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Angel Theory: Re-Possession

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 21 2006
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Artist: Angel Theory (@)
Title: Re-Possession
Format: CD
Label: GUP / Endless Records (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
The Australian Electro/Industrial musician Charles Fenech returns with his second full length CD, again released under the GUP label and licensed to Europe to the German Endless Records. He goes on with his known style, playing a kind of EBM with some well balanced melodic input and some Dark Techno hints. Think about the early INFORMÄTIK as a possible reference, this could somehow work as a comparison to describe his music. It is one of the albums which can be heard from the first to the last track without any lack of quality. Charles’ composition abilities are tremendous, he always tries hard to create remarkable but still dark Synth layers to give his tracks a strong recognition. He also has learned well to include his voice ranging from clear ("Breathe") to diabolic rough ("I Feel Disease"). His bass lines are almost straight and very linear filled in, this gives the tracks a strong European influence. It is for sure not the hardest EBM around, but I enjoyed his efforts a lot. Less aggression is definitively more here. The main track of his last EP "Black And Blue" is also available here, another "hit" candidate could be the track "Human". Also his collaboration track with the US Powernoise act TERRORFAKT called "No Frequency" is included. Some tracks like "Witness", "Possession" or the last very dark piece "Horizon" are slowing down the tempo and have a stronger dedication to the dark melodic content. Two instrumental piece, both different in style and arrangement are featured as well. This release offers a great quality Electro/EBM/Industrial music not like anything else. It should and must be heard by a wider audience and I wish Charles the best for this. Please note that also ANGEL THEORY is a member of the Australian Crash Frequency community (www.crashfrequency.com). Buy this release, you can’t go wrong with it!




Apr 21 2006
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Artist: KLUTĘ (@)
Title: Hit'n'Run
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
The output of the Danish mastermind Claus LEÆTHER STRIP Larsen finds no sudden end, only three months after the LS DCD "After The Devastation" and only one month after the KLUTÆ returning EP he releases this full length album. If this all will end sooner or later in a total overkill has still to be proven. His fan base should be strong enough to be happy with a new release of the master at all three months. Also a new LEÆTHER STRIP EP with six new tracks and a few remix works is again in preparation... But back to this release, the new KLUTÆ CD goes on with that style and work how the "Sinner" EP has already started. The symbiosis between the typically LEÆTHER STRIP-like bass lines, some well melodic synth layers and the hefty guitar riffs works well once again. But against the early works of this side-project – to that days where KLUTAE was named KLUTE – this project has lost its aggressive mood. Everything is a bit calculated here – at the earlier days it was more Punk-ish, well maybe more into pure sound anarchy. So I am not sure if the MINISTRY or any else hardcore guitar listeners will really dig this, because it is definitively more LEÆTHER STRIP-infiltrated. Nothing against the banging hard stuff tracks like "Fuck-a-Billy" or the "Desert Storm 2006" reconstruction version – but especially the cover of NEW ORDER’s "Blue Monday", "Please Don’t Cry" or "God Bless You" offer only a few KLUTÆ attitudes. So you’ll get an impressive KLUTÆ full length which appeals as well to the fans of LEÆTHER STRIP. Hopefully the overkill I’ve mentioned will never come true...

BUNKER SOLDIER: The Debris Field

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 18 2006
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Artist: BUNKER SOLDIER (@)
Title: The Debris Field
Format: CD
Label: Neo Cultural Front Records


