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Zeromancer: The Death Of Romance

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 08 2010
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Artist: Zeromancer
Title: The Death Of Romance
Format: CD
Label: Trisol (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
I don’t think this talented Norwegian band needs any particular introduction as some colleague already interviewed them after getting surprised by their superb workout entitled Sinners International and after the enthusiastic feedbacks they received by reviewers and audiences related to their issues, but we surely like to imagine them playing with sophisticated machinery in order to grab influences from American bands and European ones as they stylistically are a sort of bridge between the gorgeous and glorious years of the American goth-rock and "European" EBM and industrial rock without being too obsessively apocalyptic or becoming sclerotized on tips & tricks! I’ll run the risk to be repetitive by highlighting their remarkable compositional skills (even in those parts they looks like to imitate some famous bands, but reviewers need to make quotations to help readers understand!) and their perfect balance between electronic slopes and a robust drumming reminding the one by Rev.Manson and Rev.Reznor - probably the most influential music neuromancers ideally fostering this zeromancer...- and the candid coarseness of greenhorn-like sensual voice by Alex Møklebust, whose silver-tonguing intonation is going to drive every cutie suicide little girl crazier, and even if maybe they needed more time to refine some lyrics (tracks such as Murder Sound or Revengefunk slightly suffer from this genetical defect, but it could be considered just as an aesthetical neo on a sweet oval face... and even attempts of being original could be avoided... word trickeries in The Hate Alphabet seems to be too close to the cogent dialetics by a group of majorettes..gimme an H, gimme an A, gimme a T, gimme an E!) as it seems less wordy than their previous album and some sporadic lack of originality (A Plynth could be easily skipped), it will surely delight their fans and all those who still don’t know their musical melting of mystery, semantic beams, anguished melancholy, rancorous sadness and powerful rhythmical pills propelling that kind of desperation, able to add a tragic grip to the whole climax! But it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack as tracks such as the floor-filler Industry People, the tingling ambientish The Pygmalion Effect or the brightest V – the best song of the album in my modest opinion! – and even the more vintagesque and classy tunes such as the tilte-track will annihilate any doubts about Zeromancer’s skills so as you could argue that romance is dead just in order to resurrect! Really brilliant piece of music!

PSYBORG CORP: The Mechanical Renaissance

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Apr 07 2010
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Artist: PSYBORG CORP
Title: The Mechanical Renaissance
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Rated: *****
Is my personal opinion that industrial e.b.m., as well as all the genres that have any sort of stereotypes, is a difficult kind of music because you have to undress yourself from all the typical characterizations of the bands that previously played that genre to sound someway original. Psyborg Corp tricked the process by adding elements that are able to personalize their music so I have to admit that they succeeded into catching my attention. Presenting themselves like cyber-warriors, the Colombian trio is delivering twelve tracks that have catchy melodies, distorted bouncing sounds and filtered vocals. Danceability and distortion are the key elements that they use and that make of Psyborg Corp a nice combo to listen to but when they mix electro to industrial e.b.m. they show their true potential. Just check "Technocracy" or the following "My mechatronics" and you'll understand what I mean...

