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Artist: H2S (@)
Title: Proteus Soundtracks
Format: CD
Label: Biostasi Rec (@)
Rated: *****
H2S is Fabio Degiorgi's own musical project and if you are an affectionate reader of our magazine you should remember him because of my previous reviews. PROTEUS SOUNDTRACKS is his first proper album printed on CD (not CD-r) which he released for his own Biostasi Rec. The album contains eight new tracks always in balance between experimental intuitions, industrial sounds and also a bit of post punk/new wave (because of some effected guitar sounds). The tracks are instrumental ones but the titles and their atmospheres talk for them. "Proteus Postojna speleological station", "Zimmerstrasse" or "Lunik 15 was watching you" are inspired by 80's cold war while "Thoa", "Disconnected life", "Abyss of existence" and "Humanisphere" are dealing with the evergreen theme of twisted human relationships. There's also an homage to Luis Bunuel on "Les images de Maria Latour" as well as the title of the album is inspired by Chrome's "Alien soundtracks". Fabio is good at creating an ambience in balance from isolationism and experimental mood and he also used some basic melodies which gives to the whole album a different sound paragoned to the usual "world is a shit and we're all gonna die in pain" approach. His music gave me a different feeling that made me think of a post catastrophic soundtrack took under the positive point of view. Instead of de-humanizing industrial music, H2S is humanizing it and Andrea Marutti helped him giving the final cut to the master recording. A really good work that deserves a proper distribution. It will be released on November the 24th and it's limited to 300 copies. Get your own one...
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Artist: 100BLUMEN (@)
Title: In Floriculture There Is No Law
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is a new signing of a new German Noise-Industrial-artist to the notorious Ant-Zen label. While the band name is taken out of quote of Mao Zedong, this act claims, not to be politically inspired – maybe only with the nowadays needed aversion against fascism ("Beat That Nazi Maggot"). Behind this project stands a quite different musically background, because the unfortunately hiding in anonymity musician has been active in several guitar-driven genres (Punk, Grindcore or Metal), therefore this totally dedication to experimental-minded Electronica comes out quite surprising. Not a real debut, because this act has previously founded an own label "Le Petit Machiniste" and could release several underground and hard-to-find items. As usual for an Ant-Zen release, 100BLUMEN offer a lot of disruptive percussion elements and instrumental rhythm torture. Not that kind of the redundant EBM-formula out of the ProNoize-family, rather more dedicated to Noise in itself. The opener "The Herb" for instance begins like a manipulated helicopter sound, but the longer this track runs, the more noise and distortion effects are switching in. The Track "The Flower They Come" proves that they can provide also a more calm and rather Tribal-inspired work, please note also the fine remix work by the French artist TWINKLE on this tune. I like "Mr. Sister" for its fantastic noisy wall of sound, while the retarded voice-samples got definitely a bit too often repeated. "Hardy Plant" comes at least danceable as well and can be named to the favorites of this album, also for this piece you’ll get a remix work by the fine ASCHE vs. MORGENSTERN collaboration project. The track "What Kind Of A Man Are You (Alive)" finally caused a smile in my face, because of the chosen voice sample, which I remember out of my childhood, as I’ve discovered a video of the US-Hardrock act TWISTED SISTER ("I Wanna Rock"), yes, yes – those where the days, he-he. And note also a special hidden bonus track placed at song position 77 on this CD. This album offers several interesting aspects to discover different kinds of the Powernoise genre and – another positive point – it works for several tracks similar well under a pair of headphones instead of storming the dancefloors of the dark clubs. And all listeners who’d expected to get some Techno-inspired works as well ("Techno Blume") I can assure, it’s noise. Mastered at Metarc studios – no comment, because this speaks already for itself. There’s maybe no law in Floriculture – but it offers a quite good Powernoise release.
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Artist: TERRORFAKT (@)
Title: The Fine Art Of Killing Yourself
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Vail Records / Industrial Strength Records (@)
Rated: *****
That’s indeed a surprising release, because America’s leading act of rhythmically Powernoise Electronica, TERRORFAKT, returns with a new DCD set. Licensed through their very own Industrial Strength Records to the German Vail Records (STEINKIND), this isn’t at all a new studio album. "The Fine Art Of Killing Yourself" can be seen as a cross-section of their previous releases, a sort of "best of..."-compilation, if you like to name it so. The sense behind this belongs to the fact that TERRORFAKT have grown through the years and their signing to the market-leader, Metropolis Records, to a scene-leader in the United States – while their recognition in Germany/Europe with ridiculous sales could be much better. Therefore this DCD set is rather dedicated to introduce TERRORFAKT better to the European listeners, but it nevertheless holds special items and recordings on board, which could make a purchase also to the devoted US citizens considerable. At least their die-hard fans won’t give a shit on this limitation to the European market, they always want that full package! You’ll get 13 songs from the last studio album "Teethgrinder", 4 tracks from "Cold Steel World" and at all 14 songs taken of the "Reworks 2: Friendly Fire" limited (to 100 numbered copies) and self-released CD, that is currently sold out. Two additionally remix works taken from "Cold World Remixes" are available, too. I’ll post here the track list exceptionally for you to check out the content.
Disc 1 offers 18 original compositions of this band and you’ll find some of their most known smashers like "Welcome To Hell", "Damage", "M15", "Rhythm And Hate" or "Animal". Of course, the straight-forward moving and harsh Powernoise-formula at least gets a bit repetitive, but only because of the fact, that it is hard to believe that there are still listeners out there, which haven’t heard of this act before. One favorite I like to pick out with "Zero", offering much more than the required doze of distortion, this track integrates well some Tribal-elements into the music and proves, that TERRORFAKT can produce more than the repetitive 4/4-formula.
Coming to Disc 2, which features 15 remix works on some of the best-known TERRORFAKT-tracks. See the track list below to recognize some similar dedicated and renowned acts offering their best to give the TERRORFAKT-recordings a different direction. One piece I like to point out with "No Frequency" (ANGEL THEORY-remix), taken out of the remix companion to "Cold Steel World". This one features vocals written by the remixer, Charles Fenech, and turns this piece nearly to a completely new song.
I hope seriously that this DCD set will do well on the German/European market, because TERRORFAKT’s efforts are sounding more addictive and better worked-out than the results of some European-based colleagues. It’s a must-have release!
Tracklisting

