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FLEC E.S.C.: Body Snatchers

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 03 2011
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Artist: FLEC E.S.C.
Title: Body Snatchers
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Inductive (@)
Rated: *****
Heading from Japan, Inductive is a new label which with this new Fleck E.S.C. EP titled BODY SNATCHERS is reaching its fourth release. I already had the opportunity to appreciate the futuristic chirping complex sound of Fleck E.S.C. and with this new digital EP we have the possibility to check five new tracks which follow the path traced by the previous releases. The release opens with 'C64', an electro mid tempo based on rhythmical patterns formed by bleeping sounds, bass synth waves and many tiny melodic synth parts. Everything is enriched by an 808 drum sound. The main tune comes for second and its based on syncopated upbeat rhythms and alternating bass sounds which cross each other clashing into spacey leads. 'White Trash' is almost a dubstep tune with electro inserts. It is based on stop and go parts and wobbling basses. 'Chemical Test' features Chiba Chemist on vocals. It sounds minimal and obsessive with many rhythms and chirping sounds. Chiba Chemist vocals sound like a warning while he raps surfing onto the throbbing waves. 'Mandrax' closes the release with more bass sounds mixed with sparse spacey pads and fragmented rhythms.

ANTONI MAIOVVI: Battlestar Transreplica / Trial By Bullet

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 31 2011
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Artist: ANTONI MAIOVVI
Title: Battlestar Transreplica / Trial By Bullet
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Seed Records
Rated: *****
After his release "The Divine Invasion" on the Italian label Sauroid, Antoni Maiovvi is back on Seed Records with a double CD album titled BATTLESTAR TRANSREPLICA/TRIAL BY BULLET. The tracks of the two CDs are imaginary soundtracks of two lost 70s Italian b-movies (on the Seed Records website there's a nice story about those lost movies and how the soundtrack survived). If on the Italian release, Antoni was focusing his songwriting on Italodisco atmospheres, here he's back at his late 70s analog synth upbeat electro style with nine new instrumental tracks. If you didn't check the previous Antoni releases but you're a fan of Umberto, Xander Harris and Steve Moore, well, this double album will please you for sure. Stop and go, mysterious atmospheres, warm pads and fat bass lines are the core of TRIAL BY BULLET and they are perfect for a giallo movie. Check the lead synth melodies of 'Murderfunk' and you'll realize how well they fit that kind of movies. Try to imagine a frozen frame of the murderer dying after a breathtaking run while the ending titles are screened. The four tracks of BATTLESTAR TRANSREPLICA, as the title could make you imagine, are more space oriented (check those synth wind noises and those dreamy synth pads) but always with upbeat rhythms and fat bass lines which duet with cool melodic synth arpeggios. The double album is also available in a limited edition CDs plus T-shirt. You can already pre-order that or the normal edition at Seed's shop. It will be released on early September.

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.


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