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Artist: Worms Of The Earth
Title: The Angels Of Prostitution
Format: CD
Label: Bugs Crawling Out Of People (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Good work finally pays of and it warms my heart, that there’s somebody out there, who gets rewarded with a deal to record a first debut album and to release it via the Canadian Experimental/Noise-label Bugs Crawling Out Of People. WORMS OF THE EARTH alias Dan Barrett works in multiple fields of the Electro/Industrial/Noise genres, be it with the issuing of an online magazine with the same name, or be it with the compiling of some download-able compilations, which can provide here and there some better known names. If somebody out there deserves a bit more attention and exposure, then Dan is the one for all of his efforts for and around the scene. This official debut album of WOTE offers a diverse mixture of styles, mostly and started with rhythmically Powernoise ("The Whore", "Famine Wears The Mask Of Prosperity"), but you’ll get also some calmer, more Electro-minded works too ("Dew Falling Over The Garden"). Generally the music of WOTE isn’t at all the new invention of the bulb, but this album comes out quite respectable. Several collaborations are presented on this album, too. We have at first a new word-core assault by the omnipresent Rock n’ Roll Supergod IT-CLINGS, king of the Jews, with the typical title "Big Fucking Titties Or A Fuckable Mouth (Of The Succubus)". Some remix contributions mostly done on the track "Whore" turning some parts of this album near to the Harsh EBM/Hellectro genre, no wonder, if names like the new NoiTekk-act DYM, DEAD MANS HILL, EMBODI, VICIOUS ALLIANCE or TO MEGA THERION have laid their filthy hands on the WOTE originals. An interesting and generally convincing debut for sure, while WOTE can’t bring up anything new to the genre. Please note that the first 50 copies of this album will be accomplished with a special bonus CD, which features 4 additional tracks, plus 5 remix contributions. Try to get it!

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Artist: Flint Glass (@)
Title: Circumsounds
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
French act FLINT GLASS releases a remix collection, which quite follows the idea of the past DISHARMONY album, both now out at Tympanik Audio. Also Gwenn Tremorin’s solo project has done through the years several remix works for foreign bands, from which a few remixes got released, while a few others have been collected dust buried in some archives. Therefore this is a highly recommended initiative to collect all of those remix works for a new FLINT GLASS album. And similar with DISHARMONY – there can’t be doubts on the music quality, since all music and re-programmings got done by FLINT GLASS. As expected, Gwenn offers his full-scale high quality Electronica music, which often integrates elements out of Dark Electro, Ambient, Industrial and Powernoise genres. Always complimented with the needed doze of intelligence behind the tasteful arrangements, FLINT GLASS offers a 72 minutes + assault filled with mystic soundscapes in a very unique outfit. You’ll get new interpretations of tracks of among others POLYGON, PROSPERO, H.I.V.+, OTX, the already mentioned DISHARMONY, EMPUSAE or SUICIDE INSIDE. It is hard to pick out a special favorite, since this would follow some personal preferences, but the remix on THERMIDOR’s "Plenum Aquae" with its layered synth ambience is sort of an outstanding work. "Circumsounds" is nothing else than a pure audio enjoyment, which allows the listener to sink into the deepest sound layers. A high recommendation to purchase it, while European-based listeners will be able to pick up this album via Gwenn’s own label Brume Records, which takes care on the availability. A must-have item!

ADOLF FILTER: The Other Hand On The Knob

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 06 2008
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Artist: ADOLF FILTER
Title: The Other Hand On The Knob
Format: 7"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Adolf Filter is a duo coming from Sweden. Active since late 80's in several bands Daniel Persson and Conny Klenze are playing under this moniker since 2004. They released a CD-r titled "Status Report" back in 2007 as well as different songs on various compilations ("Festival der Genialen Dissidenten" was one of them). THE OTHER HAND ON THE KNOB E.P. is their first official release for a label and it contains four tracks in balance from dark wave and early e.b.m. (see "Kung i drift"). Keeping a minimal approach to sound the duo tend to create a looping kind of sound where synth pads duet with retro drum machine sounds and samples (like on the instrumental "Landing") where detached vocals help into the creation of a cold hypnotic atmosphere. Check some samples here http://www.enfant-terrible.nl/pe004.htm and mind... this is a 300 copies limited release!

