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Artist: LOST AREA (@)
Title: Dare To Dream
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Official debut album for this German/Swiss Electro-Goth quartet, which is self-produced, self-released and also self–funded. This fact I would like to point out in advance, I’ve seldom before received an own produced debut album, which features such an enormous professionalism into the press sheet, a printed and glossy info sheet with clear introduction of the band, its members, the music style and the audience they would like to reach with it. A strong effort which sets the existence of some labels in question. You wanna hear facts? Well, 1000 pressed copies is along the line, but DJ and club support through Hardbeat Propaganda is mostly only possible with the help of a solvent label, a full-color glossy booklet featuring lyrics and band photos is also not the cheapest thing on earth, furthermore there are some well-known scene acts doing some remix works for this newcomer, from which – I guess – only a half got done thanks to a good friendship. Thumbs up for the management – in person of band member Jan Bertram - professional work should pay off somehow. But what counts is the music – and so the matter of subject, on which I’ve got some things to nag at. It is obviously that the current scene lacks of new influences and ideas. Besides that still euphoric celebrated Hellektro-virus I’ve got the feeling that the success-promising formula to combine Synth-/Future-/Electro-Pop with a deep sea of Goth-like sadness and an 80-ties Pop/Wave-inspired portion of Romantic spreads out some new flowers. You know it, the BLUTENGEL syndrome – not very new and a unique style or what can be called an innovation, but at times with some remarkable bitter-sweet results. If LOST AREA like it or not – their intention to combine "Electro with Emotion" somehow throws this band stylistically into this bucket. The music itself plays along the expected lines, pseudo-aggressive or distorted sounds are left out to make sure a decent Electro-Pop imaginary. The problem hides moreover in the provided male/female vocals. While I’m quite impressed by the performance Daniela Dietz (ex-ILLUMINATE and so experienced...) is able to offer, ranging between smooth and emotional up to devotional and dramatic, I have some doubts on the quality of Jan Moser’s voice. A bit too theatrically and too obviously the try to hide some weaknesses, his voice often seems to fight instead of being a unit to his female partner. Compositionally good pieces like "Vengeance Of Nature" so go down the drain, I’m rather impressed by "Stolen Child" featuring Daniela’s solo voice. This CD features 7 original recordings and 8 remix works – as I’ve said including some big names like BLUTENGEL, CEPHALGY, ACCESSORY or UNHEILIG, but also some underrated acts like the Accession-Records-recording act SPEKTRALIZED and some up and coming talents like RE:\LEGION or EUROCIDE. All remix works depend on previously recorded tracks of the band, I guess taken out of their limited 2K5 release "Gabriel". So I don’t know the original compositions, but some good tunes I’ve discovered here. The CEPHALGY remix of "Penhesilea" features an addictive bass line, also both works of UNHEILIG and A FLOWER FOR TUESDAY on the track "Deconstruction" are worth to listen to. Strange-wise – or should I say obviously – these tracks offer again the sophisticated vocal performance of Daniela Dietz, "Deconstruction" alone features diversity thanks to the use of French lyrics. Well – it has to be proven, if LOST AREA are the next big thing for this genre – too many try so with a similar quality. But good promotional efforts and the continuation and belief in what they are doing here should pay off. I wish them the best.
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Artist: SD6 (@)
Title: Between Noise And Transmission
Format: CD
Label: 23 DB (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
A new release for Tom Shear’s 23DB label – well, I’m a bit surprised by this. I rather thought he would release acts near his friendship (LOST SIGNAL) or projects in which he's involved in like his fine and underrated NERVE.FILTER project. But by listening to the offered quality which the originally Portland-based SD6 is capable to bring on, I can totally understand him that he couldn’t resist to give this talented act a home. SD6 is a two female/one male-project consisting of Brendan Jerwa, Jessica Blackshear and Nicole Edmonds and has been built up already in 2002. Being the survivors of the ADSR-recording artist OMNIBOX, Brendan and Jessica could pick up Nicole with a move to Seattle and so enter new inspiration. Thanks to the fact that Brendan could break-through as a comic book author, this debut release has taken its time. Tom Shear was chosen to do the production and mastering of this release, which offers for a debut an amazing routine placed into all components like arrangements, sounds and lyrical content. Of course, it is musically based on Synth-, Future- or Electropop, very much influenced of Tom’s ASSEMBLAGE 23 project, or COVENANT, or SEABOUND – but I guess any other style would be surprising, wouldn’t it? Brandon’s well suited vocals are coming clear and understandable through the mix, also conspicuous is the kind of their rhythm and drum pattern programming featuring several Breakbeat or D’n’B influences ("Fallen" or the amazing final track "Free") – a strong preference for them against to some comparable European acts. Danceable tunes like "Believe" or "Timestream" should animate the dancefloor-junkies to some action, while the highlight can be named in the sentimental "The World Divide", one of the best pieces ever written and arranged in this genre!!! Not to forget the only one track featuring female-leaded vocals "Untruth", another fine example of the transformation ability this band can offer. Congrats to both, band and Tom, for a release which would be a jewel in the stable of every label around. With more upcoming releases in this quality, 23DB will grow to be the elite label this genre has to offer.
