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-=UHU=-: Return Of Atlantian EP

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 27 2011
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Artist: -=UHU=-
Title: Return Of Atlantian EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Sauroid (@)
Rated: *****
After the Noisebrigade release, here's the second electro marked release (code blu) of the Sauroid label. This time they flew to Latvia to bring to you, -=UHU=- (that stands for Universal Human Underground). After the last year 12" EP titled "Electrofunk Systems", -=UHU=- drops a new EP with six tracks influenced by Detroit electro and Kraftwerk. Using mainly analog synth sounds, Gatis Pastars (the guy behind the project), creates a mix of robotic atmospheres with catchy melodies. Chiptune sounds and warm synth waves will warm every lover of pure electro music. From the opening "Base 808" you'll be seduced thanks with distorted pulsating monophonic sounds and hard beats. Mixing mid and fast tempos tunes, Gatis, proposes a balanced track list. Similar to the lost island Atlantian, where civilization probably has a high level of scientific knowledge when compared to the human evolution. The EP includes also a Komarken Electronics remix of "Energum". A track that originally sounded fast and obsessive with catchy lead synth which, with the help of Komarken Electronics, now has turned into a cool mid tempo electro track with bass line arpeggios and sidereal pads. Are you ready to be doomed?
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Hired.Life: End Of Line

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 26 2011
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Artist: Hired.Life (@)
Title: End Of Line
Format: CD
Label: Gravitator Records (@)
Rated: *****
A newcomer project signed to the Russian Gravitator Records label, but with a well-known protagonist involved: Hired.Life is an EBM/Electro/Industrial-music producing trio, which consist of Serge Vorobyov (a.k.a. Case, former member of both, Denergized and Ex-Delicto), Andrey Klaus and Pavel Grudnev. Hired.Life can be therefore seen in some way as being the result, of what has left after the demise of Denergized, the promising Dark Electro duo out of Königsberg (Kaliningrad), which has gone quite too early after only one album signed to the Hungarian Advoxya Records label (check our interview with this duo somewhere placed in the interview section on here'¦). Musically there are significant differences between Denergized and the compositions of the present under Hired.Life. As being a trio, it shouldn't wonder too much, that all of the featured band members are trying to incorporate their own preferences regarding the choice of sounds, styles, and directions too. Hired.Life is lighter oriented and allows Synth-/Futurepop elements to find a constant slot, although the first two tracks, 'Hire Me' and 'The Factory', are pretty much based into the already mentioned Dark Electro vein. The kind of singing, as well as the sound of his vocals of Serge may is the most comparable element reminding on Denergized, because at latest with track 3, 'My Catwalk', the general sound environment turns out to be more smooth. 'My Catwalk' with its catchy synthplay, as well as the easy-to-follow compositions of both tracks, 'For Ever and A Day' and 'Nightcity Fairytales', should be the ones finding its listeners with the lighter audience. As being a good point ' and this can be heard on nearly all featured tracks on here ' the kind of composing has been developed a lot, and stands on a much higher level in comparison to Denergized. The arrangements are layered and filled with tasteful inserted synth-pads and the band members can prove advanced programming abilities. 12 own compositions and two additional remix contributions by Fr@ktal and the Moscow-based Spin Provider are including diversity. 'End Of Line' is a good and satisfying Electro-/Industrial album, although it won't be able to match with unique global-players of the scene. That wasn't to expect from a newcomer project, which still needs time to find the ideal direction. But it's definitely not the 'End Of Line' for this project.

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'?



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