Music Reviews



Jun 11 2010
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Artist: Slick Idiot
Title: Sucksess
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Itchy Records
Rated: *****
KMFDM members En Esch and Guenter Schulz formed Slick Idiot after the 1999 temporary breakup of their main project, but have since carried on releasing 2 remix albums and a total of 3 studio albums ("Sucksess" being the third of those). This album features some live drums (Gregg Ziemba) and both male and female vocals (En Esch and Erica Dilanjian) as well as many of the signature sounds and techniques of KMFDM's two members (read intense EBM programming and guitar riffs). Overall the album is maybe a bit more minimal and less aggressive that what KMFDM might have accustomed you to, but there is plenty of hard hitting tracks left in there. Rhythmically "Sucksess" explores a variety of territories, including noise industrial ("Haller"), drum'n'bass ("Last Kiss"), four on the floor dance-industrial ("Wer Bist Du?"), techno ("Burn For Me"), more electro-rock/metal ("I.I.W.I.I.", "Daydreams") and of course the classic EBM sound you all know and love. Variety is also to be found musically, with a vague middle-eastern echoes in the "Imago" intro and weird musical cameos, like a hawaiian guitar intro... Slick Idiot is currently on tour in the US (throughout July) and will be selling this CD at shows only (for now), so if you want to get a copy and see the band live check out their website for dates.
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Artist: PATRICK PULSINGER
Title: Impassive Sky
Format: CD
Label: Disko B
Rated: *****
Active since early nineties, Patrick Pulsinger is releasing this month his fourth album IMPASSIVE SKIES. On this new album Patrick succeeded into conjugate different musical influences under the flag of techno music. Jazz, glitch, electro and techno could seem really difficult to get along but he, helped by friends like Fennesz, Franz Hauntizinger, Abe Duque, ElektroGuzzi, G Rizo and Teresa Rotschopf, composed eight tracks where jazz improvisations duet with electronic sounds. The result is really intriguing and we pass from the syncopated techno with trumpet solos of the opening "Grey gardens" to the dance dark electro with Detroit flavor of "A to Z" (where Teresa Rotschopf vocal performance help is making of this a killer song), passing from the piano rhodes inserts of "Future back" and the funky guitar of "Blame it" (tracks featuring Abe Duque). IMPASSIVE SKIES is a multifaceted album that will reveal its essence only after some listening sessions but you'll be satisfied to find yourself discovering a new bit each time.
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Artist: LONE WOLVES
Title: Skeleton Tracks
Format: CD EP
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****
Lone Wolves is a band featuring members of UCNX, Amorphite, MC2 plus others. They recorded the five tracks of the SKELETON TRACKS during an experimental jam sessions and Momt is giving us the chance to listen to a good E.P. where creativity and energy don't find no boundaries. Post punk and electro industrial music are the core elements of Lone Wolves' music and every track has its own atmosphere. The E.P. opens with "No failing" where electro industrial percussions mixed with synth leads find a female vocal shouting slogans just to follow with a punk industrial tune titled "Noname" where a guy performs his best shouts helped by guitar riffs distortions. "Patience & stillness" changes everything with its melancholic piano mixed with digital feedbacks. "My name is betrayal" is next and the atmosphere turns tense with a mix of mid tempo rhythms, early e.b.m. electronics and female readings. The closing "Lowlit" is an upbeat electronic instrumental with synth pads and cool syncopated drum machine rhythms. At the end of it there's a sort of joke track where the sessions turns into an alcoholic happening. Nice release that is able to mix melody, aggressive sounds and energy.
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Artist: HUMINOIDA (@)
Title: Huminoida Loves You
Format: 7"
Label: Out Of Range Records (@)
Rated: *****
After one year and half from the "Other side" 7", Huminoida is back and now only K.K. (ex Neuroactive vocalist) is left to please our thirst of electronic synth sounds. HUMINOIDA LOVES YOU E.P. contains three new tracks which function as appetizer of their first album that will be released later in this year. This new single finds K.K. inspired and willing to explore the classic synth sounds of the 80s finding new ideas and energy from fat synth bass lines and excited oscillators. The opening song "Obsession" is a mix of 80s dark wave and early e.b.m. (like a blend of John Foxx and Klinik) and it has catchy melodic lines and upbeat tempo. I really love it. Side B has two tracks that form a sort of suite where the first part "Bygone wars" is composed by melancholic mid tempo synth lines with WWII samples just to end into "Whiter noise", a slow piano/vocals ballad really touching. In ten minutes of music, Kimmo put so many ideas that all the "two sounds synth wave bands" will feel ashamed. Can't wait for the album...
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Artist: RM74
Title: Reflex
Format: CD
Label: Utech Records
Rated: *****
REFLEX is the fifth solo album by Reto Mäder (Ural Umbo, Sum of R, Pendulum Nisum) as RM74. Since from the cover art, Reto, is giving us some ideas about the sounds we're going to listen: bats make me think about caverns, about the ultrasonic sounds they have to use and about their un-straight flight. Translate all these factors to music and I think that you'll have pretty much the idea of how the eleven tracks of REFLEX sound. RM74 uses processed guitar sounds, tones, drones, piano, harmonium, dissonant sounds, samples, etc. The result is a creepy schizophrenic symphony which cause dizziness into the audience. The great thing is that even if Reto used unconventional sounds, every track has a melodic line or a rhythm to follow which give the musical sense to the whole opera and I liked that! Presented in a heavy matte sleeve printed with dark metallic ink. Includes fold out insert.
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