Music Reviews



DAF: Funfzehn Neue DAF Lieder

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
 Edit (710)
May 05 2003
image not
available
anymore
Artist: DAF
Title: Funfzehn Neue DAF Lieder
Format: CD
Label: Superstar (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe


BUY from  BUY NOW from MUSIC NON STOP (MusicNonStop.co.uk)
It could be difficult for every band to come back after seventeen years and demonstrate to themselves and to the audience that the project has got still a sense and kicks asses. This is even more true if we think that D.A.F. are one of the modern electronic/techno fathers along with Suicide and Kraftwerk. Did they succeeded? Globally yes. First of all I must admit that (as many of you, I think) I never listened to their last album released back in 1986 and titled "First Step To Heaven", so I've got to base my comments knowing the older ones and some releases of the projects Gabi Del Gado and Robert Gorl did during these years. Gorl respect Del Gado has been more active as he released different albums since 1984 (the first of them has been "Night Full Of Tension" which contains the sigle "Darling Don't Leave Me" which had Annie Lennox as guest vocalist). Del Gado instead after releasing an album in 1983 titled "Mistress" surfaced again with the project Daf Dos in 1996 (even if he started to work to it years before with the name OPD In Operation DAF). For more informations about the old years please visit our articles link into the archives section. Anyway, let's talk about this FUNFZEHN NEUE DAF LIEDER (Fifteen New DAF Songs). This new album starts were the DAF of the "Fur Immer" period and the DAF DOS stopped as most of the songs have got techno and the classic band's sound influences at the same time. Of the fifteen tracks I really appreciated the second half of them (starting from "Seltsame Freunde") because in my opinion DAF found the right balance between old and new sound. A track like "Algorithmus" would be a perfect single in my opinion but maybe they opted for "Der Sheriff" because of the particular political period (the song is an anti American anthem and also the video, which you can download from their website, ends with the American flag in flames). Also tracks like "Der Prasident", "Liebeszimmer" or "Ich Bin Morgen Wieder Da" are rhythm driven songs but they have got also melodic parts or other kind of changes that help making the song interesting and powerful. "Der Sheriff", "Ich Bin Tot" or "Die Luge" are good songs based mainly on obsessive parts (I know, this has always been a distinctive mark for the band) but maybe because of the sounds, which sometimes sound too digital, the songs sound a little static. It could be only a matter of abitude but I liked songs like "Algorithmus" immediately. Anyway, this has been a good come back and I warmly advice you to check this out.

Front 242: Still & Raw

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
 Edit (698)
Apr 28 2003
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Front 242
Title: Still & Raw
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
As if the upcoming "Pulse" CD enough to give any EBM and F242 fan a week long orgasm, it’s followed up with this EP filled with all new exclusive songs. This CD will give you the template on which they are working with on "Pulse", with a gymnastic display of electronic prowess that makes you wonder half what equipment they use and half if they are melded to them. Consider this the more vocal-oriented, less instrumental version to "Pulse", giving us more of the slower songs ala "Tyranny For You", giving us a duality between this and the new CD. Great companion to your pre-order. Rating: 10. Awwwwwwwww tis the day to be an F242 fan. ;-) Look forward to an interview soon with the group as well, and don’t forget our interview with their project Speedtribe in our interview section.!

Utopia Banished: s/t

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
 Edit (679)
Apr 22 2003
Artist: Utopia Banished (@)
Title: s/t
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: selfreleased
Utopia:Banished is a Deutsch one-man project spitting out some angry ass distortion-loaded music with screaming vocals and straight forward industrial attitude. It all starts out like a Sonar or Dive thing but then adds down-pitched sampled metal guitar riffs (that for the pleasure of those who hate guitars are kept low enough not to bother anyone and pretty much act like added pressure), frantic electronics, industrial beats, treated and over-driven vocals. Myself, on the other hand, I love guitars on electronics so when the second song is about to start (with an equally exciting power electronics intro as in the opening track) and the scratching 6-strings get a little more dominant and pounding, I enjoy myself in the reminiscence of some of my favourite German old school aggro-industrial bands, like Die Krupps. The constant EBM-ish screamed vocals contribute to the violence and make sure (if need be, not that it did) that reminiscence is never confused with copying. When the short riff mayhem is over Chris moves on to Reznor-like whispering, soft disturbed electronics, padded beats and aleatory tension in the air. It's foreseeable that he's just gathering forces to launch the next sonic assault, a more down-tempo song big on analog sounds. More KMFDM/F242/Cat Rape Dogs/Borghesia can be found here and there but Chris shows his skills in never being redundant and instead moving on to a frenetic drum'n'bass beat that will make you remember what year you are in. When the piano wraps it up it gets darker and holier, with choruses, big chords, treated vocals and samples working up against his usual screaming performances. I hope that with my references I didn't give you the impression that there's lots of nostalgia involved, it's just a matter of feel. This is modern sounding stuff and it's good stuff, which carries around a certain national vibe that you'll like and recognize only if you were around for the glorious days. If you weren't give this a listen and prepare for the re-birth.

