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Solvent: RDJCS5 EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 24 2011
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Artist: Solvent (@)
Title: RDJCS5 EP
Format: 12"
Label: Suction (@)
Rated: *****
In my life, I've met many spendthrift fetishists who rival with other compulsive bidders to pursue the knocking-down for many bizarre objects, often with no real value in use and consequently overpaid, just because they belonged to some famous figure. I've nothing to complain about it to be honest, but I wonder how many people waste money just to stock them in a dusty showcase or inside a trunk whenever they change furniture. You should know that there's a considerably huge market for used musical instruments, where you can even buy off-key guitars, cracked organs or nibbled plectrums for a huge amount of money, which can be just redeemed with some certificate of authenticity, bearing witness to its previous famous owner (it's sometimes reccomendable to check fingerprints if the auctioner didn't wipe them out indeed!) ...well, many people are persuaded that a portion of the creative wit can be ideally engraved in the object he used, a sort of hallmark of the genius! Maybe Solvent's friend who spent $1200 for an old Yamaha CS5, owned by Richard David James aka Aphex Twin, being seemingly part of the audio equipment for Selected Ambient Works Vol.II (as it's explicitly mentioned in the linear notes of that great record) could have justified his purchase at VEMIA auction - acronym for Vintage Electric Musical Instrument Auctions, a private auction held twice a year where you can buy a lot of instruments, previously played by notorious musicians - after such a deduction, as it's quite difficult to admit it was a good bargain, as some friend of mine bought the same instrument for half a price (or even less) from some obscure repairer's workshop, even if on the occasion of another famous VEMIA auction, some anonymous bidder bought an EMS Synthi from Brian Eno for just £16.000! By the way, this guy had at least the good idea to entrust this glorious machine to a skilled friend, Solvent, who managed to create an EP, he entitled RDJCS5 - RDJ are the initials of Richard D.James -, where he gives a demonstration of his compositional skills in assembling 4 nice electro tracks in spite of the limits of this little synth. Most of them, particularly Radiator and Tassels, remind some pieces of sound artillery on AFX's Analords, while the first one, Curtains, could remove the dust from some musical memories related to the very first tunes by Bochum Welt or even some "lighter" tracks by Lowfish for the "dadaist" insert of an atmospheric programming of the oscillators. If you decide to buy the 12" vynil limited edition, you will also find a bonus track, entitled Sandpaper, which is a sort of drone a lot of djs are going to enjoy. A nice release which could persuade you to lend your dusty music machines to Suction's studios!

Pail: Faith in The Void

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 24 2011
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Artist: Pail
Title: Faith in The Void
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Rated: *****
So, you think, the latest FLA recordings are too much guitar-driven? Well, you can be helped, since the Spanish Electro/Industrial project Pail offers alternatively a 10-tracker filled with a remarkable 90s EBM/Electronic-music flavour, which reaches the programming skills of these Canadian heroes. If I tell you additionally, that Mr. FLA-producer himself, Greg Reely, has had his claws at the mixing and mastering desk for this album, I guess, you all can imagine, how much related a few of the tracks are sounding. Another hint: just check out the vocal performance of the chorus of the opener 'Burnt Out System' ' is it Bill Leeb behind the microphone?
Manix S., the mastermind behind Pail, takes his time to produce full-length albums. Also this one is long awaited, 'Faith In The Void' is at least his third album in nearly 13 years of his project career. Quite explainable, because Manix stands also behind the Spanish label Caustic Records (among others Plasmodivm, Culture Kultür...), he has, as expected, a day job to pay all bills, so his free time to act as a music project is limited. Therefore a new Pail album is a real gift, especially to all of you having an open ear for a well produced, crafty Electro/Industrial-album which reduces newer tendencies of ouf the Harsh EBM/Hellectro/TBM genre to one or two tracks ('Ingeniera Del Consentimiento' for instance). Don't expect a total FLA rip-off, because Manix knows quite well to play with diverse styles. There can be discovered Trance-elements in 'Hyper Reality', or a pure old-school Ahalt-EBM performance with 'Energy Bodies'.
'Faith In The Void' offers 10 masterpieces, which are all that matured produced and mixed, that some of Manix's attributes to different styles do not alter the good impression. The awesome looking digipack (3 panel/12 pages booklet included) gives additionally a detailed and with all lyrics included expression of art. And if you're looking for a chance to pick up a special goody ' there is available a limited edition of only 50 exemplars, which features asides the album a shirt, patch, lanyard, pins all packaged in a wooden box. A must-buy item!

