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FABRIKC: Impulsgeber

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 09 2007
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Artist: FABRIKC
Title: Impulsgeber
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize / Dark Dimensions (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****
Hailing out of Hannover/Germany, the Powernoise/Industrial-musician Thorsten Berger a.k.a. FABRIKC returns with his second full-length album. Again released by the German ProNoize-label out of the Dark Dimension label group, Thorsten could already earn several laurels thanks to the unexpected success of his debut "Gleichstrom". "Impulsgeber" is that sort of a hard and rhythmically Powernoise-releases featuring a minimal EBM-like impact, which has become that famous, also thanks the roster of the ProNoize-label. Music which works at best at the clubs, while some of Thorsten’s works are accessible for a consumption at your home entertainment. FABRIKC also likes to integrate some remarkable voice-samples taken out of diverse and very different quells, which at least helps one or another of his tracks to gain a message. Whatever he has to complain against "Chinese Food"??? Hard to name out favorites, since almost all pieces provide a straight-forward moving attitude, which guarantees a hard dancefloor activity – so this seems to be a matter of personal preferences. "Klangaktiviert" comes up with some nice "screaming" metallic sounds penetrated through a big hall reverberation effect, while "Schalltod" deals with a nearly anarchic noise collage, until the beats lead the scenario. With the track "Absolvo Te (In Memoriam Francisca)", placed at the last position of this album, Thorsten also offer a rather calm, but still dark piece with a personal background. 3 remix works created by his appreciated label comrades NOISUF-X, XOTOX and S.A.M. accomplishing this album, which is a must-have item for the dedicated listener.

ACYLUM: Mental Disorder

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 09 2007
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Artist: ACYLUM (@)
Title: Mental Disorder
Format: CD
Label: Rupal Records / e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
New and second full-length album release for this German one-man act. Often criticized, at times also insulted because of his radically chose of voice-samples and drastically photos out of the dark past of Germany’s period during WWII, Pedro Engel has had some hard early years in his being of a musician. "Thanks" to the still leading narrow-minded kind of Germany’s moral when it comes to talk or to reflect the actually happened atrocities during this darkest era, an earlier offered contract with another at least came never to reality. So Pedro has signed and collaborated with Kai Arnold’s (WYNARDTAGE) X-Cem collective and Pedro could produce his first full-length "Your Pain" during 2K5. After his unexpected success with "Your Pain", this Chemnitz-based Harsh Electro/Industrial-musician returns glorious, because he could mature in several terms of production since the debut. Having still his long-year friend Kai Arnold of WYNARDTAGE on board, responsible for the vocals and most of the lyrics, this new ACYLUM comes out as being one of the harshest album of the last quarter, maybe of the whole past year. Pedro still installs depressive and cold layered Dark Electro themes very often interspersed with several cinematic scenarios and voice samples. Kai’s vocal performance can be even named as hellish-aggressive, plus add to this Pedro’s well-chosen Powernoise rhythm construction and a dramatic and scary mood. Musically relations can be discovered in works of FEINDFLUG, DIOXYDE or older :WUMPSCUT:, while Pedro’s works can claim to be authentic. Most of his tracks are rather based in mid-tempo, this is maybe the style and speed where Pedro deals the best with, the rather few dancefloor-oriented works like the pounding "Rape" or "Hunger" are – against to Kai Arnold’s main project WYNARDTAGE – in a minority. This more than 76 minutes long album opens with "Ruthless Aggressions" and already this title works well to document the coming massive sonic assault. As usual, Pedro’s music output deals with the darkest themes man can think of – his at times provoking kind to realize the radically content of themes like the horrible amok-run in a school of Germany’s town Erfurt in 2K2 gets a drastically output ("Glock 17"). With "Face To Face" he returns to his more in the earlier years discovered and above mentioned kind, since this track offers surprisingly a sample of a soldier march-polka. It follows "Alone", a cold and dark ballad-like song which impresses with its multiple played layer sounds. The title track or "Your Devotion" are instrumental tunes, on which Pedro offers musically his hammering Powernoise-weapons. 3 remix works by the NoiTekk-act XENTRIFUGE, ACCESSORY and – as expected – WYNARDTAGE placed to the end accomplishing this album. Even if it still touches the tastes of the faint-hearted, Pedro’s music deals with things which happen or have been happened during the past – like it or not. This isn’t that sort of Cyberspace/Sci-Fi-sort of Hellectro, Pedro’s music reflects rather with the real things of life, even if it sounds cruel and tasteless to one or another. Who cares? This is a must-have release for any fan of hard Electro/Industrial music!

