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Artist: GREGOR TRESHER
Title: The Life Wire
Format: CD
Label: Break New Soil
Rated: *****
After his 2008 debut album "A Thousand Nights" Gregor Tresher has been really busy. He founded his own label Break New Soil (always part of the Great Stuff roster) and prepared his second album THE LIFE WIRE. Known by most of the audience for his fine techno style, Gregor decided to widen the spectrum of his music including vocals and giving to different tracks a certain electro touch that mix really well with his kind of techno sounds (his first album had already seeds of what had to come on "Full range madness") . Since from the opening "Ghosts" you realize that something interesting is going to happen: it opens with a mysterious atmosphere and a fat bass line that sounds so good mixed with the syncopated drum rhythm. On the second tune "The very end" we start the dances thanks to great deep vocals, riding bass lines and drums plus a bit of electro house touch. Electro, house and techno are the main elements of this thirteen tracks album and you won't find any filler. Tracks with vocals and catchy melodies alternate techno/house instrumentals giving to the album a feeling of freshness. On all the CD there's an overall nightly atmosphere that I appreciated. Check on the Great Stuff player at http://www.greatstuffmusic.eu/1998/01/bnscd001.html "Ghosts", "1982", "Awaking life inside" and "The very end" first and you'll realize that I was right... this album has so much to offer!
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Artist: Cyber Snake
Title: Internet Album
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: afmusic (@)
Rated: *****
While the silly title of the album might make you think otherwise, "Internet Album" is actually a very solid, well-produced effort. From what I can gather this is the first album by Cyber Snake, and it is a nice addition to the goth metal/ electro metal genres. Actually, there are various genres explored here, but the easiest points of reference are bands like Lullacry and Lacuna Coil, but with synths thrown in, and with a Russian vocalist and guitars that aren't afraid to get funky with the wah pedal on occasion.

This is nice stuff, though it does suffer a bit from the "let's combine various musical genres to cover up our lack of identity" syndrome. A lot of the songs start off in a more EBMish vein, before they eventually kick in to a metal or rock sound. I certainly wish they would stay with the former, as they have good beats and nice synth sounds. That said, Cyber Snake are talented musicians, and "Internet Album" is a good album. If you like your metal spiced with strong female vocals, prominent synths and the occasional funk bass, this is for you. It's available for free, so you may as well give it a chance.
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Artist: PSYCHOFAGIST (@)
Title: the optician
Format: CD EP
Label: The spew (@)
Rated: *****
"Sometimes they come back"... and I’m glad they do, this just a mini-cd from the forthcoming work that’s gonna be out sooner or later in the next future and it’s a good antipasto. Compared to their early materials Psychofagist have increased the complexity of their sound and added more and more new influences. If once they could have been unjustly compared to Dillinger Escape Plan now we find them definitely located in a grey area where we find grind, math-rock, free-jazz core and fusion. References?! Holy shit, I’ve found so many influences we could add a whole list to the review but think of a bastardized version of Les Claypol playing with Rotten Sound, Dillinger Escape Plan and a Zorn-ian/Brotzman-esque saxophone teaming up with the drummer from Brutal Truth at the speed of light and slowing down with some breaks here and there. Luca Mai from Zu on sax helps a lot to free-jazz the salsa but theyve more and more arrangements and other guests. This short (too short) mcd includes a studio song, a nice and powerful live recording and the nightmaresque videoclip of "the optician". Kurt and Jake from Converge when speaking about the sound of their band used to define it "spastic-metal", even if Pyschofagist have just a little bit to of Converge their "spastic metal" definition is nothing but perfect to define what they play.

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Artist: DER BLAUE REITER
Title: Nuclear Sun (Chronicle of a nuclear disaster)
Format: CD
Label: Ars Musica Diffundere (@)
Rated: *****
Divided into four main chapters ("Prologue", "The disaster", "The ghost city" and "The heroes of humanity") for a total of ten tracks, NUCLEAR SUN is new the album by Der Blaue Reiter. Based on Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, NUCLEAR SUN is a concept album that sees the duo mixing classical music (they used interludes by Albinoni and Satie), industrial sounds and martial electronic neo-folk. The album offers different kind of atmospheres: we have songs with mellow melodies as "The last days of Pripiath", "Walking to the abyss" and "The liquidators" (with upfront melancholic string orchestral sounds) as well as tense dark militaristic songs characterized by male/female duets or classical melancholic instrumental tracks. This alternation of genres make the album sounds fresh and for sure this will allow Der Blaue Reiter getting new fans
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Artist: Realicide (@)
Title: Enduring The Viral Hell Part 1
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: D-Trash Records (@)
Rated: *****
Realicide and the related crew of individuals will always have a certain place in my heart. I know that sounds sappy, but it's the damn truth. I met Robert Inhuman when I was about 17, and he inspired me a lot. I had been making music of my own for a bit, but it was being exposed to his DIY ethic and getting a copy of some of his Morepunklessrock anthologies (Morepunklessrock is what his label was called originally, 5 years ago or so it changed to Realicide Youth Recods) that made me realize that it was actually a viable option to make and release experimental DIY music.

That really has nothing to do with this particular record, but I felt like saying it, so I did. Anyway, on with the review!

Enduring The Viral Hell Part 1 is a mix of various material, apparently both live and studio stuff, and I believe some of it showed up on other releases, but I may be wrong. There is a lot of different stuff here, from the more familiar harsh gabber speedcore to more experimental digital noise environments, to brooding spoken tracks with sparse textural backgrounds. Each style is effective, and they all have that awesome existential quality that I dig about Robert's work.

Tracks like "Bread and circus", "Death Machine" and "brickwall hardcore" all drip with a beautiful kind of nihilism that sound like the dialogue to some awesomely fucked up post-apocalypse slasher movie. And on the faster, super short digital hardcore grind side of things, "Truthfully unable to know", "hypothetical popularity" and "want runs thin" are all great blasts of cathartic shrapnel.
But it's all pretty asskicking stuff.


Enduring The Viral Hell Part 1 is an exercise in diverse experimental speedcore gabber that really has few peers. If you like your music fast, harsh, loud and dark, you will dig Realicide. And after you download this, consider buying an album from Robert's Realicide Youth Records, cause the guy deserves it. This is the real deal folks, check it out!
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