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Agonoize: Paranoid Destruction

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 08 2003
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Artist: Agonoize (@)
Title: Paranoid Destruction
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: BLC Productions / Hardbeat Propaganda / Hellcity (@)
Hard, rough, edgy and scratchy German EBM is what Agonoize (Berlin-based trio) offer us with "Paranoid Destruction", a remix project MCD featuring the hands of Dirk Faehling, [:SITD:], PSI.CORP, Lohen & Lomax and Sebastian Schleinitz as well as the original version, and alternative version and even an interesting all-strings version (as well as a non-album bonus track). The formula is about as old as effective: well-programmed synth lines and sequences, hard-hitting beats, hammering dance kicks, powerful bass lines and sinister distorted vocals. MCD available at: www.outofline.de/shop/,www.infrarot.de and www.hellcity.de

Regenerator: Regenerated X

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Nov 29 2003
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Artist: Regenerator (@)
Title: Regenerated X
Format: CD
Label: Archetype Multimedia (@)
2 people, 10 years and 7 albums: these are the numbers. Regenerator celebrates these numbers with the release of their remix compilation featuring a number of artists from all over the world tweaking the knobs on Regenerator's material. The remixers are Razed in Black, Assemblage 23, Front 242, Observe & Control, Koito, Bigod 20, Clan of Xymox, Lights of Euphoria, Epsilon Minus, Dust of Basement, Purr Machine, Vultures, SD6, CDollide, Attrition and Divider. Obviously a set of such experienced people on one record can't fail to produce astonishing results. Altough I am unfamiliar with the originals, the remixes maintain the ebm-industrial signature sound of the duo, as well as their vocal duets (Patrice Synthea's sensual vocal opposite to Wrex Mock's dark tone) and all the characterizing elements such as synthpop, goth, electro, dark etc. If you live in Europe look out for the double CD European version (red cover instead of blu) with 28 tracks (instead of 16) and a track count of 14 remixes and 14 remastered versions (11 tracks are different from the EU version).

VV.AA.: Visual Niches 2

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Nov 28 2003
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Visual Niches 2
Format: DVD
Label: E:Motion (@)
Distributor: Caroline / EFA
MTV sucks! If you need proof of that you should read Naomi Klein's amazing book "No Logo", but if you already know that maybe you wanna dig into some really cool and really alternative music videos, like the ones contained in the "Visual Niches 2" DVD. Unfortunately I never got the first volume but this second chapter is really well done and interesting. It features video clips that are subversive, interesting, experimental, original, unconventional by famous artists as well as unknown newcomers. Every video has liner notes by Karl Koch and Oliver Tepel, who both worked for the German music channels Viva. Featured artists are: Dj Shadow, Deichkind, Roots Manuva (very funny!), Anti-Pop Consortium, LFO (the most claustrophobical!), Modeselektor, Amon Tobin, Basement Jaxx (this award winning clip is one of my two favourites in the batch! scary and hilarious! definitely must check this one out!), Laurent Garnier (cracks me up! really entertaining!), Turner, Rocko Shamoni (well done), The Notwist-member side project Console, Alter Ego, T.raumschmiere (nice!), Carsten Jost (this is my other favourite one - an amazing political video clip with previously un-seen footage from the anti-G8 demonstrations in Genoa, Italy, who saw the death of young protester Carlo Giuliani, shot in the head by an italian cop of the same ago who had just joined the forces and wanted to use his gun really bad! Fantastic video! Keep these coming! Make pigs pay!). Astonishing DVD jewel case packaging, great release! Go get it!

Muslimgauze: Red Madrassa

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Nov 27 2003
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Artist: Muslimgauze
Title: Red Madrassa
Format: CD
Label: Staalplaat (@)
Muslimgauze, or more likely who for him, keeps releasing an impressive amount of records for somebody that isn't among us anymore... He truly is one of the most prolific artists I have seen... This one is his 156th release (according to his official site maintained by The Edge at Pretentious.net) and contains five versions of "Rhodesia" and three versions of "Rya Ba Mutant". They are re-mixes dated 1993 and have a lot more electronic sounds in it than we are usually accustomed. Obviously the percussive element remains dominant, but lots of background noises, processing, synth sounds, atmospheres and intellegible vocals surface in these mixes.

Monolith: Sub-System

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Nov 25 2003
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Artist: Monolith (@)
Title: Sub-System
Format: CD
Label: Daft records (@)
While we go about our daily lives, Belgian Daft records keeps releasing fine records by people who keep making fine music, people like Eric Van Wonterghem (ex Absolute Body Control, the Klinik, now with Insekt and Sonar) who's been doing it since 1997 as Monolith (the early '80es with the names I mentioned before). Producer, mastering engineer, musician, Eric has been around a lot of industrial music, power electronics, noise and the like, and Monolith reflects that. After four albums (three CDs on Daft and one 10" on Triton), the new "Sub-System" still pumps up the crowds with powerful distorted beats, saturated electronics and, what maybe differes from label-mates' similar productions, Eric also plays around with layers of synths, calmer sequences of electronica, vocals samples, less distorted rhythmical structures and arpeggiators... What is interesting to know is that the whole album has been created on the amazing Propellerheads Reason software (so people get down to business and make music already)! Two of the songs feature Dirk Ivens of Dive and Johan Van Roy from Suicide Command on vocals. Interesting evolution!


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