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Artist: OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF (@)
Title: Tomb of the Dead
Format: CD
Label: Mortuary Records
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
After only one release on the US-Label BLC Productions, French madman Remzi Kellici has left this label to build up his very own Mortuary Records. So this already third full length release by OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF is from the first compositions up to the final pressed silver product done by Remzi himself. What has changed in comparison to his past works? Well, a bit, but not too much. It is still his old-school infiltrated Electro/EBM, arranged away from current overrated hypes. Globally said, we can notice a slight develop in the bass line sequences as well as on the song structures generally. Everything seems to be better produced, although you shouldn’t expect a high technical production standard by a self-released CD. Also nice to hear are some different vocal treatments which give some tracks a different mood. Remzi pushed back his known monotone and hypnotic elements to a harder analog EBM feeling generally. What hasn’t changed is the fact, that he uses uncountable trivial voice samples taken out of different action, porn or splatter movies. So everything remains dark and cold here, religion, death and demonic ingredients is the lyrical content here. This is maybe not in everyone’s taste, but his sick samples seem to be a very important stylistic art for Remzi to submit his inner feelings. I said it already on his earlier works, that he doesn’t use the freshest water – but this is his most remarkable thing in Remzi’s music. "God Dawn" or "Rapist of Remain" awake strong memories on the known LESCURE 13, a side-project of SUICIDE COOMANDO. The title track and "Hellbound" can be seen as the most outstanding pieces, also "Coffin Shop" is well done with clear but steady ripping sequences. This is a nice sole effort by this project from France from I wish that can be get some distribution help especially for North America. Stuff for the EBM/Dark Electro purists, decent enough to grab attention.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Global Surveyor: Phase 2
Format: CD
Label: Dominance Electricity (@)
Rated: *****
Global Surveyor: Phase Two is a compilation of electro funk artists featured on the German label, Dominance Records. Though I don’t speak the language to read the liner notes, this release appears to be futuristic in theme, based in the electro-funk-punk wastelands of 3004. An odd concept, but a concept that works out to be a lot of fun, for sure.

The basic sound of Global Surveyor: Phase Two falls somewhere between upbeat Kraftwerk mixed with 80’s beat-box, meshed together by trance and IDM. Of all the bands on this release my definite favorites are Dagobert, E-Control, and Mandroid. These three bands seemed to be especially versed in what this genre is trying to accomplish, while also going that extra mile and creating dynamic, envelope pushing sounds. The rest of Global Surveyor: Phase Two is good, as well, as there is rarely a lull in quality or sound, but those three are the ones that cried out for repeated listens.

I’m not a fan of compilations at all, but since I’d never heard anything from this corner of electro this actually wound up being an interesting and enlightening journey. While the end times probably will not include an electro-funk-punk movement, Dominance Electricity’s Global Surveyor is a promising thought, and an enjoyable listen.
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Artist: The Envenomist (@)
Title: Thirsting
Format: CD
Label: Snip-Snip (@)
Rated: *****
The Envenomist is a relatively new release of David Reed, better known for his atmospheric noise project Luasa Raelon, and his DIY noise label, Snip-Snip Records. I’ve never had the pleasure to hear anything else by this particular project, though I am familiar with some of Reed’s other work. With The Envenomist Reed seems to be exploring the quieter, reflective side of noise.

The Envenomist’s Thirsting is composed of four tracks of dark, droning, ambience that seep lazily out of the speakers and directly into the mind’s eye. The sound of this release remains consistent and true throughout; drones continuously pulsing, creating a mist-like atmosphere that one can practically touch. With Thirsting, Reed paints a truly desolate picture of a deserted world covered in dust and debris.

The Envenomist’s Thirsting manages to create a world just as beautiful as it is damned. Pulse after tireless pulse, Thirsting’s dreary soundscape invades the mind and removes all potential emotion, leaving nothing but an empty wastelandready for reflection and hallucination. Play this album when you have some time to yourself, preferably alone and in a slightly darkened room, and let The Envenomist’s Thirsting carry you away.
Dec 02 2005
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Artist: Primes (@)
Title: Self-Titled
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Action Driver (@)
Rated: *****
Primes is the new project of JJD/Jack Duckworth (Radio Berlin, A Luna Red) and Miss X/Michelle Synnot, both hailing from Vancouver, Canada. This self-titled album is their debut full-length release, following their popular self-released Life in the Pit demo.

Primes S/T is a high-energy album that fuses the sounds of noisecore, punk, IDM, and EBM into something new and much more listenably dynamic than any particular genre by itself. Primes’ sound favors bands like My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Atari Teenage Riot, and Error; all the while not sounding like any of the previously mentioned bands at all. It’s both refreshing and confusing to my sensibilities, which is something I definitely appreciate in new music.

Primes’ sound is just about as difficult to describe as it is to categorize. This is a release for anyone who is tired of listening to the same genre sound over and over again. Every track has a new sound and edge to it, challenging preconceptions without challenging the listener’s ear. I’ve never heard anything else by JJD and Miss X, but based on this album alone I’m convinced they can do no wrong.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Small melodies
Format: CD
Label: Spekk
Rated: *****
Are you into ambient/electronic music with a melodic edge? Well, if you're you'd better watch out for this sampler is one of the best records of the year. I think I could say something about the deluxe jewel box that looks like the cover of a small diary/note-book but I will limit the description to the music. I think if this cd would have been featuring Ultra Milkmaids, Taylor Dupree, Oren Ambarchi, Tape and Fenton "alone" it would have been already a congress of top quality musicians, but Hèrve Bogossian, Stephen Mathieu, Tomoshi Date, Sogar, Naph and some others top class names is probably too much!. "Small melodies" is an incredible honeymoon in ambiental electronic, sweet drones, delicate guitar-glitches, trance-like loops bringing in a third dimension faster than a dream machine. Releases like that should be filed under "stress erasing music", if the day's been hard "Small melodies" puts you in a relaxed mood to face the night. I've always thought music in general was a great mean to amplify emotions and there's nothing more empyreal than the music contained in this sampler to fest the end of an hectic day. During the listening I got the impression every small frame was moving slowly like a relented documentary on natural environments. Fenton's "beautiful loser" is another clear signal this guy "has it", but scouts' honor the whole menu fills my mouth of saliva like Pavlos dog. If you are into this style, please get it!.
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