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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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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sturmer III
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Rated: *****
This is a Latvian Industrial compilation brought and released by the leading Industrial/Powernoise label Sturm. Numbered under Sturmmandat 11, this release features a lot of never-heard-before-of acts and names mostly provided hard pounding Dark EBM, rhythmically Powernoise, up to IDM-inspired tunes and Experimental cuts. A hand-made and folded paper package with a screw holding the disk makes sure to hold a limited item in your hands. Strictly separated into an "Upsturm" (rhythmically) and a "Downsturm" (static, experimental) this comp starts rhythmically after an intro piece with the duo of MARCHWITZA. We’ve already discovered them, presenting here one of their best works with "Big Cojones". Also ROSEWATER, maybe the best known act of Latvia, make a valuable Dark Electro/Powernoise appearance with "Unbroken". Thinks are getting more and more noisy and martial, BIOS and STROPS can offer some valuable rhythmically Powernoise tracks and can be called favorites. With the "Downsturm" section the pounding rhythm parts are mostly removed and the tracks are turning more and more into some Minimal and Ritual-inspired tunes, some pure chaotic pieces (ANTIREALITY), and also some dramatic Dark Ambient (ANOCODAINE) pieces can be discovered as well. A lot of diversity is given for sure from the Latvian scene, but it mostly turns into a chaotic, martial and very noisy kind. Not designed for some weak nerves for sure. Hard-Pounding-Industrial-Dissonance!

Track list:

1/ 2OT Kas Tur?
--upsturm--
3/ MARCHWITZA Big Cojones
4/ ROSEWATER Unbroken
5/ CYBER PUNK Acid Rampage Running
6/ BIOS Power Z
7/ DEVNOISE Degeneration
8/ STROPS Tetan
9/ KNAUZERS Latvieti Nepadodies!
--downsturm--
11/ BARODARHO Invalids (live)
12/ CLAUSTRUM Zobrati
13/ TRAUR ZOT Komendantstunda
14/ SYNDROME Raumasche
15/ RUDENS LAPAS Kailsals
16/ ANOCODAINE Pain (sturm cut)
17/ ANTIREALITY Harshwave
18/ GAS OF LATVIA Union

DEAD JUMP: Immortal

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 17 2006
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Artist: DEAD JUMP (@)
Title: Immortal
Format: CD
Label: Resistance Beat Music (@)
Distributor: Fiber Online
Rated: *****
With the demise of MORGUE (MECHANISM) and the hiatus of AGHST VIEW, Brazil has lost their most known acts playing Electro/Industrial music. Surely, there are a lot of talented acts in this huge country, but it’s seldom that one of these acts can break with their area to gain international attention. DEAD JUMP can be already called a veteran act, because this band has had already some first recordings mostly banned on diverse tapes at those days, where Brazil was on top of the scene almost 10 years before. DEAD JUMP has always provided a danceable form of EBM/Dark Electro music, from which I thought – and still think – it takes some influence on some past classic LEAETHER STRIP works. Consisting of Alex Ramos, this band plays hard and straight Electro/EBM/Industrial music, which mostly avoids to use too much trendy sounds. I’m so happy if bands try hard to figure out a new direction without using Hellektro-like anthems – this counts also for DEAD JUMP. Nine new own compositions can be found here, but with "Immortal" and "Resist" there are two pieces which have the whole concentration presented in the given remix works of some well-known names like POLYGON, DISHARMONY, BLC Productions very own Argentinean act ALIEN PRODUKT, DRUMMEL or the Mexican talent C-LEKKTOR. POLYGON and DISHARMONY of course are musically far away from the presented danceable Body tunes and so their works are drifting more or less into Ambient-inspired tunes and slow down the tempo. C-LEKKTOR instead takes up the beat, add some Hellektro-like bass lines to it, but could a bit improve the quality of the given vocals. All remix works are valuable to discover here, but the best pieces Alex has created on his own with the both faster pieces "Life" and "New Behavior". Hats down, Mr. Alex, and congrats to a very promising new full length effort which should easily bring some more exposure to this heavily underrated Brazilian act.


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