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Artist: MOON ROCK (@)
Title: A Day Like This
Format: CD EP
Label: DSBP (@)
Third release for this band who refine slighly their sound introducing a little more a certain dance touch. See the opening track "A Day Like This" which is a sort of blend between New Order (the latest) meets Pet Shop Boys. The result is really cool and I confirm what I wrote on my previous reviews: Moon Rock deserve a wider audience, definitively. I don't know what's wrong with the American market. It seems that they don't care about good music and they care only about people that don't write their own songs either. Anyway... A DAY LIKE THIS as usual for Moon Rock see different guests on vocals but the fact isn't affecting that much their music. You know, this could mean a lack of sound personality, but luckily this isn't their case. Another song that is reflecting the New Order's influence is "When It's Real", where Jack D. Elliot voice creates the same mood without sounding awkward. The E.P. contains four new tracks and two remixes of "See A Lot" and one of "Everybody Everywhere". The first one has been taken from their last album "Eclipse of the Mood" while the latter is coming from their first album "Power To the People". I hadn't been thrilled by the remixes but the only song I didn't like has been "Life's A Gas" (a T Rex cover), because it's too different respect the other ones. With its soul influences was like listening a Yazoo's track into a techno record: something good on its own but that doesn't fit the rest. Instead the last new song "Surrender" is a beautiful tune where the band show all their skills into releasing a catching and sensual song. Really cool. Good release for people like you who likes synthpop and also for people that hates the bands influenced by 80's music but loves good electronic songs based on melody and catching/dancey atmospheres.
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Artist: ANTIQUE
Title: Book One
Format: CD
Label: Trostlos (@)
Antique formed in Canada back in year 2000 and produced a demo titled "Inception the year after. The same year they moved to Munich and they started to work on the project that later become BOOK ONE. Fascinated by soundscapes and dramatic artistic forms the band composed the eight songs of the BOOK ONE's two chapters. Being close to the gothic and metal scene the band mixed together the elements that they felt sympathetic with. In this way they created almost one hour of sick atmospheres done with few sounds: piano, violin and drums during the introductions and into the introspective moments and the usual guitar, bass and drums set on the remaining ones. Another peculiarity are the vocals that pass from the goth style to the metal (almost black) one, underlining in this way the emotional moments. Sometimes the song's structure is a little dispersive and the sounds mismatch but if we talk about the final effect, for sure Antique created a good blend that remember sometimes the first Christian Death and bands like Sopor Aeternus. If I may give an advice, I'd use more sounds and atmospheres if not the listener could lost the attention with long suites based pricipally on the dark vein of the tracks.
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Artist: EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN
Title: 9-15-2000 Brussels
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Indigo (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


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I have never been an Einsturzende fan in the past, I knew them because of my brother which collected their early releases until "Halber Mensch". Anyway, I had the chance to see them live around 1987 and it has been a pleasantly shock. Their power and the sound were hypnotising and they almost made the stage collaps thanks to their pneumatic hammers: really impressive. Since then I never listened to one of their releases. There was no particular reason but I wasn't interested enough, maybe. I don't really know but it's not that important. This 2 CD digipak set features twenty two tracks coming from a live concert they did in Brussels back in September 2000. Including, among the others, are: "Silence Is Sexy" (from "Silence Is Sexy" 2000), "NNNAAAMMM" (from "Ende Neu" 1996), "Zebulan" (from "Tabla Rasa" 1993), "Salamandrina" (from "Interim" 1993) and the beautiful "Yu Gung" (from "1/2 Mensch" 1985). As I was expecting the Neubauten I saw are no more. The chaotic metallic structure has been replaced by a semi structured song based on dark atmospheres. It's like they replaced the noise searching for a quieter sound but trying to get the same result. I prefer tracks like "Yu Gung" and "Ende Neu" for their direct approach but also the others are particular and fascinating. In any case a thing is for sure: there are no other bands that sound like Einsturzende Neubauten. The "collapsing new buildings" are also collecting subscriptions to release their next album with the aid of their fans only. Go to their website for further informations. Notice that if you like in USA you don't have to look for this album as an import because Invisible Records just released it. Enjoy...
Mar 01 2003
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Artist: XP8 (@)
Title: Forgive
Format: CD
Label: selfreleased (mp3.com)
Distributor: MP3.com
How about some powerful old-school ebm-industrial music for you dancing folks out there? XP8 (featuring members of Cat Fud) is a new band from Rome, Italy, that displays great talent on a number of levels. The trio is into the whole dancefloor-friendly hammering EBM thing with hovering synth string pads, nice sequencing backbone and English lyrics (the singer -whose vocals are not constantly distorted for a change- is actually an English transplant and is also a booking agent, a Dj and a radio host on his show "Futureshock"). If you are still "hungry" for description you might like to hear that they enjoy describing themselves as «passing from electro to goth, whilst stopping at the side of the road and eating a techno sandwich looking at an industrial landscape». Even though XP8 are a pretty new outlet in the scene they do have their act straight and cut right to the chase to strike you with a dense, energizing and bodily blend. After two demos and collaborations with Assemblage 23 (who remixed the last track of this album as well), "Forgive" is their first full length album and comes in the ever more popular mp3 format (it is NOT a CD of mp3 files, it is a normal audio CD, but it is manufactured and distributed by the mp3.com website, a service that a lot of bands are taking advantage of lately).The group also displays their skills when it comes to art work (their CD is very nicely illustrated), web presence (both their own site and their Italian hosting Cure fan site www.the-cure.it have a quite sleek design) and recording (their newest member is also a project studio owner/sound engineer). This definitely would be the complete package that you might be looking for and that I know labels out there are in search of, so step forward and get in touch with XP8, 'cause they've got a lot to bring to the table!
Feb 28 2003
Artist: TACTICAL SEKT
Title: Geneticide
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Tactical Sekt is Anthony Mather (vocals, keyboards, programming) and Beam (drums & noise creation). I think that somebody in the duo is also member of Aslan Faction; by the way, in the thank list you can find names like Suicide Commando, Feindflug, Davantage, Hocico, Grendel, Morgenstern... so I guess you're starting to have a clue... Indeed, Tactical Sekt play heavy EBM with crushing mid-tempo rhythms, dark minimal programmings and very harsh filtered vocals, which sound totally black metal (plus bonus distortion) to me. The atmosphere is quite gloomy and oppressive, and I'd say this project is quite close to the above mentioned Aslan Faction, Grendel or some Davantage. Lyrics should be political. Good stuff if you're into the darker side of EBM.
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