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METACOMPLEX: Polymer Matrix

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 24 2011
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Artist: METACOMPLEX
Title: Polymer Matrix
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
'Polymer Matrix' is the first MetaComplex release for Binalog Productions. For this single, Tamas Olejnik included three good tracks which have robotics rhythms and sidereal atmospheres. The single opens with the title track "Polymer Matrix". The tune has a Detroit flavor thanks to its spacey leads and powerful analog bass lines. "Implanted Soul" showcases robotic rhythms, sidereal pads and bouncy fat bass lines. "Polymer Matrix II" closes the single with more syncopated rhythms and ice-cold melodies. MetaComplex did a great job with all of these tracks and they are all very enjoyable. If you love Detroit and Miami electro be sure to check this out!
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The Chemical Sweet Kid: Tears Of Pain

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 21 2011
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Artist: The Chemical Sweet Kid (@)
Title: Tears Of Pain
Format: CD
Label: self-released / Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Advoxya Distribution
Rated: *****
This Chemical Sweet Kid isn't at all that sweet, but rather a relative new rising star out of the Harsh EBM/Hellectro-camp. It's too bad, that this specific genre offers new and/or undiscovered additions nearly on a daily base, since this can be finally being a reason of getting unrecognized. While I don't think, that this will count for this album too. The Chemical Sweet Kid, or short CSK, is the musically brainchild of Julien M. out of Metz, France, who can look back on a DJ-career under the moniker Xanax. CSK has been established in 2008 and in 2009 Julien has added with Coralie a female counterpart. The right drive to push forward the musically career can be surely named with the participation on the Alfa Matrix 4-CD box-set 'Endzeit Bunkertracks (Act V)', while CSK have been also active as remix contributors for those notorious fellowmen like Dolls Of Pain or Schultz.
Finally CSK could release this first album, which is seemingly self-produced. The Hungarian-based label Advoxya Records acts only as a distribution partner to ensure world-wide availability to purchase this album. Starting with the first track "Tears Of Blood" as being the opener for this album, I wasn't at all too much fond of it. The sequences in use and the style of the chosen synthesizer-sounds are too obviously influenced by the Belgium (sound-) slaughter of all Harsh EBM-relations, Mr. Johan van Roy. Another colourless SC-clone, well, that would be another unnecessary addition out of the Hellectro-camp.
Luckily things get better with tracks like 'Human' or moreover with the straight 'Six Feet Under'. If CSK concentrate to keep the speed high of their tunes (Six Feet Under', 'No Longer', 'Ergo Sum'), they can easily fill in the niche, which their countrymen Tamtrum have left open, after their horrible last album. The hatred energy to reach this target can be extracted through Julien's energetic vocal performance, which doesn't need FX elements to sound that angry. That's raw and a rather Punk-driven form to express the ominous lyrical content.
Thumbs up also for the will to add breaks in between the tracks: 'Identity' is a fine example, how to completely interrupt a straight oriented tune with totally different sounding interceptions. The will to produce also darker and more creeping stuff can be additionally discovered with tracks like 'So Many Things', or 'Face To Pain', which feature mystic and ominous synth-layers to embrace a Dark Electro-related attitude.
Also note that hidden tracks placed at track position 26, which is a cover of the self-explanatory 'Paint It Black' ' surely that kind of track to animate a reserved audience during gigs! This all is well-thought to take care for diversity, which can unfortunately too seldom discovered in this music genre. CSK can also score through some of the used synthesizer- and drum pattern sounds, which differ from the usual formula.
All of this pressed on a silver circle featuring a fine looking cover artwork which includes all lyrics; this debut satisfies all expectations of the Harsh EBM listener. It's far away from being named musically innovative, but who seriously expects this from a newcomer project in this music genre? The potential behind this duo is recognizable, and that counts. Good job done so far, kids, now move on to your next!

