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Artist: Type001 (@)
Title: Finished Business
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Glim Records (@)
Rated: *****
There are still some music projects existing completely under the radar, from which one could think, they've been gone into the happy hunting grounds of Manitou. Boston-based project Type001 can be called to them, during the last 5 years the web presence of mastermind Matt Ossen was more down than up. Lately discovered on Testube's remix EP 'Unintentional' with a remix, I thought to listen to one of the very last audio outputs of this highly talented artist. But now - and lesser surprising signed to Testube's label Glim Records - here comes an all new album. More than 7 years in the making, 'Finished Business' gives an overview of what has been produced by Matt in private, but still points out a quite important fact: Type001's sound outfit provides an own form of authenticity. A few tracks (the double-intro/-outro ''¦Made You Mine' / 'Made You Cry'¦') are picking up the mood of the marvelous debut 'Multi-Track Alignment', released by DSPB in 2004, as well as a few tracks have been released as alternative versions on the download-only follow-up EP 'Re-Aligned' (You need to know that this belongs on the "original version" of this download-able EP, which was available for a while from the Type001 website - Nowadays I guess there has been a reduction of the quantity of tracks for this freely download-able EP with the intention, not to obstacle the business activities for "Finished Business"...). But generally viewed, 'Finished Business' marks a step away from the rather Dark Electro-minded Industrial sound of the debut and moves towards by integrating more-than-ever-before musically different styles. There can be noticed a growing preference for IDM and post-modern Ambient styles, as Matt proves his abilities by installing slow and opulent sweeping synthesizer-sounds to execute moody and film scoring environments ('Alien World' with its slowly stalking rhythm components, or the oriental-sounding 'Residual Order'). "Who's Your Daddy Now?" is one of the very few, relative straight produced Dark Electro-minded tunes, which impresses through various fx manipulations on synth-sweeps - to me the favorite available on here. Matt's preference to integrate guest vocalists to help him out behind the microphone receives another episode with the versions of "Room For One" DJ Morgana), as well as with the track 'Put Yr Beats in Line ("You're Outta Line" mix)', a mutual track composed with his long-years' friend Matthew Skaves. This new album sounds more diverse, but also more introverted than before. Matt integrates a lot of different things mostly a bit away from the known path of his debut, which was to me more accessible to consume.

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.



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