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Artist: INFECTATOR.COM (@)
Title: Corupt
Format: CD
Label: FIR (@)
Rated: *****
Infectator.com new album is the fifth release by FIR, a small independent Romanian label which print cd-r performed by interesting Eastern bands dedicated to industrial/power electronic sounds. Infectator.com’s CORUPT contains nine tracks plus two remixes of "Deliberat" (reworked by Julian M, who made a ambient techno track out of it) and of "Conectat" (Satellite Empire remixed it turning it into an instrumental dark e.b.m. track). After the dark ambient intro of "Cybernet intro" we enter immediately into the band’s sound with "Coruptor", a track based on throbbing distorted rhythms, minimal melodies and whispering vocals. The following "Traseu periculos" recall the latest Clock DVA sounds but mixed with a certain disturbing dark ambient atmosphere (the same goes for "Keep") while "Deliberat" is more focused on industrial sounds/atmospheres dear to early Laibach (the whispered voice along with a certain approach to rhythm make me recall those sounds even if Infectator.com sound seems to be based mostly on samples). Also "Sabotaj Viral" and "Conectat" have a similar approach but even if the formula doesn’t change that much at the moment the CD has no weak moments as the tension don’t leave the listener for a second. The surprises comes with "Ce simti" and "Dark mission", two tracks based on a structure that reminds early industrial electronic sounds but with a sort of death metal vocals. CORUPT is an good CD that will interest the lovers of industrial electro dark atmospheres.
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Artist: TERMINAL CHOICE
Title: New Born Enemies
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line
Distributor: SPV
The fact that TERMINAL CHOICE would radically change their music style from the very first minimal EBM beginnings to one of Germany’s most relevant and recognized Goth/Rock formation has for sure nobody expected. Chris Pohl is surely that kind of musician which has polarized people in either way, but nevertheless nowadays he earns the fruits of his hard work and his believe in his abilities through the years. For this new TERMINAL CHOICE Pohl has recruited Louis Manke (STAUBKIND) to provide the needed guitar infernos. The legendary John Fryer (DEPECHE MODE, HIM, NIN...) has done the mixing of this new CD. The Electro elements which here and there were available on his past albums are now totally gone. It’s also nice to hear that Pohl could improve from album to album his voice, he now really provides excellent and clear vocals well balanced in the mix. The music of course has developed through the years and the band now provides Goth-Rock which gets better and better. I don’t see this band in the same league like RAMSTEIN or OOMPH! until today, but they are on the way to follow them. Not sure if already with the "New Born Enemies" can the big step taken, I therefor don’t find it catchy enough. But time and the right market strategies will may prove us better...? Not my cup of tea at all, but surely not to be missed by the Goth fans.
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Artist: The LoveCrave
Title: The Angel And The Rain
Format: CD
Label: Repo Records (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Is it me or is there musically anything else to find than Goth-Metal-Rock music lately hailing from Italy? LACUNA COIL, NIGHTWISH and comparable seemed to kick off a real avalanche of that music genre and The LoveCrave are just another act fronted with an energetic female vocalist providing this style of music. This CD is up to be released on the German RepoRecords label, which mostly grabbed attention though some re-releases of classic FUNKER VOGT items. Well, for them this is a musically development by building a constant label roster – but also without any risk. The LoveCrave don’t disappoint for their music style, while I hardly can’t hear their Goth influence. Some moments in Silence on "Can You Hear Me" and some synth bass lines don’t undermine the rich given Metal attitude. Better done is the ballad-like "Fading Roses" providing some well integrated pianos. This is definitively not really my cup of tea and the lately through Alfa Matrix released I:SCINTILLA did it much more for me. If The LoveCrave can follow the above mentioned patterns, has to be proven. For fans of that genre only.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Bip_Hop generation vol. 8
Format: CD
Label: Bip Hop (@)
Rated: *****
I've never been a fan of the "sampler formula", it always remind me an all you can eat modus essendi, sure I've some interesting compilations but just a few. Thanks heaven Bip_Hop for this collection adopted the smart idea of reducing the number of the hosts but leaving them more time so they could put one, two or three tracks as they prefer and that's the case. This chapter eight of the Bip_Hop generation collection is quite homogenous in a soft electronics-post-ambiental sense and it works really well as a continuum. If this last sentence could be interpreted as an hint the artists are too similar, I have to say that's partially true since Murcof, Minamo, and Tu'm are quite different one from each other, but I think that be it intentional or not their track are really complementary on this sampler. Murcof obviously is the most different from the rest of the pack but his electronic meets contemporary music taste is softer than usual. Akiyama track is probably a bit more abstract than the majority of his works but his ten minutes are also able to be emotionally charged. I didn't know String of Consciousness and it’s a nice surprise while TU M' are good as always (hey how many releases have they out at the moment?). Tennis’ quite good even if probly their track are less incisive then the other mates and what can you say about Minamo if not they’re simply lovely?. Even if as I’ve said usually I’m not into sampler this time my thumb is unquestionably up , get it.
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Artist: BODYHAMMER
Title: Neural Base Culture / Zero Dark
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Mizukis Box (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
The label Mizukis Box marks with this DCD set their comeback and have now one more fine Electro/Industrial artist in their growing roster. For all of you who’d expected behind this band name an old school EBM formation – you are wrong, because BODYHAMMER is a side-project by Heil of DUBOK, which he shares with a guy named Proto1. A side-project – yes – but somehow comparable to DUBOK – no, not at all! No Synth- or Futurepop at all here, Heil prefers to produce a very different – but surely not lesser attractive kind of Electro/Industrial music and – to my wonder – it’s really hard to find a related act for a possible comparison. Think of a refreshing mix of acts like the long out of business HEAVY WATER FACTORY, but lesser dark, INURE, but lesser danceable and older THD – definitively stuff from the intelligent part of this genre. There’s a lot of musically insight and care in all arrangements and sounds here. The vocals – also in contrary to DUBOK – are mostly dark and rough offered. Impressive to see and hear that the music avoids to fall into dominant cliches which currently seem to rule this scene. This DCD set consist of the both different chapters, "Neural Base Culture" with 11 tracks and "Zero Dark" with 7 tracks – although I’m not sure if we can talk on a rapid change of styles. The provided music has similarities on both CD’s. The first CD, "Neural Base Culture" therefor seems to be the main release, and already the well arranged opener "Echo", an instrumental cut – shows the given diversity of this release by starting calm and melodious up to a furious and haunting final provided through multi-layered drum patterns, also with some overdriving effects. "Disembogue" offers some nervous Break-beats well integrated into this steady track, while "Eviscerate" pushes the rhythms to a typical four-on-the-floor and should allow some dancefloor action. "harder" then slows down the tempo while still offering a catchy melodious content. The hardest piece here is "Null And Void" by offering a staccato feast with some distorted patterns as well. Most melodic piece is presented with "Optics", while "Center Mass" turns the tempo in highest measures.The second "Zero Dark" has also 4 new tracks to offer on which the opener "Connection" wins the contest of being the most remarkable piece here. Two different versions on "Disembogue" and one remix on "Harder" by PSYCHO5 are available as well. A lot of stuff to discover here on both CD’s and this provided in a great quality – you can’t ask for more. It has still to be proven if this release will reach the same attention like DUBOK, but maybe this one just receives some more attention? We’ll see that – first – go out and get it!
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