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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.

VV.AA.: EARMT2/HRS

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 16 2013
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: EARMT2/HRS
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Electro Aggression Records (@)
Distributor: Bandcamp
Rated: *****
New edition of the mixtape series of the uprising Electro Aggression Records label! Released during the cold winter days, this was an ideal warm-up teaser for the spring activities of this label, which at least brought us 3 new releases so far. And just like the first edition of this mixtape edition, also this second part offers remarkable content which leaves the listener surprised and deeply satisfied in front of his home entertainment. This quality stuff is again freely available via the Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages of the label: 75 minutes of authentic Dark Electro music/old-school EBM, no doubts, this is another must-have download for fans and supporters of finest Electronica music asides the repetitive and still ruling Hellectro-/Terror-EBM formula. Technically again executed by Michael 'Soillodge' Renfield, who proves again his skills to mix every single track perfectly into each other. He actually leaves only the one question open: how long will it take until he himself takes part with an appearance under his R010R project?
This mixtape starts perfectly with the German female/male-duo Pyrolline and their track 'Decision'. This fine and melodic Dark Electro tune picks up the line which Mentallo & the Fixer have left after 'Revelations 23' and/or 'Where Angels Fear To Tread' and the track would ideally fit to find a slot on one of this classic masterpieces. To Avoid are one of those band projects, which are trying to find an ideal balance between old-school EBM and the Dark Electro hype of the early 90ies. With both appearances, one of them is their classic, 8 years old tune 'Last Resort Suicide' (this time remixed by Maschinensturm), they provide a satisfying result and prove activity in the underground. Besides of Pyrolline, also the German/Swiss duo tEaR!doWn is one of the new additions of the EAR label. Their sound outfit differs and rather reflects the Dark Electro movement of the second generation during the mid-90ies, mostly provided by labels like Celtic Circle Productions or Gothic Arts. Red+Test, already the winner of the first mixtape edition, receives another 2-track-appearance: 'Before The End Of Days' pushes the masses on the dancefloors and surprises with VAC-related sequencing works, while the second tune 'Unforgiving Landscapes' reanimates some of the harder moments of the obvious idol Mentallo & The Fixer ('Inhumanities', 'Disrupture', or 'Narcotic Calling' for example...). Object is of course represented too, but stands a bit in the shadow of Pyrolline and/or Red+Test. And if you're longing out for a more futuristic form of your beloved Puppy-an sound-design, you have to check out the appearances of One Eye Wanders. You actually need a lesson in effective insertion of vocal samples? Here you'll get a lecture! What else? Astma (expect a summer release by this Swedish project on E.A.R...) offers the straight, fast and adrenaline-pumping form of old school EBM with angry shouts, quite comparable to acts like Autodafeh or Spetsnaz. DRP, the Japanese EBM heroes of the early 90ies on Dirk Ivens' legendary Body Records label are sending out another kicking sign of life: Could they maybe an option for EAR and start a comeback after their legendary 'Electro Brain 586' in 1990? Instans, the side-project of Sweden's Severe Illusion seems to get a re-animation - both this Swedish projects got featured on here too.
The result of this second edition is nearly the same like after the first one: it's unbelievable that the listener gets rewarded with a free available 75 minutes long download-onslaught filled with so much quality. Again - no matter how often I repeat it - this isn't filler stuff and all projects provide their best abilities with heart and soul presented through their music.

TRACKLISTING:
Pyrroline - Decision
To Avoid - Feel It [radio edit]
tEaR!doWn - Sign from Above [EAR mixtape Version]
Red+Test - Before the End of Days
One Eye Wanders Orchid Hunter
Object - Urban Claustrophobia [original instrumental version]
INSTANS - Carry My Name
B.A.M.N. - apart [edit]
Terminal State - The End
Astma - Dead End [remix 2012]
DRP - Fuck Off
tEaR!doWn - Nerve Conflict [Illness mix by Mc1r]
Severe Illusion - Lobotomobile [early version]
One Eye Wanders - Nervesending [edit]
To Avoid - Last Resort Suicide [RMX by Maschinensturm]
Red+Test - Unforgiving Landscapes

