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 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 26 2005
Artist: AGONOIZE (@)
Title: 999
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
Like already mentioned in a review for VIRTUAL EMBRACE, here comes another project of the hyper-active musician Mike Johnson, this time the well known trio AGONOIZE, presenting here on the German label Out Of Line their new full length album after the release of an EP called "Evil Gets An Upgrade". Previously this band was signed to the US label BLC Productions where they released two highly acclaimed EP’s and their debut "Assimilation: Chapter One". While the reasons for this surprising label change are still a well-hidden secret, I have to admit that my expectations for this "999" CD where almost at zero. "Assimilation: Chapter One" was a quite boring and repetitive debut and could in no way fulfil any expectations after the surprising success of their both EP’s. This "999" in contrary is by far better constructed and more detailed worked out than ever before, while the formula of success still remains the same. Globally said I can recognize a way-back better production, it also seems that the band has taken some more time to work compositions better out. The music is of course still the teutonic Hellektro in vein of SUICIDE COMMANDO, GRENDEL or RETRACTOR, this time luckily with tons of more ideas and better sounds generally. Religion seems the main deal of the lyrical content, you get this already with a look on the track list with title like "The True Church of God", "Under the Cross" or "God For Sale". It would interesting to know if this is only a stylistic attitude or in what connection the band really stands to this theme. It is a bit hard to pick out a few outstanding tracks because almost all tracks are somehow in the same level of quality and aggression. Also for the first time we can find with "Zölibat" a track with German vocals. Of course this album sets not new standards, but it is nevertheless a worth investment if this style of music is yours.


 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 25 2005
Artist: GOD MODULE (@)
Title: Viscera
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
Having started somewhere in 1999 on the small Inception Records label, this US duo has made its famous way now up to the top players of the globally Electro/Industrial scene. In North America now signed to Metropolis-Records, they have released with this "Viscera" album in Europe now their already 2nd full-length after the predecessor "Empath". Musically they are standing on the highest mountain of modern and danceable Electro/Industrial music, while not falling too deep into irrelevant Futurepop or harsh Hellektro themes. This is one of the very few releases which is designed for an extended club-use, as well as possible to listen to at your home entertainment. Just pick up the starter "The Source" with some fine included metallic noises in between. The vocals of front man Jasyn Bangert had never been that intense, roughly distorted, but not disturbing. So you get into this energetic Electro album and inhale the speed! Some lighter tracks are included as well with "Still so Strange" and "Sections", both featuring some female vocals. But this both tracks deliver only very short some relaxation, the speed is back with the other two outstanding tracks here, "Lucid" and "Winter Torture". My deepest respect, Mr. Bangert, this new God Module album is of course the best up to date, there is no real filler.
The skill is high and there is a lot of dancefloor potential on this whole CD. I should admit that this album will also available in Europe as a limited DCD featuring some remix works and extra stuff. A must for dancefloor addicts and worth enough to use for your home entertainment.


 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 24 2005
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
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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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.

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