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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).


 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Feb 09 2003
Artist: ENVY IS BLIND (@)
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 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

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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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.

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