Intolerance: Intolerance

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Jun 10 2013
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Artist: Intolerance
Title: Intolerance
Format: 12"
Label: Synthetic Shadows Records (@)
Rated: *****
Formed in September 1983, in Cuneo, Italy, Intolerance born when Luca Musso, Marco Marongiu and Paolo Chiotasso met. They were going to the conservatory, to the architecture department and to SMET (Study Of Electronic Music), place founded in 1964 by Enore Zaffiri and this helped them unite as well as creating a theoretic base for their music. With this line-up, they participated to the fist concert held in their surroundings allowed to beginners. Their musical influences were Suicide, Daf, Throbbing Gristle, the 60s/70s German electronic music, composers like Luciano Berio or Stockhausen and new wave / post punk music, but they were also influenced by architecture. After that Paolo left, the band was joined by Raffaella Risso on vocals and with this line-up they started the recordings of their first demo. Using a Roland JX-3P, a Roland Juno-106, a Roland Sh-101 and a Drumatrix TR-606, the band recorded nine tracks, which, thanks to Leonardo Borghese and to his Suoni Dal Profondo Nord label, were released on tape in 1985. Intolerance's first self named album musically was showing really well the two souls of the combo: melancholic new wave, thanks to Raffaella way of sing and cold German electronic, thanks to the robotic rhythms and cold atmospheres the guys were playing. This side was even enhanced when the guys were also singing replacing Raffaella's melodic style. About this, songs like "Noradrenalin", "Terminal State" were influenced by Suicide, while "Arwen" and the closing "Valentines" are more dreamy and melancholic. The story of the band continued with the participation to two fanzine's compilations (a split tape for Amen and a side of an LP for VM), where the band changed a bit their sound, increasing their fan base. At the end of the 80s they were starting a new life but sadly, few years later, Luca Musso died and Intolerance called it quits. After thirty years, thanks to Synthetic Shadows Records, you're able to listen to the nine tracks of the first demo and if you love 80s electronics, you won't be disappointed. You can check three tracks here http://soundcloud.com/armagideon-times
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Artist: Faust Degada (@)
Title: Lux&Uria
Format: CD
Label: Cherryno Music
Rated: *****
One half of the Degada Saf duo, Faust Degada a.k.a. Fausto Crocetta, is releasing his first solo album titled "Lux&uria" for CherryNo Music. Four years ago, Fausto released with Degada Saf their comeback album "Without Religions" (see the review and the interview I did back then) and the year after he started producing music for different artistic events such like 'Human Rights? Art from world' (for Campana dei Caduti Foundation in Rovereto), video-art by Giordano Rizzardi, the play 'Rita e Graziella" by Francesco Scarfone and his music was awarded with a second place at the Roma Europa Festival. The project 'Lux&Uria' started in 2012 for an International Art Exhibition in S.Giorgio a Cremano (Naples) dedicated to 'The seven deadly sins' and, after that, he performed live and now, the album. Containing twelve tracks, the album plays around two concepts: the universal light and the physical being which lives a material life and the different aspects of it. One of them is lust (in Italian: "Lussuria") which, going beyond any moral concept, is an essential part of life. Just like the multifaceted emotions that lust is able to induce into the human being, this album tries to cover them all by alternating danceable tracks and ambient ones. So, we have blasting drums (now recalling dub rhythms and then i.d.m. ones) and complex sound layers creating a throbbing effect (like "Emma Cipapa" the following "I Step On Your Lines And I'm Wrong" or "She Knows My Way") alternated to ambient/i.d.m. tracks which sounds a little more experimental compared to the other tunes (it's the case of "Bapama Punk", "Bopid Manar" and "Lakaw") and a mix of both ("Jamspace" or "Gadem") where we have a sort of house/dub rhythm pattern with ambient atmospheres. There are tracks that sound catchy at the first listening, like "She Knows My Way", thanks to the use of melody, filtered vocals and powerful sounds, then there are other ones that need more attention and time.


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