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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: SCHLAGSTROM - Krrrbrrrtztzkrrr 01
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
SCHLAGSTROM - Krrrbrrrtztzkrrr 01 is a double compilation that celebrates one of the best industrial music festival that take place in Berlin. This year was the third time that the festival took place and Rustblade Records decided to set up a 25 tracks double CD featuring contributions from ALL bands that have performed at the festival since its beginning. The tracks you can find here are previously unreleased or special versions and if you love labels such as Hands, Ant Zen or Rustblade this compilation has some gem to dig. Also on the extra section of the second CD you can also find a 5 minutes video with some visual excerpt taken from the festival. Read the tracklist and check if your wish for industrial noise can be fulfilled.
Disc 1 :-
01. Polarlicht - Destroyed India
02. Bahntier - Fractal Desire
03. F.Y.D - Scapegoat
04. Alec Empire - Overdose ( Remix )
05. Punch Inc - Counterstroke
06. Chrysalide - Wake Up
07. Monolith - Dukkha
08. Mezire - Penal Colony
09. DetuneX - Brown Powder
10. Sandblasting - The Butchers ( Extended Remix )
11. IO - Disorder
12. Acrylik - No Evolution
13. Mono No Aware - Yume No Ato

Disc 2 :-
01. Sonic Area - Cruelle
02. Asche vs Morgenstern - Something Evil
03. Synascape - Folded Sheets Of Silver
04. Marita Schreck - Tango Dynamic
05. CX2 - Neuss Heisst Lärm
06. Dive - Reported ( Live )
07. Zelle 40 - Dumb ( Remix by Lacasa Del Cid )
08. Sonar - Backwards
09. ZX81 - R2-02 ( The Revenge )
10. Dr. Nexus - Academical Disease
11. Klangstabil - Super2
12. The Implicator Order - The Fall Of Jachin And Boaz
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Artist: BALLISTIC
Title: Ballistic Vs. Reality
Format: CD
Label: Kold Finger (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
BALLISTIC Vs. REALITY is the debut full length album by Ballistic, an Italian band coming from Emilia region. Formed by experienced musicians (Robotomy, who played guitar and keyboard for Hardcore-Noise bands founded Ballistic after meeting techno-progressive pro-DJ Vyger and The Question, masked wrestler, poet and already vocalist into harsh-industrial bands) Ballistic successfully merge techno solutions and rhythms with e.b.m. and industrial music. The eleven tracks of BALLISTIC Vs. REALITY convince immediately with their catchy approach because they are upbeat songs with dance floor attitude and powerful e.b.m. sounds. Being focused on melody and rhythm the band is ready to make you dance until you faint on the floor. Also The Question voice convince as it is able to give energy to the tracks without being too much filtered: it is aggressive but without being obsessive with that certain hysteria characteristic of some industrial e.b.m. acts. Try them and go to see them if they are in your town...
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Artist: ROLLERBALL (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
After several full-length, some 7"es and many tours, Rollerball are back in town with a new self-titled cd on Wallace. Let's cut it short by saying I've just this and another record titled "Behind the barber" but I must admit I love them, honestly I think they're one of the most underrated bands of the last decade. This digi-pack features another extravagant and delicious cocktail of heterogeneous influences with which this band from Portland creates little gems. Acid folk, poppy-psychedelia, free sketches drew with an incredible intensity and "phatos" is what makes the difference in most of their songs. The singing is top notch as always, above all those of Mae Starr (the vocalist in most of the tracks). Funny, depressed, dreamy, melancholic and if it was an "all you can eat" I'd comment "the banquet is damn tasty and rich". The production is rough here and there, but really good (I can't say if a more refined mix and post-production would have improved the release or not) but it's hard to find the Achilles’ heal of this collection of songs. Freaky extravaganza with a "pop-stimmung" and for what it worths, I've played it in the car and my girlfriend was not even complaining as she usually do. Some may think to a more organized and "songwritten" answer to Jackie O' Motherfucker or Alexander Tucker but this music is less country-folk and deals more with varied influence than with the root of American tradition. Recommended.
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Artist: MARCHWITZA (@)
Title: Have A Hard Day
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Rated: *****
We at the Chain D.L.K. like to say hello and welcome to the Sturm label, which hails from Latvia. Sturm seems to be a hard working label providing harsh and martial music like Powernoise, harsh Electro, Dark Ambient up to Ritual Industrial. Latvia hasn’t so far brought out anything related to that mentioned styles, it seems to be a well place for the cold and rough music and this "Sturmmandat" is already their 14th release at all. MARCHWITZA is a harsh sounding duo simply providing the formula of the label. Of course, to discover some aggressive tunes from this Eastern European country has still a very exotic touch, but MARCHWITZA can provide a well balanced diversity in their style. You shouldn’t expect the best and polished recording quality of a huge studio production – but therefor this is real "underground". "Have A Hard Day" – well, this title sounds already like a warning and so they start with some noisy tunes. It is lesser danceable stuff than the generic harsh EBM/Powernoise style provided from labels like ProNoize for example. Nevertheless they show some real compositional background here and they also provide some harsh, sometimes strange effected vocals. I’ve picked out the fine arranged "Big Cojones" of being the best piece, a real Dark Electro pearl with slight noisy undertones and some excellent filter sweeps. Brachial music between pounding Electro/EBM up to static Powernoise efforts – MARCHWITZA can satisfy on all points here. There’s another new wave hailing from Eastern Europe – Sturm storms the international dancefloors of the dark clubs!
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Artist: REVOLUTION STATE / NOIZEKATT (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Red Dwarf Studio
Rated: *****
This is the debut split-release of these both talented US-acts, and especially the name REVOLUTION STATE comes back to mind if you take a look on some last releases of VELVET ACID CHRIST. They’ve created two remix works on the last VAC SiCD release "Wound" and made also a contribution on the "Hex Angel" full-length release. Bryan Erickson of VAC has mostly a good taste when he’s looking for some talented contributors – also here with REVOLUTION STATE this works fine. Consisting of Bonnie and Ben P., they do some serious business under the moniker REVOLUTION STATE and offer us here five own compositions woven into the wide field of Electro/EBM/Industrial music. VAC is for sure not only a band in friendship, it is also a possible reference if you look for comparisons. Just delete almost all Trance elements in VAC’s music, add the static vocal performances of Bonnie P next to the rough and high pitched of Ben and you’ll maybe get an idea how this act sounds. The track "Deny" is a stomping monster and could already receive some fine recognition through a well-placed compilation appearance on "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 2", released by the Belgium Alfa-Matrix label. I have also to tap my hat off for their fine placed synth layers – awesome work on "Profit Produced Pain" and "My Other Heartbeat", two real fine Dark Electro pieces! Things are a bit different with NOIZEKATT. This act, also leaded by the both members, was in a first instance only created to save a planned Industrial/Powernoise party through a live performance. The music of NOIZEKATT is generally more straight and beating, more into the kind of rhythmical EBM/Powernoise and so lesser dark. Not the harshest act of this genre of course, but well arranged and with a real compositional background. If this both projects will remain independent or if they both will grow into one act, which is musically thinkable – who knows this yet? Released under their very own Red Dwarf Studios and so without the help of a renowned label, this is a fine and promising release of currently two new up and coming artist hailing from the USA. Check this out and purchase this fine release.
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