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REGENERATOR: Disease

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 24 2005
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Artist: REGENERATOR (@)
Title: Disease
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
The already seventh full length release of the US duo REGENERATOR deals thematically with animal consumption and its effect on human health. Not new indeed – especially for this band – but still a favorite theme by several acts. REGENERATOR although try not to shock the interested audience nor they behave like preachers which try to push people on their point of view – they only try to make facts known so that everybody can decide on its own. If they will ever reach their target is doubtful. I miss something more shocking to grab attention, something what smacks people literally in their face. Nothing against the message transported with the nice female vocals, while the male and mostly in the background active vocals could need some progression. It is the music which lacks on interesting moments. Still the same poor bass line sequences, still the same sounds with no real variation and the overall Futurepop-like attitude – it bores after four heard tracks. It was meant to take some dancefloors at the dark clubs but I doubt more and more that the club visitors will dig this. Too much average here – only the track "End of File" makes a step towards with some differences on the drums and bass lines. This release only made me to have a listen back to their self-titled debut back in 1993, out on Hyperium. What do you think, was the main reason that I haven’t enjoyed it? Right on, I felt the music was too unspectacular...

AKEUM SON: Akeum Son

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 21 2005
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Artist: AKEUM SON (@)
Title: Akeum Son
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Mika and JiN are two guys that decided, despise the distance between them (JiN is from France and Kika from Sweden) to form a band: Akeum Son. Producing music since 2002 the duo always tried to find new ways of producing new sounds full of melodies and atmosphere. The five tracks of CDr try and succeed into the creation of horrorific atmospheres using e.b.m / industrial sounds. The vocals remember me the whisphered Clock DVA songs (like on "Poema de muerte"), while musically the tracks don't make me remember no band in particular but globally they could be used with success in horror movies full of tension. Sometimes the tracks lose the melodic lines to advantage the soundtrack effect but this isn't a weak point, because the general effect produced by the five tracks is always interesting and functional.

STICKER CLUB: song time two

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 21 2005
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Artist: STICKER CLUB
Title: song time two
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: No ground-r (@)
Rated: *****
No Ground is back with a new episode of their 3" cdr series. Rory Philips aka Sticker Club and his laptop are tuned on the frequencies of Warp records when it was still an electronic label (nay..."THE" electronic label). At the same time, being Rory from England, melancholy is flowing into his veins and in the vascular system of many other musician coming from the country of John Lennon. The electronic tracks reminded me of the funniest episodes of Plone or Plaid: it means this could get along pretty well with a videogame. "Song time two" features also some sad guitar driven tracks, honestly I still can't understand if he could have used different songs for different projects, but the whole 3" is good so who cares then?!. While the production of the electronic tracks is good, the sound of the guitar can be improved a lot, it doesn't imply that the whole recording is so and so. This 3" release is quite relaxed and well produced for a debut, I'm sure if you're into electronic music with rhythm and irony you will like this guy from England. Sticker Club has some good qualities even if that could be considered a beginning, let's see what happens with his future releases.

DISKONNEKTED: Neon Night

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 19 2005
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Artist: DISKONNEKTED (@)
Title: Neon Night
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Finally Jan Dewulf has found a new label home with Alfa Matrix for his DISKONNEKTED project after the unexpected demise of the Dying Culture label. I must admit that I haven’t heard his predecessor "Jesus Raves" and also not the previous released EP "After Einstein". But the name Jan Dewulf is known for me with his first band MILDREDA, a Belgium Dark Electro act which was active up to 1998/1999 and could enter several comps like "Even Dogs in the Wild" or the first two chapters of the "Voltage" comp series. DISKONNEKTED in contrary has not too much to do with MILDREDA, music styles and tastes have changed within the years. The music of Jan still remains somehow EBM/Electro infiltrated with some Synth-/Futurepop attitudes, but in all it is very refreshing and with some edge. Jan combines his kind of Electro with some rhythm patterns taken out of different Dance Music styles like Progressive Tekkno, Break Beat or Trance. I see and hear a strong effort to break out from a musical death valley in which this genre drowns. Think about the music of the latest PAIL or ABSCESS, mix it with HAUJOBB’s rhythm talent and you maybe have an idea how this act can be compared. "Fact and Theory" is one of the strongest opening instrumental pieces I have heard for a long time. "Broken" and "After Einstein" will lead the Futurepop audience to the dancefloors, while "Religion" (featuring guest vocals by Johan Van Roy of SUICIDE COMMANDO and "Danger" are dedicated to satisfy the friend of harder Electro/Industrial music. This album has a lot of more pearls to discover and it is done by a musician who has learned his lessons well. EBM/Electro with ideas and it avoids to follow repetitive hypes – how can you ask for more? Check out the Alfa Matrix website and look for special deals, because this CD is also available as a limited DCD edition, which features the conceptual bonus CD "Hangover". Get it!

DECODED FEEDBACK: Combustion

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 18 2005
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Artist: DECODED FEEDBACK (@)
Title: Combustion
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
It was round about 1990 when this Italian-/Canadian duo started to enter the acceptance and the success on all dancefloors of the dark clubs with their EBM/Electro sound, to that times inspired by classic EBM hymns. Several years later, with changes in styles and musical preferences, with the release of their 5th real studio album "Combustion" this band is back to kick some serious asses. While their musical highlight in their long-time history is still their classic "Mechanical Horizon", this new "Combustion" remarks again a development in their music especially since the mentioned one. Their music is more heavier and aggressive, the sounds are no longer that clean and polished like before. Add to this some more experimental sounds, rhythms and some heavy guitar riffs. This evolution we could already recognize on their last album "Shockwave" and it gets here its perfection. I should admit that I had at first some problems to accept their new kind, but after a few try-outs the magic of this stuff gets me. Excellent examples for the still rich Dark Electro content are in here with "Monument", "Supernova" or the inimitable "Time to Time". Also worth to check out is definitively the cover version of MENTALLO & THE FIXER’s classic "Sacrilege". While someone still needs to explain me the need that an Industrial band covers an Industrial band, I need to push my hat down for this encouraged cover. Totally different to the slow and creepy original, which is still my most favorite MENTALLO track, DECODED FEEDBACK include all important melodic layers and add a danceable rhythm. You find also a re-recording of the classic "Birth Of A Nation", a track which was available on their debut "Overdosing" or the re-edition from the Zoth Ommog label (RIP) "Technophobia". Whatever some people in different online sources may told you, this is again a top-notch release by DECODED FEEDBACK. The musically diversity between aggression and emotion is pretty rich included here. Worth to check out!This release is available and will be published in the USA through Metropolis-Records (www.metropolis-records.com).


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