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FLESH EATING FOUNDATION: So Yeah

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 02 2011
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Artist: FLESH EATING FOUNDATION (@)
Title: So Yeah
Format: CD EP
Label: Glory & Honour
Rated: *****
Flesh Eating Foundation recently signed a deal with Glory and Honour Records for a single and album. Yesterday, first of December, their new label just released this EP titled SO YEAH. It contains four new tracks, two remixes of the main track reworked by Angelspit and T-Lab, a cover of a Babyland song titled "Worst Case Scenario" and an interesting slow stripped to the bone version of the main song. Available in CD, saucy red vinyl 7" (containing two tracks plus a digital download code), compact disc and digital formats, the EP shows the band performing granitic e.b.m. punk tunes where distorted leads and hard beats are mixed following their distinctive formula. Keeping on using their zombi aesthetic, Flesh Eating Foundation packed this nice EP with minimal arrangements, dance attitude and tense atmospheres. Try to bite them before they'll bite you...

Bruno de Angelis: The Box

 Posted by eskaton   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 27 2011
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Artist: Bruno de Angelis
Title: The Box
Format: CD
Label: XBDA (@)
Rated: *****
Bruno de Angelis also records under the name Mana ERG, which I also reviewed in this batch. Where ManaERG was pretty standard electronica mixed with samples, it seems that this is his more experimental project. This album seems to focus solely on the music without resorting to the use of samples. It is well compose but not overbearing, fading into the background without becoming dull. I could imagine this album in good company with the stuff that was coming out on Instinct Records back in the early 1990s. This is nice, peaceful, electronic ambient. Given the choice between the two projects, I would definitely side with this one. This album weighs in at around 41 minutes.

Mana ERG : Idiosyncratic

 Posted by eskaton   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 27 2011
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Artist: Mana ERG
Title: Idiosyncratic
Format: CD
Label: XBDA (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of Mana ERG, so I did some searching and found an interview with Chain DLK in which they cite The Residents, Clock DVA, My Bloody Valentine, Laibach and Recoil as their influences. Now the band is down to Bruno de Angelis (not to be confused with the fashion designer) and a few guest musicians. This is pretty standard electronica with a fair amount of samples. I'm not quite sure the samples really work here, but the music is pleasant. There are definitely overtones of Clock DVA's Digital Soundtracks here, but not quite as dark. The samples are the only vocals. This album weighs in at around 42 minutes.

Cyanide Regime: Global Compromise

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 23 2011
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Artist: Cyanide Regime (@)
Title: Global Compromise
Format: CD
Label: Gorestone
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
There's still life in the regime, although band-leader Fernando Silva had to take a deep breath, until he could get ready with a new album after the debut 'Visions of Order' in 2007. Several things have changed in the band formation of Cyanide Regime. Fernando seems to be the only one constantly working force, while he has hired with Brian Blitzkrieg and KC Killjoy two new members to lead the Cyanide Regime into new sonic territories. But on 'Global Compromise' a lot of the already discovered ingredients got warmed up: the music remains to be based in relative ear-friendly produced Harsh EBM/Industrial efforts, while Fernando keeps on to 'bark' like a mad dog his lyrically onslaught into the microphone. The new tracks are coming out straight and feature that typical in-your-face-attitude to keep the masses in motion on the dancefloors. Asides the main track of this new album, 'We March', also 'Deception' or 'Out Of My Life' work excellent to let your body move to the rhythm of kick and snare. The production generally sounds more polished and matured compared to the debut, although I may expected a bit more development, especially with having in mind, that two new band members should be able, to integrate own and different ideas. 'By Strangulation' is a track consisting of multiple voice samples and different selected beats, which needs to be pointed out, as this one leaves the most the known path of Cyanide Regime. After only 6 new original tracks, it starts, what quite often starts in this scene: a kind of a remix 'war' with some foreign contributions. 'We March' is unsurprisingly the victim for Sebastian Komor (Komor Kommando / Icon Of Coil), Spektralized, and the relatively undiscovered Dalliance. Additionally you'll get a 'Reprise' of this track by KC Killjoy, which concludes this album. It's always the same with these business-only remix contributions: a few of them provide good ideas, but generally they can never-ever rival with the quality of the original composition - same here, and 2 - 3 own compositions would have done better. Finally worth to mention a revamped, 2011-version of 'Memoria', originally available on 'Visions Of Order'. It's a crafty new interpretation of this track, although I haven't found out so far, why this one needed a new interpretation. 'Global Compromise' swims well with the current state of the Hellectro-art ' but not more. It has become a bit to foreseeable and bigger surprises have been left out. May this project still needs a bit more time to mature and several promising opening gigs with better known projects like FGFC 820 for instance should help with it.

Mortal Void: The Great Pretending

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 23 2011
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Artist: Mortal Void (@)
Title: The Great Pretending
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Dooload (for digital downloading)
Rated: *****
Some online forum junkies may know Tobias Hopp, mastermind behind this German one-man Dark Electro-project better under his chosen pseudonym "Krankheitssymptom" (the Dependent-forum for instance...). However, Tobias is an active musician since a decade and with his project Mortal Void he could make himself a name in the German underground scene, although something like a break-through he hasn't reached so far. After several remix contributions and self-produced online-releases, Tobias could release an album via Codeline Records in 2007. His new album "The Great Pretending" is again self-released, but shall mark a step towards to reach a wider audience. It too documents the growth and maturity reached through the years, which also brought in experiences at a few live performances as being opener for Supreme Court for instance.
This all new album avoids for the most part nearly all adaptions of the still club-leading Hellectro-rush, although it isn't free of tiny flaws. Tobias proves to have a good sense for usable fx elements and synthesizer pad- and sweep-sounds, which avoid the impression to have heard them a million times before. Also his kind to re-strange his vocals with multiple fx-elements counts to the better elements in the overall sound outfit of Mortal Void. The complicated things rather can be seen on his kind to "bow" seemingly linear rhythm patterns or bass-lines ("Blind, Dead & Empty", "Constantly Denying", or "Never Care"). I have nothing against projects, which try here and there to break with the typical 4/4-on-the-floor formula, but especially on above mentioned tracks his staccato-like percussion work sounds imperfect and runs seemingly uncontrolled out of pattern. Not a tragedy at all, but a track like the opener, which is in this case "Blind, Dead & Empty", needs in our rushing times to be a "hit", which keeps the listeners interested to follow the further course of action. And such straight and linear "hit tracks" Tobias has definitely to offer: "Thanks", "Wasted Emotion", or "The Path I Wander" would fit perfectly. I also name the title track as being a good example, that Tobias is able to handle his kick-and-snare-programming differently, but in this case totally seducing. Overall rated, Mortal Void have done a huge step forward to reach the next level of recognition. "The Great Pretending" is a crafty produced album, which should easily find its listeners - the upcoming gig on the 11th of December 2011 as being the opener for Aesthetic Perfection in Berlin fits perfectly to Tobias' intention to work more professional. This album helps too.


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