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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: IFS5 Lenny Dee presents COLD FUSION
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Industrial Strength Records (@)
Distributor: Soundbase
Rated: *****
This DCD collection got compiled by the international renowned DJ Lenny Dee and released on his very own Industrial Strength Records, the first Hardcore Techno label active since 1991. "Cold Fusion" comes out in beautiful digi-pack and offers a cross-section of multiple Techno-Hardcore and Gabber tracks to prove, that the musically boundaries to the too often praised EBM/Industrial/Powernoise genre is floating. With acts like TERRORFAKT, here presented with 2 appearances ("Achtung" – CERVELLO ELLETRONICO Remix and "Headcase" – Floppy Disk Remix), this prove is an easy game. Some more appearances can convince in a comparable style, THE SPEED FREAK, the ultra-speedy, pseudo-aggressive and with Metal-guitars supported MOSHPIT, the saturated CUT A KAOS or KONEY. Of course this music has to be consumed louder as hell and won’t let you chill out, it is stuff to storm the dancefloors for some wild Pogo action. This reminds a lot on the successful but too repetitive "Terrordome" compilation series, even if some of the here featured pieces have a somewhat more harsh and distorted outfit. No stuff at all to sink in and to listen to in an armchair, but a new pounding torture for the dedicated fan of the genre. To me consumable in small dozes, but as a whole a bit too strenuous.

Track listing:

CD 1:

01. LENNY DEE - EXTREME MASH (the intro)
02. DJ EARTHQUAKE - STEP INTO THE PIT
03. THE EMPERATOR & CHROMATIC - MENTAL FEAR
04. FIEND & BROKEN RULES - SHARPER IMAGE
05. CUT A KAOS - DEDICATED TO...
06. TERRORFACT - ACHTUNG (Cervello Elettronico remix)
07. STAN GREWZELL ELECDAS GRAUEN
08. TERRORFACT - HEADCASE (FLOPPY DISC REMIX)
09. KONEY UNREGISTERED
10. DAISY & STORMTROOPER - MINDWALKERS
11. MOLECULEZ - LEGALLY INSANE
12. FORSAKEN IS DEAD & CIK - WHERE U AT
13. TYMON - PASSING BY
14. MANGA CORPS - THE HUNTER
15. BROKEN RULES - NORMAL OPERATION
16. GERMAN RHYTHM DISASTER - THE END

CD 2:

01. THE SPEED FREAK - GIVE ME A CALL
02. LIFE:::RUNS:::RED MEETS TYMON - DISTORTURE
03. TYMON - GUCCI
04. STORMTROOPER - TODESVOGEL
05. OPHIDIAN & TIEUM - NOTHING I CAN’T HANDLE
06. LENNY DEE - THE DREAMER (promo remix)
07. DELTA 9 - NO MORE REGRETS (inyoung & static remix)
08. FIEND & BROKEN RULES vs LENNY DEE - BREAK YA HEAD
09. TIEUM & LENNY DEE - I DON’T LIKE YOU (neophyte & evil activities remix)
10. PARTYRAISER & THE NEGOTIATOR- NO NEGOTIATIONS
11. JAPPO & LANCINHOUSE- EXLXAXL (NEOPHYTE & EVIL ACTIVITIES REMIX)
12. DJ SKINHEAD - THE ULTIMATE CUMSHOT
13. AKIRA - RIPPIN FXXKIN STRENGTH
14. ISR CREW - SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR LENNY
15. MOSHPIT - EYESORE
16. RIFF GLITCHARD - INSTANT MASH
17. MOSHPIT - WE KILLED JAH

