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LUJHBOIA: Spiral Nerve

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 29 2005
Artist: LUJHBOIA (@)
Title: Spiral Nerve
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is a new and until now almost undiscovered talent out of Argentina, from where we already received some nice tunes done by PUNTO OMEGA, LAMIA or ALIEN PRODUKT. While somebody should teach me a lesson how to speak out correctly their band name, I am sure that this act will also soon get that international response it deserves. Musically I would like to compare them with the old HOCICO, the mentioned PUNTO OMEGA, TAMTRUM or AMDUSCIA on the harsh and danceable tracks – so you’ll get a straight, hard-in-your-face full scale dose of harsh Electro/EBM. Tracks like "Ominous", "Looser’s Letter" or the well hidden 10th track "Punisher Kids" can easily fill the dancefloors of the dark clubs. They offer also some nice instrumental takes like "The Insanity about Flowers" or the title track on which they show a wide musically background with some piano sounds and some decent melodies. While the title names are all in English language, the lyrics and so the rough vocals are without any exception in Spanish. So I don’t know on what they refer in their lyrics here, but they included precautionary the often used "Parental Advisory – Explicit Lyrics" warning sticker on their cover art. The tracks are well done and tasty arranged – a real "rocking" alternative to the lately toothless looking HOCICO. This full length CD is completely self-released and produced – it may could need some more polishing production, but it nevertheless features a remarkable talent. I am sure that we will hear soon more from this band. Check out their website mentioned above, make your contacts and order their stuff - especially if you are familiar with the named acts here.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 24 2005
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Title: Wake Up
Format: CD
Label: Kinetik Media (@)
Rated: *****
Coming from Cologne and formed by Ripley and Benway, Kitbuilders released about five 12", partecipated to several compilation (also to Ersatz Audio's "ORAL-Olio" and "Misery loves company") and they released this album I'm going to talk about, titled "Wake up". Actually the album have been already released by World Electric/Neuton and Shado Records but this new Kinetik Media version, along with the original ten tunes, contains two rare tracks ("Don't touch me" and "Girls on stage"). Musically Kitbuilders mix a lot of influences, mainly coming from the '80s but they mix different styles blending early electronic experimentalism (see Cabaret Voltaire or Chris And Cosey) with electronic new wave extravaganza (like the early Pink Industry) and modern sense of dance tunes (check "Superfast service") but all filtered with a certain punk attitude. The tracks aren't built like simple pop songs: a lot of them start with simple drum patterns and rhythmic synth sounds just to gradually acquire melodic lines. A good example of this way of composing is "Spotscar" where the only melodic part is demanded to Ripley's vocals. A lot of tracks go beyond the usual pop song lenght: see the almost eight minutes of "Dropping"(a track that starts like an ambient tune just to develop into a sort of ambient techno experimental dance track), the seven minutes of "Walls" and the seven minutes and twenty two seconds of the main track"Wake up". If you are looking for something more than easy listening electro and you don't dislike the old way of experimenting, Kitbuilders have got something for you...


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 17 2005