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THE RETROSIC: God of Hell

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 18 2004
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Artist: THE RETROSIC (@)
Title: God of Hell
Format: CD
Label: Tribune Records/Minuswelt (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Uuhmm – what evil we are... Well, we have 1997 and Rudy R alias :WUMPSCUT: has just released his long awaited "Embryodead" full-length CD, a masterpiece for the history books of hard Electro/EBM/Industrial music. And here are five musicians collected under the name THE RETROSIC, also hailing from Germany, who have spent too much time with hearing this mentioned masterpiece. So we have here the biggest flaw of this production – to copying their unreachable idol without any sense, without any own idea or musically identity, and most of it – 7 years too late! Really true, I haven’t heard in the more than 15 years I am listening to this music genre any other band which can be called that easy as copycats. There is a big hype behind this act, also Metropolis Records did license this CD for the release in North America. After listening to this album five times I must really ask why? On their danceable tracks like "The Storm", "Maneater" (listen to this stupid German voice samples – wow, we are so eeeeevil!!!), "New World Order", "Total War" and "Antichrist" (ooh, the names of this track list is a big hint... we are sooo damned eeeeevil!!!) they present us their dancefloor 4/4-floor stompers along the mentioned :W: lines but – and this is what makes the biggest difference to :W: - without any edge or remarkable ground. Only listening to this stuff bores me and if you have heard one of this track, you know them all. If you are familiar with this kind of Electro/Industrial music you can check this out without hesitation. Also the cover art is well done, but also nothing what we haven’t seen before. Guys, take your equipment and try to explore new sounds, create something that doesn’t sound like the one and only track you have already composed in the 4 years on your previous releases. There is nothing wrong to be angry or evil, but bring it in a line with an own identity.

XP8: Re_Productions (Das Licht + Wet Dream) EP

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 17 2004
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Artist: XP8
Title: Re_Productions (Das Licht + Wet Dream) EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Black Flames Records, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Future Pop is still able to find its audience it seems and I think no other band (one big exception: A23) out from this music genre could receive so much positive feedback than this band from Italy. This belongs on their successful debut CD "Forgive(n)" out earlier this year, and so they are now back with an remix EP featuring several different mixes and versions of two of the best tracks from "Forgive(n)", "Das Licht" and "Wet Dream". The names list of the remixers who put their hands on the XP8 stuff features both, well known and also new names. T3CHN0PH0B1A, SYRIAN, BLANK, and EPSILON MINUS do all an excellent job here, but it can’t convince me too much, because all of these mentioned acts are playing almost in the same style, close to that XP8 stuff, so that they can’t offer any interesting new. Outstanding are the remix works of DELOBBO (nice, very Ambient-styled sounds) and VIRTUAL EMBRACE (harsher sequences, some noisy Indus patterns – easy done, but damned effective!), who are also responsible for the final production and mastering of this EP in their own Mao Music Productions studio in Berlin. Adding to this the two new created versions from "Das Licht (Dunkel Version)" and "Wet Dream (Closer2Home)" plus a new and previous unreleased track "Your Heat" by XP8 themselves, all in their known style. The whole EP is convincing enough to lead the public again to the dancefloors but only average when you look for something new.
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Artist: BLACK SUN (@)
Title: "Its Creeping Rage" + "Di Fersi Morendo Eterni"
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
After releasing a CD-r on early 2003, Black Sun released on September of 2004 new material just to fill two brand new 3" Cd-rs. ITS CREEPING RAGE and DI FERSI MORENDO ETERNI are the titles of the new releases and even if at a first listening they could sound similar, the first one (which contains tracks composed during the last year) contains more varied tracks (talking about atmosphere and composition). On DI FERSI MORENDO ETERNI Black Sun bring us five tracks plus a cover of the Halloween main theme that show a certain personality but that sometimes lack of power (see the "Halloween" track which takes the main melody making of it a nice electronic song but forgetting to giving it a certain amount of creepiness). ITS CREEPING RAGE has got five tracks (the last one, "Heaven sends you", is a The Mission's cover) which having different guests on vocals do sound different also because Luca focused his efforts by giving to the sound a certain beat by blending, e.b.m. rhythms with goth atmospheres. In this way the atmosphere is intriguing and kinda sick because of the melodies while the rhythm is always one of the main element of the tracks. The new tracks kinda lack of intriguing atmospheres and concentrate the sound on the rhythms and on the vocals of Federica Cerruti, while the combination of melody/rhythm/intriguiing atmpsheres was a winning solution. Probably I would like a little more the new tracks without being capable of confrontating them with the old ones. A little more "tuning" and I think that the Black Sun will be capable of achieve a wider audience.

INTERLACE: Imago

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 15 2004
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Artist: INTERLACE (@)
Title: Imago
Format: CD
Label: Memento Materia/Dependent/Artoffact (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
After their excellent debut CD "Innuendo" (re-released as "Under the Sky" DCD in Europe by Dependent) this mysterious project hailing from Sweden releases their second full-length "Imago" accomplished with their pre-released MCD "Master". INTERLACE are playing globally Dark Techno/Electro but far away from acts like the too high praised SUICIDE COMMANDO/WUMPSCUT clones who repeat themselves over and over again. I would not say that INTERLACE do really create here something new at all but they are strong devoted in their style. It is nice to hear after their successful debut that they do not change their style in a case of a more club-friendly sound. INTERLACE are still experimental, dark, charismatic, but also able to create calm and melodic pieces. The so-called PUPPYan influence factor is rich included and I hear a stronger progression especially for harsher sounding vocals on the more danceable tracks like "Master", "Conformity" or "Elohim". On the dark melodic side we have here tracks like "Crystalline Hush" or "Track Two" which give the listener some deep atmospheric layers and also the vocals are undistorted and calm down integrated. The first three mentioned tracks can easily fill some dancefloors but nevertheless this CD is not designed to do so. One surprise can be found here with the track "Candle Burns Blue" which has included next to clear vocals some acoustic elements like some real bass and guitar sounds - not that metal stuff, more played in a classic style. The music is alive through its strong efforts in complex experimentally rhythm patterns and its cold melodic influences. This stuff creeps in your brain and you can always find something new and not heard before elements. Marvelous - a must-have!

STEREONOIZE GALLERY: Diary Of The Murderer

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 08 2004
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Artist: STEREONOIZE GALLERY (@)
Title: Diary Of The Murderer
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Dis Productions (@)
Rated: *****
From the packaging and the cover art I was thinking I was going to listen to something that was dealing with harsh industrial or something of that kind. I'm happy to see that I was wrong and Stereonize Gallery aren't part of that stereotype because DIARY OF THE MURDERER MCD (named before the Yukio Mishima's novel) present ten short instrumental tracks which mix e.b.m., industrial and eletronic intuitions in a nice way. I've got to admit that I wasn't expecting to be catched by this small 3" CD in this way and this fast but tracks like "The song" or "Tubercolosis clouds" are capable to develop a good atmosphere in less of a two minutes lenght. The ten small tracks are like soundtracks that describe really well moments of pain, solitude or misery. This is a good CD and I'm not worried into recommending it to your attention!


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