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Chance's End: Set Me Free

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 02 2004
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Artist: Chance's End (@)
Title: Set Me Free
Format: CD
Label: Definite Plus Music
Rated: *****
Colorado-based violinist and producer Ryan Avery's second release "Set Me Free" (after his "Skyway") re-confirms him as a pioneer of the combination of violin and electronic music, even though in my opinion he should work and exploit that very combination more, to really make it his unique signature style, as opposed to use his classical instrument just on half or less of the songs as an accessory. When I initially read his press-release I was expecting something different, I am not saying that this is not good, on the contrary, it's ok, but considering the hype on the strings vs electronica concept, I was ready to receive a lot more of that and I was ready for some ground-breaking album that takes electronica to a new level, beyond stylistic barriers. "Set Me Free" can't claim to do that, but can still reasonably make a case for a good eclectic electronic music piece. The songwriting is quite ethereogeneous and guest musicians (vocalists) make it an even more dynamic and multifaceted album, that explores corners as wide apart as hip hop and classical music. The female vocals here and there give it that lush vibe of lounge-pop-electronica, but the instrumentals keep it pretty straight-forward. If you're into electronic music and appreciate somebody who experiments with non-electronic instruments and concepts definitely give this a try. Personally I am a lover of strings on electronic music and would love to see that concept taken to the next level by this talented musician sometimes in the future. I'll be on standby, right here.

Battery Cage: Ecstasy

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 01 2004
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Artist: Battery Cage (@)
Title: Ecstasy
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Battery Cage is a four-piece electro-industrial band that actually plays and records as a real and full band, as opposed to a laptop artist or a keyboards duo, but f you're strictly an EBM/industrial fan, fear not, because the music doesn't seem to be affected by the rock-instrumentation at all, in fact it's hard to hear any sign of it. "Ecstasy" is the single choosen from their forthcoming full lenght CD "World Wide Wasteland". The production is good and the music is powerful. They make use of heavy beats and distorted vocals, in the best tradition of industrial-dance and EBM so approach them with confidence if you are dedicated to this genre.

AUDIOPLUG: X-Posed

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 24 2004
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Artist: AUDIOPLUG (@)
Title: X-Posed
Format: CD
Label: Decadance Records (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Audioplug almost did it! Did what? They almost did the perfect album by releasing their first CD titled X-POSED. The members of the trio already had previous experiences with other bands (if it wasn't this way we could almost mention the word "miracle") and probably this helped them making this really good album. The eleven tracks have got as reference point the latest melodic e.b.m. of the likes of Apoptygma Berzerk or Icon Of Coil as well as old bands like Evils Toy. All this without forgetting electronic icons like Gary Numan (listen to the vocals on "Acidify Me") and without forgetting their cultural background! You've got to know that they are coming from Greece and the lyrics they used on "Hyperion Sun" are taken from the Homeric hymns for Zeus, Gaia and Sun. In my humble opinion this is a really good thing as they did an album of electronic music without "cloning" other people's ideas. All the album is really full of catchy sounds and melodies and I was amazed since track one. The band is able to blend power, melody, rhythm without being too fashion. Innovation isn't the right term thinking about this album but all the elements that help to make a good one are there and this make Audioplug get a four stars and half!

El Estado: 3.14

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 21 2004
Artist: El Estado (@)
Title: 3.14
Format: CD
Label: Overdrive records
Rated: *****
El Estado are trio from Mexico whose latest independently released CD (second CD after two demo tapes) presents twelve post-wave electro compositions. El Estado builds an electro/industrial background and adds distorted electric guitars and dramatic post-punk-type singing to it, achieving a balance that is somewhere between post-punk, dark-wave, electronics, industrial, definitely leaning towards the latter two in the final scheme of things. Somehow these bands from latin countries (Mexico, Italy, Spain, Portugal) all share similar elements, so if you into that kind of music you should like El Estado's music.

La Funcion De Repulsa: Cheapest Electronics at the Service of Destruction

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 21 2004
Artist: La Funcion De Repulsa (@)
Title: Cheapest Electronics at the Service of Destruction
Format: CD
Label: Genital Productions
Distributor: Noise Kontrol
Rated: *****
La Funcion De Repulsa is a group, backed by their Genital Productions art collective, from Mexico that has been around since 1986. After several years of silence they are back with a new album where electronics takes over and drives the style of the compositions as never before... Everything seems to be focused on rhythms and beats and the electronic aspect adds to that, in addition with the distorted vocals and occasional guitars, creating a weird mixture of industrial, breakcore, dub, electro, synth-core. This melange of styles, especially when they use vocals and guitars, makes them sounds like some italian electro-noise artists (think Brusaschetto, Nude, CP01 or others). Lyrics in Mexican and English.


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