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:BAHNTIER//: Blindoom

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 08 2006
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Artist: :BAHNTIER// (@)
Title: Blindoom
Format: CD
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
BLINDOOM is the latest :Bahntier// release and since from its first track you’ll realize that something different is going on. The sound is different, more organised and less disturbing respect the previous "Revulsive". Then you read that on drums and production worked Justin Bennet (drummer of the Skinny Puppy, Pigface, My life with a trill kill kult, Peter Murphy) and then you understand. You understand that an Italian act got an international recognition and thanks to Justin, Eric Van Wonterghem (member of Insekt, Sonar and Monolith which mastered the album) and Kenji Siratori (cyberpunk writer which collaborated for the spoken word parts and with noises on "Nucleus"). The tracks are focused on rhythm thanks to the percussive sounds as well as to sequenced basslines and on this structure Stefano sing his lyrics with a filtered voice that sounds sick. Check tracks like "Dispute" (it recalled me also some early N.I.N. tunes with whispered vocals and a certain tense atmosphere), the opening "Dsimulation" (here the atmosphere created with noises and a piano is really functional and tense) or the closing "Underworlds", where you’ll find a sort of industrial dub based sound thanks to the drums section played by Justin. Anyway, by listening to the ten tracks there’s no doubt that the project evolved and this will please the lovers of electro industrial music.

VV.AA.: SCHLAGSTROM - Krrrbrrrtztzkrrr 01

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Nov 06 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: SCHLAGSTROM - Krrrbrrrtztzkrrr 01
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Rustblade (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
SCHLAGSTROM - Krrrbrrrtztzkrrr 01 is a double compilation that celebrates one of the best industrial music festival that take place in Berlin. This year was the third time that the festival took place and Rustblade Records decided to set up a 25 tracks double CD featuring contributions from ALL bands that have performed at the festival since its beginning. The tracks you can find here are previously unreleased or special versions and if you love labels such as Hands, Ant Zen or Rustblade this compilation has some gem to dig. Also on the extra section of the second CD you can also find a 5 minutes video with some visual excerpt taken from the festival. Read the tracklist and check if your wish for industrial noise can be fulfilled.
Disc 1 :-
01. Polarlicht - Destroyed India
02. Bahntier - Fractal Desire
03. F.Y.D - Scapegoat
04. Alec Empire - Overdose ( Remix )
05. Punch Inc - Counterstroke
06. Chrysalide - Wake Up
07. Monolith - Dukkha
08. Mezire - Penal Colony
09. DetuneX - Brown Powder
10. Sandblasting - The Butchers ( Extended Remix )
11. IO - Disorder
12. Acrylik - No Evolution
13. Mono No Aware - Yume No Ato

Disc 2 :-
01. Sonic Area - Cruelle
02. Asche vs Morgenstern - Something Evil
03. Synascape - Folded Sheets Of Silver
04. Marita Schreck - Tango Dynamic
05. CX2 - Neuss Heisst Lärm
06. Dive - Reported ( Live )
07. Zelle 40 - Dumb ( Remix by Lacasa Del Cid )
08. Sonar - Backwards
09. ZX81 - R2-02 ( The Revenge )
10. Dr. Nexus - Academical Disease
11. Klangstabil - Super2
12. The Implicator Order - The Fall Of Jachin And Boaz

BALLISTIC: Ballistic Vs. Reality

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Nov 06 2006
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Artist: BALLISTIC
Title: Ballistic Vs. Reality
Format: CD
Label: Kold Finger (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
BALLISTIC Vs. REALITY is the debut full length album by Ballistic, an Italian band coming from Emilia region. Formed by experienced musicians (Robotomy, who played guitar and keyboard for Hardcore-Noise bands founded Ballistic after meeting techno-progressive pro-DJ Vyger and The Question, masked wrestler, poet and already vocalist into harsh-industrial bands) Ballistic successfully merge techno solutions and rhythms with e.b.m. and industrial music. The eleven tracks of BALLISTIC Vs. REALITY convince immediately with their catchy approach because they are upbeat songs with dance floor attitude and powerful e.b.m. sounds. Being focused on melody and rhythm the band is ready to make you dance until you faint on the floor. Also The Question voice convince as it is able to give energy to the tracks without being too much filtered: it is aggressive but without being obsessive with that certain hysteria characteristic of some industrial e.b.m. acts. Try them and go to see them if they are in your town...

AMBASSADOR 21 Vs FRAGMENT KING: Good Morning W.

