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XOTOX: [PSI]

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 15 2005
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Artist: XOTOX (@)
Title: [PSI]
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****

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To produce rhythmic Powernoise with all included ingredients like endless monotony and redundancy in music and composition still drags the black-dressed masses to the dancefloors of all dark clubs. German one man act XOTOX consisting of Andreas Davids returns here after two not expected successfully releases to present the newest effort [PSI]. The success of the previous releases made it also possible that the label Pro Noize decided to release next to the normal jewel case edition of [PSI] a special and limited DCD in a digipack. The normal CD (and so the part of this review) contains 17 new rhythmic sound manipulations, mostly integrating with steady distorted, sometimes destroyed rhythm patterns. The mood is hard, rough and disturbing, a real feast for the noise junkies. Some pieces stand out here, the opener "[Xo]toxic" presents a not to often heard diversity in the rhythms programmings. "Winterblut" does surprisingly add "real" vocals, hard and cold performed by Jan Lehmkämper from the German Electro/Industrial act X-FUSION. "Bohrung 25" earns as well a good rating for not depending on the overrated distorted Tekkno-like bass kicks and can submit the real Powernoise feeling. On the other hand I have noticed some tracks here which cannot convince by using of too ridiculous samples ("Tote Bäume", "Lass Mich", "Roboterkrieg") or they do not offer anything interesting because of the lack of inspiration ("Fieber"). Anyhow, as long as the distortion goes there will be a public form and an interest in this stuff. XOTOX can and will not reach the throne of some highly acclaimed acts like CONVERTER or IMMINENT. But this project also doesn’t need to hide its talent. An acceptable release for this music genre.

VV.AA.: Post Alcoholic Body Syndrome D(eath) Vol. 1

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 12 2005
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Post Alcoholic Body Syndrome D(eath) Vol. 1
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Last Exit
Rated: *****
Third release of the new and promising Russian label Advoxya is this international Electro/Industrial compilation which features several almost unknown names hailing from the Russian Electro/Industrial scene, the already discovered Advoxya bands CYCLONE B and IMMUNOLOGY as well as some known names like INTERLACE, VIRTUAL EMBRACE or Z PROCHEK which have made already their way through labels like Memento Materia and Alfa Matrix. To license some successful acts from the Western labels makes also sense, because so it could be easier for this Russian label to get ground and help in case of international distribution. Things start also fine here on this comp with the newest child of the Advoxya family, THE-PULSAR, a trio hailing out of Russia of course, which will soon release their debut CD "The Awakening". Alfa Matrix recording artist VIRTUAL EMBRACE pushes up the speed and will punish your feet while storming the dancefloors with their lyrically redundant piece "Roots of Evil". BLOOD TRANSFUSION SET present a decent track in the Electro-Pop genre, SCHYZZO.COM is more straight, mixing some Powernoise elements in their driving Electro track. TEKKNO ORGASM, well the name already said what is to come next – Tekkno on speed, it reminds me a bit on a classic Off Beat act named GA-T. Z PROCHEK are a driving force on their label Memento Materia, here they have a decent appearance. NOTHING NADA is just another name from Russia I haven’t heard before. The music is melodious Electro-Pop, but this time with good female singer. Female appearances are also a trademark in the music of the Belgium project AIBOFORCEN, so here too with a decent appearance. Next one is Advoxya’s own CYCLONE B with a new and unreleased remix of one of their best tracks so far, "Nothing", here featured with some more aggressive vocals. This band can be named to be a foretaste of a coming wave of new and Dark Electro acts from Eastern Europe. IMMUNOLOGY also surprises here, they received a pure EBM/Dark Electro remix of their track "Fallen Angel" done by the Russian act IMPACT PULSE and the result is amazing! Already known stuff comes next from RUN LEVEL ZERO, a remix done by X-FUSION of "Under the Gun" and this one could be already discovered on the Alfa Matrix quadruple box set "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 1". Comes then an unnecessary track by the Russian (?) SANGUIZ IN NOCTE with a driving guitar line. The already mentioned IMPACT PULSE are next and they proof that they have a lot of potential. Although their track features a more melodic hint they show a marvelous feeling for a correct release. This band needs some attention. The famous Swedish act INTERLACE gives us here nothing new or somewhat but with "Elohim" here is one of their best and most recognized tracks. Final track is done by TANGO NOVEMBER, a Techno side-project of CYCLONE B, here almost with an instrumental track.
This comp mark a big step in the young time of existence of this label. A lot of unknown names from which I am sure they will not remain too much longer in this unknown condition. This sampler is as good as the latest Interbreeding comps or the "Terrific Room..."- compilation of the French label La Chambre Froide. We will see and hear a lot of new and unknown bands still to come out of Eastern countries – I personally can’t await it!
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Artist: Christopher Kah
Title: A Wonderful Darkworld
Format: CD
Label: Axesscode (@)
Rated: *****
French label Axesscode presents a debut CD release by the solo electronic musician Christopher Kah. It is a release which is a bit difficult to categorize. It is all electronic-based of course, building up a mixture by taking elements out of Dark Electro, Techno and Electronica with here and there some experimental undertones. While the Synth layers and string sounds are almost infiltrated with a dark Electro mood, the sequences and beats provide a Techno background. Some vocals of Mr. Kah are featured as well, mostly very sparse and re-stranged with some KRAFTWERKian robot-like effects. Favorites I have found with the steady "Camille ist Tot", "Sextronic Bacteria’s" or the title track, while others like "Intumeti K" suffer from repetition and a too long playing time of over 9 minutes. Christopher Kah made a decent album here which is to my taste more designed to listen at home. Club visitors could be disturbed by the way back too experimental beats and the globally dark flair the release has to offer. Good stuff here for people who like to explore something different with an edge, and surely not designed for some pseudo-aggressive rivetheads. Well, it is a wonderful dark world, isn’t it?

