Music Reviews



Mar 21 2006
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Artist: PROCEED (@)
Title: Neusprache
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
Second CD release for this Eastern German duo this time under the wings of the rising Out Of Line label. Their debut was released under the Machineries Of Joy label leaded by the colleges from Belgium, IONIC VISION, and it could get some first recognition for this act. The musical formula remains of course still the same. PROCEED are one of the currently rich recognized acts playing the old-school minimal EBM sound much influenced by the classic works of NITZER EBB or POUPPEE FABRIKK. Also another act from the Out Of Line label has taken influence here, the Swedish acts SPETSNAZ, because PROCEED have taken thankfully the helping hands of them regarding production and mastering of this release. And of course SPETSNAZ are active here with a remix ("Idendität") and with a vocal duet on "Kontrolle", surely one of the best tracks here. Please note also the untitled hidden track after track 13, also for this Pontus Stalberg offered his voice. While it is hard to find real musically differences between PROCEED and the rising acts like SPETSNAZ or IONIC VISION, these Germans have to offer some lyrically surprises both in German and English language. PROCEED are taking their lyrics seriously, they try to criticize the social system, governments generally and the decadent human being. Stuff which stands above the average EBM/Electro themes like wars, violence, muscles or sex. So this release does not at all surprise musically - the latest IONIC VISION had indeed some better efforts, but it is worth to check out and to make your own thoughts on its lyrical content.
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Artist: KLUTĘ (@)
Title: Sinner
Format: CD EP
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Since a happy Claus Larsen lately in our interview printed somewhere here on our sites offered so many details of his current situation and health condition, here comes another proof of his hyperactive output. Thanks to a possible exaggeration with a band hailing from UK he now changed the band name of his side-project KLUTE into KLUTÆ, also to make sure his Danish origin. Was KLUTE originally only created to start some experimental efforts which didn’t somehow fit the strict concept of a LEAETHER STRIP release, this has changed to my understanding a lot. It is no longer the fun to start some mad stuff here, the new tracks awake the impression of being calculated. All those people which lately criticized the last LEAETHER STRIP DCD as being "to poppy", will maybe more convinced with this new KLUTÆ release, as well as with the upcoming full length release of this project called "Hit n’ Run", out at the end of April. So you’ll get here typically LS structures with some Metal-Crossover undertones, sometimes calm and melodic ("I’m A Fat Faggot In A Leatherjacket (Clubby Chaser Remix))", but mostly hard Industrial stuff ("Fuck-a-billy (Banned on The Radio Version))" awaking comparisons to his country mates PSYCHOPOMPS. The title track itself comes here in two different version and although I am not too much amused regarding the simplicity of Larsen’s compositions here, I would qualify this piece here a rich recognizing effect through his extravagant vocals here. Another favorite can be heard with a new remake of Claus’ classic piece "Desert Storm" - Yes, those where the days of Frankfurt’s Dorian Gray "Technoclub", where Talla 2XLC was dedicated to a genre called EBM. In all we have here a nice 6-track MCD which can be named a perfect appetizer for the coming full length. Both are as well a possible alternative who like it in the harder way - also a portion of humor is still required to join the world of KLUTÆ. Rock on, Claus!
