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ENVY IS BLIND: THE EYES OF TIME'S CONCEPTION

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 09 2003
Artist: ENVY IS BLIND (@)
Title: THE EYES OF TIME'S CONCEPTION
Format: CD
ENVY IS BLIND (aka Mike Poggenburg) has finally dropped its very first release, a six song ep called "The Eyes Of Time's Conception". EIB stands along side with Frontline Assembly, Skinny Puppy & other industrial acts, but have his own unique noise harsh-filled sound. The disc kicks off with "Synthetic Evolution", an aggressive hard-floor dance track with a dark ebm beat. This is the best song that stands the album out and could be the first single and be played at all the underground clubs and radio stations. "Requiem" follows next, which is dedicated to the event that happened after the September 11th incident. There's a remix of the song called "Requiem (Little Tin Box's Eyesore)", which you can hear and download on mp3.com. You'll hear samples of Bush, McCain & others discussing the issue on the track. Definitely, it have an industrial/EBM feel too. On "Co-Existence", a vocoder is used instead of a human voice and also have a sample of voice talking. ENVY IS BLIND brings out the cold and mean definition of sound from machines with soundtrack themes, atmospheric surroundings and mature club/dance feel. Buy the cd, you won't be disappointed or check out some mp3's at www.mp3.com/envyisblind

ABORYM: With no human intervention

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 09 2003
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Artist: ABORYM
Title: With no human intervention
Format: CD
Label: Code 666 (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Aborym are back with 13 tracks (+ intro) for 65' of sheer holocaust. This cd is crazy, really. "Fire walk with us" was a great work, but this goes far beyond that and almost makes it sound "normal" or "controlled". Kudos to Aborym because they've really pushed their sound to its limits. Every characteristic of their technology-soaked black metal has been, like, driven out of control - the result is an unholy beast of flesh and damaged circuits. You'll probably have to listen to the cd for a lot of times (and you'll do that with pleasure) to make out melodies, song structure, etc. and understand there are a lot of patterns, layers and nuances... because the first time you'll be just blown away by a storm of white noise! Aborym bring back the brutality of primitive black metal and the fury and hilarious violence of raw grindcore (listen to "U. V. Impaler") to mix them with heavy doses of digital mayhem: inhuman drum programmings evolving into techno or electro/EBM beats or even some breakbeat (listen to the frightening interlude "Does not compute", merging drum'n'bass and malfunctioning PC sounds... scary!), all fused with a magma of solemn metallic violence. I'm personally not keen on metal/electronic crossovers because normally they just don't work - not here, where the fusion is close to perfection. Tracks are complex, never boring or repetitive, but at the same time they never renounce aggressiveness and dementia. The satanism/technology concept is all over, from layout to titles like "Humechanics-virus", "Digital goat masque", "Automatik rave'olution Satan"... you get the picture. Crazy. I'll just mention quickly the theory of guest contributions from members of DiabolicuM, Anaal Nathrakh, Void/OCD, Thorns, Emperor, and Carpathian Forest, and the cd-rom tracks featuring bonus music and the video of the title track (which unfortunately I haven't been able to watch yet).