STEINKIND: Vom Hier Im Jetzt

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Nov 07 2007
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Artist: STEINKIND (@)
Title: Vom Hier Im Jetzt
Format: CD
Label: Vail Records (@)
Rated: *****
Coming to a quite German phenomenon released by this new German label Vail Records, the duo of STEINKIND could surprise and hit hard the dancefloors with their smasher "Deutschland Brennt". Also released in advance as an EP, this track represents their rough and aggressive attitude, musically provided through minimal constructed, but mostly very hard EBM bass lines, strange and at times distorted rhythm patterns and a straight-forward shouted male vocal performance, which slaps in its provocative kind mighty in your face. Think of a strange copulation between "That Total Age"-like NEP, STRAFTANZ, mixed with the lyrically most criticized pieces of RAMMSTEIN and you’ll get an idea how STEINKIND sounds. Sàndor F. and Phil J. spread a lot of hate, anger and frustration through their harsh and rough outfit, and they generally question the main stream, corruption, politically failures, inertia and imperfection of humanity, but also very own experiences out of the daily life – the term of Punk isn’t too far away. While the mentioned "Deutschland Brennt" comes out addictive and lyrically (sadly) right on target, the things turn into exaggeration with "Trink Mich", which offers a chauvinistic content – at least my wife couldn’t laugh by listening this piece. Favorites are also "Der Tag Danach", dealing with alcoholism or "Blind", from which I guess the only one with a deeper and thinkable meaning. "Wut" surprises also with the integration of some sampled guitar riffs, while after the last track you can discover another hidden fun-track entitled "Fubak (Furchtbar Böse Arschvoll Kriegen)". This album works excellent to kick some asses on the dancefloor, while most of the provided lyrically content can be reviewed with a smile...

Covenant: In Transit

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Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 07 2007
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Artist: Covenant (@)
Title: In Transit
Format: CD + DVD
Label: Synthtic Symphony (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
Do you remember DEPECHE MODE’s live-album "101" and the road movie, which accomplished it? Well, this new COVENANT-release is something comparable to it. Not only an ordinary live-DVD which so many acts like to release nowadays, this one is rather different. Of course, the second DVD and the additionally CD offer only the live performance of COVENANT taken mainly from their past "Skyshaper" world-tour, but the outstanding and quite interesting work hides in DVD1 "In Transit – The Movie". This one features several details on the band members’ live and behavior on tour, live in action, but also asides of the stage. COVENANT and the band members itself have presented themselves mostly very reserved and a bit shy in the past – but this movie offers also unexpected jokes and shows Eskill and Joakim relaxing and coming up with some very private stuff, which this act has never before given to the eyes and ears of the audience. Unfortunately they also announce the quit with the third band member Clas, who seems to be lately as being a bit isolated. Eskill and Joakim are watching out for a new member and it seems, that Daniel Myer of the German act haujobb. will join this Swedish act for future activities. But back on this movie which shows the typically live on and asides the stage, the hard work behind the gigs, some parties, some interviews, but also the stressy run to catch the next town. Several pictures and impressions are available, because COVENANT have played the whole world. Europe of course, the USA, Mexico and South America – but I guess the most impressive detail can be named with the trip through Russia to the far Eastern city of Novosibirsk with the Trans-Siberian-Trail. 20 hours in a train after their last gig to do join the stages in this far-away based Siberian town in front of an audience of about 200 people and then 18 hours the same way back – this also means euphoria for the being of scene-players. Latest news: this DVD-set has entered some high sales Chart positions in Germany...
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Artist: A_DONTIGNY
Title: Geisteswissenschaften
Format: CD
Label: no type (@)
Rated: *****
Is it possible to have personality and character in electronic music these days? Sure, as I’m sure it will be possible (not just in electronic music) to have both these qualities till this planet won’t be frozen by the next glaciation. After this opening remarking of the fact "everything has been said before" make sense, but it’s not a good reason to sit down and think like you’re ten thousand years old, let’s speak about this cd. A_dontigny mixes many electronic styles with a great and unusual skillfulness and also shows he’s really able both in discerning interesting samples but he’s chosen the right collaborations to enrich this or that passage. I’ve just heard a few releases on this label (and Metaxu is still one of my personal faves), but I’ve had the impression they’re into electronic music almost at the edge of being experimental for what regards artists work on the tracks. This Canadian musician sometimes cuts the tracks by skiping and using glitches, sometimes he breaks everything fragmenting and manipulating a sample in order to make it workable with the superimposition of a second or even third layer. He’s a "perverted" propension for putting together melodies with unnatural electronic manipulations closer to a dj tradition than "contemporary classic electronic". While we’re far from one of those wishy-washy Afx Twin clones, I’m sure dear ol’ Richard D. James would start nodding having an hard-on with these post-jungle, post-classical, post-electronics, lost in acid, fragmented tracks. I think the fact a composer/musician like Paul Dolden is among the guests of this release says a lot concerning the fact Geisteswissenschaften is filled with songs made with heart and brain and not trying to be part of this or that subgenre of music. Sometimes you have chaotic tracks, sometimes rhythmical irregular tempo changes, sometimes it all sounds like your cd player is skipping randomly stroke by a digital tornado, but in the most of the songs you’ve a solid construction and above all after having survived the first blasts big part of the release approaching toward the end becomes softer an more quiet... almost "easy".


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