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Schwarzes Fragment: Seelenkiller

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Apr 01 2011
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Artist: Schwarzes Fragment
Title: Seelenkiller
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Ionium Records (@)
Rated: *****
I don't believe, that a successful story like a fairytale repeats in our current times, if the protagonists try too obviously to warm up already discovered ideas available on the market for longer than a decade. Too much of the musically ingredients in usage by SCHWARZES FRAGMENT are drawing relations to the same formula, which brought TERMINAL CHOICE 1995 ('Totes Fleisch') unexpected success. This EP offers fair produced Electro/EBM-like arrangements on all 8 tracks, which blend Goth- and Future-/Synthpop-genres here and there, plus you'll get plain and cliche-filled German lyrics mostly dealing with the usual and repetitive darker themes and feelings of someone's daily life. It cannot be said, that this fusion would not promise success, but - as stated above - I doubt, that this happens again. Sometimes the lyricist manages hard to find a useful rhyme provided by a male singer, whose usage of FX on the vocals draw another comparison to TC, okay, but more often the music itself comes out relative toothless compared to the early days of above named idol. How can anyone 'try' seriously to reflect a rather complex, psychological theme like a 'Borderline Syndrom' with a simple structured broken relationship framed by a cheesy Futurepop-like outfit? Well, TERMINAL CHOICE to me earned in 1995 a lot of success and recognition out of nothing, by chance, and purest luck. If SCHWARZES FRAGMENT would be able to score comparable, this would be another wonder of the world...

MAX DURANTE A.K.A. NOVA ELECTRO: Invaders From Outer Space

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 27 2011
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Artist: MAX DURANTE A.K.A. NOVA ELECTRO
Title: Invaders From Outer Space
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Battery Park Studio
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
Boss of the labels Analog Dust, Sintetico, Macroaudio and the re-launched Prodamkey, Max Durante is well know in the electro scene for his releases as well as for his collaborations with Keith Tucker from Aux 88 and with Anthony Rother (on the project called Netzwerk Europa). On INVADERS FROM OUTER SPACE, the new release on Battery Park Studio, he presents himself as Nova Electro just to bring us four new tracks in balance from electro and detroit techno. The E.P. opens with "Digital dream", a minimal upbeat tune focused on a robotic bass line, rich bouncing rhythms and sparse filtered vocals. "Robot Edit" sounds like a dark electro version of the previous track with a catchy slow lead synth sound that produces a sort of hypnotic circular effect when listened with headphones. This is really Detroit sounding. "Where Is My Spoon" starts like a minimal nasty tune with an obsessive rhythmic bass line. When dry robotic rhythms and samples are added it sounds even more obsessive and menacing. "Electro punisher" sounds like a Detroit techno tune that goes berserk with those synth loops and samples which increase the intensity of the schizophrenia effect. Good one... P.s. Soon the release will be available on vinyl as cut on demand at www.templeplate.com
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NATALIE BERIDZE / TBA: Forgetfulness

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 27 2011
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Artist: NATALIE BERIDZE / TBA
Title: Forgetfulness
Format: CD
Label: Monika Enterprise
Rated: *****
Member of the artistic collective Goslab, Natalie Beridze/TBA is releasing her newest album FORGETFULNESS on Monika Enterprise. The new album contains fourteen new tracks in balance from electronic dance, industrial, spoken word, ambient and minimal electronics. With an overall atmosphere of suspension on time, the tracks show a multifaceted artist who is able to create hypnotic/melodic tunes that seduce and lead you through dreamy upbeat paths. Alternating episodes that could be used for a David Sylvian electronic album (thanks to the use of smooth atmospheres, rich sound textures and glitch noises) to industrial ambient based tunes ("Deeply superficial" has ambient piano moment and noise echoing blasts and "What about things like bullets" is based on a rhythm that seems sampled from Einsturzende Neubauten), cinematic piano based tunes (like on "Give my thoughts no tongue" or "Blue shadow") and dancey melodic melancholic ones (see "Forever has no shadow" or the beautiful "The face we choose to miss"). FORGETFULNESS is a really good album and I suggest you to check it!

DIAMONDBACK KID: Electro Superstar

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 24 2011
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Artist: DIAMONDBACK KID
Title: Electro Superstar
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Binalog Productions (@)
Distributor: Juno Download
Rated: *****
ELECTRO SUPERSTAR is the newest Diamondback Kid single and contains three blasters. Blending classic electrofunk influences as well as nu-electro sounds (see Blastromen as reference) "Humanize", "Throw Yo Tats Up" and "Start Sum Shit" mix spacey atmospheres (check "Humanize" for this) as well as bringing in some bouncing lead synths which melodies will stuck into your head making you want to breakdance even if you don't even know where to start (like on "Throw Yo Tats Up") and also 80s classic atmospheres that remind me of Newcleus (see "Start Sum Shit"). Diamondback Kid isn't a newcomer and you can tell by listening to these fantastic tunes. Diamondback Kid started life in Trevor Horn's 'Sarm West Studios' in West London and had huge success with a remix of Adamski's "Sharktank" in the mid 90s. In the years after that he wrote breakbeat and instrumental hip hop tunes for shows such as 'Miami Ink', 'Americas Most Wanted' and 'Grey's Anatomy'. I'm just glad he decided to start releasing something new. If you dig this one check the EP titled "Snakebite" that he self-released last year.
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XYKOGEN: Carnevale

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Mar 22 2011
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Artist: XYKOGEN (@)
Title: Carnevale
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Line Out Records
Rated: *****
For their comeback, Xykogen decided to do things in big. CARNEVALE, their fourth album available as free download on Line Out Records, will have a video released for each track available on their YouTube channel (one every week for three months). Active from 2004, Xykogen are formed by Amon (formerly the vocalist of UK cyberpunk band Arkam Asylum), the Reverend Eris (co-founder of Wasp Factory Recordings and occasional member of The Chaos Engine), Max Rael (founder-member of History Of Guns) and Lee Chaos (founder of The Chaos Engine and Wasp Factory Recordings, and now runs the notorious Judder nightclub in addition to being the man behind temp0rary). The twelve tracks of CARNEVALE picture a shizophrenic scenario influenced by e.b.m. and post punk where magick, social control and other various insanities are well represented by the chaotic musical formula of the band. Try to imagine Chumbawamba meeting Killing Joke at a Chemical Brothers concert covering Front Line Assembly songs. These tunes are full of ideas and melodies and it would be insane not to download them to make them "spin" on your digital system once. You'll see that that won't be the only time that you'll want to listen to the declamatory rap of Reverend Eris uring his band mates to increase their volume and distortion.


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