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Code 64: Trialogue

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 30 2010
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Artist: Code 64 (@)
Title: Trialogue
Format: CD
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****
After their well recognized appetizer 'Stasis', released earlier this year as being a 5-track download-EP, the new formatted trio of CODE 64 offers a new and long awaited studio-album. As expected, this album follows the mood and impression already discovered from the 'Stasis'-EP, while it has some additional outstanding tunes to consume. Telling the listeners some tiny and charming sci-fi related stories of the how to leave our home world and to settle down in indescribable different worlds, CODE 64 offer a skilful and very modern form of Synth-/Futurepop-music, which is able to rival with the biggest names out of this music genre. Highly polished synth arrangements, diverse and intelligent chosen sound programs, and the crystal-clear performance by the new vocalist Hendrik Piehl - these all are ingredients featured here to cook a delicious ear-dinner. 'Stasis' is one hit, but 'Deviant', 'Higher Ground', or the fantastically arranged 'S.O.L.' can easily follow and should be ideal tracks, to safe any Synthpop-party. Highlight is nevertheless the sentimental ballad-like tune 'Oblivion', which slows down the rushing action and spends a spectacular, nearly chill-out like atmosphere with perfect synthesizer drops and a catchy vocal performance. Although that this album looses a bit of intensity after the 8th track, and yes, I don't think, that the half-baked tune 'Masquerade' isn't an ideal Single-follower to 'Stasis', the first half of this album I tend to call as being one of the most impressive Synth-/Futurepop-albums ever released. CODE 64 has had a good name in the past, but it won't wonder too much, if they will be able to enhance their international reputation. The band can already report about Chart-entries in Sweden's official album-charts. The talent is featured in this new band formation, so don't miss this album!

To Avoide: Passion And Pain

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 30 2010
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Artist: To Avoide (@)
Title: Passion And Pain
Format: CD EP
Label: Tamb Media (@)
Rated: *****
A new EP from Germany's TO AVOID, how long we had to wait for this? After their last full-length album 'Voyage Into The Past' (Dark Wings/SPV) it has taken finally 4 years, until they decided to continue their musically path. Responsible for all musically decisions are GrandT and Marc as expected, while they get still backed up by their management tamb Media. Tamb Media has grown out of their small, but hard working agency Promo-Select, although there are still the same managing protagonists (Jean and the 'Cheffe' Marco Behrens) available. TO AVOID generally continue with their music style, which balances the possibilities between old-school EBM and Dark Electro music. This EP doesn't offer too much drastically changes, there can be simply noted some minor things like a better production. At least this doesn't wonder too much, because this EP acts rather like a collection of the things, which have been started during the last years, while it is quite recognizable, that there hasn't been too much activity as being a producing Electro/Industrial project. Asides the instrumental intro tune 'G.E.T. (German Electronic Terrorists)', there are only 3 really new compositions available, the title-track, 'Lying Eyes', and 'Against The Current', while you won't find an own original version of the last mentioned. The additional tracks 'War Nurse', and 'Do You Know' they have played during their live performances and both got produced for the first time as studio versions upon fan request. Finally there is available a remake 2009-version of their track 'Instrument Of The Death', taken originally from their last album mentioned above. 5 remixes offered by close friendly artists like AMNISTIA (excellent bass line programming on 'Passion And Pain'), NECRO FACILTY, CEPHALGY ('¦ a bit too Hellectro-related arranged to me'¦ intentional?), SECOND DISEASE (how often do they produce remixes'¦?) and STIN SCATZOR are rather well-chosen names, which offer quality re-interpretations. It's good to see bands, which do not have any interest ('¦ and a coin-filled wallet'¦) to search for the global scene-player offering a bland and uninspired work. Let's keep the fingers crossed, that TO AVOID will be able to unite for more activities like gigs and a coming new full-length release, which hopefully continues to follow the unwritten law '100 % Terrorbanana-free'.

