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Artist: Lucidstatic (@)
Title: Gravedigger
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Nowadays Electro/Industrial scene brings only very seldom artists to the daylight, which can use the term "innovative" to describe someone’s music style. The Alaska-based sole effort of Jimmy Church, LUCIDSTATIC, is surely one of this few acts, on which this term doesn’t sound platitudinous. We had Jimmy and LUCIDSTATIC, as well as his rather Downtempo-like side-project PANDORA’S BLACK BOOK already with some previous and self-released items on here. So I’ve been warned in advance what kind of storm would join my home entertainment. Even if it is fucking cold for the most part in Alaska, LUCIDSTATIC offers a hot and heavily pounding rhythm torturing kind of music. By taking inspiration out of styles like IDM, Breakcore, Powernoise and classic Industrial tunes, the percussive elements are the leading and driving force behind this act. Complex rhythm programming can sound layered, here you’ll get the proof for this thesis. And if Jimmy integrates too a sort of a synth-driven ambience in between his percussion rows, he earns surely the most applause for tracks like "Mercy Of A Bullet", "Unknown Test Subject" or P4tr10t". Some special collaboration with different but rather more unknown acts like IAMMYNEWT, SUMBRAXIS or THE PLASTIC EULOGY are featured as well. "Gravedigger" is a pure adrenaline-driven onslaught, whose valuable content needs to get discovered. Worth to spend your bucks on!.
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Artist: Endif (@)
Title: Carbon
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Jason Hollis’ debut album "Meta" released 2 years ago on Crunch Pod has been surely one of the highlights for the Harsh Tech/rhythmically Powernoise genre, since it has defined standards. This follow-up album was long awaited, but the message, that Jason would leave the seemingly save haven Crunch Pod to join the relatively new label Tympanik Audio was a big surprise. However, "Carbon" is out and continues in that style, which "Meta" has gone before. "Also "Carbon" is filled with mostly straight and forward-oriented Hard-Tech Noise tunes, which will surely set fire under the dancefloors. Still interesting also for pure Electro/Industrial-fans (...check out "Between Two Worlds"!!!), since Jason once again proves that his arrangements are still filled with diversity and interesting effects, which avoid to cause the impression of a never-ending monotony. "Carbon" is once again the expected masterpiece, although Jason has completely avoided to use vocals for his new compositions. Produced and mastered with the helping hand of the notorious Noise-wizard Justin Brink of PNEUMATIC DETACH (make sure to check out his fine remix work on "Police State"), "Carbon" once again integrates the best elements out of the pure Noise and the straight hi-end Tech sound of nowadays productions. Awesome from the first to the last tune.
Jan 05 2009
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Artist: TWZ (@)
Title: Evolution
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
Yes, this Swedish trio consisting of Richard, Lars and the female member Karin we had quite often on here with reviews on their self-released and –produced albums or in collaboration with the long defunct labels Plutonium and Deathpropaganda Records. TWZ are back, now signed to the Hungary-based Advoxya Records label, and this "Evolution"-album is a sort of combination consisting in parts of a retrospective of some demo favorites ("Clairvoyance" "My Friend Disorder" or "We Don’t Walk The Same Path" for example) and in other parts of new compositions ("Souljourner" or "The Grid"). Musically TWZ are following still an own kind of harsh Electro/Industrial music. The snatching and brutal distorted vocals by band leader Richard are a synonym for the often heard Hellectro-like pseudo-aggression, but musically they luckily avoid any Techno-/Trance-related outfit. TWZ still create through their bass-line-programming a sort of a melodic and I tend to say unique background instrumental scenario. Their tracks don’t offer normally the catchy content to get a singing- or summing-along-the-line experience and their compositions do definitely need a few more spins to impress the listener. The listener gets rewarded with a dark sounding synth arrangements quite different to the usual kind. Favorites of this album have to be named with the compilation-approved "The Grid" or "Flawed, Weak Ad Organic", which also features a co-vocal performance by the female member Karin. Thumbs up too for the experiment on "Crawling" to try out undistorted and nearly natural sounding male vocals. This is an ingredient, which could need some further continuations on their next releases. Also the both scary and ominous sounding intro and outro works "The Time In This Corridor Is Not As It Should Be" and "Confession" causing attention, although I would suggest to place comparable works in between the track list, since this would give the album a more varied floating. As for flaws, well, the drum programming comes out quite monotonous and the too often usage of same sounding kick and snares leaves enough room for a more refreshing and experimental work for future releases. Dark Electro-freaks longing for something different then the too often copied Hellectro-storm blowing out of the clubs will receive an excellent album, which entertains both, body and mind. Well done, keep it on!
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Artist: ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO
Title: Veritatis Splendor + Balearic Rhythms + Polyglophone
Format: CD
Label: Geometrik Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
After more than ten years of unavailability, three nineties Esplendor Geometrico albums are reissued into a new remastered CD release by the band's own Geometrik Records. VERITATIS SPLENDOR, BALEARIC RHYTHMS (this new edition has also three bonus tracks coming from the "30 Km de radio" single originally released by Daft Records) and POLYGLOPHE show the evolution of the band's sound which, after Gabriel Riaza leaving after the VERITATIS SPLENDOR sessions, saw the duo Arturo Lanz and Saverio Evangelista creating even more obsessive industrial tracks thanks also to the increasing use of digital instruments. If VERITATIS SPLENDOR sounds like an industrial experimental record based on percussions and some tribal music intuitions, with BALEARIC RHYTHMS the duo started to introduce more distortions and techno intuitions, making, in this way, turn the sound into something more "geometric" and precise thanks to the use of recurring parts and metallic sounds. This sound found its balance on the nine tracks of POLYGLOPHE: the album since the opening "¡Más Luz!" is showing really well the mix of industrial sound a la Test Dept and distortions/rhythms structure explored also by Ant Zen bands on the same period. Fundamental reissues for the lovers of the genre!
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Artist: MOST SIGNIFICANT BEAT (@)
Title: Música y Electrónica
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Geometrik Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Promotion
Rated: *****
Formed in 1991 by Saverio Evangelista (member of ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO since 1992) and Maurizio Martinucci (Tez) M.S.B. released three albums during the 1991÷1997 period (1991's "Control Remoto 1.0." split album with Esplendor Geométrico, 1992's "Control Remoto 2.0" split album with DoseZero and 1997's "Electrons at Work") plus a bunch of E.P.s. Their releases are all sold out so Geometrik Records, Esplendor Geometrico's own label, decided to produce MUSICA Y ELECTRONICA a retrospective double CD compilation containing a selection of tracks coming from their previous releases plus thirteen unreleased tracks produced during the 1997÷2004 period. The twenty three tracks span from minimal ambient techno to rhythmical industrial electronic (some of their nineties tracks recalled me the latest Clock DVA). Some of them tend to create an hypnotic atmosphere where the listener is feeling dizzy and seduced by rich rhythmical textures, experimental intuitions and glacial atmospheres. Good one...
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