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Apr 26 2010
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Artist: DOGPOP
Title: Jahrmarkt Der Verlorenen Kinder
Format: CD
Label: UMBER KOLLEKTIF (@)
Rated: *****
Formed by Brigant Moloch and Daniel Hofmann (members of Thorofon and Anenzephalia), Dogpop are delivering for Umber Kollektif their second official album. Released six years after their debut album "Popgod", JAHRMARKT DER VERLORENEN KINDER is a sum of German wave/industrial music of the 80s (see Der Plan, D.A.F., Pyrolator or Die Tödliche Doris). The album opens with an industrial track titled "Horst Du?" just to change with a D.A.F. inspired one titled "6er-bahn"" and the following "Himmel flieg (I-schuss-mix)" which sounds like a Pyrolator/Der Plan hybrid. Analog synth industrial is on with the obscure "Ewiges kino" and 80s minimal synth is alive on "Weisser klown" and "Dogporn". There are also some weird electronic instrumental tunes like the closing "Jahrmarkt der verlorenen kinder" or "Wind". A varied album that will please the lovers of German 80s synthetic music.

Porn: A Decade In Glitter And Danger

 Posted by Andre Wiegand   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 25 2010
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Artist: Porn
Title: A Decade In Glitter And Danger
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain
Distributor: Nova MD GmbH
Rated: *****
My friends from Pornofabrik, sorry I meant Pornofabrik, believed I should check this compilation. I was said there is a serious resemblance between Porn and Dope Stars Inc. which I found to be rather limited, to be honest. By that I meant that Philippe D. sings more and shouts less than Victor Love. Besides, the songs are way less fast and less kick ass than those by the Dopies. Comparisons to Placebo, Nine Inch Nails and Ministry appear to me to make more sense.
On the opener, like the name of the band allows to suggest, you hear a couple having sex. I’m asking myself how the band recorded it. Was it just a sample from some movie or did they record people having sex in the studio. Not the most romantic or sexy place, but some people like to do it on unusual locations.
According to the trend of the last 10 years there is a cover version on the album: it is Blondie’s “Call Me”, which was covered by The 69 Eyes among others. Porn’s version can certainly keep up with the original. It doesn’t sound so squeaky like the Blondie’s. An excellent choice of material to cover thus it is hard to do much wrong with it, sirs pornographers. Perhaps it could’ve sounded a bit more sensual.
“The Fee“ is one of the classic songs by these French guys. A mid-tempo number that Trent Reznor’s fans are going to love. “Baby Smack“ combines percussion a lá electro rock tradition, sharp guitars and clear male rocking vocals that sounds a bit too high in the chorus. This was not supposed to be a tribute to Justine Timberlake after all!
Soft Machine“ is the best song on the album in my opinion; emotional, yet suitable for the clubs. By that I mean no untz-untz beats. The line “My best friend is my left hand“ hints that the lyrics were not meant to be enjoyed when your kids are around.
“Stiff Little Things“ reminds of the quieter tunes M.Manson comes up with.
Additionally to the original material there are three remixes to be found: by Manek Deboto
And Craig Sue, a Ls201 Mix and by Dexy Corp. This CD is a good opportunity to get to know this quartette.
Apr 23 2010
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Artist: CEDIGEST
Title: Walking In The Flesh
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Rated: *****
After their self released albums “When Evil Returns” (released in 2006) and “Evisceration” (released in 2007) CeDigest got signed by BLC and they should have released their debut album on that label. One year ago Avi on the band's website wrote that they weren't working with BLC no more and now that their new album is out we are aware that they now have a contract with Noitekk. WALKING IN THE FLESH is a nice industrial e.b.m. album with some surprises. Besides presenting classic tracks based on unintelligible lyrics and electronic distortion, the band on tracks like "Displaying the wounds" show their metal influences (some melodies and the grind riffs remind me of Carcass) that has been quite a pleasant surprise. Also the fact that they don't base their sound only on sonic aggression made me appreciate their sound because the first songs of the album ("Evel returns", "Fermenting remains", "All will be lost" or "Bound") show a melodic attitude on the synth lines that sounds catchy. This along with some 4/4 dancey attitude will make you want to check WALKING IN THE FLESH.

