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The Blister Exists: Raw

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 03 2010
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Artist: The Blister Exists (@)
Title: Raw
Format: CD
Label: Electric Tremor
Distributor: Black Rain Mailorder
Rated: *****
One of the latest efforts of the German Electric Tremor label brings us a new Swedish import, the male/female duo of THE BLISTER EXISTS, consisting of D. Sahs and J. Rein. Both protagonists are German citizens and only located in Sweden, who initially started under the band name JUDGE:DRED. Musically, of course, you’ll again a new form of minimal old-school/Anhalt-EBM, which can draw relations to some early POUPPÉE FABRIKK recordings – at least it doesn’t wonder too much, that Leif Holm got mentioned in the credits. The male shouter bawls intensely his powerful messages into microphone, but somehow not that much mixed into the foreground compared to their Swedish idols. From time to time he gets support by his female partner J. Rein, while both seem to use a similar effect processing to re-strange their voices – not always a recommendable kind, since the raw power of a natural and unprocessed sounding vocal performance would may produce more convincing results. Prominent guest vocals provided on one track they’ve received by Johan Damm (DUPONT), and – how funny – there’s available a special "Crusader" remix featuring Black-Metal guitar riffs of one of their best tunes, "Killingfields", which again follows their above mentioned idols. All in all a satisfying album well suited for fans of this genre, which – as expected – doesn’t offer musically surprises asides already discovered veterans.
Mar 30 2010
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Artist: Hioctan (@)
Title: Under Control
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
When you’ll insert the brand new workout by Hioctan inside your CD player, you’ll maybe be tempted of warning your little sister for having tricked you by interchanging labels of Under Control and Roman Total War or Age Of Empires CD-ROMs, as the introductive Pax Veritas is musically quite close to those easy tunes you generally hear while playing war strategy videogames and you have to forward to the next track to avoid any undeserved telling-off and recognize this "exocrine" German band by their typical style, a sort of peeling patch scratched from the rustiest irons of EBM pots treated with dark-electro anti-rust lacquers! Maybe originality is not the key point of this release as Hioctan style could be easily traced back to Front Line Assembly or Suicide Commando ones, but it’s polite enough and without too many gewgaws in keeping with their intent of telling stories about history (the German one) by a language (and distorted vocals targeting different socially attainable entreaties and pre-packed conventional beliefs as well!) as direct as possible and even their battle against the so-called Hell-Electro, that side of EBM (a degeneration in Hioctan’s viewpoint) whose "anti-system" messages looks more as attempts of seduction on dance clubs than deriving from serious aims merging nowadays, could contain something in common with Neo-Classicist (but firmly Anti-Restoration!) artists. Don’t expect dance trank, but just some rushing and short-tempered tracks which could arguably be written and sung by that Old Boy born from the wicked fantasy by Park Chan-wook, if the first thing he had read a book on German history after his "awakening"! My personal favs are Pretender, Pax Americana (what an impressive desperate weeping sample as intro... !), Sonderbehandlung 14f13 (the name for the so-called special treatment sadly introduced in Bernburg concentration camp for the selection of prisoners according to eugenetic criteria... as you could imagine it’s a ferocious track addressing genocide during WWII), Passion of Cruelty and the Oriental-tinged Sacrifice My Fear. When referring to their music, Hioctan says it’s honest music for honest people ("Ehrliche Musik für ehrliche Leute!" in German). I wonder how an old German precept sentencing "erlich währt am längsten" (honesty is the best policy and pays at the end!) is fitted for Hioctan’s Under Control! Who can say?
