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Artist: LAURENT PERRIER (@)
Title: Downfall / Disperse
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sound On Probation (@)
Rated: *****
Laurent Perrier is the man behind Sound Probation records, label that he founded after ten years of activity of Odd Size records (it was also a record shop and a mailorder). With his new label he’s active with different projects (Pylône, Zonk’t and Heal along with his self named project, to name few) but it’s the first time that he releases something under his real name. The double CD DOWNFALL/DISPERSE contains two long magmatic suites about 50 minutes long where ambient droning sounds meet idm like click and pops following cyclic structures. "Downfall" starts quietly and little by little sounds are added creating an avalanche effect just to end with a sort of electronic distorted buzz. "Disperse" is more quiet and since its beginning the structure is defined and it mutates during its whole length. The two tracks are part of the soundtracks of an Alban Richard – Ensemble dance theatrical piece and this double CD is a sort of documentation. The tracks could also work without the theatrical counterpart if you are used to long experimental suites, if not, you have been warned...
Artist: Slayv Axis (@)
Title: Promo Dysk sampler
Format: CD
Label: Mechanizms
Rated: *****
Brain-pounding, plodding Hardcore Industrial Techno, this 5-track feeler sent out by Slayv Axis betrays little in the way of subtlety, nuance, and imagination. Nurturing nothing but a distorted, burning hunger for the dancefloor, this one-man Gabber/Trance/PowerNoise act (name of Damien Lohr) bludgeons you with cuts from his prior releases Empyrie and Remixez V.1. The last, "Suicide," is from his newest CD slated for release this very month, and it is the best of the bunch: a verse is lightly sung by a waif-sounding female (name of Jeska), and the track's beat pattern changes up a couple of times before drowning in a sea of static. Otherwise, Slayv Axis, whose MySpace manifesto bills itself as "the HateCrime SuperHero here to save you from Flower Power pascifist [sic] hippies," subjects you to questionable taste (yes, as a matter of fact "Zieg Heil" is bracketed by samples of Nazi salutes), all the goofy, intentional misspellings ("Vampyrie," "Vuxnut," "Axis of Eevil"), and relentless distortion. But the new disc, Suicide Faktory, could be just what you miserable "slayv" worms need. This is your only warning.
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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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