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Artist: MORE MACHINE THAN MAN
Title: Binary Sex EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Black Flames Records, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
A 50 minutes long remix EP with the both tracks Why?" and Tonight" released by the new "Electrogoth-Industrial-Electrofetish" project of the new millenium. Don’t ask me what this cool sounding description effects on the music of Tech and Tasha, to my taste they are playing a kind of typical US Coldwave-Industrial along the lines of acts like KMFDM or comrades. No wonder indeed when Mr. En Esch took his hands as a producer on this stuff, so alone this fact could easily explain their sound. Both tracks are presented here in their originally versions, "Why?" features the main vocals by Tech, while "Tonight" has mainly Tasha’s intense vocals. "Why?" is a hard hitting straight-in-your-face track with some nice dark vocals by Tech and all good attitudes in their very own style. This track receives here 7(!!!) remix works by among others SYRIAN, XP8, ASLAN FACTION, E.R.R.A., BOZO PORNO CIRCUS, CTRLer and PIGFACE (Martin Atkins). Outstanding is the one done by SYRIAN, especially to remove the guitar sounds and to give the track a faster speed works great here and could easily work at European clubs with only Electro-fronted audience. Also well produced is the one by XP8 which breaks through the ready recorded vocal lines and gives the track a wider experimental touch. "Tonight" has a similar attitude like "Why" and works great here with Tasha’s marvelous vocals, but there can be found only one remix from IAN FORD which gives this track a more decent feeling. Overall I would say that this EP lacks a bit from more diversity, also to listen to the same track "Why" in original and remix works 8 times doesn’t make it easier to consume. A concentration on only 3 – 4 of the best remix works and 1 – 2 more unreleased tracks would work better here.
Artist: Salvatore Marascia
Title: Interstellar Soundwaves
Format: CD
Salvatore Marascia's gentle prog-ambient on "Interstellar Soundwaves" is a fine example of space music with classical influences. Marascia has married quiet classical stylings with the subtle vastness of space music in what makes me think of Jean Michele Jarre if he pursued ambient and sometimes pseudo-experimental stylings rather than his driven synth tunes. Marascia moves the listener fromone element to another, making his transitions with kid gloves that help make the experience smooth in its transitions, to the point that a solid, whole sound isproduced. In no time I found myself lost in "Interstellar Soundwaves". This disc is truly a fine accomplishment, using synthesized sound to craft music that is trippy but has just the right amount of organic elements. Completing the flavor are some groovy jazz side trips and minimal vocal pieces that don't interfere with the escapist taste of the music.
Artist: Halovox (@)
Title: Halovox
Format: CD
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
This self-titled cd is a nice piece of work by Halovox, a synth-pop project by Frank Freda. Some of the tracks talks about love and a relationship that's in trouble. Simple electronic melodies that's corporate in retro 80's and the modern style. Every song on the disc carries a value message, which can interact with the listener's feelings inside, no matter what the situation is. My favorites that stands the cd out are "Make Me Yours", a lustful sex song, "Deception", "Save Yourself", which telling a person where to get off at and worry one's self, not the other. And "Insecurity". I even give Frank credit for doing a good job covering Depeche Mode "Fly On The Windscreen" in his own unique special way. Halovox sound is kinda similar to Depeche Mode, but not too much. The singing is strong and brings out the emotional tense and the production is very good. Halovox is to lookout for and will soon breakout with new fans all over the world.
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Artist: H.I.V.+
Title: Rotten Beat Manifesto
Format: CD
Label: Black Flames Records, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
With the signing of the Powernoise act H.I.V.+ from France the polish label Black Flames adds another very different musically project to their rich stable, when we don’t count the Belgium band STIN SCATZOR to this genre. H.I.V.+ is an industrial legend to life time, a solo effort done by Pedro Penas y Robles, originally born in Spain. Fans and friends of the Powernoise genre know this project already very well through three own full length CD’s and several collaboration efforts in this scene. What you get here tells the title of this new CD and also the cover art with a bloody air very well – almost all kinds and styles of harsh, distorted, rhythmic, electronic Powernoise. Already after the first listening you can easily realize the strong effort to avoid the too much typically flaws like the pure monotonous redundancy this kind of music often offers. Pedro has produced an album filled with own tracks as well as some remix works to give his audience a wide view into several kinds of his style. We can hear some attractive Dark Electro cuts like "Illegal Tanz (Extended Club-x) " and "Havoc 2027 (Electro Dark Mix)", both manipulated by BAK XIII, as well as harsh noise tracks like "Testament" or "Feedback 1968" which can also set the dancefloors under fire. Mixing to this some Ambient and atmospheric tracks like "Broken Childhood" gives the whole album a pretty diversity feeling. Not to forget the stomping tribute to NITZER EBB named "Body Electric" which could also find its way into the clubs. This "Rotten Beat Manifesto" can easily satisfy the listeners of both music genres, Powernoise and Dark Electro and I can only recommend to give it a try!
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Artist: THE RETROSIC (@)
Title: God of Hell
Format: CD
Label: Tribune Records/Minuswelt (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Uuhmm – what evil we are... Well, we have 1997 and Rudy R alias :WUMPSCUT: has just released his long awaited "Embryodead" full-length CD, a masterpiece for the history books of hard Electro/EBM/Industrial music. And here are five musicians collected under the name THE RETROSIC, also hailing from Germany, who have spent too much time with hearing this mentioned masterpiece. So we have here the biggest flaw of this production – to copying their unreachable idol without any sense, without any own idea or musically identity, and most of it – 7 years too late! Really true, I haven’t heard in the more than 15 years I am listening to this music genre any other band which can be called that easy as copycats. There is a big hype behind this act, also Metropolis Records did license this CD for the release in North America. After listening to this album five times I must really ask why? On their danceable tracks like "The Storm", "Maneater" (listen to this stupid German voice samples – wow, we are so eeeeevil!!!), "New World Order", "Total War" and "Antichrist" (ooh, the names of this track list is a big hint... we are sooo damned eeeeevil!!!) they present us their dancefloor 4/4-floor stompers along the mentioned :W: lines but – and this is what makes the biggest difference to :W: - without any edge or remarkable ground. Only listening to this stuff bores me and if you have heard one of this track, you know them all. If you are familiar with this kind of Electro/Industrial music you can check this out without hesitation. Also the cover art is well done, but also nothing what we haven’t seen before. Guys, take your equipment and try to explore new sounds, create something that doesn’t sound like the one and only track you have already composed in the 4 years on your previous releases. There is nothing wrong to be angry or evil, but bring it in a line with an own identity.
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