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TOTAL PAIN KOLLAPZ: Hell is Not Heaven

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 12 2007
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Title: Hell is Not Heaven
Format: CD
Label: Hypervoxx Recordings (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
A new signing for the South-Florida based Hypervoxx Recordings label, a sub-division of Telegrammetry. TOTAL PAIN KOLLAPZ is a one-man project hailing from Sweden providing us a very "own" version of Dark Electro/Industrial music – but I miss any hint for a website, or simply a Myspace account. Described as being an "anger management project" Tony Pettersson is on work here, but at least mostly caged in his very own world. Somehow the terms of the intended label politic of Hypervoxx came to my mind, although I’m not sure if I have read those content on the Telegrammetry website or if it was a comment done by label chief B.A. LaRed via email. It was about that "Hypervoxx will not only focus on the linear and known Electro/Industrial formula, also more experimental and different styles of music will be presented". This project, although musically based in the above mentioned genres, tends to differ from the known formula. For TPK I can agree that this stuff is experimental-minded, although the used sounds are rather old-fashioned and lack of surprising moments – somehow I feel remembered to some very old SUICIDE COMMANDO recordings out of their early demo tape phase. It is rather unconventional how Tony likes to arrange his stuff, this counts especially for the synth textures. I have at least the impression that a lot of his tunes are trying to integrate the term improvisation – the textures at times don’t follow the harmonic theory. This counts also for the sparse integrated rather whispered vocal performance mostly based on a repetitive "murder-death-suicide-motherfucker" content. Here and there the needed precision seems to be vanished on some tracks, although his stuff is rhythmically arranged. But which sense makes an "anger management project" if the tracks with the few exceptions "Where Are You", "U Can’t Kill Me" and "Faithseeker" are hard accessible, uninteresting arranged and drown into repetitions? For me personally this rather causes anger! After the good releases of TAXIM and the highly anticipated MORDACIOUS I would tend to say, that this Swedish episode is a step back – mankind will survive it...

CELLULOIDE: Passion & Excitements

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Feb 07 2007
Artist: CELLULOIDE (@)
Title: Passion & Excitements
Format: CD
Label: Boredom Product (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
After delivering the "Bodypop" E.P. in 2006, Celluloide worked to their third album developing the refined style they already presented with the songs released the last year. After listening to PASSION & EXCITEMEMTS a couple of times the best way to describe it is: minimal electronic pop. The elements that cooperate to fulfill the process are the cold/detached way of singing of Darkleti and the bouncing and bleeping sounds provided by Patrick Holdwem and Member U-0176. The album starts with a couple of good songs "Make things last" and "Second chance" where the band bring to the attention of the listeners a cool kind of upbeat electronic pop. At a first listening you could feel that the sounds don’t change that much on the whole CD and that at a long distance it is a little difficult to cope with the "cold" vocals style. Fortunately this change totally with the following spins of the CD you realize that the songs’ structure is rich and multi-layered and most of the tracks have enough energy and catchy melodies to satisfy your electronic needs. Tracks like "Puzzled" or "Translation of love" could also succeed into clubs as they are or remixed.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Born/Evolve/Progress 2
Format: CD
Label: Progress-Productions (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
Winter time – compilation time # 3: Well, that’s a fine label compilation. The Swedish label Progress Productions likes to celebrate the new year with their second edition "Born/Evolve/Progress" on which all signed label artists provide new and unreleased tracks. No compiling of known smash hits, no releasing of unnecessary remix works by more or lesser known "stars" of the scene – luckily only new and never-heard-before stuff. Also a nice introduction to the new signings this label has recently picked up. TERROR PUNK SYNDICATE, thankfully featured with a Swedish solo project by John Karlgren has already worked hard to create a satisfied and complex sound for years reaching the level of some classic FLA works. It was about time and a consequential must, that this fucking-great artist finally has found a label home in Progress Productions. Already appearing with an enthusiastic track on the beloved Interbreeding VII (BLC Productions,, this is an act to follow immediately. Opening act is CRYO aka Martin Rudefeldt, maybe the most underrated act on Progress, also present with two new pieces – it’s hard to find any better opener than this new track "Freedom", combining vocoderized vocals, cold melodic synth textures and rather old-school like bass lines. Follows the second new signing MOMMY HURT MY HEAD with a pounding Harsh Electro piece. This act hails from Denmark and can be seen as a follow-up act to the legendary ARZT + PFUSCH, a well-known act still in hiatus. Also the young NECRO FACILITY return with two Dark Electro tunes following more or less obviously some similarities to classic SKINNY PUPPY and/or INTERLACE works – good stuff. RED CELL then marks one of the surprises of this compilation. Wasn’t it this act which could grab some attention by some Swedish Metal music magazines? Where are the guitars? It looks like a huge stylistically change, because this track is a real Futurepop piece somehow comparable to CULTURE KULTÜR and PRIDE & FALL. Mr. JONES MACHINE and HYPE offer late 80ties-inspired Synthpop tracks and especially HYPE’s vocal performance by Robert Enforsen (ex-ELEGANT MACHINERY) can convince totally. SYSTEM continue with a rather minimal early 80-ties, KRAFTWERKian piece, while 8KHZ MONO joining this comp with a surprising hard Electro/EBM piece. Also IAMBIA, hailing out of Greece, are pushing the hard and stomping beats forward to some dark dancefloors featuring once again their fine worked-out signature. STURM CAFE could to my impression really improve their knowledge in German language, while the music formula with NEP-like bass lines and a solid kick and snare work remains the same. Finally the last new signing comes up with the last track, KOPFER KAT with "Spike" providing a rhythmically Powernoise effort which really shatters some walls to dust. Not that Tekkno-based 140 bpm and faster kick/open hi-hat work, but real distortions, easy, but effective produced. Regarding the "limited to 1000 pieces world-wide" special this compilation features as well, there can’t be any real reason not to purchase this fine collection. Progress Productions concentrates on quality releases and has grown in the past two years to much more than only a secret tip. The next label giant after the coming demise of Dependent? Well, let’s see how far it goes...

