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Artist: Cyanotic (@)
Title: Transhuman
Format: CD
Label: Glitch Mode Recordings
Distributor: Self-distributed
Rated: *****
Industrial music hybrid Cyanotic is a project by Sean Payne, Drew Rosander, and Brian Blake, three virtual unknowns, working under the production lead of Jason Novak (Acumen Nation, DJ? Acucrack) and Chris Cozort (Iammynewt). With their first full-length album, Transhuman, Cyanotic immediately prove their worth; ignoring the unspoken laws of how industrial/club music should be written and instead tearing out one of the most brutal and well composed releases of the current century.

Transhuman mixes the harsh industrial-metal guitars of Ministry, the abrasive breakcore beats and glitches of Venetian Snares, and the dance-floor crushing EBM sounds of Front Line Assembly and Numb; all with a precision that will leave fans of the afore-mentioned bands staring on in a stupor. This release is so aggressiveespecially the opening tracksthat it makes me want to get incredibly drunk and beat the living crap out of the first person or thing I see. Seriously.

It isn’t very often that a new industrial band has the potential to make such an impact above and beyond their own genre. Cyanotic has enough energy and brutality behind their first full-length album, and enough support by popular bands and labels alike to make Transhuman a big success. Cyanotic is in a very good position to take Transhuman and force-feed aggressive music fans everywhere the meal they’ve been begging for.
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Artist: PAIL (@)
Title: Towards Nowhere
Format: CD
Label: Negative Gain Productions (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
It took almost 6 years after the release of his marvelous debut "Epidemic" that Manix Salazar hailing from Spain celebrates his return on top of the Electro-/Industrial scene with this new full length CD "Towards Nowhere". Although there was a vinyl only release with 4 tracks in the meantime, this is for sure a long time for a band coming out of this music scene, long enough to get forgotten. The music of PAIL has also experienced some changes, globally said it turns from the wide diversity of the debut more into the Dark Techno/EBM genre with some possible comparisons to DECODED FEEDBACK mixed with a strong ABSCESS influence. Especially the dark pieces like the slow "Where We Are" or "Today the Wind blows from the North" show Manix’ development as a musician and can fascinate with a remarkable melodic content. The most straight piece here is "Que hable el silencio", a real floorburner which has also made its way to be available on the Alfa Matrix quadruple compilation "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 1". So very positive my opinion on this release from track 1 to 7 is, after this the whole CD dwells into more different directions like some Futurepop influences, richly presented on "Senseless Words" sung by Salva Maine of CULTURE KULTÜR. Three instrumental tracks are here also present and finally you could get the feeling that the last pieces of the CD are created to increase the running time. So I concentrate myself more on all really excellent produced pieces from track 1 to 7 and they prove once again, that there is no need to disqualify music under the moniker "Dark Electro" to a redundant hammering. PAIL’s music is rich in detail and thrilling arranged and can easily nail down. Good news also for all interested listeners in North America: Negative Gain Productions (www.negativegain.com) has committed a license deal with Caustic Records so that this nice release will be soon available officially. Check it out!
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Artist: KILL THE THRILL (@)
Title: Tellurique
Format: CD
Label: Season of Mist (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
I love this french combo, it was one of the first industrial band I've ever seen live, every once in while I still listen to their demo tape and it's still a blast into my ears after more than ten years. Many of you've probably heard or read about them but still can't figure out where, I think that can happen with such a band considering this trio has always followed its own path no matter why, ho or what. A friend of mine gave me an advanced cd with a couple of songs before "Tellurique" was even mastered and I immediately thought it was surprising. It's hard to pass the test of time and it's hard to rejuvenate but somehow they managed to do it. I can't say if Kill the Thrill are in living a "second youth", for sure their sound is vital and far from being anachronistic. Season of Mist present them by saying: "..an original style that can be seen as a crossroad between metal, industrial, post rock and new wave", while their industrial background probably runs deep into their veins, their music evolved slowly getting more refined and cathartic than ever. Reminiscences of Swans (during their melodic decadence), something of Cop Shoot Cop (the same class for the vocals), sparkle of french noise (can you remember the X-rated, Les Thugs, Deity Guns, etc...era?), a bit of Neurosis and Godflesh (in particular "Us and them" and "Selfless") and maybe Jesu. "Tragedy" has always been one of the main characteristics of this band from Marseilles, they just added more melody and elegance to their way of painting. Even if the industrial element is still strong, "Tellurique" can make a lot of people could fall in love, right when we're crossing an era of "Neurosis' beatification" in which bands such as like Isis or Jesu are getting popular among the hard-core/nu-metal listeners and right when a lot of goth people got more into "hard" music with sad melodies, well right then it's good for a band like Kill the Thrill to be in the midst of its maturity. Probably Kill the Thrill could be compared to an old french wine found in the basement and it tastes so good.
Artist: Moss Abu
Title: Sound Sensory Information
Format: CD
Ah, where would we be without Moss Abu? This is a brilliant, well crafted electronicstew. Rather than adhering to a pristine, perfect approach as so many electro acts often do, Jakobmakes the right decision and keeps things wonderfully lo-fi. This is four-track bliss. It is scarey,misshapen, organic, and brings to mind images of monsters in the cellar. The beats are stiff andhypnotic and the soundbites are a mishmash of treated, unrecognizable vocal gibberish. Synthsounds swoosh by and blurry bass sounds give the proceedings a good sense of movement. Thisis blurry, surreal, heady sonic art. The wizard that is Moss Abu pulls it all together brilliantly. This album is terrificly unique and inventive. "Hoohahaha" is a sprawling lo-fi epic. Yourspeakers will get a great workout.
Artist: Neo Cortex
Title: Thought Process
Format: CD
"My Three Pound Universe" is a great opener. It features some of Steve's best singing to date. This is slightly minor, and kind of sounds like an electronic version of REM. I was immediately taken in. When Steve sings "Prolific is the term because of our energy", I completely believe him. These cats are wildly prolific, and with this work, they show a great deal of progress.There is indeed real growth on this. The guys are pushing themselves in new directions with song structure and production. "Through the Microscope" is cleverly executed. There's lots of signature neo Cortex sounds- buzzy synth sequences, tight beats and unusual lyrics. "Fond of Blondes?" is a quirky, fun track very much in keeping with the Neo Cortex ilk. This kind of reminded me of something Sparks would sing. "Occasional Human" is a nicely experimental offering. This disc shows plenty of growth for the band. Well done.
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