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From the blend of industrial, hip hop and new wave of the first Bunker Soldier 1996 release titled "Quite a dilemma", Tim moved to new wave / e.b.m. / industrial influences on his 1999 album "Innuendo". 2004 was the time of the "Triple threat" single where with the two electro industrial songs "Warlocked" and "Firewall" you can find a sign of Bunker Soldier opening to commercial music. "Flying" was a catching track that with its danceable structure was able to satisfy the radio audience and also the electro lovers that were also interested in commercial stuff. The new album THE DEBRIS FIELD moves a step ahead into the concept of blending really commercial songs (too much commercial for my taste) with electronic tunes influenced by 80s new wave (see bands like A Flock Of Seagulls or Psychedelic Furs). With the help of five different singers Tim packed ten songs of which nine new (the tenth is a version of "Flying – I want to go"). The opening "Darkness falls" recalled me the Psychedelic Furs while "Close the door" has something of U2 (the guitar style) and the following "When all is lost" has got something of Bryan Adams. Basically half songs of the track list have for a commercial approach (sometimes they are too rock for me) while the other half have still that electronic industrial new wave blend (see the track "Disappoint" or "Infection") that I have already appreciated. It is difficult to tell if this is a good album or not, because I really liked the tracks influenced by 80s and by electronic but I feel a little confused about the commercial rock ones. I'd give five stars to half of the album and I'd leave the other half without a judgement because it isn't really what we are dealing with usually.
P.s. There's also an instrumental version of the album available and it is titled "This void beyond measure"

TERENCE FIXMER: Silence Control

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 15 2006
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Artist: TERENCE FIXMER
Title: Silence Control
Format: CD
Label: International DJ Gigolo Records
Distributor: EFA Medien
Rated: *****
Thanks to his latest collaboration with the legendary voice of NITZER EBB, Douglas McCarthy, the French TERENCE FIXMER could earn a not expected success and attention of the Electro/Industrial/TBM scene. The kind and style of this collaboration is still alive and has experienced a nice impact also for his new release "Silence Control". His origins are still placed in the Techno scene – which is still a present kind in his music – but FIXMER shares also the EBM infiltrated kind of electronic-based music. This is one of the countless releases done by a DJ spinning some dark loops until he gets here and there some impressive and convincing sound ideas. Not the classic style of doing a "real" composition, but still unique enough. Not all of his tracks here get my totally dedication, but so are different people’s tastes. A favorite can be named in the teutonic piece "In Dust", which hammers out some excellent percussive work. I must admit that I miss a bit the clear vocals of Douglas McCarthy, his own voice and the ones of his "guests" here can not follow in any case the abilities of McCarthy. Musically diversity is rich given here and so this release should get some good reactions by an open-minded audience.

GAPING CHASM: Fragments Of War

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 15 2006
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Artist: GAPING CHASM (@)
Title: Fragments Of War
Format: CD
Label: Aliens Production (@)
Distributor: SXDistribution
Rated: *****
The official debut release of the Slovakian EBM/Dark Electro act GAPING CHASM somehow surprises me, because I have not expected to see and hear this project after its demo tape phase back in 1994 to 1996 again. GAPING CHASM is Roman "Ergo" Petro, and maybe some of you elders have this name still in a good memory. He was one of the leading editors of the world’s best Electro/Industrial fanzine Crewzine, which could grab some euphoric attention in the early nineties. As I said, Roman was already active lately 10 years before under the GAPING CHASM moniker, but not very successful and convincing. The acceptance of his first recording was rather limited. Later on he started with a second project called ANIMA MUNDI and with this project Roman was more or less active until to the last two years. So now he returns with GAPING CHASM – and nothing is like it was before. The music has improved and developed a lot into a well balanced and produced Dark Electro inspired EBM music. The let the cover art give you some hints on Roman’s music – here’s no Endzeit pseudo-aggressive act, or a FUNKER VOGT copycat at work. The sequences are filled with rich details and there’s always the try of Roman to integrate well arranged melodic synth layers. If I have to start some comparisons, I would like to fill in some works of MENTALLO & THE FIXER or some pieces of NEON CAGE EXPERIMENT – well, that are for sure not the worst references. "Day D" surprises with a not expected smoothness and calm sounding vocals, while "Only Shadows Will Survive" or "Another Day In Paradise" are classic inspired Dark Electro pieces. Best piece – and this track is here available in two excellent versions – is the track "To Be Free". Especially the remix should give you exciting stuff to storm some dancefloors of the dark clubs. It is not the hardest Electro you’ll get here, but I am impressed how rich and detailed it got produced. Hats off, Mr. "Ergo", for one of the best surprises this year has to offer.


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