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CYBER WHORE meets KRACHMASCHINE: Feelings Will Die

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 16 2006
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Artist: CYBER WHORE meets KRACHMASCHINE (@)
Title: Feelings Will Die
Format: CD
Label: X-Cem/Rupal Records (@)
Distributor: Icare Media Distribution
Rated: *****
This is a new split-CD released by the productive X-Cem collective and presents the debut of both acts. To describe the people and the style and idea behind this release is a bit difficult, but I try my best. Conceptually following the earlier this year released split-CD with the both leading X-Cem artists WYNARDTAGE and ACYLUM and so also limited to only 150 pieces, this release starts with three mutual tracks provided by both acts CYBER WHORE and KRACHMACHINE. CYBER WHORE is a female-leaded act by Dee-Kay (vocals) and Louis Cyphre (music and vocals) and especially Louis has already made his way in this music business with the debut release of his solo main project LA MAGRA. But Louis stands also behind KRACHMASCHINE, which is described as a LA MAGRA side-project. Difficult to look behind this and the sense to build so much different monikers which almost musically can be hard separated. So with CYBER WHORE Louis is collaborating with his sister, and both are trying to combine cold electronic sounds taken out of Trance and Electro/EBM influences with the smooth and warm vocal performance done by Dee-Kay. Generally this works well on the presented 6 tracks here, although this project gathers some help from the remix desk done by LA MAGRA (funny, that Louis remixes his own stuff, but it works well here because he adds a relative important point to the track "Broken Inside" – some do call it PUNCH...), DAVANTAGE (this remix of "Oppression" hits the original...) and MAY-FLY. KRACHMASCHINE is rather aggressive and more Electro/Industrial-minded than CYBER WHORE. It is straight-forward arranged ("Amestery"), but I still search for that big difference to LA MAGRA. Musically the things are very comparable, maybe with only a slight tougher tone into some Powernoise-like efforts ("Krachmaschine"), the same out-of-the-grave-sounding vocals, which luckily avoid it to tell us some other vampire stories, are maybe the one and only difference. Also 6 tracks presented by this project including two well placed remix works created by WYNARDTAGE and ACYLUM, both fit with the concept. Globally said, both CYBER WHORE and KRACHMASCHINE can’t offer anything new to the scene, but they show some depth in the still underground-like hard working X-Cem collective.

WYNARDTAGE: Evil Mind

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 13 2006
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Artist: WYNARDTAGE (@)
Title: Evil Mind
Format: CD
Label: X-Cem/Rupal Records/e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
The hype on this German one-man act leaded by this active mastermind Kai Arnold is still unbroken. The earlier club hit "Sterbehilfe", taken as a hidden bonus track from the officially debut "Waste Of Time" was running nation-wide in almost all clubs and could earn a lot of attention. But the talent of Kai isn’t only reduced to his music project WYNARDTAGE. Thanks to his help and efforts his very own leaded badn collective X-Cem could grow and could release several albums of young and unknown bands like MAY-FLY, LA MAGRA or Kai’s partner in crime, ACYLUM (check back the mutual interview with WYNARDTAGE/ACYLUM on our site here: ). Not to forget an uncountable amount of remix works for some friends and partner bands on the X-Cem collective had to be done as well. His endless work for this collective also ended in internationally attention and success, some well-placed compilation appearances on Interbreeding VIII (BLC Productions) were only a logically evolution. Earlier this year Kai could win the DAVANTAGE label Rupal Records to unite the weapons and so to get a stronger recognition. And finally thanks to some good contacts to the German label E-Noxe, Kai could win another strong partner to spread the WYNARDTAGE virus with the welcomed help of a better distribution through Alive!. Hard to believe that Kai could find enough time and leisure to concentrate on his own main project. I can already take the result of this review in advance, this new "Evil Mind" output is a milestone above the quality regarding compositions, arrangements, used sounds and production compared to that "Waste Of Time" debut. And it features one of the loudest bass kick drums on almost all tracks I’ve heard for a long time – luckily it doesn’t sound at all like a hatred Techno-inspired 909-kit. The German glossy and printed press already started to compare WYNARDTAGE with SUICIDE COMMANDO with the restriction that WYNARDTAGE wont offer anything new. Again a typical anti-journalistic syndrome which comes up when the German print press lacks of originality and ideas, no matter if you take Zillo, Orkus or the Sonic Seducer. Which up and coming band playing Dark Electro with spooky melodic synth layers, hefty drum and percussion work and a rough out-of-the-grave-like voice doesn’t get compared with SUICIDE COMMANDO??? I can only recommend my German colleges to listen more often and more analytic the given promotional items. Especially the depressive and almost Goth-like mood with the use of some frightful female voice samples well presented on the slower tracks of this album like "Calling From Silence (featuring LA MAGRA)", "I’m Not Your God" or "Lost Your Life" I moreover would call an authentic style of WYNARDTAGE. Kai does good and has made a strong development from his debut, no matter if you stand above such silly comparisons or not. The club hit "Sterbehilfe" you’ll get again in a new 2006-version, some contributions with DAVANTAGE ("Burn"), the already named LA MAGRA or CYBER WHORE("Cold") are also featured. Next to "Sterbehilfe" some other tracks here will mark their way to the floors of the dark clubs like "The Sin" or "No Human Survive". Music with a playing time of more than 78 minutes of pounding Dark Electro tunes should be another reason to purchase this item.

