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Artist: WYNARDTAGE (@)
Title: Praise The Fallen
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Rupal Records / e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
After having released his second full-length album "Evil Mind" in autumn of the last year, Kai Arnold a.k.a. WYNARDTAGE returns with a completely new studio release. Quite a fast kind of work, "Praise The Fallen" holds 12 new tracks mostly based in his known hard and cold Dark Electro style. Why changing too much a successful formula, since "Evil Mind" was and is still fine appreciated by the listeners? "Sterbehilfe", although already originally presented on earlier releases and compilations, has become an evergreen for the German club scene and works still fine. Nevertheless Kai’s new compositions should be easily able to rival it. "Praise The Fallen", "Embraced By Darkness", Cold Massive Blue" or the nearly Hellektro-like "Feel My Silent..." are on-top floor stompers which will keep the masses in motion. The special details are based somewhere in between. "Hurricane Age" is a rather slow-paced piece featuring some unconventional drum patterns, which reminds strong on some classic and noisier-minded SUICIDE COMMANDO-recordings. A conspicuous element in the new WYNARDTAGE-recordings are the placed interruptions in the arrangements to add an ominous and scary sounding sample work. Orchestral-like string sounds work well to underline this dark mood, maybe this can be named the signature for WYNARDTAGE, which saves this project to get reduced and sorted to the swarms of Hellektro-troops? The surprise of this 12 new tracks is for the last one, "When We Are Gone", featuring a female-leaded vocal performance and a different, rather Break-Beat-like drum pattern programming – applause for the try to figure out something different. You’ll get also a special bonus recording placed at song position 33 – it is a remake of the WYNARDTAGE classic "Waste Of Time", originally released on the same-titled debut. The reason for this remake belongs on the fact that the debut is completely unavailable anymore and a lot of listeners have never heard the original. There’s also a available a second CD to accomplish this new studio work, which holds a massive remix-war attack for all the club goers. 14 remix works on 7 tracks of the new album, created and constructed by global scene-players like L’AME IMMORTELLE, X-FUSION, AMDUSCIA, or DAWN OF ASHES – but also from lesser known acts like the new Rupal Records-signing RE:\LEGION, the Mexican act C-LEKKTOR, or Spain’s Harsh EBM output ASSEPTIC ROOM. It’s hard to figure out the best work, I rather and definitely recommend to purchase this limited 2-CD-item to make sure to have the best club food around. There seems to be no end of the rope for WYNARDTAGE and "Praise The Fallen" has enough to offer to save a continuation of the successful story.

