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[GRENDEL]: Prescription: Medicide

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 04 2004
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Artist: [GRENDEL] (@)
Title: Prescription: Medicide
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Rated: *****
New release by [VLRK] (vocals, synthesis, programming, sampling) and [4N1T4] (live synthesis and engineering), aka [Grendel], following the wake of their past releases of sombre, melodic electro with harsh, almost black-metal yelled vocals and socio-political concerns. I think it's done fairly well and will certainly please the fans of this genre (it already does, indeed) - to my ears it becomes quite monotonous after a couple of tracks, obviously because of the vocals, which are not bad in itself, but just sound all the same throughout the whole cd. A bit of orchestral arrangement is used in tracks like "Pax Psychosis", and acoustic guitars show up in "Dream", but for the most part it's the usual beats + keyboards mix. Again, well done, but a bit abused I think. The first 1,500 copies come with a bonus 31-minute cd, featuring remixes by Infekktion, Ah Cama-Sotz, Tactical Sekt, Urkom and 4/4 whore, plus a live recording of "Zombie Nation" and the anti-war videoclip of "Pax Psychosis".

Sasha: Involver

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 04 2004
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Artist: Sasha
Title: Involver
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Rated: *****
This is how every DJ's album should be made in the new millennium! Finally somebody that displays some serious creativity and hands-on production, and, what do you know, from the one I maybe least expected it. After the success of "Airdrawndagger", two years ago, Dj Sasha's new album "Involver" (to be released June 22nd) presents an artist that has undergone some serious artistic growth and evolution, a Dj that has taken Djing to the next (ultimate?) level: each and every track has been written, remixed, re-produced or re-edited for the sole purpose of the creation of this album. So it's more than just spinning and mixing and blending a bunch of records together, Sasha's "Involver" is almost a real artist album. Contrarywise to the live environment he now has the tools and the time to make everything sound as if it is his own creation, and most importantly he chooses to do so. The tracklist includes pieces by Grand National, Shpongle, Petter, Unkle, The Youngsters, Spooky, Lostep, Felix da Housecat, Ulrich Schnauss. Sasha's artistic re-working covers all grounds from ambient, to funky-dance, from house to chill out, from electronica to lounge music, from world beats to latin-brazilian influences. Lots of ethereal voices and arrangments find their way into the sneaky electronica-based format of "Involver", which totally makes it a winner in my book.

STIGMATA FLESH INFERNAL: Transmutation 003

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 03 2004
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Artist: STIGMATA FLESH INFERNAL (@)
Title: Transmutation 003
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
TRANSMUTATION 003 is the second SFI demo I received and I have to say that respect the previous "Dead Flesh Heaven" with this one Salvatore reached a better level of composition. Being an half way between goth, metal and e.b.m. the tracks could compete with the sound of bands like Hocico or the early Terminal Choice. The sound of this release is more definite and powerful and even if on some points you can hear that the demo has been produced at home, the five tracks are a pleasant surprise. Power, distortion, stops and go are well arranged and also the rate of sickness reaches an optimal value. If you are into e.b.m. goth and you like sick atmospheres, give to TRANSMUTATION 003 a try.

Cruciform Injection: Epilogue

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 02 2004
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Artist: Cruciform Injection (@)
Title: Epilogue
Format: CD
Label: Negative Gain Productions (@)
Distributor: Metropolis
Rated: *****

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The fourth album by Cruciform Injection, released just a few weeks ago, takes a twisted turn into a more claustrophobic and sick direction. Its ill-lighted atmospheres clash with the electronic-driven EBM structure and the boot stomping industrial dance attitude and become one impactful yet minimal attack (which might sound like an oxymoron, but obviously finds some applications). The addition of two new members to the changing line up (a guitar player and a keyboardist) might have caused this slight alteration in sound, but I am sure the production by Oliver Tarancweski (of Evils Toy/T.O.Y. and Re/act) and the mastering by Guido Fricke of Haujobb have contributed to the album in its entirety. I just realized that one of our contributors already reviewed this CD here at Chain D.L.K. so I won't keep you much longer, you already have two opinions to base your next shopping spree on.
Jun 01 2004
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Artist: Carfax Abbey (@)
Title: Second Skin
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****

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Here is a band whose members you can tell most definitely had a past that involved heavy overdoses of hard rock, heavy metal, trash, glam rock and power metal... But fear not, these are not a bunch of cheesy wannabe rockers who sent us their demo by mistake. Philadelphia based Carfax Abbey take their experience and influences and pour it all into a crafty mixture of gothic, industrial, dark and electronic sounds. The programmming and the production are definitely the key element that lift Carfax Abbey off the ground to make them stand out. Fierce, glamorous and very eclectic vocals (from brilliant to corny), along with impactful scratchy aggro-guitars and ballsy bass lines are complemented by saavy DAW editing and fast-paced drum patters and allow them to retain their heritage and yet be an appetible cocktail of sounds for all you thirsty wide-horizon-ed music fans out there. Sure, they might be a little more "intense" than what we usually get here, but you all know we do appreciate mixtures of heavy guitars and electronic music around here, and even if this is not your average cup of tea, you don't have to be an english man or a drunk bum to appreciate some good old breakfast tea with a punchy kick, if you know what I mean... The truth always lies in between. I hear these guys pull off some great live shows (they opened for a list of who's who of today's industrial and metal industry scene and have been awarded multiple times), so if you are in area I suggest you line up at the box office.


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