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EFERMIX: Undolate

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 27 2006
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Artist: EFERMIX (@)
Title: Undolate
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: ainia (@)
Rated: *****
"Feed your birds, folks!"... no, it’s not John Cage and it has nothing to do with his recurring interest for winged animals, anyhow that's another lane since Efermix plays electronic danceable music. This four tracks cdr is danceable but at the same time grey and cold as the feeling suggested by the front cover. This ep can be found in the ranks of north european electronic music, not unlike Biosphere odd melodies but you can still hear the heart beating behind three layers of ice. I've mentioned Biosphere just for the global sensation, I don't think Efermix is s close to the finnish musician, judging from the first track I'd say this music could remind latest Scorn faster and less obsessive but Future Sound of London and Orbital are part of the lot. The drum sound even if programmed has still an acoustic taste with a post-dub emphasis on the rimshot, (in the title track becomes almost hypnotical). I think the dub influence (like in many Mick Harris' works) emerges right from the stoned use of rhythms. The most of the tracks are not lasting more than three minutes except for the hard kicking march of Birdwalk where a repetitive drum plus vocal loop makes the most of the structure. Simple, straight, cold electronics but good.

VV.AA.: Weatherhead 2: Surrealistic Macrocosm

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 25 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Weatherhead 2: Surrealistic Macrocosm
Format: CD
Label: Telegrammetry Recordings (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
The Miami-based US label Telegrammetry surprises again with a new compilation, the follow-up to the first "Weatherhead" compilation. And again this label could collect some real new and never heard before of acts, also for me. Before this comp I had only heard of NEUROVERSE, the Swedish act MICROBODY, Canada’s ADAPTIVE REACTION and the German STRAFBOMER, so also for me this comp is a real treasure to discover something new. I can say it in advance that Telegrammetry proves again a good taste for undiscovered acts, all presented stuff has its own unique mood. Things start excellent with the Swedish act TRAKKTOR and their track "High On Your Hate", which finds the right balance between Dark Electro and a danceable melodic content – it’s an amazing opener and I hope to hear more from this act soon! Next comes the unavoidable highlight of this comp, the US act NEUROVERSE brings in a track called "Metal B (Plan C Mix)". Musically pretty much influenced by the great FLA for sure, but with an own and authentic style. Please note the excellent and surprising integrated piano sounds to the end of this marvelous track, it’s unbelievable that this act isn’t signed somehow! PARTICLE SON, also hailing from the USA comes next bringing us minimal EBM bass lines, harsh distorted vocals and some integrated guitar riffs – not bad, maybe a bit too much following some Coldwave themes. Dark Electro is also presented by the Swedish act MICROBODY with their track "Is It Real Blood In American Movies?" – well, can some of you really answer on this? Please take a note also on the straight Electro track of ADAPTIVE REACTION, which remembers me a bit on the old SHPERE LAZZA stuff. I haven’t also ever heard of A-STATE hailing from Belgium, which provide here a fast and rhythmic Powernoise piece with am minimal melodic content. Also Scotland sets a mark here with SIRIUS B, musically based on danceable Futurepop music, although the vocals are sounding a bit boring. Comes then the last piece done by the US act SERAPH 49 providing a danceable EBM piece with well worked out vocals and a good melodic content. So we have 12 real talents of the scene and I am sure that some of them will make a good way on their journey through this music genre. Musically diversity is rich presented on this comp and there’s no real weak appearance. It’s only a pity that the artwork of this comp doesn’t feature any further info on the bands, no links or contacts are given. Anyhow, it is worth the investment.

track list:

1. TRAKKTOR - High on Your Hate
2. NEUROVERSE - Metal B
3. PARTICLE SON - Anthem for a New Tomorrow
4. MICROBODY - Is it Real Blood in American Movies
5. SUBURBAN PROTOTYPE - Again Ibid Again
6. ADAPTIVE REACTION - Salvation
7. ANALOGUE vs DIGITAL - Cities of the Dead
8. STRAFBOMBER - Tatort
9. LURID AURA - Fake
10. A-STATE - En Larmes Mordores
11. SIRIUS B - Free
12. SERAPH 49 - 1000 Sunsets

