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Artist: STERIL
Title: 400 Years of Electronic Music
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Artoffact (@)
Distributor: Storming the Base
Rated: *****
Although this German trio has never reached that age to report us stories from the early beginnings of electronic based music generally, they can be called veterans of the Electro/Industrial scene. It was back in 1991 when I discovered this band the first time, they opened a gig of the both Swedish EBM classic acts SCAPA FLOW and POUPPEE FABRIKK in a small town in the north of Germany. To that time they were young and musically maybe a bit SKINNY PUPPY influenced, but they shocked some Goth chicks well with the use of some fake blood on stage. So I know this band since almost 15 years and we are based in the very north of Germany, only a few miles away. We have become friends through the years and had a lot of funny parties and meetings, especially when they got signed to the long dissolved Off Beat label. So for me this is a review on friends – friends, whose contact I have lost after their not expected end with Off Beat through some different reasons. So now, 15 years after their start, they are back on the Canadian Artoffact label with a "Best of..." collection featuring almost all important tracks through the years. So you get here remastered versions of also international recognized tracks like "Egoist", "No Remission" "Deep" (here in two versions, original and a remix by the SWAMP TERRORISTS) or "Zap". As a fan and supporter of them from the early, PUPPYan influenced years I find it a bit sad, that they couldn’t include some more classics like their smasher "Pervous" for example. "No Remission" is unfortunately the one and only piece taken from the "Transmission Pervous" debut CD of them. Their second CD "Egoism" out on Off Beat was licensed to the USA through 21st Circuitry Records in 1996 and it is with the tracks "Lies", "Temper", "Overgod" and of course "Egoist" rich present here. 13 tracks in all which give a good overlook to all different music attitudes and surprises this band has had always to offer, although without any new pieces here. STERIL are back on track for sure, new stuff seems to be almost ready for a new CD called "Realist". Rumors speak about a concentration on a sound in the direction of "Egoism" and that’s for sure a good decision. This collection is nice for all of you who aren’t familiar with their music.
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Artist: Deflore
Title: hUMAN indu(B)strial
Format: CD
Label: subsound records
Rated: *****
Subsound is a new italian record label, indipendet and open mind, focused on guitar and electronic sound. You can think to bands like Young Gods, Cubanate.....two of the most revolutionary and forward thinking rock bands of the 80s.Deflore "hUMAN indu(B)strial" and Aquefrigide "Un Caso Isolato" are the first releases of the label. Both are well recorded, well arranged .With hard guitars and industrial noise they used the sampler to create whole worlds of sonic adventures, almost topographic in all their psychedelic detail.Two great album but for 1985, now we are in the 21th century, we want more, we want different,and why not innovative sound.
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Artist: Aquefrigide
Title: Un caso isolato
Format: CD
Label: subsound records
Rated: *****
Subsound is a new italian record label, indipendet and open mind, focused on guitar and electronic sound. You can think to bands like Young Gods, Cubanate.....two of the most revolutionary and forward thinking rock bands of the 80s.Deflore "hUMAN indu(B)strial" and Aquefrigide "Un Caso Isolato" are the first releases of the label. Both are well recorded, well arranged .With hard guitars and industrial noise they used the sampler to create whole worlds of sonic adventures, almost topographic in all their psychedelic detail.Two great album but for 1985, now we are in the 21th century, we want more, we want different,and why not innovative sound.
Artist: Girls On Film (@)
Title: Danceteria
Format: CD
Label: Native Sun Records
Distributor: CD BABY
Rated: *****
Back in the 80's, you had a few all girl bands who played their own instruments besides just being another pretty face behind the mic and sing. Bands like The Go-Go's, The Bangles, The Runaways, The Catholic Girls and the all black sophisticated R&B/Pop group Klymaxx paved their way being successful and gained a wide large of audience all over the world to make them dance and sing along to their songs. The girl bands made a couple of albums, number one hit singles that climbed the Billboard chart and music videos that was in heavy rotation on MTV and other music videos channel. The all black female group Klymaxx got heavy rotation not only on MTV and other video channels on television, but also on BET (Black Entertainment Network), an all black network channel on cable television and Friday Night Videos that aired on NBC 13 every Friday night and Saturday, depends which location and area you live in. Now comes a new female band in the 21st Century who have style in fashion and music. Their beauty is a glamour and glitz that's 80's like. GIRLS ON FILM is the name who happens to gotten their name from Duran Duran number one hit single from their first debut best selling album "Rio" back in 1983.

Girls On Film is based out of Florida and they take their music very seriously. These four lovely beauties is no joke when making music and performing live. They have a fan base in their hometown and began touring in other cities and states, not just showing off their elegance of style, but also their talent. NEW WAVE/SYNTH-POP is what they are. The members are: Rio-vocals/lyrics; Metro-keyboards/programming; Machine-electronic drums; and Kazhmir-bass guitar/backing vocals. The girls demonstrative style is a refining original sound that would fit seamlessly into alternative radio, even back in the 80's, if they had exist. Their first debut "Danceteria" conserves its non-stop energy dance record in favor of a listenable flow. Intricate synthesizers, real live electronic drum and the delivery of a tight slick bassline melody that's addictive. Rio's vocals is effectively interesting that carries seductive and sophistication moods, which she can seduce and tells a man off easily. Her charming singing style reminds me of Missing Persons female singer, Dale Bozio. "Danceteria" have so much attitude and aggression, but also have song titles as catchy as the songs themselves, that is latter punctuated by best synthesizers and bass guitar work on the album. Even Rio and Kazhmir harmony is a blend of beauty and charisma. Whether played at a party, club, or in the car on the go, you'll want "Danceteria" with you for some time to come. Choice picks from this album include "Toxic Society", "Vaporized", "War On The Floor", "Secretary", a seductive lust track, "End Of All We Know", "What You Did", and "Love Robots" that's on the line of Berlin "Pleasure Victim" era. This self-produced album by the sophisticated foursome will definitely bring out the new wave/new romantic in you. Girls On Film is a reminder of 80's new wave band Missing Persons and Berlin.

Tracklistings:

1. Remote Control
2. Toxic Society
3. Blacklight
4. Vaporized
5. War On The Floor
6. House On Fire
7. Secretary
8. What You Did
9. Invisible Man
10. Love Robots
11. End Of All We Know
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Artist: NETHERWORLD
Title: Otherwordly Abyss
Format: CD
Label: Umbra
Rated: *****
Recorded last summer, "Otherwordly Abyss" is another excellent work by this Roman soundmaker. The formula and the style remain the same: dark isolationist soundscapes created with synths, loops, gong, voice and field recordings. The cdr, released by Oophoi's label Umbra in an edition of 99, features five tracks, each one titled with a letter of the word "abyss". What I've just written regarding "Six Impending Clouds" can be applied here: Netherworld manages to put the listener in a state of stupor, slowing down the heartbeat and the flow of thoughts. The second track, built on a looped metallic percussion, then dissolving in ghostly pitch-shifted voices and distant resonances, is particularly impressive, but no track is less than good - which is not that common in prolific artists. This is probably my favourite work of his to date, and surely one of my 2005 favourite; my only complaint is for the frankly anonymous cover, but the music is surely recommended to dark drones aficionados.
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