DISHARMONY: Collapse

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 09 2005
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Artist: DISHARMONY (@)
Title: Collapse
Format: CD
Label: Monopolrecords, Aliens Production (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
Long awaited and now available in the stores is Slovakia’s currently best Dark Electro/Industrial act DISHARMONY with their new and already third release. Against to the both predecessors the label Aliens Productions from Slovakia decided no longer to work with the German Broken Seal. Instead now they’ve committed a partnership deal with the Czech Republic rising label Monopolrecords. The Slovakian friends behind DISHAMONY, Ryby and Lord Sauron (what a cool name...) are moving in between towards in their musically development to build the new and authentic sound of DISHARMONY. Often compared to some classic and veteran acts like MORTAL CONSTRAINT or THE KLINIK they reach now their own identity and perfection. Dark and slowly interpreted tracks pending between Ambient and Electro, offering space and room for extremely strange rhythms plus distorted but not obtrusive vocals which are well integrated in the mix. This new "Collapse" offers us a thrilling listen experience from track 1 to 15. Highlights are rich mixed in here, but can mostly found in pieces like the title track, "Disfiguration", "Enemys" or "Flame in my Soul", where they finally add more variations into tempo and arrangement. A good Ambient-like remix work of the track "Zoomer" done by the MORTAL CONSTRAINT solo effort leaded by Ingo Lindmaier, POLYGON, is included as well. I have also noticed a slight growing dedication to some harsher almost Powernoise-like sounds on the latter tracks like "Magnificence". However, it will be almost interesting to see and hear how far the unbreakable sense for experimental song structures of this duo will move. 15 groundbreaking Dark-Electro tracks of the finest kind far away from all nerve-killing sounds of Futurepop or Hellektro. Check this out immediately!

VV. AA.: VAWS vol. II

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 09 2005
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Artist: VV. AA.
Title: VAWS vol. II
Format: CD
Label: Vaws-musicfactory (@)
Rated: *****
Another german electro-goth product for your ears and this time it's Vaws' turn with a fresh new sampler. A lot of rock-pounding electro-goth tunes german style (mainly for the first half of the cd), read "4/4 dance beat that pump in a lot of tunes", most of the tracks therefore combine melody with a disco beat framework. To be sincere I'm not that acknowledged about this style but everything seems to have the best possible result, I'm sure this could be the best soundtrack if you want to dance to an alternative beat in a really cool goth-disco. A good production add some extra points to the release, it reminds me of some old releases on E.N.D.E.: martial, romantic and fetish. The only possible remarks is that most of the tunes from the first half of the cd are a bit too similar one to each other above, not just for a matter of keyboards or for the beat but also for the whole songs' skeleton. The first big change from introducing the second half of the cd is represented by KCN and PREUSSAK that drives toward a more rave-oriented stuff. VERSTARKER instead using some mechanical loops brings into a noise-electro and "brain devastating" field (remember the review of the sampler came out on Plutonium?). W.O.M.P. could be more old fashioned industrial music, akin to LAIBACH during their disco trips, imagine these germans are more melodical and less pompous and you get the thing. I'd say the end of the compilation is more industrial-rave oriented since the same adjective could be referred also to A INDUSTRYA, 1979 and above all to PANZER DIVISION that maintain the expectations you have by reading such a name, if you know the track is titled "american forces Vietnam network" find your conclusions. The first part of the sample is the most accessible but a bit too generic sometimes, the second part drives to insanity in full effect but I think it's a good fucking blast: destroy!.


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