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Artist: ZOMBIE GIRL (@)
Title: Back From The Dead
Format: CD EP
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Thanks to the unbeatable success of husband Sebastian R. Komor (ICON OF COIL, MONOFADER, MOONITOR, BRUDERSCHAFT, producer jobs for SPECTRALIZED and so on...) also Ms Renee Cooper-Komor can now look on a CD release in the Electro/Industrial music scene. This sounds a bit expected – also the fact that this female leaded act got signed by Alfa Matrix. Nevertheless the debut of this ZOMBIE GIRL was hardly awaited by community and maybe moreover from some DJ’s, because this project could enter a lot of recognition thanks to the bot compilation appearances on "Advanced Electronics Vol. 4" and on the Alfa Matrix comp Cyberl@b 5. Both presented tracks, "We Are The Ones" and "I Want It" are also here in their original version available, plus they received alternative remix versions done by good names like ICON OF COIL (no – not Mr. LaPleague...) and the Infacted Recording artist SOMAN. Two more tracks have found the way on this debut, "Creepy Crawler" (which also got remixed by the legendary KMFDM, it ROCKS...) and "Bleeder", and – don’t ask me why, I do enjoy them here the best. Musically ZOMBIE GIRL are based in the gray area of danceable Synth-/ and Futurepop, real EBM efforts are sparse mixed in. Lyrically – you may expected this – this projects covers all related themes of being a zombie, you know, all that cliche-loaded stuff of eating a human brain. Not very innovative at all, but it fits with the image of this act and I’ve recognized the black humor behind it. The problem I have with it is that this stuff doesn’t come over really reliable – that’s maybe the biggest difference to the female label comrade UNTER NULL.I don’t understand the overdone hype of this act – but hey, that’s just me. It’s average, not more.

DIVE vs. DISKONNEKTED: Frozen

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 24 2006
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Artist: DIVE vs. DISKONNEKTED (@)
Title: Frozen
Format: CD EP
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
There are out several more or less interesting collaborations or questionable side-projects between bands out of the Electro/Industrial scene – and then this! Electro/EBM veteran Dirk Ivens aka DIVE joins the studio battlefields with one of the best talents the Electro/Industrial scene of Belgium has ever brought out, DISKONNEKTED aka Jan De Wulf. Both haven’t seen a sense to create a funny pseudonym for this project, they rather believed in the good effect of their names, which is a wise decision. So to all of you listeners – and I tend to say this in advance – we have here one of the best EP’s in this year - maybe the best which the Alfa Matrix label ever brought out!!! Take both winning elements – the noisy minimal Electro of DIVE to his "Concrete Jungle" and mix it with the unbelievable talents of DIKONNEKTED, dancey breakbeats and rhythm patters par excellence – and ready is a refreshing mixture I couldn’t imagine of. You have never heard DIVE into his best phase that danceable and for all who found DISKONNEKTED too poppy – well here is Jan’s darker side rich presented. Four new tracks which all feature Dirk’s nice and a bit dramatic voice – and they all will satisfy you. Adding to this four remarkable remix works which offer another fine surprise with the return of another Electro/Industrial legend, NUMB aka Don Gordon offers a remix work on the main track "Frozen" – surprisingly a very melodious one without the beast-like noise attacks and effects, which this act made that famous and sought-after in the history of Electro/Industrial music. Also the other remix works deserve the mentioning, LEAETHER STRIP turns "Frozen" into a straight Electro piece, while the COMBICHRIST remix of "Do You Believe It" more than ever heard before joins a minimal Powernoise effort very much in vein of the self-titled first DIVE album. Also the remix work of the new Alfa Matrix signing INURE deserves the fully respect by adding more modern bass lines and rhythm patterns to the original. So we have 8 tracks in all and no filling stuff. I hope the best that both artists will soon find the time to join again this collaboration project. More stuff is required here!

TAXIM: Ecclesiophobia

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 24 2006
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Artist: TAXIM
Title: Ecclesiophobia
Format: CD
Label: Telegrammetry Recordings (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is a release published by the new Miami-based label Telegrammetry, which we at the Chain D.L.K. like to welcome to the world of Electro/Industrial music. With the German one-man act TAXIM, this label presents here after a compilation called "Weatherhead" and a release by ELEMENT 104, their third official CD release. Shame on me that I haven’t heard before of and about TAXIM, although we’re countrymen! TAXIM, consisting of Alex Ney, plays generally a fast paced Dark Electro/Industrial music, mostly aggressive and straight – that kind of "4/4 on the floor" that keeps some bodies of the Rivethead culture in motion. The speed of the tracks can be seen as a difference to other acts out of the scene, especially for Dark Electro music. I nevertheless got the feeling that TAXIM’s music is generally more leaded by its dark melodic mood, which turns at times into a diabolic attitude (nothing wrong with this – a lot of bands tend to "play" with related things...). The fast tracks here get also some well played interruptions with the calm and with piano sounds arranged pieces like "Freier Fall" or "Das Schwarze Kreuz". Take the music efforts by acts like FEINDFLUG or the BLC Productions recording artist BETA as possible comparisons and you maybe get an idea, how the stuff of TAXIM sounds. Here we have the little flaw of this release, which I would like to criticize: as much I am impressed by the music efforts and abilities of TAXIM (check back the outstanding "Das 25. Jahr"), I am a bit disappointed how poor and sparse Alex decided to fill in his vocals. Some more tracks which can be seen as real compositions also for the lyrics wouldn’t be bad. That he can do it well, he proofs on the final track "Time Out" – it is definitively next to the hard driving and pummeling "Inkompatibel" the highlight of this CD. Check back the given resources here and/or the cool DSBP mail order service and get this promising release of this new and refreshing artist.


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