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Artist: Chaim
Title: Alive
Format: CD
Label: BPitch Control (@)
Distributor: Rough Trade
Rated: *****
After the superb compilation Werkschau, I personally expected something different from the worthy Ellen Aillen's label, especially as a cadeaux for St.Valentine's day! It doesn't mean that BPitch doesn't love listeners at all, but to be honest the strong-willed Israelian "producer" Chaim Avital's debut album doesn't manage to seduce my ears at all. It's true that Chaim declared that most of tracks included in this issue are related to memories of parties he took part when in Tel Aviv, so that some of them could have fatally been influenced by some vintage house - even if I have to admit that some tracks sound like a blood transfusion from New York sonorities' strong veins into the emaciated body of Chicago house, still kept alive by the ventilating machines of an host of producers and djs such as Robert Owens, are interesting especially when refined with delicate melodies...check tracks like the initial Rain, Everything, Alive or the crispy and warm (Balearic) breeze of Runaway Frequencies, one of my favorite piece of the whole album in spite of the plenty of musical quotations, maybe cause it reminded to me some "Morriconian" soundtrack in exotic sauce! -, but sometimes I got the feeling he'sputting pressure on prodigious pupils to study harder. In some tracks, it appears that kind of glamouresque ghosts who recently haunted the sound machines of Bomb The Bass or even Unkle - tracks like Who Said What, featuring the nice vocals of Elisa Sednaoui, and above all Robots On Meth are bodies of such an evidence - or the ones haunting prestigious German techno club such as Cocoon - on the nice People Can Talk one of these ghost seems to speak...even ghosts need to be loved, lads! Should it be the reason why among brimful synth-brasses and forged claps, does Chaim insert the sample of a departing airplane?!?!? -, but this good guy could dare give more...
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Artist: Demenz Durch Alltag (@)
Title: Digital Amnesia
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
An Industrial-music producing duo hailing very near from area and active as a band project for longer than a decade, but I've never heard of them before. DEMENZ DURCH ALLTAG consists of Uwe Rohlfs and Matthias Knake and are hailing out Bremen, Germany. 'Digital Amnesia' is their third release after two self-produced albums released back in 1999 ('Mind Mixing Machine') and 2002 ('Virtual Relations'). They are also active under their more Electronic-based side-project TRAUTES HEIM, from which you can find a review somewhere else on our website. Musically they offer us a form of a rather American-sounding outfit, as they mix guitar-samples supported Industrial-sounds with real bass playing (both are seemingly bassists...), dramatic male vocals, a fair amount of Powernoise-influences, plus the straight support of a drum computer. Somewhere between Post-Punk and some of the notorious acts out of the US-based Coldwave-Industrial movement like early CHEM LAB, REVOLTING COCKS, or CLAY PEOPLE mixed with the chaotic efforts of an underground act like BAJSKORV, that would be a kind of possible comparison to press them into a genre. Their angry and at times brutal outfit complaining lyrically about the dangerous influence of multimedia entertainment ('Nice Good Television') on the individual consumer offers a valuable message to be extracted. What could be improved is their relative monotonous kind of their drum computer programming, here's so much space for development to reach more diversity. However, fans longing for a raw sounding alternative in vein of the above mentioned bands should give them a try.
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Artist: Evestus (@)
Title: This is Dramacore
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Maybe one or another of our readers has heard about the Estonian Goth-Rock producer and multi-talented artist EVESTUS, who can look back on some releases available via the Canadian D-Trash Records label. EVESTUS is not only the name of the band-project, but also the surname of Ott Evestus, the responsible mastermind of nearly all musically activities under this name. Although 'This Is Dramacore' is already out since a few months, I nevertheless feel the need to write some lines about this artistically valuable kind of work, because already the packaging and style of the booklet, as well as the intensely provided background information including bio, complete discography, and, and, and, about this artist are remarkable and I have seldom discovered anything comparable before. The booklet art reminds a bit on an old newspaper exemplar with an astonishing photo art. EVESTUS currently isn't signed to any label, as this one turns out musically to be a bit away from the rather Electronica-oriented label program D-Trash normally offers. Goth-Rock featuring some mighty guitar loops and cynical lyrics is one element, but EVESTUS also integrates a filthy sounding form of a typical Coldwave-related rhythm- and synthesizer-programming, as well as uncountable voice-samples inserted into the mix. This is in all a brooding misture, which receives some excellent moments through orchestral-like string sounds in a catchy manner, so I am quite fine with those rather calm tunes like 'Sacrifice' (also released as a Maxi-Single via Legendaarne ' this track has caused some promising reactions by the listeners in the Baltic and Scandinavian regions...), 'Pikachu Warriors' (yes, it's truly Pikachu...), or 'Gone'. One remarkable fact taken out of the outstanding info-sheet I don't like to hide for you: Both of Evestus' parents are bikers and his father is the president of Ãsel Motorcycle Club, one of the largest bike gangs in Estonia. Evestus still can't fall asleep in silence.' This album as well as the artist is something special and a must-have buy for all harder, but also open-minded Goth-Rock fans.
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Artist: Titans
Title: All There Is
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Rated: *****
It is hard to judge on a newcomer band after only one EP featuring one original track, in this case the title-track. The two additional featured remixes of this track by those prominent projects like BIOMEKKANIK and DE:AD:CIBEL (a SKORBUT side-project...) are polishing the whole impression with good ideas, but at least, this is quality remix contribution, but lesser a proof of quality of this new Progress Productions artist. Musically providing an accessible and catchy form of Electro-Pop, this one track reminds a bit on PRIDE & FALL, as I noticed a similar sad mood in the arrangements and vocals. An album is announced to be released during this year, so I keep my fingers crossed for a more crafty declaration of work.

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Artist: Culture Kultür (@)
Title: Spirit
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Rated: *****
It does good to see a music project still alive, which has been earned highly respect and which I had the chance, to consume them live on a gig now 12 years before. It has at least taken 5 years after their last effort signed to the German giant Out Of Line , until Salva Maine and Josua Clotet could decide to reunite and to start a comeback, now signed to their fellow Spanish label Caustic Records. 'Spirit' therefore collects some started new tracks and ideas, but it is mostly a witness of the years in between and the life experiences made after their last album 'Reborn'. Be assured, that their private life has had not only honey to taste. Musically, CULTURE KULTÃR are rather reinventing themselves ' still finding their inspiration out of artists like ASSEMBLAGE 23 or COVENANT, they offer their catchy form of Electro-/Synthpop music with clear male vocals and a club-oriented rhythm work. Tracks like 'Drum Machine', 'Never Again', or 'Sieged' are excellent additions to the play-lists of the international acting DJ's at the dark clubs. Good and quality rhythmic stuff ' but also known and expected from them. Therefore I tend to rate the rather slow, but dramatically arranged 'Dead Second' as being a highlight out this generally good and well produced album. Now backed up by the hard-working Caustic Records, we should have good hopes, that CULTURE KULTÃR will find their needed inner peace and inspiration, to return more permanently. 'Spirit' stands for their traditionally sound-design, so let's see and hear, what the future brings from them.

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