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Artist: Cruciform Injection
Title: Aftermath
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Cruciform Injection is the name of the band hailing from the Chicagoland area. Cruciform Injection consists of Micah Skaritka on vocals, Brendan on Guitars and Programming, Kassi on live Keyboards and Jonathan on live Percussion. The name of the album is called " Aftermath." We begin with track 1 which is a grand introduction to the Apocalpyse in pure danse floor manner. We come to track 3, "Venus Corpse." Micah sings, of system failure and being oxygen deprived backed to hard break beats and tales of woe. This is a sure fire danse floor hit at least in my eyes. Next is track 4, " Raise our Flags " is seems to be a ode to going to war and it's aftermath it brings. Micah sings, " Nothing to see from the missle rays." Gives you this grim take on how war gets us no where and how we waste time on it. Next is track 5, " Dreaming Siren." which takes us to it's electronic world and opens doors to our psyche. Micah sings, " Come and sit on the edge of the floor." Micah is calling us to the danse floor and go crazy to this one. Stomp away and call to your master for instruction. Sill moving on we come to one of the coolest tracks on this cd, " Sugarbomb" , which always gets the crowds moving. Seduction is the key to this track and draws us near and dear to it's promise. Micah sings in unison with his band and the crowd. " Are you ever satisfied all you ever done.?" This is what I call the audience participation game, every time this track is played, all partakes in it. This is the track that this band is known for all over the circuits and it never disappoints. I just saw Cruciform Injection last weekend at the Darkroom and there wasn't one person in the audience not moving and grooving to it. Next is track 9, " Deadline " another danse floor hit and another favorite of mine. Micah sings to us, " tell me what you want from me." Electro danse craze the core and nothing more. This by far could be their staple song and separates from all other tracks. I found myself dancing in my tracks as I typed away. Track by track Cruciform Injection puts it's bang into your buck and never disappoints. This track is extremely amazing live. With that said, we come to track 12, " Embryonic Testaments" which is always a classic for this band and is played through the circuits. Micah sings to us. " take what you want from me." which the crowd sings back to him in great fervor and anguish. This track rocks hard and has been around on other albums due to it's greatness and great strength it brings. Next is track 13, " Black Tides." which is always a crowd favorite and asked for either for an encore or surprise. " Micah sings, " Black Tides " in his deepest dark voice to match the angry dark abyss he is expressing and crawling out of the darkness to shed light onto us all. Cruciform Injection always puts their best foot forward and shines bright. Do you dare to inject them.? ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo
Artist: Critical System Error
Title: Ctrl/Alt/Decieve
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Hailing from Chicago is a one man project fronted by Xero who is the brains behind this operation and Residue 3. Xero does it all, vocals, synths, sequencers and also dj's in Chicago and helps run Electrohell a once a blue moon special night of indeadstrial, power noise in Chicago. We open with Track one, " Crisis Perverted " which is an all out nuclear assault and all instrumental that violently jumps in your face to get off your arse to danse to the beat of it's own destruction. We move to track 2, " The Guilty dance with the Devil ", which is terror/ebm at it's best. Xero sounding very Agonoisesque and loud as ever. This track has hit the Chicago Circuit hard sending it blasting through our dansefloors in unision with hard breakbeats and lots of stomping. Xero sings, " the guilty dance with the devil, the guilty spit in the face of god." No remorse, no release as he sings his tale of the old ones and what they wish to possess only to find empty promises from our human race. Still mover forward, we come to track 4, Apocalypse which is exactly what the title states. Samples galore bringing us back to the old Skinny Puppy days. Oil drums, machinery all about and total annilation of the planet all summed up in one track and leading us to the stomping fields. A total danse floor war waiting to be had by the indeadstrial nation to fill the void and sending grand recognition and raising their fists and joining in the mayhem this track brings. Next is track 5, " Ctrl, Alt, Decieve a play on words and clever than ever. Xero sings, " Death in the name of prophecy, torture is your God's policy." This by far is one of my favorites and I got up and danced by arse off to its promises. Definitely a track to remember and forever burn in our brains for it's unforgettable lyrics of truths to be told. Still moving further ahead, we come to track 7, " Digital Antichrist", which is another danse floor hit that took us all by storm. " Samples underlying from movies about no believe in god stopping the show to get it's cryptic message across then letting go so the danse chaos can begin. Truly a brilliant track from start to finish with the end result of a full danse floor. Track by track this album offers little surprises behind each corner we turn in this non stop electric train that it seems we can't get off due to it's hypnotic showdown it brings to us, it calls to us and won't let go. They say when you use Control/ Alt/ Delete you are supposed to get out well when you enter your Critical System Error you may never want to leave. A pure genius album to experience. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Compendiu de Muzica Electronica vol.2
