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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...

ANGELSPIT: Nurse Grenade

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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.


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