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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.

injury: Scars from the Past

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 08 2003
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Artist: injury (@)
Title: Scars from the Past
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions (@)


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After a pretty long absence from the scenes Croatian musician Danijel Levatic is back with his injury moniker and an album entitled "Scars from the Past", consisting of an impressive set of tracks of muscular ebm and power-electronics. Blended into the mix of synthetic pads, layers of sounds and hammering industrial-dance beats you'll find plenty of ear candy, in the form of a vast array of speech samples from movies, documentaries etc, mostly dealing with the all to well justified paranoia of not having privacy anymore, something Levatic has been focusing on for a while now. More than half of this album actually consists of remixes by well known bands such as Funker Vogt, Decoded Feedback, Flesh Field, Aghast View, Pulse Legion, Dead Jump, Strategy (from Trylok - there's someone else I haven't heard from in a looooong while...) and Cable Bends Steel, not to mention a duet-duel between injury and Trylok themselves (for those of you who remember we interviewed Trylok and they used to design the early covers of our magazine D.L.K./Chain D.L.K.).

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

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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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

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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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!


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