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Artist: GF93 (@)
Title: The Bloody Bastard Remixes
Format: CD
Label: Mechanism (@)
Rated: *****
When I was still living in that thief-ridden country that Italy is, I hated the lack of bands and events playing electronic music, which is pretty much the main reason why I created D.L.K., but most recently, I'll admit, I've been getting a lot of buzz from the three-colored boot about new bands and even some live events... With new labels and bands popping out for hopefully more than just a few releases and with an off-set of almost a decade (I guess I was a little ahead of my time....) I finally get to review some music from there that doesn't sound like shitty pop-music clones or bad imitations of the german ebm bands from 20 years ago... This is not to say that GF93 and their new label Mechanism records falls into this category. GF93 has been around since 1996 and Mechanism I believe started around the same time. "The Bloody Bastard Remixes" is a collection of fourteen remixes of tracks that were originally released on their last record "OSR" in 2004 and on their previous third record "Convulse All Star" (2002). You are in for a treat made of saturation and distortion, where frantically cut-up and re-pasted sound bits deconstruct what once was and now re-is all over again. As it is true for the entire discography of GF93, powerful and scratchy guitar riffs play a role of foremost importance to convey the message and produce the sound. Mashed up by remixers from all over the world (where was I when the memo went out?), after one year of file-sharing based networking, this important band finds a way back into our playback systems, and even if it does so through an excercise of technicism, it does so with brutal bastardy and raw nerve, and with all the quality that their releases have accustomed us to. If you know the italian music scene a little, you'll notice big similarities with bands such as R.S.U. (Rifiuti Solidi Urbani), Deflore or Pankow, but if you don't know any of those groups, think of GF93 as the type of sound you'd appreciate if you were into Fear Factory, Flugschaedel, Pitchshifter, Cat Rapes Dog and bands like that: you will most certainly get some excitment ouf GF93!
Artist: MAY-FLY (@)
Title: Flight Into The Darkness
Format: CD
Label: X-Cem (@)
Distributor: SXDistribution
Rated: *****
It is more the darkness of a human mind which is provided here by Torsten Vogel’s solo project MAY-FLY, another promising act under the wings of the German X-Cem community, which is more a united collection of bands than a real label. Torsten is also responsible for the lyrical content of the big WYNARDTAGE underground smasher "Sterbehilfe", so this fact may has helped him to join the forces of Kai Arnold at X-Cem. Nevertheless also MAY-FLY offers some interesting stuff here on this debut which make it valuable to purchase this release. Globally said, MAY-FLY are an active part of the new and refreshing generation of hard EBM/Electro/Industrial music made in Germany, also the whole X-Cem roster falls under this term. The music of Torsten is straight produced, mostly 4/4-on-the-floor EBM with some milder undertones as well. A small portion of Synthpop can be discovered here as well. The vocals are mostly slight distorted, but Torsten also tries here to integrate diversity and so some experiments with a vocoder ("Outbreak") for example can be heard. The lyrics provided in both languages German and English often fall into some cliches like diseases ("Outbreak"), religion ("Which God..?"), vampires ("N.O.S.F.E.R.A.T.U."), wars ("Sturmfront") – in short: nothing what can not be found somewhere else in this genre is missed here. This counts also for the music, really new stuff which couldn’t be heard somewhere else before is not available here, but it fits generally well with the music offered by the X-Cem roster. Best tracks are the harder and straighter pieces here, "Which God...", "Raper" and "Soulcatcher", while I’m not into the so-called club hit "Ich Will Tanzen", which gives an excellent example how an embarrassing voice sample can ruin a whole track – maybe this is the reason why this track could grab so much attention???! Please note also the well done remixes created by Torsten’s X-Cem mates CYBER WHORE (a cool sounding male/female vocal duet on the track "Angelie"), both WYNARDTAGE and LA MAGRA (have worked on "Ich Will Tanzen" – both I prefer rather more than the original...), and the amazing ACYLUM ("Raper": reduced to the message itself, but again damned effective produced...). Some good tunes are on here – so go out and purchase it.