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VV.AA.: 89mm_minimum.movies - Offbeat

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 19 2004
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: 89mm_minimum.movies - Offbeat
Format: DVD
Label: e:motion (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
Very interesting and remarkable project originating in Germany and based on a collaboration between the label e:motion, who accustomed us to quality CDs and DVDs based around electronic music, and 89mm_minimum.movies, a groundbreaking german organization who made it their mission to help indiependent short-movies video makers and directors distribute their productions more effectively. 89mm_minimum.movies was founded based around the idea to distribute short movies on this 89mm square medium that many have forgotten (especially Mac users ;-)) called the 3'5" floppy disk, which can hold up to four and a half minutes of music, obviously compressed and nowhere near full size screen quality. That's where the Berlin based e:motion label stepped in. They offered 89mm the possibility to do what they do on DVD, which obviously allows for much greater quality of image and sound as well as bigger amount of material. The "Offbeat" project is a collection of 13 non-commerial short movies with styles ranging from regular movies to puppetry, from 3D cartoon type design to animation of photographs. Most movies are without speech, working around the music, letting the imaginery speak for itself, and I think all filmmakers are from Berlin, or Germany anyway. You'll find unusual and out of the ordinary independent film culture packed nicely and presented with electronic music backgrounds provided by Christoph De Babalon, Sergej Auto, Ming, Zorn (not the sax player), Barbara Morgenstern, Don Air, Bob Harz, Angie Reed, Duriz, Anthony Rother, Swag and Jahcoozi. The DVD also comes with a nice color booklet with info in english and german about the movies, their source and their authors plus bonus material about and by the individual filmmakers.

AMBASSADOR 21: Revolution Is A Business (For Young People) + Belarus / Teenage Action E.P.

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 19 2004
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Artist: AMBASSADOR 21 (@)
Title: Revolution Is A Business (For Young People) + Belarus / Teenage Action E.P.
Format: CD EP
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords
Rated: *****
While I'm waiting to completing the interview to Ambassador 21 I'll entertain you talking about their last two releases (a new CD album titled "Akcija" is on the way, anyway...).
The first release is a single containing two version of one of their controversial tracks titled "Revolution Is A Business (For Young People)". During less than 10 minutes you'll experience a total assault of technological punk called by musical media: digital hardcore. For sure reading this term a name will pop up into your head: Atari Teenage Riot. Well, I'm not a big fan of the ATR and I admit that I listened only few of their tracks. By what I heard I can tell that Ambassador 21 are kinda "melodic" if you think about the digital chaos the German band was able to produce. "Revolution Is A Business (For Young People)" is a sort of band's anthem, which with this song show their awareness about being a band with social / critical lyrics. The track is really amazing and it could be seen like a Belorussian version of "God Save The Queen" for the new millenium. The second release is an E.P. which isn't really an E.P. if you think that it lasts 50 minutes, but it is a kind of extended single because it contains fourteen versions (in total) of two tracks: "Belarus/Teenage Action" and "Love". For the remixes the band called people that someway share the same vision about music. For this reason Proyecto Mireage, Fanny, Schizoid, Chaos As Shelter, Not Half, Dhc Meinhof, Noize Punishment, Ctrler, Dj Christ, Karaoke Vomit and Satan Braten give their version of the aforementioned tracks expanding them, distorting them, adding to them distortion or taking off the vocal parts creating in this way new tracks. I'm ignorant about this kind of music, so I was amazed to see a very positive and creative scene I didn't knew. I hope that you'll have the opportunity to see Ambassador 21 during their European Tour that will start on April. I can't wait to listen to their new release!

BUNKER SOLDIER: Triple Threat

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 15 2004
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Artist: BUNKER SOLDIER (@)
Title: Triple Threat
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Neo Cultural Front
Rated: *****
Bunker Soldier is the Timothy Tyran's personal project and TRIPLE THREAT is his third CD release since 1996’s "Quite A Dilemma". This new release is a CDs containing three songs: "Warlocked", "Flying" and "Firewall". The first one is an instrumental track full of Middle Eastern melodies which seem to float within the guitar riffs and the electro instruments. "Flying" is the real single of the three. Here the 21 year old Norwegian jazz singer Hildegunn Surdal gives her voice making of this an electro pop tune really radio friendly which reminds me of Gary Numan of "The Fury" period. With "Firewall" (the track I appreciated most of the lot), the Numan influence is more clear as this one is an instrumental track which seems to come directly from the album "I Assassin" along with "Music For Chameleons". All in all this is a good single and I'm confident that Timothy will be able to refine all his influences and skills to do a perfect album in the near future.

Rector Scanner: Vocoder

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 12 2004
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Artist: Rector Scanner (@)
Title: Vocoder
Format: CD
Label: Pandailectric (@)
Distributor: EFA Medien
Rated: *****
Rector Scanner is a relatively new EBM/electro one-man band from the Berlin area that draws inspiration from Kraftwerk, Ligths of Euphoria, Depoche Mode, Klirrfaktor, Armageddon Dildos etc. Altough Agro hasn't been making music foor very long, he quickly scored a deal and got involved in loads of remix works for a number of different bands including Armageddon Dildos, Mastertune, Final Selection, Massiv in Mensch, Legacy of Music, R-O-B-A-T-O and others (quite an inspirational role model to new comers, I would hope). "Vocoder" is not a collection of all these remixes (like you might expect), but rather Agro's very own interpretation of all the influences that have made up his listening experiences and his friendships. Germaniac EBM textures are mixed in with dance-friendly anthems, funky atmospheric productions ("Spielzeug" for example is retro-fashioned but not too derivative, which makes it interesting) and sparkling and popping electro-werkian connotations sprinkled all around the record. You may think of it as sci-fi retro-pop electro body music, or something along those lines... The title "Vocoder" seems to have been chosen wisely, if you know what I am saying... Lyrics are in german and the booklet has a very nice art work.

BUTTERFLY MESSIAH: ETERNAL

 Posted by Jett Black/Screaming Artist Publicity - NocturnalMovements.net (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 11 2004
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Artist: BUTTERFLY MESSIAH (@)
Title: ETERNAL
Format: CD
Label: FOSSILE DUNGEON (@)
Distributor: MIDDLE PILLAR
Rated: *****

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Get ready to trip heart strings and rip fishnets! Now, "it’s time" for ETERNAL! Forget everything you ever knew about Butterfly Messiah! EBM decadence, the next challenge for the Gothic dance music enthusiast, has touched-down "for today" with ETERNAL. While Robert Davis and Joshua Harrington keep "the circle" pulsating with synth and percussion, Shannon Garson continues weaving lyrical elegance seamlessly through arrangements that will have you dancing all night long. The hyper-dance hit, "It’s Time" makes a MOST welcome addition to this full-length album. 12 tracks in all, and sorted nicely into an astral-strewn tri-fold digi-pak complete with spooky shadow-play imagery, and a 16-page lyric and additional images and artwork brochure. "Virtual" begs the adrenaline into your veins. Beneath the strobe light of "Falling Stars", an EBM marionette becomes the body of every care-free Klub kid. Fans who lament the decay of Switchblade Symphony will find fantastic the "Ascension" of BUTTERFLY MESSIAH! Open your arms, and open your heart to discover gothic dance dreams re-awakened by Garson’s enigmatic and fluttering vocal range. Industrial djs quickly warm up to "Counterstrike", an apocalyptic dance hit in the making. Get this treasured Digi-Pak dance collection now before your best friends beat you to it.


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