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Artist: Informatik (@)
Title: Nymphomatik
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)


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Informatik are David Din of Din_Fiv and Tyler Newman, the driving force behind Battery Cage plus Matthew Crofoot. This release sees Tyler joining the project while Matthew is on hiatus. This is some strong EBM with a highly sexually charged theme, thus the title is not a misnomer or just something they thought would sound cool - it really does relate to the song content.
The first track is an invitation to play and includes lines like "Three is really company" which makes thier concept very clear. You will also note some very strong female moaning samples. Sorta reminds me of TKK in that aspect alone.
The song "Hopeless" is a song about all love ending in misery and is very Synthpop oriented with dark vocals. "Perfect Stranger" is about promiscuity and going home with someone you've just met and the dangers that lie in that and takes the pace musically more into the EBM field - as if it wasn't already there. "Phycical Education" is about the elements of an almost simulated ritual of sensuality and this track has some heavy Front Line Assembly sounds to it. "Over" is a song about longing after loss and begins almost ballad-like but quickly builds into more danceable rhythms.
One of my favorite tracks has got to be "Built For Pleasure" which is about a pleasure droid named Synthia - sort of a Cherry 2000. One part flesh and one part technology. This is just sheer fun and a very upbeat dance track too and includes some vocoded vocals in the chorus.
"A Matter of Time" begins with a drum beat that reminds me much of Martin Atkins when he plays a slow groove but is very heavy on the synth. Another dark EBM track - another song about longing after loss but this is more on the terms of waiting eternally for someone who leaves you feeling like an empty shell when they've gone. It is about want more than anything.
"Ovlivion v2" is about being 'blown away' by someone - or rather by exploring the boundaries of consciousness through sexual exploration. It nearly makes sex sound religious or at least focuses on the ecstasy of passion.
You'll also find a Negative Format mix of "Perfect Stranger" which moves the track into more af the Trance region and a Stromkern mix of "Physical Education" which takes it into a heavier, darker and more industial arena.
Where is the "Built For Pleasure" or "Flesh Menagerie" mixes? These two tracks would have been more likely candidates and maybe that is why they were not chosen. Maybe there will be CD singles later.
© Copyright 6/2002 TG Mondalf. All Rights Reserved
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Artist: LILAC AMBUSH (@)
Title: Fragile E.P.
Format: MiniDisc
Label: Twisted Spinach
Lilacs are back and this new four track E.P. is, in my opinion, their best release to date. Each track has got beautiful melodies and atmospheres and the band is capable to sum all the 80's wave and goth music in nineteen minutes. Influences goes to Red Lorry Yellow Lorry (on "Dead Wood"), Cure and Sound (on "Pendulum") but as for the last E.P. everything is done with taste and personal ideas. If you love 80's sound and new wave by listening to Lilac Ambush you won't be disappointed. A better production of the tracks would help getting a record deal but is that possible that there aren't labels interested in these sounds no more?
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Artist: PÍLIS
Title: Ich
Format: CD
Label: PK Records
Quite eclectic post-rock from this Italian trio, featuring 2/3 of the indie/math-rock band Deep End, and close to another Alessandria project called EN., with which they share a similar approach to song composition. Pölis mix a refinate guitar work with electronic beats & patterns, reminding of TNT-era Tortoise ("Mice age in the land of teeth") or a hybrid of typical post-rock riffs with techno ("Tokyo-MARS (... bushido for aliens)"), but the cd offers a variety of original solutions and atmospheres, from the vaguely June of '44/folkish tunes of "Darby Crash goes to paradise" to the abstract guitar work of "My ICH is your DU". "Caucasian rollercoaster" is an ecstatic trip with strings, flutes and a driving female voice; "Radical (EXTREME) relativism destroyed all we had (good things included)" (... wew! Please note the titles!) and the very short "Templar" have a definite dark-wave slant, while "Grand Guignol" wanders through vinyl noises, a somber piano and spoken vocals. While mixing such different tastes, Pölis manage to maintain a coherent tone, which is a good proof of their capabilities. The only wrong thing of this cd is the really, really horrible layout, but besides that - it's a good work.
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Artist: PERIPHERAL PULSE (@)
Title: Manipulated frequencies
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: self-released
Distributor: DTA Records
A tiny 3" beast (circa 20') from USA Peripheral Pulse. High speed harsh electronics with a brutal, no-frills approach but very good sound quality (is it digital?) with audible shifts in the different layers of noise... not far from Government Alpha or Merzbow. Good that it's a 3" ep, so that they (he?) come, fuck shit up and leave without becoming redundant. A precious little fucker if you enjoy extreme noise.
Jul 31 2002
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Artist: [GRENDEL] (@)
Title: End of Ages
Format: CD EP
Label: Noi Tekk (@)
Distributor: Triton
This is a CDep (but featuring 8 tracks for 40') with 5 original songs from Netherlandish artist Vlerk and three remixes: "End of Ages" re-styled by Arzt+Pfusch Japscat and God Module, and "Corroding Conscience" by Feindflug. Grendel play electro with faster, more melodic and epic moments (which work better) and more mid-tempo tunes. There's no particular point of interest both in rhythms and in synth melodies, but the real problem is the voice: it's high pitched and distorted (a bit black metal sounding, with all due differences), but in some tracks (listen to "Catastrophe" for example) it barely stands above the instrumental part. Besides being momotonous per se, it also risks of sounding indistinct...
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