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SUICIDE COMMANDO: Bind, Torture, Kill

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 14 2006
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Artist: SUICIDE COMMANDO (@)
Title: Bind, Torture, Kill
Format: CD
Label: Dependent / NTP (@)
Distributor: Alive!
The fairytale of the minimal Electro-/Industrial musician hailing from a village of Belgium, who starts to create own experimental tracks with a Roland synthesizer and a damaged drum machine, gaining a never-expected success and recognition through his concentration and persistence goes in a new round. The "trademark" is back, Johan Van Roy offers a new full length CD out of his SUICIDE COMMANDO flagship – and luckily without having changed too much in his kind, art and music. Besides that huge amount of good luck, which is needed through the 20 years this act is now producing music, there is of course a lot of work, time and belief behind this band, and it is impossible to resume this in numbers. SUICIDE COMMANDO has become an institution through the years. Was it Johan through the first years who definitively mentioned THE KLINIK as his patterns, now uncountable young Electro/Industrial acts name SUICIDE COMMANDO as the reference of inspiration. Johan’s new release "Bind, Torture, Kill" continues somehow the way and style he has entered with his predecessor "Axis Of Evil" without to forget the fact, that his new tracks can be seen as being more aggressive. This was the tendency we could recognize on his pre-released EP "Godsend/Menschenfresser" as well as on the track "Bleed For Us All" released on the "Advanced Electronics Vol. 4" compilation. These tracks are also here available, in that case you have missed to purchase the very limited EP which is completely sold out. Of course, this new CD will take the dancefloors again by a storm and the highest chart positions at the DAC are to expect. There are several more tracks than the mentioned ones like the fast pieces "Conspiracy With The Devil", "Torment Me", which sounds pretty much like taken directly from "Axis Of Evil", or "F*** You Bitch" which should leave the dark audience breathless and destroyed back on the floors. Check also out the cover version of TOMMI STUMPFF’s classic "Massaker" – Johan’s next club hit and floor filler for sure – although I do not see the sense why an Industrial band covers an Industrial band. Definitively a favorite as well as a good remembrance to the good old past days is the track "We Are The Sinners" which features excellent noisy distortions and an overwhelming aggressive mood. "Bind, Torture, Kill" is surely not the return of Johan’s classic works like "Construct – Destruct" but it is the better alternative to the softy produced "Axis Of Evil". Musically somewhere in between "Axis Of Evil" and "Mindstrip" – maybe with an improved mixing. No doubt, the "trademark" of Electro/EBM/Hellektro or "WhatTheFuckNameYou’llLikeToFillInHere" returns triumphant...

