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Artist: Flint Glass (@)
Title: Circumsounds
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
French act FLINT GLASS releases a remix collection, which quite follows the idea of the past DISHARMONY album, both now out at Tympanik Audio. Also Gwenn Tremorin’s solo project has done through the years several remix works for foreign bands, from which a few remixes got released, while a few others have been collected dust buried in some archives. Therefore this is a highly recommended initiative to collect all of those remix works for a new FLINT GLASS album. And similar with DISHARMONY – there can’t be doubts on the music quality, since all music and re-programmings got done by FLINT GLASS. As expected, Gwenn offers his full-scale high quality Electronica music, which often integrates elements out of Dark Electro, Ambient, Industrial and Powernoise genres. Always complimented with the needed doze of intelligence behind the tasteful arrangements, FLINT GLASS offers a 72 minutes + assault filled with mystic soundscapes in a very unique outfit. You’ll get new interpretations of tracks of among others POLYGON, PROSPERO, H.I.V.+, OTX, the already mentioned DISHARMONY, EMPUSAE or SUICIDE INSIDE. It is hard to pick out a special favorite, since this would follow some personal preferences, but the remix on THERMIDOR’s "Plenum Aquae" with its layered synth ambience is sort of an outstanding work. "Circumsounds" is nothing else than a pure audio enjoyment, which allows the listener to sink into the deepest sound layers. A high recommendation to purchase it, while European-based listeners will be able to pick up this album via Gwenn’s own label Brume Records, which takes care on the availability. A must-have item!

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Artist: ADOLF FILTER
Title: The Other Hand On The Knob
Format: 7"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Adolf Filter is a duo coming from Sweden. Active since late 80's in several bands Daniel Persson and Conny Klenze are playing under this moniker since 2004. They released a CD-r titled "Status Report" back in 2007 as well as different songs on various compilations ("Festival der Genialen Dissidenten" was one of them). THE OTHER HAND ON THE KNOB E.P. is their first official release for a label and it contains four tracks in balance from dark wave and early e.b.m. (see "Kung i drift"). Keeping a minimal approach to sound the duo tend to create a looping kind of sound where synth pads duet with retro drum machine sounds and samples (like on the instrumental "Landing") where detached vocals help into the creation of a cold hypnotic atmosphere. Check some samples here http://www.enfant-terrible.nl/pe004.htm and mind... this is a 300 copies limited release!
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Artist: NOSZTALGIA DIREKTIVA (@)
Title: Nosztalgia DirektÝva
Format: 7"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Previously active as G.K. Agenda with three tracks released on an Invasion Planète Recordings' compilation titled "Sacrifice Moderne", Nosztalgia Direktiva is a minimal synth industrial project that already released under this moniker a track on the "Festival der Genialen Dissidenten" compilation (issued, like this E.P., on Enfant Terrible). Their self titled 7" E.P. contains four tracks where minimal electronic tunes pair dark atmospheres. Simple but effective melodic lines and analog sounds create the right background for mysterious semi recitative vocals. Nosztalgia Direktiva on "Tegnapok", "Amorphous", "Reflections" and "Néhanapare" are good at creating a mix of electro industrial pop for deviants. Their synths scratch the ears of the listener producing an insane pleasure. Soon available in a 300 copies run. Check three tracks on the label's website.
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Artist: INFORM─TIK (@)
Title: Beyond
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
It has been announced almost a year before from the BATTERY CAGE mastermind and INFORMÄTIK musician Tyler Newman in an online forum, that Da5id Din would "forget" for a few tunes his studio and producing work for foreign bands to compose a new INFORMÄTIK album. Said and done, the new album "Beyond" hits the shelves and got released of course via Metropolis Records. "Beyond" globally picks up the musically identity of this project discovered in parts for the first time with the 2002-album "Nymphomatik", followed by the 2004-remix-collection "Re:vision", but in a new manner. INFORMÄTIK have made a big step away from the Dark Electro/Industrial of their early days, the current dedication is more based on a Electro-/Futurepop-oriented base, which definitely allows to break with some boundaries to an Alternative/Pop music kind. This has surely something to do with the grown meaning of Tyler Newman to this project, mostly all of the 10 new tracks got "strengthened" with some guitar riffs. Still more based into the background compared to the latest BATERY CAGE-recordings, all Electro-purists and older fans can be assured that INFORMÄTIK won’t mutate to a calm BATERY CAGE-rip-off, since also Da5id’s influence and his compositional abilities are alive for this release. Also Da5id’s vocal performance comes out for the most part clear and sounds naturally, no comparison to highly manipulated kind presented of the earlier INFORMÄTIK-albums "Direct Memory Access" or "Syntax". "Beyond" is the release of two experienced musicians, which awakes the rich content of the Boston-based Electro/Industrial scene (now based in SF, but both are hailing originally from there...), which had its heydays 12 years before. The perfect and crystal-clear studio production (...as expected from someone like Da5id Din...), the tasteful arranged songs and the clever and intelligent lyrical content touches hearts and minds. But if it also touches the legs of the club-goers has to be proven – this album offers a lot of tracks between slow and mid-tempo, but not at all a track like the Techno-inspired classic "Watching You, Watching Me" or something related. Since Tyler has mentioned somewhere else the problems of BATTERY CAGE to accepted as being a club-oriented act even if they’d decided to produce obvious club-food, I doubt a bit that this will change with INFORMÄTIK – at least only for this album.
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Artist: Attacks The Darkness (@)
Title: I Am The Gatekeeper
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: self-released
Distributor: iTunes, Napster, etc...
Rated: *****
This is a California-based Electronica/Experimental solo-project by David Inden, who releases under his moniker ATTACKS THE DARKNESS his first full-length album after his predecessor EP entitled "Six Times Seven". David’s music isn’t that sort of an easy-listening Electronica with a calm attitude, it rather integrates multiple fragments out of quite different music styles and it tends to mix this fragments in an at times obscure manner. It is definitely rhythmic oriented, but a quite unusual sonic experience which needs some more spins to find an assessable entrance for the listener. Electronica, Experimental, Ambient and/or Electro/Industrial styles can all be discovered here, but in a quite unusual style. Advantageous is the fact that David don’t likes to explore a one-dimensional path of music, and as the info sheet to this album explains it wisely, "ATTACKS THE DARKNESS attempts to map the ever expanding soundscape that is on repeat in his (David’s) brain." Therefore it is hard to name some favorites, but the gloomy Dark Ambient-tune with the delicious title "There Is A Body In My Freezer And I Don’t Have Any Answers" gets a vote from me. Music for some open-minded Electronica music fans, in some parts compatible with some acts signed Tympanik Audio and/or Hymen. Available via several known online downloading retailers like iTunes, Amazon.com, Napster, etc...
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