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TAMTRUM: Some Atomik Songz

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
 Edit (1980)
Jun 14 2005
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Artist: TAMTRUM (@)
Title: Some Atomik Songz
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: La Chambre Froide (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
La Chambre Froide is a relatively young and unknown label from France focusing on Dark Electro/Industrial music. On their release catalogue you will find two chapters of a compilation named "In this Cold Terrific Room" (review of Vol. 2 will follow soon...), the debut CD of the BLC Productions artist OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF "Yell of Fright" and two releases by this energetic French duo. TAMTRUM combining typical Dark Electro layers with some furious and steady beatings and a rough distorted but very intense voice of the singer. If I should try to compare them, I would take the destructive force of early HOCICO mixed with speed. So here is no cloning syndrome of the Mexican masters when some of the tracks will set fire under your boots by reaching a speed higher then 145 bpm. To combine this merciless aggression produced through the vocals with a neck-breaking speed seems to be the main musical characteristic of this band. All sounds are well sorted and arranged and the naked aggressive attitude doesn’t take any prisoners. I am impressed by the overall "hard-in-ya-face" - attitude this band has to offer. "My Vile Venom" and of course "Datura Dream" are here to name as excellent examples, second of the both tracks gets also a remix work by the French Powernoise legend H.I.V.+. Also included are a few more darker and slower pieces, still infiltrated with a steady beat of course, like "In Blood We Trust" or "Extazy" which are nearer dedicated to some atmospheric layers but they don’t change the globally impression. On a track like "Industrial Room (Porno Suicide)" they are playing with some Powernoise elements and show a wide range of talent. As I said, this band left me breathless and if you have the same low opinion on the final HOCICO efforts you should give this band some recognition. There is existing also a limited edition of this CD packaged in a DVD box with some extra merchandising items. Anyhow, try to get it!

ALIEN PRODUKT: Revenge

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
 Edit (1978)
Jun 13 2005
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Artist: ALIEN PRODUKT (@)
Title: Revenge
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
I am always impressed that Electro/Industrial music grows in all countries on this planet and this project from Argentina is no exception. Surely not the first band from this country (think of PUNTO OMEGA...) this 3 men/1 woman project presents with "Revenge" it’s first CD under the flag of the US-based label BLC Productions. They play a kind of modern EBM/Industrial music, programming reminds me on traditional EBM structures of some veteran artists but the sounds are updated and well chosen. ALIEN PRODUKT try to avoid this currently hype to sound exactly like SUICIDE COMMANDO or HOCICO although the vocals of band member U-TB are harsh and almost dark. Musically I would say that AP could be a kind of a calm form of EBM/Electro, I feel on every track the effort to fill in thick synth layers to build a more complex musical content. Another outstanding point is the very good mix and mastering, everything from the deepest bass kick to the highest synth sound is well placed. ALIEN PRODUKT are pushing the masses to the dark dancefloors with tracks like "Artificial Intelligence", "Detestable Envy (Album)", "Strategies of Destruction" or "Worthless Symbolism" and I would consider this danceable side of their music to be their strongest efforts. There are also 4 different remix collaborations with musically very different acts like H.I.V.+ (marvelous Powernoise from France), Out of Line recording artist MATRIX (F-Pop), SCHATTENSCHLAG (Dark Electro), and the excellent newcomer THE CRYSTALLINE EFFECT (Dark Electro/Industrial from Australia). Unless like on usual releases all remixes are well sorted in the track list and give the floating of this album a remarkable diversity. Not to hide I want also the fact that some synth layers and bass line sequences would work better with a bigger diversity in the choice of the sounds. To use the one and only same sound keeps away some surprising programming ideas from the attention of the listener. Also it wont be wrong to give the female band member Loregore 2 – 3 more solo vocal appearances because she did a fantastic job on the track "Into the Abyss". But overall I don’t see and hear any reasons why this quartet from Argentina shouldn’t reach the same success like their fellowmen of PUNTO OMEGA. Worth to check out!

SUPREME COURT: Yell It Out

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
 Edit (1972)
Jun 10 2005
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Artist: SUPREME COURT (@)
Title: Yell It Out
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****
Kay Härtel of Davantage just released his second release as Supreme Court. The new album YELL IT OUT for sure takes inspiration from classic e.b.m. bands but luckily it is enough inspired of its own to result a hell of a record. You know, on these days it's really difficult to face this musical genre because there are so many Hocico clones and sometimes the bands loose the point and tend to forgot why they are playing what it should be considered "their music". Kay succeeds into the difficult mission of merge classic e.b.m. solutions with personal songwriting alternating powerful solutions, industrial moments (see "Mass media murder" or "Terror Chat"), dance rhythms and tons of intriguing melodies. In this way the album results well balanced offering different solutions that save the listener from a bad purchase.

STROMKERN: Stand Up

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
 Edit (1970)
Jun 08 2005
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Artist: STROMKERN (@)
Title: Stand Up
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****

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I have been following this Madison based Electronic act since the very first years with "Flicker Like A Candle" and I was always surprised how strong their musically evolution finally went. The last full-length "Armageddon" was a kind of outstanding highlight in their discography. And now with their first release on the German Dependent label they pick up all good ingredients from their predecessor like Ned Kirby’s staccato-like vocals (which some ignorant people would call RAP...), melodic synth lines and excellent compositions to a wider musically horizon on this pre-up Single-CD. "Stand Up" features all this well, but this track doesn’t surprise. Much better to my taste works "Slow Cascade (Version)" here because it is less driven by the vocals and has some brighter synth lines. Both tracks will be available in their original versions on the soon to be released new full length CD "Light it Up". Adding to the three different versions of "Stand Up" and the one mentioned "Slow Cascade" an unreleased track named "Can’t Believe", which has some light guitar sounds next to Ned’s still unique vocals included, this pre-released single-CD makes an acceptable warm-up while not being outstanding. Good release in all, but I am sure that this band will prove their abilities more and better with their upcoming full-length CD.
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Artist: MIND.IN.A.BOX.
Title: Certainty
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Only a very few months after the release of their successful debut "Lost Alone" this German duo presents a new single-CD which gives already an outlook to the soon to be released new full length album "Dreamweb". Consisting of Stefan Poiss (music) and Markus Hadwiger (lyrics) this project has received a never expected success and genre-bending recognition with their debut, so that the title "Newcomer of the year 2004" is surely well deserved. MIND.IN.A.BOX are outstanding for their strong ability to combine several music styles ranging from Electro, Synth Pop, Trance and Ambient-like elements to an innovative mixture which is above averages. You won’t find any weak parts in their music when you try to figure out in which music style you would fill them in. Everything is well and majestic arranged - I would go so far to use a BIG word like "innovation" in a pure form. And this "Certainty" will be certainty enough to pick up a new and promising foretaste on the new album. 35 minutes placed on 6 tracks can be discovered here, the title track comes along in four different versions (Single Edit, MIAB Alien Mix and two remix works by SEIZE and THEE HYPHEN). While THEE HYPHEN filled in some additional analogue sounds to the original, the SEIZE remix is a bit more straight to hit the dancefloors. Excellent produced is also the b-side "Beyond the World (Original Version)", a marvelous track to convince a non-electronic music listener how full of emotion and brilliant this music can be! This single-CD was also one of three parts of the now totally sold-out "Dependent Club Invasion" box DCI2 which is a limited collectors-item with which you get the chance to get three different single-CD’s for the price of a full-length album in advance before this singles will be released on a regular base. No matter if you have purchased "DCI 2" or this alone released single-CD – this is a must-have!


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