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VULTURES: Vultures

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 25 2003
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Artist: VULTURES (@)
Title: Vultures
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Released
Coming from Israel Vultures do their best to create an incendiary mixture of industrial techno with hard core vocals. The four tracks E.P. brings us seventeen minutes of "no hostages" music where driving distorted guitars duel with piercing synth parts and obsessive rhythms. Being a mixture between NIN, Alec Empire and Sick Of It All, Vultures are an interesting alternative to mainstream industrial rock. Listen to the two mp3 tracks from their website and surely you'll be convinced that I'm right.

Helter Incendo + Hollowing + When Joy Becomes Saddness: The Golden Age of Darkness II

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 21 2003
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Artist: Helter Incendo + Hollowing + When Joy Becomes Saddness
Title: The Golden Age of Darkness II
Format: CD
Label: Dragon Flight Recordings (@)
This is a three way split CD between newcomer Helter Incendo (compared to Sephiroth, In Slaughter Natives, Protagonist), Hollowing (Rectrix records founder's project, also present on the recently reviewed three-way split CD "The Obsolete View") and When Joy Becomes Saddness (spelled that way on the CD so I guess that's the name of the band). The opener is about as diabolic and satanic as it gets, with its down-pitched backwards voices and sounds, breaths and whispers, dark-industrial mayhem, gloomy atmospheres and what not, a perfect soundtrack for a Polanski horror film. Hollowing is more into long suites of sinister sounds and minimal hypnotic beats, with occasional operatic vocals or other spoken/whispered material, continuous and cycling bursts of chaotic audio, a one-time-appearance classical guitar and other obscure material in theme with the title and the mood of this CD. The band with the unusual spelling (that already counts releases on Somnambulant Corpse, 26th Circle and Force of Nature) keeps the door to dark land wide open and draws out the path downwards with made-in-inferno murky and lumber material composed of windy analog synth knob-tweaking, sporadic distortions, prolix somber soundscapes with explicitly recited speeches about profane topics that would feel at home in Dante's. 7 tracks of dark industrial ready to go.

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.

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