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Artist: BUNKER SOLDIER (@)
Title: The Debris Field
Format: CD
Label: Neo Cultural Front Records


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From the blend of industrial, hip hop and new wave of the first Bunker Soldier 1996 release titled "Quite a dilemma", Tim moved to new wave / e.b.m. / industrial influences on his 1999 album "Innuendo". 2004 was the time of the "Triple threat" single where with the two electro industrial songs "Warlocked" and "Firewall" you can find a sign of Bunker Soldier opening to commercial music. "Flying" was a catching track that with its danceable structure was able to satisfy the radio audience and also the electro lovers that were also interested in commercial stuff. The new album THE DEBRIS FIELD moves a step ahead into the concept of blending really commercial songs (too much commercial for my taste) with electronic tunes influenced by 80s new wave (see bands like A Flock Of Seagulls or Psychedelic Furs). With the help of five different singers Tim packed ten songs of which nine new (the tenth is a version of "Flying – I want to go"). The opening "Darkness falls" recalled me the Psychedelic Furs while "Close the door" has something of U2 (the guitar style) and the following "When all is lost" has got something of Bryan Adams. Basically half songs of the track list have for a commercial approach (sometimes they are too rock for me) while the other half have still that electronic industrial new wave blend (see the track "Disappoint" or "Infection") that I have already appreciated. It is difficult to tell if this is a good album or not, because I really liked the tracks influenced by 80s and by electronic but I feel a little confused about the commercial rock ones. I'd give five stars to half of the album and I'd leave the other half without a judgement because it isn't really what we are dealing with usually.
P.s. There's also an instrumental version of the album available and it is titled "This void beyond measure"
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Artist: TERENCE FIXMER
Title: Silence Control
Format: CD
Label: International DJ Gigolo Records
Distributor: EFA Medien
Rated: *****
Thanks to his latest collaboration with the legendary voice of NITZER EBB, Douglas McCarthy, the French TERENCE FIXMER could earn a not expected success and attention of the Electro/Industrial/TBM scene. The kind and style of this collaboration is still alive and has experienced a nice impact also for his new release "Silence Control". His origins are still placed in the Techno scene – which is still a present kind in his music – but FIXMER shares also the EBM infiltrated kind of electronic-based music. This is one of the countless releases done by a DJ spinning some dark loops until he gets here and there some impressive and convincing sound ideas. Not the classic style of doing a "real" composition, but still unique enough. Not all of his tracks here get my totally dedication, but so are different people’s tastes. A favorite can be named in the teutonic piece "In Dust", which hammers out some excellent percussive work. I must admit that I miss a bit the clear vocals of Douglas McCarthy, his own voice and the ones of his "guests" here can not follow in any case the abilities of McCarthy. Musically diversity is rich given here and so this release should get some good reactions by an open-minded audience.
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Artist: GAPING CHASM (@)
Title: Fragments Of War
Format: CD
Label: Aliens Production (@)
Distributor: SXDistribution
Rated: *****
The official debut release of the Slovakian EBM/Dark Electro act GAPING CHASM somehow surprises me, because I have not expected to see and hear this project after its demo tape phase back in 1994 to 1996 again. GAPING CHASM is Roman "Ergo" Petro, and maybe some of you elders have this name still in a good memory. He was one of the leading editors of the world’s best Electro/Industrial fanzine Crewzine, which could grab some euphoric attention in the early nineties. As I said, Roman was already active lately 10 years before under the GAPING CHASM moniker, but not very successful and convincing. The acceptance of his first recording was rather limited. Later on he started with a second project called ANIMA MUNDI and with this project Roman was more or less active until to the last two years. So now he returns with GAPING CHASM – and nothing is like it was before. The music has improved and developed a lot into a well balanced and produced Dark Electro inspired EBM music. The let the cover art give you some hints on Roman’s music – here’s no Endzeit pseudo-aggressive act, or a FUNKER VOGT copycat at work. The sequences are filled with rich details and there’s always the try of Roman to integrate well arranged melodic synth layers. If I have to start some comparisons, I would like to fill in some works of MENTALLO & THE FIXER or some pieces of NEON CAGE EXPERIMENT – well, that are for sure not the worst references. "Day D" surprises with a not expected smoothness and calm sounding vocals, while "Only Shadows Will Survive" or "Another Day In Paradise" are classic inspired Dark Electro pieces. Best piece – and this track is here available in two excellent versions – is the track "To Be Free". Especially the remix should give you exciting stuff to storm some dancefloors of the dark clubs. It is not the hardest Electro you’ll get here, but I am impressed how rich and detailed it got produced. Hats off, Mr. "Ergo", for one of the best surprises this year has to offer.
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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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