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MORTICIANS: Mutilation Recreation

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 05 2005
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Artist: MORTICIANS
Title: Mutilation Recreation
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Plutonium Distribution (@)
Rated: *****
This is the right occasion to greet a new label born from the Swedish Plutonium Distribution, a small distribution which aim is to support the sounds they love. Morticians' MUTILATION RECREATION is the first label's release. The duo coming from Sweden, just like the label, produced a demo tape more than ten years ago just to reuniting nowadays to start where they left. The limited to 500 copies double CD contains the original demo recorded back in 1993/94 along with new recordings (the opening "Zombie centerfold", "Repeat reassemble" and "Mortal death" which has been recreated in 2004). The first thing to notice is that the sound hasn't changed that much even if more than ten years have passed: well, the new tracks have got a better balanced sound and they sound clean even if distorted while the old ones sound less produced (just think that on early '90s PC weren't massively used for home recordings even if the band had already the opportunity to use sampler machines). Morticians were already ahead of their time, their songs were aggressive and catchy at the same time and they succeeded into having a personal style: dark, crawling and melodic electro e.b.m. The second CD contains remixes and covers from bands such as: Cryo, Project-X, Sophie Rimheden, Severe Illusion and The Pain Machinery, etc. A good thing that the label decided to mix remixes and covers just to break the remix fashion and to give to the bands more freedom into the re-interpretation of the original song. Well, to close this review I've got only to tell you to follow my advice and to try to catch this release. Remember, it's a limited release of 500 copies only...P.s. The band is working on new fresh tracks, it will be a sure success!

MIND.IN.A.BOX.: Dreamweb

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 04 2005
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Artist: MIND.IN.A.BOX.
Title: Dreamweb
Format: CD
Label: Dependent / Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
I must admit that I am one of maybe three persons on this world who hasn’t heard their highly recognized debut album "Lost Alone". Shame on me, I have simply missed the album of the year 2004 from the newcomer of the year. On the other side I come here into the real treat of a new full length by this duo from Austria. It is a bit early to start a discussion which release could be the "Album of the Year" contender but I am sure that this new "Dreamweb" would be on the list by a lot of people. MIND.IN.A.BOX. simply offer here "the second reflection in a mirror of our reality". Behind this cool and in the art aptly designed release this duo hides their internal feelings no matter if positive or negative. The music they produce is a kind of valve and MIND.IN.A.BOX show us their philosophy of life with every sound and every note they play. What makes them so outstanding is the fact that they are able to deal with a lot diverse music styles in their tracks. Electro, Ambient, Synth Pop or Techno are used here and they do not have any problems to mix all styles to their very own kind. Take the track "Machine Run" which starts with some near Metal-like guitar riffs and some rough vocals. 5 seconds later the whole track breaks down to restart with a typical Synth Pop theme and the vocals are now clear and melodic. The conceptual work on the vocals is another remarkable point in the music of M.I.A.B. They are pitching their vocals sometimes high and sometimes to express different feelings ("Lament for Lost Dreams" or "Out of Time"), but it is finally the same vocalist. Personally I like the more calm and melodic pieces like "Loyalty", "Sun and Storm" or "Escape" to most and these tracks could be the outstanding examples for every listener to grow into the fantastic world of MIND.IN.A.BOX. The already released dancefloor killer "Certainty" is also included and the whole album is flawless produced. Take this fragile-like "Dreamweb", open your ears and you get an experience in simply good music!
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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!


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