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Jun 26 2013
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Artist: The Exaltics
Title: Das Heise Experiment
Format: 12"
Label: Abstract Acid (@)
Rated: *****
Here we are, after three years from the latest album ("The Freefall" was released by Solar One Music on a double CD along with AS1's "Code Reference ") and after several EPs, finally we have a new The Exaltics album. Released by Abstract Form's sublabel Abstract Acid on LP and on CD (the CD has two bonus tracks "Siebenundzwanzig" and "Vier"), "Das Heise Experiment", brings to the attention of Robert Witschakowski's fans ten new tracks. If you followed CHAIN D.L.K. regularly, you'd realize that The Exaltics has been really active during the last couple of years and the thing that amaze me is that the music produced in this time span, has always reached high quality standards and I think that this is a sort of gift and also the fruit of a real passion. Anyway... Despite the fact that "Das Heise Experiment" has been released by Abstract Acid, don't wait for a release like the second part of "1000 Lights In The Sky", because on this album the acid elements are mostly TB-303 bass lines which are mixed to dark menacing atmospheres. Already the opening track "Neun" is a manifesto of the release as we have drone pads, robotic powerful drumming, dissontant distant arpeggios and acid bass lines. Robert decided to mix all the elements creating, in this way, a uniform track list as it was a sort of soundtrack where techno, acid and dark electro form a sound which is capable of catch the listener immediately. Tiny melodic lines are used to hypnotize as well as subtle noises and powerful rhythms are used as weapons of mass destruction! This album is a blast and I suggest you to reserve one of the 300 copies of the LP or one of the 100 CDs.

Dvs Nme: From The Ashes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 24 2013
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Artist: Dvs Nme (@)
Title: From The Ashes
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Recorded in different places with mobile devices (if I'm not wrong Johan used mostly the program Nanostudio), "From The Ashes" is the newest and third DVS NME album. Containing ten new instrumental tracks, the album sounds just epic. Its sound is in balance between sidereal and robotic atmospheres with the add of catchy melodic lines (check the opening "Bright Lights" or the dark "Scintillant") and Johan succeeded into creating his own sound. Taking inspiration from electro and Detroit techno, as usual, DVS NME now sound like DVS NME, because the project has reached a perfect mix of all the elements that already made the old stuff sounding great. Every track contains elements that create a good contrast: an upbeat rhythm is joined by a spacey synth pad as well as a robotic arpeggio is joined by a catchy melody. The alternance of all these things make this album sounding various and cool. Anyway, as usual, if you like Arpanet, Dopplereffekt, Drexcya as well as Mandroid, this release is a must. You can check a preview here http://soundcloud.com/dvsnme/dvs-nme-from-the-ashes
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Artist: Distorted World (@)
Title: Between The Strophes
Format: CD
Label: Artificial Sun (@)
Rated: *****
What a nice surprise provided by the Russian Artificial Sun label: after having started with two rather more Metal-inspired projects (Type V Blood / Bog ~ Morok), they now provide us a real, Moscow-based Dark Electro music-project called Distorted World. It is a solo project by Ivan 'Unbekannter', who is known for his involvement in Anthracitic Moths, a Dark Electro-project signed to Gravitator Records. Distorted World as being his solo effort shows here and there some comparable sound-ideas, but generally it sounds quite different to Anthracitic Moth. Musically Ivan reanimates several ideas and influences of some veteran and international renowned projects like Calva Y Nada, yelworC, and/or Splatter Squall. 'Between The Strophes' comes out as the debut release of this project and it leaves an impressive impact, that this band is easily capable not to fall too deep into the repetitive phrases of the young Harsh-EBM generation. This album balances well between newest studio techniques - the end mastering of Jan L. (X-Fusion) rather stands for the idea to join the path of current times ' and the omni-present influences by above mentioned idols being mostly active in the second half of the 90s. After an ominous, nightmarish-sounding 'Intro' tune, the rough and pummelling 'Mysterious World' storms mighty in your stomach and your legs. The mood of this track is pretty much related to some earlier yelworC works ('Blood In Face'-like) and it is one of the most appealing tracks to storm the dancefloors. 'Dream' differs in its mood and allows a slight Dark Wave-/Goth-influence to take part. It could be also related to the movie 'The Beauty and The Beast', because Angelina L., the second official band-member of Distorted World, picks up the microphone for her vocal part to be the smooth and sweet companion to Ivan's mostly rough growling. Next comes the pounding tune 'Hexentanz', surprisingly provided in German lyrics, plus it features some raging Metal-guitar riffs. You see this band-project is able to deal with different music styles and it all sounds still quite well mixed together. 'Devil Worship' then stands for another highlight, pretty much as strong as 'Mysterious World' and in a comparable vein. With another instrumental 'Outro ' Birth Of Chaos', this album then switches over after 11 tracks into the remix section. 5 different remix contributions by Type V Blood, Freaky Mind, Bleak Freak, Desmodus and Kos Klimenko are rounding up this promising debut release of this talented Russian music-projct. While especially Russia's Dark Electro/EBM/Industrial scene is pretty much influenced by the Harsh EBM / Hellectro-youth, it does so good to get the chance for checking out here and there more valuable artists ' and Distorted World are surely counting to be one of the revelations. A good and crafty produced debut, more of this please!
Jun 18 2013
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Artist: The Exaltics
Title: The Rise And Fall
Format: 12"
Label: Creme Organization
Rated: *****
June 2013 will be the month of The Exaltics and of their invasion that, instead of being the one of the aliens they have as key theme of their releases, it will be the invasion to the records stores, as this month they have three releases out! Yes, indeed! The project of Robert Witschakowski will have its new album "Das Heise Experiment" out on Abstract Acid, the EP "The Great Escape" on Bunker's sub label Panzerkreuz and this one I'm about to review, "The Rise And Fall", on Creme Organization. Containing four new tracks, "The Rise And Fall" EP, is a one side 12" which on the other side has a beautiful laser etched image. It opens with the intro track "Thought Buzz", a one minute menacing one based on one arpeggio, pads and bombastic drums. It prepares the ground for "The Place To Be", a track which mixes acid drums and bass lines with fluctuating pads. With the time it slowly grows and Robert alternates sounds, creating in that way, an evolution of the track keeping it smooth at the same time. The main track follows and it starts with a dark fluctuating atmosphere just to turn into a grinding track that sounds like Godzilla coming to town. "Downer" closes the 12" sounding like a monster ready to catch its prey: it mixes different powerful bass lines with pounding kicks and effected arpeggios and pads. Great release!

