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Artist: SUNKEN FOAL
Title: Fallen Arches
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu
Rated: *****
Sunken Foal is the project of an Irish guy called Duncan Murphy. He, helped by occasional friends, did a great debut album titled FALLEN ARCHES. Mixing acoustic instruments like guitars, piano and drum with electronic sounds (sometimes, i.d.m. rhythms or rough synth melodies like on "Rikkic"), Sunken Foal is offering a fresh approach to modern electronic music. Duncan composed tracks that sound like experimental folk electronic suites, others that are structured like songs (with vocals and acoustic guitar with electronic inserts) as well as jazz dark instrumental suites that suddenly turns into folk songs. The atmosphere created on the album is difficult to be described but try to imagine an experimental electronic version of King Of Convenience and add a sprinkle of freshness and a bit of craziness to that beautiful melancholy. Try it with after a difficult day and let me know...
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Artist: SIVA SIX
Title: Rise New Flesh (Flesh And Will Resurrected...)
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Nova
Rated: *****
RISE NEW FLESH (FLESH AND WILL RESURRECTED) is an expanded reissue edition of the first Siva Six album I already reviewed here: www.chaindlk.com/reviews/?id=1942. Listening to it three years after its original release, the album still sounds fresh and personal and this new version it's a good chance to purchase it for whom may have missed it. On this new reissue we also find a second CD of remixes of tracks selected from the two Siva Six albums available. We have fifteen tracks remixed by Dope Stars inc., Noisuf-X, Dark Soho, Dyspraxia, Soman, Aes Dana, Blood, Mono No Aware, Niadoka, Latexxx Teens, XP8, Diabolic Art, Vigilante, Despair and Alien Vampires. Each of them picked up a different track (fortunately no four edits of the same song like on most of the remixes albums) giving their version which on most cases is always dealing with e.b.m. sounds (only Mono No Aware gave an industrial ambient version to "Her eyes black"). The ones I preferred are Niadoka's version of "120 days (in slavery) (a good balanced ambient cyber e.b.m. song) and "Line in line down" by Despair (great creepy atmospheres mixed with aggressive cyber e.b.m. sounds).
Nov 19 2008
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Artist: DYM (@)
Title: The Invilid
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
Quite surprised after having seen a review by my dear colleague Maurizio some days before, I nevertheless like to give some insight on this new NoiTekk-signing too. DYM is a Canadian duo which offers its debut release. As being signed to NoiTekk, this one is another valuable addition to their famous label roster, also and because they have something more to offer than the usual and expected Hellectro rush. I don’t know, if this has anything to do with their origin, but at least some remarkable collaborations with acts and artists like Nick Gorman (FRACTURED, another Canadian act signed to NTP/Dependent... r.i.p.) and Mr. FAMINE (who could lately release his quite diverse debut on Bugs Crawling Out Of People, the Rock ’n’ Roll-Supergod IT-CLINGS-label...) have happened here. Besides the Harsh EBM-formula, DYM offer some wider rhythmically structures, some IDM/Electronica influences (check the opener "Bender") can be noticed too. The provided sound comes out quite fat and wide and uses the complete spectrum of a room. Nothing hits such a floor-burner like "EBGM", even if they’ve reduced the pace to mid-tempo. Seldom, but still a treasure to discover is their synth-layer programming abilities, whenever they decide to integrate this element, it normally comes out quite bombastic ("NeuWorldBrave") and sounds "alive". Also integrated is this often discovered interrupting or stuttering of a complete song structure ("The Invilid"), FRACTURED, FAMINE and also RE_AGENT have been excellent masters. A lot of good ingredients for a rollicking Harsh-EBM album, which offers more "foreign" influences, the normal user would have expected from NoiTekk. Another save 4-stars rating!
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Artist: Novastorm (@)
Title: Bitch To The Bone
Format: CD
Label: Sonic-X / Danse Macabre (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
Another new signing to the German Sonic-X label, released only a month later than the recently discovered label colleague KAOS-FREQUENZ. Also NOVASTORM is a duo, consisting of the both musicians Tandrin (MECHANICAL MOTH) and Disdain. Musically – and this can be rated quite comparable to KAOS-FREQUENZ – also NOVASTORM aren’t here to sing about sunshine and the beach. "Bitch To The Bone" is another quite hard ripping Hellectro outfit, with the use of several more drastically voice samples maybe a small doze more merciless. Torture, Sex, SM, violation – well, the themes this duo likes to present and perform are surely taken out of the expected and average shelf. Musically I tend to rate their outfit as a mixture out of old ARZT + PFUSCH combined with the Hellectro rush of the current days. Thanks to some cruel voice-sampling work and a lyrical content, which may requires a "Parental Advisory"-sticker, I tend to rate the sick and menacing "Ex" as being one of the highlights of this album. "Destroy Yourself" comes out quite effective as being a hammering Noise-Tec-tune and quite simple constructed lyrics – good stuff to storm the dancefloors is richly provided here. Also with NOVASTORM there isn’t too much to complain on this album, good stuff generally, while not reaching higher levels of innovation.

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Artist: Kaos-Frequenz (@)
Title: Never Ending Torture
Format: CD
Label: Sonic-X / Danse Macabre (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
Well, sometimes I am really late with reviews, since this one has been released in the first half of this year. To my apology I received this one quite late, later than usual. KAOS-FREQUENZ is, as the chosen band name announces it – a newcomer act out of Germany consisting of Torsten Kroke, who’s responsible for the complete music production. He gets some support for his live performances by the French female Khaly. The chosen title of this album describes quite well the musically formula, which follows the often walked path of the harsh EBM/Hellectro-formula. Nothing new for sure, but Torsten’s debut offers some ingredients which really rock my socks. The positive thing is Torsten’s heavily distorted vocal performance, which sounds still full of emotion and energy – let’s say, that his vocals are able to transport perfectly his angry messages. A lot of much more recognized acts with cold and emotionless robot-like voices can seriously take some lessons from Torsten. The sound itself hasn’t too much surprises in stock. Musically it all floats in between the acts of the NoiTekk- and ProNoize label rosters, some tracks got more, some lesser distorted. That he also likes to integrate some SM/Fetish-related themes to strengthen visually his hatred messages of double-moral of the generation, control and observance or religion comes out quite expected, too. The title track or "New Inquisition" surely have the potential to set fire under the dancefloors, while the favorites are those pieces, which take a deeper and more demanding grip into the arrangement-box ("When The Angels Burn", "Sick World"). Not bad at all, I see no real reason why this act shouldn’t be able to take a better placed seat in forefront side by side with some Hellectro global-players. A bit more diversity and a refining in some production-related things should be the goals to reach with the next album. Keep it on!
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