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ANGELSPIT: Nurse Grenade

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 15 2006
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Artist: ANGELSPIT (@)
Title: Nurse Grenade
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
The Australian male/female duo ANGELSPIT presents here their debut EP with 6 tracks, an own produced remix, and two remix works for their countrymen ANXIETY WHISPERS and the well known Gothic-Rock inspired output IKON and their track "Psychic Vampire". Also they are an active member of the Australian Crash Frequency collective, but moreover I would say, they are the leaders of it. Musically you’ll get really hard produced Electro-/Metal-Crossover here, heavy duty guitar riffs go in a mutual way with analogue sequenced bass lines. Add to this some metallic percussion and the rough implemented vocals and you’ll get a really Punk-like output. Comparisons – well, take a bit KMFDM and MORE MAN THAN MACHINE, but in all much heavier and more energetic produced. The Cyberpunk attitude is present here, this duo lives this ideology. A favorite can be named here with the track "Head Fuck", the own produced remix of their track "Head Kult", because it shows some more diversity in the kind how the vocals were produced. "Maggot" is a great and powerful opener, driving guitars stab along the clear Synth lines. The title track against to this is more calm, a kind of experimental and eerie piece. If Metal-Crossover is your cup of tea, then make sure to discover this powerful Australian outlet. They look for some additional help regarding distribution, so please pick them up and give them a try.

Apr 14 2006
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Artist: UNIFORM
Title: protocol
Format: CD
Label: Planet mu (@)
Rated: *****
As I've said before, I've the impression the ranks of "radical electronics" got more and more influenced by industrial music, but in an age where everything get mixed that's not such a surprise. If you add many industrial "musician/performer" were somehow using electronic music it will give sense to the previous consideration, think of Whitehouse, Suicide, Throbbing Gristle, Coil, etc.. It's hard to believe Uniform haven't been influenced by the "grey shadows" of the eighties, consider that beside "the man of the moment" a.k.a. Dalek they feature Lydia Lunch, Alan Vega, Franko B, Terry Edwards, Alice Kemp and Olga Naiman. Do you remember the rest of the Planet Mu catalogue? Ok, forget it! This duo loves drowning in a dark pool where the only things you can grasp are odd cold noises. Can we speak about "post-industrial electronics"?! I think so..."arythmical post industrial electronics"...the bastard son of Pan Sonic and Thomas Kohner? Obsessive nightmares sold as "avantgarde"?. Wolf Eyes on Sub Pop, Protocol on Planet Mu...hey man: something tells me obsession and frustration are "finally back in stock". If you get horny as you hear the sound of Coil and Pan Sonic, I'm sure "protocol" is the right release for you ears...and for those of your psychiatrist.

Aquefrigide: Un Caso Isolato

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 10 2006
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Artist: Aquefrigide
Title: Un Caso Isolato
Format: CD
Label: Subsound records (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
Aquefrigide is an italian duo (from Rome) that performs a very interesting mix of industrial, rock, electronics and hardcore. If you know the type of bands that the italian music scene has spawned during the last decade or so, you'll be able to reference back to a lot of the traces of what seems to be this un-evenly spread but ubiquitous three-color trademark that affects (in different way) "bel paese" productions. Aquefrigide (which means frigid waters) hit the nail in the mark with their well-produced magmatic aphorism of italian lyrics with underlaying powerful roughed out but somehow polished music. Their cathartic and cataclismic impactful style, which heavily leans on a great rhythm section (it is after all a drummer and a bass player) borrows more than lightly from stars and stripes outlets and names (think Death from Above 1979) but they make sure to maintain one foot in their land of origin, and not just by mere choice of lyrics' language. "Un Caso Isolato" (an isolated case) features fifteen tracks (three of which are actually acoustic pieces) and can definitely teach a lesson or two in style, originality and power to a lot of other bands in their country.

