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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.

VV.AA.: New Input Noise

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 16 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: New Input Noise
Format: CD
Label: Hellektroempire (@)
Rated: *****
NEW IMPUT NOISE 01 is the first release of a new label called Hellektroempire. Coming from Italy the label, as you can easily understand by reading the bands involved into this compilation (Hypnoskull, Ah Cama-Sotz, Substanz-T, Proyecto Mirage, Atrox, Modulate, Shizuka, H.I.V. Vs Stendeck, Ultra Milkmaids, Lith, Contagious Orgasm, Genetic Selection, Caustic, Bahntier and Mono No Aware), is following the steps of well known foreign labels such as Hands, Ant Zen, Hymen or Caustic Records (to name few), by producing industrial music based on rhythm/sounds manipulations. Fortunately the bands included here don’t produce the same sonic assault that after 30’ make me get a sort of boredom associated with a beginning of headache, they instead expand the concept of music industrialism by using ambient sounds, punk impetuosity (like Proyecto Mirage) or e.b.m. synth sounds. The label’s interest seems also to go beyond music because their aim is to work with graphic and video art. For their first release they wanted to have exclusive or unreleased tracks of the most known acts of the genre and with such "presentation card" they don’t need further words because the quality of the tracks will reassure the lovers of the genre. Hellektroempire have just to maintain this standard for their future releases to find easily a good fanbase.

DDAMAGE: Shimmy Shimmy Blade

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 16 2006
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Artist: DDAMAGE
Title: Shimmy Shimmy Blade
Format: CD
Label: Tsunami Addiction (@)
Rated: *****
Ddamage is the project of two French brothers, Jean-Baptiste and Frederic Hanak from Paris. SHIMMY SHIMMY BLADE is their fourth full length and it is the first for Tsubami addiction (their previous two have been released by Planet Mu). The sixteen tracks of this new album feature on vocals a lot of people: MF Doom, Tes, Existereo, Bigg Jus, Mike Ladd, Dose One, Orko Elohiem, Crunc Tesla, Sin, TTC, Stacs of Stamina. All their guests are part of the independent hip hop scene and this, mixed with their particular blend of grime and electro, make sound this album like a particular one, a CD that you can’t file under a specific genre (even if electronic danceable distortions could be a good way of explaining it). The analogue sounds are mixed with samples, bleeps and 4/4 syncopated rhythms and the hip hop influence is given mainly by the vocals because if you concentrate your attention to the music you’ll discover electro distorted tracks with a dance attitude and thousands of influences that goes from techno to electro with a little bit of experimentations in the middle (try the instrumental ones like "Punkture", "Inter rock" or "Pull the plug").

PAINBASTARD: No Need To Worry

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 16 2006
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Artist: PAINBASTARD (@)
Title: No Need To Worry
Format: CD
Label: Accession-Records (@)
Distributor: Indigo
Rated: *****
Sooner than expected Alex P of PAINBASTARD returns with complete new studio recording. 15 new hard ripping EBM/Electro smasher are on here and wait for you to get discovered. The main difference to his last year’s second full-length "Overkill" can be found globally in the wider integration of different music styles. Sure, tracks like "When The Rats Desert The Sinking Ship", "Lebe Deinen Traum" or "The Time Is Ripe!" are hard-pounding aggressive PAINBASTARD tunes featuring some thick Endtime-like melodious synth layers and distorted vocals. But the generally outstanding pieces can be found in between. Check out the minimal, almost retro-like EBM cut "Kinky Species" (somehow the track list has a mistake...) with a vocal performance reminding strong on a veteran act like the Swedish POUPPEE FABRIKK. You can also find some aggressive and filled with aggressive guitar assaults pieces here like the angry "Mother", another stylistic change Alex has introduced us to on his last "Overkill" album, which got here a fine and better development. Other musically outstanding piece with some decent piano lines is "Torn" featuring a smooth lead vocal performance by Thomas Wendt of DIORAMA – a totally difference to the usually PAINBASTARD stuff. Two remix works are featured as well, the legendary FEINDFLUG have laid their hands on "Sternentanz", while C. Hermodsson of S.P.O.C.K./BIOMEKKANIK has worked on "Poison For Your Soul". It should be also mentioned that Alex seems to walk with opened eyes through his life and area and he seems to filter out especially the negative points like the currently corrupted political situation in Germany with a down the drain going social system, tolerance against foreigners with a critical view on religious ideologies, and so on. "No Need To Worry" therefore seems to be a ventilate for him to let out all his rage and saved aggression. And indeed – the tough and hammering "in-your-face-attitude" keeps this project and its machinery warm and offers some pounding results. Excellent done again, featuring a wider musically diversity.


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