Music Reviews



Sep 09 2009
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Artist: ANGELSPIT
Title: Hideous And Perfect
Format: CD
Label: Black Pill Red Pill
Distributor: Nova Media / Pater Noster / Audioglobe
Rated: *****
After moving to Germany for a year to promote their music at the best and after extensively touring with KMFDM, Frontline Assembly, Front 242, Angespit release, for the new label Black Pill Red Pill (available in the U.S. on Metropolis Records and on Darkest Labyrinth in Japan), their new album HIDEOUS AND PERFECT. Available in Europe and Australia as a luxurious three gate fold wallet with a 16 page booklet and a folded poster containing the lyrics on its rear, HIDEOUS AND PERFECT shows the band at their best bringing to their fans twelve new tracks. Listening to the album a couple of times I was amazed by how the duo balanced the distortions with the sampled handmade percussions (they recorded much of the album's pounding industrial percussion at an abandoned shipping yard in Sydney Harbour) and electronic instruments. The sound is powerful but always in control, there's no compression and the female/male vocals along with the granitic guitar riffs give to the sound a great effect. Angelspit industrial electronic sound is an intelligent blend of melody, rhythms and energy impossible to ignore. With this version of the album you'll be able also to enjoy their visual vision where DestroyX incarnate a cyberpunk Japanese doll and ZooG a "Clockwork orange" dandy...
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Artist: Voide (@)
Title: Lazy
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: self-released
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
The sun is high, the beaches are filled and mostly people have better things to do than to work. But David Almgren alias VOIDE likes to interrupt those sedating summer impressions with a new release entitled "Lazy", a 3-track Si-CD, which collects all of his earlier this year released "sample tunes". It’s because David has decided to test some new possibilities of his self-marketing of VOIDE and has given out a few free downloadable tracks via his Bandcamp profile. And he has still a heart for the silver disc addicts out there, I got the pleasure to receive a copy of this physically product. 3 tracks are on here and the things are starting with the title track, which – to everyone’s surprise – features a natural sounding vocal performance of David. Well, if lyrically recommendations of how to spend the whole summer day (..."always remember: be lazy!") performed in a related kind to a news moderator are of your preference, seems to be doubtful – on the other hand I can’t imagine to discover such lyrically content with his known sci-fi and futuristic manipulated voice. "Into The Sun" is the second tune and to me the highlight of this release. It can be named as being the missing link to David’s top-notch tunes "Electrolyte" and/or "Toxic", both available on his last studio album "Humachine", and the sweet Electropop-tune "Love" featuring the German female singer Suzi Electric. Because "Into The Sun" introduces us another female collaborator with the Australian-based Pixieguts (check out: www.pixieguts.com), who adds some warmth to the high-skilled sci-fi-related Synth-Electronica – a great vocal performance fits well to a great synth programming. Third, last, but not least track is "Traffic", which once again proves David’s favor, to use vocoderized vocals as well as to prove again his talent to create tasteful synth arrangements. Too bad, that this all finds an end after only 3 tracks – but you can be assured, that David hasn’t released any filler stuff to shorten the waiting time to his next full-length album. Moreover, his well-done collaboration with Pixieguts requires a continuation.
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Artist: Riverz End (@)
Title: Possible
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Lagunamuch Records (@)
Rated: *****
A free download-only item available from the website of the Russian label Lagunamuch and even if the label warns the listener, not to try to understand the sense of this nickname, I am highly interested to know who stands behind this mysterious act. And regarding the nick-name: well, what’s wrong to name a band project after a title of the SKINNY PUPPY-album "Last Rites" (is that a fair interpretation, Mr. Daut?)? This project is a very well-done surprise – what do I say? – maybe the best free downloadable surprise since years! Cinematic and dark sounding Electronica in some way comparable to FLAGUE or ZENTRIERT INS ANTLITZ unites with a rhythmically outfit, which often draws relations to THE KLINIK – this marvelous soundtrack drives most of the latest Tympanik, Hands, Hymen/Ant-Zen – releases against the wall! Too bad, that this epic trip ends after only 35 minutes, but I’ve lately seldom heard anything else addictive. As for the highlights well-balanced through this available 9 tracks, there’s in the first instance to name the title track, since "Possible" is a pearl of an authentic Dark-Electro-tune with programming abilities very near to FIX8:SED8 or OBJECT. "Fresh Wound" or "Magenta Violence" impress with complex rhythm- and percussion-programming abilities by using multiple Hi-Q – constructions. Rather more scary and ominous sounding are tracks like "Huge Face" or "Other Dreams", which both concentrate to leave the listener breathless with its thrilling atmospheres. Last, but not least, the ultra-wide reverberating effects used on "To Forget World To Remember World" have something special, too. Well, what finally can go wrong, if also Athur Berent of ABSTRACT AVENUE is aboard by offering a decent cover art for this new Russian talent? Have I mentioned above, that this item is freely available? – this is a must-have download, get it!

SELL SYSTEM: RedRoom

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 07 2009
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Artist: SELL SYSTEM
Title: RedRoom
Format: CD
Label: Breakdown Records
Rated: *****
Formed in 2007 in Torino, Italy, Sell System started immediately to work on their sound/tracks mixing elements of synthpop, future pop and darkwave. Presented into their bio influenced by Depeche Mode and Frozen Plasma, the trio formed by Rikux, Simon and D@x fortunately didn't go on the cover band approach but decided to pick up the catchy elements and to rework them on their personal blender. Upbeat rhythms, good synth structures along with Rikux's vocal melodies are the key elements of most of the songs where a bit of melancholy and danceability help forgetting some minor vocal flaws. Songs like the opening "Silence of the double faces", the following "Save me", "Afternoon song" and "Time with me" show at best the band's potential and are able to catch the attention of the audience immediately. The album covers different atmospheres as its songs span from the 4/4 pumping tempo of "Easy life" to the mellowness of "Obscurity". This is also the first release of the Breakdown Records, a label also from Torino which is looking for different kind of bands (they will start different sub-labels that will cover many genres, from industrial to punk).

$JAMMIE THE MONEY: Get Paid

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 25 2009
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Artist: $JAMMIE THE MONEY
Title: Get Paid
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
$Jammie The Money is back bringing to your ears some more bouncing rhythms, grime distortion and fun. The digital E.P. opens the dances with "Break even", a track that each The Prodigy lover should check. "Get paid" with its syncopate rhythms will drive you crazy thanks to its stop and go and to its dancey attitude. "Monkey in my brain" features MilkMoneyMaffia on vocals and it could be a great electro grime single. The filtered toy like vocals are fun and $Jammie great choice of rap'n'grime sounds/arrangements will make of this one your favorite tune of the week. The closing tracks "The money maker" is a mid tempo tune with many stops and go, crossing sounds, bleeps and energy. You can check each track of this E.P. at the Basserk website.


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