Front 242: Pulse

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
 Edit (669)
Apr 21 2003
image not
available
anymore
Artist: Front 242
Title: Pulse
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Ok, I realize how psyched up the scene is about this CD coming out, since it is the first F242 in over a decade (not counting "ReBoot" the live CD). But also realize some changes within the group, which may leave some of the hardcore fans who thought ReBoot" was just a phase a little disappointed. Gone are the hard rhythms of "Tyranny For You" and the industrial danciness of earlier work, replaced now with a much more technofied edge, loaded to the brims with MIDI in and erratic patterns. This CD is very... ... ... ... .unique... ... .unpredictable... .and is up to the hype that this is a CD that will keep others in the electronic scene scrambling to keep up. You have to remember most of this band’s peers are bands they inspired thoroughly, so not too many people can give F242 a run for their money outside of Frontline Assembly. Gone also are the most of the vocals of earlier work, this time relying much more on just base structure than anthem tracks. Also it seems as if half the CD is one track with some sharp turns and some time shifts, to the point where you wonder how track 1, "SEQ666" suddenly became track 5 "Beyond The Scale Of Comprehension". After that comes, ummmmmmmmmm "Song", where Jean Luc DeMeyer’s vocals pop in, and the olden industrial rhythms (yeah!!!!! Rivet stomp time!) in the chorus. Good old school F242 shining through! Then comes the slow track, "One", with it’s plecking drum line and subtle backdrop of multiple soundlayers, all over Jean Luc DeMeyer’s softened vocals, ala C-Tec’s "Darker". Still seems like he has that same emotional juice left from that project, which I’m anxious to see if it’s in Gaiden and MorF. "Matrix" pops into the foray with it’s laid back grooves, and simplistic analog synth lines all layered over top of vocals and subdued, dubbed layers of sound. I absolutely love the faded drum line on this one, it kind of reminds me of a tap dance rhythm!And just when you think you got the last track on here, and the hardened 242 fans start to sob... ... ... .. welcome to hidden track heaven!!!! It’s simply hidden track after hidden track of whole complete, thought out songs, practically enough for most labels to shove onto a second CD and charge more. All in all, over 20 tracks, and too many strong ones to name here in detail since I’ve blabbed enough... ... .. So, all in all, if you’re looking for rivet stomping gold like the old days, may wanna stick to your older stuff and C-Tec. But, all generic bands that have been passing themselves off as EBM, be prepared to be like sickle before the grain! This CD is an odd combo of that and thick-ended techno, with a hint here and there of industrial, but overall done with a severe addiction factor and a danceable factor that may just leave many newer so called EBM bands (and Future Pop bands that pass themselves off as such) either tossing out their instruments in surrender or starting to upgrade their synth and programming skills. The masters are back and the sound is like a million mile totem pole looking down on all others in electronic with a loud fuck you’! Rating: 10. Very highly recommended.

RESURRECTION EVE: Rapture

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
 Edit (667)
Apr 18 2003
cover
Artist: RESURRECTION EVE (@)
Title: Rapture
Format: CD
Label: Ground Under Prods (@)


BUY from  BUY NOW from MUSIC NON STOP (MusicNonStop.co.uk)
Australia for us is kind a mistery. We think about it like a sort of mixture of Asia and USA with an unknown history and with misterious people and animals who reside there. Personally I know few bands coming from that land. I know also an Australian goth website (Aether Sanctum http://www.goth.org.au) and that's a sign that goth and electronic music have a following there too. From Melbourne (what a coincidence, it's where my uncle lives) arrives Resurrection Eve, an electro goth duo which to my ears sounds like a mixture of the last Covenant and O.M.D. with a goth touch here and there. A thing is for sure, their second CD RAPTURE will be a pleasant surprise for a lot of people. Well produced with good melodies and a training dance background: these are the highlights of this CD which musically isn't innovative but will appassionate the lovers of melodic e.b.m.


Search All Reviews:
[ Advanced Search ]

Chain D.L.K. design by Marc Urselli
Suffusion WordPress theme by Sayontan Sinha