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Artist: WYNARDTAGE (@)
Title: Evil Mind
Format: CD
Label: X-Cem/Rupal Records/e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
The hype on this German one-man act leaded by this active mastermind Kai Arnold is still unbroken. The earlier club hit "Sterbehilfe", taken as a hidden bonus track from the officially debut "Waste Of Time" was running nation-wide in almost all clubs and could earn a lot of attention. But the talent of Kai isn’t only reduced to his music project WYNARDTAGE. Thanks to his help and efforts his very own leaded badn collective X-Cem could grow and could release several albums of young and unknown bands like MAY-FLY, LA MAGRA or Kai’s partner in crime, ACYLUM (check back the mutual interview with WYNARDTAGE/ACYLUM on our site here: ). Not to forget an uncountable amount of remix works for some friends and partner bands on the X-Cem collective had to be done as well. His endless work for this collective also ended in internationally attention and success, some well-placed compilation appearances on Interbreeding VIII (BLC Productions) were only a logically evolution. Earlier this year Kai could win the DAVANTAGE label Rupal Records to unite the weapons and so to get a stronger recognition. And finally thanks to some good contacts to the German label E-Noxe, Kai could win another strong partner to spread the WYNARDTAGE virus with the welcomed help of a better distribution through Alive!. Hard to believe that Kai could find enough time and leisure to concentrate on his own main project. I can already take the result of this review in advance, this new "Evil Mind" output is a milestone above the quality regarding compositions, arrangements, used sounds and production compared to that "Waste Of Time" debut. And it features one of the loudest bass kick drums on almost all tracks I’ve heard for a long time – luckily it doesn’t sound at all like a hatred Techno-inspired 909-kit. The German glossy and printed press already started to compare WYNARDTAGE with SUICIDE COMMANDO with the restriction that WYNARDTAGE wont offer anything new. Again a typical anti-journalistic syndrome which comes up when the German print press lacks of originality and ideas, no matter if you take Zillo, Orkus or the Sonic Seducer. Which up and coming band playing Dark Electro with spooky melodic synth layers, hefty drum and percussion work and a rough out-of-the-grave-like voice doesn’t get compared with SUICIDE COMMANDO??? I can only recommend my German colleges to listen more often and more analytic the given promotional items. Especially the depressive and almost Goth-like mood with the use of some frightful female voice samples well presented on the slower tracks of this album like "Calling From Silence (featuring LA MAGRA)", "I’m Not Your God" or "Lost Your Life" I moreover would call an authentic style of WYNARDTAGE. Kai does good and has made a strong development from his debut, no matter if you stand above such silly comparisons or not. The club hit "Sterbehilfe" you’ll get again in a new 2006-version, some contributions with DAVANTAGE ("Burn"), the already named LA MAGRA or CYBER WHORE("Cold") are also featured. Next to "Sterbehilfe" some other tracks here will mark their way to the floors of the dark clubs like "The Sin" or "No Human Survive". Music with a playing time of more than 78 minutes of pounding Dark Electro tunes should be another reason to purchase this item.
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Artist: VENETIAN SNARES (@)
Title: Hospitality
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****

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HOSPITALITY is the latest Venetian Snares release and it contains six new tracks where Aaron Funk redefine his latest breakcore i.d.m. orchestral sound that he presented with "Rossz Csillag Alatt Született". If you were used to his breathtaking digital cavalcades, this time Aaron decided to surprise his audience using also moments where sonic disintegration is kinda under control. Take for example the first couple of minutes of the opening "Frictional Nevada" where he build an ambient melodic orchestration (which is soon after joined by the usual crazy rhythmical section) and see how he deals the rhythm and the new melodic lines on the following minutes. If on "Rossz Csillag Alatt Született" he preferred orchestral sounds on HOSPITALITY you’ll find a lot of organ sounds along with strings (like on "Shoot myself" where he creates a good melancholic moment). I don’t know what do you think about the new Venetian Snares style but I like it because melodies and rhythmic complex structures get along really well and this new MCD is a good work that will make people, that were afraid or unused to this kind of sounds, appreciate Aaron’s work as they will find great amounts of involving atmospheres.
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Artist: W.A.S.T.E.
Title: This Is What We Seek
Format: CD
Label: Sistinas (@)
Distributor: Crunch Pod Media
Rated: *****
Also a debut release for this LA-based Powernoise duo, out now on the new label Sistinas. Consisting of Shaun Englefield and Theo Harper this duo offers mostly rhythmically Powerelectronics of the hardest kind. They show no mercy to torment some nerves of the fainthearted through that typically and monotonous track construction filled with the overused dose of distortion, delay, reverb and overdrive effects in all kinds. The music is very tough produced and really reminds on the hardest TERRORFAKT/CONVERTER outputs (...and it’s really seldom that I agree on comparisons done by the label...). The track "Psycho Killer" really turns the overall sound of this act into a wild distortion-massacre, for sure the hardest piece here. This track got also reworked into a more calm and mostly driven by some ominous synth-layers oriented piece. Another remarkable track can be named with "Small Time Pedophile (Gary Glitter Mix)", dedicated to the British 70ties Glam-Rock legend, which offers a lesser amount of uncontrolled distortions. The internationally renowned act MANUFACTURA is also available here with a remix work on the track "Shut Up And Bleed". Some more real compositional efforts on some tracks wouldn’t be wrong for a possible future release simply to offer a wider diversity. Nevertheless W.A.S.T.E. have produced an ultra-violent Powernoise album, which should appeal all fanatics of this genre which look out for a tough alternative to the Ant-Zen/Hands roster.
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Artist: ITTO
Title: Sound On An Empty Road
Format: CD
Label: Elvis Coffee Records (@)
Rated: *****
Itto is the collaboration between Ian Holloway and Neil Rowling respectively from Psychic Space Invasion and Directive 4. A long drone that shifts in pitches is just a prelude for the unexpected core of the work where field recordings of various sources intertwine with a dismal guitar plucking. Maybe the only point against this one is that when you start to get comfortable with the difference it suddenly ends leaving you longing for more. Sound On An Empty Road is surely at its best when it's at its gloomiest. A good display of creative verve, worth checking out for both the Die Stadt & co. fanatics and the lovers of the darker side of the Kranky label out there.
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Artist: WHERE (@)
Title: wererat
Format: CD
Label: Eibon (@)
Rated: *****
This Zairo guy behind Where is probably into scary music and into the aesthetics of the dark ambient/industrial scene judging both from the cover and from the music, but also considered he's put some Atrax Morgue's quote in the booklet. This guy obviously is not a newcomer since I've seen he's already put out something on cdr format. Dark ambient to the bone but with a couple of odd elements like the "werewolf/inhuman" laments that dyes the first track in black on black. Misanthropic and horrorific as you can easily imagine, Zairo seems to be obsessed by rats more than GBH in their famous song. Talking about rats, it could be the perfect soundtrack for that scene of Herzog's Nosferatu where the ship brings the rats and the subsequent cholera in town. In the second track you have those warlike "beats" that speaking about the genre are quite a standard but it's not another pale imitator of Death in June or Blutharsh. In the last two tracks of the records the soft ambiental white noise is pushed so far that there’s an hypnotical side effects and that's probably the part of the cd I’ve enjoyed the most. I'm not such a fan of dark ambient where the keyboard sound is still intelligible but Where is ok due to the production and to the cure with which he's developed all of the tracks without using goth elements.
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