SINO (RE-BUILD PROJECTS): Promote 00 + Promote 01

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 07 2003
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Artist: SINO (RE-BUILD PROJECTS) (@)
Title: Promote 00 + Promote 01
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Self Released
A couple of years ago Sino sent me his first demo and I was surprised by listening to that amount of compressed sounds coming from various music influences. These two new MCDs see Sino dealing with six tracks on the first MCD PROMOTE 00 and four ones plus other four live ones on PROMOTE 01. Some of the tracks are re-arrangements of old ones ("Junk Me", "Sadistic Hyper Love" or "M(A)D") and with the new one define better the sound of the project. In fact it seems that Sino wants to underline (writing it also on the band's name) that this is a project and not only a musical band. On his website is reported that: "Words aren't so important for SINO's description. This sound is the construction of SINO's brain and also of the insanity sound in his heart". Musically as I wrote the first time Sino is a multi layered kind of music which blend different musical styles tearing them until they turn and find a place into the distorted sounds of the music of this project. Guitar is the main instrument that you can easily hear on all the tracks the other sources are distorted samples and synthesizers. You know that over the years alternative Japanese music has been famous for being an extremization of Western one. Well for Sino try to imagine a version of Nine Inch Nails mixed with Ant Zen's bands. Sometimes the instrumental tracks have got a weak structure because they seem to be based on the effect given by the guitar assault but the final result isn't that bad . I was quite curious of listening to the live tracks where Sino (guitar) is helped out by T. Makino (synth and noise) and Masahiro (bass guitar). Well, the gig recorded at Shimokitazawa Shelter in Tokio sounds really powerful and keeps intact the sound's impact they have on CD and probably it has been an experience to remember for their audience. Try some mp3 on their website and give a look to their live photos.

Strapping Young Lad: Strapping Young Lad

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jan 19 2003
Artist: Strapping Young Lad
Title: Strapping Young Lad
Format: CD
Label: Century Media
Distributor: Century Media
Very simple and to the point, and I have known it for years: Strapping Young Lad is that perfect combo of both hardcore, aggressive Emperor-style metal and industrial, all with a man with enough rage to stop the wars in the Middle East dead in their tracks. And this CD does not disappoint, this has enough rage to rival even the mighty Hocico, and enough metal stylings to please even the most diehard metalhead and rivetheads. All I have to say on this one is simply: If you want pop, tame or mellow, stay away from these guys, this is extreme to the fucking core! Rating: 10. Aggro fans rally around one and all, and behold the power of unbridled rage! Also recommended are any SYL cd’s as well as Sielwolf. Enjoy!PS,also look for my interview with Devin at the Chicago show!

Vehemence 6.2: Skleros (fourth edition)

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jan 18 2003
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Artist: Vehemence 6.2 (@)
Title: Skleros (fourth edition)
Format: CD
Label: Leukos Industries
Not much information was given to us about this CD so I initially I was stumbling in the dark until I checked out the website. This fourth self released edition of "Skleros" by Kevin Schlueter (aka Vehemence 6.2) contains 83 tracks (65 are obviously silence) of really good experimental industrial music and is freely distributed as a simple CD-R in a paper pouch. Mostly industrial music with a dark edge and a power electronics approach that would fit on Cold Meat Industries or Ant Zen catalogues but with a deep intimate beauty that graces the music with this ancient and quasi mystical aura. Maybe it is the recurring first world war iconography, but even without gun shots, explosions or other military samples, it really sounds like the perfect soundtrack for distant scenarios of war in the cold European fields. The melancholic intermezzos of largely reverberated pianos with noisy backgrounds (#3); or the grand and deep moments of ambience scanned by pads and hints of rhythmical patterns (#4); the industrious factory machinery sounds disturbing the peace of sombre atmospheres like approaching troops would (#5 & #9); or even the detuned and ancient orchestral samples (#6 & #13); and of course the vocal samples of those who speak to large masses of gathered and cheering people (#9); it all really evokes the sadness, despair and sorrow of those who survived and crawled out of their bunkers to find nothing but a sea of dead bodies laying in the dust and covered by the clouds... but maybe I am letting it go to far, maybe I am on the wrong path here... I never really liked all those fancy and pretentious interpretative music reviews anyway. Music is subjective and everybody will interpret it differently. I was influenced by the colors and the style of the art work of the website and the sticker on the paper sleeve of this CD and thought of what I wrote, but after all, like Kevin points out in his website: "a man is but the sum of his memories". Anyway, it's a really nice CD and there should be nothing stopping you from requesting your very own copy of it, especially since it is absolutely free.I also got a preview release of what I think is or will be "Recollection, vol 1", Kevin's next release, which is kinda more rhythmical and electronic (like the super pounding and ripping Dive-like power industrial track #17 on this "Skleros"). Maybe next time he'll also send us a press kit or something...


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