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Artist: Chrysalide (@)
Title: Don't Be Scared, It's About Life
Format: CD
Label: Artoffact (@)
Rated: *****
Tender words to traders and their indulgente money-feeders ("Traders Must Die"), attempts of sweet awakening media-addicted sleepwalkers and middle-class insouciance despite awareness of media manipulation about "reality" ("Let's Talk About This During Dinner", but I'd say their wise cover artwork refers to media control and the typical master/puppet relation between people who control media and their unaware victims), feeling of solipsism and withdraw in front of widespread acceptance of the state of things ("Not My World"), redeeming escape attempts ("Give Me Somthing Stronger"), refusal of homologation ("Rest In Silence My Friend", "They Won't Get Us"), memories of pure love ("LoveTape"), saga-like dramtic stages of anti-heroic teeny personal growth ("Lizzie And The Charming Prince", "Lizzie In Toxicland") and other themes digged by this French industrial band by brothers Sylvain "Syco" and Arnud "Arco" Coeffic could be considered as cliches for the musical and cultural fields they cross over, but the way they melt them, a fusion between industrial standards (particularly KMFDM and Skinny Puppy), a ferocious digital hardcore approach (a la Teen Age Riot) and contemporary hybrids such as nu metal, neurotech or grime dubstep, don't deserve the assumed unconcern (their album has been introduced as "2011's best CD that no one wrote about"...) related to their first European issue. Canadian label Artoffact recognised their talent and decided to let their product land in North America through an edition which five bonus tracks, including their raging cover version of Pink Floyd' hit "Another Brick In The Wall", the hitting tracks "All Guilty" and "Freakout", the above-mentioned "Lizzie In Toxicland" and "We Are Fod For Worms" - one of my favorite track of the whole album -, which mentions a notorious line by professor John Keating on Peter wseir's "Dead Poets Society". Chrysalide could have gained more visibility on underground press, but maybe it needed to be fed more to turn into a butterfly.

LektroiD: Electro - Funk Selection

 Posted by George Embryonik (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Sep 02 2012
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Artist: LektroiD (@)
Title: Electro - Funk Selection
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: LEK-Productions (@)
Distributor: bandcamp
Rated: *****
Richard Elliott aka LektroiD, has been producing electro for more than two decades. That, of course, becomes evident through the nine tracks of his latest release 'ELECTRO-FUNK SELECTION'.
Starting off with 'Eta Carinae', the track slowly builds up, diving into a deep space of filtered melodies leading to the second track 'Hydra'. An extraordinary track with classic electro beats, engaging chord progressions and climaxing lead melodies. 'Harmonix', the third track, offers darker edgy synth bursts with a driving resonant bassline. The fourth track is a remix of 'Solar Storm'. An irresistible mix of dirty basslines and fast beats with warm dramatic synth leads. 'Welcome To The Future (Original Instrumental)' is the next track where we see an impressive electro sonic exploration with thumping beats and a thunderous bassline. 'Twice as nice', is yet another special track. One of those tracks that with its captivating melodies and chord progressions leave a feeling of euphoria to the listener, and is, appropriately, followed by the mellower track 'Dreams (featuring Bryoney Love)' where the lush pads and ethereal vocals manage to push all the right buttons. 'Demolition Block' starts off with a mellow vibe and builds up to a beautiful - full on 4/4 beat - electronic track, while maintaining its original 'delicate' vibes. Moving on, the last track 'Lightspeed II', with fast electro beats, sweeping pads and a memorable lead sequence, is a great a way to end this album. There is also a bonus, hidden track 'Moving Out', a banging ten minute 'live jam' session, guaranteed to satisfy all the electro-heads.
From a more 'technical' point of view, the album is immaculately produced. All the tracks are very carefully constructed/arranged and mixed. The beat programming is excellent and it is obvious that there's a lot of thought/work/artistry behind each track. One thing is for sure. LektroiD, manages to breathe life into his robots.

