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The Thessalonian Dope Gods: High Idol Pulsation

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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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.

VV.AA.: Susan Smith's "Songs for Dead Children"

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Nov 24 2003
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Susan Smith's "Songs for Dead Children"
Format: CD
Label: Somnambulant Corpse recordings (@)
Unfortunately I didn't get to hear this CD because it arrived damaged in the mail, but I guess I'll give it a quick review/note anyway for those who might be interested. Somnambulant Corpse recordings has decided to release this creepy CD compilation inspired by child murderess Susan Smith, who's serving a life sentence. This is supposed to be a desperate plea for affection (Susan Smith's personal ad is printed in the CD in lay card so that non judgmental people wishing to write her in prison may do so). The compilation features Baal, Axiomata, Sickness, Recant, Edicius, Inhalant, Yeti, SCR-project Kuru, Ergastula, Xterminal, AntiChildLeague, Baal/Berith. You can get this Species23 CD from Somnambulant, The Rectrix and Baal/Berith for US$12/US$14 world postage paid.

Tragedie Ann: Corruption of Reason

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Nov 24 2003
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Artist: Tragedie Ann (@)
Title: Corruption of Reason
Format: CD
Label: BZ Communications
Glad to see somebody still remembers about industrial-metal, this category wasn't getting much reviews lately... Tragedie Ann are an American trio who just self-released their debut full lenght CD, which follows a 5 track EP that was released three years ago ("Hollow"). Angry, distorted vocals are blended in with nice heavy duty metal guitar riffs, pounding industrial beats, a load of distortion and synth sequencing and programming that goes from layers of pads to more ebm oriented arpeggiators. And if you need a break from the aggro-industrialness, here and there you get inserts of dark visions and dramatic interludes. Violent hard-core industrial metal with an electronic soul and a trash/grind attitude. If you need references think Die Krupps "Rings of Steel" sound, Testify, Pigface, Flugschadel, Bile, KMFDM, Strapping Young Lad, Pro Jekt etc. If you're looking for some heavy action definitely check these guys out!

Bones Domingo: s/t

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Nov 21 2003
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Artist: Bones Domingo
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: RES FREq recordings (@)
RES FREq recordings is a new NYC-based label by composer/producer Mitch Davis, who is also the mastermind behind Bones Domingo, a music project that draws from acoustic and electric instrumental as well as computer music, taking the word "heterogeneous" to a whole new level... If you like recordings with extreme variations and a wide range of influences from all over the place, Bones Domingo is for you. It goes from electronic beats to industrial music, from metal to classical strings orchestrations, you have it all. It's a little hard to keep a solid perspective about this record with all the things going on (not to mention to file it under one of our categories), but I remember the days I was a huge fan of bands that wouldn't stop at anything and would always go a step further and bring together as many influences as they possibly could or felt inspired by. Some of the music in this CD is also featured on the Xbox Panzer Dragoon Orta game commercial and on the Dead Zone TV series trailer. And just to keep it an all-NYC crew thing, Bones Domingo was mastered by the great (and cute) Emily Lazar from the Lodge.


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