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RE/MOVE: Uppercut

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 07 2006
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Artist: RE/MOVE
Title: Uppercut
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Coming from Tenerife island, Re/move is a trio that decided to focus their efforts into the creation of what they consider "the next level of e.b.m. music". Basically they decided to keep everything was making of e.b.m. an energetic kind of music (pulsating rhythms and powerful sounds) but they removed what they considered the weak points about the genre (for this reason they called their project Re/move): static live sets and repetition of song structures. Their music recall me a sort of mixture of modern e.b.m. (less industrial and more dancey) mixed with synthpop (clean vocals and defined melodies). They did a process similar to what Covenant did by creating a danceable mixture of melodic e.b.m. but Re/move didn’t clean the sound as much as the Swedish band did, because their aim seems to mix upbeat rhythms with energetic riffs (the guitar is present but the music is not driven by guitar sounds) and danceable tunes also without losing a certain dark vein. The result is convincing but I don’t see it like a revolution of the genre even if "I’m over again" is a great song that is representative of what they were looking for. With more songs like this or like the following "We are the message", I can totally agree with them.
Nov 06 2006
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Artist: BALLISTIC
Title: Ballistic Vs. Reality
Format: CD
Label: Kold Finger (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
BALLISTIC Vs. REALITY is the debut full length album by Ballistic, an Italian band coming from Emilia region. Formed by experienced musicians (Robotomy, who played guitar and keyboard for Hardcore-Noise bands founded Ballistic after meeting techno-progressive pro-DJ Vyger and The Question, masked wrestler, poet and already vocalist into harsh-industrial bands) Ballistic successfully merge techno solutions and rhythms with e.b.m. and industrial music. The eleven tracks of BALLISTIC Vs. REALITY convince immediately with their catchy approach because they are upbeat songs with dance floor attitude and powerful e.b.m. sounds. Being focused on melody and rhythm the band is ready to make you dance until you faint on the floor. Also The Question voice convince as it is able to give energy to the tracks without being too much filtered: it is aggressive but without being obsessive with that certain hysteria characteristic of some industrial e.b.m. acts. Try them and go to see them if they are in your town...

MARCHWITZA: Have A Hard Day

 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: MARCHWITZA (@)
Title: Have A Hard Day
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Rated: *****
We at the Chain D.L.K. like to say hello and welcome to the Sturm label, which hails from Latvia. Sturm seems to be a hard working label providing harsh and martial music like Powernoise, harsh Electro, Dark Ambient up to Ritual Industrial. Latvia hasn’t so far brought out anything related to that mentioned styles, it seems to be a well place for the cold and rough music and this "Sturmmandat" is already their 14th release at all. MARCHWITZA is a harsh sounding duo simply providing the formula of the label. Of course, to discover some aggressive tunes from this Eastern European country has still a very exotic touch, but MARCHWITZA can provide a well balanced diversity in their style. You shouldn’t expect the best and polished recording quality of a huge studio production – but therefor this is real "underground". "Have A Hard Day" – well, this title sounds already like a warning and so they start with some noisy tunes. It is lesser danceable stuff than the generic harsh EBM/Powernoise style provided from labels like ProNoize for example. Nevertheless they show some real compositional background here and they also provide some harsh, sometimes strange effected vocals. I’ve picked out the fine arranged "Big Cojones" of being the best piece, a real Dark Electro pearl with slight noisy undertones and some excellent filter sweeps. Brachial music between pounding Electro/EBM up to static Powernoise efforts – MARCHWITZA can satisfy on all points here. There’s another new wave hailing from Eastern Europe – Sturm storms the international dancefloors of the dark clubs!

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.


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