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TANKT: Club Life

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 23 2006
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Artist: TANKT (@)
Title: Club Life
Format: CD
Label: Static Sky Records (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Originally self-released, later on licensed and marketed to the US-based Static Sky Records, this the already fourth release by this Melbourne-based Australian duo. Also they are permanent and active members of the Australian Crash Frequency community (www.crashfrequency.com). TANKT, consisting of the duo Dave Foreman (music) and Roberto Massaglia (vocals), provide a well produced Electro/Industrial album mixing the elements between EBM, Synth Pop and Futurepop with well thought lyrics full of social and politically criticism. To fit with the title "Club Life" (the cover art doesn’t fit with the title, note – these are not dancing people...) they made no break between the tracks from 1 to 4 as well on the tracks 7 to 10. Mixed in between are some more experimental arranged tracks, especially "The Storms Of Beslan" reminds me on some old KLINIK stuff. This of course can be named diversity and it shows that this band has the abilities to offer satisfying results taken out of several styles of Electronic-based music. Their critically acclaimed piece "Bush On Fire" is also available here and please note also the special and very personal content in "Night Ride" dedicated to Roberto’s died father. As I said, this album is extremely professional produced and it is no real wonder, that it got picked up by Static Sky, although that this promising US label is now in hiatus. Check out the Crash Frequency website, or check back the DSBP website in the USA (www.dsbp.cx) to get it right now.
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Artist: INTRASONIC (@)
Title: At The End
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is self-produced but yet very professional release of another new talent out of the Australian Crash Frequency community (www.chrashfrequency.com). The band is leaded by Toby Craig and hails from Fremantle, somewhere based in West-Australia. Musically they play a kind of well produced Electro/Industrial, here and there mixed with some guitars. A possible comparison could be named in the well known US acts SPAHN RANCH to the "The Coiled One" phase, while it should be said, that Toby doesn’t reach the same brilliant results for the sound of his voice like Athan Maroulis. Nevertheless he is a talented vocalist as well and he doesn’t need to come along here tons of FX to re-strange his voice. INTRASONIC added some more diversity in the arrangements, also a real experimental dark Electro piece combined with some rough rhythm programmings can be heard in the title track of this CD. Favorites well designed to hit the dancefloors of the dark and alternative clubs can be named here with starter "Sanctuary" and moreover "As Pitch As Black". At the later part of this CD INTRASONIC also slow down the speed of some tracks and they add some more classic instruments like a piano to their tracks (the very emotional "Adore", or the gloomy "Miss You" for example...). This is a more than convincing release of a new talent from Australia and I can only recommend to discover them somehow. Use the given contacts to the Crash Frequency community here or check back the website of the band. Satisfaction guaranteed!

PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE: Dead Or Alive

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Apr 23 2006
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Artist: PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE (@)
Title: Dead Or Alive
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Another Claus returns here and the rising Alfa Matrix label seems to have a special fable to release old school stuff for the elders. Again a veteran release of the well known German act PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE, giving the audience a kind of special "Best of..." compilation. Not just a simple compilation, because Claus Kruse has worked hard in his studio to create for all relevant classics a special revamped 2006 version. This is a special "Thank You" for all of his fans and a special release for all new listeners which tried hard to get stuff via internet auctions of this band. His scene hits like "Das Ritual", "Kill The 6", "Reduction" or "Gold" received a completely new sound design, and the globally result is satisfying for both, supporters of the new style as well as old school lovers. Not all of the new versions do it right for me personally (the "Smalltown Boy" cover version of BRONSKI BEAT, or "Reduction"...), I still prefer the mood and identity of the original recordings. You’ll also find here a few rare to get live recordings for hits like "Kill What Kills You" or his cover version of THE KLINK’s "Moving Hands". Also to find here are three special remix versions done by the new Alfa Matrix signing TECHNOIR, Claus’ special friends from Hamburg SERPENTS and from CYSONIC. Please note that there is also available a special DCD edition of this release featuring on the second CD the real "Best of..." and some very hard to find B-sides and rare recordings. Act soon and try to get this limited edition item which is a valuable and historically important release.

MC1R: Exophtalmus

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 21 2006
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Artist: MC1R (@)
Title: Exophtalmus
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is the new full length and self-produced release by the German Electro/Industrial musician Nick Jonath, better known under his band project MC1R. He has made himself already a good name through some promising compilation appearances and some good reviewed remix works for different acts like OBJECT or FINAL SELECTION for example. Still strange to me is the fact that unfortunately no serious label has made a try to sign this promising Dark Electro act. Disregarding the fact that Nick could investigate some more time and effort into his coming out, his music is well produced enough to beat some established acts. Musically mainly inspired by Dark Electro music made in the USA leaded by the big names like MENTALLO & THE FIXER to their "Revelations 23"-times, G.G.F.H., or his German partner in crime, OBJECT, Nick presents us here 15 Dark Electro pearls which will leave you astonished. This is no minimal Body music, also no hunt to follow any trendy styles. Nick describes his stuff himself as "Intelligent Splatter-Electro". Thick melodic Synth layers, dark samples, heavy restranged vocals and a wide complexity in arrangements and rhythm programmings, yes – the "North-American" factor is rich present here. MC1R can be easily taken to satisfy all fans of this genre, especially when acts like the already mentioned MENTALLO & THE FIXER present uninspired stuff. It’s only a pity that he hasn’t received until now the well deserved success and response. If the mentioned music style is yours, you should immediately pick up this promising act and order his releases. Check also out the new Interbreeding VIII compilation of BLC Productions (www.blcmusic.com), which features a remix of MC1R for the US-act FUNCTION 13...

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!






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