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Artist: MIKROBEN KRIEG/SCIENCIA/SHHH...
Title: Give me ambiguity or give me something else
Format: CD
Label: Thisco (@)
Rated: *****
First off, since this' not the first release on Thisco I happen to review, let me tell I think this label is doing a really god job (and that's not just my opinion), the quality of their releases is often good and I'm into that idea of the 3-way split series, they assembled a god number of interesting cds. This time it's not extremely experimental electronic music but it's bread for those who have been "electronic-aficionados" for a long time. The first one of the lot is Mikroben Krieg, you know it has to go deep starting from the skeletal titles, and you won't be disappointed, above all the tracks in the middle of this split cd (consider the artists have n alternate-random order inside the tracklist). Rhythmically this artist make me think of the coldest beat created by Photek (not that super-structured) but it has also that rhythmical skill of many releases on Planet Mu, the melodies are obscure and have that north european feeling, good. Shhh... has a strong rhytmhical framework as Mikroben, but the beat is more eighty-fashioned, the songs are less "into your guts" if compared to the previous musician and the atmosphere is that of some old anthems on Warp: imagine the darkest L.F.O. tracks, maybe a bit of the early Black Dog and U-ziq, his remix of Sciencia's "At the gate" is boombastic. Sciencia still works a lot on the beat and is not that far from that Warp influence you hear in Shhh... even if it's even more into the best works of Warp's golden age. I found there's something of the early Autechre (Anvil Vapre-era) even if Sciencia is not that "ambiental" and less fragmented than the english godfathers. Danceable electronic music with a "late at night-rave" feeling.

NOISUF-X: Antipode

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 17 2005
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Artist: NOISUF-X (@)
Title: Antipode
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****

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If you read this strange band name backwards, you get it that this is a side-project by Jan of X-FUSION, a good known German Electro/Industrial project. This NOISUF-X project was created to share the more Powernoise-influenced side of the main project. And so you get here 15 noisy tracks with distorted beats, never-ending monotony and some harsh structures. The main difference to other bands out of the Powernoise genre could be the fact that all this stuff is produced by somebody who has found his home in the Electro/Industrial genre. It could surely be that real Powernoise supporters would rate this release as too danceable Electro-minded. Indeed, Jan can not forget his influences here, so this release should also be able to please the fans of harder EBM/Electro/Industrial music. The whole stuff is of course reduced to a minimal composition effort, the destroying beats rule this scenario. Adding to this some more or less well chosen voice samples ("Die Tam-Tams klopfen nicht mehr", here available in three different versions) with the outstanding work "Happy Birthday", a track with funny voice samples which can also be discovered on the Alfa Matrix quadruple compilation "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 1". I have found also some outstanding pieces which provide several effected rhythm patterns to avoid too much monotony, for example "Apocalypse", "Das Ende der Welt" or "Axion". This release walks on the thin line between harsh EBM and Powernoise, so if you like this sound you should give this a try.

XOTOX: [PSI]

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 15 2005
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Artist: XOTOX (@)
Title: [PSI]
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****

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To produce rhythmic Powernoise with all included ingredients like endless monotony and redundancy in music and composition still drags the black-dressed masses to the dancefloors of all dark clubs. German one man act XOTOX consisting of Andreas Davids returns here after two not expected successfully releases to present the newest effort [PSI]. The success of the previous releases made it also possible that the label Pro Noize decided to release next to the normal jewel case edition of [PSI] a special and limited DCD in a digipack. The normal CD (and so the part of this review) contains 17 new rhythmic sound manipulations, mostly integrating with steady distorted, sometimes destroyed rhythm patterns. The mood is hard, rough and disturbing, a real feast for the noise junkies. Some pieces stand out here, the opener "[Xo]toxic" presents a not to often heard diversity in the rhythms programmings. "Winterblut" does surprisingly add "real" vocals, hard and cold performed by Jan Lehmkämper from the German Electro/Industrial act X-FUSION. "Bohrung 25" earns as well a good rating for not depending on the overrated distorted Tekkno-like bass kicks and can submit the real Powernoise feeling. On the other hand I have noticed some tracks here which cannot convince by using of too ridiculous samples ("Tote Bäume", "Lass Mich", "Roboterkrieg") or they do not offer anything interesting because of the lack of inspiration ("Fieber"). Anyhow, as long as the distortion goes there will be a public form and an interest in this stuff. XOTOX can and will not reach the throne of some highly acclaimed acts like CONVERTER or IMMINENT. But this project also doesn’t need to hide its talent. An acceptable release for this music genre.

