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Apr 07 2010
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Artist: PSYBORG CORP
Title: The Mechanical Renaissance
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Rated: *****
Is my personal opinion that industrial e.b.m., as well as all the genres that have any sort of stereotypes, is a difficult kind of music because you have to undress yourself from all the typical characterizations of the bands that previously played that genre to sound someway original. Psyborg Corp tricked the process by adding elements that are able to personalize their music so I have to admit that they succeeded into catching my attention. Presenting themselves like cyber-warriors, the Colombian trio is delivering twelve tracks that have catchy melodies, distorted bouncing sounds and filtered vocals. Danceability and distortion are the key elements that they use and that make of Psyborg Corp a nice combo to listen to but when they mix electro to industrial e.b.m. they show their true potential. Just check "Technocracy" or the following "My mechatronics" and you'll understand what I mean...

PORTION CONTROL: Violently Alive

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 07 2010
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Artist: PORTION CONTROL
Title: Violently Alive
Format: CD
Label: Sigmedia
Rated: *****
I left Portion Control in 2008 when I reviewed their latest album "Slug". In 2009 they found a label to release their albums, so on the same year they made a compilation of material recorded from 2004 onward, titled "Crop". Another year has passed and the duo formed by Dean Piavani and John Whybrew are ready to deliver VIOLENTLY ALIVE. The new album is a sort of surprise because most of the new thirteen tracks (plus the two bonus ones you can download from the band's website if you purchased the CD) see the Portion Control going back to the roots of their sound thanks to melodic e.b.m. tunes that are based on hard beats, pulsing bass lines and characteristic Piavani's vocals. Songs like the opening "Icons" or "Amnesia" will bring you back to the early eighties when they recorded "Chewed to bits" or "Rough justice" but with a new thicker compressed sound you can't ignore. If you loved the experimental electronic industrial tracks of their previous works, we have "Blood loss", "Stealth" and the closing "You hold me down". VIOLENTLY ALIVE is a sum of what Portion Control are and have been... I'm curious to see what's next!
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: All My Monsters II
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Witchhammer Records
Rated: *****
Communities like MySpace grow in their meaning to be an ideal promotion tool for music projects and labels. And sometimes it gets me, to search for some goodies with the hope to find a real treasure. With the Siberian-based (!!!) label Witchhammer Records, I found a label offering free downloadable releases of their mostly local based bands. "Monsters My Monsters II" is the title of a compilation series, which collects all of them and offers a wide range of diverse music styles. The female artist INTROSLEEP offers retro-analogue Synth-Electronica with beautiful melodies, while ABSENT ONE convinces with detailed synth bass lines combined with deep-male vocals. There are of course also several Noise- and Experimental-minded acts available, from which have to pick out UNDUSK with their "Hypnotic Mutant Attacks". This ominous Experimental-Industrial related tune is may the most convincing track on here, by following pretty much the styles of some raw Tympanik Audio artists like ESA or PNEUMATIC DETACH. Also with its second track "Collapsing", this project offers deep drowning Ambient moods combined with abstract arranged percussion patterns. A real discovery to follow immediately! While I generally appreciate the efforts to collect multiple artists and to introduce them via the usage of the above named community, it cannot be hidden, that some artist do definitely some more practice. But however, what counts is the will and the chance to present local projects to a worldwide based audience. And who seriously expects Electronica music hailing out of Siberia? Let’s continue to keep an eye and ear on the activities of this label.

01. A Fake Mirror - One More Thing to Lose
02. Introsleep - Butterfly
03. Absent One - Stewardess
04. Belika - Сны
05. Edge Of Caress - Pictures
06. SEФIRET - ChangeOver
07. Tur Sphere - Perfect World
08. Undusk - Hypnotic Mutants Attack
09. Хаос-Модуль - Ритуал Воды
10. Edge Of Caress - Run Away
11. BLODEUWEDD - Дочь смерти
12. Tur Sphere - Machine Bang
13. Undusk - Collapsing
14. Apkx - Rest In Space
15. AVO - FaDeOut
16. A.Tchort - Cellular Nightmare
17. Absent One - Night
18. In Se - Остатки сна
19. SEФIRET - Glance of time

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?


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