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Artist: Attrition (@)
Title: Wrapped in the guise of my friend
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Rated: *****
After the appreciated project consisting of the re-releasing of some of their most important (and less considered) past work-outs, Martin Bowes adds this candied cherry onto the Attrition cake he cooked throughout the reassuring mark of his label Two Gods by releasing an high-quality collection of cover versions, made by a plenty of talented band and musicians of its own entourage, which is going to enjoy Attrition's fans pavilions and Martin's musical nodding in approval (by his own admission!) stands as the best good quality proof for them! And for us as well... Seventeen new levers and renowned musicians of the gothic , neo-folk , dark wave and electro-goth scene have been called to arms, they've been asked to choose a track (and justify their choice... you'll find an exhaustive explanation of it in the leaflet of this release) and their enthusiastic reply has resulted in an astonishing collection of 17 cover versions, the best body of evidence about the fact they've come to surface again after a lot of music collectors and critics complained about the hidden identity of this revolutionary band, able to create a sort of chamber-techno-pop by departing from an unedited crossover of EBM and synth-pop danceable tunes, the industrial experiments by Throbbing Gristle and a powerful narrative poetry between decadence, social creepy realism and dark atmospheres.


There're a lot of musical pearls in the long tracklist '“ my favorite ones are the two reinterpretations of A Girl Called harmony, the foggy electronic reprise of Favourite Things by the Lovercraft-inspired project Nyarlathotep, the evocative one of A great Design by Fluxu§yndrom, the breathtaking reinterpretation of Fate Is Smiling by Patricia Wake '“ I've almost developed an addiction to it!!! -, as well as the gentle sinister touch Remora added to Fusillade!!! '“ and you'lll easily enjoy taking notes about your fav ones. We imagine Martin Bowes'll keep on nodding in approval while listening and you'll be surely induced to imitate its body code, folks (and saddened gravy stone angels!)... naturally wrapped in the guise of his golden friends (a quote-into-the-quote!!!)... Highly recommended!
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Artist: BRONSTIBOK
Title: Wob Me
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk
Rated: *****
Mixing dub, grime and electro, Bronstibok are back with a new digital release on Basserk. WOB ME contains six new tracks to party with: "Kanja" opens the dance with its semi reggae flavor mixed with energetic fat bass lines followed by "Ooohh" where the syncopated rhythms duet with bass distortions. "Pony pony" mix the previous influences with electro attitude while "Staccato" and "That's good" go for a techno approach. The closing "Wob me" mix grime sounds with a bit of pop attitude on the vocals sounding like an electronic jungle dance anthem.
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Artist: LEWSOR (@)
Title: No Error
Format: CD
Label: Audio Trauma (@)
Rated: *****
Ex member of Extasick (band that recorded their album on D-Trash Records) Matthieu Gosselin started Lewsor in 2005 producing his debut album "Rather Die Than Hear That" for What A Fake! Records. That album gave him some exposure that lead him to the French label Audio Trauma. After some years of work, Matthieu can finally release his digital craziness packed into fourteen new tracks where digital punk, breakbeat and distortion hail the "sound hacker" as well as "the musical pirate" who is behind the Lewsor moniker. Sampling orchestras (check "Industrial brass band" and the following "Junkyard girl") and thousand other musical sources Lewsor offers an album where no prisoners are allowed. Naming Prodigy, Venetian Snares, Aphex Twin and Atari Teenage Riot as influences, Matthieu introduces us to a world of a buggy science fiction where velocity isn't the only way to express even if you'll be attacked by wall of distortions and fragmented rhythms as on many tracks we find also melodic threads to follow as well as song structured tracks (check the guitar driven "Backdoor process" or the semi hip-hop "Musical pirate"). There's so much going on into this album that you'll need more spins to check everything. Good one...
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Artist: SUICIDE COMMANDO (@)
Title: Die, Motherfucker, Die
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Metropolis Records / Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: Industrial Music
Rated: *****
Not too much reminds on his well-done previously released limited 7 " Single "Until We Die" / "Severed Head" – that was the first impression after consuming Johan van Roy’s newest effort. With "Die, Motherfucker, Die" he rather returns into his lately discovered fairway. It’s one of his harsh and smashing tunes, very near to what some people would consider as a Hellectro duplicate – luckily he hasn’t forgotten to include some typical SC-capacities. His sense to create dark and ominous sounding introductions, as well as some typical SC-related bass lines and programming skills are still keeping his fans of his early days listening – if not body moving. With the both additional remix contributions by X-FUSION and/or the Mexican C-LEKKTOR the fire keeps on burning under the dancefloor – to answer the question of the musically value behind this business-related action wasn’t requested, so how can I dare to ask??? Comes finally a relatively good b-side entitled "Come Down With Me", whose only flaw can be discovered in the too loud mixed vocals being to much in the center position. That title track in its original version is an awesome and pummeling floor-filler, which gives a nice addition to a possible "best of the best"- SUICIDE COMMANDO tracks compilation. The b-side is okay, the further rest cannot wear off the smell of business-related decisions.
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Artist: IN[PERFEKTION] (@)
Title: Perfekt Chaos
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Enough Records (@)
Rated: *****
Another demo release for this promising Portuguese Electro-/Futurpop-project, freely available now via the rich catalogue of the Enough Records netlabel catalogue. This music project has recently released ist first official debut album "Vultures Among Us" on the small Greek label Hesperus Records. Let’s hope the best for this engaged project, that this won’t fall too much under the radar of the listeners especially in Middle-Europe. IN[PERFEKTION] are convincing with their clear arrangements and their well inserted male vocals and their dancefloor-oriented direction. For this demo, Walter could hire with IDK from the countrymen EDEN SYNTHETIC CORPS an approved additional musician to help out with production and guest vocals on the track "Toxikaotic". A remix well fitting with the discovered straight Futurepop-music provided by N3XU5 accomplishes this 5-track EP. I don’t see any serious flaws, that would stand against the success for this project. Technically and sound-wise IN[PERFEKTION] have reached the state-of-art, but we all know the rules of the business: Success nowadays belongs in the usage of the right promotion.
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