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Necro Deathmort: Music of Bleak Origin

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 27 2011
Artist: Necro Deathmort (@)
Title: Music of Bleak Origin
Format: CD
Label: Distraction Records (@)
Rated: *****
London-based Necro Deathmort consists of AJ Cookson and Matthew Rozeik, and 'Music of Bleak Origin' is apparently their sophomore release after 2009's 'This Beat Is Necrotronic'. I don't know about that record, but 'Music of Bleak Origin' sounds comparable to early Nick Bullen-era Scorn to a degree; heavy distorted guitar, some electronics and minimal drum beats at a rather slow pace. (At least that's how it began.) I wasn't really much intrigued with this album until the hypnotic 'Temple of Juno' (3rd track in) that despite its repetitive overkill of a clichéd riff has something extra going for it sonically. At 60 BPM it's a lumbering dinosaur of a track but one you don't want to stand in the way of. (Longest track on the album too, but you won't ever be bored with it.) It has a kind of psychedelic aura without sinking into the histrionics of that genre.

After the doom-metalish 'Uberlord' you get treated to 'For Your Own Good,' a hypnotically pulsating piece with whispered vocals that had me thinking of a modern day Suicide, until it changed into something a lot more substantial. While still linear in its fashion, it carried a good amount of depth and guts. 'Devastating Vector' sort of picks up where then end of the sequenced rhythm of 'For Your Own Good' left off, and the percussive programming has picked up the pace and complexity. This track has a remarkable similarity to some of the best things coming out of Tympanik Audio these days; a dark instrumental with industrialized percussion leading the way, interesting synth work and some good changes. Have to admit I was impressed. While not much happens melodically, there is still a lot going on sonically. 'Blizzard' too has its moments of brilliance, stomping like a behemoth through a wasteland of synth distortion until it simmers down into a hissing sea of cymbalic sibilance. 'The Heat Death of Everything' slows the BPM down to about 40 and is reminiscent of 'Cop' era Swans, without the M Gira rantings. Wailing distorted guitar abounds. Devastatingly abysmal, but not in a bad way; just sliding into the void. Closer track 'Moon' indulges in an eerie moaning ambience backed by a slow minimal beat. It's a fitting conclusion to 'Music of Bleak Origin,' fully well living up to the title.

Another remarkable thing about this release is its packaging. The sleeve folds out into a 14' x 28' poster with incredibly detailed sinister artwork by Dominic Hailstone. It is limited to 1,000 copies and is sure to become a collector's item. I don't recommend everything I review, but I'm recommending this.

Pale Obsession: Made of Glass

 Posted by Cristina Zuazua (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 22 2011
Artist: Pale Obsession (@)
Title: Made of Glass
Format: CD
Label: Unsigned
Rated: *****
Beautifully mastered and well produced, Pale Obsession's collaboration with industry icon Stephan Helleblad and Brian Gardener on their newest album, 'Made of Glass,' is a labor of love that was years in the making for the Luxemburg-based group. On the airwaves since 2006, the raw vocals and fast-paced instrumentals gives the industrial sound a great deal of energy.

The album has a well-balanced mix of aggressive, yet melancholy tracks; 'My end is coming,' 'Kiss the sky,' and 'Tomorrow must be more,' make one wish they were hearing them live, to see as well as hear the band's energy, while 'War (Instrumental),' shows what Pale Obsession (and especially Christian Krier on the keyboards) can do with a more complex melody. While the lyrics tend towards the predictable, the strength of the composition more than makes up for it - so If you're looking for a some solid club tracks to sing and stomp to, this can help you do both.

Candida Kandinskij: Lipstick

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 07 2011
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Artist: Candida Kandinskij
Title: Lipstick
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Born as Giovanni De Benedetto, Candida Kandinskij is his musical outfit since October 2010. Recently he released a three tracks demo which you can check at this page Musically, Giovanni, blend catchy melodies, electronic parts with different layers of guitar distortions. I don't know why but listening to "Bloomed Hole" I thought of a mix of N.I.N. and TAD. Maybe it was for the controlled wall of sound of because of the way Candida Kandinskij use guitar feedbacks. In any case "Lipstick", "Bloomed Hole" and "19 (Lipstick remix)" are ready to be produced by someone who will enhance their potential (maybe by putting some power on the drum sounds) and then to be released by a label. Anyone out there?

ENDE SHNEAFLIET: Synthimental Love Songs

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 30 2011
Title: Synthimental Love Songs
Format: 12"
Label: Trumpett (@)
Rated: *****
Do you remember the double vinyl compilation released by Enfant Terrible back in 2006, well, initially that was intended to be a three records compilation instead of a double. At the end eleven tracks didn't make it and Trumpett released them on CDr later. This new compilation that Trumpett is releasing on early November and titled SYNTHIMENTAL LOVE SONGS, gathers seven tracks unreleased on vinyl plus "Twistin' On The Tombstones", "Air Zaire" and "Voices Of The Dead" have been alreay released on "Trumpett Sounds" and "Trumpett Days" compilations while "Symphoy Romant (J. Tesla Schnitt)" is a previously unpublished edit of the full lenght version that featured on the rare and mythical Reminiscent boxset. The compilation opens with "My Mother Sells Tupperware", a great pulsating minimal wave track based on monophonic waves, tiny melodies and a deep bass line. "Panzerfaust 60m", sounds mysterious and cinematic thanks to effected drum machine beats and synth throbbing sweeps. "Poison" is an early industrial wave gem with dissonant melodies and cold vocals. "Lauda Und Reutemann" sounds nostalgic but it has pulsating bass sounds and robotic beats. "Symphoy Romant (J. Tesla Schnitt)" to me is a band's classic as it has a melody that will stick in your head, experimental atmospheres and cool analog synth sounds. I'd like also to mention "Voices Of The Dead (Snap Schnitt)", a dark track with distant distorted vocals, slow beats, sonar sounds and a damn cool cold atmosphere. This reissue is limited to 320 copies, so be fast!

MELT: Emissions of Hypocrisy

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 19 2011
Artist: MELT (@)
Title: Emissions of Hypocrisy
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Rated: *****
Electrical winds, spark's buzzing of some snapped wire, the hiccups of a flooded engine, a sort of Mephistophelean voice-over belong to the relevant preface of "The World Is On Fire", the track raising this new musical siege by Melt, the raging industrial-rock freak by Sebastian Komor, whose important pedigree in the industrial scene, normally associated to his collaboration with Icon Of Coil, surfaces here and there all over the recording. Most of the songs are robust industrial rock-metal steamrollers which features distorted load-bearing guitar riffs (big shout to the guitarist Adrian White), electro-mechanical rhythmical barricades and lyrics imbued with brutal nihilism and agit-prop proclamations. They don't really put some cliches of the genre off, but Sebastian manages to blend all elements in a stylistical suite, which sounds really original and enthralling thanks to interesting songwriting as well; I'd go so far as to say that his personal attitude has been highlighted even when tracks such as "Worm" or the headbanging speeding up of "Everything Is Dead" and "Where Is Your God?" seem to brush up Komor Kommando's armoury through which Sebastian shows a personal vision of EBM off or when the above-mentioned voice-over looks like toading listeners reproposing overdeveloped themes. Nowadays crisis is asking new questions day by day and Melt seems to emphasize the most obsessive aspect of the apprehension about forthcoming future in his record, but he finally manages to force the listener to reflect on the role of technology in such a situation in the final track Digital Truth, whereas its sibylline syllabication offsets the lack of beats. Those're just some reasons explaining why "Emissions of Hypocrisy" could be considered a good release which is going to shake a scene, which recently sounds more stagnant than economy.

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