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VV.AA.: Help Can\'t Wait

 Posted by Andre Wiegand   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 25 2009
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Help Can\'t Wait
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Black Rain Rec.
Distributor: D: Nova MD GmbH A: Rebeat Music Vertrieb S: Non Stop Music Records
These are usually George Clooney, Oprah, Brad and Angelina, and other stars of the entertainment business that are known for their charity projects aiming to help the starving and the deprived. The Gothic scene has not yet become known for such activities if I’m allowed not to mention a small number of exceptions. The main reason for that is probably that nobody makes any real money here unlike in Hollywood unless your band plays Wembley. Therefore it is especially good to hear that the guys from Elektrofront Erzgebirge, Black Rain and Promofabrik started a charity project with a purpose to help children in Bihar, the poorest province of India. All the money gained with the sells of this 2CD compilation goes to Humedica, the project of the PENIEL SOCIAL INSTITUTE. With that income two school, an orphanage and a hospital will be supported.
The "Help Can’t Wait" compilation unites over thirty artists of the contemporary dark electro scene all of whom contributed their works with altruistic and non-profit intentions.
Now, except for your wish to help the children in Bihar, why should you purchase the 2CD? Let me mention just a handful of artists that are featured on it: Leaether Strip, Die Krupps, Vigilante, Jäger 90, Soman, Elite, Die Perlen, A Spell Inside, Wynardtage, Cephalgy, Project Pitchfork, Wintry, Black Wedding etc. Many of the titles are released as remixes.
The opener by Leaether Strip bears the title of the whole album and sets the motto for the album; dark, intensive and urgent. TET offer a track for fans of military themes. Der Gleichstrom throw into the listener "Antagonist" that will not make anybody fall asleep. The German Industrial Rock dinosaurs Die Krupps contributed a live version of "Für einen Augenblick" which is no worse than the original in any aspect.
Phase III enliven the atmosphere a bit with their "Es wird dunkel". The song is about our fun and funny scene and the lyrics include names like: Tilo Wolf, Aderlass, Die Verbannten Kinder Evas, Schelmisch, Rammstein, Letzte Instanz etc. put together in peculiar combinations that always make me grin when I listen to it. Black Wedding close with Schnitter Tod" (Reaper of death) according to their traditional electronic but slower manner and remind everybody that one day we all will leave the theater on earth, each in his way. Wake up, people and do something good out of your lives. You only have got one. And making this world better is a part of that. More than worrying about your puny existence only. If only just a couple of you will by this limited to 1000 copies compilation, I’ll consider my good deed for today done. Thank you for your help.

In[Perfektion]: s/t

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 24 2009
Artist: In[Perfektion] (@)
Title: s/t
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Enoughrecords (@)
Rated: *****
Another goody out of the rich source of the Portugal-based Enough Records label, offers us now the debut release of IN[PERFEKTION]. They decided to come out with their early demo recording, because this music project around mastermind Walter and his female half Charlotte (Walter is also part of the Hellektro Holocaust-recording artist HYSTAKMINE...) recently works hard on the last production efforts of an official debut album. And friends of the rather poppy sounding Futurepop-genre should continue to read on, since these first 4 tracks can be seen as Portugal’s answer on ASSEMBLAGE 23. A very good timbre of Walter, plus a not-so-obviously-danceable song composition effort, keeps these 4 tracks amazingly interesting. Some would call it a weakness, not to concentrate completely on dancefloor-compatibility, but – wouldn’t a track like the opener "Closure" offer the same impressive magic with this extravagant drum programming than with a rather 4/4-oriented kind of work? Not at all – track 4 "Willing For Suicide" attracts with a dreamy and catchy synth pad sound. It’s all well done with this four tracks and this band should be able to earn a rich harvest also on international events.
Artist: Totakeke
Title: The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
New York-based Electronica-wizard Frank Mokros is back with a new double CD album. Disc 1 offers the new studio work of Frank, which continues with his futuristic IDM/Electronica music we could discover with his last year’s brilliant album "Elekatota: The Other Side Of The Tracks". The presented variety and diversity in his music arrangements somewhere based into genres like Ambient, IDM, Noise and Industrial can be heard very seldom – Frank has the abilities to write perfect film scores for Sci-Fi- and Cyberpunk-related movies yet not produced. Multiple layered, high complexities in the production of synth and drums/percussion – yes, Frank’s music is demanding – but the listener gets so much rewarded for his full attention, which is required to consume his masterpieces of music. TOTAKEKE is one of the very few founded flowers, which someone can be identifying with. Normally tend to I prefer the rather straight arranged tunes, which allow some Industrial dancefloor movements. Tracks like "Disconnected Inside", the harsh and nearly Powernoise-like "Anterograde Amnesia", and the extremely catchy title track services this greed well. But here are 2 additional pearls needed to be mention, "Permanent Note", reminding with its mighty basslines and the rather slow tempo on "Bio-Mechanic"-like FLA featuring more complexity, and the eerie "Patient HM" with its simple, but so damned effective piano sound inserts. But all of these good things don’t end here, because Tympanik Audio has decided to assign all free slots of your CD players with Disc 2. This second disc offers some new interpretations of "Pull The Plug" and "Ignorance" provided by Frank himself, some new amazing tracks ("Gone", "Can’t Feel Time" and "Buried Is... " – A-MUST-LISTEN-TO!) and several remix contributions by Frank’s highly-acclaimed label comrades. ZENTRIERT INS ANTLITZ ("Permanent Note"), the raw PNEUMATIC DETACH ("Anterograde Amnesia" – how could someone think, that Justin Brink would put his fingers on any additional tune? Nice cover art too, Mr. Brink!), AUTOCLAV 1.1 ("Lost And Falling" – can a remix score against an original? It can! Well done, Mr. Young!), LUCIDSTATIC ("The Things That Disappear When I Close My Eyes"), ACCESS TO ARASAKA ("Contusions" – that nervous hacking hi-q programming offers creativity – a new talent to follow!), FLINT GLASS ("Patient HM" – nice try, Gwenn, but that’s one of the most difficult remixes. Nothing can rival with the brilliant original) and the Slovakian heroes of DISHARMONY ("Memoria" - quality as usual, Ryby, we’ll come on your new tunes soon... ) are featured here. I could slander again through this whole album and will be surely find several additional gimmicks and attractive things to report of. It’s a matter of fact, that albums of TOTAKEKE won’t never get boring and the music offers so much new facets to discover, which I could easily use as an additional apology, why I’ve delayed the review that long. However, get this masterpiece!

Active][Hate: Corrosive Intent

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 19 2009