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Artist: THE PROCESS VOID (@)
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 (www.crashfrequency.com, 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.

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
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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".


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