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XP8: Forgiven -- Remastered USA Version

 Posted by Perry Bathous   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 18 2005
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Artist: XP8
Title: Forgiven -- Remastered USA Version
Format: CD
Label: Static Sky Records (@)
Rated: *****
Anglo-Italian veterans of all kinds of Industrial noise, XP8 emerged after their previous group, Retina, called it quits. Now, collaborators Marco Visconti, Marko Resurreccion and Paul Toohill bring a staggering variety of influences and experience to the table. As much of a stickler as I am for originality, when their description lists everybody from Bauhaus to ClockDVA to the Chemical Brothers to Coil to VNV Nation, I see no problem with that, because on this 15-track CD, XP8 combines them all--I mean ALL--and makes it work.I can't really understand why they felt the need to put out a "Remastered USA Version" of this disc, but make no mistake, it hits hard and fast and gets the job done. It opens with the sound of an orchestra tuning up, and then goes ballistic from there. All the aforementioned musical sources come to fruition in each track, if mostly using an anthem formula. The lyrics, too, have just the right balance of poetic meanness versus dancefloor-mandated simplicity to get the message across. This "Remastered USA Version" has a bonus track, "Your Heat," that goes: "I don't need your mind to make me complete,/So open your legs and give me your heat." Ironically (and unfortunately, for us guys) over here in the Land of the Free, using that as a pick-up line will not get you very far, but that alone scores points with me on sheer balls. Is this an essential part of your dancefloor arsenal, you ask? I think it is.

UV: Codebreaker

 Posted by Adhab Al-Farhan   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 17 2005
Artist: UV
Title: Codebreaker
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions
Rated: *****
All I can say is wow! This band truly captured that sci-fi sound. I love the way the music is produced and the vocals are fantastic. The overall presentation of the band is very sci-fi-like. Very cool. This is more than club music, this can actually be a film soundtrack. You might hear this type of music in the movie such as The Matrix and upon reading the information sheet from this release, this band is in fact featured in the The Matrix DVD and Special Effects set. This CD has a superb remix by Razed in Black. UV is a must hear band. Be sure not to miss this one.

Philosopher's Point: Nachtangst

 Posted by Adhab Al-Farhan   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 16 2005
Artist: Philosopher's Point
Title: Nachtangst
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions
Rated: *****
Philosopher's Point is a German based elektro-industrial EBM band. Pretty much anything released on the mighty BLC Productions is of superior quality and this band is no exception. The production of the album is rather excellent. It's pretty dark if I must say so. This band's music may appeal to the gothic fans, the clubbers, as well as if you're just trying to look for good new music, then look no further. If only the U.S. is great when it comes to music business, this band could fly and be as huge as anyone in the mainstream, but why would any of us true fans of indie music care? Just pick this album up and hear some great music. This is a highly enjoyable disc. It's worth every dime.
May 10 2005
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Artist: VIRUS SYNDICATE
Title: The Work Related Illness
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu (@)
Rated: *****
This is an easy review. I could end it right now by saying that if you are into rough hip hop and you are dead tired of the Hollywood people (Eminem, Snoop Dog, etc) Virus Syndicate is the altenative you have to check. It would be too easy to say that even my wife, that don't know what the hell the word "grime" means, dug THE WORK RELATED ILLNESS immediately! The fact is that each track has got a different arrangement and if "Slow down" is based on gregorian choruses with distorted drums, "Major list mcs" is almost influenced by electro, "Clockwork" is beatifully influenced by cool jazz and "Throwing in the towel" and "Karma" by middle Eastern melodies. The sound is really pumping, the songs are amazing (see also the humor of "Girls" where the song starts with a host that introduce you to a show about guy / girl relationships), the melody is catchy and the Mcs do their work really well. Do yourself a favor, don't miss this one! It will be out at the end of May...

JERRY COLBURN: Smell The Love

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 10 2005
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Artist: JERRY COLBURN (@)
Title: Smell The Love
Format: CD
Label: A Strip Mall Of Sound (@)
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
After beating the drums into a garage punk bands in Arkansas, Jerry Colburn decided to try something different but without forgetting his rock roots. Having this in his mind, he composed twentry three tracks influenced by different kind of music: latino, rock, i.d.m., '60s soundtracks, hip hop, electro, etc. Each influence has been blended into short tracks which, even if the longest one is about three minutes, are capable of painting a personal picture that works. Not each of the twenty three are memorable ones but most of them succeed into entertain the listener and I appreciated the attitude of the whole project.


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