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Red Industrie: Censored

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 22 2014
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Artist: Red Industrie
Title: Censored
Format: CD
Label: EK Product (@)
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
Mexico's Helder Camberos counts already to the veterans out of his country and presents now his second full-length album signed to the Italian EK Product label. After the well recognized last album 'Destroyer' and the short-time episode signed to Germany's Electro Arc label, this all new album can count on a lot of similarities compared to the predecessors. It's not only EBM presented on this with 18 tracks opulent offered silver-circle, Red Industrie intermixes with genre-bending styles like Futurepop, Electro-Clash, and/or Powernoise to hunt for attention of the international audience. Helder is also world-wide known for his talent to cooperate with international renowned artists for their influence on his compositions. This kind of work could be already noticed under his more Synth-/Electropop-oriented project Isis Signum (check for reviews here on our site'¦) in mutual compositions, remix contributions, or guest vocal appearances. So you can be assured to get a varied Electronica album from Helder with mostly danceable tunes while you should keep in mind that not all of his compositions end in a satisfying result. First of all the foundation is based on minimal EBM / Electropop structures on nearly every track. Guitars provided in a pathetic Rock-Music manner are seemingly an allowed music-instrument to use ('(D)ark Angel', 'Still Breathing'), but this element is seemingly a matter of taste. It also needs to be said that there are out there more talented vocalists and lyricists than Helder is actually capable to deliver. His 'messages' out of his lyrically content dealing with fetishes, control, censorship and rebellion are mostly slogan-likes shouts with a plain meaning. There can be at times extracted the tacky suspicion, that this album 'lives' from the guest appearances and their talents, because the best and most satisfying results belong to the collaborative tracks like the nice pads / bass-line sequences of 'Kathy's Song (Apoptygma Berzerk cover)', or the noise patterns of 'Fetiche Futuro (feat. H.I.V.+)'. As far as remixes go, the worlds' most hired remixer alive, Mr. Peter Rainman (People Theatre)' adds a post-modern outfit and adds his voice for a few parts on the already mentioned cover 'Kathy's Song', while Dark Control Operation know perfectly how to program a badass bass-line on 'Fetiche Futuro'. Also the further remixes of Tourdeforce, LA-X, Tecnoman SF, Neikka RPM, and Matsfer provide satisfaction and compensate for the almost average own compositions. 'Censored' as a whole album is a two-sided sword and it needs an open mind to accept the complete content. In the first instance it looks a bit like overkill to provide 18 tracks, but since this album touches a lot of diverse styles and offers a lot of Helder's talent to collaborate with musicians out of very different countries, it finally makes sense. If it comes to rate Helder's very own compositions it needs to be said that they aren't cooked with the freshest water available. There's a lot of space for development.

Neuro-Sentence: The Shores of Anhedonia

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Aug 12 2014
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Artist: Neuro-Sentence (@)
Title: The Shores of Anhedonia
Format: CD
Label: Xperiment XIII (@)
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
From a music distributor to a label: Australian-based agency Xperiment XIII has decided to concentrate from now on completely as a Electronica-based label and presents us with the US-duo Neuro-Sentence one of their first releases. Neuro-Sentence has been established in 2009 in Colorado Springs and both members, Count W and Elipsis, can look back on a first EP entitled 'Victims & Virtues'. Their track 'Dominion' has already gained some local-based recognition, since some DJ's started to spin this track. 'Dominion' also opens this new full-length-album and it is arranged in kind of your usual Harsh EBM track with raw beats, Techno-fanfare-like synthesizer-leads and highest dancefloor-compatibility. The music generally presented on this album rather stands for the state-of-art of the notorious Hellectro-camp, but luckily both band-members have some more elements in their holster which they manage to throw in. First worth to mention is their kind of vocal processing, which rather sounds like taken out of a Goth-/Dark Wave-related production. It reminds a bit on Andrew Szava-Kovats (Data Bank A) on LSD, if it needs comparisons. There's also available a kind of a Black-Metal-vibe pretty nice installed through some pounding guitar-riffs. The guitars do not sound as if they've been taken out of overused sample-quells ('Inferno (For A Heart)', 'Kali'). Their best ability is without doubt their morbid and haunting sound-environment and their dark and sinister mood. They often install depressive piano sounds to lead the tracks. Also their cold and mechanic synth-pads skillfully integrated in such brilliant tunes like 'Anhedonia' nails the listener. Just when they tend to leave their raw and repetitive Harsh-EBM course for a while, they offer their musically strongest moments. There's multi-facetted talent behind Neuro-Sentence. If they can decide to work out better the overused Harsh-EBM sound ingredients to reach a more original sound-design, they might be able to be one of the upcoming global-players in the scene. So let's keep the fingers crossed for them.

