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THE TRUTH ABOUT FRANK: Neon Fractured Night

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Oct 26 2009
Title: Neon Fractured Night
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: WeirdAndWired
Rated: *****
NEON FRACTURED NIGHT is the third release by The Truth About Frank and it is downloadable for free at the label's website at The release opens with "War enabled at 3 kom como", an industrial fractured track with dub rhythms where samples create an interesting web of sounds made of filtered vocals and digital bleeps. With the second track "When the lights wear out" The Truth About Frank start a sequence of five tracks focused on industrial rhythmical based loops. The first track of the lot sounds interesting and creates a good ambience but the following one "Say hello to warm shoulders" to me sounds too minimal and with few interesting inserts to be interesting. "Late train chloroform trauma" is sounding like a post dadaist dream where sounds create an oneiric voyage. Hypnotizing but not musically intriguing. "Times of children" sounds great thanks to its rhythmical martial industrial atmosphere and its dramatic melodic touch. "The grey legend" is the eleven minutes long closing track and it totally reminds me of the first Boyd Rice album (the black record) revisited in the digital era.

EXT!ZE: Hellectrostar

 Posted by Andre Wiegand   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 16 2009
Artist: EXT!ZE
Title: Hellectrostar
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Trisol Music Group GmbH
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
EXT!ZE (is that a real word?) must be a something like a Trance/Industrial version of Dope Stars Inc. The Title of the single is "Hellectrostar" and this is the kind of stardom CYB3ERELLA, CYB3RSLUT (is it a male or a female one?), IONIC MATRIX , CYB3ERCORE are aiming at. The band members seem to be totally into the clubbing lifestyle. Their image is totally techno-rave and their songs are totally made to dance to. Apart of the title track there is one more original song by EXT!ZE entitled "100% Pure Cocaine" plus three remixes of "Hellectrostar" or "100% Pure Cocaine" (Reaper, Studio-X RMX and Nachtmahr) and one more edited song by the band.
The music is rather minimalistic and to my taste monotonic, but many people dig this kind of music. It lacks the intense drive characteristic to EBM, but some EBM fans will probably like it. It is very industrial-party-compatible and according to the press release "Hellectrostars" is being played in French and German clubs successfully.
The image, as mentioned above, is very club-oriented: cyberlox, mesh, buggy pants with green applications etc. Everything in neon and black colors.
With Trisol the band has found its home and future will show what will come out of them.

AGENT SIDE GRINDER: Irish Recording Tape / The Transatlantic Tape Project

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 15 2009
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Title: Irish Recording Tape / The Transatlantic Tape Project
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
IRISH RECORDING TAPE is the first of the two Agent Side Grinder albums that Enfant Terrible will release the next month. How come that they prepared stuff to fit two albums? The fact is that one of the members of the band had to left for a year and half (he went to the U.S.) and their studio engineer substituted him, becoming one permanent member then. They did different live gigs and had a bass player joining them. With this new line-up they recorded eight new tracks which sound more melodic respect the ones of their first album but without losing that distinctive hypnotic approach they already had. Agent Side Grinder mixed post punk bass lines with early industrial electronic attitude and 80's synth electronic melodies (check the catchy "Life in advance"). IRISH RECORDING TAPE sounds like Joy Division meet Cabaret Voltaire at a late 70's Human League concert. THE TRANSATLANTIC TAPE PROJECT is the third album by Agent Side Grinder and as I told, it will be released along with IRISH RECORDING TAPE. It contains tracks recorded by mail by the band member that was in the U.S. and the rest of the band in Sweden. It contains seven tracks which sound a bit more experimental respect the ones you find on IRISH RECORDING TAPE. They are based on repetitions of synth patterns with vocals and drums. Sounding now obsessive and then atmospheric (like on "586-713") these tracks are perfect as soundtrack (check the effect of the spoken word along with the synth bleep extravaganza on "005-200"). A thing that I have appreciated on THE TRANSATLANTIC TAPE PROJECT is how the band used melody: it's always present, sometimes is dissonant and sometimes it sustains a creepy moment made of synth hisses and guitar percussive sounds ("008-199"). These two album are really different but are both good and show really well how Agent Side Grinder have been able to "grow" since the release of their debut album.

ASYLUM: Mare Tranquillitatis

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 14 2009
Artist: ASYLUM (@)
Title: Mare Tranquillitatis
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Rated: *****
Born in 1999 in Naples, Italy, Asylum is the personal project of Cryos and MARE TRANQUILLITATIS is his fourth demo. The release contains six tracks which mix industrial sounds, gabber hardcore rhythms and some industrial ambient intuitions. If tracks like "Faster harder industrial!" (besides the naive title) or "Dancing in the light from start to star" succeed into balancing the different influences, others are focused mainly on the gabber distorted rhythms and on looped patterns, without, in my opinion, evolving that much. The sound production isn't bad and if you are into the genre you can check a couple of tracks on the band's myspace page.

ALL HAIL THE TRANSCENDING GHOST: All Hail The Transcending Ghost

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 12 2009
Title: All Hail The Transcending Ghost
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
Rated: *****
All Hail The Transcending Ghost is a collaboration project between Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (MZ.412, Toroidh, Folkstorm etc) and Tim Bertilsson (Fear Falls Burning, Switchblade). The first is in charge of producing industrial drones and haunting atmosphere and the second gentleman, with his guitar, produces few melodic lines here and there and tons of guitar drones. The whole album is permeated by an hallucinated atmosphere where cinematic vocal samples (like on track 4) help giving birth to a sense of sickness. Like a soundtrack most of the tracks are focused on the effect they have to create. There's a certain feeling of progression and a sense of growing pain that increase with the listening of ALL HAIL THE TRANSCENDING GHOSTS. Industrial music and drones rarely worked this way being able to create such a convincing atmosphere.

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