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DVATION: Metamorphose

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 05 2006
Artist: DVATION (@)
Title: Metamorphose
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is the new full length of one of Germany’s most talented newcomer acts in the wide filed of the Electro/Industrial genre. After having discovered this talented duo on some compilations on labels like Wire or the X-Cem community, they have here 14 track and over 70 minutes long CD, completely produced from the first note up to the ending product on their own. And the more I listen to this "Metamorphose", I ask myself, why this act isn’t signed until today. Musically they pretty much based into the Dark Electro/EBM genre, their style fits well with acts of the NoiTekk roster for sure. TACTICAL SEKT, GRENDEL or the new released US act LIFE CRIED come here as a possible reference to my mind. DVATION somehow presenting well this harsh Endzeit/Hellektro style of EBM/Electro, yes – they kick some of the established acts out of the field! The arrangements are filled with several interesting ideas, especially for the rich and detailed produced rhythm patterns. Add to this some rough and brutal distorted vocals – genre-typical I would say. They don’t take any prisoners for sure with the included favorites "Rotten, "Respectless – You Bitch" and of course "Smouldering Hatred". Please note also the fast paced "Razorblade Games" and the final and very dark piece here, "They’re Watching You". Again – I don’t get it why this act isn’t signed. What are the A + R managers of the big Industrial labels doing all days? Sleeping, maybe?Fans of the above mentioned acts take some bugs and purchase this great item from the source! A band to follow immediately.
Artist: AM INC. (@)
Title: Feuchte Hosen
Format: CD EP
Label: ProNoize (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****
Okay – this is for sure the fun-pack of the quarter! "Feuchte Hosen" (wet trousers – better said: wet slips, uuuhmmm...) is – of course – a part of a used voice sample maybe out of a teeny comedy. Released under the ProNoize label it shows already the musically coarse – take this sample and combine it with hammering and of course rhythmically Powernoise-inspired efforts. Ready done – Ladies and Gentlemen, here we have definitively the next CLUB HIT! Add to this some remix works created by well known scene-related acts like NOISUF-X and XOTOX, both also recording under the ProNoize wings, and also some remix works more dedicated to the classic Electro scene done by the well known [S.I.T.D.] and the label comrades of MECHANICAL MOTH. Yes, this track has more to offer then simply hanging in overdone distortion and endless monotony, nevertheless the genius of course is based in this voice sample. The man behind this project is Sebastian Stockdreher of the smoother project ANGELUS MORTIS and with AM INC. he presents us here his harder side of music ranging between Electro and Powernoise. Three more tracks can be heard, all of them are nearer to any Electro/EBM production than to Powernoise, but okay. The music is instrumental and is filled with voice samples. 8 tracks in all on this EP which should feature one of the most recognized club hits for the next evenings in the dark clubs.


 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 05 2006
Artist: GRANDCHAOS (@)
Title: In Sedens
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Deathkon Media / Vendetta-Music
Rated: *****
It was at first the idea to bring out an EP with a few remix works on the latest works of this classic EBM act hailing from the motherland of EBM, Belgium. Up until Tcheleskov Ivanovic, the man behind GRANDCHAOS learned to known Nader Moumneh, most of you surely better known under his Side-Line forum pseudonym "Electrofreak". With a lot of euphoria, his unbreakable dedication to old-school EBM and the intention to help Tcheleskov out by collecting some good and known acts presenting musically this required style of music, this EP has grown into a DCD on which both CD’s take a playing time of more than 70 minutes each. Nader Moumneh’s addiction for the only one and real kind of electronic music, old school inspired EBM, has made it possible that several classic acts made a step out the shadows some of them currently drowning in and we have here some not expected returns like the long missed German acts TRIAL, SERPENTS or ARMAGEDDON DILDOS. This is also the first official release of Deathkon Media, which is powered and published by Vendetta-Music, a US-based mail order service. I normally do not print the track listing into a review, if it’s not a compilation. But this DCD can be seen as a compilation, so take a look below to discover a lot of familiar of up and coming as well as veteran acts of the international Electro/Industrial scene. Of course it can be hefty argued if a DCD collection featuring a such a huge amount of remix works (...there are 12 (!!!) different remixes for the track "God Is Dead"...) makes any sense, but the idea and concept behind this release is definitively new and I can’t remember to have discovered anything comparable before. Also the few own compositions by GRANDCHAOS aren’t that outstanding in between the remix stuff, that I would tend to name them here. Regarding the bunch of tracks and so also the given diversity through the remix contributions, it is a bit hard to figure out the best tunes here. The already mentioned TRIAL get definitively a vote for their remix, because they added some addictive snare drums in their very own and authentic kind. DIGITAL FACTOR’s remix for "God Is Dead" also surprises with some biting bass lines, much more aggressive than expected. The French sensation NEON CAGE EXPERIMENT could lay their talented hands on "In Sedens" and also this piece drifts far away from the original. Muscle EBM is also rich featured, well done and produced by IONIC VISION, PANZERLAB, VOLT or MILITANT CHEERLEADERS ON THE MOVE. A lot of stuff here to discover, and I’m a bit nailed by the mass. Make sure to check this item out, if authentic old school EBM is your favorite stuff.

