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Dead Jump: Post Immortal

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 17 2008
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Artist: Dead Jump (@)
Title: Post Immortal
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
A new full-length album from Brazil’s leading act DEAD JUMP, which is his second release signed to the Hungarian label Advoxya-Records. Alex Ramos globally brings out an album consisting of remix works, new interpretations of some tracks taken originally from his last success-album "Immortal" and some goodies taken from his nearly 8 years old album "Post Mortem", which hasn’t made it over to good old Europe. There hasn’t too much changed stylistically in the music of DEAD JUMP, Alex has become through the past years a big name in the Hellectro/Harsh-EBM camp, who especially seems to get a pattern for several young newcomer acts hailing out of all different countries based in South-America. Especially the 5 tracks taken of the classic "Port Mortem" album are standing out a bit, since they’ve been produced in a time where no one was thinking on Hellectro and the rush following this genre. It has to be mentioned too, that they also stand out, because they offer a rather rebellious and rough attitude, especially tracks like "Joke" or the fabulous Extendet Version of "Post Mortem" could be considered as Brazil’s answer on some LEAETHER STRIP smasher tracks. Nowadays Alex’ recordings are swimming a bit too much with the average mass, but this also belongs on the fact, that this special genre of Electro/Industrial music is filled with a heap of newcomers just around the corner preparing for a debut on a monthly basis. The newer stuff is a bit exchangeable , while the 5 recordings of the "Post Mortem"-era have its originality. Last but not least, 3 additional remix contributions on the newer tracks "Burnout", originally taken from Alex’ last EP "Scare Mix" accomplishing this EP. Participants are this time the Chilean act DIE BRAUT, the Polish one-man act CONTROLLED COLLAPSE and the Greece-based act IAMBIA. The last mentioned wins this internal contest with a hammering result, while CONTROLLED COLLAPSE receives a special price for the highest originality to turn a dancefloor-oriented original into a slow sound Dark Electro tune. For fans of Mr. Alex for sure a must-have item, I would like to see, how Alex continues with new recordings. Good stuff overall, but the newer recordings could need some more inspiration.

DYM: The Invilid

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 13 2008
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Artist: DYM
Title: The Invilid
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Distributor: Nova
Rated: *****
DYM stands for Death to Your Modern and THE INVILID is their debut album. Containing ten tracks, the album shows a band that has something new to offer other than harsh sounds and aggressive attitude. DYM mix e.b.m. tunes with harsh/treated vocals, breakbeat rhythms and electro industrial sounds. Most of the tracks offer good moments and fortunately few of them are focused only on distorted assaults that tend to arise only chaos rather than my attention. Good for a dancefloor use as well as an home listening, THE INVILID is a nice album which stands out for its mix of genres even if innovation isn't the key for the whole track list as some tracks are quite "normal" for an e.b.m. album but the ones where they blend genres and don't push too much on the harshness are really interesting.

ATTRITION: The Jeopardy Maze

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 13 2008
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: The Jeopardy Maze
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voice Print
Rated: *****
Reissued at the same time of "Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club", THE JEOPARDY MAZE hasn't nothing to do with the sound you can find on their 1985 release. Issued originally in 1999 on Projekt in the U.S. and by Trisol in Europe that album had Attrition line-up consisting of Martin Bowes, Julia Waller and Frank Dematteis on viola (basically the same people who released ETUDE two years before). THE JEOPARDY MAZE mix dark obsessive atmospheres, female opera style/whispered male vocals with electronics that can recall Die Form of the nineties. The album is kinda balanced proposing classical music influenced tunes (see "A virtual angel", "A virtual reprise" or semi classical/experimental "Have a nice time") and obsessive dark electronics. The original album was closed by a strange early 70's synth version of "God save the Queen": a track that sounds like a joke. Instead this reissue is closing by an unreleased track of the same period: "Infant joy" a dark ambient/classical spoken word with lyrics taken from a poem by William Blake.
Nov 10 2008
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Smiling, At the Hypogonder Club
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voice Print
Rated: *****
SMILING, AT THE HYPOGONDER CLUB is an album I'm fond of. Firstly because my brother used to receive Third Mind records and I was checking the releases I liked most (and Attrition along with Bushido were the ones I appreciated most along with the "Rising from the red sand" tape compilations) and secondly because the album along with the "Shrinkwrap" 12" is able to mix dark atmospheres, dancey attitude and electronic sounds. This reissue will satisfy all the people out there that like me dug these two releases, because this remastered CD collects them both along with "Fusillade III" originally released on the "For your ears only" compilation. Here with an expanded line up including Alex Novak (Venus Fly Trap), Pete Morris (later of Psychic TV), and Dutch singer Marianne Teunissen, Attrition were at their first high budget production and they didn't spoil the chance of doing a good album able to show their less experimental dark side (on this CD it stars with "Fusillade Pt.1" and originally it was the first song of the album B side) and also to make songs like "Mind drop" or "Pendulum turns" (also included into the "Shrinkwrap" 12") which mix electro dance attitude, dark atmospheres and catchy melodies. Here with Alex Novak on vocals (check his particular deep hoarse voice) Attrition reached a new level where tracks like "My eyes" (a semi ambient dreamy spoken word) or "Hallucinator" (a claustrophobic energetic electronic cold wave tune) are coupled by electro wave gems like "The game is up" or the aforementioned "Mind drop" and "Pendulum turns".
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Artist: Greifenkeil (@)
Title: Blood Mystery
Format: CD
Label: GrenTzwert Musiclabel (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
Again sorry for another too late done review, but at least the heap here on my table shrinks a bit. Germany’s Dark Electro/Ambient art-project GREIFENKEIL returns with a new full-length album again signed and published to the Munich-based Grentzwert label. The resume in advance: also this new album requires the full attention of the listener, since the musically course once again draws influences of the darkest music styles electronic music can deliver. A. von Greifenkeil, the mastermind behind this project, has again created a sonic assault, which integrates the darkest Dark Electro, Dark Ambient and Powernoise impressions, at times all styles pressed into a single track ("Vendetta"). New and worth to mention is the fact, that A. von Greifenkeil is able to watch over genre boundaries, also the integration of guitar riffs ("Blood War") is nowadays an allowed stylistically element. If the chosen album-title may suggests a close dedication to some terror-EBM- or vampire-related content, GREIFENKEIL has never been and surely will never be thrown into this redundant field. "Blood Mystery" also hasn’t got anything to do with a normal biologically process, it rather offers a higher, but still mysterious and intellectual content. It’s a bit to keep the inner out, the might of blood seems to have a deeper meaning to A. von Greifenkeil, as he announced, that this will be only the starter for more excursion. Also the length of the main tracks – mostly provided with 8 + minutes playing time - are speaking for a rather artistically content, instead to follow a Mainstream-oriented "chorus-bridge-refrain" kind of work. GREIFENKEIL offers once again an amazing sound excursion, which even has the ability to touch a deeper part of your mind. It’s definitively more than a usual Hellectro act has to offer. A video edit of the audio content on the main title "Blood Mystery" accomplishes this album (watch out at Youtube for this act...), while some first live performances of this project have meanwhile occurred.



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