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Artist: Beautiful Assassins
Title: Preamp
Format: CD
Label: Positron! Records (@)
Distributor: Positron! Records
BEAUTIFUL ASSASSINS is Matt Walker, a multi-talented drummer/programmer who played with Impossible Recording Machine, Filter, Garbage, and Smashing Pumpkins. His first debut "Preamp" is blend of industrial, ambient, and electronics. Two guest vocalists appearances, Michelle Cross, who have a voice that sounds like the female singer from Garbage, and Preston Graves, lead singer for the band Cupcakes, sings on some of the tracks. There are some tracks that I really dig. Let's start with "Unraveled." It have a trip-hop feel and a simple bassline. Morelikely reminds me of Portishead, which I am a big fan of theirs. "Inertia" is an instrumental that is ambient and techno. My number one favorite is the remake of Sting's "Bed's Too Big Without You." Both Michelle and Preston share vocals on this electronic pop track. Preston's vocal brings the song out 100%. His voice certainly have that Sting's similarity. Another fave is "Hellbent." A love song with an industrial feel sung by Preston alone. Mostly the line you'll hear is "I want you/I want you so bad." Michelle sings on "Generator." This track resembles Garbage pure sound. Kinda industrial rock that will be good for the mainstream audience and radio. "Preamp" is a good cd with electronic mayhem and intoxicating vocals. Hopefully we get to hear more from BEAUTIFUL ASSASSINS in the future.
Artist: Fictional
Title: Fiction
Format: CD
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Ficitonal- Fiction a new release. Did a cd giveaway recently for this excellent band. Gerrit Thomas and Kai Schmid are the brains behind this cd. Every track is quite unique and changes with every listen. One of the most dancy allbums I've heard. With every track comes a dance flloor hit to surface. Track 2- The Weatherman starts out calling to the dancefloor saying, I am the weatherman, some people call me snow, I do what I can for my final show. Very poetically based lyrics mixed with electronic beats making you move. Track 3- Dorian Gray is a haunting track like a background set for an abstract b- movie. Creepy synths with creepy lyrics calling to you from the mist, Dorian Gray is one of my names, all of my stories are written down, I am never growing old. Telling us a historical story making us look in that mirror on the dance floor for a second look. Track 6- Little Girl is the track that stuck out the most. This track is very personal and definately trying to express just what can happened in a world involved with drugs. Kai sings, Stay away from the hyperdermic needles, come back to a normal life. Don't start injecting anymore now, come back and be my wife. Very low, depressing lyrics telling a personal story that he has endured backed with upbeat beats. Reminds me of what Morissey is all about, depression in a dance format. Over all this cd has a lot of promise to top many electro charts, look out for this one. This cd is far from fiction but very true to life.-4stars
Artist: Filament 38 (@)
Title: Fractured
Format: CD
Label: Negative Gain Producitons (@)
Distributor: Fear The Dawn
Filament 38-Fractured produced by Tony of Negative Gain Productions. I saw this band in Chicago their brilliant, they remind me of an industrial version of the "Cruxshadows." Hard driven angst and agression pouring through the veins of all who dare to enter "Filament 38." With tracks and tracks of raw energy and power equipped with industiral, future pop and a little goth in there for measure. Track 1- Recollection, starts us off into pure industrial hell. Ash sings, Follow me, don't follow me, with metal oil drums sounds marching on. Track 7- Stilll Frame is a very dark electronic track making you feel the emotion Ash is expressing. Singing, Imortalize your touch, your skin, your thoughts, Ill take you down and I'll watch you cry, designed to me thought provoking to raise an reaction. Track 8- Raditate, a very dancy track, possibly a dance floor hit with robots dancing with the mayhem for what seems like a serenade for the end of the world. Electro industiralness at it's best-4stars.
Jul 16 2003
Artist: Glis (@)
Title: Extract
Format: CD
Distributor: ADSR Musicwerks
Glis-Extract, a electropop cd designed for dancing till the next milieniium. The brains behind this cd is a duo, Shaun Frandsen and Andrea Ashdown, originally from Chicago, now reside in Seattle, Washington. Although every track on this album is all danceable, three tracks appealed to me the most. Track 1, it's empty in her eyes, is the one that was the most interesting. Electro beats hitting hard on your brain with overdubbed samples, saying, I want to get out of here right now, as Shaun and Andrea tell the story of a girl who is just plain empty. Track 3, Nightvision is a favorite already of mine. I was dancing as I was writing this review. A nuclear assault on the dancefloor filled with hard synths and haunting backing vocals repeatly saying, I won't come back tomorrow, I won't return again. Repeatly refraining "in the night" saying this with utter creepiness under a machine that was just gone haywire. Dark electronic voices to match dark electronic moods and lastly Track 8, I.C. Stars, the eighties meets electronica. Andrea sings like "Tifanny" from the eighites gone cyborg. Flowing breakbeats circling around this newly created seduction designed to lure you in. An soon to be instant dancefloor hit anywhere and out of this world. Enter "Glis" don't let it be a miss, I see 4 stars!
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Artist: INSTITUT
Title: Live Like Traitors, Die Like Traitors
Format: CD
Label: Cold Meat Industry (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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By reading the presentation you can find at the label's website this CD should represent a sort of comment to the 60's social tension. Unfortunately the promo I own has got only the cover of the CD and doesn't contains any comments or else and by looking at the images of the booklet (which has seems to represent poor people and a couple of beaten protesters who had enough and run away) I have no idea what the comment is. Also the titles ("Patiently waiting", "Move to strike", "New armour", "Dear Sir or Madame", "Once a man", "Traitors", "Pick it up", "Move over once" and "Struggle for life") don't help that much because they seem to support riot but I don't understand who the traitors are, at this point. Musically, if we can talk about music, the tracks are a mixture of 80's industrial with grinding noises and treated vocals which sometimes remember me the Grey Wolves or the Nails Of Christ. The work has got a certain fashion but in my opinion Institut hasn't developed the concept enough and this is a shame because you can't throw a stone by talking about society and then hide the hand by putting together noises and masked lyrics that no one can understand.
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