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The Crystalline Effect: Hypothermia

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 14 2008
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Artist: The Crystalline Effect (@)
Title: Hypothermia
Format: CD EP
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Well, I just noticed that I’m a bit late with the review on this release, so let’s hope the best that I can resist the spoken curses of the Siberian tiger :-P . The Australian duo of THE CRYSTALLINE EFFECT is one of the new signed artists to the growing Advoxya-armada consisting of Pete Crane and Elenor Rayner. Although I had discovered them only with some compilation appearances (Crash Frequency, Interbreeding) before, this bands has a past with a previously released album "Glass" out on the defunct Polish label Black Flames. This seems to be a fact which still hurts the band, because thanks to the not-happened promotion efforts of the undergoing Black Flames label, the sales of their debut went down to be almost ridiculous. Musically and technically there’s nothing to complain with the efforts of this duo. They play live as often as possible in every thinkable country, they are active members of the Australian Crash-Frequency-community, they invest a lot into self-promotion, Pete is also a member of PLAGUE SEQUENCE, another international recognized act – in short, they’re one of those bands a label nowadays wishes to sign with. This EP nevertheless is the result of a bad happening for this band, because this release was initially planned to be out under the title "Do Not Open". But since the complete content of the originally planned EP went illegally online on a Russian piracy download portal, band and label agreed to refresh the track list and to offer the listeners some more exclusive stuff. So you’ll get here some newer recordings of the band which offer a decent look-out to the upcoming new album. And with 14 tracks this EP is still richly filled. "Hypothermia", the title track is a straight and catchy moving Futurepop-tune, which could give out a small club hit. The initially planned title track "Do Not Open" rather represents the more-Trip-Hop side of this duo. Several remix works accomplishing this EP, you’ll get to hear some cool tunes by BLANK, IMPLANT, NEGATIVE FORMAT, URCEUS EXIT, NEIKKA RPM and both Advoxya-bands CB and SCHYZZO.COM. You’ll see on this illustrate list that most of the acts share the sort of more "intelligent" produced Electronica efforts – this fits well with the diverse attitude of THE CRYSTALLINE EFFECT. This is a quite good and regarding the chosen sounds on-top of the times released EP, which guarantees valuable stuff to listen and to dance. A nice appetizer to their next album.
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Artist: TELEPHERIQUE (@)
Title: Slowmotion
Format: CD
Label: Force of nature (@)
Rated: *****
I guess many of you have heard Telepherique cause of their large discography which among the other features some interesting collaborations with artists such as like Ultra Milkmaid and Maurizio Bianchi. This time what we've is another full record to supplement their eve increasing discography and the guest appearance for the occasion is Hue from Sparkle in Grey's fame, he remixed some original sounds coming from their past releases on Afe and didn't betrayed the original atmospheres. The fact is the whole recording is quite homogeneous in a really good way, there's also a nocturnal feel that's probably what we can consider one of Telepherique's main characteristics together with the fact they've an evolved eighties rhythmical electronics feel and this quasi-ambiental mood pushing underneath. I know many of you into the last trend of the day by reading: "eighties rhythmical electronics" are on the way to surrender to the obvious prejudice this one is the typical passatist release from some old hero unable to move on... the answer is: no fucking way!. Telepherique have evolved, what I mean is that they simply haven't betrayed their original spirit and their genome by adding some glitches or some white noise randomly. Some of these people had to do with Ant Zen and I'm tented to comment somehow that helps a lot to make a picture of how it sound like, sure that's not your average Ant Zen release (If there's an average release by that label) but you will agree with the fact there's a nocturnal, post-experimental, post-early-industrial, nordic feel that's mutual to many of their releases and that's the case too. Simple straight squared rhythmics combined with soft simple crepuscular melodies, it paints a cold but yet human scenario, add to this that despite the one hour length of the cd, it's really far from sounding repetitive, in my book it means thumbs up for me.

