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VV.AA.: New Input Noise

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 16 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: New Input Noise
Format: CD
Label: Hellektroempire (@)
Rated: *****
NEW IMPUT NOISE 01 is the first release of a new label called Hellektroempire. Coming from Italy the label, as you can easily understand by reading the bands involved into this compilation (Hypnoskull, Ah Cama-Sotz, Substanz-T, Proyecto Mirage, Atrox, Modulate, Shizuka, H.I.V. Vs Stendeck, Ultra Milkmaids, Lith, Contagious Orgasm, Genetic Selection, Caustic, Bahntier and Mono No Aware), is following the steps of well known foreign labels such as Hands, Ant Zen, Hymen or Caustic Records (to name few), by producing industrial music based on rhythm/sounds manipulations. Fortunately the bands included here don’t produce the same sonic assault that after 30’ make me get a sort of boredom associated with a beginning of headache, they instead expand the concept of music industrialism by using ambient sounds, punk impetuosity (like Proyecto Mirage) or e.b.m. synth sounds. The label’s interest seems also to go beyond music because their aim is to work with graphic and video art. For their first release they wanted to have exclusive or unreleased tracks of the most known acts of the genre and with such "presentation card" they don’t need further words because the quality of the tracks will reassure the lovers of the genre. Hellektroempire have just to maintain this standard for their future releases to find easily a good fanbase.

DDAMAGE: Shimmy Shimmy Blade

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 16 2006
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Artist: DDAMAGE
Title: Shimmy Shimmy Blade
Format: CD
Label: Tsunami Addiction (@)
Rated: *****
Ddamage is the project of two French brothers, Jean-Baptiste and Frederic Hanak from Paris. SHIMMY SHIMMY BLADE is their fourth full length and it is the first for Tsubami addiction (their previous two have been released by Planet Mu). The sixteen tracks of this new album feature on vocals a lot of people: MF Doom, Tes, Existereo, Bigg Jus, Mike Ladd, Dose One, Orko Elohiem, Crunc Tesla, Sin, TTC, Stacs of Stamina. All their guests are part of the independent hip hop scene and this, mixed with their particular blend of grime and electro, make sound this album like a particular one, a CD that you can’t file under a specific genre (even if electronic danceable distortions could be a good way of explaining it). The analogue sounds are mixed with samples, bleeps and 4/4 syncopated rhythms and the hip hop influence is given mainly by the vocals because if you concentrate your attention to the music you’ll discover electro distorted tracks with a dance attitude and thousands of influences that goes from techno to electro with a little bit of experimentations in the middle (try the instrumental ones like "Punkture", "Inter rock" or "Pull the plug").

PAINBASTARD: No Need To Worry

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 16 2006
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Artist: PAINBASTARD (@)
Title: No Need To Worry
Format: CD
Label: Accession-Records (@)
Distributor: Indigo
Rated: *****
Sooner than expected Alex P of PAINBASTARD returns with complete new studio recording. 15 new hard ripping EBM/Electro smasher are on here and wait for you to get discovered. The main difference to his last year’s second full-length "Overkill" can be found globally in the wider integration of different music styles. Sure, tracks like "When The Rats Desert The Sinking Ship", "Lebe Deinen Traum" or "The Time Is Ripe!" are hard-pounding aggressive PAINBASTARD tunes featuring some thick Endtime-like melodious synth layers and distorted vocals. But the generally outstanding pieces can be found in between. Check out the minimal, almost retro-like EBM cut "Kinky Species" (somehow the track list has a mistake...) with a vocal performance reminding strong on a veteran act like the Swedish POUPPEE FABRIKK. You can also find some aggressive and filled with aggressive guitar assaults pieces here like the angry "Mother", another stylistic change Alex has introduced us to on his last "Overkill" album, which got here a fine and better development. Other musically outstanding piece with some decent piano lines is "Torn" featuring a smooth lead vocal performance by Thomas Wendt of DIORAMA – a totally difference to the usually PAINBASTARD stuff. Two remix works are featured as well, the legendary FEINDFLUG have laid their hands on "Sternentanz", while C. Hermodsson of S.P.O.C.K./BIOMEKKANIK has worked on "Poison For Your Soul". It should be also mentioned that Alex seems to walk with opened eyes through his life and area and he seems to filter out especially the negative points like the currently corrupted political situation in Germany with a down the drain going social system, tolerance against foreigners with a critical view on religious ideologies, and so on. "No Need To Worry" therefore seems to be a ventilate for him to let out all his rage and saved aggression. And indeed – the tough and hammering "in-your-face-attitude" keeps this project and its machinery warm and offers some pounding results. Excellent done again, featuring a wider musically diversity.

