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Artist: THEE MALDOROR KOLLECTIVE (@)
Title: 23 Miles Back on the Clockwork Highway
Format: CD
Label: Beyond Production (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Active since 1991, after releasing music (most black metal music) with the Inquisitor, Funeral Fog and Maldoror monickers, the Thee Maldoror Kollective produced one live MCD and two albums. Since the change of band name also the music changed and it turned into a mix of technological metal influenced by occult theories. 23 MILES BACK ON THE CLOCKWORK HIGHWAY is a remixed version of their latest album "A Clockwork Highway". The men called to the hard work of giving a new life to the Thee Maldoror Kollective tracks are: Mick Harris, CTRLer, Nordvargr, Cdatakill, Eraldo Bernocchi, Jeye, Bad Sector and Euro Satan 3000 / Mikrikilla. The tracks have been reworked hardly and of the original guitar sound only few things are left: most of the tracks are now sounding more ambient industrial / dub industrial. I don't know how the original versions were but I've got to say that the remixers did a good job by building a new sound structure that has got it's personality. The tracks aren't a collage of metal sounds into an "electronic sauce". There isn't a better version of a track, each one is a good one and you should check this out!

GALAKTLAN: Constance

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
 Edit (2017)
Jun 28 2005
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Artist: GALAKTLAN
Title: Constance
Format: CD
Label: Kohvi Records (@)
Rated: *****
This is the second Galaktlan release I have the opportunity to listen to. The first one has been "Sinine platoo" back in 2002 (you can check my review here http://www.chaindlk.com/reviews/index.php?id=168). CONSTANCE is the new album and from the limited pressing of the old release (printed in 500 copies, only) we are passed to a proper CD release promoted and reviewed by different magazines. Well, the ten tracks paint a gentle picture made of ambient sounds, electronic and acustic drum sounds and light melodies that help making of CONSTANCE a perfect album. If a lot of ambient records result dull for the normal audience, Galaktlan succeeds into giving to his tracks something to remember of something to follow: a sound, a gentle female voice, a melody or whatever. The dreamy atmosphere doesn't distract the audience from the essence of the track and all the other elements (rhythms, melodies, etc) enrich the tracks. Sometimes the album sounds like an ambient record played by a kraut rock band coming from the seventies or like the early J.M. Jarre records (do you remember "Oxygen"?). Just check the closing "Zolishka" where it seems to listen to Cocteau Twins playing a folk Estonian song. My thumb is up!
Jun 25 2005
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Artist: NON TOXIQUE LOST (@)
Title: Siga Siga
Format: CD
Label: Dossier (@)
Rated: *****
On the digipack of this release you'll get just the basic infos like, name of the band, title of the records and the tracklist on the back, if communication means something this decision says it all. I'm almost sure I've recognized the voice of Sea Warton and the sound it's almost the same but there's something different in this release. I dunno if the band has suffered any line up changes but the songs are more skeletal, everything on this record goes straight to bone, the music gets even more visceral, the most o the songs lyrics are in german language. The vocals are more controlled or I'd better say that everything on this record is more in control, more tempered. "Siga siga" is less heterogeneous than "/bin/med/usa" but in a positive way, since for the whole length of the cd it will be like being thrown into the band's dimension. If the previous release was obsessive, "Siga Siga" is confidentially/visceral obsessive, these berliners are working on your skull with a screwdriver it clear from the beginning (Kein stern). If I were psychoanalist I'd say these people have finally arrived to meet their own "self" or well, maybe it all is nothing but a trip that has gone bad. If you're not confidential with the band my suggestion is to start from "Siga Siga", nothing could be Worse/better.
Jun 25 2005
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Artist: NON TOXIQUE LOST (@)
Title: /bin/med/usa
Format: CD
Label: Dossier (@)
Rated: *****
Never heard of a band called Non Toxique Lost? If you're into industrial music you should, they put out their first record during the eighties, then 20 compact cassettes, 3 lps and a couple of cds. "/bin/med/usa" cuts it short showing these three "guys" from Ger-money are not newjacks: industrial music in the way it was meant to be...but not just that. The deutsche style you can hear while listening the "early" (not so early) Einstruerzende Neubauten is evident, but as you can read in the few lines they left at the beginning of their website: "style is irrelevant". Obsessive patterns "industrial-style", old-fashioned-drum machines, analogue synth, filters and guitars, the vocals is both martial (...deutsche speakers' emphasis, how could we live without it!!) and visceral up to the different song, I think if you're into this style of music well you'll love it 'cause it's sexy or violent as it should be. Musicwise Non Toxique Lost moves from "industrial-psychic-warfare" to "fetish-electronica" (hey they're on the same label of Front Line Assembly should I add something more?), a flavor of "eighties" and let's say it looks like they'd like to play with the listeners' secret fears. Also the recording somehow sounds old-fashioned and don't come to easy conclusions, when I say "old-fashioned" I don't mean the Berlin combo is completely "surpassed", I just mean it all sounds "retrò" and in a good way, at last on this release. "Dark landscapes and modern obsessions" if you love things like these and the way the industrial-electronica used them, I'm sure you're ready for Non Toxique Lost.

DISMANTLED: Breed to Death

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 24 2005
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Artist: DISMANTLED (@)
Title: Breed to Death
Format: CD EP
Label: Dependent / Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
A more than 50 minutes long EP considered to be the appetizer for the forthcoming new full length CD "Standard Issue" by DISMANTLED should be easily reason enough to get purchased. And this EP spins over to be a perfect bridge from the past "Post-Nuclear" by presenting a few remix works of the most remarkable track "The Swarm" done by big names like :WUMPSCUT: or HAUJOBB up to some new tracks. So were also my thoughts at the beginning and my expectations were big. Finally and overall too big - and after listening this new release I am rather disappointed. I know that DISMANTLED did experience a wider musically evolution with the release of "Post-Nuclear" for sure – but this EP has nothing of the old and magical moments this band was able to produce with their self-titled debut CD. Where are all the sick atmospheric layers, where are the terrific samples and where are some marvelous vocals as well? Whoever has advised Gary Zon to "sing" without the FX machinery? Sorry to say it, but it sounds a bit that it would be better for Gary to cure at first his bad cold...
The music finally – and so to come back to the main flaw here – lacks a lot from inspiration. All what I am missing here has changed to a lighter sound and yes – it drowns from times up to danceable Futurepop music ("The Swarm (Easy to Swallow-Version)"). Also the funny cover version of Paula Abduls "Straight Up" can’t be taken too seriously for sure. Good moments are sparse filled in here, the new instrumental track "The Blind" awakes a bit some remembrances how it was and how it could be. And their new Metropolis label mates of PSYCLON NINE did their best to fill in diversity through including thick synth layers to the title track "Breed to Death" and finally the :WUMPSCUT: remix of "The Swarm" gets my respect for the handling with different tempo changes in the track. The rest dwells in uninspiring average and I keep my fingers crossed that Gary will remember his talent for his upcoming full length CD.


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