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FLINT GLASS: Hierakonpolis

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 31 2003
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Artist: FLINT GLASS
Title: Hierakonpolis
Format: CD
Label: Funkwelten (@)
18 tracks for 77' (dammit!) for this French project, which the label describes as a mix of dark ambient and industrial. Hum, it's actually heavy rhythmic electronica with a darker vibe, in the line of some releases by Ad Noiseam or Divine Comedy. The thank list is quite explicative: HIV+ (who contributed with some samples), Dither, Kom-Intern, Mlada Fronta... this should give you a clue. Tracks range from crawling atmospheric soundscapes to faster, more dynamic aggressions. Frankly, it's well done and all and a fan of the genre will find much to sink his/her teeth into, but I honestly feel that it tends to become monotonous, and 77' are far too much for my ears. At last, interesting layout.

DAVANTAGE: Broken influences/Remnant

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 29 2003
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Artist: DAVANTAGE
Title: Broken influences/Remnant
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Black Rain (@)
A double cd reissue of Davantage’s first cd (1999-2000) and earlier demo cdrs (1996-1999), back by popular demand. "Broken influences" still sounds quite good (ok, only 3 years have passed, after all), with its minimal but catchy electro-EBM in the typical Davantage gloomy style - medium to fast beats, cold keys programmings, and a dark, soulful voice which sometimes reminded me of good ole Clock DVA. I actually think some of these tracks are better than more recent stuff of theirs... whatever. The demo tracks are along the same lines, some of them were remixed or re-recorded in the vocals department for this rerelease - let’s say they’re logically rawer and less focused, but will probably please their die-hard fans. Horrible layout all the way.

S.E.M;I: Among the Ruins

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 08 2003
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Artist: S.E.M;I (@)
Title: Among the Ruins
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)


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After touring with Haujobb and Hocico, collaborations with :W: and a discography under the Death Industry alias, the experienced Mike Orgillon is now back with a new full-lenght S.L.M;I album that offers instrumental soundscapes of sophisticated and refined electronics mixed with raw and aggressive noise and a bunch of vocal samples here and there to spice it up (which by the way seem to have some political connotations that would probably be worth further exploring). The overall approach to the music is dark and almost haunting and the production is remarkable so if you are into ebm/dark/noise try to check this out.

injury: Scars from the Past

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 08 2003
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Artist: injury (@)
Title: Scars from the Past
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)


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After a pretty long absence from the scenes Croatian musician Danijel Levatic is back with his injury moniker and an album entitled "Scars from the Past", consisting of an impressive set of tracks of muscular ebm and power-electronics. Blended into the mix of synthetic pads, layers of sounds and hammering industrial-dance beats you'll find plenty of ear candy, in the form of a vast array of speech samples from movies, documentaries etc, mostly dealing with the all to well justified paranoia of not having privacy anymore, something Levatic has been focusing on for a while now. More than half of this album actually consists of remixes by well known bands such as Funker Vogt, Decoded Feedback, Flesh Field, Aghast View, Pulse Legion, Dead Jump, Strategy (from Trylok - there's someone else I haven't heard from in a looooong while...) and Cable Bends Steel, not to mention a duet-duel between injury and Trylok themselves (for those of you who remember we interviewed Trylok and they used to design the early covers of our magazine D.L.K./Chain D.L.K.).

Agonoize: Paranoid Destruction

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 08 2003
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Artist: Agonoize (@)
Title: Paranoid Destruction
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: BLC Productions / Hardbeat Propaganda / Hellcity (@)
Hard, rough, edgy and scratchy German EBM is what Agonoize (Berlin-based trio) offer us with "Paranoid Destruction", a remix project MCD featuring the hands of Dirk Faehling, [:SITD:], PSI.CORP, Lohen & Lomax and Sebastian Schleinitz as well as the original version, and alternative version and even an interesting all-strings version (as well as a non-album bonus track). The formula is about as old as effective: well-programmed synth lines and sequences, hard-hitting beats, hammering dance kicks, powerful bass lines and sinister distorted vocals. MCD available at: www.outofline.de/shop/,www.infrarot.de and www.hellcity.de


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