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Artist: N.U.T.E (@)
Title: Drone Function EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Mediatrix
Rated: *****
Live favourites of New Zealand’s goth and industrial scene, this is the second EP for N.U.T.E, and the taster for a long-promised full-length album. The title track is featured here in three versions, with the original and two remixes. In its original state, Drone Function echoes N.U.T.E’s live energy, with a brash, gritty sound, underpinned by the song’s melodic bass melody, and augmented with live drums and cymbal crashes. It’s a hypnotic track with a slow, head-nodding groove that contrasts with some of the more frenetic N.U.T.E material. In the first of its remixes, this time by N.U.T.E frontman Andrew L, the speed is picked up noticeably, with a solid kickdrum providing the songs backbone and making it instantly suitable for the dance floor. The Mercy Cage handles the other remix with a less linear approach, tightly sequencing the material and adding a tinge of vocoder to the vocals. The rest of the EP features Inside, remixed by The Harlequin Cube, and another live favourite, Mass EVL, with its infectious keyboard bassline and guitars by the Mercy Cage. Altogether, EP provides a glimpse of the various sides of one of New Zealand’s most popular industrial bands, combining solid crowd-pleasing tracks with more intricate remix work.
Artist: Razor Blade Kisses (@)
Title: Razor Blade Kisses
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Razor Blade Kisses is a four piece band that consists of two females and two males. Their self-titled ep debut is very beautiful and brilliant. The female vocals and harmony are superb with an ethereal feel that reminds me of the defunct girl duo band Switchblade Symphony. Smoothe melodies with embellish classical baroque style from the violin. All four tracks are warm and moody intriguing. RBK even have a trip-hop combined with their own unique style. They are the next gothic newcomer that have a powerful captivating sound and cd that's fully passionate.


Tracklistings:

1. Ballerina
2. Deadly Yours
3. No Strings Attached
4. The Butterfly
Artist: Headscan
Title: Dead Silver Sky
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Art Of Fact (@)
Rated: *****
This maxi is totally a stomping club dance killer. Headscan delivers a powerful hard-hitting dancefloor techno/trance track "Dead Silver Sky" with remixes and a remix by Component. Other tracks features "Metadata" and "Sentinel", which have two remixes included. The rough and penetrating vocals of the singer perfectly fits into the somber electro aggression of the songs that has been mixed and remixed in different versions. The rhythmic is heavier and faster while the techno tones creates a devasting edgy effect. Best selling single off Art Of Fact label that's worth the money.
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Artist: DARREN TATE/PAUL BRADLEY
Title: Sometime today
Format: CD
Label: Plinkity Plonk
Rated: *****
2004 was an incredible year for the Twenty Hertz/ICR partnership, as witnessed by an amazing series of solo and collaborative cds. "Sometime today", released by Beequeen's Plinkity Plonk, closes the circle with the only missing combination, i. e. Darren Tate (Monos, Ora) and Twenty Hertz's own Paul Bradley. A perfect companion to Monos' "Landscapes", "Sometime today" is a lengthy, multi-layered and shifting track where the two UK soundmakers weave the best meditative drone work I heard last year. As expected, sound sources are stringed instruments, electronics and field recordings, in the best Ora/Monos tradition - but once again, what is really astounding is the organic cohesiveness, and the emotional power, of the resulting sound mass. The piece harmonically shifts from an initial blissful suspension to the final startling vehemence of low-end drones and scraping recordings. Not a minute is wasted or redundant. Pure droning bliss.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Syndrom # 6
Format: CD
Label: Syndrom produktion (@)
Rated: *****
An assorted noise sampler from Syndrom produktion. I really loved Some Asian Female Bodybuilders' (aka Crypt Vihara from the Spanish harsh noise duo Hinyouki) opening tracks. SAFB modulates high-pitched, ear-piercing feedback as if he were a Toshimaru Nakamura without the zen and the onkyo (and probably with a lethal dose of PCP). Disturbing noise which is not harsh noise, which on the contrary is the main dish of the other artists, being Toni Kandelin (Finland), o. m. s. - n. m. a. (Belgium) and Guttural Strap-On (Sweden - Syndrom produktion's boss as well), all delivering more standard slabs of distorted electronics. Nothing to complain about, but also nothing to rave about, just decent noise. o. m. s. - n. m. a. are probably a bit more structured and varied, Guttural Strap-On has some nice bass-heavy death ambient atmospheres. If you like noise you'll dig this.
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