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Artist: DIVERJE (@)
Title: The Distortion Chamber
Format: CD
Label: DSBP (@)
Rated: *****
This review of the already 6th release of DIVERJE I would like to start with a quotation taken from the title track "The Distortion Chamber":

"Step inside, the distortion chamber
electro-body-music takes you in
immerse in sound – synthetic pleasure
this is our secret, to keep us sane.
Step Inside, the distortion chamber
razor-sharp-beats, pounding you down
electrofied – you don’t want out
addicted to this energy now."

I couldn’t find any better words to describe finally the feeling not only by listening to this new output by Tommy T. Rapisardi, head behind DIVERJE, as well as in the rising DSBP label and the "Cyberage" radio show (www.cyberage.cx ). Tommy could again invite several talented musicians to help him up with programming, synths and composition, so you find here contributions by Xon of BOUNDLESS, Justin of LEXINCRYPT, Len Lemeire of IMPLANT, Vince Pujol of E.S.R. and a few others. The lyrics and vocals are still done by Tommy, while the music shows a huge amount of diversity simply caused through the different hard- and software the mentioned musicians use. So like it is mentioned in the booklet, this CD is recorded all over the world from the USA, to France, Belgium and New Zealand with the headquarter in the DSBP studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This album is mastered by the famous Da5id Din (INFORMÄTIK, din_fiv) at his Corossive Audio studio – you expect the best, so you get it. My personal favorites can be found mostly in the tracks in which Vince Pujol of E.S.R. has included his talented input. The Opener "Enough to Destroy" is one example of this and this track get some very good reactions through its appearance on the Alfa-Matrix quadruple compilation "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 1".Another fine contribution between Vince and Tommy T. is the track "Your Pleasure" which is featured here in two different version. Well worked out futuristic synth layers meet extravagant vocals and impressive rhythm programmings, while things slowed down with a track "Time is the Enemy" where this two musicians teamed up with a third talented artist, Matt Ossen of TYPE001. The lyrics of Tommy are dealing mainly with happenings or problems around his life as a musician and label manager ("The Decline of the CD Generation"), but I assume also a huge personal influence out of his private life here, for example of a lost affair ("I Walk Alone", music arranged by Justin Cameron of LEXINCRYPT), same thematically with a slight hint in "Test Samples" (music arranged by Len Lemeire of IMPLANT). Not to hide I want also the fact that you also get some grinding guitar riffs here. Not unusual for DIVERJE of course – but the purist should be warned. In all we have a nice new and for the best DIVERJE album so far. One reason to get this CD is the fact of the long playing time of almost 75 minutes. And so you get a full-scale assault of diverse and varied arranged Electro/Industrial album which is not like anything else or easy to compare. A splendid release!

VV. AA. : Decibel

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 31 2005
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Artist: VV. AA. (@)
Title: Decibel
Format: CD
Label: Plutonium (@)
Rated: *****
I've always thought it was surprising how some techno music and some dance music were not that far from "mechanical beats" and how that sound was somehow "industrial", this electronic sampler goes even more close to "industrial environment" I was talking about. Harsh electronics, techno beats, dark ambient, power noise, distorted samples, hypnotic loop: despite the different tracks this' not a senseless "bricolage" since the most of the acts on this cd have that "rave-till-death" flavor that makes the difference, even the rhythmic "tunes" (the 70% of these songs have a solid rhythmic structure) have a strong "industrial rave" heaviness. After having taken for granted the rhythmic astonishment is a constant for most of the songs don't forget there's an incredible abundance of distortion almost everywhere (Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails have based a carrier on effects like that) and sure, the "mental disturbing" sensation created with the repetitive loops by these young swedish musicians is there to "blow your brains out", for sure. No Merzbow worshippers here, neither some techno avant-gardists like Massimo (the italian guy on Mego and Staalplaat) even if we're not that far, probably that's the kind of music you'd love when under the influence of a bad trip. Even if that's another cup of tea never forget Brighter Death Now comes from up there: "the mechanical heaviness of repetitions", if this sentence stirs your curiosity, here probably there's something for you ears and mind.

