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Artist: F.D.A.S.F.D.A.
Title: Bossys Rygg
Format: CD
Label: apoprecords (@)
Rated: *****
I knew Apop records for the amazing cd-reissue of Crisis (seminal Pre-Death in June punk/post-punk act) and apparently all the bands coming out from this label have just one thing in common: being absolutely weird. And FDASFDA's is one of the most absurd records I've heard in a long time!! Let me start from the artwork that is a work of pure genius showing a
man and a woman in some abominable 60's gym clothes with utterly idiotic looks on their faces. Describing the music on "Bossys Rygg" is a hard task... let's say that it blends late Can exotic krautisms with some psyched-out lounge moments toying with the listener with an overall b-movie lo-fi feeling.Another good comparison would be thinking about Royksopp and Cluster pilling heavily and jamming togheter with some old synths and gear after a night listening to roots oldies. Is that clear? I don't think so... anyway I love FDASFDA whatever that means and whoever they are.
Artist: Steve-O-Lution Dawn (@)
Title: Swingbot Cavalry Saves The Day
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Steve-o-lution Dawn have a sound that alternates between daring delightful electronic industrial, metal, and hip-hop. SD is extremely fun to listen to. Take Devo, Kraftwerk and KMFDM and put them together, I guarantee you it will be a shocking surprise to combine the three bands to hear what they may sound like. An innovator and a genius to come up with something that catches the ear will certainly benefit a cause. This highly inspired album from Philly's industrial underground artist is definitely over the top. Dark danceable tracks will keep you dancing and wanting more. Vocoder is used, funky catchy groovy basslines that will make you get down right along with the beat. Powerful excellent tracks punching and intriguing. I can only imagine how many hours were put into this creation. Silly and witty Steve-o-lution can be. A product so stunning, it deserves every cliche you can find: red hot, high energy, funky, and madness with aggression. Tracks like "Ready 3001", "Fembot Distress", "Calling Steveomatic", "Ever Life", "Scarlett Destiny", and the re-make of Devo "Got My Mojo Workin'" is suitable for radio and club play. So get your dance on with this super crafted cd.

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Artist: Dekoy (@)
Title: Haunted
Format: CD
Label: Ceremetry 47
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
Second official CD release for this US-based duo, hailing out of Ohio. After their well recognized debut "Redux" also this new one was almost completely produced by the both protagonists, BaZa and d_b, solely the end mastering was done by Steve Laskarides at www.nrmastering.com. Was "Redux" rather a collection of danceable songs through the years, "Haunted" follows rather the idea of a conceptual outcome. Musically still based into smooth Synth-/Futurepop music, "Haunted" can be easily enjoyed in one flow. Well done production, catchy hook lines and the crystal-clear and charismatic male vocals are trademarks of this duo, which thematically deals with terms of abandonment, loss, and/or true regret - themes which have their influence on someone's mind in many different facets. So also some spooky-like interludes like "Phone Call" can be heard besides catchy and danceable smashers like the title track or "Looking Down". Diversity is therefore richly present on this professional produced album well packaged in a digi-pack, which will appeal all fans of the genre. Available from their website and/or CDBaby.
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Artist: FGFC820 (@)
Title: Urban Audio Warfare
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
Before some people start to argue that NoiTekk has just signed another new Hellektro act hailing out of the United States, well, be fair and give this item some spins, you may would be surprised. FGFC820 is the new project of the internationally renowned DJ Rexx Arcana, who could also gain some attention with his BRUDERSCHAFT project, signed to the Belgium Alfa-Matrix label. His partner for this new Harsh EBM project is Dräcos, also known for some DJ activities around New York. So weÄôll have two guys heavily placed and inspired by different styles of music and somehow Äì better said here and there Äì some of these influences can be heard on this debut album. Of course, NoiTekk has become a trademark for Harsh EBM/Hellektro music and the supporting troopers will find with ÄúPerfect WarÄù, ÄúSocietyÄù and ÄúG.B.A.Äù enough assaulting tracks to storm some dancefloors. The float of the album got nicely interrupted by some ÄúResolutionÄù tracks Äì instrumental pieces which follow the idea of their in-official debut ÄúThe Hanging Garden EPÄù, but worth to check out. Also a fine prove, that old-school EBM and the newer Hellektro attitude can unite ver well is the outstanding track ÄúVictimÄù. NEP-like bass line meets old-X MARKS-like vocal performance meets PAINBASTARD-like hammering kick and snare work Äì a real masterpiece. Also if NoiTekk for someoneÄôs taste has signed in the past year 1 or 2 newcomer acts too much, I canÄôt really find any flaws also for this edition. What counts for DISTORTED MEMORY, DIE SEKTOR or LIFE CRIED counts also here: a constant good and harsh Electro/EBM/Industrial album which rather intensifies the supremacy of the label NoiTekk for this genre.

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Artist: ULTRAPHALLUS (@)
Title: presents lungville
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Despite the name this band has nothing to share with glorious Revolting Cocks, but they both have a guitar driven rock DNA and the explicit reference to "it" in the band’s name. This belgian combo is really into rock, hard rock to say it all, and when the display skips to the second track their natural attitudes come quite blatant. Hard space rock a while ago somebody would have written off as stoner/noise therefore if you are in it for the goddamnit bang, sure they'll give it to you since the recording has a good profile too. Hard pounding reminiscences of the Melvins, but without the same schizoid way of writing (but honestly it's hard to write in such a way!), the vocals also reminded me of a less punky adaptation of some Karp releases. Heavy breath like a mammoth, but even if they're good players, it still lack of something to emerge... who knows perhaps it's just a matter of time. After Southern Lord has become trendy I think Ultraphallus could sell quite well since the music they play is not so far from that area. Not bad at all, but it makes you think to the fact St. Vitus, Sleep or Cathedral were ahead in the future.
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