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Artist: BJØRN SVIN
Title: Browen
Format: CD
Label: Rump Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Active since 1995 as a live performer and producer of experimental electronic dance music, Bjørn Svin has released several albums and 12"s as well as music for films and theatre. In the late nineties he became a "techno pop-star" with the hit "Mer Strøm 2" and reached cult-status in most of Scandinavia. His new album BROWEN will be released on March by Danish Rump Recordings and it shows a different side of Bjørn as composer. The twelve tracks of the album take inspiration from the rhythmic richness of techno/i.d.m. music but add to the mix an experimental attitude. If tracks like "ROwmOR" or "mPmWree" show still traces of techno structures, others like the opening "Browen" or the following "bowbroW" are more experimental oriented thanks to an evolving flow of metallic sounds that form little melodic/rhythmic loops. Minimal tiny melodies change their sound from dissonant to melodic and clashes with other hundreds forming a constant flow of sound. Techno, dub (check the opening part of "mOmWree"), i.d.m., experimental influences blend very well giving to the listener an interesting and wide sound spectrum to explore.

DISTEL: Distel

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 02 2010
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Artist: DISTEL
Title: Distel
Format: 7"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
With one track on the Enfant Terrible compilation "Radio resistencia" at their active, Distel are now releasing, always for the same label, the debut limited to 300 copies 7". Already active as drone/experimental act Hadewych, the guy behind Distel bring on the turntable two great tracks of slow anxious electronic. Whispered vocals and hypnotic loops are the main elements of "Mrk" and "Regn" which, in balance from cold wave and electro industrial, are able to give to minimal pop a new meaning by adding tension and mystery. Great release!
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Artist: Alien Produkt
Title: Honour vs. Falsehood (The First Step EP)
Format: CD EP
Label: Advoxya Records
Distributor: web
Rated: *****
Those of you who got a chance to hear Revenge" (2005) and Ignorance" (2007) by Alien Produkt are familiar with their rather unique EBM sound; very club oriented, the beats are comfortable for your feet, nice melodies and some emotional touch is there too. AP changed to another label but did not change its sound. Honour vs Falsehood" is the first EP from the planned two to mark the return of the band that was founded 12 years ago back from their break. In total there are 14 track and over 70 minutes of music here. Two of the compositions have never been released before.
One of the best things about this EP is that it features a relatively high number of remixes of numerous songs instead of boring the listener with 3 tracks remixed in 10 versions each. The only exception from that is "Oscilacion Parasita" presented in 4 versions. Make no mistake the track is good, but listening to it 4 times in an hour is rather tiring as it would be the case with any song, no matter how much you like it.
The remix of "Slender" by Mechanical Moth and "Reality - Out Of Control (blood room remix by asseptic room) are certainly among the most intriguing compositiond on the CD.
To sum it up; this is a solid EBM work that would work just fine in clubs, (also while driving, working out and whenever you may want a kick.)
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Artist: STRIP IN MIDI SIDE (@)
Title: Strip In Midi Side
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Strip In Midi Side is a band coming from Sarno, near Salerno, Italy. They just produced a demo CD with five tracks (you can check four of them on their myspace page): "A strip in your midi side", "Everyday like this", "The dreams", "Bring me down" and "Sweet bastard". They call their style neuro-pop and claim themselves influenced by Depeche Mode and Marilyn Manson. Well produced and mixed Strip In Midi Side's music is a a nice blend of electronic pop and guitar riffs. Personally I hear more Duran Duran than Depeche Mode or Marilyn Manson (check the refrain on "The dream") and this isn't a critique because I love the first two Duran Duran's album as well as the ones recorded with the original line-up reunited. Anyway, Giotto (vocals/synth), Amon (bass/vocals), Maks (guitar) and Akrid (synthesizer/programming/noises) are ready to get signed and they deserve it because their music is energetic, melodic and catchy. "Bring me down", for example, would fit well the alternative dance floors as it is a mix of goth, electro and new wave.
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Artist: NIHIL NOVI SUB SOLE
Title: Jupiter Temple
Format: CD
Label: My Kingdom Music (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Co-produced by My Kingdom Music and Lichterklang, JUPITER TEMPLE is the first official album of Nihil Novi Sub Sole. Headed by Marco Kehren (Deinonychs, ex-Bethlehem), Nihil Novi Sub Sole created a great martial industrial orchestral album where choruses, brasses, piano, strings, kettledrums, vocal samples and tambourines form a powerful soundtrack. Epic melodies and atmospheres play and important part and it's great to notice that the twelve tracks of the album aren't a cut and paste of classical records. Human beings under stressing or catastrophic events (like war) show their best or their worst sides and "Nihil Novi Sub Sole", "Die Angeklagten", "To Enslave & Destroy", "Avvenimento Traumatico", "Stigma", "Fellonia Con Sangue", "Walking Over Mother Disease", "Obedience To None", "Paralyze", "Victoria Victis", "Idolatry" and "Totgeborener Lebensmut" born as musical comments to events or situations where men were finding themselves brought to their extreme. Some examples: "Fellonia Con Sangue" (this song ironically has samples from Benito Mussolini hailing the Axis forces, who later turned their back on him) reflects hypocrisy and ignorance, "Obedience To None" is a dedication to those who paid a bitter price for their ideals and "Die Angeklagten" is about a court victim /witness who questions himself about how it happened that a whole nation found itself blindfolded / enslaved and committed such brutalities.
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