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Artist: SATORI
Title: Contemptus Mundi
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Rated: *****
Originally formed in 1987 (at the time of their Broken Flag tape) by Dave Kirby and Robert Maycock. After Maycock's departure, Justin Mitchell joined in early 1994. Satori disbanded in 1996. A decade later Mitchell resurrected the project with Neil Chaney (Pessary) and soon after they released a split live album recorded in Japan with Sutcliffe Jugend. CONTEMPTUS MUNDI is the third release of the new Satori incarnation (before that they released on April 2008 an album titled "Kanashibari", reissued now on CD by Cold Spring) and it sees the collaboration of Magus Peter H Gilmore, High Priest of the Church Of Satan reading his writing. The main track is based on an adaptation of an the essay "Pervasive pantywaistism" published on Peter H Gilmore's book titled The Satanic Scriptures published by Scapegoat Publishing. On the essay Gilmore criticize the weakness of the modern world and it remembers me Boyd Rice when talk about new Darwinism issues. Musically the track convinced me as it creates a thick mix of magmatic sounds with distant drums, treated chants and creepy atmospheres which seem coming from the bowels of the earth. The second track of the album is a revised instrumental remix of the first one (for this reason I cut half star from my rate).
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Artist: [Organic_Cage] (@)
Title: Malpractice Machine
Format: CD
Label: Soviet Media Kontrol (@)
Rated: *****
Even if the NY-based label Soviet Media Control is a rather small one, label-chief LoHr (a.k.a. SLAVY AXIS) proves his fine nose to pick up recommendable international rhythmic Noise acts. The German project [ORGANIC_CAGE] is just such an act, after some self-released albums and some promising compilation appearances like the German "Extreme Sündenfall" or the Hypervoxx collection "Weatherhead 3". Time Kasten is the brainchild behind this North-German project and he offers musically a quit comparable sound outfit like you’ve would expect from acts signed to the ProNoize label. FABRIK C, XOTOX or some acts of the Vendetta-Music label like THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF EUROPE can be easily thrown in as possible references. Extremely limited to only 100 exemplars, this one promises to sell immediately. What you’ll therefore get is a straight-forward moving 4/4-on-the-floor Harsh-Tech assault driven by distorted and overdriven drum patterns, weird synth manipulations and some integrated voice samples. Tracks like "Immunenutrition", "Noisebleed", "Program Interrupt" or "Desert Of Bones" don’t take any prisoners by executing the dancefloors. Good and well produced rhythmically Powernoise for sure, but even not the reinvention of the bulb. Therefore I tend to rate the tracks focusing rather on ominous and menacing sounds, the ones which slow down the speed or which break with the linearity like the harsh and martial hammering "Deadbodygrinder". "Malpractice Machine" offers at least 18 pounding and psychotic Noise tracks, which can easily rival with the abilities of the above mentioned acts. [ORGANIC_CAGE] – a name to keep in mind, if you look out for a quality addition, in case this genre has your preference.

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Artist: NG-Pro (@)
Title: The Place To Be
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Although already formed and active since 2000 I must admit, that I haven’t heard of this EBM/Electro/Industrial-act hailing from The Netherlands before. All of their releases have been self-produced so far and this album "The Place To Be" is their second full-length, accomplished by two additional MCD-releases. The fact shall not at all disturb you, because this trio consisting out of Niels, Gerwin and Bas is capable to work professionally without th helping hand of a label. "The Place To Be" is sort of a reference, how a self-produced album should be. A crystal-clear sound quality, well-done compositions, skillful arrangements and the belief into the own abilities. Pressed professionally on a real CD with a smooth looking cover artwork, this release satisfy higher demands. Musically the band surely doesn’t reinvent the wheel – they of course have patterns they like to follow. I tend to name their infamous countrymen of ANGELS & AGONY, VNV NATION and/or SEABOUND as being references, just to let you know, that NG-PRO plays in a wide field between Future-/Electropop and EBM. The tracks with the best worked out melodic synth layers get the vote as being the finest works of them, like the opener "Star # 9" or "Today". A track like "Ebriel" then turns more into the EBM direction and should be able to appeal to all fans of that genre. With tracks like "Judgement Day" and the funny "Pretty Lisa" they prove their sense for the effect of well-chosen voice samples. "The Place To Be" is an album to follow without hesitation and I keep the fingers crossed, that this album is only a take-off for them to some higher recognition of the international audience.

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Artist: Project Blue
Title: Duality
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Urbcom (@)
Distributor: Rough Trade
Rated: *****
This is a newcomer project hailing out of Denmark and newly signed to the British Urbcom label. Martin Host is the sole brainchild behind PROJECT BLUE and he provides a first EP featuring 4 tracks. Musically his efforts are based into the wide field between Futurepop and harder EBM. The first 2 tracks "Pressure" and "Loveslave" are straight-forward moving tunes to keep the masses in motion. "Loveslave" also comes out quite rough through some overdrive effect manipulation on the repetitive bass lines, which provides a hypnotic impression. As for constructive criticism, both tracks aren’t high-end compositions and extracting their power and message only out of some repetitive shouts – well, Martin can do better. Both further tracks "Embrace" and Breakdown" are rather smooth oriented, but show his convincing programming abilities and are of course better and more in-depth compositions. Martin’s voice performance suits perfectly with this style of music and has still enough potential to sound unique into this overfilled genre. Hard to judge completely on Martin and his project after only 4 tracks, but let’s hope, that he can return soon with a full-length album.
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Artist: Jérôme Chassagnard
Title: (F)light
Format: CD
Label: Hymen Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Since there hasn’t been too much activities with Jérôme’s main music project AB OVO, he has decided to record a solo album, featuring a lot of influences taken out of his private preferences. "(F)light" is definitely a lighter music outfit than AB OVO and he produces a sort of intelligent Electronica sharing more on Dub and Breakbeat elements instead to fall into a noisy kind. Several tracks a beat-driven pieces which would allow some dancefloor movement like "Hazy", "Alternate Reality" or "Resonance", but the preferences are rather based on the moody tracks offering some strange ambience. "A Short Story About..." can be named as being a highlight here, although the chosen sounds remind strong on a thinkable Electronica-sequel to DEPECHE MODE’s "Oberkorn (It’s A Small Town)". Thumbs up also for the atmospheric outro tune "Light" with its melodic touch and mysterious samples thrown in. "The Fan" surprises with a guest vocalist appearance by Guillaume Eluerd, while "Circle Of Memories" features a musically collaboration with the German one-man act FLAGUE. The most weird sounding track has to be named with "Snowflake" which is drive by a repetitive acoustic guitar-riff and various voice samples. And as seldom as this happens, I totally agree on a sentence taken out of the release info sheet: "this album holds a perfect balance between beat and drift". So it is, highly recommendable.

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