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FALLEN TEARS: Faith

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 19 2007
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Artist: FALLEN TEARS (@)
Title: Faith
Format: CD
Rated: *****

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Coming from Liguria, Italy, Fallen Tears born in 1999 and since then produced only one album titled "The drowned world". Formed by Giorgio Bormida (already active in the 90's with Sense and FEM), Elio Isaia and Jean Paul Braghin (he's also active as Architect's Eye, an industrial project which released two albums for Darkcell Decline label) the band is distributing their latest album titled FAITH. The album is a sort of hazard the band wanted to pursue because if the title recalled you the third The Cure album, well, you guessed it right, because the Fallen Tears' second album is their version of that album. The band knew that it was impossible to re-create the same atmospheres and they could had died by The Cure's fans hands into the attempt. Fortunately their covered it without being true to the original album but being true to the sound of the bands of that period. So, "The holy hour", "Primary", "Other voices", etc. have being recorded like they were covered by bands such as My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus And Mary Chain, etc but keeping always in mind the band's personality. I listened to this CD four times before talking about it because it is a risk to tell to people if it is a good album or not and I must admit that it is. The trio did a good work into giving their version of those tracks without trying being clones or without sounding ridiculous. Good atmospheres and good arrangements (with the cool use of some electronics) are doing the rest. It is available through CD Baby for 11$ and there you can check the first three tracks. P.s. There's also a brief original track after 40 minutes of silence but it sounds like a dark atmospheric ambient outro and it isn't indicative of the original songwriting skills of the band...

DREAM DISCO: In Your Eyes

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Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 18 2007
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Artist: DREAM DISCO
Title: In Your Eyes
Format: 12"
Label: Das Drehmoment Records (@)
Distributor: Neuton
Rated: *****
Coming from Milan, DJ Overdose already released some tracks on Viewlexx and Das Drehmoment and now with the limited edition (200 copies only) of IN YOUR EYES he's bringing to the attention of electro lovers two beautiful tunes and a remixed version of the main title. "In your eyes" is a charming italo disco song where '80s retro sounds and moods find their natural output thanks to a male/female duet. A song that deserve to become a classic. "I hope" doesn't leaves the electro danceable style of the opening track but thanks to its melancholic melodies it changes totally the atmosphere. "In your eyes" remix is a little darker respect the original version, it is nice but doesn't add new elements. Anyway, this is a hell of a record and if you are into the genre it is a must have!
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Artist: Mind.In.A.Box
Title: Crossroads
Format: CD
Label: Dependent / Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
Yeah, it has taken weeks until I found the right entrance to the multi-layered sound outfit of Austria’s best Electro/Industrial artist. A MIAB-release isn’t that kind of music to bring on some background noise while doing the dishes – this music needs and deserves attention. "Crossroads" is once again a hard-to-figure-out journey for the short-haired 4/4-on-the-floor addicts, since it integrates influences taken out of different music styles. This, of course, is the trademark and for sure one winning point for MIAB. Like on both predecessors, "Crossroads" offers Electro, Techno-impressions, mixes sonic synth-layers with at times effected, at times high-pitched, and at times natural sounding male vocals. Their style can be surely called authentic, and even if this duo has never entered any stages to perform their stuff live, their encouragement is still unbroken. Tracks "Amnesia", "Identity" or "Stalkers" can be compared with the last years’ SI-CD release "Certainty" with danceable, nearly Futurepop-inspired textures, straight arranged but with special and at times nonlinear percussion elements. And for magically pieces like "Fear" I tend to travel to our dear German pope to speak this Austrians holy – although extremely high pitched, it is the male voice of vocalist Markus Hadwiger which offers the catchy moments on this track – a refrain to sing along the lines, while still extremely tasteful arranged. Another musically outstanding track has to be named with "The Place" with some introducing piano sounds, vanished rhythms and a very layered outfit. Make also sure not to forget the last track here, "Run For Your Life" featuring some fine orchestral sound extracts. MIND.IN.A.BOX somehow personify the ideal of the German Dependent-label – not always on the hunt to sign and to release the easiest and trendiest kind of music, but to have some open ears and minds for the real innovation, even if this ends in a loss. MIAB may are sort of this game, although I still haven’t given up the hope, that more people do use their ears and listen. Not to forget the tasteful dark cover art featuring a short story written by A. Gruber, www.agruber.com , and a code number to get entrance to a secret area on the bands’ website where you can download some more tracks and goodies.

