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Alien Produkt : Honour vs. Falsehood (The First Step EP)

 Posted by Andre Wiegand   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 01 2010
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Artist: Alien Produkt
Title: Honour vs. Falsehood (The First Step EP)
Format: CD EP
Label: Advoxya Records
Distributor: web
Rated: *****
Those of you who got a chance to hear Revenge" (2005) and Ignorance" (2007) by Alien Produkt are familiar with their rather unique EBM sound; very club oriented, the beats are comfortable for your feet, nice melodies and some emotional touch is there too. AP changed to another label but did not change its sound. Honour vs Falsehood" is the first EP from the planned two to mark the return of the band that was founded 12 years ago back from their break. In total there are 14 track and over 70 minutes of music here. Two of the compositions have never been released before.
One of the best things about this EP is that it features a relatively high number of remixes of numerous songs instead of boring the listener with 3 tracks remixed in 10 versions each. The only exception from that is "Oscilacion Parasita" presented in 4 versions. Make no mistake the track is good, but listening to it 4 times in an hour is rather tiring as it would be the case with any song, no matter how much you like it.
The remix of "Slender" by Mechanical Moth and "Reality - Out Of Control (blood room remix by asseptic room) are certainly among the most intriguing compositiond on the CD.
To sum it up; this is a solid EBM work that would work just fine in clubs, (also while driving, working out and whenever you may want a kick.)

STRIP IN MIDI SIDE: Strip In Midi Side

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Feb 01 2010
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Artist: STRIP IN MIDI SIDE (@)
Title: Strip In Midi Side
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Strip In Midi Side is a band coming from Sarno, near Salerno, Italy. They just produced a demo CD with five tracks (you can check four of them on their myspace page): "A strip in your midi side", "Everyday like this", "The dreams", "Bring me down" and "Sweet bastard". They call their style neuro-pop and claim themselves influenced by Depeche Mode and Marilyn Manson. Well produced and mixed Strip In Midi Side's music is a a nice blend of electronic pop and guitar riffs. Personally I hear more Duran Duran than Depeche Mode or Marilyn Manson (check the refrain on "The dream") and this isn't a critique because I love the first two Duran Duran's album as well as the ones recorded with the original line-up reunited. Anyway, Giotto (vocals/synth), Amon (bass/vocals), Maks (guitar) and Akrid (synthesizer/programming/noises) are ready to get signed and they deserve it because their music is energetic, melodic and catchy. "Bring me down", for example, would fit well the alternative dance floors as it is a mix of goth, electro and new wave.

Nitzer Ebb: Industrial Complex

 Posted by Andre Wiegand   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 26 2010
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Artist: Nitzer Ebb
Title: Industrial Complex
Format: CD
Label: MAJOR RECORDS (GSA, SCANDINAVIA, UK, EASTERN EUROPE, SPAIN,PORTUGAL)
Distributor: AL!VE
Rated: *****
It was back in 1982 when Bon Harris and Douglas McCarthy started recording their first demos. Their equipment was very limited: drums, a sequencer and McCarthy’s charismatic voice; all in the vein of the punk culture that was still big in those days. The upshot of those recording was that NE became the flag ship of a new music genre, later labeled as Electronic Body MusicEBM.
NE as a trio featuring Bon Harris, Douglas McCarthy and Jason Payne is responsible for recording such classic albums that innovated the music scene like "That Total Age", "Belief" and "Ebbhead" which every true EBM fan should be familiar with. "Big Hit" of 1995 was the last full length NB album released before the band decided to go separate ways. I think it is clear that "Industrial Complex" is THE most anticipated reunion album of the current year.
My personal impression of the album is throughout positive. NE succeeded to record an up-to-date sounding CD and yet remain loyal to their typical old sound. Another good thing worth mentioning is that McCarthy actually sings on this album unlike the usual case with his other project Fixmer and McCarthy where he mainly shouts.
The opener "Promises" strikes the listener right away with that familiar old-school EBM sound and the lyrics make you deliberate about the time you’ve got on your hands and what to do with it. "The time is not on your side" – how true.
"Going Away" is actually a ballad, believe it or not. Piano leads the melody and the use of electronic effects is absolutely minimal. The lyrics are about realizing how the gap between you and a person you love grows which will eventually end up in a separation.
"Hit you Back" is about rejection. "No matter what you do, I’m not in love with you" – who has never heard those words?
"Down on your Knees" has got some Depeche Mode touch to its sound, in my opinion. Really slightly. "I don’t Know You" is a nice mid-tempo song you can dance to without getting out of your breath. Actually, the lyrics do fit a place full of young adults. "Travelling" is a song about getting to know yourself and discovering things you were not aware of. Well, like Socrates used to say; know thyself.
There is a number of further songs truly worth to be checked out: "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", My Door is Open" and a powerful "Payroll".
Unless The Sisters of Mercy unexpectedly come up with a brand new record, this is the re-union album of the year.

BLACK SUN PRODUCTION AND BAHNTIER: Enoeraew

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 26 2010
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Artist: BLACK SUN PRODUCTION AND BAHNTIER
Title: Enoeraew
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Limited to 499 copies (plus a deluxe edition of 99 boxes containing also a bonus MCD and a DVD plus other gadgets) ENOERAEW is the collaborative project of Massimo & Pierce (Black Sun Productions, Anarcocks, Queen Lear) and Stefano Rossello (:Bahntier//, Detune-X, Ketvector). Black Sun Production in the past have collaborated with Coil (they performed live with them during their later period and collaborated also with Lydia Lunch, Val Denham, Sudden infant, Niko Skorpio, Sonne Hagal and Andrew Zealley to name few) while Stefano has Justin Bennet (live drummer of Skinny Puppy, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Peter Murphy, and many others) collaborating with him in :Bahntier// since 2005. ENOERAEW sees the trio creating ten original tunes (some born reworking older tunes) plus a cover of Virgin Prunes' "Sweet home under white clouds" which ideally are inspired by the work that Coil did since their early years filtered through Stefano's electro industrial bleeps and rich rhythmical layers and the theatrical experimentalism of the Swiss duo. The result is a ritualistic hypnotizing moment made of melodies, chants and rhythms. Love/desire, magic/death themes are the core of the tracks and make of ENOERAEW an album you'll gladly check...

PULCHER FEMINA: Darkness Prevails

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 20 2010
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Artist: PULCHER FEMINA
Title: Darkness Prevails
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Rated: *****
Personal project of Roberto Conforti, Pulcher Femina has released its first album on Decadance Records in 2000 having as musical references Wumpscut and VNV Nation. Ten years after, Roberto is releasing for the same label his newest and third album titled DARKNESS PREVAILS. About the title he says: "Often, this is how I perceive the world around me. In the absence of light, darkness prevails. An age isn't called 'dark' because the light fails to shine, it's because people refuse to see it". This is the main theme the thirteen songs are focused on, songs that musically are always influenced by Roberto's aforementioned loved bands (see for example how he used the punching rhythms and the synth leads arpeggios) but that are also packed with melancholic melodies and clean vocals. In this way he created a particular blend where 80's melodies meet 90's e.b.m. solutions. Try to imagine a Frozen Autumn/VNV Nation mix and you'll have pretty much an idea of how DARKNESS PREVAILS sounds. I'm listening to it for the third time in a row and I have to admit that I like how it sounds: now melodic/energetic and then melancholic. If you love e.b.m. and cold wave you have to check this one. You'll be pleasantly surprised...


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