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AGONOIZE: Assimilation: Chapter One

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 05 2005
Artist: AGONOIZE (@)
Title: Assimilation: Chapter One
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
After having released two highly recognized EP’s this band hailing from Berlin releases with Assimilation: Chapter One" their first full-length CD. AGONOIZE consist of Mike Johnson, Oliver Senger (both are also members of INFEKKTION and SERO OVERDOSE) and Chris L. (ex-DANCE OR DIE) – names which are well known and should stand out for quality Electro/Industrial music. After listening their CD a few times I still ask myself what I do miss here. There are two remarkable tracks here – the opener Death, Murder, Kill" and the final track Sheer Naked Aggression" which will lead the whole audience back to the dancefloor, where this band has already made their way up with their successful tracks Open the Gate" and Paranoid Destruction" taken from their previous EPs. Both last mentioned can also be found here plus the already known track To Paradise". But unfortunately the other 7 tracks do lack a lot of ideas and inspiration. There is surely nothing wrong to present an evil attitude – the names of the track list like "Sexual Violation", "Suffer" or "Die For Blood" show this pretty well – but there are two words which will surely not fit with this release: new and innovative. But the biggest flaw I have found here are the vocals – always aggressive and hard-in-your-face surely, but they lack of inspiration or personality. This cannot be called a real lyrically composition, the vocals just simply seem to be used as another effect here. AGONOIZE are one of these bands which you can easily find also in the roster of labels like Noitekk or Black Rain – just another repetitive SUICICO WUMPUPPY, but with a big reference to the famous Belgium sound slaughter. I really miss something refreshing in their distorted and cold sound structures that would give this band a more outstanding state. It is one of this releases which will work fine on the dancefloors and if you are familiar with acts like TACTICAL SEKT, GRENDEL and so on you can surely check this out. If you are looking for something with more depth and identity you should better avoid this.
Jan 04 2005
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Title: Anapteroma
Format: CD
Label: Decadance (@)
Rated: *****
Blue Birds Refuse to Fy is the personal project of Kyriakos Poursanides, keyboard player of the greek indie band Wasteland (1990-1998). "Anapteroma" is their second album and while their first "Give me the wings" (released in 1998) saw on guest vocals Cristina Mihalitsi and George Priniotakis (she also wrote all the lyrics) this second sees on vocals George Dedes (leader of Illusion Fades for more than ten years). The switch of singers wasn't the only change that Kyriakos did, because while the first album was more mellow and focused on dreamy vocals, "Anapteroma" is more of an electronic/goth album. Most of the tracks are well crafted with nice melodies, sounds and they have got the right amount of dance ingredients (catchy bass lines, good rhythms). If melody and a certain care about sounds are a costant for all the tracks, musical influences are wide and pass from the goth of "House of sex" to the e.b.m. of "After dark" or "Quasi stellar II - Give me the wings", passing through a mix of both in "Play with me". You know I'm a fan of musical cross over (try to figure out a mix of VNV Nation and Fields Of The Nephilim) and Blue Birds Refuse To Fly did a good job creating an album you should check out!

Aural Planet:

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 27 2004
Artist: Aural Planet (@)
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Vivo records (@)
Rated: *****
Polish trio Aural Planet are at their sixth release already and they keep rocking my world with their warpish melange of organic electronica... "Reworked" walks the fine line between atmospheric ambient, glitch electronics, idm and pure electronica... Strongly influenced by the like of Richard James, Autechre, Boards of Canada, Future Sound of London, Displacer, Mimetic, Dither (you'll know by now that if you are into the sound labels such as of Warp, M-Tronic, OM-Lounge or Unschooled, you pretty much can't escape your moral obligation to purchase this one also!), this album is fantastic in its entirety, and there is no easier way to put it. It's fantastic because it comes from Eastern Europe and sounds like something British, or even vaguely American sometimes (even though I wouldn't have minded some local influences, for example like the Hungarian Gabor Csupo masterfully achieves). What does stand out is the quality of the sounds and of the programming, definitely above average and easily comparable to the great minds of the genres. Awesome.

VIOLENT ENTITY: Mechanized Division

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 20 2004
Title: Mechanized Division
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Rated: *****
Sometimes by listening to the new releases you feel that e.b.m. has already told everything and even if each band claim itself as the new sensation, by doing so, they throw another handful of ground on the e.b.m. grave. Fortunately sometimes, thanks to some new bands, you start to think that electonic body music could give some new thrill, again. Violent Entity doesn't represent an electronic miracle but MECHANIZED DIVISION is a good album, if you think that it is his first one. The tracks have got a good balance of dance/beat attitude, simple melodies and powerful mix without sounding too fake angry. Also the structure of the tracks differs one from the other (only a couple of them are similar) and they don't create that lousy effect of xeroxed songs. Also the two remixes (thanks to Batterycage and to Supreme Cout) offers to the listener good electro entertainment moments and if you love granitic albums, MECHANIZED DIVISION could be a good choice.
Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is a first compilation CD released by the internet community hailing from the Salt Lake City area. It presents mainly the music by registered members of this community and they all are more or less well known in the world-wide Electro/Industrial scene. The music included here varies a lot in styles and gives the listener a huge amount of diversity. Tracks ranging from Synth Pop tunes (PLATFORM ONE) to softer Electro (BOUNDLESS), from Dark Electro (SYMBIONT, LITTLE SAP DUNGEON, LEXINCRYPT) to typically US Coldwave Industrial (PROJECT 9, QUEEN BEE), from chaotic Industrial (23 EXTACY, CIRCUIT SURGEON) to somewhat like Death Metal (LORD BEHERIT), which isn’t surely my cup of tea. 12 Tracks in all plus a hidden piece at position 23, this can only be 23 EXTACY with their Punk-like cover version of DEVINE’s disco classic "I’m so Beautiful", which is both outstanding and funny. Other marvelous works are presented here by BOUNDLESS (a new track with damned efficient sequences), LITTLE SAP DUNGEON (with a scary Ambient-like start for their "Dinner Guest") and PROJECT 9 (reminds a little bit to RAZED N’ BLACK). This comp lacks a bit that known bands do not provide more new or unreleased stuff (LEXINCRYPT or SYMBIONT) but nevertheless there is a lot of interesting stuff provided here, so fell free and check out the Hotgoth website to purchase this remarkable compilation.

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