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MORTIIS: The Grudge

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 22 2004
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Artist: MORTIIS (@)
Title: The Grudge
Format: CD
Label: Earache (@)
Rated: *****
Is time from another change and if you are a Mortiis fan you should get used to this as he already moved from his personal medieval/cosmic rock long suites to the electro e.b.m. version of "Smell of rain". This new, THE GRUDGE, is another step ahead toward a sort of post industrial metal already experimented by bands like Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, etc. So, what's going on about Mortiis this time? Well, first of all, he have a proper band with himself (Vocals, Synths, Programming, Sound Design), Levi Gawron, (Guitar), Asmund Sveinunggard (Guitar) and Leo Troy (Drums). Second: even if musically he embraced a genre already explored and exploited by tons of bands also present on Mtv and on various charts, THE GRUDGE hasn't lost completely the Mortiis touch as on various tracks (see the opening "Broken skin" or "The worst in me", "Twist the knife", "The loneliest thing" and the closing instrumental "Asthma") there still are traces of his synth work with reflective moments. Certanly, you've got to dig a little but to discover those traces, because most of the tracks are intense, distorted and upbeat: something that Mortiis have never been. Saturation is the new way to go, musically each track is a potential single and even if this could make the old fans sigh, new fans are on the way, because you can't ignore this album which will be released the second week of September.
Aug 18 2004
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Artist: POLYGAMY BOYS (@)
Title: The Pleasure E.P.
Format: 12"
Label: Beauty Case Records (@)
Rated: *****
I already talked about Polygamy Boys when I reviewed their split live CD with Sneak-Thief. THE PLEASURE E.P. is their third release and it presents four powerful mixes of electronica, e.b.m. and techno. The vinyl opens with the "Polygamy Boys Theme", a long instrumental pumping mix of dancing analog music just to close the first side with "Pleasure Patrol", a mysterious track that recalls some D.A.F. stuff because its structure based principally on a bass line and a drum. "Der Kommissar" opens the B side with a dark '80s e.b.m. track and let "The Un-known" close it with the dreamy vocals of Lindsay J. which duet with the hard drum/bass lines of the duo. THE PLEASURE E.P. sees the band at its best as the tracks are presenting different kind of influences but keeping the distinctive mark of the band. This isn't just dance music!
Aug 10 2004
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Artist: Saints of Eden
Title: Overload
Format: CD
Label: Metech recordings (@)
Rated: *****
British Metech recordings' band Saints of Eden's third album "Overload" is a mostly electronic-based attempt at joining small parts of the gothic tradition of Sisters/Nephilim, dark nuances of Cure and evilish/epic metal bands with the synergy and tradition of electronic body music, bits of dance influences and shades of industrial. The album plays pretty smoothly but lacks a little bit in originality. Its influences are well played out and generate atmospheres of tranquillity and grandness, while the rhythmical side of the album goes for harder industrial-rock beats and guitar riffs that accompany raw growling voices in a style that is somewhere between ebm and black/gore... Visit their well done site too.

TRANSFORMER DI ROBOTER: Metal Kings

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 09 2004
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Artist: TRANSFORMER DI ROBOTER (@)
Title: Metal Kings
Format: CD EP
Label: Deco (@)
Rated: *****
METAL KINGS is the first real and proper release by the Transformer Di Roboter duo as they previously partecipated only to compilations. Johannes and Alex first met in high school and they have played in various bands together since: Dånzen Jetzt (Klangkrieg), Shakti-Maan and Chlorgeschlecht (Deco) and they have performed in the UK, Germany, France, Holland and the US. As you can imagine by the title this E.P. covers four famous metal band's tracks. The duo succeeded into personalizing the original tunes but also being true to the original versions in a way you can't imagine. How did they do it? Simple. They took the original songs and they did a midi version of each of them using only General-Midi sounds. In this way Refuse/resist (by Sepultura), "Walk" (by Pantera), "Raining Blood" (by Slayer) and "Enter the sandman" (by Metallica) live a new life without losing their peculiarity. The lounge interlude of "Enter the sandman" is just fantastic and after the initial assault of low-fi distorted electronic sounds it's a real surprise. Thumb up for the originality of the band and to Deco which released it. I can't imagine what Johannes and Alex will prepare next!
Aug 08 2004
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Artist: DJ SMEGMA (@)
Title: Smegma Bitch Up
Format: CD
Label: Lupinaria
Rated: *****
Totally dedicated to craziness and to sampling creativity, SMEGMA BITCH UP is the first effort of Dj Smegma. Known to take part to the Lupinaria crew, I already talked about Dj Smegma into my latest Lupinaria's compilation review where we already found "Arrotino trance-national". Listening to all the twenty tracks I can't decide if Dj Smegma is a bored guy who's trying to do something fun or if he's just a genius who doesn't care about conventions. Each track is composed of various sources samples: phone recordings, adverts, other people's records, everything is fine if it's a new source for a track and there aren't restrictions or censorship. In this way we know that the mistress of "Ricordate, servo" costs less than shit and that she's the only one in Rome who's coming from Switzerland or that Godzilla took a trip in Mexico (on "Gozzilla in Messico") and you can see a snapshot of the event on the front cover or the CD. You can also find an electro-core cover of Amanda Lear's "Tomorrow" and other stuff for only less than four bucks. To tell the truth the tracks aren't all good but at least half of them are worth your money. You could also (as stated on the inner cover) get this CDr along with a friend and then make copies and distribute it as this is a no copyright and no profit project!


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