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NECROTEK: Satanik EP

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 29 2006
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Artist: NECROTEK (@)
Title: Satanik EP
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
NECROTEK is for sure one of the hottest newcomer of the international Dark Electro/Industrial scene thanks to some highly acclaimed compilation appearances like "Endzeit Bunkertracks Vol. 2" and "Interbreeding VIII". Surprisingly this act is still a side-project done by Denver-based James Geist of the Ritual/Industrial/Ambient act NITRIOUS FLESH. The dark and mysterious influences presented by this act also have found their way into the music of NECROTEK, although in a more subtle kind. It’s generally a well chosen combination of diverse influences well placed under the Dark Electro genre and it has that special style which avoids it to get thrown into that over-populated Hellektro/Harsh EBM style. The title track "Satanik" offers a really addictive dark bass line, while "Spectre" (...the appearance on "Endzeit Bunkertracks Vol. 2") comes with a drum and percussion input awaking some remembrances to the very old THE KLINIK stuff. The overwhelming use of distortion effects on "Wish You Dead (First Cut)" are the outstanding idea which keeps this track interesting, surely a wise decision by the BLC label to pick up this track for their "Interbreeding" compilation series. It’s a bit sad, that all of this fine music ends after only 5 tracks, a real full length effort by this up and coming US act is required. Labels should wash their ears and pick this talented act up, fans of Dark Electro not heard like so many times before should make their contact James Geist to purchase this fine item. I’m sure we’ll hear more from this maybe America’s best kept secret around. Recommended!

INFECTATOR.COM: Corupt

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 24 2006
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Artist: INFECTATOR.COM (@)
Title: Corupt
Format: CD
Label: FIR (@)
Rated: *****
Infectator.com new album is the fifth release by FIR, a small independent Romanian label which print cd-r performed by interesting Eastern bands dedicated to industrial/power electronic sounds. Infectator.com’s CORUPT contains nine tracks plus two remixes of "Deliberat" (reworked by Julian M, who made a ambient techno track out of it) and of "Conectat" (Satellite Empire remixed it turning it into an instrumental dark e.b.m. track). After the dark ambient intro of "Cybernet intro" we enter immediately into the band’s sound with "Coruptor", a track based on throbbing distorted rhythms, minimal melodies and whispering vocals. The following "Traseu periculos" recall the latest Clock DVA sounds but mixed with a certain disturbing dark ambient atmosphere (the same goes for "Keep") while "Deliberat" is more focused on industrial sounds/atmospheres dear to early Laibach (the whispered voice along with a certain approach to rhythm make me recall those sounds even if Infectator.com sound seems to be based mostly on samples). Also "Sabotaj Viral" and "Conectat" have a similar approach but even if the formula doesn’t change that much at the moment the CD has no weak moments as the tension don’t leave the listener for a second. The surprises comes with "Ce simti" and "Dark mission", two tracks based on a structure that reminds early industrial electronic sounds but with a sort of death metal vocals. CORUPT is an good CD that will interest the lovers of industrial electro dark atmospheres.

BODYHAMMER: Neural Base Culture / Zero Dark

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 23 2006
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Artist: BODYHAMMER
Title: Neural Base Culture / Zero Dark
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Mizukis Box (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
The label Mizukis Box marks with this DCD set their comeback and have now one more fine Electro/Industrial artist in their growing roster. For all of you who’d expected behind this band name an old school EBM formation – you are wrong, because BODYHAMMER is a side-project by Heil of DUBOK, which he shares with a guy named Proto1. A side-project – yes – but somehow comparable to DUBOK – no, not at all! No Synth- or Futurepop at all here, Heil prefers to produce a very different – but surely not lesser attractive kind of Electro/Industrial music and – to my wonder – it’s really hard to find a related act for a possible comparison. Think of a refreshing mix of acts like the long out of business HEAVY WATER FACTORY, but lesser dark, INURE, but lesser danceable and older THD – definitively stuff from the intelligent part of this genre. There’s a lot of musically insight and care in all arrangements and sounds here. The vocals – also in contrary to DUBOK – are mostly dark and rough offered. Impressive to see and hear that the music avoids to fall into dominant cliches which currently seem to rule this scene. This DCD set consist of the both different chapters, "Neural Base Culture" with 11 tracks and "Zero Dark" with 7 tracks – although I’m not sure if we can talk on a rapid change of styles. The provided music has similarities on both CD’s. The first CD, "Neural Base Culture" therefor seems to be the main release, and already the well arranged opener "Echo", an instrumental cut – shows the given diversity of this release by starting calm and melodious up to a furious and haunting final provided through multi-layered drum patterns, also with some overdriving effects. "Disembogue" offers some nervous Break-beats well integrated into this steady track, while "Eviscerate" pushes the rhythms to a typical four-on-the-floor and should allow some dancefloor action. "harder" then slows down the tempo while still offering a catchy melodious content. The hardest piece here is "Null And Void" by offering a staccato feast with some distorted patterns as well. Most melodic piece is presented with "Optics", while "Center Mass" turns the tempo in highest measures.The second "Zero Dark" has also 4 new tracks to offer on which the opener "Connection" wins the contest of being the most remarkable piece here. Two different versions on "Disembogue" and one remix on "Harder" by PSYCHO5 are available as well. A lot of stuff to discover here on both CD’s and this provided in a great quality – you can’t ask for more. It has still to be proven if this release will reach the same attention like DUBOK, but maybe this one just receives some more attention? We’ll see that – first – go out and get it!

VELVET ACID CHRIST: Lust For Blood

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 23 2006
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Artist: VELVET ACID CHRIST
Title: Lust For Blood
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
We at the Chain D.L.K. can already proudly present you the new studio album of Bryan Erickson aka Hexfix93 with his famous project VELVET ACID CHRIST (official release date is set to 29th of September...). His last studio album is already 3 years old and also the 4 different "In Between The Eyes" collection series of older recordings, b-sides and outtakes couldn’t stop the greed for new compositions. With "Wound" previously released as the album teaser Mr. Erickson already provided a fine piece which already has proved that the master hasn’t unlearned anything. "Wound" already has that special kind of a composition and arrangement only VAC is able to offer. Musically still walking between the given genre boundaries between Electro/Industrial, Trance, Crossover and Noise this new album "Lust For Blood" has several attractive tracks on board which document Bryan's nice talent. Erickson can be called without any doubt as being one of the best synth players around – a kind of work on which several so-called Harsh EBM/Dark Electro acts can learn a lot from, just check out that great instrumental "Ghost In The Circuit" here. Was "Wound" with its 110 bpm a rather slow and creepy oriented track, here are some tunes like "Parasite", "Disconnected Nightmare", "Kashmir Crack Krishna" or the track "Lust" which offer typical VAC attitudes to start some dancefloor actions. The details are hidden and subtle in the tracks. Guitars for example had always played a role in VAC’s music, but I’ve seldom discovered such a raging piece like "Discolored Eyes". With "Crushed" Mr. Erickson leads us into his acoustic side, some calm guitar strings and some real picked bass playing plus his nice melodic synth work can easily build a decent Goth/Wave-like course. Well, if the purists will hate me, I think it is one of his finest tracks here. As usual, this new VAC release offers a wide range of diversity to satisfy all preferences of the listeners. This new album holds easily the quality of the past two studio albums "Twisted Thought Generator" and "Hex Angel (Utopia – Distopia)", while it can’t reached the throne of "Fun With Knifes". The right sign to the right time, Erickson sounds still refreshing and is far away from going in pension. Hopefully some live performances can prove this soon...

PUR NATURE: Egotrip

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 23 2006
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Artist: PUR NATURE (@)
Title: Egotrip
Format: CD
Label: TT23 Tecords
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
Another debut of a two men/one woman EBM act hailing from Koblenz/Germany. I’m not sure if their label TT23 Records can be called a real label or if this is only a pseudonym created by the PUR NATUR band members to release stuff on their own. Anyway, they have received a deal with SXDistribution, so that will safe availability in the mail order resources. The presented music can be named EBM with some dark impressions. The bass lines provide all that typical kind of the old school and also the rhythmically efforts can satisfy. Musically this band is quite competitive, the failure is hidden in the provided vocals. While the female vocals come to a sufficient result, the male vocals are really out of discussion and the singer can rarely hold any tone. That may doesn’t matter in some productions, but like a typical old school EBM band, the vocals have to be hard but mostly undistorted. Voila, so it is, evrything is understandable. Guys, if you decide to offer English lyrics, please make sure for the next release to have a proofing look after your content and the grammar by an expert. Don’t use the very first learned vocabulary. Brrr, this is an example how lyrics and some chaotic vocals can ruin the generally satisfying music. Work hard on this, get hard, be strong and develop!


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