01: Cryo "Freedom"
02: Terror Punk Syndicate "Dysmorphia" (Epicentre Version)
03: Mommy Hurt My Head "Nothing Zero Option (After the pills)"
04: Necro Facility "Tuxedo"
05: Red Cell "Lust"
06: Mr Jones Machine "Vilda Drömmar"
07: Hype "Love-o-lution"
08: System "No Man"
09: 8kHz Mono "Crash Course"
10: Iambia "Program K"
11: Cryo "Rage"
12: Terror Punk Syndicate "Wish I Was Retarded"
13: Sturm Cafe "Weltliches Leben"
14: Necro Facility "Dope"
15: Kopfer Kat "Spike"
Artist: YENDRI
Title: Malfunction
Format: CD
Label: Mental Ulcer Forces / Metropolis-Records
Distributor: Soulfood / Nova Media
Rated: *****
Once a time there was a tiny Goth-inspired girl hailing out of Hamburg to teach fear to the international Electro/Industrial scene... Well, that was the impression I had from the info sheet of the label Mental Ulcer Forces, leaded by our almost beloved Rudy Ratzinger aka :WUMPSCUT:. Listed under ULC14 here comes out a new :W: recommendation, maybe a bit in the shadow to the coming same-time release new :W: full-length CD "Body Census". That YENDRI will already release her sixth full-length album speaks for her experience and her musically abilities in this scene. And her experience can be heard on almost all of the featured 16 tracks presented here. While it is hard and near to suicide to release music which needs a wider horizon, which is produced non-linear to some overrated trends, YENDRI seems to have a favor for the unusual. This album needs some more spins for sure and isn’t at all designed for the intolerant short-haired UNTER NULL supporters. A rather silent tone brings in some magic to this release on which you’ll may don’t find an entrance to. It’s a bit to categorize the music – Electro? Yes, for sure and rich available. Goth? Well, some pieces really are really floated with a very sad message and she also knows how to integrate some rather acoustic guitar sounds. The vocals are maybe the point on which the tastes differ. Some may can really find it enjoying, when YENDRI offers her cherry-flower-like fragile voice, while some others could find it disturbing to use too much reverb and delay effects to support some weaker parts. Although this release gets the fully DJ support through Germany’s Hardbeat Promotion and a license deal to Metropolis-Records, I have my doubts that it will take the hearts of the audience by storm. This stuff is rather capable to enjoy under a pair of headphones with some candle lights instead designed for some dancefloor action. YENDRI works in her very own world with a solid result, while not outstanding at all...

F.D.A.S.F.D.A. : Bossys Rygg

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 06 2007
Artist: F.D.A.S.F.D.A.
Title: Bossys Rygg
Format: CD
Label: apoprecords (@)
Rated: *****
I knew Apop records for the amazing cd-reissue of Crisis (seminal Pre-Death in June punk/post-punk act) and apparently all the bands coming out from this label have just one thing in common: being absolutely weird. And FDASFDA's is one of the most absurd records I've heard in a long time!! Let me start from the artwork that is a work of pure genius showing a
man and a woman in some abominable 60's gym clothes with utterly idiotic looks on their faces. Describing the music on "Bossys Rygg" is a hard task... let's say that it blends late Can exotic krautisms with some psyched-out lounge moments toying with the listener with an overall b-movie lo-fi feeling.Another good comparison would be thinking about Royksopp and Cluster pilling heavily and jamming togheter with some old synths and gear after a night listening to roots oldies. Is that clear? I don't think so... anyway I love FDASFDA whatever that means and whoever they are.

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