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Artist: DEATHBOY
Title: End Of An Error
Format: CD
Label: Line Out Records (@)
Rated: *****
Presented as a "futurepunk" band, Deathboy just released their second full length titled END OF AN ERROR. It contains eleven tracks of high energetic electronic punk with few e.b.m. influences. The first two tracks ("Amphetamine zoo" and " "Black morning") are sounding like a good indie band using electronic gear. This could be good if you are looking for tracks based on simple melodies and good production (Rico and John Fryer did the work) but usually I want something more. Fortunately this comes with "Money and confidence", a track that pays a tribute to Cure but with a certain personality. Basically the sound of the band is balanced between their dark and their melodic soul with some industrial influence a la N.I.N. (check "Smile you fuckers") and modern pop punk or good old 77 punk (like on "Cheap shot"). They could give you some good tunes like the two I mentioned and like "Something" where the mixture finds a perfect balance. It won't be a surprise if a day I'll see one of their videos on MTV but I'd rather prefer to see them than the next teen rebel.
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Artist: NOKALYPSE (@)
Title: Ocean Of Inexistece
Format: CD
Label: Triple Bath (@)
Rated: *****
Limited to only 76 copies, OCEAN OF INEXISTENCE is the third release of the project conducted by Themis Pantelopoulos and it is also the second release for his own cd-r label. The album is divided into five main tracks which are also divided into different movements and if at a first listening it could recall some Klaus Schulze/Vangelis tracks by listening to its whole length, OCEAN OF INEXISTENCE is more faceted than you could think as Themis start playing with ambient solutions but soon after he adds elements of industrial, electronic and experimental music giving to his tracks a deeper "existence" by creating different moments/movements where the atmosphere turns from light and dreamy to dark and experimental where sounds take a hold on melody just to drop down the hostilities and changing again forming a sort of tense soundtrack (like on "Oriellegro"). Very intense but unfortunately strictly limited. From Themis' website I read that there are only 16 left. Check it out in a hurry!
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Artist: BLACK LUNG
Title: The Coming Dark Age
Format: CD
Label: Crunch Pod Media (@)
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
Crunch Pod Media have to celebrate a little anniversary, because with the release of a new BLACK LUNG CD they celebrate their 50th release, a number not too much labels can reach. BLACK LUNG is a project of the Australian musician David Thrussel, who could be for some or another better known under his moniker SNOG. For BLACK LUNG this new album "The Coming Dark Age" is the first studio recording since their last album "The Disinformation Plague", out in 1997 under Metropolis-Records. Crunch Pod is known for quality music along the noisier side of life, but with this release they offer an album pretty much influenced by modern Electronic, Ambient, and Electronica, maybe a bit influenced of works of APHEX TWIN. Globally mostly straight produced instrumental stuff, which David likes to present us here, but not too much comparable to SNOG. I tend like enjoy the rather creepy ominous-arranged pieces the most like "The Sins Of Megalopolis", the title track or the destroying "Leibowitz’s Canticle". Not to forget I would like to mention the long and very drastically written words "Eating Fossil Fuels" by Dale Allen Pfeiffer readable in the booklet, which describes a very frightening vision of the growing human population and the multiple crises around us – a very disturbing work which comes to some frightening results, but it fits with some critical views David has always commented and stands for, last but not least it fits with the album title. Well packaged in a quality digi-pack, a nice anniversary release, congrats, Ben and Christian...
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