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IONIC VISION: Actual

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 15 2006
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Artist: IONIC VISION (@)
Title: Actual
Format: CD
Label: Machineries Of Joy/COP Int.
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Belgium hard hitters No. 1 strike straight and steady back! Again released under their very own sublabel Machineries Of Joy, a COP side-label, they present us here their officially 9th release. And I can say it in advance, there are not to many changes in the music of Sven Lauwers and Andy De Decker. They still spread out their vision of Neo Body Music, how they do call it. For the very few of you who haven’t heard anything from this duo in the past 14 years, they are one of these old school EBM bands mainly influenced by classic and veteran acts like NITZER EBB, old POUPPEE FABRIKK or PARANOID. Hard ripping bass lines, combined with a steady kick and snare work and a male shouter following the "muscle-hate-machine" theme – currently this old formula receives a lot of success and attention, especially with a look on both acts recording for the Out Of Line label, SPETSNAZ and PROCEED. IONIC VISION in between set the measuring lath of quality on a very high level. "Actual" is for sure their best piece so far and I don’t say this because it is the newest. A lot of people still have their official full length debut "Rage Against The Acoustic" released back in 1996 on Celtic Circle Productions in a good memory. "Actual" is against to this classic the perfect combination between the old roots with the modern technically possibilities of today - from the first to the last track here is no real filler. IONIC VISION have reached the top of what is possible with this kind of music – thanks also to the excellent studio work of the hidden third member of the band, brother Louis Z. So you’ll get here the full dose of 100 % EBM music inspired by the veterans of this genre. It is impossible to sit still with this music – get it!

PRIDE AND FALL: Elements Of Silence

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 14 2006
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Artist: PRIDE AND FALL
Title: Elements Of Silence
Format: CD
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****

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I know that there are tons of German bands that produce good industrial danceable e.b.m. but the second album by Pride And Fall in my opinion is a little gem of the genre. Their sense of melody is really good and they are able to create powerful distorted dance tunes with sing a long melodies. Try to listen to tracks like "Rectrospect" or the single "Border" and try to prove me wrong. Normally the bands that have an high amount of melody in their music try to sell themselves out by focusing their efforts only on looking for simple melodies, but in the case of our three Norvegian guys I think it must be something normal to create such catchy songs. Only "Pathogen" didn't convinced me that much (it was a sort of metal song played only with synths) but the other tracks are really good. "The guilding light" with its five minutes and half it is an instrumental electro ballad that break the ambience created by the other distorted tracks and show the skills of the band which is able to create different ambience and it is open to experiment a little within the e.b.m. genre. After that one you find a gem: "Ego". It is a catchy track where saw waves sounds cut your ears in two while other keayboards create a web of ambient sound that exalt Sigve vocals. You won't regret the purchase of ELEMENTS OF SILENCE, you bet!

PERSONAL VINDICTA: Transience

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 14 2006
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Artist: PERSONAL VINDICTA (@)
Title: Transience
Format: CD
Label: Frequenzwelten Records (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
A new label from the Bavarian area of Germany, and this debut CD of the solo effort by Tobias Weinmann marks the first release for it. Tobias is also the label chief of Frequenzwelten. PERSONAL VINDICTA play definitively the harder kind of Electro/Industrial music, several pieces turn into the Powernoise genre. No wonder, because Tobias’ first efforts under his old moniker SHOCKWAVE were strongly influenced by rough noise attacks and Industrial soundscapes. But with PERSONAL VINDICTA he also includes some more influences taken out of EBM, Electro or TBM genres – positive, because stylistically variety offers an enjoying listening. All tracks are instrumentals, but they are filled with several voice samples, from which are some very tough and heart-felting, taken of eyewitness reports of some atrocities happened in concentration camps at WW II. The tracks are mostly linear, straight and danceable arranged – nevertheless I must admit, that some included vocals would fit well. Several tracks, especially the Powernoise-influenced pieces lack a bit on their endless monotony. Sound quality, the chosen sounds and the whole production are very convincing – a bit more richness in the used ideas would be well. Therefore, the best track here can be named in "Vision Of My Life", a newer piece which shows some well worked out melodic synth layers. There is musically still place for some improvements and development, but it’s decent enough for a first release. The label in between is going to release soon another new signing and shows a lot of activity – there’s soon to come more.

BIO-MECHANICAL DEGENERATION: Exoskeleton

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 10 2006
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Artist: BIO-MECHANICAL DEGENERATION (@)
Title: Exoskeleton
Format: CD
Label: DSBP (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
This is a side-project by the excellent French act E.S.R., consisting of both multi-talented artists Vince Puyol (E.S.R.) and Tommy T Rapisardi (label-owner DSBP, DIVERJE, IN-FUSED). Internet and so world-wide connection makes it possible to take easily the distance between France and the USA. Musically this project is focusing on several sci-fi themes, modern Electro sounds, experimental programmings and arrangements – not too surprising if you are already familiar with the sounds and music especially from E.S.R.. You will find a lot of similarities in style of composing, used sounds, also several tracks would do also well on a E.S.R. release ("Virus (Infected Mix)"). The influence of DIVERJE is reduced here, most recognizable on the tracks which feature Tommy’s lyrics and vocals like "Dead Inside", a track which receives here also a nice remix by the talented, but extremely underrated act TYPE001. The order of the track list also features an interesting concept, because after an instrumental track follows always a track with vocals. The colorful cover design done by Vince Puyol fits also well with the musically mood. This is a cold and very mechanized Electro/EBM album filled with a lot of impressive sounds above the average. For fans of E.S.R. and related a must-have, but also an impressive alternative besides the overrated styles – one of the finest pieces currently out there.

LARVA: Diogenes Sindrome

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 10 2006
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Artist: LARVA (@)
Title: Diogenes Sindrome
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is the debut release of a new project hailing from Barcelona, Spain, consisting of four members – and also another proof that Spain has to offer here and there some talents behind the known CULTURE KULTÜR, PAIL or ALLIED VISION. The presented 10 tracks on this release here spin a wide range of diverse styles, ranging mainly from minimal EBM structures ("Ojos Secos") to some experimental, up to Powernoise-like efforts ("Larvas I", "Larvas II"). There is also space for some good Dark Electro themes with a remarkable melodic infiltration like on "Religion", as well as a scary, intense and slowed down track like "No Soy Nada", which is my favorite here. This act shows its talent – but there’s for sure a lot of room for some improvements, timing and recording quality aren’t fully convincing here. They are looking for label to get signed, but I would say that this would come a bit to early for them. This CD can be more seen as a first demo output to the audience and I would like to advise them to use the possibilities to get on some compilations at first. Be sure and check also back their nice web shop where they offer some nice shirts, stickers and this CD of course.


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