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LIMBO: Compendium: The Light Fall

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 20 2004
Artist: LIMBO
Title: Compendium: The Light Fall
Format: CD
Label: Cursed Land (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
COMPENDIUM: THE LIGHT FALL is the last chapter of one of the oldest (in sense of years of activity) electronic Italian bands. In fact, Limbo born in February 1984 and after twenty years of activity (even if, to tell the truth, we could say that Limbo stopped the activities on 2001, when they did their last concert), Gianluca Becuzzi decided that it was time to close this chapter to focus his efforts only on his new project: Kinetix. COMPENDIUM: THE LIGHT FALL is the last part of the MILLENIUM trilogy and the first two parts were: "Continuum: The fire front" and "Cospiratorium : The ice line". On the first one Limbo covered classic tracks of the electronic/industrial scene fathers, like Kraftwerk, DAF or Throbbing Gristle, while on the second one Limbo covered tracks of Italian bands such as Kirlian Camera, Kebabtraume or L.I.N. and they were helped by different members of the covered bands. This third release is focused only on the band's material and it's a sort of sum of what they did. Be aware that this isn't a simple compilation, because each song has been remixed or revisited, but always starting from the original sound, so this isn't something similar to "Hell's Gate Vision (1986/1996 A Total Revision)" where the tracks have been totally revisited and played. The first fourteen tracks span their career starting from their first demo (too bad they hadn't a decent copy of it, because along with their first MLP it's my favourite Limbo release!) arriving to "Inter Uterum Et Loculum (L'amour Sadique)" picked up from their latest real studio album "L'Etre Et Le Néant" (their weakest release, in my opinion). The period that has been better covered is the one that include the first four albums: "My Whip Your Flesh", "Our Mary Of Cancer", Vox Insana" and "Evirazione Totemica Seriale". Most of those tracks were produced by Paolo Favati and maybe they are the most representative tracks of what the real spirit of the band was. The new version of the tracks is really intriguing and generally they acquired power and energy. Especially on tracks like "Libido Mater Nostra", the following "Dein Gott Ist Tot" and "Magic Bathory" you can check what I mean. Tracks fifteen to seventeen are revisited or live version of songs coming from the previous two "Continuum" and "Cospiratorium" releases. The last song "Madre, Chiesa, Libido" is the real latest band's studio track. It's a medley that gathers together: "Libido Mater Nostra", "Thee Pack", "Mater Libido", "Control Sex, Technology" and "Madre Chiesa, Clinica". It's a pity that Limbo career should end without the release of a real compilation (maybe in the future?) and that their very first releases will be inaccessible to most of their fans but for the moment feel the taste of this good release and wait for Kinetix. So long, Limbo!
May 19 2004
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Artist: Censor (@)
Title: Empire Holds Down
Format: CD
Label: Hive (@)
Rated: *****
I am now used to the fact that Hive is synonimous with quality, so I have no fear and no doubts when popping in one of their releases, knowing I will be dealing with some kick ass dark-electro-drum'n'bass band. And so it is. Censor spring out from the NYC metropolitan area and carry their urban heritage around with them proudly. What once used to be an exciting underground club scene with pioneers of the bad and nasty live drum'n'bass movement, such as Jojo Mayer, is now (unfortunately) only a network of people making great music out of their bedrooms and occasionally throwing a great party in some club... Censor is probably among these people, as he spits out industrial-breakcore like a machine gun. His dynamic and altering mixture of dark, powernoise, drum'n'bass, electronics and industrial is viscious and infectious. The entire album has an extremely fast pace, which adds to the overall excitment and aggressive impact. This is a truly a small gemm of its kind and in its genre, where all elements work together towards a unique pumping blend of powerful music, explosive like nitro!
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Artist: Dope Stars Inc. (@)
Title: 10'000 Watts of Artificial Pleasure
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Thanks to Jett Black at Nocturnal Movements, we get a piece of the hot action too: Dope Stars Inc.. A brand new four piece group from Italy whose attempts at merging electronics, industrial, glam rock, goth and punk are definitely successful. Taking into account that this is their first try as a band (even though the line up includes members of other projects, including My Sixth Shadow and Chaos Zero), their artistical maturity and attitude is surprising and they seem to be ready to blow up, straight in your face, with a big record deal (where is Wax Trax when we need them?). They have everything you might ask for: the glam/goth fashion and looks, the quality in their music, the raw attitude, the aggressive impact. We'll see... The five tracks of their debut MCD feel like a raging and explosive mixture of Rammstein, Marylin Manson, Skinny Puppy, Pigface, Orgy, KMFDM, where furious guitars and bass, hammering drum machines and excited vocals spit fire at every turn. What is amazing is the intensity and the driving force. You can feel the power and the sonic impact coming right at you. I wonder what they must be like on a show. The band also has an impressive following of people (fans, supporters, street teams, publicists, promoters etc) so they they're pretty much ready to rock'n'roll the (not so) free world. Stand aside, you've been warned!

VV.AA.: Let's Start The ACtion

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 13 2004
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Let's Start The ACtion
Format: CD
Label: Sudden Death Records (@)
Rated: *****
Published by Sudden Death Records, the personal D.O.A. label, LET'S START THE ACTION is an electronic tribute to the Canadian punk band, produced by Ambassador 21/Invasion Wreck Chords. If you already read my rewievs of Ambassador 21's stuff you could imagine what you could listen to during the 74 minutes of this CD: digital distorted sound, catchy melodies/rhythms and electronic music with punk approach. Being produced by Alexey, you can notice that Ambassador 21 collaborated with a lot of bands present on this release. An original D.O.A. track ("Just Say No To WTO") opens the CD just to leave the space to the digital assault of Ambassador 21, Fat Not Dead, Ad Astra + Mortis Causa, Dj Jesus Christ, Pet Nihil Vs Ambassador 21, Hyperdriver, Narc, Zeroism, Satan Braten, Buben, Av3rs1on, Nadin Katrin Vs Buben, Ellende, Karaoke Vomit, etc. Most of the tracks are covers, totally re-recorded and aren't just remixes and in my opinion this increase the fun. You'll be amazed by listening to D.O.A.'s songs being raped, distorted and drastically revisited. This is a really good compilation and I suggest you to get your copy now!

Monofader: Frost

 Posted by TG Mondalf (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 02 2004
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Artist: Monofader (@)
Title: Frost
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Rated: *****

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An interesting new project from the Metropolis team combining various elements of original and modern Synthpop with that of the EBM sound is Monofader. Monofader is Sebastian Komor (Icon of Coil) and Richard Bjorklund (Spektralized). Promotions calls them a combination of Depeche Mode and Erasure gone EBM but in actuality it's much more than that however the main elements of those rather basic stereotypes do exist but are compiled in a manner which give Monofader it's on personalized 'sound'. Modern dance beats and melancholic melodies combine smoothly over a synthetic landscape from this great new project from Norway. Some of my favorites however are tracks that vear from the beaten path a bit more like "Stand Alone" (titled aptly) which reminds me just a touch of Chris & Cosey and "Solid Ground", the first track the duo recorded, which is closer to the EBM dancefloor sound but with the smoothed over vocals this project is known for. The overall sound is one that anyone who is a fan of the label A Different Drum would be proud of and I bet Todd wishes he had his hands on this one!


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