01. Welcome to Hell
02. Headcase
03. The Unknown
04. Damage
05. Skullfucker
06. The Fine Art of Killing Yourself
07. Rhythm & Hate
08. Stormbreaker
09. M15
10. Crown of Thorns
11. Do Onto Others
12. Animal
13. Mephisto
14. Zero
15. Street Justice
16. Mutation
17. God Of Killers
18. Corrupt

Disc 2 :-
01. Achtung ( Cervello Elettronico Remix )
02. Animal ( Caustic Remix )
03. Damage ( C/A/T Remix )
04. Headcase ( Floppy Disc Remix )
05. M15 ( Scrap.Edx Remix )
06. M15 ( Vuxnut Remix )
07. Mephisto ( Antigen Shift Remix )
08. No Frequency ( Angel Theory Remix )
09. No Frequency ( Imperative Reaction Remix )
10. Rhythm & Hate ( Endif Remix )
11. Rhythm & Hate ( Iszoloscope Remix )
12. The Fine Art Of Killing yourself ( The Operative Remix )
13. The Fine Art Of Killing Yourself ( Prometheus Burning Remix )
14. The Unknown ( Edgey Remix )
15. Welcome To Hell ( Manufactura Remix )

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Artist: DIRGE (@)
Title: Wings Of Lead Over Dormant Seas
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Equilibre Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****

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After several line-up changes, sound adjustments and a new signing for Equilibre Music (they reissued the band's third album "And shall the sky descend") Dirge are bringing to the audience their first proper album for the label, a double album titled WINGS OF LEAD OVER DORMANT SEAS. The promo packet I received is missing the second CD which contains the one hour long title track, so I'll focus my review on the first one, which contains five tracks. I'm kinda new to Dirge but on their particular mix of drone guitars, post HC and doom metal I felt like home since I'm an early fan of Godflesh, Scorn and Slint. Dirge are really good at dilating atmospheres/sounds and they have no problem at merging guitar drones with noise intuitions and post hc singing. You know, on tracks like the opening one "Meridians" it could be really easy to understand if a band is faking a genre or they are really into that kind of sound/emotions, because it is really easy to get bored with a 20 minutes track if you have a mishmash of genres and a band with no arguments. Dirge span from instrumental moments with thick ambient sounds to loud noise industrial ones with tribal atmospheres with ease and I enjoyed them.
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Artist: CROWDKONTROL (@)
Title: The War On Error V.1
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions / e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
On our site a newbie, but the North Carolina-based act CROWDKONTROL has already released earlier this year a debut full-length album entitled "Burn Your God V.2" on their very own small label Sonic Prison Records. Due to summer time the Arkansas-based label BLC Productions could proudly announce the new-signing of this act, which mainly consist of Graham Mars. On this second album "The War On Error V.1", Graham produces a very own kind of Electro/Industrial-music with a signature taking influences of the programming skills of early BATTERY CAGE or New Zealand’s THE MERCY CAGE. You’ve simply to erase the guitar riffs which both mentioned and comparable acts like to install, you can instead set in a more dedicated use of complex rhythm patterns. The arrangements are sounding a bit typically American-influenced, but without any guitar-driven Coldwave-attitude. Rhythm and beats seem to have some extravagant devotion (check "Old Machine" or "Crowdkontrol") for this act, also at live performances Graham likes to provide action through up to three different drum kits and with the additionally help of the two female members Leslie and Temper. It isn’t at all the repetitive 4/4-on-the-floor-formula, some D’n’B and/or Breakbeat elements are shivering in, too ("Conversation"). Leslie is Graham’s wife and she provides some gorgeous and energetic vocals for one of the outstanding tracks on here, "Sunburn". This track can be called a little masterpiece with its straight-forward moving bass-lines and rhythm work and should end in being a little club hit. Graham’s vocals are sounding clear, but still energetic enough to kick some asses, while his lyrics deal a lot with themes out of religion and politics. The instrumental tune "Coma" then can be named as being the most unusual tune for this act, because CROWDKONTROL leave for this piece all of their before heard sound- and programming-abilities to produce a speeding Techno/Electronica-tune with hectic D’n’B-like rhythms beyond all expectations. A fine proof for their musically diversity, congrats. CROWDKONTROL don’t offer the darkest or the hardest Electro-release available, but maybe this is the winning point for Graham and his collective members. Simply an album which differs to the average mass, thumbs up! In recent news CROWDKONTROL have hired with Matt Horton an additional band member, who will contribute to the next recordings.
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