80's with such influences as Depeche Mode, The Cure, Clan of Xymox, Echo & The Bunnymen, Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, Joy Division, New Order, and Sad Lovers & Giants. Similar pretty sounds to other 80's acts as well have the best effect, but Screaming For Emily possess their own charm. The band is made up of three guys who are not really new to the music scene. SFE got their first start back in the 80's and also had released their very first self-titled record. The band is consists of Lance Redaelli-drums & percussion; Phillip Sciortino, Jr.-vocals & keyboards; and Steven Baillie-keyboards. Their second release "Malice" will open the portholes of the soul. The passionate and ethereal male vocals, the dreamy soft and warm synth sounds and the guitar and bass strumming gently with a beautiful compassionate lush feel and the pulsating beat from the drum will make you want to dance. Outstanding tracks are "Thorn", "Intent", "Purgatory Embrace", "A Dry Year", and the cool smashing catchy single hit "Deity". Check out the video for that track on their websites. These compositions are full of beauty and create a brightness color in Screaming For Emily. Crafted production lends to the lavish sound of "Malice".
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