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IC 434: Anhedonia

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 14 2012
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Artist: IC 434 (@)
Title: Anhedonia
Format: CD
Label: Infacted Recordings (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
After having heard one of his latest tracks ('Skullwatch') on the 4-CD-compilation-beast 'Old-School Electrology Volume One', Geert de Wilde returns now with his 5th album of his long-going career under his moniker IC 434. Again signed to the German Infacted Recordings label, Geert presents us a new and crafty produced example, how to combine the ideals of a veteran act with new and updated composition skills. His music is as usual for the most part based and programmed on his beloved Korg M1 workstation synthesizer, but his tunes can not completely sort into the 'old-school' drawer. Even if one may thinks to have heard the one or another sound before, since the Korg M1 is an old, late 80s built machine, Geert's tasteful arrangements are still sounding fresh and can easily stand with the state-of-art. What has to be pointed out, is Geert's handmade-like bass-line sequencing, which follows in its technical kind some ideals like early Image Transmission ('Deportation') for instance. Together with his raspy vocal performance, which reminds a bit on a more EBM-related version of P. Spilles (Project Pitchfork) meets Denis Ostermann (In Strict Confidence), here shines through the typical old-school factor. But besides all of that 'we-journalists-need-permanently-search-for-comparisons' rambling, Geert impresses with his well-balanced album, which offers the one or another track worth to mention specially. 'Rats' with its dark and creepy synthesizer pad-programming is a haunting and moody tune, which dramatic slows down the tempo. The rather more danceable tunes like 'An Ideal World', the fast arranged 'Deportation', or 'Sangre De Toro' offer solid club food, while I personally still prefer the brilliant 'Skullwatch'. With 'The Waiting' and the last tune 'Barnard 33', Geert gives us some instrumental insight into one of his biggest hobbies, Astronomy. It finally doesn't wonder too much, that also the band moniker IC 434 is named after a galactic fog. 'Anhedonia' reaches finally hits a target, which can be seldom discovered: it balances well the ideals of the old school und unites tradition with the technical skills of our current days. Thumbs up for this album!

The Pain Machinery: Auto Surveillance

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Jan 06 2012
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Artist: The Pain Machinery (@)
Title: Auto Surveillance
Format: CD EP
Label: Complete Control Productions (@)
Rated: *****
BLC Productions lies down since two years and the being of The Pain Machinery on Hungary's Advoxya-label has only lasted for one EP and one album. This all has been an unsatisfying situation for TPM-mastermind Anders Karlsson, so he decided to build with his partner Mattias Anger a new label named Complete Control Productions. Not too much surprising, that the label debuts with a new TPM release. "Auto Surveillance" acts like a huge EP release giving us a taste of things to come with the upcoming album release 'Surveillance Culture'. 14 tracks got included, featuring different remix works with own and foreign-band interpretations, plus two exclusive b-side tracks ('Twilight', 'Exit Strategy') only available on this EP, this Swedish Powerhouse-project offers an opulent dinner for their hungry listeners. Musically though, I am surprised in the most cases. I have studied the last TPM-album "Urban Survival" quite well, better said I definitely needed to spin it several times again after receiving this new EP. Although I didn't find a chance to review "Urban Survival" months before, I was again blasted by the hard, fast-paced and merciless driven sound environment and the raw energy, which it featured. Not too much of this raw energy can be discovered on this teaser-EP, and I must admit, that this surprises not only positively. The new compositions of Karlsson and his vocalist Jonas Hedberg draw a more-than-ever-before discovered minimal approach. Also Hedberg's voice sounds lesser biting, because it seems they have completely avoided it to integrate the often hailed, often banished fx-processing for the vocals. TPM goes old-school EBM, to reduce this 'new' sound outfit in a simple formula, and Jonas Hedberg's natural voice sounds here there a bit like Douglas McCarthy (NEP). Three tracks ('Hard Cash', 'Grinder', and 'Armed!') are taken from the upcoming album and got featured in various different remixes and versions. Some prominent remix contributors got invited like Jouni Ollila, the old-school veterans of The Weathermen (remix for 'Armed!'), Severe Illusion (Lo-fi brilliance on 'Hard Cash'), Necro Facility (offering a quite modern sounding interpretation of 'Hard Cash'), Testarossa, or Sebastian Rivas. Best track got manipulated by the both TPM protagonists themselves, 'Armed'¦ to the Teeth!' comes out with nailing DAF-like bass-line sequences and features several gunshot-samples, which mutate this track to a real dancefloor-shooter. Although the diversity of the different remixes as well as the quantity featured on this EP is appealing, this more minimal sound outfit including the removal of the beloved Powernoise inclusions can be a hard cake for the long-year audience.
Let's wait and hear what the album brings'¦