[Electric Resistance]: Brave New Day

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Aug 09 2014
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Artist: [Electric Resistance] (@)
Title: Brave New Day
Format: CD EP
Label: Insane Records (@)
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
New Russian Electro-/Industrial label Insane Records has been seemingly founded out of the ruins of the Artificial Sun-label. But differently to Artificial Sun focusing mostly on Industrial- / Metal-Crossover music, this new label is rather more dedicated to the Electronica side of life. [Electric Resistance] has been already active under Artificial Sun and this Moscow-based project can look back on a first EP-release. To start off with Insane Records, label and band have decided to give this new 6-track-EP away to a "pay-what-you-want-procedure' as a download via Bandcamp, but there is also available a 9-track physical CD-version which offers 3 additional remix contributions by such prominent Russian scene-marauders like Cutoff:Sky, the Kaliningrad-based Industrial-Chaostronica-brothers of Type V Blood, and Deviant Haze. The music of [Electric Resistance] is a raw and straight driving form of Electro/EBM/Industrial music, at times supported by some raging guitar riffs. Although all song-titles are in English, the lyrics are nearly completely provided in Russian language by the mastermind behind, Alexander Dmitriev. For the most part in the music of [Electric Resistance], Alexander avoids it to fall into the repetitive Harsh EBM/Hellectro rush; he can be rather sorted to be a classic-inspired Electronica musician, who has rather taken his lessons out of EBM and Rock/Metal-music styles. To point out the best track out of the 6 original tunes is a bit difficult, because they all have preferences. The energetic screamo-vocals of 'Remember' and 'City' are worth a mention for instance, while 'Electric Trash' could be pointed out as being the most accessible track and it doesn't wonder, that Cutoff:Sky and Type V Blood have taken this one to produce their remixes on it. I see this second release of this project as the much better conceived one compared to the debut, it mainly introduces much better the sound outfit of this up- and coming Moscow-based project. Good and well produced EBM stuff so let's keep the finger crossed that this project continues to produce a full-length album.
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Artist: Control (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
Maybe the clocks in Fairfield, Iowa, are ticking differently to any other thinkable place in States, but c'mon guys, wasn't it possible to find any other more original band-name than a simple 'Control', which is already in use by some other Electronica music-projects? Although 'different' is a good paraphrase which could be often used when it comes to talk on the content this self-titled debut album. Control is a three-man outfit consisting of Joseph Mayfield (vocals), Joey Del Re (guitars, programming) and Dominic Rabalais (synths, programming). Being pretty much inspired by the Synthpop-driven Pop- / New Wave -music culture of the 80s (darkest Depeche Mode, Ultravox, New Order, The Cure to name the idols'¦), they create a post-modern sound-outfit filled additionally with their own area-based cultural background. And so this 13-track album swims in inspiration and into stylistically diversity which surprises here and there. The listing of additional, mostly unusual instruments in their Electronica music outfit is a long one (for example mandolin in 'Tonight' / saxophone on 'Condemned To Feel' and 'Corpse') and absolutely proofs their diversity. A lot of different moods and impressions mostly provided through the at times quite sarcastic lyrics have been tested and at least installed. Lyricist/vocalist Joseph Mayfield offers a lot of blood and sweat with his timbre and the lyrical content dealing of one's inner pain to keep control over the musically course both his band-mates manage to produce. The 'Personal Jesus'-like guitar-riff of 'Hardwired' gets soon vanished by the bubbling synth bass-lines and a catchy chorus-passage, which a kid is able to sing along. 'Corpse', a track which has been specially supported with a video clip-production, impresses with its scratching bass-line sequences and the upbeat tempo. In between 'Tonight' slows down the speed and offers nearly romantic lyrics dealing with endless yearning. 'No One Knows' is another favorite worth to check out because of its quite accessible composition full of Pop-aesthetics. 'Condemned To Feel' and especially Joseph's emotional kind to sing on this track brings back reminiscences of the better DM-days and he could win the imaginary 'let's-sing-like-Gahan' song contest. The row of highlights could be continued as all of these featured 13 tracks are sort of favorites and have their very own preferences. No doubt, this Iowa-based Control music-project has already found an ideal niche to play with Wave-/Pop music-accessibility, while they never fall the same time into redundancy or mediocrity. That's nice entertainment which deserves the few more spins until the whole meaning behind takes effect.

