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DAZY CHAIN: Love Is Hate - Peace Is War

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 11 2006
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Artist: DAZY CHAIN (@)
Title: Love Is Hate - Peace Is War
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Although released under the label moniker "Totenkoft" Records, I am pretty sure, that this CD got produced and released by the band itself. Consisting of both members, Dazy (vocals) and Norbert Lehmann (guitars) we have here another member of the Australian Crash Frequency community (www.crashfrequency.com) – and this is also another very hefty proof that one of the bands of this organization doesn’t sound like a second one. DAZY CHAIN have no real comparable music to offer which can somehow related to the EBM/Electro/Industrial music. They moreover produce a kind of guitar-driven Punk-inspired hardcore music with a totally rebellious and anarchic attitude. Especially the lyrics provided by "Crazy" Dazy give you a perfect hint of what this is all about. Also the cover art with all scandalizing photos (yes, some swastikas are there as well...) placed on several TV sets shows you well the inspiration for this act. The TV knows it all, and "we’re all the same", right on. Dazy seems to rock against all, everything and every word ending with the letters "-ism". Well, it’s fun and at times inspiring for me to follow Dazy’s lyrics, but the music is out my playing field. No worries, I would like to leave this review without a rating, just because it wouldn’t be fair to the band. People who are into the described style of music should give it a try.

KNIFELADDER: The Spectacle

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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May 07 2006
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Artist: KNIFELADDER
Title: The Spectacle
Format: CD
Label: Cryonica Music
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
While starting from largely hystoricized genres like industrial and post-punk, Knifeladder are probably one of the most peculiar acts around nowadays, and this might have penalized them a bit in terms of visibility, since it's not that easy to pigeonhole them in one of the trends of today. Their second full-length (after the brilliant "Organic Traces", which I reviewed back then, plus a debut split with Shining Vril and one with Naevus) features, as always, the line-up of Hunter Barr (bass, synths, effects and production), John Murphy (drums and assorted percussion, theramin, voice) and Andrew Trail (zurna, synths, voice), with the appearance of Lloyd James (Naevus) at backing vocals in one track. Their post-punk/wave matrix is much more evident now than in "Organic Traces", thanks to a songwriting which is more based on bass lines, synths and vocal melodies than before (listen to "Just Deserts", "Head of the Serpent" and "The World Tears Its Heart Out"); but on the other hand, don't expect any gaudy new wave revival, but rather a heavy, experimental take on the best features that '80's dark music had to offer. Sometimes it's like listening to a cross between Killing Joke, Swans, 23 Skidoo, Coil ("Scatology"/"Horse Rotorvator"-era) and God's bulldozer orchestra. So now Knifeladder are a bit more approachable, but they haven't renounced to their muscular power: the delirium of wind instruments and percussion of "Suffer In Silence" immediately reminds of the fiercest moments of their previous works. The surprise effect is obviously a bit gone by now, but "The Spectacle" is a much recommendable album to those cruising for dark and physical music.

AMBASSADOR 21: Weight Of Death

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 02 2006
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Artist: AMBASSADOR 21 (@)
Title: Weight Of Death
Format: CD
Label: Invasion Wreck Chords (@)
Distributor: Ant Zen
Rated: *****
After intensively touring Europe Ambassador 21 concentrated their efforts on an important step of their musical career: the second album. For this reason they gathered their friends coming from Invasion Wreck Chords roster to help out: guitar riffs are by Ctrler, bass guitars by Mark Kammerbauer, Converter collaborated on "'New doctrine about trinity II" (already released on August as online single), Mothboy is on "Winter trip 2" (an ambient industrial track really intriguing), while Roger Rotor collaborated on "Delete the elite", which sees on backing vocals Proyecto Mirage, Synapscape, Rasputeen, Asche and Ctrler. Respect the old releases WEIGHT OF DEATH finds a better organized noise structure. If on "Akcija" the main thing was the "assault effect" on this new album the chaos has been better organized. Probably the various guests had an important role on this but I think that Alexey and Natasha are now more confident and trained into creating tracks where punk impetuosity, distorted sounds and break core rhythms find a good balance into their distinctive wall of sound. In this way the guitar riffs break through the shouted anthems of the duo while pumping drum sounds beat the rhythm of a riot's soundtrack. Ambassador 21 are tuning up their weapons and as they say: "the bullet changes the power fast".

INTRASONIC: At The End

 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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Apr 23 2006
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Artist: INTRASONIC (@)
Title: At The End
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is self-produced but yet very professional release of another new talent out of the Australian Crash Frequency community (www.chrashfrequency.com). The band is leaded by Toby Craig and hails from Fremantle, somewhere based in West-Australia. Musically they play a kind of well produced Electro/Industrial, here and there mixed with some guitars. A possible comparison could be named in the well known US acts SPAHN RANCH to the "The Coiled One" phase, while it should be said, that Toby doesn’t reach the same brilliant results for the sound of his voice like Athan Maroulis. Nevertheless he is a talented vocalist as well and he doesn’t need to come along here tons of FX to re-strange his voice. INTRASONIC added some more diversity in the arrangements, also a real experimental dark Electro piece combined with some rough rhythm programmings can be heard in the title track of this CD. Favorites well designed to hit the dancefloors of the dark and alternative clubs can be named here with starter "Sanctuary" and moreover "As Pitch As Black". At the later part of this CD INTRASONIC also slow down the speed of some tracks and they add some more classic instruments like a piano to their tracks (the very emotional "Adore", or the gloomy "Miss You" for example...). This is a more than convincing release of a new talent from Australia and I can only recommend to discover them somehow. Use the given contacts to the Crash Frequency community here or check back the website of the band. Satisfaction guaranteed!

KLUTĘ: Hit'n'Run

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 21 2006
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Artist: KLUTĘ (@)
Title: Hit'n'Run
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
The output of the Danish mastermind Claus LEÆTHER STRIP Larsen finds no sudden end, only three months after the LS DCD "After The Devastation" and only one month after the KLUTÆ returning EP he releases this full length album. If this all will end sooner or later in a total overkill has still to be proven. His fan base should be strong enough to be happy with a new release of the master at all three months. Also a new LEÆTHER STRIP EP with six new tracks and a few remix works is again in preparation... But back to this release, the new KLUTÆ CD goes on with that style and work how the "Sinner" EP has already started. The symbiosis between the typically LEÆTHER STRIP-like bass lines, some well melodic synth layers and the hefty guitar riffs works well once again. But against the early works of this side-project – to that days where KLUTAE was named KLUTE – this project has lost its aggressive mood. Everything is a bit calculated here – at the earlier days it was more Punk-ish, well maybe more into pure sound anarchy. So I am not sure if the MINISTRY or any else hardcore guitar listeners will really dig this, because it is definitively more LEÆTHER STRIP-infiltrated. Nothing against the banging hard stuff tracks like "Fuck-a-Billy" or the "Desert Storm 2006" reconstruction version – but especially the cover of NEW ORDER’s "Blue Monday", "Please Don’t Cry" or "God Bless You" offer only a few KLUTÆ attitudes. So you’ll get an impressive KLUTÆ full length which appeals as well to the fans of LEÆTHER STRIP. Hopefully the overkill I’ve mentioned will never come true...


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