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INNER VISION LABORATORY: Insane Reality

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 22 2007
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Artist: INNER VISION LABORATORY
Title: Insane Reality
Format: CD
Label: Rage In Eden Records (@)
Rated: *****
After releasing two albums and a mini for Far From Showbiz and Kaos Ex Machina net-labels, I.V.Lab has produced his first CD album for Rage In Eden Records and it is a good one. Containing nine tracks INSANE REALITY it's a good sonic exploration of the themes described into the band's presentation: "It's a cynical story about man, ideals, egoism, sick competition and destroying power of society. Reflection about passing by, daily routine and lost beauty". The music created could be filed under industrial ambient soundtrack because it is amazing to notice how deep is the sensation of space and time you have while you listen to these tracks. The only vocals used are coming mainly from samples (movies, I think) and this increase that effect furthermore. At the beginning of this review I named the term "industrial", well, if you notice how rhythms are created, with that alternation of distorted or saturated drum sounds and samples, industrial is the best way to describe the rhythmic section used. I must also underline how well the sounds and rhythms have been chosen as the production sounds really crisp and it is able to make the listener experience I.V.Lab's vision at the best.

THE WORLD DOMINATION: Heat

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Aug 21 2007
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Artist: THE WORLD DOMINATION
Title: Heat
Format: CD
Label: 1st Decade Records (@)
Distributor: SPV
That’s an arrogant term for a band name, the two guys behind THE WORLD DOMINATION seem to be pretty much convinced about their upcoming internationally success. I guess there can’t be doubts on this, since the promotion machinery seems to work fine so far. This German duo plays a sort of Alternative/Electro-Glam-Rock music and therefore only a very few elements in their music are fitting with our magazine preferences. Definitely too much Mainstream-oriented, their efforts here may work with a mass-compatible video clip for the ringtone-infected youth. Not at all my glass of beer, and I’m unable to find any better entrance to their tunes musically in someway comparable to NOTHERN LITE, but not in the same quality league. Well, no rating out of the reasons that this is a foreign genre for me.
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).


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