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Artist: AS ALL DIE
Title: Victory
Format: CD
Label: Flood The Earth
Rated: *****
This cd is quite difficult to listen to in a single breath because of its hard industrial style (which is nearly depressive). The production is very detailed, as well as the cover, but the atmosphere of the whole record is too heavy. Maybe the goal of the duo really was this one, nevertheless a lighter mood would have been more appreciated. There are heavy percussive patterns and gloomy synthesizers tapestries with sinister samples. It all reminds me of der Blutharsch or similar projects.
I can't state this is a bad record but I can say it's only for people who like dark industrial experiments.
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Artist: STICKING DROPS (@)
Title: meteo ep
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Test Tube
Rated: *****
A year or more ago I’ve had the chance to see these guys live near the area where they live and I thought they were a really good surprise above considering their young age. This’ the second effort on cdr and I think they’re ready for a full length. If compared to the debut ep this new one is much better recorded and produced it just needs a bit of "kick ass" mastering to get the "top class" rate. I couldn’t find any note explaining who's playing what, but from what I can remember they were using a couple of laptop to filter guitars, a reel to reel tape recorder/player and other objects. Musically the result is definitely good and floats somewhere between laptop music vaguely melodical and electroacoustics. Psychedelic recurring loops and short droned melodies touching the surface every once in a while, without using sci-fi effects the whole atmosphere smells like a "lost in the space" experience. As you probably argued this not really rhythmical electronics but much more experimental/"trip inside your head" alike that not necessarily turns them into another pompous listening. Amp, a modern version of some Philosophers Stone restyled with a new and more electronic suit, by the way: the post dronical side of electronics or even better the electronic answer to modern psichedelia. Another promising duo like Batman and Robin, Ginger and Fred or Osama and George.
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Artist: APRAXIA (@)
Title: Weapons of mass deception
Format: CD
Rated: *****
The cover artwork of this cd makes me think of an experimental kind of music but in actual fact this record is an electro work.
The most impressive songs are "Totenplatz", "Strangelove" (a Depeche Mode cover) and "Metrosexual". Sounds are nice and well chosen, the singer has got a good voice. The record would have been better with a more appropriate artwork, however it can be appreciated by people who prefer introspective electronic music instead of ebm. Quite good.
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Artist: BLACK SUN (@)
Title: Drama
Format: CD
Rated: *****
DRAMA is the newest Black Sun release. The band released their previous one a couple of years ago when they made their twin MCDs "Its Creeping Rage" / "Di Fersi Morendo Eterni". The new CD contains reworked versions of old tracks along with three new ones. The band has also a new line-up because Alessandra, Federica’s sister, joined in also like a singer. Luca wanted to rework the tracks because he tried that the potential of his new Roland Triton synthesizer could help him a lot into the work of revamping the old tracks. He was kinda right, because the tracks sound more pumping but it’s also true that now the sound doesn’t change that much because there’s still a problem that Luca has to face: the lack of post production. This unfortunately is making the tracks sound a little flat. This is a pity, because Black Sun have some potential that the lovers of electronic goth/e.b.m. music would appreciate for sure. If you check the new tracks "Burns in Me" and "Jewels of Orchids" you’ll realize that they could be good alternative dancefloor killers!
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Some Tunes
Format: CD
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
Basserk is a new label heading from Neatherland and SOME TUNES is their second release which shows the aims and sounds of the label’s roster. The CD opens with a convincing electro distorted tune by Mignon ("Death race") remixed by Patric Catani and if there was a good way to start, this was a really good one. Aux Raus is next with "This is how this works" a breathtaking electro punk anthem that gathers electro sounds, a distorted guitar and a cool melody for a 130 bmp track (or something like that). Genjini is next with "Das funkistador", a nice electro funky lo-fi track that will make you move your asses. 3-1 already released a 12" for Basswerk titled "Dont’t destroy" and here they present a new track, "Gold" a nice track with a certain English flavour (I hear a little bit of latest Chumbawamba atmospheres). Kook Feat. Roxxy Bione already had a release on Pale Music and on this compilation present "Nobody knows" a convincing electro dancey tune. Elle Bandita along with the Scandals (the band of the Pale Music chief that here remix Junesex) and Melomanics play a cool kind of punk with dance attitude while the Dutch Drillem with "Bug" blend western (yes, I mean the movies) atmospheres with crazy electro dance extravaganza. Now it’s the turn of Transformer Di Roboter. I loved so much their cover E.P. that I was curious to check an original tune and I must admit that they didn’t disappoint my expectation as with "Hi-end" I found the elements that made me love their sound (that lo-fi casio syth sounds here enriched with a distorted bass line and several other cool keyboard sounds) into a song that has a perfect melody and which is impossible not to dance to. Sneakthief present here "Les yeux fermes", a nice track of their electro funky style but this time the track is based on guitars/bass guitars sound with a sampled French voice. Nobody Beats The Drum is one of the different Dutch bands on this CD (in total we can count eight out of fourteen) and their "Turn up the box" is an electro dancey tune that sometimes remembered me the latest Daft Punk. Dumbvox and Lucky Goat are the last ones. The first one with "Guardian" present a mixture of electro and e.b.m. and the latter with "No worries" is here with a nice electro reggae tune. At this point I imagine you’ll have understood that this compilation is worth the purchase and you have just to visit www.basserk.com to order your copy!
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