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The-Pulsar: Never

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 04 2009
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Artist: The-Pulsar (@)
Title: Never
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
New album for this Russian trio, which often gets compared as being Russia’s answer on FRONT 242. I wouldn’t completely agree on this, since that Military-outfit and behavior has been always and only the playing field of the Belgian giants in their heydays. But let’s agree that the power and pressure of the sounds THE-PULSAR are capable to awake and press out of their machinery, can be compared in some way with the mighty and fat studio arrangements of 242. This is also the remarkable point in the music of this Russian project: the combination of symphonic and bombastic sounding string and synth-layer sounds offers an unbelievable depth into the music. THE-PULSAR are pretty much based into the veteran sound of some EBM pioneers, although they do not sound dated. The music has of course nothing in common with the overrated Techno/Trance influences of nowadays hypes, but at least also THE-PULSAR show their will to add variations into the strict EBM formula. A bit Dub, a bit 2-Step, a bit Breakbeat thrown in ("Never", "Die For Something", "Blind Vision"), yes, and did I hear here and there some guitar-like sounds? THE-PULSAR seem to have taken the required time to develop in expanding dimensions, none of the tracks is shorter than 5 minutes, some turn to 8 minutes + playing time. Of course, "Never" is their strongest and best work so far, which pushes the band to the top of Russia’s Electro/Industrial scene. With a three-men formation now several live performances seem to be required to undersign this evolution. "Never" is a diverse sounding opus based on an EBM-related foundation, but with several hints to different music styles, which makes it attractive. A wider musically horizon over the normal EBM listening experience of the listener is required for fully satisfaction.

Tyske Ludder : Anonymous

 Posted by Andre Wiegand   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 03 2009
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Artist: Tyske Ludder
Title: Anonymous
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain media group GmbH
Distributor: exclusive distribution for these territories: Germany - Nova MD GmbH Austria - Rebeat Music Vertrieb Gmbh Italy – Audioglobe France – Soundworks Spain – Redrum, UK + Ireland - Code7/Plastic Head
Rated: *****
Just on time, before the WGT festival in Leipzig kicks off the new, fifth album by Tyske Ludder has been brought out. The Frisian (West-North Germany)unit entitled the new output "Anonymous" and prove with it that they are still standing strong in the EBM scene. There is little if any self-restrain on those ten tracks in regard to volume and lyrics that just thrash you in your face.
The typical sound for TL Old School sound has got here some serious up-to-date touches thus the whole thing just strikes through the ears and into the morrow of your bones. This is the way many EBM fans like it. The dynamic and rhythm are certainly there to shake the dance floors.
"Bastard" has got rather contentious lyrics that are likely to cause some heated discussions. Similar can be said about "Frya Frisenia" and "Maschienenstaat." Lines such as Und deine Mutter, sie f**k ich auch" i.e. "And your mother, I’ll f**k her too" are usually expected from hip-hoppers, not from EBM bands, but perhaps I missed some important artistic developments in the electro scene recently. "Gebet" – "Prayer" is a rather strong song music-wise. DJs should have it in their case on every party thus it will be often requested. This number is absolutely capable to sweep the people away, especially those who speak no German or do not get much into song’s lyrics. "Panzer" sounded strangely familiar to me; hence I assumed it to be a cover but could not put my finger on the author. It turned out to have been originally written by TL’s label-mates Jesus and the Gurus that has got new, sharp EBM touch to it. "March" is a well thought through track that continues the military theme on the album. (I assume this is a British war song covered, but I’m not sure about that.) It is not really clear what makes people residing in the peaceful Germany to write so many songs about war. War is not aesthetic and there is nothing fascinating about it, take it from me.
"Anonymous" is a result of a long creative process and deserves to be given a fair listening; many strong selling points with some deficits mingled in between.

