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Artist: Grendel
Title: End Of Ages
Format: CD EP
Grendel is a promising band from Holland that has matured a lot with this disc. Harsh sounds and catchy melodies can be discovered in the eight tracks on this EP. Besides the original of End Of Ages, there are two other versions by God Module and Pfusch Japscat. Further more you will also find a remix of Corroding Conscience by Feindflug. The lyrics of End Of Ages revolve around treating or already urgent catastrophes and dangers of mankind. This is another highly interesting band for the future. They keep surprising the listener with new ideas. The music sounds very easy but it is danceable and catchy as hell.
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Artist: Das Ich
Title: Anti'Christ
Format: CD
Label: Massacre (germany),Metropolis (USA) (@)
Das Ich is and has always been a very strange, yet powerfully magnetic part of the gothic/industrial scene. Led by Stephan Ackerman's rough German vocals and poetic text, followed by Brunno Kramm's one man symphony of classical and industrial, they are a force to be reckoned with, as "Anti'Christ" very well proves.
Remember all the dancy clubiness of "Destilat"? Well, none of it here! The Wagnerian opera is fully at the front, and industrial dancing with it as it's chaotic mate. The text,as with all Das Ich, is very flowing German in a "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" kind of way. Highlights are "Vater (Father)","Tuhr Zum Holle (Gate To Hell)" and "Krieg Im Paradise (War In Paradise). And no filler on this like with "Egodram", where the second half seemed to be rushed.
The religious aspect here comes as "What do I do now that God is no more?" rather than "Grrrr,we're evil!Rah rah Satan!" like alot of bands tackling the issue tend to do.

This is a definite reccomendation for a band who displays the awe-inspiring power of opera, industrial and the German language all in one majestic piece. Also recommended are Staub (Dust) and Relaborat (Re-Animate). Rating:10+

Artist: Propulsion
Title: Flesh & Blood
Format: DVD
Flesh & Blood is the third self released album by this Belgian duo. One older song on this album is Human Catalyst which is completely reworked. With the first two songs (Flesh & Blood and Neglect) they underline their EBM qualities. If you like VNV nation you will certainly enjoy the beginning of this CD. This album is different than previous recordings for many reasons. One reason is that they introduce more variety. Besides the danceable Rage, the industrial minded Attack and the softer ballad Everything Is Gone (with female vocals), they bring instrumental tracks like Omar Cantar and Dark Disco. If you like samples and danceable beats, catchy melodies and electronic sounds, you could check out Propulsion.
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Artist: BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL
Title: The Scavenger Bride
Format: CD
Label: Projekt
Distributor: Audioglobe
This beautiful 8th release by Black Tape For A Blue Girl is dense with romantic and sacred atmospheres which recall the best works by Dead Can Dance. Sam Rosenthal is more and more deserving the sceptre of the best composer and player of ethereal music while Elisabeth Grant's singing reaches down to the deepest of the soul; the two are backed by a large number of great strings, flutes, cello, fiddles, dulcimer and drums players and add the right dose of keyboard and electronics. This album is definitely one of the best dark-ambient, romantic and impressionist works to tease our ears, an album such as we have long desired from our European bands with its fluent electronic layers, its traditional piano and drums, which lead the listener to a dreamlike, astral perception with thirteen decadent, in-looking love songs to listen to in a gently moonlit darkness.
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Artist: THE BUILD ZER (@)
Title: TO MILK A DUCK
Format: 12"
Label: CONTAINERZ RECORDS (@)
Distributor: N/A
the build zer comes from enna, sicily, and "TO MILK A DUCK" is the first "official" release the
performer decided to publish so far.
4 tracks of pure, amazing and original drum 'n bass enforced with a well-done production
and a pretty good layout and graphic.
the artist himself is a producer and skilled sound engineer and, while explaining his will and hope
for his future in music biz through the mini interview he had kindly granted to me, i realized that he really would like to elevate italian jungle scene in quality and in originality.
the vinyl make your body moves, do not think to be in front of the classic demotape recorded via
fastracker or shit like that.....every single sound is clear and melodies does its part int he
whole contest.
if you'd like to find out something wrong, well maybe song's lenght is not the best effort, 2 out of 4 go over 6 minutes....
starting with GREEN MOTE, a jungle beat mid tempo with nice noizes and sampling in the air,then you can taste the wonderful experiment of DETH IGNITION, an hard bass tempo which will make you jump all around or UNPLEACKED BREACKIN UP, maybe the most classic drum n' bass song of the four.
very close to some GROOVERIDER or KLUTE PRODUCTION'S releases,THE BUILD ZER is a name the most of electronic music listeners shall remember, since he got the chance to became a real and professional outsider for the italian electronic movement.

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