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[:SITD:]: Odyssee: 13

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 12 2005
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Artist: [:SITD:] (@)
Title: Odyssee: 13
Format: CD EP
Label: Accession-Records (@)
Distributor: Indigo
Rated: *****
After the "Coded Message: 12" the rising German act [:SITD:] returns with a new EP, giving some remix works as well as some new tracks. And I must admit, that I am again impressed how clean produced their music is. They don’t spread any nervousness or hectic in their arrangements, moreover they seem to know about their strength. The comparisons with SUCIDE COMMANDO or harder acts out of the genre turns more and more into background. Critically reviewed in several forums is mostly the style of vocals done by singer Carsten Jacek – well, I would say he is now on the right way and I can hear especially on the both new tracks "Suffering in Solitude" and "Venom (Slow Version)" a nice improvement. The vocals are sounding more natural because the band avoids overdone effects here. Both mentioned can be count to my favorites done by this band but also the other new tracks "Firmament" and "Benumbed" can satisfy in the known style of the band. Add to this the Club Version of their smasher "Wegweiser", originally available on their last success album "Coded Message: 12". You will also find a strong remix of GRENDEL for "Crusade" and a completely revamped version of "Plastination City" by PAINBASTARD, who is responsible for the remix and guest vocals. Finally we have an almost average remix by ABSURD MINDS on "Ascension", also taken from the last "Coded Messages: 12". With a running time of about 50 minutes the EP tends to look like a full length album and I must admit that I like several tracks here more than from their last full length. A strong EP which should bring [:SITD:] to the forefront of Electro/Industrial music made in Germany.

SUICIDE COMMANDO: Godsend/Menschenfresser

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 06 2005
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Artist: SUICIDE COMMANDO (@)
Title: Godsend/Menschenfresser
Format: CD EP
Label: NTP/Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
The genre leader is back with two new tracks, "Godsend" and "Menschenfresser", available on Johan van Roy’s very own NTP label, a new sublabel of the rising German Dependent. This release is also available through Metropolis-Records for North America. Both two tracks receive here each two remix works done by currently rising names like GOD MODULE, REAPER, AMDUSCIA and AGONOIZE, so we have a 6-track SiCD with a nice digi-pack artwork. Both original versions are of course the outstanding pieces here, and especially "Godsend" features that "hard-in-your-face" attitude in this typically SUCIDE COMMANDO kind and will give for sure the coming club hit for the next months. I have noticed also a slight dedication from the poppy-like structures richly present on his last full length release "Axis of Evil" back to a more harder sound, maybe taken from his masterpiece "Mindstrip". Lets say that this new tracks feature the best of the both mentioned past full length albums, also the nice and still unreleased track on the "Advanced Electronics Vol. 4" compilation proves this. The here featured remix works can only follow the intense aggression of the originals. AMDUSCIA made the best one here and could well incorporate their vision of electronic music in combination with the given material. REAPER, lately often asked and booked for remixes, totally disappoint here by offering repetitive bass lines without any idea or inspiration. Although this SiCD doesn’t offer anything which could be described as new, I am rather impressed, how Johan van Roy is still able to integrate his vision of EBM/Electro music. All bands of the currently hyped Hellektro/Harsh EBM genre can only follow him and so the original. There is no real rival in the field, and this also doesn’t change with the risky remix appearances of a well known and similar act like AGONOIZE here. Worldwide limited to only 4000 exemplars and I am pretty sure that they will be all sold out. So act up soon and get this piece!

