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Artist: Heimataerde (@)
Title: Unter der Linden / Vater
Format: CD
Label: COP International (@)
Distributor: DDT
Rated: *****
No one can be sure about this, but the German Electro/Industrial project HEIMATAERDE can be the next "big thing" of the scene. Licensed through the German label Infacted Recordings, this special release by COP International unites two EP’s of this mysterious project. The musically mixture out of harsh EBM/Industrial and Medieval music supported by various folk instruments and style-fitting voice samples causes attraction for sure, although the content of this special US-licensed release focuses quite a lot to satisfy the dancefloor-oriented audience. So most of the highly anticipated tracks like "Unter der Linden", "Vater", "Khadavergehorsam" or "Mutter", which made it already onto the dancefloors of the US-based clubs via expensive import releases, can be newly discovered herewith. Good news to those, who are fed up with to many unnecessary remix contributions of foreign act: the complete audio stuff, even if there are different versions ("Unter der Linden", "Vater"). Yes, the protagonist Ashlar von Megalon knows well, what his listeners and growing fan-base prefers. Good stuff, two EP resulting in album length for this special American release, interesting stuff to consume also asides the dancefloors.
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Artist: Schallfaktor
Title: Sittenverfall
Format: CD
Label: COP International (@)
Distributor: DDT
Rated: *****
That's a joke, isn't it? Another license deal between Infacted Recordings and COP International offers us the German/Croatian one-man project SCHALLFAKTOR. Consisting of Drazen Sucic, SCHALLFAKTOR "surprises" with a minimal form of a Harsh Electro sound environment. Beat, lead synth, bass synth and Drazen's highly distorted vocals, which are sounding like the worst used vocal-FX in years. There is nothing attractive else ' it's the purest reincarnation of minimal Hellectro, in its kind foreseeable and cheaply produced, which reminds strong on the defunct VIRTUAL EMBRACE-project of the AGONOIZE-band member Mike Johnson. No own worked-out ideas, all sounds and arrangements are sounding like taken out of the latest Magix sample-loop software. But instead of anything interesting, you'll get the full doze of stupid voice samples (shall these bitches sound "sexy"?), endless repetitions through the usage of same sounds in beats and synths over and over again ' that's purest boredom at complete playing-time. Oh, wait, I nearly forgot to mention the track "Infinity", in which the artist manages hard to seduce with an instrumental tune ' a poor and plain arranged one, yes, but it turns out to be relaxing not to hear that awful vocal abusing once again. The title of this album was chosen perfectly, this is definitely a "Sittenverfall" of a good music taste. At least not the lack of sales is the factor no. 1, which hurts the scene the most ' unnecessary releases like this one are to blame for the degeneration of values and quality.

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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