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Mar 07 2006
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Artist: INURE (@)
Title: Subversive
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
With both new releases of an EP named "Disillusion" and this full-length "Subversive" of the US Electro/Industrial act INURE, Alfa Matrix leads the attention to one of their recent new signings. After their debut "Seemless" out on the long defunct Dying Culture label, Adam Moore and Robert Vogel took a break and integrated Sam P. of PULSE LEGION (r.i.p.) as a fully accepted third band member. They started to work on new tracks and could also win Ted Phelps of IMPERATIVE REACTION to help out as a producer. So we have a typically US-influenced EBM/Electro production with all known elements and sounds. INURE can’t surprise with anything which can be called "new and never heard before" - while on the other side they do not disappoint and give a decent result. If you feel the need to start some comparisons - well, think on acts like the mentioned IMPERATIVE REACTION, PYGMY CHILDREN or UV, this would maybe fit with it. The vocals are energetic without the use of overwhelming effects and the lyrics are thoughtful written. I enjoy the straightness on most of their tracks here, favorites can be named in "This Disgrace", "Hymen", the instrumental cut "Only After" and the title track, but the most intense track is available here with "Intruder", which awakes a more darker approach. This is in all a satisfying and convincing EBM/Electro release, while it can’t be called groundbreaking. Like all Alfa Matrix releases you should check out the label website to make sure to receive one piece of the special DCD edition, which features a special second CD containing alternative versions and remixes as well as a different art.
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Artist: SCHYZZO.COM (@)
Title: Interfear's Network
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
After some improvements and the building of the Hungarian base, this original Russian label returns with the release of another debut, this time of the trio of SCHYZZO.COM. They made a first promising appearance on the international recognized "Post Alcoholic Body Syndrome (Death) Vol. 1" compilation, out and still available on Advoxya Records. So also their track "Complexity" is still present here, but here available in a special extended version. SCHYZZO.COM surprise from the first to the last track with well produced Electro/Industrial music, at times mixed with some Techno elements. The special thing on SCHYZZO.COM is their kind, how to integrate distorted and overdriven rhythm patterns in their music. This music is definitively not related to Powernoise, it belongs more to latest TBM releases like COMBICHRIST - on the harder and danceable tracks like "Mistress" or "Do It!" they remind me a bit on the later HOCICO with some more distortions. The music is more like DIVE on speed, by following current sequencing abilities. Personally I prefer their "real" compositions like the mentioned tracks, and also "Output Of My Mind", which gives some nice worked out synth layer sounds and awakes a real Dark Electro feeling - well done! What I would like to criticize is the order of the track list - this whole album would be more accessible if they could decide, to point out the mentioned tracks better and place them nearer to the start of this album then to the end. On the other hand, this album has enough surprises in stock - lastly with the real Powernoise-like "Slow Porn", which surprises with its well worked out distortion effects. A lot of fine stuff to be pick up here - this is another fine and promising release of the growing Advoxya label.
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Artist: ENT
Title: Fuck Work
Format: CD
Label: Baskaru
Rated: *****
I was not familiar with Italian duo Ent's previous self-released production, and I don't know why I expected a rather typical glitch electronica. This is only true for the fourth track of this work, "Milk Oblò", which is not bad in itself, but is by far the least daring and engaging of this wildly psychedelic album, wrapped in a lush and nauseously coloured digipack (with a sort of giant whale formed by assorted sweets and flowers... ugh!). Using vinyl loops, guitars, keyboards, drums, electronic programmings and whatnot, Ent betray a clear musical bulimia, mixing turntablism, electronica, blues, kraut and psychedelic rock; the results are not always as focused as one would wish, but surely make for one of the most curious and varied discs I listened to in the last few months. All tracks are quite long and composite, with often unexpected and apparently contradictory developments. Take the opening "Beating Cherry Nipples", for example, where plucked string loops match with suspended notes, to be later replaced by tacky space keyboards, until a sparse acoustic guitar picking (somehow reminiscent of their friend Giuseppe Ielasi's recent excursions in "Gesine") closes the piece. Something similar happens with the following tracks, i.e. "All Night Long" (more vinyl loops and crackles, then a slow motion psychedelic blues) and "Eternal Plans" (arguably the best one, with rarefied sounds, micro loops and a dreamy finale, with a round dance of dazed sounds). The last track, "Nothing for Money", begins with droning patterns, then, after some uninteresting digital beats (a bit like the above mentioned "Milk Oblò"), there's a great crescendo with ecstatic drum patterns which definitely reminded me of good old kraut rockers. Though not everything works fine in Ent's poppy cut'n'paste, Scariot and Bortoluzzi surely know how to prevent boredom, with a taste for plagiarism and bizarre collages which could even remind of Nurse With Wound's least solipsistic experiments.
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Artist: VANVÅRD (@)
Title: Liv I Vardens Slutskede
Format: CD
Label: Deathpropaganda Records (@)
Distributor: Plutonium Distribution
Rated: *****
VANVÅRD is one of the almost uncountable side-projects of the hyperactive both members of SEVERE ILLUSION, Fredrik Djurfeldt and Ulf Lundblad. Released on the small Deathpropaganda Records label, they present here a new effort which drifts a bit away from the hard ripping and destroying EBM/Electro/Industrial sound of their main project. They also decided here to praise their home country and to use mostly Swedish lyrics. My knowledge in Swedish language is... - let’s say not available. Therefore I must say that the titles of 11 of about 12 tracks are really interesting and full of fantasy chosen names for me - with the one exception "Missing Eye", the only one track which features English lyrics. Musically... well, first of, take your seatbelts and take care of the volume of your home entertainment. The upcoming noise can maybe cause some awful nightmares to you. And take also care for your neighbors and respect their wish for some silence. Then make sure to give this album some more rotations than usual - the stuff here is hard to find accession to. Think about the most sickest SEVERE ILLUSION pieces with extremely noises and distortions, then add a strong dedication to classical works like THE KLINIK’s "Face To Face" for some rhythm programmings on several tracks here, or some experimental demo stuff of early SUICIDE COMMANDO to this and you have a kind of description which maybe fits somehow. Favorites can be heard with "Hans Eget Fel", also available in a different remix version, and "Socialt Betingat Nederlag", if you look you some danceable tunes. Personally I like more the Powernoise-influenced pieces like "Det Roliga Tar Slut" and "Murarhantlangerskorna", which seem to be the best example to fit all ingredients of the VANVÅRD sound. Of course, this is not the music designed for the fainthearted - how could you expect this by the SEVERE ILLUSION musicians? It also does not follow any trendy hypes - this is definitively old-school influenced EBM/Electro with a strong Powernoise dedication. A very rude, rough and dirty effort by these Swedish talents, on which I lastly would like to criticize the poor green cover art, which does not deserve the name "art".