Provision: The Consequence

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 15 2007
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Artist: Provision (@)
Title: The Consequence
Format: CD
Label: Section 44 (@)
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
Although we had already a review of this release several months before, and this album surely can’t be named new at all, please spend a bit attention and note that this is the officially last release of this well-known Houston-based Synth-/Futurepop quartet – at least until further notice. Just a few days before band-leader Breye Kiser, who’s also a building member of the label Section 44, has officially called its quit, as sad as this is. To find reasons and explanations for the end of this band I rather like to explain Breye himself in an upcoming interview here on our pages soon. Nevertheless I guess that too much changes of the band membership have to named as a possible reason, that Breye at least got tired to search for additional new musicians, which can bring on talent as well as the right behavior to join this act. Musically PROVISION follow a classically arranged form of Electro-/Futurepop related to some early NO COMMENT, MATRIX or some acts out of the Memento Materia roster. Their appreciated floor fillers are available here with "Ideal", "Someone Like You", "The Only Thing" or "Perversions Of Conceptual Warfare", but the rather calm and catchy highlight lays on the ballad "Fade" – this track with its slight depressive mood should appeal every Synthpop music fan. Let’s finally hope that "The Consequence" at least won’t be the final release for this act and that they can find the concentration for farewell release. Some plans like a DVD release are still in the pipeline.

VV.AA.: Klangfusion Vol. 1

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 12 2007
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Klangfusion Vol. 1
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Accession-Records (@)
Distributor: Indigo
Rated: *****
A new format concept realized by the German Accession-Records to start an autumn offensive after the summer hole. This compilation, if you like to name it so, features two of the most active bands of the label in the last three years, [:SITD:] and PAINBASTARD. Both acts are collaborating not only for this double-EP release, which features some first teasers of their coming autumn full-length releases and a mutual tour entitled "Bestie:Mensch 2007". Since both acts offer their very own EP on this release, I would like to review both separately:


[:SITD:] – Kreuzgang

"Kreuzgang" is a typically [:SITD:]-smasher as expected, featuring an energetic drum programming, German lyrics and – as expected – the always tasteful and fine worked-out melodic synth layers. A club filler for sure, maybe one of their best compositions so far, but nothing what we haven’t heard from them before. Two b-side-tracks as being own productions are featured as well, "Atonement" slows down the speed and provides a mighty bass kick work, while "Metamorphosis" features rather unusual and more experimental sounds and Breakbeat drum patterns – a least a recommendable alternative to the known outfit. 5 additional remix works on the title track "Kreuzgang" accomplishing this EP and the featured names are mostly known forces in the scene like ROTERSAND, ANGELS & AGONY, AGONOIZE, PAINBASTARD and a collaborative effort by DIORAMA, KLANGSTABIL and VA SEE. A bit hard to figure out the best work here, since all bands have something special to offer, but the last mentioned collaborative effort is for sure the most unusual version by providing a different vocal performance and feather-light synth spots. What always and ever speaks for [:SITD:] is the high quality in all terms of production, "Kreuzgang" is no exception. "Metamorphosis" also offers something different from which I hope for a continuation, while the [:SITD:]-part of this release generally leaves out any bigger surprises.


PAINBASTARD – Nyctophobia

I guess the most surprising fact on this new PAINBASTARD track is the slow hymn-like mid-tempo composition – not the awaited club filler, but intense like acid on skin. That’s finest Dark Electro out of the classic school, while the expected floor stomper joins immediately the scenario with "Psychological Disintegration" – PAINBASTARD rules, who ever will speak of :WUMPSCUT: again as being responsible for aggressive end-time Electro/EBM made in Germany? "Torn", completely new remixed and featured by DIORAMA for the vocals, is a look-back on the last full-length album, where you can find the original version of this smoothest of all PAINBASTARD tracks. Follows then another new track "MenschFeind" featuring DIARY OF DREAMS - the construction is electronic-based, some acoustic guitars and the vocals are the contributions of DIARY OF DREAMS. 6 remix works by among others [:SITD:], ASSEMBLAGE 23, IN THE NURSERY, THIS MOURN’ OMINA, STRAFTANZ and SUPREME COURT on "Nyctophobia" are filling this EP, while this isn’t meant negative. Since the original is a mid-tempo based track, it is curious who and who wouldn’t follow the given speed and mood. Tom Shear of A23 has to be praised for his work featuring slightly distorted drum patterns and some ideas out of his "Contempt"-era. What is it – DIVE meets early A23? Applause! IN THE NURSERY, of course, have worked out something more orchestral-tuned and pushed the speed. Best floor-compatible attitude I tend to rate on the THIS MOURN’ OMINA-remix, Mika has done a marvelous job. I had never a positive opinion on STRAFTANZ, but their remix RAWKS, and should animate the masses to storm the floors.

Both acts, [:SITD:] and PAINBASTARD, can totally convince with this fine EP’s, the teasers here make hungry for more. As mentioned, both will release this autumn new full-length albums, and both will cooperate with their special guests DESTROID for a mutual European tour. Highly recommended!


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