VV.AA.: Post Alcoholic Body Syndrome D(eath) Vol. 1

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 12 2005
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Post Alcoholic Body Syndrome D(eath) Vol. 1
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Last Exit
Rated: *****
Third release of the new and promising Russian label Advoxya is this international Electro/Industrial compilation which features several almost unknown names hailing from the Russian Electro/Industrial scene, the already discovered Advoxya bands CYCLONE B and IMMUNOLOGY as well as some known names like INTERLACE, VIRTUAL EMBRACE or Z PROCHEK which have made already their way through labels like Memento Materia and Alfa Matrix. To license some successful acts from the Western labels makes also sense, because so it could be easier for this Russian label to get ground and help in case of international distribution. Things start also fine here on this comp with the newest child of the Advoxya family, THE-PULSAR, a trio hailing out of Russia of course, which will soon release their debut CD "The Awakening". Alfa Matrix recording artist VIRTUAL EMBRACE pushes up the speed and will punish your feet while storming the dancefloors with their lyrically redundant piece "Roots of Evil". BLOOD TRANSFUSION SET present a decent track in the Electro-Pop genre, SCHYZZO.COM is more straight, mixing some Powernoise elements in their driving Electro track. TEKKNO ORGASM, well the name already said what is to come next – Tekkno on speed, it reminds me a bit on a classic Off Beat act named GA-T. Z PROCHEK are a driving force on their label Memento Materia, here they have a decent appearance. NOTHING NADA is just another name from Russia I haven’t heard before. The music is melodious Electro-Pop, but this time with good female singer. Female appearances are also a trademark in the music of the Belgium project AIBOFORCEN, so here too with a decent appearance. Next one is Advoxya’s own CYCLONE B with a new and unreleased remix of one of their best tracks so far, "Nothing", here featured with some more aggressive vocals. This band can be named to be a foretaste of a coming wave of new and Dark Electro acts from Eastern Europe. IMMUNOLOGY also surprises here, they received a pure EBM/Dark Electro remix of their track "Fallen Angel" done by the Russian act IMPACT PULSE and the result is amazing! Already known stuff comes next from RUN LEVEL ZERO, a remix done by X-FUSION of "Under the Gun" and this one could be already discovered on the Alfa Matrix quadruple box set "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 1". Comes then an unnecessary track by the Russian (?) SANGUIZ IN NOCTE with a driving guitar line. The already mentioned IMPACT PULSE are next and they proof that they have a lot of potential. Although their track features a more melodic hint they show a marvelous feeling for a correct release. This band needs some attention. The famous Swedish act INTERLACE gives us here nothing new or somewhat but with "Elohim" here is one of their best and most recognized tracks. Final track is done by TANGO NOVEMBER, a Techno side-project of CYCLONE B, here almost with an instrumental track.
This comp mark a big step in the young time of existence of this label. A lot of unknown names from which I am sure they will not remain too much longer in this unknown condition. This sampler is as good as the latest Interbreeding comps or the "Terrific Room..."- compilation of the French label La Chambre Froide. We will see and hear a lot of new and unknown bands still to come out of Eastern countries – I personally can’t await it!
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Artist: Christopher Kah
Title: A Wonderful Darkworld
Format: CD
Label: Axesscode (@)
Rated: *****
French label Axesscode presents a debut CD release by the solo electronic musician Christopher Kah. It is a release which is a bit difficult to categorize. It is all electronic-based of course, building up a mixture by taking elements out of Dark Electro, Techno and Electronica with here and there some experimental undertones. While the Synth layers and string sounds are almost infiltrated with a dark Electro mood, the sequences and beats provide a Techno background. Some vocals of Mr. Kah are featured as well, mostly very sparse and re-stranged with some KRAFTWERKian robot-like effects. Favorites I have found with the steady "Camille ist Tot", "Sextronic Bacteria’s" or the title track, while others like "Intumeti K" suffer from repetition and a too long playing time of over 9 minutes. Christopher Kah made a decent album here which is to my taste more designed to listen at home. Club visitors could be disturbed by the way back too experimental beats and the globally dark flair the release has to offer. Good stuff here for people who like to explore something different with an edge, and surely not designed for some pseudo-aggressive rivetheads. Well, it is a wonderful dark world, isn’t it?


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