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Artist: GOTHIC (@)
Title: Grim
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
GOTHIC is a very strange project now at their 11th work.. They describe themselves as a multimedia project, a total art ensemble with a high experimental approach. This, united to the choice of releasing a double cd album (that took four years of composition) and giving also an electronic presentation, made me hope great things. But problems now starts. Every word the band use in their "Grim’s Presentation" is a hagiographical praise of themselves, describing tracks as a disturbing and perfect fusion of dark, electronics and heavy metal. Unfortunately the songs, in my opinion, are really far from a complete maturity, resulting in a confuse and out of phase arrangement. The two cds show two different approaches, the first electro-dark/goth-prog, the second mixing industrial, post-dark and metal. In both the cds the songs last for 7-8 minutes and are composed by many parts, following each other often without a sense, alternating good atmospheres with absurd falsettos, aggressive loops with keyboards whose sound had to be cured a lot and totally confused. Listen to the opening "Lurking Limbo" from the second cd, to understand what I say: I don’t know how they can consider this work, but I’ve found myself shocked not understanding if they were joking or not. I don’t say they always fail to hit the mark, "Forlon" is a good song and you’ll find many single parts showing a good intuition and a compositive quality, but at once, after only thirty seconds, in the following passage they destroy what they created. Ten demo have been released before "Grim", and I never heard anything of the band GOTHIC before, and they’re from the same country of my own. Probably the band members have to ask themselves why. A bit of humility will show them their limits and maybe will help them to find the right way. I repeat, they have compositive capacities, and many times they’re damn good, but they absolutely need to distinguish between the good intuition and the too confused arrangement.

OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF: Son of Evil

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 02 2004
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Artist: OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF (@)
Title: Son of Evil
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Another debut out on BLC Productions, but for this band hailing from France it is already the second full-length CD after the own released "Yell of Fright" CD (distributed and co-released in Europe by Pandemonium in 2003). OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF, so the German band name, translated it means "obscene creature", consists of Remzi Kellici and he presents on this album his kind of Dark Electro/EBM music. The band name and several names from the track list like "Face of Swine", "Strip of Flesh", "Hate and Despair" or "Dead Christ" will give you a hint of what kind of music you can expect here. Thematically based on crimes, sex, horror/splatter and all black chapters of human being, Remzi plays a somewhat old-fashioned minimal Electro music with some similarities to SUICIDE COMMANDO’s first works like "Critical Stage" or earlier combined with some more steady EBM-influenced baselines. Adding to this some raw sawtooth sequencer works and rarely included strange Alien-like vocal performances which give some tracks a binding hypnotizing approach ("Resist" or "Fright Night"). This is surely not new or in any case something innovative - but it has an own charismatic feeling. It cannot be compared with the often and over-polluted "We sound like SC/Tactical Sekt-attitude" where too much bands are trying to copy simply the mentioned acts – no, this has a more classic touch and also the sounds of this have an analogue edge. Outstanding tracks to my taste are the both dancefloor stompers "War" and "Dead Christ", on the more hypnotizing kind of this band I would recommend the already mentioned "Resist". If you look for the real dark and sick EBM with a nostalgic touch you can’t go wrong with the OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF. Keep on your style, Remzi!

CREATING.PARADISE: Killing Dreams

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 26 2004
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Artist: CREATING.PARADISE (@)
Title: Killing Dreams
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Before the real review, a little of history: Creating.Paradise duo was already active on early '90s as Syncout. In 1997 with the end of the first project, Bjoern Muehlnickel decided to create new stuff under the Creating.Paradise monicker. At the beginning he focused the new project on dreamy electro instrumental tracks. 1998 saw the release of the first Creating.Paradise album with Bjoern Honert as guest musician. Four years after and with Bjoern Honert back on the line up of the band, they released a new album titeld "Thru the valley of darkness". On early 2004 they prepared a new album "Render inconscious" but since they hit the 47th position at the Sonic Reducer band contest, out of the 50 contestors, they decided to put it back and to work on something different. KILLING DREAMS is the result of their waiting and it brings to the audience seven tracks influenced by '90s electro (early Haujobb, In Strict Confidence, etc) where dreamy reverbered sounds duet with pumping rhythms and nice melodies. The atmosphere of the CD is quite good: there isn't a real track which could function as single (maybe "Fingerprints" could be the one, because of its catchy melody) but generally KILLING DREAMS is a good work. Sometimes the dreamy approach takes an hold and this coulbe a weak point and a distinctive mark of the band at the same time (judgement is upon the listener's taste), but for sure we aren't talking about lousy tracks or bad musical approach. A band to consider...

FEKTION FEKLER: Into the Sun

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 26 2004
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Artist: FEKTION FEKLER
Title: Into the Sun
Format: CD
Label: Black Flames Records, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Maybe this can be called to be the comeback of the year? Right on, FEKTION FEKLER have made their good name in the world wide Electro/Industrial scene lately 6 years ago with their last CD "Kling Klang Bedlam", released in Europe through Out Of Line, in the United States under the flag of the now defunct Pendragon Records. After this there was a long time in silence and nobody did really know what happened. And now they are back, this time under the flag of the polish Black Flames Records and this new CD "Into the Sun" is a real time journey back. The style of the compositions is still the same, the vocals have their rich and sometimes dramatically influence like before, the drum and percussion work is just like usual, yes and also the sounds can easily recognized as the ones done by FEKTION FEKLER. This means that the music of this band hasn’t received any new addition, the whole increasing technology especially in case of soft synths, VST, software samplers and so on seems to have no entrance in music of the glorious brothers Robert and John Bustamante. Or in other words: FEKTION FEKLER still know how they want to sound. Like it or not but this CD has a lot of good points and features which stand out, it is alive, it varies a lot in styles and it has – as usual for a FEKTION FEKLER CD – its own identity. Maybe their music is not conform with the typical Electro/Indus stuff and also some outstanding tracks are hard to find here but again – who cares? FEKTION FEKLER remain themselves and if you like their previous works then you must have also "Into the Sun". Enjoy it as a whole album, as a floating unit.

UV: Codebreaker

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 25 2004
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Artist: UV (@)
Title: Codebreaker
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Highly chart positions at the Metropolis sales, licensed from Warner Bros. for a participation on a Matrix DVD set – well, a lot of success for an almost new band with their first official debut full-length CD, if we don’t count their self-produced "Refractions: Remixes in a Different Light" to be this. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, this three-man project has earned a lot of praise in advance and with this "Codebreaker" they proof easily that all the fine words about all their previous works and compilation appearances are well deserved. Mainly based on danceable EBM/Electro themes they give the listener a wide amount of new sounds, strong distorted but enjoyable vocal impressions and a steady rhythm work which will let your feet bleed! It’s nice to see (and to hear) that they did not forget to include their excellent ability to create fantastic melodic layers in their tracks, "System Sabotage", "Everything’s a Lie" or the more slower piece "Skeletal", which awakes some PUPPYan reminiscence, are here to mention. My personal favorite is "Nightcrawler", also slow and nearly in the same way like "Skeletal" because it features all the good points in UV’s music in one track. Two remix works taken from their "Refractions: Remixes in a Different Light" did also find their way on this CD, "Skeletal" by TEXT BLEAK and – more interesting – a RAZED IN BLACK remix of "Dementia" which pushes the speed of this track from normally 110 to 144 bpm. "Codebreaker" is a fine and well produced full-length CD with more than 70 minutes full scale Electro/Industrial, which works for the brain as well as for dancefloor action. One of the favorites for the "Best album in 2004" contest!


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