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VX: Metamorphosis

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 27 2004
Artist: VX (@)
Title: Metamorphosis
Format: CD
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
VX new release "Metamorphosis" is certainly an amazing electronic-industrial cd that's refreshing with female vocals that's angry, very intense and emotional in a beautiful way. Songs about betrayal, nightmarish visions and so forth. This duo is Laura Boercker and Tom Whittaker, who is behind this driving force project that's more of post-industrial, bringing back the old classic industrial style fuse with blending guitars, ambient soundscapes, breakbeat, drum 'n' bass, and EBM. This is one heavy intensity industrial dance album ever produced and recorded. Tracks that stands the album out are "Constant", "Without; Within", "Reduced To Silence", a bassline that's so dope funky, "Force Me Forward" and "New Dream". VX is a reminder of Detroit's one woman industrial band Chiasm. Fans of industrial music will surely enjoy this hellify release. VX progressed themselves by going in the right direction and will keep the listener's hungry for more future releases. I like them very much and you will too. The cd is enhanced multi-media that features lyrics, bio, photos and an extra song. Hope the band stay around for a long time.

Interlace: Imago

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 23 2004
Artist: Interlace
Title: Imago
Format: CD EP
Label: Art Of Fact (@)
Rated: *****
Interlace is another new signee on Art Of Fact Records. They present a new four song ep version of their forth-coming full version of "Imago". This industrial trio kicks off the disc with their single "Master". Very clear harsh vocals, indeed, including in "Conformity" and "Veneer". All three tracks have the intensity of expressing anger. The expression of all what's emotionally inside is to let go. "Candle Burns Blue" shows a soft and sympathetic side of the band, which I think they wants to show the industrial fans that it's okay to show and have sympathy sometimes than to be hateful and angry. "Imago" ep is bittersweet and a album full-lenth should be watch out for.

MORE MACHINE THAN MAN: Binary Sex EP

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 23 2004
Artist: MORE MACHINE THAN MAN
Title: Binary Sex EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Black Flames Records, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
A 50 minutes long remix EP with the both tracks Why?" and Tonight" released by the new "Electrogoth-Industrial-Electrofetish" project of the new millenium. Don’t ask me what this cool sounding description effects on the music of Tech and Tasha, to my taste they are playing a kind of typical US Coldwave-Industrial along the lines of acts like KMFDM or comrades. No wonder indeed when Mr. En Esch took his hands as a producer on this stuff, so alone this fact could easily explain their sound. Both tracks are presented here in their originally versions, "Why?" features the main vocals by Tech, while "Tonight" has mainly Tasha’s intense vocals. "Why?" is a hard hitting straight-in-your-face track with some nice dark vocals by Tech and all good attitudes in their very own style. This track receives here 7(!!!) remix works by among others SYRIAN, XP8, ASLAN FACTION, E.R.R.A., BOZO PORNO CIRCUS, CTRLer and PIGFACE (Martin Atkins). Outstanding is the one done by SYRIAN, especially to remove the guitar sounds and to give the track a faster speed works great here and could easily work at European clubs with only Electro-fronted audience. Also well produced is the one by XP8 which breaks through the ready recorded vocal lines and gives the track a wider experimental touch. "Tonight" has a similar attitude like "Why" and works great here with Tasha’s marvelous vocals, but there can be found only one remix from IAN FORD which gives this track a more decent feeling. Overall I would say that this EP lacks a bit from more diversity, also to listen to the same track "Why" in original and remix works 8 times doesn’t make it easier to consume. A concentration on only 3 – 4 of the best remix works and 1 – 2 more unreleased tracks would work better here.

Flesh Field: Strain

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 12 2004
Artist: Flesh Field
Title: Strain
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis
Horror movie atmospheres seem to undergird the dark synth-pop sounds emblazoning across the soundscapeof Flesh Field's new Metropolis Records release "Strain". There's also a certain soundtrackiness of another sort in that the compositional structure in places remind one of the orchestral stylings washed across movies sometimes. These are, you understand, mere whiffs, not outright styles, employed by the artists. The music calls these to mind. The core of the sound is sort of an aggro-synth pop. See, on one hand it's dark, acid-tinged aggression (sometimes with guitars) spearing you electro-industrial style. But there's a melodic consciousness, etc., that makes you feel like you're listening to really aggressive synth pop. What it all comes down to is that this is a multi-faceted and original dose of industrial electronica.

Hocico: Wrack and Ruin

 Posted by Kristofer Upjohn   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 12 2004
Artist: Hocico
Title: Wrack and Ruin
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Metropolis
Hocico's long, gothy intro builds into an explosion of heavy beats that made me think momentarily of gabber at half-speed. Edgy electronic melodies creep in and entwine with the beats. Finishing the sound is the threatening hiss of the vocals. Ultimately what is crafted is a dangerous, cutting bloody blade of electro steel cutting into the center of your brain. Hocico is certainly one of the darker acts on Metropolis Records (and that really is saying something), yet there's an uncanny ability exhibited on "Wrack and Ruin" (the new release) to bring to bear new wave influences that somehow enhance the overall dark intent of the music. Well-crafted and cynical aggro-industrial.


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