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EDGE OF DAWN: The Flight (Lux)

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 17 2005
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Artist: EDGE OF DAWN (@)
Title: The Flight (Lux)
Format: CD EP
Label: Dependent / Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
Well, it has been for sure already existing a band with the name EDGE OF DAWN. But who cares – finally this German duo consisting of Mario Schumacher and Frank M. Spinath (SEABOUND) releases its debut EP. They were already active on the defunct www.mp3.com website and could earn there some first good reactions. Now signed to Dependent (and Metropolis Records for North America...) this duo presents us nine tracks and a playing time of about 43 minutes, so we have almost a real full length CD. And the presented music is well done and will surely satisfy the interested listener. EDGE OF DAWN are playing a smooth form of Electro/EBM, danceable constructed with clear vocal lines and a surprising complexity in their arrangements. Also his being in SEABOUND for Frank can be taken as a possible comparison to describe the sound of this band. The main track "The Flight (Lux)" is available here in three different versions, the original and two remixes done by AUTO AGGRESSION (surprisingly without any overwhelming distorted effects – what a pity!) and IRIS (features better worked out sounds, a dark mood - and so wins the "contest" with AUTO AGGRESSION...). As usual for an EP the whole stuff proves a strong club-friendly compatibility, and this counts also for the other main track "Losing Ground", available in the top-notch original version and a remix by Nils Schulte. There’s also a slow and calm ballad-like piece with "Descent" which includes some well played piano sounds. Add to this the two extra tracks "Elegance" and "Find A Way Out" on which they also don’t show any weakness. This whole EP points out an excellent debut and is a great appetizer for the EDGE OF DAWN full length CD in early 2006. There is also a hidden access code for unreleased material of this band available from their website. Check it out!

GLOBAL GENOCIDE FORGET HEAVEN: Serrated Smile

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Nov 15 2005
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Artist: GLOBAL GENOCIDE FORGET HEAVEN (@)
Title: Serrated Smile
Format: CD
Label: Little Missy Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
A real legend is back! GGFH, a US Dark Electro band mainly influenced by splatter/horror movies is back now after 7 years in silence after their last studio work "Halloween". 13 new tracks are included here on this new full length CD and mastermind Ghost integrates a lot of effort to reanimate the past times. The mood and overall sound is comparable although I must say, that GGFH 2005 sounds a bit more angry, more destroying and filthy. The melodic ingredients have moved a bit in the background, but therefore the musically diversity has grown. The title track sets a first highlight, the beats are slow, the overall mood depressive through the rough PUPPYan-like vocal input of Ghost. "Genosside" is more linear constructed, a real Dark Electro pearl. The whole album is filled with uncountable effects and samples, sometimes this ends into sampling bridges before, after or in between ("High Way") the tracks. "Guilty" deals with some religious themes, again separate supported by some provoking Islamic samples. "Grinder" moves the rotten souls of the listeners towards to the dancefloors, while "2haven2hold" takes the lyrical content of the classic DEPECHE MODE track "To Have And To Hold". I wouldn’t say that this is a real cover version, more a kind of an own self produced piece. The whole album shows a good diversity, although a strong melodic anthem like the old "Plasterchrist" you won’t find here. For the fans which can still remember their classic releases for the UK based label Dreamtime Recordings, this new album is a must-have. It is also diverse enough to grab attention by the interested newbies.

