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Artist: Lisi (@)
Title: Damn It!!
Format: CD EP
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Rated: *****
There are surely some nice synthworks here and there ("Idea Steala") and some intresting pattern repetitition but in the end it sticks to the worn-out sex-obsessed clichè. Lisi's ep would have been highly regarded if out in 2002/03 but nowadays it will probably appeal to those who still dig or care about Peaches' freaky tunes. That being said, I'm sure that with some improvement on the rhythmic side those tunes would work fine on the dancefloor. The ep comes with a nice video of "Tightie Whities".
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Artist: MAY-FLY (feat. WYNARDTAGE) (@)
Title: The Face In The Mirror
Format: CD
Label: Rupal Records / e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
After having well recognized his debut release "Flight Into The Darkness" in December 2K5, Thorsten Vogler a.k.a. MAY-FLY returns with a new full-length album. "The Face In The Mirror" offers at all 16 tracks, but the title track receives the main attention, because it is featured in 2 (Single Edit and Club Version) different versions, plus it got remixed by 7 different artists (NURZERY RHYMES, RE:\LEGION, :A7IE:, ACYLUM, VIRTUAL VICTIM, STIN SCATZOR and IINSANITY). It is to mention that Kai Arnold of WYNARDTAGE has co-produced and co-composed this track. You’ll get additional 2 new and re-vamped versions of the tracks "Ich Will Tanzen 2007" and "Angelie (Exclusive Version)", both originally available on the debut, plus 5 completely new tracks. MAY-FLY continues globally to present its linear kind of EBM/Dark Electro music, which at times mixes the genre-related boundaries with Goth and/or Synthpop, accomplished with an ominous and distorted sounding vocal performance in both, English and German lyrics. Nothing at all which can be called groundbreaking, but a constant good alternative to the tunes of WYNARDTAGE or the label mate VIRTUAL VICTIM. It’s a pity that the 5 new compositions are standing a bit in the shadow of the high amount of different versions/remixes of the title track, because "Suicide By Train" or "Save Our Souls" prove some potential. This remix war with the concentration on only one tune (best works here: the remixes of ACYLUM and :A7IE: - at least as expected, while the strangest "remix" – at least this work is a remake, nearly a complete new construction of this track - featuring GUITARS got provided by STIN SCATZOR) is maybe a bit of an overkill. However, Dark Electro-addicts can’t do something wrong by purchasing this more than 76 minutes long album.
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Artist: NORTHERN KIND (@)
Title: 53 N
Format: CD
Label: Electrotease
Rated: *****
NOTHERN KIND is a new female/male-leaded Synthpop-duo hailing from England. With "53° N" Sarah Heeley and Matt Culpin like to present their self-produced debut, which is – lets say it in advance – one of the best of the Synth-/Electropop genre since a long time. Musically somehow related with the Swedish act CHINESE THEATRE or the US-based REGENERATOR, the synth textures and arrangements which Matt likes to create out of his machinery are always tasteful and clean produced. Here and there he may offers a slight retro-early-90ies feeling, but he knows about the magic of Sarah’s intelligent lyrics and her smooth voice. As usual for a Synthpop production, everything stands and falls with the quality of the vocals and the song-writing – and here are the winning points for NOTHERN KIND compared with many other related acts. The compositions and the arrangements are rather more the result of experienced musicians instead of being the debut release of some greenhorns having realized that voltage can offer more than turning on the light in the refrigerator. Highlight: "Home", a real smasher, catchy as hell, with a singing-along-guarantee after only one spin. Lets hope for them that they will find a professional distributor in this hard times with vanishing CD sales, which especially hurts self-producing newcomer acts. The responsible people behind labels like Section 44, A Different Drum and/or Ninthwave Records should pay attention and pick them up.

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Artist: THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF EUROPE
Title: Lubrication
Format: CD
Label: New Darkness Recordings (@)
Distributor: Clear Spot
Rated: *****
Active since year 2000 The Peoples Republic Of Europe is a Dutch duo who started to experiment with dark ambient sounds. Losing the inspiration and finding new ideas thanks to the Ant Zen roster, they switched to industrial pounding sounds. LUBRICATION is their fourth release and I don't know why but I find ironic looking at a cover with machines parts with The Peoples Republic Of Europe written on it. I find a link with the slavery condition of Chinese workers and the wish of slavery of European politicians. Anyway, back to the music, the 13 tracks of this release find their inspiration into distorted scenarios a la P.A.L., proposing rhythmical explorations into industrial landscapes. Almost all the track are true to the pumping creed where you find similar sounds with rhythm variations, thing that for my tastes is pretty repetitive. On few tracks they embrace their original sound by creating tracks like "The myth of sisyphus" or "Laceration" where they have a more classic industrial ambient sound.
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Artist: ANENZEPHALIA (@)
Title: Ephemeral Dawn
Format: CD
Label: Tesco Organisation (@)
Distributor: Tesco Organisation
Rated: *****
If you are an industrial music lover is highly probable that you already own this release, because Anenzephalia's EPHEMERAL DAWN originally has been released twelve years ago always by Tesco (back then 750 copies in large fold-out poster sleeve has been printed). If you don't know this release or B. Moloch's approach to sound, well, first of all you should know that most of the eleven tracks of the album have been recorded live during the 1992÷1995 period on different locations (excepting the opening "Beneath the shroud", "Regime" and "Liebombast" which have been recorded at Kriszthell) and that Anenzephalia industrial sound is a mixture of growing subtle tension which seems produced by death factories. The vocals are buried under humming noises and there's always a feeling of incoming menace during the whole listening session. Moloch don't have the "in your face" approach, he let the sound rises slowly and it never explodes into random blasts, it is more like a constant sonic earthquake. On few tracks metal percussions or analog noises (note: sounds with high frequencies which don't produce the humming effect) have been used changing a little the sound proposed on the previous ones but the sensation remains the same, a feeling well expressed by the manifesto you can find into the booklet: " Here the dream dies! Dominated by obsession of power and lust, led by unwritten rules from clinical birth to clinical death. Ask the epithet of god! It still is deception. No ideology, no progess; NO THING. The world smothered in absurdity". A classic of the genre...
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