Andro-Dioxin: Dioxin City

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Jan 06 2012
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Artist: Andro-Dioxin (@)
Title: Dioxin City
Format: CD
Label: Engraved Ritual / DSBP (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Unbelievable but true: the debut release of this Mexican one-man project stands for the anniversary 100th release of the Albuquerque-based cult-label DSBP. It also confirms a partnership to the new underground label Engraved Ritual, which is dedicated to bring out the most talented Latin American Dark Electro-/Industrial projects to the spotlight. I congratulate all involved people in advance; to survive with such a high number of releases in the shark-tank music-business is an outstanding job!
Andro-Dioxin is a newcomer hailing from Tijuana, which offers a raw Harsh-EBM sound outfit throughout this 41 minutes long album. Behind this project stands Evergoth Dioxin, he is responsible for all parts of production. Musically you'll the expected doze of the still club-leading Hellectro stuff. Andro-Dioxin is sounding very similar to the sound outfit one would expect from a Latin America-based project in this genre. The ideals are to name with known global players, Hocico and/or Amduscia must have an unbelievable big impact on the scene with its followers in this area. Good and useable stuff for club-goers, but generally it turns out to be repetitive and it misses authenticity. Andro-Dioxin still do not reach the target to create an own sound environment, although copying of already discovered music-paths works excellent with tracks like 'Transition' and the title-track. Good remix contributors got invited too, Proyecto Alienoxir and the up and coming talent Electrovot do their best, although they can't leave the global level of this release behind. By remembering the golden past of the DSBP-label regarding quality of releases a decade ago, this one shudders me a bit ' I may would like to have one of the best horses of the label stable with a new release to hit the number 100. However, Andro-Dioxin hasn't reached the end of the rope, so let's agree to continue and return with a new and more developed piece of work.

Acretongue: Strange Cargo

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Jan 05 2012
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Artist: Acretongue (@)
Title: Strange Cargo
Format: CD
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
Ladies and Gentlemen, if it still needs to name a potential candidate for the album-of-the-year-2011 - contest, I'd give my vote to this South-African talent. Already discovered on some editions of the highly recognized 'Septic' compilation-series of the famous German Dependent-label, it was about time to reward Nico J. and his long-year patience and trust in the activities of Stefan Herwig and his Dependent-team with this professional recorded and produced album. But it is not only Nico and his Acretongue-project, who gets rewarded - it's rather you, the listener, because the often pronounced 'Dependent Seal of quality' has never before hit the mail that exactly than with this newcomer project. Nico J. proves his talent by releasing a detailed form of Dark Electro music, which touches the crown of those complex producers like haujobb and Mind.In.A.Box, although expressed in a different style. The label information-sheet also names projects like Trauma, Violet Arcana, Clock DVA, Chris & Cosey and This Digital Ocean as possible comparisons, while I tend rather to name classic Dark Electro artists like Blame, Australia's outstanding duo Empty, the too early vanished French project Neon Cage Experiment, and/or the awfully underestimated US-project Heavy Water Factory as being names, which all have expressed a comparable form of layered Electronica music. Regarding this stylistically description, it should quite clear, that Nico and his music hasn't got anything to do with that repetitive, but still club-leading Harsh-EBM/Hellectro rush. Acretongue's arrangements are filled with fat and matured electronic sounds, it is amazing, that this whole album shall represent the work of a newcomer act - if we don't call that self-produced and limited available debut in 2007 as being a 'real' debut. Also Nico's natural sounding vocal performance needs to be mentioned and praised, because he integrates with his warm, at times melancholic sounding voice a contrast to the typical Dark Electro-artist using multiple cookie-monster-effects to reach a Puppy-related sound outfit. Acretongue's addictive and complex produced Electronica-music got designed for you to get consumed; the best way is surely under a pair of good headphones, although you shouldn't think, that Acretongue is unable to produce club-compatible stuff. 'Oblivion' has the right speed for some dancefloor-action; also 'Orphan's Affinity' can follow almost. Best track has to be named with 'These Soft Machines', which starts with an obscure rhythm pattern, until the chorus offers a singing-along-the-line attitude, not to forget the marvelous song progression.
Nearly 60 minutes of a thrilling Electronica experience and you will never get the impression, to have discovered a single minute of filling stuff. I can hardly remember to have received a debut, leaving so much euphoria and a never-ending smile in my face the more I spin this album. Awesome stuff, this one is a must-have item!
Good news too for all US-based listeners: Metropolis Records has licensed this album and will release it at th 10th of January 2012.

Taxim: 2011

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Jan 05 2012
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Artist: Taxim (@)
Title: 2011
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Anybody out there who can remember the German Electro/Industrial-artist Taxim being signed to the FL-based label Telegrammetry and presented us the album 'Ecclesiophobia' in 2006? Well, right to the start of the new year, this project returns on our radar with a new, freely available digital-only 2-track-release, which reminds me how the last year has been named'¦ Seriously, Alex Ney, mastermind behind Taxim, feeds us with a quality track filled with driving Breakbeat rhythm-patterns, up-to-date synthesizer sequences, with got supported by Metal-like bass-guitar riffs. This new sound outfit of Alex generally surprises and inhales a deep breath of the US-based Coldwave-movement. Not surprising is the fact, that Alex still feels more comfortable to produce instrumental tunes only, although '2011' in its original version is richly filled with drastic and atrocious voice-samples. Thematically Alex has collected various newsflashes and/or documentaries dealing with the oppressive happenings in Libya under the regime of Mohammad El Gadhafi. Maybe to name this well produced track '2011' is a bit too opulent, since the last year has seen several more tragedies and crises, which would work well as being quells of inspiration for artists of this genre. But however, '2011' (original and Alternative version) is a perfect appetizer for the upcoming new Taxim-album 'Monitoring', which will be out in summer 2012.



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