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Jul 04 2009
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Artist: The-Pulsar (@)
Title: Never
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
New album for this Russian trio, which often gets compared as being Russia’s answer on FRONT 242. I wouldn’t completely agree on this, since that Military-outfit and behavior has been always and only the playing field of the Belgian giants in their heydays. But let’s agree that the power and pressure of the sounds THE-PULSAR are capable to awake and press out of their machinery, can be compared in some way with the mighty and fat studio arrangements of 242. This is also the remarkable point in the music of this Russian project: the combination of symphonic and bombastic sounding string and synth-layer sounds offers an unbelievable depth into the music. THE-PULSAR are pretty much based into the veteran sound of some EBM pioneers, although they do not sound dated. The music has of course nothing in common with the overrated Techno/Trance influences of nowadays hypes, but at least also THE-PULSAR show their will to add variations into the strict EBM formula. A bit Dub, a bit 2-Step, a bit Breakbeat thrown in ("Never", "Die For Something", "Blind Vision"), yes, and did I hear here and there some guitar-like sounds? THE-PULSAR seem to have taken the required time to develop in expanding dimensions, none of the tracks is shorter than 5 minutes, some turn to 8 minutes + playing time. Of course, "Never" is their strongest and best work so far, which pushes the band to the top of Russia’s Electro/Industrial scene. With a three-men formation now several live performances seem to be required to undersign this evolution. "Never" is a diverse sounding opus based on an EBM-related foundation, but with several hints to different music styles, which makes it attractive. A wider musically horizon over the normal EBM listening experience of the listener is required for fully satisfaction.
Jul 03 2009
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Artist: Tyske Ludder
Title: Anonymous
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain media group GmbH
Distributor: exclusive distribution for these territories: Germany - Nova MD GmbH Austria - Rebeat Music Vertrieb Gmbh Italy – Audioglobe France – Soundworks Spain – Redrum, UK + Ireland - Code7/Plastic Head
Rated: *****
Just on time, before the WGT festival in Leipzig kicks off the new, fifth album by Tyske Ludder has been brought out. The Frisian (West-North Germany)unit entitled the new output "Anonymous" and prove with it that they are still standing strong in the EBM scene. There is little if any self-restrain on those ten tracks in regard to volume and lyrics that just thrash you in your face.
The typical sound for TL Old School sound has got here some serious up-to-date touches thus the whole thing just strikes through the ears and into the morrow of your bones. This is the way many EBM fans like it. The dynamic and rhythm are certainly there to shake the dance floors.
"Bastard" has got rather contentious lyrics that are likely to cause some heated discussions. Similar can be said about "Frya Frisenia" and "Maschienenstaat." Lines such as Und deine Mutter, sie f**k ich auch" i.e. "And your mother, I’ll f**k her too" are usually expected from hip-hoppers, not from EBM bands, but perhaps I missed some important artistic developments in the electro scene recently. "Gebet" – "Prayer" is a rather strong song music-wise. DJs should have it in their case on every party thus it will be often requested. This number is absolutely capable to sweep the people away, especially those who speak no German or do not get much into song’s lyrics. "Panzer" sounded strangely familiar to me; hence I assumed it to be a cover but could not put my finger on the author. It turned out to have been originally written by TL’s label-mates Jesus and the Gurus that has got new, sharp EBM touch to it. "March" is a well thought through track that continues the military theme on the album. (I assume this is a British war song covered, but I’m not sure about that.) It is not really clear what makes people residing in the peaceful Germany to write so many songs about war. War is not aesthetic and there is nothing fascinating about it, take it from me.
"Anonymous" is a result of a long creative process and deserves to be given a fair listening; many strong selling points with some deficits mingled in between.
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Artist: BRONZE
Title: Bronze
Format: 7"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
The American band Bronze should have participated to the "Radio Resistencia" CD compilation as they took part to the HEX nights organized by Enfant Terrible but they ended having a 7" on their own, instead. The band formed by members of Vanishing (who performed at the Hex nights) and Spector Protector for this release recorded "One Night In Mexico" and "Hymn Of The Night Shepherd", two tracks which show a band with a particular sound influenced by post punk, post rock (see their use of syncopated drum rhythms) and minimal synth wave (check they synth inserts that sound like screams or like a theremin) but filtered through a sort of psychedelic approach. The alienated vocals duet with floating synth waves and almost tribal drums. The single doesn't offer easy listening sounds as the tracks seem two long acid trips shortened into four and six minutes. I would have preferred to listen to tracks with a different mood because this could make think to the occasional listener that the band has a limited vision, thing that I don't think it is true...
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Artist: FUTURE BEAT ALLIANCE
Title: Patience And Distance
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Eevo Next (@)
Rated: *****
Active since 1996 Matthew Puffett is the guy behind the Future Beat Alliance moniker and PATIENCE AND DISTANCE is his third full length release. Available as digital download the album offers fourteen tracks influenced by ambient and Detroit techno. His lush sounds recalled me some atmospheres created by Marco Bernardi/Octogen (check the beautiful "Breath in your fear" where Matthew created a convincing mix of melody, upbeat rhythms using warm sounds) as well as some Miami atmospheres a la Gosub. Growing cyclic structures are used to create strong atmospheric moments where you are lost into fluctuating sounds and rich rhythmic textures. Some tracks need more than a listening to be fully appreciated because at first they sound a little naive melodically talking but with the listening I appreciated also the extemporaneous experimental attitude (check the semi random notes of "Calculated notes" or the strings arrangement on "Which direction").
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Artist: Ayreon
Title: 01011001
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: InsideOut Music
Rated: *****
Perhaps it's the first time you can read here about a band playing progressive metal, but 01011001 is probably the best album I've heard this year. Calling Ayreon a one-dimensional metal band is kind of simplification as Arjen Anthony Lucassen, the man behind this project combines various genres, from ambient to progressive metal. I'm sure, however, that even orthodox electroheads may find this mixture interesting.
Some people say that progmetal is soullles - not in this case. On 0101100 you won't find tedious guitar solos or other displays of showing off. It sheer emotional music.

If you're not sure you'll like it, I'd suggest starting from the second song - "Comatose". It's a dreamy song full of electronic sounds featuring both male and female vocalists.

01011001 is a concept album - another sci-fi story by Arjen Lucassen. The lyrics at the album are as great as the music. 01011001's plot is tied to the "Planet Y" and "Forever of the Stars" storyline developed in the albums Into the Electric Castle, Universal Migrator and The Human Equation, but you don't need to know these albums to have fun exploring the lyrics. "01011001" is the binary representation of the hexadecimal number 59 (i.e., 5 = "0101", 9 = "1001"), the decimal equivalent is the number 89, which is the ASCII code for the letter Y. It makes sense if you know the story of imaginary Planet Y.

The album features 17 vocalists and 10 instrumentalists. Pretty impressive, isn't it? Thanks to it's complexity, it's very difficult to get bored with this masterpiece. Moreover, it's a double CD release which means that there's really a lot of music. Some of the songs last about 10 minutes yet they keep a listener focused all the time.
As it was said before, 01011001 is a concept album but each single song is a masterpiece of it's own. There's no point in analysing them because they are really difficult to describe - they need to be experienced, not described.
In my case it's one of the albums that have changed my point of view on music. No matter what you listen to everyday, give Ayreon a chance, it may turn out that there's vast area of music you didn't even expect to exist.
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