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Artist: :WUMPSCUT: (@)
Title: Cannibal Anthem
Format: CD
Label: Betonkopf Media / Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
It’s like the same procedure like last year, Rudy R. of :WUMPSCUT: releases at spring time a new CD. While his critics expect another low repetition of his past two albums "Bone Peeler" and "Evolve", the master himself has finally found enough inspiration and luckily a theme for this new album like nobody else could handle it. Cannibalism is surely a pervert kind of human being which people better like to hide to death. I am not sure if Rudy has picked with this theme something what has happened around him (like the German cannibal of Rotenburg...?), or if he tries to bring light into own personal experiences (uuhmmm, what I do not hope...) - also, if his stuff here is well enough explored for a doctrine work, but nevertheless it is nice to see (the comic stripe work of Je Wagner, www.todesart.de) and hear the concept. It surprises maybe a bit that almost all track - with the one exception of the title track - are offered here completely in German. No special English version for all the people waiting for the Metropolis Records license version - well, I really thought, that this "experiment" was buried after "Böses Junges Fleisch / "Eevil Young Flesh" - but anyhow it works well here. Musically this new album offers that stuff which too many people seemed to miss on his past work, aggressive cuts ("Wir Warten", "Recht Vor Gnade") go in a mutual way with calm and melodic pieces ("Die Liebe", "Pass Auf"), instrumental pieces ("Auf Der Jagd") go in a unit with female-leaded tracks ("Pass Auf", "Hunger"), which are so typically for Rudy in all phases of his :WUMPSCUT: existence. His efforts here are distinct shown here, more clear then the previously released SiCD with both "Die Liebe" and "Jesus Antichristus" could really expect. Both tracks are maybe the ones which do not really fit with the overall concept of this release - better said, both tracks are changeable. So coming to a result, it is obviously that Rudy is still to young to make a retreat into retirement. For all of his futile copycats I have the suggestion to go back into their bathrooms to practice, and practice, and practice - own built ideas could maybe help a beautiful day. This is definitively the best :WUMPSCUT: release since "Embryodead" 10 years before - with all that respect that both albums cannot be compared!
Mar 21 2006
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Artist: ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK (@)
Title: Krypta 1982
Format: CD
Label: Creme
Rated: *****
Alexander Robotnick did it again. He put his miner helmet on and digging into his archive of old recordings he found eighteen unreleased tracks. Most of them are instrumental electro tracks, only "Mexicana", "La folie" and "Appuye sur le champignon" have got a classic song structure with lyrics and all. Being mostly instrumental we’ve got to focus our attention on the atmosphere that Maurizio Dami wanted to create with the tracks. So, if the opening "It’s not my life" is an acid ambient intro, "Intro for live performance" is an electro pumping track based on simple melodies that catch immediately the attention. And again, if tracks like "In the krypta", "Studio 01", "Base dance" or "The dark side of the spoon" sound just like they are the fathers of techno music, "Via del salviatino", "Salt peanuts", "Ar stack 1" or the eight minutes long "Salt peanuts 4" show another side of Maurizio’s music, because they are particular tracks that sound now ambient and now experimental (see the space ambient track "Salt peanuts 4"). Being the second volume of the "Rare Robotnicks" collection, KRYPTA 1982 is less immediate respect the first volume, because the first one was gathering tracks colleted from a wider period (1981÷1987) and it had more classic songs but KRYPTA 1982 is a good example of early electro tracks and it contains also some fun songs like "La folie" and "Appuye sur le champignon".
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Artist: Francky Brown
Title: New Slogan
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Ozore Age / Play It Again Sam (@)
Distributor: Toolbox records
Rated: *****
Immagine what a drum'n'bass record mixed by Sam Sever would sound like and you probably get a vague idea of what this category-elusive fella' sort of sounds like... Guitar player/DJ/programmer Franck Guillotin (previously with Black Maria and also known as BJQ/Brown Jurnior Quartet) teamed up with Dj Monolythe (scratching away on the tables) and packed up this "New Slogan for Hip Hop and Jungle" CD, that (you guessed!) features a mixture of Chuck D-ish hip hop grooves, Tricky-ed out jungle vibes, twisted Bad Brains-inspired reggae/ragga elements, Mind Power-referencing acid jazzy sounds and MC-ing that might easily remind you of Cypress Hill's nasal monotone rhyming or Jamalski's jamaican/american-style on some of the tracks. Interestingly enough all of this still comes wrapped in and around Francky's experience on the six strings, with slick licks and sneaky riffs camouflaged between these urban sounds and fast-paced chill beatz. This is (and better be!) the new hip hop generating rising up!
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