INFORMÄTIK: Beyond

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 05 2008
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Artist: INFORMÄTIK (@)
Title: Beyond
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
It has been announced almost a year before from the BATTERY CAGE mastermind and INFORMÄTIK musician Tyler Newman in an online forum, that Da5id Din would "forget" for a few tunes his studio and producing work for foreign bands to compose a new INFORMÄTIK album. Said and done, the new album "Beyond" hits the shelves and got released of course via Metropolis Records. "Beyond" globally picks up the musically identity of this project discovered in parts for the first time with the 2002-album "Nymphomatik", followed by the 2004-remix-collection "Re:vision", but in a new manner. INFORMÄTIK have made a big step away from the Dark Electro/Industrial of their early days, the current dedication is more based on a Electro-/Futurepop-oriented base, which definitely allows to break with some boundaries to an Alternative/Pop music kind. This has surely something to do with the grown meaning of Tyler Newman to this project, mostly all of the 10 new tracks got "strengthened" with some guitar riffs. Still more based into the background compared to the latest BATERY CAGE-recordings, all Electro-purists and older fans can be assured that INFORMÄTIK won’t mutate to a calm BATERY CAGE-rip-off, since also Da5id’s influence and his compositional abilities are alive for this release. Also Da5id’s vocal performance comes out for the most part clear and sounds naturally, no comparison to highly manipulated kind presented of the earlier INFORMÄTIK-albums "Direct Memory Access" or "Syntax". "Beyond" is the release of two experienced musicians, which awakes the rich content of the Boston-based Electro/Industrial scene (now based in SF, but both are hailing originally from there...), which had its heydays 12 years before. The perfect and crystal-clear studio production (...as expected from someone like Da5id Din...), the tasteful arranged songs and the clever and intelligent lyrical content touches hearts and minds. But if it also touches the legs of the club-goers has to be proven – this album offers a lot of tracks between slow and mid-tempo, but not at all a track like the Techno-inspired classic "Watching You, Watching Me" or something related. Since Tyler has mentioned somewhere else the problems of BATTERY CAGE to accepted as being a club-oriented act even if they’d decided to produce obvious club-food, I doubt a bit that this will change with INFORMÄTIK – at least only for this album.

Endif: Carbon

 Posted by Michael Grillo   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 16 2008
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Artist: Endif (@)
Title: Carbon
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Rated: *****
From the outset Endif’s latest release "Carbon" is a hard hitting onslaught of industrial powered electronica. The musical alter-ego of Jason Hollis, Endif is one of the newest additions to the ever increasing Tympanik Audio family, whose releases are no stranger to my reviewing. While Tympanik Audio specializes in dark electronic music, each of its artists approach the aesthetic in different ways. Endif, like its label mate Pneumatic Detach ventures into harder rhythmic territories utilizing heavily distorted beats supplemented by various electronic effects. However, Endif departs from Pneumatic Detach in its incorporation of more traditional synth leads found in mainstream European electronica. This is evident on the tracks "Churl" and "Between Two Worlds." This mixture of influences makes the album much more accessible on the first listen, as opposed to more noise laden albums that need time to grow on you. However, make no mistake, Endif is not some wishy washy techno act, as it is rather abrasive at times which is clearly apparent on such tracks as "Peeling the Layers" which booms, crashes, and hits like a munitions factory and "The Answer" which is a disorienting onslaught of noise that I must admit made feel rather queasy as it blasted on my headphones. If you were a fan of Metropolis Records in its late 90’s early 2000’s glory, then Endif’s Carbon is for you as it offers a much more fluid and updated version of the dark electronic sound popularized by that label.



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