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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Interbreeding VI: Subhuman: The Alien Agenda
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
This sixth release of the successful Interbreeding series is the companion disc to chapter V, "Terrorland". Also released as a single full length CD this new part offers again a strong quality in art, this time influenced by the classic "Alien" movie themes conducted again by Wilhelm "Deaddreamer" (www.deaddreamer.com). As usual also the music has some nice surprises and exclusives to offer. Spain’s best act PAIL make an excellent Dark Electro opener with "Society in Ruins", while BLC’s own THE PAIN MACHINERY return with splendid combination between Electro and Powernoise called "Active Armour". A new full length CD by this marvelous Swedish Industrial acts called "Hostile" is already on it’s way. RETRACTOR, signed to Black Flames from Poland, give an unreleased track "The March to Stalingrad" and like the title aptly describes – so it is! Hard and uncompromising Terror-EBM for the march on the dark dancefloors. The always well productive duo BRAINCLAW return on this Interbreeding comp with a promising outlook to their next CD with a special remix of the title track "Dead Monsters". With TACTIL VISION we have here the first time that an act can get a three-play appearance on this comp series. This one-man project combines dark Electro-influenced themes with some live experimentations – well, not my cup of tea. BLC’s own SYNAPTIC DEFECT return with a cold and almost Powernoise-like instrumental piece called "Morgue" and the Metropolis recording artist BATTERY CAGE give a special remix in their typical American-influenced Industrial style with some guitar sounds. Former BLC act AGONOIZE return with an unreleased remix of their track "Sexual Violation" which is miles better than the original version. And also FILAMENT 38 created a special Interbreeding Mix of their track "Suffocate" which follows their remarkable EBM/Electro lines. As I said, also this new and already sixth part of the Interbreeding series has a lot of goodies on board and it is worth the investigation. You have to hurry up because both Interbreeding V and VI are almost sold out and only a few are still available from the BLC website. Track listing:Part I : Act Of Coercion01. Pail - Society In Ruins02. The Pain Machinery - Active Armour03. Retractor - The March To Stalingrad04. Pine Tree State Mind Control - Incinerator05. Y-Luk-O - Ein Lied Von Der Freiheit06. Brainclaw - Dead Monsters ( Remix )Part II : Interlude In Experimentalism With Tactil Vision07. Tactil Vision - Escala08. Tactil Vision - Fleshtone09. Tactil Vision - Mass TransitionPart III : Destruction by Inches10. Synaptic Defect - Morgue11. Battery Cage - Dead Morning ( Vers Remix )12. Agonoize - Sexual Violation ( Dark Edit )13. Filament 38 - Suffocate ( Interbreeding Mix )Part IV : Benediction14. My Villain - Man Himself15. Para Normal - Numbers

NO NAME DESIRE: Wastelands

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 01 2005
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Artist: NO NAME DESIRE (@)
Title: Wastelands
Format: CD
Label: Monopolrecords (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
Lately with the east expansion in Europe we can notice a lot of new and promising labels and acts hailing from countries like Russia or Poland and it seems only to be a question of time until they get big and famous. There is a lot interesting stuff to find behind the formerly iron curtain and also Monopolrecords from Kladno / Czech Republic make a convincing debut here with three man project NO NAME DESIRE. Declared to be an old-school EBM project they present us here their official debut CD "Wastelands" and indeed – here are a lot of influences which could be heard in a different form by classic or veteran acts of the scene. NO NAME DESIRE luckily avoid it to swim with the current Futurepop-/Hellektro virus and give the listener a good debut. "Estrangement" is an excellent instrumental opener which produces a scary atmosphere through some dark synth layers and frightening samples. "Cute Overdose" or "Graven Image" are designed to give you new food for the dancefloor with steady beats and 16-tel bass line sequences. The vocals on this whole album are luckily well placed, mostly hard and dramatic but without overused distortion. The track "Cry and Whispers" then tries to break out from the current EBM structures and can convince with a wider melodic input. The final track "Orden de la Buena..." is an instrumental piece with Spanish samples and reminds a bit on comparable HOCICO instrumental works. This "Wastelands" is an excellent debut and can easily grow to be a secret favorite if you give it a few rotations. NO NAME DESIRE are surely not the new inventors of Electro/Industrial music but they give us here a remarkable musically sign. Check them out if you want to hear stuff besides the current hypes.

