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NG-PRO: Neo Omega

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 24 2004
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Artist: NG-PRO (@)
Title: Neo Omega
Format: CD
Label: Attic Works
Rated: *****
Taking inspiration from electro e.b.m. bands like Apoptigma Berzerk or Front 242, Ng-Pro (formed by the duo Niels and Gewin), produced a demo back in 2001. The year after they moved on by releasing a mini cd titled "Burn" which entered the Dutch Underground Charts, staying for sixteen weeks. Convinced by several good results, the band moved into the studio at the end of 2003 just to record their first full lenght NEO OMEGA. The ten tracks span through melodic electro, industrial instrumentals, e.b.m. powerful tracks with distorted guitars, synthpop, etc. For example "Amy" or the closing "Shelter" (with the vocoder filtered vocals) are a mixture of Kraftwerk and Front Line Assembly while the instrumental "Welt", sometimes remember early Wumpscut. The good thing is that Niels and Gewin do it with extreme confidence of their skills and because of this the album sounds convincing from every angle. Re-processing every influence was the right move and I can't imagine how the next one will sound. I hope, good as this one!
Artist: MORE MACHINE THAN MAN
Title: Binary Sex EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Black Flames Records, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
A 50 minutes long remix EP with the both tracks Why?" and Tonight" released by the new "Electrogoth-Industrial-Electrofetish" project of the new millenium. Don’t ask me what this cool sounding description effects on the music of Tech and Tasha, to my taste they are playing a kind of typical US Coldwave-Industrial along the lines of acts like KMFDM or comrades. No wonder indeed when Mr. En Esch took his hands as a producer on this stuff, so alone this fact could easily explain their sound. Both tracks are presented here in their originally versions, "Why?" features the main vocals by Tech, while "Tonight" has mainly Tasha’s intense vocals. "Why?" is a hard hitting straight-in-your-face track with some nice dark vocals by Tech and all good attitudes in their very own style. This track receives here 7(!!!) remix works by among others SYRIAN, XP8, ASLAN FACTION, E.R.R.A., BOZO PORNO CIRCUS, CTRLer and PIGFACE (Martin Atkins). Outstanding is the one done by SYRIAN, especially to remove the guitar sounds and to give the track a faster speed works great here and could easily work at European clubs with only Electro-fronted audience. Also well produced is the one by XP8 which breaks through the ready recorded vocal lines and gives the track a wider experimental touch. "Tonight" has a similar attitude like "Why" and works great here with Tasha’s marvelous vocals, but there can be found only one remix from IAN FORD which gives this track a more decent feeling. Overall I would say that this EP lacks a bit from more diversity, also to listen to the same track "Why" in original and remix works 8 times doesn’t make it easier to consume. A concentration on only 3 – 4 of the best remix works and 1 – 2 more unreleased tracks would work better here.

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.


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