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Artist: Venus
Title: Trashed and Broken Hearted
Format: CD
Label: Skindog
Distributor: Super Buddha
Rated: *****
Venus is the brains behind this operation and the driving force behind his band All the Pretty Horses that hail from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His band I just saw last week at Club Damaged and put on such a amazing, memorable show that I am putting them on my bill for my upocoming festival I am throwing in October in Chicago. Look to come out for it if you are in the area. When a band can do that to you, you know they are special and they must play for you. The solo album I am reviewing is called " Trashed and Broken Hearted" and it is the album about the one that hurts us the most that we can all relate to. This ia a very slow driven mellow album with powerful lyrics that tear at your heart stings but has a kick that gets you moving. We open to track three ~ " Trashed and Broken Hearted", the title track, where Venus is singing to us, " But I'm trashed and broken hearted, would I crash and can't get started. Clever little lyrics that stand alone and are self explainatory saying, we all get burned and never forget the pain. One particular track that stuck out was Track six ~ " Electric Galaxy " which remindied me of early Gary Numan and early Manson put together that blended well and was utmost unique in the sense. Venus sings, " Electric galaxies unfold through this wire, electric galaxies exploding, they're on fire, with that, Venus takes us to other worlds and dimensions. This track has impressive guitar antics and got me moving in my seat as I tuped this reivew out. Brilliant track that may just become a danse club hit. Very dark glammy and bowiesque to the core. We progress to Track eight ~ " Fall Down ' which by far is the best track on the whole album. From start to finish this track is beautiful, driven and will stick in my head for centuries to come. Beautiful Veuns sings, " Oh my angels, tear your wings, can't you hear the sound, we fall down." Truely chiling to the bone with it's wit and it's charm. This piece is ingenius and tales the tale of it's morality plae for the damned. The rest of this album is very heatrfelt and harmonious and brings a tear to your eye with it's metaphors and refrains. I was personally moved by this album and I think all of you will be to. With emotion and great sentiment, I leave you with this review 4 stars ~ Michelle Russo
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Artist: Red Cell (@)
Title: Lead Or Follow
Format: CD
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Distributor: Border Music
Rated: *****
The unexpected success of their debut album "Hybrid Society", which could enter higher sales Charts in Sweden has surely strengthen the expectations behind this new album. But there has been a questionable personal decision made in between the band, RED CELL became a trio instead of quartet and they unfortunately had to replace their guitarist. Really, it was the energetic but very clean produced form of Electro/EBM-Metal Crossover which made them that outstanding and the highly praises of the debut were deserved. With respect to the rather Futurepop-inspired excursions on tracks like "New Condition" or "Lust", the music on "Lead And Follow" is related to the Electronica components somehow similar and flawless compared to the debut – but what lets RED CELL still sounding unique in this wide and often copied Electro/Industrial-genre? Correct, unfortunately not too much. Yes, Jimmy Jöhnsson’s vocals are still that sort of energetic and full of raging power with the exception of the above named rather smooth sounding tracks, but the lost of the guitar riffs means for RED CELL something like to erase the soul out of their sound – strange that I have to rate this that drastically, since I’m for the most part an Electro purist. And since RED CELL could especially grab attention in the Swedish Metal-scene, it will be rather more questionable if "Lead Or Follow" will be able to compensate the success of the debut. To all those longing out for a straight and well produced Electro/EBM/Futurepop-album, well, pick it up, it is a fine one. To all of you expecting a fair and Metal-Industrial-inspired follower of their great debut I recommend to give it a spin first.
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Artist: Ad-Ver-Sary (@)
Title: Bone Music
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Another new and yet-not-discovered-before new signing to the growing Electronica armada of the Chicago Heights-based Tympanik Audio label. We had this act already presented here with a review and a well deserved interview, I nevertheless come a bit later on this too. AD-VER-SARY is a solo effort by Jairus Kahn and long-year active Techno- and Underground-DJ. He has already shared some collaborations with acts like CONVERTER, TERRORFAKT or ANTIGEN SHIFT – and CYANOTIC. After having read this and heard the first both tracks, I really thought: "does Tympanik goes Electro-Metal"? Okay, those guitar riffs are sampled, stretched and manipulated, but it seems that some or another of the collaborations has left some organic influence on the musically outfit. Luckily Jairus leaves the Coldwave-Industrial-like influence after the first tunes. AD-VER-SARY’s playing field is a rather straight oriented form of Electronica music, here and there infiltrated with a promising mixture of Dark Ambient ("International Dark Shies"), Powernoise ("No Exit") and some Down-Tempo/Break-Beat impressions ("Friends Of Father", "Bone Music"). It is promising, since the try to include diversity seems to the intended and outstanding point behind this release. Three additional remix work provided by mouthwatering Ant-Zen7Hymen-recording acts like SYNAPSCAPE, ANTIGEN SHIFT or the mysterious TONIKOM (marvelous!) fulfill a quite great release, whose magic can’t get discovered after only one listen. This album needs some more spins to reach fully satisfaction, which is at least guaranteed.
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Artist: Earhate
Title: Planet Killer
Format: CD
Label: Smell the Stench (@)
Earhate is the project of Ryan O’Neill hailing from Alberta, Canada. Planet Killer is Earhate’s first CD-r release by Smell the Stench Records, but appears to be a small part of an extensive discography. Planet Killer is, as the CD insert so delicately puts it, a forty-four minute wall of noise.

"Wall" might not be the best way to describe this sound, but it is close. I believe a better description would include a layer of brittle sandpaper. The sounds here are relentless, low-end/bass-filled, analogue static. The main layer of the song dominates and remains constant throughout the entire forty-four minutes. There are more subtle, higher frequency changes happening constantly throughout this track, but the listener would need to be masochistic to hear these in detail; even in low volume my cochlea is crying out for help.

Earhate’s Planet Killer goes all out on the noise side of things. Planet Killer is formless, chaotic, spiteful, and intense. This is the sound that originally attracted me to noise, and still holds a strong place in my heart. This is definitely a release for the more devout of noise lovers.
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Artist: SUDDEN INFANT (@)
Title: Psychotic Einzelkind
Format: CD
Label: Blossoming Noise (@)
Active since 1989 Joke Lanz with Sudden Infant delivers his latest album which according to the Blossoming Noise label is his most musical one. Helped out by Bill Kouligas nad Christian Weber, Joke recorded eleven tracks in balance from experimental noise, free jazz, power electronic and industrial. The first thing that popped out immediately on the first tracks "Somniphobia", "Deep cuts" or "Tandoori chicken scooter III" is the violence that the three guys are able to deliver into four/five minutes tracks. Vocals are often distorted and produce an indefinable rant, percussive parts see metallic objects been raped as well as conventional rock instruments are used and abused. There's also space for a sort of alternative rock songs (a la Jesus Lizard) with "Beautiful tide" but most of the times melody don't last that long. The album has also three mixes of "Slomono" (Z'ev remix), "Tandoori chicken scooter III" (Lasse marhaug remix) and "Somniphobia" (Thurston Moore remix) which reflect the personality of the remixer but don't catch the anarchic sound of the original.
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