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Artist: Exocet
Title: Grotesque Consumer
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
It’s not a secret, that EXOCET’s debut release ”Violation” has been one of my personal favorites on Ant-Zen in 2008. R. Klimaczewski returns, but now without his partner Dave Kean, who unfortunately passed away, before any of the here featured 12 tracks has been conducted. It may was Kean, whose futuristic ideas and visions accomplished a lot of the brilliant Industrial ambience of the debut. Klima has been the wizard, to perform after Kean’s ideas and to transform his visions into sound and noise. After Kean’s passing, Klima now continues under his EXOCET moniker. It is useless to discuss, if ”Grotesque Consumer” sounds that much different compared to ”Violation”, because it offers again some fine worked out noisy Industrial sound assaults, combined with diverse restranged rhythm patterns and multiple voice samples. Again a harsh, but also tricky worked-out sound environment, which impresses with some magic moments. The freezing synth pads of ”Conflict Of Memories” offer a nearly catchy moment. The well implemented voice samples of ”Like Hot And Bad Dreams” into the hefty noise percussion loops resulting in an awesome and authentic sounding melange. At least ”Sensitive Size” with its clear and hammering rhythm patterns offers heating stuff dedicated to all Industrial dancefloor addicts. Good stuff with identity once again produced by Klima, who succeeds as being a solo artist.
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Artist: NTRSN (@)
Title: People Like Gods
Format: CD
Label: Sigsaly Transmissions (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
YES! It’s out, as I was hardly longing for this release. With the exception of a self-produced CDR release ”Human The System 2.04”, this is the official debut release of the Belgian EBM/Industrial-duo NTRSN (speak it out: Intrusion). For the most of our readers they seem to be a real newcomer, while they’re musically pretty dedicated to reanimate the heritage of Belgian old-school EBM bands. ”People Like Gods” features that form of EBM, which has been long forgotten out of our hearts and playlists. Inspired by works of those notorious veterans like early INSEKT, old VOMITO NEGRO, THE KLINIK, or lesser discovered Belgian cult acts like LIQUID G. or LESCURE 13, which all have had their heydays in times, where musicians had to record demo tapes. Yes, those were the days, and compared to some current happening tendencies, not the worst. Pieter David (sequences, vocals, production) and his partner Bram Declercq (vocals, video, art) have seemingly inhaled the spirit of those traditionally days and offer us 14 tracks full of experimental-minded, raw EBM-power. The received prominent help for the production of this awesome album, Maurizo Fasolo (Pankow) and Peter Van Bogaert (LIQUID G.) have proven in those above mentioned days their talent - now sitting behind the mixing desk has surely helped this album to sound and come out in this specific style. The harder and dancefloor-compatible forward moving tracks, like the intro ”Flashback”, ”Coming End”, ”Black Hole” or that irresistible ”Man Is Machine” are favorites for sure. Pure and analogue synth play can be discovered in some sequencer patterns in both parts of ”Never Before”, or ”Bodychange” - it’s nearly impossible to program this efforts under the usage of digital synths. ”People Like Gods” is an awesome example of work, how an EBM-driven music project manages to separate from the whole average mass. This old-school EBM sound has nothing to do with the multiple hordes of NEP/DAF-copycats, it rather reanimates and recreates a long forgotten form of Belgian Electro/Industrial-history.
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Artist: Marching Dynamics
Title: The Workers Party of Haiti
Format: CD
Label: Hymen records (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
This of course has nothing to do with the latest earthquake tragedy happened some weeks before - it rather belongs once again on me, that I write quite late a review on it. Whatever a workers party on Haiti has to do with Shane Talada’s newest efforts, remains to be an unsolved riddle, but however, Mr. Talada’s work can be called valuable and it is a secret tip to those out there, missing an extra-ordinary and modern sounding IDM/Electronica/Powernoise release. It wonders me once again, what kind of wise calculating Electronica-musician Shane has become throughout the years. MARCHING DYNAMICS has nothing to do with that angry Industrial-outfit and unfortunately too early gone US-Coldwave act S.T.G., as he was a member of them. This album impresses with its integrated diversity, which got expressed through genre-bending drum patterns layered and sorted to each other. If he then programs additionally cold and ominous synthesizer sweep-sounds as it best presented on 3 or 4, the listener falls into euphoric impression of this cinematic-like sound design. May the cult act GRIDLOCK has to be named as possible comparison especially to these both tunes and for some of other ideas as well, but to me that isn’t a bad reference. MARCHING DYNAMICS offer once again a top-notch Electronica album by following the tradition of his previous album ”Nailsleeper”
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Artist: ESA
Title: The Immaculate Manipulation
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Remix collections are always a nice tool for musicians to bridge their required time between two albums, although the concept and the sense of remix works suffers and gets often abused due to financially aspects. The definitive ESA remix-collection instead is a well deserved release for this Industrial/Powernoise-project, since Jamie Blacker’s stunning last studio work ”The Sea & The Silence” has gained worldwide euphoric reactions. Also worth to notice is the fact, that Jamie has avoided to request remix contributions by the often chosen notorious names - instead you’ll find on this CD contributions by relative undiscovered names like PSILOPSYB, MOOD DELUXE, EXOTIC or LIGHTS OUT ASIA. Some well discovered label colleagues like the praised ACCESS TO ARASAKA and STENDECK provide quality interpretations. Also the names of the further rest rather speaks for well-thought chosen contributors, C-DRONE DEFECT, THE SYNTHETIC DREAM FOUNDATION, MARCHING DYNAMICS or MANUFACTURA are approved and well recognized music-projects. To pick out favorites out this massive playlist is a bit tricky, because the musically diversity provides quite different listening experiences. But at first there’s to name ESA’s new and original composed track ”I Am The Filth”, another floor-burner and ideal tune to move to. The remix of the British newcomer PSILOPSYB on ”The Devil Worships Me” impresses with its fat and layered mood, while the modern sounding rhythm section is able to execute the dancefloors. Same counts also for MOOD DELUXE with their quite Techno-oriented direction of ”The Sea & The Silence”. Movement on the dark floors promises also the contribution of THE SYNTHETIC DREAM FOUNDATION with a straight, but also slightly distorted kick and snare work. The usual coldness in the arrangements of ACCESS TO ARASAKA on ”Your Anger Is A Gift” combined with the tricky rhythm structures convinces again and again. A lot of good reasons to purchase this well-done remix album - and you will be additionally rewarded, because you’ll find a code, which allows you to download additional remix contributions available on the Tympanik Audio website.
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Artist: Undermathic (@)
Title: Return To Childhood
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Another new modern IDM/Electronica producer out of Poland got invited to release a full-length album via the Tympanik Audio family. Responsible behind this project is Maciej Pazkiewicz and his efforts draw an own and authentic sound dimension. You’ll get a full-scale layered Ambient album, featuring experimental sound consisting of surging, Downtempo-like rhythm patterns, melodic and dreamy piano drops, and dark processed strings and at times guitar sounds. This work sounds bombastic, dark, but also relatively organic to the same time. Even if some rhythm patterns seemed to be programmed by chance (”Understanding”), or with a high sense of improvisation, the generally clear song structures with at times catchy moments (”Keep Out No Entry”) resulting in a fitting unit for this rather experimental scenario. Highlighted by both above mentioned tracks, as well as the sample-infiltrated title track, ”Return To Childhood” isn’t definitely that sort of a futuristic end-time cyberspace-sounding work, but again a kind of special and demanding Electronica album. Once again the Tympanik Audio label provides a fascinating and extra-ordinary listening experience.
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