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Artist: NNT
Title: C:/My Documents/MyMusic
Format: CD
Label: Capp Records (@)
This CD is the most schizophrenic album I listened recently, for sure! The twenty two tracks of so called "breakz / elektro / experimental" music are full of inventiveness and freshness and are capable of catch your attention in a second. Each track seems to have been composed by a deranged robot while he was trying to perform "Radioactivity" being on acid. Also the r'n'r reverbered/distorted guitar on some tracks plays slowed goth/surf tunes while electro bleeps jumps here and there. It's a shame I haven't got any news about the guy who did all this and also his webpages at www.nnt.edu.gr and www.iroiro.gr aren't reachable: it's a total mistery. Listening to "C/My Documents / My Music" it's like to listen to the whole Warp records discography pouring out of a blender having a genial cowboy as barman. Give a listen to this one if you are searching for new stimulating weird delicatessen.
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Artist: ASYLUM (@)
Title: Rattus In Sanguine
Format: CD
ASYLUM is an Italian project headed by Dario Sisto and RATTUS IN SANGUINE is his third demo after 1999's "Ploratus" and 2000's "Vox Silenti". By listening the eleven tracks of this CDr the first thing that comes to my mind is that Dario recorded these tracks impulsively caring most about the effect than thinking about the final effect. It seems that he did these tracks being fascinated by early S.P.K., nowadays e.b.m. and industrial music but he forgot to give a form to his project. What I mean is that it's difficult for me to understand what's going on with him by reading only titles like "Barbie Trip", "Everybody's Dead" or "Lesbo Sado Dance". In this way there's a lack of communication and even if some atmospheres and sounds of his instrumental tracks are quite interesting (tracks like "Everybody's Dead", "Dead Stars Light" or the electronic "Human Model"), the listener can find hard to approach Asylum's work and it's a shame because Dario, in my opinion, could give a shape to his ideas and create something really interesting. A particularity of this demo is that it seems to be a split between two different bands. This because the first six tracks are totally different from the other five which show the influence of bands like Kraftwerk (see also the industrial version of "The Model" that closes the CD).
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Artist: EYE (@)
Title: European Propaganda vol. 1
Format: CD
Label: Third Brass Collective (@)
Distributor: Blatant Propaganda
FINALLY!!! Finally somebody did notice this great Australian band whom I've been supporting and believing in for so long (some of you might remember they have been interviewed in Chain D.L.K. and featured on one of our CD compilations). Somebody, namely the Belgian label 3rd Brass Collective, has finally helped them get out of the limbo of self-released CDs (not that there is anything wrong with self-releasing CDs and doing-it-yourself, on the contrary, but having a label will probably help them get their music around the world and most importantly spread the very important message that Eye has been propagandizing with so many efforts for such a long time). J. Citizen, aka Eye, is the man that has been dedicating his life and his music to the spreading of anti-animal-abuse and anti-vivisection knowledge. Besides Eye, and his other musical projects Elf, he's also been running the Blatant Propaganda 'zine (http://blatantpropaganda.com), which I suggest you check out as soon as possible... Anyway, before I get carried away with complimenting Eye for his politics, I guess I have to let you know about the music too, right? ;-) Well, Eye plays solid electro-industrial music with an edge. Heavily inspired by old-school Euro EBM (think Nitzer Ebb for example) but also close to some acid cyber-punk. Frenzy beats, distorted guitars, political lyrics, crunchy synth lines and a shit load of vocal samples from the pharmaceutical, political and scientific every day scenario that annihilates us. Titles like "Goods and Services Tax", "Blind Progress", "The Vivisector", "Mandate", "Action = Life", "Does this look like Science to You?" should give you a grasp of what the themes are. John Cult, of 3rd Brass Collective, has assembled this vol.1 CD with tracks from various other Eye releases spanning between '94 and '01, so basically this is nothing new for fans of the band (except for a nice colour cover), but it's a great starting point for those who do not know Eye yet. Me? Well while you are getting to know the integrity and the sounds of this great one-man musical project, I will be looking forward for volume 2... 'Cause there will be a volume 2, right John? Right?
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Artist: Firewerk (@)
Title: Amplified Fragments
Format: CD
Lately a lot of bands from the Middle-East are coming out and have things to say. Based out it Warren, Michigan, this four piece comes from most respectable experiences, including the amazing Orange 9mm, and gives tangible proof of their expertise with a blasting ProTools-engineered 10 tracks industrial metal record that finally kicks some ass!!! Their self-produced and self-released "Amplified Fragments" brings you electro sequencing with dance stylings, pounding industrial rhythms, gothic pad melodies and most importantly a huge compressed crunchy distorted wall of sound of electric guitars (no wonder Orange 9mm is part of their background). You may go right ahead and compare them to early KMFDM, some Ministry, definitely a lot of Headcrash (for the usage of guitars), and most definitely Die Krupps (one of my favourite bands - now DKay.com), Alien Sex Fiend and others. It is safe to say that these guys have the talent and the right cards to become major players in the electro-metal scene, where lack of fresh and original material has been taking over in the past few years. I have been looking for a new powerful abrasive aggro-industrial group for a while and I may just have found it with Firewerk, at least in part. Being a huge fan of that particular branch of the genre I feel that they can do even better, but I say so not with disappointment, but rather with excitement and expectations for what I am positive will be a great follow up record. I am really looking forward to this one!
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Artist: John Creamer & Stephane K
Title: Bedrock 'Compiled and Mixed'
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Bedrock
Distributor: Pioneer
John Creamer's (French/Irish NJ-based) and Stephane K's (French who lived in Tokyo and NYC, previously with E Trance and Dj Katsu as Madam) credits include Kosheen, Satoshi Tomiie, Iio, Sinead O'Connor, New Order, Prince Quick, Peace Division, Dogma, Against the Grain, Danny Tenaglia, Celeda, Nat Monday, Kim English etc, so you understand that they have been around for while and they know their shit. That's why John Digweed at Bedrock picked them for the fourth installment of the "Compiled and Mixed" series. Deep progressive house-techno inspired by the legendary Sound Factory days is what it's all about, but luckily, for my own pleasure, these guys are not falling for the commercial crap. They go for really long mixes, with tribal percussions reminiscent of earlier productions, with slow evolutions and involutions and with a zoom lens on employing and additionally treating weird vocals in the forms of samples of spoken word, sung parts etc from popular, less popular, classic movies and from other sources... The dialogues that you'll hear are about anything, with a spin on sex, and they are hilarious! If you are looking to give your party the right groove and you can't afford to pay these big shots Djs, at least now you can play their double CD!
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