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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: SIGNS Sampler
Format: CD
Label: Aliens Production (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Folded in a paper booklet with an excellent artwork comparable with some works of Ant-Zen, here comes the newest release by the Slovakian label Aliens Productions, home of the great and well known act DISHARMONY. This compilation unites 12 more or less known bands out of the Dark Electro/Industrial and Ambient genre hailing mainly from Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Two "guests" which became friends of the label in the years are also present here with the German Dark Ambient artist POLYGON, solo effort of Ingo Lindmaier (MORTAL CONSTRAINT), and the French Ambient/Powernoise act FLINT GLASS leaded by Gwen Tremorin, who is also behind the label Brume Records. So musically you get a fine collection of dark and less danceable music stuff which will give you an up to date overview about the currently rising scene in both brother countries. What makes this release worthfull is the fact that all music here is currently only available here, so you get some previously unreleased and exclusive stuff from already known acts like DISHARMONY (new CD is out now in co-operation between Aliens Production and Monopolrecords from Czech Republic), TERMINAL STATE (released a debut in co-operation between Aliens Production and the German label Broken Seal three years ago and seem now to work on a comeback...), OXYD (the more Ambient-like side-project of DISHARMONY, debut CD is now out...) or the great Czech Electro/Industrial act DEPRESSIVE DISORDER (outstanding debut on Monopolrecords). Make your contacts out to Aliens Production to purchase this fine release. I am really looking forward to hear more dark music hailing from Eastern Europe...

Track listing:

1. ANIMA MUNDI – Oscillate
2. SAMHAIN – Subsist
3. FLINT GLASS – Deliverance
4. DISHARMONY – Repulse
5. VORTEX – Illusions
6. TERMINAL STATE – Systematic Failure
7. MINDMAP – Akusia
8. GAPING CHASM – Only Shadows will Survive
9. OXYD – Empathic Clone
10. DEPRESSIVE DISORDER – Schizophrenia
11. TENSION – Room No. 5
12. POLYGON – Wo a

PSYCLON NINE: INRI

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 18 2005
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Artist: PSYCLON NINE (@)
Title: INRI
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk, Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Nova Media, Metropolis
Rated: *****
The debut of this trio hailing from San Francisco, CA, "Divine Infect" has gathered a lot of success and recognition, more than band and label could expect. The reactions were that fine that the US label Metropolis Records finally decided to make a license commitment with the German label Noitekk to release this new CD "INRI" under own flag as an Metropolis artist. Congratulations to this. Well, the band has worked on a new release and here it is. The look on the cover lets you already realize that you hold a kind of a conceptual album in your hands. A naked "female" Jesus Christ with the nails of the crucifixion pinned through her arms could cause trouble with several pseudo-catholic communities which are richly present in the USA. "INRI" takes up the essential questions of the bible and/or the Christian belief and the band reinterprets it new in their very own style. Musically the band seems to make a development since their debut which was based pretty much into the Terror-EBM style. The elements are still rich present here and also the vocals (are they high pitched?) haven’t lost any form of aggression, they are sounding a bit like the ugly neighborhood boy and need some rotations to find acceptance. PSYCLON NINE could fill in some more melodic synth layers which have won more and more meaning, and also here and there some guitar riffs to thicken the bass lines. "The Feeding" is finally the most guitar-driven track here and I am sure the short-hair Electro purists will get toothache by listening to this! But calm down, here is enough energetic Electro-infiltrated stuff to blow out your mind. My favorites can be found with the tracks which feature the most remarkable melodic content like "Lamb of God", "Harlot" or "Nothing Left". Mass movements on the dark club floors are guarantied with "Faith : Disease" or "You Know What You Are". Finally I understand the enthusiasm at the Metropolis base, this act with this quality release is a must-have!

FINAL SELECTION: Meridian

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jul 18 2005
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Artist: FINAL SELECTION (@)
Title: Meridian
Format: CD
Label: Black Flames Records, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
The already third release of this German synth pop duo on the Polish label Black Flames proves persistence and loyalty. With a look on this and the overall reactions on every release this talented duo earns, FINAL SELECTION could easily named to be the outstanding act on this label. At first I want to praise the excellent artwork consisting of a four page folded digipack with an extra included inlay full of melancholic impressions besides the music done by Michael Schubert. There’s existing a special website, www.worldofmeridian.de, on which you have a look behind the great ideas and realm of this release. Musically FINAL SELECTION prove again that they are one of the best – if not THE BEST – Synthpop acts of our lifetime. Tracks are ranging from slow and contemplative songs like "Coming Home" (features a pretty female vocal duet with Diana Röppnack), "Jupiter’s Child" (could be also found on their last EP "Heading for Graceland"), "Thieves of my Soul" (very gloomy bass line sequence combined with marvelous atmospheric synth layers) or the very sad final track "Styx" (featuring vinyl-like scratches in an endless repetition...) up to more danceable Electro-Pop songs like "Lava" or "Daybreak" which could impress not only Synth Pop fans. In all 16 tracks with almost 70 minutes of finest Synth Pop/Electronica combined with real song compositions and excellent vocal performances should be reason enough to check this out. Although I do not too often listen to this style of Electronic music, I must admit that this release totally satisfied me. A marvelous album to suspend away... and also my wife likes it!

