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Sasha: Involver

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Jun 04 2004
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Artist: Sasha
Title: Involver
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Rated: *****
This is how every DJ's album should be made in the new millennium! Finally somebody that displays some serious creativity and hands-on production, and, what do you know, from the one I maybe least expected it. After the success of "Airdrawndagger", two years ago, Dj Sasha's new album "Involver" (to be released June 22nd) presents an artist that has undergone some serious artistic growth and evolution, a Dj that has taken Djing to the next (ultimate?) level: each and every track has been written, remixed, re-produced or re-edited for the sole purpose of the creation of this album. So it's more than just spinning and mixing and blending a bunch of records together, Sasha's "Involver" is almost a real artist album. Contrarywise to the live environment he now has the tools and the time to make everything sound as if it is his own creation, and most importantly he chooses to do so. The tracklist includes pieces by Grand National, Shpongle, Petter, Unkle, The Youngsters, Spooky, Lostep, Felix da Housecat, Ulrich Schnauss. Sasha's artistic re-working covers all grounds from ambient, to funky-dance, from house to chill out, from electronica to lounge music, from world beats to latin-brazilian influences. Lots of ethereal voices and arrangments find their way into the sneaky electronica-based format of "Involver", which totally makes it a winner in my book.

STIGMATA FLESH INFERNAL: Transmutation 003

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 03 2004
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Artist: STIGMATA FLESH INFERNAL (@)
Title: Transmutation 003
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
TRANSMUTATION 003 is the second SFI demo I received and I have to say that respect the previous "Dead Flesh Heaven" with this one Salvatore reached a better level of composition. Being an half way between goth, metal and e.b.m. the tracks could compete with the sound of bands like Hocico or the early Terminal Choice. The sound of this release is more definite and powerful and even if on some points you can hear that the demo has been produced at home, the five tracks are a pleasant surprise. Power, distortion, stops and go are well arranged and also the rate of sickness reaches an optimal value. If you are into e.b.m. goth and you like sick atmospheres, give to TRANSMUTATION 003 a try.

Cruciform Injection: Epilogue

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 02 2004
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Artist: Cruciform Injection (@)
Title: Epilogue
Format: CD
Label: Negative Gain Productions (@)
Distributor: Metropolis
Rated: *****

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The fourth album by Cruciform Injection, released just a few weeks ago, takes a twisted turn into a more claustrophobic and sick direction. Its ill-lighted atmospheres clash with the electronic-driven EBM structure and the boot stomping industrial dance attitude and become one impactful yet minimal attack (which might sound like an oxymoron, but obviously finds some applications). The addition of two new members to the changing line up (a guitar player and a keyboardist) might have caused this slight alteration in sound, but I am sure the production by Oliver Tarancweski (of Evils Toy/T.O.Y. and Re/act) and the mastering by Guido Fricke of Haujobb have contributed to the album in its entirety. I just realized that one of our contributors already reviewed this CD here at Chain D.L.K. so I won't keep you much longer, you already have two opinions to base your next shopping spree on.
Jun 01 2004
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Artist: Carfax Abbey (@)
Title: Second Skin
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****

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Here is a band whose members you can tell most definitely had a past that involved heavy overdoses of hard rock, heavy metal, trash, glam rock and power metal... But fear not, these are not a bunch of cheesy wannabe rockers who sent us their demo by mistake. Philadelphia based Carfax Abbey take their experience and influences and pour it all into a crafty mixture of gothic, industrial, dark and electronic sounds. The programmming and the production are definitely the key element that lift Carfax Abbey off the ground to make them stand out. Fierce, glamorous and very eclectic vocals (from brilliant to corny), along with impactful scratchy aggro-guitars and ballsy bass lines are complemented by saavy DAW editing and fast-paced drum patters and allow them to retain their heritage and yet be an appetible cocktail of sounds for all you thirsty wide-horizon-ed music fans out there. Sure, they might be a little more "intense" than what we usually get here, but you all know we do appreciate mixtures of heavy guitars and electronic music around here, and even if this is not your average cup of tea, you don't have to be an english man or a drunk bum to appreciate some good old breakfast tea with a punchy kick, if you know what I mean... The truth always lies in between. I hear these guys pull off some great live shows (they opened for a list of who's who of today's industrial and metal industry scene and have been awarded multiple times), so if you are in area I suggest you line up at the box office.

Blind Faith and Envy: the Charming Factor

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 31 2004
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Artist: Blind Faith and Envy (@)
Title: the Charming Factor
Format: CD
Label: Nilaihah records (@)
Distributor: Amazon, Metropolis, A Different Drum, Isolation Tank, Middle Pillar, Harvest Media, Best Buy, Projekt, COP Int., CD Baby, DarkLand Music, Unspun, Musicwerks, DSBP (US); DDM, Musik Non Stop, Resurrection UK, Prosonic (Europe); Storming the Mailorder, T.i.K. (Canada)
Rated: *****
Blind Faith and Envy's debut "the Charming Factor" reveals an artistic maturity and a professional approach that are rare to find in pop-electronica newcomers. The female-fronted duo's music is made of well programmed beats and sequences, carefully molded and layered sounds, catchy vocals and hook-friendly songs fueled by strong attitude. Daniel Guenther's impressive production, songwriting and engineering skills are gracefully complemented by Charlene April's smooth and candid vocals and well thought out lyrics. Their influences are probably as comprehensive and eclectic as today's open-minded listeners' and the both of them even have the looks, which means they'd probably be ready for something bigger at this very moment in time.The shadow of the electronic music scene is backing them up. In this album you'll find remixes by Blank, Null Device, Neuroactive and a cover of 1981's "Shout" by Depoche Mode.Potential hit singles would probably be the opening track "Golden Glass" and maybe a few tunes could do very well in and around the international dancefloor scene too. Basically it is a well-made and sufficiently multifaceted album, capable of satisfying the dancing, the chilling, the romantic, the relaxing and even, why not, the easy listening fan.Very well done indeed.


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