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Artist: ANGELSPIT (@)
Title: Nurse Grenade
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
The Australian male/female duo ANGELSPIT presents here their debut EP with 6 tracks, an own produced remix, and two remix works for their countrymen ANXIETY WHISPERS and the well known Gothic-Rock inspired output IKON and their track "Psychic Vampire". Also they are an active member of the Australian Crash Frequency collective, but moreover I would say, they are the leaders of it. Musically you’ll get really hard produced Electro-/Metal-Crossover here, heavy duty guitar riffs go in a mutual way with analogue sequenced bass lines. Add to this some metallic percussion and the rough implemented vocals and you’ll get a really Punk-like output. Comparisons – well, take a bit KMFDM and MORE MAN THAN MACHINE, but in all much heavier and more energetic produced. The Cyberpunk attitude is present here, this duo lives this ideology. A favorite can be named here with the track "Head Fuck", the own produced remix of their track "Head Kult", because it shows some more diversity in the kind how the vocals were produced. "Maggot" is a great and powerful opener, driving guitars stab along the clear Synth lines. The title track against to this is more calm, a kind of experimental and eerie piece. If Metal-Crossover is your cup of tea, then make sure to discover this powerful Australian outlet. They look for some additional help regarding distribution, so please pick them up and give them a try.

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Artist: PROVISION (@)
Title: The Consequence
Format: CD
Label: Section 44 (@)
Rated: *****
THE CONSEQUENCE is the third Provision album and it sees the band changing its line-up slightly because Leslie Hyman isn’t in the band anymore. Now Provision are Breye 7x (founding member and singer), Jen Foxx and Carlos Covarrubias. The sound of the band hasn’t changed that much as far as I can hear it seems that there are less e.b.m. influences but their distinctive sound made of dancey electronic synthpop is still intact. The upbeat tempos or the catchy mid tempo tracks like "Attraction" shows a good song writing and use of melody (I always like to keep an eye on the sequencer melodies). The only thing didn’t thrill me about Provision is Breye's style of singing because is too linear and this risk to make the tracks sound alike. Probably changing singer would help a lot but there’s also the possibility that a different singer could loose the energy and the excitement that Breye have singing his tunes. THE CONSEQUENCE is the best band’s album to date and if you aren’t looking for the new Depeche Mode you for sure will appreciate tracks like "Perversion of conventional warfare" or "Behind your disguise".
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Primal River Valley
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Latex records (@)
Rated: *****
Edwin Minzenmayer (a.k.a. TG Mondalf), who used to run the Rhythmus.net website and then joined the Chain D.L.K. umbrella of sites to better and collectively serve the electronic underground scene, has not had much time of his own for music lately (but I hear he is working on it...), yet every once in a while, he re-surfaces for air with some new CD release (probably his way of coping with the apnea).His latest effort is a double CD featuring some of the lesser known names (as well as some staples) of electronic/dark/industrial/pagan scene. As in the case with almost every compilation I love some tracks and hate others, but that's besides the point, as it's hard to round up twenty eight tracks and expect everyone to like them the same. About half of the tracks of this 2CD sampler are exclusive, which should make it interesting to fans of the bands, which are: Mystified w/ Orange County, Asmodeus X, Grigori 3, Jailbird, URN, Somna M. Bulist, Hungry Lucy, Seventh Image, Kali Yuga, Silvercord, Container, Solace, Flint Glass, Cryptomnesia, Shidoshi, The Dreamside, Elektronika, Sangsara, Anquisette, Cruxschadows, Ashes Adryft, LEX DECIMATE, i.e. Gnome, Afterchain, Little Tin Box, Laura Powers, Mystified w/Orange County. This last band, as well as Container, have two tracks each and Container also mixed and produced the CD and has a bonus video included.Hopefully we will see more cool releases like this from Latex in the feature. In the meantime, if you have half empty oxygen tanks you wish to get rid of, donations to help the cause are always appreciated.
