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HEZZEL: Magnets

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 11 2009
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Artist: HEZZEL
Title: Magnets
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Absetzer / Alter-X Promotion Project (@)
Rated: *****
That’s a rich album full of golden shining "Magnets", at least 16 tracks have found the way on this free download-able album, published under the Absetzer-label, part of the Russian Alter-X promotion project. HEZZEL hails out of Latvia and I tend to rate their musically efforts as being a precise mixture between their countrymen ROSEWATER meets DIVE. It’s a harsh Electro-/Industrial-driven foundation arranged in straight and pummeling conditions. Here and there they integrate some rare vocals as well as some obscure voice samples. "Noise Is More Than Just Noise", that title of one of the featured tunes here couldn’t it describe any better, this stuff is also interesting enough for the Electro-/EBM-only supporters, since it balances well between the styles. Another quality and must-download item from the Alter-X promotion project!
Artist: Ad-Ver-Sary (@)
Title: A Bright Cut Across Velvet Sky
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
"Bone Music" was yesterday but is still in the ears and minds of the audience, since the last years’ debut of Mr. Jairus Khan has been one of the surprises of the Tympanik release schedule. This new album is something like the remix twin of "Bone Music", since Mr. Khan could hire a lot of comrades and label colleagues to contribute with different interpretations on the AD-VER-SARY compositions. Acts like CYANOTIC, the highly recognized ESA, ISZOLOSCOPE, DISPARITION, MONOCULTURE, CANDL NINE, STENDECK, SYNKRO, PHYLR, AUTOCLAV 1.1, and SALT are the names to offer the requested diversity. You’ll get additionally some new tracks of Jairus, on which "Dresden" for instance is one of his straight-oriented tunes, which could animate the audience to some dancefloor movement. "Darker" is a frozen sound-collage focusing on ominous sounding synth-layers. Last but not least, you’ll get a track originally composed by his friends of CYANOTIC, "Deface", which got revamped (AD-VER-SARY + DIRTYBUNNY = Industrial Strength Mix). As usual, and that seems to be the trademark for AD-VER-SARY, this integrated diversity discovered especially in the original compositions are the outstanding part in the music of this act. Be it Industrial, Noise, IDM or Ambient – an AD-VER-SARY album includes all of this. This remix album is limited to 1000 pieces and comes out in handmade unique packaging.

Santa Hates You: Rocket Heart

 Posted by Andre Wiegand   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 10 2009
Artist: Santa Hates You
Title: Rocket Heart
Format: CD EP
Label: Trisol Music Group GmbH
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
The word "respite" belongs to the category Peter Spilles has to check in the dictionary. The tunes of the last Project Pitchfork album "Dream, Theresias" are still in our ears and Peter launches another release suiting the time of the year. Peter demonstrates a truly enviable creative strength here.
The first Santa Hates You album was released just two years ago, naturally, shortly before Christmas. In this experimental project Peter employs elements taken from Industrial, Gothic and Electro. His partner in crime is a female singer Jinxy while Peter himself jumps into the role of an evil clown and entertains the audience in a different manner from his Project Pitchfork.
The title songs is totally fit to be played in the clubs and I’m sure no other fortune expects it. Peter’s vocals sound clean but rather annoyed, very similar to the way we know it from Project Pitchfork. Jinxy can sound rather deep and sort of malicious to sexy. A good combination.
The EP features remixes of "Rocket Heart" by Straftanz, Axxl E., Soman and Reaper; There is track with no vocals, just samples ("The Bonus 1.0") and a cover version of One One’s classic "Deutschmaschine" sung as a duet.
This EP is limited to 2,000 copies coming as a digipak. Not only Project Pitchfork fans should give it a bash. Any fan of hard electro music could enjoy it home or dancing his/her ass off to it in the clubs.

LEWSOR: No Error

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 06 2009
Artist: LEWSOR (@)
Title: No Error
Format: CD
Label: Audio Trauma (@)
Rated: *****
Ex member of Extasick (band that recorded their album on D-Trash Records) Matthieu Gosselin started Lewsor in 2005 producing his debut album "Rather Die Than Hear That" for What A Fake! Records. That album gave him some exposure that lead him to the French label Audio Trauma. After some years of work, Matthieu can finally release his digital craziness packed into fourteen new tracks where digital punk, breakbeat and distortion hail the "sound hacker" as well as "the musical pirate" who is behind the Lewsor moniker. Sampling orchestras (check "Industrial brass band" and the following "Junkyard girl") and thousand other musical sources Lewsor offers an album where no prisoners are allowed. Naming Prodigy, Venetian Snares, Aphex Twin and Atari Teenage Riot as influences, Matthieu introduces us to a world of a buggy science fiction where velocity isn't the only way to express even if you'll be attacked by wall of distortions and fragmented rhythms as on many tracks we find also melodic threads to follow as well as song structured tracks (check the guitar driven "Backdoor process" or the semi hip-hop "Musical pirate"). There's so much going on into this album that you'll need more spins to check everything. Good one...

SUICIDE COMMANDO: Die, Motherfucker, Die

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 05 2009
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Title: Die, Motherfucker, Die
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Metropolis Records / Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: Industrial Music
Rated: *****
Not too much reminds on his well-done previously released limited 7 " Single "Until We Die" / "Severed Head" – that was the first impression after consuming Johan van Roy’s newest effort. With "Die, Motherfucker, Die" he rather returns into his lately discovered fairway. It’s one of his harsh and smashing tunes, very near to what some people would consider as a Hellectro duplicate – luckily he hasn’t forgotten to include some typical SC-capacities. His sense to create dark and ominous sounding introductions, as well as some typical SC-related bass lines and programming skills are still keeping his fans of his early days listening – if not body moving. With the both additional remix contributions by X-FUSION and/or the Mexican C-LEKKTOR the fire keeps on burning under the dancefloor – to answer the question of the musically value behind this business-related action wasn’t requested, so how can I dare to ask??? Comes finally a relatively good b-side entitled "Come Down With Me", whose only flaw can be discovered in the too loud mixed vocals being to much in the center position. That title track in its original version is an awesome and pummeling floor-filler, which gives a nice addition to a possible "best of the best"- SUICIDE COMMANDO tracks compilation. The b-side is okay, the further rest cannot wear off the smell of business-related decisions.

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