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EMPLOSIA: Emplosia

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 11 2006
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Artist: EMPLOSIA (@)
Title: Emplosia
Format: CD
Label: Q-Code Records (@)
Rated: *****
I don’t want to be offensive because I like Emplosia, but listening to a Russian female duo that plays electro pop it made me think about T.A.T.U. There’s nothing wrong about this but fortunately Emplosia aren’t sell out and their music is far more darker respect the one of the two fake lesbians. Anyway... Darja and Julia formed Emplosia back in 2000 and since then they only participated to several compilations as their self named album is their debut work. Since the first track "Tocka" the sound of the duo shows the right attitude by presenting cool melodies, a certain dancey upbeat rhythm plus an electro e.b.m. sound with synthpop attitude. The 13 tracks of the album (you can find also two good extra remixes of "Mhe Bbl" reworked by Babymax and by Inner Conflict) denote a good taste about melody a good production and the right balance between accessibility and quality. Do you remember Depeche Mode’s songs like "My secret garden" or "Leave in silence"? That perfect way of producing melodic songs with a certain dark attitude is present into Emplosia music and this is stunning! I only hope they will get the exposure they deserve!
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Artist: VV.AA
Title: Dark Sonus Compilation Vol. 1
Format: CD
Label: Glitch Mode Recordings
Rated: *****
For anyone looking for an entry-level introduction to the classic Industrial "sound" by newer bands -- without having to slog through the requisite war horses of the past -- this is where to start. The opener, v01d's "Revolutions" and track 7, Cyanotic's "Suspension of Disbelief," are both great, chugging and churning industrial/metal contributions. The third track, PTI's "iDentify," mixes a Download-style menace with Depeche Mode hummability in its hook-y chorus, a very winning blend. Deadliner's soundtrackish, instrumental epic "Aurelander," track 8, is just begging for some vocals to better set off its cinematic mood. The refrain to Dichotomy Incarnate's "Defiant Majesty" is awesome: "She's gonna straighten my spine and wrinkle my mind...." Anyone is hard-pressed (pun intended) to find much lyrical originality such as this, anymore. But the extraordinary twist about this compilation is that it actually has a centerpiece: the amazing track 5, "Seems to Be" by CEOXiME. Female vocals fronting a jazzy, swinging cabaret torch-song of sorts make for the most intriguing and infectious spot on the entire disc. If it sounds the slightest bit out of place, it merely goes to show how much new ground can be broken for Industrial/EBM/etc. if people will only look around.

This compliation is clearly dependent on its various Industrial/EBM genre-roots, yet shows an exceptionally broad range of imagination. If this is not the perfect way for a newbie to get acquainted with the Industrial beast, this is the closest you can come. Pick it up now, if you still can....
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Artist: BLEIBURG feat. MANMACHINE (@)
Title: History In Flames
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
This is a new DCD release set out and produced by the German underground mail order service SkullLine. It provides a mutual team work by both German projects musically based into dark and minimal Ritual Electronica, which takes here some influences out of different music styles. BLEIBURG is leaded by Stefan R. who’s very active not only with his various music projects, under the "Dark Transmission" website he publishes also a small online zine. MANMACHINE is A. Schwarz, an experienced musician since 23 years based in various styles. So you don’t have to wonder also to hear some classic Electro tunes ("Deep Down In My Heart" – provided with a "classic" inspired vocal performance) besides further styles like Powernoise ("99 Percent Noise", "About The Nights" or the very chaotic "Hekate Song"), slowly Ambient tunes and - oh wonder – an acoustic Neo-Folk tune ("Fall Apart", a cover version originally done by DEATH IN JUNE) only arranged with a guitar! Some vocals are included as well, but mostly they rather act here like a dramatic news reporter rambling down some lines. This can’t be called a real singing. In all you got a DCD set focusing on dark, minimal programmings and sounds, where it at times wouldn’t be wrong to fill in some more maturity. To lengthen this stuff on two CD’s is also a bit too much, a limitation and concentration of the best tracks placed on one full-length would do better. Designed for genre fans only. Of course, also this item is a special limited and numbered release of about 45 pieces, packed in a carton box with a pin and a t-shirt.

MAX TURNER: The Purple Pro

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 06 2006
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Artist: MAX TURNER
Title: The Purple Pro
Format: CD
Label: Metabooty (@)
Geez, I don’t really know how to review this one, because THE PURPLE PRO has different interpretation keys and taking them separately you could get the wrong idea of what this album contains/means. Max Turner worked with Marcus Rossknecht as Meteorites as well with Puppetmastaz and for his solo project he seems to impersonate a sort of comics character. His lyrics sound like a sort of ride into craziness. An example? Here it is: "Fear of a purple pro, fear of the purple planet. Tell the united nations of an ultra-violet mandate, to rid the world of blues like a big ass rap mandrill spittin til I sink, ah!" Musically hip hop has a big influence on the project (Max mostly rap his lyrics) and also the tracks sound like twisted hip hop tunes but also a sort of funky electro flavor comes up on tracks like "Disco of the dead". Probably most of you would be destabilized by this album just like I was, but I think that we should take it as a whole because if you consider only the music probably you won’t understand what a deranged blues guitar is doing here and there. Try it if you are in the mood of checking something really particular!

TRISTRAUM: First Embrace

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Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 05 2006
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Artist: TRISTRAUM (@)
Title: First Embrace
Format: CD EP
Label: Section 44 (@)
Rated: *****

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FIRST EMBRACE is the second single coming from Tristraum's latest album "Gray". It contains remixes of two tracks ("First embrace" and "I'm under no one") plus "Shiver - Therm remix" already released as B-side of their "Shiver" mixes 12", released two years ago. On this E.P. we can find four versions of the main track thanks to Empire State Human (they did a good dance electro pop mix of the track), Amurai (the "Club remix" is really convincing with its house/trance revision), Trotski's Block (this version is more dance e.b.m. oriented) and Lime N Dale (this version is trancey and dilated, good for dancefloors). "I'm under no one" has been reworked by God Project (dreamy electro pop meets e.b.m.) and by Sequentia (they did a synthpop remix permeated by a certain dark vein). If you appreciated the band's album, for sure you'll dig these remixes...


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