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

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

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

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

Kasual Tease: Score

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 10 2003
Artist: Kasual Tease (@)
Title: Score
Format: CD
Label: Kasual Tease Productions (@)
Kasual Tease is a fetish production company here in Birmingham, Alabama. They put a cd together, which is industrial music for the soundtrack "Score" for their fetish shows. All 15 tracks are instrumental with samples with electronics being manipulated. The music score is produced by gothic/industrial producers Bleed and Evilucion. Some of the tracks have a Nitzer Ebb and Nine Inch Nails sound. "Score" is another best industrial cd I recommend to get besides Envy Is Blind "The Eyes Of Time's Conception." Here's some tracks that's interesting and enjoyable; "Sexual Intimidation," "Obsessed With Flesh." "No Soul Mix," "Falling Into Damnation," "Die For Her," "Gloomy Sundayz," which have a sample of the legendary blues singer Billie Holiday singing and voice manipulated like she's singing from the grave; and "Pain Mix," a track that's used for Kasual Tease promo fetish show video. "Score" is best described s/m bondage and sexual stimulation music. To contact them for shows, the e-mail address and phone numbers are: delilahborealis@aol.com, (205) 918-0566, (205) 592-6545.

VV.AA.: qfg: a compilation

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 03 2003
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: qfg: a compilation
Format: 3 x CD (triple CD)
Label: Parametric (@)
Anytime we get a new release from French industrial labels such as M-Tronic or Parametric we know what to expect: great industrial graphics and packaging and great industrial tracks and production. It's no different this time, except this is their first compilation of various artists and the results seems to slightly, or rather partly, drift away from the grounds that Mlada Fronta or Mimetic have covered. "qfg" is a triple CD featuring 45 tracks and packaged in a beautiful 4-times folding digipack with amazing industrial-themed art-work and photography by Stella and Marc.The three CD achieve an approximate subdivision of subgenres with the last of the three, "g", definitely being the hardest of them all, more in line with the preceding Parametric production: power noise distorted beats, saturated industrial music and tweak-head electronics. "f" would be the most experimental out of the batch, with its quasi musique concrete passages and its avantgarde scenarios. The opening "g" on the other hand is a subtle mixture of the above.The bands are: Flit Glass, Ab Ovo, Gom, Pilonaa, Morthem Vlade Art, Oil10, NKL, Von Magnet, Nimp, Mimetic, Haiku, Mlada Fronta, Rabbits|Sorrow, Shizuka, DJ Enthrall, We Are Gentlemen, Moon, Apophasis, Tin.RP, Zonk't, Frederic Nogray, Celluloid Mata, Mid&Ric, FinalCut, Ultra Milkmaids, Audioside, Margrave Reudiger, Such:, De Mange Machine, Trombone, Milligramme, Lith, Rudra Vena, Morphoex, Komplex, Zerogoki, Remain Silent, Punish Yourself vs. the Cult Movie Memorial, Vassalfada, Macrocoma, Sensory Mindfields aka HIV+, J213, Le Son de Convergence, Stelladrine, Mourmansk150. Most of these names are unknown to me and that's probably one more reason for you to pick this up and get to know some new interesting bands emerging from the underground. This release definitely deserves attention and compliments and is fairly priced at US$20, which is not bad for three CDs!


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