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Artist: TRANSISTOR6 (@)
Title: Demo
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Formed by Claus Collstrup and Kira Li, Transistor6 sent me their new demo which contains five new tracks. Their style combine both smooth atmosphere and harsh sounds thanks to the warm vocals provided by Kira and to the ambient industrial e.b.m. atmosphere created by Claus. On Transistor6 you can find ambient electronic elements as well as some e.b.m. sound, everything blend to form a cinematic and dramatic soundtrack. If you check the closing instrumental version of "Resonator" it will be easier for you to understand what I mean. Kira is a good performer (she also teach vocal technique) and she enrich the interesting textures of the tracks. They are looking for a label, meanwhile check them at www.myspace.com/transistor6
Jun 06 2007
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Artist: SPINEFLESH (@)
Title: The Sense Of Flesh
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Newcomers of the industrial e.b.m. scene Spineflesh present to the lovers of the genre their debut four tracks E.P. titled THE SENSE OF FLESH. Formed by Noras and Phemtis the band took all the distinctive stuff of the genre just to make their own version of it. Their horror tense sound is convincing but the vocals, which are a middle way from early Hocico and a black metal band, sometimes make them sound like one among the many but I'm sure they'll be able to do some tuning and doing good things. The four tracks are mid tempo tunes which don't lose time with intros and since from the opening "Lusting greed" the duo kick hard the beat of out their gear. Listening to the songs a couple of times their distinctive melodic sense starts to reveal itself popping out through the raw sounds. The four tracks work well on a limited length of an E.P., I hope that they'll be able to diversify their tracks on a forthcoming full length. They are looking for a serious label. You can check their tunes at www.myspace.com/spineflesh.
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Artist: CHINESE THEATRE (@)
Title: Mirror Mirror
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Nothing to do with China, this is a new and self-released limited EP of this Synth-/Electropop duo consisting of Martina Ramstedt (vocals) and Krister Petterson (machines) hailing out of Sweden. We have already discovered them at the beginning of this year with their full-length album "Voices & Machines ", which is available thanks to a license contract via Section44, www.section44.com. This EP therefore can be seen as a kind of remix follow-up because it mainly features both main tracks, "Mirror Mirror" and "I’m Leaving You Behind". As for a music description, CHINESE THEATRE’s efforts aren’t that kind of greasing the ears with some honey – they’re rather inspired by a cold Wave/Romantic style and their tracks remind often to some works of KRAFTWERK, early S.P.O.C.K or the Progress Productions recording artist SYSTEM – only with the difference that the vocals are female-leaded. This EP consist of 12 tracks plus a hidden bonus track, which is a surprisingly well-done cover on the PET SHOP BOYS classic "Opportunities". The title track "Mirror Mirror" comes in two original works by CHINES THEATRE, plus it got remixed by DJ Slobbe and the old-school EBM act PROTOTYP. The second main track "I’m Leaving You Behind" is the straighter and rather dancefloor oriented track – 2 different original versions and 5 remix works are available. Add to this one more short track "Oh My God (Woman) Robot Voice Edit" and you’ve got the whole content of this EP. It is conspicuous, that CHINES THEATRE have refused to ask some better known acts for providing some remix works, names like PROTOTYP, ROYAL VISIONARIES or IRANON are rather unknown so far, only FILE NOT FOUND have already entered some international response. As for the remix works I tend to rate the works of PROTOYP on both main tracks as being a more aggressive alternative, also the works of FILE NOT FOUND (have slowed down the mood by adding some layer sounds...), IRANON (have integrated a Harsh EBM feeling to "I’m Leaving...") and ROYAL VISIONARIES (have added different KRAFTWERKian drum patterns and vocoder effects for the vocals...) are quality and flawless appearances. This is a constant good and entertaining EP featuring some promising appearances of some new acts which seem to wait for some more exposure. Finally I prefer still the original works of CHINESE THEATRE, but at least this proves how well done this EP is. Check back their website for some purchasing info.
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Artist: AFRAID! (@)
Title: Afraid!
Format: 7"
Label: Holidays Records (@)
Rated: *****
Afraid! new single contains only six minutes of music but thanks to their style made of dissonant punk/noise music where you can hear influences which goes from Bikini Kill to Sonic Youth passing through early Jesus Lizards and emo core, you'll be convinced of their value. "The aim generator", "Whenever you go dancing, there will always be someone who does the robot" and "Sweaty Jesus after the miracle" are fast, melodic, complex and well produced and for sure you won't guess that they are Italian as their sound is already perfect for the U.S.A. audience. Check them atwww.myspace.com/terwilliker where you'll find two tracks from this single.
Jun 05 2007
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Artist: FRIGHTDOLL
Title: Reference Version
Format: CD
Label: Frightdoll Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Personal project of a girl heading from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Frightdoll is one of the few solo woman projects of the e.b.m. scene (I remember of Yendri and Unter Null. Zombie Girl doesn't count because she's not alone). Being able to be there and demonstrate that a girl is able to create the same work a man is able to, despite the fact that we think we are a into a society where men and women are equal, isn't easy and on the musical world this is so true. I'm the first one who's picky about woman's vocals but don't ask me why. Instinct? Dunno. Musical taste I like to think, because I like women vocals into punk music but I'm picky when women sound all ethereal with those whisperings which wish to enchant the listeners. Anyway, we aren't talking about ethereal vocals on this case because the girl behind Frightdoll and behind her futuristic goth look, is able to create a good blend of future pop ("Unit" sounds also a little synthpop and it's a nice instrumental track as well as "Gravity" is a good electro dark pop tune) and e.b.m. Her voice is often filtered or slightly effected and her style is functional to her dark mid tempo songs. Composed using only virtual equipment REFERENCE VERSION is working well without no overproduction or particular tricks. The album grows with as the tracklist proceed and if the first three songs have similar atmospheres, from the fourth one Frightdoll style starts to reveal all its surprises showing a lot of influences and intriguing melodies. I liked her style, her sound and you could check her tracks at her myspace page here: www.myspace.com/frightdoll
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