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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...

TH 26: La Haine

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jan 17 2003
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Artist: TH 26 (@)
Title: La Haine
Format: CD
Label: Small Voices (@)
After not having heard from him in years, our old buddy and noise contributor Arnaldo Pontis has come back with his project TH26 (together with Corrado Altieri) and appearances by Simon Balestrazzi, who also produced the record (it is not a coincidence that the booklet also thanks Angelo Bergamini, Gianluca Beccuzzi, T.A.C., Elena Fossi and other folks from that circle of artists). These fine noisy Italian islanders have chosen a small new indie label called Small Voices based in Andria (Southern Italy) to release their comeback entitled "La Haine", an eleven track cybernetic industrial-electro record that sounds sort of old-time Germaniac, in a good and quasi Cat Rapes Dog or Klinik kind of way and at the same time injects a bid dose of industrial music the way :W: or Mimetic fans would like it... The eclectic and multi-lingual singing goes from deep spoken dark passages that combined with a piano sounds like, say, My Dying Bride (in the long obscure intimate title track, sometimes orchestral always on the edge of electrolysis, or in the less melancholic but equally noir "Impossible Mantra"), to heavily treated and distorted short-sentenced evilish lyrics ("Protection" and basically most of the more Deutsch-style ebm pieces).In the same way the vocals touch a number of shores, the highly inductive and electrified sample-based music also follows its own visionary path of lines connecting dots of pounding industrial ("Hypnotized Dog"), electro-dark ("Subzone"), industrial-ebm ("The Enemy Inside", "Third Destination") and great sounding noisy artifacts the way only these guys know how to. A handful of good instrumental sombre industrial pieces suitable for audio-to-video applications is available as well. it's more than just another ebm clone. It's basically a complete album that puts a lot on the table and has a lot to offer to a number of different audiences gravitating around whatever noise, electro, power electronics, experimental, industrial, dark, ebm etc have in common. I liked this album very much and I recommend it, especially if you are based in Italy, not so much because of the lyrics (Italian words are the minority anyway) but because you wouln't wanna miss the chance to support a group of team-players like these, all based in the most remote and Southern areas of a nation that knows very few exceptions in a poor market for poor electronic music. They certainly are one of those exceptions.

OBOMATIC: HOLY CONTROLLIO!!!

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Dec 18 2002
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Artist: OBOMATIC (@)
Title: HOLY CONTROLLIO!!!
Format: CD
Label: FLOATING FISH (@)
Obomatic consists of members from ANY QUESTIONS? and is led by Steve O from the band PUNCH DRUNK. Their debut cd "Holy Controllio!!! is full of energetic industrial dance music that will keep you prancing in the dark. Dark synthetic melodies, funky basslines and bouncy kick-ass beats brings out the chilling nightmarish sound made by these four men from Philadelphia. Another Floating Fish roster that's proven electronic music can be manipulated and be played in an unique way.

ANY QUESTIONS?: PREY FOR DEATH

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Dec 17 2002
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Artist: ANY QUESTIONS? (@)
Title: PREY FOR DEATH
Format: CD
Label: Floating Fish (@)
Distributor: Metropolis
This is a 10th anniversary special edition cd of their 1992 release, which is remastered and feature bonus tracks. Pure electronics that go great to a sci-fi thrill/horror soundtrack. Harsh vox blends with dark synthesizers that will carnage and brings the chill inside you. Amazing what these Philly's duo doing who doesn't sound like no other industrial band.


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