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Plasmodivm: The Post-Modern Prometheus

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 24 2011
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Artist: Plasmodivm (@)
Title: The Post-Modern Prometheus
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Rated: *****
Back with some new recordings again produced on the dreamy Canary islands, the Spanish Electro/Industrial-producer Sandro Veras offers at least 14 refined pieces of work. Compared to his highly accaimed debut 'Paradise Under Fire', there can be noticed a clear development away from the total harsh EBM performance to a more thought, nearly smooth Futurepop-infiltrated sound-design. Sandro has grown in his musically evolution, his compositions are more filled and layered, plus he still adds his well recognizeable dedication for special fx elements often thrown in between his pummeling rhythm patterns.
The label sheet names among others the German Solitary Experiments as a quell of inspiration, and I agree in that case, that some of Sandro's new tracks draw a strong relation to the early recordings of this famous act ('Unbreakable Will', 'I Have killed A Man', or 'A New Beginning'). These are the tracks, where Sandro allows the integration of clear and nearly natural sounding vocals.
As for personal favorites, I nevertheless name his rather mid-tempo based, ominous sounding tracks like 'The Beginning Of My End', 'Smashing White Pills', or 'Réquiem (Missa Pro Defunctis)'. Although I admire the musically development with this new album, I have to name these ones, because they represent the best the strong and merciless kind more obviously discovered on his above mentioned debut ' remembrances to the harsh, golden Spanish days with Dioxyde and Asseptic Room come to mind by stomping with these intense, harsh EBM tunes.
72 minutes of quality Electro/Industrial tracks, for the most part filled with energetic fx-driven ideas, well, this all are quite good arguments to invest your bucks to purchase this album.

DAGOBERT / KALSON: Astronauten

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 18 2011
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Artist: DAGOBERT / KALSON
Title: Astronauten
Format: 12"
Label: Dominance Electricity
Rated: *****
With a beautiful cover painted by one of the most renowned Argentinian cartoonist Juan Gimenez and available in yellow and green. There is a 12" limited print, (which also have a huge poster of the cover), black 12", CDr and a digital download version (these two have two bonus tracks). ASTRONAUTEN is the newest Dominance Electricity Dagobert/ Kalson split EP. We have to go back to 2003 to recall the last Dagobert release (the double 12" album "Sonic Sound Of Bass" has been just reissued). The Serbian producer Kalson had two digital singles out in 2008 and 2009 but he never had a proper release on vinyl. Let's start from A side with Dagobert. "Lunar Orbiter" is a short ambient space tune with laser blasts and nice beats and you'll find it only on the CDr and the digital release. "Astronomie" is the opening picked up for the vinyl and it sounds rich and deep with cool mid tempo beats, different melodic pads and treated vocal samples. It sounds like a space electro funk tune. "The Question S.E.T.I." opens with a blast with a catchy melody, bouncing rhythms and vocoder filtered vocals. Later breaks and stop and go enrich the formula. "Astronauten Weltenraum" is a dancefloor filler with synth sweeps and cool synth arpeggios. Melody, deep filtered vocals and bass frequencies do the rest and satisfy your desire for electro. Kalson opens his side with "Colosseum In Tokyo", a track originally written by DJ Gio MC-505 & Dr. Shingo. It focus on different arpeggio tracks, filtered vocals and mid tempo. It sounds cinematic and convincing. The second track is a "Astronauten Weltenraum" remix. Kalson doesn't change too much its structure (melodies and vocals are there) but now it sounds more like 80s electro. "Digital Baroque" is a good instrumental with atmosphere/rhythm changes. It keeps the melodies but changes the sounds step by step. "Obscure Nebula" closes the digital editions and it's a great slow instrumental that would fit a sci-fi soundtrack thanks to its epic atmosphere. Dominance Electricity did it again and it has given all the electro lovers another great release. Keep up the good work guys!
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NOSTALGIE ETERNELLE: EP

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 16 2011
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Artist: NOSTALGIE ETERNELLE
Title: EP
Format: 7"
Label: EE Tapes (@)
Rated: *****
Active during the late 80s/early 90s, Nostalgie Eternelle were a German duo formed by Stefan Heinze (aka Inox Kapell) and Dieter Mauson from Delta-Sleep-Inducing-Peptide. During that span of time they released different tapes and participated to many tape compilations. As far as I know they never had nothing released on vinyl until now that EE Tapes decided to make their music revive in the form of a four track 7" EP. Gathering four 1988 compilation tracks, EP, let the lovers of minimal synth sounds get acquainted with Nostalgie Eternelle's style. The 7" opens with "Without You", a track originally released on "Suoni Distorti", a compilation released back then by the Italian label Stella Mars. It is a sort of love/despair song which musically sounds like an early The Fall track (mainly because of the vocals), based on a bass line, synth monophonic bleeps and a drum machine. "Too Late To Be Sad" is an instrumental track with only synth sounds and based on an obsessive drumming/synth line with analog synth noises. Later a post punk bass line is added. Its atmospheres are kinda melancholic. "Conquest" is a synth wave/post punk tune with theatrical vocal interpretation where despair is the main element. "Just Darkness" was originally released on "Decline Vol.1" by the Italian label Discipline Prod (label run by Gianfranco Santoro, guy who is releasing in these days for his Final Muzik label a Nostalgie Eternelle CD compilation) and it is a minimal experimental synth tunes with monophonic noises, simple melodic lines and dissonant parts. Nice release...

THE EXALTICS: They Arrive

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 10 2011
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Artist: THE EXALTICS (@)
Title: They Arrive
Format: 12"
Label: Creme Organization
Rated: *****
Released on Creme Organization, THEY ARRIVE is the newest EP by the famous alien stalker The Exaltics. This release contains six new tracks which are some of the most intriguing, obsessive and dark ones composed by Robert Witschakowski. Three of them (the opening "See It Through My Eyes", "A Strange World Between" and "It Takes Place"), are short and experimental with menacing strings inserts (on "See It Through My Eyes"), aquatic and hypnotic atmospheres ("A Strange World Between") and tense and noisy sounds ("It Takes Place"). The longest ones "They Arrive", "The Wrong Direction" and "One Circle" are minimal and noisy with a bit of Detroit techno ambience ("They Arrive" and "The Wrong Direction") and electro funk with acid influences ("One Circle"). This cool EP is available in black or white vinyl.

HUMANDROID: Elite

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 03 2011
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Artist: HUMANDROID
Title: Elite
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Black Leather (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
ELITE is the second Humandroid release which is out on Black Leather just a month after his debut "Eureka" I just reviewed today. On this EP we find four the original tune plus three remixes. The track is an atmospheric fast one with cinematic/horror atmospheres. It also has a kinda metal use of bass drum (you know that classic double rolling) which is strange to find on an electro track. The first mix is by another Black Leather act, the Colombian Cute Heels. They used a classic dance 4/4 rhythm with hard beats plus warm pads, analog bleeps all wrapped into a really dark atmosphere. Gabri Richter is next with a great dark electro remix which has nice catchy melodies, hard beats and distorted leads here and there. Nicolas Estany closes the release with a dilated atmosphere and a version that could be used on a zombi movie! Really nice release.


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