IWR: Cold Asylum

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jan 14 2008
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Artist: IWR (@)
Title: Cold Asylum
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****
Maor Appelbaum is a producer/musician coming from Israel. On his collaboration list he has as musician: Vultures (I reviewed their two releases), Moonskin, Thy Mesmerized, Beta-Blocker, Old Man's Splitfoot, etc. As producer he worked with big names such as Marc Almond (England), The Legendary Pink Dots (England - Netherlands), Sophya (Israel - Netherlands), Apoptigma-Berzerk (Norway), Death In June (England), Hocico (Mexico), etc. Along with Tal Galfsky he begun to work at IWR back in 1999. Since then he produced only few compilation tracks until 2006, when for Black Rain they released their debut album "Groud zero". Devotee to e.b.m./industrial the duo on this new album titled COLD ASYLUM is bringing seven new tracks with the help of two female vocalists (Moran Uliel and Michal Jakubowicz) on "Ketamine sedation", "Wreckage" and "New age". Their style take a lot inspiration from Hocico and Velvet Acid Christ (especially because the use of distorted/whispered vocals) and thanks to Maor's production skills the sound is powerful and thick. Unfortunately this isn't enough for making sound this album fresh and different for all its length. For sure the three tracks featuring the vocal guests are working well thanks to the diversification of distorted male/clean female vocals but the remaining four don't offer nothing different from nice powerful industrial e.b.m. music (if you also count that "Black city" is a sort of industrial version of Carl Orff Carmina Burana's most known track "Fortuna imperatrix mundi"). The four remixes, instead, sound to me better than some original versions. "New dawn (Dark chamber remix)", for example, gathers a new life thanks to a total new approach: more intriguing, electro and cinematic.
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Artist: MARINA SIERTIS (@)
Title: The Much Needed Second Cold War
Format: CD
Label: Shadowplay Music (@)
Rated: *****
One year after the single titled "Disease" Marina Siertis are finally releasing their new album which contains the two new songs you found on the previous CDs. The thirteen new songs, as the single, are in balance from synthpop a la Depeche Mode and new wave The Cure style and they bring to the audience about forty minutes of pessimistic/realistic view of life where lyrics talk about a suicidal couple during their act, abuse, mental disease, war, the stabbing of Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh, etc. At a first listening I didn't find a real catch up song (the general atmosphere is based on mid tempo songs with upfront vocals) and also the mix didn't excite me. I gave it a second try and I also louden up the volume and I must say that the listening session turned out to be different. A better one. The guitars are still in the background but drums and synth reveal a certain substrata of subtle sounds. Also tracks like the title track or the following "Cold anger" sound enhanced. I still miss a bouncing bass sound which could give to the whole album that energy shot which would boost the sound making it sound more homogeneous.

EMPIRE STATE HUMAN: Rarity?

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 12 2008
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Artist: EMPIRE STATE HUMAN (@)
Title: Rarity?
Format: CD
Label: Ninthwave (@)
Rated: *****
Soon available on iTunes or on Amazon, RARITY? is the counterpart to the first Empire State Human compilation "Popularity? and it contains seventeen tracks of remixes, unreleased and compilation tracks. For every ESH fan this download only album is a real bonanza as it gathers great tunes that are difficult to find: their covers of "Together in electric dreams" (the original was played by Moroder/Oakey), Eurythmics' "Love is a stranger", Fixx's "Saved by zero", Boytronic's "Photographs" and Dead Or Alive's "Special star". The four remixes (specially Qubiq's ones) give to the tracks a new appeal with a particular sensual dancey approach. RARITY? despite all these facts (good amount of tracks, rare ones, covers, remixes) it's unbelievably enjoyable by whom don't know Empire State Human at all and I find this a fantastic thing to tell about a band but if you already know ESH, you are already aware of this! P.s. Here you can find all the songs informations http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=164650750&blogID=331767818


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