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Artist: ADAM-X (@)
Title: State Of Limbo
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Since the label Psycho Dynamics with the responsible man behind, the Belgian cult-musician and producer Eric van Wonterghem (MONOLITH, INSEKT), has ended the cooperation with Alfa-Matrix, the Italian label Rustblade could score immense to have him on board. At least Eric has done several additional studio work like mastering in his legendary Prodam studio, he has built the BAHNTIER/MONOLITH side-project DETUNE-X and his past MONOLITH-discography will be re-released in a special boxset through Rustblade soon. You ask, what this story has to do with ADAM X? Well, the last ADAM X album got released through the now defunct Psycho Dynamics/Alfa Matrix collaboration, and Eric of course provided the mastering also on this "State Of Limbo"-album. No matter how much bucks, praise and fame ADAM X Mitchell has earned before with his rather commercial-oriented Techno side of music, this new album hasn’t got anything to do with light-hearted chill-out Electronica. "State Of Limbo" is globally a beasty and ominous sounding Dark Electro/Industrial album, which features several excursions into the rhythmically Powernoise genre. What surprises is the fact, that ADAM X now sings on one or another track ("Programmed To Win", "Shape Takes Form" or "State Of Limbo"), quite unusual for this genre, but I like to encourage him to continue so. This album is an ideal addition for people having a fable for hammering steel rhythms ("Steel Shredder"!!!) and percussive moments, even more if the chosen sounds offer such a diversity and experimental background like on "State Of Limbo". Congrats also to Mr. Mitchell for the providing of a much better album than the last one at Alfa Matrix. Special thanks also to our Chain D.L.K. vice chief in person, Mr. Maurizio Pustianaz, for filling my heap with this great Rustblade release.

Blame: Water

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 31 2008
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Artist: Blame (@)
Title: Water
Format: CD
Label: Klangdynamik Records (@)
Distributor: Mono Culture
Rated: *****
This debut album by BLAME was originally released under the flag of the small Serbian label Cold Trinity. But since BLAME-mastermind Boris Posavec has moved a few years before completely to Germany, the German label Klangdynamik has picked up this very limited edition and has brought it out as a re-release. Of course with the knowledge to hold something special in the hands, since the Klangdynamik-roster grows with demanding Dark Electro-acts. BLAME are a bit lighter minded than the usual Dark Electro-sound, the label sheet has explained with a mixture of COVENANT and DIORAMA. Well, the sound of Boris’ voice can be related to DIORAMA for sure, but I would also add some earlier STROMKERN works as a possible comparison. Musically BLAME plays in the field between Futurepop and EBM/Dark Electro, here and there some additional influences of some Techno/Trance-like productions are complimenting this. The programming abilities of Boris are indeed the winning point of this beautiful and varied album. The arrangements and chosen sounds are witnesses of an experienced musician, although Boris’ daily life is leaded of his being as a computer game programmer (he’s a quite good one, just check: www.3d-io.com). Solid stuff to invade the dancefloors is surely enough featured here, "I Hate Your Evolution", Legions – Across These Oceans" or "Evolution" have to be named. Boris’ duet with Jelena Kevic on the track "Unless (Violent)" has to be mentioned to be one of the outstanding pieces of work, even if Jelena’s good female timbre offers that featured special melodic content. "Waterside (Hypergeum)" then is the nearest example to the Dark Electro genre and another favorite. Jelena Kevic is also responsible for the cover art, showing a bluish drawing of a winter time area, which fits to the main theme of this album. For a debut already a very matured piece of work and worth to check out.

