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Artist: CAPACOCHA
Title: Sacrifice For Party
Format: CD
Label: Basserk
Rated: *****
SACRIFICE FOR PARTY is the debut album of Capacocha. Coming from Holland, Capacocha is a one man band who describes its style as "electro rock n rolla outta controlla". To be honest this album offers something more of mere rock'n'roll or electro: the first thing that is popping out while listening to the album is that its nine tracks are high energetic distorted up-tempos where Capacocha blends in many influences. If "To make you fell better" sounds like Franz Ferdinand with a boost, the opening "Monster" is an electro punk anthem, "Follow me" recalls me LCD Soundsystem, "Neoconjerkative" starts with a bit of techno just to steer to electro punk with bouncing bass lines, "Shake it" is the sum of garage punk, punk blues (remember the Oblivians or other bands that were making records for Crypt during the 90s?) and a bit of funk. We have the best mix of genres in "Leave me" where 70s disco synth lines meet dissonant punk funk guitars: try to imagine a mix of Gang Of Four and LCD Soundsystem with dueting synth leads. The album won't let you down for a second and if aren't afraid of a bit of sane craziness mixed with punk, electro and more, Capacocha is the one to try.
Nov 28 2009
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Artist: U.M.M. (@)
Title: s/t
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Enough Records (@)
Rated: *****
I really don’t know, for what this short cut stands, but nevertheless the old school fans of EBM in the purest NEP, DAF of POUPPEE FABRIKK-vein will be rewarded with the debut of a Portugal-based project available for free via the Enough Records website above. Some tend to say, that this minimal form of aggressive Electro/Industrial-music won’t offer too much new and interesting content to discover. Also U.M.M. aren’t re-inventors of this special music genre, but the sweat, blood and purest dedication presented in these 8 tracks are worth to check out. A little exotic touch is included, since U.M.M. provide their shouts in Portuguese language – quite interesting though, because this offers them a unique format. The music itself is for the most part better worked-out and wider filled with several additional instruments compared to some more established projects. A newcomer to follow immediately.
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Artist: Informatik (@)
Title: Arena
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Industrial Music
Rated: *****
Only one month after their teaser "Come Together", INFORMATIK are starting a new autumn offensive by releasing this new studio album. In further news it needs to be said, that "Arena" got licensed to the re-animated German label Dependent, so European-wide distribution should be saved. And to complete the good news, INFORMATIK are supporting the British Synthpop-institution MESH on their tour currently in Europe while I’m writing this. "Arena" reminds a lot on INFORMATIK’s album "Re:Vision", released in 2004 – it follows a quite comparable concept. Both protagonists of this project, Da5id Din and Tyler Newman, are known for their skills, so they have decided to follow the example of "Re:Vision" and have produced several new remixes of some of their classics. Tracks like "A Matter Of Time" or their known small club hit out of the EBM-days, "Entropy", got completely revamped. You’ll too get the two announced winner remix contributions of their Spring remix contest, PULSE STATE and their remix of "My True Love", as well as THE SYNTHETIC DREAM FOUNDATION and their interpretation of "Temporary". As for new tracks, "Come Together" of course is included, but the new smasher "Falling" really impresses me – that’s one of their best tunes ever composed. And check also out the fat layered last instrumental track "The End", which reminds a bit on their classic "Retrogradation" if you check the rhythm performance of this slow tune. Although I still prefer "Beyond" in its kind, "Arena" is the ideal album to put a footstep into the doors of the European listeners.
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Artist: Informatik (@)
Title: Come Together
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Industrial Music
Rated: *****
With a 5-track Download-only release, the prominent US duo INFORMATIK adds another chapter to their ongoing successful story of the furious past year. All good things started with their last years’ album "Beyond". Never before Tyler Newman and Da5id Din could earn so much recognition for their new celebrated musically direction, to combine the always high-skilled synth-driven Electropop-sound of Da5id with the rather Rock-/ Alternative-oriented acoustic efforts of Tyler (BATTERY CAGE). A self-organized remix contest has received international attention, the two winning contributors will make it on their upcoming new album "Arena", while the further rest out of this contest can be still downloaded directly from the INFORMATIK-website. "Come Together" is the appetizer for the new album, a rather straight and quite college radio-compatible track, which follows the newly discovered style of "Beyond". Asides the "Radio Mix", this track is available in 2 further different remixed versions, the "Clubmix T" (Tyler) and the "Clubmix D" (Da5id) – both attractive enough produced to share some floor action. You should also lay your focus of interest on the both additional tracks, because you’ll get rewarded with an intense remix on the ballad "Don’t Be Afraid", one of the outstanding tracks of "Beyond" – the rather Goth/Dark Electro-oriented audience will fall in love with this moody reinterpretation. But also "Bottom Feeder" is much better than someone might expect from a b-side and impresses with ist cold synth pads, the attacking guitar-riffs and the deep blurring bass-lines. "Come Together" is an attractive teaser release, which promises a lot for the new album.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Kod.ex
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Brume Records (@)
Rated: *****
Kod.eX is an event organization based in Paris/France which will celebrate its 4 years of activities in December 2009. This double compilation released by Brume Records gathers 26 bands that have played at Kod.ex and which represents the main core of today's industrial electronic scene as they have released their music through Ant-Zen, Hymen, Hands, Ad Noiseam, Brume Records, M-Tronic, Audiotrauma, etc. The first half of CD1 amazed me for its atmospheric continuity: Empusae, Mlada Fronta, Dither, Cdatakill, Sonic Area (they present a great track titled "Nevermore" where classic atmospheres a la Ennio Morricone are mixed with electro industrial rhythms creating a breathtaking effect), Le Diktat (industrial hip hop is the definition I'd give to their "Ennemi intérieur") are giving their best mixing melody, electro industrial rhythms, dub and synthetic sounds creating good tracks where atmosphere and rhythm are the main elements. With This Mourn' Omina atmosphere changes a bit thanks to their minimal approach to melody. Also the following four acts follow a minimal approach to sound where melody is present but sound and rhythm manipulation is more important. Tzolk'in (Live at Kod.ex), Flint-Glass, Ab Ovo and C.h.District sound more industrial and tense compared to the previous bands (Detritus aren't included into this list as "Watching The Watchmaker" sounds like a spy movie electronic soundtrack). This change again with the closing track composed by Oil 10 ("Solid sun" sounds like an electro track influenced by Vangelis music). With the second CD industrial distortions and industrial electro sounds are under the spotlight with LITH, Element Abuse, Ex Tension (their "Le complexe" mix industrial and electro e.b.m.), Twinkle ("Le passage de wormholes" mix breakbeat rhythms, electro industrial sounds and particular melodies which seems to be sampled from a carillon), Fractional, Asche ("Steamroom - count sucker's reprise version" is a distorted tense monster with dramatic atmospheres), Chrysalide ("Noize guerilla - gangstanoize remix by Sonic Area is a sort of industrial e.b.m./black metal blend), Roger Rotor, Sylvgheist Maëlström, Sulphuric Saliva, Mono No Aware ("As an intro" is an hypnotic industrial loopy track), Imminent and Cenotype. Personally I preferred the first CD as it was less focused on a "physical approach" but you know... this could not be true for you, as usual.
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