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Artist: Supreme Court (@)
Title: Keep Calm + Carry On
Format: CD
Label: COP International (@)
Distributor: DDT Online
Rated: *****
Initially started as a side-project, SUPREME COURT has become the main playing field of Kai Härtel (ex-DAVANTAGE). Since his ex-comrades of DAVANTAGE have started separately with producing a high-skilled EBM/Electronica sound outfit with multi-layered and complex arrangements via Rupal Records, SUPREME COURT acts harder and rather follows current trends by producing a Harsh EBM/Hellectro-environment. Not very original – that were my first impressions, but I then got hooked by the amazing quality presented in both, music and production, of this project. This album perfectly represents with its harder and hitting Harsh-EBM-tunes like "Blood Shed", "Everyday Tragedy" or "Virgins And Priests" the state-of-art and what it is all about of Hellectro. Those tracks remind strong on acts like Germany’s representative examples like X-FUSION and PAINBASTARD. But rather more interesting are surely the both collaborative tracks featuring the Danish master of dynamite, Mr. Claus Larsen a.k.a. LEAETHER STRIP, "Aeurope" and "Ovearkill". Regarding the titles it seems to be that Mr. Larsen himself has composed these tunes. "Keep Calm + Carry On" is a highly skilled Harsh-EBM album founded on a breathtaking production. Although licensed from Europe to swamp the American market , this one figures out to be a fantastic pick by the responsible COP-activists. Get it!

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Artist: Nolongerhuman
Title: Antipathy
Format: CD
Label: COP International (@)
Distributor: DDT Online
Rated: *****
No license deal at all, NOLONGERHUMAN out of Portland seem to be a real COP-signing for their official debut album "Antipathy". After a promising compilation appearance on BLC’s legendary "Interbreeding" compilation series ("Interbreeding IX: Kuru"), a signing to a label was about time and expected for Clint Robertson, the one and only brainchild behind this project. NOLONGERHUMAN is a Harsh-EBM project, which follows pretty much some already discovered paths – the attraction of the sound rather belongs on the fact, that you won’t find a too obviously Techno/Trance-related sound outfit. The will of Clint to avoid minimal bassdrum stupidity and to use fat layered string-sounds and wider room- and reverberating-effects to produce some thrilling and scary moments comes out quite convincing ("Penitence" and my personal favorite, "Surrogate"), although the chosen weapons aren’t the reinvention of the light bulb. For some reasons this kind of work discovered in some melodic synth drops and the kind of vocal processing reminds a bit on SUICIDE COMMANDO to the "Axis Of Evil"-era. Enough and hard-hitting stuff to satisfy all dancefloor-addicts can be discovered too of course, the energetic opener "Let Me Go", "Autonomy" or "End Times" are quite valuable examples. A quite good and promising debut, although there’s room for further development to reach – the kind of vocal manipulation could be a bit clearer produced next time for example. Also there’s still the same problem with this uncountable mass of genre-related acts: to reach an own recognizable identity has to be the target to hunt for and NOLONGRHUMAN aren’t – so far – an exception. But nevertheless a quite good pick, get it, and watch out, what the future holds for this act.

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Artist: Code Machine (@)
Title: Human Tragedy
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
I’m sorry, if I connected this EBM/Industrial-project at some earlier compilation reviews with the US-label Sigsaly Transmissions – CODE MACHINE have produced this new album completely on their own, as they like to inform with their release sheet. Although based since years in London, this is a productive French duo and live gigs of them are mainly happen in France. "Human Tragedy" is their second album and still based to follow the veteran-style of EBM music without sounding obviously like a NEP/DAF-rip-off, here and there mixed with lighter Techno influences. Musically the tracks of this album remind a bit on the Swedish act CRYO, especially both relative static tunes "I’m Your Mind" and "You Say I Say" draw some relations. Both I would count to the best tracks of this album and it doesn’t wonder that much, that these tracks got picked up in different versions to take part on compilations (Electro-Arc, Sigsaly Transmissions). "Raise" is a fast pounding old-school-EBM-stomper, while both "Human Tragedy" and "Breathe For Me" offer some decent layer programmings. The charismatic voice of the singer surely adds a higher recognition attitude to this band, although not all timbre tones hit the target. A quite satisfying album especially to all those, who got fed up with the almighty and still rushing Hellectro virus.

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Artist: Mewark
Title: Little One
Format: CD
Label: Lagunamuch Records (@)
Rated: *****
This is a Russian one-man music project consisting of the Moscow-based IDM/Electronica-musician Alexander Petrunin. He normally earns his money to produce some jingles for MTV Russia and after consuming this quite personal album and its featured not-that-easy-to-consume music content, I am able to assure you that MEWARK isn’t at all mass-compatible. The featured music on "Little One" is a sort minimal Electronica with a rhythmically IDM-foundation. You have to be a bit open-minded, since "Little One" doesn’t refuse, also to allow organic sounds and brass instruments to take a niche in the music outfit. "Static" is rather sort of a monotone Downtempo-tune, which convinces, but generally the music misses a bit the target to include more cinematic or thrilling moments. That may belongs on the fact, that chosen sounds out of his Reason-crafted equipment are sounding quite too ordinary and in this playing field are definitely based a lot of more acts, which reach higher attention. "Little One" offers consumable Electronica/IDM-tunes, which doesn’t hurt anyone. But at least this one comes out too much filled with average attitude to impress completely.