Conjure One: Extraordinary Ways

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 29 2005
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Artist: Conjure One
Title: Extraordinary Ways
Format: CD
Label: Nettwerk America
Rated: *****
On August 30th the world will finally be able to welcome the new release by Conjure One, the personal side-project of critically acclaimed Canadian-born producer Rhys Fulber (of Front Line Assembly and Delerium fame). I remember loving his first self-titled album, and this second one, altough different, doesn't disappoint and meets all expectations. As in the debut, he makes use of a number of different (and great sounding!) female vocalists (Jane, and Chemda Kalili -also to be found on the previous record- and new voices Tiff Lacey and Joanna Stevens; as well as collaborations with Ashwin Sood, Sean Ashby from McLachlan's band, Leah Randy of Pink and ex-Abandoned Pools and string arranger Chris Elliot). The focus is still heavily on melody, altough the formula has shifted away from the middle eastern flavors and slightly more towards pop (acoustic guitars etc). Obviously everything is supported by a solid and consistent electronic music structure that carries along creating beautiful bass lines, great layered atmospheres and visionary landscapes. "Extraordinary Ways" is nothing short of what you would expect from a skilled and experienced top producer such as Fulber, so go for it without a question! It's a great sounding, relaxing, enticing, rich, dynamic, full, harmonious, gorgeous record!

HIOCTAN: Concentration Overload

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 28 2005
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Artist: HIOCTAN (@)
Title: Concentration Overload
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****

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This is already the second release of this one man project hailing from Rostock, Germany. Like on his first CD, Michael Senft presents here his version of harsh EBM/Electro music with already heard distorted vocals, rough and steady beats and overdriven sequencer bass lines. Comparable to older SUICIDE COMMANDO stuff like the "Critical Stage" era is surely a possible reference, but unfortunately are HIOCTAN not able to play in the same league like his alter ego act. Here is a lot of repetition on almost all tracks, a lift up in song structuring wouldn’t be bad at all. Also the choice of synth sounds cannot really convince me, most bass line and melodic strings are sounding careless and old. It is a pity that here isn’t too much interesting stuff which would help this project to gather a higher level than average. If you look out for some stuff with an edge, with a musically demand, you are wrong with HIOCTAN. This album (excellent cover artwork with nice photos by the way...) is only dedicated to harsh EBM short-cut-hair rivetheads.

GRENDEL: Soilbleed

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jul 28 2005
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Artist: GRENDEL (@)
Title: Soilbleed
Format: CD EP
Label: Noitekk (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
A new EP for currently Netherland’s finest Dark Electro acts GRENDEL which avoids to follow the trend to release too much of remixes done by some dear colleges with some payments here and there, that’s indeed a good initiative. Grendel do offer here mostly new tracks which are all very well worked out with a rich melodic content combined with the usually distorted male vocals and the driving Dark Electro bass lines comparable to synonymous acts ala SUICIDE COMMANDO. The idea to use voice samples taken from "Full Metal Jacket" is surely not new at all. On the other side I have never heard a music project which uses this samples that fine and rhythmically well placed like GRENDEL here on their title track. So we have finally three fine new tracks, 2 remix works done by OBSZÖN GESCHÖPF and Mr. Mike Johnson himself, AGONOIZE, a new version of the rare to get track "Zombienation", which was only available on the limited and long sold out DCD "Prescription: Medicine", plus finally a more atmospheric track named "Dream II (feat. ORDO ROSARIUS EQUILIBRIO). This last track surely is the strangest piece here, it goes to a musically different direction with the use of some melodic piano sounds, undistorted vocals and a really dark mood. I have noticed also – as far as recognizable through the use of FX on the vocals – the use of some engaged and socio-politically lyrics here and there. So the music of GRENDEL is not new at all, but it features an almost perfect combination between the roughness and the remarkable melodic synth layers. I would rate their stuff to be authentic and this EP will totally please you.


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