Robert Schroeder: Cream

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 29 2010
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Artist: Robert Schroeder
Title: Cream
Format: CD
Label: Spheric Music (@)
Rated: *****
I already talked about Robert Schroeder's music a couple of years ago, when I reviewed his Food For Fantasy latest release. Then I didn't know how much faceted his music could be and honestly I was curious to check his purest electronic music vein he was famous for (there was a reason why Klaus Schulze decided to promote him after discovering him). With his newest album CREAM, Robert Schroeder is back to his roots ideally linking this album to his 1979 debut ""Harmonic ascendant" thanks to six long tracks of analog electronic music (the shorter one is 8 minutes long while the longest one, the double). The album opens with "Magnetics", a tune based on a funky bass line with spacey pads perfect to start the voyage. "Groove electronically" sees Robert delivering a piano sonata enriched by vocal samples, choirs and lovely analog pads. LIttle by little this track grows thanks to upbeat drum rhythms and various synth arpeggios. "The zong" starts being menacing and experimental just to turn into a samba tune for aliens. "Funky spacetrip" sounds like an house mid tempo written in the 70s with cool vocoder filtered vocals and moog like solos. "Foaming waves" is perfect for a soundtrack: try to imagine a desolated place where wind and sand corrode the lands. Based on a guitar arpeggio with the add of lovely synth effects and a light drum beat it grows slowly like a wave of lava. The closing "Simply cream" is a great 16 minutes classic electronic music tune with many synth layers, rhythm changes and warm atmospheres. Classic and also with modern intuitions, CREAM made me discover the classic Robert Schroeder's and I'm glad it did!
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Artist: Strip In Midi Side (@)
Title: Your Stripping Experience
Format: CD
Label: New Model Label (@)
Rated: *****
Eight months after my review of their debut MCD, here are again the Strip In Midi Side with their first album. They got signed to New Model Label and they just released YOUR STRIPPING EXPERIENCE. On this album you'll find the five songs of the MCD (with the same running order) plus five new tracks. Well recorded and mastered (they chose Streaky Mastering, people who worked with Nitzer Ebb and Depeche Mode) the album shows well the multifaceted soul of the band: goth, industrial, new wave and pop are all elements that the four Strip In Midi Side are confortable with. On different tracks (for example "Art is insanity" or "I want") the band pass from rock industrial obsessive riffs/distortions, to British pop melodies creating an effective contrast where energy and irony coexist. "Bring me down", song that we already know, starts like a Apoptygma Berzerk tune just to turn into a melodic Peter Murphy one and follows playing with these influences adding a personal touch here and there. "You don't know" mix Nin Inch Nails to the best melodic moments of Foo Fighters (some melodies recall me "The pretender"). Like a giant sponge they four Italian guys absorbed the best sounds of those genres just to digest and spit them in your face. Upbeat, irreverent, energetic, YOUR STRIPPING EXPERIENCE is only waiting four your judgement...

Degada Saf: No Inzro

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 28 2010
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Artist: Degada Saf
Title: No Inzro
Format: CD
Label: Mannequin (@)
Rated: *****
First production of the Rockgarage label and produced back in 1984, NO INZRO has been the first and only album released by Degada Saf on the last century (as you may know because of my review and my interview, they released a great new comeback album the last year), album that now is reissued by one of the most active Italian labels, Mannequin. Inspired by the dada movement, the band wrote lyrics using "phonemes and puns on words from different languages", as Fausto told us in our interview. The eight songs you can find on the album are amazing because of their mix of new wave/no wave melodies along with synth sounds inventive solutions. Using Simmons pads as well as different drum machines, guitars and keyboards, they created a wide palette of atmospheres. Tracks like "Loda loda", "Om" or the main tune, are almost industrial wave because of their saturated sounds and for the will of experimenting with sounds ("No inzro", for example is a nightmarish atmospheric electronic piece which step by step becomes more obsessive and dark). The opening "La rhumba de Shang Hai", "Tri banal" or "Zom Africa", instead, incarnate the pop soul of the band where Fausto's deep vocals are well backed by never predictable melodies. I think that for these reasons Giusto Pio (Franco Battiato long time collaborator) accepted to produce the single they released a couple of years later. Do yourself a favor and if you have the money to purchase only a CD this month, check this one first!


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