Microbody: Random Victim EP

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 30 2012
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Artist: Microbody (@)
Title: Random Victim EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: self-released
Distributor: Amazon
Rated: *****
This Electro/Industrial duo founded by Andreas F. (machines) and Peter H. (vocals) works hard since years in the Swedish underground scene, but internationally they are almost unrecognized. A few compilation appearances became reality during the last five years switched to already vanished labels (Plutonium Records / Hypervoxx Recordings), but at least this hasn't been that content, which brought them higher attraction. This 4-track, downloadable-only release finally collects the few tracks produced during this time and it raises hope, that this duo sticks more often together to produce new stuff. Because their music is an attractive and appealing form of Dark Electro music, maybe a bit influenced by a veteran Swedish project like Inside Treatment. Out of these four tracks available on this EP, 'MILF (Or maybe don't)' is to name as being the most unusual track with its ballad-like composition and the melodic, but sad sounding piano drops all over the track. This tiny EP offers good and well-produced Dark Electro all in all, and it is quite worth a recommendation to fans of the genre. So let's keep the fingers crossed for more inspiration and more output from them hopefully soon to be released.

Portion Control: Pure Form

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 30 2012
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Artist: Portion Control (@)
Title: Pure Form
Format: CD
Label: Other Sounds (@)
Distributor: Cherry Red Records
Rated: *****
I have to confess, that I've never been that much into the music of one of the pioneers with such an enormous meaning for everything, which can related to EBM and its finding. UK's Portion Control, active since the early 80s, have been often pronounced as being an inspiration for so well-known projects like among others Front 242, Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, or Front Line Assembly. Okay, in my vinyl collection you'll find a 'Raise The Pulse' 12-inch single, but that's it - no further stuff, also nothing after their triumphant return in 2009. Therefore to receive this complete new studio-album has surprised. After checking and giving it some first spins, I was quite blasted by its quality and became more and more clear, that this album is additionally a kind of reward. Under the sub-title 'Electronic dissonance for Techno Industrial pilgrims' you'll get 14 new tracks, from which some of them will leave you completely breathless. The reason is simple: Portion Control are able to integrate best programming abilities to present you an album, which even doesn't start to bore after the 47 + spinning. First and foremost, this album is a raw and pummelling, very EBM-inspired piece of work with its strongest moments presented in its diverse drum pattern programming. Tracks like 'Deadstar', 'Katsu' or 'Skins' are promising stuff to cause an intense pogo-movement on the floors of the darkest clubs. Above of these fine tracks thrones with 'Point Blank' the most outstanding produced track, which takes your brain into an acid bath. John Whybrew and Dean Paviani, the both protagonists behind this tiny masterpiece offer from the first to the last, the 14th track, a diverse sounding Electronica-experience in its finest kind. Surprising tempo changes are also a useful tool for them; with a track like 'Chosen Seed' they at least represent one of the most unconventional tunes by integrating drastic white noise-like textures into the mix. It astonishes, how easy this productive duo expresses different moods in their tracks, the float and authenticity of this amazing album just celebrates highlight after highlight also with those mysterious sample-driven interludes like 'Something Fierce' or the last track, 'Chrono Form'. A fat produced, rather old-school-minded Electro/Industrial onslaught not at all to be missed - Portion Control are regaining ground of that territory they've in between left in hiatus. This album represents their triumphant return on top of the scene - buy it!!!

Desdemona: Endorphins

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 30 2012
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Artist: Desdemona (@)
Title: Endorphins
Format: CD
Label: Danse Macabre Records (@)
Rated: *****
Even if this band is considered, in the press notes, "one of most popular dark independent acts in Poland. The band has recorded 3 albums so far" this is the first release of this band that I've heard. Being a dark act these days means something close to Vnv Nation and Katatonia than Sister of Mercy.
So "Bring In All" opens the album with synth, a dancey beat and a catchy vocal line, "Desdream" is another track made from the same elements while "Poison" with a slower rhythm and heavier guitar lines is more reminiscent of dark metal, Katatonia style, and has also a good athosphere. "Jealous Sky" return to territories closer to dancefloor as "Devil's Game" that is even more closer to EBM territories. "Sorrow" featuring an highly curated vocal line is one of this release's surprises. So "Let's Play Love" is another dance-oriented track and "In Flames" is more metal oriented. "Euphoria" is an almost pop track and "XXX" closes this releases with metal guitars over an almost EBM beats.
Honestly speaking this album is enjoyable if is not approached as a dark release (it doesn't fit my parameters for this genre) but, considered as an EBM or dancefloor oriented release, even is not groundbreaking it's a well written album enjoyable in most situation. Nice but only for fans.


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