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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

Prick: The Wreckard

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 20 2003
Artist: Prick
Title: The Wreckard
Format: CD
Label: Lucky Pierre
Distributor: Lucky Pierre
Prick The Wreckard consisting of Kevin Mc Mahon who is the lead singer warne livesey bass and engineering Gary King, live drums Garret Hammond live dums and John Guciardo guitar solo on track 10.

This band hails from Lakewood Ohio who are known for doing the musical hit song for the score of Showgirls the movie. A speical note did you know the band doesn't even own a copy of this I found that very intreresting!

On to the review. This is the most bowiesque band I have ever heard in my life next to Chris Connelly and the bells

Track One Three Rings is poetic justice. Kevin sings I was out on the wire looking for the quickest way down swallowing fire playing the clown this is very inellectual sounding with heavy guitar riffs and industiral voiceovers.

Singing troubles with the world today freedom causes confusion leave your troubles up to me very upbeat Bowie sounds on this one.

Track seven Actress is very Mansony and Newlydeads sounding singing all this sex and violence came from my tv very reminscent of god is in the tv need I say anymore all the glam anyone could handle perhaps a dance floor track.

Track eleven Darling Dead singing stay with me my darling dead there will be drugs everwhere very rockstar sounding telling a story of sex drugs and rock and roll that age old cliche rebel rebel youre face is a mess enough said.

Track fourteen Universe the most abstract song on the whole album very shoegazer so much abstractness this is a dali painting that Bowie is holding in front of you the audience singing The universe is amusing and painting 1575349, the universe is taking my jacke and never explaining why? asking why? throughout this song singing destruction is pointless the angels are truth angels are a threat to others why? llots of strangeness and moody piano very diverse song for an indusrial band.

The most diverse album I have heard in a long time! 3 stars

look for my interview with Prick soon!

Red X Rebellion: Red X Rebellion

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 20 2003
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Artist: Red X Rebellion (@)
Title: Red X Rebellion
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Distributor: redxrebellion
Red X Rebellion is a band hailing from the outskirts of chicago Singer is Sean Jason is the guitarist Brian is the bassist and co-founder of the band and Pat is the second guitarist.

This 4 song demo has alot of potential very hard driven lots of energy and raw power very Alice in Chains sounding.

Track one-Wounded Ground heavy guitar and the great singer singing every day i think of what to say about repressed memories.

Track four- Intravenous Love really stuck in my head very poetically based song singing I felt the cold winds growing and when the dark is calling. with a overlay sample apologize for all the mistakes you made. This is a very strong track. Also singing
back then you were fooling someone saying you ain't pulling the wool over my eyes.
This band is thought provoking very moving and just plain kicks your ass all over the dance floor designed to leave you with great emotions this band brings out all of them. 4 stars

A gothic industiral heavy band worth seeing check them out you're in for a ride of your life!

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