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Artist: THE DEEP EYENDE (@)
Title: Black out, the dark years
Format: CD
Label: PEOPLE LIKE YOU
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
The Cult was there! But now it is affected by a Gothic-Punk disease, and I like so much that drift: insistent guitars, a bass line strong like a patient but very heavy hammer and above all a smoky-rocky voice and I gotta mention a stage presence really strong and a no-stop tour strategy really impressive (see their MYSPACE to check the 2009 tour!). It's not only a question of "to be darkish and gothic", that's Rock above all, not only obscure garments and heavy make-up layers and a band like that has to play around like hell to demonstrate their values. The Bass in the third track and the guitar bring us in a dominion where New Order and other gods of Wave are walking another time but now are slaves of this obscure Punkish Hollywood band. The voice seems ready to be the guest in a Lynch Movie about the deepest side of INLAND EMPIRE. The whole work is sulfurous, Luciferian and ironic and there is also some erotic vibes very evident. The 13 track is ready to be used in a Barnum Circus of Horror, great, provocative and strong, I love this dark side of Hellywood; Polansky can understand me. Great Job!
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Artist: Paul Roland (@)
Title: NEVERMORE
Format: CD
Label: Syborgmusic (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Paul Roland wants to suggest us, and open our eyes-inside-ears into a different world made of mysteries and magics. We soar among organic sounds well played, a strong voice coming from nice rock ballads and above all we soar into a world of images and culture of our old Europe, not to mention a very very very nice Hammond sound. The result is really nice and depth: a 5 five star work and 10 star for the Art related to it. The tracks about Poe and Cpt. NEMO are really spine chilling and brought me away from the greyness of daily life, it reminds me my past readings in the J. Verne's worlds. That work is in fact a progressive ballad rock that has a soul not only sounds and every notes and vibes got a feature very rare in these days: the art to tell a story through a song. I felt also a skill in playing for musical 70s style, not to say a blasphemy but this guy is not so far from "Lamb lies down on Broadway", music moves an his voice brings it in a world where the telling-art is the center of the playing-art. His instinct linked with a great culture is for sure his best "weapon" to catch our attention and our imagination, thank you Paul, your dreams are pure art.
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Artist: UCNX
Title: Run your body
Format: CD
Label: MOMT
Distributor: MOMT
Rated: *****
I gotta confess, I am a terminal fan of Front 242 and this work follows their sound rules beat by beat, riff by riff and scream by scream. But there is more, the artistic operation is very smart, because UCNX used – remix and tortured to the GODS of EBM classic havy metal tracks of the 1980s. For sure this is an EBM old school work, but is so nice to hear this kind of brutal approach that I cannot say nothing bad about it; EBM is in the same time violent but even simply and straight like rock and roll/punk I love to hear this music, it transmits non stop action and great strenght. From the website of the label: "UCNX is an audio assault project based out of NJ/Philly (USA) from Douglas Sudia and John Monette focusing mainly on the industrial/electronic/alternative scene.Theirs is a fusion of various styles ranging from classic Electro-Industrial, IDM, Coldwave, Ambient, and Noise into a collection of storming club and experimental tracks with strong vocals, an overall rock sensibility, and strong respect to the past acts of the Wax Trax and Re-Constriction days, without being stuck in them." The voice, the effects and the classic EBM distortion over the voice are well recorded and MOMT, we gotta say, is making a very good job selecting very different artists, aggressive and really dude; let's move ahead MOMT you are in the right direction!
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Radio Resistencia
Format: CD
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Each time that I receive a promo packet from Matijn often I'm surprised and this time it happened the same. RADIO RESISTENCIA is a CD compilation gathering eighteen bands, same of them new on Enfant Terrible and some others not. The first surprise is that Enfant Terrible opened a section of the label to CD releases and the second is that Martijn decided to open the label to new genres. So, on RADIO RESISTENCIA you'll find something more than electronic sounds. The CD opens with five bands/songs that aren't sounding electronic at all but they are really interesting as they mix post punk noisy intuitions (Swann Danger and Black Ice), noise ballads with light industrial rhythms (Headcollision with their "Fireman"), melancholy piano low-fi ballads (Saralunden with "Les mains d'un autre") and dreamy ballads with accordion and female vocals (Louisa La Chouf with "Thousand miles of dreaming"). Electronic music starts with the great "Obrisi" (it is a convincing minimal electro track with old e.b.m. influences and a catchy female voice) brought by the Croatian band Popsimova and the same atmospheres are covered also by Flying Bodies with "Transformer" and by Florence Fast Fan Club with the instrumental "Subliminal neurosis". "Something ahead" by :Codes bring us to the D.A.F. atmospheres of the "Fur Immer" period. Agent Side Grinder is the first band I know of the lot and they present "The screams" a track of cold electro wave. Dolina from France with "Once again" are here with a good track of old electro wave. Kim Ki O are from Turkey and their "Mutsuzsunuz, Hepiniz" is a really nice song influenced by 80's electro wave with pumping bass lines, drum machines and a duet of dreamy synth lines and female vocals. Model Z with "Military march" offer a cold synth track influenced by early Die Form. Also Le Moine are from France and their "Amnesia" is a nice instrumental electro wave voyage. Antlers Mulm bring a different version of his "Painted graves" coming from the beautiful "Of Withered Sparks" I already reviewed here months ago. Distel with "Fand" are the darker band of the lot: they made a track made of minimal sounds and nice subtle melodies. Wermut with "The systematic destruction of craving" bring to the audience a track based on a 4/4 pumping industrial like snare drum with an obsessive sequenced bass line and a razor guitar. Oplen from Sweden close this great compilation with "Music for trains", a lo-fi electronic instrumental obsessive tunes. Check some excerpts from the label's website and don't miss this release!
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Artist: Psy'Aviah
Title: Entertainment Industries
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Rated: *****
I seem to have a certain proclivity for European female vocalists, at least when it applies to electronic music. From Miss Kittin or The Knife to 64 Revolt, I'm likely to be more into a project as soon as I hear that sexy foreign accent. Which brings us to Psy'Aviah, a Belgian project on the Alfa Matrix label (possibly one of the few projects that share the same homeland as the label), who just so happen to have some damn sexy female vocals, not to mention pretty spiffy music.


"Entertainment Industries" is Psy'Aviah's second full length album, though I have yet to here their first effort, so I can't compare them. What I can say is that this is 16 tracks of solid inventive EBM/ Electropop goodness. The majority of the tracks lean more towards the EBM side of things, with a focus on creative synthlines and beats that aren't afraid to get dirty and experimental, though never outright noisy. The pop side of things is explored only really on a few songs, my favorites of which are probably the catchy "In the shadows" and the slightly eerie (in a good way) "Tired". But they're all very solid tracks, and they can only really be fit into proper genres in a broader sense, as they definitely have their own take on danceable electro.

If you like your EBM with more bite to it and would enjoy some electro pop that wasn't trying so damn hard to sound like Apoptygma Berzerk and the like, I highly suggest you check this record out.


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