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Xiescive: Vs

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 28 2011
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Artist: Xiescive (@)
Title: Vs
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
BOUNDLESS is done now ' here comes with XIESCIVE a new chapter in the long-year music career of Trevor 'Xon' Weeks. A new project-name, yes, but musically rather more a step back to the debut album of BOUNDLESS, 'Perpetual', released in 2002 on the Albuquerque-based label DSBP. XIESCIVE features rather more the European Dance-Industrial attitude quite related to those past days, but with a more of updated sounds and developed programming skills ' as far as these featured 5 tracks allow a valid judgement. Trevor writes under XIESCIVE songs for the will to entertain, and for the masses to dance. It can be noticed, that the content of his lyrics are seemingly more light-hearted and easier-minded, as it has been often different with BOUNDLESS. No longer too much intellectual and religion-inspired lyrics, tracks and their title names like 'Time To Die' or 'Sex, Drugs And Electro' may service perfect any cliche. But it generally seems, that Trevor now acts more optimistic ' he writes well-going tracks for the matter of writing tracks, nothing more, and the lyrics are just the required feature to add humanity into his compositions. This all doesn't mean, that XIESCIVE is a fun-project ' I still think he takes his 'job' quite serious. In all a good beginning with diverse sounding vocals, his still blessed synth programming skills, and, and, and. But... how is it about a full-length release?
In latest news it seems that Trevor could arrange a deal with the US-label Nilaihah Records - all the best with your new label, comrade!
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Artist: The Stygian (@)
Title: Myths of Forbidden Passages
Format: CD EP
Label: Dungeon Recordings / Backscatter Media (@)
Rated: *****
First off, there isn't too much mysticism featured behind this at least 4 'passages' pressed onto this silver circle, but an unexpected, humorless hard and uncompromising first outlet for this new Utah-based project. THE STYGIAN is the newest mutual project for Kevin J. Cazier (LITTLE SAP DUNGEON) and Trevor Weeks alias Xon (BOUNDLESS, SYMBIONT). Both notorious protagonists are doing their best to avoid obvious comparison to any of their uncountable music project, as THE STYGIAN slows down the speed and adds purest pseudo-aggressive lyrics rather spitted out than sung, all placed in an unfriendly sound-environment. These 3 tracks 'Crawling Inward', 'Killing Time' and 'Web Of Tatarus' (which features some guitar riffs provided by Chris Alvarado) are their first recordings . The music itself consists of thick and ominous sounding lead synth sounds, a hardcoristic bass line-programming, satanic fx-processed vocals, and bombastic rhythm patterns. This isn't stuff for the fainthearted audience, as this uncompromising kind does not take prisoners. Lesser like an European-like Dance-Industrial sound outfit, but rather more with a 'filthy' undertone, in some parts with classic Coldwave-like arranged instruments. Good and promising for the first recordings, while it can not completely judged on them after only three original compositions and an alternative remix version of 'Crawling Inward'. When comes the expected album? .

TYSKE LUDDER: Diaspora

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 27 2011
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Artist: TYSKE LUDDER
Title: Diaspora
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****
Tyske Ludder love to provoke and it's nice they had the coincidence that the release of their latest album DIASPORA met the success of the revolt in Egypt and the start of guerrilla all over the north Africa. Dedicated to all the people who are fighting for their freedom (one of the few English lyrics talks about modern politics that exploit people and economics), DIASPORA brings in new ideas: check the use of choruses and classic music, thing that recalled me the Laibach of the mid 90's, or the electro dancey driven sounds on "For their glory" (song that also has distorted and clean vocals duets). If you know Tyske Ludder don't be afraid, because they didn't lose their industrial touch and their hard rhythms. The thirteen new tracks of DIASPORA (sixteen into the limited edition) are able to show a multifaceted band that behind strong rhythms and e.b.m. sounds has a lot more to offer: subtle melodies, catchy atmospheres and intriguing musical solutions.

ROBERT COSMIC: Wait The Process

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 27 2011
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Artist: ROBERT COSMIC
Title: Wait The Process
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Battery Park Studio
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
WAIT THE PROCESS is the second release on Battery Park for Robert Cosmic. After founding his own label Mars Frequency, Robert is back on the crime scene with three new tracks and a new version of 'Restarting My Robot' (the song that gave the title to the his first Battery Park release). The first track that opens the digital releaseà is the title track, one which is focused on minimal bass lines and a bouncy rhythmical patterns. Robert filters vocals with rising synth pads and alternating leads. 'Restarting My Robot 2.0' follows the same path but rhythms here are more robotic, the bass line is more electro syncopated and the atmosphere is tense. "So Far Away" is a great Detroit electro mid-tempo song with post-atomic atmospheres, crisp sounds and a slow, synth solo. "Cosmic breaks" is a bleepy instrumental which closes the EP with some upbeat tempos and minimal melodic variations enriched by acid leads and stop and go.
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May 26 2011
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Artist: DOXA SINISTRA
Title: La Via Del Latte
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible
Rated: *****
Issued for the first time in 1982 by Trumpett, LA VIA DEL LATTE was the first Doxa Sinistra tape and it will be the latest Trumpett reissue by Enfant Terrible. The Dutch label already released on vinyl 'Conveyer Belt', the second Doxa Sinistra tape and now you have the opportunity to check eighteen out of twenty one tracks of their first great release (the intro, the outro and "Maurizio's minestrone" are missing into this 300 copies run reissue). Mixing minimal melodic synth lines, guitar riffs, sparse drum machine beats and analog noises with an experimental/industrial attitude, the band succeeded into creating a personal landscape made of short instrumentals (the longest track is three minutes long) characterized by alienated atmospheres where the vocals are filtered and duet with percussive noises and bleeping monophonic keyboards. Alternating fast and tense tracks (check "Ruhrgebiet" or "Kuomintang`s Space Blues") to experimental atmospheric ones (like "Via Del Latte 2" or "Via Del Latte 4"), Doxa Sinistra sounding sinister like a nuclear alarm siren. Spreading their sonic pollution all around your place, the Dutch band will convince you that it's better to sleep with one eye opened...


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