Terminal State: Illegal Space Activity / Trespassed Area 53

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 16 2013
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Artist: Terminal State
Title: Illegal Space Activity / Trespassed Area 53
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Electro Aggression Records (@)
Distributor: Poponaut
Rated: *****
It has surely taken far too long until this Slovakian Electro/Industrial project has finally released its second full-length after an international rather poor discovered debut entitled 'Unline Codes' on the long defunct Broken Seal label back in 1998. Those days have been fabulous for Slovakian bands with the first releases of KIFOTH and/or Disharmony. And so also Terminal State have been mostly euphoric welcomed with their dedication to follow musically one or another idea of some Canadian idols (FLA, Numb, lesser Puppy). 'Illegal Space Activity', and not to forget the companion second disc 'Trespassed Area 53', which offers much more than a dull collected remix contender, can be hardly compared with their early debut release. Since their debut has been released 15 years before, it was finally time to return and to invade the hearts of the interested listeners by storm. Whatever they've done through all the years, one thing is quite sure: Terminal State don't have an interest to mess up with the latest FLA works in vein of 'Artificial Soldier' or 'I. E. D.' - this album also is not at all a 'Caustic Grip'- clone. They surely have studied and at least inhaled a lot of the talent of the gentlemen Leeb / Fulber, which can be especially discovered in such breathtaking bass-line sequencing work, they are capable to provide. Straight, forward-marching tracks like 'Fatalist' (...what a well-fitting track-name...), 'Andromeda', 'Outbreak' or the last, but not least placed killer track 'Natural City' are brilliant examples of their high-skilled programming abilities. And - surprise, surprise - haven't I heard same guitar samples well installed in a track like 'Devastating Toxicity'? And it isn't only this component: also the rhythm and percussion section offers a lot of variety. Here and there it swings pretty often between Breakbeat and the expected 4-on-floor formula and this all fits so perfectly with the overall futuristic, on science fiction themes based foundation. The old school sounds futuristic? If this statement sounds paradox initially, it only proofs, that the musically efforts of the mentioned Canadian giants FLA and/or Numb are timeless. Terminal State do not rely to warm-up the ideas masters here, they rather add a constant good and very refreshing produced alternative recording, which can be placed side by side to the top-notch releases. 'Illegal Space Activity' is throughout a satisfying and respectable return for this Slovakian duo. As for me it leaves a smile when I listen to the last whispered lines of 'Natural State' and it pushes me often to press the 'repeat' button on my home entertainment - but wait: the reward named 'Trespassed Area 53' in form of full-length second CD still needs to be discovered. As already described above, this one offers much more than a usual collection of foreign remix works, it also features 6 unreleased tracks quite worth to discover. Be assured: there is no filler stuff at all! Remix works got provided by two times Brain Leisure, by Jihad, the German duo Pyrolline, and the new label colleagues of tEaR!doWn. They all are standing for an awesome line-up to guarantee quality remix impressions. The winner - to me - is nevertheless the alternative version of 'Andromeda' by Terminal State themselves: This is purest Blade-Runner-Entertainment as its best! 'Luc Cipher' is an opulent layered instrumental tune giving you another decent example of the richly depth in their programming skills. Maybe to discover 2 detailed and lasting produced full-length albums gets a bit time-consuming, it is nevertheless a masterpiece quite worth to invest the time. The whole album in its lasting effect will leave you deeply impressed. Double CD full-length releases have been seldom caused so much impression during this year so far.


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