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Artist: HOARFROST
Title: Ground Zero
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Distant cracklings, hisses, shattered concrete walls. Imagine to be underwater while a ship called America is sinking. Hoarfrost's GROUND ZERO tries to make you live the 9/11 experience as you were one of the people that was under the ruins of the two towers while waiting for an helping hand. The six tracks of this album sound simply as that and for a better experience you have to listen to this in total darkness. I'm not going to talk about the album's musicality as there isn't any and even if this could be filed under the dark ambient/industrial genre, it isn't because there's no research of melody (even if there's some on the closing track "Red alert") nor of rhythm. Into the CD data partition you can also find an mpg video file for the track "From here to ruins". No need to tell you that ruins (not the Ground Zero ones) are the only things that have been shot.
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Artist: NoLongerHuman
Title: Antipathy
Format: CD
Label: Out of Line
Rated: *****
NoLongerHuman have released their first official album. It's enough to look at the booklet to realise that these guys pay attention to details, starting from fancy name and logo. The logo itself is fairly interesting - the dead cricket design might have been inspired by Hocico or Noisuf-X and makes me think of those bands, but is original enough to catch my eye. I hoped that their music was similar in this respect to the logo, that it was akin to the works of great bands but still fresh and attractive. Fortunately I was right. NoLongerHuman play dark electro based on reliable, well-known patterns. Fortunately, even though they failed to create absolutely new quality, the music isn't boring at all. The impression that they care about details didn't leave when I pushed 'play' button. The band managed to build dark atmosphere thanks to samples from movies, harsh vocals and all the stuff we expect from a band with such an antihuman name. This music is cold and sinister- it makes me think of scalpels, lancets and all the toys you'd rather like to observe from a distance.

Actually Hocico and Noisuf-X don't seem to have influenced the authors of 'Antipathy'. The record is closer to the works of Tactical Sekt, Aesthetic Perfection or Supreme Court. It's equally energetic and works equally well both while listened at home and on a dancefloor.
The only drawback of this record is that I can't get rid of an impression that I have heard it all before . Nonetheless, I'm sure that they'll work out their unique style soon. Antipathy is a good album, but I feel that its successor will be even better.
Mar 19 2009
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Artist: V2A
Title: Mechanized Infantry
Format: CD
Label: Biohazzard Records (@)
Distributor: AL!VE
Rated: *****
After the issue of an omonymous cd-single, which has been hugely appreciated by EBM indomitable lovers, the album by the Anglosaxon (just a synthetic way to say they're half German half "Anglische"...and just to remark their double roots they sing using both languages...an unusual aspect for this kind of stuff!) band V2A starts with a suffocating introduction, a sort of war declaration for the intestine battle against decay hieratically ordained by the scraping filtered voice coming out of Kevin Stewart. The gears surrounding this Mechanized Infantry sound like a nice playset appearing like a soiling of a lot of past danceable acts. In spite of references to the inventory belonging to band such as Covenant, VNV Nation, Combichrist and Suicide Commando, this records is not inteded neither for nostalgic people nor for "romantronic" spoons weeping for new wave necrotic sing-songs as it's able to inject brand new stimulations to all those dancers wearing gas masks and "gummyplasticous" overalls even if sometimes it looks they drink from lyrics pushing the dark pagan scene as a source for inspiration! That's the reason why the weakest ring of the heavy chains bolted by V2A are lyrics, while from the other side compositions and rhythmical patterns are well-forged as they perfectly fit to the wide range of motions (of bodies and souls) for people attending ebm parties. Flushing meadows of pushing beats, aggressive kicks, metallomelodic sequences, harsh sounds and even a set of flaming laser-like sounds - have a listen to the hissing Mechanizm just to chew that solid imaginary set! - as well as captivating dance-songs scattered with convulsive beats such as Contagen, Demons and Electro Whore (just a whispering vocal anthem like "love like an angel, fuck like a whore" perfectly fits a fetish party!) are going to set you on fire! In tracks like Stahl-Tanz (steel dance!) or aggro-tech with gummy kickdrums tracks such as Jesus Loves You (which reminds some acts of Angelspit) or Kill -9, the basslines and the hard kick seems to be the soundtrack for the frenzy dance of mechanized spiders. A countdown from 9 to 0, a persuasive song repeating "you're demons" intended for dancers with potential identity crysis, filtered basses sounding like electric saws, cranioclastic rushing rhythm make this chunky album danceable from the beginning to the end and the length of each track (no more than 4 minutes...) is the most reccomended by djs playing for dark dancehalls among steel chains, Mad Max-like haircuts and black skin boots. When you'll finish listening to (or more presumably dancing on...) V2A's last work, you'll have more reasons to agree with their beloved statement. EBM is not dead!