1. in sedens > bak XIII (extended version) 7:35 (120BPM)
2. electro troop > cobalt 60 3:00 (132BPM)
3. god is dead > trial 3:11 (138BPM)
4. groundlight > sphere lazza 4:44 (140BPM)
5. god is dead > ic434 5:50 (138BPM)
6. raving mad > brain leisure 4:48 (138BPM)
7. god is dead > digital factor 5:03 (138BPM)
8. the enemy > grandchaos 2:59 (120BPM)
9. in sedens > skoyz 5:17 (120BPM)
10. mutant x > electro synthetic rebellion 5:28 (138BPM)
11. god is dead > armageddon dildos 3:19 (138BPM)
12. open source > grandchaos 3:56 (138BPM)
13. god is dead > plastic noise experience 4:27 (138BPM)
14. density > severe illusion 4:35 (127,5BPM)
15. god is dead > tyske ludder 3:54 (138BPM)
16. raving mad > K-bereit 3:52 (150BPM)
17. in sedens > neon cage experiment 6:56 (120BPM)

1. god is dead > ionic vision 3:40 (138BPM)
2. horror > grandchaos (forrestbeast remix) 3:19 (120BPM)
3. god is dead > panzerlab 3:25 (138BPM)
4. groundlight > terminal state 4:36 (140BPM)
5. god is dead > synaptic defect 4:03 (138BPM)
6. raving mad > kifoth 5:14 (138BPM)
7. god is dead > serpents 4:29 (138BPM)
8. density > last influence of brain 5:40 (085BPM)
9. in sedens > datacode division 4:38 (120BPM)
10. god is dead > volt 4:05 (138BPM)
11. electro troop > depressive disorder 4:57 (83BPM)
12. open source > atopic 4:26 (13B,411PM)
13. dream factory > grandchaos (nightmare remix) 4:54 (120BPM)
14. mutant x > disharmony 5:10 (105BPM)
15. god is dead > militant cheerleaders on the move 3:38 (138BPM)
16. mutant x > violent entity 5:36 (138BPM)
17. in sedens > bak XIII ((new beat remix) 4:17 (120BPM)

VV.AA.: Freestyle Candies Vol.2

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 05 2006
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Freestyle Candies Vol.2
Format: CD
Label: Klang Elektronik (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Compiled by Roman Flügel and Jörn Elling Wuttke of Alter Ego, the second chapter of the FREESTYLE CANDIES series come along with a particular DVD. The particularity is that the videos are made by students of the "Hochschule für Gestaltung" in Offenbach am Main under the direction of Professor Heiner Blum. I watched four videos at the label website and I can tell you that they are made using basic computer animation, simple elaborations of tv programs (a football match), elaborations of what it seems to be a home made video of old people dancing, etc. I had the occasion to watch only to small excerpts, so I can’t judge the DVD contents, basically. Anyway. This compilation greets the 100th release of the label and it gathers fourteen tracks. It starts with the minimal techno of Donna Regina remixed by Isolée just to pass to Farben's minimal electronics. The third track changes the atmosphere introducing to the audience the Latin electro of Lucien N. Luciano. Smith N Hack introduce some funky disco with their "To our disco friends". The rhythm became quieter with Slop Shop who, with the sensorama remix of "Tranzendenz express", presents a gentle electronic moment. The electro wave sound is here thanks to Rework with "Amoureuse". Bergheim 34 with "Oscillations" revive the CD with a dancey electro tune while Alter Ego presents two tracks of minimal ambient techno with little jazzy inserts on the two lone swordsmen remix of "Mescal". Closer Musik bring their experiments with lo-fi techno with "2 the beat 2 the rock" while Electronicat with "Where were you tomorrow?" are a good example of electro wave (even if this instrumental tracks is nice but it ins’t too thrilling). Eight Miles High play a kind of slow minimal techno with "Katalog". The sensorama remix of Denky Groove’s "Smoky bubbles" is a light lounge electro ambient track while Sikøra closes the compilation with "Public private moments", a sort of minimal experimental soundtrack. The compilation is various but most of the tracks focus their sound on gently electronic sounds with few electro wave or techno episodes. If you are into these sounds check it out.
Artist: NEC PLUS ULTRA (@)
Title: Nec Plus Ultra
Format: CD
Label: Zona Records (@)
Rated: *****
This is another excursion into Eastern European music efforts, this time published by the Lithuanian / Latvian based label Zona Records. This label is already active since 1991, first of to serve the USSR market with Independent music. After the fall of the iron curtain and the join of the Baltic states to the EU, they redefine their structures now to introduce Independent music to the Western world. Their label program features a huge diversity featuring styles like Hard-Rock, Hip-Hop, Alternative, Ska-Punk, Electronica, yes, and this very extraordinary Russian project named NEC PLUS ULTRA. NPC is the solo effort by Leo Botzmann and hails from Perm, a city based in the Ural mountains (!!!). Life there must be hard, because so is his music. Leo’s music features definitively ideas and structures out of the EBM/Electro scene, but he combines it with several noises taken out of Experimental/Field Recordings sessions. Machines, noisy Industrial areas, driving trains – almost everything can be an inspiration for Leo. He seems to be one of the very few artists on this world who seem to see music still as a kind of art. So this whole album is filled with extremely noisy sounds, which easily can lead a track into a total climax ("Morgen" for example). The other strange point: when Leo integrates vocals into his tracks, he "sings" in German. I don’t know how, when and where he has learned my mother tongue, also it’s mostly quite funny for me to hear his accent and grammar, but I mostly understand what he tries to express. "Der Mensch kaput" gets my vote for the best track, it reminds me a lot on a classic old-school EBM piece, but of course well done with an own authentic touch. If you wanna discover something really unknown and new, then make sure to purchase this release from the growing Zona Records label. I hope the best for Leo and his cool project, that he can earn some international recognition which he surely deserves. Weiter so, Leo!

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