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Artist: ATUM (@)
Title: Hitwa
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
This new album by Atum is titled HITWA and it's divided into five movements. The main concept behind this work is represented by a question which can be read also as an experiment: if the effect created by the contemplation of symbols is a whole different experience for each of us, how much powerful can it be if in conjunction with sounds? The three panels of the CD package contains five different symbols you can use at this purpose while you are listening to the trembling sounds created by Atum. Sounds which tend to create apparent calm dark ambient suites (see the use of acoustic guitar with synth pads) where choruses, bells, and reverbered industrial rhythms come back an forth destabilizing the whole sound. Influenced by the early Cold Meat Industry sound of Megaptera and Desiderii Marginis and helped out by Infamis, Dead Factory and Equus, Atum succeeded into the creation of a hellish microcosm.
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Artist: MUNK
Title: Cloudbuster
Format: CD
Label: Gomma Records
Rated: *****
Great album of electro funk music with some lounge moments plus some instrumental extravaganzas. Mathias Modica opens the album with the cool single "Live fast! Die old" where Asia Argento gives her intriguing vocal performance (as well as on other two tracks: "No milk" and "Il gatto") and after that he puts in a row great catchy electro funk pop songs like "Down in L.A.", the r'n'b/soul influenced "You never see me back down", "The rat race" (this one and "Psycho magic" have The Rapture's Matty Safer as guest on bass) or "No milk" (an electro mysterious sounding song with Asia Argento on vocals, singing funny lyrics). The album doesn't contains only cool accessible and danceable tunes, on other ones (see the three "Interludus" or the closing "The knights of Heliopolis" and its flute lines) Mathias experimented with sound solutions by looking for new ways of creating new musical interesting blends. Check some of these tracks on his myspace page and get the record.
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Artist: Bajskorv (@)
Title: Scars And Stripes
Format: CD
Label: Buried Electric
Rated: *****
Releasing under their own label moniker Buried Electric, we like to welcome this newcomer duo. Though the band name sounds quite Russian, they are hailing out of the North-Eastern area (VA, DC, MD) of the United States. Consisting of Christian Wright (machines and programming) and Juan Monarez (lead vocals and lyrics), this duo produces a rough sort of Electro/Industrial music dealing with influences of classic Industrial acts like THROBBING GRISTLE or CONTROLLED BLEEDING, mixed with the harder Electro-sound of the early 90ies like :WUMPSCUT:, SKINNY PUPPY or VAC. And indeed, BAJSKORV offer a very explosive sort of music, which at times drifts between a straight and dancefloor-oriented attitude ("Kapital", "Side Effects") to a total chaotic wall of noise, which interrupts one or another song extremely ("No Escape"). That’s a quite interesting kind of work, it seems that they build a lot of content by chance and with an improvisational intention. So some of the songs have to walk a hard way to get back on track. That’s surely not really a smooth form of ear-candy, but it has its own rebellious kind. I would suggest them, to polish here and there some aspects of their production, but if this means, that they would cut out their Punk-like attitude, then this can’t be a serious recommendation. These talented musicians have recognized it right, that the solution to reach an authentic sound output can’t be found in to copy just another Hellectro act, so let’s congratulate them to this convincing album. Good, poisonous, but also addictive, I like to encourage them to keep on this way. And they are doing live performances, so if they invade in your area, make sure to check them out.
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Artist: Roppongi Inc. Project (@)
Title: Hard Times... No Future?
Format: CD
Label: Q-Code Records (@)
Rated: *****
Already the third full-length album for this Moscow-based one-man-project consisting of DJ Negative. Sergey Losyakov is the protagonist behind all of this monikers and with this new album he offers his best and most matured work of his musically career so far. With "Hard Times... No Future?" he proves nice, that a DJ can do something more, than only to spin silver circles in a player – DJ Negative doesn’t offer any negativity. Musically he likes to walk on several paths – be it EBM, Dark Electro, Futurepop or smooth easy-listening Electronica. The only mutual thing is that all of his efforts are electronic-based, but at least he doesn’t like to get sorted into one-dimensional genre-cupboards. And though the rather straight and a bit harder EBM-minded tracks like "Don’t Be Proud", "Relax", "No Future", "Minimum Maximum (All Or Nothing)" and – best of some very good tunes – "Still Acid" receive my votes as being the best pieces, Sergey’s tracks can satisfy and entertain in all manners and styles. Some ominous voice samples right and well inserted can be heard on the intro tune "Fuck Up" or "Oasis (Cemetary)", while his light-hearted Electronica side receives its best moments on "Pop Muzik Never Die". As so-called bonus tracks you’ll get to heard two remix works. The first one on "230206" by SEVERIN24 concentrates completely to turn this album track into a pure analogue sound event. Second one is a remix on "Hard Times" of the Russian old-school EBM acts DBS – but the final result even ended in a completely new track, on which DBS added some broken German vocals, which caused a smile at me. A lot of different styles to discover and I would recommend to give this album some more spins – you’ll get rewarded with a quite good and entertaining piece of electronic music. In recent news ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT has been selected by DIVERJE to appear on their upcoming remix collection.
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Artist: Pecadores
Title: 10 % For Jesus (Brazilian Edition)
Format: CD
Label: Wave Records (@)
Distributor: Hellion Records
Rated: *****
I have to apologize myself for this delayed review and I hope that the responsible people behind the rather small Brazilian label Wave Records can forgive me. PECADORES is a four-member EBM/Electro/Industrial band out of Brazil presenting with this album their officially full-length debut. They too could release a 4-track SiCD entitled "Macumbaria" and also this album has been released a few months before in Europe under the German label Danse Macabre as a different 14-track edition. For this Brazilian Edition they have added some remix contributions (MORGUE, SIVA SIX, TRUPPENTERROR and STRANGERANGLES) and a totally new track, which is a collaborative effort with the Brazilian underground act A INDUSTRYA. The music of PECADORES is a sort of extraordinary mixture of straight EBM tunes with traditionally Macumba beats and drums, a Brazilian kind of ritualistic Voodoo spirituality. So this Industrial-Macumba, as they call it, is surely a musically experience you haven’t heard before. The four band members, Dark Messenger, Apostle Niwt, Sister Mege and Brother Vlad are raging lyrically mainly against all kinds of discrimination and the Christian/evangelistic greed and bigotry hidden under a religious mantle. They choose drastically lyrics in both English and Portugese languages and visuals to strengthen their hatred messages, which seems to be an endless fight taking influence on their daily life. They have recognized very well that different religions can be the reason for all failures happening world-wide around. Though their attitude, outfit and kind of stage performance deserves fully support, the EBM-related sound outfit isn’t the new invention of a wheel. Their tracks like "Apocalipse", "Macumbaria" or "Padre" are powerful and good food to dance to, but could need some refreshing sound-wise and a bit more experienced programmings. Favorites to be named are "Possessed", which drifts a bit forward to offer better worked-out synth layers plus it has a sort of recognizable melodic content; and also the drastically harsh tune "Kapitalist Gott", maybe that track which transmits their message to the clearest. Not bad at all of course and still with some room for development, let’s watch out for more stuff about this interesting Brazilian act.
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