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 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 11 2006
Title: Die By Echoes
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
This is another newcomer hailing from Lemgo/Germany and musically globally based in kind of Dark Electro. THE DARK UNSPOKEN present her their debut which is a self-produced one released on their Rat Records, which also got picked up for some promotion through Codeline Records ( and SX Promotion, and so the distribution help through SX Distribution. The main member calls himself Darkun, but lately he got some additional help on the synth work by Kaiser, who hasn’t anything to do with the famous German chief organizer of the soccer world championship. Lately this band also could produce some music for two horror b-movies "The Butcher 2 and 3". Dark Electro, at times danceable ("Seed Of Time" or the most angriest piece "Visions Deceased", from which here’s also a video file available...), at times slowly ("Sehen"), but it sounds a bit dated and old-fashioned. It’s surely not the newest water which is in use here regarding the sounds and the production – also regarding for the changing vocals depending between melodious to rough and distorted (decent example: the title track "Die By Echoes"...) there’s still room for some development. A track like "Gothics Never Go Sick" caused a smile in my face, ha-ha! But musically spoken the band offers some solid work and with a well recognized background through some instrumental tracks "Hexen" and "Kinderschreie". In all it is an average debut, but some refreshing is required for the next release. Until then – keep on and develop.

Ether: Intimo Personelles

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Aug 10 2006
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Artist: Ether (@)
Title: Intimo Personelles
Format: CD
Label: MousikeLab (@)
Distributor: MDM Mutialism Distribution
Rated: *****
Ether is an all italian job: a Dj and two electronic musicians wheeling and dealing in the midst of electronic music, IDM, breakbeats and instrumental hip hop. They formed back in 2001 in Florence and have brought some attention upon themselves with the inclusion of a couple of tracks on random compilations. Although there's been an EP ("Quasi Quasar"), "Intimo Personelles" is really their debut album and comes out on a Neapolitan label that's been releasing a slew of good electronic discs. Well produced and put together, this disc interweaves unsaturated minimal electronics with breakbeat-influenced idm in a way that you might find familiar if you like the label Hive, for example. A noteworthy effort from the three-colored boot.

FIX8:SED8: Humanophobia

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Aug 09 2006
Artist: FIX8:SED8 (@)
Title: Humanophobia
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Hailing from Wiesbaden, Germany, we are proud to present another well talented act which could earn some attention thanks to some well placed compilation appearances like "Endzeit Bunkertracks Vol. 2" ("Monolith") published by the Alfa Matrix label or the Zillo Clubhits Vol. 10 ("Blasphemia"). Behind the funny play with words of the band name hides only one person, "Sane", who follows musically the given tradition of old SKINNY PUPPY, MENTALLO & THE FIXER, VELVET ACID CHRIST and INFORMÄTIK in a darker vein. Here’s no overdone aggression provided through some Techno-like bass kicks beating in a 4/4 marching step, it’s more the kind to puzzle out complex and melodic synth lines – in short the ability which made the mentioned acts that strong and well recognized. The used sounds are therefore not taken and comparable out of the newest technology, they are more arranged to leave space for some wide atmospheric undertones. It can be said that Sane doesn’t arrange his music to storm some dancefloors, but Electro/Industrial is a club-based music, so here are some pieces which could be used for some mass motions like "Oblivion", "Blasphemia" or "Ultraviolent". I do personally prefer the slower pieces like "Monolith" – a track on which I thought Da5id Din personally would offer something new – "Minotaurus" and "Tranquillized". There’s also a harder arranged track called "Dementor" which holds some more disruptive rhythm parts on board. 13 tracks in all and no space for any filling fodder – for a debut, especially regarding the fact that this act is unsigned – a remarkable effort. Here’s so much talent under the roof that I’m sure we haven’t heard the last time from this act. Sane's efforts are to name in the same breathe with related German acts like OBJECT and MC1R. To purchase directly from the band by using Paypal, just use the given contacts here. Get it!!!
Artist: I:SCINTILLA (@)
Title: Havestar
Format: CD EP
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Another new signing for the rising Alfa Matrix label, this time hailing out of Illinois/USA. I:SCINTILLA could already earn some recognition thanks to their musically style, combining Electro-Goth, Industrial-Metal, some Trip-Hop beats mixed with a seductive and crystal-clear female vocal performance done by the over-radiating front woman, Brittany Bindrim. Her voice is indeed that dominant and outstanding that some courageous voice already compare her with a chart breaker like EVANESCENCE – well, a bit exaggerated but surely an allowed comparison. It should be mentioned that I:SCINTILLA consist of four members, two men/two women. I dig a lot the fact that this EP features at first four original compositions of this quartet named "Havestar", "Skin", "The Bell" and their own remix of "Capsella (Toxin remix)". The first both mentioned tracks are the main tracks, but luckily the other two tracks can’t really be called b-sides fodder, because they aren’t any weaker. Add to this five remix works mainly hailing from the Alfa Matrix roster with the one exception, COMBICHRIST. Andy LaPlegua offers a dancefloor stomper remix of "Havestar" as it’s best! Also nice and ear-catching (as usual) is the work of DISKONNEKTED putting "Havestar" in a pure electronic-minded dress, while the IMPLANT remix offers a wanted/unwanted reduction to some simplicity which can’t satisfy this time. NEIKKA RPM transforms "Skin" into a more dancefloor compatible attitude, while KLUTAE has with "Capsella" a difficult remix work which can’t pick up the different mood of the remix work of I:SCINTILLA themselves. With I:SCINTILLA Alfa Matrix has definitively picked up one of their best – if not the best – act leaded by a female singer and the course and direction show clear to enter sales in not discovered dimensions. Lets hope the best that the upcoming album will prove this.
Aug 09 2006
Artist: FEINDFLUG (@)
Title: Hinter Feindlichen Linien
Format: DVD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****

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I really don’t know why many German bands seem to be nostalgic about their past when they ruled the Europe at the beginning of WWII and I don’t know how to take the fact the Feindflug take the WWII iconography as their own (see also their WWII soldier coats and their live stage structured as a trench). It could be a joke, it could be fashion, I don’t really know but... where have they found a tank to use into the "Truppenschau" video??? Anyway, the DVD, that cheers their tenth year of activity, is really packed with tons of live videos (it’s good to see that this time we have a professional live video with multi angular takes and all), interviews, videos, other live clips, a short movie (13 minutes long) titled "Zonen" by Jon Svärdhagen with Feindflug music. The dvd contains material for a total length of more than 170 minutes plus 60 minutes of extra material. The sound is presented in stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 and it gives a good idea of how the Feindfulg live sound is. The video footage span through the 1999÷2004 period and their major hits are covered. Here’s the full tracklist:
Concert Video :-
01. Intro
02. Truppenschau
03. Kahle Bedrohung
04. B66883
05. Kalte Unschuld
06. AK47
07. Grössenwahn
08. Gulag
09. Stukas Im Visier
10. Leere Gräben
11. Kopfschuss
12. Menschenjagd
13. Machtwechsel
14. Roter Schnee
15. Neue Sieger
16. Sturmwalze(r)

Live Clips :-
01. Feindflug ( V.04 )
02. Glaubenskrieg
03. Kopfschuss
04. Würdelos / In Gefangenschaft
05. Tötungsmaschine Mensch
06. Roter Schnee

Bonus Clips :-
01. Truppenschau
02. Stukas im Visier
03. "Zonen" - short movie by Jon Svärdhagen
04. Glaubenskrieg
05. Bonusclip / Outtakes

+ Bonus Hidden Track with credits by Feindflug

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