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Artist: ANALENA (@)
Title: Carbon based
Format: CD
Label: Moonleerecords (@)
Rated: *****
Analena plays really melodical, once it would have been labeled emo-core, now it's "emo-rock", not unlike many bands that made it on Mtv. The sound is good, the female vocals reminded me of Dahlia Seed (for those who are old enough), the music is a good cocktail of rock, pop-punk, emo based on solid guitars female and male vocals in balance between screamo and melody, here we could say that the result is not that far from the english emo wave of the 90s (Tribute, Spy vs Spy, Schema, Baby Harp Seal) but somewhere else it sounded like the best Reitziger and Fine Before You Came. There's a thick production and I dare everybody to say this bands comes from Europe; there's also a big american feeling in the ten songs of this cd. Sometimes their songwriting is chained to the cliches of the genre, but after all they do it really well therefore: why no?!. Some songs are potential hit for the indie-punk market and if you are into this style, you sure won't be disappointed. I imagine live they can enkindle since some of their riffery is catchy. Indie rockers and the rest of the world have discovered some bands from the punk scene, this could be another good surprise...but just for the aficionados of this genre.
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Artist: DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS (@)
Title: S/T
Format: CD
Label: Moonlee (@)
Rated: *****
Hey man "East is East" but with such a name and with music like that the distance that once divided western and eastern music is completely blown away. Don't Mess With Texas hails from Zagreb and plays instrumental post-rock music that all of you into indie-harmonies or those who are into emotional music will love at the first glanc..hem, listening. While the tracks goes by, this full length the two most frequent comparison that came to my mind were Mogway and Rachel's during their rock trip, therefore you can easily argue the air smells inevitably of Godspeed You Black Emperor but not so much since the emphasis is different beside the fact Don't Mess With Texas are more into guitar driven melodies. Good production and some of the songs have a good architecture, while the possible remark is that the cd sometimes sounds sticks too much to the post-rock dogmas. The piano works are really classical (even if I can't say if that's the background of the piano player) but that' probably one of the point of interest of this band since if they'll be able to evolve their style I wouldn't be that surprised by a big step forward with the next record (I'm thinking to the possible evolution of songs like "God might want to change his mind" where the Constellation-like atmosphere is great). If heart-breaking melodies are your everyday bread this "debut" morsel is worth of a bite.
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Artist: SADKARMA (@)
Title: Solis ep
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Onyxia (@)
Rated: *****
Hey this' quite long for a mini cd: 4 song and over 30 minutes of music!! But the quality of the music is good therefore I think it's one reason more to buy this cdr. Onyxia seems to be deeply into post-industrial music and the standard of their release is also good as I've already wrote for And The You Die. Sadkarma is less "hard" and less rhythmic in comparison to And Then You Die, this "Solis ep" reminds me of Swans "Soundtrack for the blind"-era, obviously there're reminiscences of other releases on Michael Gira's Young God label. In compiling the profile of Sadkarma, Onyxia also mentioned Coil and as you can already imagine this' a really evocative release. Crepuscular music probably based on samples, ethereal keyboards landscapes and every once in a while "drones" floating distantly, like if they were just the canvas on which the rest of the instruments paint the song. I don't know how old Sadkarma is but sure, as for And Then You Die, I've had the impression this people are not "parvenue" of industrial music but they know where it all comes from and in a period like this, when the world is full of Cold Meat Industry-wonnabies...well, knowledge gets precious. Introspective but also melodical, well produced and surprisingly good for a debut ep.
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Artist: CONTROL-SYSTEM
Title: Erkenntnis
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****

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Under the moniker CONTROL-SYSTEM we have a three men output from the German ProNoize label producing – ah, you get it – rhythmic Powernoise. With the helping hand of Jan Lehmkämper of X-FUSION/NOISUF-X, who was responsible for the mastering of this release, we’ll get here 14 pieces of noise and distortion in all good as well as bad influences. The success formula is indeed still the same in comparison to the latest releases of this label. Also on almost every track on "Erkenntnis" is this unavoidable voice sample taken out of uncountable horror/splatter featured, mixed by almost 4/4 distorted and overdriven beats plus a strange amount of diverse noise infusions available. The difference to the already discovered label comrades like the mentioned NOISUF-X or XOTOX is the fact that CONTROL-SYSTEM integrate a wider noise influence in their production and the mostly hatred Tekkno-like bass kicks are reduced. If we consider to use the word "Powernoise" to this and the mentioned releases of the ProNoize label I come to the result that CONTROL-SYSTEM is maybe the most influenced act under this term. Here is some stuff available that would rip of the abused bodies of the Powernoise fans like "Against War" with haunting rhythm works like gun shots or their also featured little underground "hit" "Apollo 666". So this debut is mostly well-done if you enjoy a feast of a globally distorted and overdriven mix. Like on almost every release on this genre I would like to advise this band to evolve in a way of more structured production as well as a development in the compositions – simply to write "real" songs....
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Artist: VEX'D (@)
Title: Degenerate
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
After releasing three 12" ("Function" for Drum+Breaks and "Pop pop" and "Lion" for the Subtext label), Jamie and Roly landed on Planet Mu with the single "Gunman" / "Smart bomb". Now, after some months they release, for the same label, their first album titled DEGENERATE. The album contains new versions of their previous cuts "Pop pop" and "Lion" plus ten new tracks of grime sounds. The duo focus their music on low frequency sounds and on distorted tunes. The effect created make me remember of a distorted and dilated version of Prodigy of the "Fat of the land" era plus a dub attitude which gives to the tracks a dark intriguing aspect. About this, check the first part of "Thunder" where the dark ambient sounds are mixed with the distorted and pumping bass drum. Mostl of the tracks are instrumental ones and they create a strange ambience in the room while you listen to them. Is like a dreamy landscape disturbed by living nightmares that bleeps in and out of the room. If you are willing to try something different from the Cold Meat old dark ambient sound you could try Vex'd and even if dark ambient isn't exactly your cup of tea, DEGENERATE is always a good grime record full of breakbeat sounds and rhythms. If you are a vinyl purist you can get the ten tracks vinyl edition but I suggest you to get also the double CD edition as it contains twelve tracks on the first CD and the tracks coming from the two Subtext 12" plus "Smart bomb" (from their first Planet Mu's 12") and a new track titled "End of line" (which features Search & Destroy).
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