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iVardensphere: Stygian

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 29 2015
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Artist: iVardensphere (@)
Title: Stygian
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Metropolis (@)
Rated: *****
"Stygian" is another interesting appendix from "Fable", the last album by iVardensphere. Besides the title track - included in the album as well -, a massively rhythmic tune in between ebm dance sonorities and industrial techno, which could perfectly fits a dancehall featuring Charon at mixing desks, it includes other stuff, which justifies my interest: the more experimental track "Infinite Beauty", featuring a sort of dialogue between a girl speaking of her ecstatic "illumination" with a male friend (her confessor or maybe her shrink...), an intimate confession that iVardensphere enveloped in angelic choirs and risingly oppressive distortions, three remixes of "Stygian" - the one by Iszloscope (another quite known project by iVardensphere's keyboard player Yann Faussurier) features awesome cinematic sounds, but when these Canadian guys ignite their engines could sound quite banal, while :Wumpscut:'s electro-industrial nightmarish rhythmical webs and Cyanotic's cyberesque remix sound a little better than the first one I mentioned - and, last but not least, an amazing cover of Sepultura's "Roots Bloody Roots", a dive into the good old days of (good) metal.

Blitzkrieg Baby: Cannibal Commando

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 11 2015
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Artist: Blitzkrieg Baby
Title: Cannibal Commando
Format: Tape
Label: Belaten (@)
Rated: *****
One year and half after the previous EP "Kids' World", released on Belaten, Blitzkrieg Baby are releasing, always on Belaten, their new tape EP titled "Cannibal Commando". Containing five new songs repeated also on side B, the EP sees Kim Solve's project reaching a perfect mix of industrial, electronic and a special "vision" of pop. Focusing the lyrics on a crude vision of reality made of cannibalism, war crimes, pre-pubescent murderers, world domination, and the end of civilization, the tracks sound balanced and powerful. The intelligible clean vocals are working as a counterpart to the drums and all the distorted blasting which are giving the rhythm. So... where's the pop stuff? Well, the pop element could be found into the small melodic parts which are able to work as a hook for the listener. A great comeback which you can check at this page! https://belaten.bandcamp.com/album/cannibal-commando

Black December: Vol 1

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 07 2015
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Artist: Black December
Title: Vol 1
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis (@)
Rated: *****
Opening a debut album by a song title "With this Ending", whose drum session is closer to the one of Unkle's "Burn My Shadow" and singing style of Eric "16Volt" Powell could vaguely surmise a crossbreed between the "rhythmical" style by System of a Down's Daron Malakian and the hoarse voice by Metallica's James Hetfield (particularly on songs like "The Slag", the visceral hammering of "The Division Of Hate" or the catchy "I Don't Even Know You", where Eric gets closer to the poisoned suadence of Reznor's abrasive style), could be meaningful and well-wishing after the appeal for active listening, implcitly inserted at the end of the rabidly spiteful song ("oh I'm never gonna be shit/I'm gonna never make shit/listen to me listen to me", the final strophe of "With this Ending"). So I accept the appeal and go over a really incendiary album, which got well amalgamated around a series of more or less conventional weaponry of heavy industrial rock supposedly occult sciences, that often becomes hardening glue of armored compounds. I don't really enjoyed the softened ones ("This Is Not The New" - a title which could let you think that it's in all their interest to be aware of it... - or the following "It Just Feels Right"), while the pointed stick that jettisoned on other moments of the album, particularly those ones when the synth inoculation are clearer, are more interesting. Take this first ring of three announced acts as it is. They will hopefully play more original and similarly sinewy stuff than the one they've shot on this first act.

KMFDM: Salvation

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Nov 02 2015
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Artist: KMFDM (@)
Title: Salvation
Format: CD EP
Label: Metropolis (@)
Rated: *****
German industrial-rock band KMFDM doesn't really need any introduction as I told on the occassion of some words about their album "Our Time Will Come", a title which sounds an ironic statement about their 30-years lasting groundshaking path across the amazing boundaries between industrial, metal/rock and meaningful, shouted and somehow tantalizing incitements where they let the polemic and wisely argumentative vein pulse in their temples. The prolific label Metropolis recently added another nice title to their rich discography by means of this concise collection of remixes, which includes the original song that gives the title to the EP, whose energetic rough mix of vocals, sticky distorted guitars and visceral electronic sequences could surmise some relatively old acts of the band such as "Angst" as well as being perfect as the soundtrack of a fair-minded reportage about Vatileaks... Allelujah! Two remixes of "Salvation" got included in the tracklist, one by Italian cyberpunkster Victor Love (Dope Stars Inc.), whose firing intro by means of a catchy grinding electro-punk push doens't really lift off and features somehow predictable directions, and a more interesting remix by Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence), who managed to add nitro to an already energetic track by slightest propellants - an additional female vocal to the catchy chorus of the original track, some sliding electronic sounds, a sequence which reprises the melodic line in the middle of the track and an emphasis on the reverbs on guitar distortions as well as a final medley, which could surmise the easy "danceability" of many tunes by New Order and LCD Soundsystem -. I personally enjoyed the remixes of other tracks more than the ones of "Salvation", particularly the one of "Blood vs.Money" by Bradley Bills, which replaced the Asian Dub Foundation-like drum'n'bass groove of the original track by means of a tribal industrial one, and the amazing vocoderized make-up of "Brainwashed" by KMFDM's female singer Sascha Konietzko, while the alternation of nervous breaks and temporary slow-downs and the whole treatment that Tom Stanzel made on his Tritoxin Remix of "Blood vs.Money"'s spinning time doesn't really enthuse me.

Lyke Wake: Fall Of The Corrupt

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 21 2015
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Artist: Lyke Wake (@)
Title: Fall Of The Corrupt
Format: CD
Label: Aseptic Noise
Rated: *****
After its come back Lyke Wake, the Stefano Di Serio's musical project, has been busy producing new music and this year, after the tape "The Hatred Of A Thousand Years", is back with a sixty nine dark electronic cosmic suite. "The Fall Of The Corrupt" is a magmatic ever changing piece that is giving me the idea of a nebula. Try to think about that interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases and imagine the tension that make them collapse until a new temporary balance has reached. Some nebulae are formed as the result of supernova explosions, the death throes of massive, short-lived stars but try to apply this image to what the album's title suggest and you'll be projected into a mental supernova made of fast thoughts and sticky obsessions which have to find a new balance and have to fall... to stop. By listening to "Fall Of The Corrupt" you'll decide to embrace a voyage into your self conscience guided by Lyke Wake's sound and it won't be an easy listening. Catch your headphones and "bonne voyage"!


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