Mar 24 2010
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Artist: Santa Hates You
Title: Crucifix Powerbomb
Format: CD
Label: Trisol (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Santa doesn’t hate just you: this brand new clockwork orange-juice squeezed by Peter Spilles (mastermind and frontman of Project Pitchfork) and freshly served by the winking cutie singing janitor Jinxy (the Italian sexy singer already involved in another Spilles’ side-project called Imatem, where he usually invites a lot of fellow musicians for vocal performances) after a wise alteration of nutrional values by adding electronic vitamins and just some fake blood drops (the –not so- secret recipe... ) confirms Santa’s hatred’s beared towards certain monotony, sample-centered electronic music, music mass markets and the over-lamented lack of creative individuality pervading the over-crowded playground of gothic-tinged electrified dance muzak. The fans’jaws have beeb left dry by Santa’s Christmas appetizer – the Rocket Fuel EP -, but this album entitled Crucifix Powerbomb – a wrestling throw in which the opponent is lifted up like he’s crucified on the wrestlers shoulders and than slammed back-first down to the mat... maybe just another clownesque way to describe this project’s style! - is going to wash them and Peter Spilles broaches his cask full of loud and brutish sounds, stomping danceable beat sequences and catching tones in order to quench their thirst at the fountain of this clownish and bizarre music mark. The opener Fuck That, I’m Human is maybe the one of the funniest ("I’m not your pretty toy/I’m not what gives you joy" sung with a distorted voice by Jinxy alternated by natural vocals singing "Don’t tell me I shouldn’t scream" and so on sound perfect for a fetish party!) but if you’ll enjoy the snorting sounds of this catching track, don’t waste your cum, guys! The German-sung of Hexenpolizei fits to the more aggressive tones of this track, but it looks more conventional than the opener; even if the following track God Hides Under My Bed seems to be likewise close to classic song design, the whirling noisy vortex makes it more appreciable as Jinxy’vocal interpretation seems fuming in anger! Lovely! Other highlights of this blood-tinged clockwork orange-juice are Slime Green Spaceship (a sort of contagious electro-rock groove with nice sound trickery on a classic ebm brass obsessive alarm!), You Make Me Wanna Bang My Head Against The Wall And Not In A Good Way (... an interminable wordy title for a track featuring maybe the most provocative and erotic vocals by Jinky... I already said "don’t waste your cum", bad guys! Don’t get me angry... ), Z.O.M.B.I.E. (an ironic slamming electro march, which is going to turn you into a dancing mummy!!!), La Malia (a funny and bewitching attempt of integrating Italian lyrics on an electro track... and believe me, it’s not so easy... ) and the final fury of Bootcamp. Clownish as usual, perfectly attaining to an apocalyptic equestrian circus but really funny workout!
Mar 23 2010
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Artist: FJERNLYS
Title: Beyond The Undulant Quiesceince
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Rated: *****
BEYOND THE UNDULANT QUIESCENCE is the the second full length album by Fjernlys. Coming from Germany and formed by Knut Enderlein (vision and voice), CKS (arrangements and voice) and Johannes Riedel (guitar and viola), the band recorded ten tracks that are in balance from melodic dark ambient (thanks to solemn atmospheres and tense melodies like on "Involution") and atmospheric dark wave. Some tracks would fit catalogs of labels such as Projekt or early 4AD but luckily enough we have also Loki Foundation that along with the recordings of Inade, Herbst9 and Fir§t Law bring to their fans sinuous synth sounds (see the releases of Antlers Mulm, Bad Sector and this album by Fjernlys). We have instrumental tracks like "Elemental movement" or "A letter to..." that sound soft and calm as well as melodic electronic wave tunes like "Silence" or "Constellation" that merge rhythmical samples, male / female vocals and guitars creating a sort of melodic spoken word ambient song. Layers of synth waves form tiny melodies that will ease your darkest thoughts without dissolving your eternal questions...
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Artist: Patenbrigade: Wolff (@)
Title: Baustoff (Popmusik für Rohrleger)
Format: CD
Label: Zweieck Recordings (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
The fine times of "Electro for Turmdrehkranführer" seem to be over, as the status of their famousness grows and grows. German duo PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF offers a new full-length album with a slightly smoother sound outfit than ever discovered before. Lance Murdock and his partner Sven Wolff have reduced their EBM ingredients to integrate a rather more Futurepop-related sound design – although their kind to produce tasty arrangements remains to be the same. "Baustoff" should be able to appeal all of their old fans, they surely will receive several more supporters with this new outfit, which comes out thick and well-thought produced. To reach a higher status of recognition it helps, that they also hired several guest vocalists like Stefan Leukert, Andy Pitzinger (PAINBASTARD) Julia Beyer (CHANDEEN), Antje Schultz (IN STRICT CONFIDENCE), Antje Dieckmann, or André Hartung (SERO.OVERDOSE). Also continuing you’ll get their accident reports happened at the job, as usual placed in short interrupting tracks. This time they could hire the renowned German observer and criminal-biologist Dr. Mark Benecke. To point out the best tunes, I nevertheless prefer the "real" compositions, "Fehler 404" featuring S. Leukert, or the catchy "My Mountains" providing Nadine Stelzer for the lead vocals are worth to mention. Their previously released teaser "Voyage" featuring Antje Dieckmann got also included.
PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF satisfy once again their old fans as well as new and curious listeners with their high-skilled and in-depth produced Synth-Electronica music. If there’s really a tiny flaw worth to pick out, it may could be advantageous, to produce more own tracks featuring own vocals. "Baustoff" offers besides an intro and outro tune only one track "Popmusik für Rohrleger", featuring complete own and original PATENBRIGADE: WOLFF efforts. What happens, if their guest vocalists won’t find the time to perform with them during live gigs? Do they have to perform without their hits, like the ones mentioned above? But thanks to additional live performances providing their own identity and with the help of their guests, they should easily climbing up several more stages to reach famousness. A quite entertaining album and worth to check it out!


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