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Artist: DAS PRÄPARAT (@)
Title: Mein Schmerz Trägt Deinen Namen
Format: CD EP
Label: Scanner (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
This is a German male/female duo consisting of Dr. Hyde and Nachtschwester K. and they present us here their 5- track debut release on Scanner out of the Dark Dimension label group. Musically this release features mostly EBM/Electro structures filled with a few splatter/horror images. I don’t know if both band members have a serious medical or surgical background which would explain the band name and the inspiration of the presented images on this release. The vocals, on 4 out of 5 tracks mainly provided by Dr. Hyde, are dramatically filled in while the lyrics take their inspiration out of Goth/Neue Deutsche Todeskunst-inspired themes. Somehow this whole release awakes remembrances on early DAS ICH or DORSETSHIRE – not very new and original, but I think we haven’t had anything related for a while. The best piece here can be named in "Maschinenherz", which fits best with bands’ image and it is well arranged – a real cold thriller! The one and only conceptual exception here is the third track on this release, a piano–driven ballad called "Ist Das Leben Nur Ein Spiel?" leaded by thoughtful lyrics dealing mainly with the sense of life provided by the female band member Nachtschwester K. – this duo shows herewith musically and lyrically depth, this deserves respect. If this act can reach any comparable success like the above mentioned acts has to be proven, but some good first signs are available here.
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Artist: URKUMA (@)
Title: Rebilding Pantaleone's tree
Format: CD
Label: Baskaru (@)
Rated: *****
It's not the first time I hear Urkuma's name, but finally I hear a whole record, nice discovery! What else can you say about that!?. Stefano De Santi's (aka Urkuma) music is a good paradigm of listening where nothing really happens, but at the same time where nothing is the same for a long of time. An electroacoustic experience but in a way truly different from the music of people like Evan Parker, Birgit Ulher or other by the Creative Sources’ catalogue in general. "Rebuilding..." is much more electronic oriented but at the same time as I’ve just said it maintains a "ambiental/acoustic" feel. You can perceive there's just one person behind the entire audio-collage of every track, every single sound take slowly/gently place in the scenario not with an irruption, but with the precise intent of becoming a complementary colour. Beyond the mere strength of proportions I'd say this release somehow sounds psychedelic... nothing induces properly to trance, but this complementary idea behind single parts make me think of a trip with landscape alternating in front of the windscreen. Probably that's the worst bullshit I'm gonna write in ages, but it really make me think of Pink Floyd's live at Pompey...take the parts where those old freaks don't play proper song, imagine a similar stream of consciousness and above all take the whole idea as it was Christof Migone's reinterpretation of it all and that's probably what could cone out of it. Soft, cold, difficult but intriguing.
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Artist: SLEPCY
Title: We Are The Newest Battle Models
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco (@)
Rated: *****
Formed by the Polish duo Piotr Kurek and Marcin Stefanski, Slepcy have been working on electronic music that had his proper sound. They released few stuff for DJ Scud’s Ambush records, Kool.Pop, and Suburban Trash Industries. Their new WE ARE THE NEWEST BATTLE MODEL mix in a clever and frenetic way low-fi electronic sources along with strange vocals coming from unknown sources. Their tracks span from hardcore electronics to junk electronic operas. The cut and paste style of dealing with rhythm is paired with a dramatic and cinematic sense. If you check "Laurence" the repetitive bass line along with the eerie main melody make me feel that something is going on. It's like they are representing someone’s life and I must say that there’s nothing funny going on. Fortunately the casual rhythm structure is present only in few tracks and most of them are built like weird soundtracks where electronica meet drama. I really appreciated the theatrical feelings I felt while listening to their music and it was something new for me. I hope that they will keep this quality of surprising the audience with violent crazy rhythms combined with particular orchestrations (and if you want a perfect example of this check the main track).
Jul 03 2006
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Artist: CYBORG ATTACK
Title: Stoerf***tor
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****

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After several years from their debut album "Blutgeld" and after being joined by the new member Enrico Laukner (a.k.a. Cyborg Of Tactical Noise) on samples, Cyborg Attack are back. Cyborg Attack is one of those bands that have always being true to their style and the second album STOERF***TOR follows the steps of its predecessor. Their classic German e.b.m. in your face style is always joined by the growls of vocalist Sandro and the basic melodies of the tracks are helped by obsessive rhythms and industrial attitude. Even if this music is followed mainly by a fanbase tracks like "Hammer smashed face", "Born dead", "Trauma" or "Blasphemie" are good dance floor potential hits.
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Artist: THE REMOTE
Title: Too Low To Miss
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Formed by DJ Ashley Casselle, Ben Lost on vocals and with the help of Paul Rogers (Sasha's collaborator) and house producer Asad Risvi, The Remote on their first album TOO LOW TO MISS are able to blend 80s flavour electronic songs (check "She’s going out tonight") with house rhythms and electro techno catchy moments (like on "Big design"). Even if their style is mixing with the genres they are able to create a fresh mixture where the déjà vu is out of sight. Tracks like "Play it rosa" remind me of Paul Haig but The Remote produce tracks where pop melodies are surrounded by tiny bleeps, strong rhythms and thousand of other electronic sounds that layered make you lose your senses. Often you'll find yourself being attracted by the sounds while you were following the melody of a song. The 80s new wave influence is present in many tracks but if you want to check a catchy one, try the instrumental "Right meat" or the closing "Change your mind". If you look for electro punk, check the "Like you" guitars but if you want to try some electro ambient "Bream" is the one for you. This is a cool way of mixing genres and TOO LOW TO MISS is an album you’d want to check if you are into new wave and electro dance sounds.
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