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STUPRE: Priceless

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 03 2009
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Artist: STUPRE
Title: Priceless
Format: CD
Label: Cortex Records
Stupre is a male/female duo coming from Strasbourg and their debut album PRICELESS has been released recently by the French label Cortex Records (label of Neon Cage Experiment, Skoyz and Wired Brain). Their sound take me back to the mid and late nineties when Velvet Acid Christ were releasing their albums for Offbeat Records. The album opens with two convincing tunes "Thirteenth lover" and "In my backroom": both of them have intriguing mysterious melodies, pounding rhythms and whispered filtered vocals. Everything works fine: the album sounds balanced and offers different nice tracks (the first six sounded good to me) but the risk to to repeat a cliché is around the corner because if the vocals melodically don't help at all and the web of synth's sounds is rich but stick on a couple of arpeggios, the result is an atmospheric track that after a couple of listening has expired its effect. If you are a lover of electro industrial e.b.m. probably you'll find other points of interest but if you are looking for something innovative, first check some tracks at their myspace page.

Ego Likeness: North

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 03 2009
Artist: Ego Likeness
Title: North
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
I just saw Ego Likeness live in Chicago and they put on one hell of a show. They personally gave me this cd ep that rocks. We open with an instant club hit called " North " which is the first track off this ep and it has bark for it's bite. It chills you and leaves you frozen and in awe. Then a masterpiece cover of " The Neverending Story." that just is brilliant and we all know the words to it. Truly redone the right way and not to be forgotten. The rest of the tracks on this ep all just maybe club hits, so watch out, do you dare to witness this challenge, like Medusa it may just turn you to stone.

DIE!: Still

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 29 2009
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Artist: DIE!
Title: Still
Format: CD
Label: Echozone
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Active since 1995 and at their active four albums DIE! are releasing their latest one titled STILL for Echozone. The review of this album could be easy and fast by telling you that if you like bands Rammstein or Oomph! STILL incarnate that kind of sound at its best. This would be right but maybe a little too fast, so here's more: the fourteen tracks (there's a fifteenth one which is a sort of spoken word with background noises) of the album offers energy, melody, angry vocals (note that they use only German language) and granitic guitars. Mid tempo songs alternates in your face rides but on both the cases they are always based on industrial guitar sounds. A characteristic of the band's sound is to have always synth sounds that underline or sustain the melodic lines. I have listened to it a couple of times and I haven't found a filler or else. You can check every song at this page: http://www.bob-media.com/cms_echo/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=40&Itemid=64

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
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Artist: THE TRUTH ABOUT FRANK (@)
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 http://www.weirdandwired.net/neon_fractured_night.htm. 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
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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.


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