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_ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT: Till The End

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 10 2006
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Artist: _ROPPONGI INC. PROJECT (@)
Title: Till The End
Format: CD
Label: Russian Gothic Project
Rated: *****
Second full length CD release for this Russian one man project consisting of DJ Negative aka Sergey Losyakow, this time released through the organization known as Russian Gothic Project. Already the first tunes on this new full length show already the difference to the EBM-like structured debut "R.I.P." – Sergey could gain some more maturity on his equipment and he tends separate better between styles. Although that fine appreciated EBM style of the debut turns a bit in the background, his new output shows more diversity and development. Danceable tunes like the glorious "Birthday", which impresses through some excellent played Synth hook lines, "Idiom" or "Terror Fashion" should be able to keep some masses in motion, while a piece like "Paparazzi" are more designed for the open-minded audience thanks to the featured breakbeats here. The slowly arranged "Thoughts" once more proves the musically diversity and provides some acoustic guitars as well – it’s like music for some sad and gray rainy days. A lot of to discover here on this disc, which is – as usual for a DJ – an instrumental album. Some plans are existing about a collaboration with Tommy T. Rapisardi of the US label DSBP, whose voice out of a Cyberage radio show got sampled here on the last track "...The End", for a new DIVERJE album to be released at the fall. Good work, well chosen and tasteful arranged electronic music – keep it on!

MORDACIOUS: This Emptyness

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 08 2006
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Artist: MORDACIOUS (@)
Title: This Emptyness
Format: CD
Label: Hypervoxx (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is the first release for the Hypervoxx label, which is a subsidiary to Telegrammetry, which brought us the great "Weatherhead" compilations series or the well done debut of TAXIM. MORDACIOUS is the latest signing of this label group, but not unknown for sure, because this one-man act could already release two previous CD’s which caught some attention. The well recognized compilation appearance on "Weatherhead 1" also surely made the decision easier to add this act to the growing roster. MORDACIOUS’ music fits globally to the harsh Electro/EBM genre which still can earn a lot of popularity, just look to the growing armada of the NoiTekk label roster with acts like GRENDEL, LIFE CRIED or DAWN OF ASHES – all of these acts can be taken as possible references musically. Tracks like the fast paced opener "Dead To Society", "Burn It Down" or "Dream Girl" don’t let any wishes for some rough dancefloor execution unfulfilled. But Mr. Mordacious Mortem also tends to bring some diversity in the kind he adds his vocals to his tracks, they range between mostly clean and undistorted to rough and highly pitched distorted whispers. Not all pieces here spread the pounding aggression which leaves you pummeling for more, he also has arranged some pieces here which need some more rotations, also thanks to some experimentalism found in his synth/bass lines hooks (check out the title track...). This CD is decent done and produced, while finally it doesn’t offer anything what can be called new or not heard before. Fans of Terror EBM/Hellektro and what funny genre names some so-called promoters will invent for hard EBM/Electro/Industrial music in the next time should pick up this item.

LOST SIGNAL: Eviscerate

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Sep 07 2006
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Artist: LOST SIGNAL (@)
Title: Eviscerate
Format: CD
Label: 23 DB (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
We had to wait a while for this comeback – the comeback of the year maybe - and at some online forums already some rumors came up that this known act has ended all activities. But Charles Rehill returns here with a new full length CD almost five years after his successful debut "Catharsis", which got released originally on the long out of business Inception Records. "Catharsis" to that time became a classic and tracks like "Strain" or "Regret" are still up-to-date sounding Futurepop pearls. Maybe also thanks to the fact that "Catharsis" got produced by Tom Shear of ASSEMBLAGE 23, Charles could enter a not expected attention and this debut album brought him on the same stages like the mentioned ASSEMBLAGE 23 and VNV NATION. For some reasons Charles had unfortunately to take a break from being a musician – that’s hard for him today, because nothing will be like it was, his absence was surely a bit long and Charles has almost to start from scratch again. Luckily Tom Shear of ASSEMBLAGE 23 still stands faithful to Charles, this time being leader of the label 23DB Records, which now brought us this new "Eviscerate" album. Although there isn’t a special website up for this label, please keep in mind what happened with Tom’s last featured act, BACKANDTOTHELEFT, they got signed to Metropolis Records. An initiative which could also happen to LOST SIGNAL. By listening this new album I got the impression that the globally sound of Charles hasn’t changed that much. The kind of composition, the sound and the kind he sets in his vocals and several Synth arrangements show some similarities, but before people start to argue against this and spread nonsense words like "stagnancy", they’d better take a look to this music genre called Electro/Industrial/Futurepop with all the highs and depths of the past years generally. Although five years later released than the debut, "Eviscerate" sounds modern and like a logical follow-up – and so it is. Some musical maturity also Charles has experienced through the years like the use of some IDM and Breakbeat elements ("Distance"). So "Eviscerate" holds all expected properties on board, danceable Synth-/Futurepop tunes like the catchy "Locked Away", "Drowning" or "Perfect Sky" go in an undisturbed connection with slower, ballad-like tracks like "Mourn" or "Blind". Also Charles’ introspective kind of lyrics avoiding almost all cliches often heard in this genre are surely another outstanding point not only of this production – no, it’s a trademark of Charles generally. So we got a nice comeback release which doesn’t leave any wishes unfulfilled. Charles Rehill sends out a stronger signal than ever, hopefully it won’t get lost for another five years.