Artist: The Dark Clan
Title: The Vampire Wore White
Format: CD
Rated: *****
The name of the band is called The Dark Clan, hailing from Wisconsin. Consisting of Dan Clark who is main core behind this band and next we have Amanda on vocals, Erin on piano, Nic on drums, Luke on bass and EYG on additional vocals. I just saw this band live at Chicago's Darkroom and they were quite entertaining. The name of the album is called " The Vampire Wore White." This album is showing us that white is the new black. We go to track 2, " Love in the Dark " which is a ode to love, beautifully sung by the lovely songbird Amanda. " Dancing in darkness, she sings to us, a lovely love song to the night. It is a track that I will hold near and dear to my heart. Next is track 3, " Tandy' whcih is an early 80's tribute to what seems to be a lost love that should not be forgotten. It is a tonque and cheek track that speaks for itself. Moving to track 5, " Look into the Night which is a Gothy dark track and a ode to the night beautifully sung by the lovely songbird Amanda who's voice soars high to the sky in perfect harmony. Next is track 6, " Interlude in Two Parts, Invention No. 8 which is a guitar solo rendition of the original J.S. Bach classic which sets it from the rest. Track after track this album has unique surprises behind every turn truly is unique to say the least. We more to track 8, " The Vampire Wore White" which is an ode to the darkness into light and that fashion sometimes doesn't always have to be back in black. This track is truly an anthem for fashion and decadence and will truly not be forgotten for the ages. The Dark Clan is hear to stay will you join them in their dark delight or will you let them pass you by.? ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo
Artist: Cruciform Injection
Title: Aftermath
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Cruciform Injection is the name of the band hailing from the Chicagoland area. Cruciform Injection consists of Micah Skaritka on vocals, Brendan on Guitars and Programming, Kassi on live Keyboards and Jonathan on live Percussion. The name of the album is called " Aftermath." We begin with track 1 which is a grand introduction to the Apocalpyse in pure danse floor manner. We come to track 3, "Venus Corpse." Micah sings, of system failure and being oxygen deprived backed to hard break beats and tales of woe. This is a sure fire danse floor hit at least in my eyes. Next is track 4, " Raise our Flags " is seems to be a ode to going to war and it's aftermath it brings. Micah sings, " Nothing to see from the missle rays." Gives you this grim take on how war gets us no where and how we waste time on it. Next is track 5, " Dreaming Siren." which takes us to it's electronic world and opens doors to our psyche. Micah sings, " Come and sit on the edge of the floor." Micah is calling us to the danse floor and go crazy to this one. Stomp away and call to your master for instruction. Sill moving on we come to one of the coolest tracks on this cd, " Sugarbomb" , which always gets the crowds moving. Seduction is the key to this track and draws us near and dear to it's promise. Micah sings in unison with his band and the crowd. " Are you ever satisfied all you ever done.?" This is what I call the audience participation game, every time this track is played, all partakes in it. This is the track that this band is known for all over the circuits and it never disappoints. I just saw Cruciform Injection last weekend at the Darkroom and there wasn't one person in the audience not moving and grooving to it. Next is track 9, " Deadline " another danse floor hit and another favorite of mine. Micah sings to us, " tell me what you want from me." Electro danse craze the core and nothing more. This by far could be their staple song and separates from all other tracks. I found myself dancing in my tracks as I typed away. Track by track Cruciform Injection puts it's bang into your buck and never disappoints. This track is extremely amazing live. With that said, we come to track 12, " Embryonic Testaments" which is always a classic for this band and is played through the circuits. Micah sings to us. " take what you want from me." which the crowd sings back to him in great fervor and anguish. This track rocks hard and has been around on other albums due to it's greatness and great strength it brings. Next is track 13, " Black Tides." which is always a crowd favorite and asked for either for an encore or surprise. " Micah sings, " Black Tides " in his deepest dark voice to match the angry dark abyss he is expressing and crawling out of the darkness to shed light onto us all. Cruciform Injection always puts their best foot forward and shines bright. Do you dare to inject them.? ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo
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