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Artist: IMIAFAN (@)
Title: Collaborations
Format: CD
Label: Red Star Budapest (@)
Rated: *****
COLLABORATIONS, along with the split 7" I’ll review later, is the newest ImiAFan release and it contains nine remix, re-processed tracks produced during the 2001÷2005 period thanks to John Merral, Cabaret, ImiAFan & DNC, Karaoke Tundra, Michael Harding, Martin Burlas, Marek Zubko (aka DNC), Cjjbrozt and Yosuke Kawamura (aka Lozi). The oroginal tracks are coming from the previous band’s releases "Péntek este EP" and "Legy a falon" 12" and four of them seems to be unreleased, because I haven’t seen them listed anywhere else (they are "Inner voices", the two versions of "Naomi" and "Prechádzka"). These nine tracks differs a lot from the electronic instrumental analog sounding style of the Imrich Végh project and they span from the analog melodic glitch breakbeat of "Toys (Hyobitech 3 remix)" to the ambient idm of "Time (Lozi remix)", passing through techno ("Inner voices – Cabaret road trip mix"), minimal experimentations ("Légy A Falon - Do16! Remix"), electro lounge ("Toys! - The Only Michael Remix") or minimal ambient wave ("Naomi - Redefined By DNC"). This release as well as all the Red Star Budapest releases are free of charge as they are released under the "The Free Music Philosophy" (check http://www.ram.org/ramblings/philosophy/fmp.html). The last thing I could say is: support this initiative as the sounds are good and the philosophy is great!
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: NOISE.IL
Format: CD
Label: TOPHETH PROPHET (@)
Rated: *****
The Tophet Prophet label is a window onto the flourishing industrial/noise scene in Israel and this Noise.il compilation documents the Tel Aviv Noise Festival 2005.Nine tracks ranging from Mortalmanifest's more experimental approach to moments of sheer sonic massacre in the Gedem and Wreck & Drool tracks, with some highlights in the hypnotic industrial mantra by Barzel (the only artist here that I knew before listening to this compilation, check out his awesome 'A Shield Of Defense And The Word Of The Son Of Blood') and the astonishing Drone Lebanon (!!) that melts religious chants into complex noisy backgrounds, I'm really looking forward to hear something more from this project. So if you're into those genres or if you're just curious of what's going on in Israel, this is a perfect place to start.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Negative Impact v0.1
Format: CD
Label: PfF Productions
Rated: *****
The actual impact of this compilation of bush-league Industrial bands, while not exactly "negative," more accurately strikes somewhere between "positive" and "ridiculous." Six of the ten artists on this 18-song sampler come from the Chicago area, all presumably under the Third Wave Collective umbrella, and are or were participants in the Chicago "Dark Gathering" events that this CD commemorates.

There are many plusses: track two, "ROSB" by N.U.T.E. rocks good and hard. Two cuts later, "Retinal Fetish" by Infinity Interrupt has a great, dream-like extended finish that includes creepy whispering and samples that recall Front Line Assembly's "Lethal Compound." A moment of nocturnal pastoral splendor erupts from track 11, CEOXiME's "One:15" -- which is exactly how long it lasts, sadly enough. Soon afterwards there follows a short, sharp, scathing attack on the Bush Administration by Things Outside the Skin ("American Way"), and a passably slick and slippery "World of Morphine" by the Off World Kick Murder Squad. Am22 turn in a sweet and slinky new-wave/old-rave flavored "Secrets," yet their bizarrely comical vocal deliveries on "Greed" and "Virus" only end up as laughable parodies of menace. BioCarbon13's vocals amount to a poor impression of Joy Division's Ian Curtis on "You Shook Me Cold" (no relation or resemblance to Bowie's "She Shook Me Cold"), and remain hilariously limp and unconvincing on the last track, "Shut Up." Jilt and GBX sound suspiciously like they have the same Rob Zombie-sounding singer, but their more rocking songs ("Release" and "Rocket") work well. However, Jilt's programming craftsmanship comes completely unglued in "Night-Blind."

