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Mar 17 2010
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Artist: Monolith Of Doom (@)
Title: Devastation Panorama
Format: CD
Label: Soviet Media Kontrol (@)
Rated: *****
Young German fellow Tim Kasten seems to have a boring private life. Highly active under his main project [ORGANIC_CAGE], with which he recently signed a deal with the well-known Denver-based Vendetta-Music label, he could investigate enough time to build a side-project, with which he continues his path under the small Soviet Media Kontrol-label. "Devastation Panorama" of course is heavily influenced by Tim’s previous discovered musically experiences and you shouldn’t expect a too drastically change of his stylistically direction. Where his main project offers harsh and forward-moving rhythmic Powernoise efforts, he slows down the speed to install more Ambient-related, ominous sounding layers combined with his abrasive rhythm patterns. This new 14 tracks therefore offer room for some additional experiments of a disruptive rhythm work, which may can be combined with his efforts of his main project. If it was really necessary to built this side-project, may lays in the ear of the listener. "Devastation Panorama" itself is attractive enough produced to convince, while stylistically not too far away from [ORGANIC_CAGE]. Better said, I tend to encourage Tim, not to forget to integrate a noticeable doze of the good ideas and moments of this album ("Amplify My Horrors") into the sound environment of his main project at the recording procedure of the next [ORGANIC_CAGE] album.
Mar 16 2010
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Artist: Alien Produkt
Title: Honour Vs Falsehood - The first step EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Someone argues that remix album are starving the music market out of its better crops, maybe as their quality is sometimes arguable, but listening to releases like the first (of 2) step by a crowded troop of djs and musicians remixing some of the most exquisite tracks by the Argentinean band Alien Produkt, which gained a considerable notoriety by proposing a powerful mix of harsch electronics combined with hyper-propelled corrosive rhythms reminding the style by Hocico and Suicide Commando by just two release on the American renowned label BLC, is going to refute this thesis by music market analysts, even if the one related to this genre is spreading its tentacles in such a fast way it’s not so easy to follow its development. Some of the remixes included in this collection are really well-forged, having successfully reached what seems to be the main aim of the so-called "remix art" (i.e. manipulating the original track giving its own personal imprint) by highlighting the creepy atmospheres saturated by noisy thunders and foggy sounds these wary chicos explored mainly on their album entitled Ignorance: even if some of them are not so impressive – if you already know some of the lads involved in this 14-tracks EP (more than 70 minutes long...), Mechanical Moth’s banal maquillage of Slander, Retractor’s treatment of electronic oscillating trumpets and hackneyed EBm sound processing on New Concentration Camps’ remix, Y-Luk-O’s drooling vocals on Dark Visions (it seems they hired the main character of Cronenberg’s The Fly to record it) and even the hitting horrified-industrial re-assembly of Slander by Obszön Geschöpf (one of the most famous name amidst this army of remixers) could disappoint your expectations, but Asptie’s beat-fury on Into The Abyss (that kind of stuff you’ll easily enjoy in a party crowded by face-powdered and toxic blood-like cosmetics people propelled by blood corrected by tomato juice and red Campari), Drained Scorn’s nice remix of Involution as well as some make-up arts on Oscilacion Parasita (in particular those by G-Pro and Sintetik – really a good work on vocals surgical dissection! –ones) and other noticeable head-banging bounces together with the title-track, Honour Vs Falsehood (classic but well-balanced lines adding nothing but a good-manner sample to EBM encyclopedia... ) act as counterweights for their quality. A Second Step – a promising rehabilitation center hiring some renowned sound-therapists such as Dolls Of Pain and Wynardtage- has already been announced and it’s going to be issued by the Hungarian label Advoxya Records – "thanksgive" them for this nice return by Alien Produkt... -. Embellish your headphones for this forthcoming step!

PNDC / HOUSEWORK: Moments Of Grey Forgettableness

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 16 2010
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Artist: PNDC / HOUSEWORK
Title: Moments Of Grey Forgettableness
Format: CD
Label: Listen Loudest Records
Rated: *****
Like thieves that return always on their steps also PNDC/Housework went to their vaults and found that they had a lot of unreleased material as well as remixes, demos, etc. MOMENTS OF GREY FORGETTABLENESS gathers twelve of these tracks where you can appreciate the experimental approach of the project applied to the electronic/wave/rock formula (check the guitar solo on the unreleased track "Properties", for example). Electronic arrangements and pop sensibility meet guitar riffs and the personal vocals of Housework giving to the listener a wide choice: orchestral craziness meet vocal introversion on "Binocular / Oh my God, it's true" or rock cover-ism is mixed with guitar noise on the "Inagaddadavida / Dream about love" medley. There are also demos like "Unless" or "Pink cave" where you can check sounds similar to the previous two albums produced by the Serbian / Greek duo.

QUARTERSIZED: Industrial cliche

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Mar 16 2010
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Artist: QUARTERSIZED
Title: Industrial cliche
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****
INDUSTRIAL CLICHE is the third E.P. by Ian and its four tracks kinda play with the industrial music topics of all times without sounding industrial at all. TV evangelists, military industrial complex and its influence on consumer technology, the Westboro Baptist Church and the world of religious cults are the themes of the mini album that Quartersized deal with. Musically Ian produced four electronic energetic tunes where guitar riffs are mixed with samples and upbeat rhythms. Sometimes influenced by breakbeat (for the rhythms) and by Tackhead (for the guitars) the tracks sound interesting and fresh. Personally I found more convincing the first two E.P.s but also INDUSTRIAL CLICHE is capable to catch the listener's attention.

T.W.Z.: Serpent Column Portal

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Mar 06 2010
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Artist: T.W.Z. (@)
Title: Serpent Column Portal
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
The Swedish mystic Dark Electro-attack T.W.Z. strikes back after ist latest album "Evolution", also released by Advoxya Records 1,5 years before. In the meantime there have happened some massive internal problems with the band members and the upcoming stylistically direction of this project, so that nowadays only Richard K. Szabo is responsible for all music- and business-related decisions. Musically this has left some influence on the new tracks of T.W.Z. Dedicated to the well-known author and visionary Carl Sagan, who passed in 1996, and his "The Lost Civilization" theories, "Serpent Column Portal" offers several more breeding sweep sounds, orchestral layers and a sicker ominous mood than ever discovered before. As we know, T.W.Z. has a preference for high developed cultures like the Maya or Eschaton theories, which went down to transform those sagas and science into the present with a negative impact on mankind – also this album is filled with this mysterious and scientific content. Still arranged under a solid kick and snare work, the tracks itself are again straight-oriented and forward-moving, the often described hypnotic bass line programming remains to be the trademark to this project. What’s new is the integrated diversity in the usage of the main vocals. Richard’s extremely abrasive vocal performance got more often fx-penetrated than before, and stands no longer that obviously in the foreground of the mix, though that fx-usage does not completely convince ("Drown Them All" could be considered). Female co-vocals provided by SOLSKUGGA on three, and DEATH IN BERLIN on one track are standing for another development worth to mention. Also new is the concentration to offer more and more different snare- and hi-hat sounds, as well as the usage of a generally more low-fi oriented sound design – let’s assume, that VST-technique has helped globally on the whole mix.
As usual and as a repetitive procedure, albums of T.W.Z. aren’t at all a form of easy-listening and may need 3 – 4 spins more to find a satisfying consumption. Also as usual – this stuff is worth to invest the time.


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