CYBER WHORE meets KRACHMASCHINE: Feelings Will Die

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 16 2006
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Artist: CYBER WHORE meets KRACHMASCHINE (@)
Title: Feelings Will Die
Format: CD
Label: X-Cem/Rupal Records (@)
Distributor: Icare Media Distribution
Rated: *****
This is a new split-CD released by the productive X-Cem collective and presents the debut of both acts. To describe the people and the style and idea behind this release is a bit difficult, but I try my best. Conceptually following the earlier this year released split-CD with the both leading X-Cem artists WYNARDTAGE and ACYLUM and so also limited to only 150 pieces, this release starts with three mutual tracks provided by both acts CYBER WHORE and KRACHMACHINE. CYBER WHORE is a female-leaded act by Dee-Kay (vocals) and Louis Cyphre (music and vocals) and especially Louis has already made his way in this music business with the debut release of his solo main project LA MAGRA. But Louis stands also behind KRACHMASCHINE, which is described as a LA MAGRA side-project. Difficult to look behind this and the sense to build so much different monikers which almost musically can be hard separated. So with CYBER WHORE Louis is collaborating with his sister, and both are trying to combine cold electronic sounds taken out of Trance and Electro/EBM influences with the smooth and warm vocal performance done by Dee-Kay. Generally this works well on the presented 6 tracks here, although this project gathers some help from the remix desk done by LA MAGRA (funny, that Louis remixes his own stuff, but it works well here because he adds a relative important point to the track "Broken Inside" – some do call it PUNCH...), DAVANTAGE (this remix of "Oppression" hits the original...) and MAY-FLY. KRACHMASCHINE is rather aggressive and more Electro/Industrial-minded than CYBER WHORE. It is straight-forward arranged ("Amestery"), but I still search for that big difference to LA MAGRA. Musically the things are very comparable, maybe with only a slight tougher tone into some Powernoise-like efforts ("Krachmaschine"), the same out-of-the-grave-sounding vocals, which luckily avoid it to tell us some other vampire stories, are maybe the one and only difference. Also 6 tracks presented by this project including two well placed remix works created by WYNARDTAGE and ACYLUM, both fit with the concept. Globally said, both CYBER WHORE and KRACHMASCHINE can’t offer anything new to the scene, but they show some depth in the still underground-like hard working X-Cem collective.

WYNARDTAGE: Evil Mind

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 13 2006
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Artist: WYNARDTAGE (@)
Title: Evil Mind
Format: CD
Label: X-Cem/Rupal Records/e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
The hype on this German one-man act leaded by this active mastermind Kai Arnold is still unbroken. The earlier club hit "Sterbehilfe", taken as a hidden bonus track from the officially debut "Waste Of Time" was running nation-wide in almost all clubs and could earn a lot of attention. But the talent of Kai isn’t only reduced to his music project WYNARDTAGE. Thanks to his help and efforts his very own leaded badn collective X-Cem could grow and could release several albums of young and unknown bands like MAY-FLY, LA MAGRA or Kai’s partner in crime, ACYLUM (check back the mutual interview with WYNARDTAGE/ACYLUM on our site here: ). Not to forget an uncountable amount of remix works for some friends and partner bands on the X-Cem collective had to be done as well. His endless work for this collective also ended in internationally attention and success, some well-placed compilation appearances on Interbreeding VIII (BLC Productions) were only a logically evolution. Earlier this year Kai could win the DAVANTAGE label Rupal Records to unite the weapons and so to get a stronger recognition. And finally thanks to some good contacts to the German label E-Noxe, Kai could win another strong partner to spread the WYNARDTAGE virus with the welcomed help of a better distribution through Alive!. Hard to believe that Kai could find enough time and leisure to concentrate on his own main project. I can already take the result of this review in advance, this new "Evil Mind" output is a milestone above the quality regarding compositions, arrangements, used sounds and production compared to that "Waste Of Time" debut. And it features one of the loudest bass kick drums on almost all tracks I’ve heard for a long time – luckily it doesn’t sound at all like a hatred Techno-inspired 909-kit. The German glossy and printed press already started to compare WYNARDTAGE with SUICIDE COMMANDO with the restriction that WYNARDTAGE wont offer anything new. Again a typical anti-journalistic syndrome which comes up when the German print press lacks of originality and ideas, no matter if you take Zillo, Orkus or the Sonic Seducer. Which up and coming band playing Dark Electro with spooky melodic synth layers, hefty drum and percussion work and a rough out-of-the-grave-like voice doesn’t get compared with SUICIDE COMMANDO??? I can only recommend my German colleges to listen more often and more analytic the given promotional items. Especially the depressive and almost Goth-like mood with the use of some frightful female voice samples well presented on the slower tracks of this album like "Calling From Silence (featuring LA MAGRA)", "I’m Not Your God" or "Lost Your Life" I moreover would call an authentic style of WYNARDTAGE. Kai does good and has made a strong development from his debut, no matter if you stand above such silly comparisons or not. The club hit "Sterbehilfe" you’ll get again in a new 2006-version, some contributions with DAVANTAGE ("Burn"), the already named LA MAGRA or CYBER WHORE("Cold") are also featured. Next to "Sterbehilfe" some other tracks here will mark their way to the floors of the dark clubs like "The Sin" or "No Human Survive". Music with a playing time of more than 78 minutes of pounding Dark Electro tunes should be another reason to purchase this item.


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