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TYSKE LUDDER: Diaspora

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 27 2011
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Artist: TYSKE LUDDER
Title: Diaspora
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****
Tyske Ludder love to provoke and it's nice they had the coincidence that the release of their latest album DIASPORA met the success of the revolt in Egypt and the start of guerrilla all over the north Africa. Dedicated to all the people who are fighting for their freedom (one of the few English lyrics talks about modern politics that exploit people and economics), DIASPORA brings in new ideas: check the use of choruses and classic music, thing that recalled me the Laibach of the mid 90's, or the electro dancey driven sounds on "For their glory" (song that also has distorted and clean vocals duets). If you know Tyske Ludder don't be afraid, because they didn't lose their industrial touch and their hard rhythms. The thirteen new tracks of DIASPORA (sixteen into the limited edition) are able to show a multifaceted band that behind strong rhythms and e.b.m. sounds has a lot more to offer: subtle melodies, catchy atmospheres and intriguing musical solutions.

ROBERT COSMIC: Wait The Process

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 27 2011
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Artist: ROBERT COSMIC
Title: Wait The Process
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Battery Park Studio
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
WAIT THE PROCESS is the second release on Battery Park for Robert Cosmic. After founding his own label Mars Frequency, Robert is back on the crime scene with three new tracks and a new version of 'Restarting My Robot' (the song that gave the title to the his first Battery Park release). The first track that opens the digital releaseà is the title track, one which is focused on minimal bass lines and a bouncy rhythmical patterns. Robert filters vocals with rising synth pads and alternating leads. 'Restarting My Robot 2.0' follows the same path but rhythms here are more robotic, the bass line is more electro syncopated and the atmosphere is tense. "So Far Away" is a great Detroit electro mid-tempo song with post-atomic atmospheres, crisp sounds and a slow, synth solo. "Cosmic breaks" is a bleepy instrumental which closes the EP with some upbeat tempos and minimal melodic variations enriched by acid leads and stop and go.
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May 26 2011
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Artist: DOXA SINISTRA
Title: La Via Del Latte
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible
Rated: *****
Issued for the first time in 1982 by Trumpett, LA VIA DEL LATTE was the first Doxa Sinistra tape and it will be the latest Trumpett reissue by Enfant Terrible. The Dutch label already released on vinyl 'Conveyer Belt', the second Doxa Sinistra tape and now you have the opportunity to check eighteen out of twenty one tracks of their first great release (the intro, the outro and "Maurizio's minestrone" are missing into this 300 copies run reissue). Mixing minimal melodic synth lines, guitar riffs, sparse drum machine beats and analog noises with an experimental/industrial attitude, the band succeeded into creating a personal landscape made of short instrumentals (the longest track is three minutes long) characterized by alienated atmospheres where the vocals are filtered and duet with percussive noises and bleeping monophonic keyboards. Alternating fast and tense tracks (check "Ruhrgebiet" or "Kuomintang`s Space Blues") to experimental atmospheric ones (like "Via Del Latte 2" or "Via Del Latte 4"), Doxa Sinistra sounding sinister like a nuclear alarm siren. Spreading their sonic pollution all around your place, the Dutch band will convince you that it's better to sleep with one eye opened...

Sonik Foundry: Parish of Redemption

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 23 2011
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Artist: Sonik Foundry (@)
Title: Parish of Redemption
Format: CD
Label: Nilaihah Records (@)
Distributor: Nilaihah Records
Rated: *****
Formerly NJ now Maine based EBM band Sonik Foundry (not to be confused with Sonic Foundry, the media software company; remember Sound Forge and ACID?) came about in 2008, and 'Parish of Redemption' is their second full album release after 'Mechanized' in 2009. 'Parish of Redemption'? Sounds like a gospel album, eh? '¦NOT! No 'Hallelujahs,' 'Amens' or 'Amazing Grace' on this. What you get is fairly standard but solid EBM; competent dark dance music. The band is led by Nikademus, the male half of the band Bow Ever Down. His synth, rhythm and programming cohorts are Malic Acid and Tim Mizerak. Nik's (can I call you Nik? We're all buds in this dark music world to some degree, eh?) vocals are of the intelligible variety, as opposed to the harsh, distorted-to-death kind which is a plus in my book. They're melodic enough but with an edge of menace, so it doesn't spill into the synth-pop/future-pop realm. Somewhere I saw a reviewer saying Nik had a flat-sounding voice. I disagree. Actually, if you took Ozzie Osborn's pipes and mixed it with say, Gary Numan, it wouldn't be far off from what you get here. On the other hand, it's not a terribly powerful voice. Stronger vocals seem to be coming from Malic's occasional shouted/screamed vocal interjections on some tracks. It's an effective and useful contrast though.

As for the music, it is quite serviceable, though not particularly innovative, with above average synth programming. It's hard to be innovative in a genre with the stricture of parameters that EBM has, considering how long it's been around and how many bands have mined the field. You need a fair amount of doom & gloom lyrics, a strong 4-on-the-floor beat, apocalyptic sounding sequenced synth electronics, and heavy bass. As for sticking to this tried 'n true formula, Sonik Foundry do that very well. I can't pick a standout track on 'Parish of Redemption' because there is a great degree of homogeny running throughout most of the album. There ain't no huge hits, and there ain't no dreadful misses, and there wasn't anything that I didn't particularly care for. There is only one track that could be considered balladesque, and that's 'Destiny' where things are slowed down a bit. Reminds me of The Birthday Massacre (sans guitars and Chibi's femme vocals) melodically and in the synth arrangements. This is possibly the nicest change-up on the album. I bet if it was remixed in a duet with Chibi, it would perk up a few ears. If I had to come up with a direct comparison for the band as a whole on this album, I'd say it was the more aggressive aspects of a band like Assemblage 23, and the more thoughtful aspects of a band like Combichrist. (Now there's an analogy for you!)

Two big plusses for this band: No guitars and they do live shows. In fact, they've supported bands on tour such as Ego Likeness, Interface, Uberbyte, Terrorfakt, Unter Null, and of course, Bow Ever Down, and it looks like they'll be touring this summer in the East and Midwest. If you get a chance you should go see them. The album is worth checking out too, especially if you've had a lack of decent new EBM in your life.

Flint Glass, Polarlicht 4.1, Transistor: Zoran's equation

 Posted by Borys Catelani   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 17 2011
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Artist: Flint Glass, Polarlicht 4.1, Transistor
Title: Zoran's equation
Format: CD
Label: Funkwelten (@)
Rated: *****
Three monickers for two artists, french Gwenn Tremorin and german Ronny Jaschinski, teaming up together for this rather interesting project. The more two artists are different the more harmonization is difficult, the risk of an oil and water (un)mix grows bigger, but this is not the case. Tremorin and Jaschinski have managed to bring in their own influences and sound, mixing them together, preserving their own identity and giving birth to something new and most definitely interesting. The first has a more industrial/ambient/noise background, you can hear him in the deep drones and noises, in the whole gloomy mood, Ah Cama Sotz! or even Haus Arafna fans might be delighted. On the other rhythmic side there's a pretty much rarefied kind of IDM patterns and sounds. The mix works perfectly along the common path of inspiration by french science fiction writer Renè Barjavel's novel "Le nuits de temps". Remarkable are also the paintings used for the graphic artwork provided by Denis Khokhrin (http://conjunctorium.org). Mission executed.


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