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CAP (Controlled Audio Programming): Statement

 Posted by KlingKlangBedlam   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 29 2003
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Artist: CAP (Controlled Audio Programming)
Title: Statement
Format: CD
Label: Life Is Painful Records
Distributor: Novatek
Tried and true electro-industrial in the vein of older Informatik and Funker Vogt (be it a lot less technofied), lined to the brim with sharp electronic MIDI sequences and straight ahead stomp beats. The vocals also stay rather harsh throughout it, much like the aforementioned Informatik; dancey but still with a sense of harshness and drive. If you’re looking for something completely innovative, you’d probably want to look elsewhere. But if you’re like me and just want to get your rivet stomp on (haha) and just have some old school energetic industrial to slam to, this one is right up your alley. Rating: 8.

PUNISH YOURSELF: Disco Flash: Warp 99

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 25 2003
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Artist: PUNISH YOURSELF (@)
Title: Disco Flash: Warp 99
Format: CD
Label: Geisha Machine
Punish Yourself are coming from France and they define themselves as "punkindustechnodancecore". They're wild and their music is mixture of sound samples, machines, distorted voices, guitars, dance beats, 60s movies dialogues, etc. The band is formed by four guys and a girl and they have already toured France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Germany / eastern Europe is to follow. They toured with: Das Ich, Hanin Elias (Atari Teenage Riot), LT-No, Treponem Pal, Rozz Williams (Christian Death), Gitane Demone (Christian Death), Victims family Total Eclipse and many other french bands : Mass Hysteria, Lofofora, Seven Hate, Spina, Spicy Box, Ez3kiel. DISCO FLASH: WARP 99 is their second CD and their sound is like a mix between the wild side of Ministry, NIN, KMFDM and similars. The fourteen songs of the CD don't exitate in presenting immediately an "in your face" attitude and tracks like "(Let's Build A) Station In Space", "Blast Off Siddharta Junkie" and generally all of them will drive you crazy. Live they are for sure a thrilling experience, you can check the clip of "Station" which is on this CD and you'll realise what a show Punish Yourself can give to their audience: body painted with fluorescent paints, post nuclear look and a wild attitude! Energy is the way to go and Punish Yourself are its prophet.

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
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Artist: CONVERTER (@)
Title: Expansion 1.3
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Ant Zen (@)


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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...


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