STARK: Brave New Desire

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Apr 14 2006
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Artist: STARK (@)
Title: Brave New Desire
Format: CD
Label: Endless Records / GUP (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
News from the rotten and distorted world of the Surgical suite, Lee Bulig is back on track! This Australian act could already receive a lot of attention with its both debut releases, the "Wield" Si-CD as well as with the full length "The Surgical Suite". Often compared to known "big players" of the hard Electro/Industrial scene like :WUMPSCUT: or SUICIDE COMMANDO, I must say – and so I did on Lee’s both debut releases – that STARK have more and better elements to offer, than simply being a victim of useless comparisons. STARK show much more efforts here and can include refreshing ideas to bring life into this music genre. Sure, "Recreational Flesh Abuse" or the already on an Interbreeding compilation discovered track "Blossom" will lead some dark troops to the dancefloors. But mostly Lee’s tracks show a wider progression and complexity in its arrangements. A simple reason for this can be seen in the fact that Lee has also a Powernoise-inspired side-project called NEON WOMB on board. So a few tracks here taken from "Brave New Desire" can simply play also in that genre ("Kong", "Desire"). Another favorite can be easily named with the track "Nursery Rhyme", seldom before I have heard that steady aggression combined with melodic synth lines. Lee Bulig has worked out a full-scale Dark Electro album with some noisy undertones which gets a totally recommendation. While it is still hard for acts hailing from Australia to earn globally success, the leading bands from this country joined the forces and built up a mutual community called Crash Frequency (www.crashfrequency.com), and so also STARK is an active member of it. The idea is to help each other – more acceptence through united forces – and I hope the best that this community will reach its targets. Please make also sure to check out this cool digi-pack design for this release and the amazing artwork done by Scott Craig (www.cancerbox.com) – it is one of his finest works and fits with the music.
Apr 11 2006
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Artist: Preussak
Title: Werkschau 1989-2005
Format: CD
Label: Vaws (@)
Rated: *****
Presented as electro-industrial/EBM (old school) Preussak respect the premises from the very first second in which you'll be holding the booklet in your hands. Vaws' profile as a label was quite clear with the sampler I happened to review a while ago, but brick after brick their target is always clearer. Dark electronic with a straight beat not so far from that scene that originated bands like Front 242, Dive, Insekt or 808 State...somebody said "keep it authoritorial and martial"!?!. And what could someone expect if not a cover of Joy Division immortal hit "We walk the line"? If your answer is a cover of Killing Joke you’ve won the supergenius award of the day: "Aufruhr" aka "Follow the leader". Music to mach on, yes, but only if you’re wearing a pair of black leather trousers and you're completely into the style. The beat is pulsing, straight and quite often fast, but on such a long record probably it gets to linear that's why is easy to be left thinking there are a bit too many tracks at the end of the cd. Strong vocals and a layout that leaves no hesitation on the fact Preussak comes from the hard core of the scene, therefore be prepared for a demonstration of strength thru the kick ass rhythm of the songs. The lesson is: if you're into the style that's addressed to you... if you're not you'd better relax to the sound of Bob Marley.

the Evolutionaries: Exoskeleton

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 10 2006
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Artist: the Evolutionaries (@)
Title: Exoskeleton
Format: CD EP
Label: Latex records (@)
Rated: *****

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The Evolutionaries' new EP "Exoskeleton" (released by our dear friend and partner TG Mondalf at Latex records) is the long due long awaited follow up to their 2004 "Normalized". With these five tracks, Kristian Stout, the main character behind the Evolutionaries, succeeds at "framing" his fashination for "the decay of modern civilization in expectation of the rise of the next" within a sonic context that borrows heavily from the style of Marylin Manson (especially vocally), but can also be compared (at times) to Dope Stars Inc., Eye, Mindless Self Indulgence or even Skinny Pupy at times. Think of the Evolutionaries as an industrial-glam-rock band with an edge (some might call it industrial-goth, but since I'd resent that...).
I believe they are not putting together a remix album, which will be interesting, so if you have chops you might be interested, as that outta be interesting.

SMP: Crimes of The Future

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Apr 10 2006
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Artist: SMP
Title: Crimes of The Future
Format: CD
Label: MRE (Music Ration Entertainment)
Rated: *****

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SMP (Sounds of Mass Production - a.k.a. Jason Bazinet) is a one-man band that's been around for a long while, and you can hear that. SMP's long discography and extended experience in the art of making powerful and exciting electronic music has been redefined with each and every one of their releases, all the way up this last one: "Crimes of the Future". This is probably their most mature, well-produced and (at the same time) commercial-friendly release to date. Mixed by Wade Alin (Volatile Coldwave Act, Christ Analogue), "Crimes of The Future" comes at you like a freight train packed with modern urban anthems, trippy skippy beats, powerful treated distorted guitars, blazin' rapping vocal parts and an attitude that says a lot. If you haven't lived under a rock these couple of years listening to some of these tracks will merely feel like listening to MTV bands such as Linkin Park (and I don't mean that in a bad way, you may like that type of band or not, but they still have an amazing production behind). On the other hand you can still clearly hear the EBM roots of SMP and their influence on their work. The record plays out nicely but has some klinkers (or I should say, some tracks that are not up to spec with other better tracks in the album). I see the growth of the band and I personally wish he'd embrace his new direction and close the previous chapter, instead of flipping the pages back and forth. There's a lot more potential in the new stuff, and I am not talking (just) money. Maybe the answer would have been a killing EP instead of a half and half LP.


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