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IC 434: The Banished

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 30 2002
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Artist: IC 434 (@)
Title: The Banished
Format: CD
Label: Body Records (Daft Records) (@)
Distributor: EFA / Trisol
It's been quite a long time since last time I got something from Daft records (or their sub label Body records, in this case) and it's been quite a long time since a band has been compared to Cat Rapes Dog and Project Pitchfork, so it is with great pleasure and curiosity that I put on "The Banished", by Belgian Dj and electronic artist Geert de Wilde, here under his moniker IC 434, name of a galactic fog. This is his 3rd full length album and presents hard hitting edgy industrial-dance drumming, minimal but punchy power electronic textures, overall saturation, dancy techno-rave lines and buried distorted vocals according to the book of true electronic body music of Mittel-European origins. The commercial catchy lines of the dancefloor clash with the brutal noise fierce here. Beat is the key here, fast and slow but always pounding, along with the analog synths and the digital sequencing. Instrumental compositions but also interesting lyrics in some songs and sampled vocals in others (like in "Our Great Nation", where a war-making US president Bush practically declares war right after September 11). And it was with great surprise that I found out that there is one more electronic band (along with Australia's Eye, but sadly not many others) who cares about animal rights and who sings about it in a song. My hat goes off to that!

CESIUM 137: Regrets

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 18 2002
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Artist: CESIUM 137 (@)
Title: Regrets
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Tone Deaf (@)
This second Cesium 137's single has been released after their first album titled "Advance/Decay" and it represents a sort of celebration of what the band reached in such a short time. This new single contains four new versions of the main track, the album version and a beautiful new track titled "Bloodletter" which is a good example of energetic 80's ebm orientated track with catchy melodies and arrangements (the memorable riff and the synth bleeps will get you to dance without even noticing)... Of the remixed versions of "Regrets" I prefer the Yendri Mix (it's a shame I hadn't the opportunity to listen her new album yet!) because I like how her changed the melodic lines without twisting the song's structure. Instead the "Haujobb - The 1k Mix", "Kbn-Colony Of Zooids Mix" and the "Quiet Eye-Red Eye Mix" versions tend to dilate the track's structure basing themselves on the rhythmic impact: they are always interesting but you know how much I love good melodic and powerful songs. Along with the MCD you can also find a good video of the main track where you can see also the band playing in their own basement! ;)

OverVoltage: Belaruzer

 Posted by Davide Del Col   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 17 2002
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Artist: OverVoltage (@)
Title: Belaruzer
Format: CD
Label: DIS Productions (@)
Seven tracks for 50 minutes of beating industrial with harsh drum machine constructions. OverVoltage bet on songs built upon only rythmic compositons, sometimes entering on techno territories ("Transmitter"), but this means a limit for this cd.Often the song evolution is too much scholastic and little various, expecially in the first two tracks, "Kanci" and "Scheduling", where the drum march is so much fast as boring. Things get better with the syncopatic movements generated on the fifth track "Lodki", but the real top track of the album is "Belaruzer ver.b" with a interesting progress and an intelligent superimposition of sounds. With this track of eleven minutes OverVoltage show that they are able to create passages worthy of praise, but this is too much little to save this work from boredom.

VV.AA.: Electro club attack - The classix I

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 04 2002
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electro club attack - The classix I
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: XXC/Zoomshot
Distributor: Audioglobe
The usual slab of more or less famous electro/EBM acts on this double cd in the "Electro club attack" series. This time the sampler seems to be focused on harder old-school styles, with the likes of Dive, Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy, Die Krupps, Die Form, etc. But also the more recent projects included lean on the more violent and in-your-face side of the genre, with some examples of the Ant-Zen undercurrent (Synapscape, Hypnoskull, Imminent Starvation…). Other names featured: Velvet Acid Christ, L'Ame Immortelle (of course!), Oomph!, Terminal Choice, In Strict Confidence, Covenant…

LOST SIGNAL: Catharsis

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 23 2002
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Artist: LOST SIGNAL (@)
Title: Catharsis
Format: CD
Label: Matrix Cube/Trisol (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Lost Signal is Charles Rehill at vocals, lyrics, programming and composition; this cd also features Tom Shear (Assemblage 23) at production, mixing and additional programming, and Mads Fogt (Arzt+Pfusch) at digital mastering. The production is actually very well done, with clear and powerful sounds. Lost Signal plays a blend of pounding and aggressive (but not monotonous) electro beats, some ethereal synth/keyboards layer and clear, unfiltered vocals delivering some personal, existentialist lyrics. There's a constant presence of multi-layered beats and catchy melancholic tunes, like in "Apathy", which sort of draws a line between Lost Signal and the tons of heavier, but rougher electro acts.


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