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VIOLENT ENTITY: Mechanized Division

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 20 2004
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Artist: VIOLENT ENTITY (@)
Title: Mechanized Division
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****
Sometimes by listening to the new releases you feel that e.b.m. has already told everything and even if each band claim itself as the new sensation, by doing so, they throw another handful of ground on the e.b.m. grave. Fortunately sometimes, thanks to some new bands, you start to think that electonic body music could give some new thrill, again. Violent Entity doesn't represent an electronic miracle but MECHANIZED DIVISION is a good album, if you think that it is his first one. The tracks have got a good balance of dance/beat attitude, simple melodies and powerful mix without sounding too fake angry. Also the structure of the tracks differs one from the other (only a couple of them are similar) and they don't create that lousy effect of xeroxed songs. Also the two remixes (thanks to Batterycage and to Supreme Cout) offers to the listener good electro entertainment moments and if you love granitic albums, MECHANIZED DIVISION could be a good choice.
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: WWW.HOTGOTH.NET
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is a first compilation CD released by the internet community www.hotgoth.net hailing from the Salt Lake City area. It presents mainly the music by registered members of this community and they all are more or less well known in the world-wide Electro/Industrial scene. The music included here varies a lot in styles and gives the listener a huge amount of diversity. Tracks ranging from Synth Pop tunes (PLATFORM ONE) to softer Electro (BOUNDLESS), from Dark Electro (SYMBIONT, LITTLE SAP DUNGEON, LEXINCRYPT) to typically US Coldwave Industrial (PROJECT 9, QUEEN BEE), from chaotic Industrial (23 EXTACY, CIRCUIT SURGEON) to somewhat like Death Metal (LORD BEHERIT), which isn’t surely my cup of tea. 12 Tracks in all plus a hidden piece at position 23, this can only be 23 EXTACY with their Punk-like cover version of DEVINE’s disco classic "I’m so Beautiful", which is both outstanding and funny. Other marvelous works are presented here by BOUNDLESS (a new track with damned efficient sequences), LITTLE SAP DUNGEON (with a scary Ambient-like start for their "Dinner Guest") and PROJECT 9 (reminds a little bit to RAZED N’ BLACK). This comp lacks a bit that known bands do not provide more new or unreleased stuff (LEXINCRYPT or SYMBIONT) but nevertheless there is a lot of interesting stuff provided here, so fell free and check out the Hotgoth website to purchase this remarkable compilation.

BETA: Reflections in Darkness

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 10 2004
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Artist: BETA (@)
Title: Reflections in Darkness
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
BETA is a one-man project hailing from Anaheim, CA, consisting of Ian Velasquez and he presents us here his first official CD out on BLC Productions. We have here an album full of hard and almost danceable Dark Techno/Electro music but surprisingly without any vocals. I personally expected that this would be the biggest flaw at all, to release a 78:00 min long intrumental album, but my judgement was wrong. Really true, this is Dark Electro full of refreshing ideas, innovative programming and a huge amount of uncountable noises, effects and samples. This is somewhat innovative and I haven't heard this before for a long time. If I should give you a hint how it sounds, I would take DISMANTLED combined with later NOISE UNIT for a comparison. Outstanding tracks can be rich found here, "Heretic", "Vengeance" or "Splintered" will give you enough food to set fire on the dancefloors, while tracks like "Absolution", "Fait Accompli" and "Escape" are slower and designed for your mind. Adding to this ten original tracks four remix works by well known bands like SCHATTENSCHLAG, AGONOIZE, IMPLANT and SKOYZ. Another outstanding point is the excellent graphically manipulation done by no one else than Wilhelm Steiner, the Deaddreamer (www.deadreamer.com). This is a marvelous release which should be purchased immediately.
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Artist: GOTHIC (@)
Title: Grim
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
GOTHIC is a very strange project now at their 11th work.. They describe themselves as a multimedia project, a total art ensemble with a high experimental approach. This, united to the choice of releasing a double cd album (that took four years of composition) and giving also an electronic presentation, made me hope great things. But problems now starts. Every word the band use in their "Grim’s Presentation" is a hagiographical praise of themselves, describing tracks as a disturbing and perfect fusion of dark, electronics and heavy metal. Unfortunately the songs, in my opinion, are really far from a complete maturity, resulting in a confuse and out of phase arrangement. The two cds show two different approaches, the first electro-dark/goth-prog, the second mixing industrial, post-dark and metal. In both the cds the songs last for 7-8 minutes and are composed by many parts, following each other often without a sense, alternating good atmospheres with absurd falsettos, aggressive loops with keyboards whose sound had to be cured a lot and totally confused. Listen to the opening "Lurking Limbo" from the second cd, to understand what I say: I don’t know how they can consider this work, but I’ve found myself shocked not understanding if they were joking or not. I don’t say they always fail to hit the mark, "Forlon" is a good song and you’ll find many single parts showing a good intuition and a compositive quality, but at once, after only thirty seconds, in the following passage they destroy what they created. Ten demo have been released before "Grim", and I never heard anything of the band GOTHIC before, and they’re from the same country of my own. Probably the band members have to ask themselves why. A bit of humility will show them their limits and maybe will help them to find the right way. I repeat, they have compositive capacities, and many times they’re damn good, but they absolutely need to distinguish between the good intuition and the too confused arrangement.

OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF: Son of Evil

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 02 2004
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Artist: OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF (@)
Title: Son of Evil
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Another debut out on BLC Productions, but for this band hailing from France it is already the second full-length CD after the own released "Yell of Fright" CD (distributed and co-released in Europe by Pandemonium in 2003). OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF, so the German band name, translated it means "obscene creature", consists of Remzi Kellici and he presents on this album his kind of Dark Electro/EBM music. The band name and several names from the track list like "Face of Swine", "Strip of Flesh", "Hate and Despair" or "Dead Christ" will give you a hint of what kind of music you can expect here. Thematically based on crimes, sex, horror/splatter and all black chapters of human being, Remzi plays a somewhat old-fashioned minimal Electro music with some similarities to SUICIDE COMMANDO’s first works like "Critical Stage" or earlier combined with some more steady EBM-influenced baselines. Adding to this some raw sawtooth sequencer works and rarely included strange Alien-like vocal performances which give some tracks a binding hypnotizing approach ("Resist" or "Fright Night"). This is surely not new or in any case something innovative - but it has an own charismatic feeling. It cannot be compared with the often and over-polluted "We sound like SC/Tactical Sekt-attitude" where too much bands are trying to copy simply the mentioned acts – no, this has a more classic touch and also the sounds of this have an analogue edge. Outstanding tracks to my taste are the both dancefloor stompers "War" and "Dead Christ", on the more hypnotizing kind of this band I would recommend the already mentioned "Resist". If you look for the real dark and sick EBM with a nostalgic touch you can’t go wrong with the OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF. Keep on your style, Remzi!


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