Deflore: Human Indu(b)strial

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 10 2006
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Artist: Deflore
Title: Human Indu(b)strial
Format: CD
Label: Subsound records (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
Well, thruthfully speaking, this album has very little to do with dub (contrary to what the deceiving title might hint at) and with electronic music, and by association might have very little to do with Chain D.L.K. also, but allow me to indulge myself because I can't fucking stop listening to Deflore's debut. Wow, talk about explosive! A powerful, humongeous wall of heavy, deep, down-tuned guitars over-rules and over-shadows any attempt at a fair exposure in trial that the presence of (unquestionably important but subtle and belittled) electronic elements might have. Imagine what would happen if Neurosis and Ministry jammed together, maybe sharing the stage with Page Hamilton's Helmet of the days of House of Pain, Flugschaedel, Canaan, My Dying Bride, Sleep, Scorn, Tool and Korn, and you might get an approximate idea of how disturbingly in your face and inhumanly violent this record sounds. Make no mistake: a hollow dark sense of claustrophobic dispair surrounds the entire record and well interacts with the feedbacks-injected atmospheres, the occasional glimpses of the submissive electronic pre-production and the choice of industrial-inspired percussive sounds that go with the doomed and slow drums. It all makes for an album where the touch of a Scandinavian hand (the one of a Finnish mastering engineer) comes as no surprise. These two italian dudes most obviously have a deeply rooted metal heritage of inspirations. Although you might hear some samples of voices and even some distant growls and other vocal artifacts, "Human Indu(b)strial" pretty much goes by as an instrumental record where distortion rules in the sovereign kingdom of darkness and melancholy. It goes without saying that if you like to indulge yourself in hours of hollow and murky violently distorted dreams of sonic masturbation you can't possibly do anything else until you get ahold of a copy of this.

VV.AA.: Pandora's Box, Invasion And Friends 2k6

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 09 2006
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Pandora's Box, Invasion And Friends 2k6
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Rated: *****
A couple of years ago on the "Invasion and friends" serie compilations you could find mostly unknown bands and, most of the times, bands coming from the same Ambassador 21 area. With the years and with the different European tours made by the band the friends have increased and you can check it out by reading the tracklist of this new compilation. On PANDORA’S BOX, INVASION AND FRIENDS 2K6 most of the bands are already signed to a record label: see Dive, Synascape, Converter, Mimetic and Iszoloscope that collaborated for a track titled "Heard Voices", P.A.L. or Projecto Mirage, to name few. As you can notice most of the band are under contract with Ant Zen, label that is taking care of the distribution of the Invasion Wreck Chords releases. Anyway, if on the early volumes of the serie industrial distortion was the way to go, this time the seventeen bands try to explore every dark corner of melodic distortion mixed with rhythm hysteria. The wildness and the rage are now under the wise control of people that during their years of activity reached a good balance between philosophy and action. The sign that something has changed find the confirmation into the fact that the last name of the tracklist is Dalek, a band of electro hip hop (their track seems a My Bloody Valentine track with rappers). Something changed and this is good because music needs fresh ideas!

01. DIVE - Insanity [live at Razzmatazz 3 - Barcelona 12.04.03]
02. SYNAPSCAPE - White Trash [2005 edit]
03. AMBASSADOR21 vs. FRAGMENT KING - The Ballet Of Bullets
04. CONVERTER - Be Broken [unbreakable rmx by NERVE FILTER]
05. SUICIDE INSIDE - Angel
06. MIMETICISZOLOSCOPE - Heard Voices
07. CTRLer - Nuclear Device
08. RASPUTEEN - Auf Der Flucht
09. P.A.L - Overlap [slow strokes mix]
10. KLANGSTABIL - Wir Sind Ganz Zusammen [live in Leipzig]
11. ROGER ROTOR - Drown Delay [live in Morbio Inferiore'05]
12. MONOID - Credit
13. PROYECTO MIRAGE over BUBBLE GUM - Energy
14. SHORAI - U R My Self Destruction Button
15. NOT HALF - Become A Being Of Light
16. NTT - Defeatist
17. DALEK - Ever Somber


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