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Artist: SUBINTERIOR
Title: Obstacles
Format: CD
Label: Deserted Factory
Rated: *****
Third cdr release from Andrea Freschi's solo project, and after the self-released "Outfall" (2003) and "Insomnie" (2004) it's also the first one to be released and distributed by a label, though on a limited run cdr. And, well, "Deserted Factory" could also be a good description for this work: deep cavernous drones juxtaposed or blended with reverberating machinery noises, truly bringing to mind a huge abandoned factory. Freschi uses pretty much the same palette as in his previous releases, but I really think he's dramatically improved the sound quality and mix, which obviously makes a huge difference in works like these. Electronics and software processing obviously play a major role, but there is no synth/keyboards abuse as in many ambient discs. A short, focused and monochrome (in a positive sense) work, "Obstacles" offers top-quality pieces of post-industrial ambient, like "The corridor of empty rooms" and "Asynchronism", which will hopefully give this now mature project the attention it deserves.
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Artist: CHEFKIRK
Title: Fields of paranoia and fear
Format: CD
Label: Organic Pipeline
Rated: *****
More diginoise from US vandal Chefkirk and dammit, I'm so slow at reviewing (sorry) that some more has been released meanwhile. As with the latest "Selection of domestic products", much of what Chefkirk does has been done and heard before, but he generally manages to keep things interesting. Not all of this is super-noisy, with some more minimal passages of crackling frequencies, and some programmed beats here and there ("720045"). As for me, I miss the manipulated field recordings that made "Selection..." more intriguing, and I think in general this is a bit less compact and inspired. I still wonder what Smith could do if he decided to explore his ambient side, leaving the distortion and beats for a while.
Artist: HHH
Title: Psychic stress discharge
Format: CD
Label: Plutonium distribution
Rated: *****
Coming in a truly lame layout which puts me off, "Psychic stress discharge" is the seventh solo work of HHH (not be mistaken for the Spanish hardcore band), aka Sweden's Hannes Hellman, and as you can guess it's noisy as fuck. I don't know if it's analogue or digital (probably the former - a synth), but it's super loud and with a preference for ear-bleeding high frequencies. It reminds me a lot of a project on the "Deafness is not a gift" sampler, but I can't recall which one (Anemone Tube?). Here and there, the distortion is replaced by low-end synth pink noise ("Collapsehead"). The violence and power are definitely there, though the pieces tend to become a little stagnating after a while.
Artist: FAQ
Title: Is Pornography Art?
Format: CD
Label: Synthetic Product Records (@)
I'm going to be frankly honest about this cd I review on after listening to FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) new fourth release "Is Pornography Art?". This Swiss band teamed up with porn star Jenna Jameson. They got permission to used her pictures from her website for their cd cover. I find the band's music too simplistic for me to get into. They are known to be progressive electronic pop. I am a fan of synth/electronic pop, but I'm not that deep into it like I used to. Alot of bands now days are using the same samples, which turns me off. A couple of tracks by FAQ sounds too techno-ish for my taste that can be played at a rave club/party. The only tracks I like is "Minor", "Home (Revisited Mix)", "We Come In Pieces", which feature Stephan Groth from Apoptygma Berzerk as guest vocalist, and "Heartbreaker" that feature samples/interview of Jenna Jameson taken from the dvd "Hell on Wheels". There's another track that's dedicated to the porn queen called "How To Make Love Like", which is based on her best selling biography "How To Make Love Like A Pornstar." However, I think the whole album is to her totally. I'm not feeling the band, but it's very interesting how they manage to hook up with a porn star for their music project.
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Interbreeding V: Terrorland
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
Part 5 of this stellar compilation series full of hard and dark Electro/Industrial acts features some slight changes in direction, art and also the music which could surprise. While the choice of combining already known acts with some hot and promising newcomers is still the same on the highest level of quality, Interbreeding V comes this time only as a single full length CD. This seems to be also a cost-wise decision by the label BLC Productions, on the other side it is also easier to follow all remarkable acts. This been said, "Interbreeding VI: Subhuman: The Alien Agenda" which is also a single CD was also released as a companion disc to this one. Also musically this comp series has experienced a slight change in direction. Here is still included a wide range of diverse music styles based on Dark Electro/Industrial/EBM, but I can hear a growing dedication to some dark and expressive instrumental pieces as well as some Powernoise efforts offered here by one of two ENCODER (new signing of BLC, out soon with an EP named "Supernatural") tracks, KALISHNIKOV (only one example for a new Industrial wave hailing from the east...) and the Alfa Matrix female artist UNTER NULL (excellent distortions in the mix...). Other outstanding tracks are offered here by FURY 162 (brilliant Dark Techno with Powernoise undertones, seems to be a side project by the Black Flames artist RETRACTOR...), RE_AGENT ("Never Satisfied (Krzon Remix)" of Canada’s finest solo project...) and of course IMPLANT ("My Gun" remixed by French artist SKOYZ). The new signings next to the already mentioned ENCODER of the BLC label are also present, PARA NORMAL and ALIEN PRODUKT give a dense appearance and will let you ask for more. ENCODER presenting us next to their Powernoise-like effort another rollicking instrumental piece which does nevertheless not uncover too much details of their upcoming music. As usual on this comp series the artwork has some big and eye-friendly surprises to offer. A special photo session with the international renowned model Jillian Ann (www.jillianann.com) done by Jeffery Scott (www.factory1019.com), which fits totally with the main theme all Interbreeding comps has to offer, the story board from and about Aliens. And be sure to check out also Jillian Ann’s music (!!!) project ELUCIDO here available with a very cool piece aptly called "Cold" as the final track. Once again and like any other part of this compilation series, "Terrorland" is an essential release. How could you watch innocent your face in a mirror if you do not try to purchase this???

Tracklist:

1. Fury 161 : decay of time
2. Fake : blood & skin (Imperative Reaction Remix)
3. Encoder : Soulcrusher
4. Kalishnikov : Pravda (Truth is a Dream Remix)
5. Re_agent : Never Satisfied (Krzon Remix)
6. Pecadores : Priest (Come to Daddy Mix)
7. H.I.V.+/Wired Brain : Havoc 2027 (Tamtrum Remix)
8. Unter Null : The End of Sleep
9. Implant : My Gun (Skoyz Remix)
10. Schattenschlag : One Shot
11. Encoder : Illuminati
12. Alien Produkt : Detestable Envy (Simulating Peace Remix)
13. Para Normal : Under the Light
14. Neikka RPM : Storm of Hell (Broken Seal Mix)
15. Severe Illusion : Girl with Knife in Hand (Depressive.Disorder Remix)
16. Elucido -- Cold
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