:BAHNTIER//: Blindoom

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 08 2006
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Artist: :BAHNTIER// (@)
Title: Blindoom
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
BLINDOOM is the latest :Bahntier// release and since from its first track you’ll realize that something different is going on. The sound is different, more organised and less disturbing respect the previous "Revulsive". Then you read that on drums and production worked Justin Bennet (drummer of the Skinny Puppy, Pigface, My life with a trill kill kult, Peter Murphy) and then you understand. You understand that an Italian act got an international recognition and thanks to Justin, Eric Van Wonterghem (member of Insekt, Sonar and Monolith which mastered the album) and Kenji Siratori (cyberpunk writer which collaborated for the spoken word parts and with noises on "Nucleus"). The tracks are focused on rhythm thanks to the percussive sounds as well as to sequenced basslines and on this structure Stefano sing his lyrics with a filtered voice that sounds sick. Check tracks like "Dispute" (it recalled me also some early N.I.N. tunes with whispered vocals and a certain tense atmosphere), the opening "Dsimulation" (here the atmosphere created with noises and a piano is really functional and tense) or the closing "Underworlds", where you’ll find a sort of industrial dub based sound thanks to the drums section played by Justin. Anyway, by listening to the ten tracks there’s no doubt that the project evolved and this will please the lovers of electro industrial music.

RE/MOVE: Uppercut

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 07 2006
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Artist: RE/MOVE
Title: Uppercut
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Coming from Tenerife island, Re/move is a trio that decided to focus their efforts into the creation of what they consider "the next level of e.b.m. music". Basically they decided to keep everything was making of e.b.m. an energetic kind of music (pulsating rhythms and powerful sounds) but they removed what they considered the weak points about the genre (for this reason they called their project Re/move): static live sets and repetition of song structures. Their music recall me a sort of mixture of modern e.b.m. (less industrial and more dancey) mixed with synthpop (clean vocals and defined melodies). They did a process similar to what Covenant did by creating a danceable mixture of melodic e.b.m. but Re/move didn’t clean the sound as much as the Swedish band did, because their aim seems to mix upbeat rhythms with energetic riffs (the guitar is present but the music is not driven by guitar sounds) and danceable tunes also without losing a certain dark vein. The result is convincing but I don’t see it like a revolution of the genre even if "I’m over again" is a great song that is representative of what they were looking for. With more songs like this or like the following "We are the message", I can totally agree with them.
Nov 06 2006
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Artist: BALLISTIC
Title: Ballistic Vs. Reality
Format: CD
Label: Kold Finger (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
BALLISTIC Vs. REALITY is the debut full length album by Ballistic, an Italian band coming from Emilia region. Formed by experienced musicians (Robotomy, who played guitar and keyboard for Hardcore-Noise bands founded Ballistic after meeting techno-progressive pro-DJ Vyger and The Question, masked wrestler, poet and already vocalist into harsh-industrial bands) Ballistic successfully merge techno solutions and rhythms with e.b.m. and industrial music. The eleven tracks of BALLISTIC Vs. REALITY convince immediately with their catchy approach because they are upbeat songs with dance floor attitude and powerful e.b.m. sounds. Being focused on melody and rhythm the band is ready to make you dance until you faint on the floor. Also The Question voice convince as it is able to give energy to the tracks without being too much filtered: it is aggressive but without being obsessive with that certain hysteria characteristic of some industrial e.b.m. acts. Try them and go to see them if they are in your town...


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