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AGHIATRIAS: Epidaemia Vanitatis

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 13 2003
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Artist: AGHIATRIAS
Title: Epidaemia Vanitatis
Format: CD
Label: Integrated Music Records (@)
Czechia has always been a mysterious land for me even if my ancestors were coming from Hungary. I know few things about that people and that country in general and musically I've heard only few bands coming from Czechia. The only band I know that now live in Prague are Autopsia but they are coming from Jugoslavia. Anyway... Aghiatrias is a project conducted by Vladimir Hirsch and Tom Saivon which were collaborating also under the name of Skrol. Aghiatrias was created as a mutual musical experimentation of two people and the result is a mixture of classical orchestral sounds and noise landscapes. The four tracks "Semen", "Epiaemia", "Invocatio" and "Terror" are structured as industrial suites really suggestive and full of pathos. Even if the shorter track lasts nine minutes and half I never had the impulse of stopping my CD player as the listener is catched and projected into Aghiatrias' sound since the first minute. If you are into early Laibach and early Autopsia don't miss this release!

HUMAN AFTERTASTE: Eat Our Meat

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jun 04 2003
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Artist: HUMAN AFTERTASTE (@)
Title: Eat Our Meat
Format: CD
Label: Octopoid
Never dreamed to be part of a freak show? These circus of poor people were usual at the beginnning of the last century but who told you that marketing and industrialized world haven't got any? Human Aftertaste took all these aspects and reworked all together forming a multi medial circus of modern aberrations. Visually they mix modern art (do you remember the Andy Warhol paint of the Bean soup? The band did a similar thing but using their logos. "Eat our meat" tells the can on the front cover) and trash american culture where everyone can be Mc Donald and can sell whatever he wants to. You can find a similar taste checking the multi media part of the CD (which contains also the video of "Diamond Studded Halo") where the Humans seems modern corpse grinders that eat and vomit every aspect of modern life. Musically they sound industrial mixed with metal and punk. A sort of Marilyn Manson with a specific mission: deconstruct modern life. Check "In That We Trust" and it'll be your anthem of the day!

Cruciform Injection : Critical

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 29 2003
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Artist: Cruciform Injection
Title: Critical
Format: CD
Label: Negative Gain
Distributor: Negative Gain
Listening to this Chicago group takes me back to way back in the day when I was a tiny (well tinier, I guess) little industrialite in VA, with Fracture and Haujobb CDs blaring aloud in a smoked filled dark room around the clock. And it’s a sensation I’ve been looking for again for the longest time, that sense of brave gearheads coming up with all these ultra cool samples and blips topped with that cyber aggression. This band definitely took their time and did their homework before starting out. With a list of inspirations that lists from Evil’s Toy to Haujobb to every important electro-industrial group under the sun, it is almost like a trip back in time when Pendragon was still around and 21st Circuitry blessed up as well. The group reminds me of a cross between Kevorkian Death Cycle, "Illusion" era Evil’s Toy, Headscan, Indvidual Totem and a bit of X Marks The Pedwalk. Subtle electro blips and synth lines overlap with the techno-industrial bass line ala XMTP and then are topped with those classical distorted vocals. Great stuff also from a city whose scene I’ve not been all too impressed with (shitty cookie cutter goth rock bands out there in Chicago, go home!). For those like me who need a trip into memory lane and a trip into the future. Classic, old school, rivet stomping gold! Rating: 10

Thyrane: Hypnotic

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 25 2003
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Artist: Thyrane
Title: Hypnotic
Format: CD
Label: Century Media, Spinefarm
Distributor: Century Media, Spinefarm
With some distinctive influences from both electro groups and early 80’s mixed in with straight ahead metal rhythms, this group tends to blend both rather well. At times it reminds me of Carcass or even Celtic Frost with a more Funker Vogt-ish side. It does say that it draws from Missing Persons, but that distinction is kind of lost on me, I’d say. The keyboards seem kinda lo-fi in a charming way, but still more advanced than anything Missing Persons had to offer. Quite a catchy little number for those bold enough to mix up their electronic dance and traditional metal! Rating: 9.

KMFDM: Sturm Und Drang (Live)

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 13 2003
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Artist: KMFDM
Title: Sturm Und Drang (Live)
Format: DVD
Label: Metropolis Records
Distributor: Metropolis Records
I hate bad reviews, it’s one of the things that I despise in many rock journalists (points a hateful finger at Rolling Stone mwahahahaha), and especially towards a band like KMFDM, who are one of the bands who got me into this racket in the first place. But to me, this band has worn out a good while ago. And this DVD proves what I saw in person: that this band, who churned out classic after golden classic in industrial-metal, has felt the cold effects of age and laxness. I watched this with my roommate, who was quite a bit into KMFDM back in the day, and it’s rare as hell we agree on anything musically. She’s into Oasis and Geri Halliwell, and well we know my deal on music ;-). This is something we were both echoing the same replies to: Stunned at just how uninvolved the band was in their music, like they were about to fall asleep it looked like (Sasha looked like he just drank NyQuil before the show), stunned at the fact they had to get two guitarists to replace En Esch, stunned at the fact that the female singer did little more than grind and dance around and sang quite annoyingly. The list goes on and on, this band’s live show now is one of the worst in recent memory. But looking back on "Beat By Beat" this band would have taken many industrial bands to town and busted the books on them. It had energy, anger and feeling out the ass. Now KMFDM, like a good deal of the old groups still around from the golden days of industrial, are just stuck in their own routine, living in a shadow of themselves. The energy is clearly not there, and it’s now men pushing the mid 40’s trying to relate to kids half their age, trying to act like they are still mad about something. And men at that age rarely make for quality music in aggressive music, withholding bands like Napalm Death and Ministry. Believe me, I hate criticizing a band who I still adore for their past works, and who got me into underground music to begin with, but the truth is the truth. Perhaps they should call it a day and join up Slick Idiot, and make it more KMFDM than KMFDM is now. This is just plain awful. Rating: 1.


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