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Artist: Animassacre (@)
Title: Evolve
Format: CD
Label: Rupal Records (@)
Distributor: Rupal Records
Rated: *****
Rupal Records have signed on a duo hailing out of Bulgaria and this is to me the first act hailing out of this small Eastern European country. Consisting of Simeon Dotkov and his better-half and sexy looking female band member Diana, ANIMASSACRE offer musically a quite colorful outfit by taking influences out of all harder genres of electronic-based music. Be it Harsh EBM, Industrial, rhythmical Powernoise, Techno and Hardfloor/Gabber (!!!), the music of ANIMASSACRE likes to keep it diverse and offers therefore a more authentic kind than the usual army of Cybertech-Hellectro zombies. Also Simeon’s vocal performance ranges between nightmarish and harder-as-thinkable, but at least some refining and polishing on this part of production should be considered. Although ANIMASSACRE have released some stuff mostly online and free downloadable with some other net-labels like Deadskin for instance, "Evolve" is the first and official debut release. And I have to congratulate the responsible people at Rupal Records for picking up one of the most underrated talents unsigned out there. Sure, not everything seems to be perfect regarding sound quality and mixing, but maybe just this fact results in that raw feeling this release has to offer. Besides all of this ANIMASSACRE take a strong influence out the Asiatic culture like Cyberpunk-anime-movies. So you’ll shouldn’t wonder to listen to some insane voice samples asides the too often used "Full-Metal-Jacket/Blade-Runner" sample quells. Also the track list therefore takes influence with such sort of fantasy-like names "Gasmask Demons", "Noise Of Doom" or "Doomed A Birth". Tracks like the mid-tempo piece "Evolve", "Backfire" or "Apathy" seem to be the most appreciated works to satisfy the short-haired Hellectro freak, all of them receive here some more or less drastically remix works by WYNARDTAGE, ACYLUM, SHEMALE ZERO, STIN SCATZOR and LA MAGRA. As an addition. However and even, if the sound quality here and there doesn’t satisfy, I’m quite sure that a bunch of ideas count more than a high-end production. A remarkable newcomer to follow!

GRANDCHAOS: Open Source

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 18 2008
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Artist: GRANDCHAOS (@)
Title: Open Source
Format: CD
Label: Urgence Disk
Rated: *****
After some MCDs and a double CD of remixes titled "In sedens" and released by Vendetta Records in 2006, here's the first proper debut album by Grandchaos. OPEN SOURCE expand into fourteen new songs what we had the opportunity to check on the 2004 E.P. "Ionize me": obsessive dark electronic tunes with references to early Die Form and a bit of danceable attitude (imagine what the term danceable meant back in the '80s for the goth/electro audience). The CD opens with the short and almost techno "The ghost" just to give space to "3rd life", a song which introduce you to the sonic world of Tcheleskov Ivanovitch, made of minimal analog obsessive sounds coupled to a vibrating dark vocal. The semi robotic approach to melody is catchy and convincing and tracks like "Raving mad" or the following "Ultra dark day" are great tunes where the alternation of male/female vocals work really well. This is an album that you should buy if you love the dark electro style and I hope that it won't pass so much time 'til Grandchaos will release something new since that Ivanovitch welcomed as new member Oliver T. (active also as Op.ale and Metamorphose) whose was already collaborating with him for live gigs.
Feb 11 2008
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Artist: ANTLERS MULM (@)
Title: Of Withered Sparks
Format: CD
Label: Loki Foundation (@)
Rated: *****
OF WITHERED SPARKS is the third Antlers Mulm full length and it has been a pleasant surprise to me. If you read my reviews you already know that I like both experimentalism and melody, so it's with great pleasure that I listened to this latest Antlers Mulm, because it gathers them both. Hans Johm's personal project with this new album presents ten new tracks which have a minimal throbbing and particular sound with a melodic structure. On most of the tracks the rhythmical part is formed by glitch layers which form an interesting web of sounds. On top of this structure there's Hans' voice singing introspective and a little melancholic lyrics. Some of them seems little haiku, the Japanese short poems. Here's the one of "4 A.M.", for example: "Snow-like / a little slumber is falling down / down on the hazel tree / and all the tiny birds around". We could call this melodic isolationism and you can taste some excerpts at www.myspace.com/antlersmulm.
Feb 10 2008
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Artist: $JAMMIE THE MONEY / GENJINI
Title: Split 1
Format: 12"
Label: Basserk (@)
Rated: *****
SPLIT 1 is the first 12" of the SPLIT series and it is the first experiment of the genre for the label which is willing to present two A sides of different projects. Each band will bring their best tracks and each of them is getting a special cover for their side. The first project to start the series is $Jammie The Money and under this moniker is hiding the dj guy of the Nobody Beats The Drum band. He presents here two cool tracks of danceable electro in the Dutch style. "Getting warm" and "Dollars" are two really good tunes of dark electro with pumping bass and distorted synths. Great style and attitude distinct these tracks and are making sound $Jammie The Money like a master in the genre. We already knew Genjini and their "Das funkistador" because of the Basserk CD compilation "Some tunes". On their side the French band brings to the attention of the listener three new tracks: "Sarazvati Genjini botleg", "Tar digit" and "Mama house". The extravagant style of the French combo will make you remember their tunes because they de-construct melodies and beats just to built them back like they were remixing themselves. See for example how they treated the vocals on "Tar digit": they are like cut ups which find a new life between the analog layers of drum and synths. Try to imagine an electro remix of a rriot grrl band and you'll the have the idea. Their last track is a short one and it is a dissonant electro funky tune with distortions and stops and go. Just like an extreme and low-fi version of LCD Soundsystem. Great 12" which deserve your attention!
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Artist: FLESH EATING FOUNDATION (@)
Title: Seethe
Format: CD
Label: Rebco Records
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
SEETHE is the first full length for Flesh Eating Foundation and it arrives after a bunch of E.P.s. Their latest CDs, "The Dead", was already showing a band with good capabilities and a certain will to dare. Musically the Flesh Eating Foundation don't have boundaries and mix industrial e.b.m. and digital sounds with post punk attitude. On this album you can find aggressive tunes as well as catchy mid tempos (see "Kiss the tears") where razor like guitars and digital synths build a wall of sound which could convince the lovers of the old e.b.m. school as well as the audience who is used to contaminations of post industrial guitarism with post punk/goth music. On "Pass the knife", for example, they sound like a Batcave band on acid and their mixture of guitar mixed with digital distortions sounds really good. On the booklet they admit that sometimes they could sound like they are using some broken gear but this is how they like to make music. If you are missing the old Velvet Acid Christ but you want also some catchy tunes, try what these three zombies have to give...


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