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Artist: Blackfilm (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Spectraliquid (@)
Distributor: Tympanik Audio
Rated: *****
Second release for the Greek Spectraliquid-label and with BLACKFILM they like to present their first foreign act. This is a mysterious one-man music project whose protagonist likes to hide himself and stays away as much as possible from any photo. He presents a sort of cinematic Ambient/Electronica music with a dark environment. The chosen band name is a trademark and BLACKFILM can impress with moody atmospheres and ominous soundscapes. As for further ingredients, some orchestral-sounds as well as some well chosen voice samples get some inserts. The cover art, done by Kostas K. of SUBHEIM, shows some dark gray and rainy autumn-like landscapes which reflect excellent the attitude of this album. As for musically comparisons, names like SUBHEIM, FLAGUE and GRIDLOCK come to mind, but BLACKFILM scores also with a completely different rhythmic outfit. Some tracks here seem to be created by chance or at least the rhythm section offers a lot of improvisation and a real "live" feeling ("Come & See" or "Stalingrad", the latter nails the listener with a playing time of more than 10 minutes...). It isn’t that "lets-program-and-distort-an-Electro-drum-kit-attitude", and the tracks tend to drift in unforeseeable directions. Another favorite of the IDM/Electronica-related audience is "Sonar" with it easier-minded arrangements and lighter percussion work. An album with an impressive artistic background, which is far above your usual Electronica experience. It is well-thought arranged and demanding music in which the listener can’t sink in after only 1 – 2 spins. It requires a bit time, attention and dedication. Packaged in a beautiful digi-pack offering some of the best photo images by Kostas K, which compliments this excellent release.
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Artist: Wynardtage (@)
Title: The Forgotten Sins 2002 - 2005
Format: CD
Label: Rupal Records (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
Even if a so-called "Best of.." album would be a bit arrogant for this German Dark Electro institution, the project of Kai Arnold has jumped on the train of victory in the last 2 years. His albums "Evil Mind" and "Praise The Fallen" reached a higher and unexpected level of success and WYNARDTAGE seems to become a global-player in the Electro/EBM/Industrial-scene. This new album is nothing else than the re-recording of the early demo tracks by this act. The request of his growing mass of fans made it possible, that Kai decided to revamp his early recordings and to give the audience something special. Of course all tracks got remastered, and so the given title announces it well, these tracks are a bit dated and can’t be compared too much with his successful new albums – although the tendency is recognizable. Tracks like "Dein Fleisch" with its bloody Splatter/Horror-related lyrics therefore causing a smile in the face of the listener. But WYNARDTAGE wouldn’t be WYNARDTAGE, if there wouldn’t be something special on this album. Some collaborations with the LA MAGRA-musician Louis Cyphre have occurred in the past ("Dunkler Schatten", "Flieh Mit Mir") and Kai’s all-time-smasher "Sterbehilfe" has received another update to a 2008-version. He also has created with permission a cover version of one of his all-time favorites, CALVA Y NADA’s "Rascheln", a big Electro/EBM club-hit 12 years ago in Germany. Since also this collection has stormed immediately the German DAC charts and the encouragement of his fans is in safe conditions, this one once again documents the growing exposure of this German act.
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Artist: Ich hatt' einen Kameraden (@)
Title: Kampstaoff LOST
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
This band name sounds militaristic inspired with a German background taken out of an old folk song, but behind this project we have a US-based duo presenting us their vision of Military-Industrial. It is the debut release for Sean and Jason and they could already earn some attention through some compilation appearances like "Bewein Dein Mädel" (SkullLine). But there’s more than to settle down some WWII-related German voice samples with a repetitive musically string orchestra ("He Will Not Come"), ICH HATT’ EINEN KAMERADEN can integrate different musically styles out of their different influences. Be it a Classic-oriented outfit featuring strings and pianos plus a bombastic drum set ("A Final Movement Forward"), here is also Ambient ("Forgotten"), Martial (He Will Not Come") and at least a small doze of Noise ("Imperium In Imperio", "Like Ashes") included. On a few pieces they also include their vocals, which is rather a speech language instead of singing ("Before The Storm", "Imperium In Imperio"). Published and released by the German SkullLine label, also this edition is strictly limited to 100 pieces available, so if above mentioned genres fits with your taste you have to hurry up once again.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Machines Against Hunger
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sigsaly Transmissions (@)
Distributor: Sigsaly Transmissions
Rated: *****
This is the debut release by the new Texas-based label Sigsaly Transmissions, a DCD compilation with some remarkable content. As the given title may leads to the right hint, this compilation and its content is heavily inspired to bring out a clear action of charity against one of the biggest problems of mankind at all. This project is meant to support all those aid relief organizations against famine and disease, in this case dedicated to Action Against Hunger, as they are leaders in this endless fight. 100 % of the net profit from the sales of this compilation will be donated. So not at all just another label compilation, the presented acts give an excellent cross-section of all thinkable styles of Electronica music available. Big names got united to walk this path hand in hand with undiscovered but promising newcomer acts, and mostly all are presenting exclusive recordings. As for the big names, we have here classic and veteran Electro/Wave acts like PSYCHE, PARADE GROUND, THE WEATHERMEN (...and they all can prove their abilities, as they’ve never taken a pause in between...) and side-projects of FRONT 242 and CLOCK DVA aboard, but also better known artists like DIVE, IMPLANT or PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE 0.1. The diversity of the different presented music is the remarkable point of this compilation, but as usual and compared with many other different compilations, mostly the newcomer acts caught my attention.
Starting with the bands, which are related or signed to Sigsaly, we have K-BEREIT. Right on, this is the continuation of the famous French act KRIEGBEREIT, which could only release a nowadays hard-to-find-MCD on the German Machinery Records entitled "A Forest". This one is maybe the best known (and best done...) cover version on this classic tune of THE CURE. Of course, K-BEREIT’s music follows the traditionally old-school sound and their "H(a)ngry" is an evil beating smasher with tragic German voice samples. K-BEREIT also created a remix for DIVE’s "Behind The Sun", which is featured here as well. Another new signing to Sigsaly is the Paris-based act CODE MACHINE, another straight and rather old-school-minded EBM outfit. Their track "You Say, I Say" is am angry smasher featuring sawing bass lines and emotional vocals, although we are talking here on the weakest part of their track, they could need some refining. Third one to mention seems to be the Belgian newcomer act NTRSN, who offer some KLINIK-al bass lines, vocoderized vocals and a steady beat much in vein of some older SUICIDE COMMANDO works.
The Hellectro field is also present with appearances of DERMA-TEK ("Mauled" – TAU FACTOR-remix, well done in the expected line, but wouldn’t it be time to offer new stuff?), PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE 0.1 ("Lethal Defense Systems", although remixed by a musically comparable act like DEAD JUMP, I ask myself, if this Greek duo can’t really offer any other striking piece, since this track has been now switched the 27th time on compilations...), NURZERY [RHYMES] ("Alpha-Omega", presented in remix by WYNARDTAGE, not bad at all, but maybe a bit too often heard? It becomes more and more routine...), the talented newcomer MAN + MACHINES ("Revolt", taken from their last demo, just watch our search engine for a review on them...), and finally the best appearance of this genre, DAWN OF ASHES ("Nail Driven" in a remix by DIE SEKTOR, the quality of this interpretation really nails!).
The veteran old-school EBM sound of NITZER EBB and their followers are presented well through acts like IONIC VISION (what has been named "This Life" isn’t at all a new composition, it’s rather a special remix of their classic track "The End" to offer something special to this comp.), and a collaboration effort by both Swedish bands CONTAINER 90 and STURM CAFE. What else?
There are some additional works featured on here asides the above named styles and bands, which deserve attention. Both COP-recording acts THREAT LEVEL 5 and CARPHAX FILES can impress with rather Dark Electro tracks (not Hellectro!!!), while the synths programmings of DISKONNEKTED ("Broken" remixed by RAZED IN BLACK), THE CRYSTALLINE EFFECT ("Nothing Warms This Room" in a special Machine Against Hunger Remix) and the instrumental tune of the collaborative effort between EMPUSA with FRIGHT DOLL lefts me breathless. Another highlight is surely the cover version of INTERFACE on "Land Of Confusion" (Genesis): radio-compatibility included, decent Futurepop-like arrangements, good vocal performance and it luckily avoids Rutherford’s dirty guitar work. Finally the Swedish act CHINESE THEATRE come up with a new version of "I’m Leaving You Behind" featuring pummeling bass lines, cold subtle female vocals and a strong dedication to some Pop/Wave-attitudes of the 80ies.
A lot of interesting stuff to discover on here and a compilation project with a lot of background, intense work and idealism. Please note the charity factor behind it, which alone should be reason enough to purchase this DCD set, but also the content alone is sort of something special. You’ll get rewarded with this convincing label-debut, so watch out for more from Sigsaly Transmissions.