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Artist: UNIFORM
Title: protocol
Format: CD
Label: Planet mu (@)
Rated: *****
As I've said before, I've the impression the ranks of "radical electronics" got more and more influenced by industrial music, but in an age where everything get mixed that's not such a surprise. If you add many industrial "musician/performer" were somehow using electronic music it will give sense to the previous consideration, think of Whitehouse, Suicide, Throbbing Gristle, Coil, etc.. It's hard to believe Uniform haven't been influenced by the "grey shadows" of the eighties, consider that beside "the man of the moment" a.k.a. Dalek they feature Lydia Lunch, Alan Vega, Franko B, Terry Edwards, Alice Kemp and Olga Naiman. Do you remember the rest of the Planet Mu catalogue? Ok, forget it! This duo loves drowning in a dark pool where the only things you can grasp are odd cold noises. Can we speak about "post-industrial electronics"?! I think so..."arythmical post industrial electronics"...the bastard son of Pan Sonic and Thomas Kohner? Obsessive nightmares sold as "avantgarde"?. Wolf Eyes on Sub Pop, Protocol on Planet Mu...hey man: something tells me obsession and frustration are "finally back in stock". If you get horny as you hear the sound of Coil and Pan Sonic, I'm sure "protocol" is the right release for you ears...and for those of your psychiatrist.
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Artist: SUICIDE COMMANDO (@)
Title: Bind, Torture, Kill
Format: CD
Label: Dependent / NTP (@)
Distributor: Alive!
The fairytale of the minimal Electro-/Industrial musician hailing from a village of Belgium, who starts to create own experimental tracks with a Roland synthesizer and a damaged drum machine, gaining a never-expected success and recognition through his concentration and persistence goes in a new round. The "trademark" is back, Johan Van Roy offers a new full length CD out of his SUICIDE COMMANDO flagship – and luckily without having changed too much in his kind, art and music. Besides that huge amount of good luck, which is needed through the 20 years this act is now producing music, there is of course a lot of work, time and belief behind this band, and it is impossible to resume this in numbers. SUICIDE COMMANDO has become an institution through the years. Was it Johan through the first years who definitively mentioned THE KLINIK as his patterns, now uncountable young Electro/Industrial acts name SUICIDE COMMANDO as the reference of inspiration. Johan’s new release "Bind, Torture, Kill" continues somehow the way and style he has entered with his predecessor "Axis Of Evil" without to forget the fact, that his new tracks can be seen as being more aggressive. This was the tendency we could recognize on his pre-released EP "Godsend/Menschenfresser" as well as on the track "Bleed For Us All" released on the "Advanced Electronics Vol. 4" compilation. These tracks are also here available, in that case you have missed to purchase the very limited EP which is completely sold out. Of course, this new CD will take the dancefloors again by a storm and the highest chart positions at the DAC are to expect. There are several more tracks than the mentioned ones like the fast pieces "Conspiracy With The Devil", "Torment Me", which sounds pretty much like taken directly from "Axis Of Evil", or "F*** You Bitch" which should leave the dark audience breathless and destroyed back on the floors. Check also out the cover version of TOMMI STUMPFF’s classic "Massaker" – Johan’s next club hit and floor filler for sure – although I do not see the sense why an Industrial band covers an Industrial band. Definitively a favorite as well as a good remembrance to the good old past days is the track "We Are The Sinners" which features excellent noisy distortions and an overwhelming aggressive mood. "Bind, Torture, Kill" is surely not the return of Johan’s classic works like "Construct – Destruct" but it is the better alternative to the softy produced "Axis Of Evil". Musically somewhere in between "Axis Of Evil" and "Mindstrip" – maybe with an improved mixing. No doubt, the "trademark" of Electro/EBM/Hellektro or "WhatTheFuckNameYou’llLikeToFillInHere" returns triumphant...
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