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ICK: La Parade Des Sans Illusions

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 22 2007
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Artist: ICK (@)
Title: La Parade Des Sans Illusions
Format: 7"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Ick is active since mid nineties and he already released several stuff for different labels such as Hau Ruck!, La Nouvelle Alliance, Blade Records, etc. LA PARADE DES SANS ILLUSIONS is the first 7" of the new Petite Enfant series: a new 7" only releases produced by Enfant Terrible, label that is anyway releasing music on vinyl only. This 7" contains four tracks of primitive industrial 80's electronic. Since the first moments of "Societe D'Ombres" is clear waht Ick is about: inflexible industrial electronic wave that sounds like an extreme version of early Die Form. The four tracks "Societe D'Ombres", "Je Cours", "Kings Of Speed" and "Avoir 20 Ans" (this last one has the same title of one Di Leo movies, starring Gloria Guida) sound like desperate anthems where the distorted vocals seem coming from the past, from a broken radio while the music built a desolation scenario really functional. This release is limited to 300 copies. Hurry to get yours and visit Enfant Terrible's website to listen to some audio excerpts.

PSYCLON NINE: Crwn Thy Frnicatr

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 19 2007
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Artist: PSYCLON NINE (@)
Title: Crwn Thy Frnicatr
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk / Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Rated: *****
I know we had already a review on this current effort of this in between becoming very famous and recognized act (see also an interview with front man Ner0 somewhere here on our site...), which was rather concentrated to argue on the kind and sound of Ner0’s voice. Of course, also on this new release his vocals are sounding still like a raging Chucky, the killer puppet. But can this be the point of discussion? I somehow think, that especially this style of vocals has done a lot to make this band that recognizable and at least successful – it’s a matter of taste of course. But also musically a lot has changed compared to the predecessor "INRI", maybe the most successful album ever sold through their US label Metropolis Records. What could be called on "INRI" a first tendency to create a rather different sound than the once proclaimed Hellektro formula, finds here a continuation and a closer tendency to some Black/Death Metal sounds. This doesn’t only belong to the fact, that they now have added some more raging guitar riffs on the track "Scar Of The Deceiver" and "Crwn The Frnicatr", also the kind of arrangements and the rotating programming of the bass kicks (rather like an angry instrument...) tends more and more into this alternative kind. With some few exceptions ("Flesh Harvest", "Visceral Holocaust"), I really think that PSYCLON NINE will get problems to storm the dancefloors in comparison to the still growing army of Hellektro purist acts. It’s no longer a must to bring it all into a 4/4-on-the-floor mayhem, the tracks rather tend to integrate a chaotic, at times Punk-like attitude. The Electro/EBM purists need to be a bit more open-minded – difficult for Europe and the NoiTekk supporters – but I see the victory train in the USA, now completed with a long tour. "Crwn..." got mastered by Da5id Din (INFORMÄTIK) – I guess to work on this aggressive and infernal-like album was also a new experience for him...

VV.AA.: A Murderous Mix

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jan 19 2007
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: A Murderous Mix
Format: CD
Label: Music Ration Entertainment (@)
Distributor: CDBaby
Rated: *****
Anyone out there of the younger generation, who knows that AND CHRIST WEPT, KILL SWITCH...KLICK, NOISE BOX, NOXIOUS EMOTION or SMP aren’t names for new cultivated viruses in a secret laboratory? Well, all of these acts were founding members of a collective which was built up 12 years before in Seattle, the NEC. Like with many collectives, they also have built up to help and promote each other and to place a constant Industrial scene in Seattle or Vancouver, where at those days the Industrial scene was rather a candle in a wind influenced by Rock and Grunge music. These acts among others have done a pioneering work and one single person out of those days is still active. Jason Bazinet of SMP (Sound of Mass Production), and he stands behind this label, Music Ration Entertainment. Of course, this 18 tracks strong and filled compilation stands a lot under the influence of his own project SMP, with which he from time releases some CD’s. Lately official announced as a new signing of the suddenly quitting its business label Static Sky Records, but this collaboration therefor came unfortunately never to life. So Jason concentrates here on his own small label and he could unite some rather unknown acts besides SMP, which brought really back some remembrances of the past NEC days. This compilation offers a pleasing amount of diversity in the styles, it’s not always the same formula here to combine some electronic sounds with Rock/Metal guitars. SMP presents a music video of "This Perfect Day" to open this comp, 2 further tracks with the amazing "Tombstone" and the short Industrial-Rap (!!!) offering track "Three o’ Clock (Khopped and Skrewed)", plus a funny collaborative track with the highly underrated PENAL COLONY. Very electronic-minded arranged in vein of known bands like HATE DEPT. or CONTAGION are the both pieces of THE LOYAL OPPOSITION, while that Industrial-Rap gets some more slots with acts like ASCETIC and THE MARGINAL PROPHETS. Rather Punk-influenced are the more raging pieces of the female-vocals-leaded LUCID DEMENTIA or from the COP International-recording artists SLAVE UNIT, maybe the best known act here. Australia’s duo TANKT is on here, too, and provide with "Tribe Act I" a rather strange title taken from their last CD "Club Life", also this act has recently called its quit. A lot of stuff and different styles to discover here featuring the charm of some glorious US-Coldwave/Industrial tunes of already forgotten days. Rock on, Jason, a new SMP album called "Treatment" is already in the pipeline...

