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Artist: DEPRESSIVE DISORDER (@)
Title: In Depth
Format: CD
Label: Monopolrecords (@)
Distributor: Icare Media Distribution
Rated: *****
Indeed, Czech Republic’s most famous EBM/Electro act couldn’t find any better name to describe their musically evolution since their debut "Ultima Ratio". This is an "in depth" piece of quality Electro/Industrial music, pressed on a silver circle and hidden in a well designed digi-pack. Also the Czech label Monopolrecords marks with this new output their return after having released not lesser than six releases in 2005. DEPRESSIVE DISORDER did grow and could win a lot of more musically maturity. While the charismatic vocals provided by Patrik Lev still offers all paths between emotional and melodious up to raging and screaming, the music and so the synth play has reached a not expected complexity. Same I can say about the rhythm programming. This is not that stupid 4/4-on-the-floor beat, almost all tracks show some diversity on that term, but still featuring a tough slap-in-your-face attitude. DEPRESSIVE DISORDER play a fine and well worked out of Dark Electro with thick and ominous synth layers and a unique kind generally. They also now included some guitar riffs added into some tracks like "Abyss", "Underneath", "TV-Freak" and "Blind" – only to strengthen some arrangements and – of course – not to satisfy some Metal headbangers. "Abyss" and "Blind" get my vote for bringing on the most addictive melodious content, both can be named as favorites of an overall amazing release. This release is one of the huge amount which needs to get heard without doubt by the masses of the genre. You’ll get also a video clip of the track "TV-Freak" which surely doesn’t fit with the tastes of the VIVA/MTV (de-)generation. Go out and purchase this masterpiece!!!
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Artist: NOIZ + ZILENTH
Title: Noir Tag
Format: CD
Label: NEIN Records (@)
Rated: *****
"Ultra complex and intense sounding CD – a mix of Industrial and Power Electronics – Are you ready?", so the slogan of the label info sheet. Well, I can only advise: "FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS!!!" – There’s no "Zilenth" all around here!!!. This new release for the R.A.I.D. (R.hythm A.nalog I.ntelligent D.istorted) specialized Nein Records label is not like anything else lately heard out of the Power Noise/Electronics genre. Man behind this project is Fco. Alejandro Maldonado M., a young musician based in Tijuana, Mexico, and this is his debut. The 10 tracks are almost all very rhythmic constructed and the arrangements are indeed full of complexity and strange ideas. It’s definitively not that kind of danceable minimal Power Electronics, moreover it can be discovered some really effort and dedication to more and better worked out tracks. The result is amazing and this release doesn’t take any prisoners. Strongest moments can be discovered on the straight and aggressive pieces "Guia-Zkull" or "Mental Recreation", both pieces should be able to appeal the fans of harsh Electro/EBM/Industrial as well. It doesn’t need to be signed on Ant-Zen or Hands to bring out such a pure and authentic noisy CD. The final mastering done by John Sellekaers in his famous Metarc studio is just one more proof of the professionalism behind this fine output. If you are into this genre, this one is a must-have and comes highly recommend!
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Artist: MATRIX (@)
Title: Deus Lo Volt
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Icare Media Distribution
Rated: *****
A new release for the New York-based act MATRIX, it’s already their third full length album. After their time of being signed to the German Out Of Line label they needed a pause to concentrate again on producing music and on the fact that they now have to do all terms of a CD production on their own. This is a self-released and so self-funded work which continues the earlier works of this act presented on both predecessor albums "The War Is Over" and "Dreams Are Real". So you’ll get some Electropop music ranging between smooth Synthpop up to beating Futurepop, and – with "Turn To Dust" a never expected harsh Electro tune. John Sepulveda has added Ania Koslowska as a full member and she does some fine vocal performances on tracks like "Sweetest Illusion" and with a bit more aggressive tone on "Culture Of Shame", which is maybe the best known track here, because it was already featured on one of the Out Of Line label compilations. The strongest moments can be heard when both, John and Ania, start a duet like on "On Angels Wings". Also the ballad-like "Eastern Sky" gets my vote for being the most emotional piece here. Gary Suarez and Luis Brito of GASR helped out again with some further composing, guest vocals ("Senseless Game") and production – like they’ve done it on the bands’ earlier albums before. Three remix works can be heard here as well done by CGC, the Argentinean act ALIEN PRODUKT and from the Synthpop act IN-A-SENSE. So you’ll get a 73 minutes long full length CD of one of America’s most talented and experienced act around out of this genre and it would wonder me if this act got not signed soon again. Quality Synthpop music with a strong dancefloor attitude as well.
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Artist: SISSY
Title: All Under
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Sissy’s debut album ALL UNDER comes out from the minds of David Trusz and Johanne Williams. The first one was already active with several singles across many of the world's most respected electronic labels, while as a remixer he has worked on Groove Armada, Trafik and The Spoons stuff. The Canadian duo created a captivating formula that sometimes remember too much the latest Portishead (check Johanne's way of singing and the similar atmosphere created by the duo mid tempos). David used vintage synthesizers to have a warm sound and the result is really convincing and it will please all the lovers of sophisticated electronic music with jazzy/noir atmosphere. Personally I liked most tracks like "Wake up", "I see you" or "In the dark" where the mysterious vein was blended with a certain upbeat rhythm or a more personal arrangement that didn't make me think about the Portishead. It is a pity that all the album wasn't like these three songs.
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Artist: AUDIO WAR
Title: Under Enemy Control
Format: CD
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****

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Graham Rayner (ex Cubanate ) and Christian Weber (of K-Nitrate) released their previous Audio War CD "Negativity" the last year and in the review I did, I told that their method of composing their blend of technologic industrial metal seemed the result of an auto remix process. Now we have the opportunity to check what if their stuff was remixed by other people, because the new UNDER ENEMY CONTROL contains nine remixed or re-made versions of six tracks (the tracks are "Super freak", "Breaking down", "One drug", "Money shot", "Analyze") contained into the that album. On the remix front we have The Pain Machinery, Hyperfactor, Libitina, KreuzDammer and Action Directe while Audio War re-worked "Breaking down" (now "Low down mix"), "One drug" ("Stealth mix"), "Analyze" ("Dub" and "K-Nitrate De-humanize remix"). The whole work even if it is the result of different people sounds balanced and not too much different from the style of the duo. The only exceptions are the Libitina mix (because of its dark melodies), The Pain Machinery version of "Audio crash" (their version sounds like a techno industrial extreme assault) and Action Directe (they made out of "Super freak" an acid house industrial deranged track). I'd wish all my enemies would treat my music this way...
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