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Artist: Wumpscut
Title: Music For A German Tribe/Preferential Legacy
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records/Beton Kopf Media
Distributor: Metropolis Records/Beton Kopf Media
Wumpscut doing electro pop?!? Any Wumpscut fan would cringe at the thought, but don’t worry it’s Rudy’s old stuff on here. The song being "All Cried Out", which is bouncy, but me being used to Wumpscut’s rivet stomping industrial-goth gold, it’s kinda odd.This double CD set is an examination of his older days and some new goodies for the Wump Troopers out there, along with a completely German version of the classic CD "Music For a Slaughtering Tribe". You may remember the German track for Soylent Green" from the Electropolis 1’ compo CD (another classic) not too long ago, it of course being a more in tune version versus the English version. The German seems to fit the track so much better! You get all the essentials on this set, from a German version of gems like "Die In Winter" and the hidden track from Bunketor 7’ now revealed as "Red Water", written I’m guessing in memory of a lost friend of his. It’s always been one of Wumpscut’s most beautiful and entrancing tracks, and seems to have even more potency as a eulogy. One tends to forget that under all the Teutonic, blistering tracks Wumpscut does, Rudy also has the undeniable power to make cold yet emotional music, as well as his powers in programming and sequencing. I could go on forever about all this CD has... ... ... ... ... ... ... .A cover of Dive’s "God", the previously unreleased "Crang March", a good deal of his remix work (including the hard to find remix of Cleen’s "The Voice"), complete versions of tracks from Bloodchild’, and much more! Perfect for the newbie rivethead on your block, the ones curious to Wumpscut’s magic and even some goodies for the hardcore :W: collector. This and anything from Wumpscut is essential in any industrial collection, this is the evolution from the old Leatherstrip sound everyone was copying around the time this group started (they are strongly Leatherstrip influenced, but it definitely has it’s own edge and style). It can well be argued that this group saved industrial, as well as laid roots for bands such as Hocico and Cenobita. Bring the kids, and come feel the love and warmth that is Wumpscut! Haha!Rating: 10. PS, also watch for my interview with Rudy now underway. Also check our Issue #5 for an in depth interview with him.
Apr 18 2003
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Artist: RESURRECTION EVE (@)
Title: Rapture
Format: CD
Label: Ground Under Prods (@)


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Australia for us is kind a mistery. We think about it like a sort of mixture of Asia and USA with an unknown history and with misterious people and animals who reside there. Personally I know few bands coming from that land. I know also an Australian goth website (Aether Sanctum http://www.goth.org.au) and that's a sign that goth and electronic music have a following there too. From Melbourne (what a coincidence, it's where my uncle lives) arrives Resurrection Eve, an electro goth duo which to my ears sounds like a mixture of the last Covenant and O.M.D. with a goth touch here and there. A thing is for sure, their second CD RAPTURE will be a pleasant surprise for a lot of people. Well produced with good melodies and a training dance background: these are the highlights of this CD which musically isn't innovative but will appassionate the lovers of melodic e.b.m.
Apr 11 2003
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Artist: ELEPHANT ZYCLUS
Title: Tripod
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: AFE Records (@)
A little 3" bastard featuring three remixes of "Tripod" and one of "Promis", showing AFE's good taste for underground electronica and allegedly starting a remix mania which will give birth to more releases of this kind in the future. I don't know the originals, but anyway, roughly, the 3" edit version of "Tripod" is a good track of obsessive techno-electronica, halfway between Aphex and Autechre; the DJ Lips' (aka Andrea Marutti, Amon/Never Known/AFE mastermind) "Sweep the Pod" mix adds layers of beats and melodies, while a034 (jeez, his debut cd may well have been my first review for Chain!) mercilessly delivers an amphetamine-soaked, hyper-cinematic version, with a fat bass to increase hysteria. Very good, very close to his style too. Finally, "Promis" is processed by the mysterious Spiral in a broken glitch version - sounds like a vinyl massacred by too many playings.
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Artist: HOLLYDRIFT
Title: This way to escape
Format: CD
Label: Public Eyesore (@)
Hollydrift is Mathias Anderson from Middleton, WI, and "This way to escape" comes after two self-released ep's and a full-length cd. This Public Eyesore release is an intriguing cut-up of played parts (string programmings, synths, keys, etc., all quite ambient-sounding anyway), samples, found sounds, voices collages... Eerie and at times upsetting, yet maintaining an inner coherence and showing good taste and able hands in the juxtapositions and final mixdown. The PE website talks of "modern concrete music" and mentions the Hafler Trio; I'd add, on my part, Nurse With Wound and especially Coil in their Black Light District incarnation. Certainly experimental but not overtly solipsistic, with a heavy quasi-darkwave track ("Amphenol") and healthy doses of industrial ambient bruitism ("Distant safety of winter"), as if the cover roses hid glass thorns. Let's say this stands to music the way Max Ernst's surrealistic forests stand to realistic landscape paintings.
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Artist: NIMH (@)
Title: Frozen
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records (@)
Nimh/Giuseppe Verticchio has already been featured on these pages with some remarkable do-it-yourself releases like "Line of Fire" or the awesome "Distant skylines", works that really deserve a wider diffusion. "Frozen" was recorded in 2000 and self-released, and is now luckily available again thanks to this accurate reprint by the ever better AFE. One long track (close to 60', but with several "movements" within) which is perfectly depicted by the title and the cover image: an indefinite figure disappearing in an icy cold landscape. Somebody has defined it "terminal ambient", which could definitely fit, though not in a medical/pathological sense - I like to think it as a synonim of "liminal", to indicate a boundary where nature permanently excludes men. Glacial drones and frequencies which reminded me of Thomas Koener (also close in the permafrost inspiration), Amon or even, in some particularly obsessive parts, MB's mind-devouring loops. A truly great release, extreme and demanding but conveying a sense of final purity from the stain of mankind.
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