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Artist: BLEIBURG feat. MANMACHINE (@)
Title: History In Flames
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
This is a new DCD release set out and produced by the German underground mail order service SkullLine. It provides a mutual team work by both German projects musically based into dark and minimal Ritual Electronica, which takes here some influences out of different music styles. BLEIBURG is leaded by Stefan R. who’s very active not only with his various music projects, under the "Dark Transmission" website he publishes also a small online zine. MANMACHINE is A. Schwarz, an experienced musician since 23 years based in various styles. So you don’t have to wonder also to hear some classic Electro tunes ("Deep Down In My Heart" – provided with a "classic" inspired vocal performance) besides further styles like Powernoise ("99 Percent Noise", "About The Nights" or the very chaotic "Hekate Song"), slowly Ambient tunes and - oh wonder – an acoustic Neo-Folk tune ("Fall Apart", a cover version originally done by DEATH IN JUNE) only arranged with a guitar! Some vocals are included as well, but mostly they rather act here like a dramatic news reporter rambling down some lines. This can’t be called a real singing. In all you got a DCD set focusing on dark, minimal programmings and sounds, where it at times wouldn’t be wrong to fill in some more maturity. To lengthen this stuff on two CD’s is also a bit too much, a limitation and concentration of the best tracks placed on one full-length would do better. Designed for genre fans only. Of course, also this item is a special limited and numbered release of about 45 pieces, packed in a carton box with a pin and a t-shirt.

MAX TURNER: The Purple Pro

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 06 2006
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Artist: MAX TURNER
Title: The Purple Pro
Format: CD
Label: Metabooty (@)
Geez, I don’t really know how to review this one, because THE PURPLE PRO has different interpretation keys and taking them separately you could get the wrong idea of what this album contains/means. Max Turner worked with Marcus Rossknecht as Meteorites as well with Puppetmastaz and for his solo project he seems to impersonate a sort of comics character. His lyrics sound like a sort of ride into craziness. An example? Here it is: "Fear of a purple pro, fear of the purple planet. Tell the united nations of an ultra-violet mandate, to rid the world of blues like a big ass rap mandrill spittin til I sink, ah!" Musically hip hop has a big influence on the project (Max mostly rap his lyrics) and also the tracks sound like twisted hip hop tunes but also a sort of funky electro flavor comes up on tracks like "Disco of the dead". Probably most of you would be destabilized by this album just like I was, but I think that we should take it as a whole because if you consider only the music probably you won’t understand what a deranged blues guitar is doing here and there. Try it if you are in the mood of checking something really particular!

TRISTRAUM: First Embrace

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 05 2006
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Artist: TRISTRAUM (@)
Title: First Embrace
Format: CD EP
Label: Section 44 (@)
Rated: *****

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FIRST EMBRACE is the second single coming from Tristraum's latest album "Gray". It contains remixes of two tracks ("First embrace" and "I'm under no one") plus "Shiver - Therm remix" already released as B-side of their "Shiver" mixes 12", released two years ago. On this E.P. we can find four versions of the main track thanks to Empire State Human (they did a good dance electro pop mix of the track), Amurai (the "Club remix" is really convincing with its house/trance revision), Trotski's Block (this version is more dance e.b.m. oriented) and Lime N Dale (this version is trancey and dilated, good for dancefloors). "I'm under no one" has been reworked by God Project (dreamy electro pop meets e.b.m.) and by Sequentia (they did a synthpop remix permeated by a certain dark vein). If you appreciated the band's album, for sure you'll dig these remixes...
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Artist: ATTRITION (@)
Title: Tearing Arms from Deities 1980-2005
Format: CD
Label: Two Gods
Rated: *****

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There aren’t many bands who have gone through 25 years of dark contemporary history and come out unscathed. Attrition have, maintaining all the time a remarkable coherence and integrity. Martin Bowes, leading soul of Attrition, has compiled a new anthology of tracks covering the whole span of that history. It is very much a personal and intimate recollection of the different periods of the band (often just Martin and female singer Julia Waller), unlike the recent Something Stirs where the fans were treated to the very early beginnings of Attrition. The interest of the CD lies in the good number of rare tracks from hard-to-find samplers or 7" and new remixes of old tracks presented in the booklet with accompanying comments and memories by Martin himself. The very human exploration of the mysterious duality of man – like the Two Gods of the same title – comes across in the mix of dark ambience, pulsing rhythms, and the often contrasting voices of Martin and Julia.Part of the music ventures into classical moods, melancholic strings yearning for love, integrity, peace (see the 1997 Etude CD of classical interpretations). This is carried along by the wistful soprano voice of Julia Waller. My own personal taste prefers the rhythmic nervousness of tracks like "Beast of burden" where the electronic programming skills of Martin Bowes show how Attrition rose from the dark industrial, cut-up electroculture of the early 80s. All in all a very fine compilation which can provide an excellent introduction to the band for those who have not yet listened to Attrition. "The light and shades that make up the whole", according to Martin’s words, is what keeps together these haunting tracks, inspired by the passions, by the turmoils of love and losses witnessed by Martin Bowes in the booklet. Thus, the CD is also a journey where each track unravels a page in a very personal diary. The best surprise? The long, sparse krautrock symphony titled "A few of my favourite things".

EIGHT TO INFINITY: Aether

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Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 05 2006
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Artist: EIGHT TO INFINITY (@)
Title: Aether
Format: CD
Label: Section 44 (@)
Rated: *****

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Formed back in 2002 and hailing from U.K. the Eight To Infinity since then participated to several compilations ("Electricity 2", "Utopia: A Tribute to Giorgio Moroder", "State of Synthpop 2005", etc.). They initially signed for Nightwave, passed to Kiss My Asterix records and since the label converged into Section 44 they finally had a chance to release their first album AETHER in 2006. Containing 13 tracks (11 if you don’t count the intro and the outro) the album has a good dancey pop/electro attitude that goes beyond the synthpop classification. Arron, Sophie, Alistair and Val created a good blend of electro wave that sounds fresh and personal. Some examples? "Mistress vinyl" is a really good pop track with a little bit of electro e.b.m. and a bit of synthpop and the alternation of male/female vocals is really catchy. Another good one is "Travelogue", an upbeat ballad with particular sounds (check the use of electro sounds and the violin interlude ) that keep the energy high and that exaltate the soft voice of Sophie. All the tracks are worth the price of the CD and Eight To Infinity score an important point and they did it with their first release. This is good, isn’t it?


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