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ZOMBIE GIRL: Back From The Dead

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 25 2006
Artist: ZOMBIE GIRL (@)
Title: Back From The Dead
Format: CD EP
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Thanks to the unbeatable success of husband Sebastian R. Komor (ICON OF COIL, MONOFADER, MOONITOR, BRUDERSCHAFT, producer jobs for SPECTRALIZED and so on...) also Ms Renee Cooper-Komor can now look on a CD release in the Electro/Industrial music scene. This sounds a bit expected – also the fact that this female leaded act got signed by Alfa Matrix. Nevertheless the debut of this ZOMBIE GIRL was hardly awaited by community and maybe moreover from some DJ’s, because this project could enter a lot of recognition thanks to the bot compilation appearances on "Advanced Electronics Vol. 4" and on the Alfa Matrix comp Cyberl@b 5. Both presented tracks, "We Are The Ones" and "I Want It" are also here in their original version available, plus they received alternative remix versions done by good names like ICON OF COIL (no – not Mr. LaPleague...) and the Infacted Recording artist SOMAN. Two more tracks have found the way on this debut, "Creepy Crawler" (which also got remixed by the legendary KMFDM, it ROCKS...) and "Bleeder", and – don’t ask me why, I do enjoy them here the best. Musically ZOMBIE GIRL are based in the gray area of danceable Synth-/ and Futurepop, real EBM efforts are sparse mixed in. Lyrically – you may expected this – this projects covers all related themes of being a zombie, you know, all that cliche-loaded stuff of eating a human brain. Not very innovative at all, but it fits with the image of this act and I’ve recognized the black humor behind it. The problem I have with it is that this stuff doesn’t come over really reliable – that’s maybe the biggest difference to the female label comrade UNTER NULL.I don’t understand the overdone hype of this act – but hey, that’s just me. It’s average, not more.

POLARLICHT 4.1: Drittklangträger

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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May 17 2006
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Artist: POLARLICHT 4.1
Title: Drittklangträger
Format: CD
Label: Zone 30 Records (@)
Rated: *****
After their debut album "Industrielle Hypnose", Polarlicht 4.1 are back with a new album. DRITTKLANGTRÄGER has been released in two different versions: a regular one containing eleven new tracks and a video and a double CD package (only 222 are available through the label's mailorder) containing also "Metronom", the album of Polarlicht 4.1 side project called Transistor. Polarlicht 4.1 present to the audience an album that will be loved or hated. There are no midways to be taken in this case because the tracks (three of them see also the collaboration of Wynargtage, Bluthund and Transistor) are based on a mixture of dark ambient and industrial music where vocals are used only on few parts. Rhythm has also an important part into the texture. The effect created is like a magma of sound where distortion, rhythms and tension play the most important part on the process. Personally I found the album a bit too homogeneous but the hardcore fans will find it intriguing.

SEDIA : The even times

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 15 2006
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Artist: SEDIA (@)
Title: The even times
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
Sedia are back with their second cd and right next to Mattia Coletti’s (their guitarist) solo debut. For those who've never heard the of em, this easily could be filed under Skin Graft music... if it helps. But having been Skin Graft such crazy and varied label let's start by saying this "power trio" (meant in the most traditional sense of the term: guitar-drums-bass) plays some freaky-weird (but still rock) music. If you're looking for conventional rock probably you could be disappointed by what you're gonna listen, but if you miss bands such as Dazzling Killman, Colossamite, US Maple and if you think math rock had a lot say, you’d better put an hand on you wallet. Though not dogmatically following the math rock trum-trum this instrumental combo has a visceral passion for dissonance (post June of 44-Shellac meant) and a good musician skill that helps them to get the result they were looking for. I can't say if it has to do with the fact the production (excellent) has been given to Fabio Magistrali or for the common love for the 60.70ies but I think there are also shades of the mighty A Short Apnea. "C'era una volta il rizoma" and "Canissius" are two of the most intense tracks of this strong but autistic release. For avant/math-rockers orphans it may represent a chance to think of the good ol' days, for who’s bored by soft music a opportunity to listen to something energetic.
Title: Arcane Matter
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Crash Frequency
Rated: *****
Here we have another act hailing out the unknown badlands of Australia, the solo project THE PROCESS VOID leaded by Alex J. Also this act is part of the Australian Crash Frequency (, thanks again and ROCK on, Karl!!!) and this community grows stronger and better, also with this release under their flag. Alex describes his music being influenced by classic Industrial acts, PUPPY, FLA, but guitar-driven stuff like KILLING JOKE, and I personally would like to add a portion TEST DEPT to this reference. The truth lays somewhere in between, musically THE PROCESS VOID combine minimal EBM/old school Industrial inspired bass lines with rough vocal screams (not really the fine kind of singing...), solid bass kick and snare drum patterns ("Retributions, "Seconds") and some synth layers ranging between melodious and atonal. Also some guitar noises can be heard here and there mostly placed in the background. This is in all a very rough and not fainthearted style of Independent/Underground music. The later placed tracks turn also more and more into a noise and trash experiment, the long running final piece called "Book Titles" for example ends into a total noise climax, that’s why I took TEST DEPT to be a possible reference. The whole CD convinces through its experiental undertone and its aggressive kind generally, plus it doesn’t sound like anything discovered before. This project is definitively on a good way and I’m looking forward to hear more from it. Check out this interesting but hard to pick up release through the given sources here.

Naikaku: Shell

 Posted by John Gore   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 12 2006
Artist: Naikaku (@)
Title: Shell
Format: CD
Label: Poseidon Records (@)
Distributor: Musea
A Japanese progressive rock duo (Satoshi Kobayashi – bass; Kazumi Suzuki – flute) with the help of supporting musicians (two guitars, keyboards, and drums) to fill out the ensemble. This is their second album. All the Prog-rock elements are here: heavy riffing, lots of solos, the frequent change of timbre and tempo within tracks. There’s even the de riguer King Crimson-flavored mellotron epic (Tautology). The presence of the flute as solo instrument certainly sets the sound apart and all musicians play well. But hasn’t this all been done before? Of course, but when you like something there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep on doing it and fans of this genre will not be disappointed. Lots of good solos, interesting melodies and attention to changes in sound and feel drive each track. On the whole this isn’t really on the spacey side of things although there are elements of it every once in a while, but come on, this is Prog-rock after all. The tracks exhibit a most decided Spanish flavor (made prominent by the guitar work, reminding me at times of Al DiMeola’s solo work and his work in Return to Forever) which is odd but not necessarily bad. Just different. Jazz elements make their appearance here and there, like on track three (Lethe), with the inclusion of a trumpet by guest musician Mitsuo who also plays electric guitar. Like I said, there’s spice here and there and that just makes the dish that much more tasty. The rhythm section keeps everything moving nicely with interesting changes so you don’t get bored. High marks for musicianship and composition. Worth more than one listen at least if you like good solos and interesting compositions.

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