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Artist: Todesbonden (@)
Title: Stormbringer
Format: CD EP
Label: Pale Moon Records (@)
Rated: *****
Todesbonden is a trio based in Maryland and consists of a female singer named Laurie Ann Haus. Prior to the formation of this band, the members of Todesbonden had been in various music projects and bands, most notably the now defunct Rain Fell Within. Laurie Ann Haus can also be heard singing in bands such as Ephemeral Sun and Autumn Tears. Todesbonden's music can be described as celtic-influenced doom metal. A slight gothic and folk music influences in some parts of the songs as well. With only 4 songs in this EP, this release has the most interesting sounds I've heard in years. The singing is very emotional and at times reminded me of Enya's earlier works. The music has an Enigma feel to it except it is doomy metal. Todesbonden is full of gifted musicians and an amazing singer. The band is pure talent no wonder they just got picked up by Germany's Prophecy Productions. "Stormbringer" is going to sell quick so be sure to pick up a copy now while it's still available.
Mar 12 2005
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Artist: The Azoic
Title: Illuminate
Format: CD
Label: Nilaihah Records (@)
Rated: *****
This U.S. duo's third and latest CD, Illuminate, is a very strong EBM/darkwave release that is also firmly rooted in Euro-dance. Most of the tracks are hard-hitting anthems with female vocals attractively and subtly woven in. The title track, "Illuminate," stands out the most. The last number is an interesting "medley" remix by cyberDJ of "Conflict," from Azoic's eponymous 2003 release on Nilaihah Records (the original mix is included on this disc as well, for some reason). "Ever" makes for a timely change-up midway through the CD. Its sinuous, sexy drum pattern is a welcome respite from the relentless club tempo of the first five tracks. It's my favorite moment on the disc--you can imagine stepping into a strip club for one song, before returning to the dance club.... For you '80s throwbacks, track number 8 is a nicely done cover of "Obsession" by Animotion, and as far as the overall flow is concerned it is an excellent choice.

Singer Kristy Venrick never strays beyond the bounds of good sense in her delivery, and at times makes tasteful use of the vocorder. Her lyrics display many personal themes--desire, obsession, devotion, loss of love and many emotions in between. Musically, Steve Laskarides's programming is fiercely competent, and the production is appropriately tight and professional.

Illuminate is full of good, solid, no-nonsense dance grooves that would mix well in any club setting (and no doubt already has, by this time). I'd say that if The Azoic can one day transcend the genres that this new CD pays homage to, they could be unstoppable. The otherwise excellent CD insert design could have used a little proofreading in the liner notes and lyric sheet.... Nonetheless, it amounts to a terrific dancefloor wallop to the ears, and is a must-have if you are already a fan. And your iTunes will love it, too.
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Artist: THE LAST DANCE (@)
Title: REFLECTIONS OF RAGE
Format: CD
Label: DANCING FERRET DISCS (@)
Rated: *****
REFLECTIONS OF RAGE is the The Last Dance return after the unfortunate death of drummer Ivan Dominguez, which happened on their tour in Belgium in 2002. The new album of The Last Dance includes three new tracks plus old remixed tracks, mainly from the "Whispers in rage" album. These tracks are remixed by artists like L'Ame Immortelle, Corvus Corax , Manuscript ,CyrusRex (Skinny Puppy) and many more. The versions included in this album are more danceable than usual, they're great fun and they show the good quality of the band's music after many years of activity, also. The Corvus Corax remix is fantastic and the other tracks are more than good. Only L'ame Immortelle mix is a bit undertone. The cd includes multimedia content and it also links to a web site with additional remixes...
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Artist: TERMINAL 11 (@)
Title: Illegal Nervous Habits
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco (@)
Rated: *****
If you think that ILLEGAL NERVOUS HABITS is mainly a mix of sound cut ups it's amazing to notice how smooth it sounds. I mean, even if the nine tracks of the album for sure are part of the i.d.m./breakcore genre, Mike Castaneda's ability of play with melodies which are surrounded by thousands of rhythms, frenetic sounds and other experimentations make of them nine tracks which have got a sense of their own. You know, a lot of i.d.m. tracks could sound cold and unpersonal because of the digital sources used or because it's difficult to choose the right sounds. On this CD you can find funk, noises, classical instruments (like on "I'm in no mood for this"), Art Of Noise samples (on "Staple on smile" if I'm not wrong I heard a little treated part of their "Moments in love") and a lot of crazy rhymths. For sure you won't find yourself singing along to these tracks, but they have also their musicality. For me, the thumb is up!
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Artist: THE COUNT (@)
Title: Zero
Format: CD
Label: Dark Wings (@)
Rated: *****
ZERO is the second CD for the German band called The Count and it is their first release for Dark Wings. The CD contains twelve eclectic tracks with German and English lyrics. The first thing that pop out of the album is the mixture of e.b.m., goth (see the use of distorted guitars and of female vocals on some tracks) and synthpop that characterize The Count music. The voice sometimes is whispered, sometimes is highly melodic and sometimes it shout out loud the introspective lyrics ("I am a lifeform just like you and I was free before they forced me into stiff directions and broke my mind" excerpt from "Sinus"). Recorded in their personal studio, ZERO is a fresh album that could ease your day with its dark melodies (see "Lichtertanz" or the following "Pulse"). The album place itself into a certain alternative genre but it do it well and for sure the band will find their base of fans that will be excited into following them.
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