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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!

FINAL SELECTION: Heading For Graceland

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 05 2004
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Artist: FINAL SELECTION (@)
Title: Heading For Graceland
Format: CD
Label: Black Flames (@)
Rated: *****

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Heading from Germany, Final Selection is a duo which is active since 1992. In these years they produced different tapes and an album "Antihero". This new E.P. "Heading for graceland" gathers five new tunes ("Fade into you" is a cover of a Mazzy Star's song) and six remixes of two of the new tracks and of three tracks coming from "Antihero". All this thanks to D.s.o.t.m., Asian Faction (really powerful and cool their e.b.m. version of "I never wanted more", E.s.r., Z Procheck (their kinda jazzy industrial version of "Tears" is really functional and fresh), Rector Scanner and Nam Nam Bulu. Having new songs and remixes, the band ideally divided the work in two parts: "Daydreams" and "Nightshades". The new tunes show the band at the top of their personal mix of melancholic future pop, e.b.m. and ambient which sometimes show also light Cure influences. Get ready for their next album...

Battery Cage: World Wide Wasteland

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 02 2004
Artist: Battery Cage
Title: World Wide Wasteland
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Batter Cage's "World Wide Wasteland" represents a blend of trance, EBM, synthpop and industrial (granted, these are all related in one way or another, but I can detect distinct elements). Vocally it isn't quite the clean cut smoothness of Apoptygma Berzerk, for example, but neither is it the total aggro distorted vox of the likes of Decoded Feedback, et al. It's sung, not distorted or grinding, but it is a bit throaty and deepish, so you still get vocal elements of melody while also a slight feeling of pain or aggression. The BPMs are fast but not furious, making Batter Cage danceable but not exhausting. The electronic melodies are layered nicely, keeping the music from being too spartan; neither are they too dense. Some of the melody lines represent the darker, goa-ish side of electro while others are more synthpoppy or EBMish. Guitar also pops up a wee bit, a nice touch that waves distantly at the harder levels of industrial. Overall, Batter Cage is a nice middle ground standing between the pop realms of electronic and the dark spheres of aggro-electro-industrial.


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