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Artist: SKORBUT (@)
Title: Access All Areas
Format: CD
Label: Sonic-X (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
I was wondering a bit that there was no further release for this trio from Germany on the Scanner/Dark Dimensions label. Here is the reason, SKORBUT did change the flag and they're now signed to Sonic-X, which remains still a young and faithful German label, always in search for something special in this overpopulated music genre. With the signing of SKORBUT they have indeed made a strong step out of the dark and they should soon be able to reach wider international recognition with more releases like this. SKORBUT offer us 12 new tracks well written and produced in their own unique style. While they do not invent a new wheel, I am impressed how they are able to combine known elements influenced by older EBM classics with some modern and up-to-date bass lines and drum patterns. Especially the drum patterns received a lot of effort and get often distorted without falling into any Powernoise-like themes. The vocals presented here remind me a bit of the ones done by SECOND VOICE for example. The music is a detailed produced kind of EBM/Electro anthems which also does not forget to fill in some more slower tracks as well. Especially to the end of this new CD the tracks are slowing down and give a wider insight in the almost strict side of this music genre on tracks like "Evakuierung der Seele". Dancefloor smashers are of course well present here with "Hypostase" or "Toxic Jesus". So we have here a nice old-school Electro/Industrial album which luckily avoids all too much heard elements of the current presented Hellektro thing. Please take also a look to the nice comic strip "Morbid Inc." in the artwork of this CD. Nice work – keep it on!
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Artist: TYING TIFFANY (@)
Title: Undercover
Format: CD
Label: Suoni Di Jato (@)
Distributor: Wide
Rated: *****
With punk attitude and electro impetuosity Tying Tiffany pack, with the help of Lorenzo Montana' (one of the label Suoni Di Jato's bosses), thirty minutes of raw ironic music. The thirteen songs (most of them are short ones that hardly have a lenght of three minutes) sound simple and direct like punk anthems and some of them show a really ironic edge. Songs like "LCD Soundsystem is playing at my house", "I wanna be your mp3" or "Telekoma" show really well this side: with the use of titles linked with other bands (LCD Soundsystem or Stooges) or with "Telekoma"'s fifty seconds craziness where gabber rhythms are mixed with toy sounds. Guitars, analog sounds, samples are well mixed and they create catchy songs. At a first listening the sound could seems really simple but after few times you realize that it sounds simple because Lorenzo did a good production job. Tying Tiffany is a multifaceted person which beside playing music and djing she also modeled for a book and she acted into "La lingua del santo" movie. If you are in need of half hour of electro punk music with a dance attitude, try this one!
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Artist: Alymysto (@)
Title: Atomgrad
Format: CD
Label: Onyxia
Rated: *****
Atomgrad is the full-length debut of Finland’s Almysto. Alymysto is the project of Mr. Vuorensola (vocals), Mr. Paalanen (guitars/loops), Mr. Honkonen (theramin), and Mr. Haapanen (programming). The theme behind Atomgrad is waking dreams. Everyone has them, right? Maybe so, but I’d venture to say not many people have waking dreams like this (and if you do I strongly suggest checking yourself into a behavioral clinic).

Alymysto’s Atomgrad is nothing short of a spoken word, noisily distorted hell. That’s not to say this album isn’t enjoyableIn fact, Atomgrad is one of the coolest releases I’ve heard in quite some timeBut there is no denying the sheer demented force behind the writing and recording of this album. Atomgrad is noisecore wrought of noise; a surprisingly uncommon thing to find. In an age where bands are all too happy to use a computer program to generate their sound, Alymysto is reaching into the darkest, grittiest lo-fi depths to influence their work.

Atomgrad is 10 tracks of crazed, tape-looping, demonic whispering, distorted breakbeat-boxing from the darkest corners of Alymysto’s subconscious. The vocals walk the line between a possessed Blixa Bargeld (spoken word) and Otto Von Shirach. The music takes on its own life, lulling the listener’s mind into near-complacencyjust enough for the demons to get in and wreak their havoc.
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Artist: TIRRIDDILIU (@)
Title: Conglomerato auto-deviante di strumenti e suonatori
Format: CD
Label: Nexound
Rated: *****
Technology has always changed the way of living of human being, at the same time during the 20th century human expansion on the planet has been completed setting the next frontier somewhere else, but where? In the outer space or just in the synapses of our brain?. Sorry but there's a simple reason for this initial silly tripping, this record could be the last of many proofs that laptops in some way have pierced our skull leaving the gray matter out in the open space. The sight probably was not so tasty, but together with the scattered brain cells the eruption gave us a good amount of work for a whole generation of post-freudian/post-jungian psychiatrists. "Conglomerato auto-deviante di strumenti e suonatori" is on Andrey Kiritchenko's Nexound label that itself is already a quality trademark. This talented guy from the south of Italy surprised me for two basic reasons: the first has to do with the fact he's even more glacial than a scandinavian, the second one is related to the incredible maturity he shows in the 14 episodes of this cd. Here we've some electro-acustic music and I'm sure that some sounds have been processed through a pc but what really matters is the good taste Tirriddiliu put in each short piece. This picciotto probably has been influenced by a lot of concrete-contemporary music but it gets evident after every track. A really good work full of ghostly music; I've heard the forthcoming release of this sicilian and I think that's even better. Trinacria is alive and kicking...I swear.
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Artist: THE PAIN MACHINERY (@)
Title: Hostile
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
Swedish Noise terrorist Anders Karlsson returns with a new sonic assault called "Hostile" and art and the title already give you an angry and clear hint of what he has to offer. Taking his musically influences out of harsh Electro, Powernoise, Punk and out of numerous speech samples of the daily madness called mankind, he is able to offer the listener a wall of sound which can be called unique in this music business. Of course – this music is not designed for the fainthearted, it shouldn’t consumed by a pensioner’s coffee meeting, because it would cause multiple heart-attacks. It is moreover an always steady and of very own kind of musically expression by a multi-talented artists of our lifetime. The biggest develop in comparison to his predecessor "The Venom Is Going Global" is his maturity to handle more Electro-inspired themes, like rich presented in tracks like "Voltage" or "Re-programmed Automatic". Also more included, especially on the first 5 – 6 tracks are some real sounding guitar sounds luckily mixed in the background. I am wondering also a bit about the dividing of this album. The first 7 tracks are more calm and mainly Electro-inspired, while the last tracks are much harder, typical Powernoise-like efforts without falling into the typically redundancy of limited composition abilities of this genre. For this "Hostile" album Anders also took some proven help by his friends in crime like Jonas Hedberg for energetic vocal performances, Tolufim for his known recording qualities, and Jonas Berndt for guitar and bass inputs. This album was also mastered by C-drik – also this makes sure to get an album pretty much influenced by Powernoise-like themes. Favorites I have found in the classic Electro-styled piece "Voltage", the remarkable "Terror Against Terror" and of course the most accessible Powernoise effort here, "Dehumanize". Also a fact: the label BLC Productions finally seems to concentrate to release more acts out of their own roster to reach some more continuity. After the demise of AGONOIZE, THE PAIN MACHINERY is the first BLC act which can release a follow-up CD. Great initiative, well done harsh music here full of different facets which provides a wide and memorable technical ability. A must!
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