Negative Impact v0.1 is, to say the least, not likely to be the pinnacle of your listening experience, but be advised -- it's got songs worth checking out (about half of these artists are on MySpace). Positive OR negative, the only guarantee is that there's no way to stay neutral upon hearing it.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Industrial For The Masses Vol. 3
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
At first we have to realize that the term "Industrial" for this new Out Of Line compilation is meant as a pretty European description for the more US-based terms Powernoise/Powerelectronics. Like the same formula presented on the second edition of this compilation series, this new one features a rhythmically "Toxic Electronic Dancefloor Assault". The term Powernoise and so my understanding of this music is almost sparse filled in here, the Out Of Line act KIEW in collaboration with AMBRASSADOR 23 is the one and only act falling into this kind. The further acts depend between Harsh Electro/EBM, TBM, IDM and some Techno/Trance styles as well. Best pieces I’ve noticed by the Out Of Line acts COMBICHRIST (wow, what a fine kind of vocal fx...), UNTERART (bombastic arranged... nice done!) and DULCE LIQUIDO (I wish to hear Erk’s screams on this straight and fast-forward arranged track – this would be a nice HOCICO tune...), while some licensed acts (BASTEROID, MOTOR) can’t offer any interesting sound or composition and simply bore me like hell. Too weak for a Powernoise comp at all, but I think it’s more dedicated to the usually label program. Out Of Line’s new signing NORTHBORNE (signed to the side-label Masterhit, www.masterhit.com) make here on the second CD their first steps, but also for them I have to say, that the presented stuff doesn’t feature ingredients to fill them under the Powernoise moniker. It is instrumentally arranged Harsh EBM, but this with nice sounds and some good ideas. Two different pieces with "The Pill" and "Trucks" plus three remix works on "The Pill" done by some famous names like UNTERART, Mark Jackson of VNV NATION and DISKONNEKTED offer a good quality. But it’s for sure too early to give a final judgement on this act, they have to prove their talent more on an own full length CD. Further worth to mention is the exellent done artwork which hides these both CD’s under a beautiful digi-pack.

Tracklist:

CD1

1. Combichrist - ElectroHead
2. Basteroid - Rabimmel
3. Unter Art - Der Morgen
4. Dulce Liquido - Serial Killer
5. Chris Liebing/Speedy J - Tunox
6. Motor - Punkture
7. Kiew - Mr. 29 (feat. Ambassador 21)
8. Terence Fixmer - The Calling
9. Ada - I Love Asphalt
10. The Horrorist - Body to body (DJ Stampa mix)
11. Esplendor Geometrico - Moscu Esta Helado (The Hacker)
12. Maelstrom Inc - Afraid Of Us
13. 13th Monkey -Tremor
14. Edelstahl - Drehstrom

CD 2
1. NorthBorne - The Pill (Radio Edith)
2. NorthBorne - Trucks (v. onepointzero)
3. NorthBorne - The Pill (Remix by UnterART)
4. NorthBorne - The Pill (GBH mix by Mark S Jackson)
5. NorthBorne - The Pill (Diskonnekted mix)

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Artist: BOOT-SECTOR-VIRUZ
Title: Anti Matter
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Rated: *****
With more than ten years of activity, BooT-SectoR-ViruZ release for Invasion Wreck Chords his latest album titled ANTI MATTER. The CD contains 13 tracks of high rated blend of industrial noise, break beat and ambient with a certain danceable vein (check tracks like "Disco daddy" or the following "Oppression – equal shit"). Each track someway sounds different one from the other because if "Trigger" is more based on rhythm and a melodic line (the female vocal sample is so catchy), "Cruel intentions" is more ambient/break beat, while "Carnivore" is an ambient distorted rhythm freak. Based on samples, rhythms madness and dark atmospheres, the album sounds great. Erik Schleicher did a magnificent job and I suggest you to check this 37th Invasion Wreck Chords release!
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