Project Rotten: Remixing The Flesh

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 24 2011
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Artist: Project Rotten
Title: Remixing The Flesh
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Twisted Flesh Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Swedish Harsh-EBM musician Fredrik Croona has founded his very own label Twisted Flesh Recordings, and after the release of a first introducing compilation entitled 'Face The Darkness 1', it was relatively expectable, that Fredrik's own Project Rotten would earlier or later enter a free slot in his label stable. 'Remixing the Flesh' is, as the title announces it, sort of a remix companion to Fredrik's debut 'Freakshow', self-released during 2010. Rather acting like an EP, this download-only release offers 6 foreign-band remix contributions by ES 23, Say Just Words (with two remixes on 'Buried Alive' and 'Nightmares'), Ad Inferna, Anamadim and Incubite. Besides this, you'll get a new 'Melancholic Version' of the track 'The Lust To Kill' and a marvellous new tune entitled 'Desecrating The Dead', which at least is the highlight of this EP. No one of the remix contributors falls down the drain, so far, so good, but also no one is able to offer something remarkable, which drifts a bit away from the usual Harsh-EBM formula. It can't be attested, that this EP deals with innovation and it proves, that the own work of Project Rotten, especially discovered with the new track 'Desecrating The Dead', offers the most maturity. But in all a good bridging to wait for new recordings of this Swedish music project.

Plasmodivm: The Post-Modern Prometheus

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 24 2011
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Artist: Plasmodivm (@)
Title: The Post-Modern Prometheus
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Rated: *****
Back with some new recordings again produced on the dreamy Canary islands, the Spanish Electro/Industrial-producer Sandro Veras offers at least 14 refined pieces of work. Compared to his highly accaimed debut 'Paradise Under Fire', there can be noticed a clear development away from the total harsh EBM performance to a more thought, nearly smooth Futurepop-infiltrated sound-design. Sandro has grown in his musically evolution, his compositions are more filled and layered, plus he still adds his well recognizeable dedication for special fx elements often thrown in between his pummeling rhythm patterns.
The label sheet names among others the German Solitary Experiments as a quell of inspiration, and I agree in that case, that some of Sandro's new tracks draw a strong relation to the early recordings of this famous act ('Unbreakable Will', 'I Have killed A Man', or 'A New Beginning'). These are the tracks, where Sandro allows the integration of clear and nearly natural sounding vocals.
As for personal favorites, I nevertheless name his rather mid-tempo based, ominous sounding tracks like 'The Beginning Of My End', 'Smashing White Pills', or 'Réquiem (Missa Pro Defunctis)'. Although I admire the musically development with this new album, I have to name these ones, because they represent the best the strong and merciless kind more obviously discovered on his above mentioned debut ' remembrances to the harsh, golden Spanish days with Dioxyde and Asseptic Room come to mind by stomping with these intense, harsh EBM tunes.
72 minutes of quality Electro/Industrial tracks, for the most part filled with energetic fx-driven ideas, well, this all are quite good arguments to invest your bucks to purchase this album.

DAGOBERT / KALSON: Astronauten

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 18 2011
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Artist: DAGOBERT / KALSON
Title: Astronauten
Format: 12"
Label: Dominance Electricity
Rated: *****
With a beautiful cover painted by one of the most renowned Argentinian cartoonist Juan Gimenez and available in yellow and green. There is a 12" limited print, (which also have a huge poster of the cover), black 12", CDr and a digital download version (these two have two bonus tracks). ASTRONAUTEN is the newest Dominance Electricity Dagobert/ Kalson split EP. We have to go back to 2003 to recall the last Dagobert release (the double 12" album "Sonic Sound Of Bass" has been just reissued). The Serbian producer Kalson had two digital singles out in 2008 and 2009 but he never had a proper release on vinyl. Let's start from A side with Dagobert. "Lunar Orbiter" is a short ambient space tune with laser blasts and nice beats and you'll find it only on the CDr and the digital release. "Astronomie" is the opening picked up for the vinyl and it sounds rich and deep with cool mid tempo beats, different melodic pads and treated vocal samples. It sounds like a space electro funk tune. "The Question S.E.T.I." opens with a blast with a catchy melody, bouncing rhythms and vocoder filtered vocals. Later breaks and stop and go enrich the formula. "Astronauten Weltenraum" is a dancefloor filler with synth sweeps and cool synth arpeggios. Melody, deep filtered vocals and bass frequencies do the rest and satisfy your desire for electro. Kalson opens his side with "Colosseum In Tokyo", a track originally written by DJ Gio MC-505 & Dr. Shingo. It focus on different arpeggio tracks, filtered vocals and mid tempo. It sounds cinematic and convincing. The second track is a "Astronauten Weltenraum" remix. Kalson doesn't change too much its structure (melodies and vocals are there) but now it sounds more like 80s electro. "Digital Baroque" is a good instrumental with atmosphere/rhythm changes. It keeps the melodies but changes the sounds step by step. "Obscure Nebula" closes the digital editions and it's a great slow instrumental that would fit a sci-fi soundtrack thanks to its epic atmosphere. Dominance Electricity did it again and it has given all the electro lovers another great release. Keep up the good work guys!
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