CRYO: Hidden Aggression

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 20 2010
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Artist: CRYO (@)
Title: Hidden Aggression
Format: CD
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****
New and third release for this Swedish one-man project, again brought to us by Progress Productions. ”Hidden Aggression” is Martin Rudefelt’s second full-length album and a long awaited item after his marvelous success with his club smashers ”Does It Hurt” or ”My Wall”, which still receive rotations in Europe’s dark clubs. This album picks up musically the path, with which Martin has stopped. He still produces a cold and static Dark Electro sound, featuring a hypnotic and rather veteran-inspired bass line sequencing, cold synth pads, different vocal processing-effects and some message-transporting voice samples. His above named club hits rather feature smooth and lesser cold electronic sounds, obviously with the intention to satisfy multiple tastes, and with both tracks ”I Die Every Day” and ”Weitergehen” (featuring German voice samples), he has been able to produce possible followers. Nevertheless his rather cold and lesser commercial-oriented tracks receive the vote to be favorites of this album. The slow and pulsating ”Contract Killer” with its typical cold, but melodious synth sweeps impresses, while the hefty pounding rhythm work on those mid-tempo tunes like ”Hit Me Once” or ”Substance” lefts the listener breathless. That phenomenon of the usual crispy and crystal-clear sound-quality of Martin’s high-end production continues with the marvelous female/male-duet ”Counting Down Again” and the musically best-worked out and most demanding last track ”Forgotten” - both can be counting to be his best compositions so far. ”Hidden Aggression” convinces generally with a more matured sound-outfit compared to his debut, and also lyrically Martin provides a clearer and more directly expression - at least a cynical politically statement like in ”Guantanamo Bay” is a prove for his grown self-confidence. This album offers a lot of valuable content to check out - no serious hint of a more Mainstream-oriented direction included too - so if you’ve been into CRYO anytime before, you gotta need to pick up this one too.

NTRSN: People Like Gods

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Apr 20 2010
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Artist: NTRSN (@)
Title: People Like Gods
Format: CD
Label: Sigsaly Transmissions (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
YES! It’s out, as I was hardly longing for this release. With the exception of a self-produced CDR release ”Human The System 2.04”, this is the official debut release of the Belgian EBM/Industrial-duo NTRSN (speak it out: Intrusion). For the most of our readers they seem to be a real newcomer, while they’re musically pretty dedicated to reanimate the heritage of Belgian old-school EBM bands. ”People Like Gods” features that form of EBM, which has been long forgotten out of our hearts and playlists. Inspired by works of those notorious veterans like early INSEKT, old VOMITO NEGRO, THE KLINIK, or lesser discovered Belgian cult acts like LIQUID G. or LESCURE 13, which all have had their heydays in times, where musicians had to record demo tapes. Yes, those were the days, and compared to some current happening tendencies, not the worst. Pieter David (sequences, vocals, production) and his partner Bram Declercq (vocals, video, art) have seemingly inhaled the spirit of those traditionally days and offer us 14 tracks full of experimental-minded, raw EBM-power. The received prominent help for the production of this awesome album, Maurizo Fasolo (Pankow) and Peter Van Bogaert (LIQUID G.) have proven in those above mentioned days their talent - now sitting behind the mixing desk has surely helped this album to sound and come out in this specific style. The harder and dancefloor-compatible forward moving tracks, like the intro ”Flashback”, ”Coming End”, ”Black Hole” or that irresistible ”Man Is Machine” are favorites for sure. Pure and analogue synth play can be discovered in some sequencer patterns in both parts of ”Never Before”, or ”Bodychange” - it’s nearly impossible to program this efforts under the usage of digital synths. ”People Like Gods” is an awesome example of work, how an EBM-driven music project manages to separate from the whole average mass. This old-school EBM sound has nothing to do with the multiple hordes of NEP/DAF-copycats, it rather reanimates and recreates a long forgotten form of Belgian Electro/Industrial-history.


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