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Artist: Boole (@)
Title: Pheromones
Format: CD
Label: Dancing Bull Productions
When I was listening to the two opening songs of this album I thought I was dealing with an EBM musician who was converting to dance music or trying to achieve some better-selling un-probable blend of house-EBM (which is pretty original and uncharted as of yet and could even have a commercial potential, but of course sounds cheesy at times, especially to those not to keen on commercial house/techno), but it turned out that the Washington DC based trio Boole (ex The Apologizers) make their real appearance on track 3 and get a whole lot more interesting all of a sudden! The music is still in search of the right balance between pounding dance floor beats and electronic music, but less of those cheap dance synth lines that I can't stand (which unfortunately sometimes come back to haunt me later in the record) and unusual (for this genre) new elements such as pop vocals, smart sampling and great lyrics populate the rest of the record, transforming it into a challenging work and a continuing discovery...
"America Inline (American Grandstand)" is a fucking awesome and hilarious piece of work that uses AOL sounds ('you've got mail', 'welcome', 'goodbye' and the like) and cuts, pastes, rearranges and repeats them constantly along with other sampled words, achieving super smart associations like 'you've got Ashcroft, goodbye freedom', 'welcome Mc Carthy, goodbye safety, you've got jail', 'Aamerica inline, goodbye east, goodbye world', 'you've got nazi history, you've got deja vu', 'welcome bush, goodbye east, welcome disaster, goodbye freedom, welcome dinasty, goodbye life', ''fuck nationalism, fuck bush', 'you've got choice - temporarily - worship life', 'you've got truth': how about that?... Other sometimes equivocal songs of course make use of the ever more used Sept 11th aftermath samples of political speeches and the like... The lyrics save this record and really bring this record to a whole new level! Finally some creativity and intelligence at work!
"Pheromones" also includes a live track and a remix by Assemblage 23.
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Artist: Butterfly Messiah
Title: It's Time EP
Format: CD EP
Label: The Fossil Dungeon


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This EP features brand new tracks not previously released called "It's Time" and "Monument" as well as "Machines" from the early demo Synthesis. What fans will first notice is the harder club beat and elektro styling of "It's Time" that has a sort of darkwave-EBM sound to it that the band never previously had. Ah, when I see bands I love improve this much I just love it. Shannon's ethereal vocals and Robert's industrial interests were meant for this type of structure. Butterfly Messiah never sounded so good. Both the first mix and the Dance mix are great for DJ club play so I'm hoping they will not be timid and take a risk on these guys, they are well worth it! "Monument" contains the somber dark synth orchestral and ethereal vocal style the band is more readily associated with. This is great for those unfamiliar with the band to check out to get a bit of a taste of what some of their other music generally sounds like, however this track has it's own unique aspects as well. Butterfly Messiah are the only band that deftly combines ethereal elements with hard industrial and mechanical elements. The man-machine concept is one that has been done many times in cyber-industrial but Butterfly Messiah take a more spirit-machine angle on the perspective created with their own unique combination of sound. If anyone is curious about what a younger Butterfly Messiah sounded like this EP gives them the opportunity with "Machines". However this mix is not the original version so there is something here for fans too. They've cleaned this one up a bit and added some overall effects to it that give it quite a bit more body and ambience. The original is dry in comparison to this version (Nice job Robert!). Lastly, is an instrumental of the title track. Without the vocals it sounds much more EBM oriented and may be why it was included. I hope this is a good idea of what is to come from the band in the future!
Nov 08 2002
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Artist: SCAPESONIK (@)
Title: Demep
Format: CD EP
Label: Pulsewave (@)
Scapesonik formed in the spring of 2002 by the brothers Pontus and Niklas Nelldal and the sisters Malin and Matilda Heimdahl. The members had earlier been 4/5ths of The Mourning After (do you remember the review I did of their MCD?) and Nick is also active with two other bands: Vision and NN. All these experiences allowed the band to prepare an astonishing five tracks demo titled "Demep" (which I suppose in Sweden is meaning "demo". Smart, eh?). The band has composed four tracks which contains sinuous atmospheres always in balance between new wave and synthpop (the fifth track is more a melancholic ballad and remember me a little the Abba) and I assure you that Scapesonik wouldn't fail into gathering new fans only if music channels would stop promoting crap. I found absolutely convincing tracks as "I'll Be Me" or "A Man With A Dog" which aren't upbeat tempos or dancey tunes but are capable of capture you in a subtle way. I only hope that they'll be able to find soon a record label that will produce an album because I'd be really curious into listening new tracks. Check their mp3 files and spread the word.
Artist: Cryptomnesia
Title: Hypnerotomachia
Format: CD
Label: interdimensional recordings
Distributor: interdimensional recordings
Very odd, shifting ambient industrial ala Mentallo and the Fixer and closer still to Necrofix. The tracks shift constantly from one extreme to the next,from driving industrial to synth-laden classical pieces to ambient orchestrations. Very unique and while not totally revolutionizing industrial, it has done for it what Alphaville did for synthpop: give it a new degree of strangeness and experimental daring. Each song in average tracks in almost 3-4 different time measures and shifts, something not too often seen in an age of putting a redundant drum beat in and just singing over it. . Definitely worth a try if you’re looking for something a little deeper than the 4/10 beat times and monotones of modern day EBM. Rating:10.
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Minneapolis Summit
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Distributor: Staalplaat (NL), Soleilmoon (US), Demos (It), These Records (UK), Target (De) and more...
"Minneapolis Summit" is the name that was given to the improv session that took place on October 1st 2001 and that saw the participation of local Jon Nelson (aka Escape Mechanism), Steev Hise (Portland, Oregon), Jon Leidecker (aka Wobbly, from San Fran, California) and John Heck & Lloyd Dunn (aka The Tape Beatles, from Prague). The peculiarity of this experiment is that the five guys did not plan or rehearse any of this, they just met inside a Minneapolis radio stations and set up the toys they brought along (mainly laptops, samplers, digital players), digitally recording them through an analog board. The outcome is three long songs of which only one is included in this 3" mini CD. 21 minutes of real time cut & paste performances with found sounds, samples, political and non vocal recordings from different sources and people etc etc. A second mini CD and a video CD related to this project will see the light soon as well. In the meantime you may find more info or buy your copy at http://detritus.net/summit
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