GD LUXXE: Make

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Artist: GD LUXXE
Title: Make
Format: CD
Label: Angelika Köhlermann (@)
Rated: *****

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Arrived to his fifth full lenght release as Gd Luxxe (counting also "Vendetta" that is a five tracks MCD), Gerhard Potuznik bring to the attention of his audience a mature album titled MAKE. Starting with "Submission" back in 1999, where the Gerhard's music were more influenced by new wave and especially by New Order, the project moved on with 2003 release "The 21st door" where Detroit techno was the main influence while the vocals were recalling a New Order style. Things changed with 2004 Ersatz Audio's "Between Zero and Eternity" where the new style was facing up. Techno left the space to a less acid atmosphere and sampled guitars were dueting with a upbeat rhythmic structure. The new album MAKE sum all the previous influences giving to the songs a strong structure that make me remember early John Foxx. The songs see bass guitar and electric guitar being treated and mixed with samples creating a mixture of electro post punk coming from the future but really connected with the 80s. "Brick", for example, gathers a 4/4 rhythm at 130 bmp (or at least, it sounds like that) with sampled guitars that create a metallic raw background, while the following "Your airlines" is a short suite that sounds like a Philip Glass track. "Laserlight" instead sounds like an instrumental electro dance tune. It's amazing to see how well all these influences are mixed and how the whole album sounds convincing and fresh. MAKE has been released in the States by Tigerbeat 6 and in Europe by Potuznik's own Angelika Kölermann. Believe me, this release is a must!
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