PAINBASTARD: Storm of Impermanence

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 05 2005
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Artist: PAINBASTARD (@)
Title: Storm of Impermanence
Format: CD EP
Label: Accession-Records (@)
Distributor: Indigo
Rated: *****
A companion release for the in May 2005 released full length CD "Overkill" - yes, the success of this German solo effort by Alex P. is growing in constant manners. "Storm of Impermanence" consist of four new PAINBASTARD tracks and several remix works done by friends and label comrades based on two of the best tracks taken from "Overkill", "Nervenkrieg" and "Todesengel". Of course the new tracks receive the most attention, especially the opener "Hidden Game Of The Devil". An excellent and memorable synth layer, harsh bass line sequences, a steady rhythmic torture and vocals in style of Rudy R. of :WUMPSCUT: - ready done is the next club smasher! A different and lesser distorted effect on the vocals on the second track "A Kingdom For A Life" gives an impressive result, especially in the refrain I get some remembrances to some old-school acts ala CAT RAPES DOG and POUPPEE FABRIKK. But definitively more impressed I am with the slower "Breakdown", which feature some excellent broken beats and again a thick melodic content. The track "Don’t Ask Me Why" is a remake of an older PAINBASTARD track done in the early years of this band. Then we have four different remixes for "Nervenkrieg", done by good names like LIGHTS OF EUPHORIA, REAPER, CONETIK and Mr. PAINBASTARD himself. But all don’t give any impressive further elements to the strong original version available on "Overkill". Way back better is the remix of "Todesengel" done by [:SITD:], which only reminds from the vocal content to the original version. The music and sounds from [:SITD:] are of their finest efforts, very nice, clear and majestic. 9 Tracks with a playing time of more than 42 minutes – well, reasons enough to pick up the efforts by Germany’s coming leader of dark and hard Electro/EBM/Industrial music. PAINBASTARD’s own new recordings are promising enough for further more efforts by this talented act.

CABARET: Homophobia

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Dec 05 2005
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Artist: CABARET (@)
Title: Homophobia
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Artoffact (@)
Distributor: Storming the Base
Rated: *****
First full length also for this act from Poland, which could already satisfy with pre-released SiCD "Electric Chair Song". Especially their astonishing cover version of Porcupine Tree’s "Every Home Is Wired" gets still some rotations here. Surprisingly especial the kind how Jaroslaw Pawlik and Michal Bieniek arranged this cover can be taken as a pattern also for several tracks here on this full length CD. This music was composed without the try to better this world, without the need to ramble down some empty phrases on the daily madness called mankind – no, this band simply produces music because they like to do so – and this already active since 1997. Everybody is currently hailing the new DEPECHE MODE efforts, well – that’s fine with me. But this is a constant alternative into the dark Pop/Electropop genre and you will be surprised. This is not the cheesy Synth Pop with some remembrances to the 80’s done by uncountable similar sounding acts mostly hailing from Sweden. This is a refreshing alternative from which I hope it will get the attention it deserves. CABARET give us here and there some danceable tracks like "Devil Is Dancing" or the title track, but they seem to be stronger with their heart- felting pieces with piano assistance like "Butterfly With No Address" or "Song For Berlin". The vocals are warm and smooth and very well placed. Other outstanding pieces I have found here in "Be On Standby", "Rain On My Skin" and "Check Point Charlie" – all of them feature an excellent instrumentation and will invade your ears and mind with an unforgettable melodic content. I only find it quite strange that they released "Electric Chair Song" and "Dawn Mist Glowing" in different versions on the mentioned SiCD. The songs are great – but all mentioned on the full length CD are way back better! My favorite release of the last quarter 2005!!!
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Artist: URCEUS EXIT (@)
Title: Contra
Format: CD
Label: Artoffact (@)
Distributor: Storming the Base
Rated: *****
This release of the Canadian sole project URCEUS EXIT consisting of Richard Duggan isn’t that easy to listen to and consume, and this surprises me a bit after the excellent and mostly straight designed SiCD "Metro". Concentration and a good pair of headphones are required to realize the whole spectrum of this CD. None of the tracks sounds like any other else here and the rhythmic construction and the arrangements show a wide complexity. URCEUS EXIT may take their influences out of acts like LEFTFIELD and UNDERWORLD in some ways, globally this is a colorful mixture from Techno, IDM and Electronica, but it can only hardly take influences out of Electro/EBM. Nothing here is really straight and designed to set four steps on the dancefloors. Only the already mentioned "Metro", "This Morning Comes", "Depravation" and "Decadence" at parts could give some animation and they are also the most accessible tracks here. An other favorite here are the 10 minutes clocking opener "Good Morning Beautiful" with spacey synth layers, a robotic-like restranged voice, diverse tempo changes and a overall majestic mood. A long-time diversity is guaranteed here, an enjoying listening of intelligent produced music as well. A little bit too special and unexpected experimental at times maybe too, but worth to be checked out


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