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DANZ POETA: Pray For Rain

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 19 2006
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Artist: DANZ POETA (@)
Title: Pray For Rain
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
Indianapolis brings out the debut of Jamie Vitro, who stands behind this solo project. It’s a musically combination of classic and melancholic Synthpop themes with danceable Futurepop tunes – Jamie names ASSEMBLAGE 23, MESH or COVENANT to his influences – and this fits globally. He also could already open a gig for the famous RAZED IN BLACK and also this experience has formed him towards a more electronic-driven sound. Unbelievable, that he was a guitar player for some Goth-inspired local bands before – but this only shows his musically talent. So this release features 10 tracks of well worked out Synth-/Futurepop music which has all smooth and catchy attitudes to offer. It isn’t the newest sound and machinery in use for sure, but it’s damned effective arranged. These tracks wont let a fan of the mentioned genres unimpressed, favorites featuring the most melodic content can be named with the opener "Mortal Coil" and "Breath Of Time" on the danceable side – and of course the strong "Dante In His Fire", a beautiful and slowly arranged ballad. Another winning point of this act are the well included vocals – of course they are genre-like deep male and crystal-clear recorded. Also impressive are the kind of lyrics providing a romantic up to poetic background – and so drifting a bit away from the usual "fighting-for-a-better-world" monotony. DANZ POETA prove with this self-released album, that real talent wont be undiscovered. This is a strong – maybe a bit more thoughtful alternative to some above mentioned famous acts of this genre. Available via CDBaby.

IMIAFAN / MACHINEPOP: Split EP

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 19 2006
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Artist: IMIAFAN / MACHINEPOP (@)
Title: Split EP
Format: 7"
Label: Electronic Obsession + 4mg Records (@)
Rated: *****
Born from a collaboration between two labels (Electronic Obsession and 4mg Records), the split Imiafan/Machinepop 7" is a good example of what a do it yourself attitude could produce: fresh good stuff. The two Imiafan tracks "Toothpaste" and "Televizor" are two songs of electronic dark new wave, simple but efficacious. "Toothpaste" is the one that will catch the attention of early Die Form fans while " Televizor " will convince the lover of robotic spatial sounds. Machinepop side sounds more rough with its analogue squares and bleeps. "Stroboskop" and "Electronic dream plant" are a wild ride trough early Devo/Residents sounding like Atari computers that went crazy. The single is printed in a limited edition of 250 copies and if you still have a turntable and if you are a lover of 80's electronic and you appreciate also electronic pop experiments, you could check this one.

ROSEWATER: Bloodcount

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 17 2006
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Artist: ROSEWATER (@)
Title: Bloodcount
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Rated: *****
Here we have the newest output of the Latvian Sturm label, the trio ROSEWATER presents us here a strong new rough Dark Electro/EBM/Powernoise album. It seems to me that this act likes to start a strong assault to storm the dark dancefloors of the international scene, simply and alone thanks to the fact that they’ve decided to let this album mastered at the German X-FUSION Music Production studios (www.x-m-p.de). ACYLUM meets GRIDLOCK meets TERRORFAKT, so I would to qualify this explosive mix this nice act has to offer. Things are starting hard and straight-forward with a pounding opener "N.M.E.", while "Unbroken" turns the scenario into a more Powernoise-minded kind – this track also marks one of the highlights on the last "Sturmer III" compilation of this label. "On The Move" then turns back up to rhythmical Powernoise efforts and features a nice analogue synth play. If this band decides to include vocals on their music, then they got a lot of penetration through countless distortion and overdrive effects. Also the kind how they got provided here is harsh and martial – it fits with the rough style this release generally has to offer. Favorites? Well, all of this pieces have that something special here – so this voting belongs on personal preferences: "Cold Refuge" (got already some airplay at Tommy T.’s Cyberage radio show, www.cyberage.cx), the hammering "Nakts un Näve" and "Irreversible Alterations" (shows musically maturity and offers a decent and melodic piano play after the storming Noise massacre, awesome vocoder effect on the vocals, too...). Make sure also to check out the enhanced video and the special hidden track, which is another nice effort based on melodic pianos and noise in the background. I’ve seldom heard a band which can handle that strong the combine both elements, hard and uncompromising Dark Electro/EBM with rhythmically Powernoise efforts. It needs to get heard by a wide and internationally audience – the best release of the last half year! This CD is a real KILLER – PLAY IT LOUD!!!

GRAVEMASCHINE: Slut

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 17 2006
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Artist: GRAVEMASCHINE (@)
Title: Slut
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Distributor: Cuervo Loco
Rated: *****
This is a new solo effort leaded by Lucas Smith presenting with this 8 tracks a first audio sign of life. He offers musically a quite interesting combination of dark and depressive Electro/Industrial music filled with dozens of voice samples, but also some organic sounds like a piano as well. Rather a EPCD than a full-length release, this output features four different versions of the track "Slut", originally a sample-driven and rather slow track. To fill in some diversity there are also a Club Mix and an Ambient Dance Mix available, both with typically ingredients like some modern sounding synth bass lines, solid hi-hat work – but in all nothing that would surprise. One foreign remix work is also available created by a band called WHITEOUT – but somehow it can’t offer or add anything surprising. I must admit that the favorites are rather placed in the four extra tracks, especially on the both "Retrospect" (fine worked out rhythm patterns...) and "Left Behind" (nice synth layer sounds...). It should be mentioned that the vocals could really need some improvement, some more courage for the so-called "human factor" instead of let them sounding unnatural wouldn’t be wrong. It is a solid and self-produced first release, quite decent, but nothing outstanding.

ALTER DER RUINE: The Ruine Process

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 17 2006
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Artist: ALTER DER RUINE (@)
Title: The Ruine Process
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Glow Room Records
Rated: *****
This is not a medieval/Neo-Folk-inspired act hidden behind this German name. It is moreover the debut release of two young Industrial/Powernoise musicians hailing from Tucson, AZ. Mike Jenney and Stuart Slimp made themselves already a good name through some exquisite live performances and for being the warm-up for acts like FUNKER VOGT or COMBICHRIST. You can see a few photos of their gigs printed in the inlay of this CD. So you’ll get here a full-scale rhythmically Powernoise assault which takes its influence out of several styles like classic Industrial, Electro/EBM up to IDM and Dark Ambient. Already the opener "...A Touch" is a fine example of the wide ranged talent this act has to offer. Dark, metallic layer sounds made a scary introduction until the rough distorted drum patterns join the scenario. Follows then "Martyr" which could be called a straight dedication to the works of TERRORFAKT, of you look for a possible comparison. This release lives from its straight and harsh pounding attitude, but has much more to offer than any related Harsh EBM act. There can be easily recognized a real compositional effort, especially in some favorite tracks like "Hep C", "A New Wave Of Terror", "Shallow Grave" and the last piece "Betrayal", the only one track featuring a vocal performance. This rhythmically Powernoise efforts tries hard to jump on the vacant throne of some Ant-Zen/Hands acts!!! Make sure to purchase it!


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