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Artist: Empty (@)
Title: Never Get To You
Format: CD EP
Label: Aphotic Audio
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
No, this isn’t the long-awaited first full-length album of Australia’s Dark Electro duo EMPTY – "only" a new CDEP, but a release with some remarkable content. "Never Get To You" at least seems to be a kind of a fresh breeze, because with the title track, the band has integrated a quite different and unexpected musically course. As being lately for the most part inspired through IDM/Electronica music, Aaron Potter and Daniel Brunet show and prove easily, that they fit well also with the elements extracted out of this style. Take on one side the latest audible results of DISMANTLED and try to mix it with the last lighter DISHARMONY recordings, and you’ll get a glimpse, how smooth and almost "sweet" this duo can sound. Still multiple layered, but the often pronounced comparison to FLA and aliases often presented through that typically sci-fi-related sampling work and the newly discovered lighter synths sounds turn a bit into the background. This can be also recognized through the clearer sounding male vocals, the huge fx manipulation got reduced especially for the main track. Besides "Never Get To You" and its four remix contributions by DISMANTLED, PASK, IAMMYNEWT, and ANGEL THEORY, you’ll get one additional new track entitled "Forgotten Dreams", which rather focuses to present an IDM/Break-Beat performance combined with the typical vocoderized male vocals, which we’ve often heard from EMPTY. This one stands pretty much in the shadow of the title track, since it lacks of a clearer catchy attitude. "King of Kings" is finally a cover version originally composed and recorded by The Models – do I hear on it tendencies to a calmer and more melodic outfit? However, I see the need to release this teaser EP, especially to "warn" the harder Electro-minded purists, that EMPTY can sound diverse. Check our newest interview with both protagonists on here, to pick up the newest info about this Australian duo.

Cygnosic: A Deity In Pain

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 26 2009
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Artist: Cygnosic (@)
Title: A Deity In Pain
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
This provocative record by the young Greek (from Old Athens) producer Georg aka Cygnosic (an acronym maybe referring to the famous neutrinos' storm related to the disappearing of Cygnus X-1, a supernova supposedly turned into a black hole discovered in 1964 and responsible for the mentioned storm which hit even Planet Earth in 1981, grabbing the interest by a lot of scientists' symposiums, according to which it was the first astronomical object widely accepted to be a source of massive X-rays, useful to explain and study the phenomenon of black holes) could be the musical answers to the Kitamori's dilemma according the double divine personality (a piece of good news for psycho pills' factories!), as Georg chooses this religious references picturing a sort of portrait of an angry and unmerciful divinity to enwrap his well-crafted and catchy music, constantly oscillating between EBM, techno and music for movies (an attitude featuring Georg's music confirmed by his recent collaboration with the emerging and promising Greek film-maker Fokion Bogris for the soundtrack of a movie entitled Catharsis... ). His distorted use of voice could be associated to this painful god's complaints about human race (it could be fitted to Kitamori's quoting stating that "when the pain of man becomes the symbol of the pain of God and unites with the pain of God, man's pain is in turn healed. What heals our wounds is the love rooted in the pain of God"... hope I don't look too intellectually snobbish to our beloved readers!), its rhythmical electromechanical patterns seem to initiate to ritual dances for forgiveness and for the praise of this dreadful deity which lose its patience. There're some references to the funny fake believing of Discordianism, when Georg identify one of the sign (and reaction... ) of divine pain in the aim of spreading chaos in the first powerful track, in references to the moon eclipse in the second one entitled Luna Obscura (a well-done "chaotic" remix ends up this cheeky tracklist for people which usually enjoy dancing on this kind of hard rhythms in darkish dancefloors), in the geometrical basslines and catastrophic sequences of Zero Tolerance (the structure of the track reminds to us Juno Reactor's "Bible of Dreams" as well as some pieces of Klinik's repertoire... it's not so difficult to fix into memory the lyrics of this song... just repeat the title continuously!). Some slices of terrifying dialogues and malevolent sneers in the filmic You Stink Of Fear, a sort of interlude evoking the awakening of this deity in pain (don't be afraid!), and an adamantine EBM hurdy-gurdy with a reversed sample of breaking chains in Throw Away My Dust anticipate one of my favorite tracks, Neva55 '“ we sincerely ignore the reason why Georg tribute this track to an old Russian radio!!!-, an highly-danceable track well seasoned with samples of distorted typewriting and anti-aircraft alarms which will surely shake your bodies... This deity looks really disappointed in the soteriological One O Two, a really suggestive track which should not to be heard by people affected with persecution manias! As Far As We Can Go with his catchy gripping could be alternatively entitled As Far As You Can Dance, while a distorted horn and metallic bumpy rifle-shots enrich the nice techno movement of In The Lag Of Time! There are some bodies of evidence confirming the theory according to which some Greek composers looks to be devoted to seraphic choruses, inserted everywhere in this album... it should arguably be a sort of trademark of music coming from Greece '“ a sort of devotional tribute to the Hellenic respectable descendents?!?!? -! We're not sure that this record could lenify this deity's wound, but we're almost sure about the fact the this deity in pain is going to get possession of your body!!! Are you ready to get into the terrible will of a deity in pain, men?!?!?
May 26 2009
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Across The Divide / Heretic Angels
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****
Reissuing all the back catalog Attrition is now printing live albums. They are sold separately but being released on the same period I'm reviewing them together. Anyway... ACROSS THE DIVIDE is a live album of a concert held in Holland in 1984 during the Attrition/Legendary Pink Dots tour (the first Attrition tour outside UK) and it has never been released before. On this one Attrition were Martin Bowes, Julia Waller and Ashley Niblock and it contains tracks coming from "The attrition of reason" and "Voice of God" EP. It has been recorded directly from the mixer and even if the tapes were twenty five years old there's only a minor flaw during the opening "Pendulum turns". If you like minimal electronic wave with post industrial attitude this one is for you. HERETIC ANGELS, instead, have been released already for Trisol in 2000 but it have been unavailable for long time. It contains ten songs recorded in 1999 during the band's USA tour. Christine Reid replaced Julia Waller on vocals and that was the period when Attrition collaborated with Franck Dematteis (he played violins and viola and he came from the Paris Opera) at the "Jeopardy maze"/"Etude" albums. Here the sound see the caractheristic Martin/Christine vocal duets and the tracks turned from minimal electronics to dark electronics influenced by early e.b.m. The tracklisting have songs coming from "3 Arms And A Dead Cert" ("Prelude" and "Acid tongue"), "The Hidden Agenda" ("Lip sync", "Interference" and "The mercy machine"), "The Jeopardy Maze" ("Atomizer - custom mother"), 'A tricky business" ("A girl called harmony", "Right Hand Man" and "The second hand"), "The Eternity EP" ("I am eternity"). Both the CDs have a remastered sound and are representative of a different period and if you are a fan for sure you'd be interested...