BRONZE: Bronze

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jul 03 2009
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Artist: BRONZE
Title: Bronze
Format: 7"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
The American band Bronze should have participated to the "Radio Resistencia" CD compilation as they took part to the HEX nights organized by Enfant Terrible but they ended having a 7" on their own, instead. The band formed by members of Vanishing (who performed at the Hex nights) and Spector Protector for this release recorded "One Night In Mexico" and "Hymn Of The Night Shepherd", two tracks which show a band with a particular sound influenced by post punk, post rock (see their use of syncopated drum rhythms) and minimal synth wave (check they synth inserts that sound like screams or like a theremin) but filtered through a sort of psychedelic approach. The alienated vocals duet with floating synth waves and almost tribal drums. The single doesn't offer easy listening sounds as the tracks seem two long acid trips shortened into four and six minutes. I would have preferred to listen to tracks with a different mood because this could make think to the occasional listener that the band has a limited vision, thing that I don't think it is true...

TYSKE LUDDER: Anonymous

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 23 2009
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Artist: TYSKE LUDDER
Title: Anonymous
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****
Third release after their 2006 reunion, ANONYMOUS finds the trio in a sharp form and presents to their fan ten new tracks ("Panzer" is a cover of a Jesus And The Gurus' song) sounding more aggressive paragoned to the three new released on the last year mini "SCIENTific technOLOGY". The band as usual base their sound on the classic 4/4 e.b.m. rhythm but ANONYMOUS sounds someway different and you can find this difference into the subtle melodic harmonies they use: it could be a particular sample or a synth sound but on most of the tracks there's always different melodies that form a web that create the musical background where upfront mildly filtered vocals constantly duet with industrial sounding rhythms/samples. Tyske Ludder succeeded into refreshing and old formula of aggressive, energetic industrial e.b.m. sounds and this is good!
Jun 22 2009
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Artist: Alien Vampires
Title: Fuck Off And Die
Format: CD
Label: BLC productions (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece
Rated: *****
The Roman duo Alien Vampires made up of the showy characters of NightStalker (... and his gun-like electro-industrial shots of acid samples)and Nisrok Infernalien (... and his viscous sticky vocal emissions... who’s that bastard surgeon who transplanted to him a pharynx from a rabid cat suffering from adenoids? ) came back with another coarse intercourse entitled Fuck Off And Die, a storm of ebm and techno movements full of scrap iron-like sounds, interferences, dis/torsions and boomy 4/4 rhythmical patterns , which are an effective remedy for mummified dancers although it is quite uncouth and totally rough (... I’m getting allergic to synth-brass sessions inherited by some Italian hit-house... I’ve sneezed on the screen while listening to tracks like Far From Shadows even if it is co-signed by the Suicide Commando mastermind Johan V.R., which isn’t a greenhorn of this kind of records and brings his tribute to the microphones). We have to admit that Alien Vampires’ guys have hugely improved their formula if compared with their past productions even if there’s a substantial lack of refined tracks and it seems they’re just winking at ferocious and angry dancefloors (... maybe a choice partially justified by marketing considerations as most of their fans in Rome have been collected among disco clubs such as Alien or famous fetish parties such as Ritual from their very first steps in the scene... ) without any real innovation except of some tracks such as "The Convent Burns" or "Resistance Ain’t Futile" with a more darkish appeal and frightening atmospheres than just an obvious melting pot of harsh beats, hard rhythms, female whimpering and blasphemous lyrics. There’s a slight evolution towards better directions if you consider the fact that most of Alien Vampires’ notoriety was also built on cover artworks for collectors, satanic adepts and fetishists (one of the most funny as well as blaspheme one was that of Nuns Are Pregnant... ). The one they choose for Fuck Off And Die is even more elegant than the previous ones, maybe as even AV are conscious of the undeniable fact that their sound got more refined than before!!! Some choices (including a graphical format between splatter and sadistic-pornographic references including the one of involving Laura Panerai, a fetish Italian porno star which recently decided to sell even used underwear and pubis hair, for some snapshots on the booklet... ) seems to be excessively stretching yet to persuade people having a refined "musical" palate to buy their record, but we could reasonably argue that this record will have a great success among aliens, vampires and above all people boasting of both of these qualifications! A part of Johan V.R., we have to mention the presence of some other famous collaborators such as Jouni from In Slaughter Natives (... leaving his mark on the obscure march introducing this record... ) and Noisuf-X (the technoid manifestation of Jan Lehmkamper aka X-Fusion, treating the title-track adding some ingredients from breakcore style).


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