Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Odd / Field Recording
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
Aug 25 2006
Bastard pop...an what if it was bastard hip-hop?. If there’s something you can't write about Girl Talk is that this cd is not damn well done...and another thing that's forbidden from the vocabulary when talking about them is their samples are not heterogeneous. Have you eve heard Verve, Madonna, Aerosmith, Gwen Stefani, Boredoms, 50 cent, Pixies, Black Eyed Peas, Smashing Pumpkins (and that just a small portion of it all) sampled on the same record?. I wish they won't get famous otherwise I'm sure they should fight a legal war to protect themselves from copyright control and from all those greedy vampires (by the way fuck copyright, are we anarchists or are we mice?). Their rapping is really mainstream oriented therefore no kick ass approach a la Cannibal Ox but sure while the tissue is popular and soft the tailor is not so soft honey. This record is damn well done but what after the hip hop indie trend is gone? What's gonna happen when the bastard pop will disappear?. But honestly isn't the majority of pop nothing but the reinterpretation or nothing but a well done robbery to some rich Nottingham son of a bitch?. I'm not into Girl Talk but sure I've enjoyed trying to recognize every single sample...but unfortunately this' not a quiz otherwise I’d have become a millionaire. If you’re into the ironic, hip hop thing this probably could be an interesting listening.
Aug 25 2006
SACRED SYMBOLS OF MU is Planet Mu’s 100th release (postponed release as they are arrived already to 150) and the perfect way to celebrate it, was gathering twenty four tracks/bands showing what has been passed in the last three years since their last compilation "Children of Mu" thanks to old (Jega, Venetian Snares, µ-Ziq, Luke Vibert, Shitmat, Leafcutter John and Dykehouse) and new (Vex'd, Pinch, Distance, Boxcutter, Breakage, etc.) acts of their roster as well as new signings such as Tom Burbank, 0=0 and Mileece. If you are new to the label’s sounds it’s enough to say that Planet Mu explored every corner of dance sounds that have a heart. Jungle, i.d.m., breakbeat or grime, to name a few, have been covered but always with an eye opened on experimentation of new sounds/solutions. This brought the label to release other projects that aren’t properly related to dance but that use acoustic sounds along with particular rhythm solutions. If you are looking for something different try this double compilation that comes at a mid price!
Aug 24 2006
Infectator.com new album is the fifth release by FIR, a small independent Romanian label which print cd-r performed by interesting Eastern bands dedicated to industrial/power electronic sounds. Infectator.com’s CORUPT contains nine tracks plus two remixes of "Deliberat" (reworked by Julian M, who made a ambient techno track out of it) and of "Conectat" (Satellite Empire remixed it turning it into an instrumental dark e.b.m. track). After the dark ambient intro of "Cybernet intro" we enter immediately into the band’s sound with "Coruptor", a track based on throbbing distorted rhythms, minimal melodies and whispering vocals. The following "Traseu periculos" recall the latest Clock DVA sounds but mixed with a certain disturbing dark ambient atmosphere (the same goes for "Keep") while "Deliberat" is more focused on industrial sounds/atmospheres dear to early Laibach (the whispered voice along with a certain approach to rhythm make me recall those sounds even if Infectator.com sound seems to be based mostly on samples). Also "Sabotaj Viral" and "Conectat" have a similar approach but even if the formula doesn’t change that much at the moment the CD has no weak moments as the tension don’t leave the listener for a second. The surprises comes with "Ce simti" and "Dark mission", two tracks based on a structure that reminds early industrial electronic sounds but with a sort of death metal vocals. CORUPT is an good CD that will interest the lovers of industrial electro dark atmospheres.
Aug 24 2006
The fact that TERMINAL CHOICE would radically change their music style from the very first minimal EBM beginnings to one of Germany’s most relevant and recognized Goth/Rock formation has for sure nobody expected. Chris Pohl is surely that kind of musician which has polarized people in either way, but nevertheless nowadays he earns the fruits of his hard work and his believe in his abilities through the years. For this new TERMINAL CHOICE Pohl has recruited Louis Manke (STAUBKIND) to provide the needed guitar infernos. The legendary John Fryer (DEPECHE MODE, HIM, NIN...) has done the mixing of this new CD. The Electro elements which here and there were available on his past albums are now totally gone. It’s also nice to hear that Pohl could improve from album to album his voice, he now really provides excellent and clear vocals well balanced in the mix. The music of course has developed through the years and the band now provides Goth-Rock which gets better and better. I don’t see this band in the same league like RAMSTEIN or OOMPH! until today, but they are on the way to follow them. Not sure if already with the "New Born Enemies" can the big step taken, I therefor don’t find it catchy enough. But time and the right market strategies will may prove us better...? Not my cup of tea at all, but surely not to be missed by the Goth fans.
Aug 24 2006
Is it me or is there musically anything else to find than Goth-Metal-Rock music lately hailing from Italy? LACUNA COIL, NIGHTWISH and comparable seemed to kick off a real avalanche of that music genre and The LoveCrave are just another act fronted with an energetic female vocalist providing this style of music. This CD is up to be released on the German RepoRecords label, which mostly grabbed attention though some re-releases of classic FUNKER VOGT items. Well, for them this is a musically development by building a constant label roster – but also without any risk. The LoveCrave don’t disappoint for their music style, while I hardly can’t hear their Goth influence. Some moments in Silence on "Can You Hear Me" and some synth bass lines don’t undermine the rich given Metal attitude. Better done is the ballad-like "Fading Roses" providing some well integrated pianos. This is definitively not really my cup of tea and the lately through Alfa Matrix released I:SCINTILLA did it much more for me. If The LoveCrave can follow the above mentioned patterns, has to be proven. For fans of that genre only.