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STARK: Wield E.P.

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 04 2003
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Artist: STARK (@)
Title: Wield E.P.
Format: CD
Label: Ground Under Productions (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Incredible new release for Ground Under Productions which from the Australian underground brings to light a new e.b.m. industrial act called Stark. Their WIELD E.P. will make no hostages because its eight songs are killer ones. If you are sick of waiting new Wumpscut tracks and you feel kinda nostalgic about his early releases or if you need more Hocico in your life this is for sure your new addiction. Since the first track this E.P. presents a band with an "in your face attitude" but with a good taste about arrangements. You know, distorted is better but if you use the right melody/sounds with stops and go and everything that is able to pump the adrenalin in your body that's so good... The three versions of "Wield" (the only song take form the forthcoming album titled "The Surgical Suite") are cool but also the other five tracks, "Pattaya", "On Your Skin", "Exquisite Pain (Chance)" and the instrumental "Venus" and "Lifestyle" are able to show Stark's skills immediately. They are no clones and are worth your attention!

Melotron tour edition 2003: Wetfrieden

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 02 2003
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Artist: Melotron tour edition 2003 (@)
Title: Wetfrieden
Format: CD
Label: Razorburn Productions
Distributor: Razorburn Productions
Melotron-tour edition 2003: Weltfrieden

This cd is for the one who wants to dance till ye drop!
Tracks of electronic bliss gliding you through stories of life stories like fairy tales putting you in a dance trance to never never land.

Track one Welt du bist so still silent world. this track is so catching taking you to his silent world getting you there through beautiful words entering the world with words the masses will never forget this song was designed to stay in your head and remain there forever more.

Track seven Lilienthals traum follow me into the light. this track is about a dream perhaps something that may happen or already has this song has electronic beats that wrap around you and keep you motionless you stand still you take this song in you live it breathe it and it will not leave you.

Track 12 Wohin where? this is a dance floor dream power electronicnes gone insanedancing the night away is the only thing to do to this song enough said.

Melotron tour edition 2003 all the tracks are designed to get all of you to dance dance till ye drop and never forget just how important and valuable life is.

Catch Melotron playing with Covenant on tour now these great bands compliment each other.

DAF: Funfzehn Neue DAF Lieder

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 05 2003
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Artist: DAF
Title: Funfzehn Neue DAF Lieder
Format: CD
Label: Superstar (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe

It could be difficult for every band to come back after seventeen years and demonstrate to themselves and to the audience that the project has got still a sense and kicks asses. This is even more true if we think that D.A.F. are one of the modern electronic/techno fathers along with Suicide and Kraftwerk. Did they succeeded? Globally yes. First of all I must admit that (as many of you, I think) I never listened to their last album released back in 1986 and titled "First Step To Heaven", so I've got to base my comments knowing the older ones and some releases of the projects Gabi Del Gado and Robert Gorl did during these years. Gorl respect Del Gado has been more active as he released different albums since 1984 (the first of them has been "Night Full Of Tension" which contains the sigle "Darling Don't Leave Me" which had Annie Lennox as guest vocalist). Del Gado instead after releasing an album in 1983 titled "Mistress" surfaced again with the project Daf Dos in 1996 (even if he started to work to it years before with the name OPD In Operation DAF). For more informations about the old years please visit our articles link into the archives section. Anyway, let's talk about this FUNFZEHN NEUE DAF LIEDER (Fifteen New DAF Songs). This new album starts were the DAF of the "Fur Immer" period and the DAF DOS stopped as most of the songs have got techno and the classic band's sound influences at the same time. Of the fifteen tracks I really appreciated the second half of them (starting from "Seltsame Freunde") because in my opinion DAF found the right balance between old and new sound. A track like "Algorithmus" would be a perfect single in my opinion but maybe they opted for "Der Sheriff" because of the particular political period (the song is an anti American anthem and also the video, which you can download from their website, ends with the American flag in flames). Also tracks like "Der Prasident", "Liebeszimmer" or "Ich Bin Morgen Wieder Da" are rhythm driven songs but they have got also melodic parts or other kind of changes that help making the song interesting and powerful. "Der Sheriff", "Ich Bin Tot" or "Die Luge" are good songs based mainly on obsessive parts (I know, this has always been a distinctive mark for the band) but maybe because of the sounds, which sometimes sound too digital, the songs sound a little static. It could be only a matter of abitude but I liked songs like "Algorithmus" immediately. Anyway, this has been a good come back and I warmly advice you to check this out.

Front 242: Still & Raw

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 28 2003
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Artist: Front 242
Title: Still & Raw
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
As if the upcoming "Pulse" CD enough to give any EBM and F242 fan a week long orgasm, it’s followed up with this EP filled with all new exclusive songs. This CD will give you the template on which they are working with on "Pulse", with a gymnastic display of electronic prowess that makes you wonder half what equipment they use and half if they are melded to them. Consider this the more vocal-oriented, less instrumental version to "Pulse", giving us more of the slower songs ala "Tyranny For You", giving us a duality between this and the new CD. Great companion to your pre-order. Rating: 10. Awwwwwwwww tis the day to be an F242 fan. ;-) Look forward to an interview soon with the group as well, and don’t forget our interview with their project Speedtribe in our interview section.!

Utopia Banished: s/t

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 22 2003
Artist: Utopia Banished (@)
Title: s/t
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: selfreleased
Utopia:Banished is a Deutsch one-man project spitting out some angry ass distortion-loaded music with screaming vocals and straight forward industrial attitude. It all starts out like a Sonar or Dive thing but then adds down-pitched sampled metal guitar riffs (that for the pleasure of those who hate guitars are kept low enough not to bother anyone and pretty much act like added pressure), frantic electronics, industrial beats, treated and over-driven vocals. Myself, on the other hand, I love guitars on electronics so when the second song is about to start (with an equally exciting power electronics intro as in the opening track) and the scratching 6-strings get a little more dominant and pounding, I enjoy myself in the reminiscence of some of my favourite German old school aggro-industrial bands, like Die Krupps. The constant EBM-ish screamed vocals contribute to the violence and make sure (if need be, not that it did) that reminiscence is never confused with copying. When the short riff mayhem is over Chris moves on to Reznor-like whispering, soft disturbed electronics, padded beats and aleatory tension in the air. It's foreseeable that he's just gathering forces to launch the next sonic assault, a more down-tempo song big on analog sounds. More KMFDM/F242/Cat Rape Dogs/Borghesia can be found here and there but Chris shows his skills in never being redundant and instead moving on to a frenetic drum'n'bass beat that will make you remember what year you are in. When the piano wraps it up it gets darker and holier, with choruses, big chords, treated vocals and samples working up against his usual screaming performances. I hope that with my references I didn't give you the impression that there's lots of nostalgia involved, it's just a matter of feel. This is modern sounding stuff and it's good stuff, which carries around a certain national vibe that you'll like and recognize only if you were around for the glorious days. If you weren't give this a listen and prepare for the re-birth.

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