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Apr 15 2008
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: In The Realm Of The Hungry Ghosts
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****
If you loved the previous reissue "Something Stirs (The Beginning 1981-83)" this new IN THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS is a release you won't miss. Collecting various compilation tracks coming from the 1983÷1986 period plus a couple of unreleased ones ("Marianne's dream" and "Into the waves"), the album is an in depth voyage through the early Third Mind period of the band. Before composing my personal favorite "Shrinkwrap" and "Pendulum turns" (those two were both coming from "Smiling, At The Hypogonder Club" album and were a good example of alternative electronic danceable tunes), Attrition were experimenting with electronic sounds and dark atmospheres and participated to different great compilation which later have been marked as fundamental for the experimental/industrial scene. Albums like "The elephant table album" or Third Mind's "Life at the top" contained bands like Coil, Chris And Cosey, Muslimgauze, Portion Control, Lustmord, Nurse With Wound and SPK to name few. The twelve tracks of IN THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS span from ambient electronica with the distinctive female vocal of Julia to dark electro upbeat songs (see "The beginning of the end") with Julia and Martin duets, passing through the spoken word experiments with piano improvisations ("Questions") or the following classical electronics of "Which hand?". IN THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS isn't a collection of tracks which didn't fit an album release but it's a document of the different faces of a band.
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Artist: Standgericht (@)
Title: Achtung Disko
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Although using several German words and names, here comes a release of a UK-based duo now signed to the German mail order service SkullLine. STANDGERICHT offer us a very rhythmically oriented piece of electronic music, they like to integrate old-school EBM ideas with classic Powernoise/Industrial-driven percussive elements. Almost every track on this album moves merciless forward with a strong "Alle Gegen Alle"-EBM-attitude, accomplished with some voice-samples and multiple rhythm pattern programmings. Of course, an obvious inspiration by some militaristic works and impressions documented through several marching beats, sirens, explosion or orders of drill instructors get several insertions too. Here and there it sounds a bit like if early DIVE would meet LAIBACH for a jam session after having consumed some drugs ("Recycled Life"). A small doze of humor is featured as well with the track "We Steal Die Ananas" – although dangerous to rely and sample a legend like a;GRUMH... Please note also the pure EBM-like hidden bonus track. This album means pure entertainment if you have a heart for some retro and veteran-like stuff. Since also this item will be strictly limited, I like to advise to hurry up to purchase it directly from the source.
Apr 10 2008
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Artist: Prometheus Burning (@)
Title: nBoyde raRepi
Format: CD
Label: Hive records (@)
Distributor: Storming the Base / Metropolis
Rated: *****
"nBoyde raRepi" is the anagram-ed remix album version of Prometheus Burning's well received "Beyond Repair" full length release. I don't have the original version here to compare side by side and tell you how close or different the remixes are from the original tracks, however I can definitely hear the diversity in the material, so I am rather sure that the musical personalities of the remixers did come through.
"nBoyde raRepi" is tireless and relentless. It just basically chips away at your sanity with an intensity that is comparable to most Hive records or Daft records. "A good, hard, earfuck" is what the press release calls it, and that's pretty much appropriate. Some tracks (the more broken up and interesting ones in terms of editing) I like a little better than some others (the more "ebm" ones) but generally it is a rather good album, courtesy of the remixing talent: Hypofixx, Abelcain, Iszoloscope, Suicide inside, Scrap.Edx, Xanopticon, Edgey, Endif, Proyecto Mirage, Atomhead, Fanny, Bombardier

FLUOR: The Pleasure Is Mine

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 10 2008
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Artist: FLUOR (@)
Title: The Pleasure Is Mine
Format: CD
Label: Imaginary Non Existent Records (@)
Distributor: Decoder Muzique
Rated: *****
Limited to 400 copies only, THE PLEASURE IS MINE is the Fluor debut album. Producer and musician (he produced Jaume Sisa, Gerard Quintana, Orquestra Fireluche and released many works as L´escolania De La Quadratura Del Cercle, Vladimir & Lumière as well as writing music for films, theater, performances, etc.) Xavi Lloses is also a casiotone collector. With Fluor, Xavi, plays 8bit dancey new wave songs using Casio, vintage games and low bit sampled sounds. You may think that other bands of the French old (Daft Punk) and new electro wave (Yelle, Digitalism or Boys Noize), musically already did this, well this could be the same thing when you say that The Beatles and Fugazi did the same music because they were both guitar bands. In this case if Daft Punk, Digitalism and Boyz Noize are more interested into the "dance effect" and Yelle are mostly a low bit pop sensation, Fluor sound a little more melancholic/decadent and here we have song structured tracks. Try the opening "Playgirl" or "Game boy" and you'll be questioning why this guy isn't on the MTV alternative chart because this album deserves it. Since there are only 400 copies available, hurry up. Check if this is your cup of tea at the myspace link you find above and, if the answer is yes, order your copy.
Apr 09 2008
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: 3 Arms & A Dead Cert
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods (@)
Distributor: Voiceprint
Rated: *****
Originally released in 1996 by Hyperium (Project took care of the U.S. edition) 3 ARMS & A DEAD CERT has been one of the most successful album for Attrition and for sure it is one that re-defined their sound. Thanks to the collaboration of Franck Dematties of the Paris Opera on viola (check the closing "Prelude" to be pleased by the sound of his instrument), the twelve tracks of the album are sounding particular thanks to different "oppositions": first we have the chants of Julia Waller which are balanced by the deep whispered vocals provided by Martin (this style remembered me a little Adi Newton of the second Clock Dva period started with "Advantage"), then we have the upbeat electronic textures of drums and synth lines which are balanced by the romantic but at the same time sad tunes, performed by the viola. The opposition of dark atmospheres and upbeat rhythms are making of this album a good one where you can find a strong electronic background along with some ambient dark experimentations (see the piano/vocals/viola/samples mix on the cinematic "Predicament"). A really good album which now see the light again with a remastered version available worldwide.


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