TAMTRUM / LOK-8: Versus

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 01 2005
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Artist: TAMTRUM / LOK-8 (@)
Title: Versus
Format: CD
Label: La Chambre Froide (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Things go fast in this scene. While I did a review of TAMTRUM’s debut "Some Atomik Songz" a few weeks before, this band is now signed to the rising US label DSBP (www.dsbp.cx). A special version of this debut for North America will be released soon. And hopefully this stuff on this split-CD will not be forgotten. Also LOK-8 did also grab my attention before with an excellent appearance on the 4CD compilation "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 1" out on the Belgium label Alfa Matrix. LOK-8 were already responsible for the mastering of TAMTRUM’s "Some Atomik Songz" but here goes the collaboration between both band much further. Here can be found three new track which are all produced and composed by all members of both bands. The result of this fruitful collaboration can be count to the best stuff hailing from France what I have heard for long time. Especially the extremely dark "Under the Sign of the Angel Dust" is a marvelous Dark Electro piece which should be heard on this whole globe! Follows then two new recordings of both already known tracks "Defy (Edit)" by LOK-8 and "Datura Dream" of TAMTRUM. Both tracks have enough potential to give outstanding underground hits, marvelous stuff. Follows then two new and unreleased tracks, "Love is Hate: I Love You" by TAMTRUM on which they go further in their Speed-Electro style, and LOK-8 providing with "Versus" a title track. And again are LOK-8 the surprise with their track by including some cool flute sounds. Follows finally a remix war between both bands, "Datura Dream" get some colder influences from LOK-8, while "Defy" was rearranged to storm the dark dancefloors. Both bands offer here their best stuff up-to-date and I can only congratulate all participated persons to this outstanding Electro/Industrial split-CD. The only flaw I have found here could be the folded cover artwork which shows a violated and mutilated woman. Surely not in everybody’s taste and like the music no stuff for the fainthearted. Make your contact to La Chambre Froide and order this essential piece!

ROTERSAND: Exterminate Annihilate Destroy

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 29 2005
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Artist: ROTERSAND (@)
Title: Exterminate Annihilate Destroy
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
It took a while until also Dependent’s new signing from Germany, ROTERSAND, are able to offer their debut recording for this label but now it is out and the time to wait on this was worth it. Surprisingly hard and with a strong EBM influence do ROTERSAND their very best to give you a recommended debut. Maybe the cliche-loaded title could set some confusions, this "Exterminate Annihilate Destroy" is only aggressive to enter the dancefloors of all dark clubs. Especially the "Reclubbed" version of the title track doesn’t take any prisoners and can totally convince with it’s strong bass kick and the impressive main sequence. It’s impossible to sit still by this track! The "Album Edit" of this track doesn’t give too much new influences on the contrary to the "Renoised" version in collaboration with CONFIG.SYS. Here we can hear some decent Powernoise-like efforts, not bad, but the Reclubbed Version is unbeatable. Add to this two exclusive B-sides with "Last Ship (Rearranged)" and "Caustic Greed" on which this bands shows a wider musically background by including here and there some guitar sounds. The vocals are another outstanding part in the music of ROTERSAND, they are unlike too much other contemporaries without distortion, clear but really EBM-like. Especially on "Caustic Greed" I get the impression that J.-L. de Meyer (FRONT 242) would stand behind the micro to give his voice. Anyway, this single-CD is also a part of the legendary Dependent Club Invasion (DCI) Vol. 2, but also and of course released alone. A nice and promising appetizer for the soon to be released new full length album "Welcome to Goodbye".
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Artist: THEE MALDOROR KOLLECTIVE (@)
Title: 23 Miles Back on the Clockwork Highway
Format: CD
Label: Beyond Production (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Active since 1991, after releasing music (most black metal music) with the Inquisitor, Funeral Fog and Maldoror monickers, the Thee Maldoror Kollective produced one live MCD and two albums. Since the change of band name also the music changed and it turned into a mix of technological metal influenced by occult theories. 23 MILES BACK ON THE CLOCKWORK HIGHWAY is a remixed version of their latest album "A Clockwork Highway". The men called to the hard work of giving a new life to the Thee Maldoror Kollective tracks are: Mick Harris, CTRLer, Nordvargr, Cdatakill, Eraldo Bernocchi, Jeye, Bad Sector and Euro Satan 3000 / Mikrikilla. The tracks have been reworked hardly and of the original guitar sound only few things are left: most of the tracks are now sounding more ambient industrial / dub industrial. I don't know how the original versions were but I've got to say that the remixers did a good job by building a new sound structure that has got it's personality. The tracks aren't a collage of metal sounds into an "electronic sauce". There isn't a better version of a track, each one is a good one and you should check this out!


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