Music Reviews



Mar 26 2006
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Artist: FADERHEAD (@)
Title: FH 1
Format: CD
Label: Accession-Records (@)
Distributor: Indigo
Rated: *****
Since this project hailing from Hamburg, Germany, received some well reactions with their contribution for the "Advanced Electronics Vol. 3" compilation ("The Protagonist", also on this CD available), the audience was waiting for a debut release. Signed to the fall of 2005, FADERHEAD are recording now under the flag of the German Accession-Records label. But also with the creation of a website there’s still a lot of mystery behind this act. Some might expect a typical 242 inspired EBM project regarding that "R23" copying guy - no info, no further names, no biography - so there’s still the question of what’s it all about. Old school EBM with hard and straight kick and snare work is surely one integrated music style on this debut release, but this not another NEP cloning rip-off. Parts out of other music styles are sparse included, but I would say that the global kind belongs more to minimalism. Simple constructed bass lines and synth parts concentrating on the essential - I must admit that I expected a bit more. Favorites can be named with the harder and danceable tracks like "O/H Scavenger" or "Burning / Dancing", and check also out the hidden track to the end. Surprises can be found in the lyrical content, FADERHEAD are one of the very few out of the genre which avoid to fill in that "Cyber-Death-Murder" pattern. This release features textures about the club life ("The Beat Has Started") and real love songs ("Melt Into Your Eyes") instead, plus there’s also a strange vocal performance called "Mattaku" in Chinese/Japanese or what-so-ever lyrics. Again - it is satisfying for a debut, but a bit more efforts to the music would work well.
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Artist: ONEBOMB>ONETARGET
Title: Ich gegen mich
Format: 7"
Label: Hirntrust Grind Media (@)
Rated: *****
Shame on me! the review of this 7" has been delayed 'till now...my record playerf was broken, I've been kidnapped by alines and many other bullshits. by the way better late than never. "Power noise is da shit!" here and it will rip your ears apart erasing that smile of every listener caugh off guard: the music is dead serious. The first side is a great noise-blast that will give an hard-on to all the fans of Masami "Merzbow" Akita and early Murizio Bianchi, a simple cover but a name that leave no misunderstanding: Onebomb>Onetarget, the message is clear. The first side of the 7" fills perfectly in the genre, thus you're gonna receive nothing but a pure noise-blast. On the b-side of this vinyl the sound terrorist changes the blend but while the noise matter is almost analogous, I can't say I appreciated the "power-noise meets electro-keyboard" thing, somehow the idea and the result are odd but it's all a bit misleading or maybe out of focus. Notwithstanding both of the songs, as I've already said, have a similar forge, but on a two track records it works quite well. That's an overall good release above all if that's a debut.
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Artist: IMPACT PULSE
Title: [Pulse]ing Module’s
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Another fine and long awaited debut release out on the Russian/Hungarian Advoxya label. Like their label mates of SCHYZZO.COM, IMPACT PULSE could enter a lot of attention with their appearances on the last years’ compilation "Post Alcoholic Body Syndrome (Death) 1". On this Advoxya comp this band presented an own composition ("Without Fear"), a remix work for IMMUNOLOGY and a track with their Techno/Trance-based side-project NOTHING NADA. Musically this duo plays a refreshing style of modern EBM/Electro music, comparisons a re maybe possible with a mix between CUT.RATE.BOX and later FLA to their "Epitaph/Civilization" phase. The tracks are mostly straight and well danceable produced, also the melodic background fulfills all expectations ("Slaves To Forces", "Without Fear"... there could be easily named 4 – 5 tracks more...). Some tracks show a slight hint into the Futurepop genre ("Come", "Prince") by using lesser effects on the vocals. Also a beautiful female vocal performance is included, featuring Linda Deamon on the track "My World". Their side-project NOTHING NADA offered a remix for their outstanding track "Without Fear" throwing in a more smooth attitude – interesting version, but I definitively prefer the original. This Hungarian duo doesn’t show any flaws here and they are talented enough to play in the same league like the European acts. This is one of the best debut releases of the still young year 2006 – check it out, you can’t live without it. Amazing work!
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Artist: THE SAME GIRL
Title: Spare Parts & The Ideology Toolkit
Format: CD
Label: Schraum
Rated: *****
Some months ago I reviewed a very nice cd titled "Chessmachine", by Torsten Papenheim (guitar, also playing in the Kainkwatett trio, on Schraum as well), Antoine Chessex (sax) and Gilles Aubry (computer). Here the latter teams up with Nicolas Field at percussion, and while being more disjointed and sparse than the "Chessmachine" sessions, i.e. more typically "improv", their performance features the same physical intensity. I still wonder if Aubry samples and filters what his mate is playing, as what we hear is often a sort of throbbing noise pulp, sounding like a digital chewing of acoustic inputs. Aubry surely works with field recordings and looped music samples as well, adding odd counterparts to Field's frantic drumming. Quite an intense record throughout, one that I'd surely recommend to those into labels like Creative Sources and Charizma.
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Artist: MAN
Title: Helping Hand
Format: CD
Label: Sub Rosa
Rated: *****
French duo Man, formed by François Rasim Biyikli (piano, Rhodes, guitars, melodica, noises) and Charles-Eric Charrier (acoustic bass, guitar, toys), are surely not afraid to experiment with different genres and inputs, naming influences as diverse as Satie and Labradford, Morricone and Arto Lindsay... Their third full-length release opens with a bizarre (and not entirely successful) rhythmic, and sung, track, but don't be deceived: most of "Helping Hand" is slow, delicate and painfully melancholic. The slo-mo heartbreak of "Drifting" merges the delicate atmospheres of Chaveau, Tiersen or Comelade with the vigorous post-fusion instrumentals of "TNT"-era Tortoise. Hectic euphoria sparkles here and here, but Man surely work best with autumnal soundscapes like "Separation" or "8mm", which closes the disc with a powerful crescendo. Their pieces are often daring, and not always balanced - sometimes the different elements just don't match that well, and end up being more distracting than fascinating - but "Helping Hand" is surely worth repeated spins to catch its different nuances.
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