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Artist: Intercity3
Title: Love The Way You Are
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Urbcom (@)
Rated: *****
This is the first official release of this London-based collective, which can look back on a promising compilation appearance with their track "Windows" on the 2-years-old Urbcom double-CD release "Recreation V. 2". "Windows" brought in unexpected success, so the call for new stuff was loud enough to release now this 7-track EP, again via Urbcom. Responsible for the machinery and controls is D. Escott, better known with his very own AWAX project, which too is related with Urbcom. For INTERCITY3 different vocalists got hired, like the both females Catasha Kin, a London-based singer, promoter and DJ, as well as the Brighton-based Liz Andrews (SWARF) and the Danish PROJECT-BLUE-musician Martin Holt. So from the vocal part, there’s quite diversity, but also musically INTERCITY3 can’t be thrown into only one cupboard. The music takes elements out of up-to-date sounding Synth-/Futurepop themes, inserts also Trance and House elements, but also harder EBM evoking an enjoyable Industrial ambience got included. A quite interesting sound outfit, since no track comes out in an expected kind. Best moments are offered with the nearly Indie-/Alternative-sounding track "Freaks", featuring an energetic D. Escott in front of the micro, but also both last track "Catch Me" and the nearly 7 minutes clocking "Supersonic Dreams", which offer impressive Electronica arrangements. Completely well done, entertaining and recommendable, I hope for a full-length album of this project.

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Artist: The Peoples Republic Of Europe
Title: Singularity
Format: CD
Label: Vendetta Music (@)
Distributor: KGD Media
Rated: *****
The Denver-based label Vendetta-Music becomes more and more the first-class address when it comes to sign or to license some Europe-based Hard-Tech/rhythmically Powernoise act, also the Dutch TPROE aren’t an exception. Following musically a relatively comparable coarse like their label-mates and countrymen of MONO-ANIME, also TPROE offer a brutal sound outfit taking its influence out of up-to-date sound TBM, Electro/Industrial and pure Noise. Dozens of voice samples are in use to strengthen some of their messages and I feel at least and in parts more conform with this one compared to MONO-ANIME. Take some already discovered acts of the ProNoize-roster like S.A.M. or FABRIK C and you’ll get an idea, how TPROE sound. As for highlights, well, there can be chosen almost all, if you look for some wild dancefloor action, but the sentimental piece "Bitter Seventeen" dedicated to a died young teenager makes a complete and ominous sounding difference to all other tracks. It has also to be said, that this one beats brutal and unstoppable – but it doesn’t include anything new or refreshing. There are out there several other acts offering more ideas and TPROE are acting rather like the daily but still beloved burger for a dinner. Not bad at all, but it needs more to get recognized out of a mass of this swamped genre.
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Artist: Funker Vogt
Title: White Trash – K17 Live Excerpt
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: RepoRecords / SPV (@)
Rated: *****
A teaser for FUNKER VOGT’s demanding plans for 2009, which will see the release of a double-CD and double DVD entitled "Warzone K17". The title track "White Trash" is a new compositions, which has been presented for the first time live to the audience at the Berlin-based club "K17". Since the recording quality of this live gig happened back in April 2008 was that brilliant, the band has decided to work out all efforts of producing a double-CD and double-DVD. "White Trash" is a relatively easy-minded FUNKER VOGT-track featuring all their good ingredients like a catchy refrain, hymn-like synth melodies, rough EBM-bass-lines and a danceable beat. The live "feeling" provided through the yelling and applauding audience is still included here, although the recording has been polished in the studio. As additional goody, this Downloadable-only item offers two additional tracks, which are 2008-versions of both classic tracks "Thanks For Nothing" and "Black Hole", both originally released on the 1996-Zoth Ommog-debut album "Thanks For Nothing". Maybe new studio versions of this classic are sought-after from the fans, but... it needs to be said, that I still enjoy more the rougher sounding originals. The complete album "Thanks For Nothing" is the classic release, a nearly monument importantly connected with the history of Zoth Ommog. The try to refresh or to better a monument is nearly impossible. Let’s look forward to the coming new releases offering the live-power this act has to offer.

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Artist: OHGR
Title: Devil In My Details
Format: CD
Label: Synthetic Symphony (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
The first question every Electro/Industrial-junkie asks, is the one, how much Nivek Ogre’s new solo-album will sound like a work of the famous veterans SKINNY PUPPY. I guess all readers of this web resource are familiar with PUPPY, therefore it doesn’t need any further excursions into their meaningful career. But OHGR is OGHR and hasn’t got too much to do with the famous Canadian giants. "Devil In My Details" comes out full of experiments, which multiple unheard sounds (you should hear the brass interments (!!!) on "Feelin’ Chicken"). Has Ogre especially under the PUPPY-moniker being often discovered as a spooky and scary person, the open-minded musician shines through his solo work. It is at least the work, which strengthens his status as being a real musician over his status as being the monstrous vocalists of a scene-related icon. His vocal performance is surely the one and only unique point which reminds on PUPPY, but that can’t be avoided. But thanks to the already reached status Ogre has received so far, this new album comes out quite unconventional, unorthodox and full of weird ideas. It isn’t a "hit" album which has to follow selling-related structures, it’s rather more the psychotic result, if Ogre and his band members are able produce without boundaries. Therefore most of the tracks are following each other without clear interruptions and it was intended to produce an album with only one long track. But at least here’s the point, where the record company has set a stop. If you’re ready for a musically quite diverse coarse, then give this album a try.
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Artist: Autoclav 1.1 (@)
Title: Love No Longer Lives Here
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Another act with a so-called cult status now signed under the flag of the uprising Tympanik Audio-label, the British Electronica-specialist Tony Young and his infamous AUTOCLAV 1.1 project presents a new studio album. If the chosen album title and the generally depressive mood caused through Tony’s arrangements on this new album have any deeper with some personal experiences , maybe of a gone relationship is at least still a secret out of Tony’s private life, but I guess that Tony reflects quite often internals through his music. At least, this would fit also to the impression the beautiful album art with black/white photos in a digipak provides. Musically Tony has seldom before produced an album, which offers so much organic elements like guitars (check "All Long Black Spirals" featuring Jamie Blacker of ESA)and piano sounds besides the expected doze of IDM/Electronica music. It is surely a quite different and interesting point of view to explore a more organic sound outfit asides the known and futuristic Electronica elements – yes, this fusion may can be called innovative – but at least, those more Electronica-layered sounding tracks like the struggling "It’s Indifference" or the mechanical-moving but quite melodic "Hell Is The Face Of Love" (featuring a bass guitar performance by Dave Pybus of CRADLE OF FILTH) have my preference. "Love No Longer Lives Here" comes generally out surprising straight and 4/4-oriented, Tony’s often discovered complexity in his main rhythm structures have been reduced to take a backseat in the new AUTOCLAV 1.1 sound outfit. It is nevertheless a highly recommendable album full of refreshing ideas, but it needs an open mind and horizon from the listener.
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