PAINBASTARD: Overkill

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 18 2005
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Artist: PAINBASTARD (@)
Title: Overkill
Format: CD
Label: Accession-Records (@)
Distributor: Indigo
Rated: *****

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"Overkill" is already the second full length album of PAINBASTARD, a German one man project consisting of Alex P. I see the cover with a black angel (the angel of death...?) in front of rotten industrial areas and it is all colored in black and gray. The used fonts of the track list are old Germany-like based on WWII ideas and I’m sure that Alex has seen and heard very often the stuff of :WUMPSCUT: for example. Almost the same goes out to the music. I am sure that Alex has taken in his career a deep look into all efficient ingredients acts like the already mentioned :W:, plus HOCICO and/or SUICIDE COMMANDO have already produced before and so nothing is really new here. PAINBASTARD play hard along the allowed cliches this music genre has to offer, nevertheless this new album has blown me totally away. It is really hard to look for an almost comparable album which hit me that hard like this "Overkill" has done. It must belong on the pure and naked aggression this project has to offer on almost all tracks of this release. I am impressed by the overall "slab-in your-face" attitude caused through the very aggressive vocals and the straight hitting beats. This is hard and ripping EBM par excellence played with known weapons, but still unique arranged. PAINBASTARD fills also in some guitar sounds ("System Failed" or "Final Day") to support the bass lines and the melodic content is tasteful arranged. So finally I am still searching for the track or the band in where I have already discovered the music from PAINBASTARD without success. Excellent mastering work again was done by Krischan of the talented ROTERSAND, who was also responsible for this on the last [:SITD:] release. Congrats to the label to this release, congrats to the band for giving a fine produced hard Electro/EBM album which can stand all comparisons.

VV.AA.: In this Cold Terrific Room 2

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 15 2005
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: In this Cold Terrific Room 2
Format: CD
Label: La Chambre Froide (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
French label La Chambre Froide proudly presents a new compilation of French-only Electro-/Industrial acts from which are a few already known through well recognized releases while others are totally new to me. There is a lot of excellent stuff coming or still to come out of this country and this compilation does very well and offers especially unknown acts a big chance to get heard worldwide. Already known acts are here to find with H.I.V.+ (in collaboration with WIRED BRAIN) which present here their track "Havoc 2027 (Drug Addict Remix by TAMTRUM)", a piece I have already discovered on the BLC compilation "Interbreeding V: Terrorland". Then we have here E.S.R., licensed from the US label DSBP, with an unreleased "Tactical Mix" of their track "Fight Power", which shows and presents the fine programming abilities this one-man act has as usually to offer. Marvellous new and still unreleased is also the track by the rising NEON CAGE EXPERIMENT from Cortex-Records, their "Breathing Cities" can easily deal with the best pieces from their strong debut "Oscillations". La Chambre’s very own TAMTRUM, just licensed to the US label DSBP for a special re-release of their fantastic "Some Atomik Songz" debut CD are of course also present with a new track and they push the speed again to a maximum pace. In all very good stuff by the already known acts, but as usual the more unknown acts have to offer the surprising appearances. However the name of the drug is which has made somebody to name a band ARSCH DOLLS, the music is finest Dark Electro with some nice sound ideas. EX_TENSION do make also a nice piece here – unfortunately the mixing quality of their track "Pixel" destroys a lot. ASEPTIE made their first comp appearance here with a strong Terror-EBM stomper a la SUICIDE COMMANDO or AGONOIZE and I am waiting to hear more from them, they are already signed to La Chambre Froide. Another highlight is finally the Dark Electro track "Life is Suffering" from PSY with excellent programmings, good chosen sounds and remarkable vocals. You see here the rich content of this compilation and I can only advise you to make your contact to La Chambre Froide to order this essential and very well compiled French band contest. Promising new acts and soon to be giants acts are well present here, so no time to hesitate if Dark Electro/EBM/Industrial music is the drug you need.


Tracklist:
01 - Shizuka - Les Souterrains
02 - Arsch Dolls - Fetish Process
03 - HIV+ vs Wired Brain - Havoc 2027 (Drug Addict Mix By Tamtrum)
04 - Bran Terror - Traieste
05 - Ex_Tension - Pixel (LCF Edit)
06 - Aseptie - Pray (This Agony)
07 - ESR - Fight Power (Tactical Mix)
08 - Wytlyt - So Many Lies
09 - Neon Cage Experiment - Breathing Cities
10 - Tamtrum - In This Terrific Cold Room
11 - I Am Noth - Mue Urae
12 - Psy - Life Is Suffering
13 - Void Kampf - Death At Corner (Schneller Mix By Skoyz)
14 - SCR - On My Own
15 - Muckrackers vs Lith - Hexe Nacht


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