Bajskorv: Scars And Stripes

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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May 28 2008
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Artist: Bajskorv (@)
Title: Scars And Stripes
Format: CD
Label: Buried Electric
Rated: *****
Releasing under their own label moniker Buried Electric, we like to welcome this newcomer duo. Though the band name sounds quite Russian, they are hailing out of the North-Eastern area (VA, DC, MD) of the United States. Consisting of Christian Wright (machines and programming) and Juan Monarez (lead vocals and lyrics), this duo produces a rough sort of Electro/Industrial music dealing with influences of classic Industrial acts like THROBBING GRISTLE or CONTROLLED BLEEDING, mixed with the harder Electro-sound of the early 90ies like :WUMPSCUT:, SKINNY PUPPY or VAC. And indeed, BAJSKORV offer a very explosive sort of music, which at times drifts between a straight and dancefloor-oriented attitude ("Kapital", "Side Effects") to a total chaotic wall of noise, which interrupts one or another song extremely ("No Escape"). That’s a quite interesting kind of work, it seems that they build a lot of content by chance and with an improvisational intention. So some of the songs have to walk a hard way to get back on track. That’s surely not really a smooth form of ear-candy, but it has its own rebellious kind. I would suggest them, to polish here and there some aspects of their production, but if this means, that they would cut out their Punk-like attitude, then this can’t be a serious recommendation. These talented musicians have recognized it right, that the solution to reach an authentic sound output can’t be found in to copy just another Hellectro act, so let’s congratulate them to this convincing album. Good, poisonous, but also addictive, I like to encourage them to keep on this way. And they are doing live performances, so if they invade in your area, make sure to check them out.
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Artist: Roppongi Inc. Project (@)
Title: Hard Times... No Future?
Format: CD
Label: Q-Code Records (@)
Rated: *****
Already the third full-length album for this Moscow-based one-man-project consisting of DJ Negative. Sergey Losyakov is the protagonist behind all of this monikers and with this new album he offers his best and most matured work of his musically career so far. With "Hard Times... No Future?" he proves nice, that a DJ can do something more, than only to spin silver circles in a player – DJ Negative doesn’t offer any negativity. Musically he likes to walk on several paths – be it EBM, Dark Electro, Futurepop or smooth easy-listening Electronica. The only mutual thing is that all of his efforts are electronic-based, but at least he doesn’t like to get sorted into one-dimensional genre-cupboards. And though the rather straight and a bit harder EBM-minded tracks like "Don’t Be Proud", "Relax", "No Future", "Minimum Maximum (All Or Nothing)" and – best of some very good tunes – "Still Acid" receive my votes as being the best pieces, Sergey’s tracks can satisfy and entertain in all manners and styles. Some ominous voice samples right and well inserted can be heard on the intro tune "Fuck Up" or "Oasis (Cemetary)", while his light-hearted Electronica side receives its best moments on "Pop Muzik Never Die". As so-called bonus tracks you’ll get to heard two remix works. The first one on "230206" by SEVERIN24 concentrates completely to turn this album track into a pure analogue sound event. Second one is a remix on "Hard Times" of the Russian old-school EBM acts DBS – but the final result even ended in a completely new track, on which DBS added some broken German vocals, which caused a smile at me. A lot of different styles to discover and I would recommend to give this album some more spins – you’ll get rewarded with a quite good and entertaining piece of electronic music. In recent news ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT has been selected by DIVERJE to appear on their upcoming remix collection.

Pecadores: 10 % For Jesus (Brazilian Edition)

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 27 2008
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Artist: Pecadores
Title: 10 % For Jesus (Brazilian Edition)
Format: CD
Label: Wave Records (@)
Distributor: Hellion Records
Rated: *****
I have to apologize myself for this delayed review and I hope that the responsible people behind the rather small Brazilian label Wave Records can forgive me. PECADORES is a four-member EBM/Electro/Industrial band out of Brazil presenting with this album their officially full-length debut. They too could release a 4-track SiCD entitled "Macumbaria" and also this album has been released a few months before in Europe under the German label Danse Macabre as a different 14-track edition. For this Brazilian Edition they have added some remix contributions (MORGUE, SIVA SIX, TRUPPENTERROR and STRANGERANGLES) and a totally new track, which is a collaborative effort with the Brazilian underground act A INDUSTRYA. The music of PECADORES is a sort of extraordinary mixture of straight EBM tunes with traditionally Macumba beats and drums, a Brazilian kind of ritualistic Voodoo spirituality. So this Industrial-Macumba, as they call it, is surely a musically experience you haven’t heard before. The four band members, Dark Messenger, Apostle Niwt, Sister Mege and Brother Vlad are raging lyrically mainly against all kinds of discrimination and the Christian/evangelistic greed and bigotry hidden under a religious mantle. They choose drastically lyrics in both English and Portugese languages and visuals to strengthen their hatred messages, which seems to be an endless fight taking influence on their daily life. They have recognized very well that different religions can be the reason for all failures happening world-wide around. Though their attitude, outfit and kind of stage performance deserves fully support, the EBM-related sound outfit isn’t the new invention of a wheel. Their tracks like "Apocalipse", "Macumbaria" or "Padre" are powerful and good food to dance to, but could need some refreshing sound-wise and a bit more experienced programmings. Favorites to be named are "Possessed", which drifts a bit forward to offer better worked-out synth layers plus it has a sort of recognizable melodic content; and also the drastically harsh tune "Kapitalist Gott", maybe that track which transmits their message to the clearest. Not bad at all of course and still with some room for development, let’s watch out for more stuff about this interesting Brazilian act.


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