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Battery Cage: Ecstasy

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 01 2004
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Artist: Battery Cage (@)
Title: Ecstasy
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Battery Cage is a four-piece electro-industrial band that actually plays and records as a real and full band, as opposed to a laptop artist or a keyboards duo, but f you're strictly an EBM/industrial fan, fear not, because the music doesn't seem to be affected by the rock-instrumentation at all, in fact it's hard to hear any sign of it. "Ecstasy" is the single choosen from their forthcoming full lenght CD "World Wide Wasteland". The production is good and the music is powerful. They make use of heavy beats and distorted vocals, in the best tradition of industrial-dance and EBM so approach them with confidence if you are dedicated to this genre.

AUDIOPLUG: X-Posed

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 24 2004
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Artist: AUDIOPLUG (@)
Title: X-Posed
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Audioplug almost did it! Did what? They almost did the perfect album by releasing their first CD titled X-POSED. The members of the trio already had previous experiences with other bands (if it wasn't this way we could almost mention the word "miracle") and probably this helped them making this really good album. The eleven tracks have got as reference point the latest melodic e.b.m. of the likes of Apoptygma Berzerk or Icon Of Coil as well as old bands like Evils Toy. All this without forgetting electronic icons like Gary Numan (listen to the vocals on "Acidify Me") and without forgetting their cultural background! You've got to know that they are coming from Greece and the lyrics they used on "Hyperion Sun" are taken from the Homeric hymns for Zeus, Gaia and Sun. In my humble opinion this is a really good thing as they did an album of electronic music without "cloning" other people's ideas. All the album is really full of catchy sounds and melodies and I was amazed since track one. The band is able to blend power, melody, rhythm without being too fashion. Innovation isn't the right term thinking about this album but all the elements that help to make a good one are there and this make Audioplug get a four stars and half!

El Estado: 3.14

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 21 2004
Artist: El Estado (@)
Title: 3.14
Format: CD
Label: Overdrive records
Rated: *****
El Estado are trio from Mexico whose latest independently released CD (second CD after two demo tapes) presents twelve post-wave electro compositions. El Estado builds an electro/industrial background and adds distorted electric guitars and dramatic post-punk-type singing to it, achieving a balance that is somewhere between post-punk, dark-wave, electronics, industrial, definitely leaning towards the latter two in the final scheme of things. Somehow these bands from latin countries (Mexico, Italy, Spain, Portugal) all share similar elements, so if you into that kind of music you should like El Estado's music.

La Funcion De Repulsa: Cheapest Electronics at the Service of Destruction

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 21 2004
Artist: La Funcion De Repulsa (@)
Title: Cheapest Electronics at the Service of Destruction
Format: CD
Label: Genital Productions
Distributor: Noise Kontrol
Rated: *****
La Funcion De Repulsa is a group, backed by their Genital Productions art collective, from Mexico that has been around since 1986. After several years of silence they are back with a new album where electronics takes over and drives the style of the compositions as never before... Everything seems to be focused on rhythms and beats and the electronic aspect adds to that, in addition with the distorted vocals and occasional guitars, creating a weird mixture of industrial, breakcore, dub, electro, synth-core. This melange of styles, especially when they use vocals and guitars, makes them sounds like some italian electro-noise artists (think Brusaschetto, Nude, CP01 or others). Lyrics in Mexican and English.

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.


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