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Artist: Concise feat. Flaque (@)
Title: Ingénue
Format: CD
Label: Wycombe Music (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
Another goody I received several months before and which was well hidden under my huge heap of still-not-reviewed releases ' again, I am very sorry for these awful delays. This full-length album is sort of a surprise, as I was eagerly awaiting new stuff to listen from Flaque. This modern-IDM/Electronica-project has been quite too long in hiatus after the excellent debut 'Mindscapes' (also released by Wycombe Music...), which has been one out of three parts of the last Concise box-set release 'Revive'.
Also Concise, featuring the compelling vocal performance by the Austrian female singer Katrin Segert, stands for subtle Electronica music with demanding arrangements and abstract sound designs. Both projects, Flaque and Concise, have additionally collaborated in the past, not only with the 'Revice' ' CD box-set. The mutual course started somewhere in 2006, when Concise released their 'The Power Of Love'-MCD, which included a remix of Flaque of this remarkable Frankie Goes To Hollywood classic hit song.
Now both projects have united again, but there is a strictly separation of the track listing on this new album available. Concise, meanwhile grown to 4 official band members in its formation, are starting here with the first seven tracks providing us an attractive form of Synthpop-Electronica, which picks up here and there glimpses of different influences like House, Jazz and Experimental. The Electronica elements installed here draw intentionally relations to the kind, which can be discovered with the label comrade High Wycombe. That shouldn't wonder you, since the High Wycombe-mastermind Christian Grass is next to Katrin Segert the founding member of Concise and responsible for the Electronica components. Christian's sounds are as expected very mechanical, cold-sounding, but crystal-clear mixed and tasteful installed, so it is quite enjoyable to listen him creating and placing one or another yet unheard sound idea.
Katrin's warm-sounding vocals are of course out of any doubts or discussions; she offers the 'human' factor and provides the optimal contrast in the sound environment of Concise. Best track, because the most accessible, is 'Voyager', which follows a clear song structure and catchy elements to remain into the ear-channel of their audience already after the first listen.
Flaque invades the scenario starting track 8, 'Reflections', and the influence of Florian Ziller is recognizable from the very tone. Flaque's talent fits pretty much to those high prolific artists of the Tympanik Audio label, who are capable to produce compare IDM/Ambient/Electronica-music, such as Geomatic, Candle Nine, or the Swiss Stendeck. Opulent and moody synth-layers, experimental rhythms and subtle environmental/field recordings thrown into the mix are the trademarks of Florian's music. The layered programming of Florian then turns out to be the leading element of the 7 minutes clocking masterpiece 'Reflections', which turns out to be the purest audio entertainment. Florian continues to add his skilful arrangements on the following tracks, maybe a bit lesser accessible than on 'Reflections', but still intensely enough to amaze and satisfy the listener.
If it sounded initially like a contrast, to let these talented musicians unite their shills, works out to be a matured, quality Electronica album. I don't know, if it's allowed to ask for, but: when will they unite again to produce the follow-up album to 'Ingénue'?

IMPAKT: Resonant Escape

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 16 2011
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Artist: IMPAKT
Title: Resonant Escape
Format: CD
Label: Solar One Music (@)
Rated: *****
After his CD released last year by the 'Solar One Music' sublabel 'Unhoerbar', Jorgen Indal (a.k.a. Impakt) is back on the main label with 'Resonant Escape'. The new CD contains fourteen tracks that balance electro, techno, i.d.m., breakbeat and acid. Most of them sound like mid tempo soundtracks suspended in time. 'Spooping', for example, is focused on syncopated rhythms, analog bass lines/leads, sparse vocoder filtered vocals and layers of light distorted saw waves. The following "Mountain Climber Groove" reminds me of a robot march with classical music scales played with analog synths and with electro inserts. "Drink" is another good example of how much 'Impakt' is good at making tiny melancholic melodies adding a bit of schizophrenia, thanks to fluctuating distorted sounds and break rhythms. "At The End", instead, mixes acid TB-303 sounds, electro melodies and fast 4/4 rhythms. Sometimes these tracks make me recall 'Scape One' or the best 'Luke Eargoggle' moments. If you love these musicians, for sure, you already know Impakt but if you don't, this is the perfect way to get acquainted with his "braindance" tunes.
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HIDDEN PLACE: Weather Station Early Works

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 11 2011
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Artist: HIDDEN PLACE (@)
Title: Weather Station Early Works
Format: CD
Label: Twilight Records
Rated: *****
Here's where everything started for Hidden Place. It was 2004 and they started to record their first demo later titled WEATHER STATION. If you follow CHAIN D.L.K. from some years now, you sholud have read my reviews of the following Hidden Place albums "Fantasia meccanicha" and "Punto luce" and then you should know that Hidden Place play electronic music with new wave and a dance attitude. Well, the news is that WEATHER STATION has just been reissued by Twilight Records and now we can check how they sounded at their beginnings. The new version of the demo is slightly different as the track list has been changed, "Flowers of loneliness" and "Flowers Pt. II" have been removed but they added the nice slow atmospheric "Euritmia del fulgore" and "Euritmia (early demo version)". These are the facts, but how did they sound? Well, Hidden Place sounded less like nowadays as they sounded more influenced by Kirlian Camera and less dancey. Only few tracks like "Pure ice" and "A day without time" were driven upbeat tempo tracks as many of the others had martial rhythms, basic synth lead / pad structure and a colder atmosphere. Personally I prefer their nowadays sound as it sounds richer and less obsessive but if you are really into early Kirlian Camera and Runes Order you'll love it for sure.


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