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Nov 03 2006
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Artist: AMBASSADOR 21 Vs FRAGMENT KING (@)
Title: Good Morning W.
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Distributor: Ant Zen
Rated: *****
Divided into three parts "Midnight", "Afternoon" and "Morning", GOOD MORNING W. is an Ambassador 21 / Fragment King collaboration. The album is the proud son of its parents, because it gathers the musical styles of the two bands: the industrial raging guitars of Fragment King and the anarchic industrial break core of Ambassador 21. Recorded during an improvised session, GOOD MORNING W. is an album that sounds thick, if you know what I mean: tense, distorted and experimental. The perfect example is the final 16 minutes track which gives the title to the album is a sort of bomb that is about to explode. On this one Natasha free all her rage crying her lungs out while on the background the tension builds a wall of noise that seems to fall down on the last minute where only a feedback lasts. Intense...

VV.AA.: Soundwave Assassins Vol. 3

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Oct 30 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Soundwave Assassins Vol. 3
Format: CD
Label: Dungeon-Recordings/Backscatter (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Already the third compilation of this series which predecessors were mostly created for DJ’s, press people and promoters to introduce or to give a deeper insight into the musically activities of the Salt Lake City area. Dungeon-Recordings and Backscatter again collaborated for this release, which will - thanks to the musically content – make a special mark into the history books of Electro/Industrial music. Lets have a look to the featured names – SYMBIONT, LITTLE SAP DUNGEON, LEXINCRYPT, ROSES & EXILE and 23EXSTACY – all this bands have lately quit their business or are in hiatus. The best is yet to come – all of them presenting unreleased stuff, outtakes or their very last recordings. Besides the above mentioned some more well-sounding names are featured here like DIVERJE, PCP, ASSEPTIC ROOM and BOUNDLESS. Of course also these acts present never heard before mixes, tracks and fit therefore well with the intention of this compilation. I can’t find enough praising words of thanks to the both conductors, Kevin J. Cazier and XoN, to open the archives for the greedy ears of the fans hunting for unreleased stuff. After an instrumental intro tune the things start here with the Spanish act ASSEPTIC ROOM, which is signed to the DSBP label. You’ll got a Dark Electro and danceable tune "Faith Without You" in a remix provided by the Argentinian act SUICIDE SOLUTIONS, also an up and coming new act to follow immediately. Follows then Justin Cameron aka LEXINCRYPT who provides with "Purjuress (Face Two)" and "Aftermath (Gutter Slut Mix by L.S.D.)" two unreleased versions of tracks placed on his debut album era "My Sepulture" back in 2003. Tasteful Dark Electro with that special thrilling effect – as usual from this act and I hope that Justin will decide one fine day to continue with his project. Dungeon Recordings’ very own LITTLE SAP DUNGEON have to my surprise still a track in stock taken from their "Silent Entities" recording session. "Nightfall’s Prey" is a typical piece of this act, maybe a bit lesser scary produced than the other tracks placed on "Silent Entities" – this might be an explanation, why this track got removed lastly. DIVERJE are also present and provide us their track "I Walk Alone" originally available on the last studio album "The Distortion Chamber", a collaboration effort between Tommy T. Rapisardi together with the already mentioned Justin Cameron. This track got remixed by the BLC Productions-recording artist THE PAIN MACHINERY from Sweden, turning this piece into a pulsating Powernoise assault. It is lesser danceable, but filled instead with crunchy rhythm patterns of the hardest kind – as usually provided by this act. PERCEPTION CLEANSE PERCEPTION is musically maybe one of the most diverse acts around and Kevin J. Cazier shows us his dedication to the works of GODFLESH by providing a cover on the track "Blind", originally designed for a tribute compilation, which never came to realization. We then have here two new tracks by 23 EXTACY aka Chris Alvarado providing that typical and chaotic Punk-inspired Crossover-Industrial with harsh and destroying guitar performances. Kevin J. Cazier has lately left this project, so also this act is in hiatus. And also ROSES AND EXILE’s – Chris Alvarado’s solo effort - existence is questionable and we have to see what the future brings. Comes the last ever recorded and sorely missed SYMBIONT track "Five Of Cups", which is a rather slow Dark Electro piece with the strong and remarkable melodic input this act is known for. So finally XoN’s solo effort BOUNDLESS sets the last two pieces on this comp both designed for the BOUNDLESS debut release "Perpetual" back in 2003 – to me still one of the most underrated DSBP releases at all. You shouldn’t expect another track of the quality of "Sordid Trouper" or "Unconscious", but both pieces "Infinitus Assuage" and "Repression" nevertheless do well and fit with that album stuff. A lot of valuable stuff to discover as usual on this comp series – let’s hope and keep the fingers crossed that this collection of unreleased stuff doesn’t mark the very last chapter of these quality and promising acts. Check our website here to discover several reviews and interviews with these acts – LITTLE SAP DUNGEON, DIVERJE, SYMBIONT, ASSEPTIC ROOM, PCP, THE PAIN MACHINERY, LEXINCRYPT – they are all here. Keep the machines warm and start your comeback – we need you back on track!


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