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Aug 19 2007
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Artist: PURE H
Title: Signia
Format: CD
Label: Pharmafabrik (@)
Rated: *****
Active since early '90s, PureH gathers members who during the last 15 years played into many musical projects as Inertia, KSVLKSV, Xarq, etc. Their latest album has been released in 2005 and was titled "Anadonia" (reviewed on Chain D.L.K. by Andrea Ferraris). This new CD isn't properly PureH new album, it is a collection of remixes of "Signia", the track which opened that album. I'm always picky with remix albums and this one has both the good and the bad sides of an operation like this could have. First of all, unfortunately, only one track has been reworked and this is a limit to audience who don't live out of bread and dub. The good point is that the label (or the band) chose the top notch of genre's artists to remix that track. Eraldo Bernocchi (you should know him for his work with Sigillum S, Bill Laswell, etc), P.C.M., South African Chris Wood, KK Null, Dj Surgeon, Wodan, Richard Dunlap, Burp, Mo Shang and Psychedelic Desert expanded, liquefied, raped the original track turning it into an ambient, industrial, dub, guitar i.d.m., experimental electronica, jazzy ambient track. On some versions you could still recognize the original tune which surfaces from layers of sounds. My preferred ones are the opening Eraldo Bernocchi "Vision rising" version, P.C.M.'s "Blue waters turn black" and Richard Dunlap's "East lands silent".

Idiot Stare: Welcome to Babylon

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 16 2007
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Artist: Idiot Stare (@)
Title: Welcome to Babylon
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Idiot Stare is currently a 7-piece LA-based band who has gone through all the trials and tribulations of a group with that many band members (which at some point or another included members of STG and Insight 23). After their 2003 remix EP "Ghost" (featuring remixes by SMP, Christ Analogue, Penal Colony, Inertia), Idiot Stare are back with their first full length album since 1997. Just by listening to their opening tracks "BabyLAon" or "Mainframe God", you can clearly figure out that these lads are fed up with all the bullshit of the city of angels and all the crap that is fed to us by mainstream media and so on and so forth. The disgust and rage translates well through their aggro-metal mixture of EBM heritage, industrial evolution and pop culture. The album would benefit from a better mix (out of context triggered cymbals are atop of a muddy wall of sound made of drums, samples, guitars and bass) but other than that and a few rhythmical inconsistencies (normal for a band that relies on live musicians) the message comes through loud and clear (the vocals are mixed well and upfront and you even if slightly distorted, you can always hear what Chad Bishop is singing). Stabbing Westward, Die Krupps, GF93, Hansel, Uglyhead, Dope Stars Inc., RSU are all possible influences.
Aug 16 2007
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Artist: Tuner
Title: Pole
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Unsung Records
Distributor: RYKO Distribution
Rated: *****
Tuner's second CD "Pole" (after their debut "Totem") is a fascinating and mysterious voyage through a complex mesh of sounds, both abrasive and silky, and as with all things original, the key lays in the friction and the blend of all elements, the synaesthesia of the experience and the sophistication (or, at times, simplicity) of the approach.
Tuner is a transatlantic collaboration involving Austin, TX-based Pat Mastellotto (King Crimson) and European (Germany/Austria) Markus Reuter (Centrozoon), and both of them make absolutely sure to bring their special and personal touch to the table. While Mastellotto plays drums and percussions and does some very interesting spoken word poetry, Reuter plays touch guitar, acoustic/electric guitar, bass, keys and vocals. The album also features a lot of guests (mostly singers, but also players of vibraphone, theremin, wind organ, violins etc) among whom the one with the most assignments was Austrian singer and label-mate SiRenee, who lent her beautiful, soft and fragile voice to half of Tuner's tunes.
Tuner is a band that makes originality their new language and challenges everyone who attempts to pigeonhole them with genre-delimiting definitions to come up with new words to describe a genre-bending and style-defying new sonic palette that goes beyond conceptualized barriers of pre-packaged music knowledge. I am going to gracefully decline that challenge and instead attempt to help you understand what Tuner is all about with names you might recognize (such as for example Tool, who are probably one of the most fitting and strongest influences here; not so much for their fierce sound but for their innovative, dark and arcane approach). For those who have not yet been initiated to the Tuner sound, try very hard to imagine a band that is NOT a metal band but that sounds like a mixture of Tool, My Dying Bride, Peter Gabriel, Hector Zazou, Porcupine Tree, Nine Inch Nals, Brian Eno, Me'shell Ndegeocello, David Sylvian... I know it's hard, but try, and if you fail, you can redeem yourself on their website or their myspace.com/tunertunes page, where you can also buy "Pole" (which by the way comes packaged in a beautiful out of the ordinary jewel case).

Edgey vs Depth Error : The Abuse Technique

 Posted by John Gore   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 13 2007
Artist: Edgey vs Depth Error (@)
Title: The Abuse Technique
Format: CD
Label: Hive Records (@)
Rated: *****
Split CD between Edgey and Depth Error (Matt Green) with alternating tracks for each artist. Edgey begins the journey with hard edge beats and creepy synth pad. DE tends to work his sampler harder on his tracks. Each track melts into the other giving us a good mixture of beat dominant tracks (Edgey) contrasted with the more sample dominant tracks by Depth Error keeping the onslaught going for just under an hour. It may be my imagination but it seems as though the beats get faster as time goes on giving one the sense of having too much coffee, too much stimulation. You certainly couldn’t dance to this unless of course you had too much illicit substance to really care about how you look while you’re doing it. Twitchy music for twitchy people.

ESA: Devotion, Discipline, Denial

 Posted by John Gore   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 13 2007
Artist: ESA
Title: Devotion, Discipline, Denial
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Hive Records (@)
Rated: *****
Modern dirty electro-mechanical pulse music with all usual culture in decay’ referents. Good for the dance floor but not much deep thought going on here. But who wants to think while we’re dancing.


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