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Artist: Cephalgy
Title: Moment Der Stille
Format: CD EP
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
This German act returns with a new EP providing five remix works by different artists and four new tracks. Musically CEPHALGY are often walking on the thin line between genius and insanity simply alone with the try to combine Dark Electro with Goth/Wave. For the Goth/Wave listeners this acts sounds too electronic-minded, while the rivetheads don’t like that "bone-licking" image, also provided through the mostly German lyrics. Musically somewhere on the lighter side of Electro/Industrial music, mostly well arranged, at times orchestral-like arranged, lyrically near to that BLUTENGEL success formula without the singing beauties, of course. The male vocals are provided by Jörg Göhler and remind me somehow on some CALVA Y NADA tunes – maybe not unintentional. It fits, that BLUTENGEL provide here a remix on CEPHALGY’s underground evergreen "Engel sterben nie". Other remix works are provided by GINTRONIC, LOST AREA (an up and coming new German act – soon more about them...), the old-school EBM act TO AVOID and the Fearsection-recording artist STAUBKIND – with the one exception BLUTENGEL a surprising list of more unknown names – finally a good initiative not always to include the generic remixers in crime. STAUBKIND also include some Goth-Rock guitar riffs on their remix of "Zum Abschied", which fits very well with this track and the influences CEPHALGY is woven in. For the new tracks, the more demanding "Mein Glaube" gets the vote of being the best out of four good tracks. As I said - always to discover the lyrical content of some angels, darkness, vampires or religion-inspired things provided with a raspy male voice is a matter of taste. It requires a melancholic mind to bear this without any interceptions. Musically no wishes will remain unfulfilled if you’re looking for some lighter Electro/EBM/Industrial stuff.

Dec 20 2006
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Artist: THE ZERO PROJECT (@)
Title: Meta Visions
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
Hailing from San Diego, CA, this is the musically output of Jeff Wiederkehr, who stands behind THE ZERO PROJECT. "Meta Visions" is his self-released 8-track debut EP and provides Electro/Industrial music which takes some loans out of Ambient and IDM-related styles. Not easy to categorize, because Jeff tries hard to keep his stuff diverse and free of cliches – this isn’t your usual Electro/Industrial listening routine. It is a generally richly arranged kind of music filled with remarkable layers and textures and Jeff seems to work hard to point out the details. Instrumentally based, at times supported with some voice samples ("Asleep At The Wheel"), he also doesn’t mind to integrate some guitar riffs ("Hope From Oblivion", "A Visitation") in his electronic sound. Favorites are both catchy, but still dark sounding pieces "Ascension Hive-Mind" and especially "The Stalker", which features some strange metallic percussion elements. If you like to hear something diverse produced electronic-based music, try this one, it brings an enjoyable listening. To make the good aspects perfect, please note that fine cover art, while the CD comes in a beautiful digi-pack. Available from CDBaby.

Nörv: s/t

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 15 2006
Artist: Nörv (@)
Title: s/t
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Here's a quite basic mini cd with a couple of songs floating ashore in the industrial sea. Ebm? Mm..I’d answer neeee, I'd throw Spk, and some Meira Asher "Spear into hooks"-era in the receipt and a bit of Novo Homo here and there. Martial, squared, sick and with that distorted vocals industrial listeners are so comfortable with. The recording is a bit lo-fi but you can still hear it and the vocals are declaimed in that sick/sexy manner as you expect it to be. Basic, simple and still naïve, improvable but listenable.




MARINA SIERTIS: Disease

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Dec 14 2006
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Artist: MARINA SIERTIS (@)
Title: Disease
Format: CD EP
Label: Shadowplay Music (@)
Rated: *****
It’s quite some time that Marina Sirtis (now Marina Siertis) weren’t releasing something new. Their latest one was released back in 2003 and it was their full length "Delay And Depression". This new release DISEASE it’s the first single coming from the next album (the second) titled "The much needed second cold war". Respect the old recordings "Disease" seems to be focused on the electro goth influences that the band already had along with a bit of synthpop. The main title is a upbeat ballad focused on the vocal line (the guitars and other sounds come and go while there’s a synthetic bass line always present) that sounds a little like the Cure of the "Disintegration" period meet the Depeche Mode. The song is good but I feel it lacks of energy: it’s like when you are waiting for the explosion and it never happens. The following track "I never went to the English beach house" is a nice ballad with violins, picked electric guitars and everything and it is doing its work really well and it sounds more balanced respect the main title. There are also two bonus tracks, two versions of "Disease". The first one is sounding more like Sisters Of Mercy on acid and maybe I prefer this one to the "single version". The second one is the "Mad club mix" and it’s a nice version but don’t wait for a dance floor killer, because on this version after the opening phase the band followed the principle that less is best and they substituted some instruments with synth sounds. Nice single that it’s making me think that the next album we’ll see something new about Marina Siertis sound respect their old releases.

ENDIF: Meta

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 13 2006
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Artist: ENDIF (@)
Title: Meta
Format: CD
Label: Crunch Pod Media (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is the first "real" full-length by this one-man act leaded by Jason Hollis, if we don’t count the split-release with CAUSTIC to the discography, and I can still remember hearing about this act 3 – 4 years ago coming up through the Thirdwave Collective, which is still active (www.thirdwave-collective.com). A track like "Ashes" caught really my attention and got released on a collective compilation. That it took some more years until this act could leave its hidden status wondered me a bit. So here we have this full-length release out on Crunch Pod Media – and I’ve seldom heard this year anything comparable intense like this one! This isn’t the straight and monotonous beating Powernoise someone may expects, it goes deeper and shows a lot of depth, details and facets. There’s a real intelligent kind behind this 13 tracks, which take influences out of Electro/Industrial, Powernoise (of course...), IDM and Electro-Clash. This is somehow that kind of music where INDIVIDUAL TOTEM at their heydays ("SETI"-era...) have stopped and wouldn’t mind to integrate the "noise" component in their music. Hard electronics filled with real authentic ideas, can you remember to which other release you’ve been said this for a while? "Ashes" is included, but also "Sleeper Cell" which took place on the quadruple Alfa Matrix compilation Endzeit Bunkertracks 2. All relevant older tracks of this act got revamped into this new style, and nothing’s gonna disturb the float of this album. Some well-done co-operations with some different musicians are featured as well, J. Conley aka SAEMSKIN, an act I also lately discovered has laid his hands on "Blotter", one of the outstanding pieces here by combining noise aggression with a constant good but dark melodic content. "Gritscape" is one of the few harsh and fast-forward beating tracks and got manipulated by Mort Rigdon of POLLUTED AXIS. "Totenplatz", a more Dark Electro-oriented track which also has found a free slot on BLC’s Interbreeding VII compilation features lyrics and guest vocals in German by Siren313 of APRAXIA. If you have only a small sense of dedication to hard but still diverse pounding Electro/Industrial/Powernoise music provided with intelligent arrangements and structures, you’ll need to purchase this one. I tend to call this a milestone. Doubleplusgood!!!


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