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DEAD GUITARS: Airplanes

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 03 2007
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Artist: DEAD GUITARS
Title: Airplanes
Format: CD
Label: Echozone (@)
Distributor: SPV / AMV Talpa
Rated: *****
Another release a bit out of the boundaries of our musically environment, the trio of DEAD GUITARS likes to present us their mixture of guitar-driven Alternative Pop music mixed with some Goth-Rock as well as Industrial-Metal undertones. Nevertheless the main attention lays on the rather classic Rock-inspired kind of this band, as they like to prove with smooth and melodic male vocals and U2-like acoustic guitars. With having two members of the early formation of the relatively known guitars act 12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING (Peter Brough and Ralf Aussem) this act around singer and front man Carlo Van Putten (THE CONVENT, has also been performed among others with Mark Burgess/THE CHAMELEONS...) this band can hardly be named greenhorns – this can be heard with their fine compositions. "Airplanes" doesn’t awake any nervousness, all arrangements are sounding sedating, also the opener "Name Of The Sea" can offer some catchy elements. A video clip for this track is featured as well – finally it has to be proven if the MTV/VIVA youth generation likes to pick up this effort. Not a bad release at all – to my personal preference too Mainstream-influenced – so I guess that the Rock/Alternative audience will jump on this horse immediately.

FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY: Fallout

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 02 2007
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Artist: FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY
Title: Fallout
Format: CD EP
Label: Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Mailorder / Alive!
Rated: *****
"FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY reclaimed its throne last year with the release of "Artificial Soldier" and the world tour following it". This is the quotation of the first sentence out of the info sheet attached to FLA’s new EP "Fallout". To me "Artificial Soldier" was rather a hard ship mostly for the European audience which always have fount more appreciation to the electronic side of the band. At least "Artificial Soldier" was the result of the integration process of four different musicians which still had to grow to a fruitful unit. "Fallout" picks up the musically tendencies, where "Artificial Soldier" has stopped – it is rather the remix companion release to the last years’ album. So you’ll get some international renowned names taking care on the FLA recordings like COMBICHRIST, PORTION CONTROL, COVENANT or people like Sebastian R. Komor (ICON OF COIL, ZOMBIE GIRL), Jason Novak, Dan Kearley or Greg Reely, who also did the completely mixing. 9 remix works at all plus three new tracks, which all promise a lot for some future recordings of the band are filling this EP and turn the playing time to more than 70 minutes. Veteran EBM fans of the Canadian heroes will surely dig the COMBICHRIST remix on "Beneath The Rubble" the most, thanks to the fact that it avoids all guitar sounds and offers that melodic synth layer sounds, which made FLA that known and appreciated. Another EBM purists favorite will be the new track "Electric Dreams" – remarkable bass line, Alien-like vocodered vocals by Bill Leeb and again another outstanding synth layer programming. Also the youngest and new FLA band member Jeremy Inkel seems to have a pepping influence on the veterans Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber and Chris Peterson – just check out the "Anti-Social-Mix" of the track "Social Enemy" – a speedy Industrial/Techno-driven monster which kicks your ass toward the dancefloors. Also the new track "Armageddon" got produced by Jeremy together with Bill Leeb and this one offers a better continuation to the "Artificial Soldier" tracks – the guitar sounds are included as well. Another proof for Jeremy’s fine talent is the last track here, the raging instrumental track "Unconscious", which he has produced together with Rhys Fulber. FLA’s successful return has a common way with the integration of Jeremy Inkel to the band, no doubt on this. The so-called throne (see above...) is in sight again and this EP is a perfect teaser to the coming world tour and the uncountable live gigs on the coming summer festivals. A must-have release for all FLA fans, be it veteran and/or newbie.

MOLJEBKA PVLSE/HOROLOGIUM: Kaukasus

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 01 2007
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Artist: MOLJEBKA PVLSE/HOROLOGIUM (@)
Title: Kaukasus
Format: CD
Label: Beast Of Prey (@)
Rated: *****
I know that this is an old release, but thanks to Infamis, I'm trying to do a sort of Beast Of Prey special reviews set and since this release is still available I'll talk a bit about it. We already talked about Moljebka Pvlse about a month ago because of his latest release for Someplace Else. This album KAUKASUS see Mathias Josefson working on three tracks out of the seven you can find here, tweaking around the sounds provided by Horologium. If you already know him you should know his way of building hypnotic multi layered suites. The tracks made by Horologium are the ones I preferred on this release because they were able to blend dark ambient intuitions using vocal samples, synth pads, acoustic samples and particular percussive sounds, creating in this way an interesting mysterious ambience. The release is inspired by the highest mountains in Europe which have been place of conflicts ever since. The album is dedicated to this magical region, known for its natural beauty and cultural variety.

POST SCRIPTVM: Raspad

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 01 2007
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Artist: POST SCRIPTVM (@)
Title: Raspad
Format: CD
Label: Tesco (@)
Distributor: Tesco Organization
Rated: *****
I usually tend to describe the sound of a CD as well as I try to fold out the emotions I felt during the listening session. This time I must admit that it's hard to explain the tense industrial atmosphere created by Post Scriptvm. Their music is based on clanging sounds mixed with dark ambient drones but the final result and it's atmosphere it's hard to being described. First of all the experience of listening the opening ten minutes of "Crepusculum" is a particular one, because its cyclic structure is mesmerizing. The duo is able to create an "organized chaos" which builds an incredible tension. Tracks like "Purge echelon" are able to create the noise of a demonic factory thanks to the metallic percussions, the humming samples and other undefinable sounds. The grinding sound is destructive but the tracks runs smoothly and this is particular for a recording of this kind. This is one of the few cases when post industrial music is really working and sounds like the soundtrack of de-evolution!

AUTOPSIA: The Berlin Requiem

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 30 2007
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Artist: AUTOPSIA (@)
Title: The Berlin Requiem
Format: CD
Label: Old Europa Cafe (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
It's ten years that Autopsia weren't releasing an album with new tracks. In 2002 and 2005 they released "Colonia" for Staalplaat and "Le Chant De La Nuit" for their own Illuminating Technologies (see the review I did back then) but they were both compilations. THE BERLIN REQUIEM, instead, contains six new tracks composed by Autopsia and Dammerung Orchestra (we already see them on the "Kristallmacht" album, released by Hypnobeat on 1993) which ideally blend the style of the band of those days with their characteristic classical recordings of the beginnings. In this way we have long dissonant piano orchestral suites and piano orchestral suites with electronic arrangements (like on "Funeral music III"). The only exception is the sixth and final track "Sounds for remembering death" which is a ten minutes track made of hissing sounds, distant choirs and a final part with organ and piano. The effect created by the whole CD is of despair and we could call it classical isolationism. THE BERLIN REQUIEM is taking inspiration from Bertold Brecht poem of the same name. Here it is:

Give praise to the night and darkness that close in around you.
Crowd together and look up at the sky,
and see that the days has already slipped away from you.

Give praise from the bottom of your heart that heaven has a bad memory
and no longer knows either your names or your faces,
and that nobody knows that you are still around

Praise the grass and the beasts that live and die beside you.
See how they, too live and, like you, must also die.

Give praise for the cold, the darkness and corruption.
Look up: you do not matter and you can die without worrying about a thing.


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