Music Reviews



Dec 18 2002
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Artist: CROC SHOP
Title: WORLD
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Reading the flyer for the concert of their’s I just missed, it states "crazy new Croc Shop sound evolving on you, now go go go!". I couldn’t agree more, because their new mix of old and new is infectious as all hell! They basically took their old guilds of simplistic MIDI sounds, driving percussion and raw energy, and twisted it up with a bit of synthpop and a little techno, making it very unique indeed. The title track plinks in gently with a poppy interlude and out come the anthemic lyrics and pop flow, showing off their new style with delicate ease. "Generation" is where the smooth flow really starts and I hit the rewind button more than a few times on this one. The bassline comes out very funky, with the newfound synths layering it off. And also I notice too the singing is a lot more soulful, with Mick trying more diverse elements and coming out of his shell. My other favorite track on here is "Destroy" the most soulful and bouncy track on this whole CD, discussing the consequences of hatred (as they were talking about in the interview with us at the end). Every track on here is pure energy, something I have known the band for for years now, and the formula has only gotten more daring and bold. And have to love the anime artwork, which is another bold retreat for the group from their usual art. Let the new Croc Shop sound evolve on you! Rating: 10. This I now officially proclaim to be Album of The Year.
Artist: VV.AA
Title: MODULE 1-RELAX
Format: CD
Label: 3D Vision Records
Distributor: 3D Vision Records
This is the sister CD to the Jetlag’ CD from 3dVision, and is, of course, the mellow ambient techno/chill side of the compos. The CD from the first track onward is very relaxing and yet energetic at the same time, beating the hell out of those cheap ass "Pure Chill" compos I see in Starbucks and Kmart. Though every artist shifts in style gradually it overall reminds me of NEWT, the Haujobb/Forma Tadre side project. Overall, this is my favorite of the two comps. Rating: 10
Dec 18 2002
Artist: WALLBREAKER
Title: ASURE
Format: CD
Label: D Trash
Distributor: D Trash
From Dtrash records comes another round of psychotic, noisy industrial percussion and noise. The comes off at times like a harder version of Photek’s "Modus Operandi", with that same sense of melody and shifting structure that made Photek great. No particularly special tracks, the CD to me is meant to be listened to as a whole rather than one song, piecing together like an industrial collage of sorts. For those looking for a return to drum n bass with a bit of industrial harshness, this and most anything on DTrash make great picks. Rating: 9.
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Artist: OBOMATIC (@)
Title: HOLY CONTROLLIO!!!
Format: CD
Label: FLOATING FISH (@)
Obomatic consists of members from ANY QUESTIONS? and is led by Steve O from the band PUNCH DRUNK. Their debut cd "Holy Controllio!!! is full of energetic industrial dance music that will keep you prancing in the dark. Dark synthetic melodies, funky basslines and bouncy kick-ass beats brings out the chilling nightmarish sound made by these four men from Philadelphia. Another Floating Fish roster that's proven electronic music can be manipulated and be played in an unique way.
Artist: THE MYSTIC UNDERGROUND
Title: THE WANDERERS
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Ninthwave (@)
Distributor: A DIFFERENT DRUM
The Mystic Underground "The Wanderers" maxi-single cd features three mixes; Original, Vagabondage, and Realtime. Also the disc features two other songs; "Oxygen", and my favorite "It Always Rains On Wednesday." That track reminds me of the early Depeche Mode when they first came out when Vince Clarke was the original member with their 1981 release "Speak and Spell." Totally a dance club feel and makes me feel like I'm living back in the 80's again. The Mystic Underground is consists of Socci and Valette. These guys have been around a decade by starting back in the early or mid-ninties.
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