LEXINCRYPT: This Descent

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Nov 15 2005
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Artist: LEXINCRYPT
Title: This Descent
Format: CD
Label: DSBP (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Do I really have to introduce this act? Justin "Wrythe" Cameron (SYMBIONT) is back with the second CD of his sole project LEXINCRYPT. Long awaited from the listeners and fans around the Salt Lake City area, although Justin made a break with his old label Backscatter (www.backscatter.biz) , which is leaded by his SYMBIONT partner in crime, XoN, who has also a remarkable solo project called BOUNDLESS. Justin also moved away out of the SLC area, he is now based at Seattle, WA. The connection to Tommy T and the DSBP label is luckily intact, so here is the long awaited second effort "This Descent". Starting with the first two tracks "Beginning of the End" and "One Way to Escape" I recognized still the typically mood and sounds hidden under some heavy beats mixed with an uncountable amount of well chosen movie samples. The vocals are of course – genre-like – rough distorted. But – is it me – or are most of the tracks a bit more danceable and more straight constructed? This for sure when I compare it with most of the tracks on Justin’s debut "My Sepulture", which can easily be called a classic in the huge output of the DSBP label. Critical people could easily fill "This Descent" under the overrated Hellektro/Terror-EBM genre – and this wouldn’t be fair. This album plays with that style for sure – but it is luckily mainly based to build complexity through some dark and scary layers, than simple to fall into redundancy. The dark mood, also strengthen through Justin’s well done use of tons of voice samples taken from some scary movies – this are the outstanding and important points behind this production. A very good example for this is the collaboration with Scott Sturgis (CONVERTER), who is responsible for the vocal part on the dark track "Crawlspace". Some favorites can also be found in the menacing "Victim Again", the depressive "Sleepwalker", or the almost Powernoise-like instrumental with the nice German title "Hilf Mir" (help me). Ah – and be sure to check out also the hidden and untitled bonus track. Have I said already, that this release is an absolute must-have? No? Well, it is! Finally I hope that the stories that Justin has called the day and stopped until further notice this great solo effort is only a bad rumor. Like SYMBIONT, both acts are so strong and talented – a stop would be very pity. Keep it on, Justin!

TO AVOID: Voyage Into The Past

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Nov 11 2005
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Artist: TO AVOID (@)
Title: Voyage Into The Past
Format: CD
Label: Promo-Select / Dark Wings (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
With the debut of this German duo, the now defunct Dark Wings label releases in collaboration with the new Promo-Select label its last output. So this will save the distribution through SPV, but for more future releases the label Promo-Select has to take a look for further partners and options. This "Voyage Into The Past" is indeed a well chosen title for this debut, because most sounds of the bands and the overall mood of this release has the feel of Dark Electro/EBM of some past days up to 10 – 15 years ago. The patterns of M.A.R.C. (vocals) and grandT (keys, synths) are self announced with big names like yelworC, FLA or LEAETHER STRIP. These are bands which are still active, but they had their most successful times back in the early 90ties. TO AVOID for sure do not play in the same league like their famous patterns for sure, but I see and hear it as a good point that this band tries to avoid (ha, what a nice limerick) the currently overrated Hellektro genre. It is not the newest water in use to cook the TO AVOID soup, but I appreciate their effort to try out something new. This is music based on classic, if not veteran styled anthems, lets say, a bit old-school like. The track "Cyberworld" is maybe the most one comparable to some current styles, but luckily without that stupid "onz-onz-onz-onz" Tekkno rhythms. "Hypocrisy" and "Deep" do surprise with some well worked out special effects and a strong composition. Although the possibilities of the band seem to be limited here and there, there’s nevertheless a strong potential behind this band. A fine debut which needs 3 - 4 more rotations than usual. Worth to check out – there is no reason to avoid TO AVOID!

STURM CAFÉ: So seelisch, so schön

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Nov 11 2005
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Artist: STURM CAFÉ (@)
Title: So seelisch, so schön
Format: CD
Label: Progress Productions (@)
Distributor: Border Music
Rated: *****
A huge portion of humor is required to bear the consumption of this debut CD from this Swedish duo. Jonatan Löfstedt and Gustav Jansson will surely not enter any high positions of a "best releases in 2005" contest, but they have for sure created the most funniest release for this year. The music of this two guys is mainly minimal Neo-Body music in a comparable style with old NITZER EBB or ORANGE SECTOR. As a further form of inspiration can be seen the early 80’s "Neue Deutsche Welle" movement, comparable with some minimal acts like FEHLFARBEN or DAF. About the fun – well, they’re "singing" in German – but with an scary accent and with grammatically mistakes close to the edge of asking a bit much. Their abilities in German are surely not designed to be printed in a textbook. And also musically there is nothing outstanding besides the endless 16tel bass sequences like we have heard it often enough from the mentioned patterns. I miss also a bit more effort to a more rough EBM-like sound like they have well done here with the track "Stiefelfabrik", maybe somehow in a direction towards to their countrymen of SPETSNAZ. It is fun and enjoying to listen to 2 – 3 tracks at times, to consume a whole album is for my personal preference a bit too strenuous. I am sure that this release will be discussed controversy – anyhow, also this is a kind of promotion for this band...


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