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 Posted by TG Mondalf (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 06 2003
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Title: dataseed
Format: CD
Label: WTII Records (@)

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Originating from Florida and currently residing in party city of New Orleans, this American duo takes influences from everything, as the band claims, between the bizarre and powerful atmospheres of Coil to the dancefloor rhythms of Front 242 not to mention lots of newe influences as well. This latest release is heavily loaded with body rockin' EBM and a bit of Synthpop influences as well. The last three tracks are remixes by the such EBM greats as Assemblage 23 and the hard hitting Stromkern. "Enigma" features the vocals of Victoria Lloyd of Claire Voyant. is the type of band that both heavy EBM lovers and fans of high-energy Synthpop can enjoy. Their style ranges from the harder Industrial and technological soundscapes of artists like Front Line Assembly built into heavy EBM dance rhythms like what you'd expect from more recent artists like Icon of Coil. Their sound is highly modernized and always energetic. Vocally they have a bit of a strange range that utilizes bizarre harmonies. Lyrically intelligent and emotionally vibrant utilize every trick in the book from the gutteral/static industrial vocal and themes to the more soothing and emotional synthpop styles. "Brittle" is probably the most 'static' track on the album which fittingly also features a remix by Stromkern of the same giving it even more of an edge. I think the standout tracks on the release are "Brittle", "Zionsank", and "Leave This World" probably because of the stark contrast of style format of each track when compared to each to each other. "Leave This World" has what is probably the most synthpop melody for the chorus and I love the lyrics too, "I'm gonna take you for a ride and we can leave this world behind and everyone that's so unkind gets swallowed by the tide", a sentiment I'm sure many can relate to. This is an album that I'm pretty sure will simply continue to become more an more addictive the more I listen to it.

Z PROCHEK: Intravenous

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Feb 05 2003
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Title: Intravenous
Format: CD
Label: Prototyp (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe

Not only ebm, nor techno or synthpop but all of them at the same time. The Swedish duo formed in the year 2000 by Johan Otterheim and Martin Skanberg after releasing a MCD titled "In My Mind" wrote thirteen songs that are able to catch various kind of audience since they have got good melodies, bleeping sounds and punching beats. See for example the album version of "In My Mind" the following "Inflamed" or "Heal": they mix together distorted and melodic vocals along with dance attitude and dark moments. On some tracks they are helped out by Carolina Nilsson on vocals, thing that gives to some melodic parts a little of drama. Even if the first three tracks didn't impressed me, it's nice to notice how the album grow track to track being always interesting and giving in this way to the listener fifty seven minutes of enjoyable listening.


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 28 2003
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Artist: CYCLOTIMIA (@)
Title: Wasteland
Format: CD
Label: Stateart (@)

"Those who wake the brute force of matter will die smashed by these very forces they wanted to dominate over. Having once put them into motion, it is stupid to hope that they would be eternally under control". With this Rene Guenon excerpt written inside their first CD Cyclotimia present their aims to the audience. Also if you visit their website you'll realize that this Russian duo is taking the western decline as their main inspiration. With a touch of hidden irony they seems to tell that we've got to give up in front of the media demon and to its affiliations. After their debut MCD "New Death Order" Cyclotimia presents ten new tracks composed as a soundtrack for a decaying metropolis. WASTELAND is packed of melancholy and epic moments with slow and intense compositions. Samples taken from television's channels and synths has been used to compose these tracks which merge industrial, classical and ambient music. If you love dense, dark and intimistic atmospheres try this one. Meanwhile the band already recorded two 10" and a new MCD with four tracks coming from the WASTELAND session.

ECHORAUSCH: Different.Waves

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 26 2003
Artist: ECHORAUSCH (@)
Title: Different.Waves
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain/Funkwelten (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
This is a reprint of EchoRausch's double lp released by Jetlag records in 2000, with three unreleased tracks, for a total of 17 songs and 71' worth of music. EchoRausch is the personnel who owns the eponymous studios responsible for many productions and masterings of the Black Rain/Noi Tekk rooster, so it seems appropriate that they get re-released by Funkwelten, a new Black Rain sub-label devoted to "Space, Chillout, Ambient and experimental sounds". The press sheet quotes Boards of Canada and Future Sound of London as akin' projects, which I'd surely subscribe, maybe even adding Autechre, though EchoRausch are definitely less obsessive and skeletal. Educated, refined Warp-sounding electronica with equal space for fat beat patterns and ethereal melodies - part ground, part sky. This will certainly appeal to fans of the above mentioned style, I'd say it's a pleasant and above average production.

Codec: Tension

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 20 2003
Artist: Codec
Title: Tension
Format: CD
Label: Component Records
Distributor: Component Records
Old school ambient electro... .. a mix of Autechre atmospheres, Gary Numan circa "Berserker", a bit of Headscan, and Download’s "Effector". Old school synthlines merge over top of minimally placed and constrained beats, with those charming analog synthlines. Sounds at times like the perfect IDM, at others great videogame music for something like Megaman 2 or Guardian Legend. The CD has no particular strong points as this is another one of those CD’s where the flow is in song to song, though I do happen to love "Like Machines". Great for those who love an old school, analog feel to their electro, and it’s hypnotizing qualities. Rating: 9. Also recommended are the above mentioned bands and CD’s, as well as Lassigue Bendthaus.

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