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REGENERATOR: Regenerated X

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 11 2004
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Artist: REGENERATOR (@)
Title: Regenerated X
Format: CD
Label: Archetype Multimedia (@)
After ten years of activity and five albums, the duo formed by Patrice Synthea (vocals & live keyboards) and Wrex Mock (programming, vocals, synths, guitar,live percussion and woodwinds) decided to celebrate the event by giving their music to several other artists which produced a massive amount of music. All those tracks filled two versions of REGENERATED X: one released as a double CD in Europe by Alfa Matrix (their new label since 2001) containing 14 remixes and 14 remastered tracks and the other one released as a single disc by Archetype Multimedia. I've received a copy of the latter and it contains sixteen tunes of which eleven are exclusive to this version. Bands like Razed In Black, Assemblage 23, Front 242, Observe & Control, Bigod 20, Clan Of Xymox, Lights of Euphoria, Epsilon Minus and Attrition (to name few) give their interpretation of Regenetor classics such as "Blink", "Take Me", "Everyone Follow", "Faith", Archetype", "Lightbringer", "Organism", "Shores Of Forever". "Archetype", etc. Every remixed version tend to explore / exploit the dance vein of each track characterizing them with e.b.m., synthpop or trance moments (only Vultures did a version of "Wirklisheit" using ambient, industrial and e.b.m. all together). If you are a fan, this release is worth the purchase.

PSYCLON NINE: Divine Infekt

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 31 2003
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Artist: PSYCLON NINE
Title: Divine Infekt
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Harsh electro with filtered black metal voice. Apocalyptic lyrics. Buy this if you're into Tactical Sekt (here remixing one track), Grendel, Cyborg Attack and the likes. Hell, I can hardly distinguish this from Grendel or Tactical Sekt, actually, and it's not as if they were particularly good or original in the first place. The earth has been invaded by metallic electro replicants! Beware!

FLINT GLASS: Hierakonpolis

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 31 2003
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Artist: FLINT GLASS
Title: Hierakonpolis
Format: CD
Label: Funkwelten (@)
18 tracks for 77' (dammit!) for this French project, which the label describes as a mix of dark ambient and industrial. Hum, it's actually heavy rhythmic electronica with a darker vibe, in the line of some releases by Ad Noiseam or Divine Comedy. The thank list is quite explicative: HIV+ (who contributed with some samples), Dither, Kom-Intern, Mlada Fronta... this should give you a clue. Tracks range from crawling atmospheric soundscapes to faster, more dynamic aggressions. Frankly, it's well done and all and a fan of the genre will find much to sink his/her teeth into, but I honestly feel that it tends to become monotonous, and 77' are far too much for my ears. At last, interesting layout.

DAVANTAGE: Broken influences/Remnant

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 29 2003
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Artist: DAVANTAGE
Title: Broken influences/Remnant
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Black Rain (@)
A double cd reissue of Davantage’s first cd (1999-2000) and earlier demo cdrs (1996-1999), back by popular demand. "Broken influences" still sounds quite good (ok, only 3 years have passed, after all), with its minimal but catchy electro-EBM in the typical Davantage gloomy style - medium to fast beats, cold keys programmings, and a dark, soulful voice which sometimes reminded me of good ole Clock DVA. I actually think some of these tracks are better than more recent stuff of theirs... whatever. The demo tracks are along the same lines, some of them were remixed or re-recorded in the vocals department for this rerelease - let’s say they’re logically rawer and less focused, but will probably please their die-hard fans. Horrible layout all the way.

S.E.M;I: Among the Ruins

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 08 2003
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Artist: S.E.M;I (@)
Title: Among the Ruins
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)


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After touring with Haujobb and Hocico, collaborations with :W: and a discography under the Death Industry alias, the experienced Mike Orgillon is now back with a new full-lenght S.L.M;I album that offers instrumental soundscapes of sophisticated and refined electronics mixed with raw and aggressive noise and a bunch of vocal samples here and there to spice it up (which by the way seem to have some political connotations that would probably be worth further exploring). The overall approach to the music is dark and almost haunting and the production is remarkable so if you are into ebm/dark/noise try to check this out.


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