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Cyanotic: Mutual Bonding Through Violation

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 28 2003
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Artist: Cyanotic (@)
Title: Mutual Bonding Through Violation
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
From the midi ghettos of the NorthWest (I like that!) arrive Cyanotic, a duo that experiments with power noise, electronics, industrial, ebm, guitar riffs, synth-core and occasionally even hardcore techno, almost gabber beats. I must say I am positively impressed with the quality of their music, their programming and their song-writing. Considering they're a young band and that this is their debut EP you wouldn't expect as much from them, but they really pulled of a well done EP. If you need comparisons think about Bile (with whom they have been touring) or 16 Volt and other bands like that. So if you are into industrial-ebm music (distorted vocals, strong guitar riffs and all of that) you should definitely check 'em out, 'cause they're good.

UV: Refractions: remixes in a different light

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Nov 27 2003
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Artist: UV (@)
Title: Refractions: remixes in a different light
Format: CD
Label: self-released
UV is a trio dedicated to electro-industrial music in its truest form. The band draws inspiration from the gods of the genre, such as FLA, F242, Skinny Puppy, Throbbing Gristle, Klinik and mixes them with newer influences such as Suicide Commando, Sonar, Inertia, Velvet Acid Christ. The aggressive approach and the heavy and pounding rhythmical walls are great and give this CD a very primordial and violent impact. Although some of the guitars or the distorted vocals do sound a little bit cliche, they do achieve to bring back to the table some of that older experimental attitude that has been forgotten or replaced by fast ebm sequencing and mono-tonal distorted vocals. It's impossible, and probably un-necessary, to bring back the masters of the genre, but UV definitely do a good job at carrying along the tradition and blending it with modern sounds and approach to avoid sounding out-dated or like a copy. This CD contains remixes by Dj Cable, Tinman artist Terrorfakt, Text Beak, Y-Luk-O (remember them?), Messab, Nixt, PTI, Coexime's hEADaCHE and Cleopatra artist Razed in Black. Try to catch 'em live if you can.

Idiot Stare: Ghost

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 26 2003
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Artist: Idiot Stare (@)
Title: Ghost
Format: CD
Label: self-released
After the infamous Sony Pictures and MTV conglomerates picked two tracks by Valencia, California based Idiot Stare for the 7th episode of the animated Spiderman series, the band has decided to embark on a remixing journey for one of the two selected songs, the title track "Ghost"; so, besides the original, you get interpretations by Chist Analogue, prophei, Penal Colony, Doll Factory, SMP, Compufonic, Jugend Staat, Inertia, A Different Kind of Cop, REwire, Acidfanatic and Universal Magnetic. What I like about this remix project is that, besides the recurring chorus here and there, the versions are really quite different between each other, which means the involved artists have done a good job at personalizing them and making them unique. The overall result is a pretty aggressive, industrial-metal oriented album that sadly sometimes sounds awfully similar to NIN but mostly introduces us to good electro-industrial music with guitars and angry singing parts. Well produced and solid. Really quite enjoyable!The CD also includes a bonus track ("World Destruction"), as well as a Quicktime video and a 5.1 mix of the title-track.

The Thessalonian Dope Gods: High Idol Pulsation

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Nov 26 2003
Artist: The Thessalonian Dope Gods
Title: High Idol Pulsation
Format: CD
Label: Sin Klub Entertainment (@)
Distributor: Cargo Music
I can definitely see now that Sin Klub is into heavy shit, and that's cool, but this might just be a little too heavy for the average electronic music lovers out. Then again, if you know no fear you might wanna check out the Thessalonian Dope Gods, who mix some hardcore, some death/trash with electronic textures and industrial beats. This duo debuted in 1992 with a CD that did well and allowed them to be on a number of compilations with bigger names of the industry as well as label samplers from Sin Klub and Re-Constriction (whatever happened to that cool label!?!?). With vocals that range mostly from the gory Rob Zombie or Al Jorgensen type of voice to (occasionally) the sick lullaby style of Trent Reznor (that just goes for the vocals, and like I said only occasionally, I say that 'cause the band has been compared to NIN one too many times when they don't really share much of that sound at all) and a scuffy lo-fi garagey guitar sound that reminds of Ministry, Flugschadel, Bastard and many many other bands outside the industrial-metal scene (think garage/post-core/punk-core scene), the TDG have plenty to bring to the table for all of those out there looking for a stronger dose of whatever you are feeding yourself these days...

The Geminus Sect: Gemination

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Nov 26 2003
Artist: The Geminus Sect (@)
Title: Gemination
Format: CD
Label: Sin Klub Entertainment (@)
The Geminus Sect discharge the full power of buzzsaw guitars, heavy drum machines, scratchy vocals and huge low end on us. This is prety friggin' powerful stuff! Industrial-metal at its best (maybe even a touch too metal, in terms of song-writing and because of the wall of guitars and bass guitar, which are about the only "real" instruments used). The furious vocals go from screamed and distorted to sung and saturated, which right there should provide them with a wide array of acceptance. Occasional melodic hooks also cover for NIN-friendly grounds. The drum sound (big kick, round punchy snare and occasional breaks) and the guitar impact reminds me of Headcrash and Clawfinger but these guys have opened for Bile, Moonspell, Lacuna Coil and many others. Other influences that might come to mind are Ministry, Pigface, Nitzer Ebb, Voivod, Optimum Wound Profile and definitely Headcrash. These guys know what they are doing and are going down the right path, I am curious to see what they will do in the future.


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