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CONVERTER: Expansion 1.3

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 07 2003
Artist: CONVERTER (@)
Title: Expansion 1.3
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Ant Zen (@)

Gee, this new Converter double MCD (and available also on double 10" format) is a blast. It's almost three years ago that I reviewed their second CD "Blast Furnace" and at that time I was amazed by the sense of symphonic weirdness built with distorted rhythms and vocal samples. This new EXPANSION contains nine new tracks recorded between 1998 and 2002 and one of them ("Unreal") it's a live mix. What catched me immediately about Converter's music and about this latest in particular is that each track has got new ideas and new solutions to the granitic sound they play and this is a good thing if you think that there's no melody involved. On the label's website is reported that this new work is a link between "Blast Furnace" and the next one that will be released at the end of the year. Well, I can't wait to listen to it as this sound is taking me over...

HAnzel Und Gretyl: Uber Alles (Above Everything)

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 28 2003
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Artist: HAnzel Und Gretyl
Title: Uber Alles (Above Everything)
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
This one frightened me in the beginning with "Overture", with the Nazi parade samples and Hitler speeches in the back. SKIP! The band is probably not fascist, but this one seems in some sense to push Nazism too far to the forefront. I doubt it, but still... ..Anywho, the CD as a whole seems very metal oriented, a far jump from their debut CD years back. I didn’t enjoy their debut all to much, but like many CDs from that time, if I listened to it now I’d probably enjoy it. Taste gathers over time you know! The Cd reminds me a good deal of "Herzeleicht" era Rammstein, a nice blast of industrial metal goodness, with some dance elements spruced in between. Their rage factor has also picked up, as well as the German songs. And no need to fear, non-Deutschsprechers, the German is kept very simple and anthemic, it’s not Das Ich’s complex German for sure. Good for fans of Rammstein and Oomph!, and for those just looking for a nice continuation to the German agro scene as of late. Rating: 9. Out May 20th by the way. I’m sure if you talk to the distributors nicely they may sell you copy sooner, or just talk to Music Nonstop about it.

VVAA: Better undead than alive

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 09 2003
Artist: VVAA
Title: Better undead than alive
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Code666 (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
A massive double-cd making a balance of Code666's increasing rooster, expanding from black metal to various fields of undeground extreme music. Definitely not the usual cheapo label sampler with ultra-known tracks and mediocre packaging, "Better undead than alive" comes with lavish booklet (the Code666 guys seem to be heavy into Lynch and old noir movies), a multimedia section on disc 2 with cd-rom information on all artists, a Negura Bunget video and a full Aghora live set on mp3 format. What's more, every project is represented with a remastered album track and one or two exclusive unreleased tracks. Thus, lots of stuff to sink your teeth into - even a devote label fan will find several motives of interest in this. As for the music, Aborym (with a techno remix of "Love the death as the life"), Diabolicum and Ephel Duath offer excellent examples of their bastard hybrids of black metal and electronic paranoia; along the same lines are the brilliant tracks by Void of Silence (more dark-industrial) and Thee Maldoror Kollective (crazy extreme post-metal/electronic assault). More extreme metal, minus the electronics, by Handful of Hate (great old-school BM), Negura Bunget, Atrox and Abortus; a kind of folk-epic-metal for Enid. Manes have allegedly shifted from their "true Norwegian black metal" to a kind of electro-EBM-d'n'b-wave... the label quotes Radiohead, Kathatonia and Aphex Twin as possible paragons, I'm just quite puzzled. I'll let you discover the rest of the sampler, just visit the Code666 site and you'll find all info you need. A shame there are no tracks by Nordvargr, since his recent cd co-released with Eibon was very good black ambient. Anyway, an impressive "business card" from a passionate and professional label.

Pigface: Easy Listening... for difficult fuckheads

 Posted by TG Mondalf (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 19 2003
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Artist: Pigface
Title: Easy Listening... for difficult fuckheads
Format: CD
Label: Invisible Records (@)

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What a lovely Christmas present from Invisible Records and Underground, Inc. - a new CD by Pigface. Fuck it up Pigface! This project, originally a collaborative effort of the top names in the 1980's Industrial scene put together by Martin Atkins, is back with all new tracks and texture. From the first track you know this is going to be one of the better produced discs by this band as previous versions and incarnations were usually very raw and often live. This one has the polish of a studio production (first studio album in 5 years) and the growth of influences of Kittie, Dope, gODHEAD, Moby, PiL, The Clash, Ministry, Tweaker, Revolting Cocks, NIN, Bile, Nocturne, VooDou, Thrill Kill Kult, Nitzer Ebb, Hate Dept, LoLo, Darling Kandie and many, many more. Hell, what more can you ask for in a professional punk-ass Industrial album? This has been much needed and much awaited as the modern scene drifts into new genres and focuses heavily on dance music. While that is not a bad thing Industrial NEEDS Pigface!!! We need to remember the root Industrial sound and keep it alive as well while still expanding and experimenting and this is what Pigface does. Pigface is an Industrial monster created mainly for the fans and it shows. You'll find lots of new sounds as well as a continuation of the roots of the Industrial sound right here! Lots of variance as well from funky grooves to hard thrashing tracks. It's all about fun! You'll even find a little Opium Jukebox influence on "Closer to Heaven". Oddly there is a cover of Trio's "Du Liebst Mich Nicht, Ich Lieb' Dich Nicht" done in a psychedelic KMFDM/Pig sort of way. There is even some spoken word on "Binary Stream" and most hilarious of all is "The Horse You Rode In On" - 'Fuck the mainstream, fuck the norm, and fuck conformity!' --- All I can say after that is - Fuck yeah!

Kom-Intern: Funkspiel

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 15 2003
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Artist: Kom-Intern (@)
Title: Funkspiel
Format: CD
Label: Brume (@)
This one can be considered more of a news rather than an actual review because unfortunately the promo CD I have received from Brume was a CDR and the copy must have fucked up the entire album (because it didn't appear to be scratched). Except for the first three tracks the entire album skips continuously so it's hard to get the facts straight with so little to hear. From what I can tell the french duo Kom-Intern (formed in '99 by ex-Corpus Delicti bass player C-Krees aka Dj Dominator and by ADN-RA aka Dj Kochise) is back after their year 2000 debut "Order 937" with an album that dots the i's and crosses the t's in the word "Indus-Trial", where "trial" stands for experimenting with mixing power electronics and dark industrial, most of the time just on top of those hard pounding industrial beats that the duo seems to love to use. Nine tracks based around the concept of the "l'Orchestre Rouge", the red orchestra in Nazi Germany, an espionage ring set up by Leopold Trepper under Hitler's nose in occupied Western Germany to give Stalin a heads up on the Russian invasion and the Battle of Stalingrad (Gilles Perrault wrote a book which also became a film in 1989).

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