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ISZOLOSCOPE: Au Seuil Du Néant

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jul 20 2003
Title: Au Seuil Du Néant
Format: CD
Label: Ant Zen (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe

Iszloscope born in Canada in 1999 thanks to François Bénard (who left two years after) and Yann Faussurier. They were already djing at a local radio station and the step that moved them to start experimenting with sounds was short. As reported on the label's website the concept behind Iszoloscope is "an artistic portrait of the effects of isolation on judgment, mental health, interpersonal values and anger on a human being. An acoustic interpretation, in a very personal way, of it's consequences on one's mind. As the inability to express and understand thoughts & feelings that results in irrational thinking and overwhelming anger that climaxes in unpredictable cycles". AU SEUIL DU NEANT isn't their first CD, even if it's the first on Ant Zen, the band already released a couple of CDs on Spectre (their first work "Coagulating Wreckage" was launched on September 11th 2001) and a couple of MCDs. AU SEUIL DU NEANT is their first work concentrated on rhythms and the production of it took two years because the sixteen tracks are composed of many alternating layers which give a sense of power, inspiration and incoming darkness. Distorted rhythms, drones and creepy ambient sounds are a band's characteristic and make of this release an indispensable item for your collection. On the second CD you can find fourteen remixes of "Skotophobique", "Crimson Road", "Spontaneous Cognitive Combustion", "Prima Momentum", "Phobos II" and "Le Dénominateur Commun" thanks to Urusai, Antigen Shift, Ah Cama-Sotz, 45 Cep, Mortmain, Sinequanon, Pin, Pupil, Kuuda, Asche, Liar's Rosebush, Imminent, We V2 and If Then Do who gave their personal interpretation of the tracks expanding the ambient side or the noisy one. Get it, you won't be disappointed!P.s. There's also a vinyl version of the album (titled "This Monstrosity Is Part Of My Fibric") but it contains only six out of sixteen tracks and no remixes.

Filament 38: Fractured

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jul 16 2003
Artist: Filament 38 (@)
Title: Fractured
Format: CD
Label: Negative Gain Producitons (@)
Distributor: Fear The Dawn
Filament 38-Fractured produced by Tony of Negative Gain Productions. I saw this band in Chicago their brilliant, they remind me of an industrial version of the "Cruxshadows." Hard driven angst and agression pouring through the veins of all who dare to enter "Filament 38." With tracks and tracks of raw energy and power equipped with industiral, future pop and a little goth in there for measure. Track 1- Recollection, starts us off into pure industrial hell. Ash sings, Follow me, don't follow me, with metal oil drums sounds marching on. Track 7- Stilll Frame is a very dark electronic track making you feel the emotion Ash is expressing. Singing, Imortalize your touch, your skin, your thoughts, Ill take you down and I'll watch you cry, designed to me thought provoking to raise an reaction. Track 8- Raditate, a very dancy track, possibly a dance floor hit with robots dancing with the mayhem for what seems like a serenade for the end of the world. Electro industiralness at it's best-4stars.

Sister Machine Gun: 6.6 Machine

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jul 09 2003
Artist: Sister Machine Gun
Title: 6.6 Machine
Format: CD
Label: Positron! Records (@)
Distributor: Positron! Records
It's been awhile since I've heard music from Sister Machine Gun. Now they're back with a new six tracks release off their own label Positron! Records. Chicago's own industrial rock duo brings electro-funk dance to Jimi Hendrix to stir a new kind of flavor to their music. The album 6.6 Machine can be played in the mainstream areas. Some of the tracks on the disc reminds me of some songs by artists I heard on the radio, even though I don't care for alternative stuff. SMG will blow you away precisely with "Gas Chamber", "In Their Veins" and "Bullet To Spare." The origin of industrial roots is what they're exploring. SMG modern signature sound progress slow-burn rock with electronic elements.

G-Nox: Ventre

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jul 06 2003
Artist: G-Nox
Title: Ventre
Format: CD
Label: M-Tronic (@)
G-Nox's "Ventre" is the latest fatigue by French industrial veteran Gerome Nox (previously known as a band member of Nox with now members of Electronicat, Cape Fear, Zonk't and other solo projects). "Ventre" escapes the serial-killer themed concept of his previous "Blood-Red Poppies" dance/theater production and makes a decisive move toward a tense and intense blend of claustrophobic ambient-noise and throbbing power-electronics. You may think of it in terms of a cold-industrial album. I found it to be a very well done one, because of the new found balance between the right amount of noise and ambience. In other words you'll never be overwhelmed by too much and you'll always be on the verge and on the edge... Probably if you took Vidna Obmana's calm soundscapes and you processed them through the distortions of Vromb and Maurizio Bianchi and then you added some Dive/Sonar-like pulsing rhythmical structures you'd be close to the G-Nox sound.Unfortunately we didn't receive the artwork for it so we can't really say, but we hear it's nice too.

Observe And Control: Self-Titled

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 25 2003
Artist: Observe And Control
Title: Self-Titled
Format: CD
Label: Self-Released
EBM has become a very misinterpreted term these days, with Future Pop monstrosities (you know who you are!) lumbering about under the guise of EBM and the market hysteria around it. But this band, hailing from war-torn Tel Aviv (Israel), brings about a new energy and brings us back to the true definition of EBM: driving techno beats lined with organic industrial drumming (kinda like Crocodile Shop), sharply done trance-synth lines, and those classically trancey, droning vocals. The lyrics are very enigmatic but very clear as to their meaning, such as "War", giving us the general idea what they are expressing without being bland nor vapid about it. Every track is simply energy defined, with a shot of pure emotion shining through. It sounds pretty much like the group Assemblage 23 wish they were, but could never come anywhere close to being (no insult intended, as Tom is a very nice guy!). As the first band of this kind from Israel, I’m becoming rather certain this scene and band (along with Mexico) could easily give Germany a run for it’s money very soon. Rating: 10

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