Santa Hates You: Crucifix Powerbomb

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 24 2010
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Artist: Santa Hates You
Title: Crucifix Powerbomb
Format: CD
Label: Trisol (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
Santa doesn’t hate just you: this brand new clockwork orange-juice squeezed by Peter Spilles (mastermind and frontman of Project Pitchfork) and freshly served by the winking cutie singing janitor Jinxy (the Italian sexy singer already involved in another Spilles’ side-project called Imatem, where he usually invites a lot of fellow musicians for vocal performances) after a wise alteration of nutrional values by adding electronic vitamins and just some fake blood drops (the –not so- secret recipe... ) confirms Santa’s hatred’s beared towards certain monotony, sample-centered electronic music, music mass markets and the over-lamented lack of creative individuality pervading the over-crowded playground of gothic-tinged electrified dance muzak. The fans’jaws have beeb left dry by Santa’s Christmas appetizer – the Rocket Fuel EP -, but this album entitled Crucifix Powerbomb – a wrestling throw in which the opponent is lifted up like he’s crucified on the wrestlers shoulders and than slammed back-first down to the mat... maybe just another clownesque way to describe this project’s style! - is going to wash them and Peter Spilles broaches his cask full of loud and brutish sounds, stomping danceable beat sequences and catching tones in order to quench their thirst at the fountain of this clownish and bizarre music mark. The opener Fuck That, I’m Human is maybe the one of the funniest ("I’m not your pretty toy/I’m not what gives you joy" sung with a distorted voice by Jinxy alternated by natural vocals singing "Don’t tell me I shouldn’t scream" and so on sound perfect for a fetish party!) but if you’ll enjoy the snorting sounds of this catching track, don’t waste your cum, guys! The German-sung of Hexenpolizei fits to the more aggressive tones of this track, but it looks more conventional than the opener; even if the following track God Hides Under My Bed seems to be likewise close to classic song design, the whirling noisy vortex makes it more appreciable as Jinxy’vocal interpretation seems fuming in anger! Lovely! Other highlights of this blood-tinged clockwork orange-juice are Slime Green Spaceship (a sort of contagious electro-rock groove with nice sound trickery on a classic ebm brass obsessive alarm!), You Make Me Wanna Bang My Head Against The Wall And Not In A Good Way (... an interminable wordy title for a track featuring maybe the most provocative and erotic vocals by Jinky... I already said "don’t waste your cum", bad guys! Don’t get me angry... ), Z.O.M.B.I.E. (an ironic slamming electro march, which is going to turn you into a dancing mummy!!!), La Malia (a funny and bewitching attempt of integrating Italian lyrics on an electro track... and believe me, it’s not so easy... ) and the final fury of Bootcamp. Clownish as usual, perfectly attaining to an apocalyptic equestrian circus but really funny workout!

THE HUTCHINSON : clan

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 19 2010
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Artist: THE HUTCHINSON
Title: clan
Format: CD
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
"Rock'n'roll!!!!"...hey do I sound like Lester Bangs?!...no way, and by the way this' not exactly wishy washy seventies revivalism even if the influence comes from there. The rock elements is definitely part of the lot when dealing with The Hitchinson, let's say their music is somewhere located between math-rock and noise-garage rock'n'roll. Highly melodic and never too cerebral the band works on mid tempos and strong epic passages without sounding cheesy while incorporating those "historical" riffs all the rockers out there wonna bang their head while listening to. A good recording and a good technical skill save them from getting boring like many instrumental bands dealing with this kind of shit. I'm sure the best possible fan of a record like this should be a classic strong melodic rock listener or a mid-late nineties independent rock (not indie rock) fan and it has to do with the fact they're not soft arty of pseudo-intellectual but they are there to make you move your ass and sweat to the rhythm of the drum. Even though they tend to be a bit vintage math-rock-n-rolla I dig their sound and if you were the "cocain on tits motherfucker" you claimed to be last night at the pub, well...I think you should let this record its say!.
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Artist: SIX MINUTES WAR MADNESS
Title: full fathom six
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Wallace (@)
Rated: *****
This' a new redux edition of this long time unavailable??? cd from this Milan based band. I'm glad I've had the chance to review the re-editions like this since it give me the opportunity to speak about cds that have been already part of my personal collection (yes, I bought it when it came out back in the days...). This double cd contains all of the material of this band featuring some future and ex members of bands such as like Afterhours, A Short Apnea, Uncode Duello and many other projects which are quite well known here in Italy. The original record itself, I mean the one that corresponded to the title of this release, was a good mix of guitar-driven rock influenced by the post grunge era, post-rock, Sonic Youth, Touch and Go and U. S. based post-punk, indie-rock. Three of the members of the band went on forming A Short Apnea, equals the kraut-experimental element is there even if hidden between the lines. The lyrics go from ok to well written and are partially sung and partially spoken in italian a la Massimo Volume that by some means remain a strong influence above all for the "intellectual" avant rock approach of Six Minutes War Madness. Differently from many contemporaries they managed to have an identity and according to my personal opinion it has to do with the music solutions. The second cd collects the material previous to the album and it's funny to see how the band has gradually evolved from a generic indie-rock-punky-grunge band into something softer and more mature above all in terms of solutions. Another interesting aspect of the band evolution can be found in the fact while during their early days there were still some sorts of affinities with the sound of Afterhours later it all took a different direction. While during the early days they were still an italian band imitating naively the average U. S. sound, later, while passing from singing in english to italian language, they also found an identity and a maturity the concretization of which has been "Full fathom six". Still much better than many bands trying to imitate this sound nowadays.


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