Track listing:

Disc One

01. K-BEREIT – Hu(a)ngry
02. Essence Of Mind - How Does It Feel [Machines Against Hunger Edit]
03. Implant - The Stimulator [People Theatre's Final Call Mix]
04. Container 90 & Stürm Cafe - 1/15
05. Dawn Of Ashes - Nail Driven [Die Sektor RMX]
06. Nohno - Unbalanced
07. The Crystalline Effect - Nothing Warms This Room [Machines Against Hunger Mix]
08. Threat Level 5 - Tripping
09. Diskonnekted - Broken [Razed in Black Mix]
10. Sunao Inami - Decreases
11. Code Machine - You Say, I Say
12. Interface - Land Of Confusion
13. Destroid - Revolution [Machines Against Hunger Version]
14. Nurzery[Rhymes] - Alpha-Omega [Wynardtage RMX]
15. NTRSN - Innerbleeding v1
16. Biodrone - Last Waltz

Disc Two

01. Hi-Tek Homeless - Planet Hump
02. The Tenth Stage - Black [Machines Against Hunger Slow Remix]
03. Ionic Vision - This Life
04. Radiotron 36 - Burned Out Cinder
05. Carphax Files - Guns And Violins
06. Empusa [feat. FrightDoll] - Unpreventable
07. The Weathermen - Your Town
08. Preemptive Strike 0.1 - Lethal Defense Systems [DeadJump Remix]
09. Dive - Behind the Sun [K-Bereit Light Speed Remix]
10. Autoclav1.1 - This Is Untitled [Magrette Mix by Coreline]
11. Parade Ground - Entertain Me
12. Man + Machines - Revolt
13. Psyche - Tears [Original]
14. Eisdrive - Reeperbahn
15. Je$us Loves Amerika - Cifer
16. Chinese Theatre - I'm Leaving You Behind (Help The Poor Version)
17. Modern Cubism - Le Serpent Qui Danse
18. Derma-Tek - Mauled [Tau Factor Remix]
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