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REVOLUTION STATE / NOIZEKATT: s/t

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 03 2006
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Artist: REVOLUTION STATE / NOIZEKATT (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Red Dwarf Studio
Rated: *****
This is the debut split-release of these both talented US-acts, and especially the name REVOLUTION STATE comes back to mind if you take a look on some last releases of VELVET ACID CHRIST. They’ve created two remix works on the last VAC SiCD release "Wound" and made also a contribution on the "Hex Angel" full-length release. Bryan Erickson of VAC has mostly a good taste when he’s looking for some talented contributors – also here with REVOLUTION STATE this works fine. Consisting of Bonnie and Ben P., they do some serious business under the moniker REVOLUTION STATE and offer us here five own compositions woven into the wide field of Electro/EBM/Industrial music. VAC is for sure not only a band in friendship, it is also a possible reference if you look for comparisons. Just delete almost all Trance elements in VAC’s music, add the static vocal performances of Bonnie P next to the rough and high pitched of Ben and you’ll maybe get an idea how this act sounds. The track "Deny" is a stomping monster and could already receive some fine recognition through a well-placed compilation appearance on "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 2", released by the Belgium Alfa-Matrix label. I have also to tap my hat off for their fine placed synth layers – awesome work on "Profit Produced Pain" and "My Other Heartbeat", two real fine Dark Electro pieces! Things are a bit different with NOIZEKATT. This act, also leaded by the both members, was in a first instance only created to save a planned Industrial/Powernoise party through a live performance. The music of NOIZEKATT is generally more straight and beating, more into the kind of rhythmical EBM/Powernoise and so lesser dark. Not the harshest act of this genre of course, but well arranged and with a real compositional background. If this both projects will remain independent or if they both will grow into one act, which is musically thinkable – who knows this yet? Released under their very own Red Dwarf Studios and so without the help of a renowned label, this is a fine and promising release of currently two new up and coming artist hailing from the USA. Check this out and purchase this fine release.
Nov 03 2006
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Artist: FLESH EATING FOUNDATION (@)
Title: The Dead
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Rated: *****
Are you in love with early Killing Joke and with Sheeps On Drugs or Alien Sex Fiend approach to song writing? Well, the new Flesh Eating Foundation could be the one for you. Their raging guitars and distorted synths are capable of make you stomp on your granny’s bed while you’re waiting she passes out. I’m just joking, but that was the best way to describe a situation where nothing can’t stop you from being carried away by Flesh Eating Foundation tunes. Each of the three tracks sound different from the previous one and if the opening "The dead" (be sure to check the enclosed video made using "The movies" videogame) is an industrial e.b.m. version of Killing Joke, "Pass the knife" remember me an industrial version of early Alien Sex Fiend, while the closing "Kiss the tears" sounds like good e.b.m. should (is for this reason that recalls me Front Line Assembly mixed with a little bit of goth?). I was waiting for their first full length but for the moment "The dead" E.P. is a good appetizer.
Nov 03 2006
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Artist: HELLOTHISISALEX (@)
Title: Stump Act
Format: CD
Label: Aelectric
Rated: *****

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Malissa Creasey and Mark Prier are a Canadian duo who releases music with the Hellothistsalex moniker. The duo is also active with their online record label called Aelectric (it was a CDr label before deciding to go online only). Their latest release is titled THE STUMP ACT and it is a limited edition CDr (only 125 copy) containing 10 tracks of minimal electronic pop. Don’t ask me why it has been released on CD even if the label is now mainly online. It is probable that the releases of Hello This Is Alex will be also released as CDrs and the other bands releases are going directly online. Anyway... From their press sheet I read that THE STUMP ACT project born from a trip on Ontario's Yonge Street, 1,896 km from the shores of Lake Ontario to the US-Canada border at Rainy River, not far from Manitoba. Along the way, they put up twenty rectangular wooden signs depicting tree stumps, dividing the street into twenty sections. The whole experience inspired this new collection of music a brief and seamless travelogue taking you along Yonge Street at a scale of approximately 8 km per 5 seconds of music. From Popular Lane to Swedish Adventure Church, we’ll guide you through ten different sites of activity. Their electronic pop short experiments succeeds into giving to the audience the same sensation of discover and melancholy that a travel could give. Sometimes they sound like an alien combo playing with Atari and a tracker program (the first version of samples sequencer) but their music has feelings and if you love bands like The Books you could also dig Hellothistsalex.
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Artist: CRUISE [CTRL] (@)
Title: Garmonbozia!
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
The newest Cruise Control (now Cruise [Ctrl]) is a CDs titled GARMONBOZIA!. On this one John Cult and DJ Gore are giving to the audience a taste of what’s next on their first full length release (which will see Jean-Luc Demeyer from Front 242 on vocals on one track and C-Drik remixing "Eat my fear", track that you can find on their previous MCD "No Hay Banda") with three new tracks of their granitic mixture of industrial noise, techno and drones. The first track "Black lodge" seems to be a techno remix of a Godflesh track where the remixer took off the guitar parts replacing them with guitar drones. The following "Smoke and nude I" is more minimal with its hisses and dark ambient noises while the closing "Crow’s nest" introduce again some rhythm and also a bit of melody creating a sort of electro industrial loop. The tracks sounds great on the short distance and I’m curious to see how the duo will deal the whole album length.

MachineSoldier: Unit One

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 30 2006
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Artist: MachineSoldier (@)
Title: Unit One
Format: CD
Label: Idle Works (@)
Rated: *****
A new release for the Danish Idle Works label, after the strong debut of the Synthpop act FAKE THE ENVY. With MACHINESOLDIER they present also a different musically direction, this project shares the harder EBM-related side. Consisting of Jonas Gudjonsson, this Danish solo project concentrates musically on the ideas of veteran acts like NITZER EBB or FRONT 242 – of course transmitted and played with the technology of today. Some Danish country mates like GODHEADS come to my mind for a comparison – you just have to delete their guitar onslaught. Some other references to PARANOID or BIONIC (have only released one full-length CD on the long defunct German Off Beat label...) are sure allowed and thinkable. Almost each of the presented 8 tracks here can offer hard pounding bass lines, a solid kick and snare work combined with deep male shouted vocals. Dancefloor-action is programmed with the fast-paced track "MachineSoldier", "Hacker" and "Perfect Order", while "Holy" surprises with a guest vocal performance by Kristian Kroll of FAKE THE ENVY for the slower intro part, while this track turns then with a tempo change into a marvellous EBM smasher of the finest kind – the best piece here! This band tries hard to renew the old style of EBM with modern elements without falling into cliches – it is a massive and accurate output and I’m sure we haven’t heard for the last time of this promising act. Keep it on and punish your machine!


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