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VV.AA.: Noise Terror Volume One

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 03 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Noise Terror Volume One
Format: CD
Label: Dependent / NTP (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Don’t let this title lead you into the expectation that you’ll get here a Powernoise-inspired compilation. No, this is nothing else than the first label compilation of Germany’s Dependent evil twin, the division for hard and merciless EBM/Electro/Industrial music, Noise Terror Productions, leaded by Johan Van Roy alias SUICIDE COMMANDO. Mr. label chief himself is also responsible for the collection of the different artists, a mix between both, newcomers and established acts. That Johan has the ability to compile a well recognized compilation is not really a secret, just remember the legendary Voltage and Decoder series he compiled in the together with labels like Possessive Blindfold, Dying Culture or Infacted-Recordings. Now on his very own NTP label, this compilation follows a similar line, also nice to see that "label politics" don’t play a serious role and several already signed acts found a free slot. The very own NTP acts are featured here (SUICIDE COMMANDO, INSEKT, CONTROLLED COLLAPSE, FRACTURED and DIOXYDE) of course, but also acts signed to Noitekk (LIFE CRIED, DAWN OF ASHES, FGFC820), Alfa Matrix (UNTER NULL, LEAETHER STRIP) and Pandaimonium (SCHATTENSCHLAG) are on here. Excellent names generally someone would say, but the refreshing part comes as usual from the more or less unknown and so unsigned acts. CAPTIVE OF SOCIETY give a social critical "Das Tier", but more than this RO1OR, a new project of NOICE PROCESS mastermind Michael Renfield, giving us an amazing "Brain Dead" are definitively to mention here. I would have seen maybe 2 – 3 more unsigned acts, but okay – that’s not really a valid point to criticize. The best of this comp is the fact that almost all acts present us a special remix only designed for this comp or they give a new and still unreleased tune. With a sales price lesser than 10,-- Euro there’s no real reason not to purchase this well done compilation.

Track listing:


01 Distatix - Replicant
02 Schattenschlag - Sentenced To Death (noise terror edition)
03 minDecease - Tears Of Redemption (industrial accident mix)
04 Controlled Collapse - Insane Asylum (Naked Beat remix)
05 Insekt - Isolated (Anschlag edit)
06 Fractured - All That's Left
07 Leather Strip - Sleep Is Only Heartbreak (Jesper Schmidt remix)
08 Captive of Society - Das tier
09 Life Cried - Hallowed Be Thy Name
10 RO1OR - Brain Death
11 Dioxyde - Words Of Judas
12 Suicide Commando - We Are The Sinners (club edit)
13 Dawn Of Ashes - Maximum Damnation
14 FGFC820 - GBA
15 Unter Null - Your Nightmare (Grendel remix)

DAS PRÄPARAT: Mein Schmerz Trägt Deinen Namen

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 03 2006
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Artist: DAS PRÄPARAT (@)
Title: Mein Schmerz Trägt Deinen Namen
Format: CD EP
Label: Scanner (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
This is a German male/female duo consisting of Dr. Hyde and Nachtschwester K. and they present us here their 5- track debut release on Scanner out of the Dark Dimension label group. Musically this release features mostly EBM/Electro structures filled with a few splatter/horror images. I don’t know if both band members have a serious medical or surgical background which would explain the band name and the inspiration of the presented images on this release. The vocals, on 4 out of 5 tracks mainly provided by Dr. Hyde, are dramatically filled in while the lyrics take their inspiration out of Goth/Neue Deutsche Todeskunst-inspired themes. Somehow this whole release awakes remembrances on early DAS ICH or DORSETSHIRE – not very new and original, but I think we haven’t had anything related for a while. The best piece here can be named in "Maschinenherz", which fits best with bands’ image and it is well arranged – a real cold thriller! The one and only conceptual exception here is the third track on this release, a piano–driven ballad called "Ist Das Leben Nur Ein Spiel?" leaded by thoughtful lyrics dealing mainly with the sense of life provided by the female band member Nachtschwester K. – this duo shows herewith musically and lyrically depth, this deserves respect. If this act can reach any comparable success like the above mentioned acts has to be proven, but some good first signs are available here.

CYBORG ATTACK: Stoerf***tor

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 03 2006
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Artist: CYBORG ATTACK
Title: Stoerf***tor
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****

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After several years from their debut album "Blutgeld" and after being joined by the new member Enrico Laukner (a.k.a. Cyborg Of Tactical Noise) on samples, Cyborg Attack are back. Cyborg Attack is one of those bands that have always being true to their style and the second album STOERF***TOR follows the steps of its predecessor. Their classic German e.b.m. in your face style is always joined by the growls of vocalist Sandro and the basic melodies of the tracks are helped by obsessive rhythms and industrial attitude. Even if this music is followed mainly by a fanbase tracks like "Hammer smashed face", "Born dead", "Trauma" or "Blasphemie" are good dance floor potential hits.
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Artist: THE REMOTE
Title: Too Low To Miss
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****

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Formed by DJ Ashley Casselle, Ben Lost on vocals and with the help of Paul Rogers (Sasha's collaborator) and house producer Asad Risvi, The Remote on their first album TOO LOW TO MISS are able to blend 80s flavour electronic songs (check "She’s going out tonight") with house rhythms and electro techno catchy moments (like on "Big design"). Even if their style is mixing with the genres they are able to create a fresh mixture where the déjà vu is out of sight. Tracks like "Play it rosa" remind me of Paul Haig but The Remote produce tracks where pop melodies are surrounded by tiny bleeps, strong rhythms and thousand of other electronic sounds that layered make you lose your senses. Often you'll find yourself being attracted by the sounds while you were following the melody of a song. The 80s new wave influence is present in many tracks but if you want to check a catchy one, try the instrumental "Right meat" or the closing "Change your mind". If you look for electro punk, check the "Like you" guitars but if you want to try some electro ambient "Bream" is the one for you. This is a cool way of mixing genres and TOO LOW TO MISS is an album you’d want to check if you are into new wave and electro dance sounds.
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Artist: ASHIS MAHAPATRA
Title: orange of
Format: CD
Label: True-False (@)
Rated: *****
This' a double debut: both for the label and for the musician, this' a drony experience hence if "lysergic emanations" is what you're still looking for, well go on reading, please. The genealogic tree of drone-music could be divided in different categories and "Orange of" could be filed under the "melodic" one... like Kranky? yesss...the good feature is the same, above all if you have in mind the most electronic oriented releases of their catalogue but it’s more melodic and lass psychedelic, I’d say softer than many artists on Kranky. Who knows, probably this record is an electronic oriented one more than a "dronic" one but I think by what I’ve said you got more or less what kind of listening it is. I don't know that much about Ashis Mahapatra but he's been able to amaze me from the very first listening, his music is cerebral but not depressive at all and has a touch of "joyous eternity" which fits really well with summer's stillness. Too bad the layout is ok but as good as the cd, cause this berlinese? indian? american?...no I’ve not gone completely out of mind, this release has been composed and recorded between Brooklyn, Berlin and New Delhi. You think this particular in itself is irrelevant? No way, this music is borne out of a mind trip and really helps to trip away.


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