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Artist: COMANDO SUZIE / O PARADIS
Title: El Pequeno Tamborilero / Pergamino
Format: 7"
Label: Punch Records (@)
Rated: *****
Limited to 300 copies this 7" split single contains two songs from Comando Suzie and O Paradis respectively. The first band see also Demian of O Paradis as guest guitar. Comando Suzie present a nice neo-folk song but approaching the genre in a personal way, with a certain experimental touch regarding the background noises but with also a pop sensibility really functional. I really liked its atmosphere. O Paradis' song "Pergamino" sounds like an outtake coming from the session of the latest album "Cuando El Tiempo Sopla" because of Demian's way of creating dreamy atmospheres with his experimental approach to acustic ballads. A nice single which really surprised me making me know Comando Suzie.
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Artist: Son Of Rust (@)
Title: Vicious Cycles
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
SON OF RUST is the Portland-based solo project by Justin Coope, who likes to present us his already second and self-released full-length CD. Surely not at all a bloody greenhorn, since Justin could already open some events mostly in his area for global scene-players like A23, INFORMATION SOCIETY or IRIS. Also a strong friendship on MySpace and several playlist entries speak for his growing rule in the Industrial scene. Musically "Vicious Cycles" offers an electronic-driven outfit being infiltrated with some Rock-like guitar sounds and Justin’s charismatic vocal performance. Synth-/Futurepop with edges, luckily without the plastic-sugar-sweet-kind – so it can be named, too. The given references on DEPECHE MODE, MESH, IRIS, NIN and/or IMPERATIVE REACTION aren’t to far away from topic, I also tend to compare especially Justin’s timbre with the non-effected voice of Gary Zon (DISMANTLED), while Justin is definitively more talented. 12 quality tracks following some fine compositional guide lines without any filler are presented here. However, some favorites like "Welcome To Chaos", "Just Once" or "Another Beautiful Tragedy" have to be named to be the best danceable tunes, while the mid-tempo pieces like "The Highest Cost", "Violator" (what a title...) and the majestically "To Be Free" totally convince and proof Justin’s fine nose for a needed catchy composition. Even if this release is a self-produced one, it has to be praised for its kind, sound and the good artwork printed in a digi-pack. This is a fine and constant good release for the Synth-/Alternative-Pop genre, thumbs up!
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: One Nation Under Surveillance – Arable Farmland Sampler Vol. 3
Format: CD
Label: Arable Farmland
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
I can’t resist to start this review with a warning printed on the backside of this compilation:
"Under the revised Patriot Act, secret Presidential Directives and Orders, and Military Commissions Act of 2006 any person found in possession of this CD can have their mail opened by Order of the President, watched by various U.S. Law "Enforcement" Agencies, and ultimately be charged with a Federal crime. Welcome to the United States. Enjoy your stay."
I’m sure that this warning points out well which politically-inspired content you’ve obviously to expect from the booklet of this compilation CD. Included is a lot of stuff to read, essays and regime-critically stuff on which I can’t judge, since I’m not a US citizen. Only one personal note: that stuff leaves me thinking on...
Chain D.L.K. is a music-related resource, so back to our business: This compilation released by the small Chicago-based label Arable Farmland provides 17 tracks by 11 different artists mostly hailing out of Australia and the USA. Musically the content of this compilation jumps over genre-related boundaries between Dark Electro, Ambient up to Experimental and Ritual tunes. The best known artist here is surely the Australian duo EMPTY, which provides two tracks. Of about all other artists, including the label chief’s own project CRYPTO FACIST, I haven’t heard so far from. PASK is an Australian-based Powernoise/Ambient-artist and opens this comp with an experimental track – this act also has created a remix on EMPTY’s track "Alone" to take part here, which reminds a bit on some classic GRIDLOCK/DISHARMONY works. Also the 3 appearances of CRYPTO FACIST are convincing by offering some eerie moods and foggy voice samples. SEARAD are providing a great electronic-driven Alternative track and have to be named along both EMPTY-tracks to be the highlight here. Two other appearances I like to mention with ROPS56 (a Pop-song with smooth female vocals) and FLOOD OF RAIN (crunchy Metal-like track), because both are representing different music styles. As for a conclusion, this comp works musically well if you’re interested to check out some rather unknown artists, although it is shadowed a bit by the politically message provided by the art.

Track list:

PASK - precursor
SEARAD – remote
MEMBRANE CONSPIRACY - mistrust
SMEA - career politician
METAGNATHOUS - flawed copies
ROPS56 – lament
RDS - heavily redacted
CRYPTO FASCIST - quarantine u.s.a.
MEMBRANE CONSPIRACY - fuel for empire
METAGNATHOUS - neighbors bones
PIN - symbiance
EMPTY – alone (PASK remix)
CRYPTO FASCIST - democracy
METAGNATHOUS - without a word
EMPTY - p.e.r.
CRYPTO FASCIST - controlled cradle
FLOOD OF RAIN - system crash
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Artist: PHRAGMENTS (@)
Title: The Burning World
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Rated: *****
With its ninth release The Eastern Front affirm its validity into the dark industrial/new-folk/experimental scene by releasing the second studio album by Phragments. Coming from Bratislava, Slovakia, the band is formed by Matej (music) and Sonic(k) (videos). They released since 2002 four CDs (two live albums where they propose different versions of their tracks, a MCD and a studio album titled "Homo homini lupus) on they own label Construct.Destroy.Collective. THE BURNING WORLD is their second studio album and besides being presented with a luxurious three panels 7"x5" sleeve it contains seven great martial dark industrial tracks. The first thing I noticed while I was listening to this album is that Phragments used great sounds and created a strong atmosphere made of synth pads, violins and distorted samples. The first time I listened to this CD I was checking into a store a new pair of loudspeakers and the opening part of "Non serviam" really worked well with its different parts: the first one contains a sort of reverbered treated piano which little by little creates its melody. Soon after background sounds are added and after a minute a metallic sound paired with floor toms create a great melancholic martial orchestral moment. Soon after the track stops and to the piano some vocal samples are added (they aren't words, only sounds which help the rhythmical part). Twenty seconds and the track is ready to start again its magnificent atmosphere. "Fireseed", instead, is based on a violin melody with distorted rhythms and background synth pads. I'd like to underline, also, that their melodic taste is really functional to the creation of the right mood and I really enjoyed each track of the album. This isn't only a good dark ambient album with some industrial sounds. You have to check it!
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