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LEAETHER STRIP: Faetish EP

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 27 2006
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Artist: LEAETHER STRIP
Title: Faetish EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
A new EP from the leader of the DK Gang of Terror, Claus Larsen aka LEAETHER STRIP, released on Halloween 2K6. Also again a proof of his currently high productive phase, on which I had my first doubts with its predecessor, "Walking On Volcanos". I really thought on mass-production rather than to offer quality and the rich textures LEAETHER STRIP is known for. After checking "Faetish" I finally come to the result, that he works on some parts hard to reach again the intensity of his old glorious days. 10 tracks at all give you again the impression to hold already a new full-length in your hands. Tracks like "Manic Aggression", "Watch It Burn" and "Punctured Eyeballs" can spread the same aggressive attitude like the classics "Strap Me Down" or "Nothing Seen – Nothing Done". You need a comparison title? Well, here you go with an unexpected 2006 version of "Adrenalin Rush", surely one of the biggest club hits Claus has ever produced. Thumbs up for this work! The title track instead can’t follow this pieces, a bit too simple constructed I would say. Some more trips into his more orchestral-arranged side is presented with "We Walk With Pride (Moscow 28th May 2006 version)" and "The Kitchen Knife (Pocket Knife version)". Also a cover version is featured again, this time "Tears Run Rings" originally composed by Marc Almond. With "Frank Tovey Told Me Things" he has also composed a homage to some electronic pioneers to give them a hug for their early work. If you were comfortable with his last releases "Walking On Volcanos" or the full-length "After The Devastation", you will dig this release for sure. Claus could integrate a bit more inspiration than on "Volcanos...", also simply alone with the killer version of "Adrenalin Rush" this EP is a must-have. Also available as a special DCD edition featuring a 5-track special CD called "Halloween" – of course a limited edition for the die-hard fans.

Saints of Eden: Shameless EP

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 22 2006
Artist: Saints of Eden (@)
Title: Shameless EP
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Metech Records (@)
Distributor: Code 7 / PHD
Rated: *****
Unlike many other CD singles, this one only has one version of the title-track (the only version, in fact). UK based Saints of Eden start the dances for their new single "Shameless" with a full band of metal headbangers and a pretty talented young rapper by the name of 2 Planets T.Amore. If you were to consider this special collaboration, you might think that they are trying to be the dark wave version of Linkin Park (white singing dude, black rapping dude, electronic-inspired metal band behind them, kind of thing...). Truth to be told, the rest of their songs on this CDS are more typically EBM compositions, mostly electronic based, which makes for a pretty strange choice, which might possibly be interpreted as a hint to a future change of course. Although there are some guitars, it is basically a germanic-inspired EBM act with all the bells and whistles of the genre. There is more to Saints of Eden than just this little disc. They already have three full length albums out already (which by the way you can buy together from their website at a special price), so if you are into EBM go check them out.

RABIA SORDA: Metodos Del Caos

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Dec 20 2006
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Artist: RABIA SORDA
Title: Metodos Del Caos
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
Several people expected a longer time-out for HOCICO after their hardly satisfying "Wrack And Ruin" – this ends at first for the front man Erk Aicrag providing here after a first SiCD release his full-length album "Metodos Del Caos". Of course, some similarities to his main and very successful project can be heard here – who wouldn’t expect this? But besides some known elements Erk tries hard to figure out different kinds of sounds and arrangements to work out an own created style. The huge distortion/overdrive effect machinery are more unused than expected ("Misery"), some Ethno/oriental-sounding instruments can be also discovered "What U Get Is What U See". It seems that Erk has analyzed his music career so far and he came to the result that a sound design harder than HOCICO wouldn’t make sense – there’s nothing what HOCICO haven’t explored before, it also would cause into some awful DULCE LIQUIDO comparisons. But besides this, this album proves well what a great composer Erk finally is – maybe better said, what he could reach through the years. This album is not the work of a new get-hard-be-strong artist, it moreover proves from the first tunes on Erk’s experience and dedication to hard Electro/Industrial music - finally with its highlight "The Shape Of A Name". Alone this piece offers a multiple kind of chosen instruments (did I hear guitar sounds here???), which leaves any possibility open for this fine solo effort. If Erk will be able to provide his stuff also on stage, needs still to be cleared up. A very good album which I can recommend to all fans of Electro/Industrial music.
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Artist: Cephalgy
Title: Moment Der Stille
Format: CD EP
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
This German act returns with a new EP providing five remix works by different artists and four new tracks. Musically CEPHALGY are often walking on the thin line between genius and insanity simply alone with the try to combine Dark Electro with Goth/Wave. For the Goth/Wave listeners this acts sounds too electronic-minded, while the rivetheads don’t like that "bone-licking" image, also provided through the mostly German lyrics. Musically somewhere on the lighter side of Electro/Industrial music, mostly well arranged, at times orchestral-like arranged, lyrically near to that BLUTENGEL success formula without the singing beauties, of course. The male vocals are provided by Jörg Göhler and remind me somehow on some CALVA Y NADA tunes – maybe not unintentional. It fits, that BLUTENGEL provide here a remix on CEPHALGY’s underground evergreen "Engel sterben nie". Other remix works are provided by GINTRONIC, LOST AREA (an up and coming new German act – soon more about them...), the old-school EBM act TO AVOID and the Fearsection-recording artist STAUBKIND – with the one exception BLUTENGEL a surprising list of more unknown names – finally a good initiative not always to include the generic remixers in crime. STAUBKIND also include some Goth-Rock guitar riffs on their remix of "Zum Abschied", which fits very well with this track and the influences CEPHALGY is woven in. For the new tracks, the more demanding "Mein Glaube" gets the vote of being the best out of four good tracks. As I said - always to discover the lyrical content of some angels, darkness, vampires or religion-inspired things provided with a raspy male voice is a matter of taste. It requires a melancholic mind to bear this without any interceptions. Musically no wishes will remain unfulfilled if you’re looking for some lighter Electro/EBM/Industrial stuff.

Dec 20 2006
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Artist: THE ZERO PROJECT (@)
Title: Meta Visions
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
Hailing from San Diego, CA, this is the musically output of Jeff Wiederkehr, who stands behind THE ZERO PROJECT. "Meta Visions" is his self-released 8-track debut EP and provides Electro/Industrial music which takes some loans out of Ambient and IDM-related styles. Not easy to categorize, because Jeff tries hard to keep his stuff diverse and free of cliches – this isn’t your usual Electro/Industrial listening routine. It is a generally richly arranged kind of music filled with remarkable layers and textures and Jeff seems to work hard to point out the details. Instrumentally based, at times supported with some voice samples ("Asleep At The Wheel"), he also doesn’t mind to integrate some guitar riffs ("Hope From Oblivion", "A Visitation") in his electronic sound. Favorites are both catchy, but still dark sounding pieces "Ascension Hive-Mind" and especially "The Stalker", which features some strange metallic percussion elements. If you like to hear something diverse produced electronic-based music, try this one, it brings an enjoyable listening. To make the good aspects perfect, please note that fine cover art, while the CD comes in a beautiful digi-pack. Available from CDBaby.


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