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Feb 22 2010
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Artist: PHILIPP QUEHENBERGER
Title: Hazard
Format: CD
Label: Laton
Distributor: TROST
Rated: *****
As reported on their website, Laton is an operations platform and label for experimental and popular electronic music. With Laton the focus is also on creating an extended network with Europe and former Soviet countries by arranging and presenting events, festivals and record releases. Laton has released records, initiated projects and arranged festivals in with artists and musicans like Terre Thaemlitz, Mika Vainio, Sex Tags, Alva Noto, Katia Zavoloka, Alexei Borisov, Mira Calix and Pan Sonic. Listening to HAZARD it just normal that they released this album. Philipp Quehenberger born in Innsbruck, grew up in Tyrol, Seattle and Newcastle. He discovered his love for electronic music in his father's studio and started playing the piano and fooling around with synthesizers. He played in local bands of various styles, ranging from Death-Metal to Rock. In 1994 he started performing alone and moved to Vienna, where he kept his head above water with piano lessons. HAZARD is his newest album, which, as far as I know, is his second. The eight tracks of the album contains many influences and sounds: electro, experimental, a bit of techno ("After death business" sounds like a live recording of a rave coupled to a mad organist who's raping his instrument), industrial and e.b.m. a la D.A.F. (see for example as Philipp use the obsessive bass lines and the hard beats on "Keep talking") are the key elements that he used to compose a granitic album that sounds extreme and rhythmic. I enjoyed how he's able to keep the attention alive without using vocals while he keeps distortions and bass frequencies in control. Keep your eyes opened in mid March...
Feb 22 2010
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Artist: SEMION
Title: Sex, Death & Repetition
Format: CD EP
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****
Formed by Semi0n , Limp Sidney, Wilhelm Stroker and the mysterious Captain Shitébeard, Semion deliver their first E.P. on MOMT. Available as download and CD-r, the E.P. has four tracks that mix post punk, dub and electronics. The band isn't afraid of experimenting and if the opening "Die with dignity" is a vibrant post punk anthem sounding a bit like early Killing Joke of "Are you receiving" the closing "I think we're dead" is a cool electronic dark electro tune. Eclectic and energetic, Semion are a band to follow!

BUZZ: Cyberclash Live @ Aligre FM-Paris

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 18 2010
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Artist: BUZZ (@)
Title: Cyberclash Live @ Aligre FM-Paris
Format: CD
CYBERCLASH is the newest Buzz's album and it contains a live recording of a short concert they did for a Parisian radio station called Aligre FM. Formed by Dragan Vujcic and Jean-Christophe Van Thienen, Buzz are a French band active from the mid 80s to the end of that decade. They passed through different line-up changes and recorded some 12"s for Danceteria during the late 80s and self produced several releases as well. Reforming in 2006, the band participated to different compilations and self produced compilation and remixes albums. CYBERCLASH gathers, with no overdubs or remixes, eight tracks coming from the past history of the band such as "Kennedy" from their 1986 12" as well as "Berlin" from the "Sexe" E.P. plus new tunes they recently wrote. Live, Buzz, sounds like a cold synth version of Skinny Puppy thanks to their vibrant guitar riffs and obsessive synthetic drums rhythms. You can check some of their songs at their myspace page at www.myspace.com/buzzbiz

ATTRITION: Dante's Kitchen

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 16 2010
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Dante's Kitchen
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Rated: *****
Originally released back in 2004, DANTE'S KITCHEN is the last album of the reissue series and this edition has all the songs of original release plus the four bonuses that were issued on the Russian print. DANTE'S KITCHEN is one of the best Attrition's album of the new millennium as its ten tracks are structured like a concept album where the female/male vocal duets are supported by the sound of a tormented violin played by Rafael and by upbeat synth bass lines. Sounding dark and sensual tracks like "Two gods" or "Dante's kitchen" were ready to become instant band's classics. Inspired by Martin's personal life facts (you can read the interview I did on that period on this very magazine under the interviews section) DANTE'S KITCHEN tells of a trip down to hell where the kitchen is everyone's everyday inferno. The first time I listened to the album sometimes it recalled me the latest Clock DVA because of its ambience and because of Martin's whispered vocals. The bonus tracks are three interesting re-visitations/remixes of "The head of Gabriel" (Philip Hickman, Pablo Sonic Terrorist and Empire State Human reworked it giving to it a tribal orchestral ambient arrangement, a gabber sound and dark electro wave mix) and a re-assembled acid dark electro version of "Dante's kitchen" by Sveldt.

ASSEMBLAGE 23: Compass

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Feb 15 2010
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Artist: ASSEMBLAGE 23 (@)
Title: Compass
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis / Industrial Music
Rated: *****
The inventor of the Futurepop-genre is also one of the survivors of this often dead-written music style. Tom Shear did it again, and I guess almost all of our readers or listeners of Electronica music have discovered him and his famous work. "Compass" provides 10 tracks in its regular version, but also a limited edition featuring a bonus CD with remixes and additional new and unreleased tracks, can be purchased too. Tom’s compositional signature is still the outstanding part in his tasteful arranged sound environment, although an ongoing slight dedication to some acoustic instruments can be noticed too. Did I hear real guitars in "Leave This All Behind", for example? More than 2 years in the making it is may explainable, that Tom offers one or another tracks, which are lyrically still a settlement with ex-president George W. Bush ("How Can You Sleep", but what a great ballad of a track!). "Compass" generally seems a bit of a thoughtful album, subtle and filled with Tom’s own review of his personal episodes that can happen in life. "Spark", as being the teaser release to this album, stands for the rather danceable and highly catchy moments of this album, and to me, only "Impermanence", "Smoke" and "Alive" can follow this masterpiece and seem to be ideal invitations for additional CDS releases. I wouldn’t go that far, to call "Compass" as being his best work so far, but it is another constant good work of a matured musician. This album got also released as a limited edition, which features a second CD with 5 unrleased extra tracks. If an artist decides to offer own and unreleased works over that usual remix works collection, it seems to be quite logical, which of the both available versions you should try to purchase, shouldn’t it?


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