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VV.AA.: InterBreeding II Industrial Mutation

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 02 2004
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: InterBreeding II Industrial Mutation
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: BLC Productions (@)
Distributor: Metropolis
Rated: *****
When BLC goes encore it goes encore for real: what I mean by that is that the second volume of their "Interbreeding II Industrial Mutation" is actually a double CD as well, so if EBM is what your doctor ordered you to get you in shape, here's your chance to get your fix!
Kubikzahl, Generated X-ed, Jerico One feat. Marc Heal, Hocico, The Pain Machinery, Implant, Things Outside The Skin, Injury (with a Pulse Legion Remix), Beta, Soul Circuit, The God Project, ESR, Diverje, Dioxyde, Type001, Xiphoid Process, Stark,
Void Kampf, Skoyz, Tactical Sekt, Agonoize, Angel Theory, Run Level Zero, The Thessalonian Dope Gods, Centyl, Severe Illusion, The Pain Machinery, More Machine than Man (remix by Syrian), Croc Shop, Infekktion, Thirteenth Exile, Liquefaction: quite impressive list, right? More reason to be impressed is that most tracks are brand new previously unreleased songs or exclusive compositions or versions or remixes or demo tracks etc...
Cover art work by graphic illustrator Wilhelm "Deaddreamer" Steiner.

Butterfly Messiah: Eternal

 Posted by TG Mondalf (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 23 2004
Artist: Butterfly Messiah (@)
Title: Eternal
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: The Fossil Dungeon (@)
Rated: *****

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I continue to be intrigued as I watch the talents of Robert, Shannon, and friends. From the first time I heard Butterfly Messiah I knew they had a latent talent that would grow in time to be a force worth reckoning. While Priestess got them a bit of international acclaim, their new release Eternal positions them right alongside some of the top talents of today. Their new album combines Shannon's 'ethereal' vocals with Robert's new upscaled EBM-styled Darkwave. This is quite a jump from previous works but the likes of which was seen on the DJ Program.01 digipak released September of 2002 on their label The Fossil Dungeon. Fans of the band's more esoteric side will also NOT be let down either. This disc is full of mindful wisdom from the well of consciousness. Neo-pagans will take easy note of "The Circle" but I think one of my favorites has to be "Falling Stars". Butterfly creates an easy fusion of esoteric concepts with various music styles including EBM, Darkwave, Neo-Classical, Ethereal, Synthpop, Trip Hop, Wave, Medieval etc.. and are a band definitely worth a 'continued watchful eye'! Also, one can tell that Butterfly Messiah is a project that appreciates it's fans as the CD package is full of band photos, lyrics, etc., something too many artists skimp on these days. While it's understandable that we all have tight budgets Butterfly Messiah & The Fossil Dungeon always do their best to create merchandise packages well worth buying. This is what all those MP3 traders are missing out on - the true ART of the entire conceptual realization of 'the work' as opposed to just non-visual electronic media files. I've always been one to love holding the CD in my hand and reading the lyrics with the CD and/or viewing the inlay artwork, photos, and/or graphics. This is definitely one of the best releases I've seen this year so far!


 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 21 2004
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Artist: PTI (@)
Title: S.O.S. EP
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Distributor: WTII records
Rated: *****
Starting out like nice-sounding power-noise, the "S.O.S. EP" (which is more like a full lenght album really) quickly turns into an EBM work based around skillfully crafted treated sounds, dancefloor-friendly electro-industrial rhythm structures and filtered vocals that follow the lead of the masters of the genre. Chicago based duo PTI has learned the lesson of the prioneers and, although their sound palette is not bad, they don't seem concerned with freshing things up (which of course seems to be a general trend). There are some good moments in the CD and, aside from some vocal performances I wouldn't be too happy about, it overall is a pretty good CD, that strives for a balance between melody and distortion. To add to the table are remixes by Assemblage 23, and Dubok. Full album expected later this year.

Totakeke: Lament

 Posted by Dj Peter Lee (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 21 2004
Artist: Totakeke
Title: Lament
Format: CD EP
Label: Frozen Empire Media
Rated: *****
Totakeke is another great project of Frank Mokros(Synth-etik, Ativ). This one released on Frozen Empire Media. Coming in a slim jewel case this cd has 7 tracks, 2 of which a remixes of the title track by Imminent, and Klangstabil(antzen, MHZ). This cd starts off with a droning ambient soundscape and moves into a rythmic mixture of drum-n-bass, and idm. As each track unfolds the cd continues to have soft over-lying synths and droning backgrounds, which set it apart from the bombastic rythmic noise of synth-etik. Not as to say that the drums aren't present but up until the last track they are more subdued, giving a more relaxed feel to the cd. Moving in and out of generes, this cd is complex and highly enjoyable.

Hearts of Darknesses: Music for Drunk Driving

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 20 2004
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Artist: Hearts of Darknesses (@)
Title: Music for Drunk Driving
Format: CD
Label: Schematic
Distributor: Asphodel
Rated: *****
It's always nice and makes us very extremely happy to see that some unknown new and up coming artist we believed in or tried to help in the past with an interview or by reviewing a demo of, makes it or lands a deal with a record label. This time the lucky party was Frank Musarra, composer, performer, mc and, recently, member of Stars as Eyes. I first saw him perform as Hearts of Darknesses in some club in Brooklyn, just his mic and a cd player and his crazy moves... Imagine somebody who just got bit by a tarantula and dances the poison off as if the floor was covered with nails on fire, or something along those lines... Basically he screams and jumps around, allegedly he even broke his collarbone once falling after getting entangled in his microphone cord... "Music For Drunk Driving" is a pretty good representation of what the audio at that show was like. Epileptic digital core with a punk attitude and an electronic soul, glitch noises, distorted vocals, un-even beats and all of that. Now all he needs is a wirless microphone and he's good to go! Read the interview with Hearts of Darknesses on these pages.

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