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Hardwire: The industrial Hardcore Tech: Keyboard Cowboy

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jan 09 2005
Artist: Hardwire: The industrial Hardcore Tech (@)
Title: Keyboard Cowboy
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Some kick-ass hard-hitting cool shit is being thrown at us all the way from Arizona. Hardwire: The Industrial Hardcore Tech is a young and unexperienced duo, but I assure you that you wouldn't tell neither that they are young, nor that they are unexperienced. Their mixture of electronics, industrial, metal and hardcore displays a rare maturity and style. Altough this kind of music has seen its time pass by in the record industry, fans and lovers of the true electro-industrial-metal genre (like myself) might still appreciate certain releases. Personally, I really like "Keyboard Cowboy", especially because of its heavy similarities with some of my old-time favourite bands, such as Die Krupps (first and foremost, I've hardly ever heard a band that resambles to Engler's old project this much - at least on some songs), KMFDM, Rammstein, Sepultura (another disappeared first-rate act!), Ministry, Fear Factory, Flugshaedel, Headcrash, Bytet and many others. If you are a moshing metal head approaching electro-industrial, or if you are an electro-freak looking for heavier emotions, or if you simply can't make up your mind on where to go and what to lean towards, this might be the perfect compromise: scratching, hard, heavy, powerful, aggressive, digital, technological, cold and cool. Highly recommended for people who know what they want (then again, maybe not...).

BUNKUR/MOSS: Erblicket die Töchter des Firmaments/Cop

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Dec 29 2004
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Title: Erblicket die Töchter des Firmaments/Cop
Format: CD
Label: Foreshadow Productions (@)
Rated: *****
Both Bunkur (Holland) and Moss (UK) have reached a sort of cult status in the ultra-underground niche of extreme drone-doom, in spite of their relatively limited discography. This anticipated split release is a sort of tribute to two major influences of theirs, i.e., respectively, Burzum and Swans. Bunkur's cover of "Erblicket..." (originally from the gloomy masterpiece "Filosofem") begins with a mess of spacey, disjointed feedbacks, gradually evolving into a recognizable remake - Burzum's trademark riffs are there, though played by Bunkur's peculiar line up (two basses, a synth, screams and drums). Less recognizable is Moss' "Cop", though their desperate, obtuse sludge-doom (reminiscent of Eyehategod, early Cavity, Corrupted, etc.) is a good tribute to the tortured sounds of early Swans. A nice ep thing, though I was honestly expecting something more - I'm now looking forward to Bunkur's anticipated studio full-length (due out next year on Deserted Factory) and for something more consistent from Moss.


 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Dec 13 2004
Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
This is a first compilation CD released by the internet community hailing from the Salt Lake City area. It presents mainly the music by registered members of this community and they all are more or less well known in the world-wide Electro/Industrial scene. The music included here varies a lot in styles and gives the listener a huge amount of diversity. Tracks ranging from Synth Pop tunes (PLATFORM ONE) to softer Electro (BOUNDLESS), from Dark Electro (SYMBIONT, LITTLE SAP DUNGEON, LEXINCRYPT) to typically US Coldwave Industrial (PROJECT 9, QUEEN BEE), from chaotic Industrial (23 EXTACY, CIRCUIT SURGEON) to somewhat like Death Metal (LORD BEHERIT), which isn’t surely my cup of tea. 12 Tracks in all plus a hidden piece at position 23, this can only be 23 EXTACY with their Punk-like cover version of DEVINE’s disco classic "I’m so Beautiful", which is both outstanding and funny. Other marvelous works are presented here by BOUNDLESS (a new track with damned efficient sequences), LITTLE SAP DUNGEON (with a scary Ambient-like start for their "Dinner Guest") and PROJECT 9 (reminds a little bit to RAZED N’ BLACK). This comp lacks a bit that known bands do not provide more new or unreleased stuff (LEXINCRYPT or SYMBIONT) but nevertheless there is a lot of interesting stuff provided here, so fell free and check out the Hotgoth website to purchase this remarkable compilation.

VULTURES: Great Discoveries and Plasma Ticks

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Dec 06 2004
Artist: VULTURES (@)
Title: Great Discoveries and Plasma Ticks
Format: CD
Label: MOMT (@)
Rated: *****
Vultures are back with their mixture of industrial metal/electro anger but too bad this isn't their full lenght album. Even if the CD contains ten songs, only three are new studio tracks. The other seven are remixed versions of songs coming from their first MCD ("Internal plea" and "Vulture's splendor"), remixes of new tracks ("Horrible weather" and "Live a message"), remixes of unreleased tracks ("Systematic") and a live track ("Snow"). First of all I have to admit that the new tracks ("Easy does it", "Live a message" and "Horrible weather") rock! Their mixture of power and melody will make the NIN fans question if the Vultures will become their next favorite band. The remixed tracks (treated by PTYL, K-Nitrate, 21st Century Jesus, PTSMC and Such) are good (K-nitrate version of "Horrible weather" differs totally from the original one and he makes out of it a really nice dance/ambient/e.b.m.) but sometimes (specially for the unreleased tracks) you feel that something is missing: you never heard the original track and a blend of distorted samples, like in the case of "Systematic", isn't enough. This CD is a good follow up to "Vultures EP" but I wish they will release their real first album sometimes soon.

23 EXTACY: Download the Rapture

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Dec 03 2004
Artist: 23 EXTACY (@)
Title: Download the Rapture
Format: CD
Label: Dungeon-Recordings (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
23 EXTACY is a mutual project out from the Salt Lake City area consisting of Chris Alvarado and Kevin J. Cazier (LITTLE SAP DUNGEON or his solo effort PERCEPTION CLEANSE PERCEPTION). They play a kind of Hardcore-Electro-Metal with some rather chaotic ingredients as well and they do release here their second full-length CD. The whole music is almost guitar-driven combined with some nice Dark Electro sequences and with some brutal vocal efforts. The song structures are hard-banging with full speed, it awakes here and there some chaotic Punk attitudes. This is surely not the soundtrack to float away in a fairytale, no, it doesn’t take any prisoners. Personaly I like of course the more Electro-driven pieces like "Kill a DJ" or "Rise and Fall" but also this tracks are pretty much in the globally mentioned style. Remarkable – and with a funny hint – is the hardcore cover version of DIVINE’s "I’m so Beatiful", an Italian disco icon from the Eighties who died in the meantime (can anybody remember the original song?). If you feel you need to rinse your brain with some acid you should give this piece a try at first. Released out on Kevin J Cazier’s label Dungeon-Recordings, check also out the entirely DSBP catalogue.

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