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Artist: Provision (@)
Title: Visualize
Format: CD
Label: A Different Drum (@)
Rated: *****
"Visualize" is Provision new debut album a follow-up from their previous critical acclaimed "Evaporate". Breye & Co. really knows how to make wonderful synth-pop music. The music is energetic, fun, full of tension, up tempo, bouncy, well sequenced, and very well written. Breye's voice is filled with strong emotions and feeling. An enjoyable album to listen to. Not one track on disc can be ignore. Now I can see why it was the best seller on A Different Drum label. Provision is brilliant when comes recording, producing, and mixing. I heard so much about their live performance at clubs and music festivals. Hopefully I get a chance to see them live and give them a godly bow for making good synth-pop music. The disc also comes with a bonus cd that feature remixes from different artists; Cloudless, Rename, Glow, Fr/Action, Hajas and Halovox; and two B-side tracks; "Insecurity" and "Replicate". Provision songs varies on many subjects that is emotionally touching. "Visualize" is defined well-crafted and danceable.


Disc 1

1. Could've Had It All
2. Obsession
3. Untrue
4. Obvious
5. Each Second Suffering
6. Chemistry
7. Visualize
8. Illusion
9. Neverending
10. Destiny
11. Intruder
12. Flood Of Emotion

Disc 2

1. Insecurity
2. Could've Had It All (Cloudless Mix)
3. Replicate
4. Flood Of Emotion (Rename Mix)
5. Untrue (Glow Mix)
6. Obvious (Fr/Action Mix)
7. Visualize (Hajas Mix)
8. Each Second Suffering (Halovox Mix)

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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: WWW.HOTGOTH.NET
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is a first compilation CD released by the internet community www.hotgoth.net hailing from the Salt Lake City area. It presents mainly the music by registered members of this community and they all are more or less well known in the world-wide Electro/Industrial scene. The music included here varies a lot in styles and gives the listener a huge amount of diversity. Tracks ranging from Synth Pop tunes (PLATFORM ONE) to softer Electro (BOUNDLESS), from Dark Electro (SYMBIONT, LITTLE SAP DUNGEON, LEXINCRYPT) to typically US Coldwave Industrial (PROJECT 9, QUEEN BEE), from chaotic Industrial (23 EXTACY, CIRCUIT SURGEON) to somewhat like Death Metal (LORD BEHERIT), which isn’t surely my cup of tea. 12 Tracks in all plus a hidden piece at position 23, this can only be 23 EXTACY with their Punk-like cover version of DEVINE’s disco classic "I’m so Beautiful", which is both outstanding and funny. Other marvelous works are presented here by BOUNDLESS (a new track with damned efficient sequences), LITTLE SAP DUNGEON (with a scary Ambient-like start for their "Dinner Guest") and PROJECT 9 (reminds a little bit to RAZED N’ BLACK). This comp lacks a bit that known bands do not provide more new or unreleased stuff (LEXINCRYPT or SYMBIONT) but nevertheless there is a lot of interesting stuff provided here, so fell free and check out the Hotgoth website to purchase this remarkable compilation.
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Artist: PLAN E (@)
Title: Best Kept Secret
Format: CD
Label: My Kingdom Music (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Promotion
Rated: *****
Even if Plan E is a creature of an Impaled Nazarene's collaborator, it couldn't sound more different from that extreme metal band. Here the music is less aggressive and more intimate but having a powerful structure and a strong sense of melody/atnosphere. The sound is really particular and catchy because the songs are built exclusively on bass and synth sounds. The band use different basses at the same time, one distorted, the other not, etc. creating a particular atmosphere wich along with the progressive layers of the synth make of BEST KEPT SECRET (their third album) a particular and good work of art. Also the passionate vocals of Jani Lehtosaari help a lot into the creation of this dark masterwork and if you are a Nick Cave, Morphine and new wave lover you'll dig the songs of this album. Along with the songs you can also find a video of "Shadow in the dark" and thanks to this you'll experience the real Finnish atmosphere that helped creating this sounds.
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Artist: ECHO US (@)
Title: Echo Us
Format: CD
Label: Absolute Probability (@)
Rated: *****
Echo US self titled album is the second full lenght of Ethan Matthews. Even though Ethan is only 25 the tracks mix typical melodies of '80s music (his pop taste recalled me a lot bands like Japan, A Flock Of Seagulls and Frankie Goes To Hollywood) with trance, ambient and modern electronic arrangements. For example "Her heart's army/White wednesday" has got elements of dance electronic along with vocals a la Holly Johnson on the first part while the second part is an ambient track just to form an 11 minutes long song full of good moments. Production and sounds are kinda amatorial but they don't ruin the goodness of the tracks (I appreciated most of them and liked at least half of them). There are also powerful guitar arrangements on "I radiate I" but sometimes the mix creates a little of confusion and this is a pity. Just a little more of sound production and Echo Us would be ready to spread its mix of pop dark melodies to a wider audience.
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Artist: BETA (@)
Title: Reflections in Darkness
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
BETA is a one-man project hailing from Anaheim, CA, consisting of Ian Velasquez and he presents us here his first official CD out on BLC Productions. We have here an album full of hard and almost danceable Dark Techno/Electro music but surprisingly without any vocals. I personally expected that this would be the biggest flaw at all, to release a 78:00 min long intrumental album, but my judgement was wrong. Really true, this is Dark Electro full of refreshing ideas, innovative programming and a huge amount of uncountable noises, effects and samples. This is somewhat innovative and I haven't heard this before for a long time. If I should give you a hint how it sounds, I would take DISMANTLED combined with later NOISE UNIT for a comparison. Outstanding tracks can be rich found here, "Heretic", "Vengeance" or "Splintered" will give you enough food to set fire on the dancefloors, while tracks like "Absolution", "Fait Accompli" and "Escape" are slower and designed for your mind. Adding to this ten original tracks four remix works by well known bands like SCHATTENSCHLAG, AGONOIZE, IMPLANT and SKOYZ. Another outstanding point is the excellent graphically manipulation done by no one else than Wilhelm Steiner, the Deaddreamer (www.deadreamer.com). This is a marvelous release which should be purchased immediately.
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