Vomito Negro: Death Sun

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Aug 06 2014
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Artist: Vomito Negro (@)
Title: Death Sun
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Mailorder
Rated: *****
I think it is unnecessary to introduce this Belgian cult-project a bit more detailed, isn't it? Gin Devo strikes back with his famous EBM/Electro music-project and offers a completely new album signed to Scanner / Dark Dimension label-group in Europe, but thankfully too with a license deal to Metropolis Records. I call this release as being one of the best license deals of the last 6 months! 'Death Sun' picks up the ideas left after their last years' marvellous album 'Fall Of An Empire'. The musical approach of this project is essentially based on the EBM sound outfit so popular in Europe in the mid-80s. If you count Front 242, The Klinik, and/or A Split-Second to be the most prominent names out of the Belgian EBM-heydays, you have to add Vomito Negro in the same row. And also for this new album counts still the same successful formula: no usage of software-based synthesizers, only hardware equipment has been used to record this album. The result comes out as wanted: it's purest, massive produced EBM/Electronica-music with the dark mood so typical and genre-building for Vomito Negro, if you remember your beloved collections with classics like 'The New Drug', 'Human', 'Shock' or 'Dare'. Gin Devo's music impresses with the machinated pressure through hammering sequencer loops and tough kick-and-snare works with the typical raw and Punk-like kind of the EBM heydays. This album kicks of with haunting instrumental tune called 'Time' with sinister sounding synth-pads in a Downtempo-like, Dark Electro-vein. 'Stain' animates for the first time the dark audience to storm the floors in the clubs with its cold and repetitive bass line sequences and the dramatic sounding vocal performance of Gin. 'Fighting The Force' also doesn't take prisoners and impresses with its monotonous song-structure and the tormented vocal performances. 'Obsession' is still danceable, but lesser drastic produced, more subtle with the exception of the pummelling percussion section to the end of the track. 'White Lights' with its slightly distorted rhythm-section proves once again the originality of the musician Gin Devo and actually no one using software plug-ins will be able to copy this in a satisfying manner. Same counts for the noisy soundscapes in 'Nairaland' woven into a Klinik-al rhythm section. Deeply impressed I was also with the closing tune 'Angel Fire', an epic sounding Dark Electro instrumental tune with a repetitive kick and snare-work. Crafty and powerful produced, this album doesn't leave any wishes open if you want to find a well-fitting soundtrack to bring back the tough Belgian EBM heydays. Forget whatever you have heard lately out of the Harsh-EBM camp, because this one here is more intense and most importantly more authentic produced than any of the recent up-to-date stuff. Excellent work!


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