VV.AA.: NEIN RAID Compilation

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Sep 05 2006
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: NEIN RAID Compilation
Format: CD
Label: NEIN Records (@)
Distributor: Icare Media Distribution
Rated: *****
This is a kind of label compilation of the San Diego-based Nein Records and it offers you mostly two tracks of each signed or related bands to that label. Also some well named guests are featured here to keep this compilation interesting. So the presented music deals mainly with some rough Powernoise efforts in both kinds, rhythmically (EPIDEMIA, the Crunch Pod Media recording artist C/A/T featuring Crunch Pod chief Ben Arp, MOS[K], the well known Hands-recording PROYECTO MIRAGE and also H.I.V.+, no further need to introduce this act) and static XIPE TOTEC, COMPLEX MATHEMATICAL EQUATION, but also Ambient tunes (HAR_ROOT) and some real Electro/Industrial pieces (SLAAVE). Something special got offered by – as usual MIMETIC BE-AT with a slight oriental arranged track and CHUIBIT, a side-project of the Spanish EPIDEMIA providing us a kind of "good-night" Synth tune for a tight sleeping. So diversity is well filled in here and almost everyone can be able to pick out his favorite genre. A bit open-minded is surely helpful here, good compilation.

Tracklist:
1. Epidemia - Fiebre en la Pasarela
2. C/A/T - Headshot
3. Proyecto Mirage and Pablo Guiareta - Knowledge about Christianity
4. H.I.V.+ - Havoc 2027 (Le Diktat remix)
5. Mos[K] - Raid Beat
6. Mimetic Be-At - SDAA27
7. Xipe Totec - Copilli Quetzalli
8. Mos[K] - Scape Motion
9. Slaave - Burning Souls
10. Complex Mathematical Equation - Equation of Circle
11. Cubuibit - Thelma y los Duendecillos
12. Har Root - Border Hack
13. Har Root - Hacktivist
14. Slaave - Viral Staircase
15. Complex Mathematical Equation - 1,110 ft/sec


MISSTRIP: Sibylline

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Sep 05 2006
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Artist: MISSTRIP (@)
Title: Sibylline
Format: CD
Label: Prikosnovenie (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
When I received this CD from Prikosnovenie I double read the label name on the cover, because Misstrip is sounding like nothing they had previously released. It’s like the label is wishing to do a big step by producing a band that could fit the MTV listings. Misstrip sound mix a little bit of Bjork (see the vocals on tracks like the opening "A ticket to death" or on "Alcamy) with electronics a la Sneaker Pimps as well guitar riffs that make me think about Evanescence or Lacuna Coil. The different tracks offers these kind of sounds alternating delicate moments to energetic semi metal atmospheres but having always electronic arrangements. The vocals cover a wide range of musical styles as sometimes it recall me the heavenly style, so dear to the label, the fore mentioned Bjork and the energy of the rock metal bands. The production is real at the top and the "A ticket to death" video is well packet. The only thing is that for my tastes this kind of music is too mainstream but for sure Misstrip will be able to break the walls of indifference that surround the new projects. Good luck!


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