Format: CD
Label: FIR (@)
Rated: *****
After listening to the second volume of this intriguing musical summary coming from the obscure Romanian industrial and dark -ambient scene, someone could argue that Abraham Van Helsing, the famous Dutch old teacher with a passion for vampires'hunting in the novel by Bram Stoker which probably gave good fame to an almost unknown Carpathian region commonly known as Transilvania, now lives a brand new life out of those notorious papers in disguise of a talent-scout, searching for obscure electronic acts and grabbing demo-tapes from young virginal musicians or alternatively from skinny vampires which decided to suck blood from music machines instead of human bodies - maybe contemporary pollution turned even vampires' habits of consumption as human blood arguably turned into something disgusting! - throughout Romania! Joking aside, it really seems that something belonging to those literary stereotypes has been decanted from the well-crafted Draculian set of goblets to sound machinery and magnetic stripes. Just for instance, have a listen to tracks like Noverbia's Prime and you could imagine enchanting female girls bitten by Count Vlad whistling from a foggy crypt or little nice bats angrily squeaking! That's just an example on how the artists and bands from that land which is now sucked by a vampiresque crew of thirtsty (for money) businessmen could result into appreciated stamina for your imagination. Abbildung's Last Journey To the Hypersphere - one of the most interesting track included in this selection - shows a massive use of samples(there's also a train...!) on exquisite drones (not so dissimilar to those by Origami Galaktica), an hypnotic glassy chime and abstract sound suctions which are able to speak to the listener even by trascending words! Your senses're going to be ideally washed inside a mesmeric tub while listening to the suspensive and ethereal reflections by Koldvoid, while Ekasia's Urban Child looks like an obscure mixture of a sort of spell-rhyming and a narration about an intimate torture of the soul resolving into a state of consciousness!!! We know you know how this kind of things could play! Sketches of soporific Arabian flutes, funerary bells, Russian radio intercepts, crunched basses and industrial intermittances crowds Pământul (Planet Earth in Romanian language) in the anxious represantion by La Ghica Hainu, while a sort of anguished shriek saturate the noisy engine by the Transilvanean project Hunyadi P.H. Whoever loves nice tricks for mind will easily get in love with the two final tracks: the first one crafted by Narkoletpik, an enchanting drone with a sine-frequency finely described by the title itself ("Morbid Obsession"), while the latter is an intriguing blend of frequencies beginning with dark tinged atmospheres and attaining to tinkly psychotic placid setting. Those listeners seeking for involging emotional tracks are going to be grateful for this amazing compendium. It works well!
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Artist: DIFFERENT STATE (@)
Title: Knar
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Rated: *****
Originally released in 1996, KNAR has been the first Different State release. In balance between Sonic Youth and Godflesh sound, the nine tracks of the two album's sides (the first is titled EGO and the second BURDEN), show a good band who was son of those times. Distorted bass guitar, dissonant electric guitars build a good wall of sound but the band didn't focus their attention on power only, they alternate 4/4 powerful noise tracks with other particular ones (see the second song, "Silvery hebrew" where we have a jazzy structure painting a semi post punk slow ballad a la Birthday Party and "Kna?", an experimental soundtrack sounding track with looped sounds, metal percussions and mysterious atmosphere). The tracks have been remastered and on this edition we also have two bonus tunes: "Traktat 1" (an track based on acoustic guitar, strings and flute) and "Traktat 2" (a great dark industrial track with synthesizers, weird sounds and tons of tension). Really interesting...
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Artist: THE GREEN MAN (@)
Title: From Irem To Summerisle
Format: CD
Label: HauRuck! SPQR (@)
Rated: *****
Originally self released four years ago, FROM IREM TO SUMMERISLE is the first band's album which contains also the four songs of the limited 10" titled "Irem" that have been released also by HauRuck! SPQR on the same year. The duo formed by Eliahu Giudice and Marco Garegnani on the first half of the album already showed the seed of their particular folk oriental sounding based spoken word. Style that on the following four tracks of the "Summerisle" part, finds its balance where the acoustic guitar is mixed with a good background structure made of synth sounds (strings, trumpets, etc) while Eliahu alternates spoken word and sung parts. Since the early days lyrics have been important as well as music was and already on this album the band dealt with religious or philosophic matters in a personal way. This lead them to compose the following album "The Teacher And The Man Of Lie" as a concept album (you can read more about the topic on the review I did). This new reissue contains full lyrics, a new graphics and two new songs: "Corn rigs" (an arrangement of Robert Burns ballads and Scottish, Irish, and English tunes) and "Liber Al", that is a partial version of Crowley's "Liber al vel legis" with a music commentary ("The book of the law" is the central sacred text of Thelema, written by Aleister Crowley in Cairo, Egypt in the year 1904. He claimed he wrote the text but the author was an entity named Aiwass, whom he later referred to as his personal Holy Guardian Angel).
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