Wynardtage: The Grey Line

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May 22 2009
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Artist: Wynardtage
Title: The Grey Line
Format: CD
Label: Equinoxe (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
We've noticed a great publishing effort behind the fourth studio album by one of the most unpretentious and underrated Dark electro project, the young but hyper-prolific German (from Chemnitz, a town sited in the ex-East Germany nearby the Czech borders, formerly known as Karl-Marx Stadt) band Wynardtage, supported by a lot of meaningful trademarks of the scene and co-released by Equinoxe (release number 66) and Rupal Records (release with the magical number 23... ), entitled The Grey Line, maybe referring to the homonymous one, which people studying earth sciences know very well, referring to the band which separates daylight from darkness. Following his previous album Praise The Fallen, widely acclaimed by specialized press as well as by EBM-dark djs, we're almost sure that this brand new album will obtain a comparable acclamation mainly for an aspect which should not be underrated by electro dances, often called "danceability". Even if Wynardtage declares "The world is still the same '“ only I have changed... ", the listener which knows Kai Arnold's (the mastermind unraveling the threads of Wynardtage) past albums easily recognizes that the themes are more or less the same of the previous works, mainly rooted in ferocious critics to social matters and false morality mixed up with personal statements, fears and wishes, even if it seems that the (strictly darkish!) canvas enwrapping this lyrics all over the 11 tracks of the album is more intended for dancers wearing obscure spectacles (or gas masks!)... Harsh sounds combined with suffocating ones, martial 4/4 sequenced beats, epic atmospheres and great vocals will kick your ass and perfectly fits this nervous times! A song like Cutting Down is what we imagine is "silently" resonating in the minds of managers on the point of announcing an imminent cut of work forces (sometimes suicide inducing..), while the title track is one of the best episodes of the whole album: the guest singer Melanie G. from the band advantage perfectly interpretes the depressively foggy breeze of this sybilline song inviting the listener to create a vision to (re)create a personal delight. And the whispering and suggestive dialogue introducing If There Is No Tomorrow seems to be tragically predictive, don't despair and dances on the corrugated front-row beats shaking that song. We like the recurring habit of interweaving spoken parts and smashing beats with swampy electronic sequences and rusty vocals tumbling down on rhythms which sometimes reminds to us slushing wheels, especially in tracks like Crash Of A Star '“ a song which seems an angry reflection on the delicate matter of young people suicidal pulsations, nicely contrasting with the following track, Now We Are Alive, a song which will arguably echoe in unhappy existences... especially the Painbastard's remix '“, My Life or The Frozen Point (paradoxically one of the highest point of the whole album according to our ears and tip-tapping feet... ). The European version of the limited edition includes three remixes: the above-mentioned one by Painbastard, a more "elastic" crushed version of Mask by ESC and a disengaged techno rush by X-Fusion remixing Tragic Hero, but we know that American and Russian tracklists are slightly different as they include other remixes. After you listened to the album you could ask to yourself if Wynardtage chose a similar title '“ The Grey Line '“ just to preannounce a forthcoming transition from dark to light or arguably to make a present to people afflicte by split personality, but it's possible that you'll formalute similar silly question panting and panting after dancing... So... keep on dancing on the grey line, folks!
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Artist: OBSZON GESCHOPF
Title: Erection Body Mutilated (Back From The Dead)
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: BLC Productions
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Fourth album for Remzi Kelleci's musical project and second for BLC Productions, ERECTION BODY MUTILATED is a granitic album where the Wumpscut meets Ministry blend finds Obszon Geschopf at their best. Taking inspiration from horror movies, serial killers (see the clown outfit Remzi often wears as well as the track named after "John Wayne Gacy") and stuff like that the twelve tracks of the album don't offer a wide range of sound solutions or any other particular idea. Once you press the play button of your CD player the sound and the rhythms stick pretty much around the same thing. What amazed me is that even if all the tracks have a 4/4 rhythm and many similitudes the album sounds convincing. You, know, it's like listening to a Ramones record but with more deads. This edition has also a second CD with fifteen remixes of various Obszon Geschopf tracks reworked by Circus of Dead Squirrels, Steril, Heimataerde, Cyber Axis, Joachim Witt, Vigilante, Out Out, FGFC 820, Bosch, Ikonoklast, Schattenschlag, Xentrifuge, Inertia, Cynergy 67 and Tempest & The Diaspora. Many sound good but I prefer the original...


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