Track list:

00. SMP "A Perfect Day (MP4 video file)
01. SMP "Tombstone" 4:27
02. Ascetic "Soft Asylum" 4:07
03. The Loyal Opposition "Under the State" 4:32
04. Marginal Prophets "Do It Like That (Ill Media Mix) 4:02
05. Lucid Dementia "Controlled" 3:54
06. Penal Colony "Omega Man" Featuring SMP 4:42
07. Slave Unit "In Time" 3:06
08. Tankt "Tribe Act I" 4:19
09. A Murderous Interlude (Hymn of the 4th Beast) 0:45
10. The Loyal Opposition "Reality?" 5:23
11. Labwrk "Parasite" 3:12
12. Lucid Dementia "Queer" 4:54
13. Fatal Wisdom "Pandora's Box" 5:00
14. 64K "Numb" 3:47
15. SMP "Three O'Clock (Khopped and Skrewed) 2:08
16. The Punk Group "Toby Keith" 3:14
17. Dimension Zero "Nascentes Morimur" 4:11
18. A Murderous Epilogue (How Many Times?)

UTOPIA : BANISHED: Dirtward

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Dec 28 2006
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Artist: UTOPIA : BANISHED
Title: Dirtward
Format: CD
Label: Aentitainment
Rated: *****
If you are a Napalm Death fan, beware, this band has nothing to do with them, even if their name is the same of one of the early albums by the English grind band. Utopia:Banished is the personal project of a guy called Chris. I don't know anything else. The only thing I know is that he previously released for Aentitainment two EPs "Nano" and "Innocent pt.II". His songs sound like a hardcore version of early Nine Inch Nails and if I never been involved by their music, instead, Utopia:Banished sound make me feel a lot more tension. If you listen to "Spare time" you'll understand what I mean: on this one there are a couple of whispered vocals, a drum machine and a light distorted guitar that sometimes plays some arpeggios or is being lightly beaten. For all its length this song is about to explode but if you want a real explosion you can check the opening "This is my platoon" or "The hedonist". Chris did all by himself (but the sound engineering) and the album sounds convincing, tense, industrial and with the right blend of apparently quiet tracks and semi industrial punk cavalcades.

Psyclon Nine: Crwn Thy Frnicatr

 Posted by James Postell   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Dec 13 2006
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Artist: Psyclon Nine
Title: Crwn Thy Frnicatr
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk
Rated: *****
The opening composition on Psyclon Nine’s third album, Crwn Thy Frnicatr, is the instrumental "Bellum In Abyssus" --- translated from Latin as "war in the bottomless pit" --- which itself begins with several seconds of silence. I’m sad to report that these precious seconds are the highlight of this misguided, mediocre release.

I realize that many might consider that a low blow, but I promise it’s no more so than the obvious kick to the balls P9’s front man and founder Nero (aka Marshall Carnage) must have taken to induce such an alto timbre, falsetto vocal effect. Listening to Nero’s rice paper-raspy, high pitched harangues of organized religion produces the same aural effect as a trapped cricket: the sound is at first disconcerting, then simply annoying until, finally, you wish it would just go away.

This is particularly bad for the band considering their more recent Black Metal posturing, which began on last year’s "INRI." Considering that so-called "real" Black Metal bands in Scandinavia have been rumored to eat each others brains (see: Mayhem) and convicted of killing their record label owners (see: Burzum)... well, let’s face it, a scrawny, spikey-haired kid from San Francisco isn’t scaring anybody.

P9’s chord progressions are predictable and lack the scary symphonics the Black Metal milieu demands. It’s not for lack of effort, as the band piles up dead body after dead body in the form of layers and layers of choruses, dynamic changes and rests, synth washes and samples on tracks like "Parasitic", "Flesh Harvest" and "Better Than Suicide." Still, the tinny tones of the vocal, delivered in rambling, run-on sequences, fail to convince the listener of any true imminent danger.

Nero’s real talent lies in his ability to create multi-tiered, eidolic ambiances, as on the short segue piece "The Room." It’s ten times more terrifying than the disappointment that was "Hostel," primarily because your mind curbs itself against the myriad horrors that could potentially be undertaken in such a ghastly place.

Yet, the problem with Crwn Thy Frnicatr is that we DO see what’s behind the door and, ultimately, it’s just a man in bad makeup, colored corn syrup dripping from his plastic fangs.


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