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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!

EXILANATION: The Matrix Is Real Loaded

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Aug 22 2006
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Artist: EXILANATION (@)
Title: The Matrix Is Real Loaded
Format: CD EP
Label: Codeline-Records (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
The German EBM/Electro duo of EXILANATION returns here with a special re-release of their 2004 debut EP release. But this re-release also collects some new tracks, some remix works and unreleased remix works this duo has produced through the past years for other bands, which haven’t found consideration of the original compositors. In all we have here finally 18 (!!!) tracks, so that this release can be more seen as a real new full length CD. Musically there wasn’t the need to change too much, EXILANATION still installing EBM tunes with up-to-date sounds, generally inspired by some known German patterns like FUNKER VOGT and ACCESSORY. Their last full length "EBM Is Not Dead" is still in rotation and so you’ll get here some alternative and remixed stuff like "Infinity" (a live recording...), "Confusion" (remixed by MECHANCAL MOTH and the Powernoise act FABRIKC, both offer some of the best tunes here...), "Antiist" (remixed without surprises by DEEWHY and LEGACY OF MUSIC) or "Stronghold" (why a guitar mix of this track??? Unnecessary!). One of my favorites is definitively the reconstructed version of an older piece like "Love Religion", featuring a slight darker mood. The bonus section offers a special EXILANATION remake on a classic Zoth Ommog (r.i.p.) release, 1 AM – "1000 Beats". Also available a remix works for bands like ROTERSAND, the Swiss Synthpop act KARTAGON, or PANDIQUE. Not too specially for sure, but a nice bonus for who need-the-whole-stuff collectors. As usual also this release comes in a paper sheet, a trademark for this act. All tracks here are also pressed with a special new software produce, which acts like a watermark if someone decides to add this track on obscure online resources. This software was especially designed by the label Codeline-Records, so if you’re interested in a new possibility to save your recordings against some illegal downloading, check back their website for some info.
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Artist: TT
Title: Opfer : Einheit
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
This is the first official release of the specialized German mail order service SkullLine. Like so many mail order services did a comparable initiative in the past (to name the best known: Out Of Line / Crazy Horse Music), also the responsible people at SkullLine decided to enter the dangerous world of the music business by starting some efforts as a label. You have to know, that SkullLine is specialized to cover rarities mostly hailing out of the Industrial and Ritual Noise genre, but they hold also a few hard-to-get items out of Electro/EBM and the Darkwave/Goth genre in stock. Diversity musically placed between Dark Electro, EBM, Powernoise, Minimal up to Ambient – that’s also the given stuff of TT, which stands for Tronic and Triton83 and this duo presents here 14 tracks discovering all above mentioned styles more or less of quality. This release is strictly limited and available in two different versions. The first one is limited to 80 exemplars and comes in a DVD case, holds some graphically militaristic but nice done stuff on board and provides a pin. Pin but different artwork comes also in the special limited version (20 pieces only...) which is well hidden in a metal box set. What counts is the music and it takes some influences out of acts like FEINDFLUG, XOTOX, :WUMPSCUT:, NOISUF-X and related. Here and there are also included some shreds of vocals, mostly richly destroyed and placed in the mix. I adore the classic Electro tune "Automat" with some remembrances to the classic THE KLINIK, while "Gott wo bist Du?" gets my vote for being the most disruptive noisy piece here. Some obscure and experimental stuff is featured as well, just check out "Leichenliebe". Like the mail order service so is the presented music here, at times structured with known elements, at other times unconventional and chaotic. The given sound and recording quality does need an improvement for sure – but that’s the only thing I would like to criticize. Please note that this release is only available – as far as it is strictly limited – directly from SkullLine, so please join them through the given contact references here. A next production featuring Triton83 is already in the works...
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Artist: CRUCIFORM INJECTION (@)
Title: Aftermath
Format: CD
Label: Negative Gain Productions (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Mailorder
Rated: *****
Chicago’s leading Industrial act returns with their already fifth full length release and so we have also a nice return for the label behind this act, Negative Gain Productions. The men (pardon: one woman) around Micah Skaritka provide us here without doubt their best and also most updated and modern sounding release so far. This counts especially for the included sequenced bass and synth lines taken out of some Electro and Trance genres, which could belong to the marvelous work of the producer of this release, Oliver Taranczewski of EVILS TOY, who is also member of the NGP label mate YAVIN 4. 11 new tracks in all are featured here, plus two new remix works on some older CI tracks ("Embryonic Testaments" and "Black Tides"), plus a collaboration effort between CI and YAVIN 4 on one of the best tracks here, "Deadline". CI now combine the mentioned modern Electro/Trance sounds with the mostly clear sounding voice of front man Micah and here and there are some crafty guitar riffs as well. I’m a bit surprised how damned catchy this stuff can be, the "untypical" use of some guitar sounds doesn’t disturb the mood here. It doesn’t sound too much American-like, the European influence is well set in here. Some favorites to mention are "Venus Corpse" or "Dreaming Siren" featuring the most recognizable melodic efforts. The new version of "Embryonic Testaments (Still Born Mix)" satisfies with some distorted vocals besides the well done music. Make sure also to check out the male/female duet on "Sugarbomb". There’s no filling fodder here, all tracks prove a good and well-thought quality. Excellent artwork done by www.rolob.com as well, so go and get it!

SANG.RAEL: Seasons Change And Illusions Fade

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Aug 18 2006
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Artist: SANG.RAEL (@)
Title: Seasons Change And Illusions Fade
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This debut release of the US one man act SANG.RAEL proves once more, that it doesn’t need a label contract to bring out professionally a CD. Hailing out of Arizona, Nikolas Phrasavath could already enter some recognition thanks to his both tracks featured on both quadruple CD compilations "Endzeit Bunkertracks" Vol. 1 and 2, out on Alfa Matrix. This CD comes in a well done digi pack providing all relevant information and the cool artwork is done and executed by Michel Renfield of NOISE PROCESS (www.soilodge.net). I’m wondering a bit that until now no label could pay some attention on this act, moreover because the good quality of the music is without doubt. Musically you’ll get a fine arranged Dark Electro/Industrial stuff following the paths of known acts like the older INFORMÄTIK, yes, and it should be allowed to name NOISE PROCESS as a possible reference as well. Nick’s pieces here are pending between faster and danceable tunes ("A Brighter Day", "Prophetic" and my personal favorite "Inside Of You") to slower and more melodic pieces like the must-be-heard "This Moment" and "The Blue" (featuring a nice vocoder effect on Nick’s vocals). Three remix works are also available here done by THE AZOIC ("Prophetic"), HARDWIRE (an unknown name for me, but a well done work on "Inside Of You") and NOISE PROCESS (the winner of this "contest" with a darker than the original version of "This Moment"). Please make sure to contact Nick to purchase this limited to 1000 exemplars and numbered release of one of the best kept secrets the Electro/Industrial genre has